Friday, June 18, 2021

Friday favorites

 Happy Friday!

This has been such a fun and busy week for us. 

Our son graduated High School on Wednesday! Go Cody!!!

I hosted a surprise going away party for my sister in law and her daughter who are moving to Hawaii at the end of the month.

My moms birthday is Tuesday and there is just lots happening.

Chris and Cody are getting ready to take a senior trip tomorrow, phew, busy, busy.

However, I didn't forget about Friday favorites!

Here are some fun things I found this week while on the web.

Bought this yummy body wash. Check out this website because they donate back with every purchase.

Love this color lip gloss for summer.

Isn't this rattan tumbler and carafe set so great?

Also loving this black goatskin pouf. It comes in 5 different colors.

Love this RH inspired nightstand.

This lamp is gorgeous! Considering it as an alternative in our dining room for the one I have now.

Such a pretty neutral piece of art.

Loving these linen ticking stripe pillow cases.

Love this woven tray. It would add so much texture to a neutral space.

This looks like the comfiest leather chair.

This styling spray not only works good but it smells sooooo good!

I have wanted these massive links for so long now.

These placemats have a great beachy feel, perfect to carry you through the summer months.

No matter what time of year, a cozy blanket is always a good idea.

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

the best strawberry recipes for summer

 Is there anything better than a juicy ripe strawberry in the summer?

Growing up I have fond memories of my mom driving my two sisters and me to u-pick strawberry fields. 

We'd go home with red stained fingers and sun pinched cheeks. 

To this day, whenever I eat strawberries or bake with them, I think of those fun childhood days.

Today I am sharing with you a yummy breakfast granola tart recipe and more of the best strawberry recipes for summer from my friends at the bottom of this post. 

Be sure to read all the way through so you can get to all the deliciousness!

You will start with making a homemade granola crust for your tart.

It sounds hard, but it is really simple.

The recipe is below.

Once your granola crust is baked and cooled you'll add your choice of yogurt to the center.

I chose honey Greek yogurt which is delicious with berries!

Slice up some juicy strawberries, add in other berries if you'd like too!

Bananas are even good.

And just for looks you can add some mint leaves for presentation.

So simple and so delicious!

You can serve it right from here, or put them in individual little mason jars with lids and store them in your fridge for a grab and go breakfast. 

You can also make this dairy free by using dairy free yogurt if you have any allergies. I made mine gluten free as well with gluten free oats, but regular is just fine too!

Breakfast Granola Tart

Breakfast Granola Tart

Author: Melaine Thompson


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats 
  • 1 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Mix rolled oats with the almonds, vanilla, coconut oil, and maple syrup.
  3. Press into a pan {and up the sides} that has been coated with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. Add at least 2 cups of the yogurt of your choice, smoothing out evenly.
  7. Top with chopped fruits and garnish with mint leaves.
Created using The Recipes Generator

To see the best strawberry recipes for summer, click on the links below!
And be sure to pin any of these images.

13 Summer Strawberry Recipes

Fresh Strawberry Pie // Happy Happy Nester

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes // Inspiration For Moms

Strawberry Tart // Paint Me Pink

Muddled Strawberry Basil Cocktail // Modern Glam

Strawberry Cocktail // Craftberry Bush

Refreshing Strawberry Cocktail // Maison De Cinq

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches // My 100 Year Old Home

Strawberry Basil Ice Cream // Most Lovely Things

Keto Strawberry Shortcake In A Jar // The Happy Housie

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Quinoa // Satori Design For Living

Glazed Strawberry Sweet Bread // Sincerely, Marie Designs

Breakfast Granola Tart // My Sweet Savannah 

Easy Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad // Twelve on Main

xoxo, Melaine 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

fun summer DIY projects and crafts

 I am joining a group of friends today to share with you some fun summer crafts and projects that you can easily tackle this year!

I love a fun summer DIY project and craft and so today is extra fun for me because I get to try everyones ideas too!

I know you all love free printables so I decided to make you one for summer! Specifically the 4th Of July.

I had promised some neutral patriotic decor ideas, and this is the first!

