weekend link fest – 08.26.17

weekend link fest – 08.26.17

Here’s what I’ve been loving around the internet this week:

Target Project 62 Midcentury Modern Collection

Domino had a great write-up about Target’s upcoming mid-century modern collection, Project 62. Have you heard about this?? If not, hold onto your wallets babies. Target is aiming to bring mid-century modern to the masses. The collection will hit the internet September 16th, and stores September 19th. Jesus take the wheel.

ikea catalog 2018

In further retail news: The design-loving part of the internet has been abuzz this month over Ikea’s 2018 catalog, which is said to be the best yet. Check it out for yourself here.

Paige Jones Bohemian Nursery

Yesterday I came across this nursery from Paige Jones, and I can’t. stop. looking. I mean, how perfect is that? And I don’t even mean just for a nursery, I mean for any room. I love literally every element of this room’s design. Now I’m setting out to DIY myself a hanging shelf, looking for a white chair like the one above, and trying to find the perfect vintage rug to go with all this boho love. Click through to see all the photos — seriously, the entire room is this good. This one’s getting bookmarked at the top of my list for design inspiration. Job well done Paige.

Kate La Vie Salted Passionfruit Margarita Cocktail

Well, as you no doubt know if you live on Earth, tonight is the season finale of Game of Thrones, the (objectively) best television show ever made. Dry your tears, it will be back next year for the (now you may cry) final four episodes. Tonight the husband and I will have a babysitter for the kiddos so we can join friends for a GoT finale party. We’ll be bringing these Salted Passionfruit Margaritas with us to win friends and influence people. Head over to Kate La Vie for the cocktail recipe.

Have a good one everybody, and don’t forget to turn off your curling iron before you leave the house.

Napkin Soup // Weekend Link Fest

nightcap: the basil lime vodka fizz

fresh cut basil leaves

Have you ever noticed in the supermarket how they sell herb plants near the fresh herbs? And how similar in price the plants are to the cut herbs? It always seems so tempting to me to buy the plant instead of the package of cut herbs — there’s more on the plant anyway! And just think about how cost effective it is if you keep it alive!

If you keep it alive.

Well. I don’t know about you, but keeping a plant alive is something I’ve just about never managed to do. Nonetheless, last week I found myself in need of fresh basil, and I fell for the plant bit again. Which means…I’m desperately trying to come up with uses for fresh basil before the little guy inevitably dies.

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As you likely know if you live on Earth, Sunday is Game of Thrones night. And Game of Thrones night, at least in my house, means Special Drinks (spoiler alert: I really don’t need much of an excuse for Special Drinks).

Obviously I had to try to incorporate the basil into this week’s Special Drink. Enter the Basil Lime Vodka Fizz. Bright, bubbly, summery, and enhanced by the depth of flavor that only fresh herbs can bring, it’s perfectly refreshing.

basil lime vodka fizz cocktails
And especially suited to watching fire-breathing flying dragons and war-mongering hordes of zombies (apparently).

Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Basil Lime Vodka Fizz

Ingredients

For the Basil Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • approximately 10 fresh basil leaves

For the drink:

  • 1.5 oz. vodka (pro tip: store your vodka in the freezer)
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 to 3/4 oz. Basil Simple Syrup (to taste — recipe below)
  • club soda as desired (roughly 2 – 3 oz.)

Directions

  1. Make the Basil Simple Syrup — on the stovetop (or in the microwave), bring sugar and water just to a boil and remove from heat. Add in 5-6 basil leaves, let steep 30 minutes.
  2. In a highball glass filled with ice, add vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Stir together.
  3. Top with club soda and garnish with basil leaves. Enjoy immediately if not sooner.

Basil Lime Vodka Fizz Cocktail

weekend link fest – 08.13.17

morning coffee mugs

If you’ve already watched Game of Thrones tonight, no spoilers!

Now that we got that out of the way. Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope your weekend has been relaxing and you’re all excited for Monday! Lol jk of course, I know you’re not excited for Monday, no one is. But have no fear, we’re back with another round of weekend link love, gathering the best from around the web to distract you from the drudgery of the week before you, probably.

diy marbled phone case

First up, a DIY marbled phone case from the talented gals at Lovely Indeed. Who among us couldn’t use a phone cover refresh now and again? This one is made from swirling nail polish in a dish with water and dipping a clear phone cover into the mixture. The color possibilities dazzle the mind.

blackberry thyme prosecco cocktail

Some of us don’t need an excuse to buy a bottle of Prosecco, but for those who do, today is your lucky day. It turns out August 13th is National Prosecco Day (I don’t know who comes up with these days, but bless them). So get out there and pick up a bottle, then give it a summery twist like the Love Potion Cocktail, a blackberry & thyme Prosecco mixed drink from Jacquelyn at lark & linen.

