Link Party Palooza #100

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Features

This Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Freekeh Salad from Hello Little Home looks so fresh and healthy! It would be the perfect side dish for summer!

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For our DIY feature this week, I love these little Burlap and Lace Cutlery Pockets from Jo-Lynne Shane. They would be so simple to throw together for your next barbecue!

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 Here are some favorites from I Heart Naptime this week:

Last minute 4th of July inspiration

watermelon stars...the perfect addition to any 4th of July BBQ!

Lemon tarragon grilled chicken

Lemon Tarragon Grilled Chicken

Lemonade ice cream

Lemonade Ice Cream

Easy Vinyl Sign

If “summer” to you means spending days on the lake, you’re going to love this Easy Vinyl “Find Me at the Lake” Sign!

Hello I Heart Naptime readers!  I’m Valerie from Occasionally Crafty, and I’m thrilled to be here today!  One of my favorite things to make is vinyl signs, so I knew I had to create one for you today.

Easy Vinyl Sign by Occasionally Crafty for iheartnaptime.net

I grew up in Illinois, in a town caught between the Midwestern prairie and the big city of Chicago.  While big Lake Michigan was just an hour’s drive down the freeway, it’s not what I think of when I think “lake”.

Summers on the lake is like The Cove, Lake Billy Chinook, where my husband spent his summers with his family up in Oregon.  If you’re lucky, you have a boat to take out and spend the day on the water, but if not, you’re just as happy to camp out on the shore with a blanket, some chairs, and a cooler full of food.

Summers on the lake mean canoeing at our yearly girls’ camp, where someone always “falls” into the water.

Summers on the lake mean leaving TV and video games behind, and enjoying the beauty nature has to offer “away from it all”.

Are you now, or were you lucky enough to spend your summer on a lake?  I’d love to hear about it!

Supplies:

  • 12×12 blank wood plaque (I found mine at Michaels)
  • White or cream paint and paintbrush
  • Navy vinyl
  • Gray vinyl
  • Transfer tape
  • Scraper, vinyl squeegee, or credit card

This vinyl design was made by me and designed in Silhouette Studio.  I used part of this shape from the Silhouette store to make my design.

Instructions:

1.  Cut your vinyl design and weed away the extra vinyl.  You will have to cut all the navy blue parts together, then the gray parts.

2.  Since this is a multicolor design, you will place them one section at a time.  It may be helpful to draw a line in light pencil on your plaque to help you line up the words.

3.  Using transfer tape, pick up your vinyl, then place it sticky side down on the plaque.

4.  Rub firmly with your scraper, vinyl squeegee, or credit card to make sure vinyl adheres firmly to your plaque.

5.  Remove transfer tape slowly and carefully, making sure vinyl remains on the plaque.  Depending on the quality of your vinyl, this may take some time and careful effort.

Easy Vinyl Sign by Occasionally Crafty for iheartnaptime.net

You can see a step-by-step tutorial I did using vinyl and a plate here.

I would display this by placing it on a shelf, but you could add a ribbon or a sawtooth hanger to place on the wall.  This would make a great addition to your lake house, or to give as a hostess gift when you stay in someone else’s house or cabin!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

If you like vinyl crafts, check out my “Special Date” Wall Canvas

Number Wall Canvas 3, iheartnaptime.net

and my Patriotic Vinyl Charger.

4th of July Vinyl Charger, iheartnaptime.net
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Valerie is a mom to 3 school-aged kids, a piano teacher, avid reader, and of course, a maker of simple and beautiful projects. At Occasionally Crafty, you’ll find easy Craft and DIY Tutorials,  Seasonal and Holiday Decor, and even some simple and delicious Recipes.

You can follow Valerie on social media at the following places:

 Facebook |  Twitter |  Pinterest |  Instagram

 

Huge THANKS to Valerie for sharing this adorable easy vinyl sign during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

Hello Summer Event I Heart Naptime

Be Thankful Wood Sign

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Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt

This Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt is the perfect summer treat! Fun, flavorful, and healthy!

Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt from House of Yumm for iheartnaptime.com

Hi there I Heart Naptime readers! My name is Serene and I blog over at House of Yumm, where I share family friendly recipes. I am beyond ecstatic to be here today with you and Jamielyn to share a fun Summer recipe for the Hello Summer event! I am such a fan of this blog. And an even bigger fan of naptimes. I have 4 kids, and naptime… is my favorite time of the day. While those little ones are awake though, I love treating them to special treats. Which I do my best to ensure don’t contain any extra sugar. Which is why, believe it or not, this Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt is perfect!

Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt from House of Yumm for iheartnaptime.com

This treat is actually healthy for the kids, and yourself! Shhh..we won’t tell the kids though. It’s made with greek yogurt, almond milk (which you can substitute the milk of your choice of course), a little agave (which can also be substituted with maple syrup or honey), and some Cotton Candy oil flavoring. I used Lorann Hard Candy Flavoring Oil Cotton Candy Flavor.

When adding the sweetener to the yogurt mixture you can definitely add to taste. Keep in mind that you want to add just a slight bit extra since freezing it will affect the taste. So once you have it perfect, add just a bit more. And you can always add more Cotton Candy flavoring too if you want to bump up the flavor! This is such an easy recipe, one that you can easily adapt to make your own.

Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt from House of Yumm for iheartnaptime.com

Of course, the food coloring is completely optional. Although I gotta say, I think that’s what my kids love most about this treat! I just divided the yogurt mixture in half, added my pink and blue food colorings, and then alternately poured into one single container to freeze it in. Using a butter knife I just gave a few quick swirls to mix the colors just slightly.

This treat is so fun and tasty your kids will have no idea it’s really healthy. And you won’t have to worry about amping them up on sugar! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups Greek Yogurt (Plain or Vanilla)

2 tbsp Agave (can substitute with maple syrup or honey)

1/2 cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)

2 tsp Cotton Candy Flavoring Oil

Pink and Blue Food Coloring (optional)

Directions:

In a medium size mixing bowl add the yogurt and almond milk. Stir together until smooth and creamy. Add in the agave or sweetener of choice and mix to combine.

Add in the Cotton Candy flavoring oil and stir until dispersed throughout the yogurt mixture. Add more to taste if preferred.

Divide the yogurt mixture in half and spoon into another bowl. In one bowl add the pink food coloring and in the other add the blue. Stir until coloring is consistent throughout the yogurt mixture.

Pour half of the blue mixture into the dish you will use to freeze the yogurt in. Drizzle half of the pink yogurt mixture on top of that. Then repeat with the remainder of the blue and pink yogurts. Using a butter knife swirl the mixture back and forth a couple times, this will swirl the colors together.

Place container in freezer and allow to freeze for at least 3 hours. Serve and enjoy!

Serene can be found at her BLOG, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, and TWITTER.
Check out some other fun dessert treats from her site:
Healthy Banana Splits, Pink Lemonade Ice Cream, Eclair Cookie Cups

Huge THANKS to Serene for sharing this yummy frozen yogurt recipe during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

Hello Summer Event I Heart Naptime

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Strawberry Lemonade (No Sugar Added)

Strawberry Lemonade from Tried and Tasty for iheartnaptime.comHello, hello! It’s Yvonne from Tried and Tasty and I’m thrilled to be here for the Hello Summer Event! Thank you, Jamielyn, for having me. It’s gotten hot quickly in my neck of the woods and nothing screams summer to me like a cool refreshing beverage. But if you’re like me, you’re still trying to achieve the bikini bod… and sugar loaded drinks don’t help in that department.

In my quest to be healthier, I’ve decided to kick the sugar. White sugar, that is. So for this yummy Strawberry Lemonade I’ve used honey instead! It’s the perfect replacement that’s all-natural. I don’t know about you, but strawberries are my favorite berries. I could eat them all day long. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks in between.

Strawberry Lemonade from Tried and Tasty for iheartnaptime.comAnyone that knows me, knows that I have mad love for Costco. Like ridiculously mad love. Like, couldn’t-live-without Costco kind of love. If you are lucky enough to have one in your area, check out their produce and see if they’ve got organic strawberries – I was able to pick up 2 lbs. of the most beautiful fruit for a screaming deal. Why organic? Check out my Clean 15 vs. Filthy 15: When Organic Matters post. You certainly don’t have to buy the organic, but when they are such a good deal – why not?

