2 Actions to GET INSPIRED!

Good Day, Happy People!

I’ll admit it: I have been a little less-than-inspired recently! I subscribe to blogs, “Like” Facebook pages, and follow people and businesses on Twitter for daily doses of inspiration and motivation. But sometimes, it affects me for 2 minutes and then I go about my day, mundanely. And I hate it.

Sometimes, we all need a little kick in the pants, and for me, I continuously kicked myself for almost a week, and now I feel all charged up like the Energizer Bunny!

What did it for you? How can I do the same? Time to get back on the wagon!

Here are the 2 simple actions I took/am taking to propel myself forward, inspired:

1. I purchased something for myself. A few things, actually. When was the last time you purchased something for yourself without necessity? Purchased a dress you didn’t need for an upcoming work event, or that T.V. and XBOX 1 you needed to continue to interact with your gamer friends and stay up-to-par with the status quo?

Not only did I purchase a few things for myself, but they were on sale (YEEEE!), and they display words to motivate and inspire me:
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 * “STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES” bangle purchased ON SALE from: KateSpade.com
* “Quit Slackin’ + Make It Happen” wallet, and “Start the day with a smile and end it with champagne” phone case purchased ON SALE from: The Icing

If you have a difficult time “selfishly” purchasing items for yourself, then do what I (wish I could) do, and give away one item in your home for each item you purchase. Guilt-away! Now, every time I look down, I have a reminder to be positive, and not just dream, but GO FOR MY DREAMS! Everyone deserves a little sumpin-sumpin to do that for them!

2. Write a MANIFESTO. This week, I am participating in a FREE course with Melissa Cassera (MelissaCassera.com) entitled OBSESSED. Monday’s prompt was to write a Lifestyle Manifesto. According to Melissa’s worksheet: a Manifesto “provides a ‘check-in’ system to ensure that you’re practicing what you preach + presenting an accurate depiction of your lifestyle.” I have read so many times over that writing a Manifesto could be that one thing to spark everything else positively in my life…and for some reason I just never jumped on it. The prompt inspired me, but blocked me at the same time. Good thing Melissa included a fill in the blank form for me to start with! I will past the first draft of my manifesto below. But, just like life, it is a work-in-progress. Let me know what you think!

RoaminTwin’s Lifestyle Manifesto: Draft 1

When I wake up in the morning, the first thought on my mind is: Will going to the gym bring me more joy or pain, today?
And after that: Time for a big stretch and a spot of tea!
My heart glows when I am laughing with my best mates, and my heart breaks when I have no power to better a tough situation for a friend or family member
My community is my inspiration. More than anything else, I care about helping them to realize the joy they bring others
In my world, fantastic, flirty underwear is an absolute necessity
Jumping in puddles and wine nights are always a good idea.
Champagne and celebration are acceptable EVERY day
Pants are overrated, and being anything but authentic is a definite NO.
Fantasizing about that ice cream treat after a zumbathon is totally reasonable.
Striving to roam every corner of the earth is a must.
But, at the end of the day, living an abundantly joy-filled journey is all that matters.
When I die, I want to be remembered as the person who found herself on an adventure in happiness with…herself
And who inspired others to find joy and fulfillment in themselves, too.

Call-To-Action: Now that I have shared my Manifesto, I want YOU to create one to share with the community! This is a forum to share and promote happiness, so no holding back!

<3 The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets Monday!!

Good Day, Happy People!

I hope that – wherever you are – the sun is shining on you literally, and in every aspect of your life. I hope that you are stopping to smell the roses, and chasing your dreams like they are that cute boy you chased in middle school. I have been having a rough Monday myself, but with the help of this week’s Happy Tweets, as well as some positivity reminders I purchased for myself (that I will share in an upcoming blog post), I am gearing up to get today back on track!

Y tu? Enjoy!

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling
^^A.K.A. – Move forward with those dreams! :)

Change your attitude and it will change your life.

“The more we rejoice, the more we win the battle.”

You must stop talking about the problem and start talking about the solution…start speaking words of victory.
When things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting.

Don’t look back – you’re not going that way.

“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” —Judy Garland
See how TIMELESS these Happy Tweets are?? I am reaching all the way back into the re-Tweet vault from the second week of April, this week!
What are some words of motivation that keep you going through the week?
<3 The RoaminTwin

Wedding Wednesday #9: The Dessert Table

Good Day, Lovely, Happy People!

It breaks my heart to see that the last Wedding Wednesday post was on August 21st! Mea culpa!

And yes, I know it is no longer Wednesday of this week. But when my hometown team just swept their way to the World Series (and I got some last-minute tickets to the clinching game with my sister), everything else kind of fell off my to-do list.

But, here’s the deal: this post was worth the wait. Sure, it wasn’t a purposeful wait, but when your mouth is watering over the (mostly) homemade desserts I am about to share with you – and you walk down the street to buy your favorite cookie – you will thank me. This is all for the sake of happiness, people!

