Tuesday Turn About #259 Welcome July

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Tuesday Turn About #259 Welcome July: It’s the month of patriotism, and marks mid-summer, too! Let’s party with some fun for the 4th and more!


Last week, we shared lots of home tips and tricks.

Happy July, everyone!

Wow, June came and went in flash, didn’t it?

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Are you ready for the 4th? What are your plans?

Well, whether you are just adjusting to the high temps or getting ready for a big bash this week, we’ve got something for everyone!

And, one feature is from a long-time blogger that is returning to blogging after a one year break. I just had to feature her!

Abode Adventures

This past weekend was all about cleaning… tanks, filters, and more filters.

On Friday, I had Joel from Kleen Tank come and do a deep cleaning on all my trailer tanks. The company uses a process that includes hydrojetting technology with the tank — without using damaging chemicals. This process not only leaves the tanks clean as the day it was manufactured, but also cleans the sensors. My sensors are now reading accurately.

The company also suggest using a ‘home recipe’ to keep tanks clean and fresh, versus the enzyme products that are out on the market. I’ve started using the recipe, and I’m looking forward to how it helps keep the trailer tanks clean and happy!

Let me know if you want more info, or visit their site to get educated about… well, you know.

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My Wee Finds

Okay, I know I’m old, but has anyone else noticed how BRIGHT the vehicle lights are at night? Like blinding-bright!

Well, I had enough of it and purchased some night vision glasses. Y’all… I used them last night for the first time and these are a game changer! No more placing my hand over the sideview mirrors!

With temperatures rising across the country, I know these little fans could be a relief to LOTS of us! I purchased them this week, and they have been great at my desk, and I’m even using two in my bedroom! Easy to direct where you need the airflow and simple to place just about anywhere!

Weekly Household Tip

Want a great tip for spice storage? I use magnetic tins with pretty labels and then attach them to my refrigerator door. However, recently I’ve had some changes in thought and decided I needed to trade out the tins for glass spice jars with stainless steel lids (BPA free, too).

Also, did you know that spices can clump-up if they are too close to the stove or oven? The clumping is from moisture that is created from the heat of the appliances. So, keep your spices in a cool, dark space, like the pantry. If you don’t have that luxury (like me), keep them in a spot that remains as cool as possible.

Weekly Blogging Tip

Recently I took a webinar class from Simple Pin Media on how to create aesthetically pleasing Pins.

One of the tips I took away was to create Pins with fonts and colors that are trending with your audience. One way to easily get this information is to ask ChatGPT. For example, “What fonts are trending with Generation X”? Or, “What handwritten fonts are trending with Baby Boomers?”

You might be surprised what you find out.

Now, let’s get to the party!

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Patriotic Table Setting with Vintage Thrifted Finds

Lora Bloomquist is a lover of all things vintage, and she’s sharing just how much she enjoys those lovely curated items with her patriotic tablescape. I love those copper star molds!

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How to Make Citronella Tabletop Torches

Are you planning a get-together outside? (Who isn’t?!) Jen from Midwest Life and Style is sharing how to keep those pesky bugs away with these DIY citronella tabletop torches. Such a clever idea!

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Grilled Weight Watchers Cuban Pork Chops Recipe

I bet these grilled Cuban pork chops will be a hit with all your guests on the 4th, not just those watching their diet! Jenny from Cook, Eat, Go is sharing her yummy recipe!

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DIY Firecracker Decor from …

Aren’t these firecrackers adorable? You’ll probably be surprised what the base is made of! Take a look at these DIY firecrackers and the tutorial from Ann at The Apple Street Cottage.

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Quick and Easy Patriotic Table for Two

Cindy from County Road 407 is sharing her take on a tiny table setting for the patriotic holiday. I love the way she thinks out of the box with using different colors of dinnerware.

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Almond Butter and Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip

This recipe from Melissa at Blessed Simplicity caught my eye. First, because I love fruit dip (heck, even peanut butter will do for apples!), and second… well, more on that to come. Take a look at this yummy almond butter and Greek yogurt fruit dip recipe!

