June 23, 2015

Kitchen Lighting | Help Me Pick

Happy Wednesday!  I haven't shared the details yet, but we finally finished our new kitchen backsplash!  We did it ourselves so in between work and a million kid activities we managed to get it knocked out on a few of our rainy days when outdoor activities were cancelled.  Now I am ready for new lighting.  I have it narrowed down to three styles I like, but I seriously change my mind every single day.  So, I thought I would get your help :)

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So above are the three styles I like.  I currently have three really small pendants and I want to change those to two larger pendants over my island.  You can see my current kitchen (minus the new backsplash) here.

Here are my thoughts on these...of course the round globes in the first picture are so gorgeous!  But I'm hesitant on getting that style because I want to change out my breakfast table light to a round pendant like this one, so thinking round globes in the same space would not look good, right?  The lights in the second picture were my original picks when we first painted our cabinets white and I just keep going back to them.  What I love about the lights in the second picture is the linen shade verses glass.  I find it so hard to get the glass lanterns streak free and clean.  And finally, picture number three appeals to me because my light over my breakfast table now looks very similar to these and I've been toying around with moving it over my island and buying one more to match it, then changing my breakfast table light to this one

Now that I've taken you inside my brain, I'm sure you're just as confused as me.  I would love to catch a July Fourth sale coming up and finally purchases these.  So, what do you think?  Which style is your favorite to go with an all white kitchen?

 

June 19, 2015

Summer Home Tour Favorites

 
Hi everyone!  Yay for Friday!  Did you catch any of the Summer Home Tours that Marty organized?  It was packed with such a fabulous group and overflowed with so much inspiration.  I loved browsing through the beautiful tours soaking up ideas for my own home.  So, today I rounded up five of my favorites to share.  For a full post, you can click the link below each picture.  Get ready to be amazed!

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Life On Virginia Street

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A Thoughtful Place

Just looking at one of the pictures from these tours you can get an idea of what I'm talking about.  So, so good.
 
Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!  And wishing all the wonderful dads out there a very Happy Father's Day!
 
 
 

June 16, 2015

Summer Style

 
Hi everyone!  I hope summertime is treating you well!  We are getting lots of rain today from Tropical Storm Bill, but we were able to enjoy a few sunny days at the pool last week.  I purchased this swimsuit (top | bottom) during the Memorial Day sales and love it!  I have worn a bandeau bikini top for the last few years, so switching to a triangle top has been fun!  And of course love the stripes!  And since everything in this picture except the sunnies are from J.Crew Factory, I thought you might like to know that today J.Crew Factory has 50% off plus free shipping with the code SOSWEET. 
 
I also ordered this romper in black.  I think it will be fun to dress up or just throw on for casual occasions.
 
I've shared this dress before, but seriously such a great piece to add to your wardrobe.  $48 & so flattering!
 
And love this cute, affordable cover-up.  Reminds me of my Anthro one, but at a great price!
 
Have a beautiful day!
 
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June 11, 2015

Healthy Summer Snack | Apple Cookies

 
Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share a quick, healthy summertime snack with you.  My sister-in-law hosted a party a couple of weeks ago and made these and I loved them!  Apples topped with a few of my favorite ingredients...yes please!  They were so yummy that I decided to make a batch yesterday and they were a hit with my family too!
 
 
Apple Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 apples
  • peanut butter
  • shaved coconut
  • sliced almonds
  • chocolate chips
Method
  1. Slice apples and then core out middle.  (In case you didn't know, like I didn't, there is such thing as an apple coring tool, found at my grocery store.  And it works wonderfully!)  I found it easier to slice the apple, then core the middle out with my new little tool. 
  2. Spread a layer of peanut butter.
  3. Sprinkle on the coconut and almonds.
  4. Top off with chocolate chips.


Seriously, so easy and so delish!  Hope you enjoy!!

Happy Summer!

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June 8, 2015

Fun Canvas Totes for Summer

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Hi everyone!  How fun are these printed canvas tote bags?  So, so cute for summer!  Sometimes it's nice to have a simple canvas bag to carry your summer essentials in.  And the fact that they are so affordable really ups their cuteness factor :)  I think they would make a fun gift too.  Hard to pick a favorite, but I think the pineapple is winning for me.  Which is your favorite?  Hope you have a great day!