Sewing

DIY Ruffled Fabric Flower

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Fabric flowers are a crafter's dream. They are cheap. They are easy. They don't require much sewing skill. They can be used for all sorts of different ideas. Take this ruffled fabric flower, for example.…

DIY Baby Girl Onesies

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If I would have known how easy these baby girl onesies were to make, I imagine my daughter's drawer would have been full of them. This is a fun project for someone with beginning sewing skills. It also…
rick rack flower tutorial

How to Make Rick Rack Fabric Flowers

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I've seen a few of these tutorials around so I thought I'd give them a try. They turned out to be really easy to make. I'm excited about these rick rack flowers because of their versatility. I've already…

How to Transform a Onesie into a Dress

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It's amazing how fast babies grow out of their clothes. There were so many cute outfits that my little lady only wore once or twice. It was painful for me to pack barely used clothes away not knowing if…

Fabric Flower Bouquet Tutorial

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I love making fabric flowers. There are so many creative things you can do with them! I had a lot of fun with my Five Minute Fabric Flowers so I thought I would keep the party going with a fabric‚Ķ

Five Minute Fabric Flowers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft project? One that takes close to five minutes once you get the hang of it? Look no further, my friends. You can see my little lady modeling my newest creation below.…

Football Blanket Tutorial

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These cozy blankets are easy to make and can be a great baby boy gift. I made this one for a friend who has a baby boy on the way. Can't wait to see their little guy wrapped up in it! Until then, I'll…

How to Make a Bow Tie

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A baby shower that I helped throw was themed "Preppy Little Man." What better decor for the event than little bow ties! We not only decorated for the shower with these bow ties but we also had quests…

DIY Baby Gift: Owl Pillow and Burp Cloths

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A friend of mine had a little boy yesterday. I used it as an excuse to whip up a few fun burp clothes and an owl. These burp clothes are actually made from cloth diapers. If you have any sewing skills…

Decorating

Kids' Bathroom Flip

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If you're an Instagram follower, you'll know that I actually wrapped up this Kids' Bathroom makeover a few months ago! I'm excited to finally get the details your way. Much like our Master Bedroom…

Master Bedroom Makeover

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Psst. We know you are here for Polly's amazing master bedroom makeover. (Yeah, hi!) While we love a good before and after project, our wheelhouse is truly in the food department. In fact, we'd love for…

6 Rugs from Amazon I'm Loving

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I love how much a great rug can change the look and feel of a space. I recently updated all of the rugs on our living space and wanted to share with you 6 affordable rugs from Amazon I'm loving! Since…

Mantel Makeover 2.0

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If you didn't figure it out from the picture, we recently updated our fireplace and mantle. I could not be happier with how it turned out. I had no idea how much this update would change the look and…

Dinged Up Dresser Finds New Life

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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…

Mirror Makeover(s)

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This mirror and I have a history. In more ways than one. This HUGE antique mirror hung in my grandma's living room for a LONG time. We are talking 50+ years. When my grandparents passed away, I was…

Life Hack: How to Hang Perfectly Level Decor on Walls

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Since all of our big projects are pretty much done in our new house, I've gotten to work on some decorating. I wish SO MUCH that I had known about this little life hack on hanging pictures a long time…

Budget Breakdown of the Kitchen Flip

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As you've probably gathered by now, we have done some major work on our kitchen. As I've been talking to friends about it, some have bravely asked how much we spent. Something in me gets a little squirmy…

Painting Oak Cabinets

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One of the biggest changes you can make in your kitchen that will give you bang for your buck is updating oak cabinets. It's a lot of work but totally worth it. As you can see in the before pictures…

Mirror Makeover

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   I inherited this HUGE mirror from my grandparents about a year ago. It's been hanging above my couch for quite a while and has been begging for a fresh coat of paint for a long time. The original…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

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Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…
craft idea for toddlers

Easy Craft Idea for Toddlers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft idea to do with the kiddos? Here is one that even a non-crafty person can easily do. Simply use painters tape to create a shape or word and then let your kiddo…

Wood Pallet Makeover

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When I saw this wood pallet makeover that my friend Jessi (and her husband) did I immediately asked her to share how she did it with us. Check it out! I asked Jessi to share how they did this transformation.…

Fourth of July Craft Ideas

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It's June! It's summer! I'm already seeing some Fourth of July crafts floating around the blogland so I thought I'd throw a few of mine in the mix. Pin it if you like it! Here is a Fourth of July Onesie I…

DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

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With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room…

DIY Easter Decorating Idea: Repurpose Paint Chips into an Easter Garland

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Since most of my creative energy is being put towards baby boy's nursery and not holiday decorating, I thought I'd share a little Easter project from the past. Enjoy! An Eggcellent Easter Decorating Idea I…

Grandma's Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

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Let the nesting begin! Ah, who's kidding. I'm in a continual state of nesting whether I'm pregnant or not. This week's warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0's changing table. I prefer…

Mellow-Yellow Bench Makeover

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If you know me at all, you will quickly learn that I am a frequent Craigslister. I covered some tips on how to successfully sell your stuff on Craigstlist but didn't talk much about buying things on…
rick rack flower tutorial

How to Make Rick Rack Fabric Flowers

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I've seen a few of these tutorials around so I thought I'd give them a try. They turned out to be really easy to make. I'm excited about these rick rack flowers because of their versatility. I've already…
Fourth of July Wreath

Make Your Own Fourth of July Wreath

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After seeing a Fourth of July fireworks stand being set up yesterday, I got really excited for the upcoming holiday! So when I stumbled on this wreath idea from Capital B, I got motivated and‚Ķ

Fabric Flower Bouquet Tutorial

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I love making fabric flowers. There are so many creative things you can do with them! I had a lot of fun with my Five Minute Fabric Flowers so I thought I would keep the party going with a fabric‚Ķ

Decorating Tip: Another Use for Painters Tape!

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I love to change our home decor up and move things around. In the early days of living in our house, I cut corners when hanging things on our walls and didn't used the plastic anchors that hold the screws…
New chair with silhouette shape

Antique Children's Chair Makeover

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This chair makeover might be my favorite furniture makeover I've ever done so far. That's a pretty bold statement but I can't remember a piece starting out so rough and turning out so great! I stumbled…

How to Make a Bow Tie

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A baby shower that I helped throw was themed "Preppy Little Man." What better decor for the event than little bow ties! We not only decorated for the shower with these bow ties but we also had quests…

Before and Afters

Master Bedroom Makeover

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Psst. We know you are here for Polly's amazing master bedroom makeover. (Yeah, hi!) While we love a good before and after project, our wheelhouse is truly in the food department. In fact, we'd love for…

Mantel Makeover 2.0

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If you didn't figure it out from the picture, we recently updated our fireplace and mantle. I could not be happier with how it turned out. I had no idea how much this update would change the look and…

Repurposed Changing Table: Before and After

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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…

Dingy Dresser Transformed into Kitchen Hutch

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Furniture makeovers are one of my favorite things to do. Before I had kids I had a knack for finding great furniture deals at thrift stores and garage sales, giving them a facelift, and then reselling…

How to Easily Update an Oak Mantel

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Another victory against the oak monster infesting our home has been won. I found an easy way to update our living room mantel and couldn't be happier with the results. If you've been following along…

Dramatic Desk Makeover

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It's pretty safe to say that after this furniture makeover, every piece of furniture in my house is at risk of being painted teal. This is probably my favorite furniture makeover I've ever done. Before…

Chair Changes

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I love doing chair makeovers. Chairs are super easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores and are very simple to redo. I love the wow factor that can come from so little work and money. This furniture…

An Easy Way to Update a Sliding Door Blind

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Here is an easy update I made on our home that has made a HUGE difference. In the big downstairs room, we have sliding doors that walk out to our back yard. While I love this about our home I did NOT…

Budget Breakdown of the Kitchen Flip

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As you've probably gathered by now, we have done some major work on our kitchen. As I've been talking to friends about it, some have bravely asked how much we spent. Something in me gets a little squirmy…

Before and Afters of my New Home

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I love taking before and after shots. As we've been plowing through the house projects at our new home, I've managed to keep my camera handy and snap some shots of the progress. Here is a rundown of some…

Painting Oak Cabinets

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One of the biggest changes you can make in your kitchen that will give you bang for your buck is updating oak cabinets. It's a lot of work but totally worth it. As you can see in the before pictures…

Mirror Makeover

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   I inherited this HUGE mirror from my grandparents about a year ago. It's been hanging above my couch for quite a while and has been begging for a fresh coat of paint for a long time. The original…

