Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Avocado Protein Toast Breakfast

Good morning! I am not a morning person but I am up at at it every morning walking my pups 3 miles before I go to hot yoga. Typically I do not like breakfast unless it's a donut. Obviously a donut a day does not keep the doctor away so I have taken to eating a high protein breakfast of eggs. Sometime just scrabbled but often times on a sandwich. 

My favorite sandwich is avocado on sprouted bread with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, pickled onions and a sprinkling of chia, sunflower and flax seeds. 

My husband prefers his a bit more plain with a fried egg, toast and avocado. You can also make hard boiled or poached eggs, and if your are a vegan or vegetarian you can skip the egg and add humus, or you can add chickpeas to the avocado and slather it on the toast and then add a sprinkling of nuts. 

Do you eat breakfast? Have you jumped on the avocado toast train? If so what is your favorite topping? And if not, what is your favorite breakfast, cereal with milk, oatmeal, eggs, bacon and toast or something sweet like a donut or a Pop Tart?

Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lollia by Margot Elena

Good morning! I am not really a make-up girl but I love perfume , hand lotion, sweet smelling soap and beautiful candles. And one of my favorite brands is Lollia by Margot Elena. I believe I first discovered it at the treasure trove of stores Anthropologie

Image Anthropologie

The perfumes are for the most part light, sweet, floral and long lasting, at least the ones that I like are. One of my favorites in Classic Petal and another is Cabbage Rose and Citrus which I do not believe they make anymore. I also like 19 Breathe, with peonies, white lilies and citrus.

If hand cream is your favorite they make those as well, most to compliment the perfume.

Soaps too! 

And last but not least fragrant candles to brighten a gloomy day or to just add a hint of refreshing scent to your bedroom, bath or wherever you burn it!

Are you a fan of Lollia? Do you have a favorite scent?

Set Here

I just purchased this set at a great price, for gift and I will let you know how it is.

Have a beautiful day. It is going to be a scorcher here, 103 with the heat index! I know that I said I was going to savor summer but I would savor it a little more if it wash;t so hot and sticky.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Mania 2017

Good morning! Today is the day, #Eclipse2017, a once in a lifetime show in which  all of America will experience a solar eclipse. If you are in its path you will see a total solar eclipse(from Salem, OR to Charleston, SC), if you are outside of the path you will see a partial solar eclipse.  This is the first coast-to-coast full eclipse since 1918 so it is a big deal (99 years since the last one).

Image Here

In case you do not know what a solar eclipse is, it is when the moon passes between the Earth and sun and casts its shadow on the planet. Are you in the path of  the total eclipse? Do you have plans to stop and view it? 

"For those within this band, some pretty magical things will take place should the weather cooperate. During totality, planets and stars will suddenly appear in the sky, crickets may start chirping, and birds will fall silent. The sun's corona (which features average temps of 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit) will become visible, with tongues of fire potentially glimpsed at the edges."(Source Michael  D' Estries Mother Nature Network)

Image NASA

If you do not live where you can see the eclipse or do not feel like fighting the crowds, you can view it live HERE.

Make sure that if you are in the path of the eclipse that you take safety precautions, if you do not know how to safely view an eclipse please take a look at the NASA safety page

I hope that you have a fabulous day and good luck viewing the eclipse!

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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savvy Southern Style

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Seaside Finds for Your Home

Good morning! I don't know about your area but the kids are already heading back to school here.  That always signals the end of summer to me even though we have a couple more weeks before Fall officially starts. And a week ago my grocery store had pumpkins and Halloween candy! In August...doesn't that seem a little early? 

Image Harpers Bazaar via Pinterest

I am not ready to let go of summer yet are you? I still want to enjoy my days walking on the beach, with the waves lapping at my feet, looking for shells.

I found some beautiful pillows yesterday that you can use indoors or outdoors. So if your house is not a beach house or your decor is not "beach house chic" you could use them on your deck or porch instead. I personally love the lobster pillow and the sand dollar pillows. The sand dollar pillows remind me of family vacations in Marco Island shelling and looking for sand dollars. 

Image Harpers Bazaar via Pinterest

I love the smell of the salt air, the bright blue of the ocean, and the colorful sea glass that you can find if you look carefully. Doesn't this bright beautiful bowl remind of your sea glass?

I am curious as to what a sea salt candle smells like and white sandy beaches soap as well.

Image Harpers Bazaar via Pinterest

I personally would love to add any of the above paintings by Steve Gianetti to my own collection of water/wave paintings.

Do you love the seaside as much as I do? Do you like to spend hours walking the shoreline listening to the waves or are you the one first in the water swimming and jumping in the waves? Perhaps sitting in the sand with a good book is more your style?

