Here’s To The New Year

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Yes another year had com and gone. Not quite sure where it went and If I accomplished all I wanted to, but on to 2018!  Every Single Year People Make Brand New Resolutions, and They Hope Against Hope That They Will Somehow Stick to Them. Somehow that doesn’t  always happen does it?

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Instead of writing New Year Resolutions create a Bucket List  this year– and fill it with all of the fun things you want to do in the upcoming year.

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Instead of a Bucket List Some people write down things that they don’t want to forget on little pieces of paper throughout the year, and then they put the scraps of paper in a “Memory Jar”. On the 31st of December they take out their “Memory Jar” and they go through all the memories that they recorded for the year.

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You could  Launch a 365 Day Project – Choose something you’re going to do every single day in 2018.

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Launch a 365-Day Project has some great ideas for the New Year.

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The first day of the new year is a perfect time to clean out the old and bring in the new. I know it is hard because we downsized to our last home and my husband just wants to hang on to everything. (I Won We Gave a Lot Away 🙂

To make it easier just choose three or four items in your home that need to be replaced. It is amazing how good you will feel when these items are gone.

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Throw a New Year’s Eve Bash filled with lots of FUN!  Make sure to have paper party hats and tiaras, party blowers, and lots of confetti.

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Create a playlist of  FUN music to listen to on the last day of this year and all day on January 1st.

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Enjoy these words from Veronica Hay…..

 A New Year, A New Beginning.

A fresh start once again. A golden treasure box of waiting dreams? unopened. An untouched pathway of freshly, fallen snow.

Where will your footsteps go? Another chapter in the story of your life, to be written on crisp white paper, with purple ink. A song unsung, waiting for the melody of your heart.

When will you start? A meadow bright with dew kissed flowers, reaching for the light, and waiting?

This New Year, I give to you my friend, A clean slate and canvas to paint upon your life.

May your picture be colored with new found joys, brushed with the wonder of simple things, and framed in gentle magic!

 Happy New Year. Blessings to you and your New Year Beginning!

May it be the very BEST year of your life so far!

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Saying Thank You To Mom

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Mother’s Day is a special day where mothers all around the world are recognized and celebrated. The celebration takes many forms from house to house, and country to country, but for the most part it is a day where mothers get the chance to put their feet up and be well and truly spoiled!

I just came from visiting my dear mom who is now 86 and so bent over and almost blind. She is still trying to be so independent and wishes she could be years younger. It is an honor to be able to take care of her as she ages.

I have learned so much from her in her later years and she is a Wonderful Mother. Tell your MOM this year how much she means to you.

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If you wrote your mother a message… Would she be able to find it?

 

Top reasons to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day.

She wore your macaroni necklaces with pride to work, the grocery store and the mall.

She had a knack for finding missing objects such as your blankie, pet frog, retainer, lucky marble, homework, or belly button lint collection. Unfortunately she is still looking for the remnants of her mind, memory, and body that once fit into size 4 jeans.

She willingly baked five dozen cupcakes for the bake sale you “volunteered” her for, and which you told her about at 8pm the night before.

She is a human calendar, keeping track of every doctor appointment, birthday, anniversary, parent-teacher conference, field trip, play date, spelling bee contest, lesson, team practice, first word or bowel movement anyone in the family has ever had.

She put up with your “self-expression” years whereby you dyed your hair, pierced body parts, tattooed strange things upon your skin, wore strange clothing and makeup, and used the word “righteous” ad nauseam.

She sacrificed going back to work just so she’d have time to be your Girl Scout Leader, PTA president, field trip chaperone, and chauffeur to every sporting event or karate lesson you ever took.

Even when you were too upset to verbalize what was bothering you, she always knew exactly what was wrong based on the volume and urgency of your heavy sobs or the amount of boogers that ran from your nose.

She loved you even when you flushed her earrings down the toilet, set the living room rug on fire, practiced writing your letters in red marker on the living room couch, or used the contents of your diaper for wall art.

She has spent the majority of her adult years in two places: the kitchen and the laundry room.

She has never had a vacation, comp time, sick day or other “break” from motherhood, and even if she were given the opportunity for one, probably would never take one.

Remember to thank your Mom on Mother’s Day. There is no love that goes deeper or which transcends time and space more than a mother’s love.

