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Our New Home: Living Room Couch (and Lots of Pillows!)

Teal blue and gold living room

Living room in black, white, coral, and gold
Yep, I’m STILL working on our living room!  Here are a few more pictures to show you what I accomplished today.  Stick around because I think the entire room (instead of this one corner) will be ready to show the world by next week.

The other posts on this room are here and here.

I found a lamp that I loved (at Home Goods):

Blue chinoiserie lamp
I originally thought I might paint it white, but then I realized that adding another color into the mix would be fun.  So now, we’ve got black, white, coral-pink, gold, and teal green!

It’s kind of an eclectic mix, but it all seems to work.  Really, unless you get rid of everything and just start from scratch (and who can afford to do that?!), everyone’s houses are an eclectic mix.  I happen to think that makes them more interesting.

Teal blue and gold living room
The black bench was a Home Goods find, too.  We needed extra seating because we entertain frequently, so it’s half coffee table, half bench seating. [Read More...]

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Blueberry Cobbler Recipe–A Summer Favorite!

Blueberries are in season, and if even if you can't pick your own, they're inexpensive in the stores right now.  My daughter eats them by the pound, so that's good for us! We usually pick our own when we visit family in Michigan in August, but we can't make it up north this summer due to some … [Read More...]


Happy 4th of July

    Happy 4th of July! In honor of the holiday, I am sharing a makeover of our "Beach Martini" as a festive 4th of July cocktail. See the recipe HERE, add some red cookie sprinkles around the glass and you're in the spirit! We wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day … [Read More...]


Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto

  Last week I posted this delicious kale pesto recipe and I  have been enjoying it all week.  I've made mini zucchini pizzas with pesto, tomato sauce, and fresh mozzarella that I served as an appetizer at a girls'-night-in party.  I layered it between grilled eggplant, roasted heirloom … [Read More...]

Summer Favorite Things

Summer Favorites

I wanted to share some summer favorite things today. These are the things I am chatting about poolside these days, so I thought why not share here as well?  Feel free to leave your summer favorites in the comments, I would love to hear them. OK, this first one is kind of funny. Christy has … [Read More...]

Fourth of July front porch with red, white, and blue bunting

My Fourth of July Front Porch

July 4th is right around the corner, and I've had my front porch decorated since Memorial Day! I don't think that makes me a slacker; after all, we had Memorial Day, then Flag Day, and now Independence Day.  I'll take it all down next week and go back to my lime green or pink color scheme {see … [Read More...]

Monogrammed tween girls swim suit

Monogrammed Swim Suit for My Tween Girl

I've been drooling over the cute bandeau-style monogrammed bathing suits I've been seeing this summer ( had one a few weeks ago, although I didn't buy one and probably should have).  My daughter's been drooling over them, too, but she's a girls' size 8 and ladies' sizes don't have a prayer … [Read More...]


Gold & Pink Polkadot Girl’s Room

I have been doing projects here and there in our new house though it feels like forever till any rooms will actually be completely done. My daughter's room is coming along nicely, so I thought today I would show you the progress going on in there. I showed this shot on instagram already, so it may … [Read More...]

Beach Martini--perfect for sipping on the beach or at the pool this summer

It’s 5 o’clock at Magnolia Lane {Beach Martini}

Are you lucky enough to be heading to the beach for a vacation this summer? Even if you are just celebrating summer at home I have a perfect cocktail for you.   Last week Terry was throwing a 'girls' night out' at her house and asked if we could create a cocktail for her to serve. We went … [Read More...]


Simple Summer Slaw

Summer is all about cookouts, fireworks and fun. This simple slaw is perfect for any summer occasion and will please a crowd. Crunchy cabbage (red and green) with a hint of green onion makes for a simple and tasty summer salad. Place a heaping spoonful over some pulled pork or toss in some grilled … [Read More...]

Summer Reading List for 7th-9th grade boys

My Son’s Summer Reading Picks–The Best Books for 7th-9th Grade Boys

I shared my daughter's favorite summer reading books for 5th-6th grade girls here and for 4th-5th grade girls here, but I've never written a similar list for boys.  It's time!  My son loves to read, especially history, but he also enjoys many of the popular series.  I think there's something on this … [Read More...]

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