My Friday Favorites 07.29.16

On TV – I just discovered OWN’s new drama Greenleaf. I caught up on demand and watched live this week. The Greenleaf family runs the Calvary megachurch in Memphis. This drama is filled with scandal, deceit, cover-ups, and family secrets. In the latest episode, Grace got the evidence she needed against Uncle Mac, the verdict in the Officer Daniel Nelson case was revealed, and tragedy struck again in response. This week’s episode started with a disclaimer that it was filmed in January and it understood the topic of crimes committed by and against the police were even more relevant today.
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On the Page – Better Homes and Gardens August issue takes a look into a home that’s created great work and display spaces, new recipes for green beans, beautiful hydrangeas, and how to pack a throwback 1956 picnic. 

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On the Web – I could not stop laughing as I scrolled through Glamour’s article, 20 TV Shows to Watch on Netflix When You’re Feeling Stressed. Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls (returning in November!) Grey’s Anatomy… the Riggins GIFs!! Anything on HGTV – I know there have been times when I click on HGTV and go about my business in the house as if I flipped on a radio. My only addition to this list would be One Tree Hill. What would you add to this list?

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In the Garden – I’m very proud of myself this summer. I decided to cut my spending money on fresh herbs and try to grow some myself. I have the absolute opposite of a green thumb so this was a daring experiment. I picked spearmint, basil and cilantro. The basil and spearmint have taken off! I have fresh basil in my salads and fresh mint in my water everyday! The cilantro…. hasn’t done as well. I need to research that one a little more. Since I’ve had 2/3 success, I think I should try a few more so I can completely stop spending money on herbs. I found this chart from Country Living and I’m printing it and hanging it on my fridge! At first I thought there were no cilantro tips, until I took a closer look, and saw it says to look at coriander. 

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In your Coffee Mug – I love coffee. I love ice coffee. I love cinnamon. I love that Starbucks is sharing this recipe so I can make this at home and not spend $5. 

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On Instagram – So, I’m switching schools next year and teaching a grade I haven’t taught in 20 years! (yay and gulp!) I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to organize my classroom library. I first saw this pic on @teacherspayteachers (one of my favorite websites.) It inspires me and gives me so many ideas! The photo is originally from @kindercraze, so of course I had to check her page out and you should, too!

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What things are you loving this week? And how do you keep your fresh cilantro alive?!? Leave me a comment and let me know! Have a great weekend. 

My Friday Favorites 04.01.16

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On TV –  Sometimes I get so caught up with Olivia Pope that I forget about my first favorite TV Olivia: Olivia Benson from Law & Order: SVU. The last few episodes have been great including this week’s Episode 18 “Sheltered Outcasts” directed by Mariska Hargitay and guest starring Michael Rapaport. Carisi is becoming one of my favorite characters! I have a couple of questions, feel free to comment your answers and opinions below! In Episode 17 “Unholiest Alliance,” Olivia’s relationship with Ed Tucker is completely revealed. Did we, the audience, already know this? This show is sneaky for hinting around relationships and then never addressing it again (Rollins & Amaro.) Does anyone else think Tucker and Sergeant Voight from Chicago P.D. are very similar? Olivia Benson has a type…and we can just throw Stabler into that list while we are at it! Speaking of Stabler, Christopher Meloni was interviewed this week on Inside the Actor’s Studio and he is still asked about Stabler and Benson’s relationship all these years later. 

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On the Web – My daughter is about to turn 5 and start kindergarten in the fall. Naturally, I clicked on  5 Things I Wish I Knew Before my Child Started Kindergarten from House of Rose when I came across it online. This is a great list that had me laughing – the parties!!

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On Instagram I’m loving this idea of a monogrammed letter on the front door wreath from Sugar Bee Crafts. I might have to hit Michael’s this weekend to look at letters. Add flowers on the wreath and an aqua background – this front door is perfection!

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In the Shopping Cart – Spring Blend coffee from The Fresh Market. I’ll admit the pretty aqua and yellow packaging is what really caught my eye, but now that I’ve been brewing this coffee all week, I’m hooked! A light creamy blend of caramel and butterscotch!? Yes, please!

On the Wish List – Picturing this amazing owl chair from Anthropologie somewhere in my house. My bedroom as a reading nook? Olivia’s room? Our new finished basement? Oh the possibilities! 

