Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas

Hello and happy Friday, friends! With it being summertime, it’s the perfect time for partying outdoors with your family and friends. I gathered up the Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas so that you can throw the ultimate backyard party. Everything from food, games, lighting, DIYs, tips, and more!

Watermelon Pops

DIY Outdoor Games

Sunscreen and Bug Spray Station

Condiment Station using mason jars

25 Sides to bring to a BBQ

DIY BBQ Apron

Bubble Refill Station

Easy Outdoor Serving Station

DIY Beverage Station

Creative BBQ Napkin Ideas

Grilled Tiki Orange Cornish Hens and veggie skewers

DIY Summer Picnic Coasters

DIY Personal S’mores Pots

Ultimate Hot Dog Bar

12 Backyard Lighting Ideas

How to Clean the Grill

Grill Cupcakes

Campfire Cones

Aren’t you ready to throw your next backyard barbecue?! I know I am! I can’t wait to try out some of these ideas. 

Stay tuned for more summertime tips and ideas from Allison next week! 

 

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Projects for the Beach, Lake or Pool

With summer finally here, that means that it’s time to head to the beach! (At least, that’s what I wish it would mean). While we might not make it to the beach this year, I’m still dreaming of a trip!

I’ve gathered up some of my favorite projects to make for the beach – but a lot of these would be great for trips to the lake or pool too! Here are some fun projects to make up to get you all set for relaxing by the water!

Splash Proof Phone Case

Sewing Pattern for a "Splash Proof" zippered phone pouch. Totally making one of these for summer.

Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag

{BLOGGED}: Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag:

Pom Pom Beach Coverup

15 Minute Picnic or Beach Blanket

DIY Reversible Picnic Blanket

Quick Hooded Towel

Straw Tote Bag

Free Sewing Pattern for a Straw Tote Bag - cute summer beach bag pattern!

DIY Chapstick Holder

DIY Fabric Chapstick Holder....attach to purses, backpacks, keychains, etc. | via Make It and Love It:

DIY Drawstring Bag

DIY Tiki Torches

DIY Tiki Torches - upcycle bottles into portable mosquito repellents!

Retro Beach Umbrellas

The cutest DIY retro beach umbrella for under $100 by Sugar and Cloth! - houston blogger - summer

Simple Beach Cover up

swim cover up

Seashell Collection Bag

Create a small seashell bag for collecting shells down by the seashore. ;) FREE SVG file!

DIY Lounge Cabana

Water Bottle Carrier

Carry-It-All Tote

Carry It All Tote-001

So many fun ideas right? I’m ready to get crafting!

Make sure you come back next week – Kara will have tons of great tips, diy’s and food and more for your outdoor BBQ’s!

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How to Clean the Grill

With summer upon us, we are back to using our grill often. We love to barbecue by the pool or while camping and even on the beach. Most people find cleaning the grill to be troublesome and messy, but I’m here to show you how to clean the grill the easiest way possible. Plus, it’s chemical free, which is a huge win in my book. 

All you need to clean your grill is…

  • dirty grill
  • aluminum foil
  • grilling tongs

First, cover the top of the grill grate with aluminum foil. This will trap the fire/heat. 

*No need to wrap the grate all the way around, just the top.

Next you want to light your grill and put the aluminum foil covered grate back into place. Close the lid of the grill to really heat it up, but be sure to inspect and monitor the smoke. 

If your grill grate is super dirty, you’ll want to turn up the heat and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. If your grill grate is only semi-dirty, keep the heat at medium and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. 

Once the time is up, carefully use the grill tongs to remove the aluminum foil. When to aluminum foil is cooled, you can ball it up and use it to scrap off and scrub the ashes on the hot grate (you can also use a grill brush). Using the grilling tongs, take the grate out and smack it on the concrete to knock off the ash (sweep off the patio to get rid of the ash). 

Now you are either ready to barbecue on a clean grill, or your grill will be ready for the next time you use it. 

**Please remember to be careful and use your best judgement when cleaning and using your grill. Everything is obviously super hot. **

Check out that before and after! What a difference…and no chemicals necessary. 

How often do you clean your grill? If you found this post helpful, I’d love for you to PIN it, bookmark it, or share it with your friends. Happy summer grilling!

If you like grilling, then you’ll love this recipe for Tiki Orange Cornish Hens

DIY Outdoor Decor Ideas

Hello, friends! Michele here with a new theme for our fun monthly series, Must Have Craft Tips & More! This month we’re focusing on all things summer! School’s out. Kids are home. The temps are warming up. There are so many directions for us to take this summer theme!