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You Need To Spoil Mom On Mother’s Day With a Special Breakfast…..

These Handmade Vases will bring smiles to moms & grandmoms on their special day!

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Strawberry Pancakes With Cream Will Put a Smile On Her Face.   (via Thrifty Jinxy)

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole Via Six Dollar Family

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Moms Will Love One Of These…….10 Free Printable Cards for Mother’s Day via CountryLiving.

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Print kids’ Artwork on Photo Magnets as a Gift Grandma Will Cherish. Pick Up The Same Day!

 

 

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How to make an essential oils perfume locket. (via Glamour and Grace)

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If Mom isn’t one for full-on spa treatments, then a simple homemade body scrub is still a nice gesture, and something she’ll appreciate for a long bath. This Homemade Citrus Scrub is light, refreshing and perfect for spring.

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For anyone who has a mixed family or has ever asked the question, “How will I leave a legacy for my children?” this movie StepMom  is emotional, funny and tugs at the heart in a way that everyone can relate to.

 

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DIY These Pretty Coasters Instead Of Buying Flowers For Mom. (via .brit.co)

 

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Give Mom a Coloring Book…….From beloved author and Hallmark Channel favorite Debbie Macomber, this special adult coloring book features forty-five original illustrations depicting scenes from the Rose Harbor and Blossom Street series. Unplug and let the creativity flow!

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How To Crochet Washcloths…Awesome Mother’s Day Gift Idea.

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All Natural Mists…..A refreshing spritz of fragrant water is a great way for mom to  keep cool this summer. To create sprays, simply fill mist bottles with water and a few strips of julienned cucumber or sprigs of lavender and mint.

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Mother’s Day Handprint Board Is One of My Favorite Gifts! (via LollyJane)

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Create a Gardening Bucket For Mom Via iHeartNaptime.

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Make Sure You Bake Up a Delicious Dessert For Mom and I Have One That Is Easy and She Will Love It…Turtle Cheesecake Pie. (via hoosierhomemade)

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A Mother’s Day Playlist…20 Songs For Mom

 

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Have a Fantastic Mother’s Day,

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Wishin’ You A Pot Of Gold

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The month of March means the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and whether or not you’re Irish, this is a fun day to celebrate!

Every year on March 17, millions of people gussy themselves up in green attire, hold big parades all in the name of an old Irish saint.

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Bet You Didn’t  Know Some Of These Fun Facts ?

1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day. It takes 40 tons of dye to get the river to a suitably festive shade!

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Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.

Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.

Another little-known fact from Irish lore: Leprechauns earned that gold they’re guarding. According to legend, leprechauns spend their days making and mending shoes. It’s hard work, so you can’t blame them for being territorial about their pots of gold.

If, by chance, one did happen to find a mystical pot at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day, and it contained 1,000 gold coins weighing one ounce each, WalletHub estimated the total current worth at $1.26 million.

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March 17th Is Almost Here So Let’s Get This St. Patrick’s Day Party Started With Some Fun Ideas.

“Luck of the Leprechaun” Hat Centerpiece…So Adorable I Am Off To The Craft Store.  (via 21rosemarylane)

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I Love To Decorate Inside and Out and This DIY Mesh St. Patrick’s Day Wreath  Is Easy To Make and Will Look Great On Your Door As Well As Mine! (Via The Wreath Depot)

 

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Lets Start The Day With Some Lucky Charm Pancakes. (via Betty Crocker)

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Bring a Little Leprechaun Mischief into Your Home for St. Patrick’s Day! This Felt Garland will be Sure to Delight Kids and Adults Alike! (Via Think Crafts)

 

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FREE St. Patrick’s Day Lunchbox Jokes! Surprise your family will a chuckle.

(via Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke)

 

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Put Some  Caramel Rice Krispy Treats In Kids Lunch Boxes. (via Wants and Wishes)

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Gunna Go to Ireland soon… Sure Glad I found This ….. Right Where I want to Go !!!!

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This Play Dough From She Knows Is Perfect For St. Patrick’s Day & This will Keep Kids Busy For Hours.

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Shamrock Juice ~ This juice requires pineapple juice, sparkling lemonade, sparkling white grape juice, lime popsicles, & green apples. Find out how to put it all together on Creative Juice!

