4th of July Patriotic Mantel

Do you decorate for the 4th of July? I am loving all of the red, white and blue patriotic decor I've seen lately and couldn't resist creating a 4th of July Patriotic Mantel.  I don't normally switch out the decorations on my mantel except for Halloween and Christmas, but I am in love with this festive and patriotic mantel I created for Oriental Trading. I have am so thrilled to be partnering with such an amazing brand like Oriental Trading and I've been having lots of fun creating DIY … [Read more...]

Watermelon Flower Vase

Watermelon is a summer staple at our house, but did you know you can do more than just eat this sweet, juicy fruit?  That's right, I'm going to show you how you can use watermelon as a centerpiece for your backyard BBQs and patriotic parties.  This DIY Watermelon Flower Vase is a super easy project that will make a statement at all of your summer parties. I love creating things that can also serve multiple purposes and that is one of the reason why I love this watermelon flower vase. Not only … [Read more...]

Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

Your summer is about to get a whole lot sweeter with this refreshing Watermelon Lemonade recipe. Nothing beats a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day, but when you add sweet watermelon it's like all your summer dreams come true. Classic lemonade meets sweet and refreshing in this Watermelon Lemonade Recipe. It's the perfect summertime drink, great for backyard BBQs or those hot, lazy summer days. My kids love watermelon and it's pretty much a summer staple at our house. I … [Read more...]

Poppin’ Into Summer Party

We are so ready for summer and can't wait for days filled with trips to the pool, family vacations, movie nights and sleeping in.  To celebrate we are Poppin' Into Summer with a simple and vibrant themed party.I love any excuse to celebrate and it's become a tradition for me to host a party on the last day of school. We've had a Surfin' Into Summer pool party, a Poolside Popsicle Party and this year we had a poptastic Poppin' Into Summer Party.  I decided to keep things simple and stick with a … [Read more...]

Fruit Infused Ice Cubes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone.#FindYourSparkle #CollectiveBias As summer arrives and temperatures start to soar it's no secret you need to reach for water to stay hydrated, but sometimes it can be much harder than you would think. This summer I'm using fruit infused ice cubes and Dasani Sparkling water to escape the chaos, add a little fizzy fun and stay hydrated. I have tried lots of different sparkling water … [Read more...]

Tips for Drinking More Water

How many times have you read or been told to drink more water throughout the day? It's one of those things we all know we are supposed to do, but surprisingly something as simple as drinking water is a task most people struggle with, including myself. I am constantly trying to make sure I get my daily water intake in, but let's face, most days I need a lot of motivation! I have partnered with Brita® to share an easy DIY project and my tips for drinking more water. Our bodies are made up of … [Read more...]

DIY Citrus Wreath Centerpiece

I am thrilled to share my most recent partnership with FloraCraft® Make It: Fun®. I am excited to join the FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® team as a brand ambassador and looking forward to sharing creative DIY projects with you each month.  For our first challenge we were asked to create something with the round wreaths. This Citrus Wreath Centerpiece just screams summer with its fresh, vibrant colors. I have to admit when we were first given the challenge to use the wreaths I panicked a little … [Read more...]

How to Plan an Outdoor Movie Night

Now playing on a lawn near you, a fun summer flick under the stars.  This summer kick-off the season with an outdoor movie night.  As the heat from the long summer days subsides and the evenings cool off it's the perfect time to entertain guest.  We've partnered with Enbrighten Cafe Lights by Jasco to show you how easy it is to plan an outdoor movie night. Our family loves going to the movies, but it can get expensive when you have to buy high priced movie tickets and overpriced snacks for a … [Read more...]

Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic

Picnics are one of my favorite things about summertime. It doesn't matter if it's the spur-of-the-moment sandwiches on the lawn, or the meticulously-planned feasts that you pack and take with you to an event. Seriously, what’s not to love about sitting out in nature, enjoying great company and a plate full of delicious food?  Today I am hanging out with my friends from World Market sharing my Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic. With summer quickly approaching it's the perfect time to plan a … [Read more...]

Cucumber and Onion Salad + Giveaway

It's that time of year again for backyard BBQs, pool parties, trips to the beach and dining al fresco. Outdoor entertaining is the best, it doesn't demand anything elaborate, just simple food and good company.  This Cucumber and Onion Salad will quickly become one of your go-to recipes this summer, it's light, refreshing and incredibly simple to make. As the weather turns warmer I can't think of anything better than moving the party outdoors. Which is why I am so excited to share my friend … [Read more...]