Adopt a Soldier

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Our mil­i­tary men and women are key to main­tain­ing our free­doms so we can enjoy this week of fes­tiv­i­ties — the fun, food, events and activ­i­ties.  Have you ever con­sid­ered adopt­ing a sol­dier?  Did you know that some who join the mil­i­tary do not have fam­ily or other sup­port or con­tact?  Oth­ers do not have the resources or means to sup­ply some of the basic items needed for them self or those they asso­ciate with.  The offi­cial Adopt A US Sol­dier Non Profit Orga­ni­za­tion is a mar­velous, tire­less group who are will­ing to match up will­ing par­tic­i­pants with sol­diers who want a friend, some­one who cares to write or even pos­si­bly send a small box of care items.       For more infor­ma­tion click HERE

If you would like to read about a fam­ily who are self­lessly involved in this orga­ni­za­tion, click HERE


Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich

Red White & Blue Ice Cream Sandwich 1


 Look­ing for a quick way to cool off and do it with Red, White and Blue?  This is so easy and fast, it’s a per­fect treat for the kid­dos to get involved with mak­ing or one you can put together in a hurry.

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

  Any blog­gers who link up, if you will leave me a com­ment, I will fea­ture you on my fb page and pass your name on to the other  hosts here to give you a shout-out also!

Here are my picks from last weeks blog hop:

This is invalu­able and SO help­ful!!!  Thank you Sinea at Ducks ‘n A Row for fig­ur­ing this out and shar­ing with us.

weight watchers points plus, points, diet, weight loss

 I really need to do this, so I was really glad Kris­ten brought this by from Mus­ings of an Aver­age Mom

 I would LOVE a bite, piece, plate of this right about now.  Jen at Cincy Shop­per has a scrump­tious recipe to snag for sum­mer snacking.

Lemon Lush Bars- Delicious Layered dessert. Super simple and tastes AMAZING! Great summer dessert.

 Yes, I like lemon, and these lit­tle gems look scrump­tious!  Stop by Ann’s Enti­tled Life for the recipe. Lemon Meringue Cookies Recipe Con­tinue read­ing


Patriotic Cone Wrapper & PopCorn

Patriotic Popcorn 2

Cel­e­brate the 4th with this pop­corn I cre­ated JUST for YOU!   Heather at Chick­aBug has kindly given me per­mis­sion to share her really cool and fun print­able ice cream cone cover to hold my deli­cious pop­corn in!  Click HERE for the recipe and printable.


Don’t for­get this fan­tas­tic print­able by Shayna to go on a treat or fire­works too, click HEREPrintables


America and FREEDOM!



We have so much to be grate­ful for with all our bless­ings, oppor­tu­ni­ties and priv­i­leges in this great coun­try of Amer­ica.  Come learn, or remem­ber, some of the things that make it so unique.  The Star Span­gled Ban­ner, Pledge of Alle­giance, Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence and tips on how to teach about these as well — click HERE

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Firework Shirt & Patriotic Flip Flops

DIY 4th of July Shirt

Patrotic Beaded Flip Flops 1



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This ‘explo­sive’ fire­work shirt is so easy to make and fun too!  Click HERE for the tuto­r­ial so you can make it for your own patri­otic celebrations!

Patri­otic fancy feet are what you are all about! Come on over for an easy to fol­low tuto­r­ial to make your own, click HERE


The Lost Art of Cooking — Cooking For Keeps

CFK Revised CoverCook­ing is one of the most impor­tant skills you can learn, prac­tice and become excel­lent at. The LOST ART OF COOKING is the first theme I really focused on when I started A Mother’s Shadow and a prime rea­son why my  cook­book was born. Why Carrie’s Cook­ing for Keeps?

Fam­ily time around the din­ner table increases com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and bet­ter adjusted fam­ily mem­bers; which stems from meals together.

Home­made meals are nour­ish­ing to the body and soul.

It is much less expen­sive to pre­pare and cook food at home.

You can con­trol the ingre­di­ents you put in your dishes when you cre­ate in your own kitchen.

I have 2 recipes and SO many things to share with you!!

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The Lost Art of Self Reliance — Food Storage

Lost Art of Self Reliance - Food Storage 

Self reliance is a very impor­tant topic and crit­i­cal to actu­ally put into action.   Through this series we can learn together, tak­ing it a step at a time, to pre­pare for many types of cir­cum­stances and needs that might arise.  Hav­ing extra food on hand is key and it’s easy; we will show you how.

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The Lost Art of Cleaning — Baseboard Cleaning Hacks

Baseboard Cleaning Hacks

My sis­ter Jody Meza is the queen of clean; we learned this from our mom, Con­nie.   This LOST ART OF CLEANING topic is all about those often for­got­ten base­boards.  Thank you so much Jody for your time to teach us the impor­tant steps so we know how to tackle this chore and make it trouble-free and can have pride in a job well done!

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The Lost Art of Play — Hop Scotch

Hop Scotch 1

Hop Scotch has been a pop­u­lar game for gen­er­a­tions all around the world.  How long since you played?  It’s a fab­u­lous way to teach so many skills such as how to hop, skip, toss, accu­racy, and it is just plain fun.  It has been around for hun­dreds of years and report­edly even for thou­sands of years going back to Roman sol­diers train­ing for battle.

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The Lost Art of Play — Kick The Can

Kick The can

This game goes way back and is still a WINNER for all ages to play.  Leave the tech­nol­ogy gam­ing inside and get every­one out­side for this fun vari­a­tion of Hide And Seek.  Kick The Can has been played for gen­er­a­tions; still a win­ner and enter­tain­ing.  Give it a try!

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