Thursday, March 5, 2015

St Patricks Day Lucky Rainbow Wreath {with Pot of Gold}

#wreath #diy #tutorial #fabricscraps #create #stpatricksday #rainbow #lucky #potofgold #crafts #wreathtutorial

It's been a week of St. Patrick's Day fun and crafts at my house! AND I have one last one to share with you this morning. This one is another easy one that requires only a few items again. If you have a stash of craft items and/or fabric scraps (like me!), you may even have everything you need to make this one already!

My poor sad door and entryway to my house was looking so neglected ever since the Christmas decorations came down, and then then Valentines came down. I've never had outside St Patrick's Day decorations, but I decided this year I WAS going to have some! So, I rummaged through my fabric scraps for colorful fabric that were the colors of the rainbow. And then grabbed some black and green felt and a little tulle. I had a couple of wreath forms in my stash too, that I had never used. All I needed now was a half hour?, a little string, and a glue gun. (That sounds like a blog name! Ha!) And I came up with this St Patricks Day Lucky Rainbow Wreath {with Pot of Gold}! Love the color on my front door, especially in the middle of the white snowy background around my house today.

Whether you hang it from a sign post or from your front door or even inside your house, it's tons of fun and a pop of color!

Rainbow Balloon Arch on Pot of Gold Snacks DIY

#stpatricksday #potofgold #rainbow #ballonarches #snacks #healthysnacks 
#stpatricksdaydecor #irish #luck #diy #tutorial

 Don't you just love finding fun and super easy/simple little holiday snacks? Most of us don't have the time (even if we want to) to make snacks that take us hours and hours of shopping and creating and working. Now do we have the energy on top of all that to get the end product of something extravagant. BUT...this one ANYONE can do! And you can do it for about $5 max and in about 15 minutes max too. AND all you need is three items! It's a winner!

It's always fun to surprise your kids, or your co-workers, or a friend, with a little festive something. We like to do something fun for St. Patrick's Day, just because...AND there is a fair amount of Irish in my hubby's family too, so that makes it even more fun to celebrate. This year, I came up with this Pot of Gold Snacks with a Rainbow Arch over the pot. It turned out so fun and sooooo soooo easy! And it looks awesome and impressive! So here's a little tutorial for you to make your own!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Saint Patrick's Day Free Printables and Horseshoe DIY Tutorial

#stpatricksdaydecor #stpatricksday #saintpatricksday #freeprintables #subwayart #wordart #potogold #diy #tutorial #holidaydecorations #irish #lucky

We LOVE celebrating St, Patrick's Day at our house! My husband's family has a lot of Irish in it that makes it even more fun, but...I seem to find myself without as many decorations to put up this time of year. So...I decided to make some printable word art and share it as a free printable! This way, you don't have to spend any money or even get dressed or leave your house! lol Best way to decorate, right? haha

The first one I started designing was a fun subway art. I LOVE the way it came out! I don't know what it is about Subway art, but I love it! So fun and cheery. Festive and simple.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cranberry Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten Free...Or Not}

I haven't baked in awhile (I've been trying to stay away from eating it, haha so this is my solution somedays.) BUT...I could tell my husband and son were past ready for some sweet snacks...thing is that they aren't eating gluten these days...or dairy...or refined sugar. I stay away from those most the time as well, but not bc I HAVE to like them...just because I choose to. :)

So, I decided to take a recipe that I have used my whole life and tweak it some. It is great when you make it with regular white flour and sugar too, so don't go away if you don't eat GF. It's so yummy both ways!

The original recipe actually didn't even have pumpkin in it, but I always like to add something extra to help the cohesions when baking with Gluten Free flour and this time I chose pumpkin.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Family Fun with Big Hero 6 Movie Night

 #BigHero6MovieNight #CollectiveBias #kidscrafts #familymovienight #craftsforkids #partyideas #diy #banner #pennantbanner #BigHero6printables

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Our family has been so excited for the release of Big Hero 6! Some of us got to see it in the theater, but the rest have been anxiously waiting for the DVD release, so we planned a big family movie night to watch it all together with lots of fun Big Hero 6 movie night ideas that we wanted to share!

When the big release day finally came this week, my girls and I headed to Target to pick up our entertainment for the night. It wasn't hard to find and we spotted it as soon as we walked into the store. I had some happy girls that were ready to check out already! Fastest trip ever! Ha!