Strawberry Lemonade from Tried and Tasty for iheartnaptime.comJust imagine yourself whipping up a batch of this lemonade, sipping on a glass in the hot summer heat, and enjoying every ounce of daylight. Doesn’t that sound just wonderful?! I plan on making that a reality more often than not this year, and after one sip of this tasty drink, I bet you will too! What’s your idea of the perfect summer day? Swimming at the pool, playing at the park, biking around the neighborhood? I love it all! Summer just speaks to me!

Strawberry Lemonade from Tried and Tasty for iheartnaptime.com

Strawberry Lemonade from Tried and Tasty for iheartnaptime.comSo what are you waiting for? Make this for your next BBQ, potluck, or get together! If you do, hit me up on Instagram and hashtag #triedandtasty so that I can see how you’re spending your summer while enjoying a tall glass of this healthy & refreshing lemonade! Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemonade from Tried and Tasty for iheartnaptime.com

 

Strawberry Lemonade (No Sugar Added)

Ingredients:

1- 1/2 lb. strawberries, washed & cut in halves, about 4 cups
Juice of 2 large lemons, about 1/2 c.
1/4 c. (or less, depending on the sweetness of your strawberries) honey
6 cups of water
Ice

Directions:

Using your high speed blender, blend the strawberries, lemon juice and honey with water. If desired, pour through strainer in to your pitcher or skip step (personal preference on how you'd like your beverage). Serve cold over ice & enjoy!

 

YvonneWhen she’s not at work or spending time with family or friends, chances are you’ll find Yvonne in the kitchen wearing an apron and a smile. Be sure to grab her free eBook 10 Super Foods for Breakfast. Super Fast, Super Easy, & Super Tasty! for the ultimate way to kick off your morning!

You can connect with Yvonne via Blog | FacebookPinterest | Google+Twitter | Instagram | YouTube! Check out some of her favorite and most popular recipes: Cheesy Baked Dip, Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, & Hamburger Casserole!

Huge THANKS to Yvonne for sharing this healthy recipe during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

Hello Summer Event I Heart Naptime

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Get the Kids Moving Game

Hello there! It’s Courtney from Paperelli. It’s summer!! With summer here and the kids home allll day, it’s hard to find ways to keep the kids busy, entertained and active. Today I am here to share something that will hopefully help you and your kids have fun and keep moving daily! It’s the Get the Kids Moving Game!

Get the Kids Moving Game from Paperelli for iheartnaptime.com

I knew I wanted this to be something fun and active, but also super easy for you. All you need to do is download, print, and assemble the cubes. Cube assembly is simple. Cut out the entire cube shape, fold along the lines where each color meets, glue the light grey tabs and assemble.

Get the Kids Moving Game from Paperelli for iheartnaptime.com

 

Get the Kids Moving Game from Paperelli for iheartnaptime.com

After you have assembled your printables, there are no materials or equipment required. Just you and a few silly kids who are ready to play!

I love this printable because gross motor skills are such an important part of children’s development. This activity is so fun, the kids will never know they are actually getting their exercise and staying healthy!

Get the Kids Moving Game from Paperelli for iheartnaptime.com

To play the game: It’s simple! All you need to do is roll two dice – number dice and an activity dice. (To add variety to the game, there are two options for activity dice, but you can just choose one per roll.) Then, perform the activity for the amount of time on your number dice! That’s it! Just keep playing until the kid’s are ready to drop! Then, rest and recover with a delicious healthy popsicle. ;)

I can’t wait to see what you do with your Get the Kid’s Moving Game! Be sure to snap some pictures and tag @paperellidesigns and @iheartnaptime on Instagram or use #paperelliprintable.

Enjoy and have FUN moving and playing with your kids!

DOWNLOAD Get the Kid’s Moving Game HERE

Get the Kids Moving Game from Paperelli for iheartnaptime.com

About Me | I am Courtney and the designer behind Paperelli. I LOVE designing invitations, cards, and printables! When I am not designing, you can most likely find me being tackled by my wild 3 year old boy or having Pandora dance parties in the living room with my daughter. I love my busy life of juggling being a mother, designer, small business owner, and wife to my ridiculously supportive spouse! My creativity is fueled by red Skittles, Crystal Light, and salsa! Follow my adventures on my Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook.

Huge THANKS to Courtney for sharing this fun kids activity during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

Hello Summer Event I Heart Naptime

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