Loving a Lakeside Summer Vacation

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 been warm, humid, dark and stormy. For some reason it has me wanting to hide away in the woods even more. Turns out, it has been over four years since my last real vacation. I never take more than a few days off at a time and I think it’s catching up with me. Maybe this summer flu (or whatever it is) is a part of that? Whatever is going on, this is what my daydreams look like at the moment. Does anyone have any summer vacations plan? Spill the beans!

Loving Summer Vacation | The Sweetest Occasion

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[Photos, from top: Blue Moon Rising | Free People | Pastry Affair | Belathee via Design*Sponge | Oh My Deer | Yossy ArefiThe Why We Love | Rue Magazine | Jack Toohey.]

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Color Palette: Pineapple + Strawberry

Hi friends! I’m still struggling to feel normal today, but I think I am definitely on the mend. (Fingers crossed!) Lots of tea and naps have absolutely been necessary the last couple of days, and now that I’m feeling a bit better today I’m having a hard time not jumping back into things full steam ahead. Sitting still and shifting my priorities to rest and quiet? Yep. That’s almost impossible for me to do. That said, I had this pretty color palette of pineapple and strawberry already in the works so you can consider this your weekly dose of color love. It’s fresh and summery and just plain pretty, don’t you think? Now it’s back to resting for me, but hopefully I’m back to normal tomorrow!

Color Palette: Pineapple and Strawberry

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[Photos, from top: Jennifer Little for You Are My Fave | Laura Ivanova via Style Me Pretty | Orange Photographie via Wedding Sparrow.]

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Eat This: Vegan Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Hi, guys! I hope you had an amazing weekend and that for those of you who celebrated that your 4th of July festivities involved loads of fireworks, sunshine and ice cream. Speaking of ice cream, I’m wretchedly sick today and ice cream is the only thing that sounds good because my throat is killing me. And my head and my body, too. I’m not quite sure yet if I’m just dealing with a sinus infection from hell or some version of the flu, but I started to feel it coming on last evening and by this morning I was laid out flat. So basically, I’m going to curl back up under a huge mound of blankets now and continue binge watching Private Practice on Netflix. And wishing for the ice cream fairy to show up. In the meantime, make yourself some of this vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. It looks like heaven on a cone!

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[Recipe + photo by Minimalist Baker.]

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

10 Best 4th of July Party Ideas

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 hued treats, party favors and beverages to make your patriotic party shine.

Ready to celebrate America in style? Click through for 10 of the best 4th of July party ideas - hip hip hooray!

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Watermelon Slice Jello Shots

Watermelon Slice Jello Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

We’re one day closer to the holiday weekend, friends, and I couldn’t let the end of the week creep up on us without one final fancy shot recipe for you! Today we’re talking watermelon slice Jell-O shots. Made with fresh watermelon juice, they look deceptively like real watermelon slices, which pretty much means they’re going to be a huge hit with all of your friends. To make them you’ll need a small watermelon so you can scoop out the inside, turn it into juice, mix up all the gelatin stuff and pour it back into the rinds. What you’re left with is these really awesome watermelon slice Jell-O shots that are absolutely the cat’s meow.

Watermelon Slice Jello Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

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  • 1 small watermelon
  • 2 packets of unflavored gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cup tequila
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Begin by cutting a small watermelon in half lengthwise. Scoop out the fruit on the inside and transfer it to a food processor or blender. Puree until the juice is nice and smooth, then measure out 2-1/2 cups of juice and transfer it to a saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin and sugar over the top and allow to stand for at least five minutes. Turn the burner on medium-low and slowly heat the mixture for five minutes, stirring occasionally and avoiding boiling. Turn off the heat, mix in tequila and then fill each half of the watermelon with the mixture. For best results, you may want to place the watermelon halves in a baking dish. Chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of a few hours or overnight. When ready, slice each watermelon half in half again and then carefully slice like you would a normal watermelon.

Watermelon Slice Jello Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

Watermelon Slice Jello Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

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[Recipe + photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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