Saturday, April 12, 2014

French Breakfast

Hello, everyone!
It's a beautiful weekend here in the northeast, how about you? Spring is finally smiling upon us, and it does feel good :)
So today, I thought I would share a simple country French breakfast with you!
It has been set up in a little alcove in my dining room.

Fresh orange juice served in crystal stemware is a lovely way to say good morning!

Bean sprouts in white egg-cups

Growing healthy bean spouts at home is pretty simple!

Soak quarter cup of mung beans from the grocery store in a shallow dish (3-4 days). Change the water daily and keep the dish away from direct sunlight. After a couple of days, you will notice tiny white tails sprouting from the mung beans.

When the little white tails are visible, simply drain all the water and transfer the mung beans to any dish of your choice. I transferred the mung beans with the little spouts into egg cups. 

Sprinkle with water everyday, but make sure there is not too much water sitting at the bottom of the dish. Keep the egg cups in a room with lots of light, but not direct sunlight. Within a few days the sprouts will grow more and more, and you will notice the green leaves. I love adding crunchy bean sprouts to soups, salads and sandwiches!

A blue rooster makes a pretty butter dish. I like the basket weave design on it.

Strawberry jam served in a small canning jar

A plate of flaky croissant and blackberries

I like collecting different spreaders. This particular jam spreader reminds me of of a wine cork.

Although spring has finally graced us with sunshine and chirping birds, spring blooms have yet to make an appearance. The silver teapot is therefore filled with silk daffodils and daisies. A beautiful way to start your day with a splash of color!

Deliciously fresh orange juice served from a bottle is a classic morning beverage that energizes you for the day!

I wrapped some yellow baker's twine around the neck of the bottle and hung a Frenchy chalkboard tag 

I hope you enjoyed sharing breakfast with me today!
Thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed having you over :)

My heartfelt thanks to the gracious hostesses for showcasing my Spring Tea Vignette at their weekly parties!  I love joining their parties with chock-full of inspiring projects, home decor ideas, yummy recipes and lovely crafts!
Thank You, ladies!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Eco Natural Soap Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the Eco Natural Soap Giveaway is Julie!
Congratulations, Julie!
The winner gets to choose the following:
One Exotic Butters Luxurious Dry Skin Balm
One Bath and Body Bar
One Lip Balm

Thank you to all who entered and to Alicia @ Eco Natural Soap for sponsoring the giveaway!

~Hugs, Poppy~


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Blog Anniversary Review and a Giveaway!

I love using fresh herbs in cooking, herbal personal care products, and even herbs as decorative accents around my home. So, when Alicia from Eco Natural Soap contacted me a few weeks ago about doing a review and a giveaway of the natural organic products sold at her store, I was excited! Each of their products is personally tested by Alicia's husband, Alan Hicks, and is formulated with only 100% pure, natural, organic ingredients from organic recipes. I love reading Alicia's blog: Eco Friendly Homemaking  where she shares about living (and saving)  green! 

Alicia was kind enough to send me some of her wonderful products, and I have been using them for the past week. I just love them! 

As soon as I received the products, the first thing that impressed me was the amazing scent...nice, clean, and oh so refreshing!   

Few of my favorites:

Exotic Butters Luxury Dry Skin Balm in Island Lime

This body butter is absolutely chemical free, made of natural products, and non-greasy. It is concentrated, so a little went a long way. I have been using it daily on my hands, knees, and elbows for the past week, and my winter dry skin is almost gone. The best part of this body butter is that the skin absorbs it well and keeps my skin soft, smooth, and moist the entire day. This product is absolutely wonderful! Even my husband loved this body butter! He has been using it on dry spots on his back and the skin balm did a wonderful job of keeping the skin moisturized.

Bath and Body Bar: (Spearmint Lavender)


I have been using the Spearmint Lavender Bath and Body bar instead of my regular body wash, and  I really like how it left my skin feeling so tinglingly fresh, clean, and soft! I like the fact that soap has no colorant or preservative and is made with all natural ingredients. It makes my skin youthful and radiant looking.  I adore anything that has lavender in it. This perfect bar soap lathers up quickly,feels luxurious and the fragrance is absolutely heavenly :)  It's the best soap I have ever used! It makes you feel that you just came out of a spa!

