My Friday Favorites 07.22.16

Happy Friday! I hope today is the start of a great weekend for you and yours.
Here are the things I am loving this week!

On TV – Judges Cuts are all done on America’s Got Talent and the live shows start next week. But this week I’m picking one of my favorite summer shows – Suits. Season 6 begins with Mike going to prison and Jessica, Louis and Harvey doing everything in their power to keep PSL in business.  Harvey came through like he always does – but this time it cost him something very personal.

On the Page – I just got Real Simple‘s August issue in the mail and I couldn’t wait to read it cover to cover! “How to use paint to transform just about anything” is RIGHT up my alley (look at my past outdoor makeovers using mainly spray paint to transform old furniture here and here.)

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On the Web – Lately I’ve been enjoying reading Crazy Organized tips for how to keep everything neat, organized and together. I love her Paper Organization Series and her Fast Fix Friday posts.

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For My Classroom – I went into Walmart for beach chairs for my vacation – and came out with 30 notebooks from the back-to-school aisle. Even though I was cursing that the school supply aisles were already in full force – I could not help but scoop up these adorable math notebooks for my daily “Solve-It” problems. Next I need to make cute name labels for everyone!

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On Instagram – Loving the That Color Coding System Though post on  creative.pine.apple ‘s IG account.  Click through to the great blog post on her color-coding systems.  Of course I heart all of this!
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What are you loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know. Thanks for reading.

Honey Bourbon Lemonade

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I saw this recipe as a video on The Kitchn’s Facebook page the same week my husband received a bottle of Wild Turkey Honey Bourbon as a gift from our brother-in-law. What other conclusion could I draw except it was meant to be the drink of the week?

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You can watch the video and see their recipe on how to make this drink here.

In my typical fashion, I adjusted the recipe a little bit based on what ingredients I already had. (No need to shop when making a cocktail!)

I didn’t have pure lemon juice, but I did have lemon sour mix.  Knowing that the sour mix already has sugars and sweeteners in it, I reduced the amount of simple syrup.

1 cup honey bourbon
2 cups lemon sour mix
1 cup simple sugar (made from 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water)
1 quart water
With these proportions, the drink is still sweet.  If you prefer more tart, reduce or eliminate the simple sugar.

Stir and serve offer ice! In cute vintage sour cream glasses if you have them.

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Enjoy – It’s almost Friday!

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My Friday Favorites 06.24.16

Happy Friday! I hope today is the start of a great weekend for you and yours.
Here are the things I am loving this week!

On TV – Netflix released season 4 of Orange is the New Black a week ago. Last year, I binged watched through the weekend finishing season 3 in 48 hours. I vowed to make the show last a little longer this time and I stretched it until Wednesday. This season was by far the most heartbreaking yet. Unfair judicial and prison systems, racism, corporate greed, privilege, religion and mental illness were just a few of the timely topics unearthed in these 13 episodes. No spoilers here.


On the Page – Real Simple Magazine’s July 2016 issue is full of summer fun.  Great tips on how to actually relax on your vacation, gaining control of your inbox, and party tricks for your summer get-togethers. Of course, the “Ask the Organizer” section is always a fav of mine!

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On the Web – I’m a teacher and it is my first full week of summer vacation. But that doesn’t mean my brain stops thinking about the classroom. Especially this summer as I am switching grades and teaching 4th grade for the first time in 20 years! I bookmarked this article Dollar Store Dos and Don’ts for Teachers by Genia Connell on Scholastic.com. It is so easy to buy something because it is inexpensive. This article has test driven lots of Dollar Store items for you!  

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In the Kitchen -Meal prepping is something I am completely committed to during the academic year, but it always seems to fall to the side in the summer. Anna Nguyen, Philadelphia’s Healthy Kid blogger shared Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Liz Coover’s  5 Tips to get Meal Planning Into Your Family Schedule. Time to get back into a routine! I roasted summer squash and zucchini for the week and made tuna that we can grab easily to make basil wraps.

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On Instagram – This week I picked a color of the week and posted pics of my favorite apple green things!  I loved searching for other #applegreen photos and I pushed the like-heart a LOT!!  I loved, loved, loved these apple green canisters in Edita Trinkunaite’s kitchen. Check out her other amazing food pics on her IG @edita.trinkunaite

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What are you loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know. Thanks for reading.

Grapefruit Lolita – Thirsty Thursday

This week’s signature cocktail is a Grapefruit Lolita. 

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Cuervo Silver Tequila
Cilantro Simple Syrup
Grapefruit Juice
Club Soda
Sea Salt Rim

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Thanks to Iron Hill Brewery in Chestnut Hill for whipping this up for me!

My Friday Favorites 06.17.16

Happy Friday! Here are all the things I’m loving this week!

On TV –  The new season of America’s Got Talent is underway. I have never watched this show before, but was intrigued to tune in after seeing many stories and social media posts about the 12 year old ukulele playing girl that got the Willy Wonka golden ticket. I caught up with the episodes on demand and watched episode three in real time. The golden buzzer has been rung in each episode, first by Mel B, next by Howie, and this week, by Heidi. Scenes for next week show Simon reaching for it …

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AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — “Auditions Pasadena Civic Auditorium” — Pictured: Sal Valentinetti — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

TV side note-  Orange is the New Black Season 4 is available today on Netflix!

