Weddings and Painting and Fire, Oh My!

June 25, 2021

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It's the first official weekend of summer and I, for one, am very excited.

The weather has been lovely the past few days and I'm hoping for a sunny weekend, as well.

And warm. Warm would be nice, so I could get myself into the water for a little exercise.

Somehow when I'm in the pool or at the beach, everything's more fun.

Food, Fashion and Fun Finds Friday

Don't you agree?

Well, today I have a little more to share with you, than my avoidance of exercise from September to May.

It's a Food, Fashion, Fun Find Friday and I have several very fun, very eclectic finds to share.

Are you ready?

First up is an absolutely beautiful wedding planner from my friend Alda Ellis. Because what's more fun than a wedding?

Our Wedding Planner Alda Ellis on a table with apples

As the owner of Alda's Magnolia Hill, an historic estate and wedding venue, to that say she's a wedding expert would be an understatement. So when she asked me if I'd like to take a peek inside, I jumped at the chance.

And as a book junkie with a penchant for planning and dreaming, I wasn't disappointed.

Our Wedding Planner is filled with fabulous inspiration from cover to cover.

Wedding Planner Inspiration page of book

There are detailed checklists and notes pages to help a couple map out every detail of their wedding from finding their style and ideal venue to planning the guest list and budgeting.

Planning A Wedding Guest List Page of book

There's even a Final Thoughts chapter that addresses the honeymoon, thank you notes and administrative tasks, like name changes.

Best Wedding Planner book open on table

The pages are filled with outstanding photos, the paper is thick and the perfect texture for running your pen across...making it a lovely gift for any newly engaged couple. 

You can peek at it here if you like.

Fun find number two was sent to me from another blogging friend. These ladies are all so creative.

Amy from Chateau Chic DIY has created a new line of paint in amazing, awe inspiring bright colors, and again, I was able to get my hot little hands on them for a preview.

Pop Of Color Paint box

As soon as the box showed up at my door, I knew I was in for some fun. I mean, come on!

When I opened it up there were ten paint pots plus two small canvases and I couldn't wait to dig in.

Pop Of Color Paint Samples

I had to open the jade green immediately, since I already have a project in mind using that color.  
The paint can be used on furniture and other fun DIYs. 

As soon as I dipped my brush into the container, I knew it was good...thick, creamy and such great coverage.

Most importantly, it dried to a deep, even color. like I said, amazing.

Pop Of Color Green Paint

You can follow Pop Of Color on Instagram and you can peek at the Pop Star Kit right here.

How cool is that name??

That leads us to my Fun Find number three. Which is far from cool.

It's actually quite hot and I mean that in a very literal kind of way since it's a fire pit.

Hot, hot, hot.

I've wanted one since we moved in. I mean it stands to reason. I've been sharing my love of fireplaces inside for years. It's only natural that I'd want one outside, right?

Unfortunately, my lungs don't play nicely with smoke. And for a long time, the only really affordable gas fire pits were quite large.

And that was never an option for this cottage dwelling girl.

Small Space Gas Fire Pit in garden

However, last weekend, I was digging around the internet and found this fabulous gas fire pit

And to quote Goldilocks, it was just right.

Round, which works well on my curved patio and small - only 25" in diameter - and super affordable. Perfect.

Now, we when the sun goes down, we can spend our nights outside by the light of the fire.

Keeps us warm, when necessary, adds ambiance to our yard and keeps those nasty beach gnats away.

And I don't have to deal with any smoke or wait for any embers to go out before I can leave it unattended.

I just hit the switch and I'm good to go.

Fabulous.

So where's the food and fashion?

Well, I didn't cook anything fun this week, but I found this amazing recipe that's perfect for summer weekends.

And I bought this fun summer dress in -wait for it - every single color. I kid you not.

It's light, comfy and when I saw the price I knew I could afford every color and still have money leftover for that fire pit.

And what's more fun than a bargain? 

Happy Friday!!

