Thursday, June 26, 2014

On Holiday....


My girls' last day of school was yesterday.... so our summer can get started at last! (cue jumping up and down)  So excited to give up being the 'task master' for a few short weeks in favor of spending the days with my girls (and guy); traveling to the States to visit friends & family; lounging by the pool; catching fireflies; eating peaches; reading books; taking late afternoon naps; playing games and just lingering... a lot...

I'll be keeping up my photo a day tradition on Instagram but I'll be giving this Mac here some much needed R&R as well...  Be back in a few weeks!

Happy Summer everyone!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Loving Lately...


... this creamy cilantro lime dressing... on salads, on tacos, or just by the spoonful.. :)

this Instagram feed... learning a word a day is definitely doable and fun...

these high-waisted linen shorts... with a simple white tank or stripes

this great reminder to help guard against getting "lost" online...

blue and white interiors.... they never disappoint.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Staples: In the Kitchen



One of my favorite things about summertime is the impromptu gatherings of friends when the weather warms, schedules loosen and the light-filled evenings seem to go on forever.  Here's my standard line-up of staples that you can nearly always find in my kitchen this time of year.... allowing me to throw together simple snacks or a no-fuss, laid back tapas style meal in no time...


Tomatoes
Baguette
Olives
Balsamic Reduction - for caprese salad or as a topping over the vanilla ice cream with strawberries
Vanilla Ice Cream
Rose Wine
Rotisserie Chicken
Herb Covered Goat Cheese
Mozzarella

Other favorite add ons:  Strong Cheddar, Hummus, individual sized pastries and fresh fruit

Ulterior Motive:  I don't even have to turn the oven on. :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

80's Throwback....

I'm praying that we never see the likes of the 80s big hair, stirrup pants and the UNITS clothing chain ever again.... however, I have to admit that I've enjoyed seeing a recent resurgence of some preppy classics from my (ahem) 'formative' years....



Anybody got an old add-a-bead necklace, Duckhead shorts or pair of Vuarnet sunglasses stashed away somewhere?  How about a Corona or Hard Rock t-shirt... penny loafers?.... I could go on and on... :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Celebrating...


Today my sweet Holden Rose turns 9 years old.  It seems like yesterday I was toting that little bundle of love around with me on my hip; smothering her chubby neck and wrists with kisses and joyfully watching her sleep in "june-bug" position in her crib.   Now she has grown into a laid-back, inquisitive, kind-hearted and.... sometimes mischievous little girl. :)  Her eyes sparkle when she giggles. She gives a hug like she means it.  She can hang with the boys no problem (and has the bruises to prove it).  She loves God, Star Wars, the Rainbow Loom and strawberries.  We'll celebrate over a dinner of chocolate chip pancakes (and cupcakes) tonight.  When she blows out her candle; I'll be offering up a prayer that it comes true.  And when I tuck her in tonight; I'll say a prayer of thanksgiving for letting her be mine....