Smores Popcorn @themerrythoughtOnce summer rolls around, s’mores turn into the go-to dessert around here. I love spending evenings out back around our fire. And it’s no secret that s’mores are one of our favorite desserts to indulge in, we’re well into putting a s’mores twist on every and any food we can – ha! So, it was about time to add popcorn to that list!
This sweet snack is perfect for summer – no-baking; and it’s super easy to make, the longest part is waiting for it to cool. There’s a video below showing you just how simple this is to make – and if you follow us on the Darby app, you can see more of our recipe & DIY videos there!Smores Popcorn @themerrythoughtSmores Popcorn @themerrythoughtSmores Popcorn @themerrythoughtSmores Popcorn @themerrythoughtS’mores Popcorn

1 bag popcorn, popped (I used Simply Salted)
2-1/2 cups mini marshmallows, divided
2 tablespoon salted butter
1-1/2 cups golden grahams
5 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, divided

Pour popcorn and 1 cup of golden grahams into a large bowl. Microwave 2 cups of mini marshmallows with the 2 tablespoons of butter for about 45 seconds or until able to stir smooth. Stir in the melted marshmallow until the popcorn and grahams are well coated. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Sprinkle mixture with remaining 1/2 cup mini marshmallows, 1/2 cup of golden grahams and 2 tablespoons of the mini chocolate chips. Microwave remaining 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips (drizzle lightly with vegetable oil) until you can stir smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn mixture and let cool. Once cool, brake into pieces and enjoy.

Smores Popcorn @themerrythought

-Manda

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You guys! This project might top off my list of my favorite projects of all time. Every time I’ve walked into my living room this week, I’m honestly so excited. A wall covered in the cutest little plants – what could be better? My goodness! My grandma even stopped over and loved it – she called me the next day and told me to make sure I took pictures of it to share on my website because it was so precious. Ha! Well here you go, Grams!

I’m slowly getting my living room put together and this wall is definitely making the space right now. If I had unlimited funds I’d probably just turn my living room into a greenhouse with a big cozy couch and some cushions thrown in between all of the plants. For now, incorporating plants in sweet ways like this will have to do!What you need:
Plant clips
-Terracotta pots
-Tape measure
-Level
-Pencil
Drill
Drywall anchors
How to make it:
-Measure out and mark where you want your planters to hang. Make sure they are all level before drilling holes.
-If the marks don’t line up with a stud, follow instructions to put anchors in place.
-Screw plant clips in place.
-Slide the terracotta pots into place. The lip of my terrcotta pots were a bit small for the clips so I just squeezed the clips down a bit and they worked just fine!
-Add plants.
-Be instantly 100 times happier!
Sources: Black Wicker Chair. Faux Sheepskin Rug. Marble Side Table – Similar 1, 2, 3. Pillow -clearance section at Target this week – can’t find it online!

xo. Caitlin

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Blackberry Ice Cream Float @themerrythoughtI have been obsessed with this Blackberry Tangerine Sparkling Water for the last couple of months. I used to be a diet soda drinker, and knowing that it wasn’t the best for me, tried to give it up a few different times without much success. And then one day, I just stopped liking it. Not sure why or what happened, but I was just done with diet soda. And before then, I had always thought sparkling water tasted kind of bitter and just blah, but now, I love the stuff. So my new drink obsession, and all this terribly hot weather we’re suddenly having, inspired this creamy, delicious float.
I did add a little bit of sugar to the pureed blackberries, but you can leave that out and just let the ice cream be the sweetener. After they were pureed, I tasted mine and thought they needed to be just a touch sweeter. I also strained out the seeds, but if they don’t bother you, feel free to skip that step. And there’s no measurements for how much blackberries to add to your float – do what looks & tastes right to you! (You can add more on top too). And even though my boys still aren’t fans of sparkling water, they loved these floats, so the sugary soda that’s normally in ice cream floats wasn’t even missed!Blackberry Ice Cream Float @themerrythoughtBlackberry Ice Cream Float @themerrythoughtBlackberry Ice Cream Float @themerrythoughtBlackberry Float