Suffice it to say, Timmykins and I have a GIANT sweet tooth between the both of us. So, along with our brunch buffet, we decided early on that we would like a dessert table. Because – even though cake is yummy – why stick to JUST cake? After telling my family, my sister and mom had SO many ideas, and we ended up with an almost entirely homemade dessert table filled with cookies, cakes, and donut holes (yes, you read that right)!!

Check out the staples below!

Timmykins LOVES him some Girl Scout Thin Mints & Oreos (I don’t mind them myself…), so we bought some. And then we bought some more.
Cookie styling by my dad. You can reach him through me for all of your cookie styling needs :)

My “Let Them Eat Cake” sign, flanked by none other than homemade cake (thanks, Ma!) & DONUT HOLES! There were 1,000 of them!
I am VERY well known at that donut shop now, haha!

Note: If you are going to provide 1,000 donut holes, please make sure an announcement is made. I found out after the fact that people weren’t eating as many because they wanted to make sure everyone got some. We had donut holes for DAYS afterwards! But we didn’t mind…

These little ditties…they are black and white cookies. I believe they are famous in New York City. Regardless, my adventurous sister (who lived in New Yawk for a time, and has many more big city adventures left) insisted they be at the wedding. So, family made them, and my wonderful second mother, Chris, hand-dipped them. They were wildly popular.

I wanted us on a cake. The moment he proposed. I was all set to bake the cake and learn how to frost it perfectly smooth. Then wedding week came along and I decided to take that stress away and order a plain white sheet cake at the local grocery store. I ordered the sticker from Fill Your Heart Edible Memories and decorated the cake with gold spray cake paint and graham cracker crumbles the night before the wedding!

This is Timmykin’s Groom’s Cake. The first cake I made him was dark chocolate with chocolate chips baked in. So, that’s what I made. Topped with dark chocolate icing and another cake sticker, and it’s a big fat hockey puck! I was really excited about it, and so was he. But, I don’t even think he got a bite! Oh well, there’s always next time…

Because my favorite shape of cake is square (I have no idea why, I am just drawn to it), my mom searched and found different sizes of square cake pans. And she baked cakes (AND cookies). She frosted them just like the fluffily-frosted cakes I pinned to my “Dream Wedding” Pinterest board, and voila! She is the best :)

Finally cutting the cake around 10pm. We had completely forgotten! Don’t forget to cut the cake or no one will eat it!

I would like to say I won this battle…but I am not quite sure.

We had a dessert table made with love because that is “so us” and made us happy. You could just as easily have one cake for all!

What is YOUR favorite dessert, and would it be served at a grand party you throw??

Now, go eat a cupcake/cookie/piece of cake :)

<3 The RoaminTwin

Past Wedding Wednesdays:
#1: You’re Engaged!
#2: People + Party
#3: Theme Time!
#4: Personalization Through VENDORS
#5: 4 Qs Every Bride Must Ask Herself To Find THE Gown
#6: D(AAO)IY
#7: Ceremony!
#8: Centerpieces!

Happy Tweets Monday!

Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

I am taking this approach to today in general. Because thinking too much and over-preparing will lead us to achieve NOTHING!



“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” (Rumi)

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” ― John Green

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss

Go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is.
When we underestimate our potential we don’t reach our potential.

Have a Happy Monday, Happy People!

<3 The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets Monday! Back again!

Hi ALL of you Happy People!
Looking back, it has been an entire month since I have posted! And for that, I am truly sorry. It has been a rough month of changes and challenges that I am working REALLY hard on being thankful for. I know that rough periods come and go, and that we as humans grow from them, but since I am still in the thick of it all, it is difficult to see an end to the tunnel!
Wow, all of that seemed a bit morbid! Welp, guess what? I started looking ahead through the Happy Tweets that are in store for us today, and these will DEFINITELY help turn my Monday around! I hope they can do the same for you, and help all of us to realize that:
We have the power to change our moods and reactions to things. We alone have the power to choose our own happiness!

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

« The biggest mistake of the man is that he thinks he doesn’t deserve the good and the bad things from his life »

Some opportunity comes Once In A Lifetime. TAKE IT!

“Successful people don’t waste time/energy worrying about being better than someone else. Focus on being the very best version of YOU.”

In life and business, there are two cardinal sins: The first is to act without thought, and the second is to not act at all. – Carl Icahn

“Needing to be liked is a problem. As long as you understand that, this will be fun.”

Love is the bridge between you and everything. ~Rumi

Everyday, take the chance to do something new. It won’t cost much more than the courage it takes to do it

Have the BEST day!

<3 The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets Monday!

I read a post on Facebook today about how to treat every day like the best day, and not just live for the weekends. Goodness, that will take a little bit of practice – especially on Mondays – so for now, let’s stick with the Happy Tweets to revv you up in your afternoon slump!


