photo-126Summer Decor on a Shoestring

June 23 ~ Summer is in full swing and I’m starting to feel antsy. Living in Chicago, makes me only too aware that outdoor entertaining is a rare commodity so I want to make the most of the time I have. After all being a  MOAS means making the most of out what you have and looking for creative ways to express yourself.

Enter my new obsession: Pool Noodles. As I wrote in my column last week, pool noodles are as versatile as popsicle sticks and almost as ubiquitous. In fact, I am pretty sure they will soon eclipse popsicle sticks as the go-to material for summer crafts. I found one of my  favorite pool noodle crafts on a terrific blog called Heather and Vanessa were kind enough to let me recreate their idea for my column and blog. You can read their step-by-step instructions here! While researching my column, I found of ton of other super cute ideas which includes turning a  pool noodle into a set of  inexpensive and stylish napkin rings. JRB and I decided to make some for our festive tablescape which, came out quite nice and JRB was happy because as he pointed out, the napkin rings could come in handy if the napkins fall into the pool. Excellent advice JRB!   As for the other items on my table, the runner, plates, napkins and groovy centerpiece…They are all from Ross Dress For Less. Did you know Ross sells home decor and furnishings as well as clothes, shoes and handbags? With savings of between 20%-60% off dept store prices, you can find adorable, happy things and still stay within budget. Besides the tablescape stuff, I also found some plush beach towels that were less than $10 / each. JRB and I set them out in our backyard so he could have something soft to sit on while he played pool noodle hoops!  JRB loved trying to make baskets and Tucker loved trying to retrieve the balls.


Finding the towels reminded me of something else we badly needed and that was comfortable flip flops  for JRB. The kid is picky but even he fell in love with these athletic flip flops that were about $8! . photo-125

And finally, I bought a little present for me! It’s a new summer purse that was so well priced it was hard to pass up ($15). The bad news?  It looks like I’m not the only one who likes it!


I wanted to thank Ross Dress  for sending me a gift card which I used to purchase these items. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. photo-128
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