Simple Summer Pleasures – Best of the Weekend 7-26-19

Let’s not let our lives become so busy that we forget to enjoy the simple summer pleasures.  From a relaxing book on the beach, to an outdoor barbecue, we need to soak up every moment of the sweet summer season.  Before long, the kids will be back to school and we will be preparing for the holidays…and dare I say the dreaded word…(snow!)  Let’s all try to live in the moment and savor what’s left of the precious summer season!

Welcome to this week’s edition of Best of the Weekend link party!  Once again, we are so happy you could join us!  As always, we invite you to link up your latest projects from DIY and home decor to recipes, tips and more!  Let’s get started…

best of the weekend link party

Each week, when you link up to Best of the Weekend, your link will appear on both our blogs.  Let’s meet your hosts…



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Liberty from B4 and Afters | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest | Instagram

Shelley from Calypso in the Country | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram


Before we begin this week’s party, let’s take a look back at the past week…

Every week, we share the most popular post from the previous week’s party on both of our blogs.  In addition, each hostess picks a few favorites to share.  Be sure to check out each of our blogs to see all the features!

Also, remember to stop by our original Best of the Weekend Pinterest Board  and our newest Best of the Weekend Link Party Features where we pin the features each week!   For now, we will continue to pin the features to both of those boards.

Each week, I also share the features on my Instagram stories so be sure to follow along!

As always, we appreciate when we see people promoting our link party so Pin, Tweet and share away on social media!  Be sure to tag us so we can send you a thank you and give you a shout out at the next link party.



Like many of you, I love the simple summer pleasure of reading a fun book on the beach.  This week, I shared my latest summer reading recommendation…

Simple Summer Pleasures - A Book by Pool - The Southern Side of Paradise

Book Review – The Southern Side of Paradise

And while we’re in the summer mood, here are a few ideas to inspire you:


Apparently, I am not the only one looking to simplify my summer outfits.  Last week’s most popular post was Summer Capsule Wardrobe…

blue and white dress

Summer Capsule Wardrobe from Artful Homemaking


This week, I chose a theme of simple summer pleasures including recipes and all American decor.  Don’t you agree that white and blue always feels perfect for summer?

Simple Summer Pleasures - Decor and Recipes

As always, please click the link below each photo to read the full post.  Also, please pin from the original source.


Red White and Blue

Adding Red, White and Blue from My Hubbard Home


coastal kitchen shelves

Kitchen Coastal Decor for Summer from Debbeez Buzz


Small Town American Independence Day

Small Town America Independence Day from Living on Cloud Nine


Simple Summer Recipes - Red White and Blue Ice Cream Cake

Blueberry Vanilla Ice Cream Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting from Mommy Evolution


Patriotic Party

How to Host an Easy and Beautiful Patriotic Party from Celebrating Everyday Life


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Simple Summer Pleasures features


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Once again, we can’t wait to see what you link up!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Shelley, have a great weekend. Thank you for co-hosting the Best of the Weekend and keeping the best of summer lingering with the features!

  2. Hi Shelley, thank you for the red, white, and blue feature. Your right, it’s fun to see these colors throughout July!
    Take care,

    1. You’re welcome, Rachelle! The all American red white and blue always feels so summery to me! Thanks for joining us!

  3. Shelley, it’s so nice to see someone not in a mad rush for fall! Yesterday, I tried unsuccessfully in about 10 stores to find some tropic (pineapple and flamingo too) tableware, linens and accessories. Thanks for featuring my coastal decorated kitchen! I plan to enjoy it through Labor Day weekend. And for the good read suggestion this week too!

    1. Yes, I know what you mean! We rush these seasons so fast so I try my best to take the time and savor every one…especially summer! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Reading is definitely one of my simple summer pleasures! Thanks again for joining us and have a great week!

  4. Thanks for hosting! This week I am bringing more goodness from my home to your table. A delicious Navy Bean Salad kicks off the list. Then an Amish Pasta Salad salad for a cold light summer lunch. To round off the menu is a simple and juicy Fresh Melon Salad to brighten your table and taste buds as well! Enjoy!

    1. You’re welcome, Marilyn! Those sound like wonderful summer dishes and great ideas to bring to a barbecue. As always, thanks for joining us and have a wonderful week!

    1. Ha – yes, the dreaded word,”snow”… Let’s hope that won’t be for awhile! Hopefully, we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy! Thanks for joining us and have a wonderful week!

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