I love the American flag and all things red, white, and blue. Right down to my dining table.     Yet, this patriotic tablescape almost didn't happen. This summer my focus changed from the blog to my personal health and wellness.  I'm making some strides, although it seems that it's two steps forward and one step back.  But, I decided to not stress over it.  Instead, I'm giving myself grace to let go of a few things.  I'm good at pushing through... not at receiving grace... especially from myself.     So, even though I love decorating for the 4th of … [Read more...]

  Be inspired today with these fun and creative patriotic holiday decorating ideas... Holidays give me a great reason to have people over. We love spending time with friends in an informal way. There's something about a holiday that puts everyone in a more celebratory mood. Plus... it gives me a theme for table decor and more.     With that in mind... Memorial Day is almost here and it's the perfect reason to open the cupboards and drawers and pull out all things red, white, and blue. Since Memorial Day is about remembrance and appreciation, it's a great teaching … [Read more...]

  Raise your hand if you like quick, easy, and inexpensive party ideas. Me too!  That's why I just had to share with you this super simple and inexpensive... yet extraordinary 4th of July dessert idea.  Plus a few extra tips to make your Fourth spectacular! Whether you just entertain a few friends or the whole neighborhood... you are going to LOVE this!   Here's how it all came down. I just made a quick trip into Walmart to pick up glitter, jars, and Mod Podge for this amazing 4th of July mason jar post I am cooking up for the blog.  As I was running from one end of the store to the … [Read more...]

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was filled with amazing creativity! June 14th is Flag Day and the Fourth of July is just around the corner! Now's the time to get your crew together to make patriotic crafts and festoon your home in red, white, and blue in shapes of stars and stripes. Wish we could get our craft on together.  Wouldn't that be fun? Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!    16 Patriotic Crafts to Make at Home American Flag Pallet by Diva of DIY Patriotic Wind Catcher by Greco Design Company Tic Tac Toe Game by Reasons to Skip the Housework Buttoned Up … [Read more...]

  On this Memorial Day we remember. Bravery. Fear. Love. Hope. Selflessness. But, most of all we remember the ones who gave it all up for this thing we call Freedom.   Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13   Thank you soldier. Thank you for your sacrifice.  For your ultimate gift of love.   And thank you dear one for the courage it took to give that last hug and kiss.     Oh how blessed we are to have liberty in this time and in this place we call "the land of the free and the home of the … [Read more...]

This weekend is the official start of summer and I am so ready for summer... you too? I love seeing everything green and blooming.  And then there are all those wonderful balmy breezes. After spending a major part of the year inside... I'm enjoy being outside sans boots and hats and jackets. What do you love about summer? How would you like a weekend getaway or a day of pampering? I'm excited to join my blogging pals in this $450 PayPal CASH Giveaway Click the link here to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway ends at 9 PM EDT on Sunday the 24th. Now it's time to show-off your Great … [Read more...]

I love wildflowers! One of my favorite things to do is to walk the roadside and pick bouquets for decorating the table(s) for the Fourth of July. Earlier this week it rained quite heavily for a few days, so the wildflowers were pretty beat up. But, Wednesday, I went for a very long walk and discovered just what I wanted.  Happy Day!     The next morning I went for another walk scissors in hand. To my dismay, the massive scissors of the local road crew had come through and leveled my wildflower garden. You should have seen my face. I think it fell to my knees. Why, at … [Read more...]

Need a few last minute Fourth of July ideas for your holiday celebration? We've got you covered! Left to Right... Fourth of July Porch by Twelve Oaks Manor Patriotic Grunge by Paper Seedlings Red, White, & Blue Cupcake Wrappers Free Printable by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom Sparkler Straw Pinwheel Centerpiece by Hoopla Palooza Patriotic Fruit Skewers by Three Kids and a Fish 4th of July Flag Tree with Cornstarch Ornaments by Adventures of a DIY Mom Homemade Star Marshmallows by Confessions of a Secret Crafter 4th of July Breakfast Flag Holes by Jacolyn Murphy DIY Fourth of July … [Read more...]

What's your favorite way to decorate for the Fourth of July? Me?  I love to use American flags.  Lots of flags. The more stars and stripes the better.     Here's a little Fourth of July spectacular from the archives to inspire your holiday decorating.   Speaking of the Fourth of July.... Last weekend I shared some really Extraordinary Inspiration for decorating and entertaining for the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday. What a great round-up of festive ideas from last week's link party!! There's more.... Click here if you missed it!   This is one fun … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Inspiration for Your Weekend No. 4 25 Ideas for a Memorable Fourth of July   The American celebration of Independence Day is less than a week away! Many of us celebrate by hanging the stars and stripes, hosting a BBQ, and attending a local fireworks show. If you'd like to make your celebration just a little extraordinary, be inspired here....     Red, White, & Blue Frozen Fruit Puree Shooters by Little Miss Celebration   Patriotic Porch Decor by Sweethaute   Patriotic Drop Cloth Pillow by Confessions of a Serial DIYer   Red, White, and … [Read more...]

  Are you waving the flag for Memorial Day? I thought it would be fun to share a super easy little project to add a little patriotism to a wall or front door.   Easy Flag Ribbon Wreath & Tutorial Here's the "how to".....   One.   Gather some red, white, and blue ribbon.  You can see that I got mine on deep clearance a while ago.  Keep your eye out for out-of-season trims for the best prices.  And...really when I bought it I had no idea how I would use it.  But, the colors were just right.  It would be great to use three solid colors, too. Two.   Use an existing wreath that is … [Read more...]