2 Cents On Summer Obsessions (Via Fab Friends)

Time for the next segment in my 2 cents series where I let blog friends share their heartfelt opinions on a topic I find interesting. Today’s topic is about summer obsessions. For us in the northern half of the world we are living & loving it right now (or pretending we are living it since the weather in the NW has been anything but charming)!

Today you will meet five incredibly talented ladies and friends. They are creative, stylish and successful designers/artists/writers/bloggers and even a magazine owner! It is an honor to know them all. I follow their blogs loyally and I always know that I will learn something new when hopping over for a visit.

With passion and personal touches (that is why I love them!) they are sharing their:

Personal & Educational. Take your time time to read what they have to say.

You will learn a lot from these talented friends. Enjoy!

This summer I am loving the look of the gray Kooboo wicker chair. Perfect in any room, but I’d use just one to mix up my dining seating. I had seen one recently for a good price in a local shop. I looked longingly at it for some time but then left without it. Of course, you know how the story ends, when I went back – the chair was gone!

 For more on Donna and her lovely blog, go here.

When it comes to personal appearance, one of my biggest struggles has been figuring out how to deal with the dry skin on my feet! As a result I’ve tried virtually everything on the market, because really, what ruins a great look faster than less than pretty feet?! However, it wasn’t until I was introduced to Blue Cross Cuticle Remover did I find a solution. I take the time to soak my feet for a few minutes in Blue Cross each week, buffing them with a wash cloth afterwards. And presto, I’m ready to put on those cute sandals!

 For more om Janell and her lovely blog, go here.

My summertime obsession is a tranquil place: A BEACHY STATE OF MIND. The beach is where I feel at home and that much more special since I live in the landlocked midwest. It’s where time stands still, where I can hear myself think, where I find God, and where He shows off. It is where the best colors live: golden sand, white capped waves, and aqua all around. It’s a place adored by my children and where we have discovered sea turtles. It inspires how I live, decorate, dress, and even what music soothes me!    A beachy outlook says slow down and acknowledge that earth is indeed crammed with heaven.

 For more on Michele and her lovely blog, go here.

What am I obsessed about in the summer? Farmer’s markets! I feel so fortunate to have a lot of local markets in my area and of course the ultimate farmer’s market, Pike Place in Seattle. I love to wander from stall to stall and look at the most beautiful flowers, delicious fruit and freshest seafood around. Raspberries are a favorite and I make a batch of jam each summer to use throughout the year. Who doesn’t love fresh homemade jam?! I think I’ll make a batch this week!

For more on Marianne and her lovely blog, go here.

This summer you will find me equipped with a good paintbrush! Yes, really! What can transform a room quicker? What usually takes the least amount of money (unless you have a castle to paint) and gives you instant gratification. Paint can even help you edit a room…as you usually have to take everything out to paint and then you will be more selective about putting it back in! In this before and after of my client’s master bedroom even if we had not changed out things….the old curtains and bed would have looked so much better after painting out all the trim and walls to a pretty chalky white! So get to it! Alternate your beach days with some fun painting projects!

P.S I also go nuts for air conditioners this summer….because it is hot as Africa here!

(Look closely! Can’t even believe it is the same room!/ Monika’s comment)

For more on Sherry and her lovely blog, go here.

There you have it – some personal summer obsessions. Fun to get to know these talented  ladies and see their beautiful faces, don’t you think?

I will continue to make my way around blog land and tap into the smarts of my friends! Some of my lovely most long-term friends I have not even featured yet! So there is no ranking order, folks. It is all topic based.

Hugs to everyone!

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  • Anci says:

    Hej !
    Jag kommer och hälsar på så fort jag har fått ihop pengarna :)

    Din blogg är inspirerande och alltid rolig att läsa.

    Kram till dig

  • Fun post Monika! I love everyone’s ideas!

  • Love the guest posts and seeing what everyone’s fav thing is!

  • Karena says:

    Monika you have featured some of my favorite bloggers, plus a new one!! Thanks so much for this great series!

    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my Giveaway of a very Special Painting by Mary Maxam!

  • I’m popping over from A Perfect Gray… I love this series! Great post!

  • Greet says:

    Dearest Monika,
    I will visit all the lovely ladies you talked about here!The blog of Michele I already know!!! Just a gorgeous blog! Thank you for sharing these lovely ladies and their blogs with us!!

  • thanks for having me, mon! you’re the best…donna

  • Monika, we follow several of these lovely ladies blogs and are so excited to have found a few new ones. We are going to try the cutical remover tip this week and share with lots of friends who will love to know! Hope you are enjoying your summmer with the little ones! XO Angela and Renee

  • Janell Beals says:

    Oh, fun stuff, love the market in Seattle, LOVE the power of paint and what is better than time at the beach! Thanks for having me Mon! Janell

  • Joe Clarke says:

    Oh what fun, Mon! LOVE those chairs! Beautiful images. I will be busy visiting blogs this morning!



  • I agree with Sherry! Staying home from the beach to paint is worth every moment!! Gotta love everything Sherry does.

  • you composed this post so beautifully, mon. thrilled to be in this group of lovelies with whom i would love to party (with my silky smooth feet) at a faded grey beach house decorated by sherry, sharing fresh yum from the farmer’s market. wanna come?


