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T

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National Ice Cream Day!

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Today, July 21st, is National Ice Cream Day! You learn something new everyday, huh? Here’s the latest scoop (pun-intended) that I wanted to share so you can celebrate!

infused balsamic vinegar as an ice cream topping!

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Is your mouth watering yet? Balsamic as an ice cream topping may sound very strange at first, but just trust me on this one. I went to a martini tasting recently at a local olive oil shop and fell in love with their infused oils and balsamic vinegars! The Happy Olive is located in downtown Fairhope, Alabama and it is one of the best local shops that I have ever found. Their products are of the best quality and much better for you than any olive oils or balsamic vinegars found in your grocery store.

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The raspberry and strawberry balsamic vinegars were my favorite on vanilla ice cream. Other guests at the martini tasting were swearing by the coconut lime and pomegranate infused BV’s.

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A peak at the fabulous shop, The Happy Olive:

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They carry so many fun gift items, spreads, stuffed olives, etc. It’s also conveniently located across from a wine shop.

Enjoy,

T

My First Naked Cake

My first naked cake. I wasn’t sure what else to title this and that seemed fitting. This was my first attempt at making a pretty, naked cake and it won’t be my last! This one was from the 4th of July and I cannot wait to make another! Already have an idea for my next one. Maybe, I will make it for myself for the new website launch? Not a bad idea!

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{disclaimer: cake mix from a box and icing from a tub}

I am thinking pink, coral and gold for my next naked cake!

T

Preparing for Weekend Guests

I am overly excited that my sister, Annmarie, is flying into town tonight! I know her space in NYC is like most other NYC apartments; small & convenient. Ha! I wanted to make her feel comfortable in Alabama so I prepared a little bit more than usual. Naturally, I started with clean sheets and comforter for the spare bed. Then, I picked up a few of her favorites from the store. Rose wine is the top of her list, so I picked up a bottle (and a mini bottle for her bed tray). I stocked up on some snacks and sweets as well. Here are a few easy tips on preparing for your weekend guests, and making them feel at home at the same time!

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Since my sister is getting in late, I knew we both would be ready to munch a little as we caught up! I have a tray ready for her arrival that contains chilled wine, macaroons and some small snacks.

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These were too pretty not to photograph so much!

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I placed a tray at the end of our guest bed with a few “welcome” treats. Water & reading material are a must!

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Other items to include in your guest bedroom: reading lamp, fresh flowers and a notepad & pen.

Vintage Telephone Notepad | Rifle Paper Co.

Next, I wanted to make sure her bathroom was clean and had a few necessities.

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Remember to check if you have coffee, milk and other morning rituals on hand. Leaving coffee mugs out and ready for your guests will make them feel at home and more comfortable to help themselves when they are ready for coffee!

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Hope this helps in the panic of preparing for weekend guests! Cleaning is important, but little touches can make any visitor feel special. Can’t wait to enjoy the weekend with my sister!

xo,

T

4th of July Basket

Happy July! The 4th of July is definitely one of my favorite holidays! Living so close to the water has been amazing, and we waste no time getting out there on the weekends! A sweet friend gifted me this perfect boat basket for a wedding shower gift and it has come in handy more than a few times. Thank you, Suzanne! I thought it would be essential for our 4th of July holiday and watching the fireworks by the pier.

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Don’t mind the defrosting fruit below:

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Create “popcorn cones” from kraft paper and washi tape!

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Insulated Basket | Reisenthel

Plastic Wine Glasses | Govino

Bottle Opener | C. Wonder (Thanks Lyndsay!)

Patriotic Beer Koozies | The Southern Shirt Company

Plastic Bowls and/or Plates

Paper Straws

Fresh Fruit

Popcorn

Coca-Cola

Sparkling Water

Hoping to add a few DIY touches to our 4th of July so stay tuned,

T