Sunday, August 20, 2017

Silent Sunday 8-20-2017

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Busy Bee or Queen Bee

Bee Art

Good morning! I am fascinated by bee's, especially as the last few years they have been in the news a lot because of their declining numbers. In my area there has been a big push to educate people about bees and my local garden center has even been having bee talks to educate people on raising their own bees, and creating a bee friendly yard. 

Image the Salish Sea Cottage

This summer I have been following Pamela of Salish Sea Cottage on Instagram and the ups and downs of her bee keeping adventure. I am fascinated by her progress as I had heard about the same bee house that she has and thought of getting one myself. Thankfully I have seen first hand what goes into raising bees and have now decided to leave it up to someone that has more knowledge than I do. I think I will just stick to the bee plantings in my yard and the items in my house. 

Gold Bee

Wether you are a "busy bee" or a "Queen bee" here are some fun finds I discovered this week, including  accessoriesbath items, perfume and more. 

If you are looking for some arta bee feederguest towelspillows or even your own bee hive starter kit I found some of those as well.

For those of you who would like to know all about bee's and why they are so important to our future check out these TED Talks and for interesting facts about bee's, check out this article from National Geographic. And last but not least, you can check out the Honey Bee Health Coalition for the Bee Nutrition and Innovation Award of $40,000: Making a difference can start with one bold idea. The Honey Bee Health Coalition is looking for creative, practical soluitons to accelerate and pioneer the field of honey bee nutrition. We want to hear from folks within the community and newcomers to the bee world – no beekeeping or research experience required!

Have a happy and safe weekend!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites from Closet Cooking, Joy the Baker, Nest by Tamara, Happy Nom Nom and More

Good morning. Another day another attack. It is so very sad that this is the new reality of the world. Growing up I remember hearing about these attacks in the Middle East(on one of 3 news stations) and being so afraid for the people who lived there. Nowadays, it seems as if there is something going on all of the time. If

Image Closet Cooking

While many have moved onto pumpkin spiced lattes I am still enjoying summer recipes, yesterday I had a delicious grilled burger and this weekend I have plans to make this Taco Lime Grilled Chicken from Closet Cooking. If you are not familiar with Kevins' blog check it out, he makes fabulous food and have beautiful photos. 

Greek Pasta Salad

I always enjoy a salad, and if it has a little pasta added to the the crisp vegetables, lettuce and the cheese than all of the better. This Greek Pasta Salad from Foodie Crush looks delicious. 

BLT Summer Rolls Image Here

Happa Nom Nom made these BLT Summer Rolls with Avacado Dipping Sauce and I think they would be perfect for a snack or a light dinner. 

Image Here

Is there anyone who doesn't like brownies? I love them and am always looking for new recipes. I think these Milk Chocolate Brownies with Ganache and Salted Caramel  from American Heritage Cooking look delicious, don't you?

Kids all over the country are going off to college this week. Here are some interesting facts about the "Ivy League Universities" from Nest By Tamara , in case you did not know them already. 

Smile: Its a Powerful Tool, interesting article about the power of a smile.

These are incredibly stressful times so here are 10 Small Ways to Be Happy from Joy the Baker.

If you are looking for some fun summer finds to use either this summer or next check out these colorful trays, towelsglasses and more. 

I hope that you have a happy, sunny weekend. Stay safe in the storms. 


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Just Curious...How Do You Deal with Stress?

Good morning! I hope that you are having a good week. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday. Between the crazy, non-stop bad news all over the world and things going on at home I am feeling a little, no make that a lot stressed this week. So I am curious, how do you deal with stress? Perhaps you have a few tips that I do not use that you would like to share?

I am not sure about you but when I am stressed I can usually find things during the day to occupy my time and distract me, but once the lights are out and I am left along with my thoughts my mind is like a whirly gig and I cannot turn it off. I will lay there for hours mulling over scenarios and solutions until I am so exhausted I finally fall asleep. Are you the same or does sleep off you solace from the stress?

Here are a 10 things that I try to do to cope with stress:

1. Take long walks
2. Take soothing baths 
3. Call and talk to a friend
4. Go to the library or the bookstore and relax 
5. Go to yoga class
6. Bake
7.Write in my journal 
8. Go to church
9. Pray
10. TRY to accept what I cannot change. This is the hardest for me. 

To be perfectly honest, sometimes these things work and sometimes they don't. Sometimes they work to help settle my mind for a little while and then sometimes not. 

I have been a worrier and a fixer my whole life and as I age I have been trying to let things go and realize that not everything is mine to fix or to solve.  Easier said than done but I am making progress. 

What about you? Are you a worrier? Do you have coping mechanisms for stress that work for you? 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a great day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Flamingo Finds for a Pop of Color and a Touch of Whimsy

Flamingos are everywhere this summer, in yard, in your house, on the walls. As I am making a point to focus on the remaining days of summer and not jump into Fall I thought it would be fun to look at how you can add a pop of color to your house this year or next year with these fun flamingo finds.

Image Pinterest via Etsy Shop mrsmcveyvintage

There are pillows for indoors or out, swizzle sticks for your next fruity drink, wash cloths for the bath or perhaps a mug for your morning coffee?

What do you think of the flamingo fad? Are you a fan? Have you decorated with a few of these bright pink birds this year. I have to admit that I do not have any flamingos in my decor but I love the flamingo pink dinnerware and could see myself using it along with my white dishes and serving pieces to add a pop of color to my next party.

If you would like to add a little free Flamingo Art to your home check out this great tutorial from The Painted Hive.

Have happy, hopefully sunny, summer day!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Peach Salad

Good Monday morning to you. Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was relaxing. The weather was so strange, I woke up Saturday and it was so dark and black outside the street lights were on. It was like that most of the day with heavy rain and high winds. Around 2:00 the sun poked its head out and then it rained again, then the sun came out and then it rained, again. Finally, it stopped raining and was hot and steamy. Sunday, more of the same. Needless to say I was able to do lots of laundry, cleaning and reading.

I did make this scrumptious salad filled with some of my favorite summer flavors,  juicy peaches, crisp greens and tangy blue cheese and sweet honey. Add a little vinaigrette and you have a perfect salad. If you would like you can add a little chicken for protein. 

Summer Peach Salad
Serves 4

8-10 cups spring mix salad or arugula
2 peaches sliced
1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
2 ounces blue cheese crumbled
1/3 cup toasted pecans roughly chopped

Place salad mix onto plate or into a salad bowl, the add the peach slices, onions, pecans and the blue cheese crumbles. Add vinaigrette and enjoy!

Basic Vinaigrette.
3/4 to 1 cup olive oil, extra-virgin olive oil, or any good-tasting oil
1/4 cup good-tasting vinegar or lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Place all ingredients into a jar or a small bowl. If using a jar, simply shake the ingredients until combined. If using a whisk, simply whisk rapidly until mixture comes together. 

Have a fabulous day!

Sources: Gingham napkins, Plate vintage, Similar here, Charge vintage, Similar HERE, cobalt glass vintage, similar HERE

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