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Florida Room Challenge

I love spring and summer. Everything is so beautifully manicured and has a clean and fresh vibe.  I recently visited Amelia Island Florida where the weather was a beautiful 88 degrees and fabulous the entire week. There are such amazing properties in Florida.  We have often talked about moving there to retire.  It’s an easy flight back home to see friends and family and you can’t beat the weather. I’m already used to the humidity so my hair will still have issues for another few decades.  However, you could say I live the “salt life” already.   I’m 25 minutes from Virginia Beach and an hour away from Nags Head.  Although we have four distinct seasons here, I can still see a gorgeous beach sunrise or sunset anytime I want.

I am currently redoing our back patio and around our pool and designing an outdoor kitchen area.  I’m so excited for this home update, because we really are the kind of folks that entertain more outside.  My husband has clients over frequently and our two teenagers have friends over at the pool a lot.  We thought it was time to take the plunge and make the back of the house what we’ve always envisioned. Here is my moodboard for my patio decor.  I’m really into the resort black and white stripe for the accessories. While keeping the main pieces more neutral in beige and white.

 

My sunroom update mood board. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

When I think of coastal living I’m not necessarily drawn to beach themed decor, but rather comfortable interiors that have a relaxed peace about them. When owning a beach property, you can bring the same style and decor you use in your permanent residence to your beach property.  For an example of this style home, check out Shauna at The House of Silver Lining.  Her beach home looks just like she decorates her permanent residence. AND…. I think it is just fabulous.  Here are some tips for creating your Florida room or outdoor entertaining space.

  1. It is key to make any beach property or your Florida room low maintenance.  When designing my dream space, there were tons of rooms I saw that were glamorous and gorgeous, but they were not practical or livable spaces for my family.  You don’t want to live in a showroom. Think about the purpose of your space.  Will you be entertaining overnight guests? Will you be throwing parties?  Once you know how you will be using your space you can get a better plan for starting your own moodboard.
  2. Create a calming, relaxing space.  You need to be comfortable in your home. Soft neutral shades create relaxation.  I’m sure you’ve seen all those home improvement shows on HGTV and they are always painting the bedroom a calming neutral color.  That’s because they want to make it a relaxing, calm space.  You are looking to bring casual comfort in your furniture and design choices.  You will be spending lots of time in your Florida room or beach home.  You may have a magnificent view overlooking the ocean or a serene sanctuary of a space in your home that you can call your own.  Whatever place you can escape to, needs to have calming colors.
  3. Try to have a natural light source in your space.  Natural light has so many benefits.  From the economical reasons such as heating to health factors such as prevention of seasonal anxiety disorder.  Of course bloggers love it because it gives us the perfect set up for taking pictures for our posts.  So many reasons why natural sunlight is the way to go.
  4. Use accessories to bring in personality. I like to create a blank canvas by using a neutral color palette with my large pieces as anchors and then add pops of color in my accessories.  Things like pillows, area rugs. and decor items can be easily changed out as seasons change or your taste changes.  These items are less expensive and are easier to change out.  Then adding some greenery by using artificial or real plants will seal the deal.  I am not one that has had much luck with keeping my plants alive.  Whether real or artificial the fig tree is quite popular right now.
  5. Unplug technology and spend time with family. Even if you can’t live in a beach location, create a place to escape from the everyday rat race. Your place of solitude to get away from it all.  Unplug your technology and feel the serene surroundings.  Give your family and friends your undivided attention.  Everyone needs time away from the stresses of work and life’s worries.

I hope you have a place you enjoy spending time or entertaining guests.  I am almost ready to give you a tour of the outside of my home.  I can’t wait to present that post to you guys.  The outdoor kitchen and fire pit won’t be ready until closer to fall, but I’m okay with that.  We can have s’mores in September after Friday night football games.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

How to Start Planning A Big Party

My husband and I entertain quite often, but our big party every year is the 4th Of July.  We really get into the fireworks and have it catered so I can mingle and enjoy our guests.  It takes a lot to pull off having large numbers of people at your home, but there are key points to planning any party that can keep you on task and organized prior to the big day.

