What a weekend my gal pals and I enjoyed in my home the first weekend of August! The five of us try to get together a few times a year as we collectively live within 2 hours of each other and we often do fashion collaborations on our Blogs that are so much fun! Every time we get together there is so much laughter and so many smiles and we made such beautiful memories! 

Many things made this weekend for #theblondsquad special!

Kathrine from Kathrine Eldridge

Jill from Doused in Pink

Laura from I do deClaire

Caroline from The Petite Fashionista

What gems!!


This time, we decided to gather in my home and do some things that are local to me. I was overjoyed to host these ladies and planned lots of sweet details for them. Being fashion and lifestyle bloggers, of course I wanted to include some fabulous gifts for them from well-known brands to local women lead businesses! 

The ladies contributed some fabulous gifts and fashion as well. Last Friday, I shared with you the pajamas we got from Cozy Earth and we also acquired these darling ones from Emi and Kay. USE CODE: PINK20 for 20% off!!

I just love Watermelon Pink and I will share more of these Sarah Ruffle PJ's this Friday.

The fabulous balloon vignettes from my sweet Friend Kara at Honey Bunny Balloons.


Last Wednesday, I showed you our darling Cabana Life dresses and three colors that we put together a cute video for. We also got personalized beach towels from Hello Nautical/Pontoon Girl. Last Friday I also showed you the stilettos from Teddy Blake, how fun! More to come this Friday on the look with them!


After ladies got here we had the fantastic spread including the fabulous charcuterie talent from my friend Erica from Graze and the spread I had created afterwards, I got to open my hostess gifts and the ladies got to open theirs.


Some sponsors who helped make the weekend special and who contributed to the gift bags was the fabulous Thymes Fragrances!. Just look at the items, I bet you could smell them from your screen, lol. I especially LOVE the Simmered Cider Copper Mug


My friend Jen at the The Pretzel Co. Shared her DELICIOUS caramel and chocolate covered pretzels! YUM! We had decorations from Confetti Betti

 My friend Beth from Farm Grown Flowers created us beautiful bouquets from her Local flower business that you'll see in many of our photos. We got our own personalized candles with our #blondsquad hashtag from my friend Amy at Moondance Botanicals and the most glorious smelling soaps from Princess City Soaps.  

Of course, we greeted the mornings with Peet's Coffee Las Hermanas means "SISTERS" so this was the Perfect Blend for us!!


I added in a few little treats of my own in the rose gold handled tote bags personalized from Land's End.

Here’s a little synopsis of more that we did.

Wednesday, I talked about our pool time. We recored a great Cabana Life Video too. On Friday night we went to a local restaurant of mine called Artisan, it is one of the top restaurants in the state where we enjoyed cocktails, food and the ladies loved the lighted menus. 

It was so hot and humid that we just decided to come back for a slice of my mom‘s Key Lime Pie, do a fun PJ's Video Reels in the bunk room and get a good nights rest for up for Saturday.


Saturday morning we were up early where I have local Amish cinnamon rolls, amazing local Guilt Free Protein Donuts from the talented Rachel and some yogurt parfaits. 

Of course we got a cute video in with our Emi and Kay pajamas. Check it our HERE!!! SO CUTE!!! Even though it was one of the most hot days of the year, we headed up to Lake Michigan hoping for a cool breeze where we begin the day at Silver Beach Pizza.


Such great cocktails food and conversation. we took a walk out on the pier and of course did a little shopping.

I had to kind of re-plan our itinerary due to the heat and humidity but that was just fine. Another round of cocktails a Journeyman Distillery and then a little fun at the local casino. I told the ladies we can do dinner but I was so happy we all ultimately decided to eat all the snacks and treats we had back home and go for a nice night swim and the BEST Conversation!!

More laughter ensued right after we went to bed when a chirpie smoke alarm needed five of us to get it fixed. The joke is how many blondes does it take to fix a smoke detector?


So sad the next morning they had to depart. We had my crustless quiche and some buttery croissants with Amish peanut butter and did a sweet video (sharing later this week on Insta) to wrap up our time together. 

My heart is full.

Had to show our last photo one more time!

The blogging world has opened up more opportunities than I ever thought possible but the best thing to come out of it all is hands-down ~ the friendships! This is not a job for me, it is simply a hobby turned side gig that provides pretty well. I am not live or die getting tons of paid partnerships or working to the grind stone without enjoy life more. I'm not trying to catch coattails of big famous bloggers. No, that’s not what I am about. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a Blogger has a very special heart, especially the ones that I call friends that don’t let success ever go to their heads. They put their hearts out there for the world to see in hopes of inspiring even just one person! When in reality, they end up inspiring more people than they know!  

Until next time my beauties.

LINKING-UP with Style on the Daily // Metamorphosis Monday // Thursday Fashion Files // Love your Creativity // Hello Monday  //Fancy Friday // Trend Spin  












































  1. You whole weekend looks like a blast, Andrea. I am so glad you found a tribe and you actually get to see them in person too. What fun!

  2. What a wonderful weekend you beauties had! I wish I was there. I agree, the connection and friendships are definitely the best part of this journey!
    Love ya,

  3. The perfect recap of our weekend! Thank you so much for all you planned for us. Your home wowed me. This post makes me miss everyone and your last paragraph is exactly how I feel. So blessed to call you friend. XO


  4. How fun! It looks like you all had a wonderful girls weekend Andrea!

  5. It's true, the friendships is what a blessed life is all about. And you know how to be the hostess extraordinaire!!!
    The smoke alarm battery?? OMG, they go off at the most inopportune time. But what a funny story.

  6. Anonymous15.8.22

    Y'all look....

  7. It does sound like you had such a wonderful weekend with some great friends.

  8. Such a fun weekend with some fun ladies!

  9. Looks like lots of fun was had!!! Sweet ladies!

  10. LOVED everything about this! Looks like such a fabulous time and I love all of your beautiful details Andrea XO Especially LOVE what you stand for- Amen!

  11. Anonymous15.8.22

    This a wonderful recap of a fantastic weekend! You have a beautiful home and you are an incredible hostess. You are truly a bright light in this world and my life is better because I am lucky enough to call you my friend. Love you friend. XO,Caroline

  12. What a special bond you ladies have and to think blogging brought you all together!! I think it's so fun you hosted everyone at your house!

  13. It was the best weekend! So blessed to have you as a friend! Your home is beautiful and you are an amazing host!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  14. What a well written and beautiful wrap up post! It was such a fun weekend! I love all of you ladies and am so blessed to have you in my life!

  15. This looks like a lot of fun, and these gifts are wonderful.

  16. What a fun weekend! Love that you all get together a few times a year, and do is so fashionably! I know you are always the hostess with the mostest and I loved seeing all the special touches. Hope you have the best week!

  17. The welcome totes are just beautiful! You are most definitely the Hostess with the Mostess. So generous and kind. I love all of your friendships!



  18. I have been enjoying these posts and pics so much! Can't get enough of it on Ista and here. You posted so much fun, as well as new and interesting stuff. So happy for you girls- love this and can't wait for your next one!


Thank you for taking the time to Browse my Blog. Your comments mean the world to me and I treasure each and every one!! If you are a non-reply blogger I won’t be able to respond via email. Kindness and Love, xo