I love any excuse to get dressed up and celebrate, so naturally I start planning my 4th of July outfit weeks in advance (#noshame). This year we’ll be spending 4th of July on the beach outside Charleston with Brett’s family, so when I saw this Lauren James dress I knew it would be perfect for fireworks on the beach. With the navy seersucker fabric and scallopped trim it was love at first sight.
This weekend was one of those perfect summer weekends where we didn’t have anybig plans, but regardless turned into a really fun weekend. Friday night I put my new tennis skills to the test and Brett and I played doubles with some friends. Luckily they went easy on me. 🙂 Saturday I spent the afternoon poolside and thew an impromptu BBQ with our friends in the evening. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but we are so lucky to have such a great group of friends here in Chicago. Sunday I did something I never do and slept in until 10:30. Normally I’m an up by 8, or 8:30 at the latest, on the weekends so I’m not sure what got into me but it felt so good to sleep through the rainy morning and wake up to (mostly) sunny skies. Once I did finally get out of bed I went to work making red, white and blueberry parfaits.
Strawberry blueberry parfaits are a perfect summertime treat, just in time for the 4th of July. They can be put together in under 10 minutes, they don’t require the oven and as far as desserts go, they are on the lighter side (perfect for bikini season!). I’ve been really trying to watch my sugar intake lately, and this is one dessert I don’t feel too guilty about indulging in.
These parfaits are ridculoushly easy. Start with a graham cracker crumb base and combine layers of creamy cool whip, strawberries and blueberries. Aren’t they just the cutest? I’ve rounded up a few more of my favorite 4th of July desserts below!
Red, White and Blueberry Parfaits
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup bluberries
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbles
2 cups cool whip, thawed
Sprinkle a few tablespoons of graham cracker crumbles in the bottom of each parfait dish
Add several layers of blueberries, cool whip and strawberries
Top with more graham cracker crumbles and a few blueberries
Do you ever have those weeks that feel long, but also go by in a blur? That’s exactly how this week felt. I didn’t have anything particularly exciting on the agenda, which was a refreshing change to my usual go, go, go. Last night I “graduated” from my tennis lessons so I’m looking forward to putting my skills to the test this weekend. Hope you have something fun on the agenda for your weekend as well!
Eventful Reading Glitter Guide has some great tips for paying it forward all year long.
If you love the Sound Of Music, you’ll want to read this adorable love story.
Just when I’m trying to cut back on the sweets, these come out.
This blue and white striped tank (seen here) is an extra 25% with code 25Extra through tonight.
With the first day of summer yesterday, I figured now was the perfect time to put together my summer reading list. There are so many great books on my Amazon wish list right now, it was hard to narrow it down to just these six! I’m finishing up The Knockoff right now and I have a feeling I will be plowing through this list pretty quickly when I go to Charleston with Brett’s family for the 4th of July. What’s on your summer reading list?