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Summer's Over – Pool Party

Ready to throw one last shindig for the summer? It’s still hot out and most kids have not started fall sports weekends yet. Plan an easy get together for your kids friends by picking a Friday after school. You can throw hamburgers and hot dogs on the BBQ, along with fruit, chips and fruit sodas. If you are feeling really ambitious you can try your hand at the cute pool cake pops above but if not just buy undecorated store bought cupcakes with white frosting, add some blue sprinkles, a tropical umbrella and the teddy graham and you’re done! Buy plenty of beach balls for the pool and have each child take one home with them. Easy party, Super Mom status! Invite beach balls cake...

foodie friday: grilled shrimp skewers

My family and I are going camping this weekend. My husband and I haven’t been camping for 20 years and this will be our kids first trip (not counting pitching a tent in our own back yard). We don’t know what we are doing, don’t know what we are eating, and can’t find our sleeping bags at the moment. Despite that, he trip planning is progressing and coming together. So well that this post is dedicated to the fact that we will not starve out in the wilderness. So don’t worry mom, your grandchildren will be fine. Yes I am bringing the sunscreen. Our food menu kept changing because I wanted to move away from the usual hot dogs and do something unusual and fun. I found this recipe for grilled shrimp skewers that looks yummy, totally do-able, and my kids will eat it. Appetizers = done.   Grilled Shrimp Skewers Recipe 2 Servings Prep: 15 min. (I’m going to prepare ahead of time and store in the camp cooler) + marinating Grill: 10 min. Ingredients 1/2 cup canola oil 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley 3 tablespoons chili sauce 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined Directions In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first eight ingredients; add the shrimp. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Drain and discard marinade. On two metal or soaked wooden skewers, thread shrimp. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until shrimp...

season switch up

Spring is here and I am happy to have things around me that feel like spring to me. I love having fresh flowers in vases, eating cool salads, and wearing flip flops (even without a tan). My house gets happy too with colorful throw pillows and rugs. I used to reserve this transition for December when I love to get ready to display the holiday joy by switching up the accent pillows, throw rugs, and decorations for the month. I thought why not update the décor of our home throughout the year? This doesn’t mean you need repaint your house and buy new furniture every three months too keep up with the changing seasons (unless you have a trust fund, disposable income or a money tree growing in your backyard). Simply, can refresh the look of your home if you change your accent pillows and rugs with the seasons. If you are afraid of commitment or have a limited budget the easiest thing to do is grab a few pillows with the colors you love or whatever feels like the season to you. The fun thing about throw pillows is that they are the quickest way to change the mood of the room. I hear this often that if you paint a bright color in a room you are stuck with specific colors. As the examples show, even if you have painted a bright blue wall in your living room, it can fit in with different color palettes to reflect the season. I think it feels really modern and fresh. The image shows four different ways you can decorate...

the color of summer

Before I go crazy about Summer (which I LOVE), I have to give a shout out to the organizers of the HOW Design Conference and all the kickass women who attended my session called “Women on Top.” I know you’re thinking “Seriously? They let her talk about sex at a design conference? So does that make it Designer Sex?” The conference was inspiring as usual, with the coolest attendees ever (as opposed to attendees at an accounting conference). I had a great time and met some great women, so big round of applause to all the peeps who put on the show. So, what’s not to love about Summer? There’s beach days, no school, dinner out on the patio and enjoying the garden. There’s also that little bit of a tan that makes me feel 5 years younger and 5 pounds lighter and the long walks after dinner. I haven’t actually gone on a long walk after dinner yet, but it’s on my list. For us creative types, Summer means new colors and a sunnier outlook on design. I’ve been really feeling the yellow tones lately (wonder why) and I’m loving all of the turquoise I’m seeing. But if I could assign one color to the summer season, it would have to be orange. It’s bright and juicy and totally happy. I was shopping for plants and flowers for my ongoing landscape design project and I kept going back to the orange options, and I’ve also been buying orange juice (which is only interesting because my kids don’t like it and I don’t buy it the rest of the...