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Rustic Farmhouse DIY Patriotic Decorations

These cute little RWB vessels are a lovely addition to a table or buffet for the patriotic holidays! Emily from Hunny I’m Home is sharing her DIY tutorial.

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Lemon Star Sugar Cookies

Now aren’t these just the perfect dessert for the 4th? And so yummy, too! There’s a special added ingredient to keep these lemon star cookies moist and chewy! Find the recipe at Treat and Trick.

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Patriotic Tablescape with Red and Blue Transferware

I just can’t pass up these pretty patriotic tablescapes this week! And using transferware is such a clever idea, too! Take a look at this lovely table from Debra at Common Ground.

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Ideas for the 4th

Jenna from The Painted Apron has ALL kinds of ideas for Independence Day… recipes, decor, tablescapes and more! Take a look!

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Patriotic Rice Krispie Treats

These Independence Day desserts are SUPER easy to prepare, and the kids would love doing it, too! Using prepackaged treats is the secret… Oops, I gave it away! See how Lois makes these chewy treats even more special at Walking on Sunshine.

tuesday turn about 259 welcome july red white and blue rice krispie treats with straws and sprinkles

Special Mention

Though this post doesn’t have to do with July, specifically, Amy from A Day of Small Things has been away from her blog for a year having a remodel done in her home! Be sure to hop on over to take a look at her lovely new kitchen, and give her some love! (Can you guess what her new oven/stove hood was in its former life?)

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Check out our Tuesday Turn About Link Party Pinterest board! All featured posts are pinned to this board each week, IF you have a pinnable image!

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Let’s start sharing! Because this is a party, we encourage all who link up to visit several other bloggers who have linked as well – comments and pins are a great way to spread the love!

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Well, that’s a wrap this year for all things red-white-and-blue… at least for the party! Can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer brings to this get-together!

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    1. Thanks, Laura.. Hope you all had a great holiday, as well. I was blessed to have all the grands with me (oh, and their folks, too… good to have them, too. 😉 )

  1. Julie,
    Happy July 4th!!
    Thanks so much for hosting this charming party!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

  2. Those pork chops catch my eye each time I see them! I love the many features you share, often there are too many great posts to only choose 3 or 4. Thanks for hosting, I appreciate it! Melynda @scratchmadefood!

    1. Thanks, Melynda. I have such a hard time narrowing down the choices. I wish I could feature everyone!

  3. Thanks so much Julie and thank you for featuring my post with ideas for celebrating Independence Day! I know it must be a huge relief to know your tanks are clean and fresh. Have a fabulous 4th of July!

    1. Yes… I’m thankful, but there may be another issue. Ugh… we’ll see! 😉 Thankful God is in control!

  4. No plans this year. Amy is coming in to shop our house for her new apartment and a party with friends. Other kiddos are traveling. We will watch the fireworks from our front porch.

    1. Sounds like you had a great holiday! Hope Amy found some items she likes and the Johnston Junction. 😉

  5. Wow! The features this week are amazing. I’m honored to be included with such talented people. Thank you.
    On another note, I haven’t made a pin in so long but I’m still paying for that Canva Pro (insert rolling eyes). Thanks for the font tips. Besides being a great idea, it tells me to stop being lazy.
    Happy 4th!

  6. Julie, Thanks so much for hosting each week – I’m so impressed that you could do this even as you settle into your new home. I love getting your ideas each week, as well as the ideas of those who link up. Have a wonderful 4th! – Patty

    1. So glad you enjoy the party, Patty! I still have SO much to do here at MWA, but it’s coming along. I cracked the freezer handle a few days ago and had to replace that this morning. Always something!

  7. Julie,

    Thank you so much for featuting my DIY citronella torches. I so appreciate it! 🙂 We enjoyed the holiday with family and are going to a drive-in movie tonight. I hope you had a great 4th adn are staying cool!

    1. You are so welcome, Jen. I hope you enjoyed the movie. Love going to the drive-in! The 4th was a blessing, with all my grands underfoot!

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