Wood Pallet Makeover

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When I saw this wood pallet makeover that my friend Jessi (and her husband) did I immediately asked her to share how she did it with us. Check it out! I asked Jessi to share how they did this transformation.…

Grandma's Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

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Let the nesting begin! Ah, who's kidding. I'm in a continual state of nesting whether I'm pregnant or not. This week's warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0's changing table. I prefer…

Mellow-Yellow Bench Makeover

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If you know me at all, you will quickly learn that I am a frequent Craigslister. I covered some tips on how to successfully sell your stuff on Craigstlist but didn't talk much about buying things on…
New chair with silhouette shape

Antique Children's Chair Makeover

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This chair makeover might be my favorite furniture makeover I've ever done so far. That's a pretty bold statement but I can't remember a piece starting out so rough and turning out so great! I stumbled…

Chair Changes

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What is it with numbering things? Everywhere I turn, it seems like someone is numbering a household item and making it look cool. I'm not quite sure I get it. What's funny though is that I've jumped on…

Tutorials

How to Make a Fleece Knot Blanket

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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…

Paper Plate Pumpkin Halloween Craft

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This is a simple and easy Halloween craft that your preschooler will love. Paper Plate Pumpkins are potentially a little messy on the front end, but your little one will love what they create. Note: We…

EASY Valentine Craft Idea for Toddlers and Kids

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I've got a pretty simple Valentine's Day craft idea for you today. My two-year easily did this with enthusiasm (for about 5 minutes) but it was enough to get it done! It takes very little prep and very…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

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Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…

Fourth of July Craft Ideas

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It's June! It's summer! I'm already seeing some Fourth of July crafts floating around the blogland so I thought I'd throw a few of mine in the mix. Pin it if you like it! Here is a Fourth of July Onesie I…

DIY Easter Decorating Idea: Repurpose Paint Chips into an Easter Garland

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Since most of my creative energy is being put towards baby boy's nursery and not holiday decorating, I thought I'd share a little Easter project from the past. Enjoy! An Eggcellent Easter Decorating Idea I…

DIY Baby Girl Onesies

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If I would have known how easy these baby girl onesies were to make, I imagine my daughter's drawer would have been full of them. This is a fun project for someone with beginning sewing skills. It also…
rick rack flower tutorial

How to Make Rick Rack Fabric Flowers

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I've seen a few of these tutorials around so I thought I'd give them a try. They turned out to be really easy to make. I'm excited about these rick rack flowers because of their versatility. I've already…
Fourth of July Wreath

Make Your Own Fourth of July Wreath

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After seeing a Fourth of July fireworks stand being set up yesterday, I got really excited for the upcoming holiday! So when I stumbled on this wreath idea from Capital B, I got motivated and‚Ķ

How to Transform a Onesie into a Dress

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It's amazing how fast babies grow out of their clothes. There were so many cute outfits that my little lady only wore once or twice. It was painful for me to pack barely used clothes away not knowing if…

Fabric Flower Bouquet Tutorial

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I love making fabric flowers. There are so many creative things you can do with them! I had a lot of fun with my Five Minute Fabric Flowers so I thought I would keep the party going with a fabric‚Ķ

Cheap and Easy Activity for a Toddler: Popsicle Stick Puzzles

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I was so glad to be invited to a Busy Bag Party. I am now well equipped with quiet activities to keep a toddler busy on those days that I won't be able to keep up with…

Five Minute Fabric Flowers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft project? One that takes close to five minutes once you get the hang of it? Look no further, my friends. You can see my little lady modeling my newest creation below.…

Football Blanket Tutorial

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These cozy blankets are easy to make and can be a great baby boy gift. I made this one for a friend who has a baby boy on the way. Can't wait to see their little guy wrapped up in it! Until then, I'll…

How to Make a Bow Tie

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A baby shower that I helped throw was themed "Preppy Little Man." What better decor for the event than little bow ties! We not only decorated for the shower with these bow ties but we also had quests…

Silhouette

Birthday Onesie Idea

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I was perusing through some old photos and stumbled on my daughter's first birthday party. I had forgotten about this funny first birthday onesie that I had made her using my Silhouette Machine. Feel…

DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

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With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room…

Birthday Onesie: A Silhouette Project

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Here is just another example of what the Silhouette Machine can make. We just celebrated my daughter's first birthday. I whipped up a special outfit for the event. Here is the front: ...and here is…

Kid Projects

Healthy Dog Treats is the perfect gift for furry friends and their owners on Valentine's Day or any day!

