FRIDAY FAVORITES...THE 4TH IS ALMOST HERE

This is a very Happy Friday indeed! I’m finishing up the packing and I am in vacation mode before it even starts! I hope your week has been wonderful and you’re excited for some summer fun!

1. BIRTHDAY BOY & PIE
My beloved has a birthday Sunday. One year away from the big 5-0! The most fabulous news for him is that he gets to be on vacation in our favorite lake town to celebrate. Woohoo. I’m already thinking what we will do next year for the big one. It may fall on our vacay again, but it will be hard to top the fun party I threw him for his fortieth. True story, I hired DJ’s and one of them was a guy who stood me up for a semi-formal my jr. year of high school. While 20+ years later, He actually apologized. Lol. Anyway, I am beyond blessed to do Life with this birthday boy.
He is my partner, my best friend and I’m his biggest fan!


His favorite pie is rhubarb so every year my sweet mom makes him a pie with his initial on top. Her rhubarb its delicious and with a scoop of ice cream on top, well, Mr. Nine is a happy camper! I'll have her share her recipe sometime.

 


Cheers to my babe!

2. RED, WHITE, BLUE & YOU!
I may sound like a broken record, but I had to mention our link up on Monday again. We’re just so darn excited and really want you to join us! Festive Red, White, Blue and YOU! Bring it Friends! And we’ll be having a BIG announcement as well! 


3. Week's Attire


BUY SWEATSHIRT HERE It's 12.99
// SANDALS HERE

4. Floral Wrap Dress
Oh, do I love this sweet little wrap dress. It’s comfy, chic, print pretty and Under $25! The perfect little summer dress! 

BUY DRESS HERE

More Inspo
Sweet Amy Ann wore her maxi in this print on Wednesday
BUY MAXI DRESS HERE



5. Misc. Fun
Posts of the Week  

Favorite Beauty Products 
On Sunday, I shared my favorite beauty products on my Instagram stories and since several of you were interested, I decided to link them up here as well.

*The Kopari Coconut Melt is the best softener, for your skin, for your hair, I even had a fellow Blogger friend tell me she used it on her daughter’s softball mitt!

*I have finally found the perfect face serum for me; I just love the Estee Lauder advanced night repair Serum. I use it right before bed and first thing in the morning.

*The Bumble and Bumble thickening Spray gives my roots the boost they need since my hair tends to be flat.

*This is absolutely the best, stay long CND Topcoat! While I do my own nails, if I paint them a different color, I use this, and I definitely use it on my toenails to keep the polish lasting lots longer especially in the summer water and sand!
 
BUY KOPARI COCONUT MELT HERE
BUY ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT SERUM HERE
BUY CND TOP COAT HERE
BUY BUMBLE & BUMBLE SPRAY HERE

Star Sandals Pineapple Tee
I have these sandals in the rose gold from target I absolutely love them. How excited was I to see if they have a Star Version, super cute!
BUY SANDALS HERE

Sweet Daisy 
Sweet Daisy is finally feeling better. She had been kind of sluggish, so we started her on the vet recommended CBD oil and after three weeks of antibiotic’s to heal up a mouth infection and having her teeth scaled, she seems to be feeling much better, she just loves rolling around in the grass in the sunshine!

Pineapple Tee 
Did you know that yesterday was national pineapple day? I did not even know until my friend Lisa told me about it. Ironically right before I got her message, I had just purchased this adorable Lauren Conrad burn out T-shirt at Kohl’s. The little pineapples with the sequins are just perfect!
BUY TEE HERE

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Linking up with // Friday Favorites  // High 5 For Friday  // Fashion Friday

xoxo






LACE ACCENT LOVE & WUW


Lacy love! Oh Loft, your dresses are hit and miss for me but talk about a summer win in this little swing DRESS with the cutest lace cap sleeves and just wait until you see the back!




This little swing number is just perfect for casual and for dressy. I just love the midnight navy color and it’s so versatile. While I put Wedge Sandals and a pop of color with the Bright Tassel Earrings, you could make this Fourth of July inspired, you could add colors like yellow and hot pink and maybe do a fun funky purse! The possibilities are endless and your stomach endless as well because it hides all midsection imperfections. LOL


DRESS HERE // EARRINGS HERE // SANDALS HERE

Now, time for some What's Up in the Nine neck of the woods

1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK: 
 RECIPE HERE

RECIPE HERE
and

Strawberries and Cream Crostini's
Recipe coming soon.....

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT: Summer Family Vacations of the past in our favorite spot.

3. WHAT I’M LOVING: My Flower beds starting to really bloom big



4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO: Even though our house is done, getting more inspiration for decorations from the Parade of Homes. Love this tile.
And seeing deer in our yard

5. WHAT I’M DREADING: Nada

6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON: My tan, lol, Fall post ideas, recipes, hiring contractor to get 2 additional accent walls done.

7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT: Family Vacation in our favorite Lake Town in a few days, then again to take mom in August, AND just booked the cutest Texas cottage to see my best gal pals this Fall......

8. WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING: Yellowstone, Designated Survivor (we are still in Season 1, but there is now a season 3 on Netflix), Big Little Lies


9. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: 80's, classic rock, Country, lots of summer mixed playlists

10. WHAT I’M WEARING: Dresses, all the dresses



11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND: Mr. Nine's birthday, Family vacay!

12. WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH: Continuing to vacay, Pool days, Lazy days of Summer

13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW: Patriotic Link-Up, Monday July 1st
Five of my dearest bloggy friends, who I will be meeting up again as I mentioned this Fall and I have put together a red white and blue link up, going live on all our blogs on Monday, July 1 at 4am eastern! Please Mark your calendars and join us to link-up all your red, white and blue goodness! It can be anything from Fashion to Food to Decor to Fourth of July Travel Tips, 4th vacations... Anything at all, true to the red white and blue!

xoxo




RED, WHITE & BLUE CHARCUTERIE BOARD

With my love of all things Americana and the charcuterie board, it was a no-brainer that during this festive time for summer, I had to create a red white and blue charcuterie board! I am so overjoyed with how it turned out; I can see fireworks! It made me so happy and everyone loved it! Next time, I would gather a bigger board to add even more goodies and I have to admit, I forgot a couple kinds of cheese but it’s all good and ever so cute and yummy!




Can’t you just see lots of endless possibilities. I included both a savory and sweet on this but next year, I am contemplating doing one of each. One with all kinds of sweets and fruits and then another more focused on the meats and cheese and savory goodies! This was a great mix of all. 



I was especially overjoyed with how my little skewers turned out. I got the stars tipped Skewers on Amazon and they are the cutest things! I decided to do one set with feta and watermelon and another with mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes. I got a block of feta and just cut it into squares to match the watermelon square cuts I made.


What I used


 I made a little dip for the fruit out of yogurt, honey, whipped cream and vanilla.

Of course the outfit had to match, lol.

BOARD HERE // Star SKEWERS HERE

DRESS HERE // NECKLACE HERE // EARRINGS HERE

HAVE A DELICIOUS WEEK AHEAD!!

xoxo

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