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You Must Try These Irish Nachos...A Fun Irish Twist On Traditional Nachos.

(via The Gluten Free Homestead)

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I Love This….Create a Leprechaun Garden…

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So Lucky You’re Our Neighbors – Let them know that you appreciate them! (via Eighteen 25)

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 St. Patrick’s Day Party Popper ~ St. Patrick’s Day Candy Popper {St. Patrick’s Day Gifts} This Candy Popper is so clever! Super fun to make and give! Even includes the Fun Printable! (via The House That Lars Built)

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Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips Via Family Fresh Meals Will Be A Big Hit! Make Sure You Make Extra.

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Printable Scrapbook Paper Pack To Wrap Up Little Gifts  @ The Girl Creative

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What is any Holiday without Music ?  Head On Over To  Spotify.com. and Enjoy The Irish Music You Will Think You Are In Ireland!

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 “St. Patrick’s Day Is An Enchanted Time – a Day To Begin Transforming Winter’s Dreams Into Summer’s Magic.” Adrienne Cook

 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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*Have a Fun-Filled Labor Day*

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For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day?

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.

Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

 

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Here are a few ideas on how to enjoy your Labor Day weekend:

Visit a Festival, Street Fair or Other Public Celebration

 

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 Neighborhood Block Party: Get to know your neighbors with an old-fashioned block party. Ask people to bring games and food to share. Take the kids to a discount movie that they really wanted to see but missed.

Day Trip It: Pull out a map, pick a tourist destination within 2-3 hours, and plan a day-long adventure to your new destination!

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  Why not Pack Up The Tents and hit the nearest Campground for some much deserved rest and relaxation? Family campgrounds will often host a variety of events just for the holiday, but plan early.

Most campsites book quickly for holiday weekends, so reserve your space well in advance.

 

 

 

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Find FREE Campgrounds throughout the US and Canada with this interactive map.

Retro Labor Day FREE PRINTABLES For Party Decor.

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Labor Day”

Throw up our feet,
start up the grill,
toss on the ‘burgers
and we’ll all eat our fill.

Put up the tools,
watch the grass grow,
forget the leak
and the commode overflow.

The dishes can wait;
go out and play.
There’s good reason to be lazy…
it’s called Labor Day!

Author: Nancy Hughes

 

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How About a DIY Backyard Quidditch Game For Little Muggles.

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Have you ever sat around 54 wooden blocks stacked in rows of 3’s, strategically pulling blocks out one at a time, waiting for the tower to fall over so you can throws your hands in the air and yell “JENGA!”

Well if you answered yes, you’ve probably played Jenga and chances are you’re a good player too! To make a DIY outdoor version for this Labor Day get out some 2×4’s and cut them into approx 10 ½ ” long pieces.

Once you have 54 pieces, sand them up a little, stack ‘em, and challenge everyone to a match.

Want to impress everyone at your Labor Day party this weekend? Check out this Adorable Edible Centerpiece project!

 

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Guacamole? Salsa? Burger toppings and condiments? Whatever sides or add-ons you wish to offer at your party, they can all fit perfectly into Terra-Cotta Pots.

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What Would Labor Day Be Without Some Barbequed Burgers With a Special BBQ Sauce.

 

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Mac and Cheese Muffins Are a Must!

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Make Ahead Summertime Sun Tea….Your Guests Will Love These!

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Grilled Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce From Swanky Recipes

 

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The Perfect Grilled Corn Recipe From The Classy Chapter

 

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Have a Hot Dog Bar…Free Printables.

 

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Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dogs – Enjoy this all-American classic gone hot dog, it’s a meat-lovers dream!

Sonoran Hot Dog – Bacon, pinto beans and salsa verde make this hot dog unique and flavorful!

7 Layer Dip Hot Dog – A hot dog with all the fixings, you just can’t go wrong!

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Make Some Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag. This Is So Much Fun For Kids.

 

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Berry Patch Pie…..You Will Want More Than One Piece!

 

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S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches No Roasting Stick Required

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Patriotic Pallet Flags From The Magic Brush Inc…. In Time For LaborDay Weekend!

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Outdoor Yahtzee. How fun is that for a Labor Day party?

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In Honor Of Labor Day Let Me Share With You A Couple Of Songs…… Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen tons.

