Inspirational Books for Summer Reading

Summer was made for reading. The days are long and the opportunities are abundant! There are not many things more relaxing than sitting next to the pool or enjoying a night outdoors with a good book. If you’re looking for an inspirational book to read this summer, I’ve got you covered! These are a few of my favorites that I keep going back to, and also a few that are on my reading list for the next few months.  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! The 10X Rule has been recommended to me by so many entrepreneurs that I would be doing myself a disservice to not read it! Grant Cardone recommends concrete steps on how to take action and achieve your dreams.  Read more here! In this book, Rachel Hollis shares her tips on how to stop believing the lies that are keeping your from living a joy-filled life. She guarantees that you will laugh, cry, and learn as you take this journey with her.  Read more here! The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is considered one of the most inspiring books ever written. It has proven valuable to people in all walks of life and is definitely a must read!  Read more here! We have all struggled with feelings of loneliness. If you’re in that season right now, this book is for you! (And even if you’re not, I guarantee you will still gain so much from this one.) Read…
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Tasty Recipes for Your Grill (That Aren’t Just Burgers)

Grilling season is upon us! As much as I appreciate a perfectly grilled burger, it seems to be the go-to for every backyard barbecue. If you’re looking to branch out and try something new for your next cookout, look no further! I’ve found the very best sweet and savory grilling recipes from around the web, and now I’m sharing them with you. Enjoy!  Grilled Peaches with Honey | Cooking on the Front Burner Grilled Carrots with Chipotle Lime Dip | TidyMom Garlic Parmesan Grilled Potato Wedges | This Silly Girl’s Kitchen Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cabbage | Buy This Cook That Grilled Cornbread Jalapeno Poppers | Here Comes The Sun Simple Grilled Chicken Wings | Kleinworth & Co. Grilled Pound Cake Strawberry Shortcake | The Chic Site Marinated Beef Kebabs | Simply {Darr}ling Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple | The Recipe Critic Grilled Donuts | Tastes Better From Scratch Grilled Romaine Hearts with Caesar Vinaigrette | Dessert Now, Dinner Later! Grown-Up Grilled Cheese on the Grill | Julie Blanner Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops | Bitz & Giggles Easy Smoked Shrimp | Cook Eat Paleo Peanut Butter S’mores Pizza | A Turtle’s Life for Me   Can you believe all of those tasty treats can be prepared using the grill?! I know I’m ready for a cookout, what about you?  That S’mores Pizza is calling my name!   More Inspiration Still looking for a few more tasty recipes to serve at your next barbecue? Check out these other posts!  Super Tasty Homemade Brownies Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Three Ingredients Summer Fruit…
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8 Beautiful Cricut Projects Made with Wood

Cricut projects are taking over the DIY world! I’m a huge fan of the Cricut machine and the versatility it provides. I recently heard that the Cricut machine can be used to cut lightweight woods to create more dimension in your projects! I decided to take a look around and see what others have created using this method. In the process, I came across a few other beautiful projects that involve wood so I thought I would share. This beautiful sign is a perfect example of using wood with the Cricut machine to create a unique project. Love Create Celebrate shares an amazing tutorial on how to craft a beautiful sign of your own over on her blog. Newton Custom Interiors designed this fun piece using an existing wood sign she bought at a retailer. If you have a wood sign that you’re not loving, maybe you should check this project out and recycle it into a piece you’ll display with pride. If you’ve been on Pinterest in the past year, I guarantee you’ve seen a sign similar to this one. Christina’s Adventures made one for herself (along with a few other beautiful signs), if you’ve been wanting a farmhouse sign of your own this tutorial is for you. Although this project could be created using vinyl cutouts, My Sister’s Suitcase preferred the dimension that wood cutouts provide. She used multiple materials to create this sign and shares the pros and cons of them all. How beautiful is this sign made by Brooklyn Berry Designs?! She made this one for a wedding, but it would also make a…
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Patriotic Projects for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special day for many reasons. For many, it is the day that summer officially begins. Pools begin to open, it’s finally acceptable to wear white pants again, backyard cookouts are in full swing. But more importantly, it’s a day set aside to remember the service members who have sacrificed their lives protecting our freedom. To honor these brave men and women, we wear patriotic colors and wave our flag proudly. Here are a few patriotic projects that are perfect for your Memorial Day celebration.  If you’ve jumped on the Cricut train, this project is perfect for you! Kelly at Here Comes The Sun shares all her tips for creating this patriotic tee that will complete your Memorial Day outfit. D.D.’s Cottage and Design created this simple banner as a patriotic addition to her mantle. This patriotic wreath is the perfect way to dress up your front door for summertime. Kenarry shares an excellent tutorial on how to create this wreath. You could even trade out the sign on top with a phrase of your choosing! While this isn’t exactly a project, I couldn’t help but share. This creative balloon flag created by Ella Claire is such a fun way to decorate your backyard for a Memorial Day cookout! This is my favorite patriotic project. (I may be a bit biased.) I had so much fun creating this pillow last year, I’m so excited to display it again this year! Head over to Designers Sweet Spot for all the details! This inexpensive craft would be a wonderful patriotic centerpiece or decoration for your front porch…
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The Best Striped Wallpaper for Your Home

