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Magnificent Monday... Magnificent My Day!

The weekend is over. Monday is here. Celebrate. Make it your day. It's My Day! Cheers to new dreams, hopes, opportunities and chances. Cheers to trying something new. Cheers to new beginnings!

peonies.

Go pick some pretty!
Place them on your desk, in your home, by your entryway... by your bed...



Start a new project to beautify your home!


Balloons always make me happy!


Nothing makes me happier than my Jacks in summertime!
The weather is glorious and it's a Jack Rogers kind of a day here in Connecticut!
Have you seen all their new colors and styles
Check these out, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Navajo!
20% of each pair purchased goes back to the hospital.
For more information on these and others please visit the Jack Rogers website.



Before you slide into your Jacks don't forget to take care of those winter tootsies! Indulge in a pedicure or if you simply haven't the time Essie's Ole Caliente will add a little spring to your step!



minted iced tea

I've become an iced tea-aholic!
I  love to make sun teas with the kids in the summer time. Arnold Palmers, half iced tea, half lemonade is a favorite in our household. I recently stumbled across this minted iced tea recipe from Better Homes and Gardens... it reminds me of the iced tea I covet at Bailey's Beach in Newport.

  • 7 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 tea bags orange pekoe tea
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

    In a large saucepan combine the 7 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and let simmer, uncovered for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add tea bags, 8 sprigs of mint. Cover and let stand for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and mint sprigs, discard.

    Transfer the tea to a heatproof 1.5 to 2 gallon bowl or container. Add 8 cups of cold water, orange juice and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, and up to 2 days. Serve over ice and garnish with additional mint.

    Makes 16 to 18 8 ounce servings.
    Recipe can be halved.

    Calories 110


I've blogged about my love of home made salt scrubs... so easy to make... so inexpensive... 

Citrus Salt Scrub

This basic recipe is my favorite.

1 cup sea salt
1/4 cup grape seed oil
(This is my oil of choice. Olive oil is too strong a sent for me.)
The juice and zest of 1 lemon
(or lime, orange or grapefruit = to about 1-2 tbs of liquid)


I always feel a little pale and pasty this time of year. I'm a huge fan of self tanners.
(Just be sure to wash your hands well!)

The Best Self-Tanners

THE BEST NEW SELF TANNERS- TO GIVE YOU THAT FRESH FROM VACATION LOOK FOR SPRING 2012

the Clarins self tanner is a favorite
but I find the very affordable Jergen's version to be excellent!


Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer. Smells better than most self-tanners, and is easy to apply.
and for a fresh sun kissed look, I am never without my Guerlain Terra Cotta bronzer. I have been using the same one since college. This is worth the splurge girls. It will last you years!





So today's Magnificent Monday... Magnificent My Day is all about pampering!

And let's not forget to toast today!

Champagne
image via Pinterest

Cheers to you!
Cheers to me!
Cheers to our Magnificent Mondays!

Jessica

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