Jul 172017
 

This easy jhomemade sidewalk chalk is a fun way to keep the kids busy this summer!

Summer vacation is in full swing and I am so happy to say that my boys have logged more hours outside than they have inside on their screens.  That’s a win in my books. They spend countless hours on their scooters and bikes, playing wiffleball and running through the sprinkler.  They always seem to have fun, but sometimes I like to throw something new into the mix.  I found a recipe for some DIY Sidewalk Chalk and decided to try making some for the boys.

I love it when I run out on an errand and come home to a driveway filled with chalk drawings. So anyways, I had a go at making some sidewalk chalk and I think it came out awesome.  The boys really liked using it and I was surprised at how easy it was to make. I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be making a lot more this summer.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

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Jul 102017
 

Homemade Sponge Bombs are a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!

I am so thankful that my boys prefer playing outside than sitting around inside the house on their electronics all day. Maybe it’s because our summers are so short and they want to make the most of it. Or maybe they know I will yell at them to go outside and play. Either way, you will get no complaints from this mama about it. We have tons of yard toys (balls, Frisbees, etc), a wooden swing set and they each have bikes and scooters. There is enough out there for them to do to keep them busy for hours at a time. But sometimes it gets super hot out and even on those days, they don’t want to come in. That’s when I make them things like these DIY Sponge Bombs.

DIY Sponge Bombs are a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. Plus, they are wicked easy to make. Score. Try them this summer and your kids will be very happy that you did.

DIY Sponge Bombs

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Jun 262017
 

We host a big cookout every year on the 4th of July.  I am always on the hunt for cute decorations or things to make them.  I was at my local dollar store recently and picked up some supplies to make some fun patriotic decorations. One of the things I made out of the things I bought was a Patriotic Votive Holder. People usually stay well into the night and I thought the votive holders would be super cute out on my deck for after the sun goes down.

This Patriotic Votive Holder only requires a few supplies and you can have it finished in just a few minutes. Plus, it’s adorable!

Dollar Store DIY: Patriotic Votive Holder

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Jun 052017
 

When there is a holiday coming up, I like to decorate my house.  Especially when it comes to July 4th.  We have a big cookout and I like it when my house looks the part. I’ve been known to go all out when it comes to holiday decorations (and that goes for any holiday), but since people are coming over for the 4th, I like it when my house looks especially festive. I was at the dollar store recently and picked up the supplies I needed to make this Patriotic Wall Plaque.  It is wicked easy to make and I am really happy with the way it came out.

Dollar Store DIY: Patriotic Wall Plaque

Here’s what you need:

  • Wood hanging plaque
  • Red, white, and blue craft paint
  • Q-tip
  • Paint brush

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May 172017
 

Teacher appreciation

Teachers have such a key role in helping teach your children and allowing them to grow up. I know that I can remember a few teachers from school that made a huge impact on my life personally, and I am sure a lot of you can say the same thing.

I always think it is really nice to give an end of school gift to the teacher of your child! This is a great way to say thank you for helping me grow this year, and become that much closer to being a grown up!

Below are some really fun and adorable DIY gift ideas for teachers at the end of the school year. You can let your children help make the gift, or you can make it yourself, either way it will put a smile on the teachers face.

DIY Gifts for Teachers for the End of School

Thanks A Latte Just Add Confetti: This is great for any teacher who enjoys coffee, grab a cute mug and print off this free printable!

Glitter Mason Jar Pencil HolderA Pumpkin and A Princess: I absolutely adore this one, they give you two options, a red apple one, and a pencil design. Both are darling and make for a very simple and elegant gift. Continue reading »

May 042017
 

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As many of you already know, I lost my mom in February.  It’s been incredibly hard and even though it was expected at some point because she was very, very sick, it happened much sooner than my family was prepared for.

This is going to be the first Mother’s Day without her and even though I haven’t completely processed the fact that she’s gone (I still half expect to pick up the phone and have it be her on the other end), I wanted to do something special in her honor. Years ago, I remember visiting with a friend who had an angel on her wall made from beach rocks. My mom always loved the beach and I wanted to try to recreate the angel out of beach rocks.  That way whenever I walk past my Beach Rock Angel hanging on my wall, it will remind me of her.

Obviously, I needed some beach rocks to make my angel from and last weekend I headed to the beach to collect some rocks. Lucky for me when I went it was low tide so there were plenty of rocks for me to choose from. I went home immediately and got to work on my Beach Rock Angel.

Beach Rock Angel Craft To Always Remember Those We Love

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Apr 232017
 

Mother’s Day is coming up quick you guys. It’s May 14th! Have you put any thought on what to get for mom this year because if not, I bet she would love something homemade. I know lots of other moms and we love. love, love homemade gifts and that is one of the reasons that this Mother’s Day Napkin Holder is perfect. Not only is it easy to make, it’s useful and mom will love it.

