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It’s a Pinterest Party! Share your Top Pins

The Sunday Top Pins posts have become so much fun, we’ve made it an official Pinterest Party!

Stop by each Sunday and link up your most popular pins or blogs posts of the week, while you’re here take a look through all the amazing content being shared and pin a few things that strike your fancy.

You never know when you might find yourself on TOP Like Catherine, KristinaCrystal, and Kate did this week. Thanks for partying with us ladies — great posts!

It's a Pinterest Party! Come share your top pins of the week

Top 12 Pins of the week:

** These ideas were repinned 350 times or more from my account this week so you know their good pinning material.

Ice Cream Sandwiches with Sprinkles from Stephanie Lynn
Read the post –> Perfect Party Fare
See the pin –> Cutest Party Food Ever!

Ways to use Tortillas in your Lunchbox from Evolving Motherhood
Read the post –> 13 ways to use tortillas at lunch
Pin for Later –> No more boring lunches!

Best Zucchini Bread Ever from Simple Bites
Read the Post –> How to make the best zucchini bread ever
See the pin –> Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread

Free Chalkboard Fonts from Yellow Bliss Road
Read the post –> Favorite Chalkboard Fonts
Pin for Later –> Chalkboard Fonts, a must download!

Simple Lunch Idea from Kids Stuff World <– hey wait, that’s me!
Read the post –> Mini Hawaiian Subs
See the pin –> Simple School Lunch Idea

A Minnie Tutu from School Time Snippets
Read the post –> Make Your Own Minnie Mouse Tutu
See the pin –> DIY Minnie Mouse Tutu

Glow in the Dark Bubble Recipe from Growing A Jeweled Rose
Read the post –> Glow Bubble Painting
See the pin –> A Must Try!

Fall Nature Challenge from Love in the Suburbs
Read the post –> Rainbow Leaves
See the pin –> Fall Nature Challenge : Find A Rainbow

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie from My Repurposed Life
Read the post –> Secret Agent Code
See the pin –> Military Phonetic Alphabet

How to make an awesome running belt from Me Sew Crazy
Read the post –> DIY Running Belt
See the pin –> A Runner’s Best Friend

Lunch Box Notes from Picklebums
Read the post –> Printable Lunch Box Notes
See the pin –> Make any lunch sweeter

No Noodle Lasagna from Say Yes to Hoboken
Read the post –> Homemade Zucchini Lasagna
See the pin –> No Pasta, Just Zucchini

It’s a Pinterest Party!

Are using Pinterest to it’s full potential?

I’ve seen an awful lot of people bashing Pinterest lately, my least favorite is the quote that says something like … Pinterest is a place for things you can never afford, never obtain, never make or never be clever or creative enough to do on your own.

Could we get any more pessimistic than that? nope, don’t think so. Besides, these people are missing the whole point!

Pinterest is the place where you can catalog your dreams, plan for your future and develop your own personal style. Seriously, in the year I have been pinning I have learned more about the “real me” than I ever knew before. When the real me starts to feel cloudy, all I have to do is check out my boards and there I am all laid out in full color details.

Besides that, Pinterest does just the opposite of that silly quote. It gives me the opportunity to get as close to my dreams as I CAN afford,  instructions on how to MAKE just about anything, and use the inspiration I find here to be CREATIVE in my own ways.

I keep a board called, For the Home, where I chronicle things I want to do in my home or things that would be awesome in anyone’s home. Thanks to this board, my home has really begun to transform in to something I am proud of. Here are a few pins I’m using as inspiration this month.


Baskets as cookbook storage - A Bowl Full of Lemons

I had 3 of these country living wire baskets, I got for $3 on sale and had no idea what I was going to do with them. Thanks to this pin, one now houses coloring books, homeschool papers and magazines on our dining table so they’re never too far from reach and another in the living room holds library books and read along books we’re working on with the kids. Cute and functional, love it!


Next up, is this droolworthy storage piece featured on Norway’s Bolig Pluss.
Stunning, right?

It just so happens I have two very similar dressers in my dining room almost the exact same color (a little distressing should do the trick) and I have been wanting to add pulls just like these for ages, but have been too scared to invest in that many pulls without knowing how it would look.

