A Minty Fresh Desk

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I’m pretending like this is the first week of school.  I completely cleared off my desk and filed a lot of old papers.  My books are displayed neatly and there are fresh flowers sitting on the corner.  Best of all, my new desk accessories from Poppin arrived.  My desk makeover is now complete!

I had quite the obsession with notebooks, pens and other school supplies growing up. My rule was to squeeze as many different colors as possible into my backpack.  There was no shortage of Hello Kitty & her Sanrio friends, Lisa Frank and Gelly roll pens.  At one point I wrote each line of home in a different color ink! I admit, too far with the color coordination on that one.



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Anniversary Trip to Lake Tahoe


Each anniversary we plan to travel to a new Californian vacation town.  Last year we ventured up to scenic Mendocino, a beautiful coastal town in Northern California. This year we headed in the opposite direction to Lake Tahoe!

I’ve never vacationed in a place that perfectly blends the forest and beach.  One minute we’re laying in the sand and the next we were hiking through beautiful trees.  In the summer months, it is easy to drive between points of interest.  I couldn’t imagine would it would be like with snow-covered roads.  Our hotel was in South Lake Tahoe (more on Basecamp in a later post), sort of the hub for tourism there.  The casinos, several restaurants, shopping, beaches, hiking, and family fun are on this side of the lake.

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Styling Pillows Guide on Tiny Prints!


Happy Thursday everyone!

Just a quick note that my how to style pillows guide is live on Tiny Prints today.  Bounce on over to their blog and read my tips on sizing, color scheme and pattern!

I’ve really enjoyed working with Tiny Prints and helping promote their new decor collection.  There are an infinite amount of designs you could create with the custom pillows. Think outside the box of just family photos. Landscapes, modern graphics and flowers would make great pillows!

Let me know what you think of the guide!

YouTube, Here I Come!


You guys the time has finally arrived. Drum roll please…I posted my first video on YouTube!  Allowing a pause for champagne bottle popping :)

I filmed this last month with the idea of creating a clear branded video. It’s sort of a commercial for Planning Pretty! After making this blog and all its extensions my full time gig in May, I started developing better strategies to grow and improve this site. I knew video would need to work its way onto this blog soon. I dusted off my iMovie skills and you know what, editing wasn’t as bad as I thought. I held off posting the video for a while since I’m not a videographer  Boy is being nervous silly sometimes. It’s just better to get things out into the world. I hope YouTube viewers will stumble upon my little video and find inspiration here on Planning Pretty!

With the new site design and new projects developing, now really is the perfect time to debut my first video.  Next step? Getting over being camera shy for the next video! My new video series will share helpful tips for decorating, entertaining and baking techniques.  I plan to release a new episode every month as I get the hang of filming. If there’s anything specific you really want to see please share in the comments, I would love to know.  I’m all about helping friends.  So stay tuned, keep reading and subscribe to the YouTube channel.  Thank you for the support!

Picnic for Two


The mister and I celebrated our two year anniversary this past weekend with a quiet trip to Lake Tahoe.  When it came to anniversary gifts, we wanted to go the traditional route. First anniversary equals paper, second year cotton.  I debated over new sheets, towels, pajamas, but then I learned about Tiny Prints custom pillows!

We never finished printing all of our wedding photos.  My dad created a wonderful painting of us and we have a couple photos scattered around the apartment in frames. The pillows, however, would be a great addition! I followed the easy step by step process to design a pillow on Tiny Prints’ site.  I chose large high resolution photos that captured some of our favorite wedding moments. Tiny Prints has a great selection of templates for pillows.  I adored the Stunning Love and Favorite Memory designs and it took less than five minutes to set up my order. I also selected a couple of the Forever Dots pillows to compliment.  The pillows were the perfect gift for our anniversary.


To debut the new pillows, I set up a romantic picnic for two out on our rooftop. Nothing too fancy or difficult to prepare.  I laid out the new pillows, a bouquet of dahlias, a soft blanket, my antique silver tray, a pair of champagne flutes, a few dishes and our new portable record player.

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