Lip Balm: Citrus Sunrise

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I have used lip balms all my life, and I have been wearing the Citrus Sunrise under my lipstick. This lip balm kept my lips soft and smooth, and it feels so soothing! It lasted a long time without reapplying. I love the fact that it is made with all natural ingredients such as vitamin E, Castor bean oil, shea butter to name a few. There are no drying agents that might cause you to reapply, and it kept my lips smooth and nourished for a long time. I adore the citrus flavor!

Overall, I am very impressed with the variety of products, and I have enjoyed using each one of them. They carry a whole range of personal care products for your body and even for your pets. They also sell mineral make up and offer free shipping for all of their products! Isn't that wonderful?

Now it's your chance to try out Eco Natural Soap's products!
They are generously giving away to one lucky winner of this giveaway the following:

One Exotic Butters Luxurious Dry Skin Balm

One Bath and Body Bar

One Lip Balm

To enter the giveaway here's what you need to do:

- Go to Eco Natural Soap and pick out the products you would like to try the most.

- Come back here and leave me a comment (on this blog post) telling me which ones you would choose. (1 entry) This is mandatory to win. PLEASE  leave your email, or make sure it is visible in your profile so that I can contact you if you win. You do not have to have a blog to win.

- For an extra entry after you have done the mandatory entry above:
Become a fan of Eco Natural Soap on facebook by liking it  HERE . Come back and leave a comment here on this blog post that you did :)

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. This giveaway will end on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at midnight. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on this blog Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. I will email the winner.

Good Luck to everyone! Last week, I celebrated my third year of blogging, so I am very excited to be having this giveaway.
Thank you Eco Natural Soap for providing me with this wonderful opportunity to have this great giveaway.

Also, if you need to order some of these wonderful personal care products for yourself or as gifts, Eco Natural Soap is offering this discount coupon code below.  So head over there and start ordering.
Coupon Code:  DOC15324 
This coupon code is for 15% off any order of $10 or more (even the products on sale) and is valid through March 24th, 2014. Shipping is free on all products.

Disclosure: I am not compensated for reviewing these products. All opinions are my own. Your personal opinion may vary.

As I complete three great years of blogging I would like to say thank you to all my sweet friends and followers for your continued support and endearing words of encouragement as I travel through this wonderful land of blogging :) Your sweet visits always make me smile and is a source of great inspiration! My heartfelt thanks!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

An Irish Cuppa Tea

Hello, everyone! 
March 17th is just round the corner! 

So, today I am sharing a nice "Irish cuppa tea" with you in honor of St Patrick's Day, a favorite holiday from the land of the Emerald Isle. 

I love Ireland, and someday I would love to visit this country steeped in tradition, mystical folklore, myths of fairies, and leprechauns dancing a jig.

A magical land of endless rolling hills and shadowy mists and moors.

The Emerald isle has a long love affair with the tradition of drinking tea.

It is one of the biggest tea consuming nations in the world per capita.

The national average is four cups per person per day!

Traditionally, tea in Ireland is served hot.

With milk and sugar

To celebrate green, I have pulled out my white dishes and green jadeite to set up my tea tray

I love vintage dishes! I love using them in tablescapes and vignettes and have so much fun playing with them.
The "Alice" jadeite saucer is one of my favorite patterns, I love it!
The embossed flowers on the plates and the scalloped edge design look so pretty, and the color itself is so beautiful.

This over-sized wicker tea cup was an impulse buy from Marshalls last year. I am so glad I picked it up because there are so many ways I can use it around the house as well as outdoors in summer.

For the candle, I just wrapped some lace and ribbon around it,

hung a paper tag with a St. Paddy graphic decoupaged on it, and...

sprinkled some glitter on it, reminding me of that elusive pot of gold!

I am all set to share a nice "Irish cuppa tea" with you, won't you join me? 

Wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day!
May the luck of the Irish be with you :)

Also, I would like to thank you, my readers for your loving thoughts and comments on my Blue Willow Tablescape. I am humbled by your sweet words! And my heartfelt thanks to these dearest ladies for highlighting my Blue Willow Tablescape at their weekly link parties:

Thanks for your lovely visit! It is always a pleasure having you here!
~Hugs, Poppy~

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