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Great Ideas — Sweet Summer Treats {1}

14 Aug
There were so many amazing Summertime recipes linked up this week, I just had to share a few with you!
 Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites @ TidyMom
 Peach Cobbler @ Two Twenty One
 Sweet Cherry Peach Jam @ Sweet Little Smoothie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding @ This Chick Cooks

 Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies @ No Biggie
Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies @ My Blessed Life
 White Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip Cookies @ Lil’ Luna
Cake Batter Gelato @ Jaysey’s Crazy Daisy
Watermelon Slush @ Babblin Brooke
Chocolate Cheesecake Bars @ Jam Hands
Easiest Sweetrolls Ever @ Thrifty Decorating
Brownie-Bottom Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake @ A Crafty Cook
Frozen Yogurt Popsicle Recipes @ Seven Alive
Plum Cake @ Simple Girl
Frozen Banana Bites @ The Prudent Pantry
Gingersnap Lemon Layer Dessert @ Pressed Down Shaken Together
Orange Creamsicles @ Homespun With Love
Whale Cookies @ Lotte Lu and Brother Too
 Key Lime Cheesecake @ Create-a-torium Crafts
Cereal Pops @ Sugar Swings
Thin Mint Cake @ Joyful Baker
Strawberry Tart @ Room to Inspire
There are so many more yummy recipes that are being shared this week! Come over and check them out. And see all of the other great ideas — so inspirational!!! 

 Come link YOURS up for a chance to win $50 to Vinyl Crafts — beautiful signs and typography!!

Have a Happy Sunday!!! 
xoxo

Summer Project — Houndstooth Pedicures!!

29 Jul
With four girls in our household, we are into all of the glitz and frilliness that go along with being girly. One of our favorite parts of Summer are pedicures!! We love giving each other pedicures and inviting our friends over for them too!

When Beckie was out filming our webshow this weekend, she mentioned a new (to me) product — nail polish strips. I immediately had to buy some to try with my girls. The brand that I tried was Sally Hansen Salon Effects. I love all of the different patterns and colors that are available in this line.

PLUS, they are so easy to apply. The strips stick to your nails and you don’t even have to wait for them to dry. Genius!! Beckie said that hers had been on for two weeks and they still looked awesome!!

I bought the Houndstooth pattern, just my style! 

So yesterday Ella and I experimented with them. This is what we did:


1. Make sure your nails are clean and dry.


2. Hold the stips up to your nails and decide which size will work best.

3. Peel off the clear plastic coating, and then the white backing.


4. Place the strip right up next to the cuticle of your nail and then stretch it slightly so it really grabs the nail. Then trim the excess.

5. Do this to all the nails. Then come back and use the pink nail file (which is provided) and Shape the strips to fit the nail exactly.

And you are done!! 
In 15 minutes I had a pedicure that didn’t have to dry. And it has a really cool pattern too!

And another company that has cool nail patterns is Jamberry Nails.

Here are some other great pedicure ideas:

 

  • You can always have a Glitter toes Party like we did. One of my favorite posts of all time 🙂 
 
xoxo 
**In case you were wondering, I wasn’t paid to write this post. I just thought this was a really cool product 🙂 
Have a Fantastic Friday!! 

PS — I just found out that today you can get nail shields for FREE if you sign up at  Save More. They have 40 different patterns to choose from. Such a great deal!!

xoxox

PPS — It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! I am SO excited to see YOUR ideas. The party starts at 6 pm {MST} tonight!!

Great Ideas — Summer Projects {2}

24 Jul
 Cool off with Italian Ice @ Tidy Mom
Turn cast off doors into a Privacy Screen @ Not Just a Housewife
Get the 411 on how to make Homemade Ice Cream Bowls @ Gluesticks
Light and Bright Summer Decorating @ House of Smiths

 Make Beachy Burlap Subway Art @ Galamore West
Whitewash and Stencil a Basket @ {Primp}
Make Rose Infused Simple Syrup @ Frugalicious Me
Let the kids help you make a Driftwood Mirror @ Michelle Paige
Build a Vintage Lemonade Stand @ Lil Luna
Throw a Christmas in July Party @ Nest of Posies
Grab the recipe for Triple Berry Sauce @ Sweet Little Smoothie
 What could be more delicious in the summer than Fresh Heirloom Tomato Pie @ Simple Girl
Summer Printable @ Landee see Landee do
Find out how to make the Easiest Lemonade ever @ The Schires Five
Or Pinkalicious Lemonade @ Mine for the Making
Your little ones will love a Summer Treasures Belt @ Gwenny Penny
Make a Colorful Wreath out of tissue paper and an old pizza box @ Thrifty Decorating
Revamp your Patio Chairs @ Mrs. DIY and the Tennis Guy
Throw an Ice Cream Party @ Creative Juice
I love seeing all of the Summer Ideas. 
These are just a few.
There are also all sorts of other ideas linked up, from DIY ideas to recipes and more! 

