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holding pink and white peonies

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Nesting on this first Sunday in June.

Welcome to Nesting! If you are new here, it is a little round up I do with all of my favorite finds and things that have been happening on the blog. Grab a cup of coffee and come curl up!

I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year already!

The peonies started blooming  and we’re in full swing of the busy-ness that June brings with birthdays and end of the year events and parties. In addition to Father’s Day and my son graduating kindergarten, we’ve got two birthdays this month and one very special one as my sister is due this month! I’m waiting for that phone call any day now 🙂

Have you ever had a lavender latte? One of my friends shared over on Instagram that she has been loving lavender coffee. The boys and I went to a local coffee shop yesterday after Dude Man’s game and I ordered one. It was absolutely delicious!

Kids at coffee shop doing cheers with their cups and latte art

It’s been a good few weeks on the blog!

On Tuesday the Cozy Creative Collaborative got together for May and this month’s theme was gardening.

I shared my recipe for my lemon zucchini bread.

loaf of zucchini bread with glaze on a white plate with fresh zucchini and lemon

One thing we always grow in our garden is zucchini and we always have a plentiful harvest. Zucchini bread is one of my favorite things to make!

School is slowly winding down over the next few weeks here in Upstate New York. I shared this sweet teacher gift idea with a free printable. Click here if you are looking for an easy gift idea perfect for a teacher!

Basket with a wine tote, bottle of champagne in a wine chiller with a ribbon and tag with apple that says "best teacher ever"


This week’s weekly link party was filled with awesome ideas and recipes for summer. How cute are those wooden buoys? I wish I had a lake house!

Come see all of the inspiring ideas here.

regrowing lettuce in a mason jar, buoy decor hanging from a wreath on front door, bundt pan umbrella centerpiece and cherry coconut pie


And I think perhaps the most exciting, I just launched the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge!

This is a fun way to inspire you to read more and I’ve got some great book suggestions too! I hope you will join us!

Instagram story template Bingo board with summer reading 2023 challenge


Some of my recent Amazon finds:

These reusable water balloons were a hit with all the kids this past weekend.

Obsessed with this dress and I can’t wait for it to come in.

This is a great Father’s Day gift idea and perfect for the summer grilling months.

I’m always updating my Amazon storefront with all of my recent favorite purchases and your best sellers. You can see it all here.


This week’s easy meal plan:

Monday – Grilled chicken with Kate Middleton’s Salad

Tuesday – Sheet pan fajitas

Wednesday- Sandwiches with cucumber salad

Thursday – Chicken and snap pea stir fry

Friday – pizza night

Saturday – Grilled steak kebabs over rice

Sunday – Roasted vegetable lasagna


Here are some of my favorite finds from the week from my friends and around the web

This golf theme table for Father’s Day.

Golf tablescape for Father's Day

How incredible does this key lime pound cake look?

I have been underwire free since I had my kids but I thought this post was interesting.

This unique wall idea.

My friend Jen never ceases to amaze me with her talent and I just had to show you her Coastal Mermaid Wreath. Isn’t it beautiful for summer?

coastal mermaid wreath on a front door


I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

Stay tuned next week as I am sharing Father’s Day gift ideas, Summer Amazon Finds and My Pasta Primavera!

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2 In Nesting


Nesting family photo at golf course, preppy white and blue striped dress, coastal grandmother outfit

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Nesting on this cloudy Sunday in May.

Last weekend was one of celebrations between Mother’s Day and my dad’s retirement. We were able to snap this little family photo and it hit me like a ton of bricks how big the boys are growing and how fast it is going. Our oldest graduates from kindergarten this year and I was getting all sentimental. I came across one of those facebook posts, “you only get 18 summers” and thought “well shoot, I guess I only have 12 more”. But here’s the reality, as I got to thinking, I’ll be 36 this summer and I’ve never missed a summer with my parents.  In fact, you can find me over there by their pool almost every weekend. And not just summer, but every season. So my message to you is, don’t worry about the “18 summers” and trying to make them count.  Because if you’re lucky, you will get a lifetime.

