I love the Fourth of July. I love the parades, seeing the colors red, white and blue everywhere, family get togethers, flags waving in the breeze and especially fireworks. It’s a wonderful time of year. It makes my heart swell and it’s a day to celebrate our independence. I am so proud to be an American and to live in the country that we live in and enjoy the freedoms that we have. I am so grateful for the soldiers who serve and have served to help keep us free.

As this day of celebration approached I wanted to start adding some decorations to my home to bring the spirit of America into our home. I came across this pom pom tutorial on Facebook that I thought was cool and easy. As I was visiting Michelle in Boise this last weekend I was up early one morning with my baby. I was trying to decide what to share this week. It dawned on me that the pom pom tutorial would be great but to add my own twist to it. As I shared my idea with Michelle later that morning I was being dumb, talking kind of goofy and said “I thought it up in my brain.” My wonderful daughter Paityn then piped in “What brain?” Michelle and I just had to laugh. I’m telling myself she didn’t mean anything by it, right?

Ok so my idea. A 4th of July pom pom Flag Runner.

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Yarn-Red, White, Blue
Contact Grip Liner
Scissors
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Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE to sew. For years I struggled to find the perfect caddy to keep all my supplies in. A couple years ago I came up with this toolbox sewing caddy and it’s seriously the best way to organize all my supplies.  This is super simple to make and only requires a few supplies.

Supplies
Toolbox (I purchased an old used one from our local Army Surplus store for $10)
Spray Paint
Vinyl Words

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Each year in July our family attends a week long family reunion. We go camping up past Driggs, ID (which if you haven’t been, you should put it on your list) and it’s seriously the highlight of the summer. For as long as we can remember, we’ve had this little wooden table that we take each year and let the kids sit at for meals. Over the years it’s obviously been used, loved and sadly it’s deteriorating. This last year, our mom took the table to a friend who made a pattern to cut out a few replicas of the table. Then guess what we got for Christmas?? Yep, the tables (jump for joy)!! Of course, we couldn’t just let them sit there without adding some life to them so we started brainstorming up some cute ideas to paint and finish them. Without further ado, we bring to you what we like to call “the most amazing, space-saving, super fun Puzzle Picnic Tables!”

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Marie – Game Table

Supplies
Spray Paint
Paint Brushes
Sand Paper
Painter’s Tape
Acrylic Paint-for games
Paint brush and/or Sponge Brush
Polyurethane

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I began by sanding my table. Not an easy project but totally worth it in the long run. I wanted to make it a fun color that I loved but would still be cool in the hot sun, and since I love anything in the shade of turquoise the Ocean Mist was perfect for the table top. I did London Grey for the bottom parts of the table. It ended up looking more of dark brown. I did 3 coats of each color. Continue reading

Let the summer projects begin!! Now that summer is in full swing here in Idaho and we’ve officially been in our house for a year, we’ve started tackling some of the outdoor projects that we’ve been talking about for months. Are the projects never ending at your place too? There’s always some sort of brainstorming going on around here.

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One of the items on our list for this year was building a couple of planter boxes for our backyard. We have a lot — no, a TON — of rock along our fence and a lot of vinyl fencing so to break it up and to add a little privacy we decided planter boxes would help eliminate some of the eye sores in our backyard.

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Remember back when I shared Canning and Freezing Carrots in October? My reason for canning the carrots was for the recipe that I am sharing with you today. Now before you throw up in your mouth and leave this page because the words carrot and cookie DO NOT belong in the same sentence, you have to give this recipe a try. It is a family favorite, one that I am sad to say I tried for the first time today. I always let my sister-in-law or mother-in-law make them. I didn’t realize that you can actually use store bought carrots till my best friend told me that’s what she does. So if you are not a canner and don’t have any on hand, just run out to the store and buy some carrots off the shelf because this recipe IS that good.

I have tried them without the frosting, but the combination of the carrots with the citrus frosting is AMAZING. Just give it a chance. I am using my carrots from my canning post. It makes this recipe much easier.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. The carrots need to be pre-cooked. Begin by mashing carrots. They need to be the consistency of a mashed banana.

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Place the shortening, sugar, eggs and mashed carrots in mixing bowl and cream together.