This morning I stumbled across this post on 5 ways to prevent burnout in motherhood. If you’re a parent of small children, chances are good you’re familiar with the feeling of being burned out. I remember my mom more than once referring to motherhood as “the hardest job you’ll ever love,” and those words ring truer to me every year that I’m a mother. It is a hard job, mentally and emotionally as much (or more so) than physically. I appreciated how grace-filled the tone of the post was, with the emphasis on self-nourishment. But what truly stood out to me about the article was the fifth point, “Give yourself permission and a ‘budget’ for being unproductive.” This really piqued my interest because it’s something I’ve thought a lot about, and never (or rarely) heard others say. I think people are afraid they’ll be misunderstood as saying parents of small children are best served giving up their own interests — which is of course not the point. But I think there is a (welcome) measure of sanity, a relief, to hearing someone say, hey, it’s ok to acknowledge you might not be in your most world-killer stage of life right now. It is a stage, and maybe that time will come again…but if you’re someone who struggles with burnout, give yourself permission to expect less from yourself. Head over to The Grace Tales and check it out.

herbivore moon fruit skincare

A few posts back I mentioned Elsie Larson’s roundup of her beauty routine on A Beautiful Mess. Since then she has put up a post on her favorite skin care products. Like the first post, this one also skews toward clean, natural products. I’ve been increasingly concerned about the toxic ingredients in the skin care and beauty products I use, so a lot of these items are going straight onto the ol’ shopping list (especially the ones with the prettiest packaging [naturally]). Have you tried Herbivore’s skin care products? If so, tell me about it. Their Moon Fruit Night Treatment is at the top of my to-try list.

geometric watercolor line art

My absolute BFF Bethany Riggs is the genius behind the new art shop indigo.and.absinthe. Lately she’s been working on these mind-blowing watercolor paintings overlaid with geometric line work. How gorgeous is that?! I find her pieces so evocative. She’s also been doing the coolest watercolor portraits of animals. She’s currently accepting commissions, so hurry over to Instagram and check her out.

That’s all for today. Enjoy Game of Thrones tonight everyone — I know I will.

 

nightcap: the paloma 

Some years ago, my husband and I hatched a crazy plan. We decided to get rid of (almost) everything we owned, sell the house, and hit the road.

I’m not sure why. Probably we watched Fight Club too many times. We read too many blogs about the ‘Digital Nomad’ lifestyle, and we have trouble with moderation. We’re intense people, both of us, and whatever we do is pretty much all or nothing.


So we did it. After many, many trips to Goodwill, and a small storage unit for the few things we kept, we hit the road. It was me, the husband, and (this is the ‘aha!’ moment) our five year old and one year old. It was a terrible idea. I mean it was an incredible idea, but it was also….really, really stupid, if you get me.

We had grand plans to head west to California, then north to Canada. As it happened we quit after our second stop, Austin, Texas. But first we spent two months in Baton Rouge with my best friend and her family. It was a sweet summer. Some of my favorite memories from that time are the days she and I were able to get away together. Mother’s Day was one of the best. And our happy hour drinks on that day included one I had never tried before, but which immediately became a personal favorite: a sweet sister to that most well-know tequila drink ever, the Margarita — the Paloma.

Every season I come up with a couple of staple cocktails to rotate through, but I pretty much always have the ingredients for a Paloma on hand, at least in the summer. Try the classic version with grapefruit & lime below, or mix it up with blood orange juice, sliced jalapeños, mezcal, or pretty much whatever you can think of.

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What’s your staple summer cocktail? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Paloma

Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 3 limes
  • 3 oz. of simple syrup (I make my own by bringing a 1 to 1 ratio of sugar to water just to a boil, either on the stovetop or in the microwave)
  • 3 oz. tequila (I prefer silver)
  • club soda to taste (roughly 4 – 6 oz.)

Directions

  1. Juice the grapefruit and limes, reserving a couple of slices of ime for garnish if you’re fancy like that.
  2. Add simple syrup and tequila.
  3. Pour over ice.
  4. Add club soda. Enjoy!

weekend link fest – 08.05.17

pinkombre

qúe es en tarnación — i actually have the morning to myself, out in the world. i’ve got a hot hour and a half to gather my thoughts here, and if you’re like me — a stay-at-home parent with several (so they tell me) small children, you know what a gift this is. (and a chance to realize that i no longer have any thoughts, just mush where my brain used to be, but that’s beside the point.) also. if you haven’t tried the pink ombré drink at starbucks yet, go do it. i’m usually not one for sweetened drinks, or really anything besides straight black coffee (hot in the morning, iced in the afternoon, naturally), but this drink has won me over. it’s perfect for those times when i’ve had too much caffeine (read: every single afternoon) and need something refreshing. i think it has tea, coconut milk, lime, something hibiscus…whatever it is, it’s crisp, only lightly sweet, and delicious.

moving on. because i love you all so much, i’m sharing with you some of the beautiful and strange things i’ve enjoyed on the internet this week. no need to thank me, you’re very welcome.