Thank you to Pop Of Color and Alda Ellis for sending me your lovely, lovely creations!

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Oh before you go, I wanted to say thank you and share a fun find I found in my mailbox this week from a giveaway I won on my friend Ricki Jill's blog.

MacKenzie Childs Lightswitch

Isn't it lovely? Those ladies from Tales Of The Traveling Tote are always up to something fun. 
  1. Love this Kim! How fun is your gas firepit? With Peanut being we aren't getting one. It wouldn't be fair to her.

    It's confusing enough with flower pots for our girl.

    I adored that wedding planner when I saw Leslie share it. Having no kids I didn't buy one. It's beautiful.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I can see how that would be terribly confusing for poor Peanut. And yes, isn't the planner beautiful? It's a far cry from the yellow legal pads I "planned" my wedding out on!! Enjoy the weekend!

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  2. I am happy to see you won the contest at RJ's. I am sure you will find a good place to use that in your decor. My daughter is getting married next year and she got a planner very similar to this one. They are such a good source to have. Happy Friday have a good weekend. xoxo Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! My daughter already claimed the light plate! Haha...we'll probably put it up this weekend. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. xo

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  3. I love the travelin' tote ladies! And a firepit is one of my very favorite things. Looks like you have some relaxing summer nights ahead!

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    1. Aren't they a great bunch of ladies? I adore traveling around with them...and I'm so excited about the fire pit. It's really the perfect size.

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  4. Love your new fire pit, Kim - no smoke is a great thing! Bought the dress in every color? You're my kind of shopper!

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    1. Haha!! Yes, every single color. I ordered one…loved it and for the price I decided to get a few more. I guess when it comes to fashion, I’m as cheap and predictable as I am with home decor!! Enjoy the weekend!!

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  5. I’m so happy you received your prize! That paint looks like loads of fun as does the fire pit! :D What a pretty wedding planner journal. It can also be used as a keepsake. I do love it! I hope you have a super weekend, Kim!

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    1. Thank you so much! The prize is lovely and winning is always a great way to kick off summer. Have a lovely weekend!!

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  6. My comments are disappearing…anyway….love this post, and I’m happy you received your prize! I’m intrigued with the paint….
    ;D

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  7. We are done with wedding planners over here, but that is a beautiful one!
    The fire pit has me wondering where I could use it. I love it!
    I will be trying that dip. So easy and yummy.
    That dress would not look good on me, but it will on you and what a bargain!

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    1. I love this fire pit because of its size, Mari. It’s perfect for my compact yard. And when I went to link to it tonight I realized it was on sale…so I chatted with Target and then gave me a price adjustment. Now I love it even more!! Enjoy the weekend!!

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  8. Nice finds! So glad you found a fire pit that's fit for Goldilocks! Happy Saturday, Kim!

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    1. Thanks Kim! It's definitely just right!! Happy weekend!!

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  9. Oh my gosh! that fire pit is perfection! Love the colors in the paint you shared also.

    Happy Weekend!

    Libbie@alifeunfolding

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    1. Thanks Libbie! The fire pit really is perfection. We're enjoying it...and I can't wait to dig into the paint DIYs. Happy Weekend!!

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  10. Such great finds! I have "Pop of Color" coming my way as well! So excited! Great post!

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  11. fun selections I do love the wedding planner!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I do, too. I have it tucked away for now, but so pretty!

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  12. I enjoyed this post Kim. So many fun shares.
    The boys best friend Cedric is getting married. The first of their friends. ;-)

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    1. Oh boy! Things happen so quickly after graduation don’t they? And everyone’s still so little in my mind!! xo

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  13. So many great things, Kim! If I'm honest, I'm not a great fan of summer. Ours is already too hot and humid and it will go on forever. But it does bring a lot of fun, light, colorful things with it. And how nice to wear something like your t-shirt dress.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. I can only imagine the heat, Amalia. It’s such a fleeting thing here I guess that’s why I’m so enamored. I also think I have such lovely memories from my childhood during the summer, I’ve romanticized the season…in my $7 Walmart dresses!! Hahaha!!

