July 2015 archive

Creating a Welcoming Entrance

The other night Trevor and I were talking about how interesting it was that we hosted friends at the cabin last summer before we had things on our walls or lawn furniture…or grass. Although our friends are pretty great, and completely cool with dirt under foot and giant rafts used as patio seating, this summer we wanted to do some things to make the place feel a little more welcoming. Creating a good side entrance was the first thing on our list. We wanted to soften the hard steel siding exterior and add a little color. Okay, maybe I wanted to do these things more than Trevor, but he was a good sport and did the heavy lifting with the project. We certainly had the common goal of camouflaging the septic tank access, which is located right where people walk toward the side entry. Below are some pictures of the simple and inexpensive steps we took to up our game a little bit from last summer.
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Paddleboarding with Pretty Things

I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure how much use we would get out of the paddleboard. Did it seem cool in concept, but would it find more time in the garage than on the lake? I’m happy to report that everyone loves it. This past weekend I had a couple of cute accessories, wearing a breezy embroidered cover-up (these types of purchases go on huge sales at this time in the summer!) and with lovely Miss Ella coming along for the ride.

Anthropologie cover-up and sunglasses (both on sale and an extra 20% off with code SALEAWAY) | Kate Spade earrings

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

I’m one of those people that chooses a cheese plate over chocolate dessert at a restaurant; loves a roll of SweetTarts but can easily pass up a Hershey’s bar; has no willpower with a bag of chips but no interest in a chocolate malt. You get the point. But this cake is different. It’s as chocolate as chocolate can be, and it’s awesome. Trevor and I can eat the whole thing within a span of 24 hours (there is a reason you won’t see any pictures of the full cake). I’ve included below the recipe, along with a fabulously easy and delicious serving tip.

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