On the Page – The July’s Good Housekeeping is the “Steals and Deals” issue. Filled with the inside scoop on the best sales, home decor steals, travel tips, and barbecue recipes it’s the perfect magazine to throw in your pool / beach bag and read cover to cover. 

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On Instagram – I love all the different home decor Instagram contests. This week,  I participated in #justanothermantelmonday .  The winner was also my favorite pic posted! Clocks! Sunflowers! Glass Vases! Vintage books! Shiplap wall! Check out  I Dream of Homemaking for more gorgeous pics like the winner below. 

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In the Kitchen – I found this recipe and blog through Instagram, too. Check out @foodbymaria for gorgeous pictures of healthy food! Don’t just push the like heart – click through to her blog for amazing recipes like this Lentil and Quinoa Salad that caught my eye. I’m very excited that summer salad season is upon us. Can’t wait to try this one!

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Wishing you all a great weekend. It is the last day of school for me so I am very excited to start summer vacation! Happy, happy Father’s Day out there to all the men celebrating especially my dad, Bob, and my wonderful husband, Larry!

What are you loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know. Thanks for reading.

Ginjito – Thirsty Thursday

It’s Thirsty Thursday! The work week is almost over. Here is a delicious cocktail you can try tonight at Happy Hour or sometime this weekend.

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Ginjito
Vanilla-infused gin
Ginger Beer
Simple syrup
Fresh mint and Lime

I love gin and tonics and I love mojitos, so clearly this is a fan favorite for me!

Special thanks to National Mechanics who introduced me to this terrific drink last weekend at brunch.

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Patio Makeover

After showing pictures of my mother-in-law’s successful porch design to my friend, she asked for my help getting her patio set up. Her needs: place to grill and to eat, a spot to relax, an area for the kids to play and a fun, bright design that would make her forget she rented her shore house out for the summer! She also asked for different storage areas for the excess stuff that accumulates each day. Here are some before pictures:

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She is not in love with these pillow cushions – but did not want to spend money on new ones so she wanted to work around these colors.

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Off to Home Depot and Michael’s we went! We debated paint colors and bought a few fun decorative pieces, then we returned to her home and got to work! (I also momentarily lost my phone in the paint aisle which caused some minor panic attacks but it was all good in the end…)

Are you ready for the big reveal???  Drumroll…..

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Plastic storage tubs corral toys together, but can also be used to stash drinks and ice when having guests over.

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Buying ribbon and tying it around mason jars you have lying around the house is an easy and inexpensive way to make colors cohesive in your design

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A storage box for each kid

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Grill prep table – we took this from her house and gave it a fresh coat of paint

A few days later she sent me another after shot … she had continued painting (see the blue storage bins near the sliding glass door) and moved the furniture around some. I told her if she is anything like me, she would rearrange the furniture 15 more times throughout the summer!

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Price tag:
Home Depot: $70 (with paint left over)
Michael’s: $60
Total: $130

I hope that Annmarie and her family enjoy this patio all summer long!

Are you interested in a patio or porch design? Contact me through direct message on Instagram at @colorcodelife.

 

My Friday Favorites 06.03.16

Happy Friday! Here are all the things I’m loving this week!

On TV –  Admittedly, I am just catching up on some season finales that happened over the past few weeks. Dick Wolf – WHAT are you doing to me?? Killing off the sons of high ranking police officers on two different shows, Chicago PD and SVU?


…and I CANNOT get over ABC cancelling Nashville.  I read the reports but didn’t want to believe it. Until the season finale became the series finale. Now we will never know the fate of Juliette’s plane. Unless another network picks it up – please!! #BringBackNashville


On the Web – Country Living’s 50 Ideas that will Beautify Your Yard (Without Breaking the Bank) So many adorable ideas to spruce up any backyard space. Love this hopscotch board made with colorful pavers from Happiness is Homemade. 

This hopscotch board—made out of pavers—works double-time as a game for kids (or adults!) and a fun way to add a pop of bright color to your lawn. 
Get the tutorial at Happiness is Homemade.

For the Piggy Bank – The end of the school year is a time when I look back to see what I’ve saved for the year, evaluate if it’s time to up retirement contributions, and figure out what are the priorities we should be saving for next year. Read Money magazine’s The Five Most Important Years of Your Financial Life for tips on what you should be saving at certain ages. It’s time for me to “Turn Up the Volume!”

 

On the To-Do List – I love my city in the summer! This is an exciting month here in Philadelphia. Check out the Top Things To Do in Philadelphia In June 2016 From Art Festivals, Outdoor Movies, and Night Markets, to Center City Sips and Beer Gardens – there is something for everyone!

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On Instagram – Look at this apple green pillow! I NEED this on my patio! Check out more cheery and colorful pictures by _mabellevie_

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Hope you have a great Friday and that it’s a start to an amazing weekend. What are you loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know! Thanks for reading.