friday grab bag - June 13 2014

Happy Friday! Toby underwent some minor surgery this week to get a funny looking growth removed, and to say I was a ball of nerves would be the understatement of the year. My furbaby! Luckily everything went smoothly, and the real challenge now is to make sure he doesn’t run around like a lunatic, which is easier said than done. You can’t keep this pup down for long! This week I’m loving…

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danmala flowers by kathy klein

Aren’t these floral creations stunning? The vibrant colors, textures, and patterns all work together to form the prettiest eye candy. Arizona-based artist Kathy Klein calls them danmalas based on a mashup of the vedic sanskrit words dan (“the giver”) and mālā (“garland of flowers”), and she leaves them out in nature for people to discover and reflect upon. “The danmalas remind us all to listen to the unheard voice of nature, creation, and the eternal mystery.”

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white sangria recipe

In our household, white sangria is the unofficial drink of summer. It’s so fruity and refreshing and easy to make that ANY occasion becomes a reason to break open a bottle of wine. Making brunch at home? Let’s make white sangria! Doing some reading on the patio? Let’s make white sangria! It’s Friday? Let’s make white sangria! We, umm, really like this stuff.

So here’s my go-to recipe that’s a cinch to whip up and packs a punch!

White Sangria (adapted from Allrecipes.com)

1 750ml bottle of white wine (Yellow Tail Sauvignon Blanc is cheap and works well)
½ cup vodka
4 generous tbsps frozen lemonade concentrate
1 tbsp sugar
diced assorted fruits like strawberries, peaches, and green apples

  1. Combine the white wine, vodka, lemonade concentrate and sugar in a large pitcher, and stir until everything is mixed well
  2. Add the diced fruit and throw it in the fridge for an hour or two to let all the flavors meld together
  3. Serve over ice and drink up!

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the heiress atelier jewelry

It’s hard to choose what I love more about The Heiress Atelier – their beautiful rings or the clever way they show off said beautiful rings. Wingardium Leviosa! #harrypotternerd

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Friday Grab Bag - June 6 2014

Happy Friday! I attempted to make homemade falafels a few days ago, and everything went well until the frying stage, where they basically fell apart and disintegrated in the hot oil. It was such a failure that we ended up ordering out for dinner instead! Boo! I’m determined to try making another batch this weekend and getting something edible out of it this time around…Got any tips for me? This week I’m loving…

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whimsical gifts

1. Fist Necklace from A+R | 2. Footed Mug from UncommonGoods | 3. Kikkerland Owl Contact Lens Cases via Amazon | 4. Skirt With Shark Shaped Pockets from Lazzari | 5. Melting Popsicle Ring Holder from Hottt.com | 6. High Stylers Nail Polish Bottle Highlighter Pens via Amazon | 7. Random Crap Bag from ModCloth

At what age exactly are you too old to buy things like a skirt with fearsomely cute shark head pockets? I hope the answer is never because I don’t think I’ll ever stop filling my home with playful quirky products. Here are a few picks that made me smile (I need about 10 of those “Random Crap” bags, stat), and I hope you’ll get a chuckle out them as well!

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