apothecary candle

I'm lovin' this apothecary candle from World Market.... 
the scent is light and summery
but the jar is just adorable~
available in stores and online HERE 


sunflower floaty

how about some fun in the sun?
my daughter was gifted this adorable 
it's huge, don't be fooled...
in this pic it's propped up by a twin size bed.....eeks! 
so fun! 
find it HERE     



target three dollar section I love you

even though it's summer
I'm already thinking about decorating my classroom in the fall 
I have a collection of cute signs
that I plan to group together by the whiteboard 
(and my sweet students now give me signs for gifts because they know I love them so...) 
 these are from the dollar section at Target....
or shall we call it the three dollar section? 
who cares, they are too cute to pass up...
just get them before they are gone, this cute stuff goes fast :)


framed earring holder

there's nothing like a lazy summer day for some jewelry organizing....
all you need is some thin dowels, an old frame, hot glue, 
fabric for the backing, and some twin...

these thin dowels are available at lumber stores and craft stores for less than a dollar each 
 I took an old frame and tossed the glass, 
 cut and placed the dowels across the back of the frame 
~then held each one in place with some hot glue
use the existing frame backing and cover with fabric to match your decor
tie the dowels where they intersect with some twine for stability
whallaaa- a cute earring organizer for under five bucks


cake love

I'm in love with this candle from Montane Design Co
You can find their candles at Nordstrom
or in Santa Barbara at Plum Goods on State St....
where I found this birthday cake candle 
it's so yummy~and you can only get this scent in SB...

oh, and how about adding The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig to your summer reading list?
(she's an award winning cookbook author, too)
looking forward to starting this book while enjoying my new candle :)

how cute and true is this little sign? hubby found this in a little shop
and said "Oh you need this!" he knows my reasoning so well :)



chicken curry

I love it when my kids cook... 
my youngest made this chicken curry in a hurry via Real Simple 
super easy and delish...


fire pit vs fireplace

we've been sprucing up the backyard 
and recently added a propane fireplace ~I love it~
 and although I love the fire pit hubby made, 
this is a nice smoke-free, ash-free option... 
so cozy...
our last party required BOTH to be going *of course the fire pit works best for s'mores!
they basically went back and forth between fires....so cute
the spread {so easy for teens....pizza, chips, cake...done}


happy 4th

it's time for some red, white, and blue...
loving this easel from the dollar section at Target
my kids laughed at the printable in the typewriter  "there's no way you typed that!"

amen! home of the free because of the brave
a little garland made from ripped up bandanas
I like to stick little flags all over...
a little paint chip garland for the door
the only thing growing well in Cali is succulents {pray for rain!}
a cute summer printable from Jones Design Co via JDC
awe, can you see the little hummingbird? there were about 5 this morning in the vines :) 


summer fun

oh summer, we love you~

we were able to visit the east coast and see some 
incredible sites....

here we are at The White House....the day we visited the 
president was in Cali...go figure!   

Mount Vernon....truly beautiful...so moving to see our first president's home!

The Washington Monument on a perfect, rainy day in DC

The Lincoln Memorial....my most favorite site

the darling 4 story Victorian we rented in Columbia Heights
*if you are traveling with a large group, check out 
VRBO/HomeAway for a house rental instead of a hotel
(this house made our trip amazing!)

we spent some time in Atlanta....and visited all of the good stuff 
there, as well.....
of course we had to search for Carl Azuz 
(if you watch CNN Student News ya know who Carl is)
he's off for the summer :) 

happy summer :) 


cheddar bay biscuits

we made the most delish biscuits last night.... 
these cheddar bay biscuits via Food.com
~they paired nicely with our lemon/lime/cilantro chicken and veggies


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