Summer Decorating Ideas + HM #185

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #185! Our theme today is Summer Decorating Ideas! We’re here this week hoping to give you some inspiration for summer decorating around your home and garden – so let’s get to it! #SummerDecor #HomeMattersParty

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Summer Decorating Ideas! + HM #185

I love decorating for the different seasons around my home, and I even decorated my offices for various seasonal celebrations when I worked full-time outside my home! My philosophy behind it is, life is a gift and it’s worth celebrating! So why not?! I hope you find some great ideas here in this post!

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Memorial Day Weekend Ideas + HM #184

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #184! Our theme today is Memorial Day Weekend Ideas! Do you already have your plans set for next weekend’s holiday? Hopefully you’ll find here something special to add, or something even more special to create celebration around! #MemorialDay #HomeMattersParty

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Memorial Day Weekend Ideas! + HM #184

It’s huge in my book that we all remember the difference between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and why we celebrate each. Check out the following posts I put together to help us remember with reverence those who paid the ultimate price!

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Make a Difference in the Lives of a Vet – with VetDogs Treats!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, all! No, I normally don’t post over the weekend, but this post is a special one!

Now, let me clarify: I DO know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, never fear. (Just in case any of YOU don’t, Memorial Day is the day when we honor those who have fallen while serving our country. Veteran’s Day is the day when we honor those who have served our country, and are still among us.) While this IS Memorial Day Weekend, what I’m about to tell you about is closely related – and a great cause to get involved in!

Of what do I speak? 

America’s VetDogs!

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America’s VetDogs® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves the needs of disabled veterans from all eras who have honorably served our country.

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A Patriotic Summer Holiday Shelf!

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

I’ve always said that I come from a military family. No, neither of my parents served, but my grandfather did, as well as an aunt, two uncles and three cousins. Hey, I could sing the entire Marine Corps Anthem by the time I was two years old, thanks to my grandfather! (And yes, I can still sing it…no YouTube video for your viewing pleasure, unfortunately!)

Happy Memorial Day!

My grandfather (left) and Jerrod’s grandfathers (center and right)

When Jerrod and I got married, I discovered that he came from a military family, too. Both of his grandfathers, plus three uncles and two cousins.

Happy Memorial Day!

Our military family members: Uncles, Aunts and Cousins!

Memorial Day is the first military holiday of the year, and then will come Independence Day, and after that, Veteran’s Day. All of these are summer-related here in Florida, even thought Veteran’s Day isn’t until November…it’s normally still pretty durn hot here. So this year, when I was thinking about what I was going to do with my holiday shelf, I thought I should take it completely and personally patriotic, just in time for Memorial Day.

Keep in mind that today (Memorial Day) is meant to honor those who gave their lives in battle for our country. Can you even imagine?! The thought alone is sobering, to say the least. Our families were fortunate in that none of our own were killed in the line of duty, however, we hold those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf very dear to our hearts. If YOU have a family member who gave all, please know: our respect and honor is with your family today!

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The Patriotic Holiday Shelf

First of all, Happy Memorial Day, all! For those who gave their lives, we are forever grateful. There is no way we could ever repay your sacrifice – so we do our best to live to make you proud. Thank you.

Second of all, fitting for today, it’s time for this year’s Patriotic Holiday Shelf!

I normally decorate the holiday shelf in a patriotic theme in time for Memorial Day, and leave it up through July 4. (That still leaves a little bit of a gap in between my Easter shelf and Memorial Day…but I haven’t quite figured out what to do with that yet!) So this year I kinda did an Easter/Spring shelf and it worked a little better. (Check it out HERE in case you missed it!)

But for now, here’s last year’s Patriotic Holiday Shelf (CLICK HERE!) and now…

This year’s!

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