Summer

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 …

Recently Pinning: Summery + Fruity

Recently Pinning: Summery + Fruity

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Fresh, fun and fruity colors are clearly my summer obsession at the moment. If it’s bright and punchy, I want to soak up every little bit. I’m working on a project currently where I’m working as many saturated fruit-inspired hues in as I can and I have to say, there’s nothing quite like bright summer colors to make you smile! From decor to food to cocktails, I’m all about the happy. For more summer ideas and loads more I’m seeing …

Summer Essentials: A Lobster Boil

Summer Essentials: A Lobster Boil

Following yesterday’s ode to the classic summer lobster boil, it only seemed fitting that we talk about hosting our own seafood boil or clam bake before the season is over! While it may seem a daunting exercise in hosting, it’s really not all that tricky. You just need to load up on seafood, set some big pots to steaming, boil up a huge pot of salt potatoes, melt lots of butter and asks friends to show up with a salad …

Loving A Lobster Boil

Loving A Lobster Boil

Lobster boils, clam bakes, seafood boils – I’m obsessed! (I’ve mentioned this before, I know I know.) Lately though, I’m really hurting for a classic Maine lobster boil. I want the bib, the salt potatoes dripping in butter, the blueberry cobbler to finish it all off. I will tell you that lobster is my favorite food in the entire world other than ice cream. Give me the two of them together in one meal? Holy cannoli. That’s my kind of …

Pretty Little Things That I Love vol. 40

Pretty Little Things That I Love vol. 40

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Knock on wood, it seems we’re finally going to get a reprieve from the unusually persistant rainy weather we’ve had lately. I can’t wait to soak up all the sunshine! Which, of course, has me loving any number of bright and summery things. From neon keychains to the perfect shade of nail polish (Essie’s The More the Merrier), I’m wanting to deck out everything in sight with a blast of cheerful color. Heck, I even want this ridiculously fun soccer …

Summer Essentials: A Camping Trip

Summer Essentials: A Camping Trip

I make no secret of the fact that by the time summer comes along I have about zero interest in being kept inside. Once the sun is shining and the days grow long, I’m all about getting outside and enjoying every minute. Give me sunscreen and bug spray and send me out into the woods or to linger along the lake, and I’m about as happy a camper as any you’ll ever find. With at least one, hopefully two, summer …

Recipe Favorites: Frozen Pops + Treats

Recipe Favorites: Frozen Pops + Treats

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Summer is about to make it’s official arrival in just a couple of days and I reckon that makes it as good a time as any to talk about frozen treats aplenty! I’ve been wanting to experiment with homemade popsicle recipes for a while now so my eye has been on picking up a few popsicle molds and getting busy in the kitchen. Homemade frozen pops are amazing because they’re fresh and delicious and often can be quite a bit …

Summer Essentials: A Backyard Dinner Party

Summer Essentials: A Backyard Dinner Party

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Last week we talked about summer essentials for a day at the beach, and today we’re talking about backyard summer parties! I find summer entertaining so joyful and, frankly, so easy. It doesn’t take much more than food on the grill, frosty drinks and a few well-placed candles to make a crowd happy. But if you felt so inclined to throw in a few pretty little extras? I assure you nobody would complain about that, either. By now you already …

Joyful

Joyful

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It’s Monday morning and the start of a fresh new week, one for which I am so very excited! This Friday marks the 3rd annual Ryan Converse Memorial Golf Tournament (you can see highlights from the first tournament in 2011 here) and with the tournament comes a whole lot of joy. In 2010 our family said a very painful and unexpected goodbye to my 21 year old cousin Ryan, the result of head injuries following a tragic accident. To say …