Fourth of July Food!

Hello!  Is everyone ready for the 4th of July?  Last week I showed you some awesome decor and today I’m bringing you food.  Don’t worry there is still plenty of time to make these deliciously sweet treats for your party.

Some of these are healthy, others are not.  And the one drink does contain alcohol.  These are your forewarnings.  But other than that, enjoy!

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Red White and Blue M’M Cookie Bars from Number 2 Pencil

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Sparkling Red White and Blue Sangria from Gimme Some Oven

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Red White and Blue Strawberry Cheesecake Bites from The Kitchen is My Playground

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American Flag Taco Salad from Family Fresh Meals

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4th of July Sprinkle Cookies from Simply Gloria

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Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad from The Slow Roasted Italian

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Firecraker Cake from Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Berry Mini Pies from Eat Drink Love

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Red White and Blue Stained Glass Jello from Nest of Posies

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4th of July American Flag Platter from Passion for Savings

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Green & White Striped Bench for Summer

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Good morning! It’s officially summer now! Are you enjoying some relaxing days or evenings! I like that it is light so late in the evening. It’s so much easier to get things done when it’s still light outside. I have a simple project for you today.

Our area has quite a few estate sales. A company comes into a house, pulls everything out of cupboards and closets, prices it and then runs the sale for 2 days. The items are usually higher priced than a normal sale, but if you go on the second day, everything is half off. That’s how I found this bench. There were actually three of them. I’m not sure what the owners did with three of them, but I only came home with one!

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The top was easily removed by unscrewing the 4 screws. Then I painted it white.

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I had this fabric for awhile. I think I made a pillow from it before, but had plenty left over. I plan to put this little bench in my laundry, so it could be a little bit of a bright and fun color.

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I cut the fabric a little bit larger than the bench top. I folded over the edge twice to give it a clean line.

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Next, came the stapling. I usually start in the middle of each side and then work toward the edges, pulling the fabric tight as I go.

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For the corners, I fold the fabric in, kind of like wrapping a present.

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Now that the fabric is on, I just reattached it to the base.

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I took photos in my living room since my laundry room has no natural light. I love the bright green stripes!

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It’s the perfect place to sit to take off shoes when you come in the door or to put down your packages.

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It’s amazing how a little bit of paint and some pretty fabric can change the whole look of a piece of furniture! What projects have you worked on lately? I would love to hear about it!

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4th of July Round Up

Hello!  How is everyone’s summer going so far?  Good?  That’s good!

Well if you are lost in the space time continuum and you aren’t sure when the next holiday is, the 4th of July is coming up!  It’s just under 3 weeks away, are you prepared?

If not, here are some ideas for how to decorate your house for the 4th.  Next week I will be sharing some recipes and food ideas for the 4th.  So enjoy!

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4th of July Rag Ribbon Garland from The Ribbon Retreat

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How to Make a Rustic American Flag from Home on the Corner

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DIY Firecracker Blocks from Making of a Mom

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4th of July Living Room from Liz Marie Blog

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Patriotic Pallet Wood Centerpiece from Scavenger Chic

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July 4th Painted Flag Shirt from Deceptively Educational

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Burlap and Denim Ruffled Wreath from The Scrap Shoppe

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Easy Patriotic Table Decor from Today’s Creative Life

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Allium Dried Flowers Turned Fireworks from Craft Test Dummies

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Patriotic Snack Table from Home on the Corner

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Fun Summer Ideas To Do With Your Kids

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Good morning! Are you enjoying your summer so far? Are you keeping busy, or more importantly, keeping your kids busy? I don’t usually write too much about ideas or activities with kids, but I used this when my kids were young and it was fun and kept them busy.

I started out with some ideas I found from magazines. This was before Pinterest, so you will have a much easier time finding ideas now! I found all different types of kid-friendly ideas, from baking to crafting to playing! I printed out the ideas on individual note cards.

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Some ideas were really simple, like this one and others took a little more time or material. This one would be a great science lesson. The kids can compare the bugs by size, color or shape. If they are older, they can even look up information about the bug.

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I included directions or pictures with the card when there were some. This baking idea actually starts with a pre-baked cake, but you could easily use the baking as part of the idea. I tried to use ideas that had most items I already had in my home. I didn’t want to have to go run out and purchases things just to make it work.

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This is always a fun activity. Any shoe box will do. Kids can take pages from magazines, or photographs, or even stickers to decorate a box. Then they can store all the special memorabilia or crafts they made over the summer.

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All kids love to play in the sprinkler! I included some fun games they could play while getting wet!

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You can see I had a whole stack of cards. Some days we didn’t need them, but they sure were nice on the days where “I’m bored” was heard. I’m not sure we ever made it through all the ideas, but it was a great way to make some new memories together.

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I would love to hear from you if you use this idea or try something similar. How do you keep your kids entertained during the summer? Hope you have a great week!

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Camping Round Up

Hello!  Is everyone out of school yet?  If so, hooray!  Time for Summer!  If not, I am so sorry.

One of the things my family does every year is go camping.  Mom even has two camping trips planned for this summer alone.  As I’ve gotten older, I haven’t enjoyed going as much.  But, I definitely enjoyed going as a kid and having fun at either the beach or the lake.  But I have put together a list of some things that you might enjoy for your next camping trip.

And at the end of the post, comment where your favorite place to go camping is.  Maybe I can check them out one day. 😉

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Campfire Cones from Hip 2 Save

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How to Create a Comfortable Tent Bedroom from Echoes of Laughter

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Bacon Ranch Chicken Tin Foil Dinner from Dinner at the Zoo

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Cute Camping Printables from Frugal Coupon Living

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Camping Pizza Nachos from Cooking with Janica

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Smores in a Bag from Thirty Hand Made Days

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How to Use and Over the Door Shoe Organizer for Your Kitchen from Life Hacker

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Popsicle Stick Playing Cards from Instructables

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How to Make a Doggy Zip Line from Go Pet Friendly

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How to Make your own Solar Lights from Home on the Corner

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