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DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Remember that time I covered a clearance grocery store cake with edible flowers? And how I mentioned that I wanted to find a couple of other ways to put those flowers to use? Well, this post is the first of two extra crafts that I came up with to make those pretty blooms last. And since it’s a Friday morning, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The goal? To create simple flower-embellished wine bottle labels fit for your next gathering.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

The first step in this process is to dry a handful of blooms. Grab a heavy hardback book, like a nearby coffee table book or encyclopedia, and open it up to a random page toward the back. Lay wax paper on either page of the open book, and then place the blooms face-down on one of the pieces of wax paper.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Lay the opposite piece of wax paper on top of the flowers, and gently shut the book over the blooms. Place the book in a cool dry place (just put it back on the coffee table or bookshelf), and allow the flowers to dry for at least a week in the closed book.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

After a week’s time, download one (or both!) of the free printable wine bottle labels I created—“Welcome Home” (for a housewarming gift) or “Thanks For Having Us” (for a hostess gift) —depending on your needs, and print them onto heavy cardstock paper.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Use a ruler to figure out how big your label needs to be in order to cover the wine bottle’s original label, and trace light lines onto the cardstock using a pencil. Cut the label out, and lay it across your wine bottle so that it covers the old label.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Now it’s time to retrieve your dried flowers. Grab the book they’re drying in, and choose a few favorites. They should easily peel off of the wax paper if you do so slowly. Gently lay them on the label to test different arrangements, and when satisfied, attach them to the paper using a small dot of tacky glue. Finish by using clear packaging tape to firmly attach the flower-embellished label to the wine bottle.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Although this project requires a bit of preparation and hands-off time to complete while you wait on the dried flowers, the label prep and finishing phase take just 20 minutes or so. Stay tuned later this month for the third and final DIY flowers project—I think it’s my favorite of the bunch.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

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Everything You Need For Your Summer Cookout | dreamgreendiy.com

There are so many things that I love about summer—driving with the windows down, picnicking, sundresses—but probably my absolute favorite thing about the season is the food. John and I love paying homage to summer with cookout style food, and tend to pop the top on our grill weekly this time of year, so I thought it would be fun to share a collection of cookout-inspired goodies to get you thinking ahead to your own outdoor dinner party.

  1. Apron ($7.99)
  2. Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill ($29.99)
  3. Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig ($17.26)
  4. Slotted Turner ($15.69)
  5. Professional Spatula Set ($25.55)
  6. 16-Jar Revolving Spice Rack with Free Spice Refills for 5 Years ($25.65)
  7. Grilling Plank Variety Pack + Recipe eBook ($19.99)
  8. Grill Master Platter Set ($49.90)
  9. Grill Master: The Ultimate Arsenal of Back-to-Basics Recipes for the Grill, by Fred Thompson ($18.46)
  10. Turning Tongs ($14.18)
  11. Grate Cleaning Brush ($17.15)
  12. Meat Shredder Claws ($7.99)

Another accessory not to be missed (and one that gets used over and over again in our house) is a Stainless Steel Vegetable Basket. John and I are big fans of roasted veggies, and tend to stock way, way up at the Farmers Market in nearby Staunton, Virginia. We love grilling corn, asparagus, zucchini—you name it!

What are a few of your favorite grilling recipes? We’d love to add some newbies to our list, so if you have any simple cookout meal ideas—aside from the requisite hot-dogs-and-hamburgers go-to—please do tell in the comments below.

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Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Well, folks…We’re nearing the end of the La-Z-Boy Design Dash room makeover contest, and I just wanted to ask one last time for your quick vote! You all have been so incredibly sweet and supportive of this entire project, and it was such a thrill to have had the chance to work on it. Even if we don’t end up taking home the prize, it still has been a wonderful experience that I would totally do all over again.

The contest, where you can vote for your favorite room in the makeover series, ends this Sunday, June 25, so I’d love to invite you to cast your vote between now and the end of the week. You can enter once every day, so feel free to make it part of your morning routine until Sunday—I know I will be! And in case you forgot, you get a little something out of it, too. One voter will win $15,000 in La-Z-Boy furniture to inspire your own made-over space, so this could just be the beginning for one of you, I always use Shiply to deliver my furniture whenever I get anything new, they always make sure to get the furniture safe to its destination…

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Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Click back here to see a mood board we initially considered for our space before we were able to hit the showroom floor, and you can hear more about our experience at the Dash itself here (including lots of behind the scenes photos and videos!) here.

