July 4th Decor

Our family loves to celebrate the 4th of July.  We are usually in The Woodlands 4th of July parade with our friends in the Volkswagen clubs.  We decorate our cars and cruise with hundreds of other people, cars, and floats, waving at the spectators and having lots of fun.  Afterwards, our group usually gets together for a picnic and more fun.

Last year, I had seen many projects on Pinterest with pallets.  I decided to make a few flag pallets and it went IMG_0962over very well for the 4th of July.  I even made a smaller one to give away at the picnic with our Volkswagen friends.

Since the 4th is just around the corner, I thought I would share how I made the American Flag pallet to inspire you to get a little crafty this weekend and come up with something for your family or get-together.

First, find a suitable pallet.  It doesn’t need to be “perfect” – sometimes a more rustic look is just what you need.  Pallets that have been treated, will resist bugs and mold much better.  Take a look on Pinterest to find more information that you will ever need on how to pick a pallet.  Pallets are available almost anywhere, and a lot of times for free.  The most I have ever paid for a pallet is $5, from a man in our neighborhood who makes them.  Look on Craigslist, check with your local stores or other businesses.  Ask your friends to check where they work.  You would be surprised where you can find them.  All you have to do is ask.

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Next, you will want to tape off the area to spray paint blue.

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I sprayed every other board red using a piece of Flag 6cardboard to cover the areas I did not want to spray.


After that dried, I taped over the red boards and painted the other boards white.Flag 1

If there is anywhere that needs a touch-up, now is the time to take care of that.  Use a large piece of cardboard to keep paint from getting on any unwanted areas.

After giving it some time to dry, spray your stars white.  My husband is always awesome at helping me out, so he made a stencil for the stars.  He made one stencil with five stars on it.  It was much easier than trying to do one star at a time.

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I recommend spraying a clear sealer over the entire project so it will last longer, especially if it will be outdoors.

This is a super easy project and a great addition to your party decor.

How do you celebrate the 4th with family and friends?  Do you go all out with decorations, food, and buy fireworks or just head to the local park for the fireworks show?  Leave your comments below.

Now, go have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!



My Road to Fitness

I embarked on a lifestyle change several years ago which started with boot camps and then progressed into working out with a trainer in small groups. I would start seeing small results and then I would start thinking I could do this on my own but as history has proven, I started gaining weight and going back to my old habits.

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As I was working out during boot camps my husband Donny joined me and we started really motivating each other. With that came weight loss and being in better shape we have ever been in during our 17-year marriage. It was during this time we realized how much better we felt and how  that spilled over into our jobs, our hobbies, and everyday life. It was an awesome feeling. But the weight returned.

We fell into the trap thinking we could do the workouts ourselves at home. But after several months we realized that this was not going to work at home, we had excuses with work, the weather and not being motivated and knowing what to do.

So in March we found a new gym that we wanted to try and we purchased sessions with a trainer. I found this gym on Facebook and with word of mouth from friends here locally, all gave great reviews. We started once again on our fitness path with Chase as our trainer, working out with him 2 times a week. As of today we are still working out with Chase and seeing results in our strength and endurance for our twice to three times a week workout. Weight loss has not happened as of yet but I am adding muscle and can lift and push more weight than I ever thought I would. We are members of the gym and try to go 3 times a week to get cardio workouts done to assist us more with our weight loss.

As with any goal for weight loss, you must change your eating habits. That is where we lack the discipline and consistency. We tried meal planning on the weekend for meals to eat all week and this worked for a week or two and then we just got bored with it. It is an ongoing process to find that balance and eat healthy so we can achieve our weight loss goals.

Do you work out? How many times a week do you work out? Is it at a gym or you motivated enough to do it yourself at home?  Please share your comments below!

Stay tuned for continued updates on how my workouts and weight training are advancing in the coming months.



Welcome to Living and Loving Our Lives.  We are going to be blogging about the things we love and make life worth living – family, friends, food, fun – and the finances we need for everyday life.

Through our friendship and combined life experiences, we believe we have something to share with others to make life a little better.  We love to spend time with our family and friends, cook, travel and do all these things while staying on a budget.

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Kathryn & Patricia