Truth is not diminished by the number of people who believe it.
Leadership is not about titles, positions or flow charts; it is about one life influencing another.
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale
It’s always too early to quit. – Norman Vincent Peale
“Doubt everything. Find your own light.” – Buddha
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”
“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” — Oscar Wilde
“You can, at any point in time, change where you are headed. You are your own dream weaver & a dream achiever and it’s all left up to you.”
Happy Monday, Happy People!
<3 The RoaminTwin

Wedding Wednesday #8: Centerpieces!

Continuing on the DIY Bandwagon, this week’s Wedding Wednesday (yes, it’s being posted on a Thursday…but still going up!) is all about our wedding centerpieces.

Bride + Groom preferences:

1. Nothing large – I personally would like to see the people sitting across from me
2. Nothing too traditional – fresh flowers are beautiful but they die (waste of $). Candles are fine (I like those).
3. Personalized – something that people can look at and think of the two of us as a couple.

So, incorporating our wedding colors, I decided to seek out items we already owned that helped personify us. What we didn’t have, I purchased cheap items and made. Those gold bottles? Wine + Guinness bottles that we drank out of and recycled for the cause. The gold frames? I bought 25 of them at the dollar store.

I knew we would have around 30 tables, so I made sure to collect enough items so we could mix + match to make nice centerpieces. My sister and I staged them on the floor of my house a few days before, but once we stepped into the venue to decorate, my bridesmaids went to town setting things out and creating their own concoctions. One less stress for me! Below, you will find pictures + descriptions of some of our table decorations :)

This centerpiece included my grandmother’s 35mm camera from the 50s!

This is the sweetheart table that we sat at during dinner. Sparkling Champagne Fabric for table runner: Amazon. Big “Z”: JoAnns. Toasting Glasses: Etsy (Vintage 1950s). Champagne Bucket: A gift my husband’s parents received at their wedding.

A closer look at the Sweetheart Table: Mice from our lovely friends from their wedding.

Another Sweetheart Table detail: Reserved signs I made for tables meant for wedding party and close family (NO seating chart here!!)

We set 2 longs tables together for: gifts, guest book, and memorial table (pictures of that below). It served as a single focal point, as we didn’t want people to miss out on the memorial table. Guestbook: a picture book I created and ordered through Walgreens.

A closer look at the card box I concocted. The box was a cardboard box made to look like a suitcase with old school maps printed on it. When I saw it I fell in love. We love to travel, and planned on using most monetary gifts from the wedding for our honeymoon. Cardboard letters, champagne paint, box: JoAnns.

A portion of our memorial table. We asked our families to bring their favorite photographs of loved ones who had passed. This way, we still got to see their smiling faces on our big day!

Our dear friend, Anthony, who lost his life too soon. This photograph that his wife brought from their wedding day had us all in tears!

My tea cup, gold glitter, an engagement photograph, and a spray-painted Guinness bottle came together nicely with the additional of some extra veil material!

My favorite – and most pertinent to the day – Dr. Seuss quote. This is one of those $1 frames I mentioned before!


Spray painted wine and Guinness bottles, Timmykin’s Guinness glass (a Christmas gift from me), and candles we already owned. Christmas bulb: WalMart (yes, I bought them at Christmastime – thinking ahead!)

Another one of Timmykin’s Guinness glasses atop a thrift store candle holder. Framed song lyrics.

A gift from my little brother atop extra fabric from a dress my mom made me.

This Big Ben tea pot is what one of my best friends asked me to be her Matron of Honor with. Charger: Michaels. Christmas Bulb: WalMart (did I mention, I bought these for my Christmas tree this past year, and plan on using them onward??)

An elephant tea pot from my sister. Charger + Christmas bulbs mentioned above.

Lyrics from a “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” song. One of the most quoted movies in our household.

I spray painted the Z with the same paint I used for the Guinness bottle behind it (good thing Timmykins drank a few Guinnesses in the week before the wedding!). Fun fact: the white tea cups were leftover favors from my Bridal Shower (great idea, Meredith!)

We adore the beach. So, in addition to the charger, candle, engagement photo, and Guinness bottle (all mentioned previously), we added seashells to some of the center pieces that we have collected over the years.

Self-Explanatory :)

More Christmas bulbs: our favorite holiday

Simple. And one of my favorite “couple-y” songs (right next to Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old with You”!)

I made a Mary Poppins hat for my costume this past year. One of my bridesmaids paired it with my FAVORITE engagement photo, and placed them on extra fabric from ANOTHER dress my mom made me

I thought this image would be the perfect ending to this visual entry.

If you have any additional questions about our center pieces, how we made them, if you want portions of what we have for your own wedding, let me know!

Happy Planning!

<3 The RoaminTwin