Five simple things

Well, today is the Fourth of July and I have so many things to share over the next week. We are still coming down from our golf trip to Chinook Winds and if you follow me on Instagram you got a sneak-peek of the fun we had. The Bean and The Mr. are all geared up to shoot off some great fireworks. Unfortunately, here in Oregon, we can't launch large fireworks like we could down south, but they still make the effort to do an awesome show! Here are the things that made this week great!

1. The Fountain

This fountain display was at Crater of Diamonds in Arkansas and I fell in love with it. I already have The Mr. on a mission to recreate it in our own backyard. Super excited to see how ours turns out.

2. This Lemonade Stand

It's that time of year here and every lemonade stand gets our money. These kids were super cute and we couldn't help but stop and give them a few dollars for their efforts.

3. This Doorknob 

This door knob was seen at Old Washington State Park. I am not sure of the history of it, but I fell in love with it. There is one similar here that I am eyeballing to purchase.

4. This Birdhouse 

This birdhouse was at the birth home of former President Bill Clinton National Park. I love anything bird-related and this one looks easy to duplicate for our backyard. We are working on a collection of birdhouses along our fence line.

5. This Oil

We've been on a mission to bring in better ingredients into our house and eat better. One of the things we changed in our diets was to replace our cooking oils with extra virgin olive oils. This brand is one of our favorites. It's fresh, clean, and mixes well when making homemade salad dressing: Lemon juice and olive oil whisked together. Here are some ways to make sure you're getting the best extra virgin olive oil you pay for.

Here are my 5 Tips for recognizing REAL Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

1. Be suspicious of any extra virgin olive oil that costs less than $10 a liter.
2. Look for a seal from the International Olive Oil Council (IOC).
3. Look for a harvesting date on the label
4. Anything labeled light, pure, or a blend isn’t virgin quality.
5. Shop for oils in dark bottles.  This protects the oil from oxidation.
(Also, Extra virgin olive oil solidifies when it’s cold. You can put it in the refrigerator and it should become cloudy and thicken.  If it’s doesn’t then it’s not pure extra virgin.)-Source

We here at the SNS house do hope you have a fantastic Fourth of July and practice a safe celebration. Have a great rest of the week and look forward to more travel and lifestyle posts here at South North South.

  1. Seventh Generation-Generation Good.
  2. These beach blankets are amazing!
  3. Door wreath?
  4. Live more simply.
  5. Home security options.
  6. Curb feelers for the car, maybe?
  7. 1950s Erector set.
  8. Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt.
  9. The Bewell Smoothie.
  10. This. Definitely this.

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