First off, I’d really like to thank everyone for all of the amazing feedback on the baby’s boudoir. With words like “genius” and “brilliant” being thrown around and with over 200 hits in one day (!!!), my little cheeks blushed like humongous cherries. I’m shocked by how well the nursery was received and so happy that everyone left some blog love to share their thoughts on the final product. I just hope that some of you stick around to see what else I have in store, even though I don’t have any little boy nurseries on the horizon quite yet. :)
Before I left for nursery land, I got my May issue of Real Simple magazine – holla! I had to restrain myself from ripping into the latest glossy so I could stay focused on the job at hand, but once I hung up my paint brush, all bets were off. This month didn’t disappoint, as usual. Here are my top 3 fav spots in this issue – feel free to pick up the issue if you’re interested in reading more!
1. Road Test – Fruit Juice. Real Simple has a monthly feature called Road Tests where real people try real products in real situations (their words, not mine). It’s a great way to see a comparison of all kinds of products and read the reactions/results of normal people. This month a road test was done on 100% juices. I’m a bit of a juice connoisseur, so I was super excited to get some new ideas for some all natural juices to wet my whistle (like Whole Foods 365 is the best Pomegranate juice…yum). They also explain that most cranberry juices are actually cranberry juice cocktail, which contains sweeteners and a very little amount of real juice since cranberries are so tart. RS recommends Ocean Spray 100% juice cranberry, which is sweetened with pure grape juice so it’s a nice alternative to the too-sweet cranberry cocktails out there. Brilliant!
2. Period Pieces. I’m particularly drawn to the design oriented stories in RS and this one was calling my name. This one has you decide which life stage you’re in (Starting Out, Growing a Family or Ready to Invest) and gears you toward the furniture that’s fitting for your stage. Since I’m in the starting out phase, I checked out the sofas, dining tables and area rugs in those sections and found some awesome, budget conscious options that would look lovely in my abode. RS also gives you some accent options for each piece of furniture, as well as shopping tips on how you should select your newest furniture investment. It’s basically spoon feeding you the information you need to find the perfect piece of furniture for your home – who doesn’t love that?
3. Everyday Mexican. Now, I would claim that marrying into a Mexican family heightened my love of mexican cuisine, but I would just be looking for an easy out. I have, and always have had, a slight obsession with fajitas and guacamole and all things mexican (including my hubby). When I flipped over to this page in RS, my mouth immediately started watering- ::drooool::. RS has become one of my favorites stops when we’re in need of a new dinner recipe, so this issue will definitely be making an appearance in my recipe box. Such recipes as Chipotle Shrimp with radish and jicama salad, Zesty chicken enchiladas, and polenta-stuff poblano peppers are giving me a hankering for a sombrero and a frosty margarita, despite the fact that I just had frijoles and tortillas for dinner. What can I say? I married into the right culture.