a summer bbq {& a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 giveaway!} GIVEAWAY CLOSED



as summer is coming to an end, we are squeezing in all we can, including lots of family bbq’s with friends in our back yard.


i love having an excuse to set a pretty table, even if its a picnic table!  a vintage table cloth topping a striped one was a good start.


enamel plates, bandana napkins, and vintage glassware looked great along side the yummy “spa” water, with slices of cucumber and lemon – mmmmmm!


my mom filled my chicken feeder trough with lemons for a fresh centerpiece – love it!


lily hung out in the backyard with me while i was setting up.  she loves silas’ basketball hoop he got for his birthday (free on craigslist – score!).


we invited a couple families over to help us make dinner join us for dinner.



canon recently sent me their newest DSLR camera, a Canon EOS Rebel SL1.  i was sharing it with my friends, comparing the size to my  Canon Rebel T3i, and to their DSLRs.


the Rebel SL1 is actually the smallest and lightest DSLR camera in the world!  i am super excited about this camera because i hardly ever carry around my “big” camera anymore because its just so heavy.  but this new camera is lightweight and easy to use – it even has a touch screen!  the less buttons for me to figure out, the better!

this camera has been so fun to play with!  it works for all of my needs:  shooting products, house pics, diy projects, capturing my kids’ special moments, and lily even uses it to take my what i wore pics!  the pictures are super crisp, and theres even an option to shoot video!


with such a large group, we have a kids table inside…


and an adult table outside!


flank steak, lemon pepper chicken, salad and grilled veggies were on the menu, and so good!


and my friend jess made not one, but two (TWO!!) pies: a lemon meringue pie and a key lime pie.


i had to try them both, just to be fair to each of them.  i’d like to marry them both.


our evenings cool off a bit, so we tend to end up by the fire.  the kids only join us if we have s’mores ;)


the boys stayed busy on the wheels


this is si’s buddy, gabe.  he’s pretty stinkin’ cute.


the girls kept themselves busy by changing their outfits 3 times and playing house up in the fort.




my idea of an organized game of croquet didn’t quite plan out like i was hoping.  dress up and scooters are more fun, apparently ;)


my friend molly was working really hard to convince her husband that she NEEDED this camera ;)  its great and light enough to carry around with you wherever you go so you’ll never have the emotional letdown of missing the capture of that special moment.

how about you?  do you need this camera? would you like to win it?!

one winner will receive 1 EOS Rebel SL1 EF-S 18-55 mm IS STM kit!!!  holy moly thats huge!


disclosure: i was compensated for my editorial work, however all thoughts and experiences are my own.



  1. 1

    Looks so yummy! And those pies… Oy vey!
    You have such a beautiful home ;)
    Have a nice day!
    xo- Kaara

  2. 2

    What fun!! Your home is beautiful!! I would love a camera!!! Such a fantastic give a way!!!

  3. 3
    Michelle says:

    Wow!!! Capturing special moments is priceless! We would go bonkers if we won this camera! Love your blog!

  4. 4
    Christen says:

    We’re expecting our first baby and this post makes me so excited to see how he or she plays with all of his or her little friends while momma and daddy eat at the grown up table. We are trying to decide which camera to buy and this one is a too contender, but winning it and saving that money for baby would make it THE best choice for sure.

  5. 5
    Stacie Walker says:

    Love your home! And I would love to win the camera!!!

  6. 6

    Winning a new camera would be fabulous! Love all the pics.

  7. 7

    a new camera? that would be a dream.

  8. 8

    What a lovely party! Your outdoor areas look so relaxed and inviting. Now, I want to have a family/friend bbq, but first we need to get our back yard into entertaining shape. ;-)

  9. 9

    Holy moly, that is a great giveaway!!!


  10. 10

    Looks like such a fun night. I love it when the kids have people to hang out with that they can have a good time with & the adults enjoy the other adults. Makes me want to set up the picnic table & get the fire pit ready to go! Thanks for the opportunity on the camera. I can only imagine the wonderful moments that it will capture.

  11. 11
    Ellenkeeton says:

    I’m so in love with your home and your blog!! My camera was stolen with my SIM card full of 2000 pics of my kids 2 days before the birth of my third child:(… Still haven’t been able to replace it! Would love this new beauty!

  12. 12

    Love the photos and yes, would absolutely give this camera the very best forever home she had ever dreamed of!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. 13

    I am DUE for a new camera!! What a great giveaway!!

  14. 14

    Love all the photos. I am looking to buy a new camera so will definitely check this one out. Probably won’t win as I live in Ireland but love reading your blog anyway.

  15. 15

    I loved how the chicken feeder was used as a centerpiece, simply beautiful! and great giveaway! =]

  16. 16

    I adore the outdoor fireplace; I’m so hoping to build one of those soon. I love my little Canon point and shoot! I’d be over the moon with this baby!

