Summer Al Fresco Dining Inspiration

June 19, 2019

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Summer Al Fresco Dining Inspiration

One of my dream trips is to head to the Mediterranean {you can check out my travel bucket list here!}! I mean who could say no to blue water, warm weather, delicious food, and rich history?? Not me! But until we can book that much overdue cruise, I thought I would make this summer’s staycation feel a little more festive. Matthew has been hard at work making over our backyard, including making a table from scratch! It’s gorgeous and big enough to host a dinner party on! I thought picking up a few summer entertaining items inspired by Mediterranean style and al fresco dining would be a fun way to dress up our next dinner party!

I really love the wood Matthew chose for our table {pictures to come soon!} so I don’t want to cover it with a full table cloth, but I thought a pretty table runner would do the trick! This leaf print also comes in a full table cloth size if that’s more your style! I liked the idea of pairing rustic wood inspired pieces with this tablecloth. Like this cutting board and salad servers. I felt like this gold dipped flatware was the perfect way to add a little glamour to a more rustic table setting!

When I entertain, I try to make things easier on myself by having the basics I’ll need throughout the night on hand. I let guests fill up their own water, iced tea, or rosé sangria {yes please!} glass by keeping a gorgeous pitcher on the table. Using a fancy cocktail mix {Williams Sonoma always has great ones!} is also a way to spend less time making drinks! Cute oil and vinegar bottles are great to have on the table for salads or dipping bread. Speaking of bread, having a bread basket or two on the table looks so chic!

I couldn’t resist adding a little color to the table! I love that these sea creature plates are all slightly different colors. They coordinate, but don’t look too matchy-matchy! I feel like these blue bowls would look great with these plates, but again I think it’s cool that they aren’t a perfect match.


I was thinking about picking up some summer-friendly cookbooks to get inspired for some al fresco dining! I thought this one about using simple ingredients would be perfect, but I would love any of your recommendations. BTW I love this super easy pasta salad recipe during the summer! It’s always a big hit when I bring it to barbecues or parties! These veggies tacos are always popular too and are so healthy!


What To Do in Orange County During the Summer

June 18, 2019

Since moving to the OC I get asked one question constantly! What to do in Orange County? It’s such a popular vacation spot and a fun place to live! There is so much more to do than just go to the beach and Disneyland, though. {Although those are always fun things to do!} Because my post from last year about fun kids activities in Orange County was so popular, I thought I would round up some more activities that are good for not just kids, but adults too!


Summer Clothes for the Kiddos

June 17, 2019

My favorite summer clothes for kiddos! - M Loves M

It’s always so fun to update your wardrobe each season! But once you become a parent, you spend more time {and money lol} updating your children’s closets! Sometimes I enjoy shopping for them more than for myself. Little clothes are just too cute! I can’t believe it’s already mid-June and officially time to pick up some new summer clothes for the kiddos!

My favorite summer clothes for kids! - M Loves M My favorite summer clothes for toddlers! - M Loves M My favorite summer clothes for babies! - M Loves M The cutest summer baby clothes! - M Loves M The cutest summer toddler clothes! - M Loves M


my dress . Augustine’s shirt . Augustine’s shorts {similar} . Augustine’s shoes {Livie & Luca} . Corinna’s dress .

Summer Clothes for the Kiddos

The other day I was going through both Augustine and Corinna’s drawers, removing clothes that were too small or too worn. It’s crazy that Corinna is already moving out of her 0-3 month clothing and on to 3-6. And Augustine is practically in 4T and he’s not even 3 years old yet! Grow, babies, grow! I have so many cute clothes for both Augustine and Corinna that I’ve been so excited for them to wear once the weather warms up a bit. There are some cute dresses and sun hats for Corinna, and I found some perfect polos and comfy shorts for Augustine. During the summertime, I look for clothes that are lightweight, while still having good quality. I also think that comfortability is crucial, especially because of how active they both are. Corinna may not be crawling but she is a busy little girl. I hate to think of either child being uncomfortable and not able to express it. When it comes to colors, I definitely favor whites and blues during the summer months. It’s just such a classic combo. And of course, pretty florals are always nice for Corinna. Sometimes I feel like I have too much fun shopping for these two cuties! Just last week I got Corinna these headbands, and Augustine these sandals! Here are some other favorites:

Girl Summer Favorites

Boy Summer Favorites

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Did you know that I update my shopping pages every week with baby and toddler styles that I’m currently loving?? You can see my latest picks here!


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