A Summer Pairing: Necklaces and Necklines!

A sunny day and a road trip in a convertible, lazy afternoons and a shady hammock… some pairings are just obvious, but when it comes to fashion, trying to find the right style, as well as add your own personal touch, gets a little more complicated. Check out the summer style suggestions from the stylists at Stella & Dot, where pairing the right necklace and neckline is fun! Meeting your boyfriend’s parents for brunch on Sunday? What about that navy strapless sundress with the Stella & Dot Sardinia Pendant ?

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Sardinia Necklace

Heading out to the summer concert series in your spaghetti tank? Rock it out with the Stella & Dot Medina Bib Necklace.

Stella & Dot Medina Bib Necklace

Bangles, bracelets and bold earrings… whatever your style, and with all of your summer wear, Stella & Dot has put together everything to make sure that you are the hottest thing out there this summer.

**I am an affiliate for Stella & Dot.  I love their jewelry!  If you purchase something through one of my links, I may receive a small commission.

Five for Friday – July 18

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This Five for Friday marks 10 days till my birthday!  Not that I am counting or anything…LOL.  I don’t know where this week went!  I had such an amazing time during my 1st Annual Sister’s Weekend with my big sis…I can’t wait to plan our next one!

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My boys are obsessed with the weirdest things, although I have heard that it is somewhat normal…they love to say the word “butt” – incorporating it into any and every sentence they could.  They also announce every time they are going to fart and also burp as loud as they can…frequently.  I am hoping this is a phase, but there is little hope from what I have been told.  On the topic of farts…I just read an article that farts can help to prevent cancer.  Don’t tell my boys though…please!

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I am always looking for a way to style my hair other than a ponytail.  I am desperate for my hair to grow.  I go through this all the time…I cut my hair short and then instantly regret it; then I grow it longer and think I need to cut it short again.  Vicious cycle.  Anyway, here is a cool video on how to do a simple french twist for short hair.  I am going to attempt this for date night tomorrow night.

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I heart street art (I rhymed!).  Street artists are some of the most creative artists I know (not personally of course…I wish I did!).  I digress…my hubby emailed me this article showcasing some AWESOME street art created around nature.  Which is your favorite?  I can’t decide!

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When the boys go on field trips during camp, they always ask for money to buy ice-ys (how do you even spell that word correctly?).  Here is an adult version of that – Cocktail Snow Cones! Such a great idea!

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I seem to gravitate toward the Club Monaco site lately…and with 40% off their sale prices…check it out!

One extra…in case you didn’t get a chance to read my post on How to Care for Plants…it’s a good one!

Have a wonderful weekend!  What are your plans?

 

Summer Beach Reading Party!

Your invited to our Summer Beach Reading Party!
Come on over, & pour yourself a drink, relax and enjoy these great Summer reads!

After a hard day at work, caring for children, or gardening, you deserve a night of pleasure!
Open your Kindle or turn the pages of these great books for summer.
Whether you’re enjoying the sun on the beach reading or simply curled up in your favorite chair – let us tempt you with these awesome summer reads…

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Young Adult Summer Reads

fledgling
(FLEDGLING IS CURRENTLY FREE)

into the light  the girl who swam to atlantis  entertaining angels

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Hot Summer Romance Books

Sisters in Love  Lovers at Heart
(SISTERS IN LOVE / LOVERS AT HEART ARE CURRENTLY FREE)

whole latte love  home again  the curvy girls club  Game of Love  Taken By Love

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Thriller / Adventure Beach Reads

the collector of dying breaths  the stream

These awesome authors have come together to offer
a super combined giveaway

summer beach reading

Check out the prize packs you could win below!

