Memorial Day Recipes


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Are you looking for some fun and easy Memorial Day recipes?

I have gathered up my top 10 recipes that I think are perfect for the holiday.  I have also included a bonus for you below!

Cracker Jack Recipe

Sand Pudding Recipe 

Homemade Jell-O Pudding Pops

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Snow Cones

Strawberry Blueberry Pound Cake Trifle

Walking Tacos

Copycat 7-11 Cherry Slurpee

Mini Fruit Pizzas

Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade 

BONUS:

You’ll also find LOTS of great Simple Strawberry Recipes that would be perfect for Memorial Day!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Teaches the Importance of Family and Apologizing


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With all of the new and exciting things happening around here the last few weeks, Rich and I had the opportunity for a night out together a few nights ago to see a screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass which opens in theaters everywhere today!

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First, you MUST see this movie.  I really LOVED it, and yes I cried a little and laughed a LOT!

You only get one family!  It may grow and shrink in size at times, ours recently grew :)

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And no matter what family issues you might have, it is still yours and you need to do all that you can to make things right or risk having your heart turn to stone just like the Queen of Hearts who shows us what can happen when a lie gets out of hand.

It is the perfect story about what happens when you have had an injustice committed against you that goes unchecked. These kinds of things happen often in families and we usually ignore the problems hoping they will just go away….Spoiler Alert….they NEVER just go away!

It starts off with someone doing something against you, either on purpose or accident…it doesn’t really matter either way. You hope for the truth to be revealed so that people will believe you and right the injustice against you and when it doesn’t happen, you embrace your “right” at being angry for the injustice.

The injustice was a legitimate wrong against you, but your response to it can be just as dangerous…quite possibly more damaging the the injustice alone would have been.

Bitterness is a trap!

The definition of bitterness is anger at being treated unfairly.

That is exactly what happened with the Queen of Hearts!

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and encounters the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and encounters the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

And in the end we learned that we cannot change the past, but we can learn from it.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland and meets Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland and meets Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.

We learn through this story that sometimes all it takes to change a situation is someone being willing to admit they were wrong and they are sorry for breaking the relationship in the first place.

But if we are the offending side we all too often embrace our right to be right or our inability to be wrong because of our fear of what people will think of us if we were truthful.

Helena Bonham Carter is the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway is the White Queen in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all new adventure featuring the unforgettable characers from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

Helena Bonham Carter is the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway is the White Queen in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

No one wants to admit to being wrong, but in the end you’ll realize that being right is not always the most important thing.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland to help the Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland to help the Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

We also learned that sometimes we have to let go of the past and our expectations of what life was supposed to look like and embrace the present and the family you have.

Time is NOT a thief after all!

So let’s start seeing each moment of time that we have been given as a blessing and a gift to be shared with those closest to us.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.Lindsay Duncan is Helen Kingsleigh and Leo Bill is Hamish.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.Lindsay Duncan is Helen Kingsleigh and Leo Bill is Hamish.

Remember as crazy as they might be, you only get one family :)

Organic Summer Snack for Kids


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6.10 Amazon Organic Snacks Round Up VERTICAL

Now that school is out you need to make sure to have lots of healthy snack options available for your kiddos that are home throughout the day.

Here is a nice list of the top Organic Summer Snacks for Kids that can all be ordered and delivered to your front door directly from Amazon.

I love ordering from Amazon because it gives me one less thing I have to think about and one less errand to run. Just pick out the things you know your kids will love and with a few quick clicks you can sit back and wait while Amazon does the rest for you :)

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1. Honey Stinger Organic Chocolate Waffles, 16 pk — $17.79
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2. Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, 24 pk — $13.79
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Final Price: $11.72 Shipped

3. Cascadian Farms Organic Chewy Granola Bars, 6 ct — $2.98
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Final Price: $2.98 Shipped

4. Garden of Eatin’ Sesame Blues Chips, 7.5 oz — $2.89
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Final Price: $2.89 Shipped

