Babka 13 Ways

Have you ever tried babka? There are a few versions, but the one I most often see and prefer is the Jewish variety. This babka is made from a doubled and twisted length of yeast dough and is typically baked in a high loaf pan. The dough usually contains cinnamon and/or chocolate and is topped with streusel. All good things.

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11 Apps You Need In Your Life

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ROW 1

ABCine // An education tool for children that encourages playful exploring of the alphabet while expanding their vocabulary.

30/30 // You set up a list of tasks, and a length of time for each of them. When you start the timer, it will tell you when to move on to the next task.

Vayable // Discover and book unique experiences offered by local insiders.

ROW 2

Bug // Turns color into music with a touch.

Intellibins // Find the nearest public recycling location.

ROW 3

Nekoze // Uses iSight to monitor and help you improve your posture.

OneShot // Highlight screenshots of text and share them to Twitter.

The Hunt // Utilize the community to help track down hard to find fashion.

ROW 4

Tixxii // Receive instant email alerts when your vehicle is going to be ticketed, towed, has been involved in an accident, and more.

unSend It // Unsend or edit any SMS text or email after you send it.

TurboScan // Turns your iPhone into a multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and other text.

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Time to Pack Your Modern Backpack

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ROW 1: Baggu Backpack in Canvas // Square Backpack in Mustard // Minimal Nude Backpack
ROW 2: Yami Backpack // The Whitepepper Graphic Print Canvas Backpack // Wherever You Wander Backpack in Pink
ROW 3: JanSport Heritage Jayhawk Backpack // Hershel Supply Co. Heritage Mid-Volume Backpack
ROW 4: The Twill Snap Backpack // BURTON Tinder Pack // AEO Colorblock Backpack
ROW 5: Cognac Leather Canvas Caravan Backpack // The Transport Rucksack // The Kane Backpack in Pink and Mint

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Chambray

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Rachel Craven Textiles

Chambray a trend that I flirted with in the 90s in the form of a Canadian tuxedo – sleeveless button-up and cuffed jean shorts (I know you know.) – then never thought twice about again. Now with 90s influences showing up everywhere I turn it’s back on my radar. Last fall I purchased a greyish-blue button-down that I love, but now I’m toying with the idea of summer pieces. The material is just about as perfect as can be for high temps, light and breathable and dare I say it effortlessly chic.

 

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Loft // Gap // Holding Horses

 

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Gap // Merona // Dream Monstar

 

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Sole Society // Whistles // Brooks Brothers

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Burgers 10 Ways

Burgers.

Burgers, burgers, burgers.

My summer seems to be almost revolving around them. Cookouts at my mom and stepdad’s, hanging out with my dad and his girlfriend, and of course plenty of porch time with friends and paper plates balanced on laps. Now if I could only get in gear and have my propane tank refilled I could try these ten recipes that I’ve got bookmarked!

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Back to the Grind

A new notebook is my equivalent of a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils, in other words a sure sign of August and the promise of fall. A well-designed place to take notes, dream big, and layout plans only serves to spur my creativity further – how about you?

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ROW 1: Soft Cover White Embossed 3-Pack // Oil Pastel Notepad // Color Pop Medium Notebook
ROW 2: Refillable Brown Leather Notebook // Font Family Notebook
ROW 3: A5 Luxe Notebook // Mini City Notebook Set // Canvas White Monogram Notebook

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Granitas 10 Ways

Every summer get together (and Monday) deserves a sweet ending. But who wants something rich and heavy when warm weather eating is about all things fresh and light? Enter the granita, a fancy slush if you will. This icy concoction couldn’t be easier to bring to life, and a splash of alcohol makes it very adult friendly. These ten version are on my radar for summer tasting.

 

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Summer Bed Linens

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French-Belgian Linen Shale Sheet Set // Duvet Cover & Pillow Case Set // Grey & White Stripe Sheet

Crisp, clean bed linens and summertime are ubiquitous in my mind. That gorgeous inevitably rumpled look and fabric that only gets softer with use pair so well with warm evenings and deep sleeps. The only things that might make the experience even more perfect is a soft breeze.

 

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Washed Linen Collection // Bluish Grey Linen Pillow Case Set // Linen Blend Duvet Set

 

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Hawkins Simple Linens Pillows // Linen Bedspread // Linen Sheets

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8 Portable Speakers

The most indispensable item when entertaining is a solid portable speaker. I love being able to grab it to take along wherever the action is – dining room, deck, park, you name it. Not so long ago consumers were limited to one or two quality sounds, but these days we have not only our choice of brands but color and design as well.

 

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ROW 1: Beloit 15 // Helsinki // Tube Audio
ROW 2: Zipp Airplay // Nixon Mini Blaster Speaker
ROW 3: Bose Soundlink // Boombot REX // Solar Powered Radio

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