i should be mopping the floor: July 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Free Morning Routine Printable (and new shoes for school!)

This free morning routine printable is perfect for those crazy mornings. Download yours below.

Free Morning Routine Printable | Instant Download | Styles with and without check boxes.
Ready or not...it's that time again, y'all. Time for backpacks, freshly sharpened pencils, lunch packing, and of course, new shoes (my favorite part). School is just around the corner...are you ready? Download my free morning routine printable below (and check out our new shoes for the big day!).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dole Whip Poke Cake

This Dole Whip Poke Cake will make you feel like you're standing outside the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room at Disneyland. It's got the yummy pineapple flavor that the traditional Dole Whip is known for...along with a soft-serve-like icing. 

Dole Whip Poke Cake: all of the flavors of the legendary Disney treat into a delicious, moist, poke cake.
Huge Dole Whip fan here. It's the Disney treat I live for. And I'm kind of a Dole Whip purist in that I will only get the pineapple flavor (which is actually the only variety at Disneyland...and DL is the originator of the 'whip, so I feel like that's what I'm ordering no matter what resort I'm at). I'm also of the Dole Whip Float persuasion (where pineapple juice is poured over the pineapple soft serve...ummm, awesomesauce, y'all). These two magical treats are served at both Disneyland and Disneyworld in Adventure Land...right outside the Enchanted Tiki Room. Check out my Dole Whip Poke Cake recipe below...which is a mouthful of Disney, y'all.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chalk Paint Tutorial: Bedside Table Makeover

This Chalk Paint Tutorial of my son's bedside table makeover is perfect for your next DIY project.

Chalk Paint Tutorial: Bedside Table Makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor's Silk and Dark Wax
This honestly wasn't the post I had planned for today. But, I was so excited about this little red bedside table when I finished it over the weekend, that I knew I just had to share it with you this week.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey, friends! Hope your summer is going fabulously. So happy you're here to join us...this is the last week before we become a party of EIGHT hostesses! Next weekend, we can't wait to introduce you to new friends. But for now...let's get THIS party started! If you are new to our party, enjoy the fun of being linked to several blogs at one time.
What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom 

With so many fabulous links it make it hard to pick our faves. You are all incredibly talented in various ways. This week's features were chosen by Meegan from What Meegan Makes...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hot Diggity Dog! Free Cookout Printables

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The opinions and text are all mine.

These Hot Diggity Dog free cookout printables are the perfect way to invite friends over for a fun grillathon. Download yours and get grillin' as soon as you can! You could even  enter for the chance to be one of the grillmasters helping to break the World Record in NYC at the Finest Grillathon in August. 

Hot Diggity Dog! Free Cookout Printables | Invitations and Menu Cards
It's almost August, y'all! Have you hosted a cookout yet this summer? Now is your chance to host a fun backyard gathering...and even enter to win a chance to be in the biggest grillathon ever! These free printable invitations are the perfect way to get started.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats

These Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats are the perfect summertime treat...a little fancier than your average float, but totally worth the extra effort (and time on the treadmill!). #IDelightinChai
Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats |  Easy recipe with cola and chai tea latte! | The perfect, indulgent, summertime treat.
I'm pretty sure I invented the cola float. Well, I'd like to think I did. (Cue flashback harp music). As a little girl, the neighbors who lived directly across the street were known to me as Grandma and Grandpa (as a later-in-life-child, all of my biological grandparents passed away before I was born). Once a week, they'd take me to the local soda drive-in and we'd order root beer floats. When I was six, I felt it was time to tell them the truth of the matter: "I don't like root beer. At all.". I waited in anticipation of their complete and utter disappointment that I faked my way through many years of Root Beer Float Fridays as they turned to me from their front seats in their car. 
"Well, let's see if they can make yours with regular cola," Grandma Hyde said. "No use ordering something you don't actually like, right?"

And the first non-root-beer-float was born (I'm *pretty* sure that's historically accurate, y'all...I mean I haven't checked Wiki to make sure they have my name spelled correctly, but I trust them on this). Nobody was upset that I didn't like root beer (I still don't...I mean, who wants to drink liquified anise root...amIright?). We just invented our own version right then and there. Check out my glorified version of the original cola float below.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cinnamon Nut Flatbread

This Cinnamon Nut Flatbread is like a deconstructed cinnamon roll...but without the hassle of rolling! Oh, and it's delicious, too.

Cinnamon Nut Flatbread | A delicious deconstructed cinnamon roll!
I love to make cinnamon rolls...but the actual rolling part totally stresses me out, y'all. Isn't that silly?!? This recipe for Cinnamon Nut Flatbread is the perfect fix. I've shared it today over on the Rhodes Bake-N-Serv blog. Click here to check out the yumminess.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Inspiration Monday

It's our favorite day of the week! Inspiration abounds in hundreds of amazing posts linked by you. We really appreciate you stopping by every week...it's such a blast to host you all!

And wow...we're about to roll right into August! We've already seen some back-to-school posts popping up in the parties...among loads of other awesome ideas, too! This week's features were chosen by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor>>>

Friday, July 17, 2015

Free Summer Printable

This John Mayer-inspired free summer printable is a fun addition to your decor.