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On the Scoreboard –  Good luck to my alma mater, the Villnova Wildcats, as they play in the final four this weekend! V for Villanova, V for Victory.

Happy Friday! What are you loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know. Have a great weekend!

My Friday Favorites 02.19.16

On TV – The last two weeks of Grey’s Anatomy have been great, but I do not want to hear anymore – “put Meredith and Alex together” possible story lines. Please Shonda Rhimes – do not do this! Maybe Episode 10 should have been called – “All I Want is You and You and You and You.” I loved Meredith’s  Wizard of Oz reference – “they were all there.”  When her therapist states you aren’t married anymore and you aren’t a widow either, he follows it up with the question – Who are you? She says she doesn’t know. And this is why I believe Cristina had to leave, Derrick had to die – so the show could answer that one question. 

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On the Page –  It’s the end of February! It’s that time of year when all the March magazines start arriving with bright colors like green for spring! Time to organize and spring clean. 

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On the Web –This article was spot on for me. I had more than one laugh out loud moments when reading it. I hope my 40+ readers enjoy it! 5 Things That Just Don’t Matter To Me After Turning 40 from Scary Mommy

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On InstagramI’m becoming a little bit of an IG shopaholic.  It’s so easy and you can shop right from your couch with a glass of wine – plus it’s a little bit of sport — will I win the prize? One account I follow is Find of the Century. I missed the sale this week and boy am I sorry … check out this adorable vintage child’s umbrella

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On the Twitter Feed – The Organizing Store ‏@organizingstor Today’s mini desk-makeover with some of our faves

I’m a little obsessed with the amperstamp symbol lately too. What’s up with that? Here is my little collection I have going on:

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Hope you have a great weekend. Leave me a comment and let me know what are loving this week. Thanks for reading.

My Friday Favorites 06.05.15

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On TV –  I’ve been re-watching Season 2 of Orange is the New Black in preparation for Season 3 which will be released on Netflix on June 12. Good news, Larry, Jason Biggs’ character will not be in this upcoming season, but bad news, neither will Pablo Schreiber’s Officer Mendez character. Other summer shows starting in June: The Astronaut Wives on June 18, Season 5 of Suits on June 24. Check out Esquire Magazine’s  TV Shows Premiering Summer 2015 That You Should Watch

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In the Kitchen-  Through Pinterest, I found this Roasted Asparagus recipe from She Wears Many HatsThe only switch I made to the recipe was grilling the asparagus on the outdoor grill inside of roasting in the oven. It was delicious! Here are pictures of my attempts of this recipe.  

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For more of my favorite green recipes check out my Pinterest Board:
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On the To-Do List – 57 Free Things to do With Kids In Philly Summer 2015Summer vacation is about to start. Print this and start checking your adventures off. 

For the Parenting ToolboxNo, Your Kid May Not Have a Snack by Amanda Kolson Hurley in The Chicago Tribune. A great read about the sometimes obsessive compulsive thing called parenthood. 

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On Instagram – One of  Essie’s summer colors – Mojito Madness featured on TargetStyle.

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On the Bookshelf – After a lot of buzz these past few weeks, I bought the life changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo.  Can’t wait to read it cover to cover.

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For the Teacher – End of the school year is here and there are a lot of ways to thank your child’s teacher. Thanks to Sweet Metel Moments for these “One Smart Cookie” notecards. We printed them out, glued them to gift bags, and included Milano cookies for my daughter’s teachers. I found this idea from a great roundup post of Teacher Appreciation Ideas from Baby to Boomer.

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Hope you had a fabulous week. Leave me a comment and let me know what your Friday Favorites are. Thanks for reading.

My Friday Favorites 05.29.15

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On TV –  We are currently in the “in-between weeks” for TV.  I finally watched the season finales of Law and Order SVU, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.  Detective Erin Lindsay – what, what, what are you doing?? I wish Sassy Gay Friend was her friend.  There were so many things she did in this episode that I thought was completely out of character.  I’m glad Sophia Bush struggled with it too. For her take, read her interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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On the Page – HGTV Magazine’s June issue – I was excited to see that my lime green and turquoise paper lanterns I hang on my patio made the cover of this issue!  The whole magazine is screaming summer from the color palettes, the patio and outdoor decor, the flea market flips, and the featured tiny beach houses.  

