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Month: June 2016

Affordable Paintings on Etsy

While decorating our homes we have discovered several artists we love on Etsy. The best thing about the online artisan market is that you can get original works of art, from all around the globe, for incredibly reasonable prices. Here are some of the artists we love on Etsy.

I have a Lola Donoghue painting in my living room. I love how they are filled with color and movement.


Our Lola Donoghue hanging in the living room.


Clair Elsesser creates timeless paintings  that remind me of summer and carefree days.  I would put the second one in a little girl room one day.


girls with flowers

Farmer’s Market Season Begins!

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We love The Denver Farmer’s Markets. The image above is what every Saturday looks like at our house after the market.

This weekend we are looking forward to trying out the new market at Union Station! During the summer the bulk of our food is bought at the Farmer’s Market and its such a joy to checkout each stand, support local farmers, and bring home healthy, beautiful food and flowers 😉

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Summer Cocktails-Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

This summer we are looking forward to hanging out in our backyard and drinking refreshing cocktails. I love fruity cocktails  in summer but nothing too sweet. This recipe on caught my eye. It looks fairly easy to make and delicious! You could put this in a pitcher and add some berries to finish after your pour several glasses.


(Image found on Pinterest-From Huffington Post)

6 sprigs Mint, fresh
1 cup Raspberries, frozen
1 cup Limoncello liqueur
3 cups Prosecco

Summer Festivals in Denver

Growing up my Mom always took Shelby and I to festivals during the summer. What’s not to love? Free entertainment, people watching, and for us, growing up in Littleton, a break from the suburbs. Now we are lucky enough to be down the street from most of these festivals and a short drive from others.  Here are our top festival suggestions for the Denver area for the summer:


  1. Cherry Creek Art Festival July 2nd-4th. We go to this every year.  Partly because its nostalgic but also because its worth it. Artists from across American gather in Cherry Creek and there is live music, food, and art creation tent for kids. You can spend an hour or a whole day and its worth it.
  2. Denver Chalk Art Festiva June 4th-5th- There are some amazing chalk creations on Larimer Square. Professionals create amazing feats and you can also grab chalk and make your own work of art.
  3. Greek Festival June 17th-19th. This is my favorite festival because THE FOOD! I love that  the Greek community puts on this festival every year and it feels like you got invited by someone on the inside. You can eat Baklava to your hearts delight and enjoy greek dancing, food, and music.
  4. Black Arts Festival July 8th-10th- Another festival we have been going to since we were kids. African dancing,drumming, and local bands perform. Sadly, the attendance levels have fallen, we were bummed more people from the neighborhood didn’t come. This is right down the street in City Park so be sure to attend and represent!
  5. Colorado Shakespeare Festival runs June 3rd-August 7th Actors from across American perform under a starry sky in the Boulder campus outdoor theatre. If you want to be transported and enjoy theatre in a romantic and whimsical setting, checkout their season asap. Popular shows sellout quickly. Also, there is not a bad seat in the house.

Any suggestions that we missed!? We can’t wait for summer in Colorado.