THE FAIR

one of my favorite traditions from my childhood summers is going to the fair at my grandmas house. my whole family would make the four-hour drive in the heat of mid-july up to my grandma's in michigan. there, we'd meet up with our cousins and spend a day or two riding rides, eating (too much) funnel cake, and spending quality time with the best family. this past summer, we picked the tradition back up after being too busy the last few years. i documented our time with some photos and a short video! keep scrolling for all the images!
 






it was seriously such a nice day!


my cute cousin alicia^^

 

























do you have any yearly tradition that you love? the fair is one of my favorites. until next year! -m

BLUEBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES


lemon and blueberries. this fruity combo has been my favorite lately - and these popsicles sealed the deal! they're the perfect combo of sweet, sour, and refreshing, making them the best thing for the heat of summer! my siblings couldn't even wait for me to finish shooting the pops, they tasted so good! plus, they're so incredibly easy to make.


INREDIENTS

  • one pitcher lemonade (either freshly squeezed or from a mix)
  • one cup blueberry simple syrup (click here for a simple syrup recipe!)
  • blueberries for garnish

SUPPLIES
  • popsicle molds
  • popsicle sticks


DIRECTIONS

  1. fill a clean popsicle mold 3/4 of the way with lemonade
  2. use a 1/4 simple syrup to fill the mold the rest of the way (you can switch up the ratios or lemon to blueberry depending on which flavor you'd like to be stronger)
  3. add a few berries to the top
  4. insert the popsicle sticks and freeze for about 4-5 hours
  5. once frozen, run the molds nder hot water, remove the pops, and enjoy!













what combinations are your favorite? almost any can be made into popsicles. one of my all-times faves is chocolate peanut butter.... we may be on to something my friends. we'll see! -m

LAYERED PHOTOBOOTH BACKDROP (THAT ONLY TAKES 10 MINUTES!)


as we're moving out of the graduation season and into summer, i thought it would be a great idea to share one of my favorite party DIY's that is always super simple and an awesome addition to any gathering! (if you couldn't already tell from the title, it's a photobooth!) my younger sister just had her graduation and party last week, so to add a different dynamic, we created this super easy layered photobooth!

SUPPLIES

  • plastic tablecloths in two or more colors (we got ours from the dollar store!)
  • scissors
  • scotch blue tape



step one: remove all tablecloths from their packaging and lay them out on a clean, flat surface.

step two: the folds created by the packaging should be visible when the tablecloths are laid out. cut along those folds, creating three to four strips, each around one and a half feet wide.


step three: using the scotch tape, attach each strip of tablecloth to your backdrop basis. (eg. a flat wall) start from the bottom and work your way up, alternating colors as you go. this step is the most time consuming; you may want take a spontaneous dance break half way through. 

step four: set up the camera, hang some lights, and get posing! 













UO SUMMER FAVES

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it's finally summer. the sun is out, the pool is open, but my clothes are seriously lackin. anyone with me? (insert sassy hand raise emoji here) i don't think i've actually been to a mall in three months because i've been so busy. yikes, right? enter shopathome.com - the lovechild of saving time/money and stylish shopping - where after signing up for free, you have access to coupons and deals to more than 1,000 of your favorite stores (j.crew, nordstrom, target, urban outfitters, you name it!). and after saving enough money and earning enough cash back, THEY'LL SEND YOU A CHECK. IN THE MAIL. WITH MONETARY VALUE. seriously people, why wait to sign up to a site that saves you money and PAYS YOU FOR SHOPPING? not to mention, you don't even have to get up from the couch.  i've picked a few of my faves from UO that i can definitely see myself wearing this summer season, all with benefits from shopathome.com! how amazing is that embellished blue tank? heart eyes all around. -m