Thursday, June 30, 2016

Firework Salt Art

Using Salt to create art? You bet ya! This is an unexpected way to add some sparkle to your firework art.

Firework Salt Art

I first saw firework salt art on She uses watercolor paints. I opted to go a different route and add a little extra.

Firework Salt Art - Supplies



Firework Salt Art
*Make sure you work on a cookie sheet so you don't get salt and food coloring everywhere.*
1.Using the white glue, 'draw' fireworks. The trick to this is to not use straight lines: otherwise, it looks like a funny snowflake.

Firework Salt Art
2. Cover in salt and shake off the excess.

Firework Salt Art
3. Using the eyedropper, color the salt with food coloring. I like using the eyedropper as you don't have to worry about brushing away too much salt. (If I had this to do over I would dilute the food coloring a little so it's not so dark.)

Firework Salt Art
4. Here's my extra step: Since the eye dropper method left these super wet and dark, we sprinkled some salt over the painted fireworks then GENTLY shook off the excess.

Firework Salt Art

That made the finished product perfect!!

Firework Salt Art
All 3 of my kids (ages 3-13) enjoyed this project. Rosey Posey even asked to do more. (OMG! My teenager enjoyed spending time with me!!)

You can use all sorts of colors on your firework salt art. As you can see we went with a patriotic theme, but these are even more gorgeous with all sorts of colors. And the salt gives the firework salt art an extra sparkle that I would have never expected from something I put on my potatoes.
 Anyone else used such a strange art medium?

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Spike's BBQ Sauce Recipe

My brother, who also goes by Spike, has made a BBQ sauce recipe that is amazing! With a little bit vinegar and a little bit of sweetness, this BBQ sauce recipe will be a hit at your 4th of July BBQ or any other gathering.

BBQ Sauce Recipe
I know I may be a little bias, but this really is one of the best BBQ sauce recipes I've found. My brother spent a few year perfecting it. It's the perfect mix between a Kansas City and North Carolina sauce.

BBQ Sauce Recipe
Try this yummy BBQ sauce recipe on just about any type of meat: Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, even hamburgers.  Do you have a favorite family recipe you're using this 4th of July?

Spike's BBQ Sauce


  • 2 c. Sugar
  • 1/8 c. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 c. Apple Juice
  • 2 t. “Grill Mates” Molasses Bacon
  • 2 t. “Grill Mates” Smoke House Maple
  • 2 t. Rib Rub
  • 1 T. Meat Tenderizer
  • 1 c. Ketchup
Takes , Yields 4 Cups.


  1. Bring to hard boil for 15 minutes

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Firework Hair Bow Tutorial

Help your little one look super cute this 4th of July with this patriotic firework hair bow tutorial.

Firework Hair Bow Tutorial
While browsing my favorite site, Pinterest, I found a cute 4th of July hair bow idea here. I decided to make my own with a few changes to make them even easier. My hair bow tutorial below can be used for any season / color, not just for 4th of July.

Firework Hair Bow Tutorial - Supplies


Firework Hair Bow Tutorial - ribbons


1. Cut your ribbon into ~7" strips. The quick way to do this is to wrap the ribbon around your spread fingers, then cut ONE side of the loop. Contenue untill you have ~20 ribbons.

Firework Hair Bow Tutorial - ribbons
2. If you intend on using the bows for daily ware, I recomend using frey check on each tip. (Little Lady will only be wearing these for 4th of July, so I skipped this step)

Firework Hair Bow Tutorial - knot
3. Attach each ribbon to the hair tie by using a cow hitch knot. Don't freek out because of the name, it's easier than it sounds:
Firework Hair Bow Tutorial

Firework Hair Bow Tutorial
4.Keep attaching ribbons till each hair tie is full.

Firework Hair Bow Tutorial
5. Pull up in pigtails and have fun!!

The hardest part of this hair bow tutorial was getting Little Lady to hold still while I fixed her hair: a daily struggle. (BTW, if you have any tips for that, please share!!) She loves her new hair bows and I think they are absolutly cute! It took me less than 30 min to make both hair bows.

