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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thought of Home on Thursday #25

Welcome to week 25 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

We love having you share your favorite summer projects with us.

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Your hostess this week is Laura of Decor To Adore. She recently shared a few ideas for an Easy Summer Party.  he post includes a fun summertime song playlist.

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1952 Miss Pacific finalists Mary Clifton, Pamela Jansen and Judy Worrad, stand in front of surfboards on Bondi Beach, Sydney      ( National Archives of Australia ):

Here are this weeks fabulous and fun features:

Decorating

You have to see the lovely one month backyard makeover H2O Bungalow designed.

30 days To Fabulous Backyard Makeover reveal shares DIY backyard makeover projects and tutorials that transformed an ugly backyard into an outdoor paradise.

Recipes

A Worthey Read serves up the perfect drink for a hot summer day the Peach Strawberry Run Mojito.

Mojitos are a popular drink to sip on all year long. However, in the summer when peaches and strawberries are in-season, this is a great time to mix a little rum, peaches and strawberries to put a twist on your classic mojito. Introducing our summer mojito cocktail, the Peach & Strawberry Rum Mojito.

Gardening

Make sure your check out Ramblings of a Southern Girl Five Clever Ways to Display Crepe Myrtles.

Inspiration

Petticoat Junktion surely will inspire everyone to Hold Onto Your Drawers!

Hold Onto Your Drawers Petticoat Junktion Wood Drawer Serving Tray

DIY

A truly gorgeous DIY is this Mini Garden Conservatory by Old Things New.

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We ask that you please,

1. Link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites.

Laura at Décor To Adore

Stacey from Poofing the Pillows

Jemma from At Home With Jemma

Laura at White Spray Paint

2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link to advertising or shops.

By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided.

Thank you so very much for gathering with us and we hope to see you each and every week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We can’t wait to see what you share.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Inspiration for a Perfectly Easy Summer Party

During the summer you don’t need a reason to celebrate. Just celebrate summer itself!
lovely teal, aqua, turquoise pinwheels on beach.  Love the floppy hat with the aqua swimsuit:
Take advantage of the good weather. String up some fairy lights and invite the neighbors over for potluck.
Click on all the images for more inspiration.

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Or simply just star gaze.

Let's have a bonfire at the beach and gaze up at the stars as if the night is never going to end:

Come One and All

The fact is summer should be a relaxing time of hotdogs on the grill and a dip in the pool. Summer parties don’t need a lot of planning or fuss. For an easy invitation just grab a fun image, add the date and time, and send it via email. 

Love this era. 

1952 Miss Pacific finalists Mary Clifton, Pamela Jansen and Judy Worrad, stand in front of surfboards on Bondi Beach, Sydney      ( National Archives of Australia ):  

1954 swimsuits.<3 oh. my. gosh. i was born in the wrong time, i swear.:

Decor

We’ve all seen the tassel garland but why not attach one end to a few beach colored helium balloons?

Nicole Alexandra Designs created a colorful set for this retro anniversary shoot:

A whole flock of flamingoes? Why yes!

Retro Beach Engagement Session

Use traditional elements of summer in new ways.
Paint pineapples gold for table decorations | Brides.com:
Scatter some Dollar Store beach balls around the yard. They can pull double duty as the perfect party favor too.

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If it’s great weather consider bringing some of your interior furniture outside.

So grateful for those in my life!!!! And making this evening so magical!!!! I love @canary_lane ( this is where I need the cape emoji) & @paige_morse @bunnyclyde:

Food and Drink
If you’re expecting a crowd this clever drink station packs a punch.
Love this drink stand idea for a beach wedding! Destination Wedding in the Cayman Islands:
Or perhaps create some coconut coolers.
DIY Retro Summer Brunch - Sugar & Cloth:
Elevate your chips and dip.

trio of tropical salsas

Line trays and plates with food safe palm fronds.

chicken satay for tropical theme party

Entertainment
String up a sheet for movie night.