    P.S. I think I flubbed the “Invent your own option”; I meant to do Twitter and Instagram…who knows what I did!

  17. 17

    I love your blog! It is part of my morning routine with coffee! Something to look forward to. I love my canon Rebel, although it is 8 years old and tends to get a little finicky! Thank you for brightening my mornings.

  18. 18
    heather mora says:

    gah! i hope I win! we have a precious new baby girl (11 days old!) and I would soooo love to finally have a nice camera to capture all her milestones and memories! praying I might win!! that would be sooo fun. thank you for this awesome giveaway :)

  19. 19

    My sister’s birthday is in a couple weeks and this would be a perfect gift for her! Thanks for a lovely giveaway : )

    I’ve been loving your blog – looks like the BBQ was great fun!

  20. 20

    I want to be your neighbor. :) Everyday I think to myself “I need to start a blog”. Winning this camera would give me the push to start. Great giveaway.

  21. 21

    Great contest. Thank you for doing this! May I share this on my blog? Lover-ly dinna!

    Thank you.

  22. 22

    WOW!!! What an incredible giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!! :)

  23. 23
    Sherry Cress says:

    Love you outdoor space and would love to win the camera!

  24. 24
    Rochelle Phillips says:

    This is an awesome giveaway!!! Do you have to be on Facebook to enter?? I’m not…so I was just wondering. Would love to win a camera…..

  25. 25

    Always, amazing! Inspiration in every post and photo you take:) How a camera like that would be a dream come true for me or anyone:)

  26. 26
    Amanda Torres says:

    Awesome pictures! Thanks for such a great giveaway

  27. 27

    That looks like such a wonderful summer BBQ!!! I am loving the table set up. The table cloths with the citrus/chicken feeder centerpiece looks so warm and inviting. And the food looks and sounds amazing!
    I too always have to try one of each dessert to be fair. :)

  28. 28

    I love this giveaway! I’ve been saving up for a dslr for almost eight years but it seems like the money always needs to go to more pressing matters….this would be such a blessing for our family!

  29. 29
    Jenna Baum says:

    So great and fun!!!

  30. 30

    I sooooooooooo need this.

  31. 31

    Your party looks like so much fun & the food looks delicious!! Totally entering this giveaway! Thank you for hosting! : )


  32. 32

    Looks like the perfect summer dinner with friends!

  33. 33

    Pinterest doesn’t want to work for me. i do have a Pinterest page. i want to enter to win

  34. 34
    Carrie H says:

    I want to win so badly! with 3 kids 3 and under I desperately need a small nice camera to catch those fleeting pictures of them! I have been eying this one for a while :) You always throw the cutest parties, even when it’s just a simple dinner with friends, the little touches you add make it so sweet! I want to be able to do that too…

  35. 35
    Kelly Koetje says:

    I love reading your blog! Thank you for the chance to win.

  36. 36

    this camera is amazing! (as is your blog!) thanks for the giveaway :)

  37. 37

    Such beautiful pictures! What a fun giveaway!

  38. 38

    What a great camera. The big ones are just so big :) This one is awesome!

  39. 39

    Beautiful blog!
    Awesome camera…I’m excited about this give-a-way!
    Thanks for loving your readers!!!

  40. 40

    What a wonderful home and family you have! This is such a awesome giveaway!

  41. 41

    Your house and backyard are adorable! THanks for the contest to win an amazing camera!

  42. 42

    What a beautiful party! I’m in love with that table cloth and the outdoor fireplace. WOW! That camera looks so fun. I love my Rebel but a lighter smaller version sounds brilliant!

  43. 43

    With a new baby due in a month, a new camera would be put to very good use! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  44. 44

    I really enjoy your blog and the BBQ with friends looked wonderful. I am so excited about this camera giveaway sincey cera broke! Thank you for the sweet giveaway!

  45. 46

    I’m so excited for this giveaway. How awesome! Thanks for giving it away. I love your blog and read it daily :)

  46. 47

    I’m just imagining what I would do if I won this amazing giveaway… It would probably involve jumping up and down screaming for a long time then posting on Facebook and all social media sites… Thank you so much Lindsey for this amazing giveaway!!

  47. 48

    I love taking pictures of my two girls but I have never owned a DSLR. I get so frustrated with the slow shooting speed of point-and-shoots and I know I miss a lot of shots. I would LOVE to have the chance to learn on this awesome camera.

  48. 49
    Melinda M. says:

    Wish there was a different option than instagram for us non-smartphone users. :-/

  49. 50

    Looks like you had a fun time at the bbq. Love the vintage table setting! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing giveaway!

    Katie @thecasualcraftlete.com

  50. 51

    I would love to a have a designated camera for my classroom. Parents love to see pictures of their littles hard at work but I always leave it there and don’t have it to take pictures of my littles at home.