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: A Gift for Furry Friends

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My mom "stole" my 8-year-old daughter one snowy day recently and baked up a surprise for their doggie, Gracie, and some other pooch friends. What a fun project to do with kids for a Valentine's Day…

Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

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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…

Easy Easter Craft -- Painting Eggs with Pom Poms

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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…

How to Make a Fleece Knot Blanket

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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…

Paper Plate Pumpkin Halloween Craft

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This is a simple and easy Halloween craft that your preschooler will love. Paper Plate Pumpkins are potentially a little messy on the front end, but your little one will love what they create. Note: We…

Hand Print Fourth of July Shirts

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I love hand print crafts. Love them. They give you a tangible snapshot of time when your little one's hands where THAT small and remind you of how quickly they grow. In light of my intense love…
diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

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by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. "Let's make soap!" one of them suggested. What?! Jessica…

Easter Craft Idea: Little Bunnies

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I mean, how you can you not even chuckle a little when you see this? Every time my husband and I walk past this Easter craft we have a little laugh. My two year old was more than delighted to see herself…
Indoor Snow Day Activities

7 Indoor Snow Day Activities for Kids

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Guest post by Rachel Johnson These cold winter days can feel long and dreary for everyone, especially our little ones. Although snow days can be fun, they can be disappointing when it is too cold to actually…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Make a Scientist Kit as Take Home Gift

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As I've been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son's 7th Science Birthday Party. In this post, I'll share about our Take-Home gift. Move over…
valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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A couple I work with have been doing a Valentine's Scavenger Hunt for their kids as long as I've known them. It began when their kids were very young, but, now that all of them are teenagers, it still…

Indoor Snow Play (for REALLY Cold Snow Days)

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Does your weather look anything like this today? Folks, I live in Missouri, not Alaska. We don't really know what to do with ourselves. We cancel school. My neighborhood streets are barren. Everyone…

Alphabet Train: Toddler Learning Activity

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I'm always looking for creative learning games that my toddler will engage in. Here is a fun one that helps toddlers with letter recognition that we have been doing as of late. I saw it on Toddler Approved…

Game Night: Make Your Own "Apples to Apples"

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It's no secret. I LOVE games. Especially ones that make a group laugh and make memories together, like the Rate Your Mate Game or The Question Game. Today, I've got another DIY oldie but goodie that…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

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Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…
Family Devotional Cootie Catcher

Easy Family Devotional Activity: Make a "Verse Catcher"

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You know you have a great babysitter when you come home and she's playing "Psalm Catcher" with the kids. Remember those paper thingy-ma-bobbers that we made in grade school called "Cootie Catchers"?…

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe (+ FREE Printable Recipe Card)

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A printable recipe for playdough is available at the bottom of this post! I have such fond memories of making playdough with my mom and siblings. We'd watch in anticipation as my mom stirred up the mixture…
Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Halloween Game Ideas: Perfect for School Parties!

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Reposted from October 2012 I love thinking of and running games for kids...really people of any age. So, when I saw Katie's awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party…
craft idea for toddlers

Easy Craft Idea for Toddlers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft idea to do with the kiddos? Here is one that even a non-crafty person can easily do. Simply use painters tape to create a shape or word and then let your kiddo…
How to Make a Chore Chart

How to Make a Chore Chart (a.k.a. Swift Kick in the Pants Chart)

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You're probably not like me. You probably don't sweep your kitchen mostly just when you notice the ants beneath the kids' stools nibbling on crumbs. You probably don't check off everything else on your…

Make Your Summer at Home with Kids Count (+ LOTS of Practical Ideas!!)

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Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. With my kindergartener finishing school TOMORROW, plus a 2-year-old and 4-old-year old at home already, I've been…
10 Easter Gift Ideas

10 Easter Gifts That Will Last Longer Than a Chocolate Bunny

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My kids will get a chocolate bunny this Easter. They'll cheer. And they'll eat it in no time. And they'll look really cute with a chocolate ring around their mouths in their Easter clothes. But, we…

Helping the Homeless: On-the-Go Bags

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I once had coffee with a homeless man. It wasn't planned or anything. It just happened when he sat uncomfortably close to me at a Starbucks in Chicago. Here I was sitting in Starbucks with my caramel…
Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappacino)

Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappuccino!)