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  14. Great finds, Kim. Enjoy your new dresses in every color. What a deal. xo Laura

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    1. Thanks Laura! What a deal is right!! xo

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  15. How fun to win the Traveling Tote's Giveaway Kim! I love the fire pit and the dresses and I love the great prices at Target. It looks like you are off to a great start to summer. I hope you stay cool this week Kim.

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    1. Thanks Julie! It’s a hot one today…no need for fire. Mother Nature is providing the heat. Haha! Hope you’re enjoying the last drops of the weekend! xo

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  16. Kim,
    Love the fire pit but Joe is nuts over anything even remotely possibly burning the house down. Our gas grill almost did once and that is why I still do not have one all these years later...Thanks so much for stopping by!! We do love Ocean State Job Lot!! I hope you are having a nice weekend!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. I totally get his apprehension. I'm very wary of fire, too, Debbie. We only have battery operated candles in the house for that reason. My sister had a fire from a votive on Christmas Eve one year and that was all it took for me. I hope you're staying cool!! Hugs to you my friend!!

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  17. That wedding planner is not only useful but such a beautiful book. And those paint colors - oh my.

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    1. It really is a beautiful book, Rosemary. The photos are outstanding...and yes, the paint is exactly that...oh my!!

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  18. Lots of wonderful fun finds indeed! My son bought me a gas fire pit for Christmas, and we have loved using it so much! It adds such a special ambience to the evening! The Color Pop paint sounds wonderful, what fun to receive such fun packages in the mail! It has gotten extremely hot here. We are not used to this 100+ heat in June. Hope you have a wonderful week enjoying all the fun finds from last week :)

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    1. It's hot here this week, too, Marilyn. Wowza, that happened out of nowhere! We were still able to use the pit to keep the bugs away though! They seem to multiply when it gets hot. Not my favorite!! I hope you're enjoying the week!!

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  19. Cute dress, Kim. I'm sure it looks great on you. You shared some really fun things. I especially love the fire pit. Have a great week! Hugs.

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    1. Thanks so much, Nancy! The dresses really are cute and for less than $10 each, and no shipping, it was a deal! Enjoy the week! Hugs!

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  20. What a fun post! I love that firepit! My paint box just came in also, can't wait to create something!

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    1. Oh you're going to have so much fun with those paints!! Enjoy!!

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  21. I love it all!

    Weddings are my thing! I’ve coordinated many for family and friends. A planner helps the bride keep track of everything and a beautiful one is a bonus!

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    1. It really is a pretty one, Deanna!! I think you'd love the flower pictures.

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  22. That gas fire pit is so pretty!! It would be perfect for sitting around on a summers evening :)

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    1. Yes, we love it. Although right now it's about 100 degrees out - Mother Nature is providing her own fire!!

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  23. Kim, this is a fun and happy post. I love all the beautiful things. I might have to get that wedding planner and hide it in the back of a cupboard for Jake and Jacenda. Who knows,,maybe some day!..Happy Summer Days..xxoJudy

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    1. thanks to my blogging friends, the planner is going great on Amazon and on sale! Hope you check it out!

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    2. The wedding planner is beautiful, Judy. I have to say it was fun to look through. I wish I had something like this when I got married…back in the dark ages! ha! Hope you’re staying cool in your charming cottage! xo

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  24. Oh my goodness !!! thank you for such a lovely post and I adore your blog. You have such a way with words I feel you and I were good chatting over the fence neighbors. I appreciate your shout out and time for posting images. THANK YOU SO very very much sweet friend. You certainly blessed me today! Sending big hugs!
    Alda Ellis, author, Our Wedding Planner

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    1. It's absolutely beautiful Alda. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. I'm sure many, many couples will find it enormously helpful and enjoy filling it out. Hugs to you and best of luck!!

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  25. I really like that fireplace! You're set for summer.

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