Memorial day is coming up; it’s Monday the 30th of this month. (Where on earth did May go? I cannot believe we are almost into June!) Though it’s not a huge holiday that gets a whole section of the grocery store filled with specific candies and gifts, it is still a very important holiday that should be celebrated in some form or another. I have a few ideas below of simple things you can do this upcoming Memorial Day to remember your loved ones and show appreciation to our soldiers and veterans.
Share fond memories
Have everyone write up their favorite memory of a loved one who has passed and go around the table at dinnertime, or take turns as you stand by the grave to read them aloud. This puts the focus on the happy times each person had with that individual, and allows others to share in the joyful memories as well.
Take a special gift to the graves
Collect a few flowers from your garden or stop by the store to pick up a special bouquet or gift to leave at the gravesites. It doesn’t need to be extravagant, just something that is meaningful.
Write a letter to a soldier/veteran
Have the kids write letters to soldiers thanking them for their service. You should write one aswell! Memorial Day is meant to memorialize lost loved ones and family members and for remembering the brave veterans who gave their lives to serve. There are so many great organizations that get the letters sent out to troops, and there are likely a few drop-off locations in your area!
Wear red, white and blue, and decorate the house with a few patriotic decorations as well. Whip out the American flags and other decorations that you usually only set up for the 4th of July; they’re perfect for Memorial Day.
Have a barbeque
In standard Memorial Day fashion, dust off the grill and have a barbeque! It doesn’t need to be a large event and you don’t even need to invite anyone extra. Just grill up some dinner with the family and eat outside!
It doesn’t take much to make Memorial Day more than just a day off from work. Spend time together as a family and try out a few of the above suggestions, or make some new traditions of your own this year!
Do you have any Memorial Day traditions? Let us know in the comments below!
Do you want to be the coolest person in the world to the next performer you go to see? Then try your hand at crafting a candy bouquet. It’s actually very simple, doesn’t take much time, and honestly doesn’t cost much either!
This bouquet is super easy to make, and only requires a few supplies:
- Wooden sticks/skewers (I used 12 in bamboo skewers and cut a few of them down so that the candies would be at varying heights)
- Hot glue gun
- Rubber bands
- Wrapped candies
- Tissue paper
- Plan out the different heights of each candy on each stick before gluing them to make sure that they will all look nice together. Trim a few of the sticks down if you have smaller candies that would look best in the front below others.
- Whip out the glue gun and apply a generous amount to the stick, then press it onto the candy and add more glue if necessary.
- Once the candies are securely hot glued, hold the sticks all together and use a rubber band and a little more hot glue to hold them where you want them.
- Wrap it all up with a few pieces of tissue paper, secure that down with another rubber band, and hide the rubber band with a decorative ribbon. I added a small iron-on butterfly that I had on hand with another dab of hot glue.
That’s it! If you use the rubber bands and hot glue appropriately, you’ll find that you have a sturdy bouquet of candy to gift to that lucky performer. They’ll love how creative it is among the fields of flowers they receive, and the extra work that you put into assembling it and choosing their favorite candies will just show them how much you mean to them.
Finally, it’s time for graduation! For many, graduating is a very big deal. Whether it’s the end of Preschool, High School or College for your child, it’s a huge milestone and should be celebrated accordingly! There are so many simple and inexpensive ways that you can show that person just how excited you are for them!
Decorate their car on the day of the graduation ceremony
If you feel like they’d appreciate it, grab some washable window makers and a few balloons and decorate their car! Drawing some caps and tassels, their graduating year, and other graduation-esque pictures on their windows will make them smile when they head out for the day. Adding a few balloons in their school colors to the inside of their car would also be a nice touch.
Make a personalized lei
There is so much room to get creative with this one. Whether you fill the lei with their favorite candies, trinkets, or even origami shaped money, they’ll be sure to love it.
Decorate the top of their cap
This is a trend that I didn’t even know existed until I graduated just a bit ago. Depending on the school rules (and whether or not they’re renting the cap) you may be able to decorate it! Just stickers, a funny quote, or something pertaining to their major, it would all be a fun surprise and something that will make them stand out from the herds of other students all wearing the same thing.
Give a gift
It doesn’t have to be much, even just a bouquet of flowers or a meaningful card! If you do want to gift them with something more, and you’re not sure of what they’d want, gift cards work perfectly! Enclosing cash in a card can be a good idea, but it will often just end up paying for boring things like groceries or gas. Get them a gift card that is specific to their favorite restaurant or store and they’ll be forced to treat themselves.
There are so many fun ideas for letting your graduate know just how proud of them you are. You can go all out, or keep it simple, but as long as you put some thought into it, you’re sure to make their day.
Have any cool ideas for celebrating your graduate? Anything gift ideas that they loved? Feel free to mention it in the comments below!
Homemade ice cream makes me think of my grandmother. Every Summer she’d haul her big ice cream machine out onto the back porch, pour a creamy concoction into the large metal tin, and a few hours later we’d have the yummiest ice cream ever. I loved that it was so rich and creamy, and had a similar consistency to soft-serve. She’d have all kinds of syrups and toppings set up for us to customize our sundaes. It was heaven.
Today, I have an easy recipe that I learned a few years ago in school to make your own homemade ice cream. While it may not taste exactly like grandma’s, it comes very close! And the best part is it doesn’t require an expensive ice cream machine, you can use ingredients you already have on hand, and you don’t have to wait for hours for the creamy deliciousness!
Go raid your fridge and pantry and grab these items:
- 1/2 cup Half and Half (Milk works too, though it isn’t as rich)
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 gallon sized Ziplock bag
- 2 sandwich sized Ziplock bags
- About 3 cups crushed ice
- 1/3 cup salt (rock salt works best, but table salt will work fine)
Put ingredients into one of the small bags, and then double bag it by enclosing it in the other small bag. (This will keep the mixture from leaking during the process.) Add ice and salt to the large bag, then put the small bag with the mixture inside as well. Seal the large bag. Now shake it, shake it! Continue for about 5 minutes, or until the ice cream is as frozen as you’d like it. You’ll notice your arm burning a bit, but just think of it as the work before the ice cream reward!
In no time, and at hardly any expense, you’ll have exercised biceps and triceps, and a yummy ice cream treat!