Food

*Showstopper* Summer Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

One of the best things about summer is the gorgeous array of fresh fruit that is perfectly ripe and ready to be enjoyed! I love finding different ways to use all the delicious fruit while it’s in season. Lately I’ve had a craving for Panera’s strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing. I haven’t had it in yearssss, so it was a random yet particular craving. At the farmer’s market, I had just picked up some lovely nectarines and strawberries so I thought I’d try to feed my craving and make a salad using all the summer fruit I love! My Showstopper Summer Salad is a striking blend of spinach, strawberries, blueberries, nectarines, mandarin oranges, red onions, and honey roasted pistachios drizzled with a rich and creamy poppy seed dressing. All the delicious flavors of summer in one quick and easy salad!

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Motherhood

Kid’s Mini Library: Summer Edition

Our little library all ready for summer!

My little wildflowers absolutely love to read and I’m so thankful because I’m a total book nerd! I’ve read to them since they were babies and always have books on hand for them to pick up and ponder with anytime they please. We all love going to our local library and perusing through the shelves filled with amusing stories waiting to be enjoyed. I thought it’d be fun to make a “mini library” at home with a few simple shelves that we could stock with books that we can change with the seasons and holidays. Here is our summer selection of books we have on our shelves and are enjoying on these hot summer days:

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Lifestyle

What I’m Loving

Gorgeous morning at the creek!

Summer is in full swing and the heat wave is continuing on here in Oklahoma! We’ve been working on a lot of projects inside the house (out of the heat) and building lots of forts and obstacle courses for the little ones to burn some energy. We took another creek trip and a day trip to Bentonville, Arkansas (about an hour away) to go to the Scott Family Amazeum. The Amazeum is a huge interactive kid’s museum and the little ones can go wild and play with anything and everything (they absolutely love it there)! We are heading out on our road trip to California next week and continuing to get packed and ready, which brings me to what I’m loving this week. I found some adorable kid’s summer outfits which are perfect for our California trip I want to share with you, along with the other things I’m loving this week! 🙂

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Lifestyle

How To Romanticize Your Life

Imagine yourself waking up each day to the gorgeous sunlight streaming in your window. You stretch, listening to the birds chirping in the trees outside and throw on a plush robe excited to start your day by following your nose to the kitchen for a cup of fresh brewed coffee. This sounds like a peaceful start to a movie, right? What if this way how your day started, EVERY day? What if you woke up each day excited for what the day had in store, even if that day was just a normal, busy day at the office or in the house as a stay-at-home mom? Romanticizing your life is focusing on the little things that make up each day with a new perspective. You live with intention and enjoy the little things that make up your day, all of life’s simple pleasures that we generally overlook. A few months ago, I really made the effort to romanticize my life and it has made a world of difference in my level of happiness in my every day life. I want to share with you 10 ways you can romanticize your life and start enjoying all of life’s simple pleasures!

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Lifestyle

What I’m Loving

It’s halfway through summer and we’re in the middle of a heatwave in Oklahoma right now. The kiddos and I have been spending our mornings and late afternoons outside playing in the garden, taking trips to the creek, and swimming in our little pool. The hottest part of the afternoons we’re getting creative and trying to find lots of crafts and activities to keep us busy (and not too stir crazy) indoors. It’s been a busy week and we are getting ready for our trip to California in a few weeks to visit family, but here are a few of the things I’m loving right now:

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