Dec 122018
 

 If you are looking for a festive DIY Christmas decoration, try making a Painted Clothespin Wreath! It's easy to make, doesn't cost much & seriously cute.

I love everything about Christmas. The music, the decorations, the shopping, the parties…..I love every bit of it. Speaking of Christmas decorations, I have more than the average person. I have a weakness when it comes to decorating my house for Christmas and year after year I keep adding to the collection.  Lately I have been into making homemade decorations. When I helped clean out my parent’s attic after my mom passed, I ended up walking out with a bunch of stuff that I saved from going to the dump. One of the things I saved was a bag of clothespins and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  Make a Painted Clothespin Wreath. I’ve seen them all over the internet and I was excited to make one of my own.

Painted Clothespin Wreath

Here’s what you need:

  • 58 clothes pins
  • 10 inch single wire wreath form
  • Green Paint – or paint of your choice
  • Foam Paint Brush

painted clothespin wreath

Here’s what you do:
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Dec 102018
 

Have some fun this year and take the stress of buying gifts out of the mix. Make some simple DIY Christmas gifts that everyone will love.

The holiday season can be a magical time of year. But when the thought of gift giving comes to mind, it can add some stress into the mix. Have some fun and take the stress of gifts out, and make some simple DIY Christmas gifts that everyone will love. These gifts are great for neighbors, family, co-workers and anyone else you want to give a small gift to.

For me, homemade gifts show you took time and thought about that person. I have gathered some of my favorite gift ideas for the holidays! If you have kids, they might even want to join in and help make these gifts!

15 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas 

Magic Reindeer Food| This is an adorable gift that kids will especially love. You create a little mix of ingredients and sprinkle it outdoors for the reindeer to eat while Santa drops present off. Comes with an adorable printable.

Nail Polish Swirl Coffee MugsKnow someone who enjoys sipping on coffee or tea? Head to your dollar store and pick up supplies for this simple craft, and create a one-of-a-kind mug.

Rib Rub| If you have someone who enjoys grilling, make a homemade rib rub that will be the perfect blend of spices for their juicy ribs! Continue reading »

Sep 242018
 

If you want to get creative with your kids school Halloween celebration, these easy Halloween Classroom treats (with free printable) are perfect for you!

Back when I was a kid I always looked forward to holiday parties/celebrations at school. If I remember correctly, back in elementary school we had them for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day (and maybe one or two more but I’m old so the details are a little hazy). Everyone in the class would bring in a treat and we’d usually spend the last hour or so of the day celebrating. It was always so much fun and I feel a little sad for my kids that they will never experience that joy.

The school system in our town chose to ban all outside food due to food allergies. And I get it, I really do. I have a niece with a peanut allergy, so I am used to making peanut free treats when I go to family parties, but some people just aren’t as good about it – so our schools take the better safe than sorry approach and ban all shared foods from coming in. And because of that, there really aren’t celebrations like I had when I was a kid, but Halloween is coming up and I just CAN NOT resist these Halloween Classroom treats. Continue reading »

Sep 112018
 

If you are hosting a Halloween party this year or just even want a fun decoration for your house, try this Easy Dollar Store Glowing Pumpkin Craft.

I was at the dollar store the other day and saw these cute little glass candle holders.  I am more of a candle that comes in a jar kind of person, so I knew I would never use the candle holders to burn candles in.  That left me wondering what I could do with them and then the light bulb went off. I knew I could make a fun glowing pumpkin craft with some orange twinkle lights. I grabbed some black craft paper and ended up making this Easy Dollar Store Glowing Pumpkin Craft with my supplies.  I am absolutely in love with how it came out and it literally only took me about three minutes to put it together.

Easy Dollar Store Glowing Pumpkin Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Glass candle holder
  • Orange twinkle lights
  • Black craft paper or felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

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Jun 052018
 

This patriotic lip balm is easier to make than you think. It makes a great party favor, too!

We’re having some people over for a cookout on the 4th of July and when I have people over, I like to send my guests home with a little parting gift. I just think it’s fun to have little party favors, don’t you? This year I am making some Patriotic Lip Balm for my guests. The winters here in New England can be brutally cold and everyone can use some lip balm for their dry lips. But since I made them for the 4th of July, I wanted to make them festive – so I did. I was really happy with the way they came out and I know that my guests are going to love them.

This patriotic lip balm is easier to make than you think. It makes a great party favor, too!

Make Your Own Patriotic Lip Balm

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Mar 202018
 

If you are looking for an easy Easter art project to do with your kiddos, try this one! You only need a few supplies and you can really let your creativity shine through with this craft.

When my boys were little, I loved doing craft projects with them. Now that they are older and wan’t no part of it, I am thankful I have a whole slew of younger nieces and nephews to make crafts with. I recently did this Easy Easter Art Project with a couple of my nieces. They had a blast making their projects and they came out so cute.  If you are looking for an easy Easter art project to do with your kiddos, try this one!

