Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar

Picnic tables, grilling, campfires for s’ mores, sparklers and laugh out loud jokes… {sigh} It makes me think of my childhood 4th of July gatherings with my mom’s huge family and “make your own” hot dog bars!

How To Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers,

For summer entertaining I love setting up “make your own” and “serve yourself” options. And with grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog! What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.

Next to the cut of meat, a successful hot dog bar must be kept covered. When you’re gathering in an open space like your backyard, people to tend to wander and mingle and no one is eating at the same time so keeping your hot dogs and fixins fresh is essential.

You’ll also want to make sure your tableware is easy to manage while standing or sitting so there are no juggling acts. These little hot dog baskets are the perfect answer!

Summer Grilling & Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers,

When it comes to your hot dog fixins, that’s the fun part. I set up my families favorites with red onion, yellow onion, Hunt’s Ketchup, Gulden’s Mustard and tomato. The hubby sometimes likes a little jalapeno too!

How To Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers,

Another important favorite for our hot dog bars…

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my mom’s southern style potato salad. It is amazing! I’ll be posting a step-by-step pictorial of this yummy recipe using Gulden’s Yellow Mustard tomorrow, so stay tuned!

You can find more 


ideas and recipes by visiting Hebrew National or by following them on facebook

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And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.

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How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Want a little inexpensive summer fun for the kiddos?! For the Summer Issue of All You magazine I contributed an article sharing How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint.

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It’s super easy to whip up and cleans up easily with rain or the hose!

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

The recipe is a 1 to 1 ratio, but for simplicity we’ll use 1 cup. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring (pastels are achieved with a drop or two, primary colors will need 5 or 6 drops)
  • plastic bowls or cups
  • paint brushes

Mix cornstarch and water together until smooth. Divide and add food coloring until you reach your desired colors.

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It’s that simple and it cleans up in a snap! So let your little Picassos go and have a bit of summer fun!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!  

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The Big 8… He’s Ready. Me… Not So Much.

My baby boy turned eight years old today… and honestly… I’m struggling with it a bit.

Turning 8 | Photo By Kim Byers,

Eight is a big number. Half-way to driving… {heavy sigh}

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for him. He’s growing up and he’s such an amazingly happy kid. He brings laughter into our lives everyday.

I’m just a bit sad that I can’t cradle him in my arms anymore. 

Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

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Upcycle: Easy Hanging Container Garden

When I was a child my grandparents had a garden. It seemed everyone did. And they ate from the garden all year. Fresh in the summer and frozen fresh in the winter months. Everything was organic. {wink}

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While this post is part of a sponsored campaign by Unilever Project Sunlight, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

Now we all have smaller yards, live in neighborhoods, high-rises, condos… so the opportunity for having a garden is a bit more challenging. But it is possible no matter what kind of space you have.

In November of last year, Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products, launched Unilever Project Sunlight, a long-term initiative to motivate people to live sustainably by inspiring them to create a brighter future for children. The project aims to create a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations. Have you seen the video of the kids? It’s seriously inspiring and a great way to talk to your kids about our future. 

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So today I’m sharing an easy way to make a hanging jar planter by upcycling those everyday items. Like Hellmman’s Real Mayonnaise jars! You’ll need:

  • Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise Jars
  • Twine
  • Pebbles (for drainage and you can also drill some small holes in the bottom of the plastic jars, you don’t want root rot)
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Labels

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See how simple it is to make this planter! 

I had my boys help with this upcycle project. I don’t want the art of personal gardens to be lost in my family. Yes, the grocery or the farmer’s market is easier, but personally I think there is something therapeutic in watching something grow. And what kid doesn’t like to get their hands dirty. Am I right?!

Kid Craft: Upcycle Hanging Jar Planters | Kim Byers,

To make these hang with twine is simple.

  1. Wrap twine twice around the lip of the jar and tie loosely. You’ll tighten later.
  2. Take a length of twine and weave it under the twine around the lip. Tie each end on opposite side. Make sure they’re equal for balance.
  3. Tighten the twine around the lip and secure.

