Author: Bridgette Penel

Happy Girl Gang Appreciation Day!

Originally posted on A Color Pop Life:
May I kick off this blog by saying Thank You Ban.do for putting this holiday in my monthly calendar! ?I would have never known this day actually was celebrated had it not been beautifully shaded blue (huh?) in my monthly calendar view! ?But, despite the day being in a shade more commonly known for boys, I won’t let that distract the fact that there seems to be a new day of the year I should be looking forward to: Girl Gang Appreciation Day! I tried to get some context to?how this day became one now earmarked as an official day of celebration but Google and Wikipedia both failed me on this. ?I did find, however, Urban Dictionary’s definition of girl gang: “those fearless ladies who exude self-confidence and help build their fellow sistas up, not tear them down” – I am liking that! ?But, I think Chelsea Handler may have said it so well recently when sharing: “We can eliminate the competitiveness that has been imposed upon us…

THE Spring Wreath: A Ridiculously Easy DIY

Originally posted on A Color Pop Life:
Hello Friend!  Okay … you may be thinking, “Bridge, you mistakenly capitalized THE in the blog post title”, I’ll have to openly disappoint you.  I meant to do that!  Why?  Because now that I have made this wreath … on a whim I will add … it is my quintessential Spring wreath that will now be coming out every year as the flowers are showing signs of poppin’. As much as I am loving the Spring flowers peeking through landscapes now in Houston (although in full disclosure, I’m about over all of the yellow pollen gracing my constantly, fresh clean car … not to mention the sneeze fits it is giving me every single day), I’ve been feeling that je ne sais quoi is missing to show my little white cottage (a.k.a. my house) is happy for Mother Spring.  There has been a small little nod in the back of mind for a few weeks now, especially every time I pull into my driveway, and I feel like something…

Bayou Bend Gardens: Who Would Have Known Houston Has Its Own Versaille!

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Have you ever gone to a place, on a sporadic moment, because the something about the way the sun shined that day just screamed, “Be adventurous and do something different today?”  And, suppose that moment did happen for you – when you tried that something new, did you ever find yourself so happy you followed that inner voice.  And, the place you embarked upon was just so awesome you realized you could have stayed so much longer than you did?  Well, you – my friend – and I have something in common because this is exactly what happened to me when venturing to the Bayou Bend Gardens in Houston, Texas a few weeks ago! Initially, I was in a solemn mood on a recent March day … a sweet soul that I would like to remember as a friend I had just heard passed away unexpectedly, naturally casting a sadness over me … the sky was in this overcast/sunny conflict and it couldn’t make up its mind on…

A Sweet Favor: The Cacti Cone

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Party favors have a history dating back to the Victorian age, whereby in England the wealthiest of brides offered small fabric bags that nestled sugar cubes and confections.  Funny, even then, speaking to a gal’s sweet tooth weakness became a friend’s way to express appreciation thru indulgence!  Nevertheless, the intention behind the gesture was founded on the way to show appreciation for guests joining in the fun factor of the celebration. Fast forward and party favors are still one of the most fun aspects of planning a party … at least I personally feel that way.  I think I got this trait from my Aunt, a powerful influence in my life.  I always found her giving and the brightest smiles I always saw beam from her face was when she was giving to others.  I vividly remember the parties she planned for my cousin and I had the honor of ensuring each guest received their favor bag.  And, as I attended parties, myself, as a child I, too,…

What Are Your Strengths? You Should Want to Know Your Strongest Stripes

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There seem to be two great competing philosophies on whether someone should embrace their natural strengths, or extend the majority of their attention on their weaknesses.  Myself, I see value and purpose in both. Natural strengths put you in a position to accentuate your potential for consistent higher performance, or outcome(s), in what you’re doing.  You’re more likely to experience more successes at the task(s) at hand, and contribute with greater ease.  It probably comes to no surprise that the following are proven outcomes you may expect when embracing your natural strengths: Increase Your Overall Happiness Increase Your Ability to Manage Problems Decrease Stress Increase Confidence Accomplish More Goals Strengthen Relationships On a different standpoint, switching predominant energy on nurturing weaknesses does lend an opportunity to see where growth in future potential can be realized.  But, I’m not sure I agree that we are meant to be good at all things.  I mean, think about it for a moment … in football, would you give Tom Brady feedback that his…

