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  • DIY Cyanotype Shirt

    Cyanotype is the fun process of using light to do photographic printing. It creates this beautiful rich blue color. Today, I'm going to teach you a little bit about how cool cyanotype is and show you how we made our DIY cyanotype shirt for the 4th of July! It's a great summer project. History of Cyanotype Cyanotype was developed around 1842 by a man named Sir John Herschel, a Greek chemist and experimental photographer (to name a few titles). Cyanotype creates a monotype print with a deep blue hue that looks like a blueprint. It was first publicly used to create the first ever photographic book called Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions by Anna Atkins. Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic printing processes and is still used today. How Does Cyanotype Work? First, the cyanotype solution is created by mixing ferric ammonium citrate potassium ferricyanide to make an iron-rich sensitizer solution. The solution is brushed over a porous surface such as paper or clothing, you can add an object, and then expose it to light. When the chemicals are exposed to UV light such as sunlight, they react and create ferric ferrocyanide, also known as Prussian Blue around the object. The last step in the process is to use water to rinse away the chemicals. Over time the dark blue develops to reveal the final product. DIY Cyanotype Shirt We created a fun Cyanotype shirt for the 4th of July using this cyanotype dye kit, star stickers, and a plain white cotton shirt. She wanted to create a blue shirt with a stars and fireworks pattern on it. We used foam star stickers to make the star shapes. The fireworks were created with these fluffy pom poms we found in our craft box from years ago. While don't need a dark room, we did our painting in a dim room before taking the shirt outside to expose it to light. For our shirt, we painted the whole area blue and then laid the stars on it in a pattern we liked. Then we took it outside to let it sit in the sun the sun for a while. We left it outside for a few minutes to develop the color. Shop Cyanotype Supplies: After letting our shirt sit out in the sun, we brought it in and removed the stars. She immediately washed the shirt in a sink with cool water. We used gloves to protect our hands from the chemicals. We let it air dry before putting it on. This is the final result. We used a pretty saturated layer of the cyanotype so the blue is pretty dark but the stars and fireworks are fun for the Fourth of July! To help protect the shirt, I've only ever washed it by hand alone and let air dry, so I don't have good tips for laundering it in the future. It's a fun summer project for older kids or teens! We are planning to experiment more with nature designs next time. More Cyanotype Fun:

  • Berry Patriotic Popsicles

    June is flying by, and before we know it, it will be July 4th! But, that’s what happens when you’re having fun! Time needs to slow down. I’m trying to soak up every moment of free time this summer. The kids and I made these yummy Berry Patriotic Popsicles. They are red, white and blue and oh so yummy! Berry Patriotic Popsicles Ingredients: honey vanilla Greek yogurt 1 cup strawberries, hulled 1 cup blueberries 4 tablespoons sugar popsicle molds (I have these popsicle molds but for this, I used popsicle sticks and stuck them through aluminum foil I put over the top, instead of the plastic bottoms) Directions: 1. In a food processor or blender, mix together 1 cup strawberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Pulse until liquid. Pour into a bowl and rinse out your food processor. 2. In the cleaned-out food processor, mix together your 1 cup blueberries and 2 tablespoons sugar and pulse until liquid. 3. To start making your popsicles, layer spoonfuls of the yogurt, strawberry mixture, and blueberry mixture to create these red, white and blue layers in your popsicles. 4. Freeze overnight or at least 4 hours. Enjoy your berry patriotic popsicles with friends! For more cool treats this summer try our No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream and Wine Popsicles for the parents!

