• What We’ve Learned Lately

    What We’ve Learned Lately

    Today we are celebrating the last Friday in April before we move into one of our two favorite months… May ...

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Here’s what we’ve been reading in July

Our days have been a little out of control lately around May Meets June.  Summer does that.  Your schedule gets thrown out the window to enjoy the fleeting season.  If you are looking for a little grounding this weekend, though, sitting with a good book may be a good option.  Here are a few books we’ve read lately.  

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Drawing on Queen Victoria’s diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin―creator and writer of the new PBS Masterpiece drama Victoriaand author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter―brings the young nineteenth-century monarch, who would go on to reign for 63 years, richly to life in this magnificent novel.

Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world.

Despite her age, however, the young queen is no puppet. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.

“I do not like the name Alexandrina,” she proclaims. “From now on I wish to be known only by my second name, Victoria.”

Next, people say she must choose a husband. Everyone keeps telling her she’s destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert, but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously.

On June 19th, 1837, she was a teenager. On June 20th, 1837, she was a queen. Daisy Goodwin’s impeccably researched and vividly imagined new book brings readers Queen Victoria as they have never seen her before.

Our thoughts: If you’ve been watching the PBS mini-series on Victoria, this book pretty much follows the first several episodes. This historical novel tells the story or Queen Victoria’s first two years as an unexpected successor to the throne. It was definitely a coming of age story as a reigning queen and add to that, the often times funny romance with her future husband, Albert. An enjoyable read.

 

The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she’s suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers (all strapping, loud and seemingly incapable of basic housework) and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking — and finds herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes… and work out exactly where her future lies…

Our thoughts: May and June are both fans of Jenny Colgan’s novels. She writes the perfect story if you’re looking for a little escape to someplace beautiful, want a little romance, and of course, delicious food. We love that their are always recipes in her books. This takes place in a little coastal town in Scotland where the main character, Flora, must return to her home town for work and has to confront past conflicts with her family. Oh, and she is hopelessly in love with her boss, Joel.

 

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

 

Can you miss something you never had?

Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With a rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. But after retreating into solitude for nearly ten years, Jubilee’s decided to brave the world again, despite the risks. Armed with a pair of gloves, long sleeves, and her trusty bicycle, she finally ventures out the front door—and into her future.

Eric Keegan has troubles of his own. With his daughter from a failed marriage no longer speaking to him, and his brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son attempting telekinesis, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. So when an encounter over the check-out desk at the local library entangles his life with that of a beautiful—albeit eccentric—woman, he finds himself wanting nothing more than to be near her.

Our thoughts:  This book made you root for the heroine.  She has had such a hard life because of her allergy and her mother.  It made me wonder what it would be like to be afraid to be touched by any other person or risk your life.  It would be isolating and we take small touches from our loved ones for granted.  The ending is very satisfying and makes you smile through some tears.  And, of course, we always love a book set in part in a library.

Have a good weekend.  Enjoy the season for all that it is and maybe enjoy some lazy days. –May and June

There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.  -Henry Ward Beecher

 

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What Is Your Yoga?

I can’t believe it’s Monday again! Is it me or does it feel like time keeps moving faster and faster? I often find when there is a lot happening in my life at one time, I start to feel a little off and need to move inward. For me, it’s about staying connected to the ancient practice that always brings me back to a feeling of balance. 

The word yoga means “union”. For me, it is a conscious connection to something such as my body, breath, mind, spirit or environment resulting in a feeling of peace and contentment. For years, my yoga was on my mat and involved a physical practice of asana (movement) where I pushed my body into postures worthy of a magazine cover. At that time in my life, my bliss came from being in my body and I always felt a sense of calm and peace when my practice was over. My physical practice, although it has gone through adjustments over time, is still a large part of my life, but I’ve also discovered other ways of achieving that yoga experience, or connection if you will. 

