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…

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…
How to Refinish an Old Lamp

How to Refurbish an Old Lamp

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It's high time I introduce you to my dad. Although a former U.S. Marshal, I've always known him to be an artist and innovator at heart. From photographer to writer to architect/builder of our childhood…
favorite toys for two year olds

Moms' Favorite Toys for 2-Year-Olds

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Note: *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…

Trash to Treasure: Readers' DIY Makeovers

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Today's post is all about YOU. Several of you--some very talented and thrifty readers--responded to our Facebook call for before and after pictures of "Trash to Treasure" projects (aka T2T). You won't…

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…

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…
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…

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…

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…

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…

2013 Top Ten Posts: Parenting

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  1. Cultivating a Heart that Obeys: Dealing with a Whiny Insolent Child 2. Make Your summer at Home Count 3. Packing a Hospital Bag Printable Check List 4. Three Questions to Ask…
10 Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

6 Easy and Fun Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

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The Christmas spirit doesn't have to stop after December 25! Here are a few easy ideas to do with family throughout the Christmas break, especially at gatherings. 1. Make a birthday cake for Jesus at…

2013 Top Ten Posts: Creativity

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Despite the creative juices slowing down a bit this year due to my 2nd child being born, we still managed to get quite a few posts out there that the creative community liked. Here are the top 10 creative…

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…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 4): Jesus' Birthday Party

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Here are Part 1: The Story of Mary and Joseph, Part 2: The Shepherds, Part 3: The Wise Men in this four-part series. This final devotional is a bit different than the first three. For the last…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 3): The Wise Men

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Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of this four-part series. Children learn, grow and are shaped more in the first five years of life than any other time! What a wonderful opportunity we have as parents…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 2): The Shepherds

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Here are Part 1: The Story of Mary and Joseph, Part 3: The Wise Men, and Part 4: Jesus' Birthday Party in this four-part series. Today I'll share Part 2 of our four-part series that I hope will…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 1): The Story of Mary and Joseph

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Here are Part 2: The Shepherds, Part 3: The Wise Men, and Part 4: Jesus' Birthday Party of this series. Children begin to develop their understanding of Christmas from very early on. The only real…

Our Hand-Picked 2013 Gift Guide for Children: Toys, Books, and Music

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As we said last year and probably will every year...the last thing we want to do is to make Christmas about the stuff. We value and celebrate Christmas because it reminds us of the greatest gift humanity…