Tuesday, March 31, 2015

From Pallets to Garden boxes & Bedsprings to Herb Gardens...PLUS a GIVEAWAY!

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I'm so excited to share today's post with you! If you have been here before, you know how much I absolutely love taking one thing and making it into another, ESPECIALLY when I get to repurpose and upcycle. I often share "From this to That Friday" posts (my favorites!) where I do just that! Well, today's a BONUS! It's not Friday, but it's a post where I take something old and use it to make AND grow something new. AND I get to help the world work toward living greener!

I love using pallets, old fence wood, metal, and other materials I find, and repurposing and upcycling them into DIY projects I come up with. I have made fun household items, word art, shelves, and trunks just to name a few.
 (You can see some of them under my "Repurposes" column at the top of my site.)

Well today, I tried something new! I took some old pallets (that I found in the trash for FREE!), and I used them to create some above ground gardening containers. AND I used an old bedspring to make an herb garden!

For almost the past ten years, we have owned a house and have had a garden most of that time. Well, when we moved out of state awhile back, we decided to rent for a bit. But, I have really missed my garden. So...I came up with a different way of gardening in our backyard. I use above ground garden boxes and hang plants from our privacy fence. 

First, I started with the pallets. I figured out the dimensions that I wanted each box to be, and I got to work disassembling the pallets to re-use that wood. We found the fastest and easiest way to do this was with a reciprocating saw. Then we cut the wood to the desired lengths we had predetermined. (That's the beauty of DIY projects, you can decided yourself the size you want them!). We didn't want them so big that we couldn't move them OR so big that they would have to hold a TON of dirt. You have to remember the weight that they are going to need to hold between the soil AND the water...Then we started stapling and nailing them together. We even got our kids involved.

I love love LOVE them! They came out great!

 As I was pricing fertilizer at Walmartto add to my soil mixture, I walked by and noticed Energizer's new EcoAdvanced batteries. I love that they are helping to keep the planet greener too!

Next, I headed to the store to get more gardening materials.

Energizer is actually the first battery on the market to use recycled batteries and/or materials. It's also Energizer's longest lasting alkaline ever. They hold up to 12 years in storage. The EcoAdvanced batteries come in both AA and AAA sizes. I don't know about your house, but ours can go through a ton of AA batteries!

Well, I picked some of those up as well for my little ones to use outside with their Bubble blower. Because, what little kid doesn't like bubbles?! And I plan to be outside a lot gardening, so this was perfect to help them be happy outside with me!

Ok, back to the gardening...

This brings me to the next part of my gardening with upcycled materials. I have this great husband, that also sees treasure in trash, and even brings treasures home to me at times. (I am soooo not being sarcastic. I seriously love that he does this!) Well, he brought home this old bed spring awhile back and I have wanted to make it into an herb garden ever since! It's perfect for it! And it really was all so simple and easy, it made me want to squeal! hee hee

First thing we did with the bedspring was to hang it from the fence. 

Then we took 1 liter bottles, and we recycled them to be used as containers for the herbs or for starter plants (like my strawberries).

 I cut the bottles in half and used both halves to plant my herbs in. (You'll need to drill a few small holes in the bottom of the bottle halves as well, so that when it rains, the water will be able to drain somewhere.) 

Then I punched a hole in either side of the bottle planters, and used some zip ties to tie the bottle halves onto the bed spring. Wala! That was it! 

I love the way it came out! 


I even found myself stealing a peak at it all day out the windows, from inside the house. haha

And even my little girls love to come and water them for me! 

(Personally, I love that I have the makings for salsa just in this little herb garden 

and my pallet box containers. Yum!)

NOW...How about this giveaway!
Make sure you enter because I don't know that ANYONE that can't use a few extra gift cards! And you'll never win, if you don't enter! 

I shared with you my newest upcycled project. Now, I'd love to hear about yours, or some that you have seen recently that you want to do! 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Grandparents Know Best! Grab a Snickers When You're Hungry!

