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This DIY Patriotic Paper Straw Necklace is so much fun to make. AND it’s made with leftover supplies from previous projects, like my patriotic flameless torches (which are also SUPER fun to make). I even dug out some red jingle bells and plastic star doodads from my Christmas craft supplies to use with this necklace. I love when supplies can be used for multiple occasions!
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Another thing I love about this necklace is that it’s so easy for little kids to do. Other than threading the needle, they can probably do this whole project in no time. Let’s get started!
These star spangled patriotic flameless torches are extemely fun to make and they make an excellent kid’s activity or even a sparkler alternative! They’re simple and easy enough for kids to make, too, with a little help with the cutting. I love projects that use simple and easy-to-find supplies and this craft checks off those boxes. They can be found in most party and dollar stores. Of course, you can always order online as well. Sometimes that’s just easier than getting out and hitting up multiple stores, #amiright?
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How cute would these be for a night out at the local fireworks display instead of sparklers? Super cute, I say!
I’ve never officially declared a summer song or created a summer playlist. There was that one summer when Thom and I loved Somebody That I Used to Know by Goyte. We cranked that up even though it’s not actually a “feel good” kind of song.
And then there was the summer I couldn’t get Call Me Maybe outta my head. I still love it, hence the addition to my 2018 list.
To be completely honest, I don’t listen to music on a regular basis. I’m not one to have it playing as I read or peruse the internet. Mostly I associate music with cleaning or driving. This summer I’m going to change that.
Every year I am astounded by our basil crop. And, by “our,” I mean Thom’s basil crop. Balsamic Tomato Salad may be my creation, but the real star of the show is Thom’s basil. Year after year he grows the best basil. So much of it, in fact, that we wind up not using as much as we should. Looking back through my recipes, I have only two basil recipes that stand out: Basil Pesto (SO SO GOOD) and Basil Sorbet (an interesting but SUPER refreshing use of this voracious herb).
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Definitely let this balsamic tomato salad marinate at least an hour before serving. The flavors meld so nicely and the mozzarella softens to just the most lovely texture and soaks up all that balsamic goodness!