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Red, White, and BOOM!

Boom, baby!

We’re going to make some noise today! Well, figuratively…

These adorable wooden firecrackers are perfect for adding a patriotic POP to your front porch any time of year, but especially on Independence Day! These DIY decorations are eye-catching and just all around American. Check out the supplies list and step-by-step directions below to make your very own wooden firecrackers!

Supplies:

3 pieces of wood (cut to your liking – I like mine tiered at 3 heights)
Paint: red, white, and blue
Hot glue gun
Drill
Patriotic foil sprays (Michaels or Hobby Lobby)

Step-by-step Tutorial:

  1. Drill a hole in the top of each wooden block
  2. Paint each block a different base color and then add stars, stripes, polka dots – get creative!
  3. After paint dries, squirt a little hot glue into the drilled hole and stick your foil sprays inside!

 

This is a simple, quick craft that will add tons of patriotism to your decorating game! I can’t wait to see pictures of your finished product. I love that everyone’s creations will be different while still representing the red, white, and blue!

Happy crafting, friends!

Xoxo,

Jessica

 

 

 

Beach Essentials

Summer = Beach trips!

‘Tis the season to hit the BEACH! I don’t know about you, but sun and sand are my therapy in the summer time.

There’s nothing worse than staking your plot in the sand, plopping down in your chair, and realizing you forgot that ONE thing. I always take certain beach essentials with my family and me when we’re headed to the coast, and I want to share my go-to list with you today! Pack these on your next trip and you’re sure to be as happy as a clam. (See what I did there?)

 

#1: Water

Yes, I know the ocean has plenty of water to go around, but you’ve got to stay hydrated too! Bring a cute koozie for your water bottle – everyone will know it’s yours plus it’ll keep sand from sticking all over the plastic!

#2: Monogrammed cooler

Make sure you bring one big enough for the family’s drinks plus plenty of ice to keep it all cold. Of course, the monogram part isn’t necessary, but highly encouraged! #monogrameverything

#3: Wide-rimmed hat

Three reasons why a sun hat is always a good idea: 1) It will protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays. 2) It will keep you from having to squint to see. 3) It’s going to look glamorous!

Add a monogram for extra fun!

#4: Bathing suit cover-up

There are times when your body needs a little break from the sun, and that’s when it’s so helpful to have a bathing suit cover-up handy! You’ll also love being more covered when the little ones are playing on the beach and you’re running around to keep up with them! As always, a monogram will spice it up a bit and help to make it your own.

#5: Basket

There’s some flexibility with this one. Bring a basket, reusable bag, or plastic container to toss all of your beach treasures into! I love having this handy so I have a place for my kids (and myself!) to safely store what we find during our beach walks. Sea shells are my favorite!

 

#6: Baby powder

Weird, I know. Just trust me! Don’t you hate when sand sticks to you? Just sprinkle baby powder on your sandy skin – the powder will dry up the moisture and help you wipe the sand right off! Works like a charm every time.

 

I so enjoy the time our family gets to spend at the beach together. Summer time provides us all with the chance to make meaningful memories, so I hope you’ll get outside with those you love! Use this Beach Essentials list to help you pack for your next beach trip. Make sure to post or send me pictures!

 

Xoxo,
Jessica

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Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Looking for a quick, refreshing, and delicious summer snack? Look no further!

Here in the South, we’re known for turning just about anything into a dip or salsa. If you can scoop it, lather it, or dip it with a cracker, you’ve got a winner, winner, chicken dinner. If you’ve noticed, though, these popular dips can often leave you feeling a bit stuffed, am I right? I may or may not have highly overindulged in a friend’s homemade pimento cheese recently… okay, I did.

This summer, why don’t you give this super light, perfectly sweet FRUIT salsa a try? Not only will it satisfy your snack cravings, but it’ll treat your waistline right!

What is your very favorite summer fruit?

If I had to pick just one fruit to eat all summer, it would be watermelon. It’s crisp, sweet, hydrating, and isn’t too sweet!

For this salsa, you don’t have to play fruit favorites. Pick ’em all! That’s what’s so great about this recipe: you can customize it to what you’ve got available in your kitchen. Check out the list below to see what I used my last go ’round!

 

Fruit Salsa Ingredients:

  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon juice, 1 tsp
  • Sugar, 1 tbsp
  • Strawberry jelly, 1 tbsp
  • Store-bought cinnamon sugar pita chips OR make your own with the following ingredients:
  • Flour tortillas
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Cooking spray

Remember – these ingredients can be totally tailored to your liking! Have fun with it!

 

Step-by-step Instructions:

  • Chop all fruit into small, bite-sized pieces
  • Mix in lemon juice, sugar, and strawberry jelly
  • Serve salsa with cinnamon sugar chips
  • How to make cinnamon sugar chips: cut flour tortillas into quarters, spray with cooking spray, sprinkle on cinnamon sugar and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

 

Yum!

Serve this yummy fruit salsa at your next get together or whip it up for an afternoon snack! Heck, you may even catch me eating this for breakfast. Let me know how you like it and share your own fruit salsa versions on Facebook!

Have a wonderful week!

Xoxo,

Jessica