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

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.