My youngest niece is having a Tiffany and spa themed birthday party! So I am working on Tiffany inspired bracelets that all the guests will receive at the party.
This chain is perfect for kids. It looks heavy but it actually made of super lightweight aluminum and is quite strong!
Portable Air Conditioner
This photo of Emmett shows how hot it has been in my house! The poor thing could not even find energy to put his limps on his pedestal. He was looking at me as if to say “can’t you do something about this?”.
This was the best $300 I have ever spent!!! After accepting that this summer is not going to improve in terms of heat and humidity I broke down and bought a portable air conditioner! I have been living without which was survivable up to this season!
I opted for portable so that I can spot cool rooms by simply rolling this unit from room to room as needed. I can use the oven again! It has an obnoxious tube that exhausts out the window!
It was not as simple to install in the window as anticipated but Jim figured out a way to make it work easily. If I was by myself trying to set up the window situation there would have been a number of curse words coming from my mouth!
CarterFields is a little gem I initially read about in the local newspaper. Located on the North Andover/Boxford town line in MA it is 85 acres of conservation land.
After a short hike through overgrown, bug filled woods, the path brings you to an open swampy area of nesting trees! The pictures are taken from really far away, hence the grainy results.
There is an estimate of 70 pairs of great blue herons that nest here each May and June. Unfortunately we did not have binoculars to get a good look at the birds but we could make out their profiles! After cropping the photos, we can see them much better.
Mango, Avocado and Arugula Salad
I came across this salad via Pinterest. Pairing mango with avocado is something that never crossed my mind before. This recipe is delicious if you love the ingredients.
Its dressing is a honey Dijon which is really simple to whip up. Considering the price of macadamia nuts along with their incredibly high calorie content, I substituted with cashews. This is a great summer salad! Recipe here.
Pretty pink lilies!
Pretty pink gladiolas! It is neat how the buds open from the bottom up.
Pretty pink hibiscus! I love these enormous floppy flowers!
The hydrangeas are blooming!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week! ~Val