Happy Fourth Of July 2017

IMG_8605IMG_8607IMG_8608IMG_8617IMG_8620IMG_8621Anndd there goes the hat…IMG_8623IMG_8625There it goes again…IMG_8626IMG_8627^Caught him standing by himself!^IMG_8629IMG_8630IMG_8631Since I have been enjoying photography, I have liked to have little mini holiday photo shoots. I staged this little 4th of July mini shoot with the boys on the front porch. I realized that I didn’t get Jake a patriot t-shirt for the 4th this year when I was changing their clothes right before the pictures. I could have sworn I did too! But I figured what is more American than Cubs baseball anyway. So perfect. I had found some cute little decorations at Target and thought it would be fitting to have the little rocking chair on the front porch. This holiday photo shoot was a bit challenging with wiggly and moving Liam but I think I got some cute pictures.

Since we are finally in a nice schedule and sleeping all night regularly now, I have challenged myself to learn something new. I have decided to try my hand at editing some Go Pro videos. I have been interested in learning how to work with videos and recording some fun video memories with my family. So if anyone has and advice or suggestions on what software to use or which works best or some books or tutorials that are informative, feel free to leave any comments for me.

Hope you all get to watch some fireworks and celebrate our country’s Independence this weekend. Until next week, XOXO.

Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. The only drawback to The Fourth is how scared it makes Emma dog. I cannot wait to celebrate with family and friends this year! We decided to start celebrating early this year with some fun (and easy) red, white and blue snacks by the pool.

I just used blueberries, watermelon, bananas and marshmallows. A healthy and yummy snack for all!

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I am still in love with the pie and Sangria I made last year for us. Maybe I will get a chance to make another pie this year. YUM! Check out a throwback to last yearΒ here.

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We had another fun treat to start off the morning…

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Can you tell I am craving sweets this week?? HAHA!

Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday weekend! Stay safe… Until next week, XOXO

Fourth of July Pt. 2

We had a wonderful 4th Of July weekend and even got to fit in some adult time!! YAY!! I was so proud of the strawberry pie and sangria I made, that I wanted to make sure to share with you all. Both were very delicious!!

Here is the pie before going into the oven…

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I made a basic strawberry pie but added some blueberries on the top left corner for the American Flag blue. I cut strips of pie dough to make the flag stripes and used a christmas star cookie cutter to cut the stars out of the pie dough. Next time I will cut three stars instead of two because it will look more balanced.

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We also made some homemade ice cream. It has always been a tradition on my side of the family to make ice cream for the 4th. Since there aren’t very many of us, I used theΒ KitchenAid Mixer Ice Cream Maker Attachment. It works really well and isn’t to difficult as long as you plan ahead for all the freezer time.

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Jake approved of his first homemade ice cream tasting!

Until next week, XOXO.