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!


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. Read on for some tips and a link to summery printable wall art.

Free printable wall art. Great summer decor update!

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.

Experiment with camera settings and composition.

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!

A shallow depth of field in photos can create that blurry background everyone seems to love.

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

Combine cute mason jars and small American flags to add an easy patriotic touch to summer entertaining. Group several for an easy centerpiece or line several up on your summer mantel.

 Mason Jars and U.S. Flags make simple July 4th decorations

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