This DIY (Do It Yourself) was too clever and painless to not pass along. If nothing else I know what my answer will be when my red-on-the head daughter asks what we are going to do today.
Polka Dotted Skinnies
Anthropologie-Inspired Pin Dots
To read the full post and get the 411 on this ridiculously DIY denim idea visit: C.W. Frosting Caroline’s DIY Life
- Jeans (Target, $22.99)
- Clorox Gel Bleach Pen (Target, $3)
Total Cost = $26
(or $3 if you use your own jeans!)
Behold the perfect summer dessert. Light, fresh and so delish. For all you pie-lovers out there, check out this Cherry Pie. We have to credit our friend Judie, a.k.a. “Sweetie” for this recipe. Thanks “Sweetie”! We recently made this for a dinner party, and it was a big hit. This cherry pie is so easy and is also a great thing to make with your kids. They will have more fun playing with and rolling out the dough for the yummiest crust ever.
Judie’s Cherry Pie
Makes 3 crusts. You’ll use one for the bottom of the pie, one to cover the pie and you’ll have one leftover that you can freeze.
3 cups flour (not sifted)
1 1/4 cups Crisco shortening
1 tsp. salt
1 egg, well beaten
5 TBS. water
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
1. Cut shortening into flour and salt.
2. Combine egg, water and vinegar in a small bowl.
3. Pour all at once into flour and Crisco mixture and mix well with a spoon and hands until well blended.
4. Separate dough into three 9 oz. balls (makes three crusts) and and pat out flat and round, and then place one crust in-between 2 sheets of wax paper to roll out with a rolling pin. After rolling out into a circle that is a bit larger than your 10 inch pie dish, press down one crust into the dish. After pouring in the cherry filling, use the other crust to make a lattice top or cover the pie completely (make a few holes to vent). You can freeze the leftover crust to use at another time.
Cherry Pie Filling
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3 cans of tart cherries (packed in water), DRAINED
2 cups sugar
3 1/2 TBS. flour
1/3 stick butter, melted
1/4 tsp. Almond Extract
1. Mix the drained cherries with the sugar and flour in a pan on the stove. Cook to a boil for 3-5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add 1/3 stick melted butter and almond extract.
3. Pour cherry mixture into pie crust in the 10 inch pie dish. Use a second rolled out pie crust to do either a criss-cross lattice top crust or simply cover the pie completely with the second crust (make a few holes to vent). Sprinkle top pie crust with sugar.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes (if needed at 5-10 minutes so that cherry mixture looks set and not too runny).
A super stylish prego girlfriend told me about this chic line of maternity clothes that you REALLY would wear before, during and after your little one(s) “Hatch”. Take a peek…
See. How cute!! It ALMOST makes me want to be pregnant! To shop and explore Hatch click here.
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We hope you’re enjoying your summer vacation. We sure are. We are absolutely thrilled that Alane Foster is the winner of the Laila Lou perfume Oil. Alane has followed us from the very beginning and is one of our most loyal readers. Thank you, Alane! We hope you enjoy your new summer scent. xoxo The Go to Girls
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One of my product-loving friends turned me on to a perfume oil that I love. If you have ever worn Kai, you will love this new one, too. It’s called Leila Lou by Rosie Jane. Leila Lou perfume oil is made from 100% essential oils and is a perfect, fresh new scent for summer. We absolutely love that at Rosie Jane they use only 100% recycled and recyclable materials. Also Leila Lou does not even come in a box in order to reduce waste. Every lit bit counts! Also for every three Leila Lou bottles that you save and return to the company, they will send you a free bottle of Leila Lou. Love that! Leila Lou also carries body lotion, candles and eau de parfum.
If you live in the Fort, the only place you can find this loveliness is at Scentimentals (3905 West Vickery Blvd). If you haven’t been into the store, you should drop into this “product heaven.” They have some unique lines that you won’t find anywhere else in FW like Free Your Mane (awesome hair products), Finn & Co., and Shelley Kyle’s fragrances and products, not to mention clothes, jewelry, shoes, baby gifts and more.
Scentimaentals’ sweet owner is giving away a bottle of Leila Lou perfume oil to a Go to Girls’ readers. To enter to win, simply leave a comment and make sure that you are a Go to Girls’ subscriber. We’ll announce the winner next week.
Thank you Scentimentals!
