6 Week Bible Verse Challenge

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It is hard to believe that my kids go back to school in less than 4 weeks!

The second half of June and July have been pretty laid back around here schedule-wise.  That’s not a bad thing considering all of the scheduled activities during the school year.  But truthfully, I do better with a little structure in my days and weeks and I think that my kids do, too.

Since the school year will be starting before I know it, I have decided to start adding some routine back into our days so that the transition back to school will be a bit easier.

I can totally relate to the above cartoon!  I love when being in a routine helps me feel productive and things feel calm and predictable.  Until predictable starts to equal boring.  Then I want to ditch the routine…until I start to feel overwhelmed and things start to feel out of control.  Then I’m ready for routine again!

In addition to getting bored from being in the same routine for too long,  another reason that staying in the same routine doesn’t really work for me is that I have two kids.  They are quickly growing and their needs, interests, abilities and activities are always changing.  My husbands’ and my schedules and interests change over time as well.  So just when a certain routine is working well, something changes.  And that’s okay.  It just means that the routine has to change as well.

So in an attempt to reestablish some daily routine, the kids’ (and my) chore charts are back up along with the opportunity to earn allowances.

Another thing that we are getting back to is having a weekly family bible verse.  I painted part of a door in our entry with chalkboard paint and it is the perfect place to write our weekly bible verse for everyone in the family to see regularly.  (You can see how I made our chalkboard door here.)  It is right beside our front door, so there’s really no way to miss it on the way in or out.

Luke 6:31

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It is my plan to choose a scripture verse weekly for our family to memorize.  I plan to reference it daily and to challenge the kids, my husband and myself to have it memorized by the end of the week.  If everyone in the family isn’t willing to take part in the challenge, then you can still do it with your kids or by yourself!  There is much comfort in hiding God’s word in your heart to lean on for comfort or as a reminder of his love.

Our verse for week 1 is Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  Also known as “The Golden Rule.”  Did you know that that “rule” is actually biblical truth?  :)

One thing that helps me to stay on track is accountability.  That is why I am starting the 6 Week Bible Verse Challenge!

 

Leave a comment if you’d like to join in!  The goal is to make memorizing scripture a regular part of your life, but committing to do it for 6 weeks is a good way to start!

Try not to be too hard on yourself if you fall out of routine.  Schedules change, situations change and sometimes you just need a break from the norm to try something new.  What is important is that you give yourself some grace and start back up!

The Challenge

1.  Each week, choose a verse for your family to memorize and reference daily.  (You can use the one that I post, or choose one based on an area in which you would like your family to grow.) If you want to memorize a verse on obedience, a great way to find verses that pertain to that is to type “bible verses obedience” into a search engine.  You can do the same thing to find verses on love, discipline, joy, respect, etc.

2.  Display the verse somewhere prominent in your home.

3.  Share your verse or picture of your verse including the hashtag #6weekbibleversechallenge on Twitter, your Facebook page, the My Weekly Habit Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest so that others can search the challenge and see your verses and comments!  (You can also follow My Weekly Habit on social media by clicking the icons in the sidebar and tag me in your posts!)

4.  Practice memorizing the verse and quiz each other nightly to check progress.  (Have fun with it…make it into a song or game or add motions!)

5.  Each Monday, do it again!

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Don’t forget to leave a comment to let me know that you’re up for the challenge!

Reading God’s word and “hiding it in my heart” brings such peace and comfort!  I believe you will be blessed by completing this challenge!

 

I look forward to seeing which verses you choose for your families!

 

Yellow & Gray Burlap Wreath

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A couple of months ago I was at the craft store to pick up a few things and all of the burlap was on sale for half off.  I love the look of natural burlap, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pick up some in fun colors.  I loved the bright cheeriness of the yellow burlap and decided to use it as a base for a wreath.  I continued looking around the store for items that I could use on the wreath and found most of the flowers in the hair section and one in the scrapbook section.  I liked the yellow/gray combo and decided to go for it!

