Balloon Boppers- Great Kid Activity!

My Favorite Summertime Series

It’s my pleasure to be here today while Brie takes a bit of a break to enjoy that baby.  So exciting!  I’m Steph from  Crafting in the Rain and I love working with paint, paper and fabric, and coming up with fun things for my kids.

A couple of weeks ago I helped out at Field Day at the school. Not surprisingly, we had some rain, but it did clear up after the first hour out so.  Thankfully there were some indoor activities including some foam paddles for bouncing balloons.  I figured out how to make our own so that we can also swat at balloons to our hearts’ content and not gouge out any eyes.

A quick trip to the dollar store will get you all your supplies.  For each bopper you’ll need a car wash sponge and a bag of balloons.  Pick up a free paint stirrer from the hardware store or your own garage!

Sand the paint stick so there are no splinters and paint if desired. Use a serrated knife to cut a slit into the center of the sponge on one end, and cut a depth about to the middle…please don’t cut your hand!  Spread some hot glue on the end of the stick and push it in.

Blow up a few balloons and let the kids go crazy…but not too crazy :)  Not bad for a dollar per person and some balloons. Hope you’ll try it!

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A Storybook Baby Shower

Shelby is one of the nicest, prettiest, stylish, and most creative person I know!  She’s my photography idol and has a wonderful blog that I highly encourage you to check out if you haven’t already done so from another one of her guest posts.  She is also a dear friend and her guest post today shows what a great friend she really is!

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Hi! I’m Shelby from Brandon and Shelby  I am so excited to be here guest posting on Darling Doodles today. Mostly because I can share a bit more about Mrs Darling Doodles and the exciting time she is going through.

I am fortunate enough to know Mrs. Darling Doodles- aka Brie and she is just as sweet and crafty in person as she is here on this blog. This past weekend me and a couple of other lady friends threw Brie a baby shower. And I just wanted to share what we did with you, to either give you inspiration or give you a glimpse of what Brie did this weekend {because we all know you read this blog because of her}

So our theme was ‘Books’ and on our invitation we asked the guest to give a book  with their gift so that Brie could build her library for her sweet angel.

 I made Dulche de Leche cookies recipe from here


 ^^ For an activity the guests were to write on little square papers and safety pin the note to the diapers. So in the future when Brie was to change a diaper she will have a sweet, inspirational, or funny note to read.^^

^^We also printed off library cards to have the guest give their best parenting advice to Brie.^^

^^ Book garland that I made from magazine pictures.^^


It was a really fun to throw a shower for someone so sweet and grateful. Thanks for letting me Brie!

3 Ingredient Perfect Pina Colada

My Favorite Summertime Series

Hello Darling Doodle readers! I’m Lisa from Over the Big Moon. I am so excited to be here and even more excited for Brie and their new little addition! I feel passionately about adoption! Brie’s joy and Gen’s bravery still brings tears to my eyes!

Today I wanted to share one of our family’s favorite summertime recipes!

pina coladas

We live in Southern Utah, so it gets really hot during the summer…like over 110 degrees! These Pina Coladas are one of the best ways to keep ourselves cool during the summer! The best part – it only takes 3 ingredients!


Blend together:

1 cup of ice

1 cup pineapple juice

2 Tbsp. Cream of Coconut (found by the margarita mix)

You can adjust the ingredients based on your tastes. My hubby likes to add 3 or 4 Tbsp.cream of coconut to his!

Hopefully this recipe will help you keep cool this summer too! Come check us out at Over the Big Moon for more fun summertime ideas like our best lemonade and limeade recipe, free printable summer activity jar, 4th of July Pre-k Pack, and how to turn a bikini into a tankini, along with many other fun ideas!


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Thanks again Brie for having me today! Enjoy snuggling your little Savannah!




Delicious Pretzel Jello

My Favorite Summertime Series

Hello, hello! My name is Emily and I’m visiting from Huckleberry Love. I am so excited that Brie asked me to take part in her fabulous, Summertime Series. :)

I’ve been wracking my brain as to what I should share with y’all today. A project or fun kid craft? Well, maybe. But, what my mind kept wandering back to was one of my all-time favorite summer recipes. One that symbolizes summer and is always the talk of the dessert table.

Want to know what it is??

Pretzel Jell-O!

My mouth is starting to water just thinking about this delicious dessert.

This recipe is super simple and is a staple at ALL of my family gatherings. I come from a large family (2 parents, 7 children, 5 spouses, 8 grandchildren… and a partridge in a pear tree. Wait. No. Not that last one. Anyway, things definitely get wild and crazy at our get-togethers!) and we make two batches of this whenever we have something to celebrate.

Pretzel Jell-O is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Not to mention it’s filled with delicious strawberries that make it perfect for a summertime barbeque!

Here’s what you’ll need to make some today-

1 stick melted butter

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels (I smash mine with a rolling pin)

1 (8 oz. ) package cream cheese, softened

1 container cool whip (standard size, not the gigantic one)

1 cup sugar (divided)

1 (6 oz.) package strawberry Jell-O

1 regular package of frozen strawberries


First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While it’s heating up, pop your butter in the microwave to melt it. This would also be a good time to start boiling some water in your kettle. You’ll need about 2 cups.

Next, take a rolling pin and smash up those pretzels! I like to use pretzel sticks, as I find they’re easier to crush than normal pretzels.

Once your better is melted and you’ve crushed enough pretzels, mix them both together with a 1/2 cup of sugar. Press the mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Pop the pan in the oven and bake for about 6 minutes.

While your pretzel crust is baking, you can prepare the Jell-O. Once the water in your kettle is boiling, pour 2 cups of it into a bowl that contains your Jell-O powder. Stir until the Jell-O has dissolved. Then, add the package of frozen strawberries to the boiling Jell-O. Stir to mix and then place the bowl in the refrigerator to cool off.