Mother’s Day Napkin Holder

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Apr 092017
 

Homework stinks, right? No kid wants to come home from an entire day at school only to come home to do more work. As much as I wish they would just abolish the whole homework thing, I am pretty sure it’s not going anywhere any time soon, so I wanted to come up with a way to make homework a little more fun. These Pom Pom Monsters Pencil Toppers are super easy to make and my kids both love them. They’re not a toy per se, so I found that they didn’t distract my kids from their homework, but both of my boys definitely didn’t mind doing their homework quite as much once they had some little pom pom monsters to help them do it.

Pom Pom Monsters Pencil Toppers

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Apr 032017
 

Can you believe that Easter is right around the corner. This year is flying by, and soon we will be coloring Easter eggs and having scavenger hunts. I thought it could be fun to share some really inexpensive Easter inspired crafts that are from the Dollar Store. You don’t have to be super crafty to do these! Plus if you have children, they could really enjoy helping make some of these.

Below you will find a list of different Dollar Store Easter Crafts for you to create this year. You could give these as gifts to friends and loved ones, or use to decorate your home with. Either way they are fun to create and adorable to look at!

Dollar Store Easter Inspired Decor For The Home

DIY Spring Wreath (The Happy Housie): In five minutes you can create this simple, yet adorable spring wreath. Everyone will be asking where you bought this beautiful piece.

Easter Mason Jars (Mason Jar Crafts): These are beyond adorable, and would be great to display on your kitchen table or on a shelf! If you can’t find a mason jar at your store, just buy a neat jar! Anything will work!

Easter Nest Hurricane Glass (Salt and Pepper Moms): This is a stunning piece and would look gorgeous to display in your home for Easter. Continue reading »

Mar 262017
 

Confession: I have more broken crayon bits in my house than actual whole crayons. It goes something like this – We get a new pack of crayons, the kids use them once or twice, 2/3 of them break and all of those broken pieces end up somewhere in the abyss. And because apparently no one in my family knows how to clean up after themselves, I would end up finding these little crayon pieces all over the place and at some point I decided that enough was enough.  I grabbed an old shoe box and started putting all the broken crayons I came across in there….and there they have sat, collecting dust, for several years.

I was at the store recently and found a really cute bunny mold. I thought it would be super cute to make new crayons out of and that’s exactly what I did. I took out the box of old crayons and got to work making some bunny crayons with the kids. It’s a fun Easter activity to do with the kids and they seriously could not be easier to make!

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Mar 122017
 

I found myself babysitting some little ones recently and since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I wanted to make a fun craft with them. We ended up making this Felt Clover Craft and the girls were so happy with them when we were done. This craft is pretty easy to make and with a little help from a grownup, real little ones can do most of it by themselves.

Felt Clover Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Green felt
  • Green craft paying
  • Paint brush
  • Threaded needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

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Feb 282017
 

As you probably know, Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up this week – on March 2nd to be exact. We are really big fans of his work in our house and read his books almost every night around here. We have every book he’s ever written, so we definitely have a lot of his books to keep us busy. Today I wanted to share a fun craft that I made recently that was inspired by Dr. Seuss and one of our favorite books of his: A Truffula Trees Fork Painting from The Lorax. We seriously love The Lorax and since it is one of our all time favorites, I couldn’t resist a fun craft inspired from that book in particular. These Truffula Trees are really easy to make and I think it’s a fitting tribute to the works of such a brilliant man.

Here’s what you need:

  • White paper
  • 2 Shades of each green, blue, and pink craft paints
  • Colorful paper straws
  • Plastic forks
  • Paper plate
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

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Feb 142017
 

I volunteer in my son’s third grade class several times a week. Although it’s shocking to me that not all teachers like parent volunteers, this year my son’s teacher loves when parents help out.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my little guy has had his fair share of struggles in school (before an ADHD diagnosis last year) and I am so happy to report that this year he is finally on the right track. It’s been so wonderful to see him blossom and his teacher is a very big part of his growth.  Seriously, I love her and I am so thankful that she lets me come in and spend time with the kids every week.

Since I am in the classroom so often, I have gotten to know all of the kids and spending time with them is one of the highlights of my week.  It’s a great group of kids and as I already mentioned, their teacher is great. In addition to my time, I try to help out in other ways.  I bring in tissues, supplies and other things from time to time & since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I thought it would be fun if I made this Easy Four Leaf Clover Paper Plate Craft to help decorate the classroom. Continue reading »

Feb 062017
 

My sister & her hubby just bought a new home in 2016 and do you know what they’re lacking in?  Decor!  Especially holiday decor.  They had a great apartment before they bought the house, but now that they have a whole house to fill – I wanted to help them fill it.  Cue this easy DIY Conversation Heart Frame for Valentine’s Day. Not only is it super easy to make, it’s adorable!

