Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth!

I hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday as much as we enjoyed ours. It was the perfect mix of baking, decorating, visiting family, spending hours outside digging in the dirt (Ryan) and relaxing (us), and most of all, EATING!

We skipped the fireworks this year because we were spoiled from watching them from our balcony for the past 5 years, and couldn't bring ourselves to fight the crowds and traffic downtown. We do plan to go next year though, since Ryan probably won't remember them from when he was a baby, and it will feel like a new experience for him.

I spend the morning baking an American flag cake and chocolate chip cookies. Ryan was my special helper. He loves pouring and mixing and asking me random questions about the ingredients.

I plan on switching out this little area of our house with different decorations for every holiday season. I spray painted an plain old mason jar and turned it into a vase. The wooden words, hat, and stars are from Etsy.

We spent the afternoon at a family party at my cousin's house. They have a little boy who is only a couple months younger than Ryan. Ryan had a blast playing with all of T's toys, both inside and outside. It was especially great to spend time with some of my extended family that we hadn't seen in a while. They are all so sweet.

I dyed some rice with food coloring and made this sensory bin for Ryan and his friends to play with. It was so simple and easy to make: Mix long grain white rice with vinegar and a few drops of food coloring. Shake it up to mix completely. If you need the rice to dry quickly, stick it in the oven for 20 minutes at 200 degrees.

Happy 4th of July!! God Bless America, Land of the Free, Because of the Brave!


  1. You are so talented, I love all of the crafts and the adorable cake!!!

  2. Hi Dana,

    These decorations look amazing! I especially loved the American flag cake! I was wondering if you would be interested in a guest post from my client. Some ideas we have are ways to teach kids chemistry with a pretend Harry Potter potions class, tips for helping kids get adjusted to school again, and a fun piece on all natural crafts. If you are interested in any of these, please email me at ryan (at) adamriemer (dot) me.

    Thank you and I hope we can find a way to partner together,



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