My yoga is connecting to my breath. Do you ever take a moment throughout your day to simply stop, close your eyes, and truly be with your breath? If you don’t, you should try it. In fact, let’s do it right now. My guess is if you’re reading this you are in a seated position, so close your eyes, bring your awareness to the touch of breath at your nostrils, inhale to the count of four, then exhale to the count of four. Do this ten times and then open your eyes. Do you feel a little calmer? Deep breathing relaxes the central nervous system, which in turn reduces tension in the body and calms the mind. I recommend doing this when you wake up, mid-day, and before you go to bed. Trust me, it works.

By the Light of the Moon

My yoga is spending a little time in what I call sacred space. Is there someplace you like to go for a few moments of solitude? I love the beach during the off season. There are fewer tourists, the kids are back in school and it is so nice to sit and listen to the  sound of the ocean. I also love to sit on my favorite bench in a secluded church yard where I can connect with nature. It’s a lovely spot to meditate or read a book. I always tell my students to enjoy a few moments of quiet time each day, even if it is simply taking a short walk. Of course you can always create a sacred space in your yard or home. 

My yoga is disconnecting from my mobile devices. This is a big one. In fact, I could probably write an entire post on the negative impact of social media, but for now, I’ll stick with simply taking a break from it. Last week my daughter, Nicole, came for a visit, and we had a chat about how attached we are to our phones. She is a soon to be twenty year old college student who will regularly deactivate many of her social media accounts to take a break from all the noise. We spent a day at the beach and purposely left our phones in the car so we could  be completely engaged with one another and our environment. No, there weren’t selfies of us posted on Instagram, frolicking on the beach documenting our day. In fact, at one point, we realized we had no idea what time it was, and didn’t care. We had a lovely day of uninterrupted time together that will forever remain between us. We were completely in the present moment. It made me realize how much I miss that. While Nicole and I were at dinner one evening, she went to the rest room. Now, how many of you would take that opportunity to go on your phone to read the latest “fake news”, check Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat or emails? We both kept our phones in our purses and while she was gone, not only did I notice the charming surroundings in the restaurant, I also saw many diners either on their phones, or saw phones sitting on the table. I often see men and women pushing strollers while they are on their phones, or they are on their phones at the park while their children play by themselves. I’ve seen someone step off a curb and fall because he was on his phone, and even though it’s illegal, people still text while driving……all the time. What is happening to us?! Now, I realize there are a lot of great things about social media, but do we need to be informed 24 hours a day? I truly feel we would all benefit from taking regular breaks to allow our brains the opportunity to power down and settle into stillness. In fact, I think it’s vital to our well being. I have cut way back, I don’t miss it, and I am happier for it. If we are always on our phones, how can we have that yoga connection with those we love or ourselves for that matter? I challenge you to curb the amount of time you spend on social media, and see how you feel. 

My yoga is living in the present moment. Let’s not dwell on the past, it’s gone. Let’s not worry about the future, it’s not here yet. Let’s fill ourselves with gratitude for today.

Have a great week ~May

“Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.”

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Discovering a Museum Gem – The Chicago Botanic Gardens

We are blessed in Chicago with a plethora of renowned museums, but I rarely visit any of them.  I think it is a function of taking them for granted because I live here.  Also, as an introvert, I don’t find them particularly relaxing.  There is a lot of noise and crowds and I feel like I need to comprehend every piece of information that is presented to me.  I leave most museums filled up, but also exhausted.  However, I recently discovered (or rediscovered to be more accurate) a museum of peace and beauty at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

A friend of May Meets June (who is also our wonderful blog designer) works at the garden which put them back on my radar.  The Chicago Botanic Gardens are located in the northern suburbs of Chicago and a short car ride from my home.  

I have always loved gardens although I am not a gardener myself.  I love to look at other people’s gardens.  My grandmother always had a beautiful flower garden with lots of cutting flowers, which one of these days I may try and replicate.

My mom and I visited on my birthday.  We enjoyed the beautiful plants and flowers, and had a refreshing lunch with a glass of wine under a canopy of green trees overlooking the blooming rose garden.

This museum felt peaceful.  There were people and there was information about the plants to read which could have overwhelmed me.  Instead, though, being in a beautiful natural setting just exuded calm and was refreshing.  Rather than a museum it felt like a giant park.  