 

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 LABOR DAY IS A HOLIDAY.. NOT JUST A DAY OFF!! CELEBRATE AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO WORKED HARD TO GET US HERE. ♥

 

Use This Labor Day For Some Family Bonding Time!

 

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S’mores Anyone?

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August is National S’mores Month .  Who doesn’t enjoy roasting marshmallows over a campfire until they are almost burnt to a crisp, and then shoving them into layers of graham and chocolate?  

The origin of s’mores is shrouded in mystery and intrigue, with no one rightfully knowing how it came to be or was named.
Most records believe that the Campfire Girls created it and that the Girl Scouts brought s’mores their popularity.
The first printed S’mores recipe appeared in 1927 in the Girl Scout handbook called, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.
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S’mores got its name because you’ll always want “some more”!
Graham crackers were created in 1829 by Rev. Sylvester Graham. They were originally considered a health food.
About 90 million pounds of marshmallows are purchased every year. No word on how many are used to make s’mores.
Egyptians enjoyed a marshmallow-like treat made with mallow plants as early as 2000 B.C.
The world record was set in 2003 with a S’more weighing in at 1,600 lbs

S’mores go hand and hand with Memorable Times.

Go make a Few Memories Right Now!

 

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S’Mores In A Bag……

  • 1 individual-sized bag of Teddy Grahams
  • 1/8 cup of Marshmallow Fluff (1 large spoonful)
  • 1/3 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips (divided)

You can find a 12 pack of the small Teddy Graham bags at Wal-Mart with three flavors– honey, cinnamon & chocolate.   Choose a flavor and open the bag carefully, making sure the sides don’t tear.

Measure out the Fluff & add it to the bag of Teddy Grahams, stirring slightly to coat as many crackers as possible.

Add the miniature marshmallows and half of the chocolate chips (1/8 cup) to the bag.

Place the remaining chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat (in 20-30 second intervals) until the chocolate is melted.  Pay close attention not to let it burn.

Pour or spoon the melted chocolate into the bag of Teddy Grahams and mix well to cover all of the ingredients.  Mmmmmmm!!

 

Let Me Share Some More Favorite S’More Recipes….

 

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S”Mores Dessert Pizza

Refrigerated pizza dough

Marshmallow fluff

Graham cracker crumbs (or whole crackers that you can smash up)

Chocolate chips or chunks

Chocolate syrup (a last minute addition)

 

First, you’ll unroll the dough and squish it down into your pan.

Bake it according to package directions. I baked mine at about 350 for about 12 minutes. When it comes out, it should look slightly golden.

Use the fluff as your “sauce”. You probably won’t need the whole jar. Spoon it out with a tablespoon and then push it around the crust to cover it.

Sprinkle with a  handful or two of chocolate chips or chunks.

Sprinkle it with a couple of spoons of graham cracker crumbs as well.

Bake it again for another 12 minutes or so. The marshmallow really gets a nice crust on it and holds everything together really well so you can cut it into slices. Drizzle chocolate over the top.

ENJOY!!

I’m in love with this Lemon Meringue Pie S’more. (via Cooking Classy)

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You simply must try the Chocolate Lovers S’more.

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The Easiest Recipe Ever. And The Best Tasting: Thin Mint S’mores!  (Via Crazy For Crust

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Here are a few more ways to Enjoy National S’Mores Day….

Fudge Striped Cookie S’more…. A super easy way to make s’mores with only two ingredients. Chocolate covered graham crackers work too. (Via thriftydiydiva)

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S’mores Campfire Cones — Have your kids stuff their waffle cones with all the tasty marshmallows and chocolate chips they can fit and roast them over your summer campfire. (via Frugal Coupon Living)

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Frozen S’mores! Layers of chocolate pudding and marshmallow cheesecake sandwiched between graham crackers and frozen for the perfect summer treat. Super easy recipe! (via Its Always Autumn)

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Reeses S’mores…oh my goodness these are peanut buttery and delicious!  (via Crafty Recipes)

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Make your own S’more Play Dough with just ONE ingredient! – Smells just like S’more’s  (via Growing a Jeweled Rose)

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 According to a release from The Hershey Company, the company produces more than 373 million milk chocolate bars each year, enough to make 746 million s’mores.

