Thursday, August 13, 2020

how to arrange grocery store flowers

You don't have to spend a lot of money to make a beautiful flower arrangement. Today I am sharing with you how to arrange grocery store flowers, and at the bottom of this post, you will find links to my friends sharing theirs.

There is a lot of information but it is super simple, and I only spend $25 on my whole arrangement. 

I am going to share my tips and tricks for creating a lush and beautiful centerpiece with ought spending a ton of time or money.


Right after bringing the flowers home, take them out of the wrapper, and using pruning shears, cut the stems at an angle and place in water until you are ready to arrange them.


Start with a vase or vessel with a wide mouth. I like to use unconventional vases like old galvanized buckets or watering cans. The wide mouth will allow for a lot of flowers, which you will need for this full look.

But I think my favorite vase might be right here. It's large, has a great texture and shape, and I love the light grey color.  It also comes in a charcoal color which is stunning! So if you are in need of a good vase, this one would be perfect!


The other tip I have for grocery store flowers is to get them at Trader Joes! They get flowers in daily and have a wide variety. They are far less expensive than your regular grocery store. 
For under $25 I got 20 white tulips, 2 bunches of seeded eucalyptus,  1 large bunch of white mums, and 1 large bunch of white berries. I feel like this would've been double if I bought them at my normal grocery store. 


Fill your vessel 1/2 full of water and then use scotch tape to create a grid on the top of your vase to help flowers stay in place. 


Start with your filler, which in this case is seeded eucalyptus. Place it so it is draping around the edges. Be sure to remove any leaves that will be touching the water. 


Add in your focal flowers. In my case, that is the tulips. Some can be around the edges drooping over, and some can be standing in or near the center.


Next you'll want to add in your second flower which in my case is the little mums. I am not sure if that is the correct name for them, but that is what I'll call them!


Finally you can fill in any gaps with the little white berry sprigs. Stand back from time to time and see if anything catches your eye that is a gaping hole. 

That's it! For under $25 and about 15 minutes of time, you have a beautiful arrangement that looks like anything but grocery store flowers!

 Click the links below the images to visit the posts and get inspired!   
How to Arrange Grocery Store Flowers from My 100 Year Old Home
How To Arrange Grocery Store Flowers from My Sweet Savannah

Easy DIY Rose Centerpiece for Under $20 from Sanctuary Home Decor

Late Summer Flower Arrangement from Craftberry Bush
Setting A Casual Table from Lemon Grove Lane
How to Arrange Grocery Store Flowers 5 ways from Dreaming Of Homemaking

Upgrade Grocery Store Flowers from Finding Lovely 
DIY Flower Bouquets from Most Lovely Things

xoxo, Melaine 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

life lately

What a crazy couple of weeks it has been.

I have gone back to work since having my total knee replacement and I have been on jobsites almost daily. I LOVE being back to work and designing spaces, it is my favorite thing ever. 

In the midst of all of the craziness our oldest lab Harley was diagnosed with cancer. He had the tumor removed but has had complications from surgery and has had to go back in a few times. 
Needless to say, I have taken time off and just basically have been watching him like a hawk.

While I have been home watching over him I have been trying to plan out a lot of my fall and holiday projects. I have even started a few and it has been super fun to get my hands dirty making projects again! Some fun stuff is in store for you!

I have stepped away from my computer and social media a bit to focus on Harley and get some of these projects tackled. 

I will be back tomorrow with a fun, and gorgeous I might add, floral arrangement DIY, but bear with me as my normal postings might be a bit spotty.

xoxo, Melaine

Monday, August 10, 2020

oatmeal jam bars for a quick back to school breakfast

These oatmeal jam bars are perfect for back to school. You can package them up and kids can grab one on the way out the door. 

I like to double the recipe and keep some in the freezer as well.

And, in honor of back to school {hopefully your kids are going back, but if not, they will like these at home too!} I added these little hello stickers to the front of them and wrote oatmeal jam bars. 

Wouldn't these also be cute packaged for a school bake sale? 

Oatmeal jam bars for a quick back to school breakfast-

I used these clear bags and just tied them up with ribbon.

