beautiful, beachy kitchen {room tour}

About a month ago, I shared with you all our gorgeous new kitchen, and while I definitely adore it, I still can’t kick the habit of swooning over other lovely kitchens I run across…I just can’t help it, there are so many beautiful kitchens to admire and share.

So in that spirit, I’m sharing a favorite beachy beauty with you all today! The colors, backsplash, and fixtures all add up to a charming and comfortable kitchen space…take a look!







all images via country living


books to inspire your creative journey

I’ve been reading a lot lately about creativity and art, and especially how creative folks get inspired, share their work, inspire others, etc. It’s been a fascinating journey, to say the least, and I wanted to pass along some of the works I’ve been inspired by to help you in your own creative endeavors! Links to amazon are provided, but a lot of these can also be checked out of your local library. Need more inspiration, here’s a post I wrote last year about my favorite design books!

Show Your Work! is an amazing users manual for how to embrace the communal nature of creativity. I have learned so much already, and I’m not halfway through this short, 200 page or so, book. It’s not so much a book on how to self-promote, but how to share your work to become known among your peers. So interesting, and a book all creatives must get their hands on!

Have a creative lifestyle? This easy to read book is full of ways to ignite your creativity. This book would also make a great gift for any women in your life–both those who are already embracing their creativity and those who are looking for a place to start.

So I have to admit, I’ve only just started this book and it has less to do with living creatively than living happily, but I have loved every word so far so therefore I had to share!  It’s a collection of pieces that have featured in O Magazine, and each is inspiring, encouraging and, above all, spirit-lifting.

This last book, by the famed Elizabeth Gilbert, is not out yet, but I had to include it because I CAN’T WAIT to get my hands on it this Fall. It’s all about living creativity, finding inspiration and courage for your journey, and how to tackle and overcome our fears in our creative journeys.

So, you now know what’s inspired me lately, what book (or blog or whatever) has inspired YOU? I’d love to know, leave me a comment!


5 favorite summer essentials {and giveaway!}

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mabel’s Labels. I received a voucher to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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It’s that time, once again, when beach trips, day camps, sports practices and days at the pool fill the calendar. It’s my favorite time of year, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that it can be tricky to stay organized and keep up with all the sundry items involved in summer activities.

Today, I’m sharing my five favorite summertime essentials! These are all things that I’ve tried, love, and use throughout the season. Take a look at my list, and leave a comment with your own favorites!

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1) First up on the list…Mabel’s LabelsMabel’s Labels award-winning customizable products are laundry, dishwasher & microwave-safe and 100% guaranteed. I purchased the Limited Edition Camp Label Pack, which is designed for everything that goes to summer camp (or other summer activities) to help avoid mix-ups and lost items.

As soon as they came in the mail, I started applying them to everything from flip flops, to backpacks, to clothing, to water bottles…

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2) Next up on my summer essentials list is a product we’ve used for the last two summers….


Honest sunscreen is naturally derived, non-greasy, and a staple in all of our summer bags!

3) I always try to follow the “less is more” approach to packing for warm weather adventures…but the one thing I usually insist every member of the family have is a good water bottle…

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There are so many styles and varieties out there, though I love the look of these Orla Keily ones at Target!

4) Applesauce pouches. Healthy, inexpensive, and portable. What could be better? We buy the large packs at Costco and they’re the perfect on-the-go treat.


5) Last up, you’ll need a great bag to hold it all! I could write a whole post on bags alone, but I’ll try to be brief:) I have and love this bag for everything from Farmer’s Market trips to pool trips. I’ll use this bag for sunscreens and lip balms for the pool and beach this Summer, and you can never go wrong with one of these bright, geometric cuties!

So tell me, what’s on YOUR summer essentials list?