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Summer Living has started in Maine, and I’m so excited.  Living in the North East, we literally count the days until we can hang out outside again without freezing!  

 This post is part of a Blog Hop with some of my favorite blogging friends.  At the end of this post, you will want to link up to their “Summer Living” posts for some more summer inspiration. So if you are visiting from Katrin, Jelica, Tanya or Sam’s Blogs: WELCOME!

Summer Living, to me, means just “chilling” and creating spaces in my home where my family and friends feel comfortable just hanging out in their flip-flops & napping in any space they land.  I think we have all been places where we are afraid to touch anything or place anything down in fear of messing up the perfection… That is the opposite of “Summer Living”.

 Instead I want to create a coastal retreat in my home…

  

My top 5 tips for creating a coastal retreat are:
  1. Stay away from “matchy-matchy decor.  Think hotel room…enough said!
  2. Put valuables in a safe place. I am not against fragile family heirlooms; I have many.  Just put them behind glass or up high.  The next time you walk into a room, look at it and ask yourself, “If a toddler were to come into this space, what would I need to remove?”
  3. Find furniture with slipcovers.  That way, when people put their feet on the couch when they have just spent the day at the beach or hiking, you’re fine with that. Bed Bath and Beyond has slipcovers if you have furniture that is hard to clean.
  4. Shop at second-hand stores, Facebook Market place, Craigslist, etc. for your furniture.  There is a peace of mind when your children are playing “couch football” (yes, that is a sport in my house!) on a couch that only cost you $200 as opposed to $2,000.
  5. Keep your spaces clutter-free.  Piles of junk make people feel stressed out.  Take some time to organize your home.  I highly recommend the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  Organizing isn’t a part of my skill set, so I have tried many tips from others, and for some reason, this one helped me the most.  My favorite tip from her book is she has you ask of your stuff, “Does this spark joy?” and if it doesn’t get rid of it!  So I do!  
  6. ADD TEXTURE TO YOUR SPACE! This tip is my favorite tip and the one I am going to show you today!
I am literally giddy to share this tip with you today.

I am in LOVE with our new plantation shutters from Sunburst Shutters

A good example of my #2 tip for creating a coastal retreat is this couch!  I literally check Facebook Marketplace daily.  And one day while I was scrolling I found this beautiful sleeper sofa for $200! The mattress was still in plastic, and it was only one year old! SCORE!! 

I had always wanted white plantation shutters at our beach house.  I love how they always add such a relaxed coastal vibe.  When Sunburst Shutters decided to collaborate with us, I went on their website and saw that they not only had white shutters, but they had different colors as well as reclaimed wood shutters…WHAT??? 

Yep…It was true!  Not only that but look what their website says about their reclaimed wood:

THESE SHUTTERS LOOK GOOD & ARE GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!

Most customers call these shutters “stunning,” “gorgeous,” or “beautiful.” But reclaimed wood shutters from Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions are environmentally-friendly too. You can feel good about that. No other shutter company can offer you a reclaimed wood shutter that’s built to the high standards that Sunburst is known for. These reclaimed shutters are fully functional, durable, and Made in the USA. But you may never get passed their good looks…

Here are just a few of the many benefits of reclaimed wood shutters from Sunburst:

  • Each shutter component is unique in color and appearance
  • Environmentally friendly. This is wood harvested from old buildings, barns, and fences that may have otherwise been dumped in a landfill
  • A unique way to showcase reclaimed wood in your home or commercial building
  • A great complement to other reclaimed building materials and furniture

We had them installed in all of the front windows on the first floor!  I think I may need to get more for the kitchen windows!  What do you think?

Don’t they look so cozy?  I thought they might be too dark, but the texture is so perfect with the white walls and light neutral decor I have in our home.

I think you might want to check out all of the great products at Sunburst Shutters and maybe even get some more ideas, so click here.  And don’t forget to click on the blog posts below for some more summer inpiration!

 

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I love watches.  Yes, even in the age of smartphones and smartwatches, I love the look of a beautiful watch. That’s why when I heard from this classy watch company from London, I knew right away I wanted to work with them.

“Our mission is delivering the art of watchmaking at an affordable price point for all.” –Adexe

Classy & affordable…

Yes, please!

As soon as my watch arrived in the mail from Adexe, I knew I would love it.  

Nowadays you can tell a lot about a product just by its packaging. I love the velvet wrap and heavy duty box it came in.

I love a watch that even looks good in decor!