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For the Home – 8 Cleaning Mistakes You’re Probably Making from Real Simple.  I’m doing 4 out of these 8 things! Time to switch up some of my cleaning routines.

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In the Kitchen-  10 Fruits and Vegetables You are Storing Wrong from The Washington PostApparently this is the week to expose all my mistakes!  I’m storing 5 out of 10 wrong! I was so glad to see this article this week because I am trying to get my fresh produce to last as long as possible.

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On the To-Do List – In Philadelphia this weekend, The Oval is opening. On their event calendar from May 30 – June 6 is the Future Sensations touring exhibit by Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company. This touring exhibition is stopping only in Shanghai, China; São Paulo, Brazil; Paris, France; and Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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On the Bookshelf – 26 of the Hottest New Books You’ll Want to Read This Summer from PopSugarLots of favorite authors are coming out with new novels this summer, just in time to throw them in your beach bag, including Candace Bushnell, Jennifer Weiner, Jackie Collins, and Judy Blume.

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Have a great weekend.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you are loving this week.  What are you watching, reading, and doing?  Thanks for reading.

My Friday Favorites 05.22.15

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On TV –  This is an obvious one this week as we said good bye to some of the best characters TV has ever seen. Mad Men’s last episode truly was the end of an era. Highlights included the the three “person to person” phone calls Don made to the most significant women in his life Sally, Betty, and Peggy (note: not Megan.) Next, Pete’s goodbye scene to Peggy with just enough awkward banter mixed with silent pauses, a cactus exchange, and no mention of the baby (rightly so.) Roger writing his son with Joan into his will and telling her he is marrying someone he met “through Megan Draper.”  The snapshot of Sally washing dishes while Betty smoked a cigarette at the table was a full circle moment for the entire series and made me want a Sally Draper spin-off even more than ever.  Of course, the image that will certainly become iconic in television history is the sly, almost devilish smile that crossed Don’s face as he meditated on the hillside and envisioned one of the most popular ad campaigns ever to exist.

Jon Hamm as Don Draper - Mad Men _ Season 7, Episode 14 - Photo Credit: Courtesy of AMCFor the Home – I’ve been looking for ways to update my entryway and hall closet to make the space more functional. Real Simple’s 5 Ways to Fake a Mudroom has some great ideas. 

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For Dessert – The weather is getting warmer and I always want to get ice cream! Check out these tips from Weight Watchers so you are making smart decisions when choosing your delicious cold treats. Sorbet is the way to go with Points Value Plus of 2 vs Custard (my favorite) which is 6 Points Value Plus.

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On the Sales Rack – These colorful aqua, yellow and green crates are on sale this weekend at The Land of the Nod. They match My Color-Coded Classroom perfectly and I can’t wait to use them to help my end of the year organization process.

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For the Classroom – Speaking of end of the year organization in your classroom – check out Ten Things to Think About as You Pack Up Your Classroom from Scholastic.

On the Bookshelf –  Just in time to make your summer reading list: Oyster Books’s list of The 100 Best Books of the Decade So Far 

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On Instagram – Country Living just took your summer camp fire up a notch!

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Happy Friday everyone, have a great long weekend!  Leave me a comment and let me know what your Friday Favorites are this week. (I bet if you comment on this post you have a REALLY good chance of winning the comment contest!)  Thanks for reading!

My Friday Favorites 05.15.15

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On TV – So many great season finales this week.  Nashville, Grey’s Anatomy, SCANDAL! (Lizzie Bear, how could you? Mellie! Cyrus?!  How did Olivia get on that balcony? I’m not happy – I’m #TeamJake.) Chicago Fire, PD, and Law & Order SVU are all on my DVR to watch this weekend.  We still have one final episode left of Mad Men, but the scene that haunted me all week was Betty finding out her ultimate fate when her doctor was telling her husband as she sat alone on the exam table.  I wonder if Betty Draper read Chelsea Handler’s article in the Huffington Post before she wrote Sally that letter?

