How to Make Washi Tape Bookmarks

Have you ever been in the middle of a good book and need to mark your place when you set it down?  Maybe the phone rings and you can't ignore it again.  Maybe it's time to pick up the kids at school but you're going to bring your book to read in the carpool line.  Of course, you can't find a bookmark so you end up sticking weird things in the book to mark your place.  Maybe a paper coaster or an expired coupon that you meant to throw away.  They get the job done but are certainly not the prettiest way to mark your spot.  You could always turn … [Read more...]

How to Make a Duct Tape Hair Bow

Tonight I am taking my daughter to the One Direction concert here in Atlanta.  She is beyond excited to be spending the evening listing to One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer at a live concert with several of her friends.  I am thinking I may need to bring some ear plugs with me along with my camera!  This is her first concert and she is decking herself out in One Direction 'stuff'.  I bought her a Tshirt to wear, which she loves.  She is also sporting One Direction socks, and a One Direction bracelet and even One Direction perfume.  Can you … [Read more...]

How to Make a Car Air Freshener

I drive a very old vehicle.  In fact, I drive a 14 year old pickup truck that I am praying will last a couple more years so my teenage son can learn to drive on it.  My truck is not exactly pristine, although I try to keep it as clean as possible.  The biggest thing I don't like about it is the smell some days.  It just smells a bit musty and OLD.  Especially on rainy days!  In order to combat the smell of old car, I like to put a car air freshener in it occasionally but find that I usually don't care for the smell.  They are often a bit … [Read more...]

Four Easy Salt Dough Crafts

Last year my daughter was given a school project that, of course, needed parental assistance.  Her job was to make a model of the ocean flour using salt dough.  Honestly, I had never worked with salt dough before and was a little intimidated.  I am not usually the most crafty of individuals.  I usually end up with glue gun burns and paint in my hair!  But, I was really amazed at how easy salt dough was to make AND how incredibly easy it was to mold into the shape of an ocean floor!  A little bit if paint and some plastic sea creatures and she … [Read more...]

Easy Fall Craft: Tin Can Pumpkins!

Fall is almost here!  Despite the God awful heat and humidity we have been experiencing here in Georgia this week the calender says fall is on the way.  I am starting to see leaves drop off from the trees and it is darker in the evenings earlier that it was last month.  Soon we will have crisp, cool mornings and piles of leaves in the yard to rake up.  Okay, that part of fall I am not looking forward to! I decided to try my hand at an easy fall craft and turn some leftover tin cans into decorative pumpkins to adorn my table. I … [Read more...]

Remember Birthdays with a DIY Birthday Calendar and Hallmark #ValueCards

This post about how to remember birthdays  and the Hallmark Value Cards has been sponsored. I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.Many years ago I had only a few key birthdays I needed to remember.  My parents, my sister, my grandmother....all were fairly well ingrained in my head and people got cards and gifts for each special occasion.  As the years have gone by (and I got married) I have acquired … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Ice Packs

As I get older I find that I suffer from more and more aches and pains.  Of course, it would probably help if I stopped doing things like Taekwondo and leaping through 3 foot waves with my children.  But I don't WANT to stop being active so I have learned to deal with middle aged injuries with Ibuprofen and ice packs.  Of course, this means I go through an awful lot of ice packs during any given weeks.  And now my husband is starting to feel a few aches and pains as well and the result is that we are always fighting over the one ice pack that … [Read more...]

Summer Activities for Kids: Create a Toyrarium #MiracleGroProject

This Summer Activities for Kids article is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.Well, today is my kid's last day of school and then we have 2 1/2 months of unstructured summer fun.  Oh, sure, they have a few camps and a family vacation to look forward to but there will be endless hours of free time as well.  During that free time, I will hear an unending stream of 'I'm bored', 'there's nothing to do' and from my son 'I'm hungry!'.  So, what is a mom supposed to do when here kids … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Craft: Make a Mushroom Fairy Circle

When my daughter was younger she was obsessed with fairies.  She watched Tinkerbell, read fairy books and even made a tiny fairy bed to keep on her nightstand in case the fairies wanted to come visit her at night.  I guess she was hoping they would get tired and decide to take a nap with her! This easy spring craft is a great way to use up all those empty toilet paper rolls I know you are stashing in your art closet.  You can find decorative muffin papers at most craft stores and other than a bit of paint, that is all you really need.  In real … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Crafts: Egg Shell Candles

My family buys their eggs from a small, local farmer and come spring, the chickens are laying a LOT of eggs!  Eggs are a great way to get more protein without actually increasing your meat consumption.  However, what do you do with all the eggshells that are left over after breakfast?  I will frequently use them in the garden to deter slugs or just toss them in the compost bin but there are a lot of creative ways to use them to decorate your house.  Making Egg Shell Candles is one of the easy Easter crafts that I enjoy because it is also a … [Read more...]