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
I’m focusing on all things outdoors this week! Once the temps go up, it’s a great time to move your living outside after being cooped up all winter. These amazing DIY outdoor projects will have your space looking top notch!

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
DIY Pergola from That’s What Che Said

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Brick Library from KU Alumni Association

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
DIY Tiki Torches from The Scrap Shoppe

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Simple Outdoor Bench at eHow

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
DIY Lamp Posts from I Should be Mopping the Floor

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Pineapple Door Mat from Lydia Out Loud

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Solar Chandelier from Dive of DIY

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Moss Graffiti from Green Prophet

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Sedum Path from A Garden in Bethlehem PA

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Painted Floor Tiles from Old Brand New

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Wine Barrel Table from Centsational Girl

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Upholstered Patio Furniture from Place of My Taste

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Upcycled Rope Ottomans at Style Me Pretty

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Planter/Hose Holder from DIY Candy

 

I hope you’re inspired! I can’t wait to try a few of these out in my outdoor space.

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Stay tuned next Friday for more fun summer-themed ideas!

 

 

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Patriotic Wreaths

Happy Friday!  Allison here, back with our last week of patriotic goodness for our Must Have Craft Tips and More weekly posts. This week I’m sharing an assortment of glorious patriotic wreaths!
 
 It is Memorial Day weekend and with that comes a longer weekend so why not craft up one of these fabulous Patriotic Wreaths to place on your door for this holiday and for the upcoming patriotic holidays?!
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So many great ideas! Which is your favorite?

 
Stay tuned for a whole new topic of posts next month! 

 


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Tips for a Chemical-Free Clean Home

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Hey there Mine for the Making readers! Bernice here from The Oily Bee, and I want to share something pretty awesome with you. I’m all about cleaning out the chemicals in your home. A healthy home=healthy life. So today I’m going to share tips for a chemical-free, clean home.

Do me a HUGE favor. Download this free app. It’s called Think Dirty. Its FREE, and opens up your eyes! Ever wonder what exactly is in the everyday products you use? From shampoo, to dish soap, to your deodorant! Holy smokes, it’s actually kind of, well, really crazy. Even most of your “all natural” products contain high levels of toxins. So what in the world do we do??

It feels like a losing battle sometimes when we have companies feeding us lies in order to sell a product. Well I have some simple solutions! It doesn’t take much to start changing out some of the products you are using in your home I’m going to give you my ultimate favorite product I use in my home, that does not require you to spend an arm and a leg! Are you ready?

My favorite cleaner in the world… Theives cleaner and I get mine from Young Living.   

For years I have been using other cleaning products, and even attempted to use the “natural” labeled cleaners. This is where the app came in handy- Think Dirty rates products from 1-10. 1 being non-toxic, and 10 being toxic. Many of the natural products showed as being 8 or 9, so I decided that I needed to find something out there that would replace my original household cleaner, but also able to clean the germs. Try it out on your cleaners at home!

Thieves cleaner has been in our home for over 2 years now. I use it for ALL of my surfaces. Mopping the floors, cleaning my granite counters, stainless steal appliances, mirrors, and I use it in my bathrooms. #winning! One, safe cleaner for all of that! 

It is a 14.4 fl oz bottle, and one bottle of Thieves cleaner has last me a little over a year. Why and how does it last so long? Well, it’s because it is so concentrated and a little goes a long, LONG way. Now, how do I mix it? It’s super simple. The recommended ratios are also posted on the bottle, but what I do is get a spray bottle, fill it to about 32 oz of distilled water, and then add your capful size of Thieves cleaner! There ya go! Throw out that old cleaner, because this one is about to rock your socks off!!

Some questions you might be asking yourself…is it kid safe? pet safe? safe to use when pregnant? YES to all! I have a pup, I have a 3 year old boy, and I’m pregnant with baby number 2. I’ve never felt so safe and good about using this cleaner around my home.

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It’s the easiest and most effective household cleaner I have ever used. I can clean my home safely and efficiently. Having that control over what you use in your home is a beautiful feeling!

Thank you all for stopping by! I look forward to sharing more healthy living tips with you.

Bernice Parker, The Oily Bee

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Patriotic Outdoor Decor

Hello makers and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips and More. Kara from Mine for the Making here to bring you more fun craft tips. 

We’ve been sharing all things patriotic this month, so I thought I would share some really fun Patriotic Outdoor Decor with you! Let’s get our patios and backyards ready for the upcoming holidays. 