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 #CollectiveBias #WhenImHungry #cbias #hungry #snacks #family #familyfun #grandparents #grandpa #dad #father #fatherdaughter #memories

Have you ever gotten into the argument of the century, only to realize later that it probably was totally overblown, AND it was probably because you skipped lunch? haha I don't know about you, but I learned back when I was in high school that I shouldn't discuss much with my boyfriend, dad, or almost anyone, if they were hungry. And I've noticed it myself as a mom, not to try and reason with my teen OR my toddlers when they're starving, AND I have learned how GRUMPY, that even I get (Yep me too!), when I am hungry! (Yep, kids...you're mom's not perfect! Ha! I'm sure MY kids could have told you that!) You're just not YOU, when you're hungry!

Well, maybe my Dad had it all figured out already YEARS ago, because it seemed that whenever we got to go run errands with my Dad, he'd pick up a SNICKERS® . Another one of those times that you think to yourself, I should have listened...OR with this, I should have watched and learned. haha Because when I think of SNICKERS®, I think of my Dad. And it's not just me. My kids think of Grandpa when they hear the word SNICKERS®, and so do their cousins! 
I'm sure you can see why! Ha!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring Bird Nest Treats Recipe {with Marshmallows and Robin Eggs}

#spring #recipe #marshmallows #kids #snacks #schoollunches #lunchideas #snackideas #springfever #robinseggs #nest #preschool #treat

It's been a weekend of activities outside for us. We also have been watching a couple of robin birds build their new spring nest this past week. It reminded me of a couple years back when some birds made nest in our mailbox and we got to watch them hatch and grow and then we even got to hold them!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Swoosh! It's Game Time with some Family Dunking Fun {and a Delicioso recipe!}

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I don't know about your house, but mine has a basketball loving kid! He plays basketball on his school team and has been all about watching the game lately! March has been a great month for him!

Watching the game starts with him, and seems to spread to the rest of the family! Ha! Pretty soon, everyone's involved. I love big families! So...to make it even more fun, we decided to make it a big family event the other night. Complete with some delicious and traditional Mexican favorites and my homemade salsa!  (Keep reading to get the recipe!) Always a hit! BUT...I have been under the weather a bit lately and wasn't up to cooking all day in the kitchen, so I headed to Walmart to pick up some grub for the game.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Papercrafting Cards with Washi Tape {Easter Bunny}

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We're an Easter-happy house lately and my girls and I had fun papercrafting these cute Easter bunny cards. So cute! And great for all ages! I wish we could see all of our cousins and grandparents this Easter, but we don't live near any, so sending cards is always fun too! Keep reading to see how we made them AND to see how you can save over $100 right now with Silhouette!

If you don't already know, I love using my Silhouette Portrait and my Silhouette Cameo. I shared just last week some of my favorite projects I have made with them in the past! Well, today's just another example of how I use it almost every day! Haha (True!)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easter Egg Marble Painting Kids Craft

#kidscraft #craftsforkids #marbles #paintprojects #paintparty #party #preschool #marblepainting #easter #eastereggs #painteggs #garland #banner #easterdecorations #diy #tutorial

Hello there from a house full of sickies over their spring break. Ugh. No fun! 

So I had to kick it up a notch, since many of our plans have been foiled! {sigh} So, I pulled out the makings of an easy kids craft to make the younger ones a little more happy. (Didn't really do it for the 15 year old, but he's one of the sickies anyway...)

My older son learned to marble paint years ago and it is STILL a favorite for my kids! 
And it's so easy! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Favorite Silhouette Creations PLUS a Silhouette promotion! Save over $100!

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Earlier this week, I shared with you a new Jumprope Easter banner I made, where I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the cute little kraft paper bunnies.

Today, I'm going to share some of my favorite projects I have made with my Silhouette. AND I get to share with you some great deals going on right now with Silhouette America too.

And right now through March 31st, you can save over $100 on the Silhouette Cameo and the Silhouette Portrait machines with the code: CREATE. PLUS! ALL vinyl and the roll feeder are also 30% off as well. It's time to stock up!

So many ways I use my Silhouette! Love them all! Keep scrolling down to see some of the many things I have made with mine!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Edible Earthworms {with Jello} Tutorial

#tutorial #jello #edibleearthworms #worms #diy #aprilfoolsday #aprilfools #science #fun #funwithkids #craftsforkids #science #school #edibles 

I have to say I am so excited to share this fun post today! hee hee

How about that picture?!! hahaha 
They look so real, don't they?! 
Well, they're not. I PROMISE! hee hee 
They're made from jello!