This is a very easy and basic way to make a burlap wreath, so even if you don’t consider yourself very crafty, this is a good technique to try!

To make a burlap wreath, you will need:

    • a styrofoam wreath form
    • burlap ribbon
    • flowers or other decorations
    • a hot glue gun
    • ribbon or wire for hanging

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After you have gathered your supplies, wrap the burlap around the styrofoam wreath form, pulling snugly as you go.  Try to keep it pretty smooth as you go.

yellowwreathwrapburlap When you get to the end of the burlap, use hot glue to secure it to the back of the wreath.

yellowwreathglueback Next, lay out your decorations on the wreath and play around with them until you find a layout that you like.  If you weren’t able to double up the burlap over the entire wreath form, glue the decorations over the spot where the burlap isn’t doubled up to cover any thin spots where you may be able to see the wreath form through the burlap.

yellowwreathflowerplacement Once you have found a layout that you like, lift each flower one at a time and use hot glue to secure them to the wreath.

Attach ribbon by looping it around the top of the wreath and gluing it together.  Then hang and enjoy!

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**Tip:  Push a flat thumbtack into the top of the door through the ribbon to hang your wreath!

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 Check out these other burlap wreaths!

 

 Blue Burlap Monogram Wreath

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Red, White & Blue Star Wreath

4th of July wreath

Burlap Wreath

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My Ladder Climbing Dog (video)

The other night, I caught the cutest act of doggie kindness on my cell phone.  Continue reading to see the video of my ladder climbing dog!

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These are my dogs, Lincoln and Roxanne.  Lincoln is now 9 months old and weighs around 70 pounds.  Roxanne is 3 years old and weighs about 20 pounds.  Lincoln is probably around 60 pounds in this picture.

Size isn’t the only thing that’s different about these dogs.  They are pretty much as opposite as you can get.  My husband says they are like yin and yang.  I think he’s right.

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Lincoln, our Chocolate Lab puppy

 

Lincoln is huge and still growing. Despite still being a puppy, he is super laid back and friendly.  Roxanne, on the other hand is hyper, bossy and always wants to play with toys.  Lincoln will play with toys occasionally, but is much more motivated by food.  His idea of playing with toys usually consists of watching Roxanne run after the ball and then pouncing on her once she is close.

I’ve always had a dog, but have never owned two at the same time.  So when we decided to add Lincoln to our family, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go because Roxanne isn’t always fond of meeting new dogs.  I am so happy that they have become doggie pals.  It has been cool to watch their relationship develop.

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Roxanne, our 3-yr-old Boston Terrier

 

As I mentioned, Lincoln is pretty laid back, so imagine my surprise when my husband sent me a picture of him in our kids’ playhouse and told me that he climbed the ladder to get up there!  The playhouse is about 5-6 feet off the ground!  I was out of town at the time so did’t witness him in the playhouse firsthand until a few weeks ago when I went outside to put out some trash.  He started barking at me from the back yard from…guess where…the playhouse!

I was going to the back to help him down and he just climbed back down the ladder!

Last night, we were out around our fire pit.  Roxanne was pestering us with her favorite red ball as usual, so my husband threw it up into the playhouse to catch a break from playing.  Roxanne ran around the playhouse, looking up and whining.  Then Lincoln nonchalantly got up, climbed the ladder and got it for her!

What amazes me about this is that he is not really motivated by toys and didn’t even care about playing.  He did it just for Roxanne.  I have seen him use his size to come to the rescue and get toys that were up too high for her other times as well.

While I know that dogs aren’t motivated in the same ways we are and that they don’t reason like we do, I was in awe of this act of doggie kindness.  It reminded me of Galatians 6:2, which says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Lincoln went out of his way to help out Roxanne, even though there was really nothing in it for him.  Aren’t we called to do the same?  Romans 12:10 instructs us to “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”

In addition to seeing this adorable and funny scene, I was also reminded of an important lesson.

What is a small way that you can show God’s love by helping someone, even if there’s nothing in it for you?