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Who doesn't love those sugar-filled icy cups of frappy goodness at Starbucks, really? But, at nearly $4 a pop and a whopping 50 grams of sugar and 240 calories in each one (that's the plain coffee ones--I'm…

Why I Won't Throw My Kid a Pinterest Birthday Party

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I have a confession to make. My son just turned 6 this week. And...I dropped the ball, so to speak, on planning a big basketball birthday party like he had originally asked for. There are so many moms…

The Action Bible: Almost 6-Year-Old Boy's Review

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"Wow, Mom, I have to tell you how exciting that was! It was scary and exciting. It's my favorite book." (*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services…

Video from Rachel: Top 10 Toddler Books

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*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees…
healthy recipes kids like

50+ Ways to Sneak Fruits & Vegetables into Kid Favorites

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This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy here. I'm a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal and serving my family meat that I can trust.…

Top 6 Bibles for Young Kids (+ Review of "Read Aloud Bible Stories")

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Disclosure: Some affiliate links included. When you purchase through these links, you support our blog. Thank you! If you’re a parent of young children and want to begin teaching them to love God…

How to Make Green Slime: Perfect for a Messy-Themed Party

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I've got green slime on the brain...and probably still in my hair. Last week, the team I work with was in charge of our 11th year of what we call Kids Club at our church. It's kind of like VBS on steroids.…

Cheap and Easy Activity for a Toddler: Popsicle Stick Puzzles

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I was so glad to be invited to a Busy Bag Party. I am now well equipped with quiet activities to keep a toddler busy on those days that I won't be able to keep up with…

Healthy Kid Snack: Chocolate Nut Butter Pretzels

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First off, thanks to my friend, Nikki, for this idea!  Today, I received another "you're the best mommy in the world!" cheer during snack time thanks to her simple kid-friendly snack idea. If you…

Home Renovations

Kids' Bathroom Flip

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If you're an Instagram follower, you'll know that I actually wrapped up this Kids' Bathroom makeover a few months ago! I'm excited to finally get the details your way. Much like our Master Bedroom…

Master Bedroom Makeover

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Psst. We know you are here for Polly's amazing master bedroom makeover. (Yeah, hi!) While we love a good before and after project, our wheelhouse is truly in the food department. In fact, we'd love for…

Mantel Makeover 2.0

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If you didn't figure it out from the picture, we recently updated our fireplace and mantle. I could not be happier with how it turned out. I had no idea how much this update would change the look and…

Repurposed Changing Table: Before and After

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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…

How to Easily Update an Oak Mantel

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Another victory against the oak monster infesting our home has been won. I found an easy way to update our living room mantel and couldn't be happier with the results. If you've been following along…

An Easy Way to Update a Sliding Door Blind

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Here is an easy update I made on our home that has made a HUGE difference. In the big downstairs room, we have sliding doors that walk out to our back yard. While I love this about our home I did NOT…

Budget Breakdown of the Kitchen Flip

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As you've probably gathered by now, we have done some major work on our kitchen. As I've been talking to friends about it, some have bravely asked how much we spent. Something in me gets a little squirmy…

Before and Afters of my New Home

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I love taking before and after shots. As we've been plowing through the house projects at our new home, I've managed to keep my camera handy and snap some shots of the progress. Here is a rundown of some…

Painting Oak Cabinets

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One of the biggest changes you can make in your kitchen that will give you bang for your buck is updating oak cabinets. It's a lot of work but totally worth it. As you can see in the before pictures…

Wood Pallet Makeover

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When I saw this wood pallet makeover that my friend Jessi (and her husband) did I immediately asked her to share how she did it with us. Check it out! I asked Jessi to share how they did this transformation.…

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

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This spring, I received a very special gift from my parents who were moving--FIVE BLUEBERRY BUSHES from their backyard! These bushes are about three years old, so they are already producing quite a…

Crafts

31 Easy Halloween Crafts for Preschoolers

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Looking for easy Halloween craft ideas? This round up of Halloween Crafts for Preschoolers has loads of ideas that you can do at home or in a school setting. Great craft ideas for Halloween class parties too!

Candy Corn Halloween Craft

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This Candy Corn Craft for preschoolers and toddlers couldn't be easier. Either use scrap paper or scrap fabric, our FREE PRINTABLE template, and some glue and let your child get to work. Note: We‚Ķ

Easter Scavenger Hunt Printable (FREE!)

