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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all my friends in America! It is a beautiful day to celebrate and today my little Paper Smooches monster wanted to get in on the fun. So this card was born:


I used my distress inks and distress markers to watercolor. You may not be able to tell in this picture, but there are embossed stars behind that little monster. Isn’t he cute?

Joining up with the Paper Smooches challenge.

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Patriotic Card

I have a quick patriotic card to share with you today!

7-13 happy 4th card

I love how this turned out! So glittery and colorful…perfect for this day.


White cardstock card, Michaels
Red heavy wrapping paper, Staples (yes, that’s wrapping paper!)
Blue glitter paper, JoAnn’s
Happy die cut, Simon Says Stamp
4th die cut, Cricut (Lyrical Letters cartridge)
Blue gemstones, K&Company
Black dashed lines, Micron .08 black pen

Linking up to SSS Patriotic Challenge.

Happy 4th of July to YOU!

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A Berry Happy 4th of July!


I love adding berries to make for a festive breakfast, brunch, dinner or dessert! This year I included strawberries, blueberries and blackberries to our breakfast.



So just pick up some berries for an easy way to add festive color to your menu.

Have a very Happy 4th and be safe out there!

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4th of July Picnic in the Backyard


It’s that time of year for BBQs, Picnics, family gatherings! I love an easy backyard picnic for the 4th of July and today I am sharing with you a fantastic  (and easy) family meal!

The menu:

So Tender BBQ Ribs (check out this easy tip for getting the most tender ribs in a short period of time)
Lemon Picnic Pasta (my favorite picnic food!)
Salad with shredded carrots, cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers
Chocolate Chip Muffins

The decor:

Root Beer Bottles filled with Primroses
Easy Paper pockets


I had so many empty Root Beer bottles from our Root Beer Taste Test and I just knew they would come in handy! So I took some scrap fabric in red and white gingham, tied it around the bottles and added some stars and jute rope. I just traced and cut those stars from scrapbook paper that I had in my stash. It’s great to use what you have around the house for a centerpiece! Then I cut some primroses from the backyard and put them in the center of our table. Cost: $0!

When you serve BBQ ribs, you need some wet napkins right? So I made a double-sided pocket and put some Wet Wipes in one side, and Laffy Taffy (for a few jokes) on the other side. Then I set it all up outside on the backyard patio.


I set up the food buffet-style for our guests to pick and choose what they wanted. Easy foods like watermelon, muffins, and make-your-own salad are perfect for an outdoor meal! And back in the silver bowl is my favorite Lemon Picnic Pasta!


And don’t forget those BBQ ribs! (There’s my hubby the Grill Master…thank you for the perfectly grilled BBQ ribs!)

Here’s the secret for easy and FAST bbq ribs: first, pressure cook them in water to cover half-way up the ribs and set the timer for 45 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. Be careful when you remove them from the pressure cooker…they are already SO tender and ready to fall apart! Then, put them on the grill and brush on your favorite BBQ sauce. Grill for a few minutes on each side. Oh, these ribs are so delicious and so tender…better than restaurant ribs! (really)!


We had so much food that we literally had to use two plates! I picked up those darling gingham plates from the Dollar Store and they sure made it look like a real picnic. :)

With just a few touches and a little extra attention, you can throw together a fun and easy picnic BBQ that everyone will love. I wish you a happy and safe 4th of July!



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Dose of Sunshine Monday — God Bless the USA

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day! This is a wonderful day to give thanks to all those who serve or have served in the military. A BIG THANK YOU!

Both of my Grandfathers served in the military and sacrificed much to keep our country safe. (I can’t even imagine how my grandmothers worried when they went off to war…)

So I wish all of you a safe and happy Memorial Day and a time to reflect on all those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. We are blessed beyond measure.



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