Ending on Friday 1st August at 11.59 pm EST

Enter Below & Good Luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1st Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
The Stream by A. R. Silverberry
The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Return to Love by Kathleen Shoop
Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala
Into the Light by Amy Manemann
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

2nd Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
The Stream by A. R. Silverberry
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Return to Love by Kathleen Shoop
Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala
Into the Light by Amy Manemann
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

3rd Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Return to Love by Kathleen shoop
Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

4th & 5th Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton
Prodigy by Natasha Brown (book 2 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)
Emergent by Natasha Brown (book 3 of the Shapeshifter chronicles)

6th – 10th Prize
The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis by Elle Thornton

Enjoy your reads !!

 

Plant Care – Not My Forte

how to care for plants As you may know, I am terrible at keeping plants alive.  It is in no way intentional, but somehow they succumb to my not-green thumb.  I do have two succulents left – YAY! succulents

Proof!

During a conversation with AB, we started talking about the proper way to care for plants. Definitely check out her instructions below…I am going to try them for sure! by the fabulous Barbara Rothman (a.k.a AB) The big danger is in overwatering! “Don’t be a Jewish Mother to your plants!” an amazingly witty plant care book once said. It’s easy to see when a plant needs water. They droop! They slump! Thirsty, you can hear them sigh! A drink, please! But, when a plant is overwatered the roots beneath the soil begin to rot and until they’re dying and their leaves turn yellow (or even worse, they’re dead) you can’t see it.  Though SPRAYING the leaves with water can be done all the time…the more the better, many factors go into how often a plant needs watering. The type of plant actually doesn’t seem to matter much as all plants thrive on the same basic elements: light, oxygen and water. How often a plant needs water is based on: Location – Dry heat in winter, sun in summer. Type of pot – while a porous clay pot breathes and lets the moisture out and the air in, the soil will dry out more quickly than one in a plastic potted plant. The way to keep plants happy and healthy:

Don’t water when not needed. If unsure, you can stick your finger in the pot, if the soil is moist, do not water. If Top soil feels dry to the touch, watering ok.

Water thoroughly through and through to the roots! Use Room Temperature Water. Each time the plant is watered, WAIT for the water to dribble through the bottom dish of the plant. If no water in the dish, add more water. Continue this process until you see some water (not enough to overflow the dish). This will indicate the top soil and the roots have gotten the water they need.

That’s it! Pretty simple. Oh…look admiringly at the plant every so often. Believe it or not, it helps. Longer term care – snip off dead leaves so plant does not have to spend its energy on them. Turn plant occasionally, as they can’t do it themselves, so different parts of the plant get to face the light. Makes sense, right?  What are your tips to keeping your plants green, healthy, and most importantly – alive?

World Cup Final

I thought this day would never come…kidding ,BUT it was a lot of fun to watch the World Cup games leading up to today.  I never knew that there were so many soccer fans in the US – rooting for the US no less!  I even succumbed to the craze…all of the local bars by my office were beyond packed for one of the 12 pm games so I inadvertently hosted a soccer game viewing in my office.  It forced me to watch, in Spanish (due to ESPN buffering way too much), and even caught myself outwardly talking to the TV as if the players heard me.

Below is a cool infographic (you know I love them) illustrating interesting tidbits about the World Cup.  There’s some heavy money winnings here…

World Cup History

 

Five for Friday – July 11

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It’s Fridaayyyyyyyy – and of course – Five for Friday!  This week has gone by rather quickly considering last week was only a 3-day work week for me.  I have to admit that it was a bit hard to get up for work on Monday, but I actually love my job so once I stretched and got the blood flowing I was good to go!  On to the Five…

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This one is for the Orange is the New Black fans out there.  Please be warned that there are expletives in the video…

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Nine ways women can become better women – at first I thought it was just a ranting, which it kind of is – but the author Marissa Jayne said a lot of things that I nodded my head in agreement to.

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You know I have to add an article or cute images of dogs when I find them…here is a cute collection of dogs trying to play hide and seek but not really succeeding

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I apparently am a Merlot.  Don’t know what I am talking about?  Take the What Type of Wine Are You quiz and tell me your results in the comments section.

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I love this concept of the double ponytail making your ponytail look even fuller!

Fake a fuller ponytail by doing the double-ponytail trick.

Infographic via Makeup.com