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Here are 4 simple, colorful projects to try this weekend including super cute printable stationery!

Happy Friday!

Summer is definitely here! The week kicked off with a heat wave and thankfully is ending a lot cooler than when it started. Even though I’m not a fan of the heat, it does mean it’s now officially sun dress season. I’ve decided that’s going to be my go-to summer uniform.

This week I’m loving…

  1. These colorful candy bowls.
  2. These sling beach chairs.
  3. This pom pom tassel beach bag (I think it would make a great summer purse too).
  4. These printable rainbow stationery sheets.

P.S.

Boden is having a big summer sale that starts Sunday.
This dress is so perfect for summer.
Did you catch this weeks video?
Check out my Etsy shop!

20 Favorite Swimsuits

20 great swimsuits for all body types and budgets. Includes picks for colorful bikinis and flattering one-pieces.

Having always lived in coastal state, I tend to stockpile swimsuits. Any other Florida or California ladies do they same?

Every season, I always seem to find one I like better and better. I mean this season, there are so many cute ones with scallops. How can I resit? Here are my twenty favorite swimsuits this season. I decided on the black one piece scalloped suit (item 1 below) to add to my ever growing collection of swimwear.

Which swimsuit would you pick?

10 cute and colorful bikini swimsuits for all styles and body types

If you prefer bikinis here are some cute and colorful ones! Many are available in a variety of sizes and some even have tops that are available in bra sizes so you get the perfect fit.

  1. Boden vintage cup size bikini top with mix and match bikini bottoms
  2. Athlete paradise cove bralette bikini top with matching high waisted bottoms
  3. Boden scallop bikini top with matching scallop bikini bottoms
  4. Modcloth Liberty of London wildflower top with matching high waisted bottoms
  5. H & M dot plus size top with matching bikini bottoms
  6. Retro flower high waisted bikini set
  7. Bandeau scalloped bikini set
  8. Anthropologie flora v-wire top with ruched bottoms
  9. Modcloth Daytona bikini top with  matching bottoms
  10. Topshop contrast longline bikini top and bottoms

10 great fun and flattering one-piece swimsuits that you'll love to wear this summer

If you’re looking for a new one piece swimsuit, here are some of my favorite finds!

  1. Scalloped trim bow bandeau one piece swimsuit
  2. Boden chic swimsuit
  3. Target Merona halter swim dress
  4. J.Crew underwire push-up one-piece
  5. J. Crew deep-v wrap one-piece
  6. Modcloth flamingo one-piece
  7. Boden scallop swimsuit
  8. Modcloth high neck halter swimsuit
  9. Modcloth emerald flare swim dress
  10. Boden ruffle bandeau swimsuit

Get ready for summer! Here’s everything you need to make it a DIY summer!

No Bake Strawberry Pocky Cheesecake Cups

Make these no bake strawberry cheesecakes with Strawberry @Pocky crust for your 4th of July Party!

The 4th of July is right around the corner. Which is a good thing because I always feel like summer hasn’t officially started until the 4th. If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to a delicious bbq and lighting sparklers. Yet every 4th of July celebration isn’t complete without a delicious (and Patriotic!) dessert, right? I’ve created these oh-s0-easy to make no-bake cheesecake cups that your entire family will enjoy. My secret ingredient is swapping traditional graham cracker crust for a yummy Pocky crust! Just crush up some Strawberry Pocky and mix with melted butter to create a crust that is not only pretty but so tasty too.

Each cheesecake cup is topped with fresh strawberries, which you can find in season at many farmer’s markets this time of year. To make them even more festive, I created Pocky sparklers by heating up Pocky sticks in the microwave and covering them with assorted sprinkles. They make the perfect finishing touch of this 4th of July dessert.

Watch the video below to see how easy they are to make!

Create festive @Pocky sparklers for the 4th of July!

No Bake Strawberry Pocky Cheesecake Cups

Makes 4 individual servings

Ingredients

3 boxes (2.47 oz) of Strawberry Pocky
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), melted
2 blocks (8 oz.) of cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
Assorted sprinkles

Supplies

1 gallon size zip top bag
meat mallet or hammer
Disposable pastry bag or zip top bag

Make these no bake strawberry cheesecakes with Strawberry @Pocky crust for your 4th of July Party!

