I just finished a weekend that made my heart feel full and content.
My nephew and my mom came up to visit for a few days from back home. It was the first time I’ve seen my nephew in a very long time. Sadly with work, Squeak, and budgets (oh my) I haven’t been able to make the trip home as much as I want too. This weekend, home came to me! We spent a lot of time at Sherman Park watching the freighters push by, enjoying the heat, sun, and waves.
Here is my nephew at Sherman Park, with a huge freighter coasting by in the background.
For the most part, Squeak and I are pretty much on our own here in the great uncharted Upper Peninsula, though we live in a small town so there is always people who want to help. Luckily, I still maintain a very good relationship with my ex-husband’s family. They are usually available to take her for a few hours when I work late. However, there is nothing like seeing her interact with my side of the family to fill my heart.
I loved watching her and her cousin run around at the beach. They got along so well, despite rarely seeing each other. In fact, the visit made me really rethink my life and priorities. That whole, “Where am I going? Where have I been?” attitude sunk in last night. I decided that it’s time to truly take action toward my goals, and make some real changes in my life.
More on that later.
The 4th came and went like cold beer on a hot summer day. The perfect combination of things made for a great holiday. The last time I had Squeak for the 4th of July, we also had a great time! There must be something about the 4th of July. Independence Day means multiple things for a divorced woman…
Thank you to all the men and women who gave their lives to make this country free. Let’s not forget the brave men and women that founded this nation.
On that note, let’s talk about red, white and blue flare!
This was easier than even I thought it was going to be. The test-run included some E-600 glue which totally over-complicated the entire process. In reality, you only need three supplies for this ribbon hair tie tutorial, and a whopping fifteen minutes to whip one together. Maybe even less once you know what you’re doing!
1 pack of thick Goody hair-ties
Ribbon (I went with the Walmart .99 cent stuff)
Easy shopping list! I also like that you can change up the ribbon colors to suit each holiday or outfit. There are a lot of options for customization with this ribbon hair tie tutorial, much like the “DIY 4th of July Jewelry in 15 Minutes” tutorial. I imagine making a bunch of these for a soccer team, girl scout troop, or any other fun little girls event.
So let’s break it down into two very difficult steps…
Cut all your ribbon into 6 – 9 inch segments. I cut them all at an angle. Vary up the sizes, it makes your ribbon hair ties look more funky this way. I know some people like to singe the end of the ribbon with a lighter so that they don’t fray. I did not do this, but go ahead if you fancy the idea!
For some reason the photo above reminds me of when I learned to tie my shoes as a little girl…. hmmm.
Fold your ribbon in half, slip it through the hair tie, pull the two ends through the loop (first photo), then tie them off with a double knot (second photo). Continue this process until you have the desired amount of ribbons tied to your hair-tie. Leave a little space in between each ribbon, it will make doing your child’s hair much easier.
Easy or what? Two steps!
I’m willing to bet that making these red, white, and blue ribbon hair ties was way easier than actually getting my child to pose for the “after” picture!
Here is a picture of her all decked out at one of the parades we attended on the 4th of July.
Now it’s time to hear from you, my readers. How was your 4th of July? What sort of red,white, and blue flare did you deck yourself and your kids out in? Leave comments below.
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