Weekend Bits – Links I Love

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I have to admit that I haven’t seen the first Sharknado let alone Sharknado 2.  But I do have to tip my hat to the silly pop culture phenomenon that has taken the summer by storm (pun intended).  I found the image above in one of my favorite links this week and couldn’t resist.

Our pool days are numbered but we still have a couple of weekends left to enjoy the water.  If you’re hosting or attending an end of summer pool party, you’ve got to take a look at this roundup of the best pool party food (including a link for the watermelon shark above).

You don’t have to push your maxi skirts and dresses to the back of the closet for the fall and winter seasons.  Here are 20 style tips that make these comfy dresses work all year long.

This is my favorite pin of the week and it features a gallery wall of framed silhouettes.  Short of hitting an artist’s booth at some craft fair, I wasn’t sure how I could create my own silhouettes to frame.  But after some searching I found this simple DIY that looks like a cinch to follow.

How many times have we heard that we need to drink more water?  And how many times have you thought “Are all the trips to the bathroom really worth it?”?  Looks like it’s still a yes. Here are 6 things that happen to the body when we don’t get enough water.

With fall right around the corner, we’ll be trading our shorts for jeans before you know it.  This denim guide helps you find the right fit for your figure.

Happy Weekend!

image: National Watermelon Promotion Board

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Weekend Bits – Links I Love

coffeeimage: jacolynmurphy.com

Kids are howling in protest and mothers are doing the dance of joy as the school year officially starts this week in my area.  Although it does kind of feel like the school calendar is cutting more and more into summertime, I guess we’ll sacrifice in the name of sanity education.  And so I lead off this week’s favorite links with this cute back to school coffee party idea that makes for an easy get together just for moms.

Everyone needs a crisp white shirt (or two or three) in their closet and here are 10 stylish ways to wear one.

I’m guilty of eating boring breakfasts made up of nothing more than a protein bar and coffee but I may change my tired ways after checking out these scrumptious looking morning meal ideas.

The NFL kicked off the preseason this week and I’m ready for some football! To celebrate I’m sharing this recipe I found for beer nachos (you’re welcome husbands).

This chalkboard paint idea for a bathroom is my favorite pin of the week.  It would be fun for a lower level bath and everyone would love adding their own graffiti!

Got a birthday coming up?  Be sure to check out this list of 19 retailers that give you a special treat on your big day.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

pineappleThe pineapple, traditionally a symbol of hospitality, is definitely trending this summer.  When I was on our beach vacation a few weeks ago, I gave a nod to this trend by sipping pina coladas every day (ha!). But I’m also wearing it.  I picked up the Peter Som tank top from Kohl’s pictured above.  Right now you can find the pineapple motif on everything from iPhone cases to artwork.  Here’s a fun round-up of ways to incorporate this happy fruit.

A shirtdress is an easy breezy piece for summer and you can style it for so many different looks. Here are just a few.

I love random cleaning tips that actually work.  Guess which Kool-Aid flavor gets those lime deposits and stains out of the inside of your dishwasher? Click here to find out.

Kick your corn on the cob up a notch with this grilled cilantro-lime corn recipe.

Summer is far from over and now is a great time to pick up another pair of sandals to get you through the rest of the season.  Here are 14 stunners and they’re all under $50.

Happy Sunday!

 

image: Kohls.com

 

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

watermelon-t1“I carried a watermelon.” . . . quick name that 80s movie!

Only one of my all time favs, Dirty Dancing!  Sort of a random way to start this post but I’ve had watermelon on the brain this week and I love that line from the movie.  The grocery stores are filled with bins of juicy, ripe, delicious watermelon.  It’s a fruit that everyone in my family will eat so we’ll load up on it over the next month.  To mix it up some, I found this collection of 12 recipes that include watermelon.

IKEA is opening a store in Kansas City this fall and I can’t wait!  I find lots of cool decor ideas on the web that start with an IKEA item and with a little ingenuity, they’re transformed into showstopping pieces.  These are referred to as ‘IKEA hacks’.  Check out these amazing hacks to get the gist.

