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.


what i wore

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welcome to what i wore wednesday!  feel free to link up your fashion posts here, and get tons of inspiration from other amazing women!  i started this linky long ago to simply push myself to get dressed every day.  the act of photographing my daily outfits pushed me out of the sweat-pants-rut and into real clothes.  over the years i have slowly become more comfortable with trying new things, more color, and fun accessories.  if you’re in a lull, join up and see what amazing changes will happen!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

summer time is all about easy outfits for me!  deborah & co sent me this adorable skirt and i love it!  its super stretchy and light weight for summer, but will transition nicely into fall with a denim jacket.

skirt – deborah & co

v-neck t-shirt – forever 21

necklace – noonday collection

sandals – target (glittered by me)

what i wore at the pleated poppy

we’ve been doing landscaping projects all week, so i’ve been in my grubbies most days.  it’s not until maybe dinner time that i get dressed!

top – forever 21

jeans – super old, super comfy!

sandals – gap

earrings – ike & co.

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