2 cups fresh blackberries
2 tablespoons sugar
vanilla ice cream
blackberry sparkling water (I used this, try to use one with no sugar/artificial sweeteners added)

In a blender, puree blackberries until smooth. Pour into a sieve and strain out seeds (if you’ve never done this before, it does take a little work. Using a spatula or spoon, keep pressing and stirring the blackberry juice until you’re left with just a clump of seeds. It might be easier to do in two batches instead of all at once). Once seeds have been strained out, measure out 1/4 cup pureed blackberries and combine with 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool and stir back into pureed blackberries.

Pour pureed blackberries into the bottom of a glass. Add 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream and top off with blackberry sparkling water.Blackberry Ice Cream Float @themerrythoughtAnd here’s a few more ways to enjoy blackberries: Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream | Blackberry Crumb Bars | Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade and even a DIY: Natural Dye with Blackberries!

– Manda

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I often mention projects that sit on my to-do list for months or years before getting around to them. This project is one that actually sat around half-made for two years in my craft closet. Ha! I decided it was finally time to put it together and give Kitkat a new place to lounge around! Cat accessories tend to be quite different than the style of the rest of Manda’s house, so it was fun to create something that looks like it belongs. With his new toys and new lounge space, this stray cat Manda took in is really living the good life!What you need:
1″ x 4″ x 8′ wood
Miter saw
-Table saw
-Sandpaper
-White paint
-Paint brush
Canvas
-Sewing machine
Iron
Pins
-Scissors
Staple gun
Drill
-Screws
-Brackets – Try these or these. (Paint if desired)
How to make it:
-Cut two 12″ long pieces of wood from the board using the miter saw.
-Cut them down the center using the table saw.
-Lightly sand edges.
-Paint all four pieces of wood and let dry.
-Cut a 28″ x 14″ piece of canvas.
-Iron in 1/2″ along each side – fold over 1/2″ and iron again.
-Straight stitch along each side.
-Lay the fabric with the bottom facing up. Fold one of the short sides along the side of one of the painted boards and use the staple gun to secure. (See image 1 above.)
-Take the board and flip it in toward the center – so it’s wrapped in fabric. Pull tight and set another piece of wood on top – sandwiching the fabric in between. (See image 2 above)
-Pre-drill two holes towards one end of the wood pieces through all three layers. (Be careful not to go all the way through the bottom piece of wood.)
-Secure using 1 1/4″ screws.
-Place the bracket on the board lined up with the opposite end than the previous holes you drilled.
-Mark and pre-drill at each of the spaces for screws along the bracket.
-Secure bracket using 1 1/4″ screws
-Repeat with opposite side.
-Attach brackets to wall.
xo. Caitlin

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Since we’re finally coming into the warm season, I’ve been working on going through last year’s summer clothes – checking out what shape they’re in, if they still fit, if I still love them and then following steps to get rid of pieces that don’t make the cut. Next comes the part where I figure out where my wardrobe is lacking and then look into what new pieces I might want to get. I also allow myself to pick up a few pieces each season that I love – even if they are just trendy or for a specific event (wedding season is here!) I used to go thrifting every week and get at least 5 new pieces each time. So allowing myself a couple of extra items each season has been a good way to cut back a lot without overwhelming myself by the idea that I can never buy anything new again. Ha!We partnered with Darby Smart and Le Tote to try out Le Tote’s monthly clothing subscription – it’s a lot like other popular subscription programs where you get to try out what they offer and only purchase what you want, sending everything else back. This is a perfect option for those looking to maintain or update their capsule wardrobe. You can pick out three articles of clothing and two accessories each month. I think the idea of it got me so excited because it works for basics as well as branching out to try some pieces that aren’t your usual style. You get to wear them with the wardrobe you’ve already curated and get a true feel for how much use you will get out of it. Check out the video of our experience!

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