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Pina Colada Floats

Pina Colada Floats


We recently got back from a trip to Belize and one of our favorite things we had there were all of the different tropical fruity drinks. When we got home, we were still craving that delicious island flavor and wanted to share that part of our trip with our kids. So I came up with this fun, very Americanized version of a pina colada... a virgin pina colada float!

A delicious non-alcoholic party drink

It's made with pineapple flavored soda, coconut syrup and vanilla ice cream, so it's not really even close to authentic, but it is super tasty and our kids loved being able to try something new. It's the perfect summer treat for a hot afternoon. So refreshing!

To make your own pina colada ice cream floats, you will need:

How to make a pineapple coconut ice cream drink

Virgin Pina Colada Ice Cream Floats

  • Fanta Pineapple Soda
  • Torani Coconut Flavored Syrup
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Maraschino Cherries

Fill a glass with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of syrup over the ice cream. Carefully pour the soda over the ice cream. Top with a cherry.

A fruity summer drink with coconut, pineapple, cherry and ice cream

It's such a simple recipe, but the flavors are so good! I hope you are enjoying your summer so far and find an excuse to whip up these delicious drinks.
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Floral Farmhouse Bathroom Refresh

Floral Farmhouse Bathroom Refresh


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Conagra Brands. All opinions are mine alone. #MegaSummerRefresh #CollectiveBias

Hello! Today I'm sharing a fun guest bathroom refresh I did at my mom's house over the weekend. The old bathroom was fine, but it has looked the same for several years now and it was time to change things up and bring in a fresh new look for summer. We're both pretty excited with what we were able to pull together with just one trip to Target. Here's our light and airy floral farmhouse bathroom:


And here are a few shots of what it looked like before:



The first thing we fell in love with was the floral shower curtain in shades of yellow, blue and green. It is just SO pretty that it became our inspiration piece and we designed the whole room around it!


We took down the standard towel bar and replaced it with an old chippy wooden ladder that my mom picked up at a yard sale years ago. We also hung those three ceramic flowers on the wall. All the heart eyes for those!


Now it's the perfect place to hang towels! Aren't these fringe edged towels so great? I love the texture and farmhouse touch they add to the design.


We picked up a few of my go-to accessories for any design project: greenery, photos and candles, and used them to style the rest of the room.



This next picture really shows off the pretty fringe detail on the towels. And that soap pump? So cute!


See that gold and marble side table next to the toilet? 


Not only did it give us another fun texture and pretty pop of gold, but guess what? The lid lifts off and is the perfect place for...


... toilet paper storage! Isn't that so clever?!


The final touch of luxury in our bathroom refresh was purchasing a big pack of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft and Strong Mega Rolls. The rolls last longer than regular rolls, which means we don't have to change the roll as often. And less work is the ultimate luxury if you ask me!


You can find the mega rolls in the toilet paper and household goods section at Target. 



And right now it's even on sale!


Vote on your favorite Quilted Northern character-inspired bathroom [Daddy Gator, Little Miss Puffy Tail and Sir Froggy] for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize or $250 Target GiftCard! Sweepstakes runs from 6/19-8/1. Enter here: http://cbi.as/7xy54 

#MegaSummerRefresh #Sweepstakes (6/19 to 7/31)

Find even more bathroom decorating inspiration HERE.
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DIY Fourth of July Luminary Craft

DIY Fourth of July Luminary Craft


The Fourth of July is coming right up, but it's not too late to make this fun patriotic craft. Create your own flag luminaries to hang from your porch or patio or trees. They look pretty during the day and even better when they're glowing at night! Are you ready to make your own little decorations for Independence Day? Let's get started!

Fun and easy patriotic craft ideas

These are the materials you will need:

Make a luminary for the Fourth of July

  • Tissue paper or printed paper napkins
  • Craft Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks
  • LED Tea Light
  • Twine, Ribbon or String

I was so excited when I found these fun napkins at Walmart. I had originally planned to make the luminary with solid colored tissue paper, but the prints are so much cuter. 

DIY Luminary from popsicle sticks and paper napkins

I've created a video tutorial to show you how this goes together, but here are the steps in case you miss anything... the video moves fast!
  1. Cut each napkin into four parts along the fold lines.
  2. Make five squares out of craft sticks.
  3. Glue the squares together to form a cube with one open side.
  4. Line each side of the cube with hot glue and press a napkin smoothly into place.
  5. Repeat for the remaining four sides.
  6. Trim excess paper from each edge. Go slow and cut nicely-- these edges will show!
  7. Glue a twine string to each corner to act as a hanger, then tie the four strings together evenly in the center.
  8. Add a tea light, hang and enjoy!

Video Tutorial:



I am so thrilled with this fun craft. Red, white and blue just make my heart happy!

Make this fun red, white and blue luminary

I can't wait to stay up late on the Fourth of July watching fireworks with these pretty luminaries glowing in the background.

DIY your own patriotic flag luminaries!

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The Hudson Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

The Hudson Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern


Crocheting a blanket is similar having a baby... it takes about nine months to make, but one look at the results and you fall in love and think it was totally worth it.

My brother and sister-in-law had their first baby about a month ago and as soon as I found out they were having a boy, I went to the store to pick out yarn. Today I'm sharing the pattern for this simple but beautiful baby blanket. I wish you could touch this yarn in person. It is SO soft and squishy. And the dual color strands adds so much visual interest. I love how it turned out. It's understated and full of delicious texture.

Textured, soft and elegant crochet afghan for babies

The yarn I used is Yarn Bee Denim in Color from Hobby Lobby. It comes in lots of different colors.

soft, squishy yarn for a baby blanket

 I chose the denim navy blue color (bottom left corner in the picture). 

