christmas in july events

All of this heat has made me wish for snow!  How fun to check out a “Christmas in July ” event at House by JSD Designs.  They will be having their holiday open house this weekend.  Their fabulous shop will definitely get you into the holiday spirit!  Get inspired to decorate your home for the holidays and snag great deals on Christmas gifts for your family and friends.

House by JSD Designs

Holiday Open House Thursday, July 28-Saturday, July 30

1535 Delaware Avenue
Lexington, KY 40505

(859) 523-3933

outdoor furniture and accessories SALE

Housewarmings outdoor furniture sale begins today (7/28) and runs through Sunday, July 31.  This is a great time to purchase furniture and accessories for your outdoor spaces at a fraction of the cost.  We have plenty of beautiful weather left in the bluegrass this year to enjoy your purchases!



2312 Palumbo Drive
Lexington, KY 40509
(859) 231-0005

Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm


quick clean

I love this quick bathroom cleaning check-list from Real Simple.  So easy to eek out the two minutes of cleaning for the every day list!  

 Every Day

  • Wipe out the sink (30 seconds).
  • Wipe the toilet seat and rim (15 seconds).
  • Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush (15 seconds).
  • Wipe the mirror and faucet (15 seconds).
  • Squeegee the shower door (30 seconds).
  • Spray the entire shower and the curtain liner with shower mist after every use (15 seconds).

Every Week

  • Scrub the tub (three minutes).
  • Scrub the tiles (five minutes).
  • Mop the floor (two minutes).
  • Wipe the switch plates, doorknobs, and doorjambs (one minute).
  • Empty and wipe out the wastebasket (30 seconds).

Every Season

  • Take down the shower curtain, then launder it according to the care instructions.
  • Empty, weed, and clean the medicine cabinet (20 minutes).
  • Perform Shiny Sink 101 on the tub and sink.

summer garden pasta

Source: via Joanna on Pinterest

Summer garden pasta is another Barefoot Contessa favorite—perfect for tomato season!

What you’ll need:

4 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves) – adjust to your preference
18 large basil leaves, julienned, plus extra for serving
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher or sea salt
1 pound dried angel hair pasta
1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving

Step by Step:

1.  Combine the cherry tomatoes, ½ cup olive oil, garlic, basil leaves, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature for about 4 hours (at least 2 ½ hours).

2.  Just before you’re ready to serve, bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add a nice handful of salt to the water.  Add the pasta, and cook until al dente — it only takes 2 to 3 minutes!

3.  Drain the pasta well and add to the bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Add the cheese and some extra fresh whole basil leaves, and toss well.  Serve in big bowls with extra cheese on each serving.  Yum!

gorgeous braids

Braided hair is huge for this summer!  Try out this easy to do, easy to wear style.

What you’ll need:

To style the half up and braided hairstyle you’ll need to have on hand some styling product (preferably a mousse and a hairspray), a hair straightener or curling wand, a comb, and a handful of bobby pins.

Step by Step:

1.  One of the keys to styling the half up braided hairstyle is to create both volume and texture. You know your hair best, so we won’t wax go into great detail on this step, suffice to say that:

  • if you have fine hair you should apply a styling mousse while your hair is damp. While drying it pull the roots forwards
  • if you have thick hair and / or aren’t in need of don’t need of extra volume then spray your hair with hairspray to give it hold
2.  Next get out your heat styler of choice (a ghd ceramic straightener works well, or a curling wand) and create some gentle waves all around the head. These only need to be very loose waves. If your hair is naturally curly rather than starting with straight hair just dry it to be 3/4 straight, leaving in some of your natural texture and curl.  You should now have a head of lightly tousled, textured waves. Make the texture more akin to bed hair by teasing or back-combing the hair at the crown with a comb, but only a small amount – you can see from both the photos that this is a braided hairstyle that is more about texture then it is about volume.
3.  You’ll need the bottom half of your hair flowing free and the top half parted into two sections. Begin by separating the top two sections with a deep side part – the side of your hair that you choose to part is up to you and will most likely work best if you select to part your hair as it naturally falls. Next, take the larger of the two top sections and create a French braid along the head at a diagonal angle (e.g. from the part-line on the right side of the head back towards the left ear). Don’t keep the braid too close to the head – remember it’s meant to be a little textured and messy.
4.  The braid should only reach about half way down the head, with the rest of the hair hanging loose. After you’ve braided your hair half way down, secure the end of the braid with several bobby pins, crossing them over to ensure they stay in place. Repeat with another French braid on the other side of the head, using up the smaller top section of hair.
5.  You should now have a half up hairstyle with two braids along the top section. If it’s looking too neat, tousle up the braids with the fingers to loosen the whole look up and give it that effortlessly free-spirited feel. When you’re happy with the style give the whole head a light spray with some hairspray to keep it in place.
{instructions and photo courtesy of}