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Finding the perfect blazer can be a little tricky. So when we ran across this new line, Two Penny Blue, we were so excited to share it! Two Penny Blue is a new fashion brand that focuses on making beautiful blazers. This line is the brain-child of Marie Whitney and Erin Gates (love her Elements of Style blog). All of their jackets are made in the good ‘ole U.S. of A (probably most of the clothes in your closet right now aren’t). The cuts of the blazers are classic with attention to all the beautiful details. We love their gorgeous fabrics, too…hand-dyed Indian silks and woven linen and cotton from Italy. Lastly, we love the fact that Two Penny Blue is a company that gives back. For every blazer purchased, Two Penny Blue will donate a school uniform to a girl in Africa. Girl Power! Two Penny Blue also has bags, jewelry and umbrellas. Click here to shop their entire collection, and check out some their designs below…
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I am all business when it comes to my sleep. I still sleep with the same 3 pillows that were on my bed when I was 4. Needless to say, what I wear to bed is crucial to getting my SOLID 8 hours of shut-eye. Truth be told, I am sure He would love for me to wear this…
I admit that look is cute, but sometimes comfy has to win out (I’m sure some of you will agree.). Because I’m a serious sleeper, believe-you-me, I’ve done ALL the research when it comes to finding the softest, yummiest, most comfortable things for catching my ZZZZ’s. Here are my all-time favorites:
Hand-smocked gown with embroidered waves in various shades of green or pink. Fine white jersey, hits above the knee. The more you wash it, the softer it gets. In my opinion, this is a bit pricey for a piece of clothing that most people will never see, but these last forever and are insanely comfortable. Here’s the kicker…this line is not easy to find. There are lots of styles and variations. Neimans caries them in-store only, but you can purchase them at
DOT SLEEP SET
A two-piece sleep set in a subtle dobby dot fabric makes for sweet sleeping. Drawstring short and jewel neck short sleeve top with single shell button at back. 100% Cotton. Made in the U.S.A. To purchase, Dot Sleep Set $115.
Gisele PJ’s Short PJ Set
It’s like Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel got together to dream up the perfect thing to wear to bed. In short: perfect, classic, crisp, and effortless. To purchase, Gisele PJ Set $98. Unless you are in high school or want to some extra attention sizing up is highly advised!
The Marigot Collection
How many of you can say (or would actually admit) you found your latest fave nightgown from your mother-in-law?! I did! But you don’t know which one of us is posting today So, my sweet mother-in-law had this gown and the comfort level pushed all awkwardness aside because I had to have one. There are several versions. Below are my favorites. The pics from the site aren’t great, but the product is WONDERFUL!
Classic 100% cotton Pintuck Eyelet Gown comes in long and knee length. The fit is so delightfully light and full! $34 The White Cotton Gown.
Sweet Dreams xoxo, The Go to Girls
My #1 girl alerted me to this adorable idea for the 1,285,799 ahhmazing drawings your precious babes tote home from kindergarten, day camps, museum school, art class and the like. (Personally, I have a stack on a shelf in my office to be framed that have been waiting on me since 2005…)
Child’s Own Studio can bring your child’s self portrait, monster drawing, or your personal favorite artwork to life as a stuffed keepsake. It seems there is quite a wait list for these adorable treasures, so you’d best get going to grab your spot in line! There is also a list of other crafty geniuses that do similar work on the Child’s Own site, if you’re not the patient sort.
A much cooler idea than the refrigerator gallery, or my office shelf.
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A big “Thank you” to all of you who gave us some great gift ideas. Paige Johnson is the winner of the Anne Hitchins giveaway. For anyone interested in ordering anything from Anne Hitchins, feel free to contact Meagan Nafyfa, a sales rep for this fab custom line. Meagan is available to meet with anyone in person, by phone or over email at any time. Contact Meagan at 817 821 8828 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It’s all about the “F” words on the Fourth of July: Friends, Family, Fun, Fireworks and of course, FOOD. Here are some of fun, festive foods that are getting us in the Fourth of July spirit (Are you totally goofed out yet? Have we gone overboard on the “F” words?). Check out this first pic. Imagine something healthy that people would actually eat (so much more fun than a spread of veggies).
BetterHomesandGardens.com for all the details.
Need a little refreshment? Take a look at this Sparkling Strawberry Mint Lemonade. For the full post go to: Eat-yourself-skinny.com Or Here are your ingredients:
How cute is this watermelon popsicle idea. Love it!
We want to wish a happy happy Fourth to all our Go to Girls readers. Hope your day is filled with all the “F’s”!
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