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Sweet Tea & Other Great Things About Summer

Summertime Sweet Tea moments on the back porch! I love organic sweet tea and summertime!

This weekend was sunny with a high of 75. I also listened to Relient K on repeat so that may be one of the reasons the weather this weekend was as such 😉 We pretty much stayed outside as long as possible ( see Instagram proof here 😉 ) worked on our tans, and drank sweet tea. The weekend was filled with many quiet moments and also many crazy moments filled with wonderful loud family gatherings & best friend birthday parties. Also a good amount of “Who wants to go throw the Frisbee?” “Can we eat outside?” “Can you pour me another glass?” and “Can we roll the windows down & blast the music?” Ah, summer!

I picked up Milo’s Cafe Style Tea while I was strolling the refrigerated section at Walmart and added it to my shopping basket knowing that the probability of people collecting at our house over the weekend was high. My little brother is home for a couple weeks before he darts of to spend his summer studying abroad my sister’s finance just got a a job in town and moved here for the summer, and we’ve got several other family like friends who tend to show up in our livingroom (here’s looking at you Meg 😉 ) We wouldn’t want it any other way – I love having a home where people gather and I love making people feel at home here.

One of my newest pride & joy projects is our back porch! It wasn’t really much, but seriously adding patio furniture, fun outdoor pillows & poofs, and plants really made our patio fit for all the parties! As people came and went over the weekend, much of our time was spent snacking, drinking, and cooking on the back porch. Nothing like a glass of sweet tea in hand, long chats, and funny jokes.

Milo’s Cafe Style Tea was new to us and I loved that not only was it affordable but  also organic, fresh, and all natural with no preservatives or additives! That’s important to me – I love spoiling friends and family with bowls of cherries, home grown lettuce (yes! You can see it on our porch), and refreshing sweet tea drinks that are not only tasty but healthy.

Have you tried Milo’s Cafe Style Teas? What are some summertime things you’ve been enjoying in this nice weather?

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #TastetheMilosDifference  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

xoxo, elizabeth
  • Yay for summer! We had the perfect summer weather in MN this weekend too! I so wish we had a porch or deck, but in the meantime we’ve made an effort to go on lots of walks and bike rides!

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY! That’s perfect!

  • Ah. Me in my element. I’ve been pouring sweet tea since I was a small child, so I’m like, pretty good at it. 😉

    • Oak & Oats

      You’re so good at being southern!!!

  • Looks yummy and looks like a great sunny weekend =D

    I love your plants- especially the succulents!

    • Oak & Oats

      IT was so nice & sunny!

  • Those are the cutest glasses and I love the plants you have on your porch. It’s very cozy. 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Lecy!!

  • I love a good iced tea! Especially in the summer! Yum!
    ~Sara

    • Oak & Oats

      I know right?!

  • Summer has yet to hit us here so I’m still on warming soups…! Your balcony looks like the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing drink, those flowers are so cheerful. We’ve got some veggies growing but no flowers yet, need to fix that asap!

    • Oak & Oats

      Fun! It is coming soon! And yes! I love veggies and flowers!

  • This is such a lovely post :). I think it’s really interesting seeing the little differences between American and British summers – I wish we had porches like that here! Also, you seem to have a wonderful green thumb from your photos!
    I’m following you on Bloglovin’ now and I’d really appreciate it if you could check out my blog, no worries though!
    Best wishes

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so much!!! Yeah, I love porches! I just want to be outside as much as possible! And thanks so much! It hasn’t started getting really hot yet so I am hoping they survive! hahah!

  • I can’t wait to have a back patio (Although mine will just be a cement slab, so I’m super jealous of your adorable porch!) but it’ll be so nice to be able to relax outdoors! I love sipping tea and relaxing!

    • Oak & Oats

      hahah! I love this! I’m sure you can make your cement slab look pretty nice!

  • Your back porch is so cute! I’d love to have a cozy space like yours to sit and soak in some good weather.

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much!

  • YESSS! Sweet tea everyday! 😛 Love your back porch and all your lovely plants! I can’t believe summer is already here!

  • I love organic teas and fresh fruits and veggies. Hooray for summer!

    • Oak & Oats

      AH! I so agree!

  • I really don’t like sweet tea, but your post makes me want to try this one out! Beautiful, beautiful pictures by the way.

    http://www.recavi.com

    • Oak & Oats

      haha! Yes! They also have unsweet & green tea!!

  • oh how i love some sweet tea (and porch updates and friends!)
    looks like a lovely time!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much!!! I can’t wait until we get to chill together!!