There are so many awesome ideas going on at the Weekend Wrap Up Party. 
Poppy Seed Projects kits are perfect for Super Saturday, craft groups, or an afternoon of crafting on
your own.
 

{Most
are under $15, and all include detailed step-by-step instructions}
xoxo

PS — Come over and join me in the International Coffee talk community. We’re discussing all sorts of topics that relate to women. It’s a great place to connect with people!!

Great Ideas — Summer Projects {2}

24 Jul
 Cool off with Italian Ice @ Tidy Mom
Turn cast off doors into a Privacy Screen @ Not Just a Housewife
Get the 411 on how to make Homemade Ice Cream Bowls @ Gluesticks
Light and Bright Summer Decorating @ House of Smiths

 Make Beachy Burlap Subway Art @ Galamore West
Whitewash and Stencil a Basket @ {Primp}
Make Rose Infused Simple Syrup @ Frugalicious Me
Let the kids help you make a Driftwood Mirror @ Michelle Paige
Build a Vintage Lemonade Stand @ Lil Luna
Throw a Christmas in July Party @ Nest of Posies
Grab the recipe for Triple Berry Sauce @ Sweet Little Smoothie
 What could be more delicious in the summer than Fresh Heirloom Tomato Pie @ Simple Girl
Summer Printable @ Landee see Landee do
Find out how to make the Easiest Lemonade ever @ The Schires Five
Or Pinkalicious Lemonade @ Mine for the Making
Your little ones will love a Summer Treasures Belt @ Gwenny Penny
Make a Colorful Wreath out of tissue paper and an old pizza box @ Thrifty Decorating
Revamp your Patio Chairs @ Mrs. DIY and the Tennis Guy
Throw an Ice Cream Party @ Creative Juice
I love seeing all of the Summer Ideas. 
These are just a few.
There are also all sorts of other ideas linked up, from DIY ideas to recipes and more! 

There are so many awesome ideas going on at the Weekend Wrap Up Party. 
Poppy Seed Projects kits are perfect for Super Saturday, craft groups, or an afternoon of crafting on
your own.
 

{Most
are under $15, and all include detailed step-by-step instructions}
xoxo

PS — Come over and join me in the International Coffee talk community. We’re discussing all sorts of topics that relate to women. It’s a great place to connect with people!!

Great Ideas — Summer Projects {1}

9 Jul
 Make a Beachy Mantel @ A Diamond in the Stuff
 Sew up a Summertime Skirt @ Simple Simon & Co.
 Mod Podge some Sassy Summer Shoes @ The Diary of Daves Wife

Print off Summer Subway Art @ Todays Fabulous Finds
Create a Summertime Bulletin Board @ Crafting Up My World
 Your kids will love a cute Outdoor Toy Organizer @ Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM
 Make a Summertime Centerpiece @ Something Created Everyday
Create a Colorful Rosette Pennant Frame @ A Glimpse Inside
 Cute Boot Planter @ {Primp}
 Lemonade Sign @ The Layered House
 Play a game of Ring Toss @ Two Shades of Pink
 Throw a Summertime Hot Dog Party @ The Roseland Family
Find out how to make Paper Pins @ Always Springtime Flowers
Print off this Summer Keep Calm Sign @ Scene of the Grime
There are so many fun Summer ideas AND tons of other great ideas too!! 
Come check them out and link up YOUR great ideas and enter to win a Keep Calm pillow and ANY ring from Little Miss Momma!!
 xoxo
PS Another Great Ideas post is coming up tonight!! 

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Summer Boredom Busters!! {10 Printable Kid Activities}

6 Jul
Hey TT&J Ladies! I’m Laurie and a total Tip Junkie
I just ADORE Jen and am honored to be guest posting today and sharing my favorite free printable activities for kids this summer. 

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I love handmade projects but more importantly I have a passion for 
promoting creative women through their ideas and products.

Therefore, on Tip Junkie you’ll find 900+ free printables, 600+ homemade gift patterns {including a gift finder}, HGTV-type decorating tutorials, party themes, a giveaway directory of free products being given away, and much more! There’s even an iPhone/Andriod App ‘cuz I know you’re always on the go.  
See, I told you I was a junkie. {snicker}

Laurie Turk {Tip Junkie}
Let’s get started with some fabulous printables shall we!
Here are my top 10 printable activities for kids that would make perfect boredom busters if you’re in a pinch for something fun and quick.

