The Little Things – July 2014

The Little Things - July 2014

It’s Friday! And it’s time to chat about July happiness!

{In case you are new and curious, you can refer to my first little things post to see why I started the series – it involves a story about me yelling at cars. It’s good stuff, I tell you.}

Let’s do this!

The Little Things - July 2014

A July 4th potluck with friends. I told you we love potlucks! And the weather was just gorgeous. Cool, breezy, sunny and one of our neighbors set off legit fireworks … like right down the street. So festive! Although it was a little nutty how big they were for something in a backyard.

The Little Things - July 2014

Successfully surprising one of our friends with a giant cake for her 30th birthday. And then getting to eat said cake. Peanut butter + chocolate = amazingggg.

The Little Things - July 2014

Garden cucumber deliveries from our sweet neighbors and their two little girls. These bad boys were consumed almost immediately.

The Little Things - July 2014

Another potluck. Yup, obsessed. This time it was lots of appetizers and there may have been some old school music playing on a CD player (CDs!). Including one ridiculous sing-along to Barbie Girl. Please tell me you remember that song??

The Little Things - July 2014

A visit from my parents. And a trip to the local baseball stadium. I insisted we get covered seats. Which turned out to be a great decision since it decided to downpour. Hard core.

The Little Things - July 2014

A visit from my in-laws. And another trip to the local baseball stadium. We sat in the front row on the first base line right by where the pitchers warmed up. I was slightly terrified that a ball was going to smack me in the face. It didn’t – happy happy!

The Little Things - July 2014

My favorite little beagle, as always. She just makes me smile every single day.

The Little Things - July 2014

A new postcard that I framed and hung up in our foyer. Policies that are strictly enforced at our house. My husband likes to drag me in front of the sign when I get all attitude-like with him. Guess that’s my own fault for buying it!

So tell me about your month! And remember – per the sign, no frowning! Only hugs, smiles and warm fuzzy feelings. Happy weekend friends!


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  1. Awww you are the sweetest friend – what a gorgeous and decadent cake to make for your friend! Summer potlucks are the best but fireworks are probably slightly better! :)

    July has been filled with yard work for me – per your postcard – am not whining – I do love yard work, and I am overjoyed to have completed some big (to me at least) projects without hiring anyone else to get ‘em done.

    • That’s awesome Shashi! I always feel good when I tackle some home project that I thought I couldn’t do!

  2. I love that postcard!! I need one for my house!! Mostly as a reminder to myself ;)

  3. I love Emma! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves posting pictures of their kids, I mean pets,! OMG! I remember Barbie Girl well, I went to a summer camp and we had to do a dance to that song in front of the entire camp! Good memories… And, that cake, it looks amazing! I need a huge piece of it immediately! I haven’t been to a potluck in so long and am now thinking I should throw one soon!

  4. a) I NEED that print in my house, and b) that pooch is too cute for words. :D

  5. I want to snuggle your dog in one arm and eat a piece of that cake with the other. There’s something about dogs and cake that make me a VERY happy camper! If you’re ever looking for another potlucker, ahem, more than happy to supply a few dishes for an invite ;)

  6. I remember that song!!! Now I feel old!!! That peanut butter cake looks amazing I wish I had a slice to go with my coffee especially as I am stuck on a ship right now and the food is really bad :( So to torture myself further I am catching up on all my food blog reading and making myself so hungry!!!

  7. What a great post Ashley! I love how you share what you’ve been doing ~ and it’s great to get to see all the pictures! Yes, warm fuzzy feelings!

  8. I think I am going to have to get myself one of those posters to drag both myself and hubby in front of from time to time (try at least once every day)!
    Love the baseball pictures as I feel like they are giving me a glimpse into quintessential American life! Have a great weekend, Ashley!

  9. This is such a sweet post Ashley, I love the pictures of the dog…adorable!
    Have a wonderful week :D

  10. Looks like you’ve been having lots of fun, and eating well too! I love garden deliveries from friendly neighbours :)

  11. Jo @ the contented baker says:

    Such a great post Ashley! Fun to hear about things beyond the blog! My July has been hectic – kids off school, weather totally gorgeous, a trip to Copenhagen (think fabulous foodie bakes, Scandinavian design and Viking Ships for the kids!), our first family camping experience in a Mongolian yurt – idyllic fun and great memories. Hence, been a bit ‘blogging lite’ this past month!! Have a great August :-)

  12. Can I borrow Emma?! Love your pictures of her!

  13. That cake, Ashley! Where is it from?? I want to know how to slice a reese’s so perfectly like that! Have a great weekend!

  14. Love that beagle! I never thought of framing a post card. Great Idea!

  15. Great post. I need one of those postcards for my house.
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  16. Love your moments this month Ashley! Those potlucks looked so yummy. If I had to recount my favourite three moments, I’d have to say getting engaged, passing all my exams to qualify for becoming a lawyer later this year and discovering a local organic farmer’s market. Wow! When you look at it that way July was pretty great! Thanks for bringing back these memories up :)

  17. I love reading these posts and seeing what you’ve been up to lately. And seeing lots of Emma’s cuteness always helps too. :)

    That postcard is adorable. It’s a great reminder to have everyday- happiness is a choice! Have a great weekend!!

  18. It’s so bad that it’s only about 9AM and I want to grab that cup of sangria and drink it…so bad! That cake looks amazing, and I’m guessing you’ll post that some time? The swirls in that frosting look dreamy! Your little Emma is too darn cute, and I love the message on that post card. I need that for my kids. haha Have a great weekend!

  19. I love potlucks!! Thankfully I’m going to one on Sunday. And the best part? I’m going to make cupcakes for it! :D
    I feel like I’ve spent quite a bit of time with friends this month, as well as my family, so it was a great month for me! And I’ve started learning how to swing dance which has been a blast.
    That postcard=love. I need that for my dorm room!

  20. Going to baseball games during the Summer is definitely one of my favorite things! Nice job on the seats and on not getting hit with a ball! ;)

  21. I love seeing photos of you little pup. :)

  22. Yay for potlucks and gorgeous weather! Emma is so adorable and always makes me smile:) Absolutely love the cake and that postcard:) July was a great month but flew by way too quickly! We are trying to enjoy and soak up every bit of summer so no frowning on my end :) Happy Friday & have a great weekend Ashley!

  23. Another delicious looking month! And I could look at pics of your pup all day…too stinkin’ cute! Also – LOVE the frame and postcard! Where did you get them?!

  24. Emma always makes me happy too! That sweet innocent look always gets me! I love that little postcard sign and I could dive right into that cake. Have a great weekend, Ashley!

  25. Aww, great memories! That Barbie Girl sing-along was epic. Next up: Spice Girls. ;)
    Most delicious birthday cake EVER!

  26. Jenna Rae says:

    is that red white and blue sangria I see for July 4th? I made that too! such a copier you are ;)

  27. You have the cutest dog, Ashley! Looks like you had a great time in July! Can you believe it’s over?! That is a really neat picture at the baseball stadium. Good thing you didn’t get wet! :)

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