Fresh Spring Hues You Can Use Year Round

It’s time to discuss and decide which spring home decors in particular with color palette will be perfect for your home this year. These are the colors will showcase spring hues in fresh ways. It’s time to give your home a fresh look.

Sage, Pistachio + Mint

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Monochromatic color schemes are best for giving rooms a well-layered vibe. To layer spring into a space, consider using sage, pistachio and mint green tones together.

Canary, White + Kelly Green

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Choose colors by sticking with those which appear together in nature. One classic color combination evocative of springtime meadows is canary yellow, Kelly green and white. The yellow tones are commonly found in tulips, and the saturated green can be seen in lush foliage. White is a perfect neutral which helps mediate the intensity of the other two bold colors.

Violet + Robin’s Egg Blue

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Robin’s egg blue is one of the most iconic colors associated with spring. Robin’s egg blue is commonly paired with chocolate brown or pink when used year round, but it can take on an entirely new personality when partnered with something unexpected, like purple. For the perfect contrast, consider combining Robin’s egg blue with deep shades of violet.

Lemon + Mint

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Lemon yellow is a springtime staple commonly seen in tulips, daffodils and daisies. An excellent color to pair with lemon is mint green. While yellow on walls and furniture may become overpowering, mint is a calm, soothing color which works beautifully on walls, ceilings and upholstery.

Teal + Salmon

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Teal is traditionally a color seen in summer; however, by mixing it with feminine tones, this blue-green hue can instantly take on a springtime personality. Salmon is the perfect mix of pink and orange but can overwhelm a space with its saturation. To use teal and salmon effectively, stick with teal as the dominant color and salmon as its accent.

Raspberry + Celery

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While celery green tends to work well with adult spaces, raspberry often feels youthful. To pair these colors together successfully, use raspberry strictly through accents. In this bedroom, one chair covered in raspberry fabric does the trick.

Artichoke Green + Hot Pink

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Hot pink roses are one of the most desired flowers for springtime wedding bouquets. Put a new twist on this super saturated hue by pairing it with more masculine greens such as artichoke or dark olive.

SOURCE: www.hgtv.com/design

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How to Arrange your Own Beautiful Bouquet For Valentine’s Day

Not sure what to do with a bouquet of loose flowers on Valentine’s Day?  Take a little lesson from top floral experts and create your own artful arrangement.

Think Seasonally

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“Choosing a local flower shop that uses seasonal flowers will help you find an inspired, unique bouquet. Stems such as ranunculus, anemones, proteas, garden roses, and double headed tulips mixed with textured flowers and multiple types of greens help create that garden feel. Nix the old red roses bouquet and grab something that will create a lasting impression!” – Suzanna Cameron, Stems Brooklyn

Use an Unexpected Container
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“Use an unexpected vase shape to add a modern twist on classic elegance. We like to use moon vases for our signature rose arrangements on Valentine’s Day—the look is streamlined and simple, but effortlessly chic at the same time.” – Rebecca Hu-Van Wright, Elan Flowers

Choose a Focal Point

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“Whether you’re picking out a bouquet or making your own, start by focusing on a single, unique component that will set your design apart. I love to use a cut succulent in a bouquet as a focal point to build around—and they make especially good gifts because the recipient can actually pot the succulent and keep it as a plant. After you’ve chosen your focal point, surround it with green stems (like ruscus or lemon leaf) to add volume, and group other face flowers in odd numbers in a spiral around the focal stem. To contrast with the smooth texture and open face of flowers like roses, add interest with chrysanthemums that have multiple blooms per stem, along with statice and hypericum for texture. I also like to use ‘line’ stems like veronica, celosia, or amaranthus to give my bouquets dimension and avoid that perfectly round look. Finally, add a few more stems of greens around the outside of the bouquet, wrap it with burlap, and tie it with grosgrain or satin ribbon to give it the feeling of a true gift.” — Cameron Hardesty, Director of Products for UrbanStems

