Cocktail Round Up

Hello!  I hope everyone is doing good on this lovely Friday.  Is everyone ready for the weekend?

Now, what is one thing that people like to do on the weekends?  If you answered have drinks, you are correct!  But sometimes you just don’t want to go out of the house to have some drinks.  So I have hooked you up!  I have compiled a list of drinks that are easy to make at home.

So enjoy!

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It was a dark and stormy night and it was perfect for a Dark and Stormy Cocktail.  Head over to Chew Town to find the recipe for this mysterious cocktail.

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This Lemon and Sage Moscow Mule from Sugar and Charm looks perfect for summer.  I know summer is just about over, but you can still enjoy a nice cocktail.

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Halloween is just around the corner and this cocktail is perfect for the occasion.  Head over to Elle Talk to see how to make is dark drink.

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Look how pretty this Lavender Lemonade Prosecco cocktail is!  I love the color of it.  Now if I can follow Happiness is Homemade‘s recipe, we should be good to go!

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This drink looks perfect for the fall.  This Blackberry Bramble Cocktail from Feasting at Home looks great for any fall afternoon.

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We are going from fall to summer with the White Sangria with Mangoes and Berries Cocktail.  How refreshing do this look?  Head over to Downshiftology to see how to make this delicious drink.

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This drink may want to make you sing as it has been named the Aca-Spritzer Smash.   Lovely Indeed made this drink for Pitch Perfect 3, let’s hope it’s a hit!

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Here’s another summery drink ready for you!  Head over to The Speckled Palate to find the recipe for this Peach Moscow Mule.

Campari Ipa Sprtizer

This Campari IPA Sprtizer is made with only 3 ingredients!  Head over to the Kitchn to find how easy this recipe actually is.

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How about a nice Frozen Jungle Bird Cocktail?  Check out Serious Eats for the recipe for this yummy drink!

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Driftwood Starfish

Good morning! Well, this will probably be my last summer post this year. Crazy, right? It’s hard to think about fall when it’s still over 100 degrees outside!

I found this cute idea over at The Wicker House.  Thanks Emily! Great craft!

I thought I would give it a try with some of the driftwood I picked up when we went to the beach. I found some slim pieces that weren’t too long and some small chunks of wood to add to the back. I already had the twine.

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I started with the long pieces that I wanted to go together and a piece that would work for the middle.

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I used hot glue to attach all the pieces together.

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I then glued the end of the twine to the back of the piece of wood to secure it and then started wrapping it around all the long pieces.

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I continued wrapping until everything seemed secure and then added a little more hot glue on the back to finish it off.

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Such a simple project, but looks so cute!

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These starfish give the perfect finishing touch to any coastal vignette.

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I wrapped this one with string instead of twine and it looks great too.

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I love the little extra touch these starfish bring to my home.

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Are you ready for fall or are you still hanging on to summer?

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Teacher Gifts Round Up

Hello!  Has school started for everyone?  I’m sorry if this is too late for everyone who has started school.  I wanted to show off some awesome teacher gifts that I found on the internet for you to make for your kid’s teachers.

PS-I joked with my mom (who is a preschool teacher) that she may see one of these gifts on the first day of school.  So if you have Miss Pam as your preschool teacher this year, here are some ideas!  Enjoy!

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School Supply Cake from Happy Go Lucky Blog

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Chill Pills from Cook Craft Love

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Tickled Pink from Home.com

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Cute Apple Jars by The 36th Avenue

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One Smart Cookie Jar from It’s Overflowing Blog

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Mark My Words from The Suburban Mom

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EOS Lip Balm Teacher Gift Idea from The Country Chic Cottage

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Key to my Success from A Girl and a Glue Gun

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You Rule Planter from Tilly’s Nest

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Here’s to a Jolly Year from Trish Sutton

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Summer To Fall Back Porch

Good morning! I posted this a couple of years ago, but we are at that time of year again! This was at our old house, but there are still some great ideas here. Enjoy!

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Well, I guess it is time to face the fact that Fall is just around the corner :(. I really do love summer! But I like to decorate for Fall too! I decided to do a little decorating on my back porch, not too much fall, but just enough for a transition.

I used more yellows, golds, and oranges to go along with my turquoise and blues.

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These chairs came from a friend of mine and I just spray painted them blue. I used a variety of pillows in the yellow and orange colors.

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Over near the door I placed two tall windows and a piece of picket fence behind a basket with chrysanthemums and sunflowers.

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I also pinned sunflowers onto a string of twine across the window frame that hangs behind the chairs.

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We received this half-barrel from a friend a few years ago. I kept thinking i would plant something in it, but with the drought this year, I finally decided to do something different. I had the round piece of wood sitting out in our shop, so I painted it black. My husband added some little boards inside the barrel so the round piece would have something to sit on and would stay balanced if we placed stuff on top. I added a handle on each side. I found an old hula-hoop and cut it open and then cut it to fit around the circle. Then I added rope all the way around until it fit nice and snug inside the barrel rim. I love the rustic look of it!

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I found the little succulents at the .99 Cent Store. Lauren thought her Starbucks cup added so much more to the ambiance! 🙂

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I added just a few pumpkins to bring in a touch of fall.

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I hope you enjoyed the little tour! I am slowly getting the rest of the house ready for Fall too. How about you? Are you ready for Fall?

 

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Back to School Lunches

Hello!  Is everyone ready for school?  No…is anyone actually ever ready for school except for the parents?

One of the hardest things about school may be packing lunches.  It can be stressful to get the kid’s lunches ready before they leave for school.  And having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day can be boring.  So here are some ideas that may help to make your school lunches more interesting!

Enjoy!

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Back to School Lunch Ideas from Belly Full

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Silly Snake Hot Dogs from Tablespoon

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6 Easy Lunch Kabobs from Mom on Timeout

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27 Tips for Stress Free Lunches from Buzzfeed

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Salad in a Cup from 24/7 Low Carb Diner

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Mix It Up Lunches from Tastes Better From Scratch

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10 Wraps Kids Will Love from Super Healthy Kids

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Lunchbox Ideas from Passion for Savings

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Deep Dish Pizza Cupcakes from Plain Chicken

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Homemade M’M Granola Bars from The Kitchen Magpie

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