Category Archives: Inspire

A Winter “One”-Derland Themed Party

17th December 2013

We had such a lovely Birthday party for sweet L. I knew I wanted a Winter Wonderland theme with her birthday being so close to Christmas. Plus we don’t really get a Winter here in Florida, so I wanted it to be special, fun, festive and bring winter here to the sunshine state. I was inspired by snowflakes and silver with cool blues, mints, and mauves. I wanted it to have a wintery, icy feel.

I loved getting creative with the food and naming them things like “muddy snowballs” for the meatballs, “Ice chips” for the chips and dip and “snowflakes” for the popcorn. I made all of the party crafts myself out of card stock and I made the serving platters out of antique silver trays glued atop crystal candle holders.


Location: Sawyer Lake Park at Heathrow Country Club, FL

Photography: Artful Life Studios

Food: Friends and Family

Cake: I wanted to make a healthy cake and since we mostly follow the Paleo diet, I made a Paleo smash cake that was so good.

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Dessert Table

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Food/Drink Table

Food table fruit salad party penguins

melted snow

Crafts/Party Favors/Gift Table

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Cake Time! I made L a Paleo coconut vanilla cake with coconut and maple butter frosting. It was soooooo good, and she loved it.

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A lot of L’s little friends came to help celebrate her turning one!

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We had such a great time! And I am still in shock that my baby is 1!!!







Phyllis the paper-mache rhino

14th October 2013


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When we found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted the nursery to have a little bit of an African theme with lots of cute giraffes, elephants, rhinos, etc.. I came across the cutest paper mache giraffe from Anthropologie, and wanted it to hang on the wall of the nursery. I showed it to Ryan, who then proceeded to tell me that he could make one out of paper mache and any other animal I wanted. Whaaaa? Who knew he had a little crafty side that he had been hiding from me. He started with a rhino head and built it out to look pretty realistic! I purchased a French book and we mod-podged the torn pages onto the rhino to look like skin, and then I painted it. It’s pretty awesome. We named her Phyllis. Ryan is already getting started on a giraffe and an elephant. I foresee paper-mache animal heads taking over our home in the future.

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Friday Love

21st June 2013

Beach Bokeh
YAY for the weekend. It is currently blue skies and sunny here, but sooooo HOT! We may try to take a beach trip tomorrow for part of the day. What are your weekend plans?

Here is what I am loving this week:

* Easy Gluten-Free Paleo Recipes, this cookbook looks awesome.

* A rustic wedding, I love everything about this. That dress! The Fort! So Fun.

* This owl platter…so pretty.

* A confetti picnic blanket how-to. Love this.

Also Loving ~

* Coffee, Coffee, Coffee…it’s been a rough last couple of nights with the munch.

* A visit from an old friend.

* My Thursday Bible study.

* Fresh berries.

Have a lovely weekend!

Photo Credit: Doug Wheller

One Year of Sass and Pepper

17th August 2011

Take a break
Hello dear friends, I cannot believe that an entire year has gone by since I first started Sass and Pepper. I started this blog with the intention to share things that I love, share recipes that are healthy and allergy free, and overall just share life with all of you. It was a little bit of a rough start because I didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing, and I still don’t, but I think that over the year this little blog has kind of taken on a form of its own and has become a home to me.

I am so glad that I have a place to come back to relive all of the memories of the last year and I am so thankful to all of you for reading and sharing them with me. I welcome, and would love, any suggestions on how to make this blog better. Let me know the things you hate or love or want more of, because your opinions matter to me.

Here are some of my favorite posts, memories, from the last year:

* Manaus, Brazil.

* Austria & Germany by train.

* Soul Surfer.

* New Venture.

* 31 things I love about him.

* A Valentines Weekend.

Here’s to many more years of Sass and Pepper!

Thank you for reading.

It’s a Monday

15th August 2011

This past weekend feels like a blur. I worked all day Saturday, and woke up Sunday to celebrate my brother’s 20th birthday, had a hot yoga session, ate gluten-free pizza and caught up on some laundry. Today I plan on taking it easy before heading back up to Winston-Salem this evening. I hope that your weekend was filled with something exciting.

Currently loving this video featuring 3 guys, 44 days, and 11 countries. It is pretty neat. Check out the other two videos from their trip.

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

New Venture

19th July 2011

For as long as I can remember I have been saying I needed to get a voice-over demo recorded so that I can book more vo jobs. I even added it on my list of things to do before turning 30, giving myself a deadline. I am happy to announce that I can now cross that off of my list. I not only recorded a demo, but had a website made, and headshots done. My new site is up and demos are being printed as I type. I am super excited about this new and exciting little venture in my life.

I hired the lovely and talented Sabina of Design Garden to design my website. She did a fantastic job at expressing who I am throughout the site, giving it a personal touch. I am just so happy with how it turned out. Go have a look and tell me what you think.

Dancing in the Rain

29th June 2011

It has been raining every single day for the past week here in central Florida. Everything is looking a lot greener. The air smells so clean and cool and there are puddles in every direction. It has actually been rather soothing, though I am hoping for a warm and sunny holiday come this weekend. I could go for a dance in the rain right about now, you?

Image: Found on Pinterest, via White Roses.