A Mom’s Car Emergency Kit- no, not that one…

Car Emergency Kit
School is in full swing, and we are settling back into our crazy little routine around here.  You, too?
I’ve found that our lives run a lot more smoothly with a few helpful essentials in the glove compartment of the car.
Here are the top things we cant seem to live without:
Tangle Spray and a Detangler Comb
For all the mornings we load the baby up in the car before he’s even awake.  (Or, his big brothers, for that matter.)
Do you have one of these combs?  Ours looks a little different than this – it’s a blue one from Sally’s – but its like an un-tangling, not-hurting miracle.
Pencils AND Sharpener
Pencils, for when they mysteriously remember a homework assignment on the way to school.
And sharpener, so they have no excuse.
For Mom.
Index Cards
For writing notes to the teacher on the way to school, and…
Paper Clips
So I can clip them to their folders.
Masking Tape and a Sharpie
So I’m always prepared to price things for the resale shop, but that’s another post…
Scotch Tape, Scissors and Rubber Bands
‘Nuf said.
Bank Envelopes
For after -and before- hours.
Note Cards
So I can catch up on thank you‘s and the like in the school pick-up line.
And a Cute Little Bag to Put it All In.  Ours is pink.  Because I picked it out, and not the five men or two male dogs that live at our house.
What about you?  What are the essentials needed to keep your family going while you’re on the run?  Share them with us!
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized,

Mediterranean Hues

Cobalt and White
Surround yourself in rich, beautiful cobalt blue.
Cobalt is everywhere right now – isn’t it pretty?   With a bit more purple than basic royal blue, it is fresh, exciting and timeless.
The vibrant, ultramarine  color reminds me of my grandparents coming home from long trips, loaded down with Greek fisherman’s hats, and postcards of blue-roofed, white buildings lining the most amazing blue waters I had ever seen.
Today, I’m giving you a little inspiration for adding some of that Mediterranean color to your home.
First, classic cobalt and white.  This dual-toned color scheme has stood on it’s own for centuries, and for good reason.  Clean and beautiful, it can move from Blue Willow traditional to ultra modern without skipping a beat.  Above, dark wood chair legs, aged bronze nailhead trim, and soft gold are all that’s needed to warm up a blue and white living space.  Click on image for sources.
Of course, you don’t have to stop with just blue and white.  Below, three on-trend  color schemes for cobalt inspired by the Greek Isles, with ideas for introducing them into your space.mediteranean hues
Left to right:
Santorini: Cobalt and Turquoise  Fresh and relaxing, this is a mix of the deep ultramarine, sea glass and turquoise shades Santorini is famous for.  A white background  keeps this mix of items light and beachy.
Rug, zincdoor; candle, OKAdirect;  side table, habitat.co
Mykonos:  Cobalt and Poppy  Blue gets paired with it’s complement, here, inspired by the rust-colored roofs of the little white churches on Mykonos.  Mix in a few varying shades of red-orange, from poppy to peach, to soften the effect.
Patmos:  Cobalt and Fuchsia  As kids, my parents called us back home by ringing a loud bell from the Island of Patmos.  I remember how impressed I was when Grandmother told me she had bought it on the island where John wrote the Book of Revelation.
Here, I’ve mixed cobalt with deep pink in a nod to the lush flowers that tumble over the white walls on the island.
Fabric, Lilly Pulitzer; pillow, zincdoor, Linea Pink square vase, House of Frasier.
I am planning to mix a little cobalt into my breakfast room;  have you used cobalt in your home?  How did it turn out?  I’d love to see it!
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!