They have beautiful men’s watches as well.  Just in time for Father’s Day!  

They are always running outstanding sales…

Oh, and if you are a student, they always have a discount for you!

Check out ADEXE; you will have fun shopping!

Don’t forget to follow me over on Pinterest & as you know I love hanging out on Instagram too!

Here is a beautiful Pin for you to shop later:

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Today I get to share something personal with you! I don’t often share my life stories here; I know most of you follow this site mainly for the decor that I post. But this is something a little different…  

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I attended a marriage conference by Family Life called “A Weekend to Remember.”     Family Life asked me to share our experience with you, and I could not be more honored to do so! 

(At the end of this post, I have a coupon code for you, to get 40% off of the conference!)

MARRIAGE IS WORK!

In our 25 years of marriage, we have had our share of ups & downs.  Let’s face it; some seasons are just harder than others.  When I look back on our journey together, I’d say that the hardest season was when our three children were young.

Sleepless nights…

Days at home alone, feeling isolated…

Money was tight  (with a lot spent on diapers)…

More time spent at work as we were starting out and embarking on our careers…

 Just one of those challenges can put a strain on a relationship, but all of them at the same time…well…

Let’s just say there were days that when my husband came home from work, I just wanted to hand him the three kids, get in the car and drive somewhere…anywhere…alone.

Oh, how I wish we had attended “A Weekend to Remember” conference years ago when life was more difficult. The practical tools and teaching could have helped reduce the conflict and stress on our marriage.

My husband and I have been married for 25 years this summer!!  I would describe our relationship as healthy.   So, to be totally honest, I thought this weekend would be more of a fun little get-a-way, and maybe we would learn something that we could share with younger couples in our church who might be going through a hard time…

Isn’t it just the way…

Not only did we have a nice time away, but we also left having discovered more about each other and learned much more than we had anticipated…

 It was for us too!

4 things you can expect when you attend a Weekend to Remember Conference: #1.

When we first arrived, a team of people greeted us.  All of the greeters were so friendly and well prepared as they passed out our name badges and conference materials…The book was so well laid out and organized which allowed the audience to easily follow along.

As soon as I got checked in, I met such an adorable couple; their names are Sherry & Greg Kennedy; they are the directors of the conference in Portland Maine:

Sherry and Greg explained to me that all of the volunteers:
  • pray as a team for the 40 Days leading up to the event
  • serve in the prayer room which is open during the conference to any and all
  • pray over each seat in the conference room
  • assist conference attendees with directions, general guidance and the sale of various marriage and parenting related resource materials

The number of volunteers that supported the conference was certainly impressive.  To think of all of the hours the volunteers spent in prayer before the event, and then to learn they were praying for all of us during the event! What a meaningful impact for all who attended.

And we know that “Things happen when we pray that wouldn’t if we didn’t!”

#2.  

They had such a great selection of books and other resource material available for purchase for those interested in digging deeper into the specific areas addressed during the conference sessions.

 I don’t know about you, but even in the days of Amazon and Kindle, I still love to buy books at events I go to! Do you? 

There was even a photo booth…We had fun having our picture taken with a few of our friends that attended the conference from our church as well!

It was so much fun to go to the conference with other couples.  

#3. 

The weekend starts on Friday night. There is general seating in a big ball room. The speakers were engaging & hilarious, so you are immediately engaged and look forward to hearing more the next day. Family Life also strategically chooses cities with beautiful accommodations and fun things to do within walking distance to the conference center.

Saturday 

This is a longer day, but one thing they did that I thought was such a good idea is that after every hour and a half they dismissed you for a 20-minute break.  

On Saturday, you are also given a 2-hour lunch break so there is an opportunity to spend time with other couples you may know who are are the conference too. We took advantage of that and connected with friends which was a bonus!

They ended around 4:30 so that you had plenty of time to get to your “mandatory date” on Saturday night. After registering for the conference, you will get a few reminder e-mails about that as well! Hint, hint… make reservations and enjoy the time alone with your spouse.

My man and I went to a beautiful restaurant on the ocean!  It was so romantic and as you can imagine and we had so much to talk about!

Sunday

 This was my favorite day. We started the day with the men in one session and the women in another.  These sessions were not only well presented, but they covered important topics specific to the different roles that men and women have in the marriage. They also covered topics directly related to the significant roles we have as fathers and mothers.  It seemed that the men had plenty to hear and laugh about too. We literally could hear the men laughing through the walls!  My husband greeted me after that event with a big smile on his face and told me that it was “great”!   

