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!

 

 

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

Daisy1The school year wrapped up for my kiddos this past week and we’re all looking forward to the lazy days of summer.  It won’t be long, though, before I hear the dreaded words “I’m bored” (oh, to have such problems!).  To curb that conversation, I plan to print this free summer bucket list template and have them fill it out so that when they utter that phrase we have a game plan.

When the weather warms up, my hair goes up along with it.  A bun is my favorite go to hairstyle during the summer.  It’s easy to get the casual, messy bun look with this step by step guide.

Beauty benefits of booze?  I saw this headline and had to check it out.  I’ll admit I was slightly disappointed to read that the benefits were gained from using it topically versus digesting it but it’s still worth the read 🙂

I found my own “look for less” this past week and had to share.  I picked up these lace espadrille flats at Kohl’s that look pretty darn close to this Valentino version (but over $400 cheaper).

I have a friend who says her house is always 10 minutes away from being able to host guests.  That’s a lofty goal for me (two kids, two dogs, need I say more?) but this daily cleaning plan might be a good starting point.  It promises that dedicating just 30 minutes a day will keep your house tidy.

This summer, I really want to fix salad (and just salad) for dinner at least one night each week.  First up is this spinach salad with chicken, avocado and goat cheese. Yum!

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

audrey2On the day that would have been Audrey Hepburn’s 85th birthday, I had to share one of my favorite quotes from the actress. Great food for thought as we start another week.

Handmade Mother’s Day gifts are almost always more special than anything you can buy at a store.  I love this roundup up 20 creative ideas for DIY gifts.  And to further reduce cost, you can print gorgeous floral gift wrap with this free template.

If you’re in a pinch for time, Red Envelope offers unique Mother’s Day gift ideas here.  Their categories of Modern Mom, New Mom and Grandmother make it easy to narrow your search.

Add a twist to your Cinco de Mayo meal by making these Margarita cupcakes.  Lime cake with lime tequila buttercream . . . wow!

If you buy an old dresser from the flea market or Craigslist, you can take it from blah to beautiful with these 10 DIY ideas.

Sangria is one of my go to cocktails for summer entertaining so I can’t wait to try this recipe for Grapefruit Sangria.

Kate Spade has collaborated with Keds to update two of their classic styles with floral and geometric prints.  You can see the collection here.

 

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Weekend Bits – Links I Love

may dayimage: Chasing Fireflies

When I was a wee tot, I loved picking flowers for May Day, leaving them on a neighbor’s porch and then “dinging and dashing” away.  Most of the time my little arrangements included dandelions but it was the thought that counts, right?  Help your kiddos out by printing out the cone and tag in the picture above with this template from Chasing Fireflies.

The warm weather we had this past week (and the fact that swimsuit season is only 5 weeks away) has me looking for lighter recipes.  I tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to salad ideas, making the same few favorites over and over.  I’ve been searching for some new options and first up is this Romanesco & Chickpea salad recipe.  I’ll definitely be adding the optional smoked salmon and soft boiled eggs – yum!

Got leftover Peeps and peanut butter cups from Easter last weekend?  This never seems to be much of a problem at my house but I do love these 10 creative ideas for using leftover Easter candy.

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner.  Check out this  colorful “Nachos” bar for a fun way to celebrate.

Speaking of Cinco de Mayo, here is the latest margarita recipe I plan to try in my quest to find the best.

Magazine pages, records and postcards are just a few unique things you can decorate your walls with. Here are 11 alternatives to artwork.

Win, Place or Show…here are my tips for hosting a Kentucky Derby Party.

 

 

WEEKEND BITS – LINKS I LOVE

 burlapimage: My Home Lookbook

Leading off this week’s roundup of favorite links is a simple DIY project (pictured above).  Buy burlap from Hobby Lobby, stamp a design on it (stamps and ink also available at craft stores) and wrap it around a coffee can (or any size can you want).  Fill it with a floral arrangement and you’ve got a unique vase made by you!

To a world that seems to be against carbohydrates, I say sometimes you’ve got to indulge a little.  If you’re a like minded individual, try this Strawberry Basil French Toast recipe.  It looks simple and delicious.

I pick out a new pair of sunglasses every spring but it’s almost as difficult as picking out the right pair of jeans.  Before you shop for your next pair of shades, check out this guide for the most flattering sunglasses for your face shape.

Looking for a creative way to set your Easter table?  Here are 28 easy DIY tablescapes to give you some ideas.

A few years ago, a friend of mine picked up some window panels at Lowe’s and they looked fabulous in her home.  It opened my eyes up to the idea that you can find so much more at a hardware store than nuts and bolts.  This link highlights some of the very cool home decor that you can find at Lowe’s right now.

In the latest designer collaboration, Kohl’s has partnered with Peter Som to offer high end looks at lower prices.  His collection is in Kohl’s stores starting April 10th but you can see the lookbook here.

 

WEEKEND BITS – LINKS I LOVE

Early spring bulbs are starting to push through the ground here in Kansas City.  And even though I woke this morning to a dusting of snow on the ground, I’m dreaming of color in the garden and landscape. Unfortunately the rule of thumb in these parts is that you wait until Mother’s Day to plant, when the threat of frost is over.  To tide me over, I like to plant a few herbs in pots on the baker’s rack in my kitchen.  To get you started, here are some tips on how to grow herbs indoors.

We’ve all been there.  You get the phone call that a friend (or God forbid the in-laws) plans to drop by your house unexpectedly.  Your house looks like FEMA needs to be called in so what do you do?  This post on how to fake a clean house will help you be visitor ready in 20 minutes.

Add a coral blazer over a t-shirt, pair it with jeans and you’ve got a polished, spring look.  Here is my favorite “look for less” that gets you there for under $30.

I’m always looking for different salad ideas so I love this link of top salads to take to work.

Typically Easter decor draws from a pastel palette but if you’re in the mood to mix it up a bit this year, check out this black and white Easter tablescape.

The perforated look is a big trend this spring.  If you missed my post on how to add holes to your wardrobe, you can read it here.

Happy Sunday!

WEEKEND BITS – LINKS I LOVE

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St. Patrick’s Day falls into the category of fun, low key holidays that you celebrate with friends and don’t have to put any work into other than picking out something green to wear.  Since everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, here are some of my favorite links to help you feel festive:

Skip the Shamrock shake at McDonald’s, this Oreo Shamrock Shake puts it to shame.

I made this Guinness Burger with Irish Cheddar and Bacon last night thanks to a tip from fellow blogger, Twin Stripe, and it was ahh-mazing!  It was so delicious that it’s going to be my “go to” burger all year long.

Anything that combines Baileys, caramel and chocolate has got to be good! I can’t wait to make these Baileys Salted Caramel Chocolate Shamrock cookies with my kiddos.

Get your green on with my post on how to incorporate a little (or a lot) of green into your wardrobe.

If you’re looking for a drink alternative to green beer and Guinness, try this wine based Pot of Gold Punch.

This last link has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day but I found it both hilarious and disturbing at the same time.  Behold the power of Photoshop… a New York artist used the program to show us what some of the most famous celebs would look like as normal people