A much needed escape from reality

White beaches, blue water, and 85 degree weather for 7 days with absolutely zero work!  I made my way down to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for my first real ‘no work’ vacation in two years with my mother. It’s been 10 years since I’ve first been to the Dominican and I must say it is definitely a favorite!

The first couple days we spent in the mountains & jungle learning about the Dominican culture. Sugar Cane, Rum, Cigars, Coffee, Coco… oh and let’s not forget Mama Juana, the local cocktail concocted of red wine, honey, rum and herbs. Dangerously delicious!

Zip lining through the jungle included 12 lines over 2 miles and over 2,500 feet high. One of the lines went over a river and then there was a double line where you can race a partner. I lost the race. The guys working the lines were great and so friendly!

The best part by far…. relaxing whether it be on the beach or poolside. Our last excursion was a basically a spa day in the middle of the ocean. We had massages, floated on a mat in the middle of the water and even had a detox (apparently I’m extremely stressed- shocking).

This trip was a wonderful mix of adventure and relaxation! The one thing I have learned is that throughout the year, I need to regularly make time for myself without any work so that I don’t burn out. Now it’s back to the snow and a great line up of spring projects!

Rediscovering forgotten passions

While I had some time at the beach a few months ago, I made it a point to work on some art projects. If I think back to the last time I had done any type of project, it was two years ago when I painted my coffee table. Since the beach, I have worked on various projects small to large and for personal & professional purposes.

Painted Canvas Project

This was the first project I started while at the beach. It’s not complete yet but when I find the time I hope to add one of my favorite quotes to put on the large canvas. ‘If it is both terrifying & amazing, you should definitely pursue it.’ – Erada

Tone on Tone Accent Wall

My newest home improvement project is Operation Home Office. Both my roommate & I never use our dining room as a dining room. I think I can count on one hand how many times in two years we’ve sat down to eat in there. So my brilliant idea was to turn it into a home office. The first step was adding an accent wall. Let’s just say I’m thankful it’s complete.

 

Entry Way Table

At the non-profit, I’ve been assisting with updating the office decor & look. Instead of going out and purchasing all new furniture, it made sense to just take some items we already had & update them. This table was tucked away in an office but was perfect for an entry way table. With a couple coats of paint & some new hardware, it looks completely different.

  

Glitter Champagne Glasses

For my sister’s wedding I thought it would nice to add a few small details such as these glitter champagne glasses. These will be for the girls while everyone is getting ready on the wedding day. Someone asked if it was for the reception and no, I’m not that crazy to make over a 100 of these.

Cocktail Recipe Table Tents

Details matter to me in case you couldn’t tell. These cocktail recipe cards will be perfect for an upcoming party’s champagne bar. Behind each recipe will be all the ingredients to make your own champagne cocktail!

  

I know what you may be thinking, “She’s crazy!” OR “A bit much, eh?” And yes, I know that. My roommate & sister both think I’m crazy and always go a bit overboard. My roommate even thought I purchased the canvases I painted. But at the end of the day, I enjoy all these projects because they allow me to be creative.