Giveaways

WHOLE FOODS GIVEAWAY | Packing School Lunches

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The kids are back in school and we’re all starting to settle into our Fall routines.  With soccer practice, volleyball practice, homework, crazy work schedules and making family time a priority… packing school lunches is the last thing on our minds.

I scramble every morning to get the kids out of bed, dressed, and fed with a nutritious breakfast, then pack a healthy lunch.

I love Weelicious for healthy and creative lunch ideas.  Where do you go for your lunch ideas?  Better yet, what the heck do you pack your kids for lunch?

We’re giving away a WHOLE FOODS MARKET gift card worth $200.00 for the best “go to” kids lunch idea.  Just sign onto our facebook page and tell us what you pack to be automatically entered to win.  The winner of the $200.00 WHOLE FOODS MARKET gift card will be chosen at random and announced on October 5th.

We will compile the best ideas and post a menu when we announce the winner.  Good luck!

 

 

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Celebrities, Life + Style, Twitter Tuesday

Twitter Tuesday | Life + Style

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Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Heidi Klum tweeted this photo on her way to the Emmy Awards.

Thank you, Heidi, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

Decor, Foyers, Kitchens

Gast Architects | decor

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I’ll be honest, the thought of hiring an Architect makes me nervous.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always wanted to build my dream house and I have incredible respect for their skill set – that rare combination of engineering practicality coupled with artistic expression.  But I’ve walked through too many homes where the owner justifies why their architect talked them into something they didn’t really want in the first place… like, for example, a large and fabulous window creating sweeping views of the valley, but what they really wanted was to feel like they lived in a tree house with small intimate spaces.

Things seem to be a little different over at Gast Architects.  An award-winning firm based in San Francisco, they seem to truly create architectural masterpieces that are tailored to each individual client.  From a lovely warm family home in Healdsburg, California to a 1920’s San Francisco apartment renovation, Gast seems to get it right each time.

 

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{All photos sourced from www.gastarchitects.com }

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

Travel

the amalfi coast | travel dreams

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I had a dream last night that I was driving down the Amalfi Coast with the family.  I firmly believe every dream has meaning… so I’m adding Amafli Coast to my 2012 “to do” list.  It’s probably more realistic for my 2015 “to do” list, but I’ve learned you have to make plans for today if you want them to happen tomorrow.

What are you planning for 2012?  Let’s make dreamy travel plans together.  I always feel happiest when I have a trip on the horizon.  Where do you really want to go?   Try It.  Throw a dream trip out to the universe and it might just come back to you…

 

{photos sourced from lonelyplanet.com & here }

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

Domestic God(ish), Recipes, Seasonal

sweet paul | domestic god(ish)

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I can’t take much credit for these beautiful photos or the amazing recipes that accompany them.  I think I’m late to the game on this one but I just stumbled upon Sweet Paul in search of some fresh Fall recipes and I got so much more than I expected…

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Sweet Paul, Cooking, Fall Recipe, Popcorn, Party Planing

sweet paul, bread, fall recipes, cooking, carmel apples What started as a blog called Sweet Paul evolved into a periodical filled with easy & elegant recipes, fresh seasonal decorating & party ideas + so much more.

You can almost smell the Harvest Spiced Apple Cider and taste the Caramel Apples when looking at the beautiful photographs.  I hope you enjoy exploring Sweet Paul as much as I did.  Needless to say, I added Sweet Paul to our Periodicals to Love so it’s easy to find next time you need a wonderful recipe or entertaining idea.

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Celebrities, Life + Style, Twitter Tuesday

Twitter Tuesday | Life + Style

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Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Padma Lakshmi tweeted this photo of lunch.

Thank you, Padma, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

Decor, Living Spaces

the sectional couch | decor

I personally love the sectional couch.  I know it takes up a ton of space and I’m fully aware you can overwhelm a room with the wrong one… but when you get it right, for a family room, it just makes the most sense for creating a cozy space for everyone to curl up together.

A few spaces that I think are better off after meeting the sectional.

