10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

Salad is what I crave when summer time hits!

Once it gets hot I am not much for cooking, but for some reason my family still demands to eat. Go figure!

During the summer months I like to keep our meals on the lighter side, and the less it involves heating up my kitchen with an oven the better.

So for today’s #FridayFavorites I thought I would share 10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes.

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This Art Project Is A Must For Kids

Summer Break is in full swing, and this mama is trying her best to beat the Summer boredom blues!

You may have read my post on our family’s Summer Bucket List. One of the things on the list that the kiddos really wanted to try was an art project to display in our Playroom.

This mommy’s gears got turning. I needed to find a project that would keep the kiddos entertained, and turn out beautiful. I think we hit the mark!

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50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe May is over! Cue the music…School’s Out for Summer!

Summer break means fun and excitement, while simultaneously causing dread and anxiety to mothers everywhere! Ahem…you know it does, who are you kidding? 😉

Well, have no fear because I have just the thing to cure what ails you! The Summer Bucket List.

This Summer our family decided to put together a list of all of the things that we would like to see, create, and do over the Summer break.

We gathered our family around, and everyone got to contribute. Even our youngest had suggestions…who may have been a little hard to understand, but I think I got all of her suggestions written down. 🙂

This is such a fun thing to do, because the kiddos answers may surprise you. Our oldest suggested things that weren’t even on my mommy radar.

The Summer Bucket List is great for planning out your day, and also for those times when boredom hits…you can proudly exclaim ‘Let’s look at our Bucket List!’

We like to put our Summer Bucket List on display in the kitchen so everyone passes by it daily. The kiddos also LOVE getting to mark things off of the list too.

Since you may be asking yourself ‘Sounds great, but where do I start?’. I thought I would share some examples of what is on our list to get you started.

  1. Get first library card
  2. Go bowling – Check out Kids Bowl Free
  3. Make Snowcones
  4. Have an outdoor movie night
  5. Take a mini weekend road trip
  6. Pick strawberries
  7. Visit a museum
  8. Tour your own city – This is really fun! Act like a tourist in your own town.
  9. Complete a jigsaw puzzle50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family
  10. At least 3 Playdates with friends
  11. Paint a picture
  12. Go to an arcade
  13. Play putt putt golf
  14. Visit a park
  15. Make tie dye t-shirts
  16. Make our own Minute to Win It game complete with prizes
  17. Go to a drive in movie
  18. Visit the zoo
  19. Service project of your choice
  20. Dance in the rain on a rainy day
  21. Go to a baseball game50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family
  22. Go roller skating
  23. Fly a kite
  24. Have a pajama party – let the kids stay up a little late, have popcorn, and play games
  25. Dance party – everyone gets a chance to show off their favorite moves
  26. Have a picnic
  27. Make some treats and share with neighbors
  28. Visit a farmer’s market
  29. Make homemade ice cream
  30. Plant an herb garden
  31. Slip and slide races
  32. Have a backyard campfire complete with S’mores
  33. Make a sidewalk chalk masterpiece
  34. Watch fireworks
  35. Gaze at the stars
  36. Make giant bubbles – recipe for giant bubbles here
  37. Build a sandcastle
  38. Go swimming50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family
  39. Catch fireflies
  40. Get ice cream from an ice cream truck
  41. Water balloon fight
  42. Go camping
  43. Scavenger Hunt
  44. Put on your own play
  45. Make popsicles
  46. Write a story
  47. Summer Reading Program
  48. Paint Pet Rocks
  49. Yes Day – this is a day where you have to YES to everything (within reason of course!)
  50. High Five Mom because she is AWESOME!

I hope you fall in love with this new tradition as much as our family has. It is such a great way to stay connected as a family, and a wonderful way for us moms to keep it together over the break.

I’m linking up with Erin at Perfectly Port Family where fellow mommy bloggers are sharing their bucket list ideas.

Because I love my ladies, I have included a Summer Bucket List printable to help you get started. Happy Summer Bucket Listing! XO

 

Summer Bucket List Printable

 

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3 Ways You Should Be Rocking Your Mommy Bun – #FridayFavorites

We have all seen it…the Mommy Bun. You know the mom with their hair thrown into a messy bun on top of their head?