Want more creative sustainable life ideas? Visit Uniliver’s Sunlight Project.

Want more DIY and upcycle container garden ideas? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Home {Gardening} board:

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Home {Gardening} on Pinterest.

I hope you’ll join me and take small steps to make our world a better place now and for our generations to come.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create, celebrate AND change the world! {grin}

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Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Skillet S’ Mores

The fourth of July is just around the corner and we always roast s’ mores before the fireworks. This year I think we might add the fixin’s to make Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup S’ Mores. They are amazing!

Reece's Peanut Butter Cup S' Mores for the 4th | Kim Byers,

The ingredients are just what you think… graham crackers, marshmallows and Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Easy peasy.

Reece's Cup Skillet S' Mores | Kim Byers,

And what’s best, you don’t have to wait until the fourth of July or any other holiday if you want one now. My kids and I make skillet s’ mores at least once a week. {grin}

This particular skillet is rod iron and it’s original purpose was to bake homemade biscuits. My southern grandmother seasoned it and gave it to me, among other things, as a wedding gift. I use it almost every day. Oh how I miss her…

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And to serve, I trimmed red, white and blue sandwich sleeves from World Market into 3×3″ pockets. This keeps all the yummy… gooey… chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow from running away. These fun little baskets are from World Market too.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Paper Straw Kid Crafts – DIY Art Easel

My sweet friend Hilary made these easy DIY art easels out of paper straws. 

Easy Paper Straw Easel Craft - DIY Art Easel | Kim Byers,

I love that they can be any color combination and are perfect for art parties or to showcase art for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Hilary made them with my boys so they could showcase an art project they made in class this past school year. They were thrilled!

Or, if I were having an art party I’d make a small version for placecard holders. So cute!

You’ll need: Paper Straws, Elmer’s Glue Dots, Scissors

Directions: Cut the straws to desired length, apply Elmer’s Glue Dots at the joints and display. It’s that easy.

Want more art party ideas? Shop my art party supplies on Etsy and follow my Birthday {Art Party Ideas} board on Pinterest.

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Birthday Party {Art Party Ideas} on Pinterest.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes – A Birthday Breakfast

Peanut butter banana pancakes. Yum! Birthday breakfasts are fun. I almost never let my boys have sweets before noon… I know… the occasional doughnut never hurt anyone. It’s more of… if they start the day with sugar it seems to just keep going. {wink}

Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes - A Birthday Breakfast | Kim Byers,

In any case, birthdays are different and my family has so many birthdays this month. My hubby turns… well… just turns… tomorrow. And my youngest turns 8 next week. I can’t believe my little boy is going to be 8 years old!

And we’ll be having birthday breakfasts. Something fun and yummy to kick off the day of sugar.

These peanut butter banana pancakes are so very simple…  because… well, I used a shortcut.

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large ripe banana

Blend all ingredients in a mixer, spoon onto a flat griddle and cook… with butter. Yep. Butter.

Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Recipe | Kim Byers,

For the topping, it doesn’t get any easier. Just microwave (in a microwave safe bowl) 1 tbsp of smooth peanut butter per pancake stack and drizzle.

Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Recipe | Kim Byers,

For decorations, I used paper straws, stripe napkins, and mini forks from Target. And those darling little sparkle poms are Darice brand from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Father’s Day Photo Idea – We Love You Daddy!

It’s Father’s Day and we spent the day enjoying one another: cooking out, playing in the yard, riding bikes. My hubby got a few sweet things from my boys, including this photo.

Father's Day Photo | Kim Byers,

It was going to be great… I saw this super cute photo idea on Freckle Photo, I wrote “We Love You Daddy!” on their feet, put them in the grass… and then they started picking on each other. I couldn’t get them to stop without the smiles stopping too, so I just went with it.

In all honesty, this is a perfect picture of what they look like every single day: rabbit ears, pointing, giggling, tickling… we are blessed with very happy boys.

Want more Father’s Day ideas? Follow me on Pinterest and follow my Holiday {Father’s Day Ideas} board.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Father’s Day.

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