Thursday, May 21, 2015

DIY Lucky Clover Glass Pendant Necklace

Happy End of School to everyone with kids out there! I'm so excited to not have to wake my kids up so early every morning and to get into our summer routine!

Today I wanted to show you this fun little DIY glass pendant necklace I made! All you need is the glass tile, the hook for the tile to attach to the chain, the chain, some diamond glaze (all of which I got on etsy), and then a four leaf clover and some paper for the background (which is actually totally optional. It also is fun as a floating clover on the glass tile.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Apron skirts (Basics in Sewing)

Happy Almost End of May! That's definitely a reason to celebrate around our house, because all of the end of school hullabaloo is ALMOST over! AND I get to have my kids home with me more soon! I also get to start thinking about fun summer things coming up, one of those being family fun on The Fourth of July! I love love LOVE the Fourth of July. In fact, that's the date my hubby actually wanted to get married on. Wouldn't that have been great?! Fireworks for you anniversary every year! Ha! We didn't get married that day in the end, but it's still a favorite holiday at our house!

So, today I want to share with you these super cute Fourth of July...Red, White, And Blue...Patriotic Apron Skirts I made for my girls. They love them and had so much fun playing in them already! I love how cute they are with the little attached aprons.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Spring Front Door Mat Re-Do {Stencil Tutorial with the Silhouette}

I was thrilled to get to be one of the guest bloggers over at the Silhouette School Blog recently, while Melissa attended the SNAP Conference for Bloggers. I love Melissa's tutorials and know they have helped me a lot when I have questions about my Silhouette, so if you haven't ever been over to her site, go check out all of her amazing tips and tricks she shares! I have a bit of an obsession with my Silhouette machines and have a secret worry...I'm always afraid that the inside of my house looks like vinyl threw up all over it! Ha! So, someone please tell me if it ever looks that way. hahaha

For today's post I want to share with you, how I took my old front porch rug (that I bought last spring), and used my Silhouette to redesign it, and to give it new life! You don't have to go buy a new one each year...just spend a little time and creativity with what you've got. It's so much fun and I love the way mine came out!

First thing I did was to choose the colors I wanted on my "new" rug/mat. This is what my front door mat looked like after the winter and what I started with:

Not so cute and fun But...I liked the same colors, (AND I already had similar colors in my paint stock here at home) so I stuck with a light aqua, green and a dark brown. So, I got started and took some spray paint and painted the whole mat one color to begin with.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Super Summer Salads Round Up

Happy FriYAY! I am loving that it's Friday and excited to be able to do some celebrating with my family this weekend. My little brother is graduating with his Master's degree and it's going to be a great weekend! It's also ALMOST the end of the school year, YAY! Which also means...summer is almost here! I don't know about you, but I am ready! Ready for some laid back mornings, time at the pool with the kids, camping, fun with the family, and more!

Today I wanted to share with you my favorite summer food! Salads! I don't always have a huge appetite when it's hot outside, nor do I feel like cooking in the heat as much, so I am planning ahead with this round up of salads. I love how different one salad can be from another. It takes more creativity some days, so I love getting all kinds of ideas together in one place! They all look sooooo good too!

So many yummy ones, so here we go!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

DIY Card Table Playhouse Slipcover

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Today I want to share with you this fun DIY Card Table Playhouse Slipcover. It's such a simple and fun idea, that can be made with just some basic sewing knowledge.

My mom made this for one of my daughter's for her birthday a few years ago, and it is still a favorite to get out. (Aren't grandmas the best?!) It's basically a playhouse, made out of fabric, that slides right over the top of a card table. So the card table provides the framing for the house. This makes it so easy to store, because everything can be taken down and folded up and put away in the closet. I love the way it can be stored in such little space, but still provides a large fun playhouse.

Monday, May 11, 2015

It's a Boy/Girl! {Faux} "Cigars" with Pirouettes

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend out there, especially all you women who celebrated your mothers and mothering others! Today, I am guest posting for Melissa over at the Silhouette School Blog here. I love all of her tips and tutorials and go to her site for any questions I have when using my Silhouette. So, come visit me over there today.

I also had something I wanted to share here today as well!

