Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday favorites

Friday favorites has become one of my most favorite posts to write.

It is kind of a way for me to unload my brain of all the cool and interesting things that caught my eye over the past week, and be able to share them all with you! 

I have some really fun things for you this week, so let's jump right in!

I just bought this pillow in ivory for our couch. You can save 20% with the code SUMMERPREP right now!

The famous Wells chairs at Pottery Barn have a cheaper look alike! Not real leather but what do you think? Pottery Barn on the left, Wayfair on the right. I am actually kinda digging the Wayfair version!

This floor lamp is pretty cool for that modern farmhouse, or modern aesthetic. And it's on sale!

Looking for a cute neutral throw blanket? Look no further! This one is getting purchased by moi!

I found a very cool wagon wheel chandelier similar to the one in our living room. It's 40% off right now!

Want the same sunglasses that Meghan Markle wears? Click here to get the exact ones!

Also at Nordstrom, and part of the sale, this lamp, and do yourself a favor, stock up now and buy this for someone for Christmas! I am!!!

This clock is very chic, a must have for any home or office. 

You know when you get something in the mail and it is even cuter in person than it was on the website? That is the case with this dress. {size it up, runs small}

I bought one of these yesterday to see how I would like it. If I do, I will be buying 4 more while they are on sale!

Don't forget to take advantage of all the Memorial Day sales happening this weekend!

Here are a few of my favorites-

OVERSTOCK- up to 70% off and FREE SHIPPING!

WAYFAIR-clearance up to 70% off!

POTTERY BARN- Buy more and save more with code SAVEMORE!

BOLL & BRANCH- 20% off everything!

HORCHOW- 25% off sitewide!

HUNTER BOOTS- shop the summer sale at Hunter and save 30% on women's, mens, and kids!

WILLIAMS SONOMA- enjoy free shipping!

AMAZON-shop todays deals!

SERENA & LILY- save 20% off everything with code SUMMERPREP!

MACY'S- stock up and save for the season with deals in every department!

Have a wonderful long and relaxing weekend friends!


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

HUGE Wayfair Memorial Day Sale

Wayfair is having a HUGE MEMORIAL DAY SALE and I want to show you some of my pics from the sale, which has started already!


This fun set is almost 70% off!

How cute is this umbrella?

This Greek key ottoman is almost 80% off!

This looks super comfy.

Every porch needs these.


How about some industrial farmhouse shelving?This mirror looks like the one I have in our master bathroom.
This wreath would look great year round.
Another great round mirror option.


This rug is great for its neutral background.

I have always loved this one.

This would be a great runner for a kitchen.

Another one of my favorites here.


This would look great next to a bath tub, or in a main living area next to a chair, or between two!

This is a very versatile coffee table and it comes in gold! 

This one looks high end but has a very inexpensive price tag.

A darling white and gold side table.


This would look great over a kitchen island for a modern farmhouse look.

This schoolhouse pendant is gorgeous!

A swing arm wall lamp that comes in 4 different finishes.

This Sputnik is a great price and looks very similar to the one I have in our master bedroom.

These gourd lamps are very similar to the ones I have in our home.

There are many many other sales happening besides the ones I showed you here. Hop on over to Wayfair to see all the deals. Sale ends in 5 days! There is even a section here that has items reduced to 80% off! That is practically free! 

Happy shopping!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

our garden and a giveaway

Spring is here which means it is time to get the yard and garden beds ready for summer. 

I am not a fan of spending my hot summer days bent over pulling weeds, so now is the time I like to get out and prep things for the months ahead.

I am no master gardener. I buy what I like, in the colors I like, and plant them in no particular order. 
Every spring I head to the nursery and pick up a few more things to plant.

One of my favorite plants is the hydrangea. I have rows and rows of them in blues, purples, and white. 
This winter my friend gave me some pruning tips so I am hoping when they bloom this year, they will be bigger than ever. Here are some photos over the years of my hydrangea beds.

You can see how in the photo above and the photo below, the same hydrangeas are a different color. You can change the color of hydrangeas by the acidity in your soil. You can read more about that in a post I did here.

My husband has always been the one to care for our lawn. I mow it, he edges it and fertilizes it and keeps it looking its best. 

I try and stick to a color palette of whites, blues, and purples. 

We have a lot of boxwood that defines different garden beds or areas. 

Our home is surrounded by mature trees which are so beautiful this time of year!

I also like to plant things that smell good, like this row of lavender that has yet to bloom this year. It gets really big and full and spills over the rock wall by our garage.

Pumpkins and tomatoes are also a few things I have planted in my galvanized tubs. 