It's always fun to make it a big night for everyone, so we made a few crafty snacks and a couple crafts too that the kids could do until my husband got home from work and we were ready to start the movie. The first thing we made was this fun Big Hero 6 pennant banner. It was so easy to make too! Here's a little tutorial on how you can DIY and make one of your own!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Family Subway Art Stenciled Table Top DIY

#subwayart #wordart #repurpose #upcycle #redo #diy #paintprojects #homemade #homeprojects #stencils #family #gatheringplace

A couple years ago, I found this inexpensive set of table and chairs on Craigslist and it was exactly what I was looking for! It wasn't pretty and needed work, but it was the perfect project for me and wasn't a table that I was afraid to let my kids eat on (for fear of them "messing" it up. lol)
I painted it and reupholstered the chairs and totally transformed it into a nice, fun table set for our family. I even added fun names to the chairs. (You can see the original post here.)

Well, then we moved a year and a half ago, and it got all scratched up in the moving truck. And now I finally have gotten around to sanding it down, and repainting it! 

But I added a bit more to it this time and I am in love with my newest
DIY project!

Check out how I made it below.

First, I sanded the whole table down again, and sprayed with a primer. Then I sprayed the top of the table an ivory color. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gluten Free Cinnamon Pinwheels (with Natural Sweeteners)

#recipe #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonpinwheels #onthblog #glutenfree #GF #glutenfreerecipes #sugarfree 

I am always trying new things to make recipes work with Gluten Free flours...and still be yummy! Because, let's face it. Not all Gluten Free recipes are created equally good. haha (Understatement, huh?)

Well, I made this recipe with both regular ingredient flours and sugars and then with Gluten Free flours and natural sweeteners and was thoroughly impressed at the GF turn out. Not going to lie...Still not as fluffy and light as the others, but the flavor and texture was still sooooo good! In fact, I preferred it to the other. I call them pinwheels, bc they aren't fluffy enough (to me) to be like a traditional cinnamon roll. So, here's the recipe. You've got to try them though! So good! (And my kids ate them up!)

Gluten Free Cinnamon Pinwheels (with Natural Sweetener)

Mix 1 T yeast and 1/4 cup warm water. Add a pinch of your natural sweetener. Let the yeast mixture sit and rise, while you mix the rest. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DIY Kitchen Command Center Reveal {Repurpose with a Purpose!}

#organize #kitchencommandcenter #familyclutter #declutter #upcycle #repurpose #diy #organizationtips

I've been talking and showing sneak peaks, on my Facebook and Instagram pages, of a Kitchen Command Center I have been working on lately. And today is the big reveal! Eek! I'm so excited about the way it turned out and the practicality of it all!

I've been working on going through each room in my house this year, and organizing them. We have five kiddos in our family and it seems the paperwork and calendaring never ends. BUT, how do you keep track of it all? My kids used to bring me paperwork home from school (that would need to be returned or notices about soccer sign ups coming up, etc.) that I knew we needed to keep and stay on top of, but they would end up in a pile on the computer desk. I would then find myself forgetting about them OR frantically searching for them the morning we needed them. Not so fun. 

So, I set about creating a Kitchen Command Center, because in our house, this was the best place for this. It's visible, we're all in the kitchen daily, and I had one wall in our kitchen that would be perfect for it! You really don't even need that large of a space. As you can see from the pictures below, and the different angles of the pictures. it isn't a huge wall that I had to use. BUT, it is all in one place now and organized. So helpful!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

5 Steps to Making Family Photo Sessions Stress Free and Full of Smiles

#OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias #familyphotos #photosessions #smileforthecamera

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I don't know about you, but I LOVE getting our family pictures each year.  That is, I love getting them back after they are taken. haha What I don't love though, is getting everybody ready for them! It's always a mad rush out the door by the time we need to leave, leaving us all feeling frazzled as we arrive for family pictures. Not the most ideal way to start a photo session and have everyone looking happy with a smile on their face.

We have a family of seven, so it involves lots of us working together to have a successful family photo shoot. And it takes a LOT of preparation. You can't just show up and expect the photographer to work miracles. They can do a little of that ;), but there's only so much they can do to grumpy faces.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DEAL ALERT: Low Price Meals with Banquet and Chef Boyardee Rollbacks

 #LowPriceMeals #CollectiveBias #dealalert #familymealhelper

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I've got another DEAL ALERT  for you today! I'm always on the lookout on ways to save a little money as well as ways to make my busy life, as a mom of 5, easier.

It's a busy time of year and I'm making it easy in the kitchen with Banquet dinners and pot pies and Chef Boyardee. We've had some snow days lately and while I LOVE them (and all the excitement and fun that come with them), it also means that I have five kids at home all day that work up an appetite playing in the snow!

And I don't want to spend ALL day in the kitchen. haha

The rollback prices on frozen Banquet dinners and pot pies and Chef Boyardee cans makes it easy to save and spend less time in the kitchen. The rollback prices are just $0.80 for each frozen Banquet dinner and pot pie now through February 24, 2015 and $0.75 for each 14.5-15 oz can of Chef Boyardee February 9 - April 6, 2015. Tasty meals like Banquet salisbury steak and Chef Boyardee raviolis make dinner easy and delicious! Be sure to head to Walmart and stock up on this great deal while supplies last!

