Feelin’ It – Summertime

Here in the Northwest the dog days of summer are really heating up! This week we’ll be hitting the 90’s and might even surpass 100 degrees which is, super hot for us! The following are a couple of things I’ve been feelin’ this summer. Try them out and let me know what you think.

Emeril Lagasse – Chocolate Mousse

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Here’s a quick, easy, delicious tasting summer dessert that’s wonderful for the summer because you don’t have to use your oven. Personally I don’t really care for milk or dark chocolate but when I tried this I fell in love. Emeril Lagasse the BAM!!! man himself has a boxed chocolate mousse that is to die for!!!! All you need to whip up this quick and easy mousse is milk! I suggest chilling it in beautiful glasses. An easy, elegant delicious tasting dessert for the win!!!!! They carry it at Fred Meyer in the baking aisle or on Amazon in 6 packs!

Emerila

https://www.amazon.com/Emeril-Chocolate-Mousse-Dessert-Curls/dp/B06Y4CCNSK/ref=sr_1_130_s_it?s=grocery&srs=2591256011&ie=UTF8&qid=1494644687&sr=1-130

Refreshing Summer Beverage

Lavender Lemonade

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I remember very clearly the first time I had this drink it was at local coffee shop and I can recall it being so refreshing and delicious. After that experience I was curious to find out how to make it myself. After inquiring I found out that its super simple to make. It’s simply just two ingredients lemonade and lavender syrup. You can use either frozen concentrate or premade lemonade and Monin brand lavender syrup. Once your lemonade is made/ready just sweeten with a 1/4 cup of lavender syrup or  to taste and stir well. Serve cold. The colder the better. I also suggest using edible lavender sprigs as a garnish or stripping the sprigs and mixing the actual little lavender pieces into the lemonade as a final touch. Enjoy!Bottoms up!

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The lavender syrup can be found online @ the Monin site below or at Cash&Carry stores.

https://www.monin.com/m/catalogsearch/result/?q=lavender&category=15

Book – Journal

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52 Lists for Happiness

On Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Lists-Happiness-Journaling-Inspiration-Positivity/dp/1632170965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493610857&sr=8-1&keywords=52+lists+for+happiness

I loved the 52 Lists Project and I absolutely love the 52 Lists for Happiness Project just as much. This is  my “go to” gift this year. I gave out the 52 Lists Project last year and this year I’m handing out the 52 Lists for Happiness Project. These books prompt quick short personal journaling sessions that are encouraging and release positive vibes!!!! I’ve really enjoyed soaking up the sun this summer and going through this. Also, Moorea Seal will be releasing a new book this fall called Make Yourself At Home it just went on presale. It looks fabulous! If you’re interested take a look!

Make Yourself at Home

Accessory – Temporary Tattoos from Tattly

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The design I’m wearing is part of the Bloom set by Helen Dealtry.

https://tattly.com/

I can’t say enough about this amazing temporary tattoo company based in Brooklyn, NY. The temporary tattoos Tattly creates are not only made in the U.S.A. they are non-toxic (vegetable based ink) and super cool. Created by professional artists the variety of styles/designs they carry is endless. There literally is something for everyone of every age. Summer weather is perfect for showing a little skin and highlighting the brilliance of these tattoos. Sold online and at selected retailers (Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Powell’s’ City of Books etc..).

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The Crafted Life – Peace Gun Enamel Pin for Charity

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http://thecraftedlife.com/charity-flair-new-pin-in-the-shop/#more-14092

I follow a wonderful blog called The Crafted Life and the author Rachel Smith is selling these beautiful pins in her Etsy shop to raise money for charity. You can buy these stylish pins for $12.00 each and all the proceeds will go to DAV.org a non-profit that helps homeless and disabled veterans. Buy a crazy cool pin and help contributed to this great cause! They look great with anything jean!

Lauren Conrad’s bird earrings

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https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2454996/lc-lauren-conrad-bird-stud-earrings.jsp?prdPV=1

https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2148127/lc-lauren-conrad-bird-stud-earrings.jsp?prdPV=2

One of the many things I associate with spring is the sound of birds chirping. This spring I purchased these super cute bird earrings from Lauren Conrad’s jewelry collection from Kohls. Everyone knows if you’re from the Northwest everything is better when you put a bird on it! They are my favorite earrings at the moment and on sale right now for only $5.99!

Book – Chasing Slowly

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http://designformankind.com/chasingslow/

For about half of the month of March I was sick and during that time I was able to read this delightful book called Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. She addresses the American cultures obsession with equating success with mass consumerism, accomplishments and money. Erin shares her own personal successes and failures.  It’s insanely relatable and Erin’s transparency is refreshing and encouraging.

Puyallup Farmers Market

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http://www.puyallupmainstreet.com/events/puyallup-farmers-market/

This is one of my favorite local markets which features a wide variety of vendors. You can find everything from art, produce, plants/flowers and honey from local farmers. Located in the beautiful family friendly Pioneer Park. The market will be opening on April 15th and it runs through October 14th on Saturdays from 9am-2pm.

Feelin’ It

It’s that time a month again where I reveal what I’m feelin’. Check it out I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking!

 

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Hershey’s Birthday Cake Kisses

I love white chocolate and anything birthday cake flavor!!!I’m currently obsessed with Hershey’s Birthday cake kisses. They’re the best of both worlds. Get your fix on @ Target, Wal-Mart or Amazon!

