Friday, June 30, 2017

Movie Review: “The Book of Henry”

The Book of Henry
Rated PG-13

I apologize for only having one movie review, especially since we’re in movie “high season,” but we were out of the country and didn’t see many movies.

Henry, a precocious 11-year old, is the family caretaker to his childlike single mother and younger brother. When he realizes their young neighbor is being abused by her stepfather, the family takes action.

The following may seem cryptic, but I don’t want to be a movie spoiler. While I liked The Book of Henry, it was not the movie I thought it would be based on the trailer. That said, it was interesting to see the loving, yet dysfunctional family dynamics. Also, I found myself rooting for the family, but questioning the morality of their plan.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book Review: “Scrappy Little Nobody”

Scrappy Little Nobody
Anna Kendrick

Actress, singer and Twitter sensation Anna Kendrick came on the radar with her role as Jessica, Bella’s best friend in the Twilight series. A year later she became uber famous after receiving an Academy Award nomination for Up in the Air, and she solidified her stardom with her role in Pitch Perfect and corresponding top-ten song, Cups. Scrappy Little Nobody is Kendrick’s memoir that details her life growing up in a small town in Maine, as a working teen-aged Broadway actress and her lean days starting out in Hollywood.

Witty and sassy, Scrappy Little Nobody is the perfect summer book-a fun and easy read that feels more like more one spent the afternoon chatting with a best friend rather than reading a book!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Home: Living Room Cabinets

the living room cabinets-before

close up-before

the closet doors

living room cabinets-after

close up-after

Probably because we’ve sold three homes, we learned the value of investing in one’s home. In addition to looking better, improvements tend to shorten the selling time and increase a home’s value.

That said, our living room cabinet doors were an eyesore. They were plain, flat doors that overlapped the frame, and they didn’t match the closet doors across the room. Luckily, I found a local carpenter who made inset doors with moulding, cut and painted the existing frames and installed everything beautifully. What a difference this change made to the entire room!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Style: Birthday Shoes

Trina Turk dress (old-click here and here to see other dresses I'd wear with this outfit),
Illesteva sunglasses, Ferragamo pumps and belt (similar), Cos clutch

Right after I told myself that I would only purchase inexpensive heels because the Boston sidewalks are very hard on them, I found these shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo. I fell in love with them instantly, and when I found them at a discounted price, I asked for them as my birthday gift (This is a big deal since finding Ferragamo items on sale is a rarity).

I paired them with understated items-an older dress (almost three years old [click here to the dress’s original post]), classic belt and small clutch so the pumps could be the star of the show. These heels are a gift I will enjoy for years because I can see myself wearing this classic cut for a long time!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cooking and Entertaining: Mojito Iced Green Tea

Mick's Karma Bar's Mojito Iced Tea

On my last visit to California, I ate at my favorite burger restaurant, Mick’s Karma Bar. In addition to a habanero burger with French fries, I also treated myself to a mojito iced tea. Since this drink is so refreshing in warmer weather, I wanted to recreate it at home. My version isn’t quite as tasty as Mick’s, but it’s a good substitute when I can’t travel 3,000 miles to get an iced tea!

Mojito Iced Green Tea

1 green tea bag
¼ C.  water
¼ C.  sugar
¼ lime
¼ C.  mint leaves

Prepare green tea according to package instructions and allow to cool. Heat water, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. In a tall glass, muddle the mint and lime together. Add the tea, about 1 tablespoon sugar syrup (to taste), ice, stir and enjoy.

the ingredients

Preparing the tea and simple syrup. I didn’t want to make a pan dirty, so
I used the microwave the heat the water

Muddling the lime and mint

Summer refreshment!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Four Star Finds: Jilz Crackerz

For more information on Jilz Crackerz, click here

In a previous post, I mentioned missing crackers when I followed the Whole30 eating plan and started making almond flour crackers (click here to view it). When I don’t have the time or inclination to make them, Jilz Crackers are the perfect alternative.

Whole30 compliant, these gluten-free crackers are made from mainly organic ingredients such as tapioca, almond and sunflower seed flours; sesame, chia and flax seed and different seasonings based on the cracker’s flavor. They’re delicious and can be eaten as-is or crushed up and used for breading. Though these crackers are a bit pricey, they’re worth every penny because they’re good for the body and soul!

As always, I receive no compensation for endorsing this product.