{diy flag luminaries + fruit pizza}

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

Enjoy your family + friends today!

If you’re looking for a fun + festive little craft to make with your kiddos, I’ve got it!  Flag luminaries!

Bay + I whipped up three of these 4th of July luminaries in about 5 minutes.  They are gorgeous once you stick a candle in them!

And Bay’s sharing a super easy fruit pizza.  Think sugar cookies + cream cheese frosting + berries!  It perfectly festive!  And perfectly easy for littles to assemble too!

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DIY Flag Luminaries // 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • pickle jars (or mason jars)
  • american flags
  • scotch tape
  • mod podge
  • sponge paint brush
  • twine
  • glue
  • candle

 

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I used pickle jars for this fun DIY.  I measured the flags with all the jars in my house and found the pickle jars were the perfect size.  No need to cut the flag.  GG had some laying around that I was able to take off her hands.  Any jar will do the trick.

If your jars have labels, just soak them in warm water + dish soap.  You’ll bed able to remove them pretty easily.

Scored the 3-pack of American Flags in the dollar spot at Target.  3 flags for a buck, you can’t beat that.  Carefully remove the flags from the wooden sticks.

Tape the American Flags to the jars.  This will help keep them in place.

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Using the foam paint brush, apply a coat of mod podge over the top of the flag.  Wait 20 minutes and repeat with a second coat.  Remove scotch tape.

Allow to dry overnight.

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Add twine or ribbon to the top and add a dab of glue to keep the twine in place.

Stick a candle and you’re good to go.

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I love coming up with fun festive crafts to make with items I have on hand.  Or can pick-up from the dollar spot!

 

 

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And check out Bay’s adorable fruit pizza!

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{summer to-do’s}

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Hey Girl,

Consider today the OFFICIAL kick off to summer.  Happy Summer Solstice!

Summer’s here!  Which means it’s time to take a deep breath and savor everything the season has to offer.  In your happy place.  Whether that means sitting by the ocean.  Camping under the stars.  Sipping rosé in your own backyard.  Dinning al fresco.  Gardening!

You know I love a good seasonal to-do list by now.  I couldn’t be more excited to write down ALL THE THINGS we’re planning to try out this summer.

Because in the end, memories aren’t made by sitting around waiting for them to happen, but from when you get out and live.

 

2018 Summer To-Do’s 

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{money + candy lei diy}

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Happy Thursday friends.   Yesterday I shared a little sneak peek of my newest DIY project  on ista stories and my DM’s blew up.  So, I powered through last night to get Bay’s 6th grade promotion money + candy lei done just in time to share with you all today!

Not going to lie, I was originally planning on surprising Bay with the lei tomorrow.  Instead I recruited her to help…lol.

The lei is easy to make.   Promise.  But, if you, like me, are feeling maxed out this week.  Skip it!  “Pin” it and save it for later.  Easy, yes!  Time consuming, also YES!

But the end results, #priceless!

Let’s break it down……

First off – you need crisp brand new $1 bills.  Go to Yolo Federal Credit Union.  Call first.  I hit up 4 banks in Davis and got denied by them all.  Never knew getting your hands on some new bills was such a big deal.  BIG thanks to my Mom for suggesting Yolo Federal and grabbing them for me!  Always saving my ass + the day!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 30-40 $1 bills (crisp + new)
  • 10 feet curing ribbon
  • Scotch tape
  • Candy (Party City has the best selection of single pieces for cheap) 
  • Scissors

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{may in review}

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In case you missed it, let’s review what went down in May…..

23 blog posts.

Some of my highest viewing stats, thanks to the Patron sale at Nugget + my Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Something else that caught my attention, I had views from 44 other countries.  Forty four!  Crazy, right?  I’m really not even sure how that happens.

 

 

Here’s a little re-cap on what we chatted about in May:

 

{currently craving // may} should I do this again for June?

Bay requests this {crunchy iceberg salad bowls} weekly

According to stats this was my highest viewed post for May {gift guide: mother’s day}

{friday 5} this post came in second…all because that Patron sale at Nugget lol.

{weekend notes} a weekend full of Spring Show

The prettiest summer salad I ever did meet {strawberry + beet salad}

{kaia BRIK goals} meeting my goals, but missed two classes in the last 6 weeks (not bad, not bad)

{april in review} and 2 cute Target dresses

{friday 5} homemade pickled onions + a madewell top I love

Another good one {weekend notes}  Mother’s Day + Lucky In Kentucky + my strawberry + baby daisy naked cake

Taco Tuesday {sheet pan shrimp fajitas} with a side of guac…yummm

This {floral top + random thoughts} is another one that’s been on maj repeat + it’s currently marked down to $17!!

Getting a little hippie-dippie with these {floral + herb smudge stick diy}

Now I want to go home and clean my fridge again after looking at this {friday 5} And I’m happy to report….Bay + I are still doing our Friday morning Starbucks dates too ♥

{weekend notes} celebrating GG + pool dates + hiking…that was a damn good weekend

So, {do you kimono} now?

Bay Bakes {oatmeal peanut butter cookies}

Only 2 1/2 days of school left, do you have your {teacher gift} ready?  Loved getting tagged in everyone’s pics that duplicated this fun gift idea.

Still obsessed with this crop top from {friday 5}

Anyone made these {mexican burgers} yet?

Spending the weekend checking out Cory’s old stomping grounds on {weekend notes}

Currently want to tie dye everything after making these {tie dye napkin diy}

Have you added any of these {food finds} to your TJ’s list

 

What a month!