  • Asian Inspired Cucumber Salad

    This simple Asian Inspired Cucumber Salad is cool and crisp, and makes a good side dish for many meals this summer! Cucumbers are a summer favorite around here, and this simple cucumber salad is light and crunchy and satisfies my summer cravings! I've had a similar type of cucumber salad in many different Asian restaurants, so it's Asian-inspired but, can go with a variety of different dishes. Asian Cucumber Salad Ingredients: 1 lb mini seedless cucumbers (about 8) 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp sesame oil 1 Tbsp honey 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes sesame seeds (optional) Directions: Wash and dry your cucumbers. Cut off the ends and thinly slice. In a bowl, add the cucumbers, and salt. Stir to coat. Add the rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight for the best flavors. Top with sesame seeds before serving. This goes great with many Asian-inspired dishes! I love the crunch and flavors that come together in this simple Asian Cucumber Salad. I like to keep things light and serve mine with sushi but it can be paired with so many other dishes as well. Feel free to adjust any ingredients to suit your tastes! Enjoy!

  • Tie-Dye Shoes

    You may have made tie-dye shirts before, but have you ever made tie-dyed shoes? I had this idea in my head for cute summer shoes. I wasn’t sure how these would turn out, or if the shoes would even take the dye but they turned out awesome and we loved making them! This Summer, we hope to be engaging the kids in crafts and activities so they aren't glued to their screens all day long. I feel like I try to do a pretty good job of giving them free time to play, as well as some structured activities we can do together, or with friends. These DIY tie-dye shoes were a fun and colorful summer craft we all enjoyed! Tie-Dye Shoes Supplies: Tie Dye Kit White Canvas shoes (kid shoes and adult shoes) Paint palette Paint brushes (we used chunky brushes) Directions: 1. Prepare your tie-dye bottles by adding water and shaking them up until the powder dye is fully dissolved. My little one loved helping with this part. We used this Tulip one-step tie-dye kit and it was so easy! 2. Squirt your rainbow colors into the paint palette and using a big paint brush, dip it into the dye and add it to the shoe. Squirting straight from the bottle didn’t work for us. It was more of a dabbing the dye technique. But test it out and see what works best for you and your kiddos. 3. We started at the toe and worked our way back following the rainbow pattern. (Note: We didn’t use all 12 colors from the set) 4. Set your shoes in a plastic bag overnight (or about 12 hours). Then rinse, air dry, and wear! While my daughter was making bright rainbow shoes, my son was making colorful color-block shoes. We took our laces out when we tie-dyed our shoes so they would stay white but you could dye them rainbow colors or a solid color if you wanted to. Shop Tie Dye Shoes Project: The final product turned out so cute! She will be wearing the heck out of them all summer long! Also, you will have lots of dye left over to create tie-dye shirts too! For more summer fun for kids, check out these posts: No-Churn Triple Chocolate Ice Cream and Flower Jars Craft!