If you have botanic gardens in your area, I suggest you check them out for a moment of beauty.  They may be a gem for you to discover.  Your soul and spirit will thank you. -June

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. 
― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden

 

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My Current Shoe Love

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I know many of you, including us here at May Meets June, took a little extra time off last week for the 4th of July holiday. We are into the middle of summer and here in the south, it is very steamy. I can’t walk outside without my sunglasses fogging up and it only takes minutes before beads of sweat begin to form on my body. I was warned and all I can say is thank goodness for air conditioning!!

My current wardrobe on these sultry days is usually a sundress and sandals. Comfy sandals. However, I also want my sandals to be stylish and transition from daytime to dinner out. When I first arrived in Charleston, I came across a great little shoe store called Charleston Shoe Company. There were so many styles and colors and although I tried on a few pairs, I wasn’t yet ready to make a purchase. After hearing more about the shoes I went back, and I’m now the proud owner of two pairs of sandals, and I have a feeling there may be more in my future.  

I had them on all day while traveling with no sore, tired feet plus I’ve walked all over downtown Charleston in them, even on the cobblestones! Oh, and you can machine wash many of the styles too. I also love that they come in wedges as well as a chunky heel. A little extra height on my 5’2″ frame is always a good thing. 

Neely Woodson Powell is the founder of The Charleston Shoe Company. I loved reading about her journey and want to share her success story with y’all. 

Charleston Shoe Company founder Neely Powell spent her childhood summers in a colonial town in central Mexico. In the summer of 1996, while at the College of Charleston, she met a cobbler whose simple sandals were a wardrobe staple among the villagers and visitors alike. It was Kismet.

With suitcases stuffed with the made-by-hand shoes, Neely and her mother boarded a plane home, plotting to sell sandals alongside her mother’s own burgeoning import business at furniture markets. The shoes were embraced by young and old, and before they knew it a wholesale business was created. In 2009 when dreams of her own brand began swirling in her head, she enrolled in an accessories design program at the Savannah College of Art & Design with her young daughter, Gigi, in tow. Neely drew upon her shoe and accessory design coursework and, in collaboration with a fourth generation cobbler in Mexico, launched her own line of hand-sewn footwear then called Savannah Shoe Co.

An entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in Neely’s family – her father developed a five star resort in the Florida Keys and her mother started the wholesale interior furnishings mecca, Worlds Away. An idyllic childhood on Little Palm Island, where swimming and snorkeling were the order of the day, gave her an appreciation for the relaxed ease of island living. Coupled with the fact that she had highly creative and artistic parents, it’s no surprise that her design influence errs towards laid back sophistication meets comfortably chic.

In 2010, Neely opened Savannah Shoe Co in Savannah and then a small storefront called Charleston Shoe Co. on a quiet and historic section of King Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This proved a pivotal moment for the brand as the community and tourists alike embraced the collection and the charismatic proprietor. With locations in Charleston, Savannah, & Del Mar, they still could not meet the demand for the “cobblestones to cocktails” shoe and the wholesale line launched in January 2011. The Charleston Shoe Co. line is now currently sold in over 150 boutiques nationally.

From Boca Grande to Nantucket & Del Mar to Carmel, women can’t get enough of the comfortable, versatile and stylish shoes. When she is not in the stores in Charleston & Savannah you’ll frequently find Neely traversing the East Coast selling her shoes to adoring fans of the Charleston Shoe Co line, with Gigi still in tow!

Her stores are popping up all over the country but if one is not near you, no worries. You can buy all her shoes online and if you sign up for emails, you’ll receive 10% off your first pair. 

Have a great week! ~May

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe

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Celebrating the 4th of July

With the long 4th of July weekend ahead, we are looking forward to celebrating our country’s birthday by taking in a town parade, attending a festival or two, having a backyard BBQ with friends, and of course it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks. Today, we have put together a perfect treat that everyone will enjoy, as well as a table centerpiece to make your home a little more festive.

