Simple ways to celebrate: Cinco de Mayo

You gotta love how American’s come up with at least a few holiday’s (aka excuses to celebrate) every month. This we we have Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day in one week:D
My dad is Hispanic, so I feel in some way its legitimate to celebrate if you are at all Latina, right?  Regardless, who doesn’t love a reason to have a margarita! Here are a few easy ways to celebrate and show your festiveness! Will you be celebrating?! 
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My New Favorite Flower…

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Next to Roses and Peonies,  these fresh spring beauties are a new favorite this season: 
Garden Roses and Ranunculus
I mentioned this to my husband and he went out and bought Ranunculus bulbs the same day to plant in our yard! #396,000,001 reasons why I love him;) 
What is your favorite bloom?
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Meet the Blogger: Ashley LeMieux of The Shine Project

It so encouraging to see a blogger working torwards positive change in society. Tell us what inspired The Shine Project? 
At the beginning of the year, I felt an extra PUSH to make my goal of getting a novel published by the time I turned 25. Not to reveal my ripe old age (ha) but I turn 25 at the end of this year, and I realized the time is NOW. With this motivation, I realized that there are millions out there, like me, who just need an extra push. I chose the word SHINE to represent what I wanted to accomplish, and wanted to inspire others to do the same in their lives. There’s no time for unhappiness and unmet dreams!
How do you go about starting a project and making it successful? 
Starting a SHINE project is easy! I post weekly challenges that push all of us out of our comfort zones to SHINE. This could be anything from writing letters to support cancer patients, to accomplishing something you’ve never done. You can also start a SHINE SERVICE PROJECT. Brainstorm ideas of how you can help in your community, and get a group together. To make it successful, you just have to have faith in what you’re capable in accomplishing.
What do you love most about your work/and or blogging? 
On May 6th, I will officially be SELF-EMPLOYED with the Shine Project. I am so thrilled I have to pinch myself everyday. I LOVE making a difference in people’s lives. I love putting all of my energy into something that has a bigger purpose, and seeing the happiness that comes to others because of it.
Where do you turn to get your inspiration? 
I get my inspiration from my every day life. I’ve been working at an inner city school, and I see the love and encouragement that they need. They inspire me to make a change in the world. Finding joy in every day life, little things, gives me so many ideas to write about as well. As wierd as it might seem, I get floods of ideas while driving in the car. It’s my thinking time.
If you were given the opportunity to make one major change in the world, what would it be? If I could make one change, I would change attitudes. If their was more positivity, there would be more LOVE, determination, hope, and courage. It’s easy to get weighed down in this crazy world, and we forget what our potential is. Just think, if everyone believed in themselves, and cared about how their neighbor was doing…THIS WORLD WOULD BE AMAZING!
Just for fun, what are your top 5 day to day must haves??
1.Smooches from hubby
2.Time to write
3. Pink lipgloss. I seriously HAVE to have it on. Addicted, perhaps
4. 4-9 miles of running. However, this must have has been highly impacted because I tore my knee a month ago doing it. I’m in physical therapy and have some recovery time to go through!
5.Prayer
Her positive attitude is contagious isn’t it?!  Thank you for being here Ashley!
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