Let’s face it, ladies, it isn’t always easy to get our men to a conference. Let me assure you that  A Weekend to Remember has engaging speakers that offer practical guidance delivered with the perfect blend of humor and direct instruction. That combination is not easy to pull off, but these presenters did a tremendous job.

The way they end the conference on Sunday will truly blow you away…but I am going to keep that a surprise for when you attend!

#4

This conference is for all couples…

no matter how many years you have been married!

During the weekend we met couples that were newly married and others that had been married for over 50 years.  They also had sessions for engaged couples as well. I loved hearing how couples that were actually in a crisis in their marriage when they arrived left the weekend with renewed hope! We talked to a couple after the conference, and they told us that when they were married, they were so young that they didn’t take their vows seriously, but because of all they learned at the conference, they fell in love all over again.  They feel more committed to each other now than they did on their wedding day!

We loved our Weekend to Remember and will never “forget” it!!

I discovered that a marriage conference is not just for couples who are in crisis, but it is for healthy marriages too. 

If you are in a marriage that is in a crisis, remember that you can not change what happened in the past, but you can do something today to change the future of your marriage!

If you have any questions about our time or would like to know more, please let me know, and I will be sure to get back to you!

Here is a coupon code just for you or a couple you love that might benefit from a fun weekend away.  You have until midnight 4/29/2019, use the coupon code: SignMeUp to check it out click here! 

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A couple of weeks ago, my neighbor came over with cookies for us, for Easter.  I had just made some tea, so I was looking forward to having a sugar cookie with it.

I took the cookie out of the beautiful wrapper, and I noticed that there was some grass in the cookies…

huh?

So, I opened the card, and she said that she made us some rosemary sugar cookies, I don’t know about you, but I have never heard of these before! I’ve only used rosemary when I am cooking a roast or fish!!

who knew?

They were delicious!  I had to try them for myself!

They were the perfect cookie for Easter brunch, and I was thinking for a Mother’s Day tea, as well, what do you think?

Rosemary Sugar Cookies
Print
Rosemary added to sugar cookies is a surprising delight!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Beat in the lemon juice, zest and vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, rosemary and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Shape into two 12-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic.
  • Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm.
  • Cut into 1/4-in. slices.
  • Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  • Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 64 Serving Size: 8 dozen
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 31mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Protein: 0g
© Kellie- Gratefully Vintage
Cuisine: American / Category: Dessert

I hope you enjoy them!  If you try them, let me know what you think.

Here is a Pin for you, and don’t forget to go follow me on Pinterest! I love to hang out there too!

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Ok, there is no need for pretty decor pics with this recipe!  You are going to want to get this recipe, get the ingredients and then send me a thank you note!!!

I’m not kidding…

If you are doing Keto or eating low carb, you must have this recipe!! And it makes the perfect main dish or a side for a holiday dinner!

If you are like me, you might be sensitive to carbs, and you LOVE  you some comfort food, but pasta does not agree with you.

Then this recipe is for you!

Yield: 4 Keto Cauliflower & Cheese
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The perfect substitute for everyone's favorite comfort food: Mac & Cheese! I think you might like this even better!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 16 oz bag of frozen cauliflower of one fresh head of cauliflower
  • 2 bags of shredded cheese ( I do 1 bag of mozzarella & 1 bag of cheddar)
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp of "camp mix" (if you can't find this in your grocery store then use: 3 tsp of garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper)
  • Optional: crumble some crushed pork rinds on the top
Instructions
  1. Put all of the ingredients in the crock pot at LOW heat. If you are home after 1 hour stir! Cook for a total of 3 hours. Optional: crush about 1/2 C of pork rinds on the top and put it under the broiler for 4 minutes.
  2. SERVE and enjoy comfort food without the guilt!
Nutrition Information: Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384 Total Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 89mg Sodium: 693mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 7g Protein: 17g
© Kellie
Cuisine: American / Category: Main Dish

Enjoy!

You are definitely going to want to Pin this one:

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A couple of years ago I shared my organized pantry with you.  It looked so neat and organized, didn’t it?

You can check out that post here.

Well, it was an epic fail!!

But I figured out the solution to an organized pantry.  One where you will never have to organize it again!

My first tip is to take absolutely everything out of your pantry and put it on the counter.

I am ashamed to say that I threw away almost a whole kitchen bag full of expired food!!! Such a waste :(.