  • LGBTQIA+ Pride Book for Kids +Teens

    June is Pride Month when the LGBTQIA+ community and allies celebrate love for all. Many queer families and children use this time to be seen and accepted. We are sharing Pride books for kids and teens. Providing our children with diverse stories gives them an amazing opportunity to emotionally connect with people who may be similar or different from them. Pride Books for Kids We found these books to be joyous additions to story time with our children! Be prepared for heartfelt conversations, an outpouring of empathy, and lots of giggles! Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin - A rhyming picture book about 2 mommies that spend the day with their toddler. A loving celebration of family! Teo's Tutu by Maryann Jacobs Macias - A sweet story about a boy's first ballet recital. This book celebrates gender creativity, being yourself, and the joy of dance! Pride Puppy by Robin Stevenson - Follow this family and their puppy through a vibrant day at the Pride parade. Lots of rainbow colors and giggles in this book. Our Subway Baby by Peter Mercurio - The powerful picture book that tells the true story of how one baby found his way to a loving home from the NYC subway. My Shadow is Purple by Scott Stuart - A heartwarming book that takes on the societal themes of masculinity and embraces the many experiences across the gender spectrum. The Pronoun Book by Cassandra Jules Corrigan - Together we can learn about pronouns and why they are important through this powerful book about gender diversity and acceptance. Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian - Two worms meet and fall in love, but who wears the tux and who wears the dress? Worm Loves Worm is a creative take on love! Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer - Stella celebrates the meaning of family with her two Dads during a Mother's Day celebration. Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack - A queer-friendly fairy tale for young readers. Gay boys deserve fairytales too! And there is a dragon. There is a follow-up book too - Tale of the Shadow King. Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer - A board book that is inclusive to everyone and shows that the main thing that makes up every family is love! And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell - a true story of a nontraditional family that started at the penguin house in the Central Park Zoo. Pink is For Boys by Robb Pearlman - These kids combat gender stereotypes and show that all the colors in the rainbow are for everyone to love! There are so many great children's books that celebrate Pride. We will probably add to this list every year! Next up are our middle-grade Pride books! Middle-Grade Pride Books Middle-grade years offer a lot of changes and the beginnings of more real-life plots and deeper meaningful connections with characters. There can be a lot of changes both inside and outside our bodies and reading these books can help kids process different feelings and emotions while offering them characters they can relate to. We hope these books help build compassion towards ourselves and others who may be different than us. Melissa by Alex Gino - People see Melissa as a boy named George, but Melissa knows she’s a girl. She wants to play Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web but her teacher says that’s a girl part so she comes up with a plan to show the school exactly who she really is. Previously published as George. Answers in the Pages by David Levithan - Parents at school are trying to ban a book with possibly gay characters. Donovan fights to keep that from happening in this timely novel that involves the twists and turns of trying to gain gay acceptance. Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jane Bigelow - Hazel is a 13-year-old girl getting ready to go into 8th grade. This book embraces growing through tough times and examines topics such as miscarriage and what it means to be a good friend. It has a diverse cast of characters including Jewish, queer, and transgender. Hazel loves science so there are a lot of STEM references for science lovers too. Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper - when this middle school boy comes out as gay and his dad hangs the pride flag outside their home, he quickly becomes the topic of discussion as people fear this pride may lead to *gasp* a pride parade. Through the eyes of the lovable character, we learn about some of the feelings 13-year-olds experience about their bodies, sexuality, and thoughts about love. Snapdragon by Kat Leyh - a comic book style book with lots of inclusivity and trans positivity. This book reminds us that we aren’t always what society wants to typecast us as. It reminds you to believe in yourself and find joy in the weird and wonderful things that make us unique. Ana on the Edge by AJ Sass. Ana is a figure skater and wearing princess costumes for her performances makes her uncomfortable. She befriends a trans boy and discovers she might be nonbinary. This is a good middle-grade book for learning to take up your own space and embrace who you are. Ellen Outside the Lines by AJ Sass - A thirteen-year-old neurodivergent girl who only gets crushes on girls. When a new nonbinary classmate enters her world Ellen questions her binary view of the world. Ellen has to learn to embrace that not everything moves in straight lines. This is our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us - Insightful and diverse stories that celebrate LGBTQIA+. Celebrate humanity and who we choose to be and love. Each short story is heartwarming and brilliant. Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo - a folksy magical book about two preteen girls from rival witch families who accidentally restart an old war. With an intersex character, it exposes the biases they face as well as some honest portrayals of poverty all wrapped up in the magical story. The Civil War of Amos Abernathy by Michael Leali - A boy who loves history is trying to find out more about past LGBTQ historical figures. Amos works to shed more light on history that we forget and brings life to things like being black or being gay. This book works to make space for the anger and frustration that many feel while offering hope as Amos tries to change the world. Drum Roll Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow - Melly is a girl away at band camp and she’s put in situations that push her out of her comfort zone. We love that Melly doesn’t let anyone label her and she blooms into her own person through exposure to different music, developing a crush on a fellow camper, and dealing with emotions about her parents. Melly grows in really meaningful ways. Another good musically inspired LGBTQ middle-grade book is In The Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington. The Science of Being Angry by Nicole Melleby - a deeper dive into the big feelings of an 11-year-old. Her moms don’t always say or do the right things. A middle-grade exploration of feelings, queerness, mental health, and family. Pride Books for Teens and Young Adults Please note: While we encourage embracing differences and providing empathy to those around us regardless of gender or sexual preferences, many of these books have some older themes and trigger warnings attached to many of them. Research accordingly, and if any of those make you uncomfortable, we encourage you to think about what your teen can handle, may be facing or seeing firsthand, or is ready for, and be prepared for the many different conversations these books may spark. Happy reading! Teens and young adults, they want more sophisticated characters. Less in their face moral stories, but more connection and acceptance as they navigate the social waters of high school and beyond. Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould - a book about ghosts, queer girls, and the mystery of a young boy's disappearance. An ominous story where the truth is buried but how long can it stay that way? Another similar book is Burn the Bodies Down about a teen who unravels her family's hidden past. Ophelia After All by Raquel Marie - Ophelia rediscovers herself in this YA contemporary book. A diverse cast of characters and coming of age story that pulls at the heartstrings! The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon - An epic fantasy book with pirates, dragons, magic, and more. It follows 4 main points of view and several LGBTQA+ characters. Horse Barbie by Geena Rocero - A brand new (May 2023) memoir about Geena, a trans pageant queen from the Philippines. This book discusses the risks of being honest, social acceptance, our views on beauty, pageants, and modeling as well as discrimination. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy - Ramona addresses the complexity of the heart. She thinks she's gay but then she discovers that love can be fluid which is pretty poetic since she's a teenage swimmer. Loveless by Alice Oseman - Georgia doesn't understand why she doesn't have crushes until she discovers the A in LGBTQIA+ and proves that love and connection can come in many forms. Pedro and Daniel by Frederico Erebia - This historical fiction is a story about two Mexican American brothers growing up in the 1970s. Both are gay and neurodivergent but have different struggles in life. You enter a giveaway to win a free copy of this book on Goodreads. All The Things They Said We Couldn't Have by Tasha Oakes-Monger - a story of trans joy and community, but also the serious struggles of transphobia. Gives a light to trans people in a dark world but also can be used to enlighten cis people who want to learn more about being transgender. Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H. - A memoir about a young 14 Mulsim girl who has a crush on her female teacher. She is also grappling with family, displacement, migration, sexuality, and finding her community. In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune - A fantasy book that is a retelling of Pinocchio but with robots and inspired by other stories such as Wizard of Oz and Wall-E. The primary theme is emotions; love, guilt, anxiety, empathy as well as forgiveness, and acceptance. Includes an asexual main character as well as a gay relationship. Fine: a Comic About Gender by Rhea Ewing - short stories and interviews presented in graphic novel style. Focuses on gender roles, relationships, and sexuality while proving that there isn't one right way to look at something and that you are enough. A celebration of the transgender community. Endpapers by Jennifer Savron - Gender identity exploration with a nonbinary main character who finds a gay love letter and is determined to track down its author in hopes it can help her understand and answer questions about herself as well. There are so many good books out there, we had a hard time creating our list. Let us know your favorite picture or chapter books to read during Pride month! Also, check out our Bookworm Bookmarks for helping encourage kids to get reading this summer!

