Amazon Echo – Your New Best Friend in Technology

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We refer to our Echo as, Alexa.  Yes, it has a name and that is how it knows to “wake up” …as a command is soon to follow.  More than just a sleak looking speaker for your music, Alexa, is our virtual assistant.  She has many functions and Amazon continues to expand her scope.  How does it work, you may ask?  The Echo syncs with your wifi and Amazon’s smarkphone app and, Voila!, you have an internal concierge.  You simply give it a command and Alexa is happy to oblige.   “Alexa, what is the temperature today”?  “Alexa, what is our schedule for July 1, 2015″?  “Alexa, play the soundtrack from Frozen”.  Done, done and done.  It is so easy our 5 year old can do it, however, Alexa, doesn’t quite understand 2 year old commands, yet.  The Echo definitely has room to increase its potential and, rest assured, it is coming, in the meantime, I will be dancing to Taylor Swift in our kitchen with the girls while making dinner.

Thanks, Alexa.


Recipe Friday – Tomato Pie

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Dress up your Father’s Day spread on Sunday with this delicious savory Tomato Pie.  It is a perfect accompaniment to meat, chicken or fish.  Super simple to make, pretty on the table and sure to please any palate.

My personal favorite recipe for Tomato Pie is Paula Deen’s.  Enjoy!


4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell
1 cup grated mozzarella
1 cup grated cheddar
1 cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper
Watch how to make this recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes.

Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses and mayonnaise together. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen


Silk Jumpsuit – J.Crew

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Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t gotten the memo it is summer.  Fortunately, we can still wear jumpsuits.  Loving this simple silk one from JCrew.  Perfect to wear with sandals for a casual night with friends or to dress up with some fun heels and jewelry for a date night or special occassion.


S’mores Dip

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Here is your treat for making it through the week – S’mores Dip.  I think that the picture says it all.  You’re welcome.  Enjoy!


  1. 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  2. A bag of marshmallows
  3. Graham crackers for dipping
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a small cast iron skillet, put chocolate chips in an even layer.
  3. Arrange the marshmallows on top of the chocolate (don’t be stingy!)
  4. Bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes, until marshmallows are lightly browned.
  5. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with graham crackers for dipping.
  1. Beware! Skillet will be hot!
  2. You don’t have to share…

Conversation Starter – Hybrid Porcelain Collection by Seletti

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For someone who loves to entertain, I think that these plates are a wonderful additional to your table, not to mention an immediate conversation starter!  These porcelain plates are from Seletti’s, Hybrid Collection who are known for their eclectic take on household items.  The collection includes plates, bowls, teaspoons, cups and saucers and each piece is a combination of Eastern and Western style.  The Seletti website is an experience in an of itself and I encourage you to check out all of their beautiful items.


Shop Instagram – Liketoknowit.com

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Have you ever wanted to shop the outfits on Instagram?  Well, now is your chance!  Liketoknowit.com plugs into Instagram and gives people a way to “shop” the items that they view in their Instagram feeds and make a purchase if the item is a must have.  Here is how it works – you sign up for an account on LiketoKnowit.com and connect it to your Instagram account.  This allows you to tap “like” on an Instagram post with a “liketoknow.it” address in its description and you will receive an e-mail with detailed information about where to buy the items featured in that photo.   In addition, you can also shop directly on the liketoknowit.com site.  It can be overwhelming, but there are so many great finds!  Happy Shopping!


Neiman Marcus: Paris Majestic Uber Soft T’Shirts

My adorable Mom loves this super soft stuff from Neiman’s. She looks so darling in this little short sleeved turtle neck – I am now racing off to buy one for myself. It is so light weight and uber soft. It’s just fine for May 26th weather – whether you are in the Midwest or just about anywhere. Darling with skirts, jeans, shorts or even over your workout stuff – that’s how comfy it is.



Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

The Mezzanine


Hopefully, you have a whole lot of rest and relaxation planned this Memorial Day weekend!  If you are like me, I hope it includes a pool and a book, like The Mezzanine, by Nicholson Baker.  At 166 pages, I can be sure to make it through this one in a reasonable period of time.  I also hope to be poolside wearing this…

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and hopefully drinking one of these….grapefruit shandy 1


Happy Memorial Day!