Compliment Cards: Ten Compliment Cards To Share

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Did you know there is such thing as National Compliment Day? … And, did you also know it is on January 24, 2017?  I love that we have this holiday AND I’m equally happy it falls at the beginning of the year, during a time people are paying most attention to their actions … their thoughts … and areas they want to adjust for a better self. The science of happiness is starting to grow traction in the buzz because it seems to be an area less understood, and one I personally feel we should pay more attention to.  In fact, in a recent special edition of Time magazine, The Science of Happiness: New Discoveries For A More Joyful Life, there is a piece of advice offered that connects perfectly to National Compliment Day: Be Nicer!  Not that I’m suggesting you aren’t the kind kid on the block, but be honest with yourself for a minute and calculate the number of times throughout your day you habitually, but genuinely…

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes: A Guilt-Free Gluten-Free Recipe

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Oh, chocolate … a girl’s best friend 🙂 ?I lost count years ago to the amount of chocolate candy … cakes … cupcakes … chocolate covered fruits … anything chocolate that I have devoured. ?And, is if I had it already naturally bad for the chocolate bug when pregnant with my daughter it was doubly worse! ?I literally had dark chocolate bars residing on the bedside table. ?Wouldn’t you know it, though – Amelie has the chocolate bug worse than I do! ?In fact, that is one of her favorite stories about how even in the womb she took over my taste buds and demanded chocolate 🙂 So, how do we get this chocolate pleasure with as less guilt as possible is my quest. ?I think I found it! ?This gluten-free chocolate cupcake recipe is the sweetest devotion to just the right amount of chocolate fix I need … AND I can still go for a run afterward because I am not left feeling heavy – No heaviness,…

Double-Up: Making The Most Of Your Time With Work and Friendships

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Happy Wife – Happy Life … we’ve all heard this one (and, now I finally realize why it was created in the first place!).  But, what about Happy Friend – See You Again?  Okay, maybe it is a far stretch on that, but I think I’m kind of liking it 🙂  Where am I going with this?  Science has recently given us piles upon piles of new data recognizing multiple dimensions are contributing to our barometer of balance: family, friends, health, work, and worship … just to name the most prominent.  If I were talking to myself ten years ago, I would have said: “These need to stay on their own track – don’t mix any one together – one dimensional is the way to do it best.” In fact, I’ll be honest – I actually did that.  I started my career with a habit of never taking a lunch.  I’d nibble on things at my desk, but leaving the office was like the sin of all sins.  In…

On The Heels Of A New Year: A Mind Mapping Exercise To Craft Your Resolutions

Originally posted on A Color Pop Life:
I’m staring at the twelve monthly calendars I pinned onto my inspiration board in my home office, and I admiring the colorful artwork in all of it’s glory.  “I’m such a funny creature” passes through my inner monologue when I sit in a moment’s retrospect.  For some reason my memory takes me back to many years of where black, white, and gray were all you could find in my wardrobe … in my furniture … even in my dishes – any hint of color was forbidden in my daily routine.  And, look at me now … a thirty-something that just a few years ago allowed my world to be invaded by color, even if in sudden hints of color-pop, and I am forever a different person.  In fact, if ever you were to ask me now what my favorite color is you may be surprised to know it no longer begins with the letter “B”, but “O” for orange 🙂 And, as my eyes continue to wonder across…

A Day’s Personal Outlook: What Is Your Glass?

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I recently came back from a trip to Maui with my hubby.  It was one of those trips that couples sometimes need to be selfish for a few days and just wake up without wondering whose mouths need to be fed … what activity needs to fill the day’s space … or play referee to the latest squabble happening in the back seat between twelve and nine-something siblings.  Seriously, I could live for days off of Cheerios – no problem.  But, I understand I am unique in that respect 🙂 Coming home from a long trip I had a package awaiting me …. one that I wasn’t planning for.  I put it in my home office that afternoon I arrived home thinking to myself, “I’ll unpack and get back to this package”.  I kid you not, days later I still hadn’t gotten around to opening the package.  But, eventually, I did and I could have kicked myself for not having opened it sooner because it was such the…