Don’t Stay Home

Last week was our 4th wedding anniversary. We celebrated with a weekend of awesomeness and were barely home at all.  We had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants on our anniversary, and spent the rest of the night in, relaxing. Matt played in a hockey tournament that Saturday while my nieces and I were “festi-villans.” 

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We first stopped at the fire department’s Chicken BBQ fundraiser.

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Unfortunately, we had to call on their services several years ago, so we always try to get to every fund raiser the fire department has.

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 Chicken, face painting, and fire truck rides galore. There was also a band playing country music, but my nieces weren’t really diggin’ country.  

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For dessert, we headed to the ice cream festival downtown.

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We sampled ice cream, ate more great festival foods, watched ice cream eating contest, and the kids competed with each other in the inflatable obstacle course.

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We shopped the vendors too, and the girls picked out some homemade doggie treats for Lilu because she couldn’t join in on the fun.

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Sunday was another amazing day. We started early to The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in PA. It’s a beautiful church, the grounds are amazing, and if you’re interested in some Polish cuisine, check out their cafeteria and shop!

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I had also entered a Radio 104.5 contest for free 311 tickets and a chance to meet the band, and I was lucky enough to win both! So we headed down to the Phily area for our meet and greet and concert. I was so excited! 311 happens to be my favorite band of all time.

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Their music if so positive and uplifting, and it has truly helped me through some of the hardest times of my life, most notably my house fire.

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Everyone in the band was so sweet and kind. To finally meet in person the band who have meant so much to me was beyond words.

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I’ve seen them more times than I can count and have even been front row, but actually meeting and talking with them can’t ever be topped. The show was great, as usual, and they even played one of the songs I most related to during my house fire, “Omaha Stylee.”

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It was an unbelievable end to a great weekend. And so I’ll leave you with my personal mantra from 311, “Stay positive and love your life.”         

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Toadstool Planter and Lilu’s Big Announcement

Toadstools are adorable. Last summer I made these ceramic toadstool houses and a toadstool bird feeder. 

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To bring the toadstools outside, I made toadstool flower pots. They are really easy and cheap to make. I used inexpensive plastic planters and painted them red.

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Then I used white caulk to make the spots on the planter.

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The caulk dried overnight and the planter was ready to go. I planted red Gerbera Daisies surrounded by little white flowers.

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Easy and sweet looking!

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In other news, Lilu made a big announcement this week. She’s going to be a guard dog/big sister!

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We’re expecting the little one on December 5th. We’ll find out if it’s a he or a she then. In the meantime, Lilu’s very excited about the position

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Easy Flag Crafts

It’s been a little over a year since I started my blog, and I feel accomplished  having a second post about the 4th of July.

Flag Crafts

Between Flag Day and Independence Day, I keep the patriotic decor up in my house from the middle of June to a little into July. Last year I made a flag wreath out of a flag rag streamer that Michael’s sold It was really easy, and took less than 5 minutes. As embarrassing as this is, I can’t get into the attic because I’m too short to reach the pull down cord on the ceiling, and Matt has been so busy building a rock wall in our backyard that I feel bad bothering him to get the decorations down. So the house hasn’t really been festive for these holidays this year. Eventually I’ll post that the other flag wreath, but for now I made an even prettier one plus a USA letter display.

Supplies

The wreath is made with a grape vine wreath, red whit and blur “berry” sprigs, and an “aged” American flag. I bought the flag and berry sprigs at The Christmas Tree Shoppe for $2 each piece, and the Wreath at JoAnne’s for $5, so this is a super cheap wreath! It’s super easy too.  First I separated the  berry sprigs.

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Then I glued them around the wreath.

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I detached the flag from the pole and put it in the dryer so it wasn’t so stiff. Then I attached the flag, gluing down the top left and bottom right corners first to make the flag look longer, then folding and gluing some of the edges for a ruffled look.

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Very easy! And so are the letters. I just painted the U and S, and Modge Podged the A with a blue and white star paper. I wanted the letters to match the aged look of the flag on the wreath, so I used a deeper red and an eggshell white.  I also made sure to paint the edges of the letters, even the A!

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I was originally going to add the USA to the wreath, but I then I thought they were each was pretty enough on their own. I think I may attach the letters to some wood for a different type of display.

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Super easy, super cute, and super cheap flag decor.

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