Thursday, August 2, 2012

August Favorites {Give-Away}

For my favorites this month, I thought I'd go with a classic summer theme.

august-favorites

1. favorite breezy summer dress: the Beachcomber dress from Shabby Apple
I've been in a shopping rut lately, but I'd love to get my hands on one of these cute, comfy striped dresses from Shabby Apple. I'm pretty sure I'd swap out my ubiquitous skinny jeans to wear this dress from their perfect-for-summer Lighthouse Collection every single day. {photo from Shabby Apple}

2. favorite summer party DIY:  fringey drink umbrellas from Jenny of Hank & Hunt for Oh Happy Day
Do you think drink umbrellas are a little tacky? Think again! Jenny from Hank & Hunt shows you a quick way to take those umbrellas from subpar to sublime. So fancy! {photo by Jenny Batt for Oh Happy Day}

3. favorite frozen treat maker: Zoku Quick Pop Maker
Like every family in the country, we have a cheap, flimsy, plastic popsicle mold stuffed in our cupboard, and we never use it. But I bet if we had one of these cheerfully colored instant pop makers from Zoku we'd make popsicles every day. I'm just sure of it! {photo from Zoku}

4. favorite way to have a little summer in your home all year long: this cute print from Katie Daisy
I had the pleasure of meeting super-talented artist Katie at a craft show we both did last year. And she is just as sweet as her gorgeous watercolor and acrylic illustrations. Every print in her Etsy shop is like a warm summer breeze. {photo from Katie Daisy on Etsy}

5. favorite summer recipe that I haven't tried yet but am determined to before the month is over:  Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde from A Spicy Perspective
I love, love, love tomatillos. They have a bright, tangy flavor and gorgeous green color that make them both beautiful and tasty.  And when avocados are good, they are one of my very favorite things to eat; creamy, subtly spiced, and rich. I can't wait to give this amazing recipe a try. It combines roasted tomatillos and avocados to make one amazing condiment! {photo by Sommer Collier of A Spicy Perspective}

6. favorite guilty pleasure summer pop song: Heard it On the Radio from the Disney Channel's Austin and Ally Soundtrack
Yeah, you heard me right. The consistently catchy pop songs on Disney's Austin and Ally make me wonder why other TV shows can't seem to come up with any songs as cute (just sayin'). Maybe it's because they don't have Ross Lynch. He's adorable! You can watch the video here and download the single from iTunes here. The whole album hits stores September 11th, and yes, my 6 year-old and I plan on buying it! {photo from from Disney via Billboard}

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The give-away is closed now and the winner has been contacted. Thanks for stopping by!

For this month's give-away, I will buy the winner whatever 8x10" print they want from Katie Daisy's Etsy shop, The Wheatfield. So nice, right?! To enter the give-away, leave a comment on this post. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win. The give-away will be open for 1 week; I'll choose and contact the winner next Wednesday! Best of luck, everyone.
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23 comments:

  1. Love all of those prints and I LOVE your blog!!

    k8e.childs@gmail.com

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  2. I love tomatillos too so I'll have to try the avocado salsa verde. It looks delightful! craigandsteph@gmail.com

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  3. Wow, Lulu, what a fun giveaway! Katie's artwork is just beautiful.

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  4. I love Katie Daisy! What a nice giveaway! Love your blog, too. Found the recipe for heath bar cake I was looking for! : )
    Sarah in NC
    gilreathsarah@gmail.com

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  5. I LOVE Katie's Prints! Thank you for a fun giveaway! I love the Heard It On the Radio song too!
    keshakeke@aol.com

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  6. Summer favorites are so bright and the salsa verde recipe looks delish. Must try it soon! klquigley@gmail.com

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  7. Lulu, I forgot to leave my e-mail address. It's: createamazingmeals@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  8. Thank you for the generous giveaway.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  9. August is my birth month, so Yay! for August babies! What pretty prints! I love your blog and can't wait to see what you have in store when I see "Lulu" pop up in my inbox.

    kimberlymiller880@gmail.com

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  10. I just spent the last half hour drooling thru the Katie Daisy web site. AMAZING I love her stuff. Lulu, Thanks for the supurb blog and such a fun give-away.

    Catherine in AZ
    cateskitchen@gmail.com

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  11. Katie Daisy's prints are too cute! By the way, I've tried out your recipes for Carmelitas and Mississippi Mud Cake and they are sooo good. My two year old nephew was chasing me around the kitchen while I was making the cake, stealing all of my mini marshmallows:)
    redsthreadsvintage@gmail.com

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  12. Great blog...just found you via HBM. Love that print,too.

    Bonnienicole@gmail.com

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  13. We make popsicles all the time! Hope you do soon too! Thanks for the chance at one of those gorgeous prints!

    libby dot bloom dot hunt at gmail dot com

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  14. So happy I found you through Blog Brunch! I just subscribed via email :) xoxo! eliza

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  15. There are several fun Zoku ideas on Pinterest. The Zoku has been on my wish list since January. My hubby gets a Zoku hint (and a wink) every time I give Clare a yogurt-pop from our cheap popsicle mold. Maybe for Christmas...

    Another great give-away. Thanks. KV nickels05 @ gmail

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  16. Fun prints! My email is heartgirl28(at)hotmail.com

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  17. Great giveaway, Lu! Do I get preference for being family? Ha. Miss you guys!

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  18. The art work is so bright and cheery! Perfect to add some life to my decor.

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. Hi! Don't know if I'm too late for the giveaway but I just found you today through Pinterest. I've been on your site for 3 min. and already pinned 2 recipes. I'm going back for more! Thanks for the great ideas! dolly2377@yahoo.com

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  20. Lovely Blog - Found you through Celebrations At Home!

    maria.libers@gmail.com

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  21. I need a new print for my kitchen! deannab1@hotmail.com

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  22. Love the artwork it brings a little bit of sunshine into life! Love it, love your blog, just found it a few weeks ago and have made several of the recipes and the were great! Keep it up
    rlwood1st@gmail.com

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