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Thank you all so much again for the outpouring of love for our room, and here’s that link to vote just onnnne last time. Even if you don’t vote for our space, I hope you take a second to pop over and see the other rooms in the contest. Every single space turned out beautifully (I think my favorite aside from our own was Cassity’s), so be sure to check those out for even more design inspiration. The winner will be announced July 19, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

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A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

I don’t entertain all that often, so on the rare occasion that I do host a group of people, I like to keep things simple. First of all, I cut down on tabletop styling time and effort by having a collection of neutral party supplies stored at-the-ready in our china hutch. Things like linen napkins (even mismatched napkins work as long as they are neutral colors!), white serving dishes in all shapes and sizes, and pretty coordinating vases that I can fill with clippings from the yard for a last-minute free centerpiece.

The second thing I do to keep things simple when entertaining is having an arsenal of super easy recipes on hand that I can make in a matter of minutes to feed a crowd, like these Coffee Recipes that I use during those sleepy afternoons to have a boost of energy the rest of the day. Today’s recipe for a 5-minute fruit salad honey drizzle is my new favorite, especially now that summer is almost upon us.

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

I know this next statement is such a cliche, but the concept for this recipe (if you can even call it a recipe) truly couldn’t be easier. All you need to recreate it is 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 of honey, make sure to read reviews of the best water filter pitchers so you can use the best water quality on your recipes. That’s right—it’s really just an easy alternative to your go-to simple syrup! Just combine the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together with a fork until smooth, then pour over your pre-chopped fruit salad.

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

I love that you can control the texture of the drizzle (add more honey if you want it thicker, or less if you want it thinner), and that you can skip sugar. I always try to pick up 100 percent pure honey whenever possible, and love to choose locally sourced honey when I have time to. Going organic is another priority for our household when we head to Fresh Market or Trader Joes.

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

If you want to up the flavor ante just a bit, try adding a few tablespoons of lime juice to the drizzle, or you can make a honey ginger simple syrup for iced coffee or cold brew using fresh ginger over a little heat on the stove.

I experimented with our own simple honey drizzle over chopped fruit for John’s lunches, and it was a hit. We both really love the way this drizzle adds just a subtle hint of extra flavor, and made the fruit in our salad feel a little more special in comparison to plain cut produce, we drank a detox tea along with it and it was delicious. We plan to reuse the idea for gatherings and packed lunches all summer long, and if you do the same, make sure to tell us what you think in the comments below!

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!

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Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

I’m the first to admit that baking isn’t really my thing. I can do it, but I just feel like I’d rather prioritize other projects (think: hanging new art in the bathroom, painting the sunroom, hitting the antique store to find the perfect vintage desk for my office). So, instead of spending an hour or two over measuring cups and canisters of flour and sugar, I tend to be a regular at the bakery section at our local grocery store.

The only problem with that mentality is that you do give up a certain level of control. I’m pretty stubborn about my aesthetic, and tend to want things to look a very certain way, so having to pick pre-baked cakes off the shelf at the grocery store is a struggle for me. Oftentimes, I just make it work and choose the simplest white-frosted cake I can find (unfortunately, it’s usually the most expensive of the bunch), but I recently had the idea to do a little bit of DIYing to a pre-baked cake in order to make it worthy of our next soiree.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

The idea was to pick up a clearance cake from the bakery, and then transform it into a Pinterest-worthy masterpiece using edible flowers. I ordered a 50-count box of pastel Viola blooms from this online shop, and then (not so) patiently waited for the flowers to arrive. After they did, I immediately tucked the flowers away in the fridge to keep them as fresh as possible for as long as possible (they should last about a week if kept cold), and then hit the bakery in search of the perfect cake.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Although I’m sure many of you will think the original cake was cute as could be, it personally wasn’t really my style. The bright sprinkles and frosted peaks were a little too whimsical for me, but the $5 clearance price tag was perfect. So I whisked it home, and then set it on my work table to get it looking more like the pretty pastry I had in my mind.