Let’s face it, one treat that everyone loves is a dessert with chocolate chips. Instead of a classic cookie, May decided to make chocolate chip cookie bars for an upcoming BBQ. They are easy to make, (no mixer required) travel well, can take the backyard heat, plus you can dress them up with a few fun and festive sides.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

•2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour ( I love King Arthur’s brand)

•1 teaspoon baking soda

•1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 tsp cinnamon

•1/2 teaspoon salt

•3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

•1 cup packed light brown sugar

•1/4 cup granulated sugar

•1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature

•2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

•1 cup  semi-sweet chocolate chips

Optional toppings: M&M’s, whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides to easily lift the bars out of the pan when cool. Set aside.

2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl.

3 .In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Mix in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, mix in the vanilla extract. The mixture will be thick. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together until combined. The dough will be very soft and thick. Fold in the chocolate chips. The chips may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to combine them.

4. Transfer dough to the prepared baking pan and smooth into an even layer. I usually add a few more chocolate chips on top of the dough before baking  so you can see the chocolate chips on top. Bake for 32-35 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. Use a toothpick to test for doneness; if it comes out clean from the center of the pan, the bars are done.

5. Allow the bars to cool in the pan set on a wire rack for at least an hour. Once they are cool, lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

These cookie bars are delicious on their own, or if you want to get into the spirit of the holiday, you can add a little vanilla ice cream with red, white, and blue M&M’s sprinkled on top, or a little whipped cream with strawberries and blueberries.

And for our table centerpiece we went super patriotic.  This is the time of year to pull out all of the red, white and blue.  Once again we kept the centerpiece super easy so you can put it together quickly, especially if you are hosting a party and have lots of other things to do.

We took a five bud vase holder and added tiny 4th of July pinwheels.  June has loved pinwheels since she was a very little girl and this love has not waned.  So when she saw these pinwheels they brought a smile to her face.  The bud vase holder and the pinwheels were all found at Joann Fabrics.  Joann Fabrics is a great place to find supplies and accessories to make centerpieces and mantle displays.  They have cute seasonal items at reasonable prices and they always have coupons and sales.

We then added some sparkly dohookies (no idea what they are called) in red, white and blue.

A small chalkboard sign with a patriotic saying.  For this chalkboard we just did USA, but other fun sayings could be “the rockets red glare,” “boom,” or “sweet land of liberty.”

And then we put it all on a very patriotic table runner.

It is always fun to put together a festive table centerpiece for a holiday.  If you are hosting outside, this centerpiece would be particularly fun because the wind would twirl the pinwheels.

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!  May you enjoy the sweet summer weather, family and friends, barbecue and fireworks.  Most importantly remember to appreciate all that we are privileged to experience as Americans. –May and June

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson

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Things I Know To Be True – Birthday Reflections

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my birthday.  My birthday often makes me reflective.  I am neither young enough or old enough to be proud of my age.  So let’s just say I celebrated the anniversary of my 29th birthday again.  In honor of that, here are 29 truths I have discovered.  Not all are easy to remember, but always good to keep in mind.