  • Printable Bookworm Bookmarks

    Summer is great for "chillin'" (as my son says) but, it's also a great time to read some good books! I created these adorable printable summer reading challenge bookmarks aka "bookworm bookmarks" to help kids track their reading this summer. We always seem to use our library card the most during the summer break. I'm always encouraging my kids to find new, interesting books to read over Summer when we have the most downtime. It gives their brain something to do (helps combat that summer slide) and it also gives us some quiet time each day to decompress. There are 4 different bookworm bookmarks that you can print and use this summer. Either use the ones that suit your needs the most, or print them all and see how many bookworms you can get filled in by the end of summer break! Each bookmark has a variety of reading prompts like "read outside", "read a book about someone different than you", "read a book with magic in it" and much more! There are eight different prompts on each bookmark. Once that book is read, fill in the bookworm's body segment with the coordinating color. You don't have to go in order at all, it's just something fun to add to your summer. Print our bookworm summer reading challenge bookmarks (link below) and take them with you the next time you head to your local library! Download Bookworm Summer Reading Challenge Bookmarks Need a home printer? We like this one, it's on sale for under $65 and it comes with 6 months of free ink! You may also like our: DIY Bookworm Library Bag What are you and your kids reading this Summer?

  • Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Paint

    We made some Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Paint with the kids as a way to spend some time outdoors creating art on the sidewalk in front of our house! Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Paint Supplies: 1/3 cup flour 1/3 cup water 1 tsp liquid dish soap (I used Dawn) 1/2 stick of sidewalk chalk, crushed 8oz squeeze bottles Plastic baggie for crushing chalk Hammer for crushing chalk Small bowl for mixing ingredients Knife and cutting board for cutting chalk Funnel Scissors (some of the paint was too thick for the holes in the bottle so I cut the tip off a little to make the hole bigger.) Note: This recipe is for making 1 color of chalk. Repeat this recipe as many times for as many colors of chalk as you want. Directions: Cut your sidewalk chalk in half and place it in a plastic baggie. On a hard surface like the sidewalk, use the hammer to crush the piece of sidewalk chalk into a powder. 3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, water, soap, and chalk powder. Stir until well combined. 4. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into squeezable containers. 5. Repeat steps as many times as needed to create several different chalk colors. Have fun creating art! The kids loved writing and drawing with our new paint. Shop Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Supplies:

  • Easy Seafood Pasta Salad

    This easy seafood pasta salad is bursting with summer seafood flavors! It makes a great dish to take to a summer celebration, pool party, or cookout! Ingredients: 12 oz box medium pasta shells 8 oz, frozen pre-cooked salad shrimp 8 oz, frozen peas 20 oz, imitation crab meat lemon juice (1 lemon) 3/4 cup mayonnaise (sometimes I added a little more after it sits in the fridge overnight) Directions: In a large pot of salted water, boil your pasta as directed on the package. When there are a few minutes left to boil, add your frozen peas to boiling water. For example, my peas said they need to be boiled for 5 minutes, so I added them to my cooking pasta in the last 5 minutes of cook time. Once your pasta and peas have cooked, drain them in a colander and run them under cold water. Roughly chop your imitation crab. In a large bowl with a lid, add your crab meat, frozen precooked shrimp (they will dethaw in the pasta), drained pasta and peas, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Stir well to combine and season to taste. Salt and pepper really make this dish pop but if you want more flavor feel free to add the seasonings of your choice. Creole gives it a nice kick! Store in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. This can also be made the night before. It tastes better the next day in my opinion. Serve chilled, as a side dish, or on its own for a light lunch! *Note: If you don't like shrimp, this can be made into just a crab pasta salad by doubling the crab meat and omitting the shrimp. We make it this way about half of the time. This is a staple of my childhood summers (with a few tweaks) and it is great for taking to picnics or pool parties! It really pairs well with a big glass of lemonade. Be sure to try our Lavender Lemonade too this summer!

