The summer season sure seems to be well suited for hosting all sorts of dinner gatherings and parties outdoors… but is it always ideal?  Meh, not so much.   While blogs and magazines are pumping out perfectly beautiful seasonal entertaining and outdoor table setting ideas (all out in the pristine wilds of nature or grand backyards), I’m over here puffing on Albuterol wanting to burn nature to the ground. It’s all because of the Cottonwood floating heavily through the air picking up pollen that sends the allergies into overdrive. On top of nature doing it’s thing, the backyard has been… View Post

​Happy July 4th! Today I have a treat for you, my friend Naomi Shaw is sharing few of her favorite outdoor summer activity ideas with ya’ll. I’m so thankful to have her as a guest and am loving her fresh perspective on these classic summer favorites and I know you will too! Summer Activities To Try This Summer As warm and sunny summer days are near at hand, it is time to think of entertaining activities you and your family are going to have. There are so many interesting things to do when the sun is shining and everything around… View Post

And just like that, one day I woke up to find summer was gone and fall arrived. By my birthday, which happens to be today, the leaves are turning and flowers have withered away. No doubt, autumn weather is here to stay while others are still in the throes of heat waves. Dealing with heat is crummy! You have my sympathies. Temps are in the 50’s at night and 60’s during the day and the rainy season has been upon us for a couple of weeks. I’m wearing sweaters again and the heat is back on. For thin-blooded, Lower 48’ers, this… View Post

Shouldn’t summer decorating be quick and easy? It’s said that summer is time for relaxing but for many the reality of the season means a lot of hustle and bustle to plan activities, events, and host summer parties. For some, hosting a summer gathering revolves around entertaining indoors due to extreme heat. This weeks’ featured bloggers are showing how they stylishly decorate and entertain for the summer season. Simple Wildflower Centerpiece Michelle from The Painted Hinge shared a simple tutorial for making a tray for her simple mason jar centerpiece. Wildflowers are full of country charm. Seeing this leaves me… View Post

Finally, warmer weather is here and I’m able to get some outdoor areas freshened up. Outdoor living areas are a wonderful way to soak up the sun and linger into the evening. Our bloggers brought some fantastic inspiration from their own homes and shared ideas for summer porch decor. A Texan Summer Patio Lisa from the Purple Hydrangea shared her covered patio all decked out for summer with a mix-and-match furniture, bright pops of color, and a handmade sitting bench. The headboard turned bench is quite striking against all the beautiful brick. Charming Handmade Herb Shelf Patti from Old Things… View Post