Make these Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments with Mason Jar Lids!

I have some friends whose Christmas trees look like they belong in a magazine.  If that's your thing, more power to you...however I prefer my messy, cluttered tree filled with macaroni angles and children's handprint ornaments!  Over the years, we have made a ton of easy handmade Christmas ornaments. I have unique ornaments on my tree from their days in preschool.  I even have Christmas ornaments on there from when *I* was a kid!  Since my kids aren't getting too crafty anymore now that they are teens, I decided to make a few tree memories of … [Read more...]

3 Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas that Take Less Than 5 Minutes to Make!

One of the drawbacks to living far away from family is that our holidays are rather quiet affairs.  Every other year or so family or friends come to visit but this year it will just be my husband and I and the kids.  However, that doesn't mean I don't want the holidays to be special!  These Christmas candle decorating ideas are inexpensive and easy to put together.  That means I get plenty of holiday spirit without going broke or stressing out about fancy centerpieces!  If you find yourself without guests this holiday season, don't skimp on the … [Read more...]

DIY Dog Treat Cookie Jar and Healthy Natural Dog Treats from Wellness

This DIY dog treat cookie jar and healthy natural dog treats discussion has been sponsored by Wellness.  All opinions expressed here are my own.Halloween is almost here and that means there will be plenty of treats to be enjoyed.  From pumpkin pie to pumpkin ginger snaps, everyone in my house enjoys treats occasionally, even my dog.  Of course, sweets are definitely NOT good for dogs!  Know what else isn't good for dogs?  A lot of the stuff you find in many brands of dog treats. I have used Wellness brand products for my dog for years. I … [Read more...]

DIY Desk Organization Idea that is Creative and Inexpensive!

This DIY desk organization idea has been sponsored by Westcott Brand and Role Mommy but all opinions expressed here are my own.Do you have any idea how many times I have heard the phrase 'I can't find a pen' in my house?  Seriously.  Where do they all GO?  Well, I am hoping that this DIY desk organization idea will help my family keep pens, pencils, and glue sticks front and center from now on. What I really love about this desk organizer is that it is easy to make and incredibly inexpensive.  And, of course, it finds a great new use for … [Read more...]

26 Beach Themed Crafts to Celebrate the Ocean in a Decorative Way!

Do you love spending time at the shore?  Do you line your pockets with seashells and take millions of photos of ocean sunsets?  If you are drawn to the smell of salt water and the sound of crashing waves, these beach themed crafts will be a huge hit!!Beach Themed Crafts When I was growing up, I lived right on Long Island Sound.  I regularly went to the beach after dinner with my mom to walk on the sand and look for sea glass.  I ended up with bowls of shells, smooth stones, and some wonderful memories.  If you will be at the beach this … [Read more...]

How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating

Easter is fast approaching and Easter egg decorating is on many of our 'to do' lists this month.  If you are tired of buying plastic eggs or want to save your 'real' eggs from year to year, you need to learn how to blow out an egg for decorating.  We have attempted this project several times and have learned a few key tips over the years that I thought I would share with you.  If you really want to have fun with this, hand the eggs to your kids and then grab the camera.  There are some seriously fun Easter memories to be made by blowing out … [Read more...]

Easy Thankful Tree Craft to Remember What Matters Most

Well, the chaotic presidential election of 2016 is over and I must admit that I am not all that pleased with the results.  I find myself getting caught up with the anger and frustration that many Americans have felt these past several months.  As a result, I wanted a reminder of the things that are truly important in life. This thankful tree craft is my way of reminding myself that no matter who sits in the White House, I still have a lot of things to be thankful for.With Thanksgiving coming in a few weeks, I am reminded of our yearly … [Read more...]

Easy Bottle Cap Pumpkin Craft is Awesome Fun for Everyone!

My husband is a bit of a beer snob and rarely drinks a beer that comes from a can. That means I had more than enough bottle caps to make this bottle cap pumpkin craft! When we first moved to this house 10 years ago, we installed a bottle cap remover on the wall in the garage.  We placed a box under it to catch all the caps that popped off. After 10 years, we have accumulated a whole bunch of bottle caps!  I have been trying my hand at a few bottle cap crafts over the last year and honestly, even very uncrafty ME can turn a bottle cap into a … [Read more...]

Easy Bat Craft Project for Kids Makes Upcycling Fun!

This easy bat craft project for kids makes upcycling fun!  Crafting is a great way to spend a chilly, October afternoon.  With Halloween quickly approaching, getting into the spooky spirit of the holiday is a fun activity to keep kids busy.  Crafting is always a lot more eco-friendly when you can take things you find around your home and turn them into something new.  Not to mention the money you save on expensive 'craft kits' sold at a lot of specialty stores! This creepy little egg carton bat is a fun upcycled craft for Halloween.  You will … [Read more...]

Lemon and Thyme Gardener Hand Scrub Recipe

This gardener hand scrub recipe will help any gardener tackle the hand mess that happens while playing in the dirt. While there are a lot of things I love about Georgia, the red clay soil is NOT one of them.  Sweet tea is awesome.  Peaches are delicious. Red clay soil stains socks, gets tracked in on dog paws and leaves your hands a mess after you go outside to pull up weeds from the garden!  I decided to tackle the Georgia clay with a homemade hand scrub recipe and since I had a ton of fresh herbs, I went with a lemon and thyme … [Read more...]