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November 19th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Holiday Tablescapes

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The holiday season is upon us. It’s fun to bring your table to life and create a nice, festive place to gather as family.

Here are some tips for making your tablescape come to life:

  • Focus your decorating energy on the centerpiece. Fill a beautiful bowl with fruit, arrange some flowers, or use gourds, leaves, grapes, and other fall fruits and nuts. For a more wintery feel, use pinecones and evergreen branches to a bowl. Use ornaments, large colored light bulbs, and other Christmas items to fill in spaces.
  • Use cut burlap as a table runner, or for winter, use metallic or holiday-colored fabric.
  • Cover the table runner with gourds, leaves, mini pumpkins, and Indian corn for fall and Thanksgiving. Scatter different levels of candles among those things.
  • Use ribbon to tie napkins or silverware together.
  • Fill a mason jar with cranberries and water. Add a floating candle.
  • Be inventive when choosing place cards. I have a collection of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years themes.

The most important part is to make the table your own. Have it reflect your family, things you love, and other things that will make the event special.

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October 10th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

DIY Girls Costumes

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My mom always made costumes for my sister and I for Halloween. On the night before Halloween she would quickly craft two costumes out of almost anything! Thank goodness nowadays we have things like blogs and Pinterest to fuel our imaginations! Here are some fun costumes I found while scouring the web for girls costumes.

Tightrope Walker

Dr. Suess – Sam I Am

Animal Costumes

Mermaid

Elsa from Frozen

Owl

Sock Hop Girls

Unicorn

Cupcake

S’mores

Jellyfish

Cabbage Patch Doll

Felt Cupcake

Rapunzel

Wonder Woman or Bat Girl

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Plus, you can make practically anything into a costume when you make a tutu. I saw a ghost with a white t-shirt, princesses, pumpkin queens, clowns, superheroes and more!

What fun ideas have you made?

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October 6th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

DIY Boys Costumes

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One of the most exciting aspects of Halloween for kids is picking out a costume. They can get pretty expensive when bought ready-made from a store, but there are so many great costumes you can make yourself! Many of our fall clothing styles are great as the base of DIY costumes….a solid long-sleeved tee and fleece pant are perfect for the cooler weather and all you need is a little imagination to make it into something great! Here are some fun ideas for boys costumes:

Drummer Boy Costume

Box of Popcorn

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 

Harry Potter

Lego Brick

Charlie Brown

Octopus Costume

Peter Pan

Prince Charming

Strong Man from the Carnival

Green Army Man

Old Man from “Up

Stroller Costumes

Rocket Man

Minecraft

Ninja 

I love so many of these, I almost want to make my boys dress up as Peter Pan or a ninja. The problem is, as your kids get older they have definite ideas of what costume they want each year! Be sure to come back later this week and see some great ideas for girls!

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September 12th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Fall Burlap Wreath

The onset of fall weather and the smell of apples cooking makes me want to start bringing out my fall decorations. This year, I decided to make my own wreath out of burlap. It was really easy and very customizable, so it can be used year-round.  I love the way it turned out with a couple of fall additions.

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First you need a Metal Wreath Ring. It’s only a couple of dollars and is sold in many different sizes.  You also need a couple spools of wired burlap ribbon, which come in all kinds of patterns, colors, and textures. I used the 2.5 inch x 7 yard spools and went through 2 of them. At our local hobby store they sell 30 foot spools which probably would have been a better option in hindsight…it depends on how many wreaths you want to make. When I looped my burlap I did smaller, tighter loops, so if you like it more loopy then you will want more feet of ribbon.

The first step is to tie the ribbon onto the wreath frame. I looped it through the wire and then tied a knot to hold it. Every time I added a new spool of ribbon I repeated this step.

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The next step is to pull the burlap up through the first space. Pull the burlap through to make a loop. Once you complete a loop, take the end, twist, and do it in the next slat. Once you have finished the first row, weave and loop in the other direction to make a second row. I used this video to help to demonstrate the process.

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You keep this process up until you go all the way around the wreath. At the end, I tied another knot (just like I started), and concealed it under the loops.

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Then I picked up some decorative pumpkins and fall berries on sticks to weave into the wreath, and made a bow with some fall ribbon that I had on hand. I didn’t want to glue anything on the wreath so I can change out the decor for different holidays, but feel free to make yours permanent. I am thinking about adding a painted “R” in the middle at some point for our last name initial.

Here are some other wreath inspirations for you to make one all your own!

 

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August 22nd, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Creating A Bucket List

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There are so many things I want to do, places I want to see, and experiences I want to have in my lifetime. This is a mental bucket list…but it’s time to put it to paper. Then I have a constant reminder of my dreams.

First, I found a journal I loved. Find a journal or pad of paper that feels special to you. Something you can’t wait to pick up and look through. Then you just need to go for it…..DREAM! Write all kinds of things you would like to accomplish, see, and do. I set a goal of 100 items to begin with. That might be somewhat ambitious, but it really gets you to delve into things you have always wanted to do.

When I first started my bucket list I took a couple of hours to myself and just wrote down everything I could think of. Escape to a corner of your house, a coffee shop, or a favorite area in your town. Go somewhere that may inspire you. When I was a working mom we were constantly asked to create BHAG’s – Big Hairy Audacious Goals. With your bucket list, don’t feel like any item is too big, because you really never know.