To grab your printable, click here and download. 

I printed mine at Fed Ex/Kinkos onto a heavy weight paper.

Then I took it to Hobby Lobby and bought a 11x17 frame and had a black mat cut. I love the oversized look so I cropped it tight.

Once I was back home I put it all together and into place in our dining room!

Do you notice anything new? I am in love with these muted red pillows! I am going to use them for the Fourth Of July decorating, AND at Christmas! 

Alright so here she is propped up next to my new canvas.

What do you think?

Will you be printing one too?

This week I'm joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Summer Seasonal Simplicity Series: DIY/Craft Project Hop. Be sure to check out all of the creative summer DIY ideas by visiting the links under the images below.

DIY Crate Succulent Planter at The Happy Housie

Poppy and Fern Front Door Planters at Inspiration for Moms

DIY Beaded Garland at She Gave it a Go

DIY Tic Tac Toe Board Game at Modern Glam

Summer Decoupage Concrete Coasters at Tatertots and Jello

Popsicle Stick Picnic Tables at Clean & Scentsible

Summer Basket Wreath from a $3 Thrift Store Find at Confessions of a Serial DIYer

DIY Custom Hoodies for Summer Fun at Rambling Renovators

DIY Pedestal Bowl at Paint Me Pink

Dollar Store Hacks at Hallstrom Home

DIY Velvet Mushroom Cap at Life is a Party

Free 4th of July Printable at My Sweet Savannah

DIY No Sew Outdoor Tablecloth or Picnic Blanket at A Pretty Life

DIY Egg Shell Art at Dans le Lakehouse

xoxo, Melaine 

Monday, June 14, 2021

lately loving

Lately loving these items for my closet-

 I started tennis lessons a couple weeks ago with Savannah and some neighbors and have been looking for a good {and cute} outfit to wear. I stumbled across this one and love it!

In the summer I live in cutoff jeans. I think I have 20 pairs, but these are my favorite.

LOVE these fun bow strap heels, and they come in 2 colors.

The shape of these earrings are so cute.

The perfect tote bag to carry around all summer.

I love a good comfy sweatshirt, and this one reminds me of the good old 90's.

Looking for a dress to wear to a special occasion? My neighbor had this on the other night and it was so cute and flattering!

Is there anything better than a vintage t shirt? My go to outfit in the summer is a vintage t, flip flops, and cutoff jean shorts.

Added this to my swimsuit collection.

Protect your skin with this cute Panama hat.

Lately loving these items for the home-

I've always loved the way teak furniture weathers outdoors. This table is so pretty.

I have a spot that 2 of these would make a great little conversation area.

I like having extra blankets handy to grab for guests when dining outdoors. In the chilly evenings, these can be very welcome. Drape one on the back of each dining chair so each guest has their own.

Love the versatility of this great lamp.

The color on these pillows is gorgeous.

I'm going to get one of these for my husband. BUT, have you ever seen how cute they are just propped in a room? So cute!

Still loving our bed after having it for over a year. Just saw that it is now available at Target.

Also, still thoroughly enjoying our fire pit table.

This outdoor umbrella is so beautiful and will be sure to keep you cool this summer.

I hope you found some cute things!

I would love to hear what you are loving lately. Leave me some of your fun finds in the comment section.

xoxo, Melaine 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday favorites

 Happy Friday friends!

Welcome to another week of Friday favorites.

I have been shopping a lot online this week for clients so I feel like I have a ton of good stuff to share with you all!

Let's get this started.

This dresser looks like it's from RH but it's a lot cheaper!

This is the perfect foot of the bed bench and it comes in 10 colors.

Bring some texture into your home with this great basket.

I've got my name on the list for when these beauties come back in stock.

We are in need of new silverware and thinking these will be them!

Love this carry on bag!

The size of this European charcuterie board is amazing.

I've always wanted this chair.

I've bought these leather stools for 2 clients in the last week. One in black, and one in grey.

Thinking of this for our living room.

Loving this coffee table.

This might be a fun DIY art project.

Now this is a cool product!  And so are these.

Love these knobs.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo, Melaine 

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