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3 Great Summer Reads

22 Jun

It’s officially summer!  Time to hit the beach or pool and fit in some great books while relaxing.  I am in a book club and get the chance to read books I might not otherwise have picked on my own. And being busy with 3 active kids, I look forward to the times I can read which I consider “me” time.  I wanted to share three of my favorite books from the last few months that are great summer reads.

GirlontheTrain

Everywhere I go, people are talking about The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  This is really the perfect summer book.

AlltheLightWeCannotSee

I just finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This was a very well written book that really draws you in.  It’s one of those books that will stay with you for a long time.

Orphan Train

I read Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline over Spring Break.  This was such a great story and another perfect pick for summer.

What books have you read lately that would be perfect picks for summer reading?  I would love if you would add your favorites in the comments below so I can find some new reads for summer! And if you do read any of my picks, tell me what you think of them!

Happy reading!

Cheers,

Jennifer

 

Book images from Amazon.com

 

 

3 Fabulous Summer Salads You Need to Try

11 Jun

Warm weather is finally here.  With it comes an opportunity to lighten up with our food (and mood!).  I love making salads for dinner and parties.  I happen to grow a few varieties of lettuce and spinach in my garden, so any opportunity to use them in a salad is a bonus.  Here are 3 summer salad recipes I can’t wait to try this summer.

southwesternsalad2

I found this Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing on Pinterest.  I think this would be the perfect salad for a warm night with a glass of white wine.  Or the perfect salad to make for a backyard BBQ.   The recipe is in the link.

SrirachaLimeChickenChoppedSalad2

This salad is a meal in itself!  For those who like to kick up the heat, this Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad looks delicious.  So many flavors in one bowl.  Recipe in link.

portillos-chopped-salad-plate

Now this salad happens to be a staple in my home.  My friend Michele has made this for years and it’s a knock-off from a popular restaurant in Chicago called Portillo’s.  I make this salad all the time for parties and people ask me over and over to make it again (and for the recipe, too!).  Portillo’s Chopped Salad makes a fantastic side dish at a party … or you can add some diced chicken to make it a meal on it’s own.  Recipe in link.

What salads do you make that just scream summer?  Or do you have a favorite recipe that you’re known for?   Share with us in the comments below.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 Photo credits:  thegardengrazer.com, lexiscleankitchen.com, the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

 

Behind the Scenes: Experienced Production Team Works Hard

8 Jun

Today we thought it would be fun to peek into just one day at one of our factories to see what some of our many fabulous production professionals do to support the many thousands of stationery and note pad orders that go through their plant each month.  With decades of experience, their individual care to each order produced is notable.

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Our experienced specialists carefully review every order from start to finish.

Every day our typesetting specialists look forward to entering Stationery Studio orders. Geraldine, who has been with our company for 32 years, enters each order into our system and previews it to ensure the typesetting is exactly what our customers are looking for. Items are checked for spelling, ink color and layout to be sure that the quality of the product will be excellent before it enters production. Geraldine’s passion for each customer order shines thru daily as she processes these orders and prepares them for the production team. Her goal is to have all overnight orders released to production before noon so they can be printed and ready to ship on a timely basis to customers.

may-lisaLisa, a 29 year press employee, will pull the typeset file to her digital press to be printed. She checks for the correct paper stock and ink color. Then one sheet will be printed to  check placement on the paper and to verify that the overall look of the product is what the customer is looking for, a high quality personalized stationery item. Upon her approval she will release the order to be produced. The product is then moved to the next step of the process which could be cutting the paper down to a specific finished size  or adhering glue to the end to creating notepads.

may-kathyOnce the personalized items are produced, they go to the packaging department. The packaging area will give the order a final approval on the job. Once the order is assembled and ready, Kathy, with 30 years of experience will take the stationery or other items and carefully wrap in tissue and place it into a gift box or packaging appropriate to the product preparing it for final shipment.

The entire process is completed when our orders are shipped and have been picked up by shipping services. There is such passion to ensure that we are sending our customers the best product with the greatest value.  We are proud of the job we do each and every day.

Best wishes,

Renee