4th of July! Family Fun Independence Day Vlog

Join us for our 4th of July family fun day. Kinda crazy but that’s us!! My parents and Hadara’s cousins came over for the day.  Ruben’s 90 year old Dad, (a.k.a. Grandpa Charlie) stayed the weekend with us too.  We had full house.  Church, hot dogs, impressions, musical shenanigans and fireworks in our Arizona backyard. You’ll enjoy all this and more in today’s fun vlog.  Watch our video below.  Hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse of our Pink life!  

Blessings and Shalom,

4th of July Decorating Ideas!


In today’s video, I share how I decorated my kitchen Fourth of July style.  It’s my unique style and I like it.   I love to decorate with blue and white for summer with a twist of nautical.  I can’t forget to include American crafting in my decor too.  I even show you how to make a easy utensil/straw jar for your picnic table.  Hope you get some ideas and enjoy the video.  Looking for more 4th of July ideas?  I have two DIY ideas for making an American flag door hanger and kid’s t-shirt on this post here.

 For my U.S. friends, have a safe and blessed weekend celebrating our freedom! 

Blessings and Shalom, 

Easy Summer Coastal Chic DIY


Do you ever get in those weird creative moods where you just itch to do some DIY?
Well this project has inch written all over it.   I had a old gold cheap dollar store frame that was a very odd size.  I couldn’t put a 3×5 or a 5×7 or any other size inside it without it looking awkward.
I had just bought some pretty turquoise paint and wanted to see this color splashed all around my family room to help accent my summer coastal chic decor.

So. . . . . this is what the project ended up to be.  A new paint color, old frame and dollar store sea shells and a little ribbon for hanging!

I first started to paint the frame, couldn’t wait!  I used a cosmetic sponge to create that vintage look.

Next, I glued muslin type material which I already had from scraps onto cardboard backing.

I placed the board back into the frame and arranged my sea shells then hot glued them down. 
I  trimmed my ribbon to hang.  All done! 
VERY fun and easy dollar store DIY to do with the kids.  How fun to use your vacation shells from Summer for a memory board. 


Have you made any summer crafts with the kiddos lately?   Post your craft ideas.  
It’s going to be a bright summer day! 

Blessings and Shalom

July Water Fun

Is an expensive swimming pool really a better choice for summer water fun?  Hmmm, I was thinking about this and I started to reflect back on my own childhood.  We didn’t have a swimming pool, but we had a yard and a hose and a sprinkler.  We didn’t live in a community where there was access to a community pool.  I lived in a time when you knew it was summer because when you went to Kmart, and there were plastic pools outside on display ready to buy!  I still remember that excitement.

Some of my best memories were when my brother and I spent numerous days outside running through the sprinker and spraying each other with the hose.  We made up games and took breaks to sit and eat watermelon or popsicles.  The best parts were feeling the wet grass in between our toes and the worst problem we had to face was dirty grassy feet.  Oh well.  I don’t remember how hot it was during those summer AZ days.  All I remember was the fun and laughs we had and that funny colorful sprinker bug that waved his little antennas around and water sprayed out of it.  Did any of you have one of those bug sprinklers?  Maybe if you were an 80’s child?  I’m dating myself.


Yes, I did have one of those plastic pools some summers as a little girl too.  That was fun, but for some reason the most memories I have are the ones that were much simpler involving the simple water hose.


Well, this 4th of July, my daughter and her little cousins got together at Grandma’s house and there was no built in swimming pool.  Just a slip and slide and a hose and a sprinker.  I sat back and watched how the kids excitement grew with anticipation as they watched my Dad (Grandpa) through the window get the whole water fun set up.  They ran out of the door and ran right into the water.  Their smiles told the whole story!  What a fun day!  At the end of their fun, Grandpa took the hose and surprisingly sprayed the little ones, ha ha!  I laugh even now as I remember.  I can still hear their laughter including my own.  What a simple day.


As families, we don’t need a lot of money to have summer water fun.  It’s the great times we spend together that turn a budget water day into a rich day of memories.

What are some fun budget ways your family has fun during the summer?   Share your comments.  Have a great Monday and keep pressing on.

Blessings and Shalom,




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