What I’m lovin’ in June

Whatever happened to things slowing down when the weather gets warm? The only thing slowing down is my energy being zapped by this blanket of humidity that’s taken over Columbia!

June went by in such a flash my list of June-lovin’ wasn’t ready until July – I do hope you’ll forgive me!

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1. Planning my imaginary vacation through airbnb’s Instagram feed.

There’s a such thing as #TreeHouseTuesday which led to me starting a “wish list” of all the treehouses I want to visit.

Like this one in Vermont:

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this one also makes me long for snow… 🙂

2. Vintage clothes.

This one should be pretty obvious by now, but as a short gal stuck between junior & adult styles who dislikes both, vintage clothing has saved my work wardrobe from looking very confused.

In addition, I love the way vintage clothes are constructed – sturdy, comfortable (and oh-so-soft!) and timeless.

I just got this fabulous shirt from Saint & Rambler Vintage a few weeks ago at the market:

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A few months ago after I made my first dress ever (the #OutAndAboutDress by Sew Caroline – you can see my picture here on Instagram), I found a tutorial for adding tulip sleeves which I added to my “make this!” list. Unfortunately, I haven’t made an Out & About Dress with Tulip Sleeves (yet!), but when I saw this shirt I knew I had to have it!

Aren’t the tulip sleeves just the best thing ever?!

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3. Succulents.

They’re everywhere right now! I see them all over Etsy in listing photos and on all the hip design people’s Instagrams.

Well I’m neither hip nor much of a plant enthusiast (after the time my cat knocked over my only indoor plant I vowed to never have an indoor plant so long as Mr. Norton is still alive & kickin’…literally). However, I saw this baby hens & chicks succulent at IKEA for $3 and fell in love:

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I named him Theodore and took him to my office before Mr. Norton realized he had been in the house.

I’m happy to report that a month later, Theodore is still very much alive which is a significant improvement from the fate of Dutchess Jamie Lynn the orchid. Apparently hens & chicks are hard to kill (thank goodness!).

4. Garden fresh tomatoes!

The garden we planted at my grandparents is flourishing so of course, my appreciation for fresh produce goes beyond May. 🙂

There’s really nothing more tasty than a sun-ripened tomato sandwich on fresh baked bread (try Heather’s Artisan Bakery at the Soda City market!) slathered in Duke’s mayonnaise and sprinkled with a little sea salt & fresh ground pepper. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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Also lovin’ the fact that my sister is successfully growing lots of cherry tomatoes – and she doesn’t even like tomatoes! Thus, I have been getting little deliveries of tomatoes for the past few weeks 🙂

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5. Light & fresh summer recipes from Cooking With A Wallflower.

Recently, she posted a recipe for a Cheesy Tomato Basil Quesadilla that I tried with a spin (I’ll post my spin on the recipe soon!) using the tomatoes from my sister’s backyard garden. It was heavenly!!

I hope you loved June as much as I did and Happy Independence Day!!

{Catch up on all What I’m Lovin’ monthly posts here}

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What I’m lovin’ in May

Today is the first of a recurring series I’m calling “What I’m lovin’!”.

Here’s how it works: On the last Friday of every month, I’ll share a list of all the things I’m lovin’ during the month.

I’m so excited to share this month’s with you – it gave me motivation to look past the 90 degree heat and thick humidity that has engulfed Columbia to see all there is to love about May!

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1. Colorful, fresh produce is in season!

Last month, my family and I filled my grandparent’s garden with tiny plants that have blossomed and are now bearing fruit and vegetables for us to enjoy!

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Little baby butternut squash plant

First zucchini of the season from the family garden!

First zucchini of the season from the family garden!

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Fresh lettuce from my front yard garden 🙂

 

2. Workouts from Work Hard Eat Harder!

It’s just a bonus that my newest blogger obsession also happens to be a high school classmate of mine (so it’s verified: she’s pretty stellar).

The first workout of hers I tried was the 20 minute Treadmill Blast – and as a runner who completed a half marathon a few months ago I tell you..this was tough! But it left me wanting more! I also tried her Egg-o-cado recipe and have been making it several times a week as a post-workout breakfast – quick, easy & delicious!

My favorite workout so far is the Total Body Circuit – tried it with the Hubs and he also loved it!

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I love the combination of a workout + a recipe in Alex’s posts. She also includes links to videos that demonstrate some of the moves which is really helpful for the uncoordinated, clueless people of the world like me! There’s also very little (if any) equipment required so you can try these high intensity workouts wherever you are!

 

3. The Etsy #CraftParty is just around the corner! I’m helping some fellow crafty friends {Shanika of Life is Pichey & Emily from Butterfly Vintage} plan the event in Columbia! We’re so excited about it!

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If you’re wondering what the world it is, check out Etsy’s website for details about this international event. If you’re local, mark your calendar for June 6th from 6-9pm & come craft with us on the patio of First Citizens Cafe on Main Street – a block from the State House! Be sure to follow Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook for the latest event details and for all things crafty in Columbia!

 

4. The fabric on my new Super Tote bag!

Not only is the fabric sweet, the pattern (from Noodlehead) is stellar – classic and oh-so-useful! 

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5. Roses are bloomin’ all over!

You may have seen my post at the beginning of the month about my Coretta Scott King rose bush so you know how much I love roses! Well, I’m happy to say that my rose bush is doing ok in my flower bed out front! My Gammy would be so proud! 🙂

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6. My Magic Bullet I’m really putting some miles on that thing!

If you’re in the mood for a smoothie, check out my latest Tasty Tuesday post for an easy-peasy, healthy recipe to keep you cool in the summer heat!

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AND it’s my anniversary month!

What are you lovin’ about May?