The inspiration was a “naked cake” type look, with just subtle swipes of frosting around the edges, so I used a flat knife to remove most of the original frosting from the cake (which, don’t worry, didn’t go to waste as John scarfed it up quickly from the sidelines), and then stepped back to survey the results. Although a little bare looking on its own, the simplified silhouette was just what I was hoping for. Plus, I knew it wasn’t done yet.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

The final step was to decorate the now-naked cake with a handful of the pretty edible flowers I had ordered. In this case, less is more, but you really can’t mess it up. To create the look you see above and below, I gently pressed the flowers onto the cake form, allowing the light frosted finish to “grab” the petals and keep everything in place. I situated a few of the prettiest blooms on top, then added a small asymmetrical border around the bottom edge. There was no rhyme or reason to my design—I just kept adding the edible flowers until I felt like it looked done.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

I think the finished cake feels just a little more mature than the original, store-bought look. It’s the perfect semi-DIYed treat to serve at a girl’s night in or even Sunday morning brunch with friends. And to those of you wondering how a cake actually tastes with edible flowers, I can honestly say that it’s delicious. These particular Viola blooms added a super delicate crunch to the cake, and the sweet, herby flavor of the flowers themselves gave it a sort of fruit cake vibe. I think this new pastry process might just be my new brunch-time go-to.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

So, what do you think? I know it’s not for everyone. In fact, John thought I was nuts when I first explained the concept to him, but once it was done and he had a chance to try it for himself, he admitted that it was kind of a cool transformation.

The only thing I will say is that the edible flowers ended up costing a little more than I would have liked once shipping was factored in. So, I think if I did this again, I would try growing my own blooms for the project. The good news, though, is that I figured out several other ways to make the most of the leftover flowers (of which there were many), so stay tuned for more DIYs to offset this one later this month. I can’t wait to share!

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!

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5 Activities To Do Around A Summer Campfire | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Okay, so technically summer doesn’t officially commence for another week, but it sure feels like we’re ‘in the heat of things’ now. Our AC units have already been turned way up, we’re chugging fresh citrus-infused water daily, and outdoor activities have become the weekly norm.

Our fire pit, for example, has been working especially hard for our benefit as of late. Since kicking off a range of partnerships with the team over at Duraflame last year, we’ve become die-hard fans of the brands’ product line. Sure, it’s a professional collaboration, but that relationship has organically turned us into life-long users. Now every time we have a slightly overcast day, we race to the back yard to fire up our little DIY flagstone fire pit, and luckily, our stockpile of  Duraflame logs allows us to pull off these on-a-whim fire fancies whenever the mood strikes—in less than 10 minutes flat.

All this to say that, sponsorship aside, we really couldn’t recommend their stuff more, and to inspire your own spontaneous fire pit fête, John and I spent a little extra time around the fire last week to come up with a list of activities to do around a summer campfire. Read on for our top five takeaways and please weigh in with your own ideas in the comments after the story!

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1. Roast Marshmallows

This one, of course, is a given, but don’t feel like you need to stop there. John and I keep skewers handy in a kitchen drawer by the front door so that we can grab those and our favorite fire pit foods whenever the weather allows for a campfire. We’ve cooked hot dogs, bacon, shrimp, pineapple, and even grilled cheese sandwiches over our flaming Campfire Roasting Logs, so feel free to get creative and go beyond the standard s’more. If you want to stick with marshmallows though, at least consider giving our recipe for Rice Krispie Treat S’mores a try!

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5 Activities To Do Around A Summer Campfire | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

2. Host A Tasting

Our home is always stocked with wine and beer, and if your fridge sports the same type of inventory, you got to make sure to keep dry during a campfire, so make sure to contact a plumber near me if your are having any pipe issues. A campfire gathering is the perfect time to host an impromptu tasting. Gather some friends over and ask them to bring a bottle of their favorite wine or a 6-pack of their go-to beer. Then allow everyone to try a taste while comparing notes around a roaring fire.

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5 Activities To Do Around A Summer Campfire | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

3. Have A Jam Session

This one might sound a little cheesy, but summer is the perfect time to embrace the ‘cheese’ and pretend like you’re in a music video—so go old school and break out the acoustic guitar, this is guitar in particular is one of the best ones because it is from The Box Tiger Music department. There’s something extra magical about the sounds of a summer night accented by strumming guitar strings and murmurings around a crackling fire. Go ahead and act like you’re 16 again! We won’t tell.

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4. Exchange Ghost Stories

Another blast-from-the-past activity that’s practically required for a bonfire gathering, whether you’re young or old, is a round of ghost stories. Pull up a list of tales on your phone or tablet, and take story-telling turns around the fire. They don’t need to be long—even the short ones garner the desired effect. If reading isn’t your thing, pull up spooky YouTube clips instead, or go all out and set up a screen and projector outfitted with a full-length scary film for everyone’s viewing pleasure around a campfire.

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5 Activities To Do Around A Summer Campfire | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

5. Game Night Challenge

Instead of gathering around the same dining room table you have been for the past 12 years, go ahead and take things outside for your next family game night. Play charades while the audience kicks back in camp chairs around a low fire. Or allow the fire to be a backdrop for games like Taboo, The Mouth Game, or DIY giant Jenga.

