Join Me over at the {Hello Summer} Event


I am super excited to be participating in the {Hello Summer} event over at i heart naptime today. A HUGE Thank You to Jamielyn and crew for letting me join in the fun!

Come on over and check out my Color-wrapped Mystery Braid Bracelets. While you're there, check out all of the other fun posts in the series! There are soooo many fun ones, you might have to "pin" some of them for later:)

Thanks for stopping by today! See you over there!

P.S. In even BIGGER news, my oldest is no longer a teenager! WHEN did that happen? Happy Birthday DJ!

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Sunny Summer Slush

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that this Sunny Summer Slush is one of my favorites. When we were growing up, my mom would make this yummy frozen treat for us on some of the hottest summer days. I made up a batch for my family just this week. Gather up your ingredients and pop a batch in the freezer so you're ready for the next heat wave!


Just Bloom: A Daisy of a Post & Free Photo Download

Recently I visited my sister's wildflower garden, camera in hand. It was a great place to practice with camera settings and composition.

The daisies have taken over a bit, as you can see, but I think they made for some striking shots. I thought I'd share some of our favorites here.

Flowers in the garden provide countless opportunities for exploring composition. And, since flowers don't look away, frown, or need snack breaks, there's time to try out new or varied camera settings too!

Did you see how this shot changed? Similar composition and perspective, but the depth of field is much shallower. I like the painterly quality that the background took on.


Last-Minute July 4th Flag Jars

I don't know about you, but it's like summer has been on fast-forward. The 4th is only two days away. How can that be?

I realized recently that it's been ages since I posted here. Some of you might follow me on Instagram, but for those of you who don't, here's a little glimpse of what I've been up to. 

So there you have it in a nutshell. I might post more detail on some of my projects later, but for now, back to preparing for Friday's festivities.

With only a couple days left to get ready, simple decorations save the day. Here's a great idea for decorating your table or buffet that couldn't be easier. You could even line them up on your mantel!

What You Need:
Blue Vintage Ball Jar(s)
Wire Lid Inserts (I found mine at Michael's)
Small Flags (I used 3 per jar)

Assemble and admire:)

Thanks for stopping by today!


Easy DIY: Surprise in a Can Grad Gift

June isn't very far off, and around here that means Graduation Time. Cash and gift cards are popular gifts for grads, but sometimes I like to wrap them uniquely rather than using a traditional envelope.  If you're looking for something a little bit different for your graduation gifts this year, give this a try. It's sure to get a smile out of the recipient:)

What You Need:

Fruit can with pop-top lid (unopened)
Can opener
Double-stick tape
Paper shreds or other filler
Cash gift or gift card
Congratulations Graduate Label (Get yours here)

Start by removing the bottom of your can (I used a 20 oz Dole fruit can). Use an opener that breaks the seal and doesn't leave a sharp edge. (Save the fruit for lunch!) Wash and dry both the can and the lid. Remove the fruit label.

Print and cut graduation label. Wrap around the can and secure with double-stick tape.