Celebrate National Ice Cream Day By Making It With Your Kids

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day By Making It With Your Kids

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Did you know that this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day?! What better way to celebrate than by making this simple version of homemade ice cream and having a little ice cream party with your kids.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 sandwich ziplock bags
  • 1 gallon ziplock bag
  • 3 cups crushed ice
  • 1/3 cup ice cream salt
  • Toppings of your choice
Directions

Put first 3 ingredients in one of the small ziplock bags and tightly seal. Then double bag that inside the 2nd small bag (this is to ensure none of the salt gets in – you don’t want salty ice cream!). I also recommend using high quality ziplock bags.

Put the ice and rock salt in the large gallon size bag, then add the smaller filled bags. Seal the large bag.

Squeeze (or shake!) the large bag for 10-15 minutes until ice cream is thickened. You will want to wear gloves or pot holder mittens for this!

Remove small bag, unseal, and serve!

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Here’s a few other really fun tools and ice cream accessories if you want to get even fancier with making homemade ice cream…

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One | This is just like Coldstone where you can mix things into your ice cream

Two | This mini size ice cream maker is perfect for kids and small portions – and won’t take up much cupboard space

Three | This ice cream making attachment goes right on your stand mixer

Four | If you make large portions, you’ll need a tub like this to store it

Five | A glass ice cream bowl makes you feel a bit more fancy

Six | I love the idea of making homemade ice cream sandwiches

Seven | A sleek looking ice cream maker

Eight | Such a fun topping mix

Nine | A good scoop is a must

Ten | This ice cream cone cake pan would be so fun

Eleven | Perfect for a kids ice cream party

Twelve | This little bowl is so neat – you can roll up your ice cream or cut it into shapes

Fashionable Face Mask Finds

Masks are definitely here to stay for the time being, and I’m happy to see that there are some stylish options out there! I have to admit – I don’t hate wearing them because I’m not a fan of forced chatting when I run into people when I’m out and about (now I get to be incognito!), plus I don’t need to worry about make up at all when I go out since I’m covered up anyway. And I kinda love the idea of making them a fashion accessory which makes them a little more fun to wear too! Today I’m sharing some really fashionable mask finds that I’ve rounded up.

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In all seriousness, Covid-19 is very concerning as it can be so dangerous – even to individuals that don’t seem high risk. A young, healthy nurse practitioner just passed away from it here in the Boise area just a few days after being diagnosed. Our family is taking every precaution we can as it would be devastating for Evan, and my husband also has some underlying health issues which could make it more dangerous for him as well. Please mask up to protect yourself and others, continue to socially distance, and practice good hand hygiene! We can do this!

Grilled Brie With Berries

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While summer is in full swing, we are trying to make the most of our quarantine at home with lots of time spent on the patio. And of course that includes lots of grilling and enjoying meals outside. Today I wanted to share a simple summer appetizer that can be whipped up in minutes!

Grilled Brie With Berries

Ingredients
  • Cedar plank
  • 1 – 8 oz wheel of Brie cheese
  • 1 cup mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Optional: Crackers, grilled baguette slices
Directions

Soak cedar plank in water per package directions (most are around 30 minutes)

Heat grill on medium-high heat

Place cedar plank on the grill and char for about 5 minutes

Flip cedar plank to place Brie on the charred side of plank. Pile berries on top of Brie (some berries will fall down onto the cedar plank). Drizzle honey over the berries. Reduce heat to medium, close the lid, and grill 8-10 minutes. (You want the cheese soft but you will want to take it off the grill before it starts oozing)

Remove Brie from cedar plank and serve on cutting board or platter along with crackers or grilled baguette slices.

Cedar Plank | Similar Cutting Board | Similar Monogram Cheese Spreader | Towel

Recent Buys…

Today I wanted to share a round up of a few recent purchases that I’m really loving! (Please excuse the wrinkles – I literally tried most of these on right after getting them.)

Blouse

I actually got this top awhile back, but wanted to include it because it’s on major sale (and comes in a few other colors too).

Similar Tee | Skirt | Sneakers | Bag

I’ve been really loving the leopard midi skirt trend but a satin version isn’t super practical for “mom life.” This version is much more wearable for everyday, and with sneakers it’s perfect for errands.

Dress | Belt (old – similar) | Similar Shoes

I bought this dress last year in purple and really loved it, so when I saw it was available again this year in white I snapped it up! Just a great simple white dress.

Dress | Similar Sandals

This dress is literally a throw on and go dress. Its knit so there’s no wrinkles and it has pockets.

Dress | Similar Sandals

All of the reviews said this dress ran really large so I sized down. It’s a bit snug in the bust, so I kinda wish I had gone with my normal size – but as the rest of the dress is voluminous (and I can see why people say it fits large) I think I’ll keep this size. It’s such a great color – and as you can see I’m really loving the tie waist shirt dress silhouette.

Dress | Similar Sandals

SO. COMFORTABLE. This dress feels like pajamas but it fits so cute.

Top (sold out – similar) | Jeans | Similar Sandals

Puffy sleeves! I love a good puffy sleeve top and this one will go with pretty much anything. These jeans aren’t new, but I just ordered a 2nd identical pair in the Amazon sale because I love them so much and wear them constantly.

Earrings

I remember seeing these around the holidays and missed out on them. I just found them again for this steal of a deal and I think they will be great with sweaters this fall and winter.

Adult Masks | Kids Masks

These are a super affordable 5 pack and the colors are fun

Joggers | Shorts | Space Tee | Stripe Tee

Despite Evan’s long hospitalization, he’s had a major growth spurt and nothing fits him! I wanted to get him a few new summer options and create a little capsule wardrobe to get us through the next few months.

Blue Tee | Orange Shorts | Stripe Tee | Sneakers

Little boys Veja’s…so stinking cute.