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Looking for ways to make Easter extra special at home this year? Use our printable Easter Scavenger Hunt to add some extra fun to the day! This simple Easter scavenger hunt is geared towards preschool…
collage image of Easter Brunch recipes that you can make ahead

Make Ahead Easter Brunch (Menu Plan + Shopping List)

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Try these simple and delicious make ahead recipes for Easter Brunch. This free menu plan is complete with printable recipes and a shopping list.

31 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

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We've put together a list of fun, adorable and easy Christmas crafts for kids to get your family in the holiday spirit. Bonus, they will keep your children occupied while you check things off YOUR to-do…

10 Free Printable Valentine's Day Cards (Perfect for Lunch Boxes!)

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When I was in junior high, my school held an annual Valentine's Day fundraiser. You could buy $1.00 carnations to give to people around you. There were three colors that had taken on a meaning of their…
30+ Easy Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

30+ Thanksgiving Crafts

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As the weather gets a bit more chilly, I'm looking for more and more indoor activities to do with my kiddos. This roundup of 30+ Thanksgiving Crafts should give you some festive ideas to keep those little…

10+ Halloween School Party Ideas

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Need some ideas for a Halloween school party? Or even some game ideas for a Halloween party coming up? Keep reading... Am I the only one who draws a blank when it comes to brainstorming up school…

15+ Halloween Snack Ideas

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I love finding fun, non-spooky ways to celebrate Halloween. That's why we've rounded up a great collection of Halloween Snack Ideas! Kiddos love a special Halloween treat and I have no doubt they'd go…

20+ Fourth of July Craft Ideas

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True story... Growing up, it was pretty much a tradition that a hodgepodge of friends and family would spend an entire weekend shooting off fireworks from my lake home that I grew up on. I have so many…

10+ Easy Easter Crafts

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Easter is such a happy holiday! Here are some easy ways to get your kids in the Easter spirit. While I do love a great craft round up, I also love this round up of books that point kids to the true meaning…
Healthy Dog Treats is the perfect gift for furry friends and their owners on Valentine's Day or any day!

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: A Gift for Furry Friends

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My mom "stole" my 8-year-old daughter one snowy day recently and baked up a surprise for their doggie, Gracie, and some other pooch friends. What a fun project to do with kids for a Valentine's Day…

Painting Pumpkins

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Let the record show that I am pro-pumpkin carving. I have lots of fond memories of doing it as a kid and for sure look forward to do it with mine. However, at this stage in life, an activity that involves…

Thankful Turkeys: A Meaningful (& Easy) Thanksgiving Craft

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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…

Halloween Adventures and Hy-Vee Walk the Aisles

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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…

Ghost Bowling

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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…

Mummy Dogs--A Fun Halloween Treat

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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…

Heathy Halloween Party Treats!

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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…
craft idea with pipe cleaners

Pipe Cleaner Craft: Popsicle Pals

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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,…

Easy Easter Craft -- Painting Eggs with Pom Poms

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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…

How to Make a Fleece Knot Blanket

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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…

Wood Pallet Christmas Tree

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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…

Handprint Christmas Tree

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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…

Celebrate Fall with Decorating Pumpkin Cookies!

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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…

Halloween Craft: Puffy Ghosts

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Puffy Ghosts is a super simple Halloween craft for preschoolers or toddlers using supplies you probably have on hand. Free printable template included! Note: We are a participant in the Amazon‚Ķ

Halloween Spider Handprint Craft

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This simple Halloween craft was SO easy to make. My preschooler loved seeing her hand prints transformed into a spider. She also loved gluing the eye balls on her new little critter. Want to give this…

Masking Tape Mummy: Easy and Fun Halloween Craft

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Out of all of the Halloween crafts I've done recently, these masking tape mummies have been my preschooler's favorite. They are quick and easy and take very little skill or perfection. Note: We‚Ķ

Paper Plate Pumpkin Halloween Craft

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This is a simple and easy Halloween craft that your preschooler will love. Paper Plate Pumpkins are potentially a little messy on the front end, but your little one will love what they create. Note: We…

Hand Print Fourth of July Shirts

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I love hand print crafts. Love them. They give you a tangible snapshot of time when your little one's hands where THAT small and remind you of how quickly they grow. In light of my intense love…

DIY Ruffled Fabric Flower

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Fabric flowers are a crafter's dream. They are cheap. They are easy. They don't require much sewing skill. They can be used for all sorts of different ideas. Take this ruffled fabric flower, for example.…

