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A Modern Pool House Makeover

This pool house is a study in chic; taking the essence of modern and Palm Beach and marrying them into an ultra cool, summer ready space. And would you believe that the fab designer behind this pretty little spot is still in high school? We’re thoroughly convinced that Kevin O’Gara is a design genius. See even more including the before pictures for this fun project on his blog, Though Swell.

In a classic Neil Reid home in Atlanta, GA, high school student Kevin O’Gara transformed a gracious pool house from beige and wood trim to bright and modern, channeling the laid-back elegance of Palm Beach. With a mix of traditional and mid-century furniture, and a cool palette that balanced the terracotta floors, the space went from drab to fab, and became the perfect hangout spot by the pool!

Photographer: Kevin O'Gara | Designer: Kevin O'Gara

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream

Last weekend, I went camping in the Catskills with new friends, where we bonded over conversations about the perfect toasted marshmallow and whether s’more counts as a verb (we unanimously decided it did). I miss those campfire mallows with their smoky char and creamy centers, but until the next trip this toasted marshmallow ice cream recipe from Jessica of A Happy Food Dance might help tide me over!

“It reminds me of camping, summer nights, the smell of tents and sticky fingers,” says Jessica. “This toasted marshmallow ice cream brings all those wonderful memories back.  Plus you can slide it in between graham crackers and some Hershey’s chocolate squares and totally have a new twist on a s’more.” Now that’s some genius s’moring.

For the full post and more mouthwatering recipes, check out A Happy Food Dance!

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream
prep time
25 Minute/s
cook time
total time
25 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1 pint (16 ounces) heavy whipping cream
  • 1-14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • marshmallows, roasted
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add one pint of heavy whipping cream. Start beating slowly, and then once it starts to foam, increase speed whipping until soft peaks form.
  2. Carefully add the sweetened condensed milk, gently as to not to deflate the whipped cream. Add in vanilla in the same manner. I used a rubber spatula to fold in.
  3. Add toasted marshmallows. I toasted mine in the broiler, but you could easily do them on the stovetop of a gas oven or with a kitchen torch. You want to toast until there are a few charred edges, just like over the campfire.
  4. Pour toasted vanilla ice cream mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf pan and cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Place in freezer until hard.
  6. Serve!


Find more recipes perfect for summer below!

The Perfect Summer Cocktail | 3-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream | Lobster Roll Two Ways

Photography: A Happy Food Dance | Recipe: A Happy Food Dance

11 Tips for Traveling Like a Pro

Got a serious case of wanderlust? Before you book that plane ticket, we recommend reading Kat Neunaber’s travel advice from Waiting on Martha. It’s a year’s worth of research condensed into 11 must-know tips, where you can find out how to pack the ultimate carry on, discover the best travel websites and apps and more. Check it out in the slideshow below!

11 Tips for Traveling Like a Pro
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For the full post and more inspiration, check out Waiting on Martha!

For more travel inspiration, check out:

10 Best Beach Reads | How to Pack for a Week in a Carry On | Essential Travel Beauty Tips

The Ultimate 4th of July Playlist

Whether you’ve got plans to hit the beach or host BBQ in the backyard, the 4th of July is the perfect opportunity to hang out with friends & family. Nothing gets a party started quite like an epic playlist of #American hits, which is why we decided to create one for you! Check out our Spotify playlist below for the ultimate 4th of July playlist.

The Ultimate 4th of July Playlist

Weekend Menu: All-American Cocktails + Treats

Whether you’re out of town for the 4th of July festivities, or staying home for a little holiday staycation, it is officially time to kick off this Independence Day weekend, and we have the perfect weekend menu to  help you get started. Take a peek below at some of our favorite all-American cocktails, paired with some classic eats and sweets, for good measure.

All-American Cocktails

If you’re imbibing this weekend, you have absolutely no excuse not to have something frosty and patriotically-hued in your hands at all times. Our top pick for some patriotic boozing? This all-too-delicious Summer Sea Breeze Cocktail. Yum!

Other red, white and blue cocktails to try:

Red Berry Sangria

White Dragonfruit Margarita

Blueberry Mint Sangria

All-American Eats

While sipping on something pretty and patriotic, may we recommend indulging in an all-American classic like a delicious, summer-in-a-buttered-bun, Connecticut-style lobster roll? Prefer yours with mayo, a la Maine? Yup, we’ve got that recipe right here, too.

Other true blue American eats to try:

Fully Loaded Smashed Potato Skins

Salted Beer Football Pretzels

Mini Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

All-American Sweets

C’mon, seriously, what’s more all-American than some pie? These adorable heart-shaped strawberry hand pies are made in single-serving that’s perfect for standing room only backyard BBQs.

Other true blue American eats to try:

Easiest Ice Cream Sandwiches Ever

S’Mores Push Pops

Classic Apple Pie With A Twist

Recipe Styling: Cocktail and Lobster Rolls: Abby Capalbo Styling | Hand Pies: Waiting on Martha