Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category
June 12th, 2014 at 4:18 pm
As a child, I went food shopping with my mom every Sunday. She always had a list of meal ingredients and such, and as we walked down each aisle there was always something I wanted that wasn’t good for me. Fruit rollups, cookies, potato chips, sugary cereals etc. filled with tons of high fructose corn syrup, sodium, and additives. You can give your kids what they want with these healthier alternatives, and save money at the same time!
June 9th, 2014 at 9:08 am
Father’s Day is a great day for your kids to show everyone how much they appreciate what their Dad does for them. A simple but special treat for Dad is a handmade card. Below are some examples of everything from printables to handprints, and even specially cut cards. Your little one will enjoy being creative, and Dad will love a card lovingly created by them.
Another great option is a tie card. Fold a sheet of paper in half cut into the shape of a tie. Decorate that tie and have dad “wear” it for his special day.
May 27th, 2014 at 10:16 am
My kids are summer babies, so we’ll be celebrating their birthdays in the next couple of months. And the thing I love the most is that we get to celebrate them in our own backyard. For the past seven years, there hasn’t been one birthday without a piñata, but this year, we’re going to do something different. Instead of getting one to match the theme of the birthday party at the store, we’ve actually decided to make our very own piñata.
Although I’m not the most crafty person in the world and a making a piñata from scratch sounds pretty complicated to me, I found what looks like an amazingly easy tutorial on YouTube and I can’t wait to try to make a piñata with my children.
- 1 cup flour
- 1.5 cups water
- Large bowl
- Mylar ballon in the shape of a star
- 5 party hats
- Crepe paper of different colors
- Lots of newspaper
- Masking tape
- Glue stick
- Mix water and flour in the bowl until you get a smooth paste.
- Inflate balloon and place a party hat on each of its points and attach with a bit of masking tape.
- Cut the newspaper into long, 2-inch wide strips.
- Grab the newspaper strips and soak them in the paste. Once both sides of the strips are wet, place them on the balloon until you cover it completely.
- Wait for strips to dry out completely (this can take up to a day) and then make a hole on the top so you can take the balloon out and be able to fill the piñata with candy.
- Then, you can start decorating with the colored crepe paper. Cut into 3-inch pieces and make fringes on the end. Then paste these pieces all around the balloon starting at the bottom and going round and round using the glue stick until.
- Fill up the piñata with candy and then make two tiny holes at the top on each side of the big opening and put the string through these so you can hung the piñata.
Photo Credit: BeforeAndAfterTV
May 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am
Mis hijos nacieron en el verano, así que vamos a estar celebrando dos cumpleaños en los próximos meses. Y lo que más me gusta es que podemos celebrar en nuestro propio patio. Durante los últimos siete años, no ha habido un cumpleaños sin una piñata, pero este año, vamos a hacer algo diferente. En vez de comprar uno para que coincida con el tema de la fiesta de cumpleaños en una tienda, hemos decidido hacer nuestra propia piñata.
Aunque yo no soy la persona más talentosa en lo que a manualidades se refiere y un hacer una piñata desde cero suena bastante complicado para mí, me encontré con este tutorial en YouTube y se me hace que no es tan difícil. Además estoy segura que a mis hijos les va a encantar.
- 1 taza de harina
- 1.5 de agua
- Un bol grande
- Un globo de Mylar en forma de estrella
- 5 sombreritos de cumpleaños
- Papel crepé de diferentes colores
- Cinta adhesiva
- Mezcla el agua y la harina en el bol hasta obtener una pasta homogénea.
- Infla el globo y coloca un sombrerito en cada uno de las puntos con un poco de cinta adhesiva.
- Corta trozos de papel periódico de 2 pulgadas de ancho.
- Coge las tiras de periódico y mételas en la mezcla de agua y harina una por una. Una vez que ambos lados de las tiras están mojados, ponlos sobre el globo hasta que lo cubra por completo.
- Espera a que las tiras se sequen completamente (esto puede tardar hasta un día) y luego haz un agujero en la parte superior para que puedas sacar el globo hacia fuera y llenar la piñata con dulces.
- A continuación, puedes empezar a decorar con papel crepé de color. Corta trozos de 3 pulgadas y haz flecos en el extremo. A continuación, pega las piezas por todo el globo a partir de la parte inferior y dando vueltas y vueltas con el pegamento.
- Llene la piñata con dulces y luego haz dos pequeños agujeros en la parte superior de cada lado de la gran apertura y pon la cuerda a través de ellos para que puedas colgar la piñata.
Photo Credit: BeforeAndAfterTV
May 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am
One of my favorite things to surprise the kids with is a summer fun bucket! I take a bucket and stuff it with all the fun items we need for summer vacation. Here is a list of fun things to fill your bucket with:
- Sandals or flip-flops
- Inner tube or pool float
- Beach towel
- Water balloons
- Sidewalk chalk
- Fun craft set
- Tickets to the zoo, pool, or another local attraction
- Popsicle sticks and dixie cups
- Water gun
- Journal to document summer activities
- Water bottle
- Sandbox toys
- Cards – to play War, Go Fish or other games
- New coloring book and crayons
- Sporting items
- Glo sticks
What other things would you fill your bucket with?
May 2nd, 2014 at 9:14 am
Next week (May 5-9, 2014) is Teacher Appreciation Week. This is such a great way to let anyone who “teaches” our children know how much we appreciate their hard work.
