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backyard hangout

This weekend was the first time in a long time that I didn’t have anything planned.  Typically I pack my weekends full with catching up with friends, projects around the house, trips to wine country, and general errand running (the worst…but it’s got to get done!) so it felt strange going into the weekend with not much of an agenda.  I decided to grab a friend and my pups and head into the backyard for some chilled out girls time.  Check out my tips for a chill backyard hangout below!

backyard hangout


If I’m indulging in some sunshine time I’m most likely wearing a big oversized hat and sunnies (and SPF too!) to stay protected.  I can easily get sunburnt on my forehead (trust me, I’ve learned from experience!) so have made sure to have proper protection with me.  I got this hat from Target recently and love the flat brim look!  You’ll be seeing it in many outfit posts I’m sure!

magnum icecream


What’s a backyard hangout without snacks?  My friend and I decided to indulge a bit since we had put in quite a workout earlier in the day so decided to enjoy some mint-infused water (gotta stay hydrated!), fresh fruit, and devilishly delicious Magnum Double Dip ice cream bars –also picked up at Target when I impulse purchased my hat haha!  Typically I’m focused on clean eating as much as possible during the week but sometimes on the weekend–you just want to enjoy the chocolatey things in life, am I right?!  This caramel-double-chocolately goodness are hands down my favorite ice cream bar and perfect for our hot summer day.  Magnum is on sale at Target right now until 7/30 for 2 boxes for $7 so… might have stuffed my freezer full–oops!

backyard hangout


I’m really bad about taking the time to read all of the magazines and books that I order so I figured today was the day to do it.  I’ve been stockpiling a few Sunset Magazines for quite some time in hopes of getting garden and backyard inspiration since I’m always looking for ideas of things to do.  The most recent issue shares Josie Maran’s backyard and it is just gorgeous… it makes me want to order tons of gorgeous rugs and tapestries… it’s good inspiration for my summer backyard oasis project!

backyard hangout


I went to Austin recently and stayed at the amazing Hotel Van Zandt where I was able to hear The Wild Now perform live.  The girl / guy duo has a really cool laid back, calypso-indie-guitar sound (can you tell I’m not a music terminology expert?) and their album has quickly become my Summer ’16 soundtrack.  My favorite song is Far Away–it’s on repeat, repeat, repeat!

backyard hangout


No backyard hangout is complete without your furry friends.  Grab your favorite snuggle buddy (in my case Lola and Penny) and have a wonderful afternoon!

What is your favorite way to indulge and relax in the summer?


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  1. Ev
    July 25, 2016 / 3:51 am

    Nice post dear 😉

  2. mary
    July 25, 2016 / 5:32 am

    Oh my gosh I WANT this in my back yard!! It looks so relaxing and chill. Pups look happy too!

  3. July 25, 2016 / 7:25 am

    OMG. I have never seen a backyard that nice in real life. I must start revamping my backyard!

  4. July 25, 2016 / 8:24 am

    I didn’t have anything planned this weekend either which is a first. Glad you guys enjoyed yourselves, it was gorgeous!

  5. Pam
    July 25, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Those Magnum ice cream bars are a really nice treat. I think they’re my favorite ice cream bars!

  6. July 25, 2016 / 11:08 am

    These pups absolutely know how to party! Love your taste in decor and tunes – and now I want those ice cream bars. 🙂

  7. July 25, 2016 / 11:29 am

    If I had a set up like this in my backyard, I would never leave! and the pups make it complete!

  8. July 25, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Your backyard is lovely. That big, long couch is amazing…..and it looks like your pups love it too! I love lounging around in our yard, with a drink in one hand and a good book in another – I can watch my kids run around.

  9. July 25, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Your backyard is amazing! If my backyard looked like that, I’d never leave!!!

  10. July 25, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    I love your blue garden stool – it’s lovely! I keep wanting one but don’t want to splurge!

  11. jEANINE
    July 25, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    What a gorgeous backyard. I love hanging out in my backyard while my kids play but I do not have anything like this. This is just gorgeous!

  12. Sarah
    July 25, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    What an adorable setup. I love those doggies too they are super cute. It’s like doggy social hour. Love the clean colors and decor for this backyard hangout.

  13. July 25, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Super cute. I love the idea of a backyard hangout, this looks like a dog party ! You have super cute dogs too. Looks like an easy way to setup a chill backyard hangout.

  14. July 25, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    I’m definitely liking your idea of a backyard hangout. I could really go for a day of relaxation on the patio with some drinks and music.

  15. July 25, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Your backyard looks amazing and those Magnum ice cream bars look like perfection.
    We’re working on upgrading our back porch.

  16. July 25, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    What a perfect weekend! Your backyard looks great! Makes me want to fix my backyard too! Love it!

  17. Amanda Love
    July 26, 2016 / 5:46 am

    I prefer weekends at home like this, it’s always so relaxing and it’s the best time to catch up on some reading! I think it’s great to prepare for it too, with some snacks and some music, you won’t need anything else!

  18. Meagen Brosius
    July 26, 2016 / 6:29 am

    This looks like the most epic backyard of all time. Basically our backyard is used for caging in our pups and housing various BBQ equipment!

  19. July 26, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    I had a dog named Penny, too! Love this outdoor space. Lovely!

  20. Dawn McAlexander
    July 26, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Ah, I can just imagine it now: relaxing in the shade, cool drink in my hand, dogs sitting beside me. You have realized my dreams with this arrangement you have. I am a little jealous right now.

  21. July 26, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    That blue and silver table thing is gorgous!!! I love it so much! Your pups are the cutests!

  22. Nicole Escat
    July 28, 2016 / 7:39 am

    I super love the backyard! I hope we have a space in our backyard like this so we can also hang out there.

  23. Tracey
    July 29, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Your backyard looks like it came out of a magazine. I also agree there is nothing better than a good playlist, a good snack and some sun!

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