Mini Notebooks - July

Month 7 of the year of mini notebooks project. July. In honor of the good old U.S. of A.

America…it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.
Thomas Wolfe

Mini Notebooks - July

You will need:

  • a plain mini notebook
  • silver tinsel garland
  • wood skewers or toothpicks
  • red, white and blue bakers twine

Directions:

  1. Follow these directions to make the mini sparklers.
  2. Tie the onto the mini notebook using red, white and blue bakers twine.

Happy July!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

DIY 4th of July Sparklers - great as cupcake toppers, drink stirrers, or even fruit skewers

I love love love summer. Hot days, bare feet, beaches, BBQs… I love it all.

We have been in the midst of foggy June Gloom around here, and all I can dream about is summer. But in the last few days, the fog has lifted, the sun is shining, and it has started to finally feel like summer! Perfect timing for the 4th of July!

DIY 4th of July Sparklers

Since summer has finally arrived, I was inspired to make a little something for the 4th. (But nothing too big or involved, because we are moving any day now.)

These little DIY sparklers only take a few minutes, cost next to nothing, and make a fun (and sparkly) addition to anything you are planning to serve this 4th of July.

DIY 4th of July Sparklers

You will need:

  • wooden skewers or toothpicks
  • silver tinsel garland (easy to find on ebay for under a dollar)
  • hot glue
  • scissors

DIY 4th of July Sparklers

Directions:

  1. Cut off a 2 inch section of the tinsel garland.
  2. Tightly wrap the garland around your finger. Carefully remove your finger.
  3. Put a dab of hot glue on the end of your wooden skewer or toothpick.
  4. push the glue-covered end of the toothpick into the center of the rolled garland.
  5. Press all of the tinsel upward and hold until the glue dries.
  6. Fluff the tinsel out into the shape of a sparkler.

DIY 4th of July Sparklers

You can use the longer sparklers as drink stirrers or fruit skewers, and the smaller ones as cupcake toppers, or stick them into just about anything you’d like.

DIY 4th of July Sparklers

Check back later this week for a simple dessert that goes perfectly with these little sparklers!

DIY 4th of July Sparklers - great as cupcake toppers, drink stirrers, or even skewers

Happy 4th of July!

DIY Calming Lavender Playdough

Avery is a really calm, laid back kid. But even she gets a little stir crazy and wild if she is cooped up in the house for too long. When we need a little calming effect, this naturally calming lavender playdough does the trick.

It’s easy to make and keeps her entertained (and calm!) for hours. Plus it makes the house smell delightful. Want to make some? I’m sharing the recipe and all the details over on Modern Parents Messy Kids today.

Calming Lavender Playdough
Lavender Playdough

LOVING

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Last minute party planning for a sweet almost 5 year old. A San Francisco theme, of course, since her birthday celebration will also be a farewell to our favorite city.

LINKING

Our San Francisco days are numbered. And my to-do list is still miles long. I am starting to realize that no matter how hard I try, there are a lot of things that just aren’t going to get done. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try! So lets talk about productivity and getting things done. (and hopefully it will help me get through these crazy last days.)

Don’t turn your “want-tos” into “have-tos”. (I am so guilty of this)
Want to be more productive? Try these 6 tips.
Then clear the clutter.
And stop multitasking. (Sadly, I was doing about 5 other things while watching this video!)
Unless you are a multi-tasking master. Then carry on.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

 

LOVING

These two. And their sweet relationship.

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I have to admit that I really hit the jackpot. The way my husband loves our two little girls makes me love him more and more every day. And they way they adore him makes my heart so happy.

This photo is from 2011 – my all time favorite. Is there anything better than a dad taking his little girl to her very first baseball game?

For a guy who thought he only wanted sons, he is a darn good dad of girls.

LINKING

For the links this week, it’s all about the dads!

Real Dad Moments.
Rules
for dads with little girls.
Dads who cook and clean have more ambitious daughters.
My Father’s Dad Banner was featured on Apartment Therapy.
A new site for dads who are passionate about keeping their kids safe.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads and dads-to-be!