Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Finally got to Cost Plus World Market

Happy Tuesday! Our area finally has a Cost Plus World Market and I finally got to go!  I wish I had taken more pics on my trip but I think I was too mesmerized by the merchandise.
 A few goodies landed in my cart and came home with me.  The mini colanders have already been put to use for berries and grape tomatoes.  The blue one is a mini version of this now famous one.  The polka dot straws are reusable and the colors are fun.  Stars and stripes pasta because...summer!!  The wrapping paper section got me but I restrained myself and only chose the cute hipster animal gift tags.  Finally some limoncellino Italian soda. It sounded refreshing and light. That was it for my first trip but I will be back!!

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

{Get Crafty} American Flag Jar Luminaries

I miss crafting but I don't want to make something unless it's useful and practical for my life. These flag luminaries are an easy upcycle craft that only take a few household items to put together and I plan on using them all summer.  This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and time for me to pull out my patriotic decor.  These are going to fit right in!
 You'll need:
 Jars-Pickle jars work well but I didn't have enough empty jars so I picked up a few at the thrift store for less than a dollar.  
Flags-I found a 4 pack at Walmart 
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Twine (optional)
Tea Lights
 Gently remove the flags from the sticks they are attached to. If you pull firmly but gently you can usually pull the staple out. I used a staple remover on the peskier ones.  You need to be careful not to rip the fabric.
 Apply Mod Podge to the jar and affix the flag to the jar.
 Cover flag and entire jar with Mod Podge.
 I did three coats on each jar, letting them dry in between.
 Add some twine around the top of the jars to up the rustic look. I added these large tea light from Ikea that burn for 9 hours.
 Pretty glow!
 They looked sweet up on the mantle.
 They also work outdoors on the deck steps.
 They will be perfect for all of the summer holidays.
 Such an easy and fun craft, cheap too!
Happy Early Memorial Day! We're heading up to College Girl's graduation for the weekend(so many emotions!!!).  See you back here on Tuesday!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

{Photography} A Week In The Life

Two weeks ago I sorta participated in Ali Edwards-Week In The Life project. I started a day late and didn't always take a lot of pictures each day but it was a dip in the week-in-the-life style of capturing everyday photos pool.  All taken with my Iphone unless otherwise noted.
9:55am This was my entry in Tom's #onedaywithoutshoes and go barefoot campaign.  
 11:16am After workout snack, tasting some chickpea "tuna".
 11:17am Mulching the garden beds
12:57pm Lunch with the hubs-Spinach, broccoli slaw, cold roasted Brussels sprouts, shredded rainbow carrots, chickpea 'tuna' and brown rice salad. He had grilled cheese.
1:50pm Food shopping

2:48pm Rainy car pick up line at school
3:29pm Took Miss High School and friend to Dunkin Donuts before improv class.
4:40pm Pulling into the garage after a long time in the car.
5:22pm Snacking on these babies.
6:15pm Trying a new recipe-Vegan Hashbrown Bake (will post soon).
7:20pm Obsessed with this baby bunny in our yard.
8:54pm Some licorice tea and Real Housewives to wind down for the night.
7:15am Coffee and blogging, working on this post about freezing avocados.
8:10am A little oatmeal with my blueberries?
10:50am Getting ready
1:41pm Finally getting to Cost Plus World Market
4:49pm In the kitchen making dinner
5:29pm Just creepin' on my baby bunny friend.
8:39pm Moonlit walk in the neighborhood.  (Getting those Fitbit steps!)
7:46am Morning drive to school.
8:20 Beautiful morning for a walk in the park
12:46 Outfit of the day (at Goodwill from this post).
2:53 Seatbelt check at school, we got Smarties for having our seat belts on.
7:59 Overflowing bowl of watermelon.
12:54pm Falling off the wagon a bit...this was lunch (veggie chili).
2:50pm Where I spend a lot of time working, blogging, reading and editing (and I learned how to take a self timed photo with my Iphone!).
7:29 After so much rain, the sun finally came out again so we went for a walk.  My mother's day necklace is getting a lot of wear.
8:15pm Getting coffee and picking out a movie to rent.
8:29pm Sunglasses reflection
9:40am Cutting lilacs and azaleas to put around the house.
4:45pm Taking prom photos of my niece (taken with Canon 6D and edited in Photoshop).
12:57 Lunch-more veggie chili on a baked potato
2:37 Soy cappuccino with lots of cinnamon
7:54pm Finishing up Week In The Life and waiting for Game of Thrones to come on.  
You can see my enthusiasm tapered off as the week went on but I'm still glad I participated.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Watermelon Juice Mocktail

Here's a refreshing and lightly sweet mock-tail that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Have you tried cold pressed watermelon juice? It's like popping a straw into a watermelon but much less work. I used WTR MLN WTR brand (Beyonce is an investor!). It's great right out of the bottle but I mixed mine with some lime flavored seltzer and added lots of ice and a wedge of lemon (I didn't have any limes). 
The juice is full of electrolytes and antioxidants so this is a drink that will make you feel better.   Cheers!

More Watermelon Goodness:
Watermelon Birthday Cake
Watermelon Fountain

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