I recommend using a really good jam for this recipe, homemade jam would be so good!
Even though this is a pretty decadent treat, it still could count as a grab and go breakfast.

I remember when my kids were little and breakfast before school was such a challenge. You want to get something in them before they head off, but mornings were always so rushed.

These homemade oatmeal jam bars are the perfect thing for those kind of mornings!

Yield: 8
Author: Melaine Thompson
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 30 MTotal time: 40 M


  • 1/2 C coconut oil melted
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 C quick oats
  • 1/3 C good maple syrup
  • 1/3 C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C best raspberry preserves


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, except for preserves.
  3. Using your hands press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of your pan until it's even and relatively flat.
  4. Gently spread preserves, leaving 1/2" around the outside. (The preserves will scald if up against the edge of the pan.)
  5. Using your hands, evenly crumble the remaining 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the preserves and lightly press so the crumbles stay in place after baking.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes on a center rack until lightly browned on top.
  7. Let cool in pan on top of a cooling rack. Cut and serve!
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I hope you try these out and love them as much as we do! 

xoxo, Melaine 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday favorites

Hello and welcome to Friday favorites! This is where I share all the things that have gone on this past week, and all the fun things I have found and want to share with you!

I have had a super busy week with work which is making the days fly by!

I have also been working on some fun DIY projects and starting to think about all things FALL!

It's crazy to me to think about planning all my fall and Christmas posts when it is still summer. 

But back to Friday favorites, here are some I found this week worth sharing.

I just ordered this basket and I am thinking maybe I will use it for a hamper, but maybe I will use it to hold a plant!

This was probably my favorite purchase in months! I got the largest size and they are gorgeous!

Thinking about getting this vase because I just got a couple new plants.

This silver leaf end table is stunning.

If I needed new silverware I would buy these in a heartbeat. Aren't they fun?

This is a great modern fixture for over a dining table or kitchen island.

This is an Instagram account I have really enjoyed following.

This is a great article on dark exterior paint colors.

I especially love this one, it's the same color as our bedroom, haha!

I hope you all have a great weekend and I hope to see you back here on Monday! I will be sharing a very very yummy recipe, with a back to school twist!

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

refreshing & healthy cauliflower summer salad

Hello there!

I am so excited to share this refreshing & healthy cauliflower summer salad recipe with you today.

I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of potato salad. But this is a great alternative, and I bet you that you can turn non cauliflower eaters onto this and they will love it too!

The recipe is below but I will add, to save on time you can cook the red fingerling potatoes and the cauliflower ahead of time, say the night before, and have them in your fridge ready to go.

Then all you need to do is add a few more ingredients and toss the dressing on.

Everyone I have made this for raves about it and gives it 5+ stars.
The fresh dill combined with the crunchy cauliflower and bits of the fingerling potatoes creates the perfect texture and taste for summer. 

I hope you pin this recipe and try it out! 

Cauliflower & dill "potato" salad

Author: Melaine Thompson
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


  • SALAD:
  • 2 heads  cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets and steamed until tender and cooled. I like to use 2 different colored. For example, 1 white cauliflower, and one yellow or purple cauliflower. It just makes the salad prettier. 
  • 1 1/2 cups red fingerling potatoes, cooked and cooled.
  • 2 ribs celery, minced
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley, + more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups Primal Kitchen mayoor your mayo of choice
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp  salt
  • Juice of ½ lemon


  1. In a large bowl, gently toss together your steamed cauliflower, fingerling potatoes,  celery, onion, dill, and parsley. Set the mix aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mayo, mustard, black pepper, salt, and lemon juice to make the dressing.
  3. Next, fold the dressing in with the cooled vegetable mix until your veggies are evenly coated. Garnish with parsley and serve chilled.
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15 Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

Fresh Sauteed Beet & Butternut Salad // French Country Cottage

Asian Noodle Salad // Finding Lovely

Blueberry Summer Salad // My 100 Year Old Home
Pacific Northwest Cobb Salad // Lemon Grove Lane

Summer Peach Spinach Salad // Sanctuary Home Decor
The Easiest Bow Tie Pasta Salad // Your Marketing BFF
Mexican Salad Bowl // Jennifer Maune

xoxo, Melaine 
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