Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

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It’s a hot summer day and you are thirsty as can be, what do you think of?  A glass of Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, thirst quenching lemonade right!  Well, I have a great recipe for you that can double as fun filled activity for the whole family. My neighbor has a lemonade tree that is just exploding with lemons.  I have never seen a tree this full and can you believe, he doesn’t even like lemons.  So, on a daily basis,  my girls and I run over and pick a few that look ripe and the ones off the ground too.


The girls started out this activity by picking a few lemons from the tree.

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Here is the recipe we will be using for our Lemonade!

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The first thing we did was wash the lemons.  Then, the girls rolled the lemons making them easier for juicing.  I cut the lemons in half and the girls used a hand juice to twist the lemons on.  They had a blast seeing who could get the most juice. We then,  poured the lemon juice through a strainer to remove the pulp or seeds. We juices sever cups of lemon juice, to many for our lemonade, so stop back by next week to see what we did with the extra lemon juice.

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Now, that we have our FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE, we can make our lemonade.  First, add 1 cup of the lemon juice. Then, add 6 cups of water.  Now, add 1 cup of sugar and stir it all together.  Do a little taste test to see if you need extra lemon juice or water!   

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Voila.. FRESH SQUEEZED LEMONADE!  We added some lemon slices as a garnish and it was ready to drink.

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The Simply Creative Way girls enjoying all their hard work!

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This was such a fun activities for the kids and the reward delicious.

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Quick DIY Birthday Banner!

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My Husband’s birthday was the other day and we were heading on a 4 day vacation with some friends so I need a few easy decorations that would pack easily in the suitcase and not take up a lot of room.  I talked to my girls and they wanted to make a Birthday Banner for their Daddy.  I thought a banner would be perfect and some balloons wouldn’t take up to much room in the suitcase.


Here is what we used:

  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Paper/ Card Stock
  • Ribbon
  • Lettering…We used the Cricket
  • Hole punch
  • Glue..glue sticks work great

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The first thing we did was use the Cricut, which is a  great machine for cutting out  letters and great for cutting out intricate things, my daughters love using it!

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Then, we cut paper square in two different sizes.  We made the smaller square about 1/4 inch smaller than the larger square.

Next, we glued the smaller square to the larger square and glue the letter in the middle of the squares. We also used a hole punch to add two holes about 1 inch apart.

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Now, tread your ribbon through the holes connecting all the squares you just created.

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You now have a finished Birthday Banner!  We placed the banner over the slider door to the patio of our Villa and added a few balloons to create a fun party decoration.

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The banner was extremely easy to make!  All you need to do is figure out a color scheme, choose a color or a few from it and you will have easy quick party decorations.  Our color scheme came from these napkins we used while serving the cake.

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Happy Birthday BayBay.. I love you more than words can express!!



3 Dimensional Snowflakes

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Who would have thought I would be making Snowflakes in the middle of July! Well, thanks to the Disney movies Frozen craze that is going on, it is very fitting.  My daughters friends are having a Frozen Themed Birthday and Snowflakes make a great decoration. We are supper excited to help our friends turn the hot summer of July into a winter wonderland.



What you will need:

  • 6 pieces of Paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • tape

The first thing you need to do is take your pieces of paper and make it into a square. If you have a rectangle piece of paper fold the paper to make a triangle.

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Next, cut of the remaining strip of paper. This will create a perfect square.

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Now, fold the triangle you just created in half.

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Your next step is to make three cuts in the triangle.  See picture below.

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Unfold the triangles back to a square and we will start making one of the points to our snowflake.

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You will need to get tape ready for this part. (Quick tip: We found that it take two hands to hold the pieces of paper together, so if you have four short pieces of tape ready it makes your snowflake go smoother).   Now, roll the smallest triangular cuts together and tape.  Once you have taped the pieces together, flip the square over and roll the second triangle cuts together and tape. Continue this process, flipping the square until each triangle piece is taped together.

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Your square piece should now look like this.  Repeat the above steps 5 more times.

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Once you have all  six point to your snowflakes made, you will need to put three of the points together and staple them at one end.

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Now, repeat the above step with the remaining three and you should end up with this.

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OK, this is a little tricky, but you now need to take the two pieces you just made and staple them together.

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Next,  you want to match two of the points together and staple.

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Continue stapling all the points together and you will end up with your snowflake! You can use different size squares to make different size snowflakes!

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Stop back by to see the center pieces I will be making for the party and a few other decorations!  3 Dimensional Snowflakes will make a fun winter or Christmas decoration too!


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Painting Playdate on Wooden Puzzles

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The great thing about painting is you can use so many different types of media. Look around your house and yards and there is most likely something old that can use a touch up or an item that you are going to throw away that the kids might be able to create their own little master piece out of.  Tiffany received two wood puzzles from her Grandpa the other day.  The first thought that came to her head was her best friend Tessa would love them, the puzzles are in the shape of Bunnies and Tessa loves bunnies. I immediately thought the puzzles would be fun for the girls to paint on a playdate. So the next play date we had with Tessa, Tiffany asked to paint the bunnies. The playdate quickly turned into a 30 minute painting secession.

What you will need is:

  • Wooden cut out puzzle or something to paint on.
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Baby wipes…I highly recommend for quick clean up with the Kiddos

I didn’t have a chance to get a picture of the bunnies before the girls started painting, they started so quickly, but here is one of Tiffany painting one piece to her bunny and a few unpainted pieces.

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Here are a few pictures of the girls in action.  I didn’t have bunnies for the younger sisters, but they were very happy to paint on paper.

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Tiffany and Tessa couldn’t be happier with the way the painted bunnies turned out! So let me introduce you to Bella and Clover bunny.

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Just remember, before you throw away that item that you aren’t really sure you want to get rid of ask yourself, will this make a fun painting project for your child or children.


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Circus Themed Gift Wrapping

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My daughter is heading to the circus today with her best friend for her birthday and she could not me more ecstatic!  She wanted Mia’s gift and wrapping to go with the circus theme!  We headed out and purchased a gift and a small gift to add to the wrapping.  I always like finding a small item to add to any gift to add a little flare. We also, picked up a few items that remind us of the Circus!  I think Becca immediately thought clown and for some reason she wanted gold wrapping paper.

We purchasing a clown bow tie, lollipop, and three clown hats. Mia will be taking Becca and their other bestie Taylor, so Becca insisted on three hats, one for each of them!  Buy purchasing a few fun items to go along with a theme you can make your wrapping come alive!

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First, we started by wrapping the gift.  Then, we added a ribbon that complimented our wrapping.

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Next, we added the lollipop to the ribbon tied to the bow and added the clown bow tie we purchased.

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We then taped a Circus themed Lalaloopsy to the top of the package.  We were able to lift the ribbon an little to fit it under the ribbon for added support.

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To finish off the wrapping we added the hats to the gifts.  I did not tape them on, just in case the girls want to wear them.  They are 3 and 4 years old after-all.

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Here is Becca so excited to give her gift to Mia!

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Happy Birthday Mia!  Becca and all the Hostetler’s love you so much! You are one special little girl.

Stop by to see several really cute Circus themed party ideas!