Play your favorite summer themed movies.
Beach Party, 1963: Annette became a teen idol in the 60s, starring in a series of beach party movies with Frankie Avalon beginning with Beach Party in 1963. Others included Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.:
A Summer Place - 1959 film that crossed into the early 60s and reflected the changes teen girls were exploring in that era. The girl tries to resist her boyfriend, but as you can see from the poster she has a lot of pressure to have sex.:
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION... LOVE all of them but Christmas Vacation is my family's fave :):
The Perfect Summer Party of course needs a perfect playlist.

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Here are a few of my favorites.
The 50’s and 60’s
Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer Nat King Cole

 Summer In The City The Lovin’ Spoonful

Surfin USA Beach Boys

Heatwave by Martha & The Vandellas

Surf City Jan and Dean

Under the Boardwalk The Drifters

Here Comes The Sun The Beatles

Summertime, Summertime The Jamies

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini Bryan Hyland

Let The Sunshine In The Fifth Dimension

One Summer Night The Danleers

If you want your guests to remember the soundtrack to your big night forever, make a soundtrack for them to take home as a wedding favor.:

The 70’s and 80’s

In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

Summer Breeze Seals & Croft

Rockaway Beach by the Ramones

Summer Nights The Cast of Grease

Sunglasses At Night Corey Hart

The Heat Is On Glen Frey

The Tide is High Blondie

Cruel Summer Bananarama

Vacation The Go Go’s

The Boys of Summer Don Henley

Walking on Sunshine Katrina and The Waves

Summer of 69 Bryan Adams

Suddenly, Last Summer The Motels

Whatever you do, just have the time of your life.

Here’s to celebrating summer!

Laura

Walking On Sunshine

The day started out with jury duty.

But then, in the afternoon, I was released!

Now I thought that was great….

Until I came home to an inbox full of congratulatory wishes.

It seems that quite a few of you voted for the Decor To Adore sailboat pillow in the Thistlewood Farms Sweet Tea Challenge.

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From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you VERY much!

I am every so happy and….

It truly was so much fun just to be included in the challenge and I was joined by so many lovely and talented bloggers. You can view all of their fabulous projects here. 

Laura

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Washing Away Fear

A few weeks ago my doctor recommended I start going to a local water aerobics class.

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With my combination of scoliosis, osteoporosis and arthritis she said it would be the very best therapy for my recent back injury.

In theory is sounded good.

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But I just couldn’t get past thinking that it was going to be a really uncomfortable situation.

I just knew that I was going to feel bad about myself.

 

But I forced myself to go.

Nervously tugging at my straps I tentatively approached the water.

I was met by the nicest and most welcoming group of people on the planet.

It wasn’t horrible, awful or uncomfortable.

I immediately felt at ease.

There were body shapes and swimming costumes of all types.

Exercise class or trying to get that glow-tan we've been afraid to get into the sun for for 20 years?:

Everyone was simply getting fit and feeling fabulous.

Banzaiiiiiiiiii!:

I now look forward to going to class.

But it makes me wonder:

“What other great opportunities have I missed out on due to unfounded fears?”

Or current fear. Thank you, Steven Spielberg! Lets turn the pool lights on shall we people? :):

So come on in, the waters fine.

Laura

"And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #24

Welcome to week 24 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
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Our hostess this week is Laura from White Spray Paint.
All of us at Thoughts of Home appreciate your participation and your creativity.
You are all gifted bloggers .
Now to this week's features.
Recipe
Liz at Eat Move Make shares a recipe for Strawberry Cream Cheese Jello Pie that isas pretty as it sounds delicious.
Decor
Maria at Simple Nature Decor shares her lovely home from a recent summer home tour.
Inspiration
Leslie at Gwen Moss Blog inspires us as only she can in a wise post about owning our story.
 
DIY
Mickey of My Bashful Life shares her wonderful DIY party decor.
Garden
Amy of Get Busy Gardening shares her suggestions for 15 Colorful Plants for Shade Gardens.

We ask that you please,

1. Link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites.

Laura at Décor To Adore

Stacey from Poofing the Pillows

Jemma from At Home With Jemma

Laura at White Spray Paint

2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link to advertising or shops.

By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided.

Thank you so very much for gathering with us and we hope to see you each and every week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We can’t wait to see what you share.