Directions

  1. Place two packages of Strawberry Pocky in a gallon size zip top bag. Seal the bag and crush the sticks into a crumbs using the flat side of a meat mallet or a hammer. (Place a dishtowel under the bag to protect your countertops). Once it resembles fine crumbs, pour the crumbs into a bowl and add the 1/4 cup melted butter. Stir until combined.
  2. Even distribute the crushed Pocky into 4 small serving dishes. Use your fingers to gently press the mixture into a flat crust.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl if mixing by hand), combine the 2 packages of softened cream cheese and powdered sugar on medium until creamy. Add the vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream. Stir until the liquid is mosly absorbed (so you don’t splash it all over) the turn the mixer up to medium. Blend until creamy and slightly fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer the cream cheese mixture to a pastry bag and use scissors to snip off the end. It’s easiest to do this by placing the bag in a bowl and wrapping the top edge of the bag around the rim of the bowl or cup. You can also place the mixture in a large zip top bag for this step.
  5. Use a circular motion to pipe the cream cheese mixture into the small serving dishes. Place them in the fridge for at least an hour to chill. Just before serving, top each cheesecake dish with sliced fresh strawberries. Garnish with a couple Strawberry Pocky sticks and enjoy!

Make these no bake strawberry cheesecakes with Strawberry @Pocky crust for your 4th of July Party!

Create festive @Pocky sparklers for the 4th of July!

Pocky Sparklers

Directions

  1. Arrange Pocky sticks on a microwave safe plate so they are not touching. Microwave for 40 seconds or until the chocolate is just beginning to melt.
  2. While the chocolate is warm, sprinkle star sprinkles or colored nonpareils all over the Pocky. Place the decorated Pocky in the refrigerator for a couple minutes so the chocolate can harden. Use them to garnish the cheesecake cups or just enjoy them on their own.

Make these no bake strawberry cheesecakes with Strawberry @Pocky crust for your 4th of July Party!

Do you love Pocky too? Check out my summery Pocky ice cream recipe here!

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Try one of these easy summer inspired DIY projects this weekend!

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

I hope you have a great weekend celebrating your dad. If you’re still looking for some last minute gift ideas, check out my round up I shared yesterday. It’s going to be 90° here in Venice and over 100° at the ranch so we’ll be trying to stay cool this weekend. And without a/c at the house, I think a bike ride over to the beach will be a must!

4 DIYs to try

  1. Embroidery floss wrapped wooden spoons make a great hostess gift.
  2. Printable note sheets so you don’t forget anything at the store.
  3. These mini pineapple boxes would be cute for a summer party.
  4. Glitter dipped sunnies because you can never have too many pairs in the summer.

I’m also loving

This Rifle Paper Orlando print.
Oh Joy’s summer collection is available Sunday.

P.S.

I’m teaching a workshop at The Hello Sessions in October in Portland! If you’ve been wanting to learn how to make your own videos then I’d love for you to join me! I’ll be sharing all about making videos from lighting and set up, basic editing and social sharing. Tickets just went on sale at a reduced price so grab yours now. It’s limited to 50 spots so it’s going to sell out quick!

10 DIYs to Make for Dad on Father’s Day

Printable Father's Day bottle labels and other DIYs for dad in this round up of 10 easy projects to make for dad on Father's Day.

Father’s Day is this Sunday and if you’re still wondering what to do for dad this holiday, here are 10 DIYs to make for dad this Father’s Day. Many of them feature free printables so a heart felt gift is only a couple clicks away. If you’re feeling extra crafty (and a little ambitious), try making dad his own custom necktie or even some sweet and spicy snack mix.

Printable Father's Day bottle labels

1. Free printable beer labels by Alice & Lois.

Printable Father's Day stickers

2.  Printable dad swag stickers by Oh Happy Day.

Sweet and savory snack mix with printable tin labels for Father's Day

3. Sweet and spicy snack mix with printable tin label by Sarah Hearts.

Candy record player cupcake toppers for Father's Day

4.  Record cupcake toppers and matching bottle labels by Studio DIY.

Printable Father's Day gift box labels

5. Printable package labels by The Proper Blog.

DIY Father's Day cake toppers

6. Father’s Day cake toppers by Oh Happy Day.

Printable Father's Day gift tags

7. Printable Father’s Day gift tags by Almost Makes Perfect.

S'mores brownies with printable Father's Day gift tags

8. S’mores brownie recipe with printable gift tags by Sarah Hearts.

Rad dad printable iron on t-shirt transfer for Father's Day

9. Rad dad t-shirt template by Poppytalk.

Make dad a DIY painted necktie for a special Father's Day gift

10. DIY painted necktie by Paper + Stitch for Momtastic.

Find even more easy DIY gift ideas for dad on my Father’s Day board.