Modern Safari-theme nursery

Modern Safari -theme nursery does not have to be kitchy. Large hand-painted wall murals of jungles and monkeys hanging from trees are a bit outdated. If you like the idea of Jungle-theme, or African animals-theme nursery, but want to keep it stylish and tasteful, you can rock it with a few simple rules.

  • Keep the color palette simple, up to 2 main colors + 2 accents sprinkles throughout.
  • Add textures to keep it interesting and within the theme. Go with textured sisal-type, or soft faux-animal skin rug would work quite well. Add woven storage baskets or a cool lamp.
  • Stay with modern interpretation in fabric and artwork
  • Keep wood in lighter tones to resemble warm African palette.
Here is the mock-up for a Safari-theme nursery I came up, share yours!

Credits: Bedding -NewMomDesigns, Artwork - The Animal Print Shop, Basket and Fury Stool - Target


Custom Baby blanket - Crabs

I love custom designs. Here is a little visual about my design process. My favorite part is when I see a complete product! 
This particular design was based on my client's love for crabs! As we kept exchanging visuals and ideas, she told me she likes a more flowy design. 
That was it! 


Roundup: Woman's Sleepwear

I recently found myself without a decent looking sleepwear for summer. Sure, I got tons of wife-beaters and old t-shirts, but let's admit - once you pass the breastfeeding period and your children sleep all though the night, there is really no excuse for looking drap and un-sexy in your sleepwear. So I set out to find myself a comfortable (!) and good-looking, feminine summer sleeping outfit.

 I toss during the night, and I really hate to get all tangled up and twisted in loose pajama pants or a nightgown. I quickly learned that during summer my best oprion is a fitted long tank top and shorts.

I am sharing my findings here in case you need to update your sleepwear too.

What do you wear to bed? And what qualities are you looking for when selecting sleepwear:
fiber, price,cuteness, sex appeal, comfort, classic feel, luxurious feel, elegance? Tell me in comments below!

Top row: 1 2 3 4
Bottom row: 5 6 7 8


Swimwear for little girls

You know what I realized this morning while packing my daughter's backpack for a day camp?
My poor baby does not have a decent swim suit!
After taking swimming classes twice a week during the whole school year, her 1-piece was mercilessly eaten by the chlorine in the pool. It is now a stretched-out, pale pinky thing that barely resembles that cute little bright neon pink/white striped swim suit with a saturated navy trim, I purchased just last year.

"My little princess deserves beauty"- I declared, and started a search on a mighty Internet.

I needed something stylish ( of course!), not too childish, not overly sweet or cutesy, NOT anything with Disney characters on it, and not expensive.

Here is my round up of little girls swimwear that are cute, bold and most importantly AFFORDABLE!
Because you know you going to buy her a new one next year!

Tell me your favorites in the comments below ;)

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Organic Skin Care you will want to eat!

My good friend Romana, a certified make-up artist and cosmetics guru, just recently introduced me to a new line of organic skin care - Eminence.

This is something out of this world, you guys!

Just browsing their extensive collection of divine cremes and moisturizers, and masks, and serums, makes my mouth water!


Persimmon & Cantaloupe Day cream, Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, Citrus & Kale Masque...

Hmmm.... Yummy...

Are you hungry yet??

If you are not sure where to start, here are a few TRIED and APPROVED products YOU WILL LOVE!!

  • Clear Skin Probiotic Masque- for oily skin 
  • Yam & Pumpkin enzyme peel, 5%
  • Pear & Poppy seed microderm polisher

    They also send you small samples of other products to try, along with your order. So follow a good advice I once received from someone :

    "Don't be stingy on products that touch your skin, especially your face"

    I am ordering a few things right now and let you know my favorite.

    Please share your own experience in the comments below!

    Disclosure: All opinions are mine only. No gifts or money has been exchanged for this post. Simply sharing my experience.


    Mojito - Turks and Caicos style

    Sweet and tart wave of mint and lime slowly brings the long awaited coolness...
    Hmmm... I can still feel the breezy warm air, and the hot sand stuck under my fingernails...

    Every time I take a sip of a good Mojito, I get transfered to the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos.

    It took a few days of stalking our beach bartender, but I finally had a receipe for this divine drink that I am sharing with you today.

    Perhaps, this weekend, when the grill is finally taking a break, and everyone is so stuffed -they can't move, this refreshing drink will be just what you need.

    Turks and Caicos Pineapple Mojito

    You will need:

    • Lime
    • Ice
    • White rum ( Bambarra Silver is what he used)
    • Mint
    • Special sugar syrup
    • Juice of your preference
    • Shaker

    First, prepare the Special sugar syrup ( you can keep the rest in the fringe, indefinitely)
    Combine white sugar+brown sugar+honey with water ( 1:1 sweet mixture to water)
    Slowly simmer until everything melts into a slighly thickened laquid/ syrop


    Now, you are ready to put the drink together!

    1. Combine in a skaker:  8 leaves of mint + 1/2 lime juice+ 2-3 ice cubes 
    2. Shake, shake, shake to break up the mint with ice
    3. Add another1/2 lime juice, 5 tsp of syrup, 4 tbsp rum
    4. Shake, shake, shake to mix all together.
    5. Fill the 3/4 glass with ice
    6. Pour the mixture from the shaker over the ice ( up to you to strain or not, I actually like the pieces of mint in my drink, so I dont strain)
    7. Top of with a splash of Pineapple juice 


    Turkey Meatball Soup

    The summer so far has been kind to us. Its hot, but not humid,with a nice breeze. And after all the BBQ's and grilled steaks on the weekend, I crave something light, delicious and nourishing...

    Turkey Meatball Soup fits the bill.

    This is how I make it:

    Turkey - around 3/4-1 lb
    1 Large carrot
    2 Med. onions 
    2-3 potatoes
    1-2 stalks celery
    1-2 cloves of garlic
    Salt, pepper

    1. Put a pot with water on the stove to boil
    2. Grind your turkey + 1 onion + garlic, add salt, pepper to taste
    3. Once the water comes to a boil, start forming small turkey balls, around 1" dia, and add as you go to the the boiling water. Reduce heat to med so its simmering nicely during this process.
    4. If you have any scum rising to the top, remove it with a spoon, until you have a clear broth.
    5. Add stalks of celery, peeled carrot, 1 halved onion, circled potatoes ( circled potatoes are potatoes diced into circles for my kids-  you can do it the grown up style - "quartered")
    6. Add salt, pepper, bay leaf ( optional) and finely chopped fresh herbs of your preference. I like dill+cilantro, my classic version.
    7. Reduce heat to low and cover partially with a lid. Leave for 30-40 min.

    Voila! You have just made a delicious, light, healthy soup from scratch!

    You can also add cooked rice, or small pasta directly to the serving bowl, to beef it up a little. But that's totally optional.

    I hope you are proud of yourself.