  • Gifts for Dads

    Let's face it, dads can be hard to shop for sometimes. I'm sharing my Dad Gifts Shopping Guide with tons of gifts for just about every kind of dad. With 11 different dad categories and over 45 different gift ideas, there is bound to be something for everyone! Gamer dad, check! Dad who is outdoorsy, we've got that! A dad loves to cook, we got some fun stuff for him! Nerdy dads, we rounded up some unique finds! Dad who would rather stay home and chill, yes! Dad Gifts We love all kinds of dads! Shop our gift guide below and be prepared to show Dad just how much he means to you! Dads with a Home Bar Cocktail Smoker Kit - Dad can make his cocktails come to life with this smoking kit for extra smoky flavor. Map Whiskey Glasses - Celebrate Dad with his favorite cities maps etched onto whiskey glasses. Wine Saver - Dad can preserve his wine for days with this airtight stopper for wine bottles. Horn Mug - Viking, Thor, Dad? This horn mug is a unique gift for Dad who likes watching Game of Thrones or Vikings. Dads who Cook Blackstone - He will be the coolest Dad on the block with this fancy new blackstone grill. Perfect for the Dad who likes to entertain big crowds. National Parks Cookbook - Recipes inspired by National Parks will keep Dad on his toes while cooking. Steak Stone Grill Set - Dad can cook up his famous steaks on this hot stone that sears the outside while keeping all the juices inside. Hydroponic Herb Growing Kit - Dad can grow his own herbs for the kitchen with this unique hydroponic kit with a built-in water pump and grow light. Nerdy Dads Smartphone Paper Airplane - Dad can make a paper airplane and then attach it to a mini motor and fly it with his smartphone! The plane charges in just 30 minutes, so the fun starts faster! Build your Own Movie Projector - This 3-d wooden puzzle will be a fun brain teaser for Dad. Once he completes it, he can watch the included film reel because it really plays movies! Color Change Dice and Custom TTRPG Terrain - Is Dad into D&D? Then these will be right up his alley. Dad Jokes Shirt - Dad the master of the Dad Jokes! Let him show it off with this cute graphic shirt. Light Saber Chopsticks - "You are my Father", Star Wars Dads will get a kick out of these glowing chopsticks (and they would make a great stocking stuffer) Gifts for Quality Time with Dad 100 Things to Do with Dad poster - This poster is chock full of fun ideas to do with Dad throughout the year! Scratch them off as you go and celebrate the new year all year long! Escape Room in a Box - Stay indoors and try out this fun escape room game! Three different exciting games to play. Pickleball Bag - learn to play a new sport together. Surprise Dad with this adjustable pickleball tote and some group lessons or time at a local pickleball court. Give Stories Not Stuff - This gift box is customizable with an experience voucher for 1-2 people (800 things to choose from) in over 50 countries! Give the gift of an experience. Coffee Dads Whole Bean Coffee Sampler - Bones is a small batch roaster with delicious coffee flavors. This sampler pack is a great place to start. Coffee Bean Grinder - This coffee grinder set has everything Dad will need to grind his own coffee beans at home. Keurig Smart Coffee Maker - Go all out with this coffee maker that is wifi compatible, makes lattes and cappuccinos, and has a built-in milk frother. Temperature Controlling Mug - If Dad is particular about his coffee, this mug keeps it exactly the right temperature, warm, hot, or piping! Thoughtful Gifts for Dads Custom Reel Viewmaster - preserve your memories with Dad, vintage style, with this custom Viewmaster. Creating your own reel with your photos is a creative way to show Dad how much you love him. Personalized Keychain - Turn your child's artwork or handwriting into a personalized keychain Dad can take with him everywhere. Why a Daughter Needs a Dad Book - Sweet and thoughtful gift idea for those girl Dads. Custom Puzzle - Create a puzzle just for Dad with your favorite picture of him and the kid(s). Outdoorsy Dads Hiking Stick and Medallions - This a fun way to inspire Dads to get outdoors and get moving while collecting cool things like a medallion from each National Park. Monocular Telescope for Smartphone - If Dad likes hiking, hunting, or birdwatching this is a super cool gadget! This monocular has a 60 mm lens with 12x zoom. It comes with a smartphone holder to get clear pictures and videos. Man Box - Show Dad he's "the man" with this box full of goodies for the outdoor enthusiast. Survival Kit - Let Dad know "We couldn't survive without you", and Dad can't survive without this cool 17-piece outdoor survival kit. Also, check out our Camping Gift Guide for more ideas for your Outdoorsy Dad! Musical Dads Record Player - Dad is old school and so is this record player. Dad can bring back the good old days with this record player and speakers set. Hit up your local record store to get a vinyl of one of Dad's favorite bands to go with it! Wireless Karaoke Microphone - Encourage Dad to belt out his favorite tunes with this wireless karaoke mic that can Bluetooth stream music and has 6 different voice changers. Vintage Handcrank Music Box - Dads will think this music box is pretty neat when they play the song you write. It comes with a few pre-made songs and blank paper to create your own. Game That Song - A fun and interactive music-themed game that anyone can play! Sporty Dads Stadium Blueprints - Frame the blueprints of his favorite stadium. Perfect to hang in his office or man cave. Couple it with tickets to see his favorite team play and you might become his favorite child! Golf Sensors - Help Dad up his golf game with these sensors for his clubs. Stroke analytics, personalized advice, automatic shot tracking, and more! NFL desktop organizer - Dad can wirelessly charge his phone and keep his desk organized. Stadium Seat Watch - Get Dad a watch made from authentic wooden seats salvaged from iconic MLB ballparks. Homebody Dads Couch Caddy/Tray - Make couch time easier with this all-in-one cup holder, phone charger, and caddy/tray for the couch. Snack Subscription Box - Try Treats is a fun, monthly subscription box full of snacks from around the world! Hoodie Blanket - Keep Dad cozy in this oversized hoodie blanket, perfect for chilling out around the house and watching movies. Hammock - Dad can relax in this hammock out in his backyard. Holds up to 400 lbs and comes in a variety of colors! Home Security System - Dad can help keep his family safe with this security system complete with indoor and outdoor cameras. Compatible with Alexa and Google. Gamer Dads Headphones - Dad will enjoy playing with these memory foam headphones with personalizable color lighting. Gaming Keyboard Combo - Dad can take his PC gaming to the next level with this keyboard and mouse combo made just for gamers. Retro Gaming Shirt - Dad is just leveling up, not getting older, in this retro-inspired gamer t-shirt Gaming Storage - Dad can store his controllers and headphones on this cool stand. Lego Pac-man Arcade - Lego is releasing this non-functional gaming system Lego set with a lot of fun retro details. This lego set is brand new, and was just released this Summer! For more gift guide ideas, check out our post about Best Camping Gifts.

