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July 7, 2014

We’ll Be Back Soon!

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The Prudent families are hitting the road this week for some summer vacation fun in the sun! While Jaime’s driving up north, I’ll be heading with the kids back to my hometown, Rhode Island. Don’t worry though, we will be back next week with a whole lot of new projects to share.

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While we’re away, you can still follow along on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@prudentjaime and @prudentjacinda). We’d love to see your summer vacation photos too!

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Here’s a peek at our Prudent family travels of the past…

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Jaime’s family trip to Jordan, and their adventure camping.

My trip with Clare to Albuquerque and South Dakota, and the Boneau family road trip.

That time Jaime and I took a girls’ trip to Italy (let’s go back!).

And our 10 Tips for the Best Family Vacation Ever.

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July 3, 2014

Feasting and Fun on the 4th of July!


Don’t be stranded without your red, white, and blue. Paint bombs bursting in air with Fireworks on your Fingertips.


Stripe it up with the Nautical 4th of July Nail tutorial. Time to celebrate!


If you are headed to a party, these mini pancake bites are great appetizers to bring. Cook up a savory and a bite size twist on chicken and waffles.


Our new shrimp on a stick recipe is another great choice for a starter. You can even adapt it for chicken on a stick for the picky eaters.


Instead of grilling out with the usual, try some fiesta taco burgers or bacon wrapped hot dogs. Both are an excellent choice with homemade fries and coleslaw. You could even grill some pizza for a snack or appetizer.


For a sweet snack, whip up some star spangled gumdrops for the kiddos.


Make your cupcakes more festive with star sugar cookie toppers for two delicious desserts in one.


Enjoy the classic float with a patriotic twist.


Have a spicy adult drink option with Watermelon Jalapeño Mojitos or a watermelon keg.


Cool off with some Raspberry Rose Ice Cream Pops or some Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream. It will be a refreshingly different change. Of course you can make some homemade drumsticks if you want to be traditional.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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July 2, 2014

Project Happy Place: A Shared Nursery Sneak Peek

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Who went to the Babies R US Happy Places event this past Sunday? If you happened to attend the event at a store in the Los Angeles area, you may have seen me pushing a cart packed full of goodies with my SIL, daughter, and niece, all in tow. Stevee just moved to Los Angeles with my 4 and 3 year old niece and nephew, Jojo and Johnny. To say she had a bit of sticker shock at rental home prices would be an understatement. Luckily for her, Jojo and Johnny are the two siblings who adore each other most in the world, meaning: They can happily share a room. Our inspiration board is pictured above, featuring Babies R Us dressers, storage bins , wooden toys, and more.

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So Stevee and I headed off to the Babies R Us Happy Places event to plan their shared room and order all sorts of fun stuff. Babies R Us invited us and offered us a gift card, to see if we could use their design services and our own creative minds to plan a happy shared space for the kids. I’d say our day was beyond successful, so thank you, Babies R US! Dressers, desks, bookshelves, baskets, toys, and more were purchased, and now I can’t wait to reveal what we are doing to turn my niece and nephew’s new shared room into an extra-special happy place!

Along with a big room-reveal post this coming August, I’ll also be sharing some special DIYs from this happy place, so be sure to check back in once we’ve taken our vintage eye, our crafty talents, and our affordable-yet-cool BabiesRUs gear and combined them all into a happy shared kids’ room.

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