I will be the first to admit, I was wearing this hairstyle long before I ever became a mommy. But, since becoming a mommy I sport this style ON.THE.DAILY.

This hairstyle definitely receives some mixed reviews, but I am proud of my mommy bun! When my hair goes up it means I am in mommy mode, and my focus is on my kiddos.

With that being said, I do like to mix it up a little. So today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite ways to Rock The Mommy Bun!

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Top 5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would share my top 5 Father’s Day gift ideas for that special guy we call Daddy.

Whether it’s chasing away scary monsters from under the bed, knowing how to demonstrate the perfect pillow fight, or preparing some majorly awesome pancakes…we LOVE our dads!

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Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?

We have all been there. Your new, sweet, amazingly wonderful baby wakes up several times during the night. As a mommy, especially a new mommy, you are completely exhausted and let’s face it…frustrated.

You love this child fiercely, but my goodness how nice it would be if they would just SLEEP! And we all know mama needs her some sleep too!

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Unique Wedding Gifts For Every Budget- #FridayFavorites

We will be heading to a wedding in a few short weeks, and it got me thinking. There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of weddings during the summer months.

Now, I’m going to be honest…sometimes I go straight to the registry, but I think that it can be really fun to do something totally unique.

I remember when my husband and I were planning our registry I knew exactly what I wanted. I was so incredibly grateful for all of the gifts that we received, but some of the most memorable gifts were not off of our registry.

I am one of those people that really like to find the ‘perfect’ gift. I enjoy the thrill of finding that unique, one of a kind thing, that the couple will just LOVE! I’m telling you …I am a real thrill seeker! 😉

So, I thought I would share with you some of the wedding gifts that I am majorly crushing on right now!

The Love Is pillow by Tori Tissell.

This pillow is so sweet, and has the classic 1 Corinthians 13 verses printed on it. I think it makes for a lovely, and heart felt gift for the happy couple.

Another unique gift is this framed wedding vows, or first dance lyrics by GraceStone Designs.

I really like the simplicity of this, and the wording and frame can be customized. I think this would make a great gift, and I know it would warm my heart to pass by it in my home daily.

If you know an adventurous couple that loves to travel, this Scratch Off Travel Map by The MapLab will make the perfect gift.

I think this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! It comes with the map covered in gold foil. The couple then scratches off the places they have visited, and beneath is a beautifully detailed and colorful map. How neat!

If the couple loves to entertain, how about these adorable appetizer forks by CrosbyandTaylor?

I love the organic design of these, and they are so eye catching. These are so perfectly adorable I just might have to grab some for myself!

And for that social media savvy couple, I think this Instagram Photo Book By Artifact Uprising are just about the coolest thing ever!

I think this is a great way to ‘merge’ the couple’s worlds into one, and it makes a fantastic coffee table book!

What are some of your favorite wedding gifts to give, or that you received? Do you like to stick with the registry, or think outside of the box? Share your thoughts with me! XO

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Rock Your Mommy Bathing Suit

You may have seen the hilarious video of the lovely ladies at imomsohard showing the horrific bathing suit options for moms. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and go watch it now…don’t worry I’ll wait.

Okay, this video seriously had me laughing so hard I was crying!

I agree with ev.er.y.th.ing in this video!

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Grocery Shopping Game Changer

Okay confession time…I HATE grocery shopping! I know, I know…this was a deep dark secret held close to the vest for a very long time. But then I started talking with other moms, and guess what ALOT of them HATE it too!

Don’t get me wrong, I used to love to walk the aisles, take in all of the beautiful produce, sweetly smell each delicious fruit. Sweet memories! Now it’s a whirlwind of grabby hands, silent prayers that my children do not have a complete meltdown, rushing through the aisles with lightning speed, and inevitably forgetting something because I am just trying to make it through the chaos unscathed. Seriously, I feel the anxiety of a shopping trip just typing this! #Momhood

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#FridayFavorites – This Mommy’s Must Haves For The Beach

It is starting to get H-O-T outside, and that means one thing…Summer is coming.

With the upcoming summer season I thought it would be fun to focus on some of my favorite beach themed #FridayFavorites. I am really excited about this list, and hope that you enjoy it too! So, let’s dive in! (Pun totally intended 😉 )

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