Our 7 Favorite Summer Recipes

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It is 90 degrees outside and I for one could not be more excited about the sudden uptick in temperatures! After the winter we've just had I am more than happy to spend the next 4 months sweating all day and every day, and for everyone already complaining about the heat just remember one word; snow!!!

A Desk In The Boys' Room

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

If you had asked me at the beginning of the year what the LM would be most excited about in first grade, I most definitely would have said science or sports... and not necessarily in that order. As the year is quickly coming to a close it turns out that his true passion is actually art and writing. My husband and I are still kind of floored by this, and more and more the LM is retreating to his room to create comic books, or since they studied French impressionists at school, trying to recreate a famous work of art from that period. Obviously I am thrilled about this, and to be honest I'd be happy if he was doing anything other than asking for the iPad, so after seeing him hunched over on the floor the other day I asked if he would like to have a desk in his room. The kid was so excited you would have thought I'd asked if he wanted to go to Disneyland! He hasn't really started getting that much homework yet, and when he does he works at the kitchen table, but with a chatty three year old brother I can tell that he is starting to want a place where he can sit and think a little bit. I figured we would get a desk for their room down the road, but after getting this picture from his friend's mom who took him to a skate park over the weekend, I figured the time was now, and quickly picked out a sweet little desk for this room. 

Sorry, Not Sorry

Friday, May 22, 2015

For you ladies out there, how often do you find yourself apologizing?



My husband always comments on it, because its actually super awkward that I am always saying "I'm sorry" 10,000 times a day.

Some guy bumps into me at Whole Foods and my response is "I'm sorry, so sorry, I'm sorry." Or something will happen with the kids (usually at a child appropriate place) and if I think it's bothering someone I will begin to apologize profusely for myself. It only gets worse when we are in a foreign country, where I find myself saying it over and over but really for no reason. I have no idea why but it feels like I am always apologizing for something! I actually thought this was just my own little tic, but then we saw this skit on Inside Amy Schumer a few weeks back and we both almost died.

Apparently I am not the only one who does this!

I have to ask, is this habit one that is central to all women, or just certain women? Certainly I've never heard my husband do it in such a rapid and unnecessary way, or really any other man for that matter. I'd love to know if any of you are also in the habit of constantly apologizing?

Other annoying habits I'd love to loose include:

I say "like" all the time. The more nervous I am, the more I say it. I don't know if it's the former Cali girl in me or what, but a few weeks back I saw an interview I did, in print, and was horrified at the number of times I said "like."

I also do what the LM and my husband call the "fake laugh" when speaking with new people. This too is also a nervous tic, but I really can't help it. I just laugh at everything! Now that the LM has been pointing it out, aka making fun of me, and I've tried really hard to stop but that too seems an almost impossible habit to break!

Do any of you know any tricks for losing something that is so embedded in your vocabulary? I guess being aware of it is the first step but then I have to wonder if I will end up saying "I'm sorry" for saying "I'm sorry?" Like, I don't know... haha ;) (Look at that I was able to get all three a row!)

Seriously though, I'd love any advice you have!

P.S. Amy is just killing it this season! If you don't watch you should!
P.P.S. I totally would have been the one to offer to get the guy something for his stomach!
P.P.P.S. Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!

Green With Envy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

You all know that if there is one common theme in our home it's that I love decorating with navy blue. I don't really do it intentionally, and even when I try to infuse another color like black, I always find myself circling back to the my safe and beautiful navy. It's not that I don't still love blue, which is good considering that our home is covered in it, but I have to say sometimes when I dream of our next home I wonder if I could actually decorate in a different color pallet and still love it just as much.

What color you ask?

My Sister's Wedding: The Cake

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's hard to believe it but we are now in the final stages of planning my little sister's wedding and I'm thrilled to report that we figured out the linen situation thanks to one of you lovely readers! I will post on what we decided to do once they come in, but let me just say that they are going to be more amazing than I ever dreamed of! We've experienced very few hiccups during this whole process (knock on wood) and the main one involved the wedding cake. Originally we both wanted to a do a macaroon cake for guests, and in addition the groom's cousin offered to do a small cake for the couple to cut in to. While sourcing macaroons we found that 1) they are very expensive, and 2) don't do well in heat and humidity. Considering the wedding is on the water in July, one of the hottest months of the year, we quickly discarded that idea given that I could think of nothing worse at a wedding than presenting an expensive cake of deflated macaroons. 

On My Radar

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Right now I'm reading this book and Can't.Put.It.Down! You thought Amy from Gone Girl was maniacal? Just get ready!

I don't know why I am incapable of finding new music to listen to, but as a 90's child my heart lies in that decade and that decade alone. Right now I have this best of compilation from my former idol playing on repeat right now. The cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is worth the download price alone.

Spring's Biggest Trend: The Denim Skirt

Monday, May 18, 2015

This season the denim skirt is back in a MAJOR way and I have to ask... did it ever really leave? I can distinctly remember the three denim skirts I have owned in my own lifetime and I wonder how/why they were ever discarded from my daily wardrobe. 

First, there was the white one that I used to wear with boat shoes every day of middle school. Then the denim mini in high school that I would throw on over my bathing suit topped with a hoodie from a local surf company (a fashionista I was not.) Finally, there was the one I bought in law school that I wore all over Europe the first summer my husband and I were dating that I paired with a striped shirt and flip flops which I thought felt incredibly chic but looking back I'm thinking probably made me stand out as a tourist!

On Pinterest

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Have you read this piece from the New Yorker titled A Day in the Life of Pinterest? It made me laugh out loud and it is a little frightening how accurate it is! As usual they nailed it!

Happy Saturday!

P.P.S. I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before someone actually names their kid Pinterest. haha

4 Short Hair Style Tips

Friday, May 15, 2015

A few years back I cut my too long hair into a bob, or lob, or fob (whatever it's called these days) and ever since that first snip I haven't felt the urge to go back. Sure, there are still times I yearn for long, mermaid like hair, but the reality is that a shorter cut suits my fine hair so much better and a mid-length cut is just so easy to style for everyday wear that I can't really think of a reason to ever grow out my hair again.

Now, that's not to say I don't get a little bored with my cut and right now I'm again paying the price for forgetting that I am not a layer person. However, generally I've found that there are enough ways to style my shorter length and I'm often getting asked if I just got a hair cut when in fact I usually go 6 months without one because I love the way each cut grows out. When I had longer hair I would typically just wear it in a pony tail or top knot, but since I've had a shorter length I've found that I've needed to be a little more creative with my styling. This is the downside to a shorter cut, but the upside is that I've pretty much disowned my blowdryer and the curling iron really only makes an appearance on very special days.

Below are the 4 easy ways that I've found are best for styling mid-length hair and the hair products that I just can't live without... no blowdrying necessary.