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$3 Baskets + Zip Ties = DIY Cubby Storage

Create easy and inexpensive kid friendly cubby holes with $3 baskets and zip ties

Having just moved we have stuff EVERYWHERE. We have cleaned out a lot but when you are unpacking boxes and trying to put everything in a new place, it can be overwhelming - and expensive. So a few weeks ago walking through Target I noticed little plastic baskets (that were just over $3 a piece) on an end cap in the back to school aisle. As I walked by, they jogged my memory of Charlotte being little and tiny stacks of cubby shelving in her preschool class. I am sure we all have a teacher to thank somewhere for coming up with such an economical solution for storage, so I cannot take credit for the origination, but I knew it was a perfect idea for my home! And to top it off, it's easy … [Read More...]

Ben & Jerry’s Truffle Trifecta (Exclusive Flavor!~)

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Today has been a seriously long day. My sitter had a conflict with her college schedule and had to stop babysitting for us, I cannot find any local part time preschool locations that do not have mile long waiting lists, not ONE person has viewed our house in 2 months on the market (seriously, not one) and Phoenyx SKIPPED his nap. If it could go wrong this month, this week, this day- it has. And when days are seriously long like this one, its nice to find the unopened ice cream in the freezer from a week ago. Thankfully LB PR had asked me to let yall know about this exclusive ice cream and while they did not ask me to taste it...how could I talk about it if I didn't hunt it down and dig in, … [Read More...]

In school suspension for saying “Bless You” after a sneeze. For real?

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About 5 minutes ago one of my very good blogger friends shared that a family member of hers was allegedly sent to in school suspension for saying 'Bless You' in a high school class today. Bless you. As in someone sneezed and she said "Bless You." High School Sr Kendra Turner  Did this seriously just happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave??  I am so glad that we have our priorities straight,  America.  Now listen- I get that we have to be super politically correct for fear of actually teaching kids (in an educational facility of all place!) that some people (gasp!) have religious beliefs, but this one takes the major cake.  While saying "Bless You" is a form of … [Read More...]

Rocky Mountain River Race Waterslide Review

Rocky Mountain River Racer water slide little tikes

As a work at home/stay at home mom, keeping the kids busy all summer is a challenge. Even when the kids are lucky enough to have an awesome sitter, they are outdoor kids and we need lots and lots of outdoor ideas. Sadly the one we had got RIPPED in our house move! It was in the backyard and the movers drug it through the yard and across our brick patio where it got caught and ripped in an un-reparable spot. In the middle of summer. Which is why when Little Tikes offered to send me the Rocky Mountain River Race (after honestly hitting every single store in town and finding them out of stock, NOOOOOOOOOOO), I was beyond thrilled. Like may have done a little dance in the yard thrilled. Let … [Read More...]

Aluminyze: Indestructible even with a 2 Year old

Aluminyze your photos for indestructible wall art

On June 13th, 2014 we moved into a new house. Its something we have talked about and dreamed about for a long time - I mean who doesn't love flipping through Zillow or Trulia and checking out everyone elses stuff. What we didn't expect was to fall in love with a property that was perfect to keep...well...forever. I was excited about the backyard potential, the extra 1000 square feet, all of it! Except now that we are here I have to be honest that this is a BIG house. Between cleaning out unnecessary items we didn't want to transfer (otherwise known as the moving purge) and the extra space to spread out, we are finding we have a lot of walls, a lot of floor space, and pretty much very little … [Read More...]

Printable Walmart Coupon, Save now!

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Woah GREAT DEAL, COUPON ALERT Save $1.50 on Clear products at Walmart! Click below to take advantage of this great coupon! Save $1.50 on Clear at Walmart, currently on rollback for $4.48.  Clear gently cleanses and nourishes the scalp for hair that's 10x more resilient, strong, and beautiful. Clear is the first and only hair care range with Nutrium 10 and is currently on rollback exclusively at Walmart for $4.48 Here is just a little bit about the CLEAR shampoo: Strong Lengths Nourishing Shampoo Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Strong Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner System for weak hair prone to breakage has been clinically proven to help restore the scalp's natural moisture … [Read More...]

