easy flower arranging with grocery store greenery

Grocery stores aren’t particularly known for their floral-arranging prowess, but, with a little creativity, you can easily take a simple bouquet and turn it into something more. I started with an under-$5 bundle of green and gold (!) stems, and was able to easily stretch it it to fill my entire living room with gorgeous, festive greenery.

grocery store flowers

I started by taking a few of the larger gold stems, and inserting them into this beautiful aqua vase that’s constantly trying to figure out it’s place in my home. It was in our family room for a while, then did a stint on our dining room table, and now it’s taken up residence on our living room console. No matter where it resides, though, these simple gold stems are the perfect casual, whimsical pieces for it!

floral arranging

These grocery store stems also fit perfectly in this decorative wood/glass centerpiece on our dining table. I varied the heights, and added a pop of gold, which brings out the gold in our canvas art perfectly!

grocery flowers

grocery store flowers

There was lots of greenery left over, so I filled a gold glass vase I had on hand, and I love how well it complements all the green in this corner of our living room ♥

What is your favorite way to use grocery store blooms?

10 christmas tree alternatives that may be even better than the real thing

Maybe you love to put a unique spin on traditional holiday decor, or maybe you just dislike the idea of lugging home a tree, lugging it back out after the holidays, and still finding needles in your home months after Christmas. Whatever the reason, I have 10 christmas tree alternatives that may make even the most enthusiastic tree trimmer rethink their holiday decor!


free people


say yes


homey oh my


handmade charlotte

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a few pretty things


family sponge


the art of doing stuff


martha stewart


emily henderson



snow day box {a tutorial}

snow day ideas

Snow days! I don’t know about you, but for my family, the first one of the year is always cause for excitement. With the weather getting colder, I wanted a fun and creative way to make the most of our first snow day, so I put together this Snow Day Box! Don’t have kids yourself? This would make a perfect family gift for the holidays, who doesn’t love a snow day?

snow day ideas

First up, you’ll need a clever and fun snack idea, preferably one that adults and kids would enjoy. Pop Works & Company has come up with a unique twist to a traditional party favorite-popcorn! They start with airy popcorn, add sweet glazes and sprinkles bits of sweet treats over the top, resulting in three delicious flavors (clockwise, from top) Birthday Cake, Salted Caramel & Fudge, and  Cookies & Cream.

snow day ideas

I added a few other easy items to my box: a fun book that fits our theme (a DVD would be a good choice as well), hot cocoa (don’t forget the marshmallows), and a Dress Your Own Snowman kit for when we decide to venture into our winter wonderland!

snow day treats

Package it all up in a box (I found this one at Target), add a cute tag or label, and you’re done!

snow day

I can think of about five families I want to gift one of these to, and I love the fact that it’s all ready to go, no running around as the flurries start falling trying to find a way to celebrate the first snow day of the season.

snow day

Can we talk for another moment, though, about this amazing popcorn? Not only is Pop Works & Company the clear star of our Snow Day Box, but I also plan on using it for our hostess gifts this year. What better way to say “thank you for having us” than some yummy popcorn?

If you want some for your own gifting needs (or for yourself, I won’t tell!) Pop Works & Company is sold exclusively online is offering an introductory price of $15.99 on its Pop Box, a colorful and versatile box which can be filled with the 3 different popcorn flavors. They’re also offering free 2-Day shipping through New Year’s Eve.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.