Every home needs to have a connection with the outdoors through the seasons... even if all you have is a small apartment with a tiny patio or balcony. Is your home summer ready? As I prepare my home for summer, one of the first things I love to do is to make my little apartment balcony both an oasis and an extension of my indoor space. No matter how large or small your spaces are, making them ready for summer enjoyment is worth the doing and I'm here to help.   Thank you to Wayfair for sponsoring this post. I loved choosing all these lovely items that make my small outdoor space so … [Read more...]

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was so much fun! So many fabulous recipes for summer were shared this week. Lots of you are finding a perfect way to cool off and wow your family and guests. Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!  16 Cool Summer Treat Recipes   PinkLemonade Cupcake Ice Cream Cones from Atta Girl Says 3-Ingredient Lemon Mousse from The Kitchen is My Playground Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell Recipe from Saving Everyday Rustic Plum Compote for Ice Cream from Oh My Sugar High Pina Colada Popsicles from Better in Bulk No Churn Funfetti Cake Batter Ice … [Read more...]

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was so much fun! There were so many fabulous ideas for summer living shared this week. Lots of you a finding the perfect way to cool off and wow your guests with delicious and refreshing summer drink recipes. Many of us are enjoying the start of summer. But as much as we are relishing the beautiful weather, we are painfully aware that many of you have had too much rain and flooding and cannot wait to see the sun shine again. Our prayers are with you for relief and a speedy clean-up. And now onto the features... Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great … [Read more...]

It's Mother's Day weekend!  For many of you it's a time to honor mom or hopefully be honored.  For others... like me... it's time to purchase and plant annuals.  Container gardening is my favorite kind of gardening... hands down.  I love creating containers.  But, first it starts with lots of greenhouse hopping and planning and scheming to put together the perfect pots and window boxes. If you'd like a little inspiration... here are a few posts that should get your green thumb blooming. How to Plant a Window Box Garden :: Tutorial & Planting Tips Nine Steps :: Create an Extraordinary Container … [Read more...]

For summer gatherings I always enjoy lighter fare.  Foods that are delicious, high in flavor, and refreshing. On the Fourth of July, we were invited to enjoy a meal with some friends. It's always good to hang out with good friends and catch up on all the latest.  When one of those friends is a great cook, it makes that gathering even more special. I love walking into a home where we're expected for dinner and seeing a few beautifully presented appetizers and beverages.  It makes me feel wanted and anticipated.  Some people are so good at that.  Me?  I need to improve in the appetizer department.  But, I … [Read more...]