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Next Monday we celebrate Memorial Day.
Some see it as the unofficial start to summer but there is a much more important meaning.  On Memorial Day we remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. We made a family craft this week in honor of Memorial Day and I love how it turned out.
Scroll down to read about the meaning of poppies on Memorial Day and the instructions for our simple Poppy Kids Craft
Why are poppies a symbol of Memorial Day?
The red poppy is a powerful symbol of remembrance of the service and sacrifice of those who died in service to our nation. Poppies were one of the only plants to grow on the barren battlefields after WWI and the red flowers are also a metaphor for spilled blood on the battlefield.
Members of The American Legion Auxiliary have been helping the nation to remember by distributing the remembrance poppy to the public for one hundred years. We donate and receive poppies every year from them. 

From the American Legion website. 

What You Need:
  • 6 large popsicle sticks
  • 6 white cupcake liners
  • red. green, and black markers {or any color desired}
  • glue
Directions:
  1. Using the red markers, flatten the liners then color them all over on one side.
  2. Using the black marker, draw a center in each colored flower.
  3. Add glue to the top of each stick and press on colored flowers.
  4. Color the bottom visible part of the stick green.
  5. Now you can glue to cardstock, or place in a display or vase for Memorial Day. 

Using the red markers, flatten the liners then color them all over on one side.
Ashton even made poppies with his girls.
Using the black marker, draw a center in each colored flower.
Add glue to the top of each stick and press on colored flowers.
Color the bottom visible part of the stick green.
Stella's beautiful rainbow flower! 
Ava's beautiful poppy creation!
Ava wanted to make more and more!
Poppies are red but the kids can use any color of the rainbow if they desire!
Now you can glue to cardstock, or place in a display or vase for Memorial Day. 
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae
  In Flanders fields the poppies blow 
Between the crosses row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly 
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago 
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved and now we lie 
In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe: 
To you, from failing hands we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
If ye break faith with us who die 
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow, 
In Flanders fields.
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We are a movie lovin' family and one of our favorite things to do together is cuddle up and watch a movie on our nights off together. We love going to our local theater, with their cozy recliners and awesome kids meals {they actually have homemade hummus and yogurt parfaits!} and also just having movie nights at home on the couch. 
For Mother's Day this year that is exactly what I wanted- movie night with my family! We went to see Ugly Dolls which surprisingly was a great movie with a positive message and a killer soundtrack. 
My girls were singing through the whole thing and we had a blast! I decided we would make these fun Movie Night Snack Necklaces for movie night, both at home and at the theater. They are easy to make with any snack that you can string on and were a tasty treat during the show!
Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely Moms out there! 
Love this photo from Flower Vault in San Antonio of my Mom, myself, and my two daughters. 
I am truly blessed!
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As a Florida girl, I love seafood in just about any dish. Crab is one of my favorites so I decided to add it to my signature brunch quiche. The result was a creamy, cheesy, and delicious Crab Quiche that my family and I devoured! Also try it with shrimp or lobster for a tasty twist!
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Quiche has been my go to brunch dish for years. It is so simple to make and always comes out beautiful and impressive! It is a tradition in our home to serve quiche every Christmas morning but I also love making it for other special brunches like Mother's Day. You can add just about anything and combine with eggs and milk in a pie shell and make a delicious quiche. So today I am sharing over 75 Savory Quiche Recipes Perfect for Entertaining!
Comment below with your favorite quiche recipe and what you plan to make for Mother's Day brunch this year.


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Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Hamilton Beach and BBQGuys, however, all opinions are my own. #AD #HamiltonBeach
 Kabobs on the grill are one of my families favorite summertime meals. I love how easy they are to assemble and how you can customize them just about any way you want! Today I was inspired by my hubby and his favorite "meat and potatoes" manly meals. I call these Cowboy Steak and Potato Kabobs because they are just what a cowboy would like- hearty steak, baby potatoes, onions,and mushrooms all seasoned to perfection and grilled until juicy and tender. I uses my new Hamilton Beach indoor searing grill and IGrill digital meat thermometer from BBQGuys and our dinner turned our perfect! 
#SummerGrilling Week
This week, we're sharing the best grill recipes and celebrating the start of summer with an amazing giveaway, sponsored by BBQGuys, Farmer's Pantry, Joy Jolt, The Spice House, and Torani. Learn more about our sponsors here: Coconut Granita .
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Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by The Spice House and Farmer's Pantry, however, all opinions are my own. #ad #FarmersPantry #SummerGrilling 
 Oven baked, extra cheesy seafood dip has long been this Florida girls fave appetizer! So today I am sharing this deliciously easy and finger lickin' good Grilled Shrimp Dip recipe. Seasoned grilled shrimp are mixed with cream cheese, sour cream, and shredded cheese and then topped with buttery cornbread crisps before baked until ooey-gooey! You are going to love this creamy appetizer that screams comfort food !
#SummerGrilling Week 
This week, we're sharing the best grill recipes and celebrating the start of summer with an amazing giveaway, sponsored by BBQGuys, Farmer's Pantry, Joy Jolt, The Spice House, and Torani
Learn more about our sponsors here: Coconut Granita.

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 Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Torani and JoyJolt, however, all opinions are my own. 
Today we are making Coconut Granita .
This refreshing Italian dessert will help you beat the heat this summer! 
My easy version has just 3 ingredients, including Torani Coconut syrup, and is a fruity slushy treat.
These Joyjolt martini glasses look pretty filled with this icy sweet and are perfect for classy barbecue or pool party this summer!
It's #SummerGrilling Week!
All this week we will be sharing amazing summer grilling recipes, and our readers have a chance to win some amazing prizes from our generous sponsors. You're not going to want to miss a single day!
 #ad #SummerGrilling
This week, we're sharing the best grill recipes and celebrating the start of summer with an amazing giveaway, sponsored by BBQGuys, Farmer's Pantry, Hamilton Beach, Joy Jolt, The Spice House, and Torani.   
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Happy May! Spring is finally here and I am loving this warmer weather and gorgeous blooming flowers and trees! It was a long winter here in Missouri and spring really is a breath of fresh air. 
Besides being outside and enjoying the weather with my family my girls and
 I also love springtime crafts. 
We make bird feeders, painted flowers, homemade playdough and chalk, and suncatchers. We love to give our homemade creations and crafts as gifts to our family, friends, and teachers so I created this collection of 60+ Kid Friendly DIY Gifts just in time for Mother's Day! 
Check them out below and then comment and tell me your favorites!
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It's Fiesta time in San Antonio!
During our year of iin SA we enjoyed a lot of celebrations and culture in the big city especially their Fiesta celebration. The girls and I attended parades, collected medals, and made crafts for Fiesta. Scroll down to see the instructions for our DIY Celebration Suncatcher and our favorite Fiesta Memories and Medals. 
What is Fiesta?
Fiesta is one of America's truly great festivals. It began more than 120 years ago as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Today Fiesta celebrates the diversity and culture of San Antonio.

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This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
This spring drink is fruity, fizzy, and fun! It's sweet and delicious and has no alcohol so the whole family can enjoy. Sparkling Strawberry Peach Punch is perfect for #Brunchweek featuring two of my favorite brands: Torani and JoyJolt.

Scroll down for the recipe and giveaway!
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#BrunchWeek #Joyjolt #DrinkforJoy 
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