Looking for some quick and easy recipes for your fourth of July cookout? Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, has compiled a list of her favorite mouth watering summer favorites that your family can make today. Take a look…
Eat Your Way Though Independence Day: Quick and Easy Recipes!
Nothing says summer like the 4th of July! Fireworks, swimming pools and everything red, white and blue. When I was younger, I always loved a few things about the 4th of July and that’s the picnics and fireworks. Getting together and spending a day eating summer favorites, popping fireworks and fighting your exhaustion from the day just to see the big ones go off at night made it all worth it.
Now that I am older, and have a family and an obsession with Pinterest, I get more excited to host the picnics and get togethers more than anything. Once the fireworks go off at night, I feel like it is the “ta-da” moment of the day lol.
The 4th of July is such an awesome holiday and it can be the highlight of any summer. But I also know that it can become complicated, overwhelming and just downright tiresome. So this year, have no fear! Here are some of my favorite quick and easy 4th of July recipes!
When it’s hot, you don’t really want a whole lot of piping hot food. This red, white and blue salad is so easy, light and perfect for summer!
I love sweet popcorn and this one is perfect for the 4th of July! Check out this easy recipe for some of the best sweet and salty popcorn yet!
I am definitely doing these this year! So quick and easy plus very patriotic! Who knew that 2 simple store bought items could become something so creative! Check out the how to here
CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES… need I say more lol?? Who doesn’t love chocolate covered strawberries!? Give them a patriotic twist by using a few ingredients! Check out these super cute ones from
#5 Jello Snacks
Jello is one of the easiest snacks to dress up. By adding a few items to it, you can use it for just about every holiday. Try doing this with your kiddos for a quick 4th of July treat!
** pro tip, pre made jello snack cups if you are short on time or simply can’t make jello like me lol**
Possibly the cutest hot dog you will ever see! These firecracker dogs are sure to please everyone! Check out these simple dogs perfect for the 4th!
One of my FAVORITE salads! I love everything about this salad, the sweetness, the crunch and the fact that it is healthy. Plus it is easy to whip up for a crowd. Check out how easy this amazing and easy this salad is!
When it’s summer time and especially when it is a holiday, you can be surrounded by nothing but sweets and treats. So to make sure you get those veggies in check out this super cute and delicious veggie tray idea!
This is the perfect adult beverage for the 4th of July! Check out how simple and crowd pleasing this is.
#10 Patriotic Punch
And in case you haven’t had enough sugar or cool treats for the 4th, check out this awesome kid friendly patriotic punch! Not only does it look cool, but it screams HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
All of these recipes are super easy and can definitely be modified to your own liking. Enjoy your 4th of July!
From iFamily to Yours,
Live from the Overland Park Convention Center for this year’s Just For Her Event! We’ve got your scoop on what’s going on in and around the metro area this weekend! To get the full details on all the fun in store for your family this weekend and beyond, be sure to sign up for our eNews list at iFamilyKC.com!
Live from Arrowhead Stadium home of The Kansas City Chiefs! We are here for their Family Movie Night and the party is just about to get started! Take a look!
Summertime is (officially) here in the metro area and we want to make sure that your family stays safe and healthy this year. We’ve teamed up with our friends over at Combers KC to share eight easy ways you can prevent lice this summer today on the blog. Take a look…
Eight Easy Ways You Can Prevent Headlice This Summer
When school ends for the summer, a lot of people think head lice ends too. But, kids are just as likely to get headlice in the summer as they are the rest of the year. In fact, summer is our busiest season. So, as your children head off to summer camps, sleepovers, scouts, daycares, etc… here are some great preventative tips to keep them lice free:
#1 Pre-Check Before Camps
Children should be checked for any indication of head lice before and after summer camps. You want the all clear before they leave, but you also want to make sure they didn’t pick it up while they were away.
#2 Detect Early
Check your child’s head before and after sleepovers as well. Early detection will make lice removal much easier and it will stop the spread to the rest of the family.
#3 Take Preventative Measures
Preventative shampoos, conditioners, and spray shields will help prevent head lice too. Lice do not like these scents, so adding one of these to your packing list for camps and family vacations will assist in lice prevention.
#4 Sleep Head To Foot
Having children sleep head to foot will also help them avoid getting lice. 95% of people contract lice through direct head to head contact, sleeping this way will avoid this.
#5 Send Comfort Items With Kids
Children can take their own pillow and blanket as well, just to be sure there is nothing transferring back and forth.
#6 Keep It Up
Girls, who are more susceptible to getting lice because of their longer hair, can wear their hair up, off the shoulders. Buns, braids, ponytails, and even hats will keep the hair up and make it more difficult for lice to latch on.
#7 No Sharing
Make sure no one is sharing brushes, hats, helmets, or any other hair accessories. If possible, write your child’s name on them so everyone knows who’s is whose and there is no confusion.
#8 Get A Good Comb
A good Nit comb will save every parent a lot of stress and frustration. If you see your child scratching, or just think you see something suspicious in their hair, checking them with a Nit comb will be the easiest way to find traces of head lice.
