Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Mornings

It's the freaking weekend and I could not be more excited to sleep in a few extra days this week. How was your week? As I bask in the sunniness of this mini heat wave we're having in Southern California, I have a ton work, a few too many errands to run and date I'm looking forward to this  V-Day weekend. Work related research includes watching 90's teen game shows, modifying them and turning our Summer Reading Program into one giant maze and game of Legends of the Hidden Temple; I know what your thinking and yes it's going to be retro and lots o fun. I seriously cannot wait. School work is well school work, only two and half months to go, YEAH!!!!! A trip to the hospital to drop off all the hearts we made at the library, a low key date night, tanning and a swim or two and hanging at the local home depot to check the flower situation is all I have planned for the weekend. Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day and an awesome weekend.


this week's favorites...





inspired by this dreamy kitchen, dining out and catching up with friends, a walk or two a day this weekend since the weather is getting warmer, long and blond loose waves and getting homework done as soon as possible, What have you been up too this week?

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Friday Showing


Hey all you 80's and 90's kids, what was your favorite Teen Nick Game Show? I've been watching old episodes of some of the classics we grew up watching like, Figure It Out, Nick Arcade, Double Dare and a few others to mimic this year for our summer program at the library. I'm seriously stoked to challenge our kids on Olympic Trivia; with mazes, treasures and clues hidden around the library, winners and losers will be awarded with sweet prizes and a pie in their face. Take a trip down memory lane and check Youtube to see if your favorite show is available.    

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Blackberry Whisky Smash

I'm not really a drinker, you know this. But lately when I've been going home to see my parents and we got out to eat, my mom orders a lemon drop so I do too. I'll come home and see my mom making a pitcher of Sangria and I'll help myself to a glass. A few weeks ago I picked up this book on cocktails so now I have an interest in making drinks for the weekend. This sounds perfect for a spring cocktail.

       Ingredients
  • ¼ cup fresh blackberries
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 2 ounces wheat beer
  • For garnish: (optional)
  • Blackberries
  • Mint sprig
      Directions
  1. Muddle fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar in a highball glass. Stir in the whiskey. Add ice (crushed if possible) and top with wheat beer.
  2. If you’re feeling fancy, cut a wooden skewer so that it’s slightly taller than your glass. Thread 4-5 blackberries onto the skewer and add it to your cocktail along with a sprig of fresh mint.

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Want. Need. Read.

Pair this trench with everything this Spring. 

Pretty furniture for the living room to feel extra comfy.  

And decoration for the entrance side table.

February must read

The history and story of makeup for your coffee table.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mason Jar DIY

If there is a simple craft like decorating a mason jar and putting a few goodies inside to make a small care package, I am all about it. This idea of spray painting it gold and adding glitter is especially sweet; it will make a perfect small vase or a pretty jar to put your makeup brushes in, voila! Gift a friend a small homemade care package, add some nail polish, this small bottle of rose, some favorite lipsticks, chocolate covered goodies and a small package of tea light candles and add a little card to go with.  
Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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V-Day Treats

Every month at the library, I put on Family Fun Night. It's an educational and fun program in the evening that parents and families have come to love. We've planted seeds in cotton balls, we've made volcanoes erupt, we've had sensory nights and science experiments evenings, but I was especially excited for this month's program we had just last week. To celebrate Valentine's Day this year, the local artisan shop teamed up with me to create the sweetest program for our kids. We had families come and paint ceramic hearts; they could keep one but the rest are going to convalescent homes and the hospital in town to give those who are sick a little something special this Valentine's Day. I took the idea from a fellow librarian in another state, modified her program and tried it out at my branch. My coworkers and families loved the sentiment, it was more than just another event it was teaching our kids the importance of giving and sharing. I'll be delivering them this week around town and I can't wait to share all the hearts. Do something to give back to your community this Valentine's Day :)