A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Random Thoughts: On the Word Sorry

I came across this and thought that I would share.

Guys, I’ll preface this by saying that I’m a huge believer in words. And especially, the right words. Moods can be changed, days can be made and feelings can feel brighter with the right mix of thoughtful, compassionate and heartfelt words. Plus a good sprinkling of kind etiquette. Ah man, I’m such a manners person. I LOVE words like ‘thank you’ more than anything in the world. Gratitude is contagious and anyone deserving of it truly ought to hear it. I overuse it to the nth degree but I also truly notice when those same words are offered to me. I take them to heart.

That being said, I totally relate to this too:

(Here’s the video if you’re having trouble streaming it through the blog).

This is not a sponsored post :), Pantene just got the message right on and happened to produce an awesome video. I can relate to every instance that these girls use ‘sorry’ because that’s often how I interject myself into conversations and also how I am almost always willing to field the blame in silly situations (‘sorry, but I think that the coffee line starts over here?’). Saying sorry is at the heart of our human existence because it makes us real (we all mess up), but saying sorry too often sort of dilutes the word, don’t you think? Especially when it can be interchanged with words like ‘excuse me’ or the millions of other polite euphemisms that might fit in.

So my random thought for the day… why are women always apologizing? Let’s continue to be kind and compassionate and thoughtful – and leave the sorry’s to when they are equally heartfelt and appreciated.

PS More ramblings found over here. Advertisers are picking up pace with native video messaging – remember this one? PPS Thanks, Elise for sharing this video. :)

Painted Bamboo Forks

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

One of my favorite projects from Sunday’s party were these DIY bright yellow forks. So simple! And a festive little addition. I found the bamboo forks on Amazon while looking for disposable-but-not-plastic flatware and was really happy with the quality and style. Likewise for these cute little mini spoons for the sorbet.

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

I attempted to ‘dunk’ the back end of the fork in a little sample can of paint first and didn’t get very far with the messy process and all of the dripping (sort of like I did with these plastic tumblers but so much tougher because these guys needed to dry upside down). Once I securely taped up the forks though and turned to spray paint, they were all finished in about five minutes. Liv was the best helper! She’s quite the taper and prepped all of the forks for me.

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

I used a yellow spray paint that I had on hand in my paint closet, might not need one as heavy duty as the above for just this little task. I also took the forks outside to a well ventilated area to paint them. This project was a little messy! Even with careful aim. I recommend covering the top of the flatware with a sheet of paper to help prevent any paint from getting onto the part of the fork that someone would use to eat with.

Taylor's First Birthday | Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

Bam. Colorful, happy forks for near the price of the plastic versions (I bought a 100 pack and am looking forward to further experimentation for another party. Stamping? Striping? The fork sky is the limit).

More party & entertaining ideas store here, and more crafty ideas right here.

Taylor’s 1st Birthday

This past Sunday we celebrated Taylor’s first birthday with family, friends and a yummy BBQ. I kept it as simple as I could and focused on good, fresh food and a basic build-your-own style of bar. Having just arrived back home after 10 days of travel it was good for me to fall back on my favorites. My go-to party supplies for these sorts of festive events tend to be: paper lanterns, fresh flowers, fabric remnants (to create a table runner, line trays, etc) and classic white dishes. Most from my stash! I invested in a new remnant table runner ($3/yard) and three new paper lanterns decor wise. Love that feeling. Even if parties ’round our house eventually start to feel very similar :).

We fit 40 or 50 of our favorite friends into our cozy outdoor space, turned up some music and enjoyed a warm, sunny afternoon. Couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out!

Taylor's First Birthday | Watermelon, Pink, Yellow Paper Lanterns | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | Painted Bamboo Forks | Sunflower Royal Icing Sugar Cookies| PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | Tomato Mozzarella Salad, Homemade Berry Watermelon Sorbet, Paper Flags | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

My margarita spread was quickly supplemented with a build-your-own bloody mary bar a la the hubby, too ;).

Taylor's First Birthday | Build Your Own Margarita Bar Tray, Paper Flags | PepperDesignBlog.com

The menu included: a cherry tomato, mozzarella, basil and balsamic salad – a summer honeydew plus cucumber and feta salad – a savory quinoa and avocado salad – watermelon, blackberry, feta and mint skewers – crispy coleslaw –  baked figs with goat cheese and honey – grilled corn covered in melted lime butter and cotija cheese – amazing ‘fresh from the baker’ Mexican torta rolls and Kev’s overnight smoked pork shoulder sandwiches – homemade lemon sorbet and watermelon berry sorbet – sunflower sugar cookies. I had LOTS of help assembling. Recipes for my favorites to come.

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Taylor's First Birthday | Watermelon, Pink, Yellow Paper Lanterns | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Taylor's First Birthday | Watermelon, Blackberry, Mint, Feta Skewers | PepperDesignBlog.com

As it goes with most one-year-olds, Taylor had no idea what to do with her little smash cake. Until all of Livy’s little friends introduced her to ‘icing’.

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Happy birthday, little miss! We love you.

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

T’s actual birthday is this coming Friday but Kevin and I are celebrating our seven year wedding anniversary with a quick trip to Catalina Island. The corn on the cob turned out to be Taylor’s FAVORITE of the entire party. She carried it around with her most of the event and barely traded it in for cake for a few minutes after much coaxing.

Love this girl to pieces. Can’t believe that she’s already one.

PS Taylor’s first photos, Liv’s first birthday.

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