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On the Computer – This was a great read on Mother’s Day.  I have always been a Chelsea Handler fan – I know people either love her or hate her and I fall on the heart side. I think I really like her because when I was younger I was always sort of the “loud mouth funny one” of the group.  This article had me relating to her in even more ways. Here’s Why I am My Mother’s Daughter by Chelsea Handler on The Huffington Post’s Women Blog 

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On the Page – The June issues of all my magazines have started to arrive, so I know what I will being doing while drinking my morning coffee this weekend. The last of my favorites from my May issues is Good Housekeeping.  I loved the cover story / interview with Kristen Bell.  First, despite being from Hollywood, she looks like she’s had two babies. Next, I loved that she insisted that the Frozen character, Anna, be a less-than-perfect princess if she was going to play her. Lastly, she was honest about the ups and downs of her marriage and admitted that staying in a happy relationship sometimes takes work. Oh, and there’s also an awesome article on waffles.

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In My Freezer – I eat two bananas a day.  It is one fruit I never get tired of eating. This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to have these treats in my freezer this summer.  Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites from A Healthy Slice of Life.

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For the Home – One thing my daughter has a ton of is books!  Here are some great storage solutions – 19 Unique Ways to Store and Display Your Tots’ Books from Pop Sugar.

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For My Parenting Toolbox – As summer draws closer, we feel the pressure to organize the “perfect” vacation.   To help you plan, read Ann Rivall’s When to Splurge and When to Save On a Family Vacation from the Huff Post Parents.

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On Instagram – All You Magazine – Put old maps to good use by using them to cover a notebook. Click here for a tutorial. 

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On my Twitter Feed –@marieclaire ·8 Beauty Secrets Straight from Royalty  Who doesn’t want to look like royalty? Especially Kate post-baby (yes, I’m still talking about that.) Here are some tips from the real life princesses.

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Happy Friday everyone.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you are loving this week. One week until Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, and I can’t wait! Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.

My Friday Favorites 05.08.15

FF pink green brownHappy Friday everyone! Let’s jump right in with all my favorites from the past week.

On TV- Note – I have not watched Grey’s or Scandal yet.  This week Detective Lindsay is dealing with returning home and to work after the tragic loss of Nadia on Chicago PD.  We discover she is blaming herself for her friend’s death because she was pushing Nadia to become a cop. (This is a little bit of a stretch for me because if she didn’t “push” her, Nadia still would have wound up dead in a ditch, only with a herion needle in her arm.) She wanted to be to Nadia what Voight was to her. Chicago Fire reminded us this week how we hated Sergeant Hank Voight when we first met him. Sometimes I forget that! The bad blood between him and Lieutenant Matt Casey at the fire department was revisited when Voight asked Casey to go undercover for him. Then on PD, Voight smoothes over the whole “higher-ups blocking a memorial stone for Nadia on the precinct wall” by literally telling Burgess and Roman to go to a storage unit and pull a file from a box labeled Summer 2005.  And what do you know?  That file has evidence about a certain higher-up officer and a prostitute. I love that he knows exactly where to find the file – storage unit, labeled box.  He’s so organized! I heart Voight again.

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On the Page – May’s issue of This Old House  includes how to make a small entryway work, kitchen and bath make-overs, and a gorgeous cottage dining room. I’m really loving 19 Budget – Smart Bath Updates. A bar cart for bathroom storage? Yes, please! Which leads me to…

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On the Bookshelf – I’ve been sticking to my New Year’s resolution of reading more.  I’ve just started Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and can’t stop laughing already!

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In the Kitchen – I’ve been searching around for new ways to vary how I’m preparing vegetables . 8 Cooking Tricks to Elevate that Basic Veggie Side gives easy tips to incorporate to kick your side vegetable dishes up a notch. 

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On my Pinterest Boards- I found this picture on the board Beautiful Kitchens and it led me to Tips to Organize a Small Kitchen by Making Home Base.  I am constantly moving things around my small kitchen trying to make it clutter free while having things close by so it’s functional.  There are some great ideas in this post.  

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On my Twitter Feed-  @KensingtonRoyal – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Will and Kate showed good form by including Diana among the names given to their new little princess.  Name absent from the list: Camilla.  Name BEFORE Diana: Elizabeth. They are smart, but not crazy. Which leads me to…

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On the ComputerPrincess of Not, How the Hell Does She look Like That? by Scary Mommy Seriously though – this picture – with her hair done, make-up flawless, yellow and white dress (the lightest colors on the planet – ummm – I wear dark pants when I only have my period) and the HIGH HEELS – was taken TEN, yes 10, hours after she have birth.  This post cracked me up – and said everything every woman who has every given birth was thinking when they saw this photo! 

