Orange You Glad It’s Summer Party with Cricut

We have had such a great school year with amazing teachers, recognition, awards and new adventures.  It’s always fun to see how much the kids learn and grow throughout the summer, but we are so ready for summer!  I can’t wait for mornings without alarm clocks, afternoons spent at the pool and making memories with my kids.  As the school year comes to an end we are celebrating with a citrus inspired Orange You Glad It’s Summer party! Every year on the last day of school I host … [Read more...]

Tips for Hosting the Ultimate Pool Party

Summer entertaining is one of my all time favorite things.  Memorial Day is just around the corner, school is almost out and the start of summer is finally here!  It's time to dust off the pool toys, spruce up your patio and gather family and friends for the ultimate summer pool party!  I've teamed up with Tuesday Morning to share a few key tips for hosting the ultimate pool party. I am a firm believer that entertaining doesn't have to be stressful or overly complicated. … [Read more...]

Pineapple Mojito with Spiced Rum

Summer is almost here.  The end of school countdown is on and the kids are begging for daily trips to the pool.  I'm looking forward to a more relaxed schedule and hot summer days spent lounging by the pool.  The only thing that will make those pool days better is a good book and a refreshing Pineapple Mojito with spiced rum. Ideal for pool lounging, summer barbecues, or simply to relax at the end of a hard week, this cocktail totally hits the spot.  It's sweet, light and refreshing.  You can … [Read more...]

DIY Foam Popsicle Sign

Summer is this magical time of year where our schedules are less demanding and our family gets to spend quality time together creating memories.  While school supplies are already hitting the shelves at stores, I'm not quite ready to let all the summer fun go and created this DIY Foam Popsicle Sign to remind us to savor every last bit of the summer season. This month  Make It: Fun Crafts® challenged us to create wall art using the foam sheets and I had lots of ideas for tropical signs, … [Read more...]

Rocky Road Trail Mix

Our family is getting ready for a series of several vacations in July. While I'm really looking forward to a nice relaxing break, I'm also starting to fret the whole driving in a car for endless hours with three kids part of the vacation.  For the most part our kids are pretty good travelers, but after a while the road starts to get a little rocky and the whining and the "Are we there yet?" moans start to take over.  Which is why I'm planning to be armed with a delicious secret weapon, Rocky … [Read more...]

Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer has officially arrived and the temperatures are starting to soar. Those scorching triple digits can be hard on our bodies, moods and our electric bills, but you don't have to let the soaring temperature get you down.  While I would love to spend our days lounging by the pool to keep cool, it's just not possible, and if you are like me you can't spend all summer poolside either.  Here are my favorite tips to beat the summer heat at home, without sending your energy bill through the … [Read more...]

DIY Melting Ice Cream Cone Headband

National Ice Cream Day is on July 17th and I'm planning a fun family party to celebrate.  While that may seem like a ways off, it's never to early to start thinking about, or taste testing, ice cream if you ask me.  In addition to some very yummy homemade ice cream recipes and a fun family game, I thought it would be cute to have a few party accessories to really make it an extraordinary celebration. This DIY Melting Ice Cream Cone Headband is the perfect accessory for any ice cream … [Read more...]

4th of July Patriotic Mantel

Do you decorate for the 4th of July? I am loving all of the red, white and blue patriotic decor I've seen lately and couldn't resist creating a 4th of July Patriotic Mantel.  I don't normally switch out the decorations on my mantel except for Halloween and Christmas, but I am in love with this festive and patriotic mantel I created for Oriental Trading. I have am so thrilled to be partnering with such an amazing brand like Oriental Trading and I've been having lots of fun creating DIY … [Read more...]

Watermelon Flower Vase

Watermelon is a summer staple at our house, but did you know you can do more than just eat this sweet, juicy fruit?  That's right, I'm going to show you how you can use watermelon as a centerpiece for your backyard BBQs and patriotic parties.  This DIY Watermelon Flower Vase is a super easy project that will make a statement at all of your summer parties. I love creating things that can also serve multiple purposes and that is one of the reason why I love this watermelon flower vase. Not only … [Read more...]

Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

Your summer is about to get a whole lot sweeter with this refreshing Watermelon Lemonade recipe. Nothing beats a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day, but when you add sweet watermelon it's like all your summer dreams come true. Classic lemonade meets sweet and refreshing in this Watermelon Lemonade Recipe. It's the perfect summertime drink, great for backyard BBQs or those hot, lazy summer days. My kids love watermelon and it's pretty much a summer staple at our house. I … [Read more...]