Lavender Lemonade & A Song

Hello friends! Busy times here. I am fixing — and fixing some more for my upcoming trip to Sweden. Next week I will be united with family and friends back home. What a fun & lively time that will be! But right now I am enjoying our summer to the fullest here in Seattle.

We have a hillside in our backyard with one section filled with gorgeous lavender that I never know what to do with — until I came across this stunning image! (Note: those are not my lavender fields – just so you don’t think I am trying to mislead you! But we have 44 large bushes, Frida just counted! And they grow fast!)

Lavender lemonade — well of course! How brilliant. Must try before I leave!

I am also obsessing over this Mary B. Blige song (Each Tear), this summer. (My husband is shaking his head to this upbeat pop tune). I love everything about it. The rythm, the lyrics, the message, the voices (including the unexpected raspy voice by the Italian pop singer Tiziano Ferro). I am even using the song to further teach my girls about the importance of learning, staying strong and the art of kindness (to others and yourself). Turn on the speakers and take a listen.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

(I will be back with a post or two before I leave!)

Images 1  via Flickr , 2 + 3 via Everything Fabulous, last image via Flickr
Written by Splendid Willow in: Flowers & Ideas for the table,Just Because I Like It |


  • Mon, that last image is absolutely stunning. Here’s wishing you a wonderful trip and a fun and happy reunion with family and friends. I am already looking forward to your posts with lots of photos of your beautiful homeland.

    Love to you!


  • Carole says:

    Have a great holiday Mon. Looking forward to seeing your photographs!
    Carole xoxo

  • Willow Decor says:

    Have a blast!! Say hi to Mom for me!!
    your blog sis,

  • Marci says:

    Really enjoyed this blog blurb. Lavender is one of my favorite things to look at. It’s so calming and breathtaking. I could definitely enjoy a lavender lemonade while listening to famous pop diva Mary J.
    Have a wonderful trip!

  • Joe Clarke says:

    Splendid! Always splendid.

    Are you taking the family with you to Sweden?


  • Monika, while you are
    dreaming of YOUR upcoming
    trip to Sweden {be still
    my heart!} I am dreaming
    of MINE to Washington
    State to see MY family : )
    Lavender picking is on
    my list, as I just adore
    it. I’ll only be out
    there two weeks, but will
    savor EVERY minute, as I
    know that you will on your
    trip, sweet friend. These
    pictures are gorgeous!
    xx Suzanne
    PS: I love that song, too!!!

  • Piper says:

    I can’t stop staring at the first image…that’s like my dream, to have a field of lavender!!! that must smell like heaven! and yum, i love lavender lemonade (can you tell i like lavender :)

    can’t wait to see pics from your trip!

  • Monika,I hope you have a wonderful trip with your family and friends. It sounds like you are having a great summer. So glad for you. The lavender is so gorgeous and I may just have to try that lemonade. Hugs Mona

  • liza says:

    Are you going to Sweden next week??! Oh, how fabulous. Enjoy!! I love the top photo and the lemonade one, too. Please show us photos when you return and have a wonderful time.

  • g says:

    I am so trying this recipe! I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip. Cannot wait to hear all about it!

  • audrey marie says:

    i saw this last week and cannot wait to try it! how lucky to have lavender right outside your door :)

  • Mon – yum. And you’re so lucky to have a nearby lavender field. Have a great, and safe, trip!

  • Lana says:

    Sigh… love those lavender field pics, hope to see them in real life one day! Glad you’re enjoying your hol!x

  • that lavender field is stunning! i’ve always wanted to visit one!

  • gorgeous post, the images, the lavender lemonade (are you kidding me?!!) and great tunes. Can’t ask for more than that!

  • I am currently obsessed with all things lavender as well! I’m currently drying my own in my kitchen window and I’m going to attempt to make lavender-scented linen spray! I’ll let you know how it goes.

    That lemonade looks divine… I would like to try making that as well! Are you excited for your trip?! I can’t wait to hear about it :)

    p.s. I’ll always come visit :) and I talk to Kody all the time! I will tell him you are looking for him! xo

  • gaia says:

    Who doesn’t love lavender!!!!

    Can I have a glass of your lavender lemonade? I think I need it …It’s hot !!!!

    how are you sweetie????

    Need your help…come visit me!!!

    Miss you!

  • Julie says:

    Oh Dear Monika,

    send some lavender bushes this way.. I love them have been thinking I need to get some for my new place.. and well 44. you must have a large property.

    So you must be very excited about your trip… how long will you be gone for??? now I am just getting back to blogging you are off on an adventure… will miss you… Hopefully by the time you get back I will have sorted out my internet problems.. and my printing details…

    Take care dear Monika and have a wonderful trip… will try and pop in again before you leave but my internet currently has a mind of it’s own… xxx Julie

  • Style Attic says:

    So peaceful a post! See, taste and hear…how lovely for the senses :)

  • maryann says:

    oh wow, love the lavender fields and the lemonade must try. enjoy your trip to Sweden! verbena cottage

  • Hello Monika,

    Opening your page tonight was like a breath of fresh air — just what I needed after a full and crazy week. I adore lavender more than I can express. The color, the scent, everything… so pretty. And I must try this lavender lemonade — it sounds so perfect — soft and refreshing… you always make my day with your posts!

    p.s I don’t want to bother you with another email quite yet — there is much to say… thank you for yours :)

    I bet you cannot wait to leave! So exciting!
    Enjoy this weekend…


  • Mia says:

    Hi Mon, the lavender fields are beautiful and the drinks looks so refreshing! Couldn’t stop myself from some blogging … Hope you’re fine. looking forward to meet you!
    Big hug, Mia

  • I am embarrassed to say I had never seen a lavender field before this post — GORGEOUS! The lavender lemonade sounds delicious not to mention so refreshing with this wild weather we’re having on the east coast! Have the most incredible time in Sweden and thank you always for your dear comments. Bon voyage, ma chérie!

  • Laila says:

    Oh, that lemonade… I NEED it NOW!! 😉

  • Diana says:

    I love this post so much…I adore lavender and that lemonade is so yummy…I am making it tomorrow for sure:) thank you so much for a lovely comment and see you soon…Love it here so much and cant wait to read more:)
    Happy Sunday:)

  • gaia says:

    Hi Darling!
    Did you have a nice weekend?

    Happy week!

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