Free Summer Printable | 8x10 Instant Download | Inspired by John Mayer's Wildfire Lyrics
Are you a John Mayer fan? He's my summertime jam, man. For the second summer in a row, Wildfire is my absolute favorite (over and over...and over). I listen to it alllll day, y'all. And I'm pretty sure this is my favorite line: "A little bit of summer is what the whole year's all about". Preach it, John. 

I think we all need a little bit of summer to reset. Download this free printable below.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Homemade Dog Biscuits

These Homemade Dog Biscuits will make your pup super happy!
They're a bit messy, but only four ingredients...and a great clean up solution.

Homemade Dog Biscuits | Four Ingredients and easy to make! | Dogs LOVE them!
Have you ever baked your own homemade dog biscuits? They're really easy, healthy, and super budget friendly. Check out my simple four-ingredient recipe below. Your furry friend will thank you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Road Trip Snack Boxes

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Have a fun journey planned this summer? These easy Road Trip Snack Boxes are a great way to keep the kiddos fueled along the way.

Road Trip Snack Boxes | An easy and yummy solution to keep kids fueled on road trips!
My husband grew up stopping in convenience stores on road trips...my family always packed a huge cooler for snacks. I think these fun road trip snack boxes are a great happy medium for our own road trips. Check out how easy these are to put together below. You can grab a similar box HERE on Amazon.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Inspiration Monday

How are we already halfway through July? Before we know it, those school buses are going to be heading out again and summer will be gone (sniff, sniff). Not to worry, we still have loads of summery fun and inspiration right here at the party every week! So happy you're here to join us.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ten-Minute Layered S'mores Summer Icebox Cake

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This Layered S'mores Icebox Cake is based off of my late aunt's icebox cake recipe. I used the traditional layered pudding and graham crackers but kicked it up to s'mores awesomeness with the addition of chocolate bars and toasted marshmallows. It's the perfect summer get-together dessert, y'all...or even easy enough to be a weeknight dessert. Take this to your next barbecue for sure!

Ten-Minute Layered S'mores Summer Icebox Cake | Easy & Fast No-Bake Cake With All of the Flavors of the Classic S'More!
Gosh, I love a good icebox cake. I've been making my late Aunt Margaret's icebox cake since I was a new bride almost 13 years ago. Her husband was a professional baker (I've shared a few of his famous Manhattan Cafe recipes on here before), and I was blessed to inherit their 100-year old recipe box full of their prized hand-written recipes. That box is like a little door to the past. It's absolutely stuffed full of goodies...many of which I now make on a regular basis. My aunt passed away almost 20 years ago, but creating some of her and Uncle Johnny's recipes still makes me feel connected to her...know what I mean? I'm sure they'd be excited to try this spin on their classic icebox cake. Not only did I change up the ingredients and flavors, I've drastically cut down the prep time, too (I mean, it's summer...I'm not up for standing over the hot stove stirring homemade pudding for an hour now, y'all!). I've gotten this down to a cool 10-minute cake that can be made the night before a barbecue or potluck. Check out the recipe below.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Free Skinny Fonts

These free skinny fonts are a fun and hip touch for all of your design needs. 
They're awesome for printables, blog designs, logo designs, hobbies, and more.

Free Skinny Fonts | Over 20 Hip & Fun Skinny Fonts for Free Download
I've been wanting to create this post for quite sometime. I became slightly *obsessed* with skinny fonts around the time that I created the logo for our Inspiration Monday party a couple of years ago. They're kind of hipsterish and trendy, y'all...but I'm pretty okay with that. ;) 
I think each of these fonts would pair beautifully with a "chunkier" script font. Most of them are sans serif, so a nice sturdy serif font would be fun matched up with them, too. Download your favorites below.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

These Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownies are crazy awesome, y'all!

Double Chocolate Peppermint Brownies | Easy homemade brownies using peppermint essential oil and dark chocolate chips.
Brownies are one of those things I really prefer homemade on (okay, I do have that one jazzed-up boxed mix recipe on here...but you know, other than that...). I also need a really thick brownie...none of this 1/2 inch brownie-business. I can only use an 8-inch pan to produce 1 1/2-inch brownie perfection. Adding peppermint only elevates the awesome. Check out this yumminess below. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Inspiration Monday

YAY! It's party day, y'all. Hope all of my American readers had a fabulous fourth yesterday! We sure did down in Texas! :)

And just to let you know, tomorrow I'm ending my work on a super fun campaign with GraphicStock. Not only can you get thousands of graphics (I grabbed the above one there) for FREE, you can also enter for a one-year membership for FREE by commenting on my post here. Again, click here for the free seven-day membership and download until your heart's content!

BUT, WHAT WE'RE REALLY HERE FOR....Par-taaaaaaaay! Are your ready to be inspired?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Life is Sweet Free Printable

This Life is Sweet Free Printable is a refreshing addition to your summertime decor.

Life is Sweet Free Printable | 8x10 Summer Printable | Instant Download
A tall glass of cherry lemonade is pretty summery, no? This sweet little watercolor printable is a simple little addition to any space in your home...but I think it would look really cute in a kitchen area. Download yours below.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Create Your Own Coloring Pages

This simple tutorial will show you how to create your own coloring pages.

How to Create Your Own Coloring Pages | Use free images to create unique and fun coloring pages!
I feel like coloring pages are making a come back, y'all! I keep seeing hip and trendy coloring books for grown ups all over the place...but, their price tags are kinda spendy. The following is a great way to create your own coloring pages for free.