How To Get The Most Out of Your Memorial Day + A Few Sales

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, and I for one am ready for it! I’m not always a huge fan of hot days, but I’ve got so many fun things planned this summer that I don’t even care.

Today I thought I’d share a few tips for getting the most out of this holiday weekend!

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Whether it’s an ocean, a lake, or the plastic kiddie pool in your backyard, the best place to spend Memorial Day weekend is near water.

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Go ahead and commit to being on island time. That means slow down and just cruise. Come 5:00 pm tomorrow, everyone will be rushing to their long weekend. Realize that you can’t do anything about the traffic, and your trip will be much more enjoyable.

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Stripes are required for this nautical-themed holiday. It’s just a fact. Accept it.

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At our house, the bourbon has moved to the back of the cabinet to make way for the lighter, fresher spirits. Celebrate this weekend by testing out a few new drinks!

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As wonderful as relaxing on the beach while wearing your stripes and sipping your cocktail is, don’t forget the meaning of this special holiday. Thank you to those who have paid the ultimate price so that we may know freedom.

And lastly, what would Memorial Day be without some fabulous shopping?! Here are just a few of the sales going on this weekend that can help you get your home ready for summer.

Rugs USA (Including this rug from our porch!)
West Elm
Urban Outfitters
Pottery Barn
World Market

How do you plan to celebrate Memorial Day?

Photo sources: lakebeach basketstripes, cocktails, freedom

The Big List – Update

As we roll into summer, the hubs and I have decided to just cruise. No more stressful projects (although, stressful can still be fun!). No more deadlines. We’ve decided to just enjoy the house as it is…at about 80% complete. Plus, we have some new porch space to enjoy!

If you remember, our house to-do list was ridiculously a little long. This spring, we decided to focus mainly on the exterior of the house, and I’m happy with the progress we’ve made.

Here’s what we’ve crossed off in the last 4 months:

Paint the back porches
Install new light on downstairs porch (Ok, technically it’s still in the box, but it’s here!)
Paint porte cochere stoop
Reshape the gravel driveway
Complete landscape in the front of house

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And here’s what we’ve got left for the exterior:

Replace/repair shutters
Paint back door (red to match the front!)
Screen in upstairs porch
Paint side door (also red)
Replace/repair basement door
Install garage interior and exterior lighting
Landscape the backyard

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We started with 46 items on the list, and we’re down to 7. I’m ok with that! I can pretty much tell you that at the end of the summer we will still have 7 items left on that list. And I’m ok with that too!

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What’s on your to-do list this summer?