abmdarkstormypopsicles

to drink: dark and stormy popsicles from a beautiful mess. we’re using the term ‘drink’ loosely here, but i’m so perma-hot and thirsty (thanks summer) that a cocktail frozen into a popsicle sounds just *perfect*. these get extra nostalgia points from me — the first mixed drink I ever had was a dark and stormy, made for me by my grandad. anytime the dark and stormy comes up the husband and i always (fondly) quote him, “would you like to try a darrrk and storrrmy?”

to read: mental wellness by bri at designlovefest. in which bri passes along some great tips for keeping check of your mental state. this is a subject that hits close to home for me. i’m always always struggling with anxiety, and often feel mentally/emotionally fragile. i love it when people share openly not just about their struggles with this but also how they fight the good fight. i know for me personally, calming rituals and small indulgences mean a lot and keep my spirits up. bri touches on intentionally creating time in your morning to start the day peacefully — this is something that i know would help me, but that i have not been able to accomplish so far. something to work on…

annesageupdo

to style: hair tutorial: easy + pretty updo, from annesage.com. i’ll affirm the pretty part, but i’ll have to tackle it myself before i can comment on the easy. i’ve always been hair styling-inept personally, but now that i’m approaching middle age (haha), i’m ready to try. no time like the present, right??

to eat: pasta with tomato cream sauce from the pioneer woman herself. we had this for dinner last night, and suffice it to say nobody stopped to take a picture. we added tofu and bacon, for protein and deliciousness, respectively. and we went heavy on the fresh basil, because of course. carb overload? absolutely. regrets? none.

byredomojaveghost

to buy: mojave ghost by byredo. i am admittedly desert-obsessed at the moment, so did the name get me? yes. did the packaging get me? of course it did. but does it smell as good as it looks/sounds? you betcha. *smitten*


it’s time for me to head back to my rowdy crew. i can’t believe it’s already sunday. let’s finish this weekend strong, okay? be well everyone, and buckle up for safety.

 

weekend link fest – 07.29.17

bgdpaintedtile

Jess’s painted tile from Bright Green Door — isn’t it amazing?

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a great weekend. I’m just chilling over here, getting stuff done and taking a breath before next week hits hard.

Here are some of the things I’ve been loving this week:

Best drink: The frosé is *the* drink of the moment. It’s popping up everywhere right now. I have yet to try one but I’m pretty sure that’s going to have to change, and fast. Watch out for a featured recipe here on Napkin Soup soon. Until then, give this one from Kate La Vie a try.

Best DIY: Ever since I saw this project I can’t get it out of my head. Jess’s painted tile at Bright Green Door has to be the coolest diy project I have seen in awhile. It looks like it must have been a ton of work, but what a transformation. It changes her entryway completely. Great work Jess!

Best room makeover: Heidi’s new bedroom for her boys. I’m totally digging how she created a monochrome palette that still feels very kid-friendly. I know my boys would be thrilled with a space like that. It’s all good — the board and batten trim, the brick wallpaper, the chalkboard wall with the moon. But my favorite might be the sweet little details like decorating with Legos and Star Wars Tsum-Tsums. Also — I might have to copy those book racks on the sides of the dresser — what a great idea! Head on over to Honeybear Lane and check it out.

Best makeup review: I don’t know about you, but my makeup routine could use a serious reinvention. I’ve slipped into full Mom Mode and really phoned it in for years a long time now. But I’m over it, and feeling completely ready for renewal in that area. Elsie’s shakedown of her makeup routine at A Beautiful Mess might be just the inspiration I need to change things up. I hate thinking about the toxic stuff I paint my face with (so usually I just try not to think about it, haha). Her reviews are so thorough, and I love how she emphasizes trying to find cleaner products. I might just work through her list one item at a time.

Best dessert inspiration: This Boozy Mudslide Icebox Cake over at Sugar & Cloth. I’m seeing heavy cream, cream cheese, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Trader Joe’s Mocha Jo-Jo’s…I mean what is not to love here?? My birthday is on Monday…I’m just saying.

And that’s it for today. What are you drinking/eating/watching/reading/inspired by right now? Comment below to share! Until then, stay safe, stay hydrated, and use sunscreen.

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nightcap: the (rum) lime rickey

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Around here we often find ourselves in need of a good drink in the evening but with few ingredients on hand. Tonight we were working with rum, club soda, and a bag of limes. I mixed up simple syrup and voila — a rum spin on the Lime Rickey, a classic summer cocktail traditionally made with gin. Should you find yourself in a similar predicament, rest assured that the rum variety is just as refreshing.

Rum Lime Rickey

Ingredients

  • juice of one lime
  • 2 tsp. of simple syrup (I make my own by bringing a 1 to 1 ratio of sugar to water just to a boil)
  • 1.5 oz. light rum
  • club soda to taste (roughly 4 – 6 oz.)

Directions

  1. Mix lime juice, simple syrup, and rum together.
  2. Pour over ice.
  3. Add club soda. Enjoy!