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    Fix It, Food, Fun

    4th of July food and fun!!

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    Isn’t the 4th of July such a fun holiday?!! It truly is one of my favorites! I love the family BBQ s, parades, festivals, fireworks, and focusing on how blessed we are to live in this free country!

    Every year, for the past 27ish years we get up early and head to the city parade!! This tradition started with my awesome uncle Hal!! When we were younger we would have a big sleepover at his house with all the cousins the night before! ย The next morning he would start very early making pancakes on his porch for us and all his neighbors!! People would all gather out front of his house visiting and eating! Then when it was time we would walk down a few blocks to the parade route! Uncle hal was and is always serving others and making every occasion so fun!!

    The real party started with the parade!! Uncle Hal was hilarious at the parade!! He would shout out all sorts of things to the people in the parade!! Nice things of course!!;) He could get the whole crowd chanting the name of the person on the float or in the car!! We would sing and dance, and our favorite was when he would dare the bigger boys to walk out to kiss the hand of the beauty queen on the float!! The boys would do it and the crowd would go crazy!! Haha We weren’t your ordinary parade watchers, not with uncle Hal involved!! He made the parade a party start to finish!! I have the best memories of the parade with my family!!

    My uncle Hal won’t be there this year! ๐Ÿ™ He has stage 4 colon cancer and will be in California for some treatments!! He will be so missed tomorrow at the parade, nothing is the same without him!! He is a fighter and he is seeking the treatments he needs so we can have lots of fun parade parties in the future!! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

    We wanted to share a few quick and festive 4th ย of July things with you!

    How about this darling Flag 7 layer dip!! It’s the easiest thing to throw together but it’s right on point!!๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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    I layered in this order:

    -refried beans

    -Guacamole

    -sour cream

    -olives

    -shredded mozzarella cheese

    topped with the black beans for the stars- cherry tomatoes for the stripes! Add a bag of tortillas chips and bam your good to go!!

     

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    I think this is adorable and it was super easy to do, so the win in my book!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

    All you need is:

    -mason jar

    -small hand flag

    -mod podge glue

    -small paint brush

    -tea light candle

    instructions-

    1.cut flag off stick

    2.apply thin layer of glue to back of flag with paint brush, and place where you want on the jar. Smooth out any air bubbles or creases.

    3.then apply another thin layer of glue over the top of the flag, and let it dry completely.

    4.add tea light candle, light it and enjoy!! It’s cute! It’s festive, and all ages can make one!;)

     

    Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday friends!! Enjoy those you love, and count your blessings to live in the U.S.A! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ฅโค๏ธ

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    All, Feel It, Fun

    Family fun

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    Been soaking up time with the family this past week and it’s been dreamy.

    When the Martin family gets together it’s all about boating, games, food and fun!

    We spent the past week in Bear Lake having an amazing time. You’d think that one whole week with everyone under the same roof would be too chaotic but somehow it’s not. It’s laughter, lots of games and yummy food, and surprisingly with 14 grandkids there were only a few kid squabbles here or there.

    We kicked off each day with a workout of some sort, breakfast and then straight to the beach for boating. After a sun filled day we would eat dinner, play some board games and do a family activity.

    Each family had one night they were in charge of dinner and an activity and it kept the food and the fun rolling! There was never a dull moment.

    I think with all the fun and excitement we are all in some sort of vacation hangover, as it’s nearing 10 A.M. and most the crew is still sleeping.

    So gratefulย for this fun time to create memories for us and our kids. The one thing that kept repeating in my mind was, “These are the best days of our lives!” And I believe it’s true!

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    Patch it up jacket DIY

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    We love when a new tread comes out and we can do it ourselves for so much cheaper! I mean cheaper is always better right?! We are all seeing fun, funky patches on everything these days from jeans, tees, shirts, bags, hats, jackets, and even shoes!! It’s playful, colorful, and adds a little spunk to your outfit!

    In a previous post we kept it simple with a white tee and adding a few iron on patches to it! It’s was the easiest way to be on trent and do it yourself!! We thought we would step it up a notch and spice up a jacket!! Remember we are going for a much less expensive version of a very common trend which so happens to have a much heftier price tag! That being said, our army green jacket was bought at a local thrift shop for around $8, we bought the patches at JoAnns fabric store, and mapped out our design! Actually, most of the patches are inspired by our sweet dad who has passed away!:( We like to have lots of reminders of him around us always!โค๏ธ

    After all the patches were ironed into place, we did a little hand stitching to make sure they weren’t going anywhere!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    This trend can add so much personality to your outfit and allows us to be a little playful with our clothes! It’s the easiest thing to do yourself and you can save a ton!! You can make it age appropriate for all ages! There are some really cool big flowers to keep it more sophisticated, or all sorts of emoji’s for the teens! There’s just about something for everyone!! We love you!! Happy DIY-ing!!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

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    Steve’s back in the kitchen

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    We are lucky enough to have another great recipe by our chef, friend, Zumba celebrity, Steve Boedt!!

    This is fresh, easy to make and oh so delicious!

    Steve always brings a fresh spin on the healthy foods, including blending up an avacado pit. ๐Ÿ˜‚ You just never know what you are gonna get!

     

    Here’s how you make this delicious ice cream.

    2 cups frozen berries

    1/2 avocado AND the seed!

    A squeeze of “energy booster” honey

    Coconut water or coconut milk (are we the only ones who find it tricky to find coconut water??)

    Mix it all together and what do you get? ย A delicious and easy to make spin on our favorite summer indulgence. You don’t have to miss all the summer treats when we make them this healthy and tasty! Enjoy!!!

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    Food

    Fancy salmon dish made easy!

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    Lately I have been following a new awesome health and fitness program which has inspired me to cook more and branch out a bit more in the kitchen! Don’t get me wrong I still don’t love to cook but I find that when I’m cooking clean it’s pretty straight forward and they are easy recipes!! I can handle that! Truthfully, i have never felt better then I do now being extra aware of what I’m putting into my body. So that’s great news!;)

    This recipe here has been “date night in” the last few weeks with my husband and I. It’s a bit more fancy and taste like we are treating ourselves to the finest restaurant in town! ๐Ÿ˜‹
    Honestly, we are convinced we couldn’t pay for salmon this good anywhere! It’s that good!! ๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

    This is a must try!! Like a must try over and over again!!:)) Kass isn’t a seafood fan, but I seriously can’t get enough!! So obviously if seafood isn’t your thing then pass this along to your bestie who is!;)

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    Ingredients:

    4 -6oz skinless salmon fillets
    1 lb asparagus-tough ends cut and trimmed
    2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
    2 garlic cloves – minced
    Salt and pepper
    1 lemon thinly sliced
    Fresh dill sprigs

    Directions:

    -Pre-heat over to 400 degrees
    -Cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil about 14 in long
    -rinse and divide asparagus into four equal portions- place in the center of each piece of foil
    -in small bowl, mix oil and garlic, drizzle 1 tsp on each asparagus portion, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on top
    -rinse salmon, allow excess water to run off, rub a bit of salt and pepper on bottom of each filet
    -place filet on top of asparagus, drizzle 1 tsp of oil and garlic mixture on top, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper
    -place 2-3 sprigs of fresh dill on each filet
    -top with 2 thin lemon slices

    Wrap foils by bringing in both long sides, seal, and fold in both small sides. Make sure it’s all closed off completely

    Place onto cookie sheet- cook 20-25 mins
    Open and serve!!๐Ÿค—

    This is fine dining, super easy, and tastes like a million bucks!! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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