Crayon Boats : Papercrafting Tutorial

Create a crayon table tray with papercrafting, from the mind of a 9 year old

Around here we are always moving, creating, playing and getting dirty. While I try to share the fun super easy 5 minute ideas like this shaving cream and outdoor plastic fun, and the elaborate tutu bow-holder stuff, the reality is that my daughter, whom is 9, is probably 100x more creative than I am. She just walks into my office, meanders down the line of shelves, pulls stuff out and creates. No long thoughts, no instructions, no outside inspiration- just her and her mind. I envy that. A few weeks ago she sat down with a stack of paper and started making what I can only describe as mini paper airplanes. But no- they were 'crayon holders'. She said she likes to make them up to help her … [Read More...]

Graduation Cap Favors Craft for Pretend Play and more!

Create a graduation cap favor for gifts, fun, or pretend play, easy (and no, does not have to be black!)

Now that its getting closer to August, going back to school is on the brain. Before we moved, Charlotte would have been going back to elementary school as the grades run from K-5th, but in our new city, she is now out of elementary and on her way to Intermediate, which is 4th-6th. Technically my baby has graduated elementary school and doesn't even know it. Sniff. So whats a mom to do but host a mini (although late) graduation party, complete w/ cutesy crafty favors for the ponies. Whether you are hosting a real graduation party for K on up, or you just want to create a fun pretend moment, this is a super easy graduation cap craft! You can use this trick to cover the top of mason jars, … [Read More...]

No Flame S’mores Recipe (easy for kids!)

No Flame Anytime you want S'mores Bar, perfect for now or later, any age kid proof!

2 year olds and open flame don't really mix, but I have had the ingredients (fixins...should I be super Southern and say fixins here?) on the counter for at least 3 weeks and the kids are anxious. Not to mention that somehow my big box of Hershey bars have dwindled down to like...2. I guess those are good with or within marshmallows attached, kwim? So this morning I woke up and told myself I need an alternative to S'mores up in our house....and so I created a fun little S'mores bar, complete with ZERO flame, but just as much taste and fun. Plus we made tons of extras so I put those in the fridge for breakfast. Or whatever.  No Flame S'mores Recipe marshmallows melting … [Read More...]

Shaving Cream Slip N Slide (Cause Why Not?)

Ready to have some summer fun? Create an outdoor play area that cleans up easy..REALLY!

I know you probably made your way over here because you saw a picture of my kids covered in shaving cream and thought...is she insane? No, I am not (mostly) but with 5 weeks still left in summer, we are breaking out the totally inexpensive, but still totally awesome, fun. And if you think no way in heck would you ever let your kids do this...why not? This is probably the easiest clean up we have done all year and cost me under $5! Create a Shaving Cream Slip N Slide You can call this a slip n slide, you can call it a big painting canvas, perhaps some shaving cream snow angels, but whatever you choose its tons of fun. All you need is super cheap white shaving cream, 98 cents … [Read More...]

No Bake Cheesecake S’mores : Recipe!

No Bake Cheesecake S'mores, 5 minute prep time for a terrific treat!

For the past 2 weeks I have had the makings for S'mores sitting on my counter. I keep telling myself I am going to buy a fire pit and we are all gonna sit outside and make them the old fashioned way, but I just haven't. Yesterday, inspired by the rapidly depleting Hershey bars on the counter and the 1 container or cream cheese (1? Why always 1??) that I had, I decided to put together a "No Bake Cheesecake S'mores" recipe. Normally I bake cheesecake so this was a bit of a challenge to figure out. This is also my first recipe of this kind, so you may feel like you should adjust the sweetness and that is OK too. These are pretty sweet!  This recipe creates 5! No Bake Cheesecake … [Read More...]

Create Paintbrushes from anything~

Create your own paint brush (or puff brush) and get to making some great art with kids of any age

This summer has been the summer of getting to know my kids all over again. Its been so refreshing with Charlotte home and having a child of 9 makes it easy to take Phoenyx out, play games, do arts and crafts, because she is like a mini adult and its wonderful. So lately under her guidance and prompting, we have been doing quite a bit of crafts. And after unpacking my office of disarray, the kids discovered all sorts of products in the bottom of the boxes they were excited to get using. (This is just getting started around here) One such product was our puffballs and our huge box of wooden craft items, so we put them to use by creating our own paintbrushes with puffballs. You can do this … [Read More...]