Secure All your Vendors

The first thing I do is secure all my vendors (DJ, caterer, party rentals etc….).  I have done this for so long now.  I just go back to my party notebook from last year and see what worked out and what I would like to change.  Actually most of the companies call me now and say, “Are you having your party and should we secure this date for you?”  It’s actually kind of nice when you do an annual party and you use amazing people.  You take care of them and they take care of you.  I’ve had the same DJ and caterer for 4 years now. Getting someone you’re comfortable with really helps take that part of the entertaining off of me.  I like to roam around and greet everyone and feel like part of the party.  If I’m constantly refilling food dishes then I really can’t  be with my guests the way I like to.  I just say the word and choose my theme and we work on a menu together to create the right feel for the party.

Here are some pictures from last years’ party!!

Sailboat from 4th of JULY 2015 party

The menu is something I spend extra time getting it just right.  I feel like the food really sets the tone for your party.  You want to have food for adults, but items the kids would enjoy as well.  I also have some “old favorites” that are requested every year like the mini funnel cakes and fried oreos that I have to have or I would have some very disappointed guests. If you are in the Hampton Roads area and are looking for an amazing caterer check out Chesapeake Bay Catering.

If you can’t have your event catered here are some tips to think about when planning your food set up.

  •  Keep your menu items simple.  You don’t want to spend your entire time in the kitchen.
  • Think about the food prep and how to keep it cold/hot.  Your food can be the most amazing dish, if it is supposed to be hot then you want it to stay hot for the guests.
  • Try to prep as much food prior to the party as you can.  This will help you save a lot of time the day of your party when you’re running around finishing last minute details.

Dessert and drink station 2015

Once I have all my vendors locked down and know for sure the party is going to be happening on a specific date then I work on invitations.  I still like to use evite. They have the free ones still as an option, but they also provide a premium version if you want something with a little more pizzazz. For this fourth, I was able to find a free one I liked.  Then you just gather your guests’ list and start emailing your evite out. The evite keeps a tally of who has replied to your party and who still needs to respond.  I like this because it gives you a place to look at a quick glance for a head count.  I like to send out my 4th of July evites a month in advance because it is a holiday.  However, I don’t expect the RSVP until a week before because people are still making their holiday weekend plans. Some people already know they will be out of town and I have found those people tend to go ahead and let you know that immediately.  This always helps me get a head count to give my caterer as an estimate.

Love using layered tiers to put my food out so everything can be at different heights.

For the 4th of July we always do fireworks at the end of the party, but I think you need to have some kind of entertainment set up whether it is structured games, a pool, water games so people have something to do.  I like to keep a loose timeline for the way I want the party flow.  These are some of the things I like to include in my party timeline.

Sailboat and food- 4th 2015

Party Timeline

6:15 Dinner is starting to come out

7:00 first structured game

7:30 DJ run songs to get crowd going

7:45 dessert and candy station go out

8:00 structured game

9:15 Fireworks

That kind of gives you a look into how I would run my outdoor party.  Of course any inflatables or water games would be going on simultaneously.  I hope this gives you a little peek into how I plan my parties.  If you have any tips or ideas on party planning I would love to hear them.  Leave me a comment below and I will get back to you.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

May Book Chatter

I can’t believe it’s June already.  I’m actually quite jealous that I’m seeing so many people out of school already on my social media.  No matter how old my kids get, every summer is still so fun for me.  We enjoy making a summer list of things we want to do before the next year begins. We go to school until the middle of June. But I guess I can’t complain.  We don’t go back to school until after labor day so it all works out.

I recently went on a relaxing vacay to Amelia Island in Florida. I was able to take several books along and have a little more time for reading this month.  I also stepped outside my box and read a sports selection. I grew up with parents who constantly watched sports and my son plays multiple sports so therefore I am very involved and often can be found watching a game on tv.  I thought reading Don’t Put Me in Coach,  might help me understand what my son deals with in competitive basketball. Come to find out the author, Mark Titus, started his writing career by writing a blog.  After writing several controversial posts and getting noticed by several big sport’s writers his blog took off. He then wrote his book called Don’t Put Me in Coach. I thought the book was quite funny. I literally laughed out loud on more than one occasion. However, his writing is quite blunt. If you’re easily offended, you may not want to read this book.

At the end Of April’s book Chatter I mentioned that I was reading Most Wanted.  It was so good by the way.  Lisa Scottoline writes thrillers that have some type of controversial thread that keeps you turning pages well into the night.  The couple in the book are having trouble conceiving so they use a sperm donor.  Toward the beginning of the book they think their sperm donor has committed multiple murders.  The pregnant wife sets out to find the truth about her donor even if he is the killer. This book explores the relationship between a husband and wife, the trials of infertility, and so much more.