  1. All moments in life are temporary.  In moments of discomfort or sadness or pain, it is difficult to remember this fact.  Some moments in life last longer but eventually time moves forward.  The one thing you can count on is change.
  2. Sometimes the best thing you can do is let go.
  3. Pizza is always a good choice for dinner.
  4. Physical activity makes your body stronger and your brain feel better.
  5. Find laughter.  Laughter is good for your soul and also makes your core tighter.
  6. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  7. It’s ok if not everyone likes you.  Do you like everyone?
  8. Invite people into your home.  No one cares if your home is perfectly decorated or clutter-free.  No one cares whether or not you can cook.  Extend the gift of hospitality.  People are happy to be invited.
  9. Friday is my favorite day of the week.  Monday is my least favorite day of the week.
  10. Put some effort into your appearance.  You don’t have to wear designer or expensive clothes or lots of beauty products.  A little effort shows you care about yourself and permits others to respect you.
  11. Check the weather before you leave the house.  There is no reason to be unprepared.  The weather forecast is everywhere.
  12. If you find a style that you love and looks good on you, go with it.  You don’t have to follow trends.  And it’s ok to wear your favorite pair of pants more than once a week.
  13. A cup of coffee makes mornings a lot easier.
  14. Planning ahead makes your life easier to manage.
  15. Find interests to share with your spouse.  Also find interests that are yours alone.
  16. Food and drinks always taste better when they are enjoyed with family, friends or on a patio.
  17. Faith is a gift.  Like all gifts it takes hard work,  but it is amazing for your heart to know there is something bigger than that which can be seen, that you are unique for a reason and miracles happen at every turn.
  18. Cheese is the most perfect food group.
  19. Just because you are right doesn’t mean you have to say it.
  20. Sometimes the only answer is to pray and breathe.
  21. It’s okay to order a pair of pretty shoes from Zappos to just try them on, and after you admired them on yourself to return them.
  22. It’s okay if you are still searching for what you want to be when you grow up.
  23. People cannot read your mind.  If something is bothering you, speak up.
  24. Surround yourself with books, beauty and joy.
  25. Watching TV is sometimes the perfect escape.  You don’t have to be productive or enriching your mind every minute of every day.  My guilty pleasure is the Bachelor/Bachelorette shows.  Complete drivel and so fantastical.
  26. Celebrate milestones like birthdays and anniversaries.  These days are your own personal holidays.  And celebrate even the ordinary days.  Buy yourself a little treat whether it be a Starbucks coffee or a bouquet of flowers.
  27. When you have a lot to do, make a list.
  28. Always carry a book with you.  It makes time spent waiting pass more quickly.
  29. Accept yourself with all of your gifts and flaws.  There is nothing better than being comfortable with who you are.

The years give us experiences and wisdom.  So on your birthday celebrate all that you have achieved and the truths that you now know and look with excitement to the future and all that to be still accomplished. –June

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Voltaire

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Enjoying the Calm

These last six months, I have lived somewhat out of my comfort zone. I have been traveling between houses preparing one home to be put on the market, while creating a comfortable space in the new one. I have also spent a lot of time away from my husband and the security of what has been our home life.  Although I am feeling more settled and connected to our new digs, I still find comfort in the place I have called home for so many years. I will be traveling back to Chicago over the 4th of July holiday, the […]

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Beach Reads

This week we celebrated the first official day of summer.  So, we can’t think of a better time to check out some summer beach reads.  Beach reads are a little tricky.  On the one hand you want to read something that is light and fun that doesn’t contain long involved prose and themes, but on the other hand you don’t want something that makes you feel like your brain is slowly melting due to stupidity.  There are a few tried and true authors that almost always write a novel that fulfills this requirement.  We have also included a few other […]

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Summer Porch Refresh

I have probably said this a hundred times here, but our screened in porch is by far my favorite room in our house.  Sitting on a porch simply feels like summer.  This time of year I enjoy listening to the rustle of the leaves, feeling the hot breeze and the sunshine, especially on this first day of summer.  As the summer progresses, the insistent music of the cicadas becomes the melody on the porch.  Life just seems easier and slower when I sit on the porch.  I wish I could spend all my summer days there. However, after looking around […]

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Author Series- Lisa Wingate

This summer, I have been enjoying a wonderful author series here in South Carolina. It’s put on by Blue Bicycle Books, a locally owned book store in the heart of downtown Charleston. This month, it is showcasing new releases from southern authors. For me, it is a wonderful opportunity to share a meal with like minded friends at a popular Charleston location, and even make a few new ones. Recently, author Lisa Wingate joined us for lunch and presented her new historical novel Before We Were Yours. This story is based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals. Georgia […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About June

Today is June’s Birthday…..Happy Birthday, June!! You have another year of wisdom to carry with you as you continue your journey on this crazy road called life. Today is part two of our Everything You Wanted To Know About Us series and the following is my recent interview with June. May’s comments are in  red italics. Stats: I am married to Tom and we are parents to a lovable golden named Gatsby. I have been a practicing attorney in the city of Chicago for longer than I care to discuss, and have a great little blog called May Meets June. Since […]

