What Caught My Eye: A Bomb Pop Fourth!


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The classic Bomb Pop–the red, white and blue popsicle beloved by Baby Boomers and those just after them, is my signature motif for July 4th, 2017. I love it! Here in the Midwest anything ice that looks like this is called a “bomb pop” even if it’s not authentic.  Here, then, are all the great bomb pop things that Caught My Eye This Week.

Mom’s Tops


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This great Personality-Filled Producer Sleeveless Top in Ice Pops by Modcloth is my absolute favorite item with a bomb pop theme! Since I am not hosting a party this year and since the budget is tight, I couldn’t justify it, though I really, really wanted it. I hope one of you will buy it and enjoy it! Such a fun print!


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Here’s a super bomb pop t-shirt I found on Etsy, handmade and available from ShopLoveAndBambii. Great “pop” on the graphic, don’t you think? It comes on a variety of different colored t-shirts.

Nail Wraps


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Zazzle offers these Patriotic USA Fireworks nail wraps with the iconic pops! They look great mixed with the fireworks, don’t they?

Dad’s Shirt


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How cool is this for passing out bomb pops or bomb pop jello shots? Graphic t-shirt From Redbubble

While you could grab a traditional 4th of July t-shirt at a popular chain store, here are some better ideas for the kiddos!  T-s, hair bows, hair clips! So cute! Click the links below for the photo credits and purchasing opportunity. Remember, I never make any money off this blog. None. Not even a free product. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Enjoy.

Baseball shirt   Woven Blue Ruffle Collar Top      White t   Bows  Hair Clips



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Fourth of July Party or Birthday on the 4th? These cute invitations from justalittlesparkle are printable. Perfect, right?? Bomb pop invitations.

For the Grown-Ups


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Champagne Bomb Pop Cocktails! I like the look of these best, but you can serve them in plastic cups or even the ubiquitous red Solo party cups

Desert–AFTER serving the Popsicle Bomb Pops earlier!


It’s a party! Sugar is required! So, serve the real thing–the authentic Bomb Pops (capital B, capital P) when they kids start whining about how hot it is. Then, for desert, serve these cool cupcakes!

Clean Sticky Fingers


After Bomb Pops, cupcakes and fireworks, scrub hands with Bomb Pop Sugar Scrub!

Need More 4th of July Ideas?


An Introverts 4th of July post



Let’s Have Some Grown-Up Fun This Summer! Pool Party for the Adults!



Whether you are pre-,  post-,  or no kids, whether you have a backyard pool,  a lake cottage, a beach house or a place down on the lazy river, now is the time for a grown-ups summer water party!

What to serve


Keep Food Cool With an Inflatable Cooler. But will it float?

Swimming, floating or just hanging out takes FUEL. Finger foods, snacks, drinks and a barbecue keep guests happy! Remember to have some girly stuff and some guy stuff so everyone is happy. Also respect those who choose not to drink alcohol.

The Finger Food

Sure everyone loves salsa and chips and guac, but mix it up a little!



Shrimp and Chorizo Bites

Classic Wedge Salad Sticks

Cucumber Bites


Break old habits! Put out different dippers–try wild new crackers, gourmet pita chips or a new variety of corn chips for these!  For veggies add yucca or vibrantly colored carrots, golden beets. Live a little! For the cheese ball, we get it–it is for the guys. But they won’t die from having a few multi-grain or seeded crackers in with the Triskets or Ritz!



Bacon Ranch Beer Cheeseball

Mexican Street Corn Dip

Roasted Jalapeno Hummus

The Drinks

In addition to everyone’s favorites, have a  Margarita sampling bar.  Use these suggestions or concoct your own!


Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas

Watermelon Margaritas

Creamsickle Margaritas

But Wait! There’s More!! 22 Best Margarita Recipes!!!!



The Frozen Drinks

Hey, grown-ups love popsicles, too!


Cold Brew Mocha Popsicles

Champaigne and Fruit Popsicles (Includes 16 similar recipes)

Sweet Tea Popsicles


The Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Because people who don’t like alcohol still like to have fun drinks!


Strawberry Margarita Mocktail  (Post includes a bunch of great non-alcoholic drinks!)

