Summer

10 Best Summery Strawberry Cocktails

10 Best Summery Strawberry Cocktails

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I make no secret of the fact that I’m pretty much obsessed with all things strawberry. Jam, ice cream, shortcake, scones, cake. And cocktails! Absolutely, definitely strawberry cocktails. Is there anything quite as perfect for summer as cocktails muddled with fresh strawberries or swirled with homemade strawberry syrup? I’m pretty sure that answer is an unequivocal “no.” With strawberry season still producing some of the yummiest berries I’ve seen in a long time, today we’re paying homage to the strawberry …

10 Best Summer DIY Projects

10 Best Summer DIY Projects

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The last couple of weeks I have been seriously loving summer. The weather has been hot, the sun has been blazing, the humidity has been through the roof. Today is no exception! By 8 o’clock this morning it already felt like a blast furnace outside so I’m not-so secretly hoping I can wrap things up in time to sneak off to the lake for a couple hours this afternoon. I have a heavy project load I’m working on at the …

Loving Flamingos

Loving Flamingos

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I’m not typically huge on themed parties, but right now I’m officially making an exception for everything even remotely flamingo themed. Flamingos feel unabashedly fun to me and it being summer and all, I’m pretty sure we all should indulge in some unabashed fun as often as possible. Both of my siblings live in South Florida in the land where sipping cocktails outdoors at tiki bars and decorating your lawn with flamingoes is, I’m pretty sure, the norm. (Ok, actually, …

Loving a Lakeside Summer Vacation

Loving a Lakeside Summer Vacation

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I’m not sure if it’s being sick this week or just a serious need for a vacation, but this week all I can think about is running away to a little lakeside cabin in the woods. The perfect summer vacation in my book consists of long, lazy lakeside days spent swimming from the dock, reading books, making s’mores and cooking dinner over the campfire. Late afternoon walks before dinner, maybe a cat nap or two. The weather this week has …

10 Best Red, White + Blue 4th of July Party Ideas

10 Best Red, White + Blue 4th of July Party Ideas

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Have I ever told you guys how much I love July 4th? It seems pretty ridiculous if I haven’t, because after Christmas it’s absolutely my favorite day of the year. There’s just really nothing like fireworks, ice cream cones and loads of red, white and blue to make this lady happy. Really absurdly happy. With the big day coming up tomorrow, it’s time to talk about 4th of July party ideas! Specifically some of the best red, white and blue …

20 Fresh DIY Ideas to Make Your Backyard Party Shine

20 Fresh DIY Ideas to Make Your Backyard Party Shine

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[DIY + photo by Almost Makes Perfect.]

Knowing that many of us are probably planning or attending backyard parties this weekend, I’ve rounded up 20 fresh DIY ideas perfect for barbecues and patio parties over at Momtastic! From this awesome patterned picnic blanket to pretty candles and backyard games, I’ve got every aspect of your backyard bash covered. Pop over to Momtastic for all the fun and get ready for one awesome holiday weekend!

10 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

10 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

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Who’s excited about the official start to summer later this week? I know I sure am! With the solstice just a few days away, I am finding myself pretty hardcore about making summer plans at the moment. Our big annual family camping trip goes down in late August and we’re already hard at work planning what we’re doing, who’s bringing what and how much fun we’re going to have. Summer! It’s kind of just about the best thing ever. So …

10 Summery Watermelon DIY Ideas

10 Summery Watermelon DIY Ideas

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A few weeks ago we brought home our first watermelon of the season from the market! And, yes, that’s worthy of exclamation point level excitement because I really love watermelon. (So does our lovable old black lab Nina, for the record. She eats it dantily off the rind just like a human. But we’ll save that gushing for another day.) Watermelon to me is just one of those things that just feels like summer. I love watermelon sliced up the …

Celebrating Summer with Project Sunlight

Celebrating Summer with Project Sunlight

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I became an aunt for the first time at seventeen years old. Several years and many nieces and nephews later, I can say without hesitation that I’m crazy about kids. (Oh, for the record by “many”, we have 13 nieces and nephews between B and I, not including his kids!) While I love socializing with friends …

A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart

A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart

I have to admit that I’ve always held picnics up on some sort of nostalgic, romanticized pedestal, pretty much my whole life. One of my favorite picnics to date was adventuring off into the back field behind my friend’s house for a girls-only picnic one summer afternoon following the third grade. Her grandmother had helped us pack up our basket with lemonade, little sandwiches, a gingham blanket and mini heart-shaped brownies and it was one of the best afternoons in …

An End of Summer S’mores Party

An End of Summer S’mores Party

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I discovered new-to-me blog The Merrythought a couple of months ago and since then have been loving literally everything that Caitlin, Manda and Marla share. Which neatly sums up why I’m thrilled to be sharing their recent end of summer s’mores party with you. It’s the perfect celebration of the end of summer, a bittersweet farewell to long sunny days and nights spent crowded around a bonfire. They invited a big band of friends and family to join them for the …

A Summery Ladies Night

A Summery Ladies Night

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Remember last week when we talked about hosting a party for your best ladies? Well, recently I put that inspiration to work! This summer Skinny Cow is challenging me to take on three missions, all with the intention of helping inspire you to unplug, tap into your inner lady and define for yourself the ways you can introduce a little more you …