Although you don’t really need an excuse to gather around a campfire (watching those curly, crackling flames is often all the activity I need!), the idea of building and maintaining a fire can seem like it just isn’t worth the effort. So start the season right with our list of fun motivators that will have you just going for it rather than giving in to those excuses. If all else fails, you’ll get a cool Boomerang out of it!

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5 Activities To Do Around A Summer Campfire | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

P.S. For more inspiration, check out our breakdown of 5 precautions to take at your next fire pit party and my recipe for Rice Krispie Treat S’mores here.

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A Recipe For Rice Krispies Treat S'mores | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

When we first toured our current home as prospective buyers back in 2015, it was pretty clear that the biggest compromise was going to be the yard. Our lot is undeniably tiny, and we’re awfully cozy with our side, back, and diagonal neighbors. That said, John and I were moving from a townhouse to a single family home back then, so even the tiniest patch of grass was going to be an upgrade from the paved parking lot we were used to.

We’ve worked really hard to maximize the potential of our small back yard in the past year and a half since moving in, and I’m happy to report that John and I have enjoyed every minute of it. With the help of generous family members, we’ve excavated overgrown gardens and added in serene zen-like landscaping that better suits our style, and we’ve planted a few trees in hopes that we can gain back a bit more privacy over the next decade.

Another big thing that we added ourselves to help give our tiny outdoor living space usability is a fire pit. This was such a simple project to pull off (really!), and it has been a blast firing up the flagstone pit whenever the mood strikes. This season, I’m teaming up with Duraflame again to share a recent new recipe that has given fresh joy to the thought of hosting a fire pit party: homemade Rice Krispies Treat™ S’mores.

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A Recipe For Rice Krispies Treat S'mores | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Rice Krispies Treat S’mores

*Makes about 12 s’mores sandwiches
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies™ cereal
  • 2 10 oz. bags marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 Hershey’s chocolate bars

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Once melted, dump in 1 bag of marshmallows and stir into the melted butter. Continue stirring the marshmallows until completely dissolved, then remove from the heat. Pour in the Rice Krispies cereal, 2 cups at a time. Stir to combine until all 6 cups of cereal have been incorporated.

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A Recipe For Rice Krispies Treat S'mores | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Dump the mixture into a bread pan lined with wax paper. Press the top down with more wax paper (or your finger tips) to form the shape, and then allow to cool. Once completely cooled, flip the “loaf” of Rice Krispies Treats™ onto a cutting board, and slice into thin squares like bread. Refrigerate the squares for one hour to stiffen them up a bit.

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A Recipe For Rice Krispies Treat S'mores | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Roast a plain marshmallow over your campfire, then layer the toasted marshmallow on one “slice” of Rice Krispies Treat along with a Hershey’s chocolate square. Top with a second slice, and enjoy immediately.

I’ll personally take any excuse I can get to roast a marshmallow over open flames, and this new ‘Krispie’ concept makes the quintessential summertime treat even more delicious. We actually pulled this off very spontaneously in between breaks in rain showers over the Memorial Day weekend, so it’s also one of those activities that can be spur-of-the-moment.

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A Recipe For Rice Krispies Treat S'mores | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Lighting up a 4-pack of our favorite food-safe Duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs took no more than 10 minutes, and our Rice Krispies Treat S’mores were ready to go within practically the same timeline, so the next free evening you get this spring-to-summer season, I definitely recommend trying this recipe out for yourself. It couldn’t be easier or tastier, and pulling it all off is really a cinch. Happy unofficial summer, everyone!

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P.S. For more inspiration, check out our breakdown of 5 precautions to take at your next fire pit party.
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A Summer To-Do List

Happy Memorial Day, folks! I’m taking the day off to spend time with family (including my sister’s brand new puppy, Rory), and I hope you’re getting some much-deserved time off with loved ones, too. In the off chance that you’ve set aside a bit of your down time to catch up online, I wanted to share a quick breakdown of all the things we have planned for the upcoming season. We probably won’t get to everything, but dreaming is half the fun, right?