5. Annie’s Homegrown Organic Snack Mix, 9 oz — $3.98
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6. Arrowhead Mills Organic Whole Yellow Popcorn, 28oz — $2.29
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7. Health Valley Organic Strawberry Cereal Bars, 7.9 oz — $4.76
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8. Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Bunny Snacks, 6.75 oz — $4.09
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9. Annie’s Homegrown Variety Snack Pack, 36 ct — $15.69
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10. Bare Organic Apple Chips, 6 pk — $20.00
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11. Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Grahams, 7.5 oz — $3.69
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Final Price: $3.69 Shipped

12. Sha Sha Co. Organic Lemon Snap Cookies, 9.5 oz — $6.38
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Final Price: $5.42 Shipped

13. Health Valley Organic Blueberry Cobbler Cereal Bars, 7.9 oz — $4.79
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Final Price: $4.79 Shipped

14. Garden of Eatin’ Black Bean Corn Tortilla Chips, 7.5 oz — $4.49
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15. Kettle Brand Organic Potato Chips, 5 oz – 15 pk — $46.33
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16. GoGo Squeeze Applesauce, 4 pk — $2.49
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17. Stretch Island Fruit Leather, 48 ct — $17.85
Final Price: $17.85 or $.37 Each

18. Pure Organic Ancient Grain Bar, 12 pk — $19.79
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19. Jovial Cream Filled Organic Gluten Free Cookies, 5 pk — $19.99
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20. Kind Dark Chocolate and Nuts Bar, 12 ct — $14.22
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How to Become an Encourager + $200 Dayspring Giveaway!


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Some people are natural encouragers.

You know the ones that always show up with the right words or kind deed just when you need it.

I have always felt the tug in my heart when I know someone else is going through something, even if they don’t tell anyone what is going on.

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There are times I can just see the sadness in a person’s eyes and wanted to offer something that could take away that sadness just a little, and possibly offer some hope.

It doesn’t take much to impact and change someone’s day. In fact sometimes something as simple as a smile can have a

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I love the idea of the Dayspring 21 Days of Encouragement Challenge that is happening now.

Why 21 days, you ask? Well, we’ve all heard the thought that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Wouldn’t it be amazing if our 21 Days of Encouragement campaign inspired a life-long change in your heart – one that never ended?

What if we activated our entire DaySpring family to spread God’s joy and shine His light every day for the rest of our lives?

Because, after all, isn’t that we are called to do?

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV) says “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.” So, join us today and let’s get started.

The great thing about this challenge is that you are never too late to start, and you may find that you start off to bless others but it will be yourself that will receive the greatest blessing in the end.

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There are so many ways to encourage someone you know. The first thing that you will want to do is think about the person that you would like to encourage.

What are some of their specific needs or burdens? What simple act of kindness could you do to let them feel that they are loved?

If you need some ideas for encouraging others, Dayspring has put together a great collection of ideas including everything from grand gestures to quick uplifting moments, and you can find all of the ways to encourage someone here.

You don’t have to do anything grand if you don’t want to. A smile, a free eCard, a handwritten mailed card or a phone call can offer SO much encouragement to those that feel alone or unloved.

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Dayspring is offering one lucky winner the opportunity to win $200 to shop all the encouraging products they offer, including Buy 2 Get 1 FREE Boxed Cards which are perfect for this challenge.

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After a while you may find yourself with even more opportunities to bless others with a little encouragement as well as those that you set out to encourage intentionally.

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3 Gardens You Can Grow to Combat Stress


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3 Gardens for Stress Relief

There are 3 Types of Gardens You Can Grow to Combat Stress in your everyday life.

Stress relief can be as close as your garden. Rather than reaching for a prescription drug or over-the-counter medication to calm your nerves, there are three types of gardens you can cultivate that will combat stress in almost any form.

Stress relief from the garden can come from flowers, a beautiful and relaxing butterfly garden or a food garden so you can enjoy nature’s bounty on your table in exciting and delicious recipes.

Just the act of cultivating a garden can be a restful and peaceful experience.

Getting outdoors in the warm sunshine and communing with nature by helping plants grow and provide beauty or harvest can be relaxing and a healthy way to exercise.

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A perfect type of garden to combat stress is the beauty of the flower garden.

Let your creativeness and imagination run wild when creating a beautiful space in which you can relax and even bring some of the beauty into your home.

