Paint is an easy way to refresh any space but how do you get the right paint color inside your home? I’ve got the answer along with flattering and stylish Target beachwear, a worthwhile charity to support newborns in Ukraine and more.
Happy Easter! It’s Five Faves time with Annie and Cindy!
1. The Stylish Inexpensive Target Beachwear That I Bought
With this move to Florida, I only packed a week’s worth of clothing. Now our shipment has been delayed again for another week.
Sooo, I needed a bathing suit for the beach here ASAP. I picked up this cute, comfortable beachwear at Target.
The black one-piece ($40) covers my “ample” rear and the mesh is a little sexy (I got a medium). The straw hat l ($22 on sale) looks great on and it fits my head…I like the string in case of wind. I bought two of the beach towels ($20). These slides ($17) are so comfortable, I could wear them as slippers. My new beach tote ($32 on sale) is large enough to carry everything I need the few short blocks to the beach.
Note: This tie dyed suit was cute too and a good fit if you want more color.
2. Mercedes’ Technique For Spaghetti With Clams
I’ve shown you Howard’s Spaghetti Vongolé recipe. Mercedes’ is similar except she takes all the clams out of the shells for her guests…so you know they are all cooked.
Plus, how easy to eat (the few shells are just garnish)!
3. Portable Incubators for New Borns In Ukraine
I donated to this worthwhile fundraiser and hope you will consider it. This is a letter from my cousin, Ana, (she was at our brunch recently)…
“Jane Chen is both a dear friend and the co-founder of Embrace Global. My relationship with Jane and Embrace goes back over a decade as I used to work with them in the US and in India when they first launched. The Embrace portable incubator has already saved over 350,000 babies worldwide over the past decade.
Over 1,000 women are giving birth in Ukraine every day. Many of these births are taking place in bomb shelters, where there is no access to life-saving medical equipment. Since the war started, the premature birth rate has more than doubled in major cities across the country.
We are now urgently trying to get these incubators to Ukraine. Embrace already has 200 incubators on their way to UNICEF and is raising funds to ship 3,000 portable incubators to Ukraine, which will be donated to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and other nonprofits working on the ground.
In a GoFundMe campaign, we hope to achieve our stretch goal of $600,000, which will save the lives of thousands of babies. I kindly ask that you contribute to this initiative and that you share it amongst your network.”
You guys are “my network” 🙂
4. Samplize: No more paint color mistakes!
I don’t like to admit this…but I have made a couple of paint color mistakes in the past. So, I ALWAYS test in the room and check during different times of the day. Now Samplize makes it easy to get the right paint color.
I love Benjamin Moore White Dove, and have used it in our last two homes. But this home is shrouded in trees…nice to keep the street cool in summer. But it changes the paint color inside.
With Samplize, “the samples have the same effect as paint on a wall surface because they are produced with genuine manufacturer paint. They provide the kind of accuracy and texture that was only before achieved through purchasing sample paint and doing all the work in-house.”
You peel and stick them to your wall. And they are reusable. Plus, the samples got here over night for $5.
You can move the stick-on samples around the room. They carry Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, PPG and Farrow and Ball.
So hang in here for all the paint colors that we are selecting for the house (like in the dining room above). If you buy samples from Samplize, use this link so I will get credit. Thanks and you won’t be disappointed.
5. Inexpensive Good Sonoma Chard
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