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Can I share the most amazing thing I’ve discovered?
It’s kind of groundbreaking.
Ever since I’ve been on this weight loss journey, I’m learning new things and practicing new habits and making new discoveries.
And one of the most incredible to me?
The intentionality of living in the moment. The purpose and the decision to make every single moment count. In the past, there have been are so many amazing things that I missed every single day because I was rushing and hustling and running from moment to moment and meal to meal.
And then? At the end of the day, I’d sit back and wonder where the minutes (and the food) went.
Now I’m taking joy in the smallest, tiniest little things. Like the first sip of coffee in the morning or the taste of water flavored with cucumber and the deliciousness of fresh fruit salad made from farmer’s market fruit. I want to take it all in. I want to squeeze every second out of every minute.
I want to celebrate.
And I want to bring you with me on vacation at the beach. This week I’m so happy and excited to be joining my sweet friend Leslie from My 100-Year-old Home to turn ordinary meals into extraordinary celebrations.
Nothing too fancy. Nothing too overwhelming. Just making the everyday something special.
And today we are starting with the back porch.
This is the view from my family’s beach house on Cape Cod.
It never gets old.
The house sits up on a hill overlooking the beach and there’s a set of stone steps you walk down and a winding path that takes you to a beach surrounded by jetties.
There’s a stone fireplace at the end of a deck with a Texas flag that blows in the wind every summer.
The sun rises in the morning with coffee and you can hear the waves on the shore in the evening.
This is where we set up our lunch.
A mini celebration of the first beach day at the Cape.
We made cucumber water (my new favorite thing) in the cutest water dispenser. It has a rope handle and the cutest spigot and a wider opening at the top that makes it easy to add water and cucumbers.
See what I mean?
Something as ordinary as water turned into something special.
We cut flowers from the yard and put them in a vase.
And tossed this beautiful tablecloth on the table and added this jute runner from the inside dining room and this cute embroidered pillow for only $15 (I’m getting another one I love this one so much).
We filled a galvanized tub with the yummiest sparkling water and added these blue checked kitchen towels to prevent drips and added extra ice to this antique ice bucket for the cucumber water.
My aunt brought her famous crab dip with crackers that’s on this white melamine pedestal.
We put together this tray with all the twins’ favorites—-nuts and raisins and grapes and animal crackers and goldfish.
This is my new favorite serving tray.
It’s so versatile, it has five mini plates that sit on a larger wooden tray. You could add appetizers to the larger white plate and use the other smaller plates to serve on, too.
You can see it here.
Fresh cut watermelon on this beautiful wooden tray with gold handles.
And salad in this acacia wood bowl and chips in this acacia wood serving platter and drinks in this white pitcher.
And peanut butter and fluff sandwiches and ham and cheese sandwiches layered in these antique farmhouse trays.
We added extra water bottles (for those of us who didn’t want cucumber water) in these farmhouse bins and these placemats doubled as seat pads for outside.
They are SO AFFORDABLE and so pretty.
These white melamine plates and these plastic tumblers are perfect for eating outside.
Just an ordinary afternoon.
Just an ordinary day.
But the intentional celebration? And the view? And the family and friends (and the cucumber water)?
Made it absolutely, positively, wonderfully….
PS And now be sure and stop by my friend Leslie’s house.
She’s put together the cutest table on her back porch for family and friends.
I am so happy and honored to be part of the BHG Live Better Influencer Network at Walmart.
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