A few things

Summer weeks are a blur.  They fly by so fast and I have a hard time fitting in everything I want to accomplish.  Yesterday I finally was able to clean my garage out.  It wasn’t terrible – but it definitely was in need of some major organizing.  This weekend we have a fun trip to Boston to visit recently engaged friends.  I’m so excited to see the city again and have a girls afternoon, complete with a massage, while the guys golf.

Here are a few things I’m loving and coveting lately…

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Favorite New Purchase. I received my Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader yesterday which I bought on a killer Prime Day sale.  I can’t wait to download a few books just in time for our upcoming beach trip!  I ordered this case too, which was also on sale.

 

What I’m Reading. These two books are pure beach reads.  I zoomed through Lauren Weisberger’s When Life Gives You Lululemons, and I am about half way through The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand.  Fun fact: Hildebrand mentions my area (streets, landmarks, cities) throughout the book and it’s so fun when they pop up.  She definitely did her research!

 

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Basil Pesto. The other night I made a fresh pesto using the huge basil on our deck.  This year, the leaves seem to be massive!  I tell J that they really must love the spot they are in and he just shakes his head.  The pesto contained only a few ingredients blended together in my food processor: basil, salt, pepper, garlic, toasted (slivered) almonds, parmesan cheese and olive oil.  Pretty basic.  I used brown rice pasta as the base rather than white pasta.  I also added chicken for protein and corn off the cob for a little sweetness and crunch.  It was delish!  Tip:  Reserve some pasta water to thin out the pesto.  Sometimes it gets too thick to mix in with the pasta.

 

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Air Plant and Cute Pot.  During one of my many trips to Lowe’s I spotted her.  It was love at first sight and I just knew she needed to come home with me.  My daughter thinks she’s totally creepy, but I think she’s fun.  She goes perfectly with my decor.  Plus, she’s a discussion piece to boot.  Best part – so easy to care for!

 

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Julie Vos Jewelry.  J gave me this bangle for Christmas and this pendant for my birthday.  At first I wasn’t sure about the pendant since I had my heart set on a lariat, but when I visited the store, I was so blown away by all of her designs.  Needless to say, I kept the pendant and have already worn it several times.  I also now have a wishlist of other items that are totally necessary for me to have! 😉

Enjoy your weekend!

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