I actually ended up making them two frames so that they could have a matching set & you can, too!  This DIY Conversation Heart Frame is an awesome way to decorate your home or workspace for Valentine’s Day!

Here’s what you need:

  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Conversation hearts
  • Craft sticks
  • White craft paint
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush


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Dec 182016
 

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Over the summer, my parents cleaned out their basement and somehow, half of their crap stuff found it’s way to my house?  I’m still not sure exactly how that happened, but recently I decided to start going through some of it because I remember my dad saying that there were some Christmas decorations in there.  There were.  Plus about a thousand other things that I don’t need in my life.  One of the things that I found in the box was an old wine glass and since I already have more wine glasses than I need, I decided to upcycle it into a candle holder.

I wasn’t sure what to make exactly, but decided that a gingerbread man votive holder would go well with a lot of my current Christmas decorations, so that’s what I made.  It was really easy to make and it came out really cute.

Easy DIY Gingerbread Man Wine Glass Votive Holder

Here’s what you need:

  • Wine glass
  • Brown enamel craft paint
  • Extra fine silver glitter
  • Red, white, and black felt
  • White puffy paint
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

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Dec 042016
 

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This year marks the 4th year that our Elf on the shelf, Snowy,  has come to visit us. My oldest son (age 12) does not believe in any of the Christmas magic anymore….sigh, but my 9 year old does and I want to do as much as I can to keep the magic alive for him.

Back when I first got the EOTS (Elf on the Shelf) for our house, both of my boys were both believers and I thought it would be fun to have Snowy get into all sorts of shenanigans overnight while the boys slept.  They would wake up each morning in December anxious to see what kind of mischief that Snowy got into while they slept.  They loved every mess he made, but by the third year (last year), I was out of ideas.  My youngest made to to note that Snowy had sure gotten lame since his first year at our house.  Gee, thanks kid.

Anyhow, I am struggling yet again this year, but I was able to come up with this cute Pikachu idea since both of my boys were SO into Pokemon Go over the summer.  It only took me a few minutes and they both thought it was funny (even the non-believer).

Easy Elf on the Shelf Idea for Pokemon Fans

Here’s what you need:

  • Bunch of bananas
  • Red and black Sharpie markers
  • White puffy paint
  • Elf on the shelf

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Nov 082016
 

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Fall is my favorite season.  I love the colors, the big sweaters, the chill in the air and pumpkin flavored everything. With the fall season comes holidays and for me that means that some family will be coming from out of state to stay with us (yay!!). In addition to a good cleaning before they arrive, I like to have some fun decorative things around my house. This autumn leaf soap is a perfect way to welcome my guests to fall in my home and on top of that, it’s useful.  You can never have too much soap, right?

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Autumn Leaf Soap

Here’s what you need:

  • Shea butter melt and pour soap
  • Red and yellow soap colorant
  • Leaf soap mold
  • Pyrex glass measuring cup
  • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Soap scent (I chose Apple)

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Nov 022016
 

Hello!!  As some of you may remember my daughter is on the dance competition team this year.  Yay!!!!   One of the things that makes life easier is a dance duffel bag with a clothes rack, so this dance mom started shopping.  And then had a heart attack at the prices!!!  There is basically one main company that makes these and this momma is not paying $150 or more for a bag!!!

So what’s a momma to do when buying does not work?  I make my own with the help of my dad 🙂

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This is the almost finished project.  I still need to paint the pvc pipe.  Notice our cat Sassy checking it out lol.

So the first thing I did was order a rolling duffel bag.  I ordered a 26 inch duffel bag.

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Oct 172016
 

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Like everyone’s kids, my boys each come home from trick or treating with a ginormous bag of candy.  Even after the parental candy tax, they still end up with more candy than they could ever possibly eat. Despite all that candy, every year I insist on getting them each a little sweet treat of my own.  I give it to them on Halloween morning and it’s always just been a fun little way to get them excited about trick or treating that night – especially when Halloween falls on a school night. It’s something that my mom always did for my brother, sister and me and we were kids and I have always made sure to carry on the tradition.

These Jack O’Lantern Treat Buckets are inexpensive, really easy to make and make a perfect little treat to give to your kids, neighbors, friends or even send in with your kids to school to give to their classmates.

Jack O’Lantern Treat Buckets

Here’s what you need:

  • 3pk small white metal buckets (Dollar Tree)
  • Green metallic ribbon
  • Black and orange craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paper plate

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