Have you guys read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes?  The movie version came out in theaters this past weekend.  Louise Clark has just lost her job and is looking for work.  She takes the only job she can find looking after a paraplegic man named Will Traynor. The job is quite tough at first as there is some resistance from Will.  I don’t want to give away some of the plot twist if you are going to read the book.  Of course you know there is some sort of love story here.  My husband always wonders how a book can make someone cry.  This one was a hard one for me to read.  I’m not sure if I will see the movie in the theaters, but I will definitely rent it in the privacy of my home.

If you are looking for one book to read this month, check out You are A Badass by Jen Sincero. This is just a feel good book.  If you need a kick in the pants or a book to get you in the right frame of mind, this is the book I would recommend. Whether you’re looking to get a new job, lose weight, or get your finances in order; this book will help you get in the right frame of mind.  I do believe that if you have the right mindset and attitude a lot of positive things can go your way.  This book really affirms that belief and gives you lots of ways to get yourself thinking you can do the one thing that is keeping you down.

Do you have any great book recommendations for me?  I have a couple books lined up to start the summer, but I will read those rather quickly and soon be looking for new books to read.  Please leave a comment below to let me know what you’re reading.

Your Truly,

Jenn

Journal for your kids

Have you ever thought about making a journal to each one of your kids and your husband?  In 2006, I started a journal for each person in my family. So I have had these journals now for ten years.  My kids are 16 and 14 now. They know about them, but they don’t know what I write in them. My intention was to write special memories, things I wanted them to know when they’re all grown up, and little life lessons that might slip through the cracks.  At the time I started the journals, I was having some trouble with my thyroid. I just started thinking what an amazing thing it would be to have a record for each family member if something ever happened to me unexpectedly.  Then it became a thing I just kept up with.

Have you ever journaled for your family?

Obviously, I don’t write in them every day or even every week.  Sometimes I’m really bad with it and then sometimes I will keep at it for a while. You will notice that some of the time the journals are all taken out and written in on the same day.  Whatever works for you and gets it done.  I keep them by my bedside table so when I think of something I want to write then they’re accessible.

My son’s journal started to come unraveled and I wanted to transfer his to a new journal before the whole thing fell apart.  When I started rewriting his into the new journal I reread some of the memories.  Like how my father in law taught him to ride a bike, that he could swim at 3, and make a ten foot basket at four.  Some really cool things that were really neat to read back and remember.  I think I will give my daughter hers on her wedding day and my son when he graduates from college.  If you haven’t done something like this yet you might want to think about doing this or whatever works for your family.  It literally takes 2-3 minutes to jot down a couple sentences in a journal.  You would be amazed at how little a time commitment it takes and how amazing the outcome will be.

My daughter has had a lot going on in her junior year so lots of things have been in her journal lately.  I expect to be writing a lot in her journal senior year as well. I can’t believe she will be a senior in 17 days.  I will have all high school aged children next year.  Where has the time gone? I hope some of you reading this will think about this idea and you will start your own journals for your kids soon.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Instagram Feeds I love to Stalk

I would say Instagram is my favorite social media to browse when I have time.  It is just so pretty and quick to search through when I have a spare minute.  However, it it the one I probably do the worst at posting pictures or keeping followers.  I follow a large variety of genres from wedding, fitness, food, home decor, photography, and fashion.  I really like to see a broad range of pictures when I’m scanning through my feed. Today’s post is going to give you my favorite feeds.  They are really scattered and you may be surprised by the ones that interest me the most.

Check out some of my favorite Instagram feeds.

Check out some of my favorite Instagram feeds.

scstockshop– Shay is an amazing stylist.  She styles and photographs desk items, flowers, and art supplies.  I have purchased her work as a cover photo for my site.  A lot of her color schemes are pink.  They match my branding so you can imagine why I’m so drawn to her feed.

Dear Lillie–  This feed is beautiful.  She uses a lot of purple and gray.  Purple is my favorite color.  I used it in my wedding and I have always been drawn to that color.  Her signs she sells are amazing and I love how her feed looks when you scan down and see it as a whole.