One of my favorite things to do is to make a bucket filled with all of a teacher’s favorite things! As you can see in the picture, we fill it with snacks and even a little gift card for them to spend on lunch or an ice cream snack! This is helpful because I have the teacher fill out a wish list at the start of the year telling us some of their favorite things!
For more great ideas, you can also check out our Gifts for Teacher board on Pinterest!
I’ve done several of these ideas, but the best thing about them is that you can adapt them to celebrate the teacher’s birthday, teacher appreciation week, or even an end-of-year gift. Take some time to show your appreciation to the teachers in your kid’s life!
April 28th, 2014 at 9:13 am
I like to think I have a green thumb, but I’m not really good at gardening. In the spring I get excited about plants and the colors and greenery, but as the summer wears on I get tired of weeding and trimming and watering. Then I let everything go wild and out of control.
Regardless, I am good at growing herbs in a container. First, they require little to no weeding, they are trimmed all the time, and because I pick them often, I tend to water them regularly. I love to use fresh herbs in the summer, adding basil to pasta salads, cilantro to my black bean salsa, and parsley to meatballs and tomato sauce. They are the three herbs you will always find on my patio, but I have also grown mint, thyme, rosemary, and lavender.
Some of the best herbs for container gardens are:
I like to mix several herbs in a pot. Most herbs need full sun or at least 8 hours of sunlight and dry conditions, and they tend to thrive in soil that is lean (meaning not a lot of fertilizer). I’ve never tried growing my herbs inside, but I do love to dry them towards the end of the summer. They will grow in different types of pots and can be worked into your deck, patio, window box, or front steps. When the plant reaches 6-8″ tall, you can harvest by cutting 1/3 of the branches. This will replenish and you will have amazing herbs all summer long. Plus, the scent off of the plants is amazing!
April 7th, 2014 at 1:40 pm
I love to watch my kids’ eyes light up when they find their Easter basket. We fill the baskets with candy and other favorite food treats for the little ones to enjoy, but every year I struggle to find other items to include. Here is a list of 100 items you can fill your child’s basket with!
- Pacifier Holder
- Sippee Cups
- Musical Toys
- Garanimals Baby Toys or Foam Letters
- Small Stuffed Animal
- Toddler Cutlery
- Magnetic Fridge Letters
- Rain Boots
- Coloring Books
- Character Undies
- Hex bugs
- Bath Toys/Crayons
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Fun Toothbrush
- Fun Shampoo
- Stuffed Animal
- Painting Smock
- Art Supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, paints)
- Art Kits
- Bubble Bath
- Fun Cups/Plates
- Dress Up Items
- Play Jewelry
- Pool Toys
- Fun Duct Tape
- Kids Word Search
- Jump Rope
- Construction Paper
- Hair Pretties
- Book light
- Sandals/Flip Flops
- Beach Towel
- Matchbox cars
- Play Tool Set
- Sand Toys
- Shovel and Pail
- Bike Horn/Bell
- Character Bandaids
- Temporary Tatoos
- Water Bottle
- Summer Hat
- Books – appropriate for child’s level
- Sticket Books
- Water Gun
- Nerf Gun
- Swim Goggles
- Sporting Supplies or games
- Jigsaw Puzzle
- Cards or Card Game
- Jacks or Marbles
- Tape Measure (my boys loved the keychain ones since they were toddlers)
- Nail Painting Supplies
- Animal figures
- Magic Tricks
- Comic Book or Kids Magazine
- Bop it or Tangle Jr
- My Little Pony or other small horses
- Play Food
- Walkie Talkies
- Small Magna Doodle or Etch a Sketch
- Glow Sticks
- Small Musical Instrument (harmonica, recorder)
- Pencils/Pencil Toppers
- Action Figures
- Trading Cards
- Fun Socks
- Seeds and a pot
- Diary or Journal
- Video Game controller or new game
- Play Dough
- Bunny Ears
- Gift Cards to favorite stops
- Bunny Money
Feel free to share any other ideas I may have missed!
April 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Easter is only a few weeks away and it’s never too early to plan your holiday meals. Instead of saving the best for last, we like to start with it…DESSERT! Cakes, candy, cookies, and more, there are so many choices! You can go traditional or get creative. Do you have a special family recipe for an Easter dessert? Share your delicious creations on our Facebook page!
- Mother Hen and Chicks Cake/Cupcakes
- Easter Bark
- Colorful Easter Layer Cake
- Chocolate Covered “Carrot” Strawberries
- Bunny Cream Puffs
- Chocolate Birds’ Nests
- Peep Rice Krispy Treat Baskets
- Easter Bunny Cake
- Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles
Photo Credit: www.bhg.com
March 31st, 2014 at 7:28 am
Scarves are all the rage, and just because winter is over doesn’t mean they need to be packed away in the closet. During spring and summer, choose scarves that are lighter material and have brighter colors. Have you ever tried making one yourself? Check out some of these great DIY scarves!
32 Easy DIY Scarves - I really like the tie-die infinity, braided infinity, ruffled, stenciled, and circle scarves for spring!
No sew rosette scarf - This would be a great way to dress up a tee or tank.
Arm Knitting – An easy, new trend. This is the best tutorial I have seen!
10 T-shirt Scarves- All 10 of these are on my to-do list!
You will find me wearing scarves all year long!