How to Rock Shorts This Summer!

Do you love wearing shorts but aren’t sure how to dress up the outfit for summer?! Well we have some great style ideas to go with your shorts this summer!

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Dress up your printed shorts with a solid blazer and top!

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C/O Nadyana

Wear print or solid shorts with a comfy top and cute necklace!

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C/O Nadyana

Pair your outfit with a matching lightweight scarf that has a print or if you have a print on your shorts then wear a solid scarf!

Hopefully these tips will come in handy next time your throw on your shorts and want to dress up your outfit a bit!

Croquet Game with Pool Noodles!

Do you have some extra pool noodles laying around the house or just want a new activity for the kids? If you do, we found this awesome croquet style game using pool noodles!

What you need:

Pool noodles (cut them in the middle)

Yard stakes

Ball

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C/O Inner Child Fun

All you need to do is take your noodles that you have cut in half, bend them into an arch, and hold them down with a yard stake! Your little ones will have a blast kicking the ball around and trying to make goals! Make it a game and invite the neighbor kids over to play too or just join in the fun with you little ones!

Weekly Celebrity Updates

Another week, another round of celebrity gossip! Check out all the new drama below.

Cutler Baby #3 is on the way!

Kristin Cavallari and husband Jay Cutler announced their third bun in the over this week. How cute is her announcement?

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C/O US Magazine

Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video

We can’t wait to see Swift’s new music video! With numerous celebrities starring in it as their evil alter-egos, we couldn’t be more excited.

Stars such as Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, Zendaya, Serayah, Ellie Goulding and Lena Dunham are set to star. Each celebrity chose their name and their persona too! See Taylor’s below.

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C/O In Style

 

Haylie Duff has given birth!

Baby Ryan is here! Haylie and fiance Matt couldn’t be happier on the birth of their healthy daughter!

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C/O E! Online

 

JLo and Casper Smart are back together!

The on again, off again couple are back on and hotter than ever.

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C/O E! Online

 

Who do you wish would join the Bad Blood cast?! We are hoping that Lorde will be the next new addition!

 

 

 

 

Spring Cookout – It’s What’s for Dinner!

It’s time to pull out the grill, folks!

Homemade hamburgers, yummy potato and corn sides are what we love most when the weather gets warm. Check out our top recipe picks below for a scrumptious warm weather dinner!

Homemade Hamburgers

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C/O Inspired Taste

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (450 g) ground beef chuck or round
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Butter, as needed

Directions:

Form beef into three 5 to 6 ounce hamburger patties. Use your thumb to imprint a dimple into the middle of each burger. (This prevents the middle of the burgers from puffing up while cooking). Season both sides of the hamburgers with salt and pepper.

 

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a cast iron pan over medium heat. Cook hamburger patties 3 to 4 minutes on each side, depending on how well done you like it.

Rest burgers covered loosely with aluminum foil for 5 minutes then serve on a buttered bun with lettuce, tomatoes and onion (or how you like it).

 

Potato Salad

The best warm weather side you could ever ask for!

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C/O Food Network

Grilled Corn

It’s delicious… and nutritious!

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C/O Food Network

 

Strawberry Cupcakes + Strawberry Frosting

I add one lime worth of juice to both the frosting and the cupcakes for a little tang!

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C/O Mix and Match Mama

Enjoy this dinner soon — It’s easy, delicious and everyone will love it! What’s your favorite warm weather dinner?!

 

Hats for the Beach!

Wondering what type of hats are in style for summer 2015? Well we have solved the problem for you! Check out these cute hats and decide for yourself what one fits your personal style and works for your needs!

Deep Bucket Hat

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C/O Babble

This hat is perfect for the beach if you want a little more coverage from the sun on your face!

Floppy Hat

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C/O Babble

Floppy hats are perfect for the beach when you want maximum coverage from the sun on your face!

Wide Brim Hat

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C/O Babble

The wide brim hats aren’t ass large as the floppy hats but still give you some coverage from the sun!

Baseball Cap

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C/O Babble

Not into the other styles of hats and really just a baseball hat kind of girl? Try something fun like this baseball cap that will still help protect your face and keep the sun out of your eyes!

We love these hats and keeping our skin protected during the beautiful sunny days! Are there other styles of hats that you prefer to wear? We would love to hear what they are!

Cupcake Liner Ocean Themed Crafts!

Have some cupcake liners laying around the house? Use them up by showing your kids how to make some of these great crafts! With summer almost here, they are a lot of fun for the little ones who are getting use to going to the beach and swimming again! Check them out below!

Octopus

What you will need:

Cupcake liner (color of your choice)

Construction paper for the octopus legs, face, and blue background

Glue

Round cereal

2 googly eyes

White crayon

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C/O I Heart Crafty Things

Glue the cupcake liner to the blue construction paper. Cut our legs for the octopus and glue them to the blue paper and glue the round cereal pieces to the legs. Glue on the googly eyes and mouth. Draw little white squiggle lines to look like waves on the blue paper!

Shark

What you will need:

2 gray cupcake liners (gray) and 1 (white)

Construction paper for the shark mouth and blue background

Glue

2 googly eyes

White crayon

Red marker

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C/O I Heart Crafty Things

Cut a white and gray cupcake liner in half and glue them together onto the blue construction paper. Use the other gray cupcake liner to cut two triangles with a rounded bottom and one regular triangle for the top fin. Use colored construction paper to create a mouth and use a red marker to draw squiggles for the sharp teeth in the center. Glue on the googly eyes and draw white squiggles on the blu background to look like waves!

