FREE Apple Summer Camp

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The FREE Apple Summer Camps are back again this year!

At Apple Camp is a free three-day program for kids ages 8 to 12. They’ll broaden their creative horizons by making movies, creating interactive books, and more using Apple products.Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly, so sign up now for a super-creative adventure.*

Camps available for summer 2016.

Coding Games and Programming Robots
Who wouldn’t want to create their own games and program their own robots? Kids will learn visual block-based coding for games, applying logic skills such as pattern recognition and problem solving. Then they’ll use what they’ve learned to program their own robots to perform tasks, challenges, and much more.

Stories in Motion with iMovie
Campers will learn everything they need to create their own movies. They’ll storyboard ideas, shoot video, and delve into other aspects of the filmmaking process. Then they’ll edit their new epics in iMovie on a Mac.

Interactive Storytelling with iBooks
Campers will create their own interactive books and learn about the elements of writing a story, from idea to storyboarding. They’ll draw illustrations using an iPad, then add sound effects and Multi-Touch features using iBooks Author on a Mac.

What to bring:

A Mac, a digital camera or digital video camera, and earphones (if you’ve got them).

Keep in mind that these are available first come, first served.

So sign up and save your child’s spot here today!

Five more fun summer freebies for kids:

FREE Kids Summer Reading Programs
Kids Bowl FREE Program
FREE Kids Movies
Kids Fly a Real Plane FREE
FREE Kids Gardening Program

Let’s make this the best summer break ever!!

Sam’s Club Membership Giveaway

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CheezItUp Giveaway

Enter to win one of ten FREE Sam’s Club memberships today!

Copycat Sonic Limeade

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Cherry Limeade

My family knows that I absolutely LOVE a cold glass of Cherry Limeade. This recipe is SO close to the real thing that I really cannot tell the difference.

sonic limeade ingredients


**This recipe makes a gallon pitcher.


3/4 of a 2 liter of Sprite
1/2 Cup of Grenadine
1 Cup of fresh lime lime juice (5 limes)
Ice (crushed to be more authentic)
Maraschino cherries (10 in the pitcher)
Lime wedges of 2 limes.


Fill a pitcher with ice.

Get the juice from 5 limes with the seeds removed.

Add Sprite, grenadine and lime juice to your pitcher.

Cut your limes into wedges add to your pitcher.

Stir to mix well.

Fill with several cherries.

Pour and enjoy!!

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All Natural DIY Highlights Recipe

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summer highlight hair spray

Those of you who are as old as I am will likely remember the days of trying to get that sun kissed look in your hair during the summer months with DIY Highlights.

If you did not have enough money to actually buy the spray that was marketed to use the sun to lighten your hair, then you might have tried straight up lemon juice which would usually result in dry and brittle hair.

Try this All Natural DIY Highlights recipe next time you want to get the look that says you spend all your summer days longing at the beach 😉

Lighten any hair color with this recipe for sun-kissed highlights.

Be conservative with darker hair to avoid brassy hues.

Add all ingredients into a 12-oz. spray bottle and shake to combine.

To use, shake well and spritz throughout hair when spending time in the sun. Start with a small amount to avoid over-drying hair.

Summer Highlights

How to Save Money by Using Essential Oils.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: Get the very best deal when you sign up for the Premium Starter Kit which actually includes 3 of the oils listed in this recipe! Plus I send out a special bonus Welcome Kit for anyone that orders the Premium Starter Kit through me that includes a reference guide, Amazon Gift Card, extra reference materials and MORE!

Everything you need to get started

Father’s Day Hands Down Printable

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Hands Down Best

Father’s Day Hands Down Printable

Looking for a simple last minute Father’s Day Gift Idea?

I made this simple Hands Down Father’s Day printable.  We plan to dip Liam’s hands in some non-toxic finger paint and make cute little handprints in the middle.

Get an inexpensive 8 x 10 picture frame from the dollar store and you have a really nice keepsake that dad is sure to love!

Print yours here

Breaking Free From the Sadness

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I’ve been busier than usual the last couple weeks, leaving me with little time for social media…but I am noticing a trend.

Each time that I am able to check in with what everyone has going on, it leaves me exhausted and with an overall feeling of sadness after just a little bit of scrolling through.

There are so many tragic things that happen everyday, some much more horrific than others. Social media turns everyone into an expert and the end result is strained and broken relationships. It can begin to feel like we are living in hopeless times if you don’t do something to change your focus.

My heart is heavy for all those that are personally involved in the tragedies that have taken place the last few weeks. When the world is swirling around you and you feel like there is no hope, try these tips for breaking free from the sadness.


Ways to break free from the sadness:

Pray. Because honestly it is the first thing I always do in any situation, especially those that seem hopeless.  You know King David, a man after God’s own heart, spent many verses in the Psalms being pretty real and honest with his depression.  And God always saw him through it, and he wants to do the same for us too!

Reach out to someone you trust and share honestly how you are feeling. Just talking about how you are feeling and bringing the darkness into the light can release a lot of what tries to hold you in your pit.  Fear and shame over what others will think if they knew how you felt or thought can be powerful when left unchecked.

Make sure you are taking care of yourself with enough sleep, exercise, healthy food, and proper hygiene.  Getting ready each day from head to toe and spending some time outside can be very beneficial to your overall well being.

Limit the activities that cause undue stress.  Obviously there are things you cannot limit, but all of the extras need to go when you are trying to come out of the fog.  Learning to say no is a HUGE tool that we all need to practice using more!

Find activities that you love to do and help you relax.  Maybe try taking a walk, reading a book, take a hot bath, listen to music, or watching a movie.  Mine happens to be writing and gardening!

Remind yourself of all you have to be grateful for. It’s easy to get caught up in despair when you dwell on what’s wrong instead of what is right.  It might be difficult at first to change your perspective, but I promise you that once you start to look at the things that you have going for you, it will become easier to have a grateful heart for all that you have.

Choose to let go. When you stop trying to control your circumstances you have no other option but to allow hope to grow within you. Hope is the bridge that connects what is with what will be. It is not an easy thing to do, but trust that things will turn out the way they should even if it is not the way you think they should.

I hope you will find some of these tips helpful, and I would love to hear your comments and which techniques you use to get through the cloud of sadness.

When you have tried to do all you can on your own, it might be time to reach out for professional help. You can find out more about that here.

Use the diagram below to get a good idea where you are with your emotions.  Work to stay on the positive side of things whenever possible.

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