Summer Weekend Recap No. 3 & 4

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Happy Monday. I hope you all had a great weekend. I didn’t recap last week because I really didn’t have good pics of anything but if you follow me on instagram you may have saw the fireworks video I posted. Other than that July 4th weekend also consisted of grilling out, fireworks twice, going to the lake and an outlet mall. For this weekend, I simply chilled and had cocktails with my cousins on their porch Friday evening. Saturday after errands, I went with a friend to brunch back at Cafe Benelux. Man….my chicken and waffles with the carmelized apples was A plus. So delicious.
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After that we went to this pizzeria spot on the river and sat on their deck and watched boats and had drinks. Nothing better than drinking on a hot Saturday afternoon.
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I also helped my friend with opinions while shopping at some stores after this because he makes too much money to have an apartment styled like a college dorm…

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Milwaukee finally has a West Elm. I need to hit them up soon…

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Later that evening I took my little cousins to the lake to watch an outdoor movie. I admit, I people watched more than anything because there was a festival going on but it was fun for a while….
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Sunday was a funday and I went with my cousin’s to Bastille Days, French and Parisian street festival that is free and has bands, performers,card readers, henna tattoo artists, food and accessory vendors. I go every year so that was fun. I had a tito’s strawberry lemonade while there. Afterward I went back to their house for more drinks and we all just talked for hours. I got home rather late and it was so warm out. The early wee hours had a ton of lightning and thunderstorms which made my day! I live for thunderstorms. Overall another good weekend. We almost knocked down one of my summer bucket list items to take a boat ride but maybe another time.

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What fun things have you done so far this month?


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My summer bucket list…

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It’s summer and in order to live it up I created a bucket list. Not one solely of options I want but things I really think I can actually commit to doing. I would love to do something really fun each day but that may be a bit unrealistic. However here are my summer fun day lists that I want to accomplish. In no particular order.

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-take the girls (niece/cousins) swimming at my condo’s community pool and have cute colorful floaties.

-chill at Bradford beach here in Milwaukee and order from beach bar

-get ice cream from Bradford beach

-walk several oak leaf trails

-go hiking once

-skydive

-go to Racine’s beachfront

-make pizzas from scratch with girls

-make rootbeer floats and burgers for dinner and play cards or board games…

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-fly somewhere (usually I have trips booked by now)

-have a few lobster rolls from various restaurants

-get all of the small DIY projects I already have written down completed before the summer is out

-sooth my feet by getting a reflexology massage and professional pedicure at the same time

-power walk the entire lake drive early one morning (double wammy if I see the sunrise while walking the entire lake drive)

-take Mariah (god-daughter/cousin) to see a couple kids movies

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-I can check this off but I want to see another sunset like this one I captured from the day before…

-I wrote down all of the parks that are having free outdoor movie nights so I can take my niece/little cousins and plan to do that at least 3 times this summer.

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 -make homemade popsicles

-dine al fresco at least once every other week. That may not always work but even if it’s just an ice cream/burger joint, I want to really enjoy some meals outdoors…

-wine and paint (done this last year…so fun)

I know I will continue to add to this but these are some. What are some of yours?

{Images via Two loves studio, funboy, Reiss, Noupe, treasures and travels blog}


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Pool Party Essentials plus Flamingo Pool Float Giveaway

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This weekend the weather was beautiful and we hit our first 80 degree day yesterday. Since Memorial day is in a few weeks I figured I would compose a list of pool party essentials.

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Keep guest entertained by renting a projector and showing a movie at night…

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I think it’s a cute idea to use sand buckets or small baskets as favor bags. For kids you can include water guns, outdoor sidewalk chalk, bubbles, bug repellent, sunscreen etc and for adults you can have mini alcohol bottles, beach towels and sunglasses. Give their favors to them upon arrival so they can use the items at the party…

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The music has to be a good mix of upbeat and party classics so spend time creating a playlist that doesn’t repeat for hours and save your favorite streaming stations…

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I think the perfect pool party should have temperatures in the 90s. The reason I like it hot is because nights at 80 degrees are my absolute favorite. Just ensure you have a fire pit if it drops to the 70s…

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Even if your pool is smaller, a giant float is dramatic and pretty…

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Have pool toys and a number of beach balls littered in the lawn for a festive look…

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I think a fabulous kimono sheer coverup has to be on hand…

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Every outdoor space needs string lights or lanterns..