Once again, BIG thank you to you for clicking on this website and reading.  Thank you for sending me pictures of the cute tops you order from the blog.  Tagging me in your pictures on insta stories.  Texting me for that recipe.  Tips on how to make the naked cake.  You guys really do make my day ♥

 

And in other news, the dress of my dreams arrived last night.  Remember the one I told you about yesterday on {weekend notes}?

 

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I bought this dress for an event.  Otherwise, I would have no place to wear it.  Ha!  I’m not a big get super dressed up type.

It’s like a gown.  Never, I have ever owned a dress like this.  The quality is top-notch.  It’s elegant.  Classic.  The color is so vibrant.  Super faltering silhouette…almost like it was tailored.  The ruffle details are perfectly placed.  And it has pockets!  Basically the ultimate summer statement dress.  Exactly what I was looking for.

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{tie dye napkin diy}

DIY tie dyed napkins are the perfect way to salvage stained linens or just to make something groovy for the table!

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Outdoor table (similar)  // Chargers // Melamine Polka Dot Dinner Plate // Napkins 

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Outdoor table (similar)  // Chargers // Melamine Polka Dot Dinner Plate // Napkins 

 

Summer is here!  Not officially, we’ve technically got about 20 more days.  But, it sure feels like summer here in Northern California.  To kick-off the summer, Bay + I decided to spruce up the back patio a bit.  We planted lots of new succulents + flowers.  Still working on our herb garden plans.  Moved some of our larger pieces around.  I believe the easiest way to transform a space is to rearrange what you currently have.  Then make a Target run 🙂  Obvi!

I recently read that if you place your patio furniture directly adjacent to the exterior doors, you’ll find yourself using it so much more.  And I have to say, we’ve used our outdoor table so much more.

Then I took it to a whole new level and decided a set table is so much more inviting.  Ha!  It’s just how I roll.

Last week alone, I found myself sipping my coffee.  (wine too).  Doing my daily insta scrolls.  Enjoying dinner.  And soaking up the sunshine in this space.  I love it!

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Outdoor table (similar)  // Chargers // Melamine Polka Dot Dinner Plate // Napkins 

 

So, remember I mentioned using the shit you have first.  Then making a Target run?  That’s exactly what I did here.

I love linen napkins.  If you’ve been over for brunch or dinner, you know that I ALWAYS use the real thing.  Currently I own probably close to 60 napkins..lol.  My favorite are the Buffet Napkins from World Market.  You can’t beat the price….6 napkins for $10.  I’m also a sucker for white.  Which means spaghetti sauce stains.  I bleach them every.single.time, but eventually there is a stain or two.  So instead of throwing them away, I decided to come up with a way to re-purpose them.  Mind you, these napkins are 100% clean, promise.

I stumbled on a blue Tie Dye kit at Walmart a few weeks ago and it hit me right then and there what I’d do with it.  Tie dye napkins.

Talk about crazy nostalgia.  I remember summers riding our bikes to Harris Park with Sarah + Sheena and tie dying shirts with their Parks and Rec group.  So fun.

Here’s a super easy DIY……

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{teacher gift}

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Have you ever seen a better teacher gift?  I think NOT!  Maybe it’s just the wine-o in me, but I thought this was borderline brilliant.  Just a little something to show the teachers that you appreciate them.  And thank them for your kid being the reason they drink…Ha!

Let’s be real, this would put a big fat smile on my face on the last day of school!

I was so pumped about this cute idea.  Found the perfect ribbon.  My favorite bottle of chard.  Printed out the cute free printable.  Stayed up last night to throw together a couple of these goodies.

Trying my very hardest to be on top of things.  The last 2 weeks of school is always a busy shit show.  You know?

Anyway……

Showed Bay my finished product this morning when she woke up.  Her response….

“My teachers don’t drink alcohol!”

My response….

“Huh?”

Doesn’t drink wine?  Then Bay follows up with….

“Or coffee!”

WTF?

So, I’m back to the drawing board.  Ha!  And I now have two bottles of my fave chard chilling in the fridge for this evening.  Guess it’s not that bad afterall 🙂

But, I’m still a little worried about Bay’s teacher.  What does she pour in her glass after a long hard day?  On to prepare in the morning for another day teaching a bunch of 6th grade punks?  Mrs. DeLemos, you’re making this very difficult…lol.  Only kidding.  Best teacher ever ♥

If you’re teacher is a boozer, like us, then keep scrolling and get all the details on a gift I’m sure will be a hit on the last day of school!

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{floral + herb smudge stick diy}

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You know about the smudge sticks, yes?  You know the bundles of dried sage that hippies like to burn?  It’s not just for hippies anymore.  Or maybe I’m becoming a hippie?  Who knows, but I’m all about it.

So what if we made our own with herbs + flowers?  They are so damn pretty, even if you don’t burn them and displayed just for looks.  Although, you should totally burn them (that’s the hippie in me coming out).  

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I’m going to break down the whole smudging thing right now…..

Why smudge?

Sage is traditionally burned in Native American ceremonially rituals.  The smoke from the burning smudges stick is said to cleanse of bad feelings + negative thoughts + bad spirits + negative energy.  I know I’m totally loosing you, but whether or not this is true, is up for debate.  I’m a believer!  And who doesn’t want to want to rid of all the negative shit?

When to smudge?

  • when you move into a new space
  • begin a new job
  • when you’re feeling angry + upset or negative
  • anytime you feel a conflict in your life
  • a struggling relationship
  • significant life event: marriage + birth + death + sickness

 

Are you down with it?

If you’re thinking, WTFE xoxostacyb, then look at the next image…..

It’s pretty AF, huh?  Are you feelin it now?

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I personally think these bundles would make for a beautiful gift for hostesses + housewarming + showers…you name it.

You’re going to die when you see how incredibly simple these floral + herb smudge sticks are to make on your own.

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