Star Spangled Flower Pots

Red, White, and Blue Bandana Banner

Tin Can Luminaries

Painted Lawn Stars

Rustic Ribbon and Lace USA Flag

 

DIY Patriotic Tiki Torches

Red, White, and Blue Bandana Pillows

Painted Flag Picnic Table (source unknown)

Patriotic Jar Luminaries 

 

Outdoor Patriotic Tassel Garland

Burlap Patriotic Stars

Stick American Flag (source unknown)

Wooden Fireworks

Flag Placemat Pillows

Patriotic Patio inspiration

Such fun ways to dress up your outdoor area for the upcoming patriotic holidays! Now you’re ready for BBQs and fireworks with friends and family. 

Thanks for joining us for another tips-filled-Friday. I’d love to hear how you decorate your outdoor space for Memorial Day and Independence Day!

 

 

Your hostesses,
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Fabulous Patriotic Sewing Projects

With Memorial Day and July 4th just around the corner – it’s the perfect time to start some patriotic sewing projects! I’ve gathered up some inspiration for you – I think there are so many fun things to make here!

There are fun home projects, cute things to wear and sweet party decor! Let’s dive in!

Scrappy Flag Pillow

Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers

Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers

Scrappy Flag Quilt Block

finished scrappy flag day quilt block

DIY Bandanna Tablecloth

How to Make an Easy DIY Bandana Tablecloth - This easy patriotic red, white, and blue DIY Bandana Tablecloth is a fun and frugal Summer and 4th of July patriotic idea, with a full tutorial. So cute and festive!

July 4th Ruffle Skirt

American Flag Quilt

American Flag Quilt Tutorial

Bandanna Cushions

Soften outdoor chairs with no-sew pillow covers crafted from contrasting bandannas. Sandwich one cushion between two scarves, then join each corner together with a rubber band and hide bands with thin ribbon, as shown.

Bean Bag Toss Game

bean bag toss game

Cute USA T-Shirt

DIY Pocket Tee for the 4th of July - includes templates for the pocket and outline of the USA

Ruffled Burlap Wreath

Rustic Ribbon and Lace Flag

DIY Rustic Ribbon and Lace USA Flag

Bandanna Skirt

Old Glory Pillow

Stars and stripes pillow6

Which is your favorite? I think I want to make that scrappy pillow or the American Flag pillow. So cute!!

Come back next week for more fun patriotic projects!

Your hostesses,
 

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Patriotic Food Ideas

Hello, friends! Welcome to a new month of our fun series, Must Have Craft Tips & More!

You can catch up on past Craft Tips here!

This month we are bringing you sorts of red, white, and blue ideas to get you ready for upcoming patriotic holidays! I don’t now about you, but I love to celebrate and decorate for July 4th from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
This week I’m focusing on patriotic food ideas. I have found 15 easy, festive recipes that you can whip up for summer barbecues and 4th of July celebrations. They range from snacks and appetizers to side dishes to fun dessert ideas and even a fun beverage idea.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
American Berry Pie from Land O Lakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fourth of July Deviled Eggs from Singing Through the Rain

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popcorn from The Scrap Shoppe

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Lightened Up 7-Layer Dip from Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White,  & Blue Layered Drinks from Like Mother, Like Daughter

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Easy Flag Fruit Dessert from Family Fresh Meals

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Pretzels from The 36th Avenue

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Star Cookies from The BakerMama

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fruit Cubes from Pip & Ebby

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popsicles from Oh, the Things We’ll Make

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Cupcakes from Wilton

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Rose Cake from I Am Baker

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Pie from Smart School House

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Glittery Candy Apples from Rose Bakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Gumdrops from Hungry Happenings

 

Don’t these look perfect for summer?

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Stay tuned all month long for more patriotic ideas!

 

 

Your hostesses,
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Fabulous Floral Ideas

Welcome to the last Must Have Craft Tip Post for April! Allison of A Glimpse Inside here today to share some Fabulous Floral Ideas… perfect for spring!
 
 For a girl that loves ANYTHING with flowers, it kills me to not see gorgeous spring blooms at this point in the year, especially since I grew up in the South, so today I wanted to share with you fabulous floral ideas to bring to spring to your next of the woods even if it doesn’t really want to appear yet by you. 

Get ready for all things floral!
There are so many cool ideas out there and now I want to really bring spring inside!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 For Kids:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aren’t those all just super fun?!
I love it all!Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic!

 

 


Your hostesses,

 


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