7 Ways to Mix up Your Favorite Summer Dishes

7 Ways to Mix up Your Favorite Summer Dishes

Bring the firecracker of a dish to your next party!

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, it is the unofficial official start to summer and that means pool parties, cook outs, fireworks and sunny days at the beach. What do all of these summer activities have in common other than sunshine, memories and fun? FOOD!!!

Just so you know I am in no way a creative chef to be able to think of these amazing recipes. But the wonderful writers of the blogs in the links attached have some great ideas as to how to switch up the classic summertime BBQ food to new firecrackers of your own.

Guacamole Chip Bites

One of the appetizers that we always have at any of our parties, especially in the summer, is some type of chips and dip. My personal favorite is guacamole. Guacamole chip bites are the perfect way to serve up chips and dip without making a mess of so many different dishes. And why just limit yourself to guac? Any type of dip works with this recipe, so the possibilities are endless!


Corn on the Cob Flowers

I don't think I have been to a summer BBQ without some form of corn-corn on the cob, corn salad, creamed corn, corn bread, or corn salsa. But the most popular is the great corn on the cob! Even though this isn't really a recipe, you could still be the hit of the party with this simple, but super cute presentation.


Fruit Pizza

I'm sure you've heard of fruit salad, fruit kabobs, fruit cake... but how about fruit pizza? Its as simple as making a giant sugar cookie, putting some sweet frosting on top, and your choice of sweet, ripe summer fruit! And if you want to go all out, replace the sugar cookie with a widely cut center circle piece of watermelon.


Ice Cream Sandwich Pops

These look like so much fun and are perfect to grab and go! Plus, who wants to stand around and fumble with a big melting sandwich when you can grab, pop in your mouth and get back to that water-balloon fight.


Lemonade Ice Cream

The two foods that scream summer... lemonade and ice cream. So why not combine the power duo into one dessert and knock it out of the park! This recipe is a little more complicated as it requires an ice cream machine but the extra step will go a long way. Your lemonade ice cream will be the perfect pairing for a late night firework show.


S'mores Campfire Cones

Okay I lied, there is a third food that screams summer. Possibly even more than the other two... S'MORES!! There are so many different ways to make s'mores and this is just one. And its super simple-all you need is some marshmallows, chocolate and an ice cream cone and you have yourself a s'mores campfire cone!


Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Another BBQ summer party staple! Strawberry shortcake kabobs are quick and easy twist on a classic that are sure to please even your toughest summer critic. Not only are they light and refreshing but they are perfect for every summer event!


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A Letter To Dad From His Thankful Daughter

Thank you, Daddy.

Dear Daddy,

I want to start off by saying thank you for always being there for me. You have not made me go a day without a father in my life. You have and continue to teach me how to be loved. You have always loved me with your whole heart. You are not selfish but humble and kind. You gave up your dreams so I could chase mine, thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunities you did not have growing up. Thank you for working long hard hours so that I can have the things I have. Thank you for always making things work between you and mom. Thank you for not leaving. Thank you for being my daddy.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do every day. I will forever be grateful for you daddy. It is because of you that I know how to ride a bike, how to swim, how to cook collard greens and how to pump gas (lol). Thank you for always being a great father and husband to mom. I will always know how a man should treat their daughter and wife because of you. You continuously encourage me to run after my dreams even when I have lost my faith. Thank you for lifting my spirit up when I am down. You have always been a shoulder to cry on. You are my hero. You are the best father and I hope one day I can marry someone who is just like you. You have given your life away to work and support mom and me. Thank you.

Thank you for trying you hardest to not let me fall and for always picking me up when I did. You are my hero. You are the person I look up to for advice and for comfort. I hope you know that I am the person I am today because of and for you. So, Thank you. Thank you for helping me set my standards in a husband and in the future father of my children. Thank you for never leaving me lonely. Thank you for teaching me all the things a daddy should teach their daughter. Thank you for never letting me go without. Thank you for being a daddy and a good one at that.

I am not sure if I have told you this as much as I should but I am so thankful for you. I never had to grow up and not know what it was like to not have you around. Thank you. I will never have to feel alone. I will always have you to hold me and tell me you love me. You are my daddy, my hero, my supporter and my biggest fan. I love you.

So, thank you for never leaving me alone, for teaching me how to not be afraid, and for loving me. I love you, dad.


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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.


I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.


I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!


If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!


One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.


When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.


For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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