Quote of the Day

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

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(This picture was taken at Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, France. We were some of the first visitors there very early in the morning so we had the garden all to ourselves for a little while! It was mesmerizing).

Holland in Springtime?

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If you are thinking of taking a little trip during spring, you should really think about visiting Holland! I have only been in the summer, but I can imagine how beautiful it must be in the spring time! Take to the waterways of the Netherlands aboard the newly renovated canal barge the M.S. Magnifique, and discover medieval towns and landscapes with spring’s bright blossoms. Stroll through a patchwork of flowers at the Keukenhof gardens, or ride a bike past the windmills of Kinderdijk. Explore The Hague, Haarlem, and the picturesque canals and markets of Amsterdam. Trace the footsteps of Anne Frank and view the artworks of the Dutch masters, from Rembrandt and Vermeer to Vincent van Gogh! Spend the morning amid a riot of colors and fragrances at the breathtaking Keukenhof gardens, where more than seven million vibrant tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other flowers display their bright hues. Stroll acre after acre of the world’s largest flower garden, taking in a beauty that lasts just a short time each spring. If you love flowers then you should go see the the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer, where more than five billion flowers are sold every year! Witness the haggling and deal-making among flower vendors, and get a taste of life behind the scenes of the tulip trade.

Some great things you can do there are:

  • Bike through the green heart” of the Netherlands and discover the verdant countryside
  • Immerse yourself in the excitement of the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer
  • Visit the cheese weighing house in Gouda and a working porcelain factory in Delft

A truly beautiful place to visit one day if you have the chance 🙂

Kermits-The Meditating Frogs

One of the first things that I do when I go to stores is go straight to their outdoor department to see what type of small animal statues they have. I like decorating my garden with all types of cute decorative things. I have rabbits, lady bugs, squirrels, and frogs! I couldn’t resist when I saw these two cute little frogs. Everytime we have guest come over they compliment my little frogs. I put theme right in the front so they can be the first thing that people see. I already had the relaxing frog and I thought he could use a friend 🙂

English Gardens

Planning a trip to England soon? Traveling can be very relaxing if you go to the right places. Have you ever wanted to walk into an enchanted garden and just breath some fresh air? We all need time to forget about everything and just enjoy the beauty around us. Ever since I was little, my mom would take my twin sister and I to some of the most beautiful gardens. She would let us run around and play and we both felt like we were in our own secret and magical place. Now that we travel more, we have discovered more gardens that we absolutely love. Here are some famous gardens that are definitely worth visiting:

Biddulph Grange Gardens, Staffordshire

One of Britain’s most exciting and unusual Victorian gardens, visitors to Biddulph are taken on a miniature tour of the world. A walk round Biddulph involves passing through gardens inspired by China, Egypt and a Scottish glen.

Bodnant, Conwy

One of the world’s most spectacular gardens, Bodnant is situated above the River Conwy with stunning views across Snowdonia. Begun in 1875, Bodnant features huge Italianate terraces and formal lawns on its upper level, with wooded valley, stream and wild garden below.

Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire

The garden was divided into a series of compartments and each ‘room’ filled with an inspired and informal arrangement of plants around a theme: the White Garden, the Purple Border, the Rose Garden, the Herb Garden, the Lime Walk and the Cottage Garden.

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Stourhead’s ‘natural’ landscape surrounds a large artificial lake. Classical temples overlook and reflect in the water. The lakeside grotto is inhabited by a nymph and a river god.

Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Studley is the least-altered Georgian garden in England. Its elegant ornamental lakes, avenues, temples and cascades provide a succession of unforgettable vistas in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.


Filoli Estate

I am definitely going to visit this place this year! Ever since I saw it in The Wedding Planner I completely fell in love with it. Recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, Filoli welcomes the public to this remarkable 654–acre property, including the 36,000 square foot Georgian country house and spectacular 16–acre English Renaissance garden. Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. It is also a great place for wedding pictures!