Easy Easter Art Project For Kids

If you are looking for an easy Easter art project to do with your kiddos, try this one! You only need a few supplies and you can really let your creativity shine through with this craft.

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Mar 182018
 

 Guess what? You CAN play with your food. Make up a batch of this Edible Sour Gummy Worm Silly Putty and you can have a ton of fun playing with it and eating it!

I have a child with sensory issues, so he loves to play with putty/play dough type things.  It just so happens that the same child is obsessed with sour things, so when I made this Edible Sour Gummy Worm Silly Putty, he just about flipped his lid. It’s wicked easy to make and super fun to play with (and eat)!

Edible Sour Gummy Worm Silly Putty

Guess what? You CAN play with your food. Make up a batch of this Edible Sour Gummy Worm Silly Putty and you can have a ton of fun playing with it and eating it!

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Mar 042018
 

This easy Easter Egg Slime recipe is good for hours of sensory fun! Make as many colors as you like and have a blast mixing & matching.

My boys are super into slime, so we make it A LOT in our house. I never mind making it because I know it is going to keep them occupied for a while and more importantly, keep them off of their screens. Since Easter is coming up, I decided to make some Easter Egg Slime. There isn’t really anything different about this slime. It’s the same slime recipe that I usually make, but in the spirit of Easter I put into some plastic Easter eggs instead of a regular old plastic food storage container like I would normally use. The boys both thought it was cool that I put the slime inside Easter eggs and yay for cool mom points. Right?

Easter Egg Slime

This easy Easter Egg Slime recipe is good for hours of sensory fun! Make as many colors as you like and have a blast mixing & matching.

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Feb 272018
 

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

Here in Massachusetts, we are just getting back to school from February vacation. I know that school breaks are different in other parts of the country, but here we have a week off at Christmas, a week in February and another week in April. My kids are a bit older, so I hear “I’m bored” A LOT. So I decided to make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time they said it, I was able to give them something to do! Guys, it works and it’s super easy to make.

“I’m Bored” Chore Jar

If you hear "I'm bored" A LOT, make an “I’m Bored” Chore Jar so that every time your kids say it, you can give them something to do! Believe me, it works and it's super easy to make.

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Feb 192018
 

If your child enjoys play dough, try making this homemade Rainbow Play Dough next time. It's easy to make and sure to be a big hit!

Having a child with sensory issues has been a learning experience for me. Because of his ADHD, he fidgets a lot and one thing we’ve found that he really likes to work with is play dough. He usually just squishes it around in his hands, which really seems to help him regulate himself, so I make my own play dough for him fairly often. I have experimented with different ingredients, colors and add-ins (think glitter), but recently I made some Rainbow Play Dough because well, I like rainbows and thought it would be cool to have a bunch of vibrant colors for him to play with.

Rainbow Play Dough

If your child enjoys play dough, try making this homemade Rainbow Play Dough next time. It's easy to make and sure to be a big hit!

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Feb 052018
 

If your child wants to impress their friends at school, have them hand out some of these adorable Printable Dinosaur Valentine's Day Cards for their classroom exchanges this year.

When I was a kid I loved exchanging valentines with my classmates in school. Back then the only real option was the store bought kind, which are totally fine by the way, but now that I am the mom I like to get creative with my my kids valentines. I ended up making these adorable Printable Dinosaur Valentine’s Day Cards this year and I am super happy with the way they came out.

Printable Dinosaur Valentine’s Day Cards

If your child wants to impress their friends at school, have them hand out some of these adorable Printable Dinosaur Valentine's Day Cards for their classroom exchanges this year.

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Jan 162018
 

I just adore sugar scrubs. My poor skin gets so dried out in the winter time and I have always found homemade sugar scrubs really help to revitalize my skin. Plus, depending on the ingredients you use, they smell amazing. Since it’s that time of the year, I decided to make a Valentine’s Day Sugar Scrub recently.  I didn’t get too crazy with the scents (this one is just vanilla scented), but it sure looks festive and pretty for Valentine’s Day. My favorite part is that sugar scrubs are so easy to make. They are ready in minutes so you can spend the day making all different kinds of scrubs, or just have this one ready to go in no time.

Valentine’s Day Sugar Scrub

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Dec 122017
 

Using only a few supplies from the craft store, you too can make this adorable DIY Snowman Ornament. It's the perfect addition to any Christmas tree.

I spend a fair amount of time in craft stores. Sometimes as I am walking through the store, something catches my eye and it gets my wheels turning.  I was at Michael’s recently and saw these clear glass light bulb ornaments and I knew I could make something cool out of one of them. After spending a few minutes on Pinterest (ok, it was more like a few hours…). I came up with the idea to make a DIY Snowman Ornament out of my light bulb ornament. The best part is that you only need a few supplies from the craft store to make your snowman ornament.