With just three simple ingredients – graham crackers, chocolate bars, and toasted marshmallows – S’Mores have become a classic American treat.

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S’mores at home! A terracotta pot lined with aluminum foil, perched on a trivet and filled with hot coals from the grill makes a spectacular tabletop station for roasting marshmallows.

 

For More S’mores Recipe Inspiration See My  Making S’mores Recipes  Board On Pinterest!

 

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Happy Birthday America

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On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to

freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues

across the country.

 

So Get Out That Red-Checkered Tablecloth, Fire Up The Grill and Have a Wonderful Fourth Of July!

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The 4th of July and barbecues  go hand-in-hand, so it’s probably no surprise that over an estimated 150 million hot dogs are consumed in the United States each Independence Day.

On that very first day of independence in 1776, the meal for John Adams and wife Abigail included turtle soup, poached salmon, peas and boiled potatoes (which, strangely enough, happens to be among the ingredients in some hot dogs).

For dessert, the couple had a treat called apple pandowdy, similar to apple cobbler.

No reports of a scoop of ice cream on top of that pandowdy, however. I wonder what they would think of a table like this below…..

 

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I Have Found a Few Ideas That  Might Help You Celebrate The Birthday Of Our Country This Year….ENJOY!

 

Make a Red, White and Blue “Uncle Sam Hat” Centerpiece For The 4th of July.

 

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Add bunting to your porch to welcome guests this 4th of July. Buy several yards of patriotic-pattern fabric (determine length based on where the bunting will hang).

Starting at one end, gather the fabric about every 24 inches and secure the gathers using red, white, or blue yarn. Use the same color  of yarn to attach the bunting to a porch rail.

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Make Sure You Have Some Music With This 4th of July Playlist.

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Best Hotdog Marinade!! “Left out of the oil, the remaining ingredients became a light BBQ sauce. Glazed with the marinate/sauce during cooking and it crusted oven the hot dogs very well. This recipe is a must try that you and your kids will love.”

 

 

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Safety Tips For Your Pet on the Fourth of July.

 

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If the 4th of July picnic’s at your house this year, this DIY Table Runner is the perfect addition for holiday decor. It’s quick, super easy to make and there’s no sewing involved.

 

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Show Your American Pride With This DIY Mini Patriotic Wreath Pin.

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Kids will love making this Patriotic Bracelet.

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* Wrap dollar store American flags around water bottles. *

 

 

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4th of July Cookout / Party Buckets For Kids...Think I’m Gonna Do This For The Grandkids Next Year.

 

 

 

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Need a Patriotic Project for the 4th of July? Build an American Flag Out Of a Pallet with the steps in this blog! ( I Made One Of These!)

 

 

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Great centerpiece for my table that is costs pennies.

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This Patriotic Necklace craft for kids is perfect for the 4th of July!

 

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Don’t Your Love These Bandana Cushions?   No-sew pillow covers crafted from contrasting bandannas. Sandwich one cushion between two scarves, then join each corner together with a rubber band and hide bands with thin ribbon, as shown.

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Yes, You Can Really Make a Watermelon Fountain. Complete DIY Instructions Provided! (Use A Beverage Spigot Instead Of a Hose Spigot)

 

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LOVE this Fourth of July Banner!

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Red, White and Blue Apples are the perfect Patriotic Treat. Even better, they’re only 3 ingredients! Candy coated apples dipped in blue sprinkles. So cute, so easy and so yummy!

 

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I made these Scrap Wood Fireworks this year and Love Them!

 

 

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 Red, White & Wow! Create a Patriotic Wreath this year for a Gorgeous 4th Of July! (My Daughter made  me one this year LOVE IT!)

 

 

 

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 Plant Pots turned into a Festive 4th of July Condiment Station.

 

 

 

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 Freeze blue berries blackberries and strawberries or raspberries in water in an ice cube tray. Serve with sprite! Cute and tasty! Cute and Tasty Fourth of July Drink!

 

 

 

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 BEST hamburger recipe (and an amazing secret sauce that totally makes the burger)!

