Saint Dolly

Amongst celebrities I think it would be a fair assessment to say that Dolly Parton is one of the sweetest.  Her love for everyone and humble spirit shows that she is a class act and  her beautiful, angelic voice reaches your soul.  According to The Eternal Flame on Etsy these qualities even deem her something much bigger than a celebrity…..a saint! Who can argue that? I know I can’t! 

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To commemorate her sainthood, this Etsy shop has crafted a candle in Dolly’s honor. The 8″ unscented candles are handmade. They can be purchased in a variety of colors. For more information check out The Eternal Flame.

Austin, Texas

I would be hard-pressed to think of a city that I adore more than Austin, Texas. Being from Houston it is easily accessible for short weekend trips, which I take there as often as possible. If you have never visited allow me to introduce you to the capital of Texas and you will see what the adoration is all about:Austin, Texas

The grounds of the Texas State Capitol are beautiful, but make sure to take a trip inside as the views there are equally stunning. 
Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

The music scene is huge in Austin on any given night. However, for a true music lover’s trip be sure to visit during the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. The festival is two consecutive weekends every year as summer turns into fall and features acts from all genres. 

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Brighten Your Space-From Drab Slab to a Color Explosion

After staring at a boring concrete slab and picnic table that had seen better days,  my husband and I decided that our backyard space needed an overhaul.  Unfortunately I didn’t take any before pictures. It was simply too tragic to be photographed.  I am so happy with the end result though:

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The benches were handmade, but they could also be store-bought and painted. The rug incorporated all of the bold colors and tied them together.  Two 2X2 posts were cemented in and string lights, found at Target,  were hung from the house to the posts. The red side tables were plant stands found at Home Depot. 
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Tumble Out of Bed…

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When Dolly sang about pouring herself a cup of ambition she was working 9 to 5. Many of us now are drudging through ten to twelve hour workdays. I am sure we can all agree that a cup of ambition is needed more now than ever before! 

Found on Etsy at Pretty Plus Paper’s shop this mug is perfect for your own little pick me up or to gift to another. Check it out here: Pretty Paper Plus

 

Seward Alaska

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think the opportunity would present itself for me to visit Alaska.  When it did, however, I set out to see as many sea creatures as possible during my stay.  After researching the area Seward, Alaska emerged as a great jumping off point to make my dreams a reality.

As you can see on my first day there I was already hobnobbing with an Orca:

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Summer Isn’t Over Just Yet…

And if you want to celebrate the remainder of it in style try Sunny Life’s super fun radio. I purchased this last year and I adore its’ retro style. Either tune in to local radio or open it up and plug in your iPod to use it as a speaker.  The sound quality is quite nice for the size. Just be aware that it is not waterproof. Sunny Life's Radio

To add one of these cuties to your own beach bag you can check them out here:  Sunny Life.