Memorial Day is next weekend! Every year our little town has a big parade, races and fireworks, it’s a big shin dig! It’s one of my favorite weekends, almost like a kick off to summer even though not officially until June 21st.

door basket with blue hydrangeas, white flowers and American flags to decorate for Memorial Day, Labor Day or 4th of July.

What are your Memorial Day plans?

I’ll link the DIY to this easy patriotic door basket here if you want to re-create it. 

Also how perfect is this dress, not just for Memorial Day weekend but breezy summer days?


It was an eventful week on the blog this week.

I teamed up with some friends to share some garden inspiration. There were so many great tips and beautiful garden spaces. Click here to see all 12 amazing of these inspiring gardening posts.

The best home and gardening ideas

I shared some of my favorite ways to use lilacs from your garden. You have got to try my lilac lemonade!!! It’s been a favorite for the past few years.

6 ways to use lilacs from your garden white pitcher filled with lilacs, lilac lemonade

Does anyone else get that slump around 2 pm where you crave something sweet and need an energy boost? I’ve got the perfect solution! I’m sharing my go to coffee recipe here. Enjoy!

mason jar filled with iced coffee coconut iced coffee with premier protein shake

This week I had to go into the office for work. For the first time in 2 1/2 years I had to dress up in something other than my yoga pants and sweatshirts. These pants are so comfortable and I love this sweater blazer.

Linking my outfit here.

apricot sweater blazer cardigan with black wide leg pants, white t shirt and and work bag




Here is this week’s menu:

MondayCrunchy Thai Peanut & Quinoa salad. (I add shelled edamame for some protein and the leftovers are perfect for lunch!)

Tuesday – Dorito Taco Salad from Midwest Life and Style

Wednesday – Grilled chicken with roasted veggies and rice pilaf

Thursday – Leftover smorgasboard

Friday – pizza naans

Saturday.- MDW party – hot dogs/hamburgers/salads

SundayMy grilled steak charcuterie board with all the fixings and corn on the cob


Here are some of my favorite finds on the Internet this week:

This sushi train for sushi nights. The family and all your friends will get a huge kick out of this!

train on table with train tracks and sushi to go around and serve guests sushi train

These patio plantinis for some ambiance.

Don’t these daiquiris look delish? Perfect for Memorial Day if you ask me!

Frozen Strawberry Blueberry Daiquiri


Stay tuned for next week! I’ve got an end of the year teacher gift with free printable, a patriotic dessert and my pasta primavera coming!

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Enjoy your weekend!

4 In Nesting


How to Celebrate Earth Day

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Nesting on this gorgeous Sunday in April

This week was beautiful! The warmer weather is finally here in Upstate New York!

We’re working this weekend on cleaning up the yard and gardens so we can get ready to sow our seeds and plant some new landscaping. Last summer I admittedly got a little overzealous and bit off more than I could chew if you know what I mean. So this year I’m keeping it simple with the gardens this summer and am focusing on plants that are more low maintenance.

We’ve also still got our bathroom reno going on. This is my inspiration. Rick’s certainly got his work cut out for him around the house lately 😉

A rustic vanity with a white counter and a floral patterned floor.


This past week, the girls from the Cozy Creative Collaborative and I got together to share some ideas for Mother’s Day. I shared this pretty and delicious strawberry lemonade Momosa.

The perfect strawberry lemonade Momosa for Mother's Day

Go on over and check out the post because there’s some other beautiful ideas for Mother’s Day as well!

Do your kids or grandkids love bubbles? Try my homemade DIY bubble solution and make a little bubble station! This has been one of my mom hacks for the past few years. I recommend using a pitcher with a spout so the kids can easily pour some into a smaller bowl or container.

Homemade bubble solution

Earth Day is Saturday 4/22. These Earth Day seed bombs are a fun craft to spark some discussions about Earth Day and it’s fun to see what grows!

Earth Day Seed Bombs

And in case you missed it, a few weeks ago I shared my spring wardrobe capsule. I’ll link it here again because there’s some great spring staples!


Sharing some of my recent Amazon finds and purchases

These dress pants – I have to go into the office this week and I was looking for a pair that was also comfy.

My favorite shorts for summer

I saw this on Tik Tok and thought it would be fun for the kids and me for cocktails

These are a game changer for drifting off to dreamland and catching more zz’s.



