Life Update, the Backyard Progress & More


We’re slowly sprucing up our backyard with planters and getting ready to host s’mores parties with a DIY firepit area! All while wearing the cutest dresses and sandals!

Life Update with a Dog

This summer we got a dog! After years of our daughters asking for a puppy, we decided this year was a perfect time and bought an adorable Cavapoo. Our girls are 12 and 8, so they are the perfect ages to take care of a dog with our supervision. (They’ve done great!)

Our puppy is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. She’s hypoallergenic, non-shedding and will be a small-medium size when fully grown. In other words, she’s perfect for us!

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Winnie is her name and she’s now 15 weeks old. She’s slept so well in her crate from the moment we brought her home, and potty training has been going pretty well. I know it takes time, so we’re being consistent and taking her out regularly.

Backyard Updates

While I had done my research about training a puppy, I did NOT realize that I would be spending so much time in our backyard during the potty training season of our lives. Ha!

Immediately, we decided to get rid of our trampoline that the girls had outgrown. We didn’t want a huge mud pit for the dog to roll around in and get dirty. And once the trampoline was gone, we realized the bare spot was the perfect size for a fire pit area!

I’ll be sharing a full tutorial for the DIY fire pit as soon as we get everything set up. But in the meantime, my girls and I are ready to host a s’mores party in some cute dresses! Ha!

I also added new planters to the backyard along the retaining wall and in other places to hide unsightly items. And we’re probably going to get more seating as the budget allows. One thing at a time!

Summer Outfits for the Girls

My girls are getting older and getting more and more picky! I recently found some really cute dresses and sandals for them, which they are modeling in our backyard photo shoot.

We found them at Walmart, which I love because of the selection and the price points! Their girls’ items in the Wonder Nation line are my daughter’s favorites.

My tween (almost teen) daughter says this beautiful eyelet dress is so popular among her friends. She is excited to wear it to church this summer. And the sandals are casual, but the pink color makes them a little more fun for summer!

Eyelet is on trend and can be such a fun an feminine way to dress up a summer, casual look.

My younger daughter loves anything that looks “older” and she loved this one-shoulder dress. Check your stores for availability! I actually bought her a ton of stuff from Walmart’s girls section and she’s so excited about all of her new summer clothes. I’ve shared most of them in the collage below.

girls summer clothes haul


I shared some of my favorite Walmart dresses recently, and I found one more that I love! This maxi dress is so comfortable, fits true to size and has pockets! The straps are wide and I promptly hung it in my closet. It comes in several other colors, too!

The Rest of Our Summer

The rest of our summer has been spent at the pool or the lake! My girls are both on the swim team and so we’re at the pool every day! We plan to take some time to finish up the fire pit soon. Just waiting on the chairs to arrive and to find time to put them together. We’re hanging some string lights, too!

I can’t wait to share more!

How’s your summer going??

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