• Tomato Watermelon Gazpacho

    It’s been hot… really hot! Who wants to turn on the stove or oven? Not us. Best hot weather meal? Gazpacho! It is a house favorite here and we love our tomato gazpacho recipe but we thought adding watermelon would be a fun twist. The watermelon adds a mellow sweetness that is just delicious! Tomato Watermelon Gazpacho Ingredients: 4 to 5 medium Summer tomatoes chopped 4 cups diced seedless watermelon 1 or 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 small red onion chopped 2-3 garlic cloves smashed and chopped 1/3 cup loosely packed basil and mint, plus small leaves for topping 1-2 teaspoons Kosher salt…

  • July Favorites…

    My favorites this month pretty much revolve around the beach… and exercising. All things Summer. Some I have talked about before so they are old favorites but also some new finds… how had I never tried on Beyond Yoga before? Click on item name to shop!  1. Beyond Yoga Alloy Ombre Leggings – these literally yelled my name (as my sister in law proclaimed!) when I saw them and they are sooooo good and that metallic splatter detail is perfect. Uber flattering and ridiculously comfortable; also very breathable for these hot Summer work outs! 2. Beyond Yoga Alloy Ombre Double Back Bra – Okay, a little matchy matchy but I like…

  • S’mores Oreo Bark

    Are you looking for an easy no bake Summer (or any season!) sweet treat that both kids AND adults will love? Look no further. This recipe is the bomb.   S’mores Oreo Bark Ingredients: 3 1/2 Cups dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate pieces 1/2 Cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate pieces 1 Cup marshmallow Fluff 12 Oreos (for gluten free I like Glutino) 4 Graham Cracker Sheets (for gluten free I like Pamela’s) Instructions: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt 1 1/2 cup of the dark chocolate chips in the a microwave safe bowl (I like to use a Pyrex measuring cup) and pour melted…

  • Strawberry Orange Breakfast Cake

    The local market here has a table tucked in the back for “last chance” fruits and vegetables. Very (VERY) ripe fruit and on their way out vegetables- perfect for baking (or soup making in the winter). The other day they had strawberries for $0.99 so I knew I needed to bake something! Cookie & Kate has a recipe for Lemony Blueberry Cake in her cookbook that I’ve been dying to try but my kids are still anti blueberry. In come the over ripe strawberries! This is a direct adaptation of her recipe just swapping out the flavors a bit. I felt like orange would go better with strawberries than lemon!…

  • 4th of July Attire

    The 4th is around the corner! We seem to always have a fun calendar of events around the 4th of July. Whether you have a relaxed block party, beach day planned, family BBQ or something a little fancier;  I have found festive pieces for the whole family! PS: Those red shades are $8!!! 4th of July Attire for the whole family! Click on corresponding number to shop Women’s item! 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12.   Click on corresponding number to shop Men’s item! 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5.…

  • A Relaxed Weekend

    I am beat guys. I need a breather. The end of school is a real energy suck, am I right? This Monday also marked 9 months since I lost my brother. 9 months! I am trying to wrap my head around that. Heading into Summer is very bittersweet. We are so excited for a break at the beach but Summer was my time with my brother. We spent every weekend together. Seriously, every weekend. It is going to be a difficult adjustment for all of us; I am going to cut myself some slack as I navigate this new path. Soooo on that note…. you get a greatest hits post.…

  • Summer Grilled Chicken Parmesan

    This is barely a recipe but still worth posting! “Chicken Parm” is a staple in our house; sometimes I take short cuts with Bell & Evans GF Chicken Cutlets or Tenders, but this shortcut is even better. I had the grill hot and ready to go for Sunday afternoon burgers so I generously seasoned some chicken cutlets and grilled them up for a different take on chicken parm! It doesn’t hurt that this is a much lighter dish without the breading! Once the chicken is grilled it is as easy as assembling the dish and popping it in the oven! Bonus, I grill the chicken ahead of time and assemble…

  • Serena & Lily Memorial Day Sale

    Memorial Day weekend always has plenty of sales so if you need something it is a good time to pop into stores or scour the internet! The lovely company, Serena & Lily is having a 20% off sale! They are known for their relaxed beach vibe while still being tailored and sophisticated. Their stores are SO peaceful… I am on a MAJOR purge/reorganization kick… more on that next week, stay tuned… but that also means I am taking a hard look at my beloved house that we have been in for almost 11 years (!!!). We have done a lot of renovations and work over the years but not copious…

  • Kid’s Chocolate Beet Smoothie

    As the school year winds down into Summer, things tend to get a little crazy, no? Even if you don’t have kids in school it just seems like the days are short and packed. So many appointments you’re trying to wedge in before summer and all the events… it’s wonderful to have a full calendar but it leaves me short on time. I have been prepping breakfast the night before for everyone because it starts the day off right. Thad’s Banana Bread,  Morning Glory or Blender Muffins, dreamy Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pudding or smoothies- it all makes it a touch easier in the morning rush. For a smoothie you just need…

  • Boca Beach Club and What I Really Packed For Spring Break!

    After our Fall and Winter we really wanted to get away for a proper Spring Break. We needed some sunshine and some relaxation and not much else. But where to go? We rely heavily on Bermuda for getaways (why wouldn’t we!) but a friend recommended The Boca Beach Club, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, when we couldn’t find anything else that peaked our interest.  Amazingly they had availability and the flights into West Palm Beach weren’t astronomical when we went to book… only two weeks ahead. Sold. What was appealing about the property is it is actually three hotels under one umbrella. You have access to the restaurants and activities at…