The main body of the blanket is made using the Griddle Stitch, which is a simple combination of alternating single and double crochet stitches. I used a smaller hook to ensure that the finished fabric wass tight enough that baby's fingers and toes wouldn't get stuck in it.

Yarn Bee Denim in Color yarn free pattern project idea

The border is created using double crochet stitches.

How to add a simple crochet border to a blanket

This is a perfect blanket pattern for beginning crocheters because the pattern is easy to remember. That means you can binge watch Netflix while you crochet... which is my favorite way to work!

Easy, free pattern for a baby blanket

The Hudson Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Materials Needed:

Yarn Bee Denim in Color, 6-7 skeins
Size H crochet hook

Pattern:

Chain 150 or customize the size any way you want. The starting chain just needs to be in multiples of 2 + add 2.

Row 1: Skip 3ch (count as 1dc), *1sc into next ch, 1dc into next ch; rep from * ending 1sc into last ch, turn.

Row 2: 3ch (count as 1dc, skip 1 st, *1sc into next dc, 1dc into next sc; rep from * ending 1sc into top of tch, turn

Repeat row 2 until you have reached your desired blanket length. My blanket was just a bit more of a rectangle than a square.

When you are satisfied with the size of the blanket, single crochet around the entire outside edge. The sides will turn out best if you put two single crochet stitches per row.

Then stitch around the entire outside edge of the blanket with double crochet stitches (one in each sc stitch), adding 3 DC in each corner to make them turn nicely. Repeat a second time.

Slip stitch the last stitch off, and cut the yarn, leaving about a six inch tail. Weave in loose ends and you're done!

Crochet blanket pattern

Then all you have left to do is stand back and admire your handiwork! 

textured blanket from soft yarn

My blanket recipient seemed pretty happy with how it turned out.

Easy crochet baby afghan with free pattern



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Everything You Want To Know About FOAM Crown Molding

Everything You Want To Know About FOAM Crown Molding


Thank you to Crown Molding Solutions for providing product for this post. 

Foam Crown Molding Review

One of the challenges of remodeling is the unexpected complications that come up along the way. Today I'm sharing an awesome product that solved a big problem for us in our remodel. It's crown molding made out of foam!

The problem:


When we first moved in, the whole upstairs was trimmed with what we like to call "redneck crown molding," a series of different sized wood pieces all nailed together to give the quasi-look of molding. It was ugly. Not only was it ugly, but it was poorly installed and even more poorly painted. It looked awful. It was one of the first things we ripped out of our home when we moved in. 

The problem is that removing the old "molding" (and I use that term very loosely) damaged the ceiling and walls pretty badly. It was going to be way, way, way too hard to patch, so we knew we had to add new crown molding to cover up the damage.

But the problem didn't end there. Problem #2: we have ceiling heat upstairs, which means you absolutely cannot nail into the ceiling for fear of severing one of the heating coils and permanently disabling the heat system.

So we HAD to have crown molding, but couldn't nail crown molding up.

Grrrrrreat!

That's when I started researching and came across Crown Molding Solutions. Their foam crown molding was similar in price to the wood we would have bought, but is lightweight and made of foam, so you just glue it to the wall! It was the perfect solution for us!

So we picked out a size and design we liked and in no time flat, our molding showed up on our doorstep. 

This is what it looks like:


It's the 4.5 inch molding in style #4. See all of the styles HERE.

This is after we had painted it. I painted all of the molding before installing and that was definitely the right choice... much easier than standing on a ladder and having to tape off all of the edges.

The molding has a flat back and top so that you have a surface for gluing. 

To install, we applied LocTite Power Grab All Purpose adhesive to the flat back and top parts and pressed the molding into place. Easy peasy!


There's even a YouTube video that shows the installation process. Watch the tutorial HERE.

We still had to make mitered cuts for corners, but this stuff cuts so easily that we did a lot of it with a hand saw. 

Also, I just wanted to show the power of caulk. After installing the molding, the next step is to caulk the edges.


You can see in this photo how much of a difference it makes:


Before caulk there are a lot of gaps, but after caulk, everything is smooth and filled in. Caulk makes such a huge difference!

Here I am, balancing precariously on the arm of the couch and caulking up a storm:


I am so happy with how the molding turned out. It adds such a nice finishing touch to the space. Here's the room before molding:


And here it is after:



The room looks so much more pulled together and finished. I love the added character.


We decided to build our kitchen cabinets up to the ceiling to close off that awkward area that just collects dust, so my husband built boxes to fill in the space, then we trimmed the cabinets with molding. Here's the "before" picture...


... and here's the kitchen after building the cabinets up and adding molding:


Doesn't it look great?! The molding adds so much drama and makes the whole kitchen look custom. Obviously we're not done working in the kitchen... we still have cabinet doors to build and need to paint the cabinetry, but it's a great start and I'm so pleased with how things are coming along.

Here are a few things you might want to know if you're thinking about installing foam crown molding in your home:
  • Foam molding is a great option for people who are uncomfortable with using power tools. You could install molding in an entire house with only a hand saw.
  • The molding comes unpainted. Start with one coat of primer, then two coats of semi-gloss latex paint. I used an angled brush, but if you have a paint sprayer, it would work well for this job.
  • Because it's foam, the molding is very lightweight, so installation is easier. Even my kids could lift an entire 8 foot section of molding above their heads. 
  • Once it's installed, foam crown molding looks just like traditional wood molding. I seriously can't tell a difference.
  • You do have to be careful not to dent the foam during cutting and installing. It's soft, so if you push too hard on it or press tools into it, it will leave indentations. It's not a big deal... just something to be aware of.
  • If the thought of cutting angles scares you, you can purchase pre-made inside and outside corners! No mitered cuts needed... just install the corners, then caulk all of the seams. Talk about simple! The pre-made corners are available HERE.
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