  • Lavender Haze Cocktail

    I'm obsessed with Taylor Swift and The Eras Tour currently. The imagery in the Lavender Haze music video is just so dreamy so I decided to create a Lavender Haze-inspired Cocktail to sip on while scrolling SwiftTok and Instagram and watching videos. This cocktail features egg whites, which I wasn't sure about at first, but after making a few different versions of this drink, I realized, it NEEDS the egg. They add a subtle creaminess to the drink and it doesn't taste like egg at all. It makes it even prettier and looks like the clouds Taylor is floating on during the Lavender Haze music video. So let's share out how we made this pretty cocktail! Lavender Haze Cocktail Ingredients: 2 oz Empress Gin 1908 3/4 oz lemon juice (we use this juicer) 3/4 oz simple syrup 1 dash lavender bitters 1 egg white large ice cube dried edible lavender flowers, optional as garnish Notes: This serves up perfectly in a coupe glass and makes 1 drink. Instructions: Chill your coupe glass in the freezer for a few minutes, while you prepare the drink. In a cocktail shaker add the Empress Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, and lavender bitters. Dry shake for 15 seconds, no ice. Add the ice cube to your shaker, wet shake for 20-30 seconds. Double-strain the drink into your chilled coupe glasses. At first it will look very white but after a minute, it settles to this lovely lavender color. Garnish with dried lavender flowers if desired Note about egg whites: Adding egg whites to your cocktails is a very old-fashioned thing and perfectly safe as long as your egg stays chilled. The egg white adds a rich creamy texture and for this drink, it represents the clouds that we see in the Lavender Haze music video. If you want more information, check out this egg-white cocktails video. Shop Lavender Haze Cocktail: For more Taylor Swift-inspired fun, check out our DIY Lover House Friendship Bracelet Holder Eras Tour Confetti Shadow Box and our Lavender Lemonade mocktail! Be sure to check out my newest post on how to throw a Taylor Swift Party!