Sugar Paper LA–  These ladies are my idols.  They have such amazing tastes it must ooze out of their pores.  I originally saw a picture of their office on pinterest and just had to know whose office it belonged to.  They designed the amazing Target Christmas wrap for 2015.  They also have a new office supply line coming out soon for Target.  I love everything they do.  Their colors match my branding so of course I love their feed.

Carly Cristman is the one fashion you tuber that I actually like.  Her feed is black and white and I’m so obsessed with her. As part of her job she handles social media for brands and I just think that is the coolest job. Check out her feed and how the pattern looks from her fashion to her home decor.

Mochi and the City– I’m in love with Mochi the Maltese.  She is more famous then most people on Instagram. She has more clothes than I do. I have a teacup Maltese and they really do look very similar.  I haven’t found many dogs that look like my Cupi, but this one looks so much like her. I literally love this dog.

Inspire_Me_Home_Decor – this site has pictures that flat out make your jaw drop.  I can’t believe some of the architecture and home decor that I see on this feed.  Even if you’re not a fan of home decor, I bet you would still like this feed.

Sweet Bake Shop– This account has some amazing looking snacks, but the colors are what I really like.  These pastels really make the site pop.  I love how the colors look like cotton candy and the backgrounds are just as important as the food being displayed.

Pizzazzerie–  Courtney does an amazing job of thinking up some of the best party ideas.  This party stylist and author’s feed will make you want to drop everything and get your party on.  Her pictures are so vibrant and gorgeous.  She can’t take a bad photo.

Emily Jackson–  Emily’s site has some great fashion, family, and travel pictures.  I really like how her feed tells a story.  she makes you want to get to know her and her family.  I don’t follow many feeds like this where they tell a story and you want to get to know someone’s family, but this one is really authentic and I love everything she posts.

Fashionable Hostess–  This is a newer find for me and I can’t believe I didn’t catch on earlier.  Now that I found it I’m a die hard fan.  I bet you will love it to once you catch a peek at Amanda’s feed.

the_real_houses_of_Ig– I’m sure you have heard of this site.  With over 1M followers this site isn’t playing around.  They have the best of the best homes and styled interiors that I’ve seen on Instagram.  You can get tons of ideas on decor, paint colors, lighting etc…  If you’re not already following you need to check it out.

healthyeating_jo– Jo’s feed is about the prettiest food you will come across.  It makes me want to eat better and actually cook dinner instead of ordering out.  I wish she was my personal chef.

I hope you found some interesting feeds throughout this post.  Even though I love interior design it isn’t the only thing that inspires me.  I love to have a huge variety of pretty pics to scan through at night.  Check out some of these feeds if you want some inspiration.  You can check out my instagram here.  I would love to have you follow along.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Items to Steal

I am excited to bring you tons of things I’ve been loving.  I have been so busy with some recent projects and being out of town that I haven’t posted.  I’m excited to get back to a regular posting schedule.  I’m itching to start a big project.  You know I’m always working on something around this house.  We are currently redoing our patio area (pictures to come when completed).  I am also thinking about doing our family room.  I’ve had some of that furniture for 20 years.  As a person who likes to change my hair with the seasons, I would say it is time for a change in that room.  Check back for the results of these projects in the coming months.

Items to Steal

  • If you don’t get Ballard Designs catalog you need to get on their mailing list.  Eddie Ross has created 3 looks in the May issue and they are freaking amazing.  If you haven’t checked out his book, Modern Mix, you need to rush out and get it.
  • This beach bag from Marimekko for Target is the perfect size for carrying your beach items.  I am a bag lover.  I have so many beach bags it’s a little obsessive.  I just had to have one more.  Of course it has to be cute, but this one cleans up well too which is a plus.
  • Hit the town in this gorgeous jumpsuit from Talbots.  You will look amazing in red. It can be worn to work by pairing it with a jacket.  However, it would also be a great piece to wear for an evening painting the town red.
  • I went to Amelia Island, Florida last week and had an amazing time. If you are in the area you have to eat dinner at David’s. It is a 5 course meal you won’t soon forget.  Thanks Ryan for taking us out to such a great restaurant.
  • I ordered some new pillows for my back porch from this Etsy store ElemenOPillows.  They are amazing.  Finding black 24″ pillows are harder to find then you think.
  • If You haven’t read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes you need to read it.  The movie comes out in early June.  I always have to read the book before seeing the movie.  The characters they chose look amazing.  It really bothers me when the characters I have in my mind don’t match the actors they choose for the movie.  I still never saw Rob Pattinson as Edward.  I was 100% team Jacob.  Now that boy is FINE.

