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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Jude is 7!

It really doesn't seem possible, SEVEN.  Jude turned seven years old yesterday.  I will never forget his story of entering our family. And now that I look back it seems like it was just yesterday.  But it wasn't!!  This kid is growing and thriving every day - and certainly giving us interesting challenges as well.  



This was a big year for Jude, he graduated Kindergarten and will be starting first grade in the fall.  Big changes but he is so ready.  We both know how incredibly blessed we are to have Jude in our family.  

Things I don't want to forget:
  • Jude loves to read! He is reading at a 2nd-3rd grade level. 
  • He is so creative, he makes up his own games every day. 
  • He is sensitive and emphatic.
  • Jude wears a size 3 shoe, size 8 shorts and youth medium shirts
  • He is always wanting to learn more. 
  • He enjoys going to the museums in town. 
  • Loves Pokemon and Oregon Trail. 
  • Very anxious when it comes to changes. 
  • Going into first grade. 
  • Likes reading comic books. 
  • Favorite food...pizza!
  • Jude loves playing with his sister. 


Jude, we love you so much and cannot imagine our family without you in it.  You bring us challenges, fun and creativity.  Thank you for being our Turtle for the last 7 years.  We are so excited to see what SEVEN brings us!  



Happy Birthday Turtle!!



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Monday, June 26, 2017

Cold Corn Salad - BBQ Style

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One of the best things about this time of the year are the BBQs, parties and gatherings outside.  It is a great time for visiting, playing and eating!  I love summertime BBQs because it gives me inspiration to try new easy-to-share side dish recipes to go along with any of our grilled main dishes.  

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Just like all of my favorite recipes, my new favorite side dish is one that is made easier with the help of some packaged ingredients.  This Cold Corn Salad is a great creamy salad side dish that your guests will love.  A perfect pairing to any grilled dish. 


Cold Corn Salad

Free printable recipe here. 


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Ingredients:

2 cans yellow corn
1 can Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes, drained
1 can RO*TEL® Mild, drained
1/2 red onion, diced
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup mayo
2 cups corn chips

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Directions:

1.  In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients listed except for the corn chips.  

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2.  Carefully mix all ingredients together and make sure the mayo covers the ingredients evenly.


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3.  Place corn salad in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.  Best if served chilled. 

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4.  Right before serving, mix in the corn chips.  

5.  Most people like the crunch so you can serve this salad with a side of extra chips for dipping if desired.  

6.  Enjoy chilled!

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This type of salad is great for BBQs and holiday celebrations.  Super easy to prepare ahead of time and this particular recipe makes a LARGE bowlful.  The addition of the  RO*TEL® gives this traditional BBQ side dish a little kick.  You could, of course, use the spicier version as well but my family isn't too big on spice.  

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Our summertime BBQ spread always looks so good. Is it bad that I want to host a summer BBQ every weekend? With recipes like this Cold Corn Salad and our favorite Hebrew National® hot dogs it could totally be done with no worries or hard work!

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To start preparing for your backyard summertime party by visiting your local Walmart and serve up summer....BBQ style!  While you are shopping, make sure you pick up some fun summertime plates, decorations and games.  Make summer memories with great food and fun activities for the whole family. 


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Find more summer cookout recipe inspiration here. 

What is your favorite BBQ side dish to share during the summer?


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Friday, June 23, 2017

What to Pack for a Day on a Boat



I would never consider myself an outdoor adventurist but now that the kids are getting older and Jeremy  really wants to explore more of our beautiful state, Colorado, we have some big plans in the coming years.  We are so lucky to have some amazing boating lakes in Colorado so one of our plans is to enjoy a nice day on a lake on a boat

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If you are like me, you love the idea of setting sail on a beautiful boat with the family but probably have no idea what to pack. I did some research and started an essential packing list for us to use as we plan our first family boating adventure.  

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What to Pack for a Day on a Boat

  • Swimsuit
  • Dry change of clothes
  • Towels
  • Life jackets
  • Swim goggles or masks
  • Floats, tubes and pool toys
  • Sand toys
  • Lake Activities - skis, tubes, etc. 
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Snacks & food
  • Cooking utensils
  • Water  & other Drinks
  • Cooler & ice
  • Paper towels & Wipes
  • Trash bags
  • First aid kit
  • Ziploc bags 
  • Flip flops and/or water shoes
  • Bug spray
  • Fishing supplies & license
  • Waterproof Camera
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Now if you are like us, you also do not own a boat and frankly really have no experience in the boating world.  Sure, we have enjoyed our fair share of boating experiences while out on large fishing boats with friends but never just us as a family. This is where Discover Boating is a great option.  I am comfortable with the packing but now we have to start planning our trip on the water with the family!

You don’t need to own a boat to experience what it’s like to have a vacation at your fingertips. Discover Boating has an interactive Go Boating Today tool that generates local options for boat rentals, classes, charters and more, simply enter your zip code to get started!  This is such a great tool for families like us.  We want to experience the lake moments and create memories but do not want the hassle of trying to figure out how to get a boat for the weekend.  

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Maybe after we experience a few family weekends on the boat from Discover Boating we will be able to decide if owning a boat is in our future as well.  We have a number of lakes to experience here in Colorado and the surrounding states.  I cannot wait to start getting onto the water.  Being in a landlocked state makes me itch for water, feet in, sun out, and the gentle water sounds....so relaxing!


Interesting boating stats from the National Marine Manufacturers Association:


  • 82% of Americans say being around water is relaxing.
  • 72% of Americans feel healthier after spending time on the water.
  • Millions of Americans go boating each year on more than 15 million boats in the U.S.
  • 84% of parents think their kids would be more likely to unplug on a boat trip versus a road trip.
  • 88% of American parents feel that their kids need to get more involved in outdoor activities this summer, like boating.

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Is some time on the water with your family part of your summer travel plans? 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Make Your Own Sponge Bombs

Summertime means long afternoons of the kids begging you to watch shows.  There are afternoons that I want to allow them to do that but honestly, we have to get these kiddos outside and enjoy the summer!!  I decided to make a fun little tutorial and surprise them with a different kind of water fight!

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Make Your Own Sponge Bombs


These are literally the easiest tutorial that will bring tons of fun and laughs to your kids days during these long hot summer days.  

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Materials Needed:

Sponges - I used four 4 packs 
Scissors

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Directions:

1.  Cut each sponge into 3 pieces, longways.  

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2.  Stack rows of 3 pieces times 3!  A total of 9 sponge pieces. 

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3.  Wrap elastic band around all 9 sponge pieces.  Make sure the band is very tight, this will help the sponge create a round shape. 

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4.  Once the band is around the sponge tightly, arrange the sponge pieces so they are not sticking together. 

5.  They are ready to be soaked!!  Simply place in a bucket of water and let the sponge soak up the water and then get ready for a fun water fight!!

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I cannot wait to surprise my kids with this fun activity.  I think we will also use these Sponge Bombs for Jude's birthday party next weekend.  It will be so much fun!  I know his buddies will have fun with them in the pool.  

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How do you make sure your kids have a lot of fun activities to enjoy at home during the summer?





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