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Thankful Turkeys: A Meaningful (& Easy) Thanksgiving Craft

I love crafting with a purpose. These “Thankful Turkeys” as I’ve named them not only got my kids cutting, gluing and using their creative skills but they also gave us an excuse to articulate some things we are thankful for. Doing this craft together stirred up conversation about why we celebrate Thanksgiving and helped all …Read More


Halloween Adventures and Hy-Vee Walk the Aisles

Now that my oldest is 4, we have officially entered into the Halloween madness that occurs once a year. I mean, you guys. This holiday is crazy. It’s super fun but it was also slight madness at times. First of all, when you put kids into costumes, their crazy level goes up 30%. Put them …Read More

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Dinged Up Dresser Finds New Life

I’ve noticed a pattern in my life. I tend to paint things turquoise. I hadn’t really noticed this as a pattern until I finally got around to putting this post together.  When looking through past before and after makeovers to reference, I realized that I have a serious problem of branching out. Regardless of the blue/turquoise …Read More

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Ghost Bowling

Here is a quick and easy game for a Halloween party! Simply decorate Styrofoam cups to resemble ghosts. Either use stickers like I did or you can draw faces on them with markers. Stack them up and have kids attempt to knock them over with tennis balls. Make sure to make a rule that the …Read More


Mummy Dogs–A Fun Halloween Treat

Look no further for an easy to make, fun Halloween party food! Mummy dogs were a hit with all ages. They fall far from the real food philosophy that we try to aim for around here but prove to be a great party food and a favorite among youngsters. And lets be honest, we kind …Read More


Heathy Halloween Party Treats!

I’ve learned that if you make food fun, kids are about 7x more likely to eat it. Yes, 7x- not 8x or 6x. 7 times more likely. I have no documented data aside from my own personal recollection so don’t ask for it. Just trust me. Since your children will likely being eating themselves in …Read More

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Repurposed Changing Table: Before and After

Painting furniture is my jam. It’s easier than most people think and the results are always totally worth it. In this makeover, I took an old changing table that I bought for $100 and turned it into this functional yet trendy little entertainment center. It’s perfect for what we need in our living room. The open …Read More

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Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

We’ve been cooped up way too long. Between yucky weather, fevers and snow days, my kids were getting major cabin fever. I needed something… stat. As of late, my three year old has taken to painting and can actually do it now without creating a masterpiece on the table, wall, her body… you get the …Read More

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Pipe Cleaner Craft: Popsicle Pals

I love simple craft ideas that my preschooler can actually do with me AND makes very little mess. I’m sure you do too. That’s why it is vitally important that you take this craft idea seriously. Like, pin it three times kind of seriously. You will not regret the 5 minutes it takes to make …Read More

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Easy Easter Craft — Painting Eggs with Pom Poms

I had no idea what a hit this easy Easter craft with my preschool and toddler would be. Using pom poms, clothes pins and paint, we decorated eggs! Before you even get started with the painting, you’ll need an Easter Egg template.You could draw your own but if you’re like me, your Easter egg will …Read More

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How to Make a Fleece Knot Blanket

Knot blankets are not a new thing. However, making my own now is! I have seen these cozy, fleecy, want-to-curl-up-with blankets around pretty much all my life. I had never looked at them closely until a friend of mine told me she was making some for her boys for Christmas. I totally ripped off her …Read More


Wood Pallet Christmas Tree

Check. It. Out! I am so proud of my dear hubs for making this Christmas tree out of a leftover pallet. It is serving as a welcoming front porch decoration this season. I love it! He actually used 1.5 wood pallets to get the job done so don’t let the picture deceive you too much …Read More

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Handprint Christmas Tree

Hand print crafts are my favorite. I love little hands. Our little ones grow so fast and capturing a hand print as a keepsake is priceless. When my friend, Rachel J., shared an idea of making a hand print Christmas tree, I was all over it. I’ll be honest- I have no idea how moms …Read More


The Christmas Countdown Chain

Ever since Thanksgiving, we’ve had a similar conversation every morning with my three year old: 3 y.o. : “Is family coming to our house now? Can we open presents?” Me: “No, we don’t open presents until Christmas. That is __ days away.” 3 y.o. : “So when I wake up tomorrow can we open presents?” …Read More

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Simple, Easy DIY Christmas Notes

Around Christmas time I find quite a few reasons that I need some little note cards around. Gifts for neighbors, thank yous, something to slip into gifts, or like I used them, to send a personal note along with Christmas cards.  With a little time and the right supplies, it is really easy to make …Read More


DIY Burlap Wreath

Oh, hey there pretty burlap wreath on my front door. So glad you could join the fall festivities happening in my home. Also so glad your neutral color and versatility will keep you hanging on my door all year long. All I have to do is trade out your little decorative pieces and BAM, I …Read More

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Wall Collage on a Dime

I’ve been eyeing out wall collage ideas for quite some time now. We have a big wall in our living room what would be perfect for one that was previously being occupied by this: While I like the color that it brought into the room, the Hobby Lobby picture that I got for 60% off …Read More

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Celebrate Fall with Decorating Pumpkin Cookies!

Fall is by far my favorite season. I love it. In an effort to appease my inward celebration of the season, I recruited two chefs in training to help me decorate pumpkin cookies. We had a blast! Decorating cookies with this DIY egg wash “paint” was SO fun for the kids. If your looking for …Read More

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Monster Pillow Tutorial

Once upon a time I had time to sew and made cute things like this. This easy to sew monster pillow makes for a great gift to almost any age of kid. Fill it with goodies and share the monster love with a kiddo that you want to make smile. This little guy could also …Read More