Score, it looks better than I could have ever imagined! Can’t wait to knock this project out. (Thank you Lisa!) Oh yeah, I even have the vintage suitcases and an old rickety wooden crate, meant to be I guess.
photo wall display
And my personal favorite, the family photo wall.

We had the MOST gorgeous family photos taken in May (promise to show them to you soon) and I have been scratching my head trying to figure out how to feature them in my home. This look is perfect for us, we even have the ledge already, I can’t wait to see it all come together like this.

All I need now is 32 drawer pulls, some sandpaper and a Kohl’s coupon so I can order a few more frames! I’ll post pictures as I finish each project.

I say it all the time, but Thank You Pinterest, for helping me visualize and put my ideas to action. So what do you think, are you using Pinterest to it’s full potential? Tell me how it’s improved your life and leave a link to your pins, I’d love to see what you’re doing over there.

Tropical & Fiesta Inspired Meals

Great tropical flavors the whole family will love in this weekly meal plan

WEEKLY MEAL PLAN

Monday

GROUND TURKEY BURRITOS

My husband has an extra long day today going on just two hours of sleep. Hopefully serving his favorite meal will let him know how much we appreciate all the things he does for us.

Tuesday

SWEET POTATO & BLACK BEAN QUESADILLAS

Tuesday dinners are reserved for quick, easy and semi-healthy meals around here. Quesadillas are a family favorite and by sneaking in extra veggies and protein I know it’s a meal we can all feel good about. I sautee a diced sweet potato and onion in coconut oil until it’s golden brown and the middle of the potatoes are tender. Pour some homemade taco seasoning on there and sprinkle on top of tortillas with black beans, corn and cheese then crisp till golden, cut into wedges and serve with ketchup.

Add some diced melon on the side and you’ve got yourself a fantastic summer meal.

Wednesday

ZUPPA TOSCANO REMAKE

I’ve tried making copycat versions of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscano before and failed miserably. Too much cream, too much sausage it was a disaster waiting to happen, but when I read my sister-in-law’s vegetarian take on a family favorite I was inspired to give it another go. We love cauliflower soups around here and you can’t go wrong with turkey kielbasa and kids so I’m confident our version of this recipe will work nicely for us.

Thursday

SHREDDED PORK TACOS & PINEAPPLE SLAW

I found this recipe on Pinterest this morning and have been drooling ever since, it’s the cornerstone of this week’s meal plan for sure! Tell you all about it next week.

Friday

LEFTOVERS

Our kids are out of school today for the Battle of Flowers so we’re shutting down the kitchen and taking it easy.

Saturday

COCONUT CURRY SALMON over GARLICY ANGEL HAIR

After a week in Jamaica, I am still craving all things coconut and seafood. I want to pass on some of the amazing flavor combinations on to the kids so we’re winging this one tonight. I’ll use this recipe since this is my first time attempting to cook with curry. Wish my luck!

UPDATE: Forgot when I made the meal plan today Saturday is my son’s 5th birthday. It’s a tradition in our house that the birthday boy or girl gets to choose the meal, so I’m betting he’ll want swordfish instead of salmon … we really should live by the sea!

If that’s the case, no coconut curry this week instead it will be grapefruit on top of our sword fish.

Sunday

BBQ CHICKEN, FRUIT KEBABS & COCONUT RICE

One dish I enjoyed most last week was the simple, but fragrant beans and rice that came as a side dish on just about everything I ordered. I could eat it all day! Going to whip up a big batch on Sunday using this recipe for my first time and then eat it all week for lunch.

If you have any questions about the recipes or meals we’re making, please ask in the comments below or send me an email. Happy to help any way I can.

Simple Things: Surprises

there's nothing better than a surprise package from a friend

Nothing makes you feel more loved than a package full of surprises from a sweet friend. This box of goodies I received from my dear friend Maggie was a box full of happiness.

Every time I walk pass that mug now I smile.

Do you have a favorite mug that makes you smile? I think we should grab our mugs and meetup for an online coffee chat sometime very soon. Our a cup of tea, if you’re more into tea time with friends.

Now tell me,

What simple things made you smile this week?

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