My Friday Favorites 03.31.17

Happy Friday! Here is my roundup of the things I’m loving this week.

On TV – Last night’s Grey’s Anatomy episode reminded me why I loved the show when it first began. From the first moment with a Meredith voiceover talking about her Mom, to the doctors disagreeing over a patient’s treatment because the stakes are so high, this was old school Grey’s Anatomy! It even felt like it was shot in a reminiscent way (an elevator door coming between possible love, a daughter following her mother out of an ambulance) so it did not surprise me when I realized that it was Ellen Pompeo’s director debut. What was the rest of Ellis’s sentence??? Tell Meredith not to……what do you think?

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On the Page – Do you want to know genius storage tricks? 17 ways to add color to every room? To read a moving story about a family and their late father’s bucket list? And to see Octavia Spencer’s fun spring wardrobe? Check out Good Housekeeping’s April issue.

GHK040117_051On the Web – This is the time of year that I am not always thrilled at work. As a teacher, the “standardized testing season” can be long, unfulfilling, and demoralizing for students and teachers alike. Every teacher should read I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems by Sara Holbrook. The poet admits that she cannot answer questions on a 7th grade standardized test about poems she authored. Teachers – just breathe! It will all be over soon! (Sidebar – don’t forget your fitbits!)

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On Instagram – Nothing says spring like the flood of rainbow colors on Instagram! My pick this week is the wonderfully color-coded bath accessories displayed by The Organizing Store. This deserves all of the heart-emoji smiley faces and rainbows you can type!

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On the Playlist – Bon Jovi’s This House is Not for Sale album, as I prepare to see them tonight in concert! I’m liking this new album, but, I can’t wait to hear them sing their oldies including my all time favorite Bon Jovi song… drumroll…. Who Says You Can’t Go Home!JBJ_touronsale_bnr
Hope you have a great weekend! Let me know some of your favorite things AND what you think Ellis Grey wanted to tell Meredith in the comments below!

My Friday Favorites 03.24.17

I haven’t done this in awhile! But the snow is finally melting and with hopes that spring is right around the corner, I found myself noticing my favorite things again! I almost returned to this post last week since, according to the world wide web, I was the ONLY person who liked the This Is Us season finale! Without further ado, here are my favorite things this week.

On TV and in My Bookshelf – I am currently watching Big Little Lies on HBO at the same time as reading the book by Liane Moriarty. I have never done this before! I usually read then watch or watch then read (sometimes causing me to have to recall – was that the same, or different?) Reese Witherspoon is fantastic and I read all of Madeline’s dialogue in her voice!

On the Page – Better Homes and Gardens April 2017 issue. It introduces the 2017 Colors of the Year and three of my favorites have emerged – Sky Blue, Daffodil and Mossy Green! Plus six new recipes using one of my fav veggies – asparagus.

On the Web – Mornings can be a very hectic time if everyone is trying to get ready and out the door at the same time. This week Huffington Post gives us 8 Things The Happiest Couples Do Every Morning. Full disclosure, between breakfast, book bags and bathrooms, my hubby and I rarely do all of these every morning, but I love a good challenge so I am going to be mindful of this list and see how well I / we do!

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On Instagram – Check out this amazing kitchen in my signature color from House Beautiful. The green gingham ceiling!! Swoon! I have that tea kettle (love when I can say I have something from a gorgeous shot like this!) Photo credit: Eric Piasecki.

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On the List – Shout out to my hometown, Philly, PA, USA who was named to National Geographic’s Best Spring Trips 2017! They mention Philadelphia’s great restaurant scene, including Reading Terminal Market, which is awesome. Looking for a great trip this spring? Come on by for a cheesesteak and a soft pretzel!

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What are you watching, reading, liking and retweeting? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you have a great weekend!

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.

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. 

My Friday Favorites 04.22.16

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

On TV –  This week’s episode “Didn’t Expect It To Go Down this Way” on Nashville was filled with drama from Autumn playing Scarlett and Gunnar against each other to Maddie trying to emancipate Rayna and Deacon. But Juliette is back in full force! Once she sees sparks flying between Avery and Layla on stage she got herself right where she wanted to be – back on the tour with all of them. Don’t throw dirt on her grave just yet!

On the Page – Family Fun Magazine May 2016 – Ideas for all my favorite May events – Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Week and Cinco de Mayo, plus an article on how to declutter using color?!!? Yes, please!

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On InstagramCheck out these APPetizing cupcakes from @DuffsCakeMix originally baked by  @courtney_frederiksen

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On the Bucket List – Time to start thinking about summer vacations! This list ranges from Sesame Place to Buckingham Palace. I WISH each destination had a picture – but still an awesome comprehensive bucket list!  40 must see places to take your kids before they are grown from the Today Show Parent page. 

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Hope you had 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. 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Recap Season 1

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Anyone else excited that today Netflix releases Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Here’s a quick recap so you will recall what is happening with your favorite Mole woman from Durnsville, Indiana.

The series begins the day Kimmy Schmidt and three other women are discovered and released from an underground bunker after being held in captivity for 15 years by a reverand who told them the apocolypse had destroyed everything on Earth. Immediately following an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, Kimmy jumps out of the van declaring she staying in New York City. With a ton of cash in her backback (from The Mole Women Charity Fund) she walks the streets in pursuit of a place to live and a job.

