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Sunset over lake in Maine

It’s that time of year. We’re packing up way too many belongings, cramming them in our suddenly too small SUV and heading out on vacation. My daughter has been asking for weeks when we were leaving, painstakingly counting the days.  We make it a priority to take a family vacation each summer, … [Read more...]

Tank Sprayer For After-Beach Clean Up: A Must-Have for Summer!

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How great is this idea?  I can say that because it came from a friend.  It's seriously genius, though! If you live near the beach, like we do here in Savannah, then consider this part of the essential list of things you own for your trips to the shore.  Right along with your chairs, umbrella, … [Read more...]

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe–A Summer Favorite!

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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...]

Summer Favorites

Summer Favorite Things

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...]

My Daughter’s Summer Reading Picks –The Best Books for Fifth and Sixth Grade Girls

Summer reading list--books for 5th and 6th grade girls

I wrote one of these posts last year (see my daughter's reading picks for fourth and fifth grade girls here) and it's been a consistently popular post, so I figured I would post another list this summer.  My son's list for eighth and ninth grade boys will be coming up early next week (click here to … [Read more...]

5 Easy Summer Recipes

New Easy Summer Recipes

It's that time of year--I am always on the look out for easy, fresh, no-cook recipes. Today we thought we would recap a few of our summer favorites just in time for days at the pool and evenings on the patio. Here are some of our all-time summer favorites below... Cilantro Chicken Salad The … [Read more...]

Refreshing Strawberry Basil Fruit Water

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  Yesterday was my birthday and I received the best gift ever!! My hubby got me a Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender,  and I cannot wait to begin sharing some amazing smoothies, sauces, and sides with you all. One thing that I love to make over the summer is Agua Fresca, also … [Read more...]

Porch Makeover

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I am so pleased to be able to finally be able show off our newly decorated screened porch today. If you've been following along, you may remember I mentioned I had plans for the porch space in the post about our new home last spring. I admit its taken awhile to get it pulled together, but I … [Read more...]

Summer’s Bounty~Fresh Basil Pesto

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One of my favorite things to make as soon as fresh basil appears at the Farmer's Market is fresh basil pesto. If you have ever tasted pesto sauce that has been freshly made, you know there is no comparison to the packaged or even readily-available jarred pesto. Don't be afraid to try this, this is … [Read more...]

My Daughter’s Summer Reading Picks–the Best Books for Fourth and Fifth Grade Girls

Summer reading list for 4th and 5th grade girls

Here in Tennessee, the kids have been done with school for over a month.  I know some of y'all are just finishing up for the year, but don't be a hater--remember, we'll be back to school in early to mid-August, and you won't have to worry about it until after Labor Day! In the interest of … [Read more...]

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