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The first week of Summer is finally here and we're celebrating the only way we can... at home. Music, a big salad from the garden, a run through the sprinkler and a fire (with smores of course). Everything is different this Summer but nights like these are pretty much the standard for Summer nights in Wisconsin. We use our outdoor spaces as much as possible after those long winter months!


striped towel


Our family loves Turkish towels because they are so easy to pack and bring with you everywhere but my kids were missing that cozy factor. We decided to try out the Mallorca Beach Towels from Serena & Lily and the Girls love them! They're made of pure Turkish Aegean cotton and they are incredibly soft, thick enough to be warm, cozy and absorbent but still dry out quickly! They passed the Girls perfect beach towel test with flying colors.


Sharing a few of my Summer favorites from Serena & Lily below!


white dip | navy dip | solid teak


You've probably seen these stools all over our house. They are super versatile! We've used them outside, in the bathroom, as nightstands, and side tables and as extra seating. They come in white or navy dip dye and now a solid teak that I am definitely going to grab soon. Linked them above!


ivory plaid | gray plaid


Serena & Lily has a great pillow collection for indoors and out. These plaid pillows above have been a versatile neutral that have been on the sofa all year round.


I've been digging neutrals, rattan, and light wood tones this Summer! It all just feels so light and fresh, just what we're all craving right now. I rounded up a bunch of my favorites for you below. The outdoor pendants are on my list!!


1. hanging chair | 2. outdoor pendant | 3. console table | 4. waffle throw | 5. outdoor sofa

6. outdoor pillow | 7. fold up chair | 8. coffee table | 9. teak stool | 10. daybed

11. basket | 12. beach towel | 13. vase | 14. striped towel | 15. tray | 16. camp stool


Happy Summer, everyone! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy!


XO, Meg


*This post is in partnership with Serena & Lily. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Undecorated Home.



Here is a quick round up of some of my favorite gardening books. You can find out more about each of them by clicking on the one you are interested in. I have personally read all of them and so many more but these are the books I own and refer to the most. "Carrots Love Tomatoes" and "Garden Primer" are the two I use most often. The others were really helpful when I was learning more about gardening. There are a few about cut flowers too. I like to grow flowers with my veggies as companions which you can learn more about in "Carrots Love Tomatoes".


If you are looking for inspiration "Gardenista" is the book that might give you some ideas for planning and planting a beautiful outdoor area. "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" is the true story of Barbara Kingsolver and her family growing all of their own food for a year. It's my favorite motivation book!


Personally I think you should read them all and any other gardening books you can get your hands on. I used to go to the library and check them out by the stack, scan every book for anything I had questions about and keep notes. I've kept gardening notes since the very beginning and I still refer back to them when I am unsure about something. It's also helpful to keep notes to remember where and when you planted things so you can figure out what works for you and what doesn't.


Hope you find something you like!

XO, Meg





We've been doing our best to stay sane and enjoy our time together over here. No rigid schedules but a vague outline of our day just to make sure we don't forget to brush our teeth and change our underwear. The first few days at home just felt like a long weekend with a side of panic. Then our weather forecast took a turn and I knew we would spiral out if we didn't have a few tricks up our sleeve. I ordered a box of crafty stuff, found a few great accounts offering free craft and art ideas, wrote down a list of movies we could enjoy as a family and decided to start a band of the day as part of our own "homeschooling". Here's what we've got so far, I'll keep adding to it over time so stop back anytime!



Crafts we bought or had-




1. Write the Story- 200 pages of assigned storylines with 10 words to use in your story. An example- Write the Story: A Family Mystery Uncovered. Use these words in your story- Sunday, secret, wallpaper, swap, sister, curiosity, island, marathon, demand, notebook.

2. Craft Sticks and glue - to build an epic city of houses and countless other things on the cheap.

3. Sun Paper- the coolest way to make art without a camera!

4. The Princess Bride- we are reading a little bit every night together and it's been a great way to take our minds off of things before bed.

5. Canvas Panels- for the little artist. Throw in some Tissue Paper and Mod Podge to make mosaic art.

6. Paint By Sticker- hand them the tweezers and settle in for some quiet time. This one keeps them busy forever!

7. Wreck This Journal- possibly the worlds coolest journal! It inspires creativity and challenges the author to have fun, embrace change, and step outside the box to truly wreck the journey with their creativity.

8. Glass Pen Markers- for windows and mirrors. Make being stuck behind glass fun.

9. Too Many Monkeys- a fun card game for the whole family.

10. A Rainbow of Masking Tape- to decorate walking sticks for all those family hikes, make the longest hopscotch board in the world, create tape art with @_artbyrex.


*Find more of our favorite games in our Amazon shop here.



Quarantine Worthy Instagram Accounts

ARTS & CRAFTS-

@mo.willems.studio Lunch Doodles with Moe here

@houseinhabit has some great freebie craft ideas in her highlights

@trishazemp is hosting a stop motion camp for kids

@carsonellise started a quarantine art club with an assignment a day for kids and adults

@agirlandagluegun is sharing craft ideas for littles


STORY TIME-

@groundedclassroom is sharing a virtual story reading and activity a day


FUNNY & GOOD NEWS ACCOUNTS-

@mattsurelee is sharing a funny quarantine graph everyday

@fullmhouse is always entertaining with the challenges they share

@abiayres keeping it real and keeping us laughing


@tanksgoodnews just the good news

@upworthy more good news

@goodnewsmovement because we cant have too much good news right now



List of Family Friendly Series & Movies

*These suggestions range from toddler to teen so use your discretion.


Anne with an E

What about Bob

Wonder

Princess Bride

Home Alone

The Goonies

E.T.

Parent Trap

Swiss Family Robinson

Harry & the Hendersons

Don't tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead

Karate Kid

Back to the Future

The Great Outdoors

Uncle Buck

Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Coco

Greatest Showman

Jumanji

Up

National Lampoons movies

Finding Nemo

Mean Girls

Pretty in Pink

Harry Potter

Hunger Games

Little Women

Stand by me

Napoleon Dynamite

Cant buy me Love

Grease

Ferris Buellers Day Off

Gremlins

The Sandlot

Field of Dreams

Say Anything

Can't Buy Me Love

Breakfast Club


I'll keep adding to all of this over time. Hang in there friends!


XO, Meg

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