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Here are just a few things I'm currently loving this summer:

All the new layouts for Shutterfly photo books. After YEARS of saying I'd get around to scrapbooking photos from last year, and the year before, and the year before, I finally caught site of one of my good friend's adorable little girls gracing the cover of one of these photo books at her home. That was it -- it was decided I would finally get around to creating my own albums. So far I have created albums for 2007, 2008, 2009, our wedding, and our honeymoon. More to come!

 If you haven't previously seen pics on the blog of our pup, Flaps, you don't know what kind of cuteness you are missing. He's a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier we rescued last Fall when he was only 10 weeks old. My pup-based obsession right now -- these great, fluffy dog beds from L.L.Bean.

 I haven't braved the recent Maxi Dress trend, but I picked up this black Maxi Skirt from Old Navy and have been wearing it non-stop the last couple of weeks. So comfy, it even suited me for the 9 hour road trip to Mackinac Island two weeks ago. Love!

I picked up earrings almost identical to these at Paisley on Main, an adorable gift shop in downtown Glen Ellyn, Illinois (about 30 miles west of Chicago). The turquoise is perfect for summer and they were only $12.99! They also have a great selection of Nora Flemming, Vera Bradley, and lots of other adorable gifts!

Umm, high quality luggage with embroidered monograms? Yes, please. Pottery Barn just debuted these beautiful pieces (shown is the Tomlin Rolling Carryon). Definitely a new item on the wish list.

I've been on a home crafting binge lately and these placemats are my next project. Pinterest-inspired (of course), check back here for a tutorial on creating these over the next week!

 My obsession with monograms is no secret, but still at the top of my wish list is a gold monogram cutout necklace. Our fifth wedding anniversary is in two weeks. I'd like to think The Captain is a good listener. I'll keep you posted on how good after July 7.

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