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Floral Inspiration from MFA’s Art in Bloom

Floral Inspiration in WhiteFloral inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts

If you missed the Museum of Fine Arts Art in Bloom exhibit, allow me to share a few of the photos I took that are fueling my floral inspiration this season. Every Mother’s Day my goal is to pretty up my outdoor spaces with new hanging plants, garden pots and planters. I love going to the local nursery and selecting colorful blooms, greenery, plantware and accessories. If I’m being honest, I didn’t get very far this year, but I’m glad to have gained some floral inspiration from my recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts nonetheless. Their dramatic floral displays may not be anything I could recreate myself, but many arrangements did give me creative ideas that might extend, in some small way, to the plantings I will eventually get to this spring.

Here were some of my favorites.

Closeup

 

Floral inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts

 

Floral inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts

 

Dense and Dramatic

 


Color Coordinated

I loved how the floral displays played off the color, texture and imagery of the art.

 

 

 

 

 

Sculpture

I have a thing for sculpture and only after having taken this photo of the ballerina did I realize it reminds me of the garden sculptures I have of two dancing girls.

 

Floral Inspiration
Theirs
Mine

I hope you enjoyed this floral inspiration pictorial.

Let’s hope all of those April showers bring us beautiful May flowers. And June, July, August…

 

Fun with Flamingos in North Andover, MA!

 

Well hello there!

 

I don’t know what it is about pink flamingos, but they are funny and make me smile. When The North Andover Women’s Club decided to run their spring “Fly a Flock of Flamingos” FUNdraiser I knew they were on to something fabulous. In support of their North Andover High School scholarship program, you can send anyone in North Andover a flock (12) or two for $25 per flock.

 

The Details
Fly a Flock of Flamingos fundraiser flyerFlamingos for a Birthday

I realized my wonderful friend Rose was celebrating a birthday and knew a flamingo flock would make a perfect surprise.

 

Flamingos for Prom

I nearly forgot that it was prom night for Rose’s daughter, Helen. She and her handsome date got in on the flamingo fun too. Isn’t she gorgeous?

Helen and Will and the flamingos

 

Think Pink for Any Occasion!

The North Andover Women’s Club is thrilled to deliver a set of pink ladies to your doorstep for a special occasion or just for fun. Call them at 978-475-4411 to set up your flight.  Your flock will land and stay put for 48 fun-filled hours. Get your cameras ready!

 

Set up your flight today!

Musing Mediterranean Book Cover Reveal

Musing Mediterranean
Musing Mediterranean book cover

 

I was flipping through Instagram on Saturday and my heart skipped a beat when I scrolled past my very own book cover. WiDo Publishing/E.L. Marker had posted a teaser for the Musing Mediterranean book cover. While I had just finalized the book cover with the designer, seeing it on social media stopped me in my tracks. Wow! This dream just got real.

If you’ve followed my writing for a while, you may recognize the art from my old column, Matters of Life & Beth, in Merrimack Valley Magazine. Artist, Ken Bonin, reprised his role as my talented caricaturist and Stephen Pennimpede artfully brought the drawing to life in color.

Thank you both so much!

 

I couldn’t have asked for a better representation of what Musing Mediterranean is all about. I am so excited to share this story with you very soon.

Reserve Your Copy of Musing Mediterranean!

I hope you enjoy the cover as much as I do and please consider signing up for your reserve copy today. Scroll to the bottom of my press release to enter your email.

The Dash Diet – A Thumbs Up So Far

The Dash Diet Book

I‘ve been here before and I’ll be here again. I’m trying a new diet. This time I’m giving The Dash Diet by Marla Heller, MS, RD a try. Why a diet, you ask? And why not the last diet I blogged about, The Dukan Diet, from which I had some success? Well, let me begin with the latter. While I achieved my goal with The Dukan Diet, I didn’t find the combination of foods to be appetizing. So my brain immediately turned against the idea of doing it again.

But why a diet at all? Typically, my philosophy is to eat healthy foods in moderation and exercise. Let’s face facts, things change. By things, I mean waistlines and numbers on the scale.

My Big Mistake

Allow me to share my biggest mistake which brought me to The Dash Diet. I was struggling to see movement on the scale despite bouts of good eating and solid exercise. I was frustrated and bought into the fact that women “my age” (let’s just leave it at that) experience a harder time losing weight. To that I said, “screw it” and did away with my regular weigh-ins.

There began my problem. Months after my scale boycott, I felt uncomfortable. Winter weight perhaps? My jeans were tight and I didn’t like how I looked. I dared step back on the scale and was shocked. I had reached a high that was flat out unacceptable.

Structure

I had to do something and needed a structured plan to turn things around. Without something to follow, I simply leave too much to chance and thoughtlessly overindulge.

On the recommendation from a friend, who looked amazing after having spent three months on The Dash Diet, I decided to get serious and give it a try too.

I’m about one month in and so far so good. Things are moving in the right direction, albeit slowly.

Why I like The Dash Diet

First, it originated as a plan to reduce high blood pressure. While I do not suffer from high blood pressure, it runs in my family and I have a very strong reaction to high levels of sodium. The reduced sodium in this diet does me a lot of good.

Second, I like the food on The Dash Diet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a diet and the options are limited, but what the meal plans suggest, I like. Certain kinds of cheeses are allowed, nuts and eggs are go-tos and one of the lunch options is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sold! This was my kind of diet.

 

 

Sugar, of course, is not a friend on The Dash Diet. Is it ever? But the way the food is rationed throughout the day, I find my blood sugar is so stable that my sugar highs and lows have disappeared. My constant hunger and need to snack has subsided – all the while I feel satisfied.

Control

While I’m still working to undo the damage of my winter hibernation, I’m most happy that The Dash Diet has given me a semblance of control again. I no longer feel wildly ravenous and have been able to make smart decisions when it comes to what I’m consuming.

Like with any diet, this one is not for everyone but summer’s coming so I thought I’d share.

Dress to Impress Event at Dani Kaye – I’ll Be Modeling 😳


Dani Kaye floral top, shoes, handbag earrings and cuff

 

Join me, stylist Lysa Pelletier-Gibbs and store owner Jaime Sloan for a fun, Dress to Impress, in-store event on

Saturday, April 21st from 1-3pm

 

Dani Kaye Dress to Impress promo

 

Dani Kaye is North Andover’s newest one-stop shop for fashion. At this event, Lysa, Jaime and her team will help you select the perfect dress for any occasion. Dani Kaye’s selection of accessories, including SPANX, will help you complete your look.

Enjoy 20% off your dress this Saturday. I will be modeling looks styled by Lysa and, if you recall, I am no stranger to Lysa’s talents. Check out my own style makeover with Lysa back in January.

Dani Kaye is located at 85 Main Street, North Andover.

I hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 21st from 1-3!