Whatever the case I hope that you enjoy your weekend whether you are at the waters edge or not.

Be safe and have a great one.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites from My Domaine, Blissful Basil, An Italian in My Kitchen Habitually Chic and More

Good morning to you. I am so happy it is Friday. I mentioned before that I do hot Vinyasa yoga 5 days a week for an hour a session. This month I have challenged myself to take 2, 1 hour classes a day, 5 days a week. Several days I have taken back to back classes and other days I take one class in the morning one at night. Needless to say, I am a wee bit tired and ready for a rest. 

Image My Domaine

Are you a documentary fan, if so My Domaine has compiled a list of "the Best Documentaries of All-Time. Take a look and see how their list compares with yours. 

I discovered two great new blogs this week:

Image An Italian in MY Kitchen

The first, An Italian in My Kitchen written by Rosemary who moved to Italy for love over 20 years ago and shares not only her favorite dishes from her homeland but also AUTHENTIC Italian dishes they way that real Italians make them, 

Image Blissful Basil

The second, Blissful Basil written by Ashley, a beautiful plant based, vegan blog filled with interesting recipes but also health lifestyle tips as well. 

Image A Beautiful Mess

I found a great craft that you can make on your own or with your kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids. Make your own Bath Bombs from A Beautiful Mess. These would be great to pop into the tub on those cold winter nights.

Image Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary

Summer is slipping away and I am doing everything I can do to preserve it, including making quintessential summer treats. On my list for the weekend are these scrumptious looking Strawberry Shortcakes from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary.

Image Once Upon A Chocolate

If you need a chocolate fix than you must make this Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake, I made it this week and it is rich, creamy and over the top fabulous. 

Interesting post 12 Things Happy People Do Differently from Heather at Habitually Chic.

Here are two things you may or may not know about me, 1). I like things( cups, bowls, shirts, etc) with interesting fonts on them. 2). I typically Christmas shop all year and am finished and have some gifts wrapped by September. 

Berry Bowl

These items I found are right up my alley, they have writing on them and are also the perfect gifts for Christmas. These  berry bowls are cute and the good new is that they are on sale. I did get a set for me and a set for a friend for Christmas. 

Sentiment Glasses

and I am contemplating these Sentiment Glasses as a gift as well. 

Did you discover anything interesting this week, a good book, a movie, a recipe or something else to share? If so please tell us about it. 

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Discover Doris & Co. UK

A good Thursday morning to you! I discovered a great company this week called Doris & Co Of Motto and Memento.  It is a cool British company that makes English creamware pottery and home items using old fashioned methods in the Georgian and Early industrial tradition.   

I love the teapots, illustrated  greeting cards and totes. 

Enough is Good Enough Jug

From Small Acorns Mug

 But my favorite pieces are the mugs, and the jugs.  Especially this "from small acorns" mug, which I ordered for myself.  Remember, "from small acorns come mighty oaks." I love the old fashioned illustrations and quality of the pieces. 

Each piece reminds me of something I might discover in at the Portobello Antiques Market in London. I hope you enjoyed Doris & Co.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Just Curious...Have You Noticed Some Pinterest Changes?

Good morning! I have been a fan of Pinterest for a long time. I think it is a great way to organize ideas and "tear sheets", to make plans for projects or even recipes to try. I used to think it was a great way to organize my own blogs, Pine Cones and Acorns,  Between Sisters Between Friends, and Once Upon a Chocolate Life so that followers of those blogs could just pop to the top of the page and find all of the pins they were looking for in one place.

Lately though I am not too sure that I even like Pinterest anymore. I cannot figure out what is going on with them. In the past I had my three blogs, Pine Cones and Acorns,  Between Sisters Between Friends, and Once Upon a Chocolate Life as the first three boards followed by whatever season we were in.

That way people that were looking for pins from those blogs or from me on "Summer Food" or  "Fall Baking" could see all of my favorite pins without having to scroll thru over 190 boards. Which I might add I painstakingly put in alphabetical order.

Now a days each and every time I go to my boards they are in some random order, even if I spend time organizing them. I cannot even get them to stay in alphabetical order for one day!

In addition, in the past I was able to see pins from many of the people that I followed, now the selection of pins is narrowed significantly and almost not worth looking at. In the past one could also scroll through pages and pages of "food" pins but that is carefully curated as well. 

Is it just me or are you having issues with Pinterest as well? Have you noticed the changes? Are they new or have they been around for awhile and I did not notice them? Can someone with more knowledge than I explain to me the easiest way possible to put one's boards bake in alphabetical order? Or tell me if I would be wasting my time doing it?

Thank you in advance for any and all advice, I appreciate it.

Have a great day!

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