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Simple black tee shirt dress

My warm weather weekend wear is back in action! Is there anything better than finding a dress you can just throw on to run around town? This dress is definitely one of those…and I love that you can still feel put together without a lot of effort. Let’s face it: my effort has gone down on the weekends. If it isn’t easy breezy, I don’t want to mess around with it on my days off.

LOFT black tee shirt dress

Perhaps when summer rolls around and I have a week or two off things will change. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to our upcoming 4 day weekend. Even though it will most likely be busy with Easter festivities, I’m hoping for at least a little bit of relaxation. Maybe I can get that pedicure I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks now.

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DIY Paper Flower Pencil Toppers!

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m kicking off the weekend by sharing another awesome craft my students put together recently! We created sets of flower pencil toppers using coffee filters and crepe paper streamers. Cute, right?

coffee filter flower pencil toppers

Head over to Curious & Crafty to see the tutorial and leave some comment love! Have a great weekend!

My Kitchen Wish List

Do you have a wish list of items you hope to have in your kitchen? For me, the list could be expansive…I’m always seeing a new tool or gadget that makes me want to give it a test run.

The reality of the matter is that my kitchen is far too small to accommodate each and every kitchen item I’d like to own. So I pick and choose. It just so happens that I sold off some of my old pots and pans in a garage sale a few weeks ago…and the newly empty space in my cupboards has started to make the wheels in my head turn. Clearly, I’ll have to refill the space with some new and exciting kitchen items. But where to start? What would you choose? Today, I’m pondering a few items I think would be great…

pasta attachments

KitchenAid® Pasta Excellence Set. OR the Pasta Press attachment. Or both. Now that I have my KitchenAid stand mixer, I want to begin my attachment collection. I know this is a set I’d use in my home. Pasta party, anyone?


Paderno Spiralizer. It reminds me of the apple, peeler, corer, slicer my mom used to have from Pampered Chef years ago…but I totally want one. I love that you can use the spiralizer for all sorts of vegetables – zucchini, potatoes…and apples too! It’s nice that there are multiple blades with different widths; you can adjust depending on the type of food you are slicing. WANT!

de Buyer Viper Dicing Mandoline. Because I don’t have one. That seems wrong, doesn’t it?

kitchen wish list

A cast iron pan. Again: I don’t have one. It seems like a travesty.

Acrylic Presentation Ring Set by Curtis Stone. I. Love. These. Talk about a beautiful way to present salad, guacamole, towers of caprese salad, dessert…the list goes on. I would get a lot of use out of this set of 4 rings: I know it.

So – what is on YOUR kitchen wish list? Anything I should add?

Transition time: sleeves and shorts!

So…last week I bid farewell to sweater weather here in Florida. I am completely elated to welcome one of my favorite times of the year! Spring in Florida is warm, but it is also the season before the humidity fully kicks in. Our temperatures will be in the high 70s/low 80s, and I will be in heaven.

long sleeves and shorts outfit

This time of the year is seriously one of my favorites when it comes to my wardrobe. I am a huge fan of pairing shorts or a skirt as bottoms, along with a 3/4 or long sleeve top. It’s the best of both worlds, in my opinion! I tend to look for breezy, light tops when it comes to my sleeves, as utilizing winter wear can still be a bit stuffier of an option. I picked up this grey and white striped tee at Marshalls a while back (has it been a year? It’s possible), and boy oh boy has it had a generous amount of wear. It’s a staple in my wardrobe, and I wish I had a closet full of them. Leave it to Marshalls to always serve me well when it comes to the basics – I am never at a loss for awesome casual tops to add to my collection.

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