  • Best Camping Gifts

    When I was a kid, I used to go camping with my family in our camper. Now, as an adult, I have enjoyed my share of tent camping trips as well. I'm sharing some of my favorite camping gifts and accessories that will make your next camping trip even more fun! We rounded up a little bit of everything, from RV camping to tent camping, kids to tech-loving adults, there is something for everyone in this camping gift guide. I hope everyone gets to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer and take lots of trips to the mountains and lakes to enjoy nature. Smores Caddy Starting off strong with this cute Smores Caddy. It is a cooler bag for all your smores ingredients and 4 telescoping roasting sticks Camping Hat If you're like me, camping means no hair and makeup, but I still want to feel cute. This Camping Hair Hat is the perfect camping accessory! Camping Cutting Board This Camping Cutting Board is a 9-in-1 multifunctional tool for any camp kitchen! The best part, it's foldable! Cooler Light Upgrade your cooler with this Cooler Light to keep the party going late into the night. RV potholders These Happy Camper Pot Holders are just too cute! They would make a great gift for someone with a camper. Shower Caddy Keep your toiletries organized with this Shower Caddy Movie Projector This one is a splurge, but this Movie Projector is too cool! Connect your phone, tv stick, laptop, or USB to project movies onto a wall, white sheet, or the side of your camper for an outdoor movie night while camping! Camping Table There never feels like there is enough space while camping, but this Folding Camping Table comes in handy with built in cup holders. Camping Lantern You gotta have light when you're camping. We love this LED rechargeable camping lantern that can unfold to create an overhead light or act as a flashlight. Travel Pillow Kids will love coloring in the map on a road trip on this US map camping pillow. Picnic Tablecloth How cute is this washable Camping tablecloth set. It comes with clips and a storage bag as well and fits most picnic tables. Campfire Popcorn Enjoy some fresh popcorn at the campsite with this Open fire popcorn maker. Light up Hat Don't get stuck in the dark trying to find the bathroom. Stay safe with this Beanie hat with light. Solar Powered Bank Keep your phone charged with this Solar powered bank. It's waterproof, lightweight, and has a compass. Campsite Flag Make your presence known with a Personalized campsite flag. This one is my favorite! Be sure to pin this camping gifts guide and share it with family and friends! What gadget is your favorite to add to your camping gear or gift to family and friends?

  • Lavender Lemonade

    This Lavender Lemonade is light and refreshing, with a light floral flavor. It is perfect for Spring and Summer celebrations, or just for fun! Serve this pretty lavender lemonade at brunch, tea parties, baby or wedding showers, or any event you want to feel fancy. It's just so pretty to sip on! It has a subtle lavender flavor. You can make it stronger if you steep your lavender flowers for longer in the recipe below. Lavender Lemonade Ingredients: 1/2 - 3/4 cup of sugar, depending on how sweet you like your lemonade 1/4 cup honey 6 cups of water, divided into 2 and 4 cups 3 tablespoons dried edible lavender flowers (also found in some spice aisles) juice of 12 lemons, about 2 cups purple gel food coloring lemon slices for garnish Note: This makes about 2 quarts of lemonade. Store covered, in the refrigerator for about a week. Directions: In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Stir in the sugar and honey until dissolved and remove from heat. Add in your lavender flowers and let steep for about 1 hour, like tea. Juice your lemons and set the juice in the fridge to start chilling. Note: This juicer is the fastest, most efficient way to juice your lemons. And it comes in a few cute colors so you can coordinate with your kitchen if you want to. After your hour has passed, strain your lavender water into a bowl or pitcher and discard the lavender flowers. In a large pitcher, add your lemon juice, lavender juice, and the other 4 cups of water. To make it more of the typical lavender color, add a few drops of purple food coloring. I added 4 drops to mine to get this soft purple color. Serve over ice and garnish the glasses with lemon wedges and faux purple flowers if desired. Give this lavender lemonade a try and let us know if you liked it! If you're in a Lavender Haze mood, check out our popular Lover/Folklore House Friendship Bracelet DIY, get crafty with our Eras Tour Confetti Shadow Box or mix things up with our Lavender Haze Cocktail! For more Taylor Swift! Serve this lemonade at your very own Taylor Swift Party! Check out our party inspiration post.

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