Pajamas For Hot Summer Nights

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With not a ton going on these days, I’ve been upping my pajama and loungewear game. As the days have gotten hotter, it’s nice having some warm weather pajamas that still look cute enough that I can drink my coffee in them out on the patio in the mornings! Today I’ve rounded up some cute options for hot summer nights.

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One | I have the pants version of these, and the fabric is so incredibly soft and comfortable

Two | These have over 2,000 reviews and are super affordable

Three | These satin pjs are so pretty

Four | Tons of rave reviews and only $22

Five | This little romper is on sale, and this is such a fun and different option

Six | If you don’t want to get shorts, you could try these capris

Seven | This lemon print set screams summer

Eight | These are just so classic

Nine | A nightshirt is another fun option

Ten | These flamingo print pjs are so sweet

Eleven | Mint green is so fresh feeling

Twelve | This jersey set looks incredibly comfortable

Scenes From The 4th…

How was everybody’s 4th of July?! Ours was very low key as we are continuing to quarantine at home as much as possible, but it was still a nice day spent together as a family. The weather was actually not as hot as it typically is here in July, so we were able to spend much of the day outside. We had a patriotic pancake brunch, and for dinner I put together an all-American hot dog bar! Today I wanted to share a few snapshots of our holiday…

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Ideas For A Fun 4th Of July At Home

Ideas For A Fun 4th Of July At Home

My Romper (old – similar and also love this similar blue option!) | Sandals | Bag | Sunglasses | Boys flag tank

Like many places, Covid cases are rapidly accelerating here in Boise and new restrictions have been reimplemented banning groups larger than 50 people. Which of course means no annual parade or fireworks. While we will miss these fun traditions this year, I’m all in favor of prioritizing keeping our family safe and healthy! That said, I still want to make sure we have fun celebrating the holiday even if we will be quarantining at home. Today I’m putting together a list of some activities you can do at home with your kids to celebrate the 4th of July this year.

🇺🇸 HAVE A BIKE PARADE 🇺🇸

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While we may not be able to attend an actual parade, we can still have our own! I thought it would be fun to have the kids decorate their bikes and ride around the neighborhood…and even invite other neighborhood kids to join in (safely socially distanced of course!)

 

🇺🇸 WATER FUN 🇺🇸

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With no local pools open, we will opt for some water fun at home! We were gifted a huge inflatable pool when Evan got home from the hospital, which we are planning to fill up for the holiday. We can also get our water guns and water balloons out for even more fun!

 

🇺🇸 HOT DOG BAR 🇺🇸

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An all-American hot dog bar is the perfect easy and patriotic meal for the 4th of July

 

🇺🇸 MAKE PATRIOTIC SHIRTS 🇺🇸

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There are so many fun ways you could create a patriotic shirt – from painting your own design, to tie dye, to bedazzling…this is sure to be a fun activity

 

🇺🇸 BUCKETS OF FUN 🇺🇸

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Putting together a bucket of activities and treats to keep the kids busy all day is sure to make the day a bit more special. Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, sunglasses, glow sticks, tattoos, cracker jacks, and pop rocks would all be fun options

 

🇺🇸 WATCH A PATRIOTIC MOVIE OUTSIDE 🇺🇸

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Set up a projector and screen, and watch something patriotic. My pick would be Hamilton on Disney+ which is coming out on July 3rd!

 

🇺🇸 FIREWORKS 🇺🇸

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While we may not get to see the big show this year, we will still be able to have a few small fireworks at home. My kids especially love pop its – which are super fun and safe for the little ones. You could also do some non firework festive options like silly string or confetti poppers!

4th Of July Outfit Inspiration

Red…

Dress | Sandals (old – similar) | Bag (old – similar)

White…

Top | Shorts | Sandals | Bag (old – similar)

and Blue…

Dress (old similar here, here, here) | Shoes | Bag (old – similar)

For the 4th of July, I always like to dress in festive red, white, and blue options but also keep things a bit more elevated than a full on flag tee or something. Plus these pieces can be worn all summer long! I thought today I would share a few outfit ideas I’ve put together from my own closet, as well as some other pieces I’m loving.

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An Exclusive Janie and Jack Promo Code For My Readers

One of my absolute favorite places to shop for kids clothing is Janie and Jack, and today I’m excited to share an exclusive promo code for my readers for an additional 20% off your entire purchase – including sale items!

  • Code: SHOPSTYLE20
  • Valid: Until 6/28 (11pm PT)

Here’s a few adorable sale items that have caught my eye…

Boys…

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Girls…

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Picks From The Amazon Big Style Sale

Amazon is currently having a Big Style Sale through June 28th, and they are featuring deals on clothing, shoes, and accessories. Here’s a few of my favorite picks from their sale!

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One | Majorly crushing on these gorgeous shoes

Two | This pretty off the shoulder dress is under $100

Three | Ganni really excels at leopard print

Four | This easy little under $20 dress is perfect for casual summer wear

Five | I’m really tempted to try out these $30 running leggings

Six | Classic espadrilles you will have for years

Seven | I have and love, love, love these jeans (they are my most worn pair). I just ordered them in another color and may order another pair in the same color I already have.

Eight | These are a great Castañer dupe

Nine | I love these chic platform sandals

Ten | This Mara Hoffman dress is so pretty and would be a great swimsuit coverup too

Eleven | I’ve been wanting to try a dress from this brand, and this one is a really fun print

Twelve | These are so minimalist chic, and this is an amazing price for Schutz sandals

Thirteen | This dress is stunning, and a great price for Self Portrait

Fourteen | A royally approved sneaker – Kate Middleton has these in several colors

Fifteen | This scrunchie is so cute – added to my cart

Sixteen | This wrap skirt would be perfect for the 4th of July

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