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Mom Monday {Back to School}

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Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. I know it’s Tuesday now, but oh well we are doing a Mom “Monday” post today. It’s that time of year again…back to school. I put together some of my must haves for the new school year. First up, a Planet Box lunchbox. This has been on my wish list for a long time now. It’s such a great way to present a healthy fun lunch for your kids and it’s in a format they can get excited about. To go along with that is this Weelicious Lunches cookbook to help you come up with fun lunch ideas.

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Love love love this backpack. Too darn cute!

 

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This simple grey outfit has just the right amount of frill. And I have been dying to make Piper a pair of these customized Converse!! What is on your back to school list?

Friday Fun {foods in a jar}

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Happy Friday my friends!¬†For today’s friday fun, the inspiration to-go photo is actually a picture of my wallet. I am loving this texture for a custom bride of mine. How great would that be on an invite? The pin of the week is this brilliant idea of packing a salad in a jar in layers for lunch at work. Since we all pack our lunches and eat together at the studio each day, we were all pretty excited about this one. And lastly I have mastered the soaked oats, I now want to try my hand at soaked GRoats…anyone try these yet? Very excited about it. Have a great weekend!!

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Healthy No Bake Desserts

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I have been really excited about making fun, no-sugar, no-bake desserts. Here are a few of my favorites to try…

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DIY I Want to Try

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I always have a laundry list of DIY projects I want to try. Here are some topping my list right now…

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A Homemade Exfoliating Fruit Mask sounds divine…and these light it up sparkler packs would be so fabulous at a wedding or even at an intimate gathering. What a way to end the night no? So festive.

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Mom Monday {Labneh Dip}

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Something I learned to make from my father is this Labneh Dip. Labneh is essentially a strained yogurt cheese and can be found at many markets these days, as well as middle eastern markets. This dip is always a crowd pleaser with kids and adults alike, and its the perfect dish for entertaining.

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Middle Eastern Labneh Dip

You Will Need

3 cups Labneh (can be made with greek yogurt as well)

1 large clove of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons of za’atar

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 green onions, entire onion sliced

3 Persian cucumbers, diced

1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered

1 handful of lemon basil for serving

Fresh Middle Eastern flat bread

 

What to Do

In a large bowl combine Labneh, garlic, olive oil, za’atar, garlic powder and salt until well combined. Add onions, cucumbers & tomatoes and stir well. once combined you can serve immediately with lemon basil and flat bread, or keep in the fridge until read to serve. Enjoy!!

Friday Fun {blueberries on the beach}

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Happy Friday my friends! This weeks inspiration t0-go image is from our trip to Cape Cod last week. We picked up a basket of just picked blueberries from a small stand on the side of the road and enjoyed them together in the sun on the warm sand…perfection!!FRIDAYFUN10

A Guide to the Perfect Cheese & Charcuterie Plate

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If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed I have a slight obsession with cheese and charcuterie plates. I am so excited that I had the opportunity to share all my secrets, tips and resources for how to make the perfect plate over on Oh Lovely Day. Check it for the full post and all the details. Would love to hear what you think!!

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7 New Breakfast Ideas

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I have been searching for some fun new ideas for breakfast. If I can make them ahead of time even better…here are some of my favorites I am dying to try.7-NEW-BREAKFAST-IDEAS1

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Out and About {Public 74}

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Hello friends! Back home and ready to get back in the swing of things. We had a great trip to Cape Cod and it was amazing to spend time with family. We arrived home on Saturday so we had Sunday to decompress. If your travels allow I highly recommend this. Anyway we discovered a great new restaurant in San Juan Capistrano (Southern California) on Sunday called Public 74. They have a fabulous beer selection, the cocktails looked amazing, and the food was fantastic and almost all organic. They JUST opened last week so they are still getting settled, but I highly recommend it.

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You really must order the opal basil fries. Be warned, the portion is HUGE so be ready to share…but they are amazing.

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Fun fact, the kids menu is so great and clever. I hate when I go to a restaurant and the kids menu is kraft mac & cheese, or american cheese slice grilled cheese. They have such great and clever choices for the kids, it was so refreshing. Let me know if you guys check it out! Would love to hear your experience.out-and-about-public-743