• july

    It is July

    Dena July 17, 2022

    It is the second week of July. The air is thick & sweet with moisture and the scent of thriving leaves. The little, wooded path that we walk on daily is reaching its peak of wildness. Everything is thick and green. There are gnats and mosquitoes that buzz in our ears and if I close my eyes, for a moment it is as though I am back in the jungle…

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  • Carnival Magic

    Dena July 23, 2018

    Last week our town’s annual summer carnival came to town. There is nothing in the world like the excitement that builds as we see the big red & white carnival tent go up and the rides start to fill in the empty spaces in the…

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  • Life is Magic: The County Fair

    Dena August 15, 2017

    When I think about the magic of summertime, the County Fair always comes to my mind. Some of the sweetest memories of my life were made at the fair. Most people don’t realize it, but New Jersey is actually home to thousands of acres of…

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  • Summer Grilling: Pork Loin Filet Kabobs

    Dena July 3, 2017

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplyTastyPork #ResetTheTable #CollectiveBias Summer is officially upon us. There are so many things that I love about this season, but one of my favorite things is the smell…

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  • Spice Up Your Summer with a Michelada!

    Dena June 28, 2017

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #MyMicheladaMatch Now that summer is here, I look for every excuse to get together with friends…

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  • Summer Daze // Splish Splash

    Dena June 14, 2017

    “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James Summer hasn’t officially arrived yet, but we are already into our second heatwave of the year. Temperatures during the day are soaring up to 100°…

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  • Summertime Official

    Dena June 19, 2015

    Matthew has been talking about buzzing Roman’s head for awhile. Matthew’s father buzzed his & his brothers’ heads at the start of each summer. It’s a tradition that he remembers fondly and was excited to create with his own son. It was a tiny bit…

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  • harvest //

    Dena September 15, 2014

    Early in summer, my mother-in-law gifted us with a used wagon from the thrift shop where she works. Little did we know then that the wagon would become such an important part of our summer harvesting ritual. A few times each week, when M. got…

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  • Date Night In with Jose Cuervo

    Dena July 17, 2014

    Thank you Jose Cuervo for sponsoring this post. Check out Jose Cuervo’s new Iced Teagarita, a perfect match made for the ultimate summer. As every parent knows, date nights are hard to come by these days. We used to make it a point to go…

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