• Basil Thyme Vinaigrette

    I love the start of Summer for many reasons… but one of my most favorite reasons is that my dad’s garden is abundant with lettuce. His favorite to grow is Simpson and it is SO good! There is nothing like a salad made with fresh cut lettuce. But, the dressing has to be equally as good. If you’ve been a reader for a while you know I prefer to make my own salad dressings, I think this may be my new all time favorite! Bursting with herby flavor, it is a Summer home run.   

  • June Favorites…

    June is always a whirlwind with school ending and the start of Summer! All of my favorites from the month either made my life easier, just made me happy or provided a great escape of entertainment away from the news cycle! Never Have I Ever – Netflix–  Oh my gosh is this show adorable! We binged this teen coming of age comedy-drama so quickly and were so sad when it ended! Don’t miss it! Living Proof Perfect Hair Day In Shower Styler – I have fully embraced my curly hair during this quarantine (and to be honest, the heatwave) and this product really makes it so much easier to keep…

  • Summer Fashion: One Piece Swimsuits

    Okay! Sorry for the pause in posts, I needed a bit of a breather! Those 3+ months of Covid Quarantine really caught up with me and I just hit a wall! (I spoke about that here) It is officially Summer so let’s focus on some fun and relaxation! We are overdue here for a fashion post and swimsuits are a pivotal part of Summer fashion! Focusing on one pieces… I want something that is fashionable but still appropriate for chasing kids, building sand castles and jumping in the water! I just ordered #15 and am contemplating #4 , I have heard it is the BEST suit!    1. / 2.…

  • Week Fourteen Coronavirus Hiatus: Enough.

    Week fourteen…. are we still even on a hiatus here? Everything is reopening with careful measures and we all need to adjust to a “new normal”. We will not wake up and have this be over… which I guess I sort of thought would happen when I started this post series fourteen weeks ago. So no, this isn’t a hiatus anymore; it’s the new way of being. Gosh, that’s intense. This past weekend the fatigue of the past 14 weeks of events just caught up to me – I just couldn’t do anything. I have been so focused on keeping my household afloat in every aspect… keep it running, keep…

  • Cocktails: The Summer Starter

    Yesterday was our last day of school, so while not the official first day of Summer, it certainly feels like Summer has started! This is a perfect light refreshing cocktail to embrace these Summer nights. Feel free to use your liquor of choice here. I used tequila. (obviously… I always use Tequila!)  

  • Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020

    I think I may say this every time I compile a men’s gift guide… guys, well they can be hard to shop for. Here are some ideas for that favorite Dad in your life!   DECOMEN Multi-purpose Neck Gaiter with 10 PCS Safety Carbon Filters – My husband LOVES this for a face mask. No ear loops, no fuss, just pulls up off your neck when you need it.  “Everybody Has A Dream Down By The Sea” by Summer Strauch – Perfect print for their (maybe new) home office. Sonos Pro-Ject T1 Phono SB Turntable –  What’s cooler than a vinyl collection? A super cool way to play them thank…

  • Week Thirteen Coronavirus Hiatus: What You Can Do To Make A Difference

    I am feeling focused and somewhat hopeful going into week thirteen. Not about COVID, that has been an afterthought for the past week, but in finding some direction to take to help impart changes in our country. Last week was a tumultuous and painful time for our country. It was uplifting to see people unite together to battle a nation-wide problem. But, it is disheartening to see a country where, after the foundation laid by the Civil Rights Movement and what seemed (from my sheltered life experience) like progress in our society, I am jarringly awoken to the fact that our society has not progressed much in my lifetime and,…

  • Week Twelve Coronavirus Hiatus & May Favorites… 2020

    Week Twelve. Things are shifting. Now in this Phase One stage restaurants are offering outside dining, fitness studios are reopening as are stores slowly with restrictions in place. It feels hopeful… I think, as a family, we will continue to hibernate a little longer and dip our toes in the water with caution in the coming weeks. There is still so much unknown about the virus, particularly in children, and it seems that the information changes daily. That said, as the country was starting to reopen last week, there was a happening that is anything but hopeful. The death of a George Floyd. What happened to George Floyd and what…

  • The White Tee Shirt

    Ah, the white tee shirt. Much like a pair of jeans (or denim cutoffs), it can be hard to find a good one. You don’t want it to be see-through, but also don’t want it to be too thick. Slightly slouchy, soft and definitely comfortable; that is what you want! I did a round up of a few white tees that I have and love and also ones that look like they would be great! I just ordered two new white tees from Everlane (#1) and am super impressed with the quality and the fit! I also love #2 from Lululemon. I don’t have this exact Gap tee (#5), but…

  • Week Eleven Corona Virus Hiatus: Entertaining Outside

    Week ELEVEN. So things are shifting a lot. States are opening up, social distancing still stands and masks are encouraged if not mandatory; but stay at home orders are lifting. Perhaps there is a little light at the end of the tunnel. I still can not quite picture what the Summer will look like, but I imagine we will get into a groove and hopefully be able to socialize with a few families. I read this NPR article on how to assess risk this Summer and found it to be helpful, good common sense. So… it looks like when (if) we will be entertaining, it will be outside. I rounded…