 

Pay it forward today.  I’ll bet you’ll be glad that you did!

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have had several people ask me about the homemade laundry detergent that I use.  Today I will share with you the recipe, where I found it and some tips for making and using homemade laundry detergent!

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A couple of years ago, I came across this recipe for homemade laundry detergent from the blog Being Creative to Keep my Sanity.  I decided to give it a try and have been making and using it ever since! This recipe makes 2 gallons of detergent and you only use 1-2 tablespoons per load, so one batch lasts me 9-10 months!  Yep, you read that right, only 1-2 tablespoons per load because there are no added fillers!

So now you’re probably wondering, “How much does it cost to make detergent that lasts almost a year?”

 

I am happy to tell you, “Around 20 bucks!”  And you can find everything you need at your local superstore or grocery store.

What I like about it

I love making this detergent because I am not constantly having to buy detergent every couple of weeks and I don’t have to worry about disposing of all of those big jugs (I used to use liquid.)

This detergent is very mild and safe for sensitive skin, has barely any scent and is safe for he washers (according to the original post, I have not tested in an he washer.)

It is very simple to prepare.  It involves mixing powdered ingredients together and grating a couple of bars of soap.  That’s it!  My son had fun helping me make this batch.

To scent or not to scent

We prefer some scent to our laundry, so I usually throw some Downy Unstopables scent booster into the washer along with the detergent.  When I made my first batch of detergent, I added Purex Crystals to the recipe and mixed them in with everything else.  I didn’t notice much fragrance this way.  For this reason, if you are after noticeable scent, I would recommend adding one of these products into the washing machine water at the same time as, but separately and in addition to your detergent.

What you need

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  • a 5 gallon bucket
  • a grater (you can buy one at the Dollar Store and reserve it for grating soap)
  • 1 4 lb., 12 oz. box of Borax (found in the laundry aisle)
  • 1 4 lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (found in the cooking aisle)
  • 1 3 lb., 7 oz. box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found in the laundry aisle)
  • 3 bars Fels Naptha soap (found in the laundry aisle)
  • 3.5 lbs. of Oxi Clean or store brand oxygen stain remover (found in the laundry aisle)

(Links are provided to the items on Amazon for convenience, however, you can get your items for less if you shop your local superstore or grocery store.)

What to do

If it is a nice day, I suggest doing your mixing outside.  You can do it inside, but all of the pouring and mixing of various powdered ingredients gets into the air and settles on things.  I have done it inside and it’s not a big problem, but I didn’t worry about that at all outside, plus I like being outside!

First grate your 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap into the 5 gallon bucket.  Be careful to grate the soap only and not your fingers!

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Next, add all of the other ingredients to the grated soap in the bucket and mix well.

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That’s it!  Maybe one of the easiest recipes ever! (Although not the tastiest…)

Put your detergent into a container or containers of your choice.  I got two plastic gallon sized containers with lids at the Dollar Store and picked up a set of measuring spoons, too.  I just leave the tablespoon from the measuring spoons in the detergent container.

How to use it

When you are ready to do a load of laundry, start the water (cold, warm or hot) and add 1-2 tablespoons of detergent to the water.  It will not make suds because the suds come from an additive that is not necessary and wasn’t added into this detergent.

I usually use about 1 1/2 tablespoons per load but will use 2 tablespoons in really dirty loads.

If you would like to add scent boosters, now is the time to throw some in to start dissolving along with the detergent. Add your clothes and wash as you normally do.

The original post answers many, many questions that readers have had about this detergent.  I can only speak from my own personal experience about the detergent. I have not had any problems and have been using it for over two years, however, you should use the detergent at your own risk.

 

Please see the original post if you have specific questions that have not been covered in this post.  You will likely find the answer to your question there.  

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Paper Wreath Tutorial

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The inspiration for this paper wreath tutorial came from a 4th of July post by Lora at My Blessed Life.  I included in my 4th of July Decorations to Make post and liked the idea so much that I wanted to make one of my own!