On that note have a great week.  If you’ve tried a great new wine, found an amazing new outfit, or place to shop let me know.  I love to try new things. We can help each other break out of our comfort zones.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Mother’s Day Brunch

What are some of your Mother’s Day traditions?  Do your kids get up super early and make you breakfast in bed?  Do you go out to eat and then visit your mom?  I love to know how other people spend their holidays.  When my kids were little they always made me breakfast in bed on a tray with beautiful flowers.  Then we would spend the whole day together with them being super sweet (no fighting).  I would pick all my favorites throughout the day.  Now they are teenagers and we are all clamoring for sleep. Now my favorite way to celebrate is sleeping in and having a more leisurely start to my day.  So I thought a Mother’s Day brunch as a family would be a perfect way to spend the day.  Here are some great ways to celebrate with your whole family. Starting off with a fabulous Mimosa bar for mom.

Mimosa Bar

Mother's Day Brunch juices and sunflowers. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Beautiful Mother's Day brunch for the whole family. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Gorgeous naked cake for Mother's Day celebration. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Sunflowers for a Mother's Day brunch. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Use several juice selections for your brunch. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

If you are looking to have an outdoor celebration or you want to try some bolder color choices, try this Marimekko collection for Target.  They have included several different color choices in their collection.  However, my outdoor furniture features black and white so I thought these were perfect to go with the decor I already own.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Black, White, and blue collection from Marimekko for Target. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Gorgeous dinnerware from Marimekko for Target. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

 

Target dinnerware from Marimekko and Pier 1 lanterns. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

However you spend your day, make some great memories and enjoy the people around you. That’s what it’s all about.  Happy Mother’s Day.  For some Mother’s Day gift ideas check out this post I did with Minted.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Celebrate Your Graduation with Minted

Your big day is almost here! GRADUATION!!!! I know you are getting more excited as that day approaches. Meanwhile, the parents are cringing and trying to find someone they can pay to turn back time.  My daughter will be a senior next year and I’m already a wreck. I got teary eyed at my son’s induction into the National Junior Honor Society when they played Pomp and Circumstance. How will I ever survive a graduation? I guess I will be the one wearing sunglasses indoors. Junior year has been crazy enough with ring dance, college tours, and SAT’s.  Will I even be able to handle senior year without medication?  I will pray for those of you in the thick of it.  Remember the fun things though; you get to have a party and celebrate your graduate.  Throwing a party is always my favorite part.  You know me; any excuse to plan a party.  I have partnered with Minted to help make this process easier on you.  Their graduation announcements and gifts are really top notch. Plus they have stationery, thank you cards, and tons of other products you may need.   They are always my choice when I do my own holiday cards.  The process is simple and I always get a quality card.

Minted Graduation announcement. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I wanted to share Minted’s addressing assistant program. If you order cards from Minted they will address your invitations for you for free. Check out their site and see if the cards you order are eligible for this program. The process is very easy and saves you tons of time.  Also check out some of their graduation gifts.  I love the portraits of your favorite school building.  I know that would be a lovely gift to put in a new apartment or office.

framed school portraits from Minted. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

There are so many color options to choose from when selecting announcements. I am so into rose gold right now.  I like how this card features the graduate and that is the main focus.  Your guests know they are getting a graduation card from you.  If you are wanting a card that stands out, this could be the choice for you.

The Future is Bright Minted Graduation card. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

If you’re having trouble picking a picture for your card, this option might work for you.  You can feature several pictures.  I know when I’m doing holiday cards, I like to display a couple of pictures of us throughout the year.  You may want a picture of you in your cap and gown and then several of your casual senior pictures.

multi picture graduation card from Minted. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Most people pick the pictures they like first and then the card selection comes second.  However, if there is a specific card you know you have to have you can tell your photographer ahead of time the type of shots that you would like.  For example, I need three vertical pictures and one horizontal photo.  That way you are certain your pictures will match the card you have selected.  Otherwise, select the pictures you like and match them to a comparable graduation card. Minted has tons to choose from so I’m sure you will be able to find one in the format you are looking for.