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This weekend officially kicks off camping season! Chilly evening, warm campfire, good conversation…sounds like the perfect setting for one of my FAVORITE treats, S’MORES!!!! Don’t get me wrong the original s’more with graham crackers, a Hershey bar and that perfectly toasted marshmallow is a delicious classic but I’ve got some yummy variations for you to try this weekend.

First off, for YEARS our family has stuck to using Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies instead of graham crackers and the chocolate bar, TRUST ME, it’s DELICIOUS. The warm gooey marshmallow stightly melts the chocolate on the cookies, it’s a match made in s’more heaven.

Fudge Stripe Cookie Smores

Last year we tried out this delicious twist on s’mores, campfire cones. Take a sugar cone and fill it with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips, wrap in tin foil and it warm on coals. It was super yummy!

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Here are some other fun variations to try out.

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Printable S’more Recipes

This idea is perfect if you’re craving s’mores but hate the gooey, sticky mess. Plus they’re easy to make at home. This is definitely on our “To-Do” Summer List. Check it out over on http://pizzazzerie.com/recipes/how-to-make-less-mess-smores/

Similar to "walking tacos", try these walking smores!

Have some other ooey-gooey delicious s’more ideas?! We’d love to hear about them!

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A few months ago, I had the crazy idea of putting some pieces together to make my front porch look a little more inviting. It had been looking pretty neglected for far too long so I thought this spring I’d work on sprucing it up. However, who knew it would take me almost two months before I felt like I could share it with you all? When you have a vision, sometimes it takes a while to have it come together. And I’ve decided (since I’ll my projects tend to feel this way) that it’s ok. 🙂 I’ll eventually get it done!

I do have to admit, I didn’t do it alone. I received a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest. So I thought I’d share what inspired me and then what I did to tweak it and make it my own. Side note, anybody that knows me, knows I don’t shy away from color! I love it and so that’s what I was going for with this project….LOTS and LOTS of color!!

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I love a great skirt and I have to say that a maxi is my favorite. No zippers or snaps, just straight up comfort. Several years ago I came across this adorable ruffle maxi skirt on A Small Snippet. I fell in love with it and wanted to make it, but by the time I went back to make it the instructions were no longer available. I knew that I could figure it out. I went through my scrap fabric and found some jersey knit fabric and I was off and running. I have to say that I am SO in love with this skirt.

Supplies

3 yards Jersey Knit-that’s how much I had on hand but I didn’t use it all
Coordinating thread
Scissors
Straight Pins
Sewing Machine
Ballpoint Needle/Jersey Needle-Essential

You don’t need a pattern for this but I made one so that when I make another one the basic maxi part will be easy.  I measured my waist at 34″ with a 32″ length for a regular maxi skirt. I left the length but removed 9″ before I cut it to allow for the ruffle allowance. That made my actual length 23″. Double the fabric so that you are cutting out both sides at the same time. Lay pattern on fabric, pin in place and cut it out.

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Cut a 34″ x 10″ strip, this will be the waistband. Set aside.

For the ruffles cut out 2 9″ x 74″ strips and 2 6″ x 74″ Strips. Set aside.

Pin right sides of skirt together and zigzag stitch up both sides.

Place right sides of waist band together and zigzag stitch together.

At this point I tried my skirt on and realized it was WAY to big because of how stretchy my jersey was so I had to make some adjustments. But it is easier to remove than it is to add so I put my skirt on and pinned what I needed to remove. Continue reading

It’s almost my FAVORITE time of year: SUMMER!!! Flip flops, sunshine, swimming, camping, shorts, the 4th of July, shaved ice, I could go on and on. But one of my very favorite reasons?! My kids are HOME! I’ll just admit it now, I’m one of those crazy moms that cries when summer is over and my kids run off to school. I LOVE having them home all summer but it always goes by too fast.

I always have great intentions of doing fun, new things multiple times a week but as soon as summer hits my brain goes blank. I decided now was the perfect time to put together a list of summer boredom busters. A lot of these activities don’t cost a thing! I’ve included a printable list, easy to skim over and quickly choose an activity or printable cards, throw them in a box and draw out an activity.

List of Summer Boredom Busters

Summer Boredom Buster Card Printable

Summer Boredom Busters List Printable

As a super fun added idea, take pictures of all your summer fun activities and make a summer scrapbook!

These are just a few ideas. Share your summer fun ideas with us by commenting below or using #dreamsandmidnightjabber

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