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Five Festive Things to do in August

It’s the end of summer break for most of us, and as always, I am sad to see the girls off to school but love that this means Fall is coming!! Getting back into a good morning routine is always one of my favorite parts of back to school, I’m less tempted to sleep in until the girls are all climbing in my bed begging to go to the pool, since going for a walk with my coffee in the cool 70 degree weather is actually more enjoyable. August isn’t necessarily a “festive” month, there are no holidays but there is always something to celebrate (and anticipate!!) so I thoughtΒ  I would share some of the fun things we are doing this month to get through the blah (aka. heat) and busy!

  1. Host an end of summer soiree! Gather your friends, neighbors or even just your family and celebrate the end of Summer break! Menu ideas include: wine + cheese, BBQ + local brews, and of course all the caprese salads and corn on the cob!
  2. Start a morning breakfast date tradition. Kids are back to school and you might have a few mornings a week all to yourself? Plan once a week coffee dates! With your spouse or besties, or even other mamas from your kids school. We did this in Atlanta all the time & it was seriously one of my favorite parts of back to school month. Plus, trying new breakfast & brunch spots and finding the best cup of coffee is the best way to pass the time.
  3. Tackle a big house project. This may not sound super fun or festive, but hear me out. The holidays are just around the corner, and the last thing you want to do is be decorating around an unfinished project! This also goes for end of Summer de-cluttering & donating!Β  We actually made a list earlier this month of 10 projects we want to complete by the end of August. Because it will be so much more fun to fill the house with pumpkins when walls are painted and pictures are hung!
  4. Β Pre-season football fun! I absolutely love the sound of football on the TV in the background, no matter what I am doing! It gives me all the Fall feels!! The games may not be all that important or exciting yet, but they can still be fun! Invite friends over, order pizzas & don’t let school nights be boring! πŸ˜‰
  5. Apple picking season kicks off right around the end of August, make your way to your nearest orchard while the trees are full! Apple picking is such a fun activity, especially for kids, but the best part is bringing home all of the goodies! Send apples in to your kids teachers or try that new pie recipe you have always wanted to make!

There you have it, five ways to make August just a little bit more fun (plus some random photos from the month!!) as we patiently wait for September 1st, the un-official first day of Fall! πŸ˜‰ Hope you are all having a great week! XO


A Patio Makeover // Morning & Night

When we came to our house for the very first time, it was snowing. Everything was dormant outside & the backyard was a complete jungle. We knew it had tons of potential and couldn’t wait to give it a refresh over the Summer. Today we are excited to be teaming up with Arhaus, one of one of our favorite places to go for home dΓ©cor & furniture, to share our before & after of our back patio!

I thought It would be fun to show how we use our patio in the evening & again in the morning. We love to sit out here under the string lights after the girls are in bed with a cocktail & some good music! In the mornings, this is the perfect spot for coffee & breakfast before it gets too hot!

Since we spend a ton of time on our patio, we knew we wanted some super comfy seating. We chose the Arhaus sofa & coffee table, which are not only gorgeous but super practical. The cushions have slipcovers that are easy to wash, although using a leaf blower has taken care of anything that has gotten on them so far! The coffee table is on wheels, so we can move it around depending on what we are doing, and it has a hidden drawer for the cushions or other pillows/blankets that we bring outside. We seriously could not be happier with it and love how it brings such a cozy element to the patio!

Ok and here’s the most EXCITING part!!!! Arhaus is giving away a $200 gift card to one lucky winner!!! To enter, visit the Arhaus site, take a look around and comment back on this post with one item you’d love to have. Winner will be announced in 1 week. Arhaus employees and their family members are not eligible.

Shop the products from the post & a few more of our favorites below!

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This post was sponsored by Arhaus, thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!


Friday Favorites // Back to School Edition

The girls are going back to school next week. Cue the tears, and confetti. We can’t believe Summer is coming to an end, and while I loathe the idea of packing lunches again every morning but I think the long hours of peace & quiet will get me through. I thought I would share a bunch of our back to school faves, and would love to hear all of yours in the comments!!

We haven’t officially decided on backpacks, but I am in LOVE with this confetti cutie!! It’s on sale today, so we may have to pull the trigger. I also have been eyeingΒ this floral beauty because I’m obsessed with everything by Lulie Wallace, Harper totally has her heart set on the confetti though! πŸ˜‰

These are the best bento boxes ever for inside your kiddos lunch box with an ice pack, I love that it is just one piece with a lid (not tons of little boxes!), they don’t leak and hold up really well, even in the dishwasher!! Some lunch ideas from last year if you are interested!

If you are an essential oil lover, this is the rollerball you will need for all the back to school emotions (for both you and your kiddos!!) It’s our all time fave!

Our shoe closet gets pretty out of hand during the school year, so we like to stick to three pairs of shoes per kid. One dressy (like these adooooorable glitter unicorn mary janes!), one pair of running/gym shoes (I got these for Harper, love how they’re neutral enough to wear with dresses but still super practical for PE days, at least until it gets too cold!), and of course, a pair of Hunter boots (they hold up so well we have passed them down each year, they go with everything and are the most practical shoe out there for winter and rainy days!!).

These are the cutest basic long sleeve tees, and pair so cute with denim or corduroy skirts!!

Since most of what the kids need for school is regulated (blue folder, red notebook, etc.) I decided to grab this little mermaid pencil case and fill it up with some mini gel pens, fun erasers, Harper’s favorite essential oil roller, mints for after lunch & some extra hair ties to stick in her backpack for the first day.

Also wanted to share a bunch of my favorite style picks for kiddos, loving all the yellow this year (probably because I am dreaming of Fall 24/7) and of course all of our tank dresses from Summer paired with cute cardigans as the weather cools down!

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Wishing you all lots of luck as you send your babies to school, all the prayers for a happy, safe & tear free school year!!!