22. 04. 2014

Between the two of us, Jason and I are always busy it seems! And while Jason is more of the chill one, he doesn’t have a choice while attending law school, in the evenings.

I however, do. But I am a person that likes to {and needs} to be busy, most of my time. And while I have a hard time balancing it all, I realize that I don’t know when the last time was I actually stopped and had FUN.

That sounds ridiculous, I know. Seriously, I love socializing with friends, trying new restaurants, and going to see movies. But lately, as we start the process to put an offer on our first home {if praying is your thang, can you take a minute to pray everything works out for us? Thanks}, pack to move, plan a few upcoming events on the side, attempt to lose [more] weight…when I see friends or we go out, it feels like mentally I am just checking something off the list. “Okay, we haven’t seen so-and-so in a while; let’s see if they’re free.” While pretty much always thinking about what the next thing is on my mental to-do list!

It’s exhausting. So while I continue to learn how to balance it all, without whining that I’m just so busy [like an asshole], I need to make time to be more in the now and have fun.

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I know I have asked how YOU balance it all, but also how do you make time to enjoy the “fun”?!

18. 04. 2014

As much as I enjoy meal planning, sometimes even with the gazillion recipes out there, I can’t decide what to make for the upcoming week.  Or often occasionally, I end up leaving an item or two off my grocery list and then I end up back at the store later in the week to get my missed ingredients for a meal!

That’s why you often see me post about eMeals. They offer fourteen different dinner meal plans for just about any way of eating, out there! Mostly, I stick with the paleo, or clean eating meal plans, but every now and then for inspiration, I like to switch it up and sample menus from the Mediterranean, Low-Carb, and/or Slow Cooker links.

Shrimp-and-Linguine-eMeals #giveaway at Casa de Crews

[one of my fave eMeals recipes - I just sub "zoodles" for linguine]

…and my favorite part? They have a grocery list at the end of each week’s meal plan! I don’t have to worry that I’ll forget something on my shopping trip. eMeals saves me a ton of time, ya’ll.

17. 04. 2014

After planning my mother in-law’s vintage inspired birthday party, I knew I wanted to purchase a gorgeous, chic, old timey cake stand…until I discovered how much it would cost to buy one!

I decided then, that it was time to get crafty, ya’ll. I am not the most crafty of people, and for some reason the term “do it yourself” intimidates me. But I wanted my pretty cake stand, and so I had to figure something out.

DIY cake stand #DIY #cake #cupcake | Casa de Crews

We have a brand new Goodwill nearby, and I decided one day after work to see what I could find. Little did I know I’d find several sets of gorgeous, old-school China to use for my stand! I found so much, that I made not one, not two, but three different types of cake, and cupcake stands. The best part was that I spent less than $8 per project!

DIY cake stand #DIY #cake #cupcake | Casa de Crews

 

DIY cake stand #DIY #cake #cupcake | Casa de Crews

 

DIY cake stand #DIY #cake #cupcake | Casa de Crews

16. 04. 2014

I know I have talked, and talked, and talked about all the fun parties, and weddings I have booked on the side recently, but a lot of them I am still waiting for photos on; aren’t my cell phone snaps a tad sad when I am sharing party pics? I thought so too.

vintage mint & gold party @casadecrews #birthday #mint

[custom invite from Design by Rachel G]

fresh flowers in vintage milk jars, and mason jars #vintage #mason #spring | Casa de Crews

fresh flowers in vintage milk jars, and mason jars #vintage #mason #spring | Casa de Crews

Luckily for me, I was able to snag a good friend to photograph my mother in-law’s surprise party this weekend, and she has already sent me photos! Trying to plan this party with my sister in-law, each having our own busy schedules made this party a little stressful to plan at times…but seeing all the photos, and all of our little touches come together, made it all worth it!

vintage sign in table #mint #gold #vintage

Oriental Trading Suitcase for vintage welcome table for birthday party in mint and gold #birthdays #mint #gold

15. 04. 2014

When the owners of Simply Art Studios contacted me to host a blogger night out, I knew I had to invite the Tampa Bay Bloggers, and a few of my fellow Tampa Bay Blog Gals, as well! A fun night was had by all, ya’ll!

simply art studios in #oldsmar

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