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Blog

Notre Vie A Paris (Our Life in Paris)

https://notrevieaparis.squarespace.com/

I’ve been reading this new blog about two Americans in Paris. It’s about their experiences, feelings and obstacles of living in a foreign land. Everyday experiences are shared like going to the grocery store and dealing with language barriers to strolling the history rich laden streets of Paris. Not only is the writing great but the pictures and the music are fabulous! They even share their favorite hot spots to visit. If you want to experience a bit of Paris I suggest reading this!

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Whackadoodles & Wanderlust

http://whackadoodles.com/

I went to a Pinsperation market this past weekend and had a great time. I got lots of inspiration and found lots of new vendors that I love! One in particular was Whackadoodles & Wanderlust. They are a stylish Washington state based company that makes beautiful pieces by upcycling antique silver plated or sterling silver flatware. I bought this cool bracelet that was made out of recycled belt material! I think their products are amazing and I appreciate that they are made out upcycled materials. You have to check out their website they have everything from earrings to key chains to wine tags and oh, did I mention they do custom orders!

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Jamie Oliver’s Drink Tube Channel – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/JamiesDrinksTube

I love this YouTube channel! On this channel you’ll find many quick, thirst quenching recipes for basically every drink genre and then some. Jamie Oliver (a.k.a. the naked chef) and friends concoct cocktails, smoothies, juices, infused water, coffee and tea to name a few. In addition, there are many different tips and techniques that can be explained in a minute or less. For example, I recently learned how to make coffee using a Moka pot! If you’re looking to expand your beverage making repertoire you’ll definitely want to watch this channel!

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Ten Meter Tower

Video

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/ten-meter-tower-by-maximilien-van-aertryck-axel-danielson/

I came across this video the other day and strangely I can relate to it. When I was about seven I had to jump off the high dive in order to pass my swimming lessons. I was so afraid but was motivated to jump because I didn’t want to fail! Sometimes in life it’s better just to go for it and dive in otherwise you might just miss out because of fear.

 

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Here are a couple of things I’ve been feelin’ lately.

Cook with Amber

http://www.cookwithamber.com/

Amber Kelley is a talented & inspiring thirteen year old who is a Food Network Star chef. I came across a segment she did with a major Seattle news channel and was very impressed by her message to promote and challenge people to eat healthy delicious food. I suggest following her on all social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and yes, she has a YouTube channel it’s very entertaining. Watch her with your kids or by yourself and get inspired to not only cook delicious meals but meals that are healthy. Recently I’ve been making her green smoothie and I love it! It’s healthy and it tastes great! She has many excellent recipes that I’m dying to try.

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TheWoollyBugger – Etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWoollyBugger?ref=search_shop_redirect

I’m a big supporter of buying local especially from artists. Recently I came across a stunning piece of Washington state string art someone posted on Instagram of Jane Patten’s work. She’s a Spokane artist whose subject matter is inspired by the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. She makes custom drawings, mugs, totes and string art. Check out her Etsy shop you won’t be disappointed.

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Moon Valley Organics

https://www.moonvalleyorganics.com/

I have been buying products from this skin care company for over 10+years at their stand in the Pike’s Place Market and everything is excellent! I have very sensitive skin that gets really dried out in the winter and their lotion bars help keep my skin looking and feeling great. Moon Valley Organics is a USDA certified organic business that sells everything from soaps, lotion bars, lip balms, medicinal salves/balms etc.. Check out their website or visit them next time you’re at the Pike’s Place Market.

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I’m always looking for life hacks on how to be more productive here’s a great article from REALSIMPLE on just that. It’s a worth your time read.

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/time-management/habits-highly-productive-people

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Pinspiration Market

https://www.pinspirationmarket.com/upcoming-markets/

I’ve attended a couple of The Funky Junk Sisters events before at the Washington State Fair grounds and they are just the perfect girls day/night events. The Pinspiration Market is a new event showcasing over 100 booths of what you would find on Pinterest! If you’re obsessed with Pinterest as much as I am you’ll want to check this event out for sure!

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When: February 10th & 11th

Where: Washington State Fairgrounds

Early Bird Shopping

Friday night Feb.10 from 6pm to 9pm ($15)

  •  Purchase tickets ahead ONLINE to get in at 5:30pm
  •  Tickets will be available to purchase at the door ($15) at 6pm
  •  Early bird tickets get you in both Friday night and Saturday

General Admission

  • Saturday is general admission shopping ($8) from 10am to 4pm
  • Kids 12 and under are free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a list of some things I’m feelin’ at the moment. Check them out I’m sure you’ll love them too!

Let’s start off with websites. I’m currently obsessed with the Moorea Seal website!

https://www.mooreaseal.com/

Moorea Seal is known for her best-selling journal the 52 Lists Project. This website showcases her impeccable taste the items range from apparel to home wares.Most recently, Moorea has launched a celestial inspired jewelry line that is fabulous along with her new journal the 52 Lists for Happiness.

The Magnolia Market

https://shop.magnoliamarket.com/

The Magnolia Market is the website of Chip and Joanna Gaines of the very popular HGTV series Fixer Upper. This site features everything Gaines from Joanna’s signature design style to their multiple businesses. Most recently, they have released The Magnolia Story their joint autobiography which is currently on The New York Times best sellers list.

Video

https://www.instagram.com/annettelabedzki/

Recently, I stumbled across these really cool videos of different color paint dabs being mixed together to form a whole new color. These mesmerizing and beautiful paint videos are the work of Canadian artist Annette Labedzki. Watch her work and you’ll see what I mean.

Recipes

Pumpkin Scones (Starbucks Copycat)

http://www.cookingclassy.com/pumpkin-scones-starbucks-copycat/

These delicious pumpkin scones are a big hit in my house and they are super easy to make. A great Pinterest find from Cooking Classy.