Friday, July 3, 2020

Friday favorites

Hello and happy almost 4th of July!

This is one of our favorite holidays out here at the lake and unfortunately for us, and everyone else, it will be a bit different this year. 

But that is ok, we are going to make the best of it. Wear our masks, and be diligent. 

What are your plans and how have they changed since Covid? 

We are doing just a family gathering this year rather than friends and family, Trying to keep the numbers down and make it a little bit more low key, also due to the fact that even though it's been 7 weeks since my knee replacement  I am still only about 20% healed according to my Dr,

I will be doing a bit of decorating but not going over the top because I get tired so easily. Then if I really push it, I have to sit down and elevate my knee with ice. I really am counting on 2021 to be the best year ever! 2020 has a lot making up to do!

Here are some fun things I found and may have purchased over the past week. To see the products, simply click on the bold type wording.

We bake a lot in the summer and fall months, and I am always looking fo containers to keep little pieces like sprinkles and cupcake holders and toppers organized This Caddy might do just the trick !

I can't wait to get this book in the mail today. After sharing her home in yesterdays post, I am ready to dive right in and learn some of her decorating techniques, 

I have been really into taking care of my skin lately. Moisturizing it a lot, doing peels and face masks. This product is next up on my list for glowing skin from within. Save 10% off your first order as well.

I have been having fun bringing the soap on the rope back to the shower! Even if you don't use it, it adds a stylish touch hanging form you handle. This one is super chic!

After I apply my makeup, I love spritzing on this to keep my makeup fresh and dewy.

I have been buying quite a few things on Amazon lately including this yummy laundry soap. Laundry soap is one thing I will splurge on because I want my clothes and sheets to smell amazing. 

This one is still my favorite for bedding and towels though. I also like the way the house smells so good white the laundry is going. Just one of those little indulgences I love.

I thought these earrings were super fun.

Oh and this..... I get this treatment when I go to the hair salon, but I now own it at home and I use it around 3 times a week. I have super frizzy hair and it tames it so much that it feels like silk.

I am really into face masks these days. Can we say spa day at home? 

Check out these Hermes inspired towels, oh lala. 

Have a safe and happy weekend friends!

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Molly Sims pacific palisades home

Maybe you have seen Molly Sims pacific palisades home before. 

I just somehow stumbled across it for the first time and was in awe.

I am sure you can see why I like it, with all the neutrals and just hints of color, it is cozy and inviting.

The house is super kid friendly too. 

I love that she doesn't have the typical white kitchen. That dark subway tile covering the entire wall is genius. 

The use of natural elements like this side table are so pretty too. It keeps things from looking too stuffy.

I also love the antique elements that you see sprinkled throughout. 

I love the addition of these pillows to the entry bench. Photo from here.

This pendant light is gorgeous, and look at that view outside!

The kids space is equally as chic. 

I want to run to the thrift store and buy all white books now, lol!

I have to admit, I normally don't like red, but this red which is more of a cranberry is really pretty.

Saving this bedroom picture to my Pinterest boards because I want that ceiling in my master!

Get Molly Sims book, Everyday Chic, right here.

All the photos here are from the amazing designers portfolio which you can see here.  {except where noted} Be sure to check out their other projects, as they are equally stunning.

xoxo, Melaine 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

DIY Fourth of July goodie baskets

These simple berry baskets are the base for these easy DIY Fourth of July goodie baskets. 

Fill the basket with paper shreds.

Then comes the fun part!

Fill them with goodies that are age appropriate for who you are giving them too.

I am making these this year for little kids, so I went to the Dollar Store and loaded up on candy, flag decorations, and anything else that was red, white, or blue!

These Tootsie Pops are fun, and I love this rock candy!

What would the Fourth of July be without Cracker Jacks?

Have fun with it and get creative! It doesn't have to be expensive or extravagant, the recipient will be happy just to know you took the time to make something special just for them.

