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June 12, 2015

Add some color, fun and flavor to your summer with one of these adorable DIY projects! (click through for links to each one)

Don’t you just want some pineapple now? I know I do!

Every morning we were in Hawaii we had fresh pineapple at breakfast. There’s really nothing like it! If you adore pineapple too here are a few cute DIYs to try. I’ve also included two fun summer DIYs that would be cute at any party!

1. A painted pineapple ukulele?!? Yes, please (even if I can’t play it).

2. Teeny tiny alphabet confetti. Any type nerd (like myself) will love this.

3. Alphabet chalk—perfect for summer party favors.

4.  Homemade pineapple ice cream served in a pineapple of course.

I’m also loving:

These painted pineapple AND banana canvas slip-ons.

These bright painted placemats that remind me of beach balls.

These watercolor fruit coasters. Perfect for my watermelon punch.

Best Watermelon Products

June 10, 2015

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The June wallpaper is proof—I’m watermelon crazy!

But that’s ok because summer is the time to be watermelon crazy, right? I mean, why not put a watermelon on it. I’m loving the watermelon trend these days and it seems like everything is cuter with watermelon seeds on it.

1. diy garland kit / 2. zippered pouch / 3. Ban.do tote bag / 4. hairbrush / 5. Keds Champion sneakers / 6. socks / 7. foil balloons

If you’re watermelon crazy too, be sure to check out my watermelon punch with watermelon ice cubes!

#Pride4Everybody: Grapefruit Mint Granita Punch

June 9, 2015

This grapefruit mint granita punch is the perfect drink to serve at pride month parties and any other get together this summer! #Pride4Everybody #Punch4Everybody #ad

June is Pride month what better way to celebrate than with a delicious cocktail, right? This grapefruit mint granita punch is the perfect beverage to serve at your next summer get together. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be one of your new favorite icy punch recipes. It’s easy to make (no cooking involved!) and only requires an ice cube tray and a blender. So whether you’re hosting an after parade pride party or just celebrating a sunday funday this month, this easy punch recipe is sure to be a hit!

Ruby Red Grapefruit Smirnoff? Yes, please! Can't wait to try this recipe.

Grapefruit Mint Granita Punch
Makes 8 servings

Ingredients: 4 cups grapefruit juice / 1/2 cup ginger ale / 4 tablespoons mint simple syrup / 1-1/2 cups Smirnoff Ruby Red Grapefruit / honey / sanding sugar / grapefruit wedges + fresh mint for garnish

Supplies: ice cube tray / small glasses / cocktail spoons

Freeze grapefruit juice and an ice cube tray to create a granita style punch you'll want to serve all summer long.

Step 1: Pour grapefruit juice into ice cube trays and freeze until solid or overnight.

Step 2: Meanwhile, pour honey in a shallow dish and sanding sugar in another. Dip the rim of each glass in honey and then in the sanding sugar. Shake off the excess and allow it to dry.

Step 3: Once the juice is frozen, place the ice cubes in a blender. Add the ginger ale and mint simple syrup and blend until smooth. Pour in Smirnoff and pulse a few times until mixed together. Divide the mixture evenly between four small cocktail glasses.

Step 4: Garnish each glass with a fresh grapefruit wedge and fresh mint. Serve with a small spoon and cheers!

If you’re looking for more great #Punch4Everybody recipes, check out my watermelon mint agua fresca punch for another delicious, fresh punch!

Swap sanding sugar for sea salt in this sweet and tangy grapefruit granita punch recipe.

This grapefruit mint granita punch looks so delicious!

This grapefruit mint granita-style punch is the perfect drink to serve at pride parties and just-because parties this summer!

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Retro Metal Patio Chair and Table Makeover

June 8, 2015

Loving this retro patio set refresh! Click through for tips on refinishing metal outdoor furniture and see the before and after.

I’m super excited to announce that newest issue of Merry is now available! If you’re not familiar with the super stylish DIY and lifestyle mag, then you’re in for a real treat today. Merry is an online magazine edited by my talented friend Melissa, of The Sweet Escape, and is a must read this summer. Myself, along with a ton of other talented bloggers, contributed to the summer issue. Be sure to view it today to see some great summer projects, including my retro patio furniture makeover!

Loving this online lifestyle DIY mag. It's chock full of great summer project ideas!

I’ve always adored vintage patio furniture so when I spotted this chair and table combo at a local antique store I knew it had to be mine! The price was great and it was in overall condition was good though it has some areas of rust. With a little elbow grease, and a lot of spray paint I transformed this set into a fun, statement piece for our backyard. The icing on the cake are the stenciled daisies on the side table!

These fifties shell chairs are a cute addition to any patio or porch. Click through to see how they were transformed!

Supplies: metal patio furniture / spray paint (coral + white) / sandpaper / dremel with sanding bands / daisy stencil / painter’s tape / kraft or newspaper
Time: 1 hour + drying time

A Dremel is a super helpful tool for any DIYer. You can use it for sanding metal furniture and more.

Step 1: Use sandpaper or a Dremel with sanding bands to remove rust and smooth out any areas where the paint is peeling. I started with the Dremel and then sanded the areas by hand using a fine grit sanding block.

Use a nylon scrub brush to clean metal furniture without scratching the paint.

Step 2: After sanding, use soap and a nylon scrub brush to clean the furniture. Rinse well and let it dry in the sun. This took all but about 10 minutes in the Florida sun.

Step 3: Paint away! I found it best to apply multiple thin coats and allowing it to dry only about 5 minutes between coats. I used 2 cans of the coral paint per chair and 1 can for the entire side table.

Allow the spray paint to dry completely before flipping the chairs over or this will happen!

Note: You will need to flip the chairs over to paint the underside. Wait at least 72 hours before doing this. I learned the hard way and only waited 24 hours and the kraft paper I set them on stuck to the chairs! I was able to remove it with fine sandpaper and simply paint over it but it did add more work!

Use a tape measure to find the center of the table.

Step 4: Use a tape measure or large ruler to find the center of the table and mark it with a pencil.

Use kraft paper to mask off the area around a stencil when using spray paint.

Step 5: Position the large daisy stencil in the center of the table and adhere the edges with painter’s tape. Then use kraft paper or newsprint to protect the other areas from overspray.

Love this coral color of spray paint.

Love this daisy stenciled patio side table.

Step 6: Only one coat is need for each stencil. Carefully lift the stencil and the kraft/newsprint paper.

Love this modern fauna stencil design.

Step 7: Reapply the other stencils, one at a time, making sure to mask off all other areas to avoid overspray. Allow everything to dry for at least 24 hours before using.

Love this stenciled patio side table with daisies on it. Such a cure way to add a pop of color to the patio!

Love this retro patio set before and after! Click through for the how-to.

Find even more summer DIY projects, recipes and wallpapers over on my summer page!