Archive | June, 2012

DIY Aluminum Star Napkin Rings & No-Sew Napkins

All things patriotic for your dining pleasure! Are you getting geared up for your 4th of July gathering? Here is an easy and fun craft you can make to add some simple bling to your table or as a gift to the hostess. It’s so easy your kiddos can join in on the fun. We made […]

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Patriotic Confetti Bunting

I am loving this trendy Confetti Bunting!  It’s quickly turns your dessert table or party into FABULOUS!  You may have seen this in the Simple Summer Issue the paper horizontal confetti bunting for our outdoor Summer Soiree. Now I am going to share how to make vertical fabric Confetti Bunting. We used fabric, scissors and string! Using your circle cutter or circle […]

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Tip #2- Life Lessons from Photography School

#2 Life Lessons from Photography School Contributing Photographer: Carla Ackermann Summer is filled with opportunities to take a lot of great pictures – pictures that will capture memories which we will treasure for a long, long time. We welcome the sunny days that bring out the bathing suits and flip flops! When trying to produce […]

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Summer Reading Adventure: Week 3 Skippinjon Jones

I am truly enjoying this fun Summer Reading Adventure! I am so glad Trish c0-hosted with me. Well, last week Trish from Mom on Time Out shared with us her fabulous reading adventure from the book The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. Today, we have Dusty Shell from Reach to the Moon and Back sharing […]

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Random Acts of Kindness Coin Jar

As I was planning for our summer, I came up with a mental list of boredom buster activities. When I was done, it hit me that most of our activities were all about our kids: the zoo, the park, the museum, play dates, VBS, family nights… Of course there is nothing wrong with making lists […]

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BLT Bites

I have mentioned my love for mini food in the past and here is my new favorite mini yumminess!   This healthy and delicious mini appetizer for your July 4th picnic or alfresco dinner party is a crowd pleaser! I love to bite into a cool tomato on a hot summer day!  A little salt and pepper […]

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Rolled French Toast with Cinnamon Apples

Summer means I get to lay in bed in the mornings. Our boys wake up early, so even though it’s impossible to stay asleep when they are up at  least I get to lay there.  When they were younger it wasn’t safe for them to be unsupervised now it’s them jumping on our bed, on us or them needing us […]

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Outdoor Movie Party

Going with our Simple Summer theme I will share with you our Movie Under the Stars party!  This is one of my favorite Summer activities and our boys can’t wait for us to host another one because it entails all of their favorite things: yummy dessert, friends, movies and being outdoors! Why not host one for […]

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3 Life Lessons from Dad

Contributing Writer: Leslie Foster Ponderings from an Ohio Farm Girl Last Sunday was Father’s Day, and whilst writing in the card I gave my dad, I was reminded of all the stuff he has taught me.  I’m blessed to have a pretty darn awesome dad.  He has taught me so many things, both in word and […]

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Do Over “Will You Marry Me” Moment

  Spring rolls around early in South Carolina and the blooms were peaking their heads out as we enjoyed our little walk hand in hand. My boyfriend at the time began sharing with me about this book that he was going through with his students, Bridge to Terabithia. He is not much of a talker, […]

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Summer Reading Adventure- Week 2- The Rainbow Fish

Writer: Trish from Mom on Timeout ~For some more simple & summer fun ideas go here!~ We’re back with Week 2 of the Summer Reading Adventure!  Last week Mari, from Inspired By Family Magazine, amazed us all with her fabulous crafts, activities and recipes for Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett.  This week I will be sharing activities […]

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A Few Changes Can Lead to Great Photos: Tip 1

Life Lesson from Photography School Contributing Photographer: Carla Ackermann So glad you can join me as we explore some basic photography concepts in this series “Life Lessons from Photography School.” This wonʼt be a time where we learn a whole lot of technical stuff; there are hundreds of websites to do that! We are simply […]

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Grilled Sausage with Peppers & Orzo

Featured Contributor: Heather Kinnaird  ~For more Simple Summer fun check out our Summer digital publication (free)! There are MANY reasons why I love the summer. sleeping in lazy afternoons around the pool the warm evening breeze but mostly it’s because I LOVE meals cooked outside While my husband is one to grill year round, during […]

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Two Is Better Than One

Contributing Artist: Kathleen Ang-Dalseno “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 Let the cords of love be 3-ply!

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Apple Pie in an Apple

This NO-BAKE, yup you read it right, no bake apple pie in an apple cup is SCRUMPTIOUS! Perfect for the summer!  I served these at a Mother and Daughter Lunch gathering and they were a big hit!  For more of our yummy Simple & Summer recipes go here! Apple Pie in an Apple Cup created […]

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You Are More Than Your Blog

My blogging tip for this week is quite simple but profound, “You Are More Than Your Blog.” I recently had a moment. You know those moments when you feel sad, disappointed or frustrated but just can’t really pinpoint why. When suddenly you find yourself overwhelmed by life and in a state of “blah.” These past 6 months […]

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Picnic Parade Party: DIY Watermelon Napkins

~Stop by to see all of our summer recipes, parties, crafts and more in our Summer digital online publication here! ~ Featured Contributor: Renee Hagloch To coordinate with my Picnic Parade party theme, I handmade these watermelon napkins. I am definitely not a good sewer, so I made it easier on myself and used glue, but you could […]

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Simple & Creative Summer Fun Ideas!

My motto for this summer is “A Simple Summer”. We have packed our Summer online digital publication with simple and creative ideas, recipes, kid crafts, tips and tricks, outdoor entertaining… to simplify your summer! Don’t you just love those Dyed Jar Luminaries check out the tutorial on page 38! Just click HERE then CLICK TO READ […]

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