I got an e-mail a few weeks ago from the editor of Women’s Day magazine. It was so sweet. She was letting me know that they had featured my 4th of July Pretzel Hugs. She told me that they loved my blog and if I had any other great recipes to please send them her way and they would consider featuring them in the future.
That just made me laugh. I think you all know why. :) Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be sending over a round-up of amazing recipes. Recipes just aren’t my thing. BUT. I have been making these pretzel hugs for various holidays (Christmas and Valentines mostly) before they were a thing on Pinterest. I was making them with my kids before Pinterest was even a thing itself! So I’m happy to take credit for this one. ;) If you want to know how to make these yourself, here is an older post with instructions. Just like any recipe I make.. they are extremely tricky. ;)
Speaking of the 4th, I’m getting so excited to spend the holiday with my family! We have lots of fun traditions to look forward to and are counting down at my house. I had a happy Pinterest party tonight rounding up some fun ideas and thought I’d share a few of my favorites!
My favorite holiday treats and decor ideas are always the things that are the most simple to re-create. LOVE these easy “Star Spangled Watermelon” sticks and I know my kids would too!
Popcorn. I’m a fan. What a fun way to spruce up this beloved treat for the holiday.
Another off the charts easy treat that kids would love. Definitely doing this when all the cousins are together!
This picture of my sweet El was taken years ago! We always make our annual 4th of July cheesecake. The cheesecake is from a box of course.. because.. well.. I’m in charge. But I feel all sorts of fancy adding the blueberries and strawberries.
This is the same treat but another fun version! Put the cheesecake on a slice of a strawberry for easy bite size treats. I’m going to try these and cut the leaves off of the strawberries so you can just pop the whole thing in your mouth. YUM.
I’m not really into crafts, but this is one I think I need to try. I’ve seen it done before with mason jars but I LOVE the stars and stripes painted on these wide canisters. And the tulips! Too much fun. On my list for next year!
Another example of how less is often more. I love how inviting this porch feels with just simple flags placed inside of plants.
Red, white and purple. My favorite flower combination. For the 4th or any time of year!
This is so fun and easy for the kids! Buckets with flags, bubbles and other 4th of July goodies.
And I am head over heels in love with these nails. I love a good pedicure, but I NEVER paint my fingernails. It chips off easily and I’m way too practical to deal with re-painting them often. But those navy and white stripes!
They totally match my all time favorite sweats that I shared in this Favorites/Fashion post. Which I’m now calling my “all time favorite 4th of July sweats.” (Matching nails not included.. but I need them.. right?) :)
Because I mentioned tradition, I have to end this post like I have been ending every 4th of July post in the last 7 years I’ve been blogging. Happy 4th planning everyone!
p.s. Check out all the fun I’m having on Pinterest here.