Wallpaper is something that most people despise. It disappeared from the home decor scene for a bit, but now it’s back (and better than ever)! Thanks to trendy new patterns and handy peel-and-stick application, you’re sure to fall back in love. We gathered some of our favorite striped wallpaper options that are sure to please any style. (We even added a few that stray beyond the traditional stripes if that’s more your speed.) Enjoy!  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Simple Shapes Watercolor Stripes Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 2. Blooming Wall Modern Black & White Textured Stripes Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 3. NuWallpaper Salvaged Wood Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 4. RoomMates Chevron Strip Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 5. HaokHome Modern Stripe Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 6. RoomMates Watercolor Stripe Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 7. The Wallscape Company Modern Stripes Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 8. York Wallcoverings Ashford Taffeta Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 9. RoomMates Modern Abstract Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 10. RoomMates Grasscloth Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 11. Canvas on Demand Striped Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 12. Roommates All Mixed Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 13. Simple Shapes Chevron Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 14. HaokHome Modern Stripe Textured Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 15. RoomMates Watercolor Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 16. Scooptour Wall Art Stripes Wallpaper. BUY NOW!   Are you dying to give wallpaper another shot after these beautiful pictures? I know I am! Wallpaper could be just the thing your home is lacking.  If you’ve already added wallpaper to your home, I’d love to hear about it!    More Inspiration Looking for more home decor inspiration? Check out these posts! …
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Spring Cricut Crafts You Can Create This Weekend

Spring is a time for celebrations of all types. Mother’s Day, graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, the list is endless. If you are like me, you enjoy creating unique gifts for the people you love. One of my favorite tools to use when creating these gifts is my Cricut machine. Here are a few spring Cricut crafts you can create this weekend to prepare for any celebration this season sends your way. Flowers are a beautiful gift but within only a few days, they are gone. These delicate paper flowers could be used to decorate for any event or as an easy addition to a spring wreath! Head over to Create and Babble for an excellent tutorial that will guarantee crafting success. This is one of many Cricut crafts I have created this spring. A custom t-shirt is a great gift for the grads in your life. I’ve shared all the details over on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Spring Break may be behind us, but summer is on its way! Refresh Restyle gives you all her tips on how to customize an overnight bag for trips to Grandmas or afternoons at the pool. Speaking of the pool, what better way to prepare for summer than customizing your own tumbler? A Little Craft in Your Day also shares how to get this cute graphic to make your crafting even more simple. Celebrations are usually synonymous with tasty treats! Get a head start on your party planning by creating these cupcake wrappers from Sugar Bee Crafts. If you’re stuck in a springtime decor rut, check out this beautiful spring…
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10 Easter Gifts Perfect for the Women in Your Life

