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Our Fourth + Claire’s 4th

We are still recovering from what may have been the most fun weekend of the Summer, Fourth of July + Claire Bear’s fourth birthday! We had so much fun with friends & family, lots of time at the pool, good food & drinks, and of course, fireworks!! Does it get any better than that?! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged these things, honestly I feel like Instagram is almost the new mini blog but many of you have told me you want to see it here, so let’s do this thing!

Brandon’s family came down for the Fourth from Iowa, the girls absolutely love spending time with their cousins & we love to entertain! The Fourth of July was our first holiday we spent in our home last year, and confirmed for me that picked the right house. Our neighborhood takes holidays v. seriously and I am here for it!! We started the morning early with a neighborhood tailgate, mimosas and bike decorating for the kiddos! We have a small city parade that my dad drove our truck in, and the kids had so much fun riding along. The rest of the morning was spent underneath tents with live music & food from everyone in the neighborhood until we all got rained out. We all came home and waited out the storm, then spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool (overcast skies & Frosรฉ are a perfect combination!) and then came home to do some fireworks in the yard and watch the city ones around the corner. All in all, the best kind of holiday!!

We spent Friday at the pool again & grilled out for dinner, and then went down to First Friday in the Crossroads to watch the Kansas City Air Show. We grew up going to air shows and I totally forgot how much fun they were!

Sunday we celebrated Claire’s birthday!!! Claire tells us all the time, “my name isn’t Claire, it’s Rainbowgirl” <– And all one word if you hear her pronounce it. If any of you remember the video of her telling us what she wanted for her birthday party earlier this year, she asked for “a rainbow beach party, with a rainbow swimsuit and a rainbow cake and a rainbow dog!” We couldn’t give her a beach, but the backyard was a pretty close substitute! It was a super laid back bash in the afternoon, with a handful of neighborhood friends, cake, cupcakes & popsicles! The girls had a blast & Claire was asleep on the couch before all of her friends even went home. It’s her party and she’ll sleep if she wants to.

Sources: Oversized Rainbow Sprinkler // Rainbow Slip n Slide // Rainbow Mini Pool // Rainbow Swimsuit // Rainbow Balloons

In years past, I have always been excited when we roll into the second half of Summer because I love Fall so much. But! Elementary school brings a whole new meaning to Summer, I love love love having the girls home with us and not having to get up to rush around each morning. We are savoring every last drop of this season!!

I hope you all had an amazing Fourth of July, as always, thank you for reading!! XO

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Fourth of July Entertaining

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, we are hosting family for the weekend & looking forward to all of the festive fun!! I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite foods & entertaining ideas for the holiday weekend.

We love to do fruit & cheese boards for every holiday, especially if we are entertaining. They’re easy, festive & fun for kids!! Anytime I am out shopping and find fun crackers, I will always buy them knowing I will find a way to use them in a platter later on. I thought these sourdough strip crackers were so pretty for this board!! I used red & blue fruits, and then just cut regular white sharp cheddar into star shapes using a small cookie cutter!

Our favorite Summer dessert is always Jell-O cake!! It is so yummy and refreshing, we usually end up just eating it out of the pan with a fork!

DIRECTIONS // For Jell-O Poke cake (in the simplest directions possible because that’s how we roll): make a white cake according to directions (I use a box cake mix). Let the cake cool, and then using a toothpick, poke holes in the entire cake, the more holes you can make, the more the Jell-O will be able to seep through to the bottom. Once your holes are poked, make your Strawberry Jell-O (one cup boiling water + one cup cold water) and then pour the mixture over the cake very slowly allowing Jell-O to penetrate the cake. Put in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours to chill, and then frost with whipped cream! I usually decorate with strawberries, but also add blueberries or blackberries for the Fourth! (more detailed recipe here).

A few other fun ideas that I have had saved:

These DIY patriotic popsicles.

The prettiest, most festive ice cubes of your life.

Mini pancake stacks, a fun breakfast idea!

Wishing you guys the happiest Fourth with your families & the ones you love!! Let’s hope our kiddos all stay awake til fireworks!! XO

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Fourth of July Style

It has been a while since we have done a fun mama & mini style post, and what better occasion than the upcoming Fourth of July weekend!!!

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Fourth of July is meant to be super casual, which means even swimsuits count as an outfit, right?! I grabbed the girls these super cute colorblock one pieces for under $10 since we will likely spend most of the day at the pool! Also, doesn’t it kinda make you want an old fashioned Bomb Pop?!

I also shared my new favorite denim shorts on Instagram this week as well, I was actually not convinced I could ever love denim shorts again after having three kids but these are truly the bee’s knees & you will LOVE them!! They’re the perfect high-rise mom short, with lots of stretch & the best wash!

Happy almost Fourth, friends!! Sharing some entertaining ideas & favorites on Friday, so stay tuned!! XO

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