Grow them from seeds in flats and then plant them in containers or flower beds surrounding your home or on your patio. The rewards you get from a flower garden range from the scene of blooming flowers, the scent and the harvest for your own personal use.

Certain flowers, such as lavender (an herb) are commonly used in aromatherapy for stress relief. You can purchase the scent of lavender in soaps and lotions – or grow your own and tie up bunches to dry in your home.

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A butterfly garden not only brings beauty, but the added benefit of observing gorgeous butterflies flying from flower to flower.

A properly executed butterfly garden will attract butterflies and hummingbirds, filling your garden with life and aroma.

Among the plants you can grow in your butterfly garden include lavender, azaleas and hibiscus.

Also try Tropical sage, butterfly bushes, purple coneflower and bee balm to attract hummingbirds and butterflies and to fill your garden with beauty.

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And, for the ultimate in exercise and health, try a food garden. A food garden can bring beauty to containers or outdoor garden spaces and add healthy vegetables to your table.

Easy and fast-growing plants for your food garden include tomatoes, bell pepper, radishes, carrots and lettuce. Fresh produce from your garden tastes much better than what you can purchase from the supermarket.

If you have a large enough garden space, try growing extra produce for canning and/or freezing. This ensures you can be enjoying your gardening efforts far into the cold winter months.

Choosing any one or all of the above garden types ensures you get needed sunshine to increase serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the “feel good” chemical and melatonin helps you get a good night’s sleep.

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The fresh air you enjoy with gardening keeps you healthy and promotes cell growth and renewal in your body.

After gardening, you may also find that you can focus better and enjoy a sense of physical and mental well-being.

Carve out a space in your garden for your relaxation by adding water features and other sounds of nature – plus and comfy spot to relax with a good book.

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Read more gardening articles:

What is a Kitchen Garden?

How to Build Raised Vegetable Garden Beds

Deciding When to Plant Your Garden

Three Must Know Vegetable Garden Tips

How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

4 Easy to Grow Culinary Herbs

Planning a Productive Kitchen Garden

Grow More by Setting Gardening Goals

Must Have Gardening Tools & Accessories

Sneaky Ways to Grow More Food

DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib


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DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail

Since babies spend most of their time in their crib, especially when they are infants, it’s important to choose a quality baby bed that keeps them safe and comfortable.

The DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail is one that really gets the job done so your little one (and you!) can rest easy.

Built with your baby’s safety in mind, the Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib received the GREENGUARD Gold Certification, which means it exceeds many safety regulations for chemicals and emissions.

While in this crib, your baby isn’t exposed to dangerous toxins like lead and phthalate, and it helps to improve the air quality in the room as well. It also meets the standards of the U.S. CPSC and is certified by JPMA.

Constructed of durable New Zealand pine grown in sustainable forests, the Kalani crib is as sturdy as it is safe. Offered in a range of non-toxic finishes, including cherry, ebony, chestnut, espresso, white and honey oak, you can purchase the best color to match the rest of your baby’s nursery.

The Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib features a low profile design, so you can comfortably lay your little one down without disrupting him when it’s time to snooze.

The mattress can be placed at 4 different levels as your child grows, with the lowest offering a distance of 27 inches from the top of the mattress to the top of the rail.

The crib’s rounded slats and top rails further help it prevent injuries when your baby begins pulling up and standing.

81u5uNPXdeL._SL1500_Since a crib is likely your most expensive purchase for your baby’s nursery, it’s cost-effective to purchase one that converts to other bed options. With the Kalani, you can use the same bed for your child from birth to teen years! That really save you money down the road, since kids grow fast.

813lnBcOuzL._SL1500_When your toddler is potty trained and needs to get up on his own, you can convert the crib to a toddler bed with a safety rail to prevent injuries. The Kalani can also be changed to a daybed and full-size bed, depending on your child’s age and needs.

81qNrXoSPLL._SL1500_Assembly isn’t very difficult for the DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib. The instructions are easy to follow.

With it being eligible for free replacement parts through Amazon, should you need them, you can rest assured you are spending money on something that will last your for many years to come.

This post is part of a series of Baby Product Reviews:

Boba 4G Carrier Review

Britax Travel System Review