July 6, 2015

loomed nola.

After such a fun, long weekend {and hopefully somewhat relaxing} I wanted to help cure your Monday blues with something gorgeous that will take you to an equally good place during your breaks today. Meet Loomed. A New Orleans shop with a beautiful collection of hand-woven Turkish towels, throws, and scarves.

A few reasons why I was so excited to have stumbled across this shop...

One. With my hubby being from New Orleans I always enjoy finding shops that we can visit on our next trip. Strolling down {shopping} Magazine Street is one of my favorite things to do when we go back, so you can imagine how eager I am to find new shops to visit all around the city.

Two.  I am a huge fan of kitchen towels. Going through my basket of towels you will notice the majority of them are from somewhere we have visited...Hawaii, Savannah, Carmel, etc. Kitchen towels are my go to souvenir when we travel. They are easy to carry back in a suitcase and a wonderful reminder of our vacation when we are back in our daily routine at home.

Third. They truly are simply significant. They are so simple, classic and chic all at the same time. The perfect addition to your kitchen, bathroom, one room, every room. Oh, and for that gorgeous break from the Monday blues I promised? Take a look at the Loomed Instagram. You will be whisked away to a dream land.

I can't wait for our next trip to back so we can stop by the shop! For those of you in New Orleans...stop by the shop and be sure to let me know what you think!

images via Loomed

July 3, 2015

green smoothie.

It's inevitable that around 3 pm every day I turn into a mom zombie. Don't worry, not the scary kind, but the tired kind. It doesn't matter what time I go to bed the night before, what I eat for breakfast or how many cups of coffee I drink in the morning I am downright ready for bed when the clock hits 3. I used to rely on another cup of coffee to help push me through the rest of the day only to start thinking I may be, most definitely am drinking too much coffee. So I tried a few other suggested solutions...water, tea, sparkling water, sparkling water with lime. As refreshing as these all are they didn't give me what I needed to re-energize for the late afternoon/early evening home stretch until Jack's bedtime.

So I started researching smoothies and juices and came across this delicious looking recipe from Natasha's Kitchen. As someone who is not a fan of bananas I find it difficult to find any smoothie that doesn't have them. It drives my hubby crazy that I have to special order my smoothies every single time by requesting the bananas to be replaced with something else. Why are bananas a key fruit for every smoothie? Anyways, the original recipe includes a banana so I spruced it up a bit to something that is extra tasty in my books. The best part? It is a great pick-me-up for the afternoons. I always feel ready to conquer the mom world after my afternoon green smoothie.

Green Smoothie Recipe (hold the banana, please)

1 orange, peeled
1/2 cup sliced mango
1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
2 cups spinach
1 cup almond milk
2 tsp chia seeds

Blend, pour, enjoy!!

images by Simply Significant

June 30, 2015

family dinners.

My favorite meal is hands-down, dinner. Not because of the food...although delicious...it is because it means family time to me. A time to sit down without any distractions. Turn off the television, leave the phones on the counter, turn on some good music & just enjoy your time together. It is the end of the day and the start of many great conversations...dreams of the future, laughs about the past, and just being in the moment.

My hubby will get a kick out of this post as he has seen the number of hours I've spent researching my perfect dining room setup, not to mention listen to me talk about it too many times to count. I've been dying to replace our little setup that we currently have for something that could allow for a few more people to join us at our family dinners comfortably. I think I can stop looking because I've found my dream dining table and chairs.

Set of Chairs: One Kings Lane
Fabric End Chairs: Restoration Hardware

red, white & blue.

The 4th of July is my second favorite holiday right behind Thanksgiving.  A day full of picnics, beach trips, great food, games and an excuse to dress your whole family in matching red, white & blue outfits. With the holiday weekend only a few days away I wanted to share some great items I found that will take your 4th celebrations to a whole new level of red, white & blue.

Clambake Cocktail Napkins: Anthropologie (on sale, plus an extra 20% off with code saleaway)

Bocce Ball Set: Restoration Hardware

Hitching Post Rose: Purchased at Whole Foods (& yes, this is the same Hitching Post from the movie Sideways!)

Sling Chairs: Serena & Lily

What do you have planned for the long weekend? 

June 29, 2015

twine & twig.

After spotting a gorgeous, yet utterly simple & natural, tassel necklace on a recent Ashley Brooke Designs post I immediately found myself on the Twine & Twig website. And it was love at first sight with every.single.piece.

Started by two sisters, Elizabeth & Jacquelyn, their jewelry is a reflection of their appreciation for the outdoors and North Carolina coast. And you can definitely see that in every piece. Unique beyond measure, it is jewelry that can be worn day or night and would certainly be the spark for many great conversations.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Which piece is your favorite? 

images via Twine & Twig
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