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Have floaties for your drinks, festive straws and drink stirrers, & dispensers of a siganture drink so you don’t have to play bartender the entire time…

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You can always use children’s pools filled with ice to keep beer, wine cooler bottles, soda and water cold…

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So to kick off pool season Big Mouth Inc is offering one lucky United States resident a flamingo pool float! From rubber duckies to pink flamingos and classic candy and video games, these floats are perfect for the summer! I also love their donut tube float. It just really livens a pool up. All you need to do to enter is tell me below in the comments one thing you have to have for a great pool party experience. Winner will be picked at random next Monday May 11th! For one additional entry, share this post using the share button below 👇and make sure you hashtag #flamingofloatfun so I see it. Thank you & good luck!

{Images via hostess blog, karas party ideas, oh happy day w/ Photos by Tracy Layne Photography & random pinterest finds}


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It’s June!

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I am so excited for the summer months and any sort of travel I do. At the end of the summer I’m going to Arizona and cannot wait…

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June is definitely the kick off for a lot of things like ice cream sundaes…

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Dining outdoors…

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Outdoor weddings and showers…

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Hanging out on someone’s patio…

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Cooling off at the pool…

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Summertime is not over….

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Since the last several weeks in August being straight 70s with nights in the 50s…I was pretty sure we we on our way to an early fall here in Milwaukee. However to my pleasant surprise, the forecast, starting with the weekend, calls for 80s and I can’t be happier. We only had one week in the upper 90s this summer. It’s been very mild and me no likey. But have no fear, more summer days are near! (Corny rhyming….I know).

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More days left for outdoor shindigs…

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More days left for lazy pool days, cold cocktail drinks, fresh fruit at farmer markets…

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More time for carnivals, fair foods, cotton candy and funnel cakes…

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More warm nights for outdoor movies and dining…

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More time for flower market stands and to stop and smell the summer roses. How are the rest of your summer days shaping up?

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Pastel floral tea party decor perfect for a shower, brunch or Easter…

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Being that Easter is in a few weeks, which seems odd for some reason, I decided to do a pastel tea party post since those are the same colors used to decorate for Easter time… Get more bang for your … Continue reading

Color Connection: Summery White Hues…

{I’d Rather be Shopping}

The nerve of mother nature giving us some snow after we had 85 degree weather a week ago. Well, it hasn’t fallen yet but up to 3″ is in the forecast. If you could see my face right now. So I figured I’ll post some summery white hues….not winter white….summer white. Maybe if I speak Spring & Summer into existence our weather will change for the better…

{Made by Girl}

Blogger Made by Girl has a fabulous white decked out living room that was featured in the latest High Gloss Mag Issue. Very simplistic but chic…  

{Trad Home}

{The Lennoxx}

Guess whats behind the closet door….

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Restaurant Indulgences: Park Ave NYC…

Ever see a restaurant that changes it’s interior based on the season? Well, welcome to Park Avenue NY. Captain James Cook’s travels are used as a loose design reference. They looked at the regions he had visited as a way of framing each season. For example, winter as seen above, pays homage to Cook’s adventures in the Antartic Circle. I remember as a kid I used to want to go to Antartica just to say I went. But living in Milwaukee where our winters are artic enough, I decided I’m good. LOL.

The floral blooms and grass in the plants screams SPRING which happens to be my favorite season.

Warm yellow hues brighten up the space like the sunny days of summer…

The bronze hue is picking up on the rustic woods of autumn with fallen dead leaves and bare branches…This is my favorite of the looks.

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