Here is this week’s meal plan:

Easy to prepare and light dinners since baseball starts back up this week for the season and we’re busy outside.

Monday – BLTs and Cucumber Dill salad

Tuesday – Fish tacos

Wednesday – East weeknight chicken sausage pasta

ThursdayChicken caesar salad pizza

Friday – Date night!

Saturday – Shish kabobs over pilaf

Sunday – Mom & Dad’s


Now here are my favorite things I found on the web this week:

I have never heard of May Day before until recently. These May Day baskets from An Organized Season are a sweet gesture for your neighbors.

Three paper May Day baskets hanging on a coat rack.


Transform an old trampoline into an adorable outdoor den and I need one!

Outdoor trampoline ideas - old outdoor trampoline turned into a lovely trampoline den with curtains, cushions and plants

This adorable mushroom wreath for spring.


Hope you all have a splendid Sunday!


8 In Nesting


Nesting living room update

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Welcome to Nesting, where I share what’s been happening on the blog, and share some of my favorite things from the week! So grab a cup of coffee or whatever warm bevvy you prefer and curl up!

If I’m being honest, these last 2 weeks have been a blur.  I am grateful for a free weekend with some time to collect my thoughts and be inspired. Because Easter is 2 weeks away and I’ve got a few more cute ideas up my sleeve!

My sister and brother in law came home last weekend. It was so good to see them and my sister’s growing bump. We are in full baby shower planning mode and I can’t wait to show you the details!

Nesting pregnancy baby shower ideas


I recently gave our bedroom a little spring refresh and it was just what my soul needed. Nothing feels as good as fresh, clean sheets am I right? I got these blue and white sheets from Target and I just love the palette for spring. I’m linking them here.

spring bedroom refresh with blue and white bedding from Target coastal bedroom

We also did a little updating in our living room. We desperately needed a new couch as ours had seen better days between a dog and 2 boys. We also added a few battery operated sconces (linking them here) and I am obsessed with how it transforms the room and I love the soft glow it adds in the early morning or evenings. They were easy to install too. Well Rick did it but it looked pretty easy 🙂


Nesting living room update with new couch and battery operated sconces

Earlier this month, I announced that a few friends and I are going to be getting together every month to share some inspiration for your home. This month’s theme was Easter and I shared how to make this adorable Easter door basket with these DIY faux carrots.

Isn’t he so cute? Click here for my DIY and to see everyone’s Easter decor ideas!

An adorable Easter door basket


And with Easter on it’s way, I rounded up some of my favorite ideas for those Easter baskets. There’s lots of non-candy options for babies all the way up to teens. Click here for all of my Easter basket ideas.

Easter Basket Ideas for Babies-Teens

Some of my favorite finds from the past few weeks:

These jeans are my holy grail! The perfect amount of support and stretch!

This new ultra hydrating serum has been a game changer for my skin. I use day and night! Use my code Ourtinynest at checkout to save on your Tula purchase!

I found the perfect cognac spring flat!


Here is this week’s meal plan:

Monday – Spaghetti squash bowls with turkey bolognese (pasta for the boys)

Tuesday – Walking tacos

Wednesday – Grilled steak with my roasted potato arugula salad.

Thursday – Cream of asparagus soup and tuna melts

Friday – Pizza night

Saturday – out

Sunday – Spring lasagna primavera


Now here are some of my favorite things I found on the web this week:

My friend Jen from Cottage on Bunker Hill shows you how to make your own edible arrangement. This is perfect for the Easter or Mother’s Day table!

There’s talks Netflix is making one  of my favorite books into a movie and I couldn’t have picked a better cast. Click here to see.

The Perfect couple

The lazy lawn trend for this year. It’s low maintenance, better for the environment and honestly I think this is something Rick can get behind too 🙂

I have always been very open about my struggles with anxiety and the past few weeks have been hard. Sharing this worksheet I found to help talk yourself out of intrusive thought patterns. I hope it’s helpful to those of you <3

These Easter bunny cinnamon rolls are perfect for your Easter breakfast while the kids hunt for eggs.

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls - Midwest Life and Style Blog

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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