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Five Ways to Beat the Heat

This week, the weather in Chicago feels like someone’s turned on the furnace full-blast! Our summers often come in this way.  We go from cold to hot overnight.  However, temperatures in the mid-90s is unusual for us in early June.  Yesterday evening my car thermometer read an outdoor temperature of 98 degrees!  I wonder if this portends a hot summer? I personally love the heat (I’ll take it over any day in January) but even I have my limits.  Here are five ways to beat the heat.  Air Conditioning.  Truthfully, I am not a huge fan of air conditioning.  I […]

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Last Minute Dessert Ideas

Now that school’s out and summer is here, we are all enjoying the warm temperatures and longer days. Summer is definitely the season for last minute backyard get togethers with family and friends. Since I love to bake, dessert is usually what I bring to these social gatherings. For a planned event, I love to browse through my recipes to find something perfect depending on the season and number of guests. Sometimes though, if it is a last minute potluck, I often don’t have the time to plan and shop, so I depend on some staples that I always try […]

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Summer Dresses For Everyday

Although summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, school is out, temperatures are warming up, and we are all enjoying the longer days. For us, summer is here. WooHoo!! It’s the season for iced tea,  the pool and the beach, long evening walks, BBQ’s, and of course enjoying the lighter layers that come with a summer wardrobe. May and June are all about sundresses this summer. Not only are they feminine and flirty, sundresses can easily transition from day to evening, they keep you cool, and there are so many styles to choose from. So, if you don’t like your […]

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Free Libraries

Anyone who knows me, knows I love libraries.  While I love the smell of libraries and the hushed atmosphere, I mainly love all of the books.  And I love that I can check them all out for free. As a child, I spent a lot of time at the library.  It was so hard to pick which books would go home with me until my return.  I wanted to take them all home, but sadly my mom only let me check out 10 books at a time.  Should I take home some old favorites or some new yet to be […]

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Our Backyard Makeover

My backyard has always been my sanctuary.  I love to garden and over the years we have slowly turned our yard into a bit of an oasis. Our home in the suburbs of Chicago is in close proximity to our neighbors, and as much as I enjoy them,  I wanted an outdoor space that was private and beautiful. We put up a privacy fence several years ago, and since then have added layers of trees, bushes, a pool, and beautiful flowering plants to the space. We also had room for a vegetable garden. Honestly, I think I’m going to miss […]

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Summer Reading- New Releases

Hi everyone and Happy June!! We love this time of year!!! As we head into longer days and warm summer nights, we can’t think of anything better than a page turning thriller sitting out on the back porch with a glass of iced tea,  a sweet love story as we relax in a beach chair with our toes in the ocean, or a great work of historical fiction curled up on our favorite easy chair. Plus, we must not forget that it’s June’s birthday month. We both take our books everywhere with us because you never know when you might […]

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Recharging

At the end of last week I was tired.  Not just physically tired but spiritually tired.  I felt as if I was suffocating under a pile of worry.  That feeling of being overwhelmed and anxious was a bit consuming so we took the weekend to recharge.  It is tempting on a long holiday weekend to plan lots of activities, social events and projects.  I knew that going into the weekend we should do none of that and instead take the time to recharge. So this weekend we spent time porch sitting and napping.  We watched a very schmaltzy movie on […]

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Loving Julia Child- My Life in France

I’m sure all of you know by now that May and June love books- really, really love books. As a child, I always enjoyed riding my bike to the library or bookmobile when it came to our park, ready to devour the next installment of Nancy Drew under the shade of our backyard cottonwood tree. I’m still that way. To me, there is nothing like getting lost in a great work of fiction. Although I’ve read my share of non-fiction, usually the self-help variety, I really haven’t gone down the aisle of memoirs for no other reason than they really […]

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What We Are Reading In May

It’s hard to believe we are actually coming to the end of May. We are on the eve of Memorial Day weekend, and although many of you will be celebrating your day off watching a parade or getting together with friends for a great BBQ, we can’t think of a better way to spend some of our time off sitting out in the yard, or by the beach getting lost in a great book. Here is what we’ve been reading this month. Love Walked In- Marisa De Los Santos From Amazon: When Martin Grace enters the hip Philadelphia coffee shop […]

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