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Summer Fun on Pinterest

The temperature has been in the triple digits this week. It’s way too hot for me! I’ve never been a fan of extreme heat and do my best to avoid/distract myself from it. So I’ve been keeping myself busy with Summer Fun on Pinterest!

Paint Washed Pots Collage

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I love anything that’s falls in the country distressed category. And I’m over the moon about making these Paint Washed Pots

DIY Summer Journal

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How fun is this DIY Summer Journal? I love the step by step tutorial. I think the free ‘Adventure Is Out There‘ printable is the best thing ever!

Kids Activity Blog Taking Art Outdoors

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Summer is when we spend most of the day outside. Kids activity Blog is Taking Art Outdoors. Twenty-two great art projects to keep everyone happy in the summertime.

acrylic paint sun prints

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I’m over the top excited to make Acrylic Paint Sun Prints with my grandchildren. It doesn’t get much better than combining creativity and nature!

Free Boredom Busters For Kids

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These free or low cost Boredom Busters for Kids  are as easy as taking the kids to your local Apple Store for a free three-day Apple Camp. Children ages 8 to 12 will learn to film and edit a featurette using iMovie. That is just one of the fabulous boredom busters from Woman’s Day. There are building workshops, wilderness and sports programs and so much more!

Summer Camp at Home

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Oh my gosh!! This is the most creative, summer DIY activity idea for the littles that I have ever seen! Summer Camp At Home comes complete with themes, crafts, recipes, book lists and even field trip ideas. 

How To Tie Dye A Shirt

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I can’t wait to do this with my grandkids! The tutorial for How To Tie Dye A Shirt is fail proof. And it doesn’t have to be a t-shirt. I see my grand-daughter wearing a ‘groovy’ tie dyed sundress to school is a few weeks. This is totally bringing back my high school days!

10 Awesome Glow Stick Ideas

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Who doesn’t love a glow stick? 10 Awesome Glow Stick Ideas brings summer fun to new level. Just think fun in the dark!

Typography Print Subway Art

Image credit: Almond Tree Designs/HarperGrace

I’m a fan or anything wordy especially if it’s subway art. I’m loving this Typography print subway art for little boys from the Almond Tree Designs/HarperGrace Etsy shop. I think it spells out summer for all of us!

Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter

Image credit: Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Easy peasy and oh so much fun! The DIY Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter will provide hours of competitive fun at our house!!

Bottle Cap Checkers

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For our family summer includes road trip holidays. I like to get the grands away from techy games while riding in the car so the DIY Travel Bottle Cap Checkers game is on my To Do list. The fun could extend way beyond the backseat of the car!

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Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat

One of the magical sights at the Disneyland Hotel is Mickey’s giant sorcerer hat. It’s strategically placed at divide between the hotel and Downtown Disney. Giant, colorful and oh so magical!

Disneyland Hotel Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat

July 17, 2014 – iPhone 5

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Your Happily Ever After

In stories, as in life, adversity teaches us things we cannot learn otherwise. Adversity helps to develop a depth of character that comes in no other way. Our loving Heavenly Father has set us in a world filled with challenges and trials so that we, through opposition, can learn wisdom, become stronger and experience joy. Your Happily Ever After – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Your Happily Ever After - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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I Love Summer On Pinterest

I’m loving summer on Pinterest. Our family days are filled with plenty to do and lots of relaxation. There’s time to create in the kitchen, play with the grandkids and hang in the shade! These are just a few of my favorite summer finds on Pinterest this week.

Strawberry, hibiscus and watermelon ice pops

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What’s summer without delicious popsicles? These Strawberry, Hibiscus and Watermelon Ice Pops are beautiful and look uber delicious. I can’t wait to give them a go with my grandkids!

Make Your Own Frame Tent

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I’m in love with this Make Your Own Frame Tent tutorial from A Beautiful Mess! Fabric options make it perfect for little boys and girls alike. Perfect for inside or backyard play!

Fiesta-Ware-Disk-Pitcher

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Fiesta Ware is our dinner ware of choice. But we’re missing the gorgeous Disc Pitcher . We buy our Fiesta Ware at Macy’s because they have the most awesome sales. And who doesn’t love a good sale?

Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar

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Oh my guacamole! I’m loving everything about Averie’s Do-It-Yourself Guacamole Bar. Good food and the entertainment of mixing up your own all at the same time!