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To make a paper wreath like this one you will need:
      • a piece of cardboard
      • coordinating scrapbook paper
      • double sided tape
      • glue dots
      • small piece of ribbon
      • stapler
      • scissors or paper cutter
      • sticker or printable for center of the wreath

First I traced an 8 inch plate onto a piece of cardboard from the side of a box for the base of the wreath.

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Next, I used my paper cutter to cut the scrapbook paper into 6 inch by 5 inch rectangles.  Lora at My Blessed Life needed only 12 cones for her wreath and my daughter used ** on hers, but I needed 21 to fill out my wreath.  Each 12″ by 12″ piece of scrapbook paper will yield 4 rectangles.  I think it just depends on exactly how you roll the paper and how tightly you roll it. I really spent some time getting the rolling technique down.  I started at the short end and rolled until got to the other end.  It took me several tries to get it down so that the cones looked uniform and there weren’t too many seams on top.  Once I had a cone looking the way I wanted, I put a glue dot on the seam to keep it together.

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I continued making cones until I had what I thought would be enough.  I arranged them on my cardboard circle, then made more until it was nice and full.  I covered the cardboard circle with a piece of green scrapbook paper in case you could see it through the cones. Once I had enough cones, I arranged them on the cardboard circle and then carefully taped them down one at a time using double sided tape.

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Once all of the cones are attached, it is time to add your printable, sticker or embellishment that you chose for the center.  I picked up a sticker pack made by My Big Ideas because the “Home Sweet Home” sticker coordinated with my paper and it was a good size.  I stuck the sticker to a piece of white card stock and then traced that 8 inch plate again and cut it out.

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I attempted to use double sided tape to attach the card stock and sticker, but that didn’t work, so I used glue dots and that did work. The last thing to do is to add a ribbon to the back.  Choose a piece of ribbon, open up the stapler and staple it to the back!

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Hang and enjoy!

 

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And here’s my daughter’s version.  She chose the colors to match her room and also used one of the Me & My Big Ideas stickers for the center.

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Custom Shelf Makeover

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Since my husband is now working from home and school is out for the summer, it is harder for me to come by “alone time.”  So my husband and I agreed to change our guest bedroom into an office space for me (it has a door!)

I wanted to keep the space clutter-free and light feeling.  I was thinking of adding a turquoise colored rug with a geometric design.  And guess what!  We were at my aunts’ house recently and when we were there, I saw a rug rolled up, leaning against the wall.  I took a peek and it was exactly what I was looking for!  My aunt had ordered it for their living room but it didn’t end up matching and she couldn’t return it so she generously offered it to me!

I bought a couple of other things for the room but wanted to repurpose a shelf that we already had that had been demoted to the basment.  It was one of those plain white shelves that you can get for around $20.

I wanted to give it some personality by adding fabric to the back for a pop of color.  Now I’m going to share how you can do your own shelf makeover to update a shelf like this!

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To update your shelf, you will need:

  • a shelf with removable backing
  • fabric to cover the back
  • spray adhesive
  • hot glue
  • a hammer and something to pry the back off

First I enlisted the help of my husband to take off the back of the shelf.  He used a mini pry bar and a hammer to accomplish this. I would have been able to remove the back, but he was in a helping kind of mood, so I happily accepted his offer.

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Next I laid the fabric over the backing and cut a piece to fit, leaving 2-3 inches overhanging the edges all the way around to fold over and secure to the back.

Take the back of the shelf, the fabric and spray adhesive to a well-ventilated area.  Spray a generous amount of the adhesive onto the front of the shelf back (the part that you will see behind the shelves when it’s reassembled.)  Line up the fabric the best you can so that the pattern is straight and then press it down, smoothing as you go.

After the fabric is secured to the shelf back, cut notches out of the four corners so when fabric is folded over and glued to the back, it lays nice and flat.

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Then fold it over to the back and use hot glue to secure.

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My shelf will be against the wall, so I didn’t mind leaving the back unfinished.  If you will be able to see the back of your shelf, you could use another piece of fabric and glue it on the back of the shelf back.  Using a sewing machine to make a nice seam around the edges before gluing it on would give it a finished look.

