I love the 4th of July! Here are a few of my favorite things about this holiday:
- Grilling out! Everything tastes better on the grill. Tired of hamburgers or hotdogs? Try this delicious alternative (pictured above).
- Anything with flags. I love the flag cake recipe. It is a crowd-pleaser every time and it is very fun for the kids to decorate.
- Cute red, white and blue ensembles. Isn’t it flattering for everyone?
- Fireworks! We are going to try to make our local display this year.
What are your favorite traditions for the 4th?
…and not necessarily in your literal backyard. I know that I talked about some of our favorite past Kentucky day trips, but there are so many other beautiful (and often hidden) outdoor places to enjoy. Over the weekend, we got to explore an amazing old mill in Versailles, KY that was the site of a friend’s wedding.
Could anything be more “Kentucky”? Love checking out new spots with my handsome husband. It was fun to snap a few photos under these lush trees and down by the creek!
What are your favorite hidden Kentucky spots?
I had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and hope that you did too. Here are some of the highlights:
- Sleeping in! I got to sleep in on Sunday morning and only got up to have breakfast in bed. I also got to enjoy cleaning out my DVR. Big thank you to my sweet husband for letting me be a bum and watch way too much Real Housewives of Melbourne.
- Lots and lots of sweet cards and hugs from my 4-year old. I truly think I will never get over his precious “Happy Mother’s Day” wishes. I am so lucky to be Gabriel’s mom.
- Eating way too many gluten free yogurt covered pretzels. Those things are seriously addicting!
- A delicious and festive dinner with my mom. More on our delicious eats and grapefruit cocktail in a future post. I love any chance I get to spend with my mom and last night was particularly fun with the family.
- Our first grill out of the season. So good and fun to be outside on our deck. Pineapple and raspberries with honey vanilla yogurt is one my favorites!
How did you spend your Mother’s Day weekend?
I hope that your Derby Day was fantastic! My family loves to celebrate the Derby—with beautiful hats, good food, silly wagers and laid-back fun. In fact, we are such fans of the days festivities that our family dog is named KY Derby (she goes by Derby, for short).
We managed to snap a couple of photos to commemorate the fun this year, including one with my son and I posing with the Derby stick pony he made. I was excited for an excuse to wear my new Lilly for Target dress. (Really—I’m obsessed with these Lilly prints!) My oversized Lands End tote was full of wine and bourbon as we headed out the door to our party.
Before the race, we enjoyed sipping mint juleps and we followed the face festivities with a homey, “Kentucky dinner” of ham, fruit salad with honey yogurt sauce, hashbrown casserole, asparagus, and corn pudding. We topped it all off with a delicious Eton Mess parfait for dessert. Yum!
It was fun to kick-back and enjoy our family’s company and our delicious feast. While its fun to be at the excitement of the track, in my book, you can’t beat the peaceful atmosphere of a party at home.
How did you spend your Derby?
Here in the bluegrass, we are counting down the days until Derby Day (this Saturday, May 2nd)! The beautiful hats, delicious mint juleps and the most exciting two minutes in sports make the Kentucky Derby one of the most anticipated days of the year. This year, I will be watching the race from home with my family (dressed in our finest, of course) and enjoying a Derby themed drinks, appetizers and dinner.
Polyvore by dthoskins
In honor of this unbelievable race, here are a few of my favorite Derby things:
What are your Derby traditions? Where will you be watching the race?
I am so excited for Easter weekend! Lots of family gatherings, fun egg hunts and pastel cuteness. Here are a few of my favorite ways to make Easter fun and festive:
What are your plans for Easter weekend?
Blue is a color that truly boosts my mood, especially following the epic snowfalls of the past few weeks. Of course, living in Wildcat country is certainly reason enough to love all things blue (Big Blue Nation!).
These are a few of the blue hued images from that are inspiring my March:
Fifth anniversary shoot
image by Desarae Anderson Photography
Blue folded clutch
Polyvore set by dthoskins
First birthday celebration
image by Honey Heart Photography
image by dthoskins
Baby boy shower
image by KGreeneOwens
image by dthoskins
image by dthoskins
What color inspires you?