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Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Tablesettings

I don't host Easter but if I did, I would like my table setting to look like one of those below.  There is something sooo soothing about using pastel colors and bright flowers on your dining table.  I love the addition of vintage drinking glasses and milk glass serving pieces.  Oh and you cannot go wrong with bunnies, chocolate or otherwise and other seasonal trinkets!!!


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Coconut Poke Cake for Easter

Here is what we are making this year for Easter dessert.  I first saw this recipe on Pinterest and knew that we had to make it.  My daughter loves loves to bake.  Her classmates are always asking her to bring in bark or brownies to school for meetings and parties.  She has one teacher who loves her baking so much!!!!  Sooooooo I gave the recipe to my daughter to "practice" last week so it would be perfect for our family on Easter Sunday.  I really lucked out because my mom was really excited and decided to help her. I was totally off the hook.  We thought we should practice because some recipes that you get online don't always come out looking like they should!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Luckily this cake came out amazing...I think the key is to refrigerate the cake before you serve it to get the perfect consistency.  Bon Appetit!!!



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adapted from allrecipes

1 box white cake mix

1 can of coconut

1 sweetened condensed milk

1 container cool whip

1 package flaked coconut


  1. Prepare and bake white cake mix according to package directions. 
  2. Remove cake from oven. 
  3. While still hot, using a utility fork, poke holes all over the top of the cake.
  4. Mix cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk together. 
  5. Pour over the top of the still hot cake.
  6.  Let cake cool completely then frost with the whipped topping and 
  7. top with the flaked coconut. 
  8. Keep cake refrigerated.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Jean Jackets for Spring?



I have to admit something....I never have owned
a jean jacket.  I have always admired them on 
others but when it came down to it, I just could
not pull the trigger. A jean jacket just looked 
silly on me.  It was totally not my jam!!!!!!
HOWEVER, I saw a light denim jacket with 
flared sleeves and since the jacket is making
a huge comeback this spring, I thought I 
would jump right in. I plan on wearing my new
jean jacket over dresses and even buttoned 
up with black pants and white jeans!!!  Here
are some of my favorite jean jackets.  Notice
the ruffles, distressed details and of course
flared sleeves!!!!  




Jean Jackets for Spring?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Breathe

HI!!!  We are just hitting the last leg of our Spring Break...I am going to spend the rest of this week with my family.  I promise to be back next week with more fashion, family and fun.....OH and a really great Miami round up (you are going to LOVE it)



Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Club Monday

Today I am going to send you on a virtual Spring Break with this week's Book Club Choice, In the Spirit of Miami Beach.  I love this book.  It is so perfect to showcase on your coffee table.   The images are  beautiful and with each page,  you feel like you are right there sitting on the beach.  I also love the pool on the cover, it is the iconic South Beach Raleigh Hotel pool!!!  Here is what you will find inside:

What Venice was to the world during the Renaissance era, so Miami is to the world today. An active melting pot of cultures; where Art Deco contends with Spanish Baroque; where artists mingle with athletes, models, and socialites; where South Americans and Eastern Europeans sit together for espressos on Ocean Drive. This book explores Miami Beach style, from the mythical Lincoln Road to Art Basel Miami, one of the leading international art fairs. With an in-depth look at its historical past as well as its present-day glamour, In The Spirit of Miami Beach elegantly captures the city's vibrant personality and cultural jubilance. With an exuberant text by noted author, entertainer, and bon vivant David Leddick, this rich volume brings one of the world's hottest destinations to colorful life. The book concludes with a selective guide on the hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and spas to experience "stylish Miami". - Amazon.com


To purchase this book or for more information, click HERE.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Last week's smoothie was sooo popular...I got a ton of messages that our readers drank it all week.  This recipe popped up on my pinterest...so I thought we should try it as well.  I made it for my P and she loved it...it is def going to be part of our smoothie rotation...PS Sorry this is one day late.  Bon Appetit!!!!!


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INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ¾ cup Frozen blueberries
  • 1 Banana
  • ⅓ cup Oatmeal



  1. If using an immersion blender, layer your ingredients in a glass in this order: greek yogurt, banana, blueberries, milk and blend. Once blended, add oatmeal and blend just until combined.
  2. You can also combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth-ie.. :)
  3. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Donna Summer The Musical

Are you like me and LOVE the songs of Donna Summer??!!???  I am so excited, next month Summer, The Donna Summer Musical hits broadway!!!!  The musical looks at her dramatic final performance and highlights the rise of Donna's career.  The show score is the BEST part, it includes more that 20 of Summer's greatest hits, including Last Dance, Bad Girls, and On The Radio!!!  I am gearing up for the greatest sing a long ever!!!!!!!  There are a bunch of orchestra tickets reserved for NS Lifestyles Readers for the April 10th show at 8:00 pm for $120 each.. Sign up quickly...this is going to fill up FAST!!!!!






Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Don't Forget About H&M

My girls LOVE H&M.  When we visit my parents, it is the first place they
ask to go to!!!  I usually wait for them outside because the try on literally
everything.  BUT today I thought I would scope it out to find some great
things for my readers.  First of all they had the cutest blouses.  There is just a
small sampling below but the ones in the store were even cuter.  I ended up
buying the fringe top in a t-shirt style.  The dresses were also incredible.
There were so many great styles to take you into spring and summer.
I love the jewelry, especially the statement earrings (I got a pair for $5!!!!!!)
and how cute are those furry sandals!!!!???  H&M is a great place to get an
outfit pick me up without breaking the bank!!!!  Happy Shopping!!!!



Don't Forget About H&M

Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Club Monday

Do you have wanderlust?  Do you dream of exotic vacations and start studded trips?  This week's book choice was recommended to me by a very chic friend and it is just for you too!!!  Chic Stays highlights the secret favorite spots of your favorite actors, musicians and models.  Here is the summary:

Chic Stays. From Jeremy Irons’s historical Palacio Belmonte escape in Lisbon, to the beaches of Kate Winslet’s secret Sco ish hideaway of Eilean Shona, to Kate Moss’s favorite beach in the Maldives, each of these thirty-five personal tales of the loveliest spots around the globe is packed with anecdotes and lyrical descriptions to transport readers. The photography bursting across each page—from Parrot Cay to Sri Lanka to Oregon—inspires a new desire to discover these beloved corners of the world. - Amazon.com


For more information or to order this book, click HERE.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Weekend Real Estate Stalking

One of my favorite homes is on the market.  This house is so incredible and unique.  There are large rooms throughout, which are perfect for entertaining, yet also perfect for raising a family.  It is so majestic and all the architectural details and windows are fab. For more information or to see this great home, email Patti Neave.