What Would Holley Wear: Happy Ways to Wear Summer Stripes

Looking for a fun pattern to boost your mood?  Then “don’t worry…be happy,” because summer stripes are exactly what the style doctor ordered! I have to admit, a striped summer dress or skirt topped with a denim jacket always puts me in a good mood.  Tuckernuck offers an adorable blue striped skirt and white t-shirt topped with a blue denim jacket. Their breezy halter dress in a vintage stripe looks great draped with either a blue or white denim jacket….perfect for rainbow watching! Looking for the trendiest of trends?  Then striped handbags and shoes are the look for you!  For shoes….Amazon Fashion is our go-to. From a cute pair of rainbow striped Keds to a wonderful selection of striped espadrilles, they offer so many happy choices. Planning a getaway to Mexico or maybe just to a Mexican restaurant?  Then Zara’s colorful zig zag shopper with circular wood handles is just … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Happy Ways to Wear Summer Stripes”

Man Overboard — The Newlywed Game

This is a “best of” blog post from 2016 when we played a round of The Newlywed Game with Miss Bee.  It’s pretty funny.  We hope you enjoy.  Oh, and there’s a Round Two you can find in the search menu. I’m launching a new topic area to my blog I’m calling “Man Overboard” — a fresh perspective from the man of the house.  For my new readers, I refer to my husband as Mr. Bee.  I love all things bee — my name means honeybee.  I collect beehives.  I love when bees visit my garden.  He’s my head worker bee and my honey.  Man Overboard will give him the chance to guest host occasionally and weigh-in on topics.  I think it will be something fun to look forward to and, frankly, hilarious to hear his take on my blogging. A few nights ago, at the dinner table, we got … Continue reading “Man Overboard — The Newlywed Game”

My Easy Three — Sunscreen, Flash Light Batteries and Picnic Coolers

It can be very overwhelming to tackle the day-to-day list of everything we want to accomplish, but if you can just try and do three simple tasks every day or every so often, you will accomplish so much more with ease and less frustration.  I call this “My Easy Three.” Here are some previous ideas to inspire you: Emails, linen closet, medicine cabinet and Marie Kondo Suits, Beauty and a Book Kitchen Organization Keeping Your Swimwear Clean and Fresh Accessory Organization Sprucing your front porch, watch batteries and Sloppy Joes My Three Favorite Ways to Stay Organized Today we are going to tackle three summer-time tasks – first Sunscreen.  My go-to is the perennially popular, PABA and paraben-free Trader Joe’s SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen to save the day—and your skin—with broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection and skin-nourishing ingredients like aloe, Vitamin E, & coconut oil.  Their sunscreen is never tested on animals … Continue reading “My Easy Three — Sunscreen, Flash Light Batteries and Picnic Coolers”

What Would Holley Wear: Five-Star Resort Style Musts

I have to admit…I love everything about resort style!  From lounging by the pool to lovely alfresco dinners, fashion never looked so fabulous!  Our five-star resort style musts are: a tote, a swimsuit cover up, something red, a pair of stunning earrings, and a beautiful kimono. Truthfully, I’m not a sun worshiper these days, but sitting under an umbrella, reading a book, and sipping a delicious drink poolside is the ultimate for me.  A bag or tote is a must for your book, phone, and sunscreen. Last year I took a tasseled wicker beach bag to Encore…my favorite Vegas resort. This year, it’s a toss-up between Tuckernuck’s macramé basket tote and their crocheted carryall. Another poolside must is a cover-up, and we think a long striped shirt is the perfect solution.  A Pinterest look I adore shows a style influencer wearing a blue bathing suit with a blue and white … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five-Star Resort Style Musts”

How to Roast Bell Peppers — The Easy Way

I really love bell peppers — red, orange and yellow being my favorite, green not so much.  Did you know that in addition to their their varied colors and taste, each differently hued bell pepper has a unique array of nutritional benefits?  Green peppers feature an abundance of chlorophyll. Yellow peppers have more of the lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoids. Orange peppers have more alpha-, beta-, and gamma-carotene. Red peppers have more lycopene and astaxanthin, two other important carotenoids.  This summer we have orange and chocolate brown peppers growing and I can’t wait to try them.  Regardless of the color, bell peppers are a very healthy vegetable to include in your diet.  My favorite way to eat them fresh is with hummus or roasted on pizza. Over the weekend, I did a massive purge of my refrigerator contents. I took every shelf out so there was absolutely nothing in my refrigerator. … Continue reading “How to Roast Bell Peppers — The Easy Way”

