We made it!  Everyone is out of school and I hosted a fun 8th grade graduation party at my home for my middle daughter, her friends and their families to kick it off.  I’ll share that with you soon!

Today, I want to share my Bright White Summer Kitchen Update.  I’m excited to join my interior design blogger friends for a Lovliest Looks of Summer Home Tour.  Each of these fabulous ladies has shared tips and trends to make your home a welcoming place this summer.  All their information is at the end of this post.

I recently completed my kitchen and breakfast rooms and shared it with you here and here.  I love adding a few touches for each season to freshen up the rooms in my home.  For my summer kitchen update, I’ve focused on adding elements that add cheerful color and keep healthy snacks at the ready for my girls and their friends.

My girls love fruit and keeping this large woven basket full of fruit is a great way to keep healthy snacks at the ready.  I’ve added three glass jars with silver lids to the counter with snack bars, sea salt popcorn and a nut free trail mix for variety.  This week, I’ll be filling another jar with my homemade gluten-free, nut-free honey granola now that I have more time to bake.  It’s great alone or on these breakfast bowls.  These are the same jars we have in the Cabana as well.

Another thing I do each season is update the cookbooks I keep at hand.  The Mexico Cookbook is so pretty I keep it out year-round but I’m determined to really dig into it this summer.  My other summer favorites are The Sprouted Kitchen, My New Roots, A New Way to Dinner, Endless Summer Cookbook, What Katie Ate: The Weekend, Love and Lemons, Good Food Good Life, and It’s All Easy.  I’m excited to start the next summer section of this great cookbook I told you about here.  This is also the landing for my handbag obviously!

Also next to the sink, I pick up a seasonal hand soap to have next to a seashell the girls found that I keep my rings in while I clean the kitchen.  I’m always putting them somewhere random and having a landing place here and in my master bath keep me from hunting for them!

With it already so hot here, staying hydrated is a big focus for me!  Two summers ago, I got heat exhaustion after a very hot soccer tournament and can now very easily get overheated if I’m not well hydrated.  The girls are very active so my goal for us is to drink at least one of these drink dispensers or more of fruit flavored water each day.  I’ll change the flavors to keep it interesting and fun.  We’re loving these acrylic cups that match my everyday dishes.

I’ve switched out the pillows on the sofa where the girls love to sit and read to add some fun color.  The pink linen pillow and ikat pattern pillow to pick up the warm orange, tan in the rug.  I love the fun colors of this rug and how it really pulls all the colors of the room together.  You can learn more about the kid-proof fabric on the sofa here and here.

My Look: Embroidered Top / White Shorts / Nude Sandal / Ashley Pittman Earrings

I can’t believe it is already so hot so my summer style is going to consist of light tops like this embroidered beauty or this breezy top with shorts or easy dresses like this and this.  You can see these and all my other favorites in my new Summer Shop.  I’m updating it almost daily with great summer finds.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little summer inspiration tour.  You may have noticed I’m holding a glass of sangria in this photo.  Well, that recipe is coming this week so be sure to register for my newsletter so you’ll be the first to know!  If you are new here, you should know that when you register for my newsletter, you receive a copy of my eBook, Fresh Sips, as a gift!

Also, below are the links to all my fabulous friends sharing their summer ideas, too.  Be sure visit them!

Happy Summer!





Summer Adams | Curls And Cashmere | Kristy Wicks


The Lush List | A Blissful Nest | House Full of Summer


J. Cathell |Born On Fifth | Going For Grace

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Weekend Sales Just in Time for Back To School

Weekend Sales Just in Time for Back To School

Happy Friday!  Can you believe it's time for back to school!?!?  Several schools started this week and my younger girls all start next week!  Thankfully, there are a lot of great sales just in time for back to school!  
August Favorites Under $150 | Great Styles for Back To School

August Favorites Under $150 | Great Styles for Back To School

Can you believe it’s already August!? It’s crazy that school is almost started and we’ll be taking my oldest to college in about a week and a half. This month's favorites under $150 are full of easy dresses, tops, and more that are perfect for back to school, PTA meetings, and beating the summer heat. Hopefully, these styles can get us through the dog days of summer and into the back to school groove!
The Best Wardrobe Classics From The #NSale

The Best Wardrobe Classics From The #NSale

There are only two days left of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale before prices go up! Today’s post is all about Wardrobe Classics. My style is very classic with a dash of trend in a classic way. This sale is the perfect time to grab the wardrobe classics you need!


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Colleen Rothschild Best Sellers 25% Off Sale

Colleen Rothschild Best Sellers 25% Off Sale

I love the Colleen Rothschild Best Sellers Sale! Receive 25% off best sellers with code BEST25 until Sunday (8/18). In this post, you’ll find some of my favorites and all of the best sellers to shop. Now is the time to stock up if you’re running low or try something new at a discount!

Beautycounter Friends and Family Sale!

Beautycounter Friends and Family Sale!

Happy Monday! I had another post planned for today but saw that the Beautycounter Friends and Family Sale is going on through midnight tonight!  This is a rare chance to get 15% off your favorite products or clean up your beauty routine if you've been thinking about it!
The Perfect Nude Lip for Summer + Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Favorites

The Perfect Nude Lip for Summer + Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Favorites

Nude lip color is my go year round. These are my three products for the perfect nude lip for summer + my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Viceroy Sugar Beach in St. Lucia

Wanderlust Wednesday: Viceroy Sugar Beach in St. Lucia

As you’ve probably seen on my Instagram and Instagram Stories, we just returned from an incredible week at the Viceroy Sugar Beach in St. Lucia.  This must be the most beautiful place we've ever been and just what the doctor ordered for our family!
Out of Office: St. Lucia

Out of Office: St. Lucia

Hello, from GORGEOUS St. Lucia!  Have you ever been on vacation and immediately been so relaxed you just can't bring yourself to do a few things you've planned?  Well, that is how we feel here in St. Lucia! 
Telluride Reserve – Mountain Village Food and Wine Festival

Telluride Reserve – Mountain Village Food and Wine Festival

For more than 15 years, Telluride has been a family favorite in both winter and summer.  There is so much to love about this special spot.  Not only are the views amazing but it is home to a number of wonderful restaurants.  Today, I want to introduce you to Telluride Reserve: Mountain Village Food and Wine Festival, August 15-18.