Summer Memories – Simon Pearce Photo Block



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We all made lots of memories this summer.   Frame some of your favorites in these glass photo blocks by Simon Pearce.   The Woodbury Photo Blocks are perfect for framing family and friends in a stylish yet classic manner.  They are available in five different sizes and may be customized with engraved messages of your choice.   These would also make a great special occasion gift for all of the favorite people in your life.

These photo blocks can be found online at www.simonpearce.com or locally at:

The Perfect Setting (perfectsettingonline.com):

The Perfect Setting
67 East Oak Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The Perfect Setting
760 N. Western Ave.
Lake Forest, IL 60045


CB2 Fuel Red Credenza


Love this credenza from CB2. I am trying to figure out where I can put it. Dining room? Family room? Child’s room? The red is so perfect. It is so super clean looking and has great space for dishwear, linens, board games and books.


Flip and Tumble Produce Bags




Many people now bring their own bags to the grocery store, which is so economically friendly and also makes groceries easier to carry.  Not only are these great for keeping produce, but you could get creative and use them to launder delicates, as a strainer or even wrap gifts.  Flip and Tumble has a variety of other inspirational products to make your life easier.  Check them out here today!


SunnyLife Beach Speakers.

School starts today but warm weather will be around for a while – yay! That means trips to the beach do not have to end. Love these adorable water proof speakers that fit any MP3 player inside. Aren’t they perfect for the beach? Love them! Cute for a kitchen too.



Penny Loafers for Fall: Bass Weejuns


I just picked up a couple pairs of Bass Weejuns for my kids. There is nothing like new penny loafers on the first day of school. Bass has been making the Weejun’s – a twist on a Norwegian farm shoe – since 1936. Now I can’t stop thinking about them for myself!

The company is launching a giant new campaign and introducing the famous loafter in tons of bright, candy colors. I personally love the original cordovan color.

I think I need to race out and get some for my very own today! Super cute with jeans and an oxford and I think pretty chic (if they get all beat up) to toss on with little skirts for everyday.



Forest Park Family Fun Fest – Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Don’t forget to come out for the Forest Park Family Fun Fest on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 11-1.  Lake Forest’s Forest Park is being restored and this event is a family friendly event to support the Forest Park Project.  There will be food, live music, a variety of trucks from the city for kids to play on, old fashioned games  for the kids, as well as an amazing raffle package from the LF Rec center.  Everyone is invited and bring your family and friends!  Hope to see you there!


Cutest Canvas For Dogs: Lands End

Love these canvas dog beds from Lands End. The bright red canvas with contrast piping is super cute in a kitchen, mud room and even chic enough for a family room, right?  I think Blueberry deserves a cushy, new bed in bright cherry red for Fall.



Reusable Lunch Sandwich Wraps and Zipper Bags – Planet Wise

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School is back in session for some and coming shortly for others!   With School comes the daily Lunch question of, “What to make”?  Take some of the stress out of lunch packing with these reusable lunch sandwich wraps and zipper bags.  Not only are they light and easy to clean, but they double as a place mat.  Also, with the leak proof seams and zipper closure, there is no worry about leaks.


Master Kitz – Kids Art Projects from Kidzaw

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It’s that in between time during the summer where camps are over but school is still not in session for a few weeks.  If you are looking for something crafty and creative for your kids to do, consider Master Kitz.  Each Master Kitz kit comes with everything you need to replicate a famous piece of Art (ie., Starry Night and Water Lillies).  The kit may be used by a child as young as 4 years of age, but I am sure a child even younger would enjoy with some help from mom or dad.  This kit is a great introduction to some famous pieces of art while having fun and, who knows, you may even have your own “collectible” at the end for display around the house.


BarLuxe – Unbreakable Drinkware



Digging this new line of drinkware from BarLuxe.  Not only do they look great, but they are sturdy and virtually unbreakable.  All BarLuxe drinkware is made of new Eastman Tritan™, a new co-polymer that is virtually unbreakable yet has the clarity and gloss of glass even after hundreds of dishwashings.  Now you can drink without worry that your precious stemware will be broken or that your favorite water glasses will chip or look work from too much use.  These glasses are great from everyday use to hosting a large group.  Drink up!