Make Your Backyard COZY with a Swing or Hammock!

Hey Friends!

Alright, is there anyone else out there that REFUSES to think about back to school stuff.  I am still in peak SUMMER MODE :-)

And to go along with my denial of it already being AUGUST, I wanted to post some of the loveliest summer outdoor swings, hammock and landscape ideas!

I think this is brilliant!!!  I could sit around that fireplace for hours and just swing away :-)

What do you think of this treehouse/hammock arrangement!?  I think it looks like a lot of fun :-)

You can add some hanging lights to make the perfect little area for your hammock. 


Even adding some smaller twinkle or clear Christmas lights really add ambiance.  It almost looks magical :-)

This fireplace/hammock area looks so relaxing!

And then we have the uber creative "free pallet" design people!  I love it!

What a place to escape too!  I am sure the view is beautiful and you could just read in the shade for the whole afternoon.  (because you don't have any responsibility/kids/housework or anything like that keeping you from having to work - right? wink wink)


I bought this XXL Hand Woven Hammock last June and LOVE LOVE it!  It's absolutely the best and my kids enjoy it as much as us adults do.  It's big and can actually hold 4 people. (If you wanted - hee,hee)

As you can see, next to our hammock is an outdoor sports pickleball court but you can easily get creative and make your OWN backyard games!  I love this simple tic tac toe design :-)

I'm not sure where to buy round black and white markers but making a checkers pad would be REALLY easy with colored landscape tiles :-)


This outdoor CHESS game area is simply fantastic! (or obviously, for those not as interested in chess, you can play hop scotch - ha!)

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There you have it my friends!  Hopefully lots of fun inspiration to get your creative juices flowing! Have a great week :-)

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Have You Ever Wanted a Kitchen Booth Eating Nook? :-)

Hey Friends!

In the house I grew up in, we had a BOOTH breakfast nook.  Yep, it was like a cute little diner for all our breakfasts and homework assignments!

I think it's a great use of kitchen space and wanted to show you some fantastic examples of built in kitchen or eating table areas:-)


Ah, Seaside Paradise!


You can really save space if you plan it out right!


Hydrangeas make any home decor look special :-)


Just add a bench under the kitchen window and away you go!  Love the black white and green color scheme.

This red one below reminds me a lot of my eating area growing was right in the kitchen.

You can just create built in seats under a window for a perfect eating area!

I love coral and turquoise against a white backdrop. 

This table set up below could fit at least 10!  I like it :-)

What a great vignette - the wood beam ceiling is very cool!

I love the knotted wood floor and that dark wooden table is LOVELY!!


The view is just an extra - hee, hee.

I might not eat a LONG time at this table (doesn't look super comfy!) but it sure looks elegant!

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OK, maybe this one reminds me most of the one I "grew up" in :-)

All to say though, I really like kitchen eating nooks :-)


What are your thoughts??  

Would you dislike having a "shared seat" or having to scoot in and out?  Or does the space saving coziness make a kitchen eating nook alluring for you?

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Well my friends,

I suppose it didn't surprise me when this little munchkin asked me to make her a hot pink and black zebra cake for her birthday :-)

(Yes, she made this entire "cat" outfit herself!)

At first I was a little overwhelmed as I thought the only way to make a cake like that would be to use fondant and I didn't really feel like trying to figure out STRIPES! :-)

Thankfully, Michael's craft store came to my rescue and I found this Duff Edible Decorating Paper - Animal Prints on sale for 9.00

The edible paper along with some Betty Crocker pink icing, Duncan Hines frosting and Wilson's zebra candy hearts I was SET!!!!  WOOO WHOOOO!!!!

I think she really liked it :-)

I used an 8" cake pan and a Pyrex glass bowl that was about 5" wide.  

I had to cut the edible papers a little thinner to accommodate the cake but it was SUPER EASY!  (I think it was not as thick because I only used ONE box for the two cakes.)

I just frosted it up, put on the paper, use the easy pre-made pink icing tube and laid on the hearts! 

Overall the entire cake cost me around $19.00 :-)  

There you have it!  

If you want to see more EASY birthday cake ideas check out my other postings :-)

KitKat and M&M cake

Have a GREAT weekend my friends!  

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