Not long ago, I shared a recipe for a pound cake, which has been my go-to for baking this summer. Stephen brought home some blueberries the other night and I decided to switch things up, make a few adaptations, and do a lemon blueberry version instead! Hope you enjoy!

Cake Ingredients:
  • 3 cups of fine sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 small tablespoon vanilla abstract
  • 1 small tablespoon lemon abstract
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups blueberries

Glaze Ingredients - simply whisk all ingredients until smooth and pour over cake!
  • 6 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Cake Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and spray a tube pan with baking spray. I used this one!
  2. Beat the sugar, butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric stand mixer (we have this one) until fluffy - around 7 minutes. 
  3. While the above is mixing, coat blueberries with a tablespoon or two of flour (I just used enough to ensure that each one had a light flour coating!)
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  5. Add in vanilla, lemon, and buttermilk.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Slowly mix into the batter. After all flour is in, scrape down sides and beat for another 2 - 3 minutes until smooth.
  7. Fold in blueberries.
  8. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes to an hour and a half. I used a toothpick to test the middle until it came back clean (1 hour and 20 minutes ended up being perfect for our oven). 
  9. Let cool for 15 minutes and then remove from pan to cool.
  10. Once cooled, enjoy or top with lemon glaze (recipe below!) and enjoy!
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Don't you love finding something in your closet that you completely forgot you had? I was cleaning out my swim and cover-up drawers a few weeks back and came across a knit fringe coverup that I've had for years and may have worn only once before. I wore it over the weekend with this swimsuit and got quite a few questions about it! Sadly, I can't find it online anywhere but I did find some adorable options in my search. I specifically sourced crochet and knit dresses and skirts but included a few other gems as well!
I ordered a few new pieces from Amazon this month and I'm happy with every single one! I've been asked before how I decide what to try on Amazon and the answer is a little luck and a lot of digging. For my order this month, I knew I wanted comfy dresses I could wear at the beach and potentially some leggings. I also order from Amazon quite a bit for shop supplies so I've found some good home organization things as well. 
Color: A-Beige
Price: $24.99
If you've been following along for awhile, you know I love a good hat. I have one that is at least 5 years old that has seen better days and I came across this one on Amazon and knew it would be a good update. It's adjustable (I bought size M, which was a little big but with the adjuster it fits great) and it also has a detachable neck strap, which I often need on the boat no matter how silly it looks!

Size Ordered: Small
Price: $31.00
I absolutely love this dress and it was my favorite of the Amazon clothing. I will say that it has a deep v front and the arms are open which you can see into the dress, but with the right undergarments, it's the perfect comfy dress. It would also be an adorable cover-up!
Size Ordered: M - Bra and S - Leggings
Price: $25 - Bra and $15 - Leggings
My favorite leggings of all time are the Wunder Unders from Lululemon but I have had some luck with good leggings from Amazon. I thought this little set (sold separately) was so cute! I love the ruffle sports bra and it feels like it has decent support while not pulling on my neck. The leggings have a nice high-waisted fit and good stretch. 
Size Ordered: 4-6
Price: $42.00
This is just a pretty and easy summer dress option and could be a great dress for family photos. This dress is a very pale pink but almost looks ivory depending on the lighting. 

Price: $59
I've been looking for a new beach bag and finally bought this one by Scout! I had a hard time choosing a print because I love them all but opted for the Basketweave print since it's such a great neutral. I have had Scout bags for years (lunch box, sunscreen bag, tote, etc.) but I decided the Weekender style was perfect for the boat and beach since I normally pack just one bag for both myself and Stephen. 

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If you're a fan of Lululemon, then I'm sure you've heard that they are having quite the sale! It's rare for Lululemon to have a sale of this caliber so I definitely checked out a few pieces to see what I wanted to stock up on. My favorite leggings are my Wunder Under tights but sadly, all the sale variety were sold out in my size. I did find a couple a new style I'm excited to try and snagged a pair of shorts for Stephen, too!

I've always loved a gorgeous white dress. When I was engaged and searching for dresses for our various wedding events, it always felt like a challenge to find a white dress I love! But when I'm not looking for them, I see them everywhere I turn!

We got in this gorgeous dress to the shop and everyone was absolutely in love! We sold out immediately and did a restock that is just about gone as well. I'm also rounded up a few favorites that I love. Whether you're a bride who needs a pretty little something for an event or engagement photos, a look for family photos, or you just love a good white dress, here are some favorites. 
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It's been a long time coming but we are slowly but surely making progress on our kitchen update! I've been wanting to paint our cabinets for years (pretty much since we moved in). Over the course of the three years we've lived in our home, we've gotten a new refrigerator, dishwasher, and our stove/oven range. Those updates have really changed the look of our kitchen since we first moved in but I can't wait to see everything fully completed! I'm going to share a full kitchen reveal once everything is finished, but in the meantime, here's a little bit of what we've been working on. 

The long to-do list:
  • Paint cabinets & bar
  • Update hardware
  • Change lighting in kitchen
  • Install light above breakfast table
  • Backsplash
  • New faucet
What we have done so far:
  • Painted Cabinets & updated hardware
  • Lights installed next week
Our cabinets so far have been the biggest improvement! We have a lot of oak trim in our house and had birch cabinets in our kitchen. As much as I dreamed of a white kitchen for so long, I will say that I got nervous right before painting as the birch cabinets were really nice. But now that it's all done, it has brightened up our space so much.

I've had this light for our breakfast nook for months but just haven't had it installed! But it has worked out that we will get all of those adjustments done at one time (which I'm hoping will be in the next week!).  I initially loved this light to replace our flush mount but it was going to require some ceiling work so I found a true flush mount to replace the one we have, which I think is going to work out better in the long run anyway. 
 
The next two projects I'd like to accomplish are adding in a new faucet (I think I'm going to order this one) and a backsplash. I think the faucet may come first which is totally fine as I am so ready for an update. While I would absolutely love to go ahead and work on a backsplash, that project will probably come at a later date. 

I also want to change up some accessories in our kitchen as well. One of my best friend gifted me a gorgeous tea towel by Printed Hues with a watercolor print of Wrightsville Beach as well as a dough bowl candle. Both of those will be perfect in our updated kitchen! I also have a space of wall beside our cabinets that held a board of invites, announcements, etc. While I thought I loved it there, when we took it down for the painting to be done, I realized how cluttered it made the space feel, so that's finding a new home. Now I just need to find the perfect piece to go there!

I can't wait to share the final product of our kitchen update! Stay tuned!

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