Printable Activities for Kids

Here are 10 free printable activities for kids to quickly beat the boredom this summer without leaving the house! 
I’ve included a variety of printables such as creative activity lists, paper dolls for boys and girls, fun educational activities, printable games, and even darling Lemonade Stand printables. Hopefully, these activities will engage your child’s imagination and be entertaining boredom busters.
free  printable birthday game 
Create a Board Game All About Your Family
free Summer Fun List
1. Print out this free Summer Fun List and post it somewhere everyone will see it. This is an especially good list if you have toddler age children, as lots of other lists are geared towards kids who are a few years older.
More Printable Activity Lists:
  • Phineas and Ferb 104 Days of Summer Calendar – You can fill our this fun Phineas and Ferb calendar with fun events for summer vacation, including suggestions like making a puppet of yourself or inventing a fruit smoothie or make up a song. See what your and the kids can come up with and make this summer memorable.
Free File Folder Games


2. Free File Folder Games – Check out these free, printable file folder games for preschool thru 2nd grade. These educational games are great for homeschooling, waiting rooms, long trips, rainy days and in the classroom.
Fairy Tale Paper Doll printable
3. Fairy Tale Paper Doll Printable – Print out these little boy and girl paper dolls and instantly transform them into Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Price. There is also a darling Slumber Party version to add to your wardrobe collection.
More Free Printable Paper Dolls:
Summer lemonade stand
4. Cute printable labels and stickers for your own Summer lemonade stand. Available in original yellow or pink lemonade.
More Imaginary Play Printables:
Don't Eat Pete Game
5. Don’t Eat Pete Game – This game is so simple your older children can play it with your preschooler! It’s simple to make and even easier to play. The sky’s the limit with Don’t Eat Pete! Use cereal, dinner or lunch food, as well as any kind of candy to play. I’ve made several themed version that you can print, laminate, attach a bag of M&M’s to make for neighbor gifts or party favors.
Free Themed Printable Games:
Printable Car Games
6. Printable Car Games – Print these free printable games on cardstock and laminate and keep in the glove box. That way, whether you are on a long road trip or just running errands around town, you will have something on hand to keep the kids from getting bored in the car.
More Printable Activity Packs:
Summer Reading Kit for Kids
7. Summer Reading Kit for Kids – A kit filled with goodies to help your kids fall in love with reading! There are two cute printable options, one for girls and one for boys.
Alphabet Flashcards {printable alphabet letters} -
8. Alphabet Flashcards {printable alphabet letters} – These adorable alphabet flashcards will make learning letters fun. They can also work overtime in a frame on your nursery wall. The link to print them all out is at the bottom of that post – look for the HERE. It’s kind of hard to see.
Shop With Me Bingo {Printable Bingo Cards for Kids} 
9. Shop With Me Bingo {Printable Bingo Cards for Kids} – Keep your kids busy while you are at the grocery store with this fun printable shopping bingo game. There is also an I Spy version for preschool age children. Print, laminate, and enjoy a shopping trip free of fits.

Free Bingo Cards and Memory Games to Print:

How to make Angry Birds Balloon Animals  
10. How to make Angry Birds Balloon Animals – Are you or someone you know a fan of the popular iPhone Game Angry Birds? Maybe your thinking of putting together an Angry Birds Birthday Party Theme. Or, just give these to the kiddos and let them put them together and play Angry Birds – Balloon Version.
Activities for Older Kids:
32 things to make using a cardboard box
Bonus: This isn’t a printable activity but it’s free! If you have some extra card board boxes around the house you’ll be blown away by these 32 things to make using a cardboard box. They are DIY activities, games, and imagination building props to encourage your child to play for hours.
I hope these will bring lots of laughter and fun into your home. Huge hugs to Jen while she’s on vacay and I hope she’s having the time of her life. {I can’t wait to see you again my fab friend!}
xoxo,
Laurie

Isn’t Laurie amazing?? She get SO much done!!! And her sites are amazing!!
Head over to Tip Junkie to get inspired!! 

Whether you are looking for how to make a Bottle Chandelier:

Bottle Chandelier

Or printables galore! 

Summer Fun List

And fantastic Party Ideas like

No Sew Wedding Bunting

And so much More!! 

Plus, check out Tip Junkie on Facebook where you can get tons of great ideas 

and

Be sure to link up to Tip Me Tuesdays — Laurie’s wonderful linky party!! 

xoxo

I Like Cotton Candy

25 Aug

Last night was Ella’s first soccer game. She has been wearing her uniform around for the past 3 days in anticipation. We bought her a little soccer ball and she spent hours kicking it around in the backyard. It was so much fun watching the little 4 year old girls running around in a huddle trying to kick the ball. They didn’t really know which direction they were supposed to be going. Ella had a wonderful time.

Meet the team: Pink Cotton Candy
Today’s the last day of Summer break.
School starts tomorrow — ack!
XOXO