  51. 52

    I have been eyeing the rebel for some time! I’d love to win!

  52. 53

    what an awesome giveaway! and an adorable bbq :)

  53. 54

    how AWESOME is this giveaway – i love love love love the idea of calling one of these gorgeous Rebel babies mine – I would be seriously jump and down happy!! ♥♥♥

  54. 55
    Jennifer k says:

    Love bbqs with friends. Being in Hawaii we have them yr around. A new camera would be fun to document all the times we share with friends. Thanks for sharing!

  55. 56

    Beautiful pics of family and friends! Ive been looking for a new camera. Ive been using my iphone camera alot,,,convenient but Id love something more sophisticated :) Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  56. 57
    Susan R. says:

    I am now on my way over to Michaels to buy bandanas to use as table napkins. I try very hard not to use paper napkins or paper towels when I can avoid it and I usually just use white cloth dinner napkins, but I love your idea. It makes it more colorful and fun. BTW…I just HAVE to win that Rebel, I really have to. PLEASE let the stars and planets line up in my favor for this :)

  57. 58
    Stephanie H says:

    Summer nights spent lingering outside are so fun! I would love to win this amazing camera!

  58. 59

    Love your whole setup!There is nothing like good friends, good food and good times!

  59. 60

    oh yes!!! I NEED this camera! ;) I have been looking at it recently online, so it would be awesome to win it! Great family party- looks like my kinda set up. And you can sneak over a slice of that key lime pie. Please. :)

  60. 61
    Lori Ann says:

    I would LOVE this camera! So much fun. Looks like it was a great dinner!

  61. 62

    what a fun night! and i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have this camera!

  62. 63
    maggie b. says:

    WHEN did Lily’s legs get so darn long???
    Not cool.
    But totally awesome.

  63. 64
    Kristina says:

    I would love a new camera! Beautiful pictures!

  64. 65

    Love how you set the picnic table!

  65. 66

    How fun, I love the little chicken feeder on the table! I just got one at a junk show and wasn’t sure what I will do with it….now I know!

    What a FAB giveaway, also!! :)


  66. 68
    Michelle says:

    Would love a new camera. Great giveaway!

  67. 69

    Your gathering with friends looks like such a nice time! Love the lemon centerpiece your mom put together. This camera looks perfect for those outings when you want a smaller (lighter) camera! My DSLR is sooo heavy and bulky. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  68. 70

    I love everything about that table setting!

  69. 71

    I would love to win that camera. Looks like it took some really great pics!

  70. 72

    A couple year’s ago i found an old chicken feeder from dad in the old chicken house and planted marigolds in it:)

  71. 73

    thanks for the opportunity to win…what a fun giveaway! thanks for sharing!
    happy summer!

  72. 74

    what a cool give away! love the pleated poppy! have a great weekend!

  73. 75

    Awesome giveaway. I would love to win. I love your instafeed, just discovered the blog, looking forward to exploring it.

  74. 76

    So much fun! I love the pictorial diary of your night with friends!

  75. 77

    It would be so much fun to win a new camera! I’ve had my Nikon D40 for years…..

  76. 78

    would LOVE the camera!! And, where do you buy the kids “Cafeteria” plates that were stacked on the counter?? SO cute!

    • 79

      i got a bunch of them a few years ago from walmart. it seems like most years they have some version of them.

  77. 80

    Have to be on facebook to enter this contest?

  78. 82

    I hope to win, I would love a smaller camera!

  79. 83

    i don’t own a dslr and would love to have one! great giveaway!!

  80. 84

    I’d use that camera for so much good!

  81. 85

    Mmmm I want it :)

  82. 86

    Would LOVE a new EOS Rebel : )

  83. 87

    Thanks for the great give-away!

  84. 88

    Love the garden set up. Everything looks so yummy. Would love to win the camera. But I hardly win anything lol!

  85. 89
    Vanessa Avalos says:

    Thank you for the opportunity of such an amazing giveaway! The photo of all those 7 children on that big dining table touched my heart as a mother and family oriented person. I believe family is the most important thing in a person’s life and the most valuable treasure… I’d love this camera to capture amazing photos such as those, of my very own family. I use my phone and would just adore this camera… really even just any camera other than my phone :)

  86. 90

    I would so love to win. I haven’t had a good camera in a while. I used to own an slr, but now the better cameras are digital. I would be elated to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Diana Camden

  87. 91

    Wow! What I would give to have your home! Oh pie oh pie. :)

  88. 92
    Stephanie says:

    Shucks!!! I’d even take the OLD camera but a new one would be amazing!!!!!!

  89. 93
    Sheila Hall says:

    I would love to win this camera. It’s an upgrade from my basic point and shoot. I’m planning on traveling the world for a year next year so I could put this camera to good use.

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