Be sure to add to this list as you go through life whether it be yearly, monthly, or every couple of years. It is fun to look back and see things that you have accomplished on it, or things that you may have forgotten were on the list.

Have fun and DREAM BIG!

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August 1st, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Displaying Medals and Trophies

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With two boys who are actively involved in sports, we have to anticipate that sooner or later, medals and trophies will be won and the kids will be eager to display them. My son recently earned his first medal in a soccer tournament, and I wanted to find a fun way to display it so he can remember his accomplishments.

I took a regular towel bar found at your local hardware or department store and attached it to the wall. Then, I looped the medal over it so it hangs nicely. A quick and easy way to display! As you can see, I have displayed his trophies on a shelf underneath as well. I think I might even add some type of quote or word art about hard work or success to finish it off!

It’s important to remind your kids that with some hard work they can accomplish so much!

How do you organized/display your kids’ trophies?

 

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July 25th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Labeling Your School Supplies

With 32 days left of summer vacation, my family needs to start thinking about school and getting school supplies. Buying the supplies are the fun part, but the labeling of them can take forever! You can go the simple way of labeling with initials or first name using a pen or marker, but I wanted to share some fun ways to label your supplies without all the hassle.

Print some labels like in the picture above. I love these little labels to print names and attach to items. They can also be found in neon colors. I have found that you sometimes need to cover with tape when labeling crayons and markers and others things that are curved.’

Check out these Property of stickers. These would be great for books, folders, and other large items.

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Your child can really add personality to their labels when you print these personalized labels.

 

Mabel’s Labels offers labels for school supplies, lunch boxes, and even clothing and shoes. These offer a great alternative to the printed labels because they are made with labeling items as a sole purpose.

If you have the ability to cut vinyl lettering you can label things like this. This would take a bit of work but makes a big statement. Check out how they labeled pencils with vinyl.

Once you decide what option you are going to use stick a good movie on the tv and go to town! It’s a tedious task, but once you see all those labeled items you will feel like you really accomplished something!

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July 24th, 2014 at 10:27 am

Fun Summer Crafts for Kids

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When school is out during the summer, it’s the perfect time to ready a list of crafts that will allow your kids having fun and being creative! Some of these crafts can be made from materials found in the great outdoors…have an adventure with your little one to collect the items before you make it. You can also make it educational by using it as a way to teach your kids about animals and nature.

 

Sandpaper Starfish from Meet the Dubiens

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Paper Plate Tropical Fish from Crafts By Amanda

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Nature Collage Suncatcher from Hands On As We Grow

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Turtle Herb Planters from Reading Confetti

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Tissue Paper Fish Bowl Lanterns from Juggling With Kids

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Beaded Wind Chimes from First Palette

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Glow-In-The-Dark Hanging Jellyfish from Craftiments

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Seashell Turtle from The Chirping Moms

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Hand and Foot Print Lobster from Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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Styrofoam Cup Sea Crabs by Crafts By Amanda

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July 21st, 2014 at 10:44 am

Making Homemade Decorations for Your Home

Taking the time to add decor to your home can elevate it to a new level. The hard part is that decorations can be costly and decorating a room can become expensive fast. I like to take less expensive items and make them into something else! One of my favorite homemade items is my Elevated Glass Vase.

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To make each of these it cost $2 plus the cost of a little glue. There are many different types of glue you can use, so pick out your favorite brand for this.

This project started with a tall straight vase. Get creative. Vary colors, styles, and heights of vases. Then you need two shorter candle holders as shown here.

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You simply glue the candle holder to the bottle of the vase. I like to put the vase upside down and apply the candle holder that way.  Let dry and fill. I have filled with shells, christmas ornaments, marbles and more. This is a great way to add color through decor.

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I have also taken candle holders and attached to plates to make a cake plate or an item to display or serve on.

 

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June 19th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Summer Birthday Party Themes

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If you’ve got a summer baby, you might already be thinking about their upcoming birthday party. As a winter baby myself, I was always jealous of friends who were able to have pool and beach parties during the summer. Technically, you can make anything work in any season with just a little creativity and imagination, but for the purposes of this post we’ll focus on some great themes and ideas for summer parties specifically.

  • Birthday Luau – Flower leis, grass skirts, blow-up palm trees, pineapple and coconut treats, hula hoops, etc.
  • Jungle Party - Everything animal print, scavenger hunt, exploration and adventure!
  • Garden Party – Tea time with juice and petit sandwiches, fairy tutus and wings, face painting, etc.
  • Splish-Splash Party – Slip and slide, water balloon toss, bubble fun, and everything wet!
  • Beach Party – Have it at the beach or bring the beach to your home with a sandbox and a kiddie pool.
  • Picnic In the Park – Sandwiches and easy on-the-go food, frisbee, t-ball, playground fun and more.
  • Wild West Party – Cowboys and cowgirls, pretend horse races, horseshoe toss, etc.
  • Mexican Fiesta - Build-a-taco bar and other delicious Mexican fare, Piñata, maracas, etc.
  • Carnival Party  – Popcorn, clown fun with balloon animals and face painting, funnel cake, etc.
  • Nature Party  - Nature walk and discovery! Learn about bugs, flowers, etc. Educational and fun at the same time!

What summer birthday party themes have you done?

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