As always, if you need any help checking or treating for headlice, call Combers KC (913)451-2662
Good Afternoon, Kansas City! If you’re anything like me, you love crafting fun creations with your little ones but don’t quite have all of the materials (or the space to store everything) it takes to make something truly unique. We’re excited to share a fun iFamilyKC Kids Club event recap with you today that solves that very issue. Sarah, from our Mom Squad team, attended one of the sessions this past Saturday at Create 2 Day and shares her experience with you today on the blog. Take a look…
iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap!
You all know how much I LOVE Pinterest – I think I mention it in almost every week! I am notorious for seeing something and then getting obsessed with making it. The problem is the cost of buying all the materials to make this project probably costs just as much as if I bought the finished product. Finally there’s a solution to the problem! On Saturday, the husband was working so my mother-in-law and I took the girls on a little trip up to Bonner Springs for our iFamilyKC Kids Club event at Create 2 Day.
Create 2 Day is a little “old time experience” in “The Big Blue Building” in downtown Bonner Springs. The idea around this creative space is two-fold: being creative and going back in time to when life was just a little slower. As you walk in you are hit with nostalgia. They have knick knacks from the 50’s and 60’s allow you to leave everything else outside the door and just relax.
Walking through you will see an old fashioned Soda Jerk (not a person by the way!) which prepares fountain drinks in the traditional way! There is also a stage which is perfect for live music; which they have often! Check out their Facebook page for details! The stage is also great to use for birthday parties or bachelorette parties to make it even more special for the guest of honor. The back of the store is where the creative magic truly happens!
What They Do
Do you remember that amazing Pinterest post you saw online? Remember how, when you priced it, the materials would cost way too much to justify the expense? At Create 2 Day you can bring that idea with you, I will almost guarantee they have the majority of the materials you will need to make it!
Everything from wood frames to letters to cut off jeans to make a new purse! And every kind of decoration that you could imagine to decorate them with! If they don’t have the materials readily available they are sure to have something that would work in store or in the storage area. And the best part, everything is done by donation so cost is never an issue!
How They Work
Create 2 Day is always taking donations of arts and craft supplies for their collection, which is why they consider themselves to be a “make and take” location! When the girls and I went they decided to decorate a cardboard letter for their doors while others in our session made jean purses and one even made a fairy house which could double as a nightlight!
After working out some of that creativity it was time for ICE CREAM from the Soda Jerk counter! Kate worked to make sure that every one of us got a cone. She even got to test her memory work when a few kids decided to change their minds!
Roberta and her family are enthusiastic, so helpful and obviously love a good challenge to their creativity. If you are in the area, I highly suggest a visit. Sign up for our iFamilyKC Kids Club online! Then you won’t miss out on any fun activities happening all around the metro area!
From iFamily to Yours,
Good Evening, Kansas City! We are SO excited to help share the news that Mummies Of The World, the NEW exhibit at Union Station, is now open! We sent Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to check it out and she’s sharing her thoughts with you tonight on the blog. Take a look…
Mummies Of The World: Now At Union Station!
This past Friday, my kids and I were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Union Stations’ Mummies of the World exhibit! I was so excited to go because I hadn’t had the chance to go see any of their exhibits since moving back to Kansas City. Thailand (9) was just as excited as I was but Baltimore (6) and Italy (4) were a little apprehensive since they didn’t know what to expect.
When we arrived they were still in the process of setting up a few more décor items for opening day but that didn’t stop me from having a good time! First stop in the exhibit is a short welcome movie about the mummies and what to expect. Once the short movie was over, we were ready to see the mummies!
There were so many mummies and ancient artifacts to see! I knew there would be mummies from all over the world and different time periods, but I had no clue that mummies were once mummified in different and unique ways. Typically when you think of mummies, you think ancient Egypt, Halloween costumes or wrapped up from head to toe in toilet paper. I was very impressed by the majority of ways people and animals had been mummified throughout the World’s history.
From the more common mummies like King Tutankhamen to mummies that had been buried by the earth and mysteriously preserved by natural elements. We learned that even though mummies have been dead for centuries, you can still learn about their past and how they died. Scientists have ways through scanning and examining if in fact they had died from diseases or natural causes.
All in all I would say this exhibit is beyond educational and cool! Thailand and I really enjoyed learning about all the different mummies and where they came from. Baltimore and Italy not so much! Because the exhibit is in dimmed lights and there are real life mummies, they were scared and said it was too creepy. I would say if your child scares easy, doesn’t car for the dark or are younger than 8, they may not really enjoy it as much. If you have a family with littles, I would suggest maybe breaking up your group and alternate turns with the other adults in your group. This way everyone can enjoy the exhibit and no one gets scared. The exhibit is located downstairs at Union Station (next to planetarium). The exhibit is open through the rest of 2017.
To get your tickets or to find out more information about the mummies or exhibit, check out Union Stations’ Mummies of the World online! http://www.unionstation.org/mummies/
Since no flash photography is allowed, I was only able to snap some pictures with my phone! Here are a few photos from the exhibit!
** THESE ARE REAL MUMMIES FROM THE EXHIBIT, VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED**
From iFamily to yours,
LIVE from Create 2 Day for our iFamilyKC Kids Club event! MORE FUN at our 12:30-2:30 and 3:00-5:00pm sessions! Come on down to CrEaTe some FUN, Sing Karaoke, and have some ice cream at the REAL Soda Fountain 🙂 115 Oak St. Bonner Springs, KS app.robly.com/archive?id=17c1ef998b34fe94c3f2c6d5a978d63b