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Let’s lay it all out! One of the things I buy too much of in the summer are blankets and towels for the beach or poolside. Who’s with me? I can’t resist the new colors and designs of the season along with the feel of a new towel/blanket. I know call me crazy! But to be completely honest I’m always in need of them especially with my kiddos and having a pool. Not to mention we always leave one somewhere. This summer is no exception to my obsession. Here are a few of my favorites for summer!

ONE KINGS LANE / Sofia Round Beach Blanket, Navy $98


URBAN OUTFITTERS / Printed Grid Perfect Towel $19

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URBAN OUTFITTERS / Lady Perfect Beach Towel $19.99


Bando / Vacation Beach Towel $38


ASOS / Lolli Rainbow Heart Towel $98


ASOS / Seafolly Rainstorm Beach Throw $59


Graymalin / Maroubra Bay Oversized Beach Towel $99


Now that I have shared my summer obsession with you, what are some of your must haves for summer?!


This time a year we have a TON of spring and summer birthdays! So I thought I would share a quick gift idea for those times when your tired of the gift card giving. Now don’t get me wrong I love a gift card just as much as the next gal but sometimes it’s just nice to go shopping and put a variety of goodies that work together. I also added a few coordinating pom poms to the handles just to make it more personal and fun! I always try to make sure that all items I gift like this can be used, even the packaging.









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Now I don’t know about you but I love a good summer tote with goodies inside! What are some of your favorite summer gift ideas?


One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to make Smore’s. This idea came to me as I was casually eating a few the entire bag of frosted animal crackers right out of the bag! Of course I then had to rush to the store to get another bag and these “YUMMY” smore’s came to be!


  • Graham crackers
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Frosted animal crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Nonpareil sprinkles
  • Ghirardelli white chocolate
  • Pink food coloring


Start by adding a few drops of pink food coloring to your vanilla frosting until you have the pink color you desire and set aside. I kept mine pretty light.

Continue by laying out your graham crackers, add a small amount of pink frosting then add your white chocolate and a few frosted animal crackers.

You will now roast your marshmallow. You just want to make sure it’s nice and soft.

Place your roasted marshmallow on top of your already set s’mores add some more frosting, frosted animal crackers and sprinkles. Top it off with another graham cracker and enjoy!

These S’mores are so simple to make and not only do they look great but they taste amazing! That is if your into sweets! What’s your favorite type of Smore’s?

Eat your “Mini Heart Out”! These mini mousse pies are quick, easy and sure to hit the spot. I wanted to make these for a Valentine’s Day treat that was not only light but sweet. However, you can totally make these for any event by simply changing the color and garnish. I normally make one large pie, as this is one of my family favorites. You may remember me sharing these last year but I did not have a blog at the time and I was not able to share all the goodie details.

You won’t believe how simple these are to put together!

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  • Mini graham ready pie crusts
  • 1 – Jell-O instant chocolate pudding 3.9 oz box
  • 1 – Jell-O instant vanilla pudding 3.9 oz box (you could also use strawberry cream instant pudding)
  • Pink  food coloring
  • coolwhip
  • Whipped cream
  • Clear sprinkles
  • Heart gummies for garnish


  • First start out by mixing your chocolate and vanilla pudding in seperate bowls as stated on the box. Once you have finished, add a small amount of pink food coloring to your vanilla pudding and set aside.
  • Take half of your chocolate pudding and add a cup of mixed cool whip.
  • Prep your graham cracker pie crust and start by adding a layer of chocolate pudding then a layer of your cool whip/chocolate layer and finally your vanilla pudding layer.
  • Refridgerate pies.
  • Remove from fridge when you are ready to serve and garnish by adding whipped cream and gummy heart. ( I used a toothpick to hold up the hearts ) Then just add sprinkles.

You can also make one large pie and cover it with a layer of cool whip and sprinkles! Now you are ready to share and enjoy!

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What is your favorite flavor of pudding?