Times a Flyin’

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Whelp, I took the kids to North Carolina for a month in the summer and somehow a month hiatus turned into an endless house renovation and uh… 6 months of no blogging.

I’ve successfully missed some great party opportunities like Halloween and Christmas- my favorites. New Years 2014 has come and gone in all of its glittery brilliance. But I haven’t missed the Chinese New Year, so I say bring it on Year of the Horse!

“At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.”

This tablescape is certain to drive away any bad luck. {image: sistaco.com.au}

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I’ve been looking for a good reason to make these festive fortune cookies. {image: cakeappreciationsociety.com}

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Decorations

good luck coin party acces $6:25 amazon luckybugpaperco.etsy.com webstaurantstore.com$15:100 Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.16.57 AM 50mini$9envelopes.com

{From top: Good Luck coins, amazon.com; Year of the Horse party favors, luckybugpaperco.etsy.com; Chinese take-out boxes, webstaurantstore.com; Sparklers, topsmalibu.com; Chinese red envelopes, envelopes.com}

4th of July

Our family usually travels to Fire Island to celebrate the 4th of July, but due to the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy we will be staying in LA this year. I’m a little sad about it because there are great traditions in Fire Island like the annual kid parade, followed by hot dogs on the ball field, and when it finally gets dark we all strain to see the fireworks across the bay. Mostly I just love seeing the cousins running around in a little pack from dawn ’til dark.

In an effort to bring a little of the festive nature to our home this summer, I’ve pulled some of my favorite 4th of July images.

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I LOVE sparklers and how cute are these matchboxes?! {www.babble.com}

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I also LOVE s’mores. I’m sure the colored marshmallows aren’t really that much worse for you than the plain ones! {www.momdot.com}

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These look yummy- and healthy too! {www.thewinthropchronicles.com}

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I am only going to drink through star straws on the 4th! {www.shopsweetlulu.com}

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Cute decoration {www.marthastewart.com}

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My most favorite thing of all- FIREWORKS! Maybe this year I can see them up close and not as tiny specks across a large body of water. Keeping my thoughts positive! {www.500px.com}