Hummingbird Poundcake

I had a surplus of very, very ripe bananas recently and I was getting tired of making banana bread.  At the same time I was cleaning out my recipe file and came across a sheet I had torn from a magazine – Food & Family for hummingbird poundcake.  It’s very similar to the tradition version from Southern Living magazine here – their most requested recipe – but it’s denser and calls for less icing. It’s your basic cake-from-scratch with adding in crushed pineapple and to keep it moist a box of vanilla instant pudding mix.  Since my hive members are not “nut in our food” type of cake eaters, I left the pecans out of the cake mix and just sprinkled finely chopped ones on the icing. Here is the link to the original recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

What Would Holley Wear: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

It’s baseball season…which made me wonder….do you like to play it safe, or do you like to hit it out of the park?  And of course, I’m talking about fashion! With fashion, we all start at home plate and our first goal is to make it to 1st base….right?  I have to admit, a midi skirt is my 1st base style.  When I add a shirt tied at the waist and add a pair of sandals…I know I have a hit.  Maybe your 1st base style is a cute striped dress matched with red sandals….or possibly white jeans paired with a striped shirt, a wicker bag and sneakers!  Sounds like a base hit to me! When stepping up to home plate, do you ever feel a little style/base anxiety?  Don’t worry…because I’m giving you a “walk”! Sneakers are a comfortable option, or a pair of slides will add a trendy … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!”

Summery Poolside Sip – An Aperol Spritz

We have really been enjoying our “Summer of Fridays” we are hosting during the months of June and July.  We open our side gate from 6-9 p.m. to anyone who wants to join us for a poolside meal and fun conversation.  The menu changes weekly and all we ask is you RSVP by Thursday, BYOB and bring a side. It’s that easy.  Summer has never been more fun for us! My friend Jacqui has been our cocktail queen bringing something fetching to sip that goes with the menu.  A few weeks ago when we made pizza, she brought the makings for a delicios Aperol Spritz she enjoyed during her recent Italian getaway.  Aperol is an Italian apéritif, and it’s typically served before a meal to stimulate the appetite.  Aperol was invented in 1919, but it wasn’t until after World War II that Aperol really gained attention on a global scale.  … Continue reading “Summery Poolside Sip – An Aperol Spritz”

What’s in your Summer Stack? Books we are reading at Home with a Twist

I’ve rounded up all the books we are reading this summer in our Mrs. Twist Reads This book club, and a fun announcement. Summer reading is for the whole family.  In 2009, then Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as “summer slide.”  It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected. You can read more about the study here. When Miss Bee was little I always included reading on her summer to-do list with visits to storytime at bookstores and the library.  She was allowed to check out as many books as she was years old.  We made a chart on the refrigerator with different rewards for every few books she read. I would even join in with her to read as well. One of our favorite things still is … Continue reading “What’s in your Summer Stack? Books we are reading at Home with a Twist”

What Would Holley Wear: Red, White and Blue Picnic Style

Who doesn’t love a picnic?  For me, a picnic is the ultimate when it comes to summertime!     Maybe you and your family are renting a beach house this summer.  Lucky you! So what’s more fun than a beach picnic? Nothing….right?  To stay protected from the sun, think about a pop-up tent….add some sunscreen, a large quilt, and a picnic basket.  My beach style requires a cute cover-up, and I’m loving J Crew’s selection. From their tunics to their tie-front beach dresses, they’ve got us “covered”!  Two of my favorite 4th of July picnics are Concerts in the Garden and Colonial Country Club’s firework show.  From the fireworks to a sea of red, white, and blue it just makes me happy. So it’s hot…right?  For the garden concert, a cute short set in patriotic colors is definitely the way to go. Check out our Pinterest board to see how smitten we … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Red, White and Blue Picnic Style”