Thoughtful Father's Day Gift Idea

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I wanted to share about a DIY Father's Day gift I put together for my dad a few years ago. It took a little preliminary work but the thoughtfulness and time put into it was totally worth it. Weeks before…
diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

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by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. "Let's make soap!" one of them suggested. What?! Jessica…

Easter Craft Idea: Little Bunnies

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I mean, how you can you not even chuckle a little when you see this? Every time my husband and I walk past this Easter craft we have a little laugh. My two year old was more than delighted to see herself…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

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Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…
craft idea for toddlers

Easy Craft Idea for Toddlers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft idea to do with the kiddos? Here is one that even a non-crafty person can easily do. Simply use painters tape to create a shape or word and then let your kiddo…

Fourth of July Craft Ideas

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It's June! It's summer! I'm already seeing some Fourth of July crafts floating around the blogland so I thought I'd throw a few of mine in the mix. Pin it if you like it! Here is a Fourth of July Onesie I…

DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

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With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room…

DIY Easter Decorating Idea: Repurpose Paint Chips into an Easter Garland

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Since most of my creative energy is being put towards baby boy's nursery and not holiday decorating, I thought I'd share a little Easter project from the past. Enjoy! An Eggcellent Easter Decorating Idea I…
rick rack flower tutorial

How to Make Rick Rack Fabric Flowers

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I've seen a few of these tutorials around so I thought I'd give them a try. They turned out to be really easy to make. I'm excited about these rick rack flowers because of their versatility. I've already…
Fourth of July Wreath

Make Your Own Fourth of July Wreath

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After seeing a Fourth of July fireworks stand being set up yesterday, I got really excited for the upcoming holiday! So when I stumbled on this wreath idea from Capital B, I got motivated and‚Ķ

Fabric Flower Bouquet Tutorial

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I love making fabric flowers. There are so many creative things you can do with them! I had a lot of fun with my Five Minute Fabric Flowers so I thought I would keep the party going with a fabric‚Ķ

Cheap and Easy Activity for a Toddler: Popsicle Stick Puzzles

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I was so glad to be invited to a Busy Bag Party. I am now well equipped with quiet activities to keep a toddler busy on those days that I won't be able to keep up with…

Five Minute Fabric Flowers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft project? One that takes close to five minutes once you get the hang of it? Look no further, my friends. You can see my little lady modeling my newest creation below.…

How to Make a Bow Tie

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A baby shower that I helped throw was themed "Preppy Little Man." What better decor for the event than little bow ties! We not only decorated for the shower with these bow ties but we also had quests…

Furniture

Mantel Makeover 2.0

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If you didn't figure it out from the picture, we recently updated our fireplace and mantle. I could not be happier with how it turned out. I had no idea how much this update would change the look and…

Dinged Up Dresser Finds New Life

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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…

Repurposed Changing Table: Before and After

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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…

Dingy Dresser Transformed into Kitchen Hutch

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Furniture makeovers are one of my favorite things to do. Before I had kids I had a knack for finding great furniture deals at thrift stores and garage sales, giving them a facelift, and then reselling…

Dramatic Desk Makeover

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It's pretty safe to say that after this furniture makeover, every piece of furniture in my house is at risk of being painted teal. This is probably my favorite furniture makeover I've ever done. Before…

Chair Changes

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I love doing chair makeovers. Chairs are super easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores and are very simple to redo. I love the wow factor that can come from so little work and money. This furniture…

Painting Oak Cabinets

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One of the biggest changes you can make in your kitchen that will give you bang for your buck is updating oak cabinets. It's a lot of work but totally worth it. As you can see in the before pictures…

Wood Pallet Makeover

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When I saw this wood pallet makeover that my friend Jessi (and her husband) did I immediately asked her to share how she did it with us. Check it out! I asked Jessi to share how they did this transformation.…

Grandma's Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

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Let the nesting begin! Ah, who's kidding. I'm in a continual state of nesting whether I'm pregnant or not. This week's warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0's changing table. I prefer…

Mellow-Yellow Bench Makeover

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If you know me at all, you will quickly learn that I am a frequent Craigslister. I covered some tips on how to successfully sell your stuff on Craigstlist but didn't talk much about buying things on…
New chair with silhouette shape

Antique Children's Chair Makeover

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This chair makeover might be my favorite furniture makeover I've ever done so far. That's a pretty bold statement but I can't remember a piece starting out so rough and turning out so great! I stumbled…

Chair Changes

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What is it with numbering things? Everywhere I turn, it seems like someone is numbering a household item and making it look cool. I'm not quite sure I get it. What's funny though is that I've jumped on…

Halloween

31 Easy Halloween Crafts for Preschoolers

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Looking for easy Halloween craft ideas? This round up of Halloween Crafts for Preschoolers has loads of ideas that you can do at home or in a school setting. Great craft ideas for Halloween class parties too!