My son picked worms to study for science class, and we needed to make a replica of a worm for him to take to school, so this is what we did! And they were a huge hit! Well, kinda...haha Some of the girls in his class were a little squeamish and would have nothing to do with them! Ha!

They're perfect just for fun, to go along with some science lessons or some food fun, summer or spring break boredom busters, and for April Fool's Day too! They're almost even more creepy to see someone eating them in person too! Ha!

BUT, they're so fun (Really!) and so easy! 
Here's a little simple tutorial to make your own:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cheesecake Bites Recipe Topped with DOVE® Fruit

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#chocolate #darkchocolate #snacks #yum #yummy #cbias #printable 
#success #plan #succeed #motivation #recipe #recipeoftheday

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Hello there Blogland Friends! It's a rainy day here at my house and the perfect day to stay inside and try out a new recipe!

Recently I posted about how I have made some new habits over the past year, that have helped and impacted my journey to a better me. I wanted to follow up a bit on that today and share one of my top tips to helping anyone succeed with ANY goal that they may have in life AND share a recipe that I use when I want to indulge or celebrate my successes!

It's really quite simple! Even the Boys Scouts know my top tip to success. ;)
 Be prepared! Think ahead! Plan.

When I don't plan ahead and prepare (whether for a lesson I am teaching, for meal planning, or anything), I never do as well. In fact, I often feel like I take a step backwards, rather than forwards when it has to do with my goals, when I don't have any preparation. This was one thing I learned to do even moreso this past year. In order to succeed and move forward, I had to think ahead! 

I even made this little printable word art, that I am sharing for free with you today! 
(Just print it out as is or copy and paste and make it the size of your choice. Free for non commerical use only.) I hang it up in my kitchen, and it helps to remind me that where I want success...I need to plan for it!

Well...I love dried fruit and I love any kind of chocolate, but especially dark chocolate! This combination is perfect in DOVE® Fruit snacks. DOVE® Fruit snacks are definitely a better-for-you snack alternative than some I would have chosen in the past. It's so easy to just get so so busy with everyday life and running around, that we forget to plan ahead with food. Then when we get hungry, we are just tempted to grab and eat anything that is convenient...OR whatever is closest to you! Ha! So I really try and plan ahead more with my food. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

DIY {Easter} Jumprope Banner/Garland Tutorial

#springcrafts #crafts #banner #garland #diy #tutorial #papercrafting #jumprope #repurpose #silhouetteamerica #sihlouetteportrait #lovemysil #easter #bunnies #pennant 

It's not official yet, that is officially spring, but I took down the rest of my winter decorations this past weekend. I no longer wanted my "Let it Snow" banner up...no longer wanted more snow. haha

I turned out some music as I took everything down and danced around as I created and came up with a new more "springy" look. haha I had grabbed this cute little Easter jumprope at my local dollar store, a week or two ago, and thought it would be the perfect base to a new banner/garland for my fireplace mantle. So fun and festive!

It was a little bright, (understatement), so I decided to tone it down a bit with some pastel designer paper and some kraft colored paper. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

From This to That Friday: My Personal Story {and Transformation} with Weight Loss and Being Comfortable in My Own Skin

#fitandlean2015 #transformationtuesday #healthyandhappy #eatclean #wholefoods #healthyeating #healthyliving #freshproduce #isagenix #lovemyISA #lovemyionix #weigthloss

*All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. I did not receive any compensation for this post. I am not a health care professional (like Baymax! lol) or in the medical field, and this is not to be used or construed as medical advice to anyone. 