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Firework Hair Bow Tutorial

Monday, June 27, 2016

Free 4th of July Printables

4th of July is full of fireworks, BBQ, family, and fun. Increase your fun with my 4th of July printable pack.
Free 4th of July Printables

This fun printable pack includes:

  • Water Bottle Wraps

    • Use these for decoration or to help identify everyone's bottles. 
    • Just cut apart, wrap around bottle, and secure with glue or tape.
  •  Bingo

    • You can laminate the game cards and use dry erase markers or just use chips.
    •  Cut apart the ID cards and enjoy!
  • Pretty Printables

    • Perfect for framing and displaying at your BBQ or just around the house.
  • Fan

    • Make sure you print these off on card stock.
    • Cut out and glue to a handle or popsicle stick.
    • Stay cool with the red, white and blue!

Download Here

Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Homemade Yogurt Pops with Hidden Vegetables

Summer is the best time for frozen treats. These homemade yogurt pops taste fabulous and with their hidden veggies, you won't mind the kids enjoying them all summer long!

Homemade Yogurt Pops with Hidden Vegetables

Most of the time I don't have any trouble getting my kids to eat their vegetables. But lately Little Lady has been eating less and I worry that she's not getting everything she needs. I love having frozen Go-gurts on hand for them to enjoy all summer. My homemade yogurt pops are easy enough to make that adding some veggies was the perfect way to get a little extra into the kids' diet.

Ingredients / Supplies

Ingredients / supplies

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Fruits & Veggies. Some ideas:
    • Peach & Carrots
    • Strawberry & Cherry Tomatoes
    • Berries & Kale
  • Blender
  • Funnel
  • Popsicle sleeves 



Makes ~4 servings (depending on your container):

1 Cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 Cup Fruit
1/2 Cup Vegetable



1. Blend till smooth


2. Poor into sleeves. You may need to use a funnel.

3. Freeze or refrigerate.

Homemade Yogurt Pops with Hidden VegetablesHomemade Yogurt Pops with Hidden Vegetables

Both Bubee and Little Lady loved theirs. Neither could even tell there were veggies in them. The fruit and veggie combinations really are endless. It took me less than 30 min to make 4 different flavors of homemade yogurt pops. I think next time I will make a large batch of 1 flavor at a time. Either way, the kids love my homemade yogurt pops with hidden veggies!

What flavors will you try?

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Homemade Yogurt Pops with Hidden Vegetables

Infused Ice Cubes

Fruit Cones

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sidewalk Chalk Rockets

These chalk rockets will put a whole new spin on one of summer's favorite activities. Simple to make and fun for all ages, the chalk art left behind after you launch these rockets will be perfect!

Sidewalk Chalk Rockets
Chalk Rockets
I've seen chalk rockets a couple different places on Pinterest and knew this was a must do this summer! There's a lot of science behind these that is a great lesson for older kids or just lots of fun for the younger ones to watch.



Mix is up


1. Put a HEAPING tsp of cornstarch in each canister. This doesn't have to be measured exactly, but should fill approximately 1/4 of each canister.  Add ~6 drops of food coloring.

2. Add water till the canister is 3/4 full.

3. Replace the lid and shake till well mixed. Some of the canister will leak a little, so shake them outside or over a sink.

Lots of colors
Lots of colors
Mix a variety of shades and colors. The more colors, the cooler your finished art piece will be.

Broken Tablets
4. Break you effervescent tablets in half.

Sidewalk Chalk Rockets
Rosey Posey setting off a Chalk Rocket
5. Head outside, add one piece of effervescent tablet to your canister, replace the lid tightly. Set the canister lid down and step back!!

Small "Pop"
Some of the chalk rockets will just pop...

Big Purple Rocket
Others will shot up in the air!  I think our highest one went about 4 feet into the air.

Sidewalk Chalk Rockets
Lots of fun!!

The kids had a blast!

Pretty Art
The art was really neat...

Meme hosing Bubee and Little Lady off.
And even clean up was fun!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some food colors will stain, so be sure to wear clothes you don't mind staining and use on a surface you don't mind staining.

These chalk rockets are so much fun! Other than the canisters, this is a project that you should already have most everything. The nice thing is the canisters they are reusable, so once you purchase them this is a fairly inexpensive activity to do over and over again!!

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Sidewalk Chalk Rockets

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