Go Ombre

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“Add a twist to the Valentine’s Day Classic: red roses. You can create an ombre affect by adding coral or orange roses to the bottom of your arrangement. This is a simple way to jazz up your floral arrangement!” – Bronwen Smith, B Floral

Make More Than One

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“You can create a grand experience for your Valentine’s dinner by adding height to your tablescape. Use vases in varying heights with tall traditional candlesticks to create a dining experience your sweetheart won’t forget!” – Bronwen Smith, B Floral

SOURCE: www.realsimple.com

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SUPRISING FACTS ABOUT VALENTINES DAY

Did you know???

Be surprised while exploring these Valentine’s Day facts about cards, chocolate, flowers and candy, the hallmarks of St. Valentine’s Day.

LOOKING FOR LOVE

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141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.) (Source: Hallmark research). Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight. (Source: Hallmark research)

Research reveals that more than half of the U.S. population celebrates Valentine’s Day by purchasing a greeting card. (Source: Hallmark research)

BE MINE

valentines-day-night-background-newly-married-couple-dancin-286731072.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually. That breaks down to more than 6,000 a day.

112,185 marriages were performed in Nevada during 2008. So many couples “tie the knot” in the Silver State that it ranked fourth nationally in marriages, even though it’s total population that year among states was 35th.

CANDY IS DANDY

1,241: The number of locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2004. These establishments employed 43,322 people. California led thimages.jpge nation in the number of such establishments with 136, followed by Pennsylvania with 122. (Source:http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/cbptotal.html)

515 locations produced nonchocolate confectionary products in 2004. These establishments employed 22,234 people.

FLOWERS

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The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2005 for all flower-producing operations with $100,000 or more in sales was $397 million. Among states, California was the leading producer, alone accounting for nearly three-quarters of this amount ($289 million).

JEWELRY

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There were 28,772 jewelry stores in the United States in 2004. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to lovers of all ages. In February 2006, these stores sold $2.6 billion worth of merchandise. (This figure has not been adjusted for seasonal variation, holiday or trading day differences or price changes). The merchandise at these locations could well have been produced at one of the nation’s 1,864 jewelry manufacturing establishments. The manufacture of jewelry was an $9 billion industry in 2004.

SOURCE: www.history.com

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Unconventional First-Date Ideas for 2017

If you consider a movie and dinner way too basic and boring for your taste, you can always find unusual yet fun Valentine’s date to make it more romantic. Get inspired to think outside the box and consider these options that will set a more inviting mood.

Take a Ferry Ride

gettyimages-644016565The length of a 30-minute ferry ride is the perfect bite-sized date option for people who don’t want to have to drag things out over dinner or drinks. It’s a good chance to get fresh air, take in some sights, and suss out whether the other person’s up to snuff for a post-excursion drink or coffee.

Sample Treats at a Food Festival

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Big holidays like Chinese New Year and annual food festivals are excellent opportunities to sample bites while you get to know someone. All the various food options and the mingling in a crowd will give you a good chance to survey how adventurous and adaptable the other person is, too.

Go For a Leisurely Bike Ride

If both of you like to bike, plan a trail date in a park or scenic area where both of you can chat while cycling at a *leisurely* pace to avoid any Tour de France-worthy pile-ups.

Visit a Tea Room

gettyimages-560779579If you’re more into herbal blends than java, visit the soothing atmosphere of a tea room for your first rendezvous. The tea room owner will typically lead you in a tea ceremony at an ASMR volume while both of you sip on calming teas and feel zen.

Go to the Beach

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Whether you live by an ocean or a lake, a day out on the sand is always a calming date spot if the weather’s playing along. Soak in some sunshine near the water and as the day draws to a close, take a romantic stroll with the setting sun as an Instagram-worthy backdrop.