10+ Halloween School Party Ideas

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Need some ideas for a Halloween school party? Or even some game ideas for a Halloween party coming up? Keep reading... Am I the only one who draws a blank when it comes to brainstorming up school…

15+ Halloween Snack Ideas

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I love finding fun, non-spooky ways to celebrate Halloween. That's why we've rounded up a great collection of Halloween Snack Ideas! Kiddos love a special Halloween treat and I have no doubt they'd go…

Painting Pumpkins

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Let the record show that I am pro-pumpkin carving. I have lots of fond memories of doing it as a kid and for sure look forward to do it with mine. However, at this stage in life, an activity that involves…

Halloween Adventures and Hy-Vee Walk the Aisles

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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…

Ghost Bowling

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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…

Mummy Dogs--A Fun Halloween Treat

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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…

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…

Celebrate Fall with Decorating Pumpkin Cookies!

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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…

Halloween Craft: Puffy Ghosts

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Puffy Ghosts is a super simple Halloween craft for preschoolers or toddlers using supplies you probably have on hand. Free printable template included! Note: We are a participant in the Amazon‚Ķ

Halloween Spider Handprint Craft

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This simple Halloween craft was SO easy to make. My preschooler loved seeing her hand prints transformed into a spider. She also loved gluing the eye balls on her new little critter. Want to give this…

Masking Tape Mummy: Easy and Fun Halloween Craft

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Out of all of the Halloween crafts I've done recently, these masking tape mummies have been my preschooler's favorite. They are quick and easy and take very little skill or perfection. Note: We‚Ķ

Christmas

31 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

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We've put together a list of fun, adorable and easy Christmas crafts for kids to get your family in the holiday spirit. Bonus, they will keep your children occupied while you check things off YOUR to-do…
Healthy Dog Treats is the perfect gift for furry friends and their owners on Valentine's Day or any day!

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: A Gift for Furry Friends

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My mom "stole" my 8-year-old daughter one snowy day recently and baked up a surprise for their doggie, Gracie, and some other pooch friends. What a fun project to do with kids for a Valentine's Day…

Wood Pallet Christmas Tree

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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…

Handprint Christmas Tree

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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…

Easter

Easter Scavenger Hunt Printable (FREE!)

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Looking for ways to make Easter extra special at home this year? Use our printable Easter Scavenger Hunt to add some extra fun to the day! This simple Easter scavenger hunt is geared towards preschool…
collage image of Easter Brunch recipes that you can make ahead

Make Ahead Easter Brunch (Menu Plan + Shopping List)

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Try these simple and delicious make ahead recipes for Easter Brunch. This free menu plan is complete with printable recipes and a shopping list.

10+ Easy Easter Crafts

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Easter is such a happy holiday! Here are some easy ways to get your kids in the Easter spirit. While I do love a great craft round up, I also love this round up of books that point kids to the true meaning…

Easy Easter Craft -- Painting Eggs with Pom Poms

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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…

Valentines Day

10 Free Printable Valentine's Day Cards (Perfect for Lunch Boxes!)

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When I was in junior high, my school held an annual Valentine's Day fundraiser. You could buy $1.00 carnations to give to people around you. There were three colors that had taken on a meaning of their…
Healthy Dog Treats is the perfect gift for furry friends and their owners on Valentine's Day or any day!

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: A Gift for Furry Friends

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My mom "stole" my 8-year-old daughter one snowy day recently and baked up a surprise for their doggie, Gracie, and some other pooch friends. What a fun project to do with kids for a Valentine's Day…

Thanksgiving

30+ Easy Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

30+ Thanksgiving Crafts

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As the weather gets a bit more chilly, I'm looking for more and more indoor activities to do with my kiddos. This roundup of 30+ Thanksgiving Crafts should give you some festive ideas to keep those little…