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Monday, August 31, 2015

Labor Day Tablescape

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Around here, this coming weekend marks the end of summer. This Labor Day Tablescape is the perfect way to celebrate and invite company over for a cookout or casual  meal.
Labor Day Tablescape: Easy, budget-friendly, and fun ideas for a great red, white, and blue tablescape to end the summer with.  Free printable quotes and candle wraps/napkin rings, too!
Labor Day is that last little hurrah before the summer is over, no? In the US, it is intended to honor the American labor movement. To me, it's a great day to reflect on the fact that we are blessed with work. And four and a half years into it, I'm so humbled to say that this blog has provided me with work that I absolutely love

Since it's still a summer holiday, I thought it would be fun to incorporate a bit more red, white, and blue into a simple Labor Day Tablescape that's perfect for a cookout or casual dinner with friends over. Living in a military community kind of gives me carte blanche to decorate in patriotic colors year round. Check out this entire tablescape below, including free printable candle wrappers and Labor Day quotes about work and inspiration.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Inspiration Monday

August is winding down and you know what that means...it's about to be pumpkin CRAZY in blogland (and Starbucks). In fact, we're already seeing lots of fun fall inspiration pop up at the party (as evidenced by today's features). It's so much fun when the seasons change...especially in the creative world. We can't wait to see what inspiring things YOU have been up to!

As always, you can link up on one blog and your creativity is seen across all eight.

This week's features (linked up at last week's party) were chosen by

Friday, August 28, 2015

Large Printable Lunch Notes

These large printable lunch notes are easy for little eyes to find in their lunch box!

Large Printable Lunch Notes: a larger size for littler hands and eyes to find easier! Perfect for your elementary or preschool kids' lunches.

I had a request to make a few larger sized lunch box notes for younger kiddos who can't always find the business-card sized ones in their boxes. These are significantly bigger and have super bold colors so they're easy to spot!

I'm actually sharing these over at the Rhodes Bake-N-Serv blog today...along with a fun semi-homemade lunch trick. Click here for all of the fun!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cowboy Beans

This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine.

These Cowboy Beans are perfect for your next grillathon...they go perfectly with hot dogs.

Cowboy Beans Recipe: the perfect easy and delicious side dish for your next grill out.
One of my favorite grilling memories surrounds this dish. These Cowboy Beans were a bit of an accidental recipe one of my friends and I came up with on the fly...or so we thought. It was a hilarious time...that resulted in a delicious casserole that is well-loved and requested again and again. This casserole is the perfect side dish alongside Ball Park Park's Finest Hot Dogs at your own grillathon. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kids' Lunch Ideas and Free Printable Lunch Notes

Thanks so much to Pearls Olives to Go! for sponsoring today's deliciousness.
All opinions, ideas, and graphics are mine.

These kids' lunch ideas and free printable lunch notes are sure to put a smile on your olive-lover's face!
Kids' Lunch Ideas and Free Printable Lunch Notes
It's a bit of a family joke just how much my younger son loves olives. At every holiday gathering, an extra relish tray is pretty much set out just for him. I love sending olives in both of my kiddos' lunches, too...they're always guaranteed to be devoured! Below are a few of my favorite olive-packed lunches...with a fun new way to pack them. AND, there's an awesome giveaway for YOU to win some lunch money to your favorite grocery store, too!