The shelves looked 100 years old from moving items in and out of the pantry, the paint started to wear away, so I covered the shelves with some pretty contact paper:

Next, I went to Target to go container shopping.

 I was there for way too long because I couldn’t decide if I wanted clear containers or baskets.  Don’t you just love all the beautiful pantries on Instagram with transparent containers? but to be honest, I think those would be hard to keep clean and look beautiful in the long run, so I decided that baskets “spark more joy” for me ;).

I also got some cute tags for the baskets at Target as well, in the dollar spot section!

The baskets are short, so there is plenty of room to see what is in them, Wouldn’t you agree?

Before I had pretty containers for school snacks and gluten-free snacks, but because they were so deep, you couldn’t see all the food, so a lot got wasted.

Before the baskets, I would just shove food on the shelves intending to organize it better when I was finished putting all of the groceries away, but let’s face it, that rarely happened!

Yesterday, when I was cooking I just easily looked in the oils basket and found what I needed instead of moving 20 jars to find the one I needed!  

This one simple tip is going to make all the difference for me and my little pantry!

Thank you for visiting today and as always come hang out with me on Instagram and Pinterest!

Here is a Pin for you to share or save for later:

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DON’T STOP READING BECAUSE THIS POST HAS SOMETHING NEW!!!

At the bottom of this post is a link to a $100 giveaway to use toward a JORD WOOD WATCH just for my readers!! WHOOT WHOOT!!!!

 And just for entering, you will receive a $25 dollar gift certificate towards a watch!!

Reid is wearing the Frankie watch in Dark Sandalwood & Smoke

When JORD  (pronounced YODE) contacted us again this year, we were so excited. The men’s inventory is so classy and sporty that I just knew my son would love one.  Reid is a football player and has a sporty, casual everyday style. So, A wood watch is a perfect fit for him.

Reid Chose the Frankie series in Dark Sandlewood & Smoke “SUBTLETY & STRENGTH…

Minimalism has never equated to more. Deeply toned sandalwood combines with a solid smoke face to create a subtlety of strength. Your time is your own. Find elegance with ease in the ultra slim case and enjoy the comfort of the straight line strap. The uncomplicated face allows focus, the streamlined shaping offers style. Wear time well with the Frankie Dark Sandalwood & Smoke.” -Jord Wood Watches

You can shop Reid’s watch here

“The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time. ”

-Jord Wood Watches

This is a photo of my oldest son, Lars, he decided to go with the Fieldcrest series.  It is made of zebra wood & maple. You can see more of this watch here. giveaway

JORD Wood Watches and I have teamed up to give away one $100 gift card towards a watch of your choice! Just for entering you will receive a $25 credit to their website

Mens Wooden Watches

Go check out Jord!  you will find beautiful watches on their site for the men in your life, but they also have beautiful gifts for women as well!  I love mine…

Mine is the Fieldcrest you can find it here.

Click on the GIVEAWAY LINK HERE!

One of my readers ( that could be you!!) will win a $100 gift card toward a JORD WOOD WATCH and just for entering you will receive a $25 gift card toward JORD !!!!

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Reid is wearing the Frankie watch in Dark Sandalwood & Smoke

When JORD  (pronounced YODE) contacted us again this year, we were so excited. The men’s inventory is so classy and sporty that I just knew my son would love one.  Reid is a football player and has a sporty, casual everyday style. So, A wood watch is a perfect fit for him.

Reid Chose the Frankie series in Dark Sandlewood & Smoke “SUBTLETY & STRENGTH…

Minimalism has never equated to more. Deeply toned sandalwood combines with a solid smoke face to create a subtlety of strength. Your time is your own. Find elegance with ease in the ultra slim case and enjoy the comfort of the straight line strap. The uncomplicated face allows focus, the streamlined shaping offers style. Wear time well with the Frankie Dark Sandalwood & Smoke.” -Jord Wood Watches

You can shop Reid’s watch here

“The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time. ”

-Jord Wood Watches

This is a photo of my oldest son, Lars, he decided to go with the Fieldcrest series.  It is made of zebra wood & maple. You can see more of this watch here. giveaway

JORD Wood Watches and I have teamed up to give away one $100 gift card towards a watch of your choice! Just for entering you will receive a $25 credit to their website

Mens Wooden Watches

Go check out Jord!  you will find beautiful watches on their site for the men in your life, but they also have beautiful gifts for women as well!  I love mine…

Mine is the Fieldcrest you can find it here.

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