Finding Joy in the Simple Moments

It’s e extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary day is… This past week might seem uneventful at first glance, but upon reflection, it was filled with moments of pure joy and contentment. As I practiced the piano diligently for an upcoming summer production at our local community theater, I found solace in the melodies and the anticipation of sharing my music with others, it’s amazing how immersing oneself in creative pursuits can bring such fulfillment. With my husband out of town for a few days, I took the opportunity to treat myself to meals out and leisurely shopping trips. There’s something … Read the full blog post

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Embracing the Vibrancy of Spring: A Journey from Garden to Living Room

Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious. For you shall only live it once. – Louise Hay As I reflect on the past week, I’m filled with awe at the remarkable growth and transformation that has unfolded in my garden. The delicate bluebells, once mere buds, now stand in full bloom, painting a serene picture amidst the greenery. Witnessing this natural progression, where every flower and leaf seems to burst with life, fills me with an indescribable sense of joy. Amongst this symphony of growth, the hydrangeas have emerged fuller and greener, their lush … Read the full blog post

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Springtime Fun: Easy and Delicious Recipes for Bake Sale Success👩‍🍳

We can smile and relax. Everything we want is right here in the present moment. -Thich Nhat Hanh Being part of the Auxiliary for our local hospital, I recently embarked on a baking adventure to whip up some treats for a bake sale. Not only were these recipes easy to make, but they were also incredibly fun. Despite the temptation of munching on M&Ms and pretzels along the way, I managed to create two delightful treats that were perfect for the occasion. Spring Flower Cupcakes Instructions: Pretzel Flower Treats Instructions: Baking these springtime treats in my kitchen was not only … Read the full blog post

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Embracing Spring: A Walk Through My Garden🪴

Spring: where the earth dances to the rhythm of rebirth, painting the world in hues of hope and filling the air with the sweet symphony of new beginnings. 💗 As I stepped into my garden this past week, I was greeted by a tapestry of new growth and budding life, each moment unfolding like a page in a cherished book. The air was crisp with the promise of spring, and with each step, I felt a renewed sense of wonder and anticipation. One of the first signs of the changing season that caught my eye were the hydrangeas, their once … Read the full blog post

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Spring’s Delight: A Bunny-Themed Tablescape and Home Decor Adventure🌸🐰

In the garden of life, springtime brings not only new blossoms and recipes but also the joy of new beginnings, friendships, and awakenings, as each petal unfurls to reveal the beauty of the season’s embrace. Marcia💗 Continuing the journey through the whimsical world of spring-inspired decor, I’m excited to unveil the enchanting tablescape that complements the rabbit-themed coffee bar. But first, let’s take a stroll through my home, where the spirit of spring has woven its magic into every corner. In the living room, a simple yet elegant faux bouquet of spring flowers adorns a vase. It’s a subtle nod … Read the full blog post

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Brewing Creativity: A Rabbit-Themed Spring Coffee Bar🐰

Spring: a time of rebirth, where nature’s canvas awakens with a vibrant palette of colors, and every breeze whispers promises of new beginnings. -Marcia💗 As the vibrant spirit of spring envelops the Oregon coast, I found myself inspired by a recent visit to one of my favorite candy stores, where the shelves were adorned with whimsical candy rabbits. Intrigued by their charm, and eager to infuse a touch of sweetness into my spring gatherings, I embarked on a delightful adventure to incorporate them into a themed coffee bar experience. One of the joys of hosting a spring coffee bar is … Read the full blog post

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Reflecting on the Journey: A March Milestone

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. -Martin Buber As the second week of March, unfolds, it beckons me to pause, reflect, and delve into the depths of my own journey thus far in 2024. This year Lent offers a poignant backdrop for introspection, inviting me to examine my path, both personal and professional. For me, this period holds a significance, marked by several milestones that intertwine to shape my narrative. It’s a time of contemplation, a time to celebrate the journey, and a time to embrace the transformative power of hope. Just a few months … Read the full blog post

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Welcoming the Early Arrival of Spring with a Festive Coffee Bar☕️

“Ultimately our gift to the world around us is hope…hope that comes not from going around suffering but from going through it” -Rob Bell As we embrace the beginning of March, I couldn’t resist the urge to infuse a touch of green into my coffee bar, heralding the early arrival of spring. With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, it felt like the perfect opportunity to blend the festive spirit with the anticipation of warmer days ahead. So, I set out to transform my coffee bar into a cozy yet celebratory space, and I’m excited to share the journey … Read the full blog post

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Exploring Oregon’s Hidden Tea Gems: A Journey to Teapot on Wheels

Tea is more than just a beverage; it’s a warm embrace, a moment of tranquility, and a journey to savor with every sip…💗 Living on the remote Oregon coast has its charms, but it often means embarking on long journeys to discover new tea houses. However, nestled in the quaint town of Gold Hill, Oregon, lies a hidden gem that recently captured my heart. Teapot on Wheels. Despite its distance…a two in a half hour drive each way…my husband and I decided to make the trek, turning it into a delightful Valentine’s treat. The anticipation of exploring a new tea … Read the full blog post

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A Cozy Valentine’s Tea- 💗Celebrating Love, and Delicate Delights

Hosting a valentine’s tea is more than pouring tea, it’s a gesture of love, warmth, and connection that fills hearts with sweetness beyond measure. 💕Marcia As Valentine’s Day approached this year, I found myself longing for a celebration that embodied the warmth and intimacy of the holiday. I yearned for a simple yet meaningful gathering where love, and delicate treats could take center stage. And so, I decided to host a Valentine’s Tea at my home…a cozy affair filled with beautiful china, fragrant teas, and homemade delights. The stage was set with my finest china, adorned with delicate flowers that … Read the full blog post

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