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Weekend Links / / Ant Invasion

Weekend Links / / Ant Invasion Before I go into our ant invasion, let's backtrack to Easter Sunday. Jordan, Phoenix, and myself joined our friends for an Easter lunch at their neighbor's house. It was a lovely meal. We also snuck in some family photos! We went with the understanding Phoenix would be skipping his afternoon nap. I had no idea how Phoenix would handle the day, but he did so great. Being outside, surrounded by nature and friends, gave him the right amount of distraction.

So, yes, back to ants. I noticed a few ants on our side porch on Tuesday, but I didn't think much of it. Well, by Wednesday morning ants were all over our kitchen! ACK! I immediately called pest control and set up an account. In the meantime, I googled natural remedies. I soaked cotton balls in a paste mixture of water, borax, and powdered sugar (I'm sure regular sugar will work too). I placed the cotton balls on paper plates luring the ants while tricking them to go back home. It actually worked quite well! Homeownership, yay!

I'm hoping for a more relaxing weekend -- one without ants!

Onto the links!

Weekend Links / / Ant Invasion

Spring Accessories Under $50 + Gigi Pip Hats | I was unfamiliar with the hat boutique, Gigi Pip, until reading Carly's blog. I'm particularly obsessed with this seagrass sun hat. Now I'm dreaming of a sunny vacation so I have a reason to wear it!

Trader Joe's Meal Ideas for Busy Moms | This is a public Facebook group I recently discovered. As someone who shops at Trader Joe's frequently I often don't know what to do with all of their special sauces and fresh and frozen meal additives. What is your favorite thing to buy at Trader Joe's? They have unsweetened Acai packets now!

Orange Mango Smoothie | My go-to smoothie is simple: almond milk, spinach, and banana. Creamy, sweet, full of greens -- just how I like it. Anvita's orange mango smoothie sounds perfect for a sluggish morning when you need a little sunshine pick-me-up.

Paramore -- Hard Times | I used to watch music videos religiously. Anyone else race home in time for MTV's TRL to begin? I don't pay as much attention to music videos anymore, but Paramore's latest single happens to also be a really fun video. It's poppy and colorful and if you have kids (who like music) they'll like it too.

DIY Zig Zag Coat Rack | Jordan and I don't DIY. The idea of it is appealing but our free-time is limited. We've also never had a garage to store tools and thus haven't invested in many tools outside of hammers and drills. This Zig Zag coat rack looks like something, hopefully, my dad can help us with this summer! I'd love to hang it in Phoenix's room.

Happy (ant free) Weekend, all!

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