Go to a Carnival

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Appeal to your inner child by buying tickets for a carnival. Yes, we know, we know, so cliché. But embrace the cheesiness—share cotton candy, let him try to win you a prize, and ride the Ferris wheel if you’ve got the stomach for it. It’s a great way to get to know each other while having fun at the same time.

Go Bowling

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Whether you’re a strike machine or a ten-pin novice, there’s so much fun to be had at a bowling alley, from the beer and cheap pizza to the rush of the game itself. Set up the bumper guards if you want to avoid utter embarrassment or go no-holds-barred for a competitive one-on-one match.

Take a Wine-Tasting Tour

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Cook a Meal Together

There’s nothing more satisfying than preparing a meal together in the comfort of your own home if one or both of you is an avid cook. If you’re more of a boxed mac-and-cheese type of gal, take the backseat as a sous-chef and help with the chopping and peeling.

SOURCE: www.marieclaire.com

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Seven Tips for Sparkling Christmas Letters

Christmas letters are such good ideas! Surely, your family and friends will love to read them. Be inspired with these great tips to get you started writing a fun, creative and passionate Christmas letters this year.

Start off on a positive note

It’s a trend you can count on! Start holiday letters with a cheerful bang, not a whimper about the passage of time. Try openers like, “One of the blessings of this time of year is the chance it gives me to connect with you, my friends and family.”

Shorter is sweeter

Even the most doting aunties can be daunted by a multi-page, single-spaced Christmas letter that drones on (and on and on) about the minutia of family doings. Keep Christmas letters short and sweet! Hit the year’s high points, and save the day-by-day description of your summer vacation for long lunches or personal phone calls.

Write in your own voice.

Too often, holiday letters show symptoms of “writer-itis”: big words, turgid sentences, piled-up adjectives. Friends and neighbors don’t want to hear from Edward Bulwer Lytton, they want to hear from you! Use your own voice, and write as you speak. You’ll bring a breath of fresh air–and a happy echo of your own personality–to your letter.

Keep your audience in mind

Like pantyhose, holiday letters aren’t “one size fits all”. Business associates won’t be interested by a chatty, family newsletter, while distant cousins don’t care about the ins and outs of workplace politics.

Before you start your holiday letters, picture the recipients in your mind and write in a way that will make sense to those who will receive them. Use a free printable Christmas card list to group recipients and organize cards and letters.

Resist the urge to embellish

It’s a holiday-time stereotype: the braggin’-braggin’ Christmas letter. While it’s only natural to put your best foot forward, keep your perspective as you write. Your true colors and real personality are a lot more interesting to your friends than a puffed-up presentation of the year’s events.

Be selective about photos

With the rise of digital photography, there’s been a corresponding inflation in holiday letter photos. Share photos selectively and sparely. One or two great shots that illustrate your text are much better than an over-the-top photo barrage.

Make it personal

A sparkling, informative holiday letter is underdressed if it doesn’t contain a personal touch. Add a short handwritten note to your holiday letters for a warm finish.

Alpha computer geeks among us may use word processing software to personalize each letter. However you achieve it, be sure that the recipient can feel your warm–and personal–regard.

SOURCE: christmas.organizedhome.com

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas from Monterey

Tickets for Christmas in the Adobes 

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Return to the days of Alta California and see Monterey’s historic adobes beautifully decorated for the season with welcoming, candle-lit luminarias at each entrance! Enjoy festive music, living history portrayers, and the warm spirit of this year’s 33rd annual celebration that has become a family favorite during the holidays. Twenty-two adobes located throughout Monterey’s historic downtown open their doors for the festivities from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on December 9 & 10. For tickets, click this link.

Admission Buttons for First Night Monterey

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Buy Buttons for First Night Monterey 2017 now! Your ticket to all the activities at our 24th annual community celebration of the arts! Early bird prices are in effect through December 5. Discounted Family Pack is available on-line only through December 28. Button sales will begin at our retail partners after Thanksgiving. FNM Buttons are a work of original art and make great stocking stuffers and Secret Santa gifts!