Horizontal Guy Graduation announcement from Minted. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

If you are getting ready to do senior pictures, here are a couple tips:

  • If someone is doing your makeup, have them do it near a natural light source if possible. You want to look like your everyday self.  Your make up just needs to be a little darker to show up nicely in the photos.
  • Keep your hair simple and timeless.  You don’t want to pick something that is dated.  Your pictures will be on your parent’s wall for years to come.  If braids are in this year, I can guarantee they won’t be in style next year.
  • Girls keep your nails short and clean.  If you paint your nails, paint them a light color or a french manicure always looks lovely.
  • Wear clothes that you and your photographer have agreed upon.  Sometimes certain clothes go better in certain locations.  Also stay away from clothes with lots of print or writing on them.

Peach and green graduation announcement from Minted. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope you were able to find some helpful tips or products.  Good luck in your next adventure. I’m sure you will do great things along the way.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

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The Georgia Peach

We have been back for 2 weeks since our trip to St. Thomas and I have to tell you It’s going to be a long time until summer break. Why do they give us so many holidays and days off the rest of the year and then make us go from April to June without a single break?  YIKES!!!!!  To help me remember our wonderful time away I wanted to bring back something to help remind me of the Virgin Islands. Almost every drink they made had some form of rum in it.  So we’re going to use coconut rum and my love of peach schnapps to make The Georgia Peach.  I think it is a great drink to make for a small dinner party or a girl’s night in.

The Georgia Peach

        1 oz Coconut Rum

        1 oz Peach Schnapps

        1 oz Vodka

        2 oz Ginger Ale

Pour the first 3 ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake well and strain.  Pour into 2 chilled martini or fluted glasses. Top with the Ginger Ale.  For an added touch, garnish with a peach slice.

Georgia Peach Martini www.yourstrulyjenn.com

You don’t have to be on vacation to enjoy a relaxing evening with family and friends.  The small things that make us happy are sometimes right in our own backyard.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Links you Might Like

Hey friends… I have to share some of the cool things I’m finding on the internet.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’m up a lot in the wee hours of the night (so you night owls should talk to me on Instagram. I’m probably up). I tend to roam the web at night finding cool things that I just need to share with you.

About a week ago Sugar Paper, the company that brought us wonderful holiday supplies, announced they are collaborating with Target again for a new office line. Click the link to find out all the beautiful items that will be coming in July 2016.  I hope they have taken into account the supply and demand.  You know how the Lilly Pulitzer thing went.

Have you started spring cleaning yet?  Check out this pantry to give you some inspiration.

You don’t have to be from the south to shop at Reese Witherspoon’s store Draper James. There is something for everyone.  If you love classic southern style or hosting parties you have to check this out.  Follow the Instagram feed too. It’s amazing!!!!

Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere has an amazing mojito recipe that would be great for Cinco De Mayo.  if you’re looking for one with a twist this is the one to try.

Blackberry Mojito www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Are you having one of those days where you just don’t know what to do with your teen?  Click on Jen Hatmaker’s blog. She is a down to earth mom that puts it in perspective.  It’s nice to know there are other moms going through the same thing.

If you’re looking for a good nonfiction book to read I’m currently reading Presence.  Author Amy Cuddy brilliantly presents how to take your most stressful moments and challenges and face them head on.  This is a great book for any age, but would make a great gift for a college graduate.

Don’t you just love Tori Burch everything?  I think this one piece bathing suit is the hottest thing you can buy right now.  It’s trendy, but classic. If you can rock that suit you will be looking hot by the pool.

My blogger of the week is Camille Styles. She is a lifestyle blogger and wrote one of my go to entertaining books called Camille Styles Entertaining.  I keep it on hand for all kinds of parties.  It is broken into seasonal entertaining and I love it.

If you’re looking for more decorating information that hours of pinterest can’t fulfill, try Houzz.com and a british online magazine The Luxpad.  Houzz gives tons of photos and buying resources if you see something you like.  The Luxpad has lots of reviews, interviews, and well written home decor pieces.

For us Kate Spade lovers, you need to check out this insane Downing Desk.  This might send you into sticker shock, but if you’re treating yourself to a splurge I won’t tell.

Got any favorites or must haves that I need to check out?  Please share in the comments below.  I’m always looking for the next new thing.  I have to keep up with my teens and act somewhat like I know what’s going on.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

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