Summer Seafood Boil Party

Summer may be almost over, but I just had to share one of my favorite summer party ideas that I recently hosted and shared on the Oriental Trading blog.  Here in the south our summer isn't complete until we've hosted or attended a Summer Seafood Boil.  This is one of my all-time favorite ways to entertain because it is simple and fun. If you aren’t familiar with a southern seafood boil let me give you a quick run down. It involves eating pounds and pounds of crawfish, shrimp, … [Read more...]

Watermelon Slime Recipe

It's a favorite during the summer, it's red, juicy and oh so sweet...that's right watermelon is the perfect way to enjoy a hot summer day.  This refreshing fruit doesn't keep summer boredom away, but I'm quite certain that this fun, sweet smelling watermelon slime recipe is just the thing you need for an afternoon of summer fun. We've reached that point in the summer that it's hot, hot, hot outside and even the pool doesn't offer much relief.  So we've been spending more time … [Read more...]

DIY Retro Summer Drink Cooler

My kids are officially on summer break, which means our days will soon be filled with trips to the pool.  My kids are like little fish when it comes to swimming, and could spend all day out at the pool.  Which means I need to be super prepared with all of our pool essentials before we even leave the house.  A few days ago I shared my new custom DIY Pineapple Pool Bag and today I'm going to show you how to make a DIY Retro Summer Drink Cooler to keep your beverages and snacks cold … [Read more...]

DIY Patriotic Serving Tray

I am so excited about this weekend I can hardly stand it.  We have lots of plans for Memorial Day weekend, and I'm looking forward to spending lots of quality time with our friends and family.  But, what I'm most excited about is the unofficial start of summer and my favorite season for entertaining! There will be backyard BBQs, pool parties, lots of porch sitting, and of course plenty of refreshing beverages.  So I  whipped up this sweet and simple DIY Patriotic Serving Tray … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Bar Cart

Sip, sip, hooray, summer is on it's way!  And you know what that means - it's time for outdoor entertaining!  I love entertaining, but summer entertaining is one of my favorite ways to hang out with family and friends.  I teamed up with my friends at DecoArt to create a colorful DIY Outdoor Bar Cart to get ready for all the pool parties, porch sitting, and backyard BBQ's!   When I think of summer entertaining I think of bright, bold colors. Last year I discovered the … [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...]

Lemonade for Livy Lemonade Stand

Summer just isn't complete without a visit to a lemonade stand. An ice cold glass of lemonade is the perfect way to beat the summer heat, but we all know that it's the cute kids selling the lemonade that make it so sweet. Show me a lemonade stand with cute kiddos and I will stop every. single. time. Not only are summer lemonade stands adorable, they are also a great way to teach kids about so many important life skills and lessons. We have had many lemonade stands over the years and I love … [Read more...]

Dipped Sprinkled Cones + Dairy Free Ice Cream

Do you love ice cream?  We do too! We can't wait for summer, carefree afternoons and cooling off with one of our favorite treats.  Today I'm sharing how to make easy dipped sprinkled cones perfect for ice cream socials and hot summer afternoons.  I'm so excited to have partnered with Blue Bunny Ice Cream to share some fun ways to enjoy this summertime treat. While everyone in my family LOVES ice cream it's not always easy to enjoy this sweet treat.  That's because my oldest daughter is … [Read more...]

10 Tips for a Successful Lemonade Stand

Lemonade stands are a quintessential summer experience and a great way to embrace the heat, but they can also teach your kids valuable skills.  I recently appeared on The Broadcast to share some of my favorite ideas for creating an extraordinary lemonade stand.  With these 10 Tips for a Successful Lemonade Stand not only will you have the best lemonade stand on the block, but you and your kids are guaranteed to have a great time! 1. Location, Location, Location We've heard it before but … [Read more...]

15 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

Popsicles are the quintessential summer treat, don't you think?  They are refreshing on a hot summer day and surprisingly easy to make at home!  I've rounded up 15 Homemade Popsicle Recipes that you (and the kids) can make this summer.  And with a variety of flavor combinations you'll have lots of options to keep cool this summer.  And while you are at it turn your ordinary popsicle sticks into Extraordinary Washi Tape Popsicle Sticks, they'll be the envy of everyone in town. Dulce De Leche … [Read more...]