This year we took our summer vacation out west.
We started by attending a fabulous wedding in Vail and ended up in Denver spending the week
with all of our smart friends who decided to live out there.
We timed our trip just right – Chihuly has an exhibit this summer at the Denver Botanical Gardens.
Incredible hand blown glass throughout the gardens is quite a site to see.
Click here for more about Dale Chihuly’s Gardens + Glass installations.
Click here to learn more about him.

If you every get a chance to see any of his work, do it!  It’s truly amazing.

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IMG_0529That’s my girl enjoying it as much as I did.
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I did the Electric Run this past weekend.
Running a 5k at 10:00 pm through music and lights with girlfriends was quite energizing!
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Summer Solstice Party was the next night -
a great way to celebrate the longest day and official start of summer.
A weekend full of colorful events has me craving the brightest of colors.

This is a great recipe I’ve been making for years.
It can make it ahead of time and assembled before you need it.
A great one-bite appetizer.

endive with shrimp salad

8 oz medium cooked shrimp, chopped into small pieces
3 oz goat cheese, room temperature
2 T chopped chives, plus more for garnish
1 T fresh lemon juice
coarse salt + ground pepper
20 endive leaves (from about 3 heads)

In a small bowl, combine shrimpcheesechives, and juice; season with salt and pepper.
Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate up to 1 day.
To serve, place 1 tablespoon mixture on each endive leaf,
and top with additional chives.

Summer is official in our house when school’s out.
So today is our first day of summer and we’re ready to embrace it!

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks

http://jenis.comIf you haven’t tasted Jeni’s ice-cream, you’re in for a treat.
Lucky us, we have one right in Chagrin Falls.
Click here for all their wholesome unique flavors.


I just discovered S’Well bottles.  I love their mission – to get rid of disposable water bottles .
They keep drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12 – which makes them
great for the car and beach in the hot summer months .
The colors are awesome – check out the wood grain in cool colors!
If you’re near Chagrin Falls, Hedges has a great selection.  Otherwise check them out here.

smore-and-fire!/post/vw-camper-buyer-guide?cm_re=WW-_-MODULE_C12-_-WWBLOG is the season for easy breezy dresses.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 6.12.59 PMI recently discovered COOKIE and kate.  A great site for fresh, vegetarian recipes.
Sign up on their email list here.

This is what Ruby is eyeing to wear to an upcoming family wedding.

http://www.paulferney.comI love Paul Ferney‘s beach paintings.
Click here to see more.


This past weekend I did the Color Run with my daughter, Ruby and a group of our friends.
It’s a fun 5k run where we get doused in color at stations throughout the course.
It was a great way to kick off mother’s day weekend!
Besides being sentimental about how sweet these girls are,
I couldn’t help but be inspired by how great the colors looked as they were layered upon us!

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Me + my girl at the finish line!
(thanks to my friend Alissa, there to capture the moment!)

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Be inspired by colors that run.

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