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 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.

My Friday Favorites 06.19.15

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On TV – Many people have been glued to Netflix for the past week binge watching Season 3 of Orange is the New Black, myself included. A lot was packed into the thirteen episode season including the sale of the prison, more backstories, a baby, a new intriguing inmate, trouble for Sophia, and Piper’s new business. The only disappointment? Waiting another year for more episodes.

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On the Page – Real Simple July 2015  Just looking at the cover with that ice cream cone makes you want to open the magazine! It also includes great recipes and tips – all the reasons you love Real Simple. 

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On the Computer – Here is a great blog I recently found through twitter: Party Bluprints. Check out some great 4th of July Party ideas

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In the Kitchen- Check out this delicious recipe that will be perfect on a hot day at the pool: Watermelon Granita from Lemon Stripes 

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On the To-Do List – In the Philadelphia area? We saw this play this week and our whole family loved it! This is the last weekend of performances so get your tickets fast! Arden Theatre Company’s The Jungle Book 


For the Fathers- Need gift ideas?  Check out Godiva, Sports Illustrated, and Crate and Barrel

Happy Father's Day


Happy Friday! Hope you have a great weekend and Father’s Day. For everyone who finished school this week, happy summer!  Leave me a comment and let me know what your Friday Favorites are. Thanks for reading.