Fourth of July Camping

We had such a blast celebrating the Fourth of July this weekend!  We spent the weekend with my parents camping at their property in North Florida.  It was the perfect combination of rustic and civilized :). My mom and I may have gone a little overboard, but it sure was worth it!  We ate like kings, spent some quality time as a family, and celebrated with a beautiful backdrop.  We visited a local fresh water spring and Grady had his first 70-degree water experience.  He actually took it like a champ, after the initial shock.

Here are some pics of the weekend.  I’ll also include our menu from the weekend in case anyone is looking for some camping (glamping :)) inspiration!

This family loves our country and any reason to celebrate it!

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Menu:

Saturday Breakfast: Pan-fried patties of grits, cheese and bacon (yum!) + Biscuits + Bacon & Eggs

Saturday Lunch:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches on Grilled Buns + Cole Slaw + Watermelon + Chips

Saturday Dinner: Three Cheese Potato Packets  + Chicken Sandwiches + Burgers

Saturday Dinner: Mini Cherry and Peach Fried Pies (in the shapes of stars)

Sunday Breakfast: Pancakes + Bacon & Eggs + Fresh Fruit

Sunday Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Springs including Sandwiches + Fresh Fruit + Chips

Sunday Dinner: Chicken and Steak Shish kabobs + Grilled Corn + Watermelon + French Fries + Sweet Tea

Sunday Dessert: Brownie Skillets with homemade vanilla ice-cream

Monday Breakfast: American Donuts — I was dying to make these.  I ended up making these a semi-homemade item. We bought the classic cake donuts from Dunkin Donuts and decorated them.  They were fun and cute, but maybe not quite as cute as the original website I found.  But pretty darn good for a rustic semi-homemade ūüôā

Handmade Decor:

Burlap fans (there is a DIY here, but my mom tweaked it for us)

Burlap Flag Table Runner (here is a DIY, my mom also made 1 giant flag, which Grady is sitting on in the photo and we hung up for additional decor)

Burlap Banner (here is the DIY)

Mason Jar flags (I have been dying for these for years, my mom did an awesome job making these…love them!  They are just painted, stamped, and sanded to make rustic)

Mother’s Day Spa Day

Mother’s Day is seriously one of my favorite holidays ever. I have always loved it because it gives me the perfect reason to celebrate the beautiful women in my life who sacrifice so much of themselves on a daily basis. ¬†I understand that sacrifice and love more than ever this year as a new mama. ¬†I am beyond excited to be celebrating Mother’s Day for my first time and it makes me want to recognize the special moms in my life even more.

This year, my mom is treating my sister and me to a Spa Day at the Four Seasons.  So, I really wanted to give them both something that is fun and pairs well with the occasion.  After getting massages, we are planning to have lunch by the pool and then will spend the day at the beach. After chatting with some friends, I realized I should make a gift basket that has all the things they would need for a beach day at the resort.

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I came up with a fun tote bag that includes beach sandals, wide-brim hats, water bottles, magazines, books, journals, beach towels, kimono cover-ups, and chocolates. ¬†Everything came from Target – they have such an amazing collection of things that I was lucky enough to find everything in the right style for what I wanted. ¬†Super convenient! I should mention that another special mom in my life, my mother-in-law, isn’t here locally this weekend. So John and I sent her flowers since mailing things can be tricky. ¬†While I love flowers and they are amazing, I was able to get all of these (useful) things for pretty much the same budget. ¬†Pretty crazy! A little thoughtfulness and time spent really do go a long way.

I absolutely love the way they turned out!  I plan to bring these to the Four Seasons and have them waiting for them in the Locker Room when they arrive.  So excited!

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One tip to point out is that the tote bags from Target came with cardboard shapers on the inside. ¬†I took the shaper and flipped it upside down so that the solid piece is at the top of the bag. ¬†The idea was to provide stability so I could have the contents visible at the top. ¬†I then covered the cardboard with pretty pink tissue paper so it acted as a base. ¬†Here’s a look at it:

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And of course, here are a few more shots of the bags and their contents!

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