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Vonshef Frozen Yogurt Maker

It is crazy hot here right now! I am talking in the hundreds for more days than I care to think about. That isn’t really normal for us and we are melting! This looks so refreshing right now! Without all the guilt and calories of ice cream.

Creates fresh fruit desserts in a matter of minutes

The healthier way to enjoy a sweet treat

Quick and easy to use

Handy compact size

Simple to clean and assemble

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Hawaiian Shaved Ice S900A Electric Shaved Ice Machine On sale!

I don’t know how hot it is where you live, but we are in a major heatwave here in Idaho!  I don’t enjoy the heat, but I know a lot of people that love it. I am going to be staying indoors and trying everything I can to beat the heat. This looks really good right about now. Not to mention all the money you would save shaving your own ice and not going to the snoshack

Easy and fun to use – S900A Electric Shaved Ice Machine made by Hawaiian Shaved Ice

Included are two ice molds that are used to freeze round blocks of ice for shaving soft fluffy snow

Attractive countertop design and the machine dissembles in seconds for easy storage

Great for shaving ice for shaved ice, snow cones, slushies, margaritas and fun drinks

1 year warranty

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Party tip, Keep bugs out of your drink at a BBQ or picnic by placing a muffin liner and straw over your cup, QUICK and EASY tip #bbq, #KeepBugsOut, #Drinks My girls were doing a “tea party” the other day. They wanted to make it all fancy they were cutting out circles of paper to put on top the drinks for lids.  Then my 9 year old had the idea to just use a cupcake liner instead…. wheels started to turn in my head and I thought WOW that is a great idea to use in the summer when you have a picnic or bbq outside and you want to keep bugs or leaves out of your drink.  Plus it helps you keep track of your own drink, such a simple and easy tip …perfect for summer. Keep bugs out of your drink at a BBQ or picnic by placing a muffin liner and straw over your cup, QUICK and EASY tip #bbq, #KeepBugsOut, #Drinks

You can just use a knife to cut a slit in the bottom of the cupcake or muffin liner or you can use a hole punch and punch a hole in the middle. Place the liner on top of the glass, wrap your hands around it on all edges and press down, this will make the liner form to the shape of you glass and keep it in place.

This is also a fun thing to do if you are having  THEME party, buy cupcake liners in that theme and your drinks instantly look more festive.

Keep bugs out of your drink at a BBQ or picnic by placing a muffin liner and straw over your cup, QUICK and EASY tip #bbq, #KeepBugsOut, #Drinks

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Camping Party Decorations, Great Blue and Gold Banquet Idea

I am so excited by how great our blue and gold banquet turned out!  It was so simple and inexpensive but yet it turned out great!  I think it was a real hit.

We had a camping theme and it was super simple to decorate for.  Our budget was very small and yet we were able to make it look great.  We took a small, older tent, some coolers, some small artificial trees, camping chairs,  sleeping bags and a fire pit with wood in it and used tissue paper in it for the fire. We made centerpieces (that will be a blog post) That is it!  Everything that we already had on hand.  Luckily we were using a church gym so we had plenty of room. We left half of the gym to be used for different activities, but the rest of the gym was decorated.

My favorite part was the fire pit in the middle.  Not only was it really cute, but we had the children gather around it for stories and camp songs during the evening.  They thought that was great!

Not only did it look great, but it just shows that you don’t need over the top decor to make a party a hit!  Just a few key pieces can really have a great impact.

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Caring For Curly Hair, Tips and Tricks To Help Your Curl Look It’s Best!
(above photo courtesy of Liz Rowley Photography)

Curly hair can be hard.  It is so pretty when it is healthy, well cared for and cut right.  When it isn’t, it is a mess and can really make you hate it!  I grew up with curly hair, and it was a disaster.  I knew nothing about taking care of it, and had bad hair cut after bad hair cut.  It wasn’t until I graduated from high school and had someone suggest a diffuser that I tried wearing it curly and I loved it! I didn’t realize how curly it really was because I had been abusing it with blow drying, brushing, curling irons and terrible haircuts.  I still can’t believe that not one of those hair dressers thought to try to bring out the curl at some point!

Fast forward a long time now, and I have finally figured out some key points to take care of my specific type of curl.  And then God blessed me with this beautiful little girl.  And guess what? She has curly hair!  But, her curls are totally different then mine,so then the guessing game began again to figure out what would work for her hair. She loves it long, and it is a huge learning curve. When we start to cut corners on how it is being cared for,it starts to look unhealthy and frizzy (like the photo above).

While curly hair is so different and varies person to person, here are some hair tips that are universal for ALL curly hair types!

1. Never ever use a brush.  Don’t do it. No matter how much you are tempted.  It breaks your hair and is awful to it.  To get tangles out of your hair, take a wide tooth comb or a hair pick in the shower with you and comb it AFTER you add conditioner, but before you rinse it out. This works like a dream. Even for my daughter loves to wear her hair long and it tangles just looking at it wrong! Even more important, you never, ever, ever brush or comb hair when it is dry.  This makes it a frizzy nightmare.  I wish I had learned this sooner.

2. Blow dry with a diffuser.  This is simply an attachment that goes on the end of your blow dryer. While air drying is nice and is best for keeping your hair healthy, using a diffuser helps give your curl definition.  Each individual curl sort of has a mind of its own.  Diffusing it helps the curls to sort of “group” together so that you have a more smooth style as opposed to each individual hair going its own way.

3. Don’t rub your head with a towel when your hair is wet. To dry your curly hair you will want to either blot the ends (if you have long hair) with your towel. Or even better, skip the towel for your hair completely and use an old t shirt. Really! It is amazing the difference it will make on your hair!

4. Try not to wash it everyday.  Curly hair is usually more dry then straight hair.  Washing it daily just dries it out. If your curl is like mine, it doesn’t stay curly the next day.  It turns into waves and frizz.  I sometimes just pull it in a ponytail to avoid washing it.  However, just wetting it down while in the shower will work to diffuse and gain the bouncy curl back.

5. Find the products that work for you! Don’t just use exactly what someone on the internet uses because everyone is different and has different needs. The products I use don’t work for my daughter and vice versa.  Playing with different combinations and products designed for curls, you will eventually come up with what works best for you.  To help you, go to this website it has a quiz to help you figure out what type of curl you have and offers recommendations for products, cuts and hairdos for your type of curl.

6. Love your hair! Curly hair is so versatile and can do so many different things.  It is unique and beautiful if you wear it right.  Stop straightening,and spending so much time trying to make it like everyone else’s and just love your hair for what it is!

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By the way, the products used to achieve the look above were J of Beverly Hills Crazy Curl and J of Beverly Hills shampoo and conditioner .

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Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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