This week I’m all about indulgence. This is sort of a lunch toast, maybe brunch since I ate this around 10 am. Start with your whole grain toast and rub it with a clove of garlic. Pile on some spinach, add some sun dried tomatoes with a bit of their delicious oil, then crumble some goat cheese. Finish it off with a sprinkling of pine nuts. Devour.
Jacinda and I had such a blast on our last Carnival cruise. We made two stops in Mexico and collected some great little pieces to bring home to our casas. The port at Costa Maya, pictured above, features a huge marketplace with artisans of every type selling their wares. Check out some of the pieces we snagged and get inspired.
In Costa Maya, Jacinda snagged this lovely woven tapestry. I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to fit into her modern home, but it looks amazing hung in her girls’ bedroom above their settee, doesn’t it?
One piece of furniture you’ll find at many restaurants in Cozumel (and off the island as well) are Equipale chairs. Now, I couldn’t fit these in my carryon, but I’ve always wanted a set for my patio.
Otomi fabric is utterly beautiful. I used Otomi to create my DIY headboard tutorial. Search this at more upscale shops along your route.
You can get the look at home with a couple Otomi pillows.
I have a bench I’ve been wanting to cover in a Mexican serape forever. Imagine my joy when Jacinda found me on the ship, and gave me one she had purchased for me in Costa Maya! I can’t wait to recover my bench, I hope it looks as great as this one, which is actually covered in a Mexican Falsa blanket.
My favorite find from the cruise is a simple woven basket that I snagged in Costa Maya. I’ve been using it for picnics, but it would make great modern storage or wall decor.
So, as you can see, a cruise is prime time for shopping and gathering little trinkets from around the world that can have a big impact in your home. So don’t forget to bring an extra bag (or maybe buy one?) on your next Carnival cruise.
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It’s that time of year when we let the men folk know just how much we appreciate them and so Jaime and I have rounded up a few of our favorite gift ideas for dad-types this year. Of course there are a few bargains in the mix, plus options at Under $10, Under $20 & Under $30, and a few of our favorite splurges.
Under $10: Let’s jump in with The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes: Because Your Dad Thinks He’s Hilarious You will need to buy this one used to get your hands on a copy.
Under $10: SomeEcards rarely disappoints, especially in the slightly inappropriate boozy pint glass category. Try to guess which one I REALLY wanted to show.
Under $20: The jury is still out on whether a YETI cooler is worth the splurge, but I can personally speak for the YETI Rambler Mug. It keeps not only a first icy drink cold, but subsequent refills.
Under $20: Chocolate donut pool toy: Doh! The dad who needs a well-deserves a break will love a day of pool relaxation in a donut-shaped floatie. No sprinkles in the pool! ha.
Under $20: When Jaime and I were discussing what would make a great Dad gift, we learned that BOTH of our husbands received these Bear Paw Meat Handlers last Christmas. While they seem like just another gadget, they make tasks like shredding carnitas easy and crazy fun. 2 Prudent dads approve!
Under $30: Paper Log Maker – Turn scrap paper into kindling in this Paper Log Maker. Why recycle when you can toast marshmallows instead!
Under $30: Horse Head Mask – No more needs to be said. Every dad needs a horse head mask.
HEAD Graphene Radical MP Tennis Racquet – I would love to lure my husband onto the tennis court this year. This sport could only be more fun if he was willing to play with me! If your man (or dad!) is a tennis fan, this racquet, loved my many great players for it’s balance of power and accuracy, would be a great gift for Dad Day. My own tennis pro says it’s his racquet of choice!
Sock of the month club – Jaime’s father-in-law has recently requested a second year sock subscription to Sock Fancy. As a bonus to keeping her favorite FIL’s tootsies toasty, she is treated to a cute pic of his new socks every month.
Pendleton Blanket – A classic Pendleton blanket on sale, lays the groundwork for an epic Father’s Day picnic, and will be treasures for years to come.
Glerup slippers – And lastly a little lux splurge. We are all obsessed with Glerup slippers. Their thick wool keeps tootsies warm but not hot. They are the ultimate in cozy Sunday footwear and come with either a leather or rubber sole for all of dad’s newspaper reading, and/or post-surfing brunch needs.
Tomorrow is the last day of school for Clare and Quinn in Texas and Scarlet in California too. While there is a little anxiety about how to keep the kids amused and inspired all day every day, I think we both agree that the next few months promise tons of adventure, creativity, and yes, a little bit of learnin’, and we are pretty giddy about all of that. Because we worked in marketing for all those years (it’s how we met!) we can’t help but theme even our plans for Summer vaca. We’re calling it Pretty Prudent Summer Camp. We made a logo so there’s no backing out now…
Summer Camp will be filled with kid-friendly DIYs, crafts and games that travel well for road trips, books to read, inspiring Summer spaces, easy warm weather snacks and meals, and tips and itineraries for general Summer awesomeness.
First up we have our own version of the classic sit-upon. I remember weaving newspaper with my Girl Scout troop to make a little pad to keep my tush dry around the campfire. With this being Clare’s first Summer as a scout, I had to continue the tradition… (more…)