 

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{photos sourced from decorpad.com| architecturaldigest.com | lonnymag.com| morrowmorrow.com| ruemag.com| amiesherrydesigns.com| jhinteriordesign.com}

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

 

Life + Style

dog days | life + style

Lab Adoption, Dog Food, Dog Food, Pet Food, Dog Bones, Jax & Bones

We’re getting a doggie this weekend and I’m so thrilled!  His name is Meyer.  For almost a year, he has been raised to be a guide dog by my sister and her amazing family.  Fortunately for us, Meyer didn’t quite make the cut (over 50% of guide dogs do not pass because the requirements and training are so strict).  We feel so honored to be chosen as a suitable family for adoption.

I’ve been “dog nesting” for the last few weeks trying to mentally prepare myself and my family as well as get the house ready for what will be my 3rd boy.  I’m getting seriously outnumbered.

In case you’re in the market for a new dog, I thought I would share some “insider” tips and advice from the guide dog trainer on all the essentials like food, bones & leashes.  I also added my own 2 cents on a decor conscious purchase I made for Meyer and a few cost saving tips (geez, I thought the kids were expensive).

Have a great weekend.

 

1. I shopped at all the big retailers for stainless steel bowls and had a very hard time finding a water bowl + food bowl & stand for under $75.00.  But I hit Marshalls and found a set for $14.99.  A pretty great savings…

2. My sister recommended a leather leash.  She said the leather is most comfortable for daily walks and managing such a large dog.

3. Meyer… love at first site.

4. Meyer is a Lab, so he loves his bones.  My sister recommended Nylabones for everyday and rawhide bones for special occasions but that we need to keep a close eye on him because he can choke on the rawhide.

5. Okay, a little splurge for Meyer…  Jax & Bones use some adorable textiles for their dog beds so they’re perfect for any family room.

6. Natural Balance dog food was highly recommended but it’s not cheap.  I went ahead and bought it anyway only because Pet Food Express was having a “Buy 2, Get ½ off” deal.  Purina Pro Plan was also recommended and much more affordable.

Domestic God(ish), Recipes

napa ratatouille crostini | domestic god(ish)

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I was up in Napa a few weeks ago for a lovely wedding celebration and they served a delicious ratatouille crostini as one of the appetizers.  I’ve been dreaming of it ever since.

Ratatouille anything is perfect for early Fall as our gardens are still spitting out squash, tomatoes and homegrown herbs… but we’re starting to think about more hearty winter meals.

I decided to try and recreate the Napa ratatouille crostini from last weekend and, luckily, I got no complaints from our great friends that joined us for a harvest Sunday brunch.  I hope you enjoy as much as we did.

 

Napa Ratatouille Crostini

Ingredients:
2 cloves garlic
6-8 fresh basil leaves
1 small yellow onion
1 small eggplant
1 ripe beefsteak tomato
1 small yellow squash
1 small zucchini
1 red bell pepper
1 baguette
10 ounces fresh goat cheese
extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste  
sea salt to taste
 

Prep:

1.  Over a high heat, BBQ yellow squash, red pepper & zucchini until “lightly charred” (about 8 minutes, turning every 2 minutes).  Note: you can skip this step and go right to the skillet but I personally like the rich flavor the grill adds.  If you skip this step you will, obviously need to adjust the cooking time for the vegetables in the skillet.

2.  While the BBQ vegetables are cooling, mince the garlic, thinly dice the eggplant, onion, and tomato (just use the meat of the tomato, remove the seeds and juices).

3.  Chop fresh basil into long thin strips, set aside.

4.  Carefully remove the charred skin of the red pepper and thinly dice it along with the zucchini & yellow squash.

5.  Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat and add the diced onion.  Stir frequently until onion is softened (about 4 minutes).  Add garlic and stir frequently for about 1 minute.  Add the eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, & red bell pepper and stir frequently for 5 more minutes.

6.  Add tomato paste, chopped tomato and 2 more tablespoons of olive oil; stir frequently until all the ingredients are well mixed.

7.  Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 10 more minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally.

8.  Season ratatouille topping with sea salt to taste & set aside.

9.  Slice baguette into 1/2 inch thick pieces and brush with olive oil.  Broil on a cookie sheet on the top rack of your oven until the bread turns golden brown.  We all know broiling can be tricky so watch closely and pull out as soon as the bread starts to turn golden brown.

10.  Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on each crostini and top with a big spoonful of the ratatouille.  Garnish with basil.