Staying on the topic of decorating, here are 6 decorating rules made to be broken with tips on how to pull it off.

This link is a must read for, frankly, everyone who has a social media account.  If you only take away one snippet, let it be this: “Instagram is often a shiny happy world where people post only the moments (and outfits, meals, parties, and destinations) they want people to see (edited and filtered to perfection.)”.  Let me add that it doesn’t just apply to Instagram (*ahem* Facebook).

ICYMI (in case you missed it – took me forever to figure out that acronym on Twitter!), the Nordstrom anniversary sale started on Friday.  It runs through August 3rd.  This is my favorite round-up of pieces under $100 to consider adding to your wardrobe.  Happy shopping!

 

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

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Has anyone else noticed that the moment the 4th of July holiday has passed, you start hearing murmurs about summer being almost over?  I’m opting for the glass is half full perspective and plan to enjoy the weeks and weeks of warm weather still ahead of us.  There are so many possibilities for summer entertaining that I haven’t taken advantage of yet.  One of my favorite ideas is hosting a backyard movie night.  And all the visual inspiration I need is right here.

I’ve got a thing for a wall filled with photos and prints displayed in different ways.  My tendency has always been to go with the classic look of black frames with an ivory mat, but I’m loving this twist of using colored mats with black and white prints.  A perfect way to add color to a media room!

My collection of costume jewelry has definitely outgrown the jewelry box that sits on my dresser.  I’m not really a jewelry armoire type of girl so I’ve been looking for fun and different ways to organize my baubles.  I hit the jackpot of roundups with these 75 creative ways to organize your jewelry.  Definitely some pin worthy ideas to try.

It’s the start of tomato season in the Midwest and there are so many delicious ways to use them.  This recipe for caprese salad makes a simple and colorful appetizer.

I’m a fan of finding unique home accessories at vintage shops and flea markets so I enjoyed reading this blog post about using accessories to tell your story.

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

 

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

sunsetI hope everyone is having a fun and festive holiday weekend.  Today I’m struggling to get back into a routine after spending a week with my family doing nothing more than lying on the beach and deciding where to have dinner each night.  To ease the transition back to the real world, I’m going to download my vacation photos and relive some of my favorite parts.  While I have hope that I’ll create a photo book, I may also try one of these non-scrapbook ways to capture our vacation (except maybe the photo lampshade – ha!).

Even though the United States is out of the World Cup, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some amazing soccer.  And it’s a great excuse to throw a summer party that has a different spin than the typical backyard BBQ.  Check out these fun party tips for hosting a World Cup watch party.

Speaking of barbecues, I love this roundup of new twists on some classic recipes.  I’m definitely going to try these sweet tea ribs – yum!

You’re not doing summer right if you haven’t enjoyed a popsicle yet.  Here are 10 delicious options if you’re looking to try something outside of the traditional Bomb Pop.

Enjoy!

 

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

linksilove 6.7.14Swimming at the pool, a lemonade stand and sleepovers, summer vacation has officially started at my house.  We packed so much into the first week that I’m using this weekend to recover and gear up for week #2.  One thing I’m giving a little more thought to is healthy summer snacks to pack for the pool.  I typically throw a bag of pretzels and some Twizzlers in my pool bag and call it good.  When I read this list of healthy pool snacks, I was guilted into putting a little more effort into my snack packing.

Speaking of the pool, if you don’t have a swimsuit picked out yet you need to check out this next link. It features 111 swimsuits for every taste, shape and budget.

And from swimsuits I jump to food.  Not the best segue, I’ll admit, but it’s how my mind works. 🙂  Fish tacos are one of my favorite meals to order when dining out so I’ve been looking for a version to try at home.  This recipe for spicy fish tacos with cabbage slaw + lime crema looks ahhh-mazing!

Father’s Day is next weekend so it’s time to brainstorm some ideas if you haven’t already found the perfect gift.  Here are affordable ideas for the dad who has everything.

“Tropical, creamy and sweet, but not too sweet” is how this mango coconut & orange vodka crush cocktail is billed.  It sounds like the perfect beverage to try for the next adult night at the pool.

Cheers!