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7/23/14

Dorm Room Decor

Dorm rooms have come a long way from the plastic milk crates and wipe off memo boards that I remember.  Next month, not one, but two of our favorite baby sitters head off to college. Since I was asked (and flattered to be) here's a few ideas for making those stark dorm rooms feel a bit more cozier and a lot more stylish~

1. sunburst wire wall art from West Elm
2. peace sign jewelry stand from Urban Outfitters
3. small book case from Target
4. monogram throw pillow from zhush.com
5. graphic throw blanket from zhush.com
6. cork board from Nordstrom
7. striped dhurrie from Serena and Lily


For even more fun dorm room ideas check out my idea book on houzz.com
and be sure to check out my oldest daughter's stylish teen room make over here.



7/22/14

The Skinniest Of Smoothies

With our upcoming move looming, (thanks for all the great feedback yesterday!) my to-do list ever growing and my mind racing at night, it's becoming clear that taking care of myself has got to be a priority if I plan on keeping my sanity and health in tact.  A big part of this is eating right...which I typically do, at least at mealtimes. Where I always tend to drop the ball is snacking...

I'm trying to change my "peanut M&M loving" ways with some healthier options. My new "go to" these days are easy and quick smoothies. I'm sharing my favorite one here today. In order to come up with this pared down, super easy, low calorie, high protein version, I tweaked a few peanut butter banana smoothie recipes I found on Pinterest, until I got it right.  I think it's a winner!

1 banana (frozen is even better)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
5-7 ice cubes
1 tablespoon low fat smooth peanut butter

Mix ingredients in a blender (I'm obsessed with my Vitamix, and I have friends that swear by their Magic Bullets) and enjoy!  It's a great summer pick me up.

What healthy tweaks are you making these days?

7/21/14

We're Moving!

We're moving! As some of you have already guessed from my endless real estate stalking on Instagram, we've been in the market for a new home in Connecticut. I can finally say that we've found one!  Slowly telling our friends and family and now announcing it here is bitter sweet, I adore our home in Northern Westchester. Not only has it been a complete labor of love putting our own personal stamp on it these past fourteen years (we've done so much work) but it's also the house where all three of our children took their first steps, so many truly wonderful memories...

Long story short, we've been quietly looking for a home in near by Connecticut that would make sense for our lifestyle (close to school and work). We looked and looked, and finally found a beautiful home minutes from everything we need.  I'm full of so many conflicting emotions, including the excitement of starting a new design project and sharing the process along the way.  But first, I want to properly say goodbye to our current home (we haven't sold it yet so if you know someone looking-feel free to shoot me an email at thezhush@gmail.com, and I'll put you in touch with our wonderful broker) There are still so many rooms that I haven't gotten around to posting here...so for the next few weeks, be ready for a barrage of "goodbye house" posts!

Monday's P.O.P.

passionately purple

Image via: Veranda

7/18/14

Best Summer Sale!



On the chance that you haven't heard, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now in full swing!  I didn't even know about this amazing sale until I stumbled upon it last summer, after I ran out of my favorite Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and went to Nordstom to stock up on more. Last year I scooped the cutest Vince sweater, but today, I've got my eye on this chic Theory black top and this cute little transitional coat, (also loving this cozy fall jacket-for under $100.00!) not to mention the shoes and boots, like this pair, I lived in these last winter, and at this price they are a steal! I could go on and on...but you should check this one out for yourself! Happy Weekend!
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