DIY Snowman Ornament

Here’s what you need:

  • Glass or plastic light bulb ornament (you can get these at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s)
  • White Pom-pom balls
  • Puffy paint: black, orange, and brown
  • Any color yarn for hanging
  • Tweezers

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Dec 032017
 

Keep the kids busy with this adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. It's easy to make and you can even add some string to make it into a Christmas ornament.

I have a very distinct memory of making clothespin ornaments when I was in Girl Scouts. My troop had met up and spent an entire Saturday making the ornaments for a fundraiser. We made male & female ice skaters, snowmen and Mr. & Mrs. Santa. ornaments. Of course my mom bought one of each and they were hung on our Christmas tree for many years after that. As my sister, brother and I grew up and moved out, my parents downsized their tree and stopped putting up all of the mismatched ornaments that we made over the years.

After my mom passed earlier this year, my sister and I (and our spouses) helped my dad clean out his attic and we came across a box of their old ornaments. I only found the female ice skater and the snowman, so I decided that I was going to try to recreate the Santa one.  And that’s how I came up with this Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. Right now, it’s just a Santa clothespin, but I do plan on attaching a piece of string to the back and hanging him on my tree this year – along with the vintage ice skater and snowman.

Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Red and flesh color acrylic craft paint
  • Red felt
  • Cotton balls
  • Small googly eyes
  • Red puffy paint
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Keep the kids busy with this adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. It's easy to make and you can even add some string to make it into a Christmas ornament.

Here’s what you do:
1. Lay out a couple pieces of scrap paper or newspaper before you get started (so you don’t get paint on your good surfaces).
2. Paint the top front 1/3 of the clothespin with your flesh colored paint and paint the bottom 2/3 with your red paint and be sure to let them dry completely. Continue reading »

Nov 262017
 

Magic Reindeer Food is really easy to make and it brings the kids so much joy to make this special treat for all of Santa's reindeer on Christmas eve.

You leave cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve, right? But what about Santa’s reindeer?  A little birdie told me years ago that if you sprinkle some Magic Reindeer Food outside on Christmas Eve, it will make it easier for the reindeer to find your house. We make magic reindeer food every year and my boys love running outside before bed to sprinkle it all over the ground for the reindeer.  It’s easy to make and you can even double/triple the batch to make enough for your kids to bring some into school to share with their friends.

Magic Reindeer Food

Magic Reindeer Food is really easy to make and it brings the kids so much joy to make this special treat for all of Santa's reindeer on Christmas eve.

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Oct 242017
 

Here are 10 DIY Slime Recipes that you can make right now!

Slime is all over the internet right now, everywhere I turn you see something about a DIY slime! I thought it would be fun to share some of the most popular slime recipes out there for you and your kids to try out today! You can find all kinds of slime recipes, some that are edible, others made with dish soap, contact solution and more. You never have to be slime-less again, with all the variations out there!

Head to your store, pick up the ingredients you need, and within a short time, you and your kids can have fun ooey-gooey slime to play with for endless hours of fun! Who knew slime was so easy to make? I always assumed it would take a ton of time, but it is relatively quick, and kids have so much fun creating the gooey slime!

10 Best Slime Recipes To Make

Lifesaver Gummy Slime| This is an edible slime that sounds so tasty. I can just smell the fruity goodness that this slime offers! Continue reading »

Oct 222017
 

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Thanksgiving is going to be weird for us this year.  It’s the first one without my mom and my dad said that he’s not doing holidays at his house anymore. I get it, but since most holidays have been held at their house since, well forever, it’s going to be weird to have them elsewhere. My sister is taking Christmas at her house this year, so I took Thanksgiving. I know that since it’s going to be the first major holiday without mom, it’s going to be extra hard for all of us.  That’s why I decided I wanted to try to make Thanksgiving as fun as possible this year.  One way that I am making it fun is by putting out some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys at each place setting. They are pretty easy to make and they are wicked cute!

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Chocolate Kiss Turkeys

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Oct 162017
 

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

Around here, we LOVE Halloween. Since I was a kid, it has always been my favorite holiday and my kids love it, too. Our house is decked out to the nines, there are always Halloween treats (cupcakes, cookies, etc) available and lots of Halloween movies and shows will be playing on my television all month long. One of the things we did recently was to make some Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons. We had millions of old crayon bits laying around, so I figured that I would put them to good use. These Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons seriously couldn’t be any easier to make and my kids had a blast with them.

Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

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Aug 222017
 

teacher appreciation gifts

It seems like each year my children get a bit older, the days past by that much faster. They always say, “Don’t blink! Kids grow up so fast!” That can’t be more true! In no time another school year will begin, and I thought it would be fun to share some great back to school gifts for teachers!

Teachers are make such a huge impact on your child, and they help them grow and learn with each day! I think it is a great way to give a gift as a thank you for all their hard work and time they will put into helping your child for the school year!

These are affordable and creative gifts to give to a teacher, that will be sure to put a big smile on their face!

Easy DIY Gifts to Make For Your Teacher

Grape Year: Bombshell Bling – A fun and free printable that says, This will be a grape year! Get it.. grape..great! Continue reading »