Create an Eco-Friendly Party Banner

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Think of the possibilities when making this DIY Eco-Friendly Party Banner from your left over wrapping paper.

Summer Fun Typography

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Picnics, ice cream, fireflies …..

The Summer Fun Typography Word Art Sign from the Barn Owl Primitives Etsy store is fun and colorful. Perfect for my front porch to greet all who visit!

Old-Fashioned-Vanilla-Ice-Cream

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It’s time to dust off the ice cream maker! We can’t wait to make this Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream from Recipe.com.

Window Box Flowers

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There’s something magical about this Flowered Window Box. Here’s to installing a gorgeous box outside David’s home office window.

Broccoli Salad

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This delectable Broccoli Salad from Michele at Flavor Mosiac will be perfect for picnics, potlucks and relaxing summer dinners with family. 

Mod Cloth Beach Celeb Bag

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I adore stripes! I’m over the moon for this Beach Celeb Bag from Mod Cloth. I can think of SO many ways to use it!

DIY Giant Garland

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Jordan, at Oh Happy Day, always has the best creative ideas for entertaining. Her DIY Giant Garland tutorial is easy and so festive! 

Baseball Cupcake

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You simply can’t go wrong with summer Baseball Cupcakes! Spoonful has many more delightful ideas too!

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Swimming Disney Style

We had an exciting weekend at the Disneyland Resort. We spend four magical nights at the Disneyland Hotel where the grandkids had a magical time. Swimming Disney Style was the main attraction. You can actually see the delight in Kennedy’s body language as she hits the water!

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July 15, 2014 – iPhone 5s

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A Positive Attitude

- A Positive Attitude -

So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference – President Thomas S. Monson

A Positive Attitude - Thomas S. Monson

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Summer Fruit finds on Pinterest

We’re in the middle of our nectarine and grape harvest. Last month we feasted on apricots. Having fresh fruit growing right outside our back door is a delicious treat. But having access to the fruits we love in the market is wonderful too. So this week we’re sharing our favorite summer fruit finds on Pinterest. Enjoy!

Summer Berry Tarts

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I have a weakness for pastry. Add some summer berries and you’ll have my heart just like these Summer Berry Tarts do from Food & Wine.

Classic Homemade Strawberry Pie

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When our kids were growing up we had a huge strawberry patch. From the time our daughter Britt could walk, she was covered in strawberry juice from helping herself to the sweet berries right out of the garden. I can’t wait to make this lovely Classic Homemade Strawberry Pie from Katie at The Casual Craftlete.

Peach Upside Down Cake

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Growing up, my all time favorite cake was my mom’s pineapple upside down cake. No matter how many times I make it, it doesn’t seem to taste as good as my mom’s. Now I’m game to change the recipe up a bit with another one of my favorite summer fruits. I’m loving the recipe for Peach Upside Down Cake from Jen at Use Real Butter.

Watermelon Sorbet

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Nothing says summer like the sweet taste of watermelon! I’m looking forward to making this easy 4 ingredient Watermelon Sorbet from Jen at Cincy Shopper. My grandkids are going to love it!

Georgia Peach Pie

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Did I mention I have a weakness for pastry? I think I’m adding this Georgia Peach Pie to my bucket list! Can we have food on our bucket list?

Blackberry Fennel Pizza

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Food should be beautiful. It should look as delicious as it tastes. I was in love with the Blackberry Fennel Pizza from Scaling Back the first moment I saw it. I know it’s going to taste as delectable as it looks!

Lemon Dessert Bowls

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Presentation is big part of serving a lovely dessert. Lexy from The Proper Pinwheel nailed it with these awesome little Lemon Dessert Bowls. I can think of so many delicious ways to fill them.

Berries as Ice

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Easy peasy and so delightful! Simple Frozen Berries as Ice in summer drinks. Perfect!!

Fruit Pizza

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Have you ever heard of Fruit Pizza? I’m here to tell you its heaven on earth! So many delicious flavors all wrapped up in one awesome dessert!

Summer Ice Cubes

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Whether your cooling of with a big glass of ice water or enjoying a cold lemonade, these Summer Ice Cubes from Reiko at The Culinary Tribune will make it taste better. Why? Because they’re gorgeous!

Apricot Turnovers

 Image credit: The View From Great Island

Remember that pastry weakness of mine? Here it is again with Apricot Turnovers from Sue at The View From Great Island. I can see breakfast, lunch, dinner or a midnight snack! How about you?

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