To keep our gardens looking good we rely on a few key pieces. We recently just got this Greenworks trimmer and blower combo kit. 

We were so pleased with how quiet our Greenworks lawnmower was, and the ease of it being battery powered, that we have added to our "collection."

What I also like about them is how lightweight they are, so even the kids can get involved in the yard work, without it seeming like work. 

My husband will use the trimmer and I will follow with the blower, and we have our yard cleaned up in no time. Plus it's always funner to garden with someone!

And to celebrate Memorial Day and summer planting, Greenworks Tools is giving away three $300 gift certificates to Lowe’s over on Instagram.
Here are the details on how to enter:
To enter, simply jump over to the Greenworks tools Instagram site and follow them.

Then ‘like’ the giveaway image (similar to the above image) and you’re entered.
Want more chances to win? Simply tag a friend in their Instagram post. Every friend you tag gains you another entry. So like the photo and tag 1o friends, you get 11 entry. Tag 15  friends and you get 16 chances to win! See how that works!?
The contest winners will be picked on 5/24 at 3 pm EST. Tag as many as you want until then. 
Be sure to check out the Greenworks tools at your local Lowes.


Monday, May 20, 2019

the easiest way to set a stunning summer table

Hello there, and thank you for stopping by!

I love setting pretty tables and am always looking for new creative ways. 

I have come up with a fail proof method to a gorgeous table scape that you can use all year round, not just for summer.

It's simple.

It's easy.

Your table will look beautiful, trust me!

Want to know the secret?


It's as simple as one color. That's it. Pick one color and run with it.
And it can be any hue of that color. Say you pick purple. Add lavender, add in deep rich purples, any hue will work as long as you stick to one color.

My color choice? White, and it was inspired by these beautiful white lacy lilacs.


Look in your yard, even your neighbors yard. Look for flowers at your local grocery store. Trader Joe's always has great inexpensive flowers. 

Cut a bunch or buy a bunch. And they don't all have to  be the same kind, just the same color. 


Head to your favorite thrift shop to look for vases, plates, and cloth napkins that are the same color as your flowers. White is easy because there is always white dishes, bowls, etc. at thrift shops. 

You do not need to spend a lot of money to get this look. I often pick up stemware for 69 cents, dishes that are under $1.00 {the dollar store is another source for dishes} 

While you are at the thrift shop look for canning jars to serve ice water in. This creates a great laid back look for easy summer tables. You can also find them here. 


Line your table with your flowers in the color coordinated vases, staggering them a bit for interest. Each vase does not have to be the same. In fact, it's better if they vary in size and height.


It sounds funny saying you are going to accessorize your table now, but basically that is what you are going to do! Add in layers, again, all in that same color. I started with white cloth napkins topped with white dinner plates. 

Next I added in white cake stands to elevate my salad plates. Creating different heights adds interest as well. Cake stands are a great way to do this. They don't just need to hold cake! 

I placed my silverware in another mason jar, a white pitcher for water, and a white salt cellar. 


On an all white table setting like this, the food will really pop. Picture slices of watermelon on a large white platter. Grilled veggie skewers, salad, you name it, it will pop.

You can also create a fun signature drink to go with your meal for your guests with a cocktail that matches your color scheme. 

I chose a summery drink made with coconut rum, half and half, and pineapple juice. Recipe below.

white out summer cocktail

Author: Melaine Thompson
prep time: cook time: total time:


  • 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1.5 ounces malibu rum
  • 2 ounces half and half or whipping cream
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice or more depending on taste


How to cook white out summer cocktail

  1. Dip your glass rims in honey, then immediately into sugar to make the rim sparkle. 
  2. Shake the above ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into martini glass. 
  3. optional* add crushed ice
Created using The Recipes Generator


vases {similar}
table  {similar}

I hope you find this method to setting a table easy and fun!

If you would like other fun ideas for your summer tables, please look at the links below!


Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday favorites

Happy Friday to you!

I hope you all had a fabulous week.

I wanted to show you this necklace. It's simple but stylish. I just love it.

The perfect white sneakers for spring and summer.

Things I have purchased on Amazon this week include this , this, and this.

I am also considering this for fathers day!

These are the bottles in my coffee nook that hold my latte syrups, I love them and get asked about them all the time.

My kids favorite game of all time.

These faux olive trees are amazing and would look great in a kitchen, dining room, or even on a covered porch.

This pillow only looks designer.

In need of a console table? I love the color and style of this one. 

How about some cute accent stools? Cheapest ones I have seen in a long time for this look.

These chairs look similar to the Serena and Lily ones, but for a fraction of the price.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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