Most of the time, Easter gifts are given to children. But who says they can’t be for the grownups too? Here are some of the top gifts this year for the women in your life – sisters, friends, moms, there’s something for everyone. (You might even have to get a few of them for yourself or send this to your hubby as a not so subtle hint, we won’t judge.) This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Godiva Assorted Truffles. Who doesn’t like chocolate? This cute Easter egg box adds a festive touch. BUY HERE! 2. Tea Forte Pyramid Tea Box. The colors of this beautiful packaging just remind me of springtime. This tea would be lovely served hot or cold, perfect for the changing seasons. BUY HERE! 3. Felt Letter Board. Letter boards are a very big trend right now in home decor.  Most women wouldn’t buy this for themselves, but I’m confident most would be thrilled to have it gifted to them! BUY HERE! 5. USB Essential Oil Diffuser. This handy gadget is perfect for transforming your vehicle into an oasis. It can also be used in your home as an easily portable alternative to your larger diffuser. BUY HERE! 6. Amazon Gift Card. I’ll be the first to admit that gift cards aren’t the most personal gifts. However, I couldn’t resist this adorable Easter egg packaging. BUY HERE! 7. Ceramic Hanging Planters. Easter and springtime are synonymous with new life.  I love how simple these succulent planters are,…
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15 Easter Gifts Your Kids Will Love

Can you believe that Easter is just over a month away?  This year seems to be flying by!  If Easter baskets are a tradition in your family, you are probably starting to think of gifts to include in your child’s basket.  We found a few exciting gifts that would make a great addition to any easter basket this year!  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Super Grow Easter Eggs.  These cute animals “hatch” out of their eggs with the help of a little water. This toy is by no means a new idea, but it always seems to be a hit. BUY HERE! 2. LEGO Easter Hunt Set.  I was shocked at the variety of Easter Lego sets on Amazon! You are sure to find one that your little builder will love. BUY HERE! 3. The Easter Story Egg. This is a gift for the whole family. The Easter Story Egg creates a family tradition around the true meaning of Easter. Your children will grow to look forward to this book year after year. BUY HERE! 4. Easter Egg Chalk. Sidewalk chalk is a great gift as spring is just around the corner! BUY HERE! 5. Easter Cross Magnetic Coloring Set.  Easily display your child’s Easter artwork with this cute cross displaying the meaning behind the holiday. BUY HERE! 6. Card Games.  There are many card games available for children these days but I love this cute Easter Go Fish game! BUY HERE! 7. Gardening Tools for Kids with…
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10 Laundry Rooms You’d Love to Spend Time In

Almost everyone I know dreads doing laundry (I personally find it relaxing). But a pretty laundry room might inspire you to tackle those piles of dirty clothes! Here are a few beautiful laundry rooms that might have you in full makeover mode this weekend. This laundry room is beautiful, but if you want to really appreciate it’s beauty head over to Twelve On Main for the before photos. Small budget? No problem! Julie Blanner demonstrates how some fresh paint and a few quick tricks can go a long way in a dark space. If you aren’t blessed with the luxury of a large laundry room, check out Lauren McBride  and her cute laundry closet. Houseful of Handmade was tired of the unused space she had between her washing machine and the wall so she created this handy sorting shelf! The bold flooring choice along with the painted cabinets make this laundry room one to remember. This makeover is another that you have to see to believe. Worthing Court created a beautiful and functional space out of what seemed to be a disaster. Check it out over on her blog! Sometimes simple is best! Copycatchic repainted her cabinet to a beautiful gray and added a few accessories to give her laundry space whole new feel. Lemon Thistle transformed a corner of her unfinished basement into this beautiful laundry room.  She created a beautiful space while still maintaining plenty of functional storage space because everyone needs more storage, right? This laundry room has to be one of my favorites. It shares a space with the mudroom which is so practical. I love…
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Easy Makeup Organization Ideas

Every woman that I know has some amount of makeup or cosmetic product that they use on a daily basis.  Sometimes the drawers they are kept in can get messy, making it harder to find things that you need. Here are a few great products to make your makeup organization so simple! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Not all organization solutions have to be solely practical. This pretty glass organizer adds a nice decor aspect to your countertop. BUY NOW! This set of drawers can grow as your makeup collection does by adding additional storage to the top of the unit. BUY NOW! A bamboo drawer organizer is the perfect solution for all your organizing needs. This one expands depending on the amount of storage needed and space available. BUY NOW! A simple plastic divider like this provides so many options. These units are even stackable when storing your smaller items. BUY NOW! One of the best things about this organizer is how small and sleek it looks in the drawer. It would be the perfect size for storage your chapstick, hair ties, or other small items somewhere for easy access! BUY NOW! Although containers like this usually make me think of college dorm rooms, the handle on this one could really come in handy! Plus the deep compartments would be perfect for storing face wash, makeup remover, and other tall bottles. BUY NOW! These cute jars are another storage option that double as…
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