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Books

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium bookstore offers a variety of books about sea otters, seahorses and other topics related to the Aquarium exhibits. You can shop online here.

Pebble Beach Golf Course Photo Cards and Prints 

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These greeting cards feature scenes of the Monterey area by photographer Miriam Grebe. Included are fifteen photos of the Pebble Beach Golf Course greens. Use our Gift Box Order Form to order gift boxes at discounted prices, or use our Cards & Prints Order Form to order individual cards and prints. For more information , visit ww.miriamgrebeimages.com.

Photo Mousepads

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Miriam Grebe is now offering mousepads made from any of the photos featured on this website or on MontereyChristmasCards.com. Each mousepad measures 9 1/4 inches wide by 7 3/4 inches high and is made with high-density black foam and a tough, stain-resistant cloth cover. The cost is $12 per mousepad.

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Must-Sees in Monterey this Holiday Season

Late November and early December are packed with events that will really evoke the feelings of holidays in Monterey. From parades and multiple tree lightnings, holidays in Monterey County are not taken lightly. Check out the upcoming holiday events that you shouldn’t miss.

SALINAS HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS

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Sunday, November 27, 6pm- Get into the Christmas spirit at the Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights. This family and community-centric event is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. The lighted parade consists of marching bands, floats, dancers and classic cars. Come early and grab a spot along the parade route which goes up South Main Street and through Oldtown to the National Steinbeck Center.

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

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Sunday, December 4, 6pm- Fabulously decorated boats and yachts set sail on the Monterey Bay for an evening Lighted Boat Parade. Creatively decked out ships will leave the Coast Guard Pier and cruise past Cannery Row to Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove.

STREETS OF BETHLEHEM

Wednesday, December 7 – Saturday, December 10, 6pm-8:30pm- Step into the Nativity story, as 200 re-enactors, along with live animals and musical groups, recreate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Salinas recreate the entire town of Bethlehem to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience.

CHRISTMAS IN THE ADOBES

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Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 10, 5-9pm- Celebrate the holidays 19th century style at the Christmas in the Adobes. Monterey’s twenty adobes will be lit up in holiday splendor with live entertainment, refreshments and volunteers in 19th century attire. There is no better way to tour these historic adobes all within a half-mile of each other. Docents will also be on hand to tell stories about the unique history and to answer questions about the rare architecture. Tickets are $25 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-17 (must be accompanied by a paying adult), and free for children ages 5 and under.

JINGLE BELL RUN WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 10, 8am- Put on your Santa hat and sneakers and get ready to run (or walk) along Pacific Grove’s stunning coastline during the Jingle Bell Run. This 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation and begins at Lover’s Point Park. Have fun with Santa, tie jingle bells to your shoes and help raise funds to support the foundation.

SANTA’S FLY-IN

Saturday, December 10, 10am- Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town in style! The famous couple flies in by helicopter direct from the North Pole to Carmel Valley Village Airfield. There they’ll board their sleigh, lead a parade through Carmel Valley Village and end up at the Carmel Valley Youth Center for visits with youngsters.

FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY

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Saturday, December 31, 3pm- Looking for a family friendly New Year’s Eve event? Then look no further than First Night Monterey! Plenty of entertainment will be on hand with a plethora of art exhibits, live music, dance performances, great food and more. Over thirty venues in downtown Monterey hold performances throughout the afternoon and into the New Year.

RIO GRILL’S RESOLUTION RUN

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Sunday, January 1, 8am- Time to burn off all of those holiday cookies during Rio Grill’s Resolution Run. Kick off 2017 with this 6.5 mile foot race or a 3 mile family fun run. The gorgeous course begins at Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel, and takes runners along trails and sandy beaches, all with views of the glorious Carmel coastline.

SOURCE: www.seemonterey.com

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