Enter Lillian (her new landlord) and Titus Andronomos (her new roomate.) Both are eccentric characters who try and help Kimmy adjust to life in the big city, for example, making her write down every 90s phrase she uses in a notebook labeled “Things People Don’t Say Anymore.” Dancing one night in a club, Kimmy’s backpack is stolen along with all of her money.

After seeing the same child shoplifting in two different locations, Kimmy drags him to his home to speak to his parents. Enter Jacqueline Voorhees. A bitter, socialite, second-wife who first mistakes Kimmy for the dog masseuse. She ends up hiring Kimmy as a nanny and spends most of season one trying to get her husband, Mr. Voorhees, to come home from a business trip that has lasted months. Jacqueline’s step-daughter Xanthippe and her wild, rebellious, pill-popping friends, torture Kimmy, until it is finally revealed Xan is a a good girl, bird watching, band geek. Eventually Mrs. Voorhees learns of her husband’s infidelity and begins divorce proceedings. Kimmy supports her and encourages to get out of the marriage. Flashbacks show Jacqueline is Native American and she left her reservation in search of a bigger, flashier life.

Kimmy finds herself in the middle of a love triangle bewteen Logan, a wealthy self-proclained Daddy’s Boy who meets Kimmy at a Voorhees dinner party and Dong Nguyen, an illegal immigrant from her GED class who helps tutor her in math. The men get in a fight over her at her 30th birthday party. Kimmy eventually picks Dong as the man she has feelings for, but it may be too late, as Logan has already reported his illegal status to the authorities.

When we last saw Kimmy, she has just saved the day in a Legally Blonde moment of cross-examining The Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. It turns out that his Celebrity Apprentice audition tape is just the proof everyone needed to finalize realize he did NOT think that an apocalypse was coming. This excitment doesn’t last too long for Kimmy. In the final moments of Season 1, we hear wedding bells in more than one unexpected place. Titus Andromedon has a wife?! And Dong married another woman from their GED class?

There are a lot of terrific guest stars: Jon Hamm as The Reverend, Tina Fey and Jerry Minor as Marcia Clark and Chris Darden, Martin Short as Jacqueline’s plastic surgeon, and Kiernan Shipka as Kymmi, Kimmy’s half-sister.

To watch Season 1, click: here.

Bring on Season 2! Happy binge watching this 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 03.25.16

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On TV – This week on MTV’s Awkward we found out what really happened to Matty and Jenna during their first semester off in college. Their destiny is not so unrealistic (high school couple decide to stay together but grow apart) but of course it is not this simple – add in 100% of Jenna / Matty drama and you get the real story…which she only reveals to her ex-boyfriend / current hook-up Luke!. Not sure how I feel about enemies Tamara and Sadie becoming besties in New York, but Jake and Lissa staying in their hometown and reuniting is a funny, if not awkward development.  

(Full disclosure – was this my favorite? Or only thing I watched?  On my DVR I have 4 to 5 episodes of EACH of these shows to watch: Chicago Fire, PD and Med, Law and Order, SVU, How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal, Quantico and Suits!) 

On the Page – March’s issue of Better Homes and Gardens is packed from cover to cover. Things that got a post-it note from me: striped manicures, ombre shower curtains, cocktails to party like it’s 1965, clutter patrol, and What Are You Afraid Of? (an article on how to conquer the most common fears.) 

BHG_marchOn the Web – I don’t know how you feel about it, but I cannot stand when this image pops up on my phone. And it ALWAYS appears right when I want to take a great pic (but apparently never when my students get a hold of my phone and take 50 selfies of themselves.) Good Housekeeping tells us 12 iPhone Storage Tricks That Everyone Should Know.

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On InstagramOne account I seem to always hit the like-heart on every picture is @jensfreshvintage This week I heart, heart, heart the aqua wellies she is dreaming about. I went back and forth with what color wellies I wanted this season and ultimately went with a hot pink – but these aqua ones are delicious, too!! 

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In the Kitchen – Now that the calendar says it’s spring and Easter is this weekend – it seems only fitting to start baking some delicious cakes! Check out 25 Layered Cakes That Are On A Whole Different Level from Buzz Feed’s Community page.

On the Scoreboard – We are in the thick of March Madness which is one of my favorite sporting events to watch. I’m cheering for my alma mater, Villanova University,  who has made it to the Elite Eight. As any true Villanova fan will tell you, we have had our share of heartache watching our team over the years. Could this be the first year since I was in seventh grade that ‘Nova actually wins the championship?!?!?!  Good luck Villanova Wildcats who take on Kansas tomorrow night. 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!

Happy 4th Birthday My Color-Coded Life

4th Birthday CCLThis month marks four years since I started this blog. I’ve never been entirely consistent about posting and don’t follow a lot of the “how to make your blog stand-out” checklists, but it has been a fun, creative outlet for me and makes me accountable to keep things in my life in order! To celebrate this 4th birthday, I will list links to some of My Color-Coded Life’s most popular posts. Enjoy, even if it’s the second time around.

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Planning Ahead: 8 Tips to Make Your Week Less Stressful

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Practical Packing Part 3: The Purse

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Dining Room Reveal 

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Patio Makeover Part 2

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10371761_2153257386138_2432189338377949642_nA Cat in the Hat Party 

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New Year’s Resolutions 

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Top Ten Best Romantic Movie Endings

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Most Memorable Brides

Do you have a favorite post or tip you have learned from My Color-Coded Life? Leave me a comment and let me know. Many thanks to all who read, comment and share – I appreciate your support!

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.