A Most Fetching Friday: Keeping Cool

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday serves as a friendly reminder of the importance of keeping cool in the intense summer heat. Our internet service failed to connect us to the world wide web this past Wednesday morning and as of this posting remains spotty.  Ugh!

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Work crews from AT&T have graced the Places In The Home compound with their skilled and professional presence over the last two days. Knowing the importance of staying hydrated and keeping cool in the fight against heat exhaustion, I keep a steady supply and variety of bottle waters on hand for the postman, landscape crews, and utility workers.

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The heat is on in these intense summer days making it necessary for those who work and play outdoors to do what it takes to reduce the risks of associated with the unforgiving combination of heat and humidity.

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One does want a hint of style.

 

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Keeping cool is key when working or playing outdoors in the summer. Stay cool, hydrated, sun protected and heat exhaustion educated in these fun in the summer sun months.

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A Most Fetching Friday: The Summer Vacation

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday is all about the summer vacation.

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Tourism thrives on it, houses are built to entertain around it, school teachers wait all school year long for it to get here, kids of all ages celebrate it, and memories made on the summer holiday road stay with us for a lifetime.

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Texas Hill Country

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Lake Keowee Lake House Cabin, South Carolina

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Summer In Color at The Saguaro Palm Springs

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What story will your summer vacation tell?

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Sanibel Island, Florida

Dave the Builder and I have been on a mini vacation for a little over a week.  Reality will soon call us back to our normal routine, but for now the pace has slowed and the summer vacation life is good.

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Tagged for Travel

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Get Your Kicks and Your Gas on Route 66

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Sunny Days and Cool Waters

Summer Sounds

Have a lovely weekend.

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Sweet Summer Themed Inspiration: Watermelon Home Decor

Today’s color, texture and sweet summer themed inspiration is brought to you by the fruit of green, red, pink, orange, yellow colors, distinctive pattern lines and delicious possibilities.  It’s funny how the unofficial official fruit of summer inspires the theme of watermelon home decor accessories, stylish accents of the season, delectable recipes and color palette choices.

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Summer welcomes the watermelon in all varieties.

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Don’t forget to wipe your watermelon pattern adorned feet, please.

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Fruits and Flatters Sneakers from ModCloth

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Love this watermelon themed decked out in vibrant watermelon colors earthenware bowl that just happens to be on seasonal sale at Pier 1 Imports.

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I knew I wanted to do a post featuring the colors of a ripe, delicious watermelon when I saw the image below.  Although not in watermelon pattern, these perfectly paired accent chair cushions immediately draw the eye in with the fresh, crisp and bright apple-green material and white rope trim.  Credit the accent pillow in Romo’s “Tulipa Coral”  fabric for taking this tiptoeing through the tulips palette to color perfection heights.

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If the effects of fun in the summertime heat has not yet reached your part of the world hold on friend, it’s coming.  The watermelon shines in the summer food and drink spotlight as a crowd pleasing source of refreshment.

watermelon-coolerWatermelon  Cooler Punch via Better Homes and Gardens

Doesn’t this drinks anyone scene look refreshing?  Attention summer brides.

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Honeysuckle-Watermelon Cocktails from Southern Living

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Paper party wares with that crazy melon twist.

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The Sugartown watermelon  purchased this past weekend “produced” a sweet summer treat and a taste for sweet summer themed decor inspiration.

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Zoe Wodarz Watermelon Wander Cutting Board

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decor inspiration watermelonCabrera Watermelon  ||  Malakos Malachite  ||  Lumiere Hot Pepper   ||  Monticello Peony

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Any way you slice it, watermelon home decor accessories, refreshing treats and summer entertaining wares make for a unique, fun and summer festive addition to the party.

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Travel Times: Summer Vacation Memories

Deep in the soul of summer travel times with family and friends lurks the shadows of summer vacation memories.  A rise in temperatures signaled the rise in my travel anticipation, even if our holiday road only lead to a local pool, creek, or lake.

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“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”

~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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For those times when the holiday road lead to East Tennessee or anywhere in the great state of Texas the party was on!  Summer, family reunions, cousins, and swimming pools go naturally together. Lampasas, Texas set the scene for our annual summer family reunion. While the parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncles told tall tales, prepared epic picnic fare, and played 42,  my cousins and I clocked hours in the Hancock Springs Pool. I’m not sure,  but I believe my love and fascination with swimming pools began there and then.  Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the memories!

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the  Great Smoky Mountains National Park will forever be considered my home away from home.  Every summer of my childhood my parents, brother, and I made our annual trek to East Tennessee. It’s a travel tradition that has carried through to my family.  Memories from the past blend in with new memories we are making. I like a little past served with the present, and summer vacations tend to deliver on that front.  Remember these?

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A picnic in the Smokies is a must do for our gang of merry travelers. As much as convenience tempts me, Solo cups need not apply.  I pack a mean vintage picnic basket complete with aluminum tumblers circa 19ihavenoidea.  Ever the colorista, these darlings make a summer tablescape pop with their blast from the past retro fashion colors.

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Dave the Builder and I were both raised in the era of larger than life hotel and motel swimming pools. How many of you were too?  Big haul road trips came with the extra added bonus of at least one overnight stay in a hotel or motel.  The mid trip overnighter existed in order to break the “are we there yet?” monotony.  This is where things had the power to get summer splash zone interesting.  The first indication of how good or how bad things were to come was based on the size, style, and neon quotient of the hotel or motel sign.  Didn’t your heart drop at first glimpse of a beloved Holiday Inn sign?  The parents may have measured the quality of the overnight accommodations by the luxury offerings, but the kids knew what really mattered- the swimming pool.  In order for  a property to receive the kid approved five star rating there better be a whole lotta pool time on the schedule.

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I guess the more things change the more they stay the same. We’ve clocked many sun screened soaked hours at many a swimming pool with our son. Whenever I see the swimming pool in the image above my mind and heart immediately take me back to a late July afternoon twelve years ago when our son learned to swim. It’s those kind of summer vacation memories that become the priceless souvenirs of a lifetime.  Where will you be making summer vacation memories this year?