Fish

What you will need:

Cupcake liner (colors of your choice)

Construction paper for the fish tail

Glue

Googly eye

White crayon

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C/O I Heart Crafty Things

These are the simplest ones to make! Just cut a triangle for the fish tail out of construction paper, glue it to the blue construction paper background, and then glue on the cupcake liner to cover a portion of the tail. Glue on a googly eye and use the white crayon to draw bubbles coming out of the fishys mouth!

The Best Looks from the 2015 Met Gala

With the China: Through the Looking Glass theme this year, our favorite celebrities did not disappoint! The costumes this year were fabulous. What was your favorite? Our top picks are below!

1. BEYONCE – slay girl, SLAYYYY.

If you needed a workout inspiration, this look will inspire you to the end of your days.

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2. Rihanna

The memes surrounding this are hilarious. Google it.

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C/O Harper’s Bazaar

 

3. Anna Wintour

The Queen of Vogue looks like a Chinese firecracker in this number.

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C/O Haper’s Bazaar

4. Jennifer Lopez

JLo’s famous backside made an appearance.

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C/O Harper’s Baazar

 

5. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim’s dress is said to be inspired by Cher’s first Met Gala look.

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C/O Harper’s Bazaar

 

6. Amal Clooney

Classic as ever in this red number, the brilliant lawyer stunned on the red carpet.

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C/O Harper’s Bazaar

 

7. Karolina Kurkova

We love that the model embraced the Chinese theme and arrived in this stunning dress!

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C/O Harper’s Bazaar

 

8. Sarah Jessica Parker

Fabulous as always!

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C/O US Magazine

 

Although everyone stunned on the red carpet, these were our top eight picks! Whose look was your favorite? Comment below!

What’s For Dinner? Orange BBQ Chicken, that’s what!

I made this for dinner last night and WOW was it a hit! The barbeque pulled chicken is always a classic, but adding freshly squeezed orange juice to it takes the dish to a whole other level. As if this meal could get any better, it’s also made in the crockpot! Perfect for a busy evening filled with soccer practices and dance lessons.

Crockpot Orange Chicken

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C/O Frugal Girls

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 – 5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, thawed
  • 1 cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice or 3/4 cup Orange Marmalade
  • 3/4 cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce {it’s SO good!}
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • Crockpot

What You’ll Do:

  • Cook chicken in crockpot on HIGH for 3 hours {covered}
  • After 3 hours, drain juices from crockpot
  • At this point… you can either leave the chicken breasts whole, or remove, cut into cubes, and transfer back to crockpot.
  • Mix together bbq sauce, orange juice or marmalade, and soy sauce.
  • Pour mixture over chicken, and cook on high for 30 more minutes {covered}

Make it Extra Special:

  • Buy take and bake ciabatta rolls to make so that you have warm bread to pair with your meat
  • Garnish on top with green onions
  • Cut up orange slices to go on your plate

 

Fresh Veggies

Pair your meal with a fresh veggie of your family’s choice. A crisp salad always hits the spot with us!

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C/O Chow

 

Raspberry Crisp

Last night we topped off our meal with this delicious treat. A perfect mix of sour and sweet when paired with vanilla ice cream!

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This was our Sunday night dinner, but we wish we could eat it every day of the week! Tell us how you like it below.

Trouser Trends for Spring!

Whether you are going to work, spending the day outside, or need to dress up for an evening out, there are many trouser styles to fit your needs! We want to share some of the popular styles that we love to help you as you shop for some cooler pants alternatives for spring and summer! By clicking on the photos, you can be taken to Zara.com where you can purchase these styles.

Belted Wide Trousers $79.90

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C/O Zara

These are cute, comfortable, loose fitting, and perfect for work, casual wear, or an evening out! Dress them up or down with the style of shoes and top you pair with them!

High Waist Loose Trousers $79.90

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C/O Zara

These are perfect for work or dressing up with a nice top for a night out! You can’t go wrong with these pants that are loose, comfortable, and fashionable!

Skinny Trousers $69.90

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C/O Zara

Skinny trousers are definitely hot this season! They look great for work, casual wear, and going out! Wear them with flats, gladiator sandals, or dressier sandals of your choice!

Have other trouser styles you are particularly a fan of that aren’t listed here? We would love to hear what they are! Any additional suggestions on comfortable and stylish clothing that you have we would love to hear about and so would our readers!

“You Light up my Life” Mother’s Day Card!

With Mother’s Day right around the corner I am sure your little ones would love to make something to give to Mom! If your kids don’t want you knowing what they are making you for Mother’s Day, you can always tell your significant other to come to our blog to see some great ideas! This card is simple and adorable and something all moms would love to receive!

Firefly “You Light up my Life” card

What you will need:

Blue printer paper (white would work fine too!)

Yellow paper

Yellow paint

Black sharpie

Ribbon

Glue

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C/O Crafty Morning

How to make:

First print the free printable mason jar by clicking here.

Have the kids cut out the mason jar and then cut an oval out of the yellow paper.

Have them write “Mom You light up my Life” on the yellow oval and glue it to the mason jar.

Have them dip their finger into yellow paint and put finger prints all over the mason jar.

After the paint dries, have them draw little lightning bugs on the yellow finger prints so the bugs look like they are glowing.

Add a cute little bow to the top of the mason jar and you are done!