Do you know anyone having a baby soon? I think throwing baby showers can be so fun and I love it when it's a surprise if the baby is a boy or a girl and I love the different ways to celebrate that surprise. I used to think that the bubble gum cigars were so fun when they first came out years and years (and YEARS) ago! Ha! But I came up with another fun "cigar" replacement! 

I picked up some Hazelnut Pirouettes at the store, and decided they would make the perfect replacement, dipped in a bit of colored white chocolate or almond bark.

Friday, May 8, 2015

DIY Mother's Day Gift: Keepsake Handprint Towel

I've got a quick little DIY Mother's Day Gift idea for you if you're still looking for some last minute ideas. And this one is super easy and quick, but a fun one to make and keep!

All you need for this one is a towel and some colored sharpies!

One of my favorite gifts I get from my kids are the ones that last forever, and that I can keep or even better, use all year, every year. Well this is one of those kind of gifts! A Keepsake Handprint towel.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Keepsake Handwriting Rolling Pin {DIY Mothers Day Gift)

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If you're anything like me, as a mom, I love to keep little treasures of how my kids' handwriting looks. I love the little handprint things they make me many years for Mother's Day too. But I thought it would be fun to do something different this year. So I gave myself a Mother's Day gift when I had the kids help me make today's project! ;)

I picked up this wooden rolling pin at the store...and decided I wanted each of my kids to write their names on it, in their own handwriting. So, here's what I did:

Monday, May 4, 2015

Fruity Bug Kabobs in the ULTIMATE Sideline Kit for Soccer Season! #SidelineHero

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I LOVE spring! I love the new life in the animals you see, in the trees and blossoms, the tulips and daffodils, and the weather! BUT...spring soccer season is also a CRAZY time of year for our family! We have four of our five kiddos in soccer and sometimes I feel like we should just pitch a tent at the soccer fields for the weekend! OR even for the week! Ha! Maybe we could set up a potluck too with other families. Hee hee

(Keep reading to see how I created the Ultimate Sideline Kit! 
And I'm sharing a tutorial on how to make these Fruity Bug Kabobs too!)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mother Daughter Pampering Party for Mom {with 10 Step Mother's Day Gift Basket Tutorial}

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 I can't believe that Mother's Day is right around the corner! I don't know about you, but when I think of a mother, I don't always think of ME as the kind of mom described by all those kind words you hear associated with mothers. Words like patient, soft spoken, great examples...Ha! I know I definitely fall short of those qualities many days! I do, however, think of my own mom. In my mind, she is amazing! Although, I bet as a young mother, she felt more like I do about myself as a mother today. I believe that most mothers, as a whole, are too hard on themselves. Some of us are carrying a heavy load and are just trying to get from day to day, and we need to give ourselves a break. We are much quicker to give another mom the benefit of the doubt, but we don't do the same for ourselves all too often, when we fall short of how we "think" we should be...or what we "think" that we should be able to accomplish in one day. But I truly believe that the efforts that all mothers make each day, make the world a softer and a more beautiful place.

(Keep reading to see what a fun Mother/Daughter Pampering Party for Mom we had. PLUS I am sharing how to create the perfect Mother's Day Basket below.)

My mother is wonderful! I can honestly say that. I don't mean she is (or was) perfect. BUT...I knew as a child, that she loved me and wanted the best for me. She loved me unconditionally and did the same for my six siblings. And that in itself is truly valuable to me, and has given me inner strength many times throughout my life. She was amazing to me in so many ways. For instance, she used to bake homemade bread all the time when I was a child. We had store bought bread maybe once or twice a year? (If that!) As a mother today, I cannot figure out how she made time to constantly do that . AND how in the world did she make enough bread/food to constantly feed us all?! OR how did she get the dishes done!? And don't get me started on the laundry, running us kids around, along with other responsibilities and things she did.

Here's another big thing that I love about my mother. She wasn't a complainer. I love that she was at home with us when we were little, and I know that she loved it, too. But I also truly admire her for going back to work as I grew older. The reason this is so admirable to me, is because it was an act of service and love for our family. My mother is the kind of woman that every child loves; even ones that are strangers to her. And she loves children, too. So, I know that going back to work for her, was not her first choice. But she did it for our family. And not once, did I ever hear her complain about it. I love her immeasurably for that. 