Our Summer To-Do List:

  • Read more books
  • Go to a concert or two
  • Travel to a big city
  • Visit with family more often
  • Brunch!
  • Spend time by the water
  • Enjoy weekend wine tastings
  • Listen to more music
  • Spend a long weekend at the beach
  • Drive with the windows down
  • Volunteer for the local symphony or SPCA
  • See an old movie at Wayne Theater
  • Host a cookout
  • Paint the sunroom
  • Light up the fire pit more often
  • Eat more fresh produce
  • Plant a garden
  • Send more snail mail
  • Go antiquing just for fun

Another thing I’d love to add (which, of course, sounds a little counterintuitive) is to relax. I’m anxious to learn how to get just as much out of doing nothing as I do from being on the go, so that’s something I’m planning to work on this summer 2017. What’s on your summer to-do list?

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!
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A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend (how is it that time already?!) I’ve noticed that summer has been invading my brain more often than not the last few days. I usually don’t love this mid-year season, mostly because of the stifling heat, but for some reason I feel so ready to embrace the traditional summer mentality.

I think a lot of it comes down to entering my 30s. It’s as though, as soon as I turned the big 3-0 back in 2016, my mind and body decided to go absolutely berserk. These days I overanalyze every little freckle on my skin, fixate on every strand of gray hair (of which I already have dozens), and I’m starting to panic about retirement, too. Trust me—I know 30 isn’t old by any stretch of the word, but ever since reaching the milestone, I think something inside me clicked, and I realized that I just can’t goof off anymore like I did when I was a 20-something. Does anyone else feel this way?

Anyway, one part of my youth that I’m particularly sad about losing is summer break. Sure, it’s been 10 years since I enjoyed a real months-long summer vacation, but for some reason it just hit me that I’ll probably never get to experience that blissful time off ever again. That sucks! So this year I’ve decided to do everything I can to cut myself some slack, and I plan to embrace summer and all that goes along with it—sleeping in (even just for an extra 10 minutes), weekly cook-outs, reading a cheesy novel on the porch, and so much more time spent by the water.

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

Speaking of, by way of a kick-off to the unofficial start of the season, John and I recently made the 20-minute trek out to Sherando Lake just outside town in Lyndhurst, Virginia in order to soak up that spring-to-summer sun, and I thought I’d document our day here for you. It was our first time visiting this part of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, but it most certainly won’t be the last.

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

This 2-lake recreation area and campground was absolutely bursting with life that day. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen so much green in my whole life, and the fresh air was just heavenly. Between the spring flowers blooming along the paths, the grilling hot dogs and hamburgers that we wandered (extra slowly!) by in the picnic area, and the suntan-lotion-lathered bathers we passed on the beach, it was pretty near perfect and such a great ode to what’s to come this summer.

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Everything You Need For Your Retro-Inspired Music Lounge | dreamgreendiy.com

Since the day John and I started dating (or, really, since the day we met through friends in high school before ever dreaming that we’d get hitched) music has bonded us. We used to listen to albums on repeat for hours when we first reconnected, and while adulthood responsibilities have seemed to get in the way of more frequent musical moments these days, we still make time for it as often as we can. There’s just something really relaxing about flopping onto the couch and chatting about anything and everything as a good album turns in the background.

Because of this penchant for music we have music-friendly lounge areas all over our house. We have three record players—one in each living room (one upstairs and one downstairs), and the third lives on our sunporch. I made sure to situate all of our comfiest furniture around our record players to invite easy listening whenever the mood strikes. Good lighting, retro decor, and ample vinyl storage options helps keep our collection straight, and it recently occurred to me that maybe you’d like to follow suit.

  1. Greendale Home Fashions 20-Inch Square Floor Pillow ($38.28)
  2. Crosley CR6232A-BR Nomad Portable USB Turntable ($139.99)
  3. Simpli Home Draper Mid-Century Media Stand ($271.82)
  4. Set of 2 Steel Droplet Orange Small Accent Lamps ($49.99)
  5. U-Turn Audio, Orbit Plus Turntable ($309)
  6. Eisley, I’m Only Dreaming Vinyl ($17.99)
  7. Mid-Century Chair Wood with Linen Upholstery ($240)
  8. Crosley AC20 Record Cleaning Kit ($17.27)
  9. Everything I Know About Music Log Book ($24.99)
  10. Crosley AC1004A-NA Record Storage Crate ($29)
  11. Audioengine A2+ White (Pr.) 2-way Powered Speaker System ($249)
  12. La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ($22.98)

That shopable list above should set you up with a mod music lounge all your own in just a dozen pieces (or less since I’ve given you two options for players—one inexpensive all-in-one type deal and one that’s more of an investment).

What are some of your favorite albums to listen to? Another recent favorite is the Awake And Pretty Much Sober Vinyl from Violents & Monica Martin. Leave your top picks—both new and old—in the comments below!

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P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Oh, and, as always, my promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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