Saturday, June 30, 2012

It's time for a PaRtY!!!

July 4th is quickly approaching and as I mentioned previously, it's a great excuse for a party!!!!  I love to celebrate summer, our country and be outside with friends and family enjoying fireworks.  Throughout our country it's a day to CELEBRATE!

I love all things festive in case you couldn't tell ;)    Here are some of my favorite ideas to dress up your home and/or a party for July 4th in all things red, white and blue!!

What better way to add some quick "fancy" to any area that with a banner or simple garland.

Or maybe something a little simpler and handmade..that's my speed.  Just cut out felt circles and run them through a sewing machine..s.u.p.e.r simple!  Or you can buy them on etsy by clicking on the "source" link below the picture.

Or this great paper chain that your kids can even help with.  This will be our decoration for sure!

Or how about paper lanterns???

And if it's your table you want to decorate...check out these fun ideas.

Table garland...

Or this adorable handmade tablecloth with bandanas...genius!

And of course every table needs a festive centerpiece.  Check out these beauties...

This topiary is fantabulous.

And these tin cans are just too darn cute.

This is just colored rice...couldn't be simpler.

And of course Martha never fails...check out her handmade sparklers!

And how about her sand go Martha (and her team of

And last but not least...the perfect welcome to any home...a wreath.  

Here is our door decor...the rest will be up by Monday latest! 

 I'll share and I also have some fun festive food ideas for you...stay tuned!!  We're only a few short days away from the big day!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Can you believe it????

Can you believe that July 4th is a week from tomorrow?  Already???? How did that happen?   This summer needs to SLOW DOWN and quickly at that.   I always mark July 4th as the mid mark of summer.  Not sure why since it's really not midway, but for some reason I think of it that way.  Probably because by July 4th my family has finally gotten into the swing of things.

We always spend our July 4th at our beach club ALL DAY (weather permitting) and then eat dinner there and stay for the fireworks.   The fireworks in the town our beach club resides are FANTASTIC and we always enjoy this full day of festivities.  There is a street fair that goes on right on the boardwalk near our beach club as well and the kids love to go walk around and visit the vendors.

Here some pictures from our last few years...

2010 -  they were so little and I remember it was a HOT day!

2011 - A fun, fun day with friends!

I always look forward to a long day filled with laughs and great food.  I'm already planning my menu of beach ready things for this year.  I also love all things red, white and blue.  From clothing, decor, crafting to's just another occasion to celebrate!  And...the best part, you can keep it all up to launch the Olympics and cheer on your USA team!!

Since I have sooo many fun ideas to share...I'm going to break it down into a few separate posts.  Let's start with fashion.   What to wear???

I love a fun festive outfit for July 4th (as you can tell from my pictures from the past 2 years).   Here are a few themed shirts/outfits I love.   Click on the source below any of these to take you to the online retailer selling them.... and, 90% of them are drastically discounted!  It used to be that you could only get Old Navy's themed shirts like my kids have on in both of the above year's pictures.  Look at all of the options this year!!!

For little boys...

For big boys...

Hard to see, but it says "America Totally Rocks" and the ends of the stripes are guitars.

For little girls...

For big girls...

This one is a little hard to see, but it has sparklies all over it.

And I adore these handmade ideas...

And there's always just clothes that have red, white and blue in them.  How cute would any of these be?

Of course it is equally important that you look festive for this great holiday!  Whether you're like me and casual watching fireworks or hosting your own super soiree...these dresses will be perfect!

I think I'll be making my own version of this for the big day.  I LOVE it!

And last, but certainly not least....American flag nail art.  What could be more festive???

Enjoy!   I have tons more to share tomorrow and the rest of this week so stay tuned as we approach the holiday!

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Our Summer Bucket List

Have you seen this idea to do with your children?

The first 2 are from 2 of my absolute favorite blogs "The Pleated Poppy" and "Whatever".  I love these girls for so many different reasons...they are super crafty, love to sew, love to do crafts with the kids, they both have a unique sense of style and decorating and.....they love life and their families.  I love to read them.

Anyway, these Summer Lists are a collection of all of the things you and your family/kids would like to do over the summer.   For me, it's a way to make sure we don't spend every rainy day in front of the TV and a motivator for me to get us all out and doing something.  For the kids, it's something to look forward to and something to do every single day.   I decided to try it this year and I'll admit I'm very apprehensive.  I'm afraid of over scheduling our summer.

So, to avoid doing so....I had rules for this endeavor.

#1- It has to be something that all of us can enjoy together  
(no, skydiving or other crazy daredevil things I'd never do)

#2- It has to be something we can either make or buy for little money
(no, going to NYC and buying whatever we want nonsense that is sure to come up)

#3- It has to be something that we don't get to do often
(no, sitting in front of the TV all day)

#4- It cannot entail travel
(no, spur of the moment trips to Disney or Hawaii (my daughter's dream))

That pretty much allows for me to keep control...isn't that what it's all about.  Lol.

So here is what we collectively came up with:

As you'll see I caved on the first one because my daughter has wanted to go to the Statue of Libery FOREVER...and since I studied Ellis Island in 8th grade for the history fair and have never been...I caved.

Now just for the record, here is my summer bucket list:

Go to the beach
Read and complete at least 1 book each month
Hot baths
Pedicure weekly
Hire cleaning lady

Think they'll go along with it???

Summer has officially begun and we are loving it so far.  Enjoy your summer too!   Make the most of every day!

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