Monday, June 30, 2014

Celebrate America

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you already know that I spent last week at the 123rd Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I'll post some of my activities from Congress in some upcoming posts, but I wanted to share the story of Celebrate America Night with you first. Truly, it was such an amazing and inspiring night and my head hit the pillow in my room at the Grand Hyatt with ideas spinning in my head.

Check out all of the goodies and bits of information I stuffed in my tiny LV Mott bag!
The event, a unique celebration of volunteerism, education, and interaction, was new this year. In addition to listening to many interesting speakers, I had the opportunity to speak with other members and learn about volunteer activities and programs on local and national levels.

It must be the teacher in me, but there's something about a wall full of sticky notes that is so appealing. DAR Members shared personal stories of volunteer efforts and service in their communities on the post it notes and placed them on the wall. I spent a good bit of time reading others' ideas and even jotted down a few that I want to share with my chapter. This year, DAR members logged 4,760,314 service hours!

Great ideas flourished!
Attendees appreciated the flexible format event, enjoying drinks, and socializing with other members. Although I love the formal evenings like National Defense Night, this event is a fantastic addition to Congress programming. Other members from my chapter and I enjoyed using props and presidential cutouts for photo booth pictures and I even had a photo op with a lovely eagle...check out the fabulous purple chevron scarf, an item available for sale to benefit Junior Membership.

Blue Star Families is an organization that supports military service men and women and their families through a variety of programs. I was pleased to learn about many of their initiatives, including Books on Bases and Operation Appreciation. We penned quite a few thank you cards for military members and their families at Celebrate America Night.

At the end of this year's Continental Congress, I left feeling both energized and exhausted, excited and hopeful. I met some wonderful people who I now consider friends and hope to see them again next year. A blog reader even stopped to say hello as she was leaving the Congress Reception on Saturday night. So much fun!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Perfect Summer Monograms...and a GIVEAWAY

Everything is better with a monogram, especially in the summer. While I love monogrammed tote bags and sweaters, I seem to have more monogrammed things for the summer. When I saw the collection from Kristin Henchel Designs, I feel in love immediately, and I think that you will, too!

Make your cruiser special with a fabulous monogrammed bicycle basket. Choose from a myriad of ribbon and fabric choices to make this wicker bike basket a perfect match.

At your next summer soiree, you'll never forget which cup is yours with a monogrammed acrylic cup. Color choices are almost endless and you can select a block, circle, or script monogram. Of course, I'm partial to the pink and green cup in the center. These are a great price and would make a fabulous gift!

Add color and style to any outfit with a monogrammed fabric belt buckle. The fish tail monogram is so whimsical and I love the Greek Key fabric. Many other fabric choices are available.

If a trip to the beach is in your future, you'll want to order a monogram personalized drink holder. Put the spike in the sand and enjoy! They're also great for outdoor concerts and festivals.

Kristin Henchel is sponsoring a wonderful giveaway for Maryland Pink and Green readers. One lucky winner will receive a monogram bike basket! The winner can choose personalize the basket to her style and monogram choice.

There are many ways to enter to win. Please use the widget to enter the giveaway. All entries will be verified. The contest is open to U.S. residents ages 18 and older.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How to Eat Wedding Cake One Year Later

We just recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary! Like many couples do, we saved the top layer of our cake and froze it. To be honest, I was not sure how our cake would taste after being frozen for a year. I was worried about freezer burn on the cake, so I was sure to wrap the cake very carefully before freezing it. Actually, it was quadruple wrapped in plastic wrap and then covered with foil for good measure!

The final result was a delicious and moist year later!

Here are my tips for defrosting, eating, and enjoying your wedding cake for your 1 year anniversary. 

1. Wrap the cake well before freezing. (See above about avoiding freezer burn!) I probably should have put the cake in a box of some kind before freezing it because the cake did shift a little bit and was frozen into a lopsided shape! Learn from my mistakes and put the cake in a box.

2. Unwrap the cake. Then re-cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to thaw. I left our cake in the fridge for about 8 hours and it was easy to cut.

The almond cake and raspberry filling was so delicious! Sweet memories.

Did you or do you plan to save your wedding cake to enjoy on your 1 year anniversary? 

P.S. Watch for a fantastic giveaway on Friday!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hello there!

Hello! I’m thrilled to announce the re-launch of Maryland Pink and Green! Watch this space for new content, new ideas, and fabulous giveaways to help celebrate with me.

The past year has been quite a whirlwind for me. Probably the biggest news is that I completed the process for National Board Certification for Teaching Spanish. The portfolios and assessments were a tremendous amount of work and I’m proud to have completed them. I really do love my job and enjoy my students. This year, I worked particularly hard to prepare my AP Spanish students, with a new curriculum and Saturday study sessions, and know that their scores will be fabulous.  

Life at home is great. Almost overnight, my minnies are not so Minnie anymore. Natalia and Alexia turn 13 in August. They’re still best friends and love their Lilly, although they’re wearing more and more from the women’s department instead of minnies’. They keep me busy in my job as Executive Chauffeur as I shuttle them from activity to activity.

John and I are still getting settled in our new home, but I think that it’s best to take the decorating process slowly instead of buying everything new all at once. Perhaps I’ll share a glimpse at the house in an upcoming blog post.

Please leave a comment to say hello! I’d love to get reacquainted with you.

I’ll close today with a quote from Arthur Brisbane to the Syracuse Advertising Men's Club, in March 1911:  "Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words."

Easter Sunday! I'm wearing the Lilly Pulitzer Ollie dress.


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