It's FINALLY FRIDAY FOLKS! Hooray! And today is a big day for me! Today's From this to That Friday post is a bit more personal to me, but I have felt the need to share my own story...for several reasons. 
So many people struggle with feeling comfortable in their own "skin". I have not been exempt from this myself. After birthing 5 babies over the past 15+ years, 5 C-sections, little exercise, the stress of just LIFE at times, running a business (as a mom of 5 that works from home), having a husband that has been gone at extended periods of time over the years, yada yada yada has contributed to this some I am sure. (We all have struggles and mountains to climb.), I found myself hating my "C-section belly" and my size and frustrated with my inability to lose the weight. I wasn't overly HUGE, but was not happy with how I WAS. That's a lot of it. No matter the size you are, if you are unhappy with it, it affects your daily life. And that in effect, affects those around you! (Family, friends, etc.)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DIY Outdoor Porch Sign/Wreath Post Tutorial

#DIY #tutorial #outdoor #outdoorliving #porch #signpost #wordart #entryway 
#mothersday #mothersdadygiftideas #gift #homemadegifts 
#frontentrywaydecor #createitgo #crafts #quotes #wreath #wreathtutorial

It's Thursday, do you know that means?! It's almost Friday! haha I'm always ready for a day to sleep in a bit! ;)

Well, today I'm excited to share a little tutorial with you on how I made this outdoor porch sign post that you have seen me post over the past few months. It has to be one of my favorite DIY's. And I love using it daily and being able to change it up so easily!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Easter Blast from the Past Posts

#easter #eastereggs #craftswithkids #easterdresses #sewingsimple #fun #easterbasket #familyfun #papercrafting #recip

We don't do a whole lot of Easter projects around our house. A little decorating. Easter baskets kept simple. Lessons about why we celebrate Easter...maybe a few fun snacks.

But here are a few past Easter themed posts that are on my favorite list.
And they're all pretty darn simple too!

Just use your normal Rice Crispy treat recipe and throw them in some eggs. So fun!

Last year's easter dresses. (You can find them here.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DIY Kids Crafts; Crazy Fun Pencil Toppers


Do you ever get stumped on what to do for kids' birthdays? Tired of getting the same kind of gifts? Tired or spending an arm and a leg? Well, here's a little inexpensive, fun, and EASY idea for you!

For my daughter's recent 5th birthday, we tried to think of a few homemade craft ideas that we could do for her.Often times, like to give kids craft kits as a gift, that they can do on their own, but for this one, we made it ahead of time. And she LOVED it! (...as well as my 9 year old and 3 year old daughter. Looks like we'll be making more!) haha

Keep on reading to see how to make some!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Three Easy Steps to Making Birthdays Magical and Stress Free {with a #MullerMoment Ice Cream Cone Cake Recipe}

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#memoment #recipe #birthdays #birthdaymagic #tutorial #proteinsnacks

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Happy Monday!
I don't know about you, but I am always ready for the weekend to get here. BUT then as the weekend plays out (with 5 kids and all the activities they each have), I am almost just as ready for Monday to get here and to be back in the routine of the week again and kids back to school. 
EVEN if it's a Manic Monday morning! haha

I've got the funnest new recipe and treat to share with you today using Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt

I have to tell you how much I LOVE yogurt. I'm always on the lookout for one that is a bit less in sugar than others and that fills that craving I get for a little sweet treat. AND...last week I found just that, on the grocery shelves at Wal-Mart. Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt is a new product and is a sweet treat that also has a good source of protein at 7 grams. Perfect for on-the-go OR at home! And if you want to check them out, there will be an in store demo coming up in the Rogers, AR Wal-Mart on 3/15/15, so go check them out!

So I picked up several flavors to try at home this past week. I had planned to use them as ingredients in a special treat for my kiddos, but they were disappearing from my fridge before I could even make the treat! Hmmm...you think the kids were taking them? Nope, this time it was my husband! lol Apparently he needed a #MullerMoment too! Thank goodness I bought plenty. With my daughter's birthday right around the corner, I wanted to make a fun after school/special day treat.

My daughter turned 5 last week and we had so much fun celebrating as a family, with her on her special day. I love to make my kids feel like the day is "magical" and that they are in the spotlight that day, but sometimes that can be hard to do when you have a list of to-do's that is a mile long, and everyday life gets in the way. So today, I also want to share how I am able to make their day special on their birthdays AND keep it low stress for everyone, but especially for ME (or YOU)!
 All it really takes, is a bit of thinking ahead.