The Fourth of July! #redwhiteandbetsy

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With Betsy moving on the fifth, we decided the Fourth of July was a perfect time o throw one last hurrah! We celebrated with food, friends, and mandatory swimming!!

I had grand plans to do a lemonade bar and a million other Pinterest ideas…but I had to work every day except for the fourth…so I decided sleep was more important. 🙂 I made pulled pork in the crock pot and other people brought great food too!

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The flag pizza cookie was easy and looked like it was more work than it was! I used store bought cookie dough and frosting. Easy peasy. The cupcakes with sprinkles were on sale for a dollar at the store. Sold!

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HOW TO SURVIVE ANY SOCIAL SITUATION

me talking about something ridiculous…as documented by people’s facial expressions

In campus ministry, I’m constantly in social situations- and awkward convos can be par for the course. Here’s an actual conversation I had once:

Overly Excited Me: HI! IM KATIE! OMG WHAT’S YOUR NAME?!?!!!!!!!!!!
Student: Rachel.*
OEM: WOW! WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING?!?!?!
Student: Math.
OEM:OOOH! WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO AFTER YOU GRADUATE?
Student:Math…

*Name changed to protect the innocent.

But I thought- hey, we are all in lots of social places- whether that’s the gym, preschool pick up time, church… I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips for surviving any social situation….

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a fairytale birthday!

My fabulous friend Yarly had a Fairy Tale Birthday Party! If you know anything about me, it should be that I LOVE THEME PARTIES! This one was especially easy to pull a costume together for…I was some weird version of a fairy.  Mostly I felt like a messed up version of Real Housewife Kim Zolciak. Photo for those of you who don’t watch Real Housewives of Atlanta, or as I like to call it “The best show on TV.” She’s known for her heinous blonde wigs.

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jewelry party!

Last night, I hosted a Premier Desgins Jewelry party benifiting XA’s Summer Expedition Trip!

A group of students from UC Davis Chi Alpha is traveling to a far away land to do kids camps, love people, and share some Good News. My fabulous friend Erica from church is an independent consultant and offered to donate a portion of the proceeds to the trip! If you feel so moved, you can give to the trip here. Put “Summer Expedition” in the subject.

It was a fun night full of bling & treats. Now, I’m not a cool Mom blogger but I was pretty proud of the way everything came together. Someone even said “What- did you pull all this stuff off of Pinterest?” Ha- No…just my brain, Google, and a tight budget. Here’s the break down:

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