 

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They will not get Bored with this 4th of July Backyard Party Water Blob for Kids

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If you are having a family gathering this 4th of July, you could make your croquet set fun and festive with star garland. Croquet is fun for both kids and adults, and it can add to your patriotic decorations. Just tightly wrap the wickets with the star garland and your lawn will sparkle with red, white and blue.

 

 

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  • America, My Hometown “When I travel about this great nation, I never cease to frown,….
  • for wherever I seem to land and settle, I call……
  • America, my hometown When I cross the Golden Gate in Frisco Bay, the western States,the Rockies and great plains, my heart wells up with pride,….
  • from emotions felt deep inside, and my tears become so hard to hide. America, my hometown.
  • From the golden shores and shining cities of the west and along the sandy shores towns and villages of the GARDEN STATE things still look simply great.
  • all through colonial new England and up to rugged coastline of the great State of Maine. our peoples’ quest and dreams of liberty ,and freedom still remain the same. for justice,freedom and liberty for all, still ring true today,…..
  • just as the liberty bell, in our founders’ yesterday. America, my hometown.Along the mighty Mississippi from Minneapolis to New Orleans,…
  • .our country’s morality and patriotic spirit is alive and well, just as all our other great and noble dreams. America,my hometown.

 

Happy Birthday America!

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You’re Invited To Celebrate Earth Day

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Marking its landmark 45 on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Earth Day will be celebrated by millions of people.

Earth Day is a day on which people around the world gather to participate in activities aimed at raising public awareness about a variety of environmental issues  including air pollution, water pollution, habitat destruction, sustainable energy, climate change, and environmental policies.

Taking Care Of The Earth Is Not Just A Responsibility–It’s A Privilege.

Every month, a new mission to learn about wildlife and nature with Junior Explorers!

Earth Day is a great opportunity to teach our children the importance of the air we breathe, soil needed to grow plants, water we drink….basically our natural surroundings!

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Use Earth Day as a way to celebrate with your family and even teach a few important lessons about the world around us. Let me share a few ideas what families can do on this day.

Slather a few pinecones with peanut butter and roll them in bird seed to hang on your trees for a bird-sized snack.

Build a compost bin to reduce the amount of trash your family creates and make feeding your plants more affordable and efficient.

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You don’t need an expensive setup to start a compost bin, and starting a small compost pile in your backyard this Earth Day is the perfect way to teach your kids about recycling — nature’s way.

If you’ve ever wondered how much of an impact your family has on the environment, here’s your chance to find out. The Earth Day Network site has a Footprint Calculator, a fun and interesting interactive quiz that will show you how your lifestyle affects the planet.

Taking the quiz will be an eye opener for you and your kids.

You create a little avatar that looks like you and then walk through a process of looking at your lifestyle and then finding out what impact you have on the environment

What better place than the zoo to discover the animals we share our planet with, and learn about their habits and habitats? Many zoos around the country have special celebrations planned (which often include free or discounted entry). Walk with (or near) the animals in the great outdoors — there’s a lot to learn!

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Find zoos across the U.S. >>

Take the kids for a night time walk with torches.

Invite the neighbors over for an Earth Hour Party and make it an annual event.

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Earth Day is the perfect reminder to get outdoors and enjoy the Earth and your family more often. Turn off all of your electronics for one day and get outside for a hike, bike ride, picnic or nature walk with your family. You will be amazed to see how much easier it is to connect with your loved ones, when the only buzzing that you hear is that of the bumblebees.

Get your “om” on…Take your yoga mat outside and do your workout alongside Mother Nature. Can you feel that inner peace?

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Plant a garden. Grab the kids, a shovel, and some seeds and hit the dirt with your family. Whether you plant one tomato plant in a pot or a large garden of fruits and veggies, gardening with your kids wil teach them about the cycles of nature and the beauty of growing your own food.

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This Earth Day, parents can have their little ones help pack a box or bag of old clothes and toys they are no longer using. Donating these items ensures they will find new life through new owners or by being recycled, and avoids further clogging our nation’s landfills.

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 Save electricity.  After the sun goes down, don’t turn on the lights, play “In the Dark” hide-and-seek.

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Play online Earth Day games. After learning more about the environment, visit The Kidz Page Earth Day Games Page where you can clean up your virtual world.

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 Recycle. If it’s not already a habit, make it one this month. 

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**History Of Earth Day**

 

Create a jar full of ways your children and your family can help the Earth beyond Earth Day this year.

