Minion Mix Nautical Tote Bag Beaded Bracelet DIY Percussion Set “One in a Minion” Craft

Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail

Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail

Summertime is the perfect time of year for cold, fruity drinks! There are plenty of delicious options, but this Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail is hands down my favorite one! The basic idea itself isn’t my original creation; there are several variations of a similar recipe floating around the internet, and I was introduced to it when my friend Megan made a version of it that she found on Pinterest at a recent get-together. Some of them are a little heavy on the vodka for my taste, some are too light on the orange juice, and none of them thought to add in my special ingredient, orange sherbet. So, I came up with my own recipe and wanted to share it with you so you can enjoy it too.

Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
2 oz Orange Juice
6 oz Sprite
1 scoop Orange Sherbet
Ice Cubes

Place several ice cubes in a glass. Add one shot {1.5 oz} chilled Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, 2 oz of Orange Juice, and 6 oz of Sprite. Top with a scoop of orange sherbet…or a few!  (more…)

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5 Summer Cleaning Tips

This post has been compensated by Mode Media and its advertiser O-Cedar. All opinions are mine alone.  

5 Summer Cleaning TipsWe’re all familiar with the idea of spring cleaning, but what about when spring turns to summer? There are actually several things that require special attention this time of year thanks to our increased time spent outdoors and our seasonal activities. Here are five summer cleaning tips to think about this season! (more…)

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DIY Percussion Set: Pringles Summer Jam

Tracking PixelThanks to Pringles® for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are my own.

DIY Percussion Set

Do you love music? Does anyone in your family play an instrument? Here in the Artsy Family, music is a huge part of our lives. I mean, after all, one of the many hats I wear is that of a professional ballroom dancer! Besides that, I started playing the piano at the age of three and have loved to sing ever since I could talk. As many of you know, I’ve performed in local musicals like Shrek and The Sound of Music, and I’ve also been part of numerous choral groups, including two show choirs. I can’t imagine life without music, so I’ve been thrilled to watch Little Crafter become excited about it too. He has a little trouble carrying a tune, but the boy definitely has rhythm! Lately, he’s become obsessed with learning to play the drums. I think it’s a great plan, but before we invested in a full drum set, I wanted to test things out a little and give him a less expensive percussion set to play around with. Here’s how we created our own DIY percussion instruments so he can jam to his heart’s content. (more…)

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The “Ripken Way” & Team Mom Word Clouds

Today’s post is sponsored by Ripken Baseball through the Bloggy Moms Network. All opinions are my own.

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As many of you know, our family lives about 45 minutes from Baltimore, Maryland. Which means that for us, the word “baseball” is synonymous with “Orioles” and we have a very special place in our hearts for one particular player, Cal Ripken, Jr. We watched him play some of his record-setting 2,632 consecutive games and took a great deal of team and city pride when he accomplished that record. Not only is Cal Ripken, Jr. a local hero because of his excellence on the field, everyone around here also knows what kind of person he is both on and off the field: someone with passion and integrity, perseverance and a commitment to family.

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Although his days as a Baltimore Oriole are past, Cal along with his brother Billy {who also played in the Major Leagues with a .985 career fielding average} is still dedicated to the sport. The Ripkens are committed to maintaining baseball at the highest level, while making sure there’s a whole lot of fun along the way. By doing the right things the right way. The Ripken Way. There are four core tips the Ripkens keep in mind when teaching baseball; here’s my favorite one. (more…)

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Beaded Charm Bracelet

This summer, boho-style beaded bracelets are a huge trend in the fashion world. Instead of buying one, I decided to make my own! I came up with a mixed media, multi-layer beaded charm bracelet that I hope you like as much as I do! It has a laid-back nautical feel that just screams “summer” to me. Take a look…

Beaded Charm Bracelet

Beaded Charm Bracelet

Materials:
For the bracelet
- Stringing Wire
– Assorted Seed Beads
– Crimp Tubes
– Decorative Metal Beads {optional}
– Toggle Clasp Ring
– Jump Rings
– Lobster Clasp
– Wire Cutters and Pliers

For the charm
{Thanks to ImpressArt for sponsoring today’s post; all opinions are my own.}

ImpressArt Soft Strike Pewter River Stone Stamping Blank
ImpressArt Juniper Lowercase Alphabet Stamps
ImpressArt Design Stamp, Anchor
Steel Stamping Block
Metal Stamping Hammer
Texture Hammer, Dimples
Wood Dapping Block and Punches
- Black paint and paintbrush
– Jewelry polishing cloth

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