friday’s favorites

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My favorite things this week…

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{nothing says summer more than going to a baseball game}

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{we are becoming regulars at BleakHouse…but really, who could resist Captain Crunch inspired waffles}

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{doesn’t this cute chalkboard sign at Mayberry Ice Cream just make you want to cool off with some ice cream}

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{my new go-to dress on these hot, humid July days…so comfortable and breezy}

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{exploring the Berlin Painter exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art}

Happy weekend, everyone!

friday’s favorites

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

My favorite things this week…

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{exploring Oak Openings on a family nature walk}

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{I could eat this every day…the A.M. Superfoods Bowl at First Watch}

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{can’t believe I’ve lived in Toledo for over 17 years, and I’ve never tried a Schmucker’s pie}

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{the succulent cupcakes that my friend, Sarah, created for my Crafternoon event…check out her work on Facebook at Sugar Sugar or Instagram at Sugar Sugar Baked}

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{the new Curate flavors of LaCroix…blackberry cucumber is my new go-to}

Happy weekend!

friday’s favorites

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

My favorite things this week…

{my latest find at the antique shop…which I promptly put to good use as a beverage container at our Fourth of July festivities}

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{not sure about the taste, but look at that label…our bulldog, Cece Belle, could have been the model}

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favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{my very fun and trendy jewelry that I wore for the Fourth…love those tassels}

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{what a great combination…hydrangeas and monograms!  love this super cute hostess gift created by my friend, Lexi}

It was a crazy week at our house…the holiday falling mid-week, and Audrey’s college roommate visited from South Carolina this week.  Therefore, little to no (ok, no) blogging occurred!  I’ll have some new posts up next week…

Happy weekend, everyone!

friday’s favorites

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

My favorite things this week…

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{a fun treat on National Donut Day}

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{a gorgeous centerpiece}

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{berry picking, and then berry baking…lots of berry baking}

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{guess where I found this patriotic magnet board…my favorite place, the Target Dollar Spot}

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{crisp, new pillows for the gazebo}

Happy weekend!

friday’s favorites

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

My favorite things this week…

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{my seasonal favorite is back…the roasted corn salad}

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{a long overdue pedi, and just in time for pool season}

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{guess where these cute tins came from!  I’ll give you a hint…it starts with a T and ends in ARGET}

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{a robust rhododendron}

Happy weekend and happy Memorial Day…enjoy the holiday!

graduation gift ideas

Well, it’s that time of year…school is ending and high school seniors are graduating.  It was just last year that I experienced this rite of passage for the first time with our oldest daughter.  It’s hard to believe that she just completed her first year of college and is home for the summer!  Even though I don’t have a child graduating this year, we have been invited to our fair share of grad parties, and I thought I would share some of my favorite picks for grad gifts!

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  • laundry bag…No matter where the graduate is headed in life, dirty laundry will be a part of it.  Throw in a roll of quarters, detergent, and dryer sheets, or a Target gift card, and this grad will think of you every time he or she heads to the laundry room!

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  • echo dot…This little gadget can do just about anything…except that dirty laundry!  And it’s the perfect size for a dorm room.

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  • shower caddy…My daughter had one similar to this her first year of college, and she really liked it.  All those pockets and compartments make it perfect for carrying all the essentials to the dorm showers!  Bonus…you can have it personalized with a monogram.  Throw in a fun shower gel and soap, and your graduate will love it!

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  • initial notebook…Perfect for keeping track of all those assignments, lists, schedules, and dreams in your life…AND I love the vibrant colors and gold-embossed initials!

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  • ‘she believed she could’ bracelet…This slender cuff bracelet would be great for reminding a special grad of the power believing in herself.  It comes in gold, silver, and (my favorite) rose gold.

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  • personalized stationery…I know we live in a world of technology, and most communication is done via text or email.  However, every young adult should learn the fine art of letter writing and personalized stationery makes quite a statement!

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  • weekender bag…This canvas bag is perfect for those weekend trips home from college or to visit a friend!  It comes in several colors, and it can be personalized with a monogram.  Definitely a useful gift!

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  • s’well water bottle…I must give credit to my daughter for this gift idea.  She gave s’well water bottles to her friends in their soon-to-be college colors last year.  A great idea for the guys, as well as the girls!  They keep hot drinks hot, cold drinks cold, and they are eco-friendly.

In case none of these gifts work for you, I would suggest the gift that all graduates love…CASH!  What college kid can’t use some of that!!

friday’s favorites

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

My favorite things this week…

favorites | polka dots and picket fences

{when you go there twice in one week and order the same item, you know you have a new favorite}

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{sweet gestures on Mother’s Day}

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{THE surprise of all surprises}

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{some proud mom moments this week…academic awards assembly and a recorder concert}

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{an impromptu lunch/ coffee date with friends at Bleak House, which led to the discovery of this delicious roasted veggie panini}

Happy weekend, everyone!