Jan 202015

Cat Bookmark Craft for Kids

The only thing that can make a great movie or TV series even better is a four-legged star, am I right? My boys love watching anything that involves animals, especially when it comes to cats and dogs. I am happy to say that their love of animals extends far beyond the television. Both of my boys will happily pick up any book that revolves around animals and with that in mind, I decided to sit down and make a fun craft with them:  a cat bookmark.

Using just a few inexpensive supplies, you can make a cat bookmark just like the one you see here. It is the perfect way to be sure you never lose your place in a great book again. Here is how you can get started crafting your own.

Supplies needed:
Crafting foam and/or felt
Small craft pom pom
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Nov 302014

Monsters Inc. Mike Wazowski Holiday Ornament

Do you love Monsters Inc. or know someone who does? If so, this Monsters Inc. holiday ornament is the perfect craft. Simple and inexpensive to make, this Monsters Inc. holiday ornament is the perfect way to add a little monster fun to your tree or holiday décor. Take a peek below at how to get started crafting your own Mike Wazowski ornament and see how much fun you can have!

Supplies needed:
Clear holiday ornament (opt for plastic)
Green craft paint (Hot green or a vivid green is perfect, typically less than $1 at most craft stores)
White, black, and blue craft felt or construction paper
Black marker
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Nov 192014

Veggie Tales Vegetable Stamps

Do you and your child love the Veggie Tales? The Veggies Tales are a fun way for kids to learn some valuable life lessons, and their DVDs and cartoons are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. The next time you watch a Veggies Tales flick together; keep the fun going with these simple Veggie Tales vegetable stamps. Using some vegetables from your own fridge and a little paint, you can make your own Bob the Tomato and Larry Cucumber. Here’s how to get started!

Here is what you will need:
White craft paper
White, red, green, and black craft paint
1 squash
1 potato
2-3 carrots
1 celery stalk
Knife, cutting board
Assorted paper plates Continue reading »

Nov 092014


**I received a copy of Maleficent to review in exchange for my honest opinion of the movie.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

I tried so hard to see Maleficent when it was in theaters last spring, but because of one thing or another, I just never ended up getting there.  When I heard that the Blu-Ray & DVD Combo Pack was being released on November 4th, I knew I finally had my chance to see it.  Last weekend, I sat down with a big bowl of popcorn to watch it.

In case you’re not familiar with the story, Maleficent is the story about the villain in the 1959 Disney film, Sleeping Beauty.  To summarize, in the movie they tell the story of how Maleficent had her heart turned to stone by her first love who betrayed her.  She spends her life trying to right the wrong that was done to her.  I was captivated the entire time I was watching this movie.  It was a great story and it was very well told.

I can’t say enough about Angelina Jolie who stars as Maleficent in the movie. Long before the movie was ever released I kept saying that she was the  perfect casting choice and I was right. I honestly can’t even imagine anyone else playing the character. Her performance was incredible and she was absolutely perfect for the part.


Overall, Maleficent was one of my favorite movies of the year. I loved it and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should.

Maleficent is one of my favorite villains.  I loved the character long before this movie was ever even thought of.  If you love all things Maleficent, you have to give this Maleficent themed holiday ornament a try. Using a few basic crafting supplies and VERY little crafting skill, you can make your own Maleficent holiday ornament perfect for displaying on your tree. Take a peek so you can get started working your own Maleficent magic. This is a craft that is too fun to miss out on! Continue reading »

Oct 212014

Spooky Owl Wreath Dollar Store DIY

If you love the haunting look of owls, you will love this easy DIY owl wreath! This spooky owl wreath can be crafted using just a few dollar store materials, and the end result is the perfect Halloween décor piece to spruce up your space. Take a peek below at how you can craft up your own spooky owl wreath in just minutes and for just a couple of dollars.

Here is what you will need:
Halloween themed ribbon
Grapevine Wreath
Owl cut outs
Black twigs
Craft or hot glue, glue gun Continue reading »

Sep 262014

Dollar Store DIY Halloween Ghost Treat Bucket

If you are hosting a Halloween party or just looking for a fun and frugal Halloween craft, look no further than this ghost treat bucket. Made from dollar store supplies, this ghost treat bucket is perfect for holding sweets and other Halloween favors. Take a peek below at how to make your own in just minutes. Perfect for kiddos or adults, this is a Halloween craft you won’t want to miss out on.

Here is what you will need:
White favor buckets (sold 2/$1 at Dollar Tree)
Googly eyes
Halloween ribbon
Black craft paper or craft foam (you can also use a black marker if you wish)
Craft glue
Scissors Continue reading »

Aug 242014

Upcycled Altoid Tin First Aid kit

With two active little boys in my house, there are bound to be some bumps and bruises along the way.  Ok, they happen pretty much every single day and when they happen, I like to be prepared.  I always have Neosporin and Band-Aid’s on me, so I figured why not put all my first aid supplies in a cute little container to carry with me in my purse.

It’s so cute that I bet you want to make one now, too, right?  It’s super easy to make and here’s what You’ll Need:

  • Green Duck Tape
  • Pink Duck Tape
  • Altoid Sized Tin
  • Scissors
  • First Aid supplies

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Jul 042014

DIY Patriotic Star Bunting Banner

Are you having a cookout today for the 4th and in need of a few last minute decorations.  This quick craft is super easy, inexpensive and will liven up any 4th of July party!

Patriotic Star Bunting/Banner Craft Materials:

*1 24 ct. package of Patriotic cupcake liners. I found mine at Dollar Tree for only $1.00 each.