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What you’ll need:

  • scissors
  • pen
  • scrap paper and/or paper bags
  • large mason jar

What you’ll do:

  1. Cut small strips from paper bags or scrap paper.
  2. Write down simple things you can do on a weekly or monthly basis to help the Earth.
  3. Draw one piece of paper each weekend or once a month — depending on what you decide.

 

Examples of what to put in your jar:

  • Plant a tree.
  • Sew your own towels to replace paper towels.
  • Volunteer at a recycling center or recycling event in your community.
  • Make a home movie about what you do to help the Earth, and share it with friends and family.
  • Get involved with conservation groups or programs in your area (aquariums, the zoo, etc.)

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More  Earth Day Resources

Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network is the coordinating body of worldwide Earth Day activities, founded by the organizers of the original 1970 Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes. Under Events, you’ll find thousands of international Earth Day events to attend, and the opportunity to add your local event. Resources include Environmental Fact Sheets and an Ecological Footprints Quiz.

Planet Pals – Kid-friendly community with fun facts, activities, and resources for learning more about planet Earth, recycling & conservation, and lots of links to Earth Day information around the Web.

Crafts for Earth Day – Fun for kids of all ages with Earth Day Coloring Pages and ideas for making kites and “Litter Bugs” from recyclables, and complete instructions for melted crayon and tissue paper globes, nature place mats and more.

  Earth Day is the perfect day to talk to your kids about the green steps you take around the house to protect the planet and how they can help. Turning off lights and faucets, recycling, keeping the heat and air down low, and cleaning green are great ways to teach your kids about your family’s impact on the planet, and the steps that you can all take to minimize it.

Go Green This Earth Day. Lend a Helping Hand Towards Mother Nature.
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25 Fabulous Fourth of July Ideas You Are Gonna Love

For many people, the first big party of the summer season is July 4. From backyard BBQs to beach trips, there are many ways to celebrate this day!

The Fourth of July marks our country’s birthday. On this day in 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, adopting the final draft of the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming our sovereignty from Great Britain.any ways to enjoy the holiday.

As you begin to fire up the grills, take a few minutes to remember the history of the Fourth of July and what it means for our country. This uniquely American holiday is a time to reflect on the greatness of our Nation and its people.

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 Let Me Help You Celebrate With Some Fun Ideas For The Fourth of July……..

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4th of July Wreath…

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4th of July Parade Wands….

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Easy and Inexpensive Fourth of July Centerpiece….

 

4th of July Water Bottles

Wrap small flags around water bottles for an incredibly simple way to add 4th of July spirit. Plastic or fabric flags work best — paper flags will wither as the water condenses.

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Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa…

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4th Of July Buckets…..

Share your patriotic sentiments with guests by labeling oversize buckets with vinyl letters (find them at office supply or crafts stores). Fill the buckets with ice to keep beverages cool during a hot 4th of July celebration, or use them to hold boxes of sparklers.

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How much fun would it be to have your kids make their own wind streamer?

All you need are some empty oatmeal containers… or just some hardy cardstock.

Here are the instructions.

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 Make a Table Flag Runner….

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Hotdog Bar for 4th of July party! This is a lot cuter than lining everything up on the kitchen counter! Love It!

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Red, White + Blue Gumball Machine Favors {The Celebration Shoppe}

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Simple DIY Patriotic Bandana Tablecloth…

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Cake in a Jar….Make This Cute Treat

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Pallet flag for front porch…Love this!

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 4th of July Pinwheels…. from Practically Functional

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4th of July Snack Mix ……from glorioustreats

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 DIY 4th of July Napkin Rings…..

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 Show your love of comics and America with these Captain America Shield Coasters. You’re 4th of July Picnic BBQ will never be the same.

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 DIY Patriotic Paper Fans ….. with Free Printable Template!

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Patriotic Door Medallion….via Martha Stewart.

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Patriotic Candy Buttons…… from Sweet Sugar Belle
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Fourth of July food – Fruit and Marshmallow Kabobs. Can use: Strawberries, Watermelon. Bananas, Angel food cake, Marshmallows. Blueberrries.
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Cut out star template & then spray paint stars on lawn for 4th of July

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Have a Fabulous 4th of July!

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