This week we have several prompts reminding us to change out some décor for the upcoming summer season. If you have string lights (also known as fairy lights or Christmas lights) that are suitable for summer, get them out now. Pastel lights or white lights are pretty this time of year.

While we are thinking about summer décor, I want to ask you to do something that is not really a fun treat, but is very important. If your home has any higher windows and children of any age are present, please install child safety window locks. (Affiliate link) The link goes to the exact ones that I use in home. They are very inexpensive and very simple to use. I have them set so that the upstairs windows open no wider than 4 inches. I like to have windows open in the summer, and this gives me peace of mind that there will not be a terrible accident. Many years ago my husband and I were signing a lease for an apartment, and the landlord had to make a point of telling us, “The screens will not hold you in.” And we had to acknowledge that we understood. So, I suppose the locks are really for everyone’s safety, not just children’s!

On Friday I had hoped to share a recipe for strawberry fudge, but I could not find one that I actually liked. I do not care for the recipes that use canned strawberry-flavored pink frosting as the base. If you know of a good recipe, could you be so kind as to put a link in the comments? So instead for Friday, let’s do dipped strawberries. In addition to the strawberries, you’ll need evaporated milk, a semi-sweet chocolate baking square, OR white chocolate melts, OR candy melts of any color.

On Saturday I am posting a cool craft that involves packing tape and laser (toner) printers. Apologies to those of you who only have inkjet printers – the craft won’t work with that type of ink. I will try to find an alternate craft for that day.

Finally, I’m sure local advertising won’t let you forget, but Father’s Day is in 2 weeks. Talk to your kids and see how they might like to observe the day so no one is left scrambling.

Until then, have a great week!

(Image credit: Malkov Kosta)

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