Holiday Weekend, where have you gone?

 My, my, my that holiday weekend flew by! All the usual feelings are present and accounted for: happiness from the greatness we experienced; frustration with getting back to the daily grind of reality; and a certain sadness that stems from it all being over. ...more

5 Things I love about 4th of July

 With the 4th at the end of this week, I thought I'd draft my personal top 5 favorites about the ol'red, white & blue celebration. Shall we? 1. I'm going to get right to specifics here and say freedom. While I do feel there are many freedoms still needing some follow through, this country is a great, great land. I'm thankful, proud, and happy to represent this land. ...more

The REAL Cost of That 4th of July BBQ

Nothing says, 'Welcome to Summer' like a 4th of July BBQ. Most years, my thoughts about the 4th of July range from where we are watching the fireworks to what we are eating to what sales I can take advantage of. God bless America, right? ...more

4th of July Home Decor

Sheesh! Mallory and I have not been seeing eye to eye these past few days. She has a particular schedule in mind that looks nothing like the one I plan out in my head. She has won this week's battle, but she will not win the war!  Anyway. I LOVE the fourth of July! I mean hello, I am an American and damn proud to be one....more

Red, White n Blue Nutter Butters

Red, White n Blue Nutter ButtersWho likes Nutter Butters?  Who likes white chocolate?  Well, you’re in luck. I took some Nutter Butters and dipped them in white chocolate and then to add some more sugar, sprinkled with sugar. ...more

Fourth of July Nails!

I like to celebrate holidays in all aspects of my life, even with cute themed manicures. Fourth of July is the perfect opportunity to show my patriotism with a red, white, and blue design! ( I also threw in some silver) ...more


It is almost that time in the middle of summer when we gather with family and friends and celebrate our Nations Independence. Most kids find fireworks fascinating and want to be a part of the show.  Most parents realize that kids should not handle fireworks.  Check out our new article at on fireworks safety for your 4th of July celebration....more

Cherry Bomb Chicken

I have made this chicken 3 times and I almost didn't share it. Because 3 out of 3 times I have not gotten a photo that does this chicken justice.But it is so so so amazingly good-- like sticky sweet BBQ chicken deliciousness made with fresh cherries and hot peppers and things like molasses ---I just had to give you the recipe....more

4th of July Hotdogs & Freedom

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.   Someone is always having a cookout – you can smell the burgers and kabobs on the grill as soon as you walk out of your house.  You hear the squeals of the kids as they do cannonballs into the deep end of the pool.  And you wait patiently for dusk to fall and so that you can begin looking towards the sky in anticipation for the fireworks show to begin....more