Summer 2017 favorites part 1

May 21
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Hey all, I know its been pretty quiet around here but I wanted to jump in and share a few of my favorite things so far this summer. Now yes, I know technically it is not summer yet but if you were in Florida right now with me you’d totally feel like we’ve been in summer for several weeks now.

 

The first is this baked salmon recipe. I haven’t cooked very much fish in my adult life due to being cheap and the fact that until recently my husband wasn’t a fan. Several months ago I started cooking it again and slowing working it into our diet. My husband has been super sweet and has tried and almost enjoyed the fish so we’re making it a weekly thing now. Also, do you shop at Aldi? Their prices on frozen vacuum sealed fish cannot be beat. And they’re good!  Anyways, I’ve made this salmon recipe twice now for family and friends and it was enjoyed by all. I love how simple it is to make in the oven on a sheet pan with tin foil; the cleanup is a breeze and the house does not smell like fish like it does when we pan fry.  WIN

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Hey, did you know Charlie and I run a board game blog? Well now you do. It is boardgamingcouple.com and we talk all about old and new board games from the perspective of a board game veteran and a novice. It is a great place to find ideas for games that everyone can enjoy both as a couple and with friends. Recently, a company reached out to us to try out their new game Manicdotes and we really enjoyed it. You can read about it here.

 

Spending some time in the 🍻 tent at @orlandofringe. #orlando #orlandofringe #ofringe26 #orlandofringefestival #beer

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Charlie and I have spent the last few days at the Orlando Fringe Festival and have been having a blast seeing tons of shows, friends, food, and of course spending time in the beer tent. I’ve been drinking Kona Hanalei Island IPA and loving it. It has what I am looking for in a simple, fruity, drinkable IPA. It has some light fruity hints (I am loving fruity and citrus beers this summer.) and only a 4.5 ABV which is perfect for the summer. I’ve seen this beer is in stores but always passed it up for something more “craft,” but honestly, I am going to have to grab a 6-pack to drink by the pool.

 

Last month Lancôme sent me a gift of several products to try out. I loved them all, but I wanted to share with you my new lipstick favorite Lancôme Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick. Lancôme sent me the Pink Power color and at first I was kinda bummed because I don’t wear bright pink lipstick but then I said “screw it” and wore it anyways. Guess what friends, I loved it. I wore it to a girls night with my sister and it was fun just doing something different. It does really last, like so much that you’d better have some makeup remover at then end of the night or else you will have day two pink lips. It was great for something fun and different and I can’t wait to pick up another shade as I love a lipstick that really does last all day.

That’s all I have to share for now but keep an eye out for some summer clothing favorites in the near future. ❤

Mother’s day ideas

May 7
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I wanted to take a few minutes and share some great last minute gift ideas. These are all found on Amazon and are prime shipping eligible so  it will arrive well before the 14th.

 

Up first is this adorable planner. Does mom plan? If not get her one of these just in case she’s interested. BONUS: This one is super cute for summer!

I am loving these matching Mother and Daughter Alex and Ani bracelets! (They come in gold and silver!)

 

Does she like to read? Where’d you go Bernadette is a great summer read.

 

Looking for something for a new mom or a mom who is trying to juggle everything? Get her Grace not Perfection by Emily Ley. I love this strong woman and this book.

Nothing looks good yet? Get her a coffee gift set. Its cute, and its coffee!

 

I hope one of these works for you! Have a great week friends.  <3
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My new favorite kitchen tool

May 6
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Fun fact: although I love coffee I’ve never owned a automatic drip coffee maker. I used a Keurig for several years and also have used a french press and pour over methods sporadically.

Anyways, I loved my Keurig but I always feel like its expensive and wasteful. I felt like I had to shop around to get the best deals on the k-cups because they are so expensive and I hated throwing the plastic away.

So I stated experimenting with the french press and pour over and and I although the pour over was fun, I didn’t enjoy the time consuming aspect of standing there pouring the water over the coffee. Also, I tended to pout too much water and make a mess. Anyways, I ended up loving the french press but I tried several and none of them were amazing. I wanted to purchase an item that was a “buy it for life” type thing so that I don’t have to go buy another one or worry about it breaking.

 

So, fast forward a few years and at least three presses and I finally got fed up and started researching what the best press would be. From what I read it seemed that the best way to go was a stainless steel press. At first I was against the idea of a the stainless because I wanted to be able to see the contents of the pot, but after more research and breaking ANOTHER glass press I gave in. (Yes, I broke another one while deliberating over my purchase.)

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So, I went to amazon and found this moderately priced press.  Now the $35 price tag totally scared me away at first, especially when I usually went for the $10 models. BUT LET ME TELL YOU. This thing is totally worth the money. The quality level of all the parts are 110%. The filter is a perfect tight fit and the press comes and an extra on just in case you need to replace yours. The cheaper presses I’ve owned all had filters that were subpar and did not fit as tight in the pot.

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I had been using the smaller single serve french presses but I went ahead and ordered the larger one for my “buy it for life” item. This worked out well as I was expecting several overnight guests so I wanted  something versatile for larger groups. This press makes four servings of coffee if you don’t use huge mugs. Perfect for my guests!  Anyways, I can still do a smaller batch in the press for just a 20oz mug but I also regularly make a full batch so that I can use the extra to make ice cubes or just stick it in the fridge for iced coffee the next day.

 

Anyways, I haven’t tried every french press on the planet but I have been using this one for a few months and I am pretty sure its a solid win.

 

 

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Bullet journal paper

May 2
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So if you have been following along you might be aware that I have been experimenting with bullet journaling in my mini happy planner.  Well, I am going to be honest, it has not been going great, but that is my fault.

Anyways, I have been looking to buy some dot paper like you find in bullet journals but it turns out it is a little hard to find and cost prohibitive. I see people selling it precut for the Happy Planner online but it was too expensive for what it was and I knew there had to be a better way. So I of course turned to google and typed in one simple search and came across THE BEST website. Basically the you can just plug in what you want and the page generates a PDF of the dot page for you.

 

I suggest using a slightly heavier paper such as this HP presentation paper so that your ink does not bleed though.  Also, don’t forget to print on BOTH sides of the paper!

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These are the settings that I found to work for me. Print it out and then cut down to the correct size for your planner.

Make your paper here!

Classic Happy Planner: 9.25” x 7”
Mini Happy Planner:   7” x 4.63”
Big Happy Planner: 8.5” x 11”
A5 planner: 8.5” x 5.5”
Personal/A6 planner: 3.7″ x 6.7″
Now grab your punch and you’re good to go!

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