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...]

Upcycled Dog Treats Jar to Keep Fido’s Treats Fresh!

Up until now, I have been keeping the dog's treats in the box they come from the pet store in.  It rarely closes properly and her chewy treats end up crunchy very quickly. This week I decided to make an upcycled dog treats jar to keep her treats a bit more fresh.  Not that SHE is all that picky.  This is the dog that likes to eat bunny poop and drink out of the toilet.  But, since I love the often annoying little canine that rules this house, I think she deserves fresh dog treats!  So, if you have an empty jar or two lying around, try making an … [Read more...]

How to Make Bottle Cap Magnet Lady Bugs

Spring is almost here and it is the perfect time to get crafty and learn how to make bottle cap magnets! Have you ever bought craft supplies on Amazon because they were wicked cheap but you had to buy like 4 million of that item?  I decided to make bottle cap magnet lady bugs because what the heck else was I going to do with several pounds worth of tiny circular magnets?  Seriously!  I bought them for a project, used 3 and now am left with so many magnets I don't have a clue how to start using them all up!  Since spring is coming and I am a … [Read more...]

Easy Upcycled Scrapbook Makes Box Top Collecting Easy!

This upcycled scrapbook craft is part of a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.During the course of my very chaotic day, I have a tendency to lose things.  No matter how hard I try to keep track of STUFF, it ends up missing more often than not.  My husband wonders why I never answer my cell phone.  Most likely because I have left it in a bathroom and can't hear it when it rings.  My glasses have gone missing repeatedly...usually to be found after minutes of searching sitting … [Read more...]

Orange and Ginger Simmering Spices

Remember right before Christmas when you were baking all those luscious cookies and candy?  Remember how warm and inviting your house smelled?  The aroma of cinnamon and cloves that wafted up from the oven as your pumpkin pie or snicker-doodles baked inside?  I love that smell.  There is something so cozy about a house that smells like something delicious has just come out of the oven.  Of course, if I want to fit in my pants, the holiday baking has to come to an end eventually! Never fear though....your house can still smell good! With these … [Read more...]

Frugal Christmas Centerpiece Idea for Your Holiday Table

I enjoy decorating my house for the holidays but I really don't like to spend a lot of extra money on decorations that will only be used once a year.  My money is much better spent on things other than blow up snowmen or plastic nick knacks. Despite my lack of desire to spend money in the Target holiday isles, I do like having the house decorated for the holidays.  I try to find ways to decorate the house that are inexpensive yet still attractive. I usually go with scented candles, baskets of pine cones and a few Christmas crafts from the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]