I've thought of her in some of my more hectic and busy days lately and have pondered what do we, as moms, truly want? Do we just want a day off? And a good book to read? Do we want a mute button on the remote some days? Do we want more time to just sit and snuggle with our little ones, without thinking of everything else that we still need to do? Or do we even just want to be left alone in the bathroom? Just once! Haha Well, I tried to think of all those things that I would love to do, but never have time to do, and then I wrapped them all up in this fun little Mother's Day Basket! In college, I actually worked at a place where we created and delivered gift baskets. It's so fun! So today...I want to share my best tips with you, on how to create the perfect gift basket for Mom!

Creating the perfect 
Mother's Day Basket Tutorial in 10 Easy Steps!

Best Mother's Day Gifts EVER!

Just wanted to share a few different little DIY Mother's Day gift ideas with you today. I know that I am always looking for new ideas, sometimes meaningful ones, sometimes simple ones, and other times just really unique ones. So I decided to ask around with a few moms I know and see what the best Mother's Day gift they ever got was. It was fun to hear back from everyone, and I wanted to share. So here you go!

Best Mother's Day Gift I Ever Received:
A clean house!

kids "prints" fingers print flowers...hand print art etc...

2 hr massage or a Merry Maids

For the kids to get along (my mom used to say she wanted this one too and we would just roll our eyes. NOW I understand!) lol

potted flowers

more handprint and handdrawn art 
(Mothers are a sucker for these!)

A Mother's necklace

Photo books with pics and stories of the kids, 
complete with pics of letters from the kids to moms in their own handwriting!

Sleeping in + a mid morning breakfast in bed 

A gift card to Barnes and noble and being kicked out of the house to go drink coffee and read alone all afternoon. I know that's not all warm and fuzzy but it's truly what I needed. Sometimes moms need a break (Agreed!)

No cooking or dishes for the whole day!

I could seriously go for any of these!

For me personally, my best mother's day gift was one that my husband did for me the first year I was a mother. My son was obviously an infant still, and my husband took post it notes. and wrote on them as if he was my son, for all of the things that my son was thankful for me for. He then put them randomly all over the house. I still was finding them a couple days the fridge, in the cupboards, etc. I loved it! Something that didn't cost anything, but a little time, and a lot of thought and love. My fav!

Another favorite little DIY project I made one year that would be perfect for a Mother's Day gift are these fun little stools. I made tehm a c

They are still so fun and one of my all time favorite projects. kids have called dibs on them for when I pass away. lol

I'd love to hear some of your most memorable or favorite Mother's Day gifts! And I always love hearing new ideas to gift my mother with! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Be Kind. No Exceptions. {Word Art}

If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE word art. I even have a wall of word art in my house.

I love how it can make you laugh, bring back memories, smile, and bring emotions to the surface. Well, today I wanted to share with you a short and simple post, and one of my simplest, and newest additions to the word art wall.

Be Kind. No exceptions.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LDS Temple Glass Block Lamp/Night Light

I've been meaning to post this for awhile now. I have loved seeing all of the fun things you can do with glass blocks over the past couple years. I have done the nativity on them, and personalized nightlights. But I have to say this is one of my favorite things to do with glass blocks. I love turning them into a temple lamp. (or a night light).

Temple lamps are perfect gifts for almost anyone. Whether it's for you little ones, or for the big #8 birthday!, or a teen, or an anniversary gift or even a mother's day gift,...perfect! You can personalize them by adding dates or just put your favorite temple on them!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kids Snack Recipe and Tutorial...Chocolate Covered Banana Bites...Made by a Kid

A couple weeks ago, my daughter came up to me with this paper. She explained to me that it was a "Tutorio" and showed how she wanted to make this snack. Totally made my day! ...Her first "tutorial/tutorio"!!!

So, I asked her what she needed first and she did the whole thing! 
So, today is her day! She's going to share with you how to make these yummy Kid Snacks! 

Chocolate Covered Banana Bites
(in her words)

 First cut the bananas. Don't use a sharp knife.

Then you put it on the plate.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Jam (and Jelly) Recipe with Kool-Aid Easy Mix

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Every spring and summer, as the fruit prices start to drop, I start thinking about making jam. (If you've never made it, don't get scared off. I make the really easy, no cooking required,  kind of jam!) Some years, I have tried to make enough to last us throughout the year, but my children make sure it never does! Ha! Instead of having some jam/jelly with their toast, they believe in having a little toast with their jam/jelly. haha