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This Fourth of July, we had a ‘Murica pool party at our house.
I started by looking for some red, white and blue food on Pinterest.
I also got some pretty sweet balloons from Publix.
Watermelon, raspberries, cherries and strawberries were the red.
Blueberries were the blue.
And the white was yogurt-covered pretzels.
I made some brownies and used a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut them out and then drizzled them with some red frosting and blue sprinkles.
I also used the cookie cutter for the watermelon.
For our drinks, we made Peach Iced Tea Whiskey from Tasty and it was delicious!
I am all about saving money, BUT I’m also all about parties. I mean, who isn’t?
So, one of my go-to ways to throw an awesome party but still have a budget is to visit the dollar store.
I just went to one last week and picked up lots of stuff for our upcoming 4th of July ‘Murica Party.
The dollar store is always good for: paper plates and napkins! But this time I also found some super cute (and on trend) paper straws.
We also got the kids Pop-Its (remember those? I used to think they were magic!) and Party Poppers.
I also picked up some decor for my birthday party in August, but I’ll save that for another post! (hint: it’s flamingo/ pineapple themed!)
Happy Independence Day, America!
In my last blog, I posted that I made a recipe for my husband for Father’s Day from Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings. It was SO GOOD!
So here it goes:
For the base
1 tablespoon softened butter, for greasing the baking dish
1-pound loaf French bread, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (stale or day-old is fine!)
8 large eggs
2 cups (one pint) heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup spiced rum (because rum for breakfast)
It’s been a while since I did a post and I’m sure we’ve done A LOT since then, but here’s what we did on Father’s Day in case you need any ideas for next year:
My hubby was away on business earlier in the week, but on Thursday, I had set up a photo session for some Father’s Day photos. Here is one of my favorites:
tea party with daddy
Our girls always have a dance recital on Father’s Day weekend (I think that it’s the perfect way to spend the day as a Dad of daughters lol).
Also, since I have a dad, step-dad and father-in-law, we had a VERY busy weekend.
On Friday, we had our dress rehearsal for the dance recital and then we took the girls (with my step-dad) to go see Finding Dory.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day (weekend)!
We sure did!
Friday during the day, I volunteered at a charity golf tournament and came home to TWO sets of flowers (one from my mom and Paul and one from Eric).
I also got handmade cards from the girls. Emma even wrote “Mom.”
For Easter, we did a few crafts and successfully dyed Easter eggs! I finally decided to take it outside!
I moved the girls’ table onto the sidewalk and put aprons on them.
They had a blast!
I did one egg with shaving cream and blue and purple dye! It came out really pretty.
I’m a day (or two) late and a dollar short, but we just finished all of our St. Patrick’s Day activities!
We started out with a very green breakfast. These are Mini De Wafelbakkers Frozen Pancakes I got from the frozen food aisle at Publix. I microwaved them for about 30 seconds, topped with whipped cream and Airhead Xtremes Rainbow. I had to cut the Airhead a little to get it to bend correctly.
Then, we had some Lucky Charms (my husband was more excited than the kids!) and some green milk I dyed with green food coloring.
I know Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about your significant other or spouse, but I’ve ALWAYS celebrated it as a day of LOVE. We send Valentine’s to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and even old co-workers! So, the fact that my husband and I don’t have “Big Valentine’s Day plans” isn’t really that big of a deal to me. But if you are stuck with your kiddos this weekend, here are 7 ways we have been celebrating WITH the kids so that Valentine’s Day with kids doesn’t have to suck:
1) DONUTS! Because who doesn’t love donuts?!
2) Mommy and me Mani/Pedis
I used Jamberry on my nails and paint on my toes and the girls’ toes. You could turn this into a date and actually go to a nail salon, but I just DIYed it at home.
3) Ice Skating!
If you have a rink nearby, this is a fun option! We are thinking of taking the kids but aren’t sure they even make skates big enough for them! Maybe next year!
4) A boat ride
We did this last year and it was awesome! We took a boat out of Clearwater Marina and did a dolphin cruise.
Cookies and brownies and frosting, oh my!
Hand and footprint crafts are a favorite around here! Check out my Pinterest board for more ideas!
7) Learning Activities
I got a few printable here to practice our ABCs and color recognition. I also made a name puzzle and a number matching game.