Now it’s time to make your cream cheese layer. Combine the cream cheese, cool whip and 1/2 a cup of sugar in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with your mixer until it’s smooth.

Be sure to let your special helpers lick the beaters… they taste pretty darn delicious! :)

Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of your pretzel crust. Using a spatula, smooth it evenly over the crust.

Check on your Jell-O. It should be starting to gel. If not, wait a bit until it is. Stir it up again, then pour on top of the cream cheese layer. The Jell-O should be firm enough that it will not seep into the other layers of the dessert. If it does, it was not set enough. Using a spatula, spread the Jell-O layer out evenly over the cream cheese layer.

Cover with tin foil or saran wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator over night.

Keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to serve. :)

Isn’t she lovely? My friends here in Texas laugh at my “Midwestern cuisine” that I bring to pot lucks (mainly because they all contain cream cheese and cool whip!), but they sure do eat it up whenever it’s placed in front of them!

I cross my heart that this will be an extremely popular dish at your next pot luck, barbeque or holiday picnic. For real. It’s simply amazing.


Emily is a stay-at-home Mom to two little rascals and wife to the man of her dreams. A born and raised Ohioan, she is now happy to call Texas her home. She loves reading, crafting, going to the movies, spending time with friends and the color yellow. Emily is a blog-aholic and currently writes her own blog, Texas Life, and also co-writes the blog, Huckleberry Love, with four of her closest friends. She is also the Organizer of a local Moms group and sells beautiful handmade yarn and felt creations at her Etsy Shop, 8th Street Bridge.

Wood & Ribbon Photo Craft

My Favorite Summertime Series

Thank you Brie for letting me be apart of your Summertime Series! I’m Alicia, voice and DIYer behind the blog Thrifty and Chic.

You can say that I’m obsessed with decorating and redecorating my house….even more  obsessed with curtains, pillows, and building furniture :)  I have a ton of tutorials on building furniture, home improvement ideas, and a thrifty decorating. My goal is to not ever spend over $100 on any home improvement project, most are barely a fraction of that, if not free…I guess I go through the missteps so you don’t have to :)

But today, I’m going to share a fun little craft that highlights the most precious part of my life right now, my little babe :) I have so many pictures of her it’s hard to count…so I figure I better start using those pictures around the house before she gets even bigger than she already is! This little 4 month old is measuring as an 8 month old…seriously lol.

All you need for this project is:

A photo (size of your choosing)

A pine board that’s the size of your photo



Eye screws and drill


Step 1: Paint the edges (and back if you like) of the pine board. If you choose a 8×10 picture, you can use a 1×10 pineboard and cut it at 8 inches. Since the board is usually about half an inch smaller than 10″, you’ll have to cut the picture just a bit to fit.

Step 2: Mark two spots on the top edge of your wood, making sure they are equidistant from the their closest edge.

Step 3: I found this step was easier if you pre-drilled the holes, but if you don’t have a drill and drill bits, you can just try to screw in the eye screws by hand. If you do have a drill and drill bits, choose a bit that is slightly smaller than the screw and drill in about half an inch at each mark. And then screw in the eye screw. I also spraypainted the eye screws before I did this, just to keep it looking nice and clean :)

Step 4: Use your ModPodge and ‘paint’ it on one side of the board, then quickly place the picture on top of it and try to smooth out any crazy bumps.

Step 5: This step is optional, I didn’t want to do it, but you can if you want a canvas type look on your picture. Once the ModPodge is dry from Step 4, do another coat on top of the picture.

Step 6: Get your ribbon and bring it through both eye screws and tie in a bow!

This isn’t just a great way to showcase some photos, but it’s also a great gift for moms/dads. Three or so of these would look exceptional lined along a wall :) I should get to work and start making more lol.

For more fun projects…especially if you like building and sewing things….come visit my blog, Thrifty and Chic! I also have a blog, The Baby Files,  about this little bean seen in the pictures where I talk about my confessions of a first time mom, the missteps and the fun :)

Thank you again, Brie!

Summer Activity Printable

My Favorite Summertime Series

Hi everyone. I am so happy to be here talking about Summer. It’s such a great time of year. I get to have my kiddos home and the weather is nice. Doesn’t get any better! Let me introduce myself.


My name is Connie and I blog at Measured by the Heart. I love to be creative and write about it. My favorite things are printables, hair tutorials and home improvements. But I write about all things creative.

Today I made a summer printable activity list for you.

summer activities printable:  write your summer bucket list, frame it behind glass and then mark them off with a dry erase marker.

{click the image to download and print}

Do you make a “bucket list” for the summer? A list of activities you want to do that summer. It’s a fun activity to do with the kiddos. Everyone gets to say things they want to do then you narrow them down and write them on this printable. You can then frame it behind glass and mark them off with a dry erase marker. {the dry erase marker lets you draw and wipe it off and draw again}

Some ideas for summer activities are:

Go to a splash pad

Visit the library

Summer BBQ

Have a picnic in the park

Visit the zoo

Do a service project

Read a novel as a family

Plant some flowers

Make a new friend

I could go on and on. It is fun to see what ideas your kids come up with. Some of them are outrageous and some of them are quite creative.

If you don’t want to do the summer activity list, I made a printable you can frame for your home.

cute summer printable

{click on the image to download and print}

I had fun making these printables. I hope you like them. I would love to see you stop by Measured by the Heart. Here are a few of my most popular posts you can find there:

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Thanks to Brieanna for having me post over here today. I hope you enjoy this printable. What are your favorite things to do in the summer?

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