So you can reference this easily next time, please pin the image below!

xoxo, Melaine 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

sheet pan lemon bars

Fresh citrus in the summer is always such a refreshing treat. Whether it is fresh squeezed orange juice or lemonade, it just seems to hit the spot.

Lemon is one of my favorite things to use in desserts. My lemon pound cake is a favorite by many.  And my moms blueberry lemon bread has been made dozens of times. 

Today I have a great lemon bar recipe that includes frosting {yummy} 

These are made in a sheet pan so they are perfect for large gatherings, picnics, or family events. The crust is buttery and the frosting is creamy. I prefer to use real lemon juice instead of bottled, it just tastes so much better. 

I found the recipe here after searching and testing many other lemon bar recipes, this one is my favorite. 

sheet pan lemon bars


  • crust:
  • 1 cup softened butter (salted)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • middle layer:
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 7 tbsp lemon juice (real lemon bottled juice preferred)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp lemon juice (real lemon bottled juice preferred)
  • optional: lemon zest for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare Half Sheet Pan with baking spray, coating both the bottom and the sides of the pan.
  2. Crust:
  3. Mix all crust ingredients using a standard mixer until combined. Press dough into the bottom of a Half Sheet Pan. Bake for about 20 minutes- crust should not be brown.
  4. Middle Layer:
  5. Combine all middle layer ingredients until thoroughly mixed and pour over the baked crust.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until filling is firm and light tan in color.
  7. Frosting:
  8. Melt butter in a saucepan on the stovetop. Take off heat and let butter cool slightly. Whisk in powdered sugar and lemon juice. Adjust liquid amounts for desired frosting consistency.
  9. Assembly:
  10. Once crust and middle layer are cooled, spread frosting evenly over the top of bars. Cut and serve or freeze for later. Makes about 42-48 lemon bars depending on size of squares.
Created using The Recipes Generator
This week, some of my blogging friends and I are sharing our favourite summer recipe ideas. Just click on the links below the images to be taken to see their full posts.
The BEST. Summer Salad at My 100 Year Old Home
Lobster Rolls at Home at Finding Silver Pennies
Easy Skillet Nachos at She Gave it a Go

Rhubarb Cloud Dessert at A Pretty Life
Summer Apple Rhubarb Galette at Life is Better at Home
Summer Pavlova at Life is a Party
Lemon Rosewater Cookies at This is Simplicite

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp in Mini Skillets at Satori Design for Living
Cherry Pie Ice Cream at Jenna Kate at Home
Berry Crisp on the Grill at Clean & Scentsible
Sheet Pan Lemon Bars at My Sweet Savannah

Be sure to pin this collage for quick reference later!

xoxo, Melaine 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Fourth of July DIY decor & food ideas

Here are some fun and easy ideas that you can do yourself for the holiday weekend!

To create this garland simply sew {or glue on} mini flags to rope or bias tape.

Instead of serving trays, use old red coke or pepsi crates for a festive touch.

Simply plant flags in your flower pots or window boxes! The more the merrier. 

Set a table, indoors or out, with red white and blue. 
Place large white hydrangea blooms, or something similar in a large glass vase, then add a few more flags.

Make this cute holder for your fireworks by following the instructions in this post.

Having a party and need an easy way to let people know where the different fun is? Make some directional signs! Click here to see how. 

If you have extra fabric and or lace laying around, you might want to make this cute flag. Click here for the easy DIY. 

If you have any vase or pot that is blue and white, you can make this cute centerpiece! Fill your container with styrofoam and top it with moss. Then just poke the flags into the styrofoam. 

Create an easy red, white, and blue charcuterie board for your family and or guests. 
The fun thing on this is the star shaped cheese I made using these cookie cutters.

And finally, buy store bought mini cupcakes and place them on a tiered stand  {I love this one} breaking them up with strawberries and blueberries for those that don't have quite the sweet tooth.

I hope this gets you inspired for the holiday and gives you some good ideas on how to decorate and prepare for it!

xoxo, Melaine 

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