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The $8 Pom Pom Picnic Basket DIY

Happy 4th of July Eve!  What are your plans for the week, friends? Is Tuesday just about the strangest day of the week ever for a holiday to fall on or is it just me?  I’m curious if people are taking time off or if it’s back to the office after fireworks tomorrow night. Parker is out of school all of this week and while we are driving back from the lake tonight to spend the Fourth in town, we are contemplating a last minute day trip to either Fredricksburg or San Antonio later this week.  (Anyone have a favorite between those …

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What To Read Now || Summer 2017 Reading List

Oh, summer!  I do so adore your laid back vibe, your abundant fresh produce, and for the most part, even your balmy temperatures that beg for time spent poolside or by the lake. While summer also used to include a stack of books that I could hastily make my way through, as more things vie for my time– getting ahead with work in preparation for maternity leave, finalizing a million decisions on our new house, the entire series of The O.C. on Hulu?!– it’s definitely been more of a challenge to find time to read.  I’m …

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Wine Bottle Fabric Wrap DIY

‘Tis the season for backyard play dates, impromptu barbecues and dinner parties that go well into the night.  The best parties allow the carefree, laissez-faire attitude of summer to permeate everything from the menu to the dress code. The only rule? Never show up empty handed.  Do you have a go to hostess gift or party contribution that always bring? In college, for me it was a key lime pie from the frozen section of the grocery store. How random is that?!  Now, though, you can never go wrong with a bottle of wine. You’ll …

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10 Things To Do This Weekend

When did Memorial Day become so far away in the rear view mirror?  It seems like just yesterday we were toasting (with sparkling water) the unofficial start to summer and now we are in the thick of it.  The kids are (mostly) out for school, traffic is lighter on the freeways in the morning, and we are taking off this weekend for a fun adventure on the Llano river– all sure signs that summer is upon us!  Not to be the bearer of bad news, but Labor Day will be here in a mere 87 days, so what do you say we do our best to soak up as much …

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