Two-Ingredient Watermelon Limeaide (my son and I LOVE this stuff)

Vanilla Almond Iced Tea

There are zillions of flavored iced tea and flavored water drinks. Here is a collection of iced tea recipes and here are flavored or infused water recipes.

The Real Meal


Keep it Simple by BBQ-ing meats and setting out fixings for a Fajita Bar

Use the suggestions in the link or use your own favorites. Fajitas just go with fun! But switch it up a little–try some new salsas, add a few different veggies, grill some fish or shrimp, too!

The Deserts




Margarita Ice Cream!!!!

Grilled No-Bake Pineapple Cheesecakes

Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookie and Bacon S’mores

Now, doesn’t that make you want to Party??


It’s Derby Time!! Get your family derby party groove on!

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Check out all things Kentucky Derby at the race’s official website.

Build the Excitement this week!

The Kentucky Derby is next Saturday, May 6th! Check out the field of horses here. How do you prepare? First some good horse racing books and movies perfect for the whole family! No kids? No problem, check out Domino’s fabulous Kentucky Derby Party Guide here.



Black Stallion author, Walter Farley, chronicles one of the greatest horses of all time: Man of War, father of War Admiral and of the legendary Seabiscuit. Enough Said!

Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by Unbroken author Laura Hillenbrand is the story of the most unlikely thoroughbred champion of all time.

Secretariat: The Horse God Built is the story of Secretariat, the iconic 1970s Triple Crown winner, told thru the eyes of his groom.



Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand, received both fictional and non-fictional screen treatments. PBS’s outstanding American Experience presented the non-fiction version. The movie, featuring Spiderman Tobey Maguire, was a big-screen sensation. Both are suitable for family viewing. Secretariat, from the Disney studio, is a good re-telling of the 1970’s Triple Crown winner’s career.  Seabiscuit on American Experience link. Seabiscuit movie link. Secretariat movie link.

What to Serve on Derby Day


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It just wouldn’t be the Derby without Louisville’s Signature sandwich–the legendary Brown Hotel’s Hot Brown. On Pinterest you can find other versions, including these more kid-friendly Hot Brown Sliders,  or even a simple Hot Brown Casserole. if you prefer. I like the real thing!


Next you need Benedictine–no, not the alcohol (though I’m sure that will be around on Derby Day, too, for those who don’t drink Kentucky Bourbon.) Benedictine is must for derby. Lousiville lunch counters offer Benedictine sandwiches or Benedictine and bacon sandwiches. Both are great. So either offer tiny tea sandwiches (white bread, if you please) or it makes a good veggie dip or stuffing for small tomatoes or mini-peppers, too. The green coloring is traditional, but not necessary if you are against food coloring. Here’s the link to the recipe offered by the Kentucky Tourism folks. [Photo credit: Kentucky Tourism].


Mint Julep’s are the traditional cocktail, but since this is for family fun, here’s Six Sister’s version of the Disneyland Alcohol-free Mint Juelp to enjoy! For the real thing just try Pinterest–there’s all sorts of versions. Hey, if Scarlett O’Hara could sip them, so can you!


Finally there is THE desert: Derby Pie. A little bit pecan pie, a little bit chocolate pie a whole lot of wonderful! Derby Pie. Like the Hot Brown, derby pay has variations such as cookies, desert bars and brownies. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions are out there as are recipes with walnuts instead of pecans. I’m a purist–I prefer the more Southern pecans. Blogger Kasey Trenum (Photo credit: Kasey Trenum) uses the same easy recipe I love. No Karo Syrup (corn syrup) then it just isn’t Derby Pie in my book! It’s a Southern Thing, y’all. Corn Syrup aka Karo! Easy Derby Pie.

Fun Stuff



Derby Hat Photo Credit: A Patch of Sun  Pool Noodle Ponies Photo Credit

Let the kids make fancy ladies’ Derby hats and then have their own Run for the Roses on these easy Pool Noodle Ponies! Pinterst has thousands of other ideas and Etsy has printables. I thought these were the cutest ideas–both leave a lot of room for imagination.

And, finally, I leave you with  the Song that will never leave your brain! Dan Fogelberg’s wonderful Run For The Roses.