*1 roll of twine

*single paper punch

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Jul 022014

10 Patriotic Decorations

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that the 4th of July is almost here.  I love to decorate my house for as many holidays as possible, but sometimes the holidays sneak up on me and I don’t have time to run out & buy decorations – so I make them.  Here are ten of the cutest red, white and blue decorations that are not only super cute, they are easy to make, too!

Patriotic Star Art | Organize & Decorate Everything

10 Patriotic Decorations Star Art

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Jun 222014

DIY Pull Open Piñatas collage

Everyone loves a piñata! The explosion of candy sends kids crawling for the treats with a smile. These pull-open versions create an individual experience for each person and they eliminate the need for swinging bats.

They are easy to create and something the entire family can do. You probably already have everything you need! Try it to add a little fun to goody bags at your next party.

You Will Need:

  • Empty toilet paper or paper towel tube – 1 for each guest
  • Tissue paper in assorted colors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Candy and treats Continue reading »
May 072014

20 last minute teacher appreciation gifts

In case you weren’t aware of this, Teacher Appreciation Week is this week!   Don’t sweat it if you didn’t know about it or had a mommy brain moment and it slipped your mind.  Here are some great last minute creative and adorable gift ideas for your little star students to wow their teacher with!

Teacher Snack Gifts

Teacher Supply Holder And Bottle Cap Magnets

One In A Melon
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Sep 232013

Towards the end of the school year last year, my youngest son came home from school one day with a super cute project in which his name was spelled out in different colored pieces of pasta.  I remember thinking when he brought it home that day that colored pasta seemed like a simple, fun project idea and since I am quite possibly the worst mom when it comes to doing crafts with the kids, it was something that they should be able to work with independently.

The only problem?  I had absolutely no idea how to dye the pasta.


So, I did my research and I’m happy to report that I’m now a pasta dying pro.  It’s so simple to do and there about a million different things that the kids can do with it. Continue reading »

Nov 112011

November 11 is a day in which Americans honor those who died at war.  Veteran’s Day originally began as a celebration of peace after World War I ended. The date (November 11th) was chosen because on November 11, 1918, the armistice (truce) that ended WW1  was signed.

Did you know that Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day?  Armistice Day became an official US federal holiday in 1938. The holiday was renamed Veterans’ Day in 1954.

Here is a fun way you can help your kids celebrate the day: 

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Sep 292011

Are you ever looking for a quick craft to do with the kids when they’re bored?  I’m always looking out for those kind of ideas and one of the things my boys and I make on a fairly regular basis are pinecone bird feeders.  They are so simple to make, but the kids really seem to love making them.

All you need are some pinecones (which is a non-issue for me since I have two huge pine trees in my front yard and there are hundreds of pinecones out there), some string or ribbon, peanut butter and a bag of bird seed – all of which I usually have on hand.

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Aug 232011

Towards the end of the school year last year, my three year old son came home with a project in which his name was spelled out in colored pasta.  I remember thinking when he brought it home that day, that colored pasta seemed like a simple, fun project idea with limitless possibilities.

The only problem?  I had absolutely no idea how to dye the pasta.

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Jul 282011

homemade-play-doh-recipeMy kids absolutely love Play-Doh.  They could sit and make Play-Doh creations for hours – and have. Literally.  They love to use cookie cutters/shape makers, etc and just create up a storm.  The only issue is that Play-Doh dries up and gets crusty after a while.

When my son was in Kindergarten, his teacher sent home a recipe for “homemade” play-doh and asked each parent to make a batch & send it in.  When I made her batch, I made one for myself, too and I loved it so much, I’ve been making it ever since.

It’s really simple to make and it lasts much longer than the stuff you buy in the stores.  Plus, it will save you a bundle in the long-run if you’re like me and go through a lot of play-doh.


Play-Doh Recipe:

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar (it’s in the spice section)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring Continue reading »
Jul 252011

Remember last week when I showed you how I made homemade crayons?  I was so proud of myself and the way that they turned out.  So proud in fact, that the other day I decided that I needed to make a few more.  Not necessarily because I wanted to relive my crafting glory, but because I needed to make sure I had enough to put in the goody bags for my kids upcoming birthday party. 

On the last batch of crayons I’d made during round #1, I noticed that one of the sections of the mold melted, but I didn’t really think much of it.  Since I’d made so many crayons earlier in the week, I just figured it was par for the course. So, I peeled some more crayons until my fingertips were bleeding, loaded up the remaining sections of the mold with crayon chunks, popped them in the microwave (on a potholder), set it for 12 minutes and went in the other room to do something else.

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Jul 192011

Let me start by saying that I don’t consider myself to be a crafty sort of mom. I just don’t have what it takes to pull it off –  as much as I wish I did. I do a lot of scrapbooking, though, and not to toot my own horn,  I think I do a pretty good job at them.  That is pretty much the extent of my crafting abilities, though.  However, as I started planning my boys Lego themed birthday party, which I’m having in August, I realized that I’d either have to shell out a lot of cash for Lego supplies – or just make them myself.  So my first attempt at being crafty was to make Lego shaped crayons that I plan on putting into the kids goody bags.

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Jul 042011

Happy Independence Day!  As proud Americans many of us are off to celebrate the day with loved ones, by either hosting or attending a cookout – or some form of celebratory bash. I personally absolutely love all the cookouts over the long 4th of July weekend.  It’s such a great time to spend some quality time with the family. 

Obviously, I’m a mom & many of my friends also have kids.  With that being said,  I’ve  found that it’s always enjoyable to plan some special things just for the kids. So if you’re looking for some fun patriotic activities to do with the kids for your 4th of July bash this year, look no further. 

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