  • this is really more than 2 cents worth of info…what fabulous ideas!.. and all are bloggers I recognize…

  • Where else can I find out about a great cuticle remover, gorgeous gray chairs, paint tips, a beachy outlook and the low down on farmers market all in one glorious post! Here!! Loved this..thank you for the introduction to a few I am not familiar with a few whom I already a big fan of….well done ladies!

    PS Got my tote bag, (emailed you hopefully you got it) and am loving it! Its now my official “hold everything” bag that I keep in my passengers seat to hold mail, house stuff,etc…at the end of the day I empty it in the house to reuse again the next day! Thanks…..

  • Just found you via Sherry Hart! Great series. Will be following. M.

  • Thank you so much for including me! Such a fun post to put together and I loved reading everyone’s 2 cents. You’re the best, my friend!

    Hope you’re having a great time enjoying our ‘summer’ weather! Ha! xo

  • kathysue says:

    Monika, what a fun post, I love reading about some of my favorite bloggers. Summer time is so fun and it is nice to see what makes others happy!! Kathysue

  • I love this … and I just may need to try that cuticle remover!

  • Love this!! You featured some of my favs and I met some new blogger as well!

  • What a fun series, great input from your lovely guests! Painting painting painting….makes all the difference in the world and gives old shabby rooms new a fresh new attitude. Loving the kooboo chairs myself these days, trying to figure out where they can make themselves at home in my life.

  • What a great series! So happy to find your blog. You definitely featured very talented ladies who have great blogs! I love all of the summer loves! I will have to try the foot rub! :)

  • Such a great series and fun to hear what rises to the top for each of these fantastic bloggers!


  • lisaroy says:

    What a great post filled with some of my absolute fave bloggers! So fun! :)

  • sherry says:

    Monika…I am honored to have been included with all of these great bloggers. A great post idea…short and sweet [like you said]. You are the BEST!

  • designchic says:

    Love Summer, and love this post…such a great idea and wonderful choices from some of my favorite bloggers!!

  • I love summer too, although for me it’s usually a very busy time with work, social events and trying to catch sunrays, so things like blogging have to slip.

    I loved this post, so wonderful to see what the lovely bloggers are thinking about summer! Beautifully put together too, darling Mon.

    Happy happy weekend!

    Meera xx

  • pretty pink tulips says:

    Just popped over from A Perfect Gray…and love what I found! You tapped into such wonderful ladies….I look forward to the next grouping!!

    ~ Elizabeth

  • liza says:

    Hi! I’m SOOOOO blog lazy. Summer is too short. Eddie has a little fever today, so… a post and some blog visiting! I loved catching up here… it’s all so fun. Happy mid-summer to you Monika!

  • Jessie says:

    You featured some of my favorite bloggers- Sherry Hart and Janell Beals. These women are very inspirational, they are accomplished, talented and have a great attitude in life!

    Love this post! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Lovely blog, a new follower!

    Have a fabulous weekend!


  • Livelikeyou says:

    Great advice from some lovely ladies. Will definitely visit the blogs I don’t know! Pratar garna i veckan eller i helgen!! kramar

  • Great series, Mon and so lovely to see all these ladies! We are packing for a 2 week vacation. So happy to spend all the days just with my husband and the kids. Wishing you a fantastic time!


  • Julie at BV says:

    Great recommendations as always Mon. Beach, farmer’s market, they all sound like summer’s must-haves!

    Have an excellent weekend my friend!

  • Stacy says:

    Tina at The Enchanted Home was right to recommend this….awesome post! She included one of mine, too…isn’t she the sweetest? I’m a new follower. Hope you’ll stop by sometime. Very excited to get to know your blog!

  • Tereza says:

    Monika, it’s always a great pleasure to come here and visit your amazing blog.
    You will always be on my blog roll!

  • happy monday, monika. just dropping in to thank you again for hosting us gals. Wish we could do it in real life. Enjoy your too-short summer with your kiddos! school is just around the corner….

    love, donna

  • Mon, a photo of your bedroom was used in a Houzz ideabook that I found today. Check it out:



  • Jessie says:

    By the way, I just host a new giveaway so stop by and enter for a chance to win a piece of fabulous jewelry of your choice. :)


  • Hello Monika,

    You know, each time I see one of your new posts pop up in my rss feeds reader, I know it’s going to be great! I love how you engage your guests and your readers and connect them so well. This post is no exception. Fun choice of topic and some lovely ladies—none of whom I know! I will be sure to visit their blogs when I have a few minutes to explore :)

    I think I might have to keep my eye out for that cuticle remover! After having gel nails for 10+ years, I just finally am letting them grow off now and heal, and well, you can only imagine how painful and not tooooo pretty that is—what a lifesaver of a product!

    Wishing you a wonderful Summers day my friend.

    Love, Sarah

  • really love the picks. beachy state of mind… yes please… going to the farmers market… yes yes yes!

    we have a wicker chair size xxs at home. I think it is just too cute. so when axel is a little bigger i hope it gets good use.

  • Gretchen O. says:

    LOve all of the Summer Obsessions. What a fun post!

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