SNACKS // healthiest, simplest, funnest snack around

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For the 4th of July my mom made the cutest snacks–watermelon stars! So unexpected and fun! I’ve been meaning to post it and I figured even though I’m late, summer isn’t over yet!!!! This cute idea would be perfect for any time of the year really: a fun breakfast addition or a kid’s party or play date or just for FUN :) Good for adults too! :)

Directions:
1. // slice watermelon (or another kind of melon) into 1 in thick round slices
2. // press the cookie cutter into the round slice, carefully press out the shape
3. // discard the rind, eat the extra pieces! :)

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You can find unique cookie cutters on etsy for cheap! Below are a few I thought were pretty cool. Also, I don’t have kids, but I think any kid would love their name spelled out in watermelon letters, right?! Everyone loves seeing their own name :) :) Batman and lightning bolts are pretty sweet too!

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cookie cutters via// cloud // batman // starfish // lightning bolt

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For the walls // black and white photography

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I’m thinking about printing some large black and white photographs for our walls. I love the simplicity. Did you know you can get black and white architectural prints made at kinkos for $4?! Maybe I’ll print off a big picture of Bingley to make us smile? :)

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Randolf Street Market, Chicago // NEW RUG!

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This square, colorful, rug couldn’t be more perfect for our little dining nook. It makes me so happy!!! Seems like it was made for the space. I bought it on Sunday at the Randolph Street Market. The gals from Amelia Jane Vintage gave me a deal. I always get e-mails about the market and have wanted to go and on Sunday we actually went!! Yeaaaa!! :) Summer is all about making things happen!

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A few lovely things above!^^^ eames chair & sputnik chandelier // bertoia chair // pretty aztec tufted sofa // turqouise striped vintage camper // …I also loved these mirrored panels below!

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>>our little place is slowly coming together! I haven’t shopped much, but I couldn’t pass up the rug. All you need are a few pieces to pull a room together! :) Still in progress, but it’s been a lot of fun! …maybe if we stay here long enough I’ll be able to change that light fixture! :) >> next up: art on the walls!

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 ^^^ love these two. xoxo ^^^
PS! I updated / S I M P L I F I E D my about page! :) and I added Bingley to the front page of the blog! He’s just tooooo cute!

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Apartment // pattern & color love

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We’ve been in our new place for a little over a month. Things are finally starting to come together. I added more color to our place than I had invisioned from my initial moodboard…I love leather and neutral colors, but I want to work with what I already have and I have quite a few colorful things that I love! So, I’m going with it! :) I haven’t really shopped much for our place, but I did splurge on a little Moroccan pillow! More apartment love to come.

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