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Once your glue is dry, it’s time to put on the shelf back.  Use a hammer and nails (a staple gun would probably work too) to reattach it.  I reused the nails that were originally used to hold the back on.

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Insert your shelves and you’ve just added some personality to a boring shelf!

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I even had some fabric left over to cover a pillow for my chair.  Score!

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Add some baskets for storage and some decorations and call it a day!

 

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This project was featured at Roadkill Rescue!

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Bleach Pen School Spirit Shirt

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I first saw the idea of using a bleach pen to write words on a shirt on Pinterest.  You can find the pin here, but unfortunately, the blog has been removed.  She used a bleach pen to write the word ‘bride’ on a shirt.  When I saw it I thought it would be a cool way to make a school spirit shirt.

My kids are both involved in sports and my own school spirit wardrobe is sadly lacking, so I bought two iron-ons so I can make a tank for my daughter and a t-shirt for myself.  I haven’t found the right color green for mine yet, so today I will share how we made this bleach pen school spirit shirt for my daughter.

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To make a Bleach Pen School Spirit Shirt, you will need:

  • a t-shirt or tank in one of your school colors (I got this tank for $3 at Walmart)
  • a bleach pen (found in the laundry aisle)
  • an iron-on
  • an iron
  • a piece of cardboard covered with waxed paper

First, cut a piece of cardboard to fit the inside of your shirt so that the bleach doesn’t bleed through to the other side.  We just happened to have pizza for dinner last night and somehow the top of the box managed to stay free of grease stains, so it worked perfectly.

Once your cardboard is cut, cover it with waxed paper before slipping it inside the shirt to prevent the bleach from bleeding through to the back of the shirt. I secured the waxed paper to the cardboard using tape so that it would stay in place.

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Next, I laid the iron-on paw prints in the position that I liked so that I could use that as a guide for where to write the word ‘lions’.  You can write any word you’d like here.  You can do a name, ‘bride’, your team mascot, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  You can even draw a picture or paw print instead of doing a word.  It’s up to you!

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Now it’s time to bleach!  Be sure to shake your bleach pen well to avoid splatters or too much coming out at once.  I tried a test run with the pen on the package to get a feel for how it would flow.  Then…take a deep breath and start writing!

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The longer you leave the bleach on, the lighter that area will become.  If you want your word or design to be white, leave the bleach on until it is dry.  That is what I did on this shirt because our school colors are green and white. When your shirt is bleached as much as you like, rinse it well in cold water to stop the bleaching process.  (It took about 30 minutes for the bleach to dry completely in the sun.)

Because I used a ribbed shirt, I think the bleach spread a little more.  A flat fabric may give a bit more of a crisper look to your design.

Wash and dry the shirt as normal in the machine, or you can wash it by hand and then use the dryer to speed things up.  I tossed mine in the washer set to a mini sized load to wash while I was getting ready for the day and then in the dryer while I was out running errands. When I came back, it was all ready for some blingy paw prints!

Add your iron-on using the directions on the package.

The only thing left to do is sport your new school spirit shirt and cheer on (or be cheered on) your favorite team!

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  Go Lions!

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Word Play Fun {All Puns Intended}

 

Do you like word play?

 

You know, puns, those funny little sayings that sound like something else?   I love words… on my walls, in conversions, in written form.  I also love to laugh.  Call it dorky if you like, but a good play on words will get me chuckling every time.  It is sometimes harder to get my husband to crack a smile at some of them.  We’ll be sitting on the couch watching Swamp People, the Deadliest Catch or something along those lines and I’ll be scrolling through Pinterest cracking up.  I’ll show him. Sometimes he just gives me a look. Other times he laughs.

So what I’m trying to say is that this post will either leave you with a big ole’ grin on your face or will leave you rolling your eyes.

