Friday, February 24, 2012


Hello everyone! Hope this week has treated you well. This SimpleHappy post is filled with lots of flowers. I love flowers :) I hope to someday live in a better climate with better soil so that gardening will be fun not stressful (South Florida soil is AWFUL! It's really sand lol). 

I love the color of the two purple/mauve flowers. I thought it was so sweet of my hunny - I came home from class and he had bought me a bouquet of pale pink roses (because he knows that I wouldn't have gone for the traditional red ^__^) and then for our little girl (for Valentine's Day) he bought her a wildflower type bunch that had these purple roses. So beautiful! I'm hanging them to make the memory last longer :)

These are from my dad :) (for Valentine's Day)

This is a seed packet design I did for class. There were some last-minute issues where I completely changed my direction (classic Ellie!) but I think for it being a quickie doodle it turned out pretty decent. I'm thinking I might make some kind of printable something for ya'll to download - notecards maybe? Let me know what you'd like to see :)

and....just because there are never enough flowers...hehe

Peonies via pinterest

Friday, February 10, 2012


I'd like to introduce a little feature on the blog called "SimpleHappy" based upon the concept in life that it's the simple things that matter most. I always find I get ridiculously giddy at the silliest little things. Like when I sit down to watch Grey's Anatomy with my boyfriend and a bowl of Goldfish crackers (am I the only one that steals snacks from their kids? Please tell me you do too so I don't feel guilty! :P) I am so happy it's stupid haha! So, yes, the little things - the simple things :) those are the things that make life worthwhile. This is what's on my list of SimpleHappy for this week:

These flowers :) Munchkin helped pick them from our garden (there isn't much in there haha!) Some Begonias, some weed looking fluffy spherical things, and some velvety grey-green leafed thing (I am QUITE the botanist aren't I?? It's my mom's garden, shh!) They are sitting in a Starbucks Frappe Bottle :) (and currently wilting after a day, but hey, it makes me ridiculously happy to have flowers from OUR garden and to have picked them with her :)

Cheyenne and I picked this rock up on the beach while on a mini-date with Daddy :) She painted it light blue and told me what to write on it. The "hanger" is an old broken Pooka (how do you spell that??) shell necklace. It's going to be his Valentine's Day gift :D

Yes, the television spot got me lol. But they ARE delicious! And I feel much better giving them to my little one (and having a few myself of cooourse) knowing that they have vitamins and fiber and all that. Would it be better to have yogurt as dessert? Yes, but when you are craving Oreos and milk, this is a fantastic substitute! And if you are on WW pts plus, these are only 4 points for 3 - not bad!

This SimpleHappy is brought to you by Pinterest (find me here! I will be adding a link on the sidebar soon :)) With all the house-hunting going on lately, my mind has been racing with thoughts of designing a kitchen, decorating a living room, etc etc. So basically I've been on Pinterest ALOT. Sometimes dreaming just makes ya happy! (to see more of this kitchen, click here)

This little book is WONDERFUL! I am, well, let's just say not so good with keeping up with things. Food journal? Some how I stopped using it. Daily Planner? Got so busy I just decided writing things down was a waste of time (oh dear I need help lol). But this, this little book is fantastic. Every night I go to bed and have a new and interesting question to answer. I haven't missed a day yet and it's been over a month. Milestone for me! LOL sad but true. And the coolest part is that for the next 5 years, I'll get to see how my answers change based on what's going on in my life. I think it'd be really cool to do something similar with children (though some of the questions in this particular book get too heavy for kids IMO). If anyone knows of such a book, please let me know!

Well that's it for this week :) Thanks for stopping by and here's to hoping you have some SimpleHappy moments of your own! 

I'm Back! Where I'm at Now & What's to Come

Hello everyone! It's been a long time since I've posted - a little over a year! Life got crazy and a lot has happened since then. I've gotten a job, lost a job, lost a boyfriend (well, we broke up) and gotten him back. All the while trying to go to school and raise my little girl. I've done a lot of growing, and I'm glad to say that though life isn't always peachy, I'm in a good place now. My boyfriend and I are now going on 5 years, and I have to say I am happier than I've ever been - sometimes a break is what you need to grow up a little and find yourself (and I truly mean that for the both of us) - I'm set to graduate school next May and big changes will be coming as I will be moving to Orlando so that the 3 of us can live together (FINALLY!). Thankfully he has a good job with a very promising future (he's set to get the business from the owner as soon as he graduates school!!!). So things are looking up :)

As for me, I am focusing a lot on my daughter, my art (school), and just enjoying my life and all its little joys. I'm also getting back into my Etsy shop (neeeed that income!!) so I'll let you know how things go there :) I'm trying to figure out where this blog is going too...I really want to share some of my silly little DIYs (I really should call them experiments - they're not always successful haha!), projects with my daughter, home inspiration...I don't know. I've got my work cut out for me though :) Anyway, that is what's going on right now. Stick around! <3