My Favorite Summer things


I am not sure why I love summer. I think I love that it stays light until 10. It just gives you a lot longer to get things done. Summer requires different items than winter. Summer is all about cool drinks, flip flops, and being outside.  Since summer in the south is already here, I have been purchasing my summer items. School gets out next week and we are ready to go. What do you need to call it a summer?

I love Ice Breakers Cube Sugar Lemon Gum is fun and refreshing. It is a different flavor than your usual gum. I usually grab this at Kroger or Walmart.




I love Teva’s Mush Wedge Flip Flops. I have some foot problems, and I can no longer wear unsupported flats for long periods of time. These flip flops are the perfect height and allow me to enjoy flip flops again. I usually go through two pairs a summer.  You can find them here. 


My good friend Sal introduced me to red wine with Sprite. It tastes like Sangria without any of the labor. It is a great summer drink. By diluting your wine, you aren’t exposed to nearly the same amount of alcohol. This is helpful to keep you safe. The Bota RedVolution is a nice boxed wine. This is great for taking wine places that don’t allow glass.








State Testing Issues



A friend sent this to me today and I have her permission to share it, but I am erasing names and the state. She will let this principal and the PTO know of the support anyone gives to it.

I saw this on Facebook posted by someone named Carol Hampton Rasco. She said all had permission to re-share it.

My friend said:
My daughter’s new elementary school principle sent this to all the students as they received their state standardized testing scores this week:

“We are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you– the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do. They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you have traveled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart.”

My friend reported her daughter who did well on the test shrugged about her scores, but read the letter over and over and held it close to her heart announcing, “I really love this.”

I love it as well.

Under The Weather


Parents can be genius sometimes, and this dad was sick of sitting out in the cold. His goal was to be warm, dry and comfortable while providing a light weight, portable, wind resistant, water resistant option. It is up to 30 degrees warmer inside than the temperature outside and it provides SPF 50 sun protection.  These run about $80, which is a lot, but if you are facing a future of sports mornings in cold and rain you might think that was a great value.



Pretty Table Designs


Easter is right around the corner, and I have found some lovely inspiration for my table.


This one is from House of Turquoise. 


 On Sutton Place has great instructions to make this nesting bunny.


I love tulips. The combination of tulips and Easter eggs are so cute.  These are from Your Home-Based Mom.


This natural cloche with a beautiful cross expresses the true reason for Easter, which is not bunnies and chocolate. It is from Dining Delight.



This simple arrangement uses Peeps and flowers. That looks easy enough for even a flower novice. This idea is from Bellalimento. 


Julia Usher designed this beautiful bowl of bunnies and daffodils. So beautiful.


If you have a trifle dish, you can put together this nice display from Midwest Living.



Blue is one of my favorite colors, and Jenny Steffens from Everyday Occasions incorporates all my favorites: pastel blues, brown eggs,  and daffodils.


Not everyone likes bunnies. This place setting from Better Homes and Gardens uses birds and gingham.