If you appreciate a good pun the way that I do, read on and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Ribbon Flip Flops

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Today’s post was inspired by the DIY Ribbon Flip Flops included in the 4th of July Wearables Tutorials Post and also by the 50% off ribbon sale at the craft store.  Last year my daughter made a similar pair using strips of patriotic fabric instead of ribbon.  She wanted to make a new pair this year and made these on her own!

These cheerful DIY ribbon flip flops are a guest project from my 10-year-old daughter!

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To make a pair of DIY ribbon flip flops, you will need:

      •  a pair of flip flops (ours were 99 cents at Walmart)
      • three complementary colors of ribbon
      • scissors
      • ribbon Fray Check or a lighter for an adult to seal the ribbon ends

 

To start,  cut a length of ribbon and tie it onto the flip flop by making a knot.

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Choose a length that you like for the ribbon.  Cut the ends on a slant at the desired length.

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Once you decide how long you like the ribbons, you can cut several pieces that length.  Then continue tying them in any pattern that you like until your flip flops look the way you want them to.  The more ribbons you add, the fuller and more colorful they’ll be!

Once you are all done tying the ribbons onto the flip flops, apply Fray Check  (it’s a special  kind of clear glue) to the ends of each ribbon to prevent fraying.  An adult can also use a lighter to seal the ends of each ribbon.

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These flip flops are a fun kid activity that can be completed in under 45 minutes and for under $5.

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There’s also the added bonus of watching them beam with pride when they get to tell people that they made them themselves!

Happy crafting!

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Easy 4th of July Recipes

Welcome to the final day of Patriotic Week at My Weekly Habit!

It sure has been one red, white and blue week!

Included in the daily posts this week have been:  Free 4th of July Printables, 4th of July Wearables Tutorials, a Red White & Blue Star Wreath tutorial and 4th of July Decorations to Make!

Summer is time for sunshine, swimming pools, fireworks and cookouts.  The 4th of July is a wonderful time to come together to celebrate our country’s independence and our freedom with family, friends and delicious food!

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Looking for some fun, patriotic recipes?  You’ve come to the right spot!

Here are 11 EASY 4th of July recipes to try!

 

Independence Icebox Cake

This patriotic cake looks like more effort than it is!  It uses vanilla wafers and requires no cooking!

 

Patriotic Ice Cream Cones

The kids (and adults) will be giddy with excitement when you serve up ice cream in these cones dipped in white chocolate and red, white and blue sprinkles!

 

Rocket Hot Dogs

Wrap a strip of croissant around a hot dog before baking and top with a triangle of cheese to make these fun hot dog treats!

Patriotic Crunch

Bark is so versatile because you can add different colored candies and add-ins to go with any holiday.  This spin on bark includes pretzels, red, white and blue sprinkles and red and blue m&m’s.

Turn a Plain Dip into a Patriotic Appetizer

Beth at Hungry Happenings shows how to turn a plain dip into a patriotic appetizer using colored bread crumbs and a star cookie cutter.

 

Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats

Lil’ Luna shares how she got vibrant colors in her Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats.  This is a simple recipe in which you use the traditional recipe but color part red and part blue for layering.  Just a little extra work yields a big impact!

 

Spangled Sandwich Pop

Another very cute no-bake option!  Add sprinkles to an ice cream sandwich and add a popsicle stick if you’d like to make it into a pop.

Stained Glass Jello

This one looks complicated, but is actually a pretty easy recipe.  Wow your guests with this “broken glass”  jello treat.

 

Flag Favors

While not really a recipe, I wanted to share these flag favors with you.  They are made with blue Sixlets and vanilla and cinnamon cocoa stirrers, but they could easily be made with licorice and blue m&m’s instead.

 

Strawberry and Blueberry Trifle

I love trifles because they are so forgiving.  No worrying about precision or getting things exact.  Here’s a recipe for a tasty and pretty red, white and blue one.

 

Peppermint Patties

This recipe shows how to make easy peppermint patties.  You can also flavor them using lemon or any other flavor of your choice.

I hope you have enjoyed these 4th of July Recipes.  Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!

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