For the Teachers – Happy Teacher Appreciation Week and Thanks a Latte to Eighteen25 for making it really easy for me to give thoughtful, cute gifts to Olivia’s teachers.

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Anything you are loving this week? Leave me a comment and let me know. Have a terrific weekend and thanks for reading.

My Friday Favorites 04.24.15

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This post was all ready to go on Thursday night.
I had it scheduled to post Friday morning.
And then I watched Grey’s Anatomy.

Here is what I had written:
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  This week Mad Men continued to prove why it is one of the best television shows ever made. “The Forecast” had our beloved characters all looking towards the future: Peggy and her performance review, Joan’s newest possibility for love, and Don, ultimately standing alone outside of his now sold penthouse.  I loved Roger’s monologue about his second divorce,  Don’s elevator ride with the waitress and his neighbors, and the reintroduction of Glen.  The scene with Sally and Don at the bus was one of the best written scenes of the entire series.

“You know what I’m going to write down, for my dream? I want to get on that bus,
and get away from you and mom, and hopefully be a different person than you two.”
“You are like your mother and me, and you are going to find that out.
You’re a very beautiful girl. It’s up to you to be more than that.”


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I still stand by the choice of Mad Men as incredible television this week. But HOW could I not mention the surprising and incredibly ironic death of a TV character every woman has swooned over sometime in the past eleven years?  At first, I too, was shocked. Why? Logistically, Patrick Dempsey was still in the middle of a two year contract. Storyline, MerDer, who have been secondary characters in the past few seasons were resurfacing as the couple who millions of people watched for years.  After all the tragedies that Derrick has survived, (being shot, a plane crash) it was the negligence of doctors that cost him his life. We got to hear his own account of how he, the brilliant neurosurgeon, would have handled his own case. Despite the fact that one doctor (Scandal’s Jeanine – the White House Intern Fitz supposedly had an affair with – remember we are in Shondaland) was insisting a CT should have been ordered, this idea was refuted, and when the on-call surgeon was going to take over an hour to come in, Dr. Sheppard told us himself, it would be too late. It is my belief that the show is and always will be Meredith’s story of her resilience.  And even though this is a widely unpopular turn of events, I get it.  How will Meredith cope with the loss of Derrick, raise two kids on her own, and continue her important career?  She will fight on the same way she has through everything else.  As I think back to last season when Cristina said good-bye, her thoughts to Meredith were really a big clue we were heading to a Post-McDreamy Grey’s Anatomy.

“You are a gifted surgeon with an extraordinary mind.
Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need.

He’s very dreamy, but he is not the sun. You are.” 

Of course, we just thought they are breaking up or he is moving to D.C. – but again, I remind you, we are still in Shondaland.

On the Page-  I’m reading lots of articles in the May 2015 Parents magazine including Be Cautious of Rewards, Put on Your Toddler Googles, Busy Morning Breakfasts, and The Ten Most Influential Millennial Moms. I bookmarked the How to Rock Your Disney Trip for a year to come.

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On the Computer- The blog I am loving these days is Live Colorful. These DIY Colorful Panels for Your Wall are a great way to use color in a practical way in an office or bedroom. I also enjoyed reading Color and Branding for Bloggers that include why different bloggers picked their color palettes.

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In My Shopping Cart – When I arrived at Target at 10 am last Sunday, the only Lilly Pulitzer left were the signs hanging from the ceiling.  The Target crew told me they sold out in 6 minutes.  I knew that would be the case. I still bought Olivia some new spring / summer clothes from the many adorable and affordable options.  Maybe this dress isn’t Lilly, but it was only $8!

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On My Wish List – How cool is this Rainbow Keyboard Cover for MacBook by Kuzy Products?  I need this in My Color-Coded Life!

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On my Twitter Feed-  · 25 Simple Ways for Moms to RELAX! Seriously – we need this!

Feeling overwhelmed and run down? Working way too hard? 25 simple ways for moms to relax and recharge. Moms - you need this!

I was a little long winded in the TV section this week, but really – can you blame me?  What are your favorites this week? Leave me a comment and let me know. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading.