Clutter Control Play Space | Die Ugly Toys Die

Thursday, July 30, 2015

This week's installment of Die Ugly Toys Die is a little bit different. Instead of a DIY toy, Besotted Blog is sharing a simple clutter solution for a toddler play space that has adult sophistication.  Added bonus?  No tools required! (ok, so maybe one of those ikea wrenches but those don't really count as tools, do they?)


Gorgeous light? All white? Room to play?  This is a toddler play solution any mother could love! Pop over to Besotted Blog to see more.


Want more inspiration?  Check back every Thursday for a new installment or check out the past weeks' features below.






I have lots of other great #dieuglytoysdie projects to share with you for this summer series - I hope you love them as much as I do.  Want your project to be featured?  Drop me a line.

Crunchy Pork Chops Al Fresco with Blue Apron

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The summer can be a great time to live in New York.  The parks are full and everyone is outside enjoying a seemingly endless list of fairs and fun. But that means less time to get all the chores done.  So I was so happy to team up with Blue Apron again – saving me all the hassle of planning and shopping while still allowing me to make a fresh meal for our family.  Score!



By now, I know we really enjoy the flavor profiles of the Blue Apron meals but this one was a big winner – perhaps our favorite yet.  Combining my husband’s favorite protein with a fresh veggie slaw and simple oven fries made for the perfect meal to enjoy in our backyard on a warm night without having to slave over a hot a grill.  It felt robust enough to serve as a hearty Sunday dinner without it being too heavy for the heat.  The garlic aioli was simple to make but added just a touch of finesse to an easy to prep meal. I also loved learning a new and super easy no cook way to serve zucchini that I would have never discovered on my own.




Despite having three elements, the whole meal was prepped, cooked and served in less than an hour thanks to having every ingredient ready in my Blue Apron box.  The potato wedges cook in the oven while the rest of the meal is prepped.  It all came out ready to go together just as the sun was setting making it perfect for an al fresco evening.




Check out the complete recipe for the Crunchy Pork Chops with Summer Squash Slaw and Roasted Potato Wedges – you have to try it! Can’t wait for my next Blue Apron box. Especially looking forward to trying Hoisin Glazed Chicken and Stuffed Zucchini.

Want to give Blue Apron a try?  The first 25 people who order will get 2 free meals on their first order.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Blue Apron but all opinions are my own.

The Affair House Lust

Monday, July 27, 2015

Shh...don't tell my husband, I'm lusting after another...

house.  The beach house that is nearly a secondary character on Showtime's "The Affair". Or maybe I'm just having fantasies of taking off the entire summer to eat lobsters and bike around Montauk. Either way, I wouldn't kick this house out of bed for eating crackers.

Waterfront? Check.  Gorgeous charcoal and grey exterior? Check.  Pool?  Check.  White kitchen? Check.   The stuff dreams are made of.

I tried to find the actual location and possibly an old real estate listing to see if I could find more photos but alas my searches yielded nothing. Maybe this is the house fantasy of a set designer.



If you are curious, the series is as much about an extramarital affair gone wrong as clash of classes that happen in beach towns during the summer months. I've been totally hooked on the series and fully admit to binge watching where time permits.  Anyone else watching?