See the entire list of meals on rollback price:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Snow Day Party!

#party #partysetup #partydecor #snowday #funinthesnow #makingmemories

First off, let me say that I LOVE SNOW DAYS! Maybe it's because I lived in Texas and didn't see snow barely ever, but I LOVE SNOW DAYS! Now last year, it got to the point where we didn't want them anymore, but that's just because we didn't want our kids in school all summer to make up for them! haha But this year, we haven't had any really, so I say "Bring it on!"

BUT...what do you do with your restless kids on snow days? PARTY!!!

Whether you are having a party to try and wish the snow to come (like us this week...hoping for snow the next couple days!) OR whether you are stuck at home already in a blizzard with restless kids, I have the best Snow Day party ideas for you today. And the best part? I bet you already have everything you need for the party in your house right now!

So, it might take you about a half hour to set up, but it will also give you hours and hours of your kids NOT saying that they're bored! haha So get ready!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Photo Booth Valentines Box

#diy #valentinesbox #photobooth #valentinesday #makingmemories

Happy {Almost} Valentines Day!

What's not to like about a day you are encouraged to share love? Personally, my husband and I don't make a huge deal out of Valentines Day. We know we love each other and let each other know that on a daily basis, but it's a fun day to celebrate that love too! AND the love of our kids! So, tell someone you love them. You never know how much it will mean to them!

I just wanted to share my daughter's Valentine box for this year. In the past, we have done a trash can, a minion, a Tiki Face, a robot, and so many others! BUT we were really creative this year and made....A PHOTO BOOTH! Complete with MICRO Photo Props too! I love all the little details in it. And we had fun creating it together!

(I had a hard time getting good lighting for pics, since we didn't finish it until late...true to me! lol But I just can't wait to share!)

You can see from the side that we used a show box and taped the lid on. Then we cut out the door to enter the photo booth. Then spray painted the outside of the box black.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Personalized Lunch Tote Bag DIY with Heat Transfer Vinyl

#DIY #HTV #heattransfervinyl #lunchtote #monogram

My daughter decided she wanted one of those cute personalized lunch tote bags recently. After looking for some online, I found one on clearance in a store for under $10! Much better price! And more fun for me to get to decorate and personalize it myself too! Of course I was all for that! ;)

So, here's what I found at the store. Cute! Love the quilted design, but will be even better after I dress it up a bit!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DIY 15 Minute Sweet Wreath

 #ontheblogtoday #wreath #diy #craft #valentinesdecor #doallthingsinlove #wordart #valentinesday

I love wreaths! I love changing them up and changing them out during the year. BUT, I realized I had no Valentine wreath and my front porch was looking so sad after all the Christmas decor had left. SO...after tending to three sick girls this past week, I took 15 minutes this weekend and spruced up a simple grapevine wreath. Yep, just 15 minutes! Start to finish! No joke! ;)

All you need is a little yarn or string, some chipboard coasters, and some washi tape. (Have I told you how much I adore washi tape?! If I let myself, which I don't, I could buy A LOT of washi tape! LOVE IT!)

Well, I had some coasters with the letter "M" on them (because that's what they had for just $1). I took my washi tape and randomly tore it and placed three on each coaster to cover up the "M". Then I just freehand cut out some vinyl letters, but you could also just draw them on with a Sharpie, or print some too. I placed them on top of the washi tape decorated coasters, punched a couple holes, and strung them up. I plan on making a garland as well. So fast and fun!

Monday, February 9, 2015

We love Bountiful Baskets!

#cleaneating #familygroceryshopping #freshproduce #bountifulbaskets

This post is going to be short and sweet, but filled with oh such good stuff! ;)

As many of you know, we try and eat clean a lot in our house, and I recently found an even better place to get some of our groceries! From Bountiful Baskets!

I so love this site and organization. It's kind of like a co-op where people work together to bring you fresh veggies from smaller farmers at even better prices!

They offer both organic and non-organic, as well as several other add on packages and items each time. Some are more produce, some are super yummy "tastes just like moist, fresh, homemade bread" (that doesn't contain anything you can't pronounce!) and other items like fresh herbs, coconut oil, and more!

What's not to love?!

You just get online and order at the location nearest you and go pick up your order later that week! I LOVE!!!!!!! Just ordered mine today in fact!

BUT, to give you an idea of what you get, here is what I got last time! I ordered the organic box and got this:

I even love just the surprise at what we will get each week and so do my kids! I also love that they immediately want to snack on it all!