There is nothing quite like fresh basil, mozzarella & fresh tomatoes. I mean its kind of like the taste of summer, right? These cute little caprese bites are perfect for serving at a party or get together and adding washi tape to the toothpicks makes it even more adorable. You might remember my fruit kabobs with the washi toothpicks HERE. You could add a drizzle of high quality balsamic vinegar for more flavor. Picnic or party your friends & family will love these little grab and go snacks.
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My friends have a way of cheering me up no matter how stressed I am. Some of my favorite evenings are girls nights out and I depend on my Kansas City friends for more than just now and then conversations. They help me parent they help me have fun. Basically I love my friends and I think they deserve to know it every once in a while. I love to bake (incase you haven't already figured that out) and make treats for others to enjoy. I also love to laugh. The new buzz-worthy cards by connections by Hallmark have some really funny not for any specific occasion cards that I think are perfect to just drop off to a friend to give them a pick me up on any old random wednesday. Obviously I'm not going to drop off a card without something to go with it and these rice krispie treats are a new very sinful creation. I'm not a huge fan of rice krispie treats but add some chocolate, caramel and pretzels and I'm in. Don't ask me how many I've had today, I def. won't tell you the truth ;).
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A couple weeks ago I was back in Nashville spending some time with family and catching up with my 14 year old sister, the cute girl in the photo above. She's going to be a freshman this year! Holly's birthday is on Christmas so I always celebrate it with her on June 25th, this year I splurged and took her on a trip to Charleston, SC. It was so fun to spend time with this cute girl, although being around her and my cousins for 4 days totally made me feel old for the first time in my life. ha! Going into high school in a school where she will wear uniforms (they instituted uniforms my Sr. year, talk about annoying!) her locker will be a source of personal style and she was super excited about the new line LLZ by LockerLookz and how it totally transformed the lockers we went and tried it out on.
June bug is almost 2! I can hardly believe it and yet I've been thinking of her as "2" for months now. She def has the tantrum down pat, and she's a little tall for her age. She follows her brother around and mimics him which is cute and sometimes not so cute, especially when her brother is a not so perfectly behaved 3 year old. :) One thing I love about having a girl is dressing her up, I mean how fun is it to buy teeny girl clothes?! I was super excited when I received an email from persnickety clothing asking to dress little June bug in one of their dresses and show it off to you. They sent me the Ellie dress and its adorable. Stinkin' adorable.
Hair. Its a big deal, right?! I'm an adventurer when it comes to my hair, I should probably put up photos of the transformations that my hair has gone through in the last 10 years. It would be more than 10 photos. :) I like change and I'm not afraid to cut it or grow it out or cut it again, but here's the deal I'm totally afraid not having a great stylist. Starting in high school I went to this amazing guy in Nashville- Gordon- and even through college when i would go home for holidays he would do my hair, heck even the first year we moved to Kansas City I went home to Nashville to get my hair done. The thing is once you find someone who is really great its terrifying to let anyone new touch it. Finally I realized I needed to grow up and find someone in my own city.
Back in 2011 I was really into groupon and so I went out on a limb and purchased a salon discount groupon and made an appointment. I was SO lucky to land with Jackie. When I first saw her Max was 4 months old, my hair was long and having the post baby fall out and it just looked boring. I asked her to go bright blonde and cut it into a bob with strait across bangs, total transformation, and she made it look perfect. It was the start of whats sure to be a very long relationship.
How much does your hair affect how you feel about your appearance everyday? I'm pretty sure its like 80% of my happiness. (of my happiness about how I look, not life in general, geez I'm not that vain) And this girl knows how to cut and color, really well. She has taken me from long flat blonde to short bob bright blonde to short brown to long brownish reddish and every time I leave her chair I feel great.
She's easy to work with trying to get exactly what you want- she'll ask you for photos so she can really understand the color and cut that you are going for and then she'll execute it with precision. I got more compliments on my bob than I've ever gotten on any cut in my life! So Kansas City friends if you're looking for a new stylist give Jackie a call and schedule your appointment.
She works at En Vogue Salon at 6727 W 119th St. Overland Park KS 66209 and the number to book is 903-495-4634, tell her I sent ya! :)
I love a fast dinner that I can throw together in twenty minutes and everyone loves it. Okay when I say everyone I mean the kids eat two bites and then ask for a hot dog and Matt and I enjoy our entire plate. Pad Thai is one of those dishes you can make with almost anything you have in your fridge. The staples of the dish are the noodles and pad thai sauce but what you mix in with the noodles is totally up to you. I've done bell peppers, carrots, asparagus, snap peas, snow peas, chicken, beef, shrimp.... and the list goes on. Its a great clean out the fridge dish because its so versatile. By the way feeding my kids has started to become the bane of my existence its like they hate everything I cook! arg! Hopefully your kids are not as picky as mine and will enjoy this delicious easy weeknight dinner of veggie pad thai.
Summer time means lots of friends gathering in backyards, on patios and by pools. When I entertain I usually make really simple recipes that don't require being in the kitchen away from my guests. However no one said simple has to mean boring! I love fresh fruit in the summer, who doesn't? I mean I probably eat at least 10 watermelon a summer, not joking. :) So when serving fresh fruit to friends how about making little mini kabobs? And even better pop some washi tape on to toothpicks and you've got the cutest darn kabobs you ever did see. The citrus fruit dip in this post is delicious however my nutella fruit dip is still my favorite :).
Do you remember when I showed you watermelon mint sorbet and told you how much I looooove watermelon? Well I'm here to keep my word and bring you a few more recipes to highlight this delicious fruit of summer. Today I give you a delicious drink that you will want to keep stocked in your fridge for the next two months- watermelon lemon-limeade. Its sweet and tangy and the perfect refreshing drink to take to the backyard and watch your kids run through the sprinkler. I for one am all about making my days a bit sweeter.
This post is sponsored by Oly*Fun, I have been provided with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Handmade in the Heartland!
If you're like me going to the pool with kids kind of makes you feel like a pack mule. You need the towels, snacks, sunscreen, pool toys, goggles, life vests, swim diapers, regular diapers, wipes... you get my point. When I was introduced to oly*fun fabric my first thought was that it would make a perfect pool bag. Oly*fun is a new fabric developed by fairfield that is really similar to a lot of the fabric that your reusable grocery sacks are made out of, it has little circle indents, if you look closely you can see them. Its kind of an amazing material, it doesn't tear, its super lightweight, you can sew it, glue it, staple it, pin it or tie it.You can write on it, paint it, embellish it, stamp it or stencil it, you can scissor, rotary, or die cut it. You can use it as fabric or use it as paper and you can use it indoors and outdoors. The only thing it won’t do is fray, tear, or fade so don’t bother hemming it. I love the way my pool bag made with oly*fun turned out, and I mean how cute is that beach ball pocket?