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A Modern Front Door Makeover

Before and After

Painting my front door has been on my to do list for almost seven years now, but it was one of those projects that kept getting pushed aside for more pressing issues. Day in and day out, I'd see this door color and cringe. In seven years, I have hung up exactly one wreath (for Simon's cowboy party … Read More...

Fall Bucket List Printable & MEGA Cash Giveaway!

Colorful autumn maple leaves

When I was younger, autumn was my least favorite season. I hated the way the leaves dried up and fell from the trees, how the days turned dark so quickly, and the fact that I couldn't go swimming anymore. Things certainly changed as I grew up though! Now I eagerly look forward to the crisp days of … Read More...

Managing Morning Chaos with IKEA First :59

Alarm Clock

Oh, how I wish that photo above was my family having a peaceful and idyllic breakfast in the morning. In reality, our house looks the complete opposite of this each morning - it's chaos! My alarm clock starts blaring, and I generally hit the snooze bar. I can't help it - I'm soooo not a morning … Read More...

DIY Personalized Superhero Cape from a T-Shirt

Superhero Party with Personalized Capes

Simon's superhero birthday party was a huge success, and some of my favorite features were the custom party favors for the guests. These DIY superhero capes made a big impression, but they were super simple to make - all it took was a few t-shirts and some heat transfer vinyl!  I started with a … Read More...

Inspire Me Wednesday Link Party #38

inspire-me-wednesday

Welcome to Inspire Me Wednesday, a weekly link party where you can show off all of your crafts, DIY projects, recipes and creative ideas. I can’t wait to see all the awesome things that you’ve been working on! Last week’s party was FULL of tons of creative ideas and inspiration! A huge thank you … Read More...

Healthy Lunch Options with Hillshire Farm Naturals

Making a Delicious Lunch with Hillshire Farm Naturals Slow Roasted Turkey

When I was a kid, lunchtime was always the same old boring routine, and I promised myself that I would have more interesting and healthy lunch options for my own kids. Back in those days I wasn't concerned about which brands of food went into my body - turkey is turkey, and turkey is healthy, right? … Read More...

10-Minute Gift Idea: DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap

Last winter I knocked your socks off with my quick and easy DIY peppermint soap that you can whip up in under 10 minutes (it makes a perfect holiday gift idea for friends and neighbors!), and this year I thought I'd try my hand at making a DIY pumpkin spice soap for fall...and it turned out even … Read More...

20 Fabric Projects for the Silhouette Machine + New Promotions!

20 Fabric Projects for the Silhouette Machine

There are so many wonderful projects that you can create with a Silhouette cutting machine, and one of my favorite features of my machine is its ability to cut fabric. A few years ago, I would spend hours with teeny tiny scissors trying to cut detailed fabric appliques, and now I just have to turn … Read More...

Sugar-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Recipe with Real California Raisins

Once school has been completed for the day, my boys only have one thing on their mind - SNACKING! Lately they've been requesting toast and fruit, so I decided to combine the two into a nutritious cinnamon raisin bread that's perfect for after school snack time. This recipe is meant to be baked in … Read More...

Inspire Me Wednesday #37

inspire-me-wednesday

Welcome to Inspire Me Wednesday, a weekly link party where you can show off all of your crafts, DIY projects, recipes and creative ideas. I can’t wait to see all the awesome things that you’ve been working on! Last week’s party was FULL of tons of creative ideas and inspiration! A huge thank you … Read More...

My Top 10 Homeschool Essentials

Top 10 Homeschool Essentials

One of the questions that I receive the most about homeschooling is, "What do we really need in order to homeschool?" I put together a list of my Top 10 Homeschooling Essentials that you might find handy, but  your necessities may vary depending on your family, the number of children that you are … Read More...

Quick & Easy Felt Garlands with Sizzix

Felt Star Garland Banner for Superhero Party

Simon is turning four this weekend, and to celebrate we threw him an epic superhero party (full party post coming soon!). All of the party decorations were simple and inexpensive DIY projects that only took a little bit of time to complete. One of my favorites is this awesome felt star garland that … Read More...

Inspire Me Wednesday Link Party #36

DIY Pallet Console Table

Welcome to Inspire Me Wednesday, a weekly link party where you can show off all of your crafts, DIY projects, recipes and creative ideas. I can’t wait to see all the awesome things that you’ve been working on! Last week’s party was FULL of tons of creative ideas and inspiration! A huge thank you … Read More...

Kids Art: Mosaic Animals & Collage

Elmer's Early Learners Lunchbox of Crafting Supplies

Our friends at Elmer's recently sent us an adorable vintage-style metal lunchbox filled with all the supplies needed to create a mosaic animal collage art project, and my youngest son couldn't wait to dive into it! Simon was beyond excited for what he calls "Making Time" (that's arts & crafts … Read More...

Become a Master Builder with LEGO® JUNIORS

LEGO Juniors

It's no secret that we are a LEGO loving household, and lately one of my biggest challenges has been keeping Simon, my almost-4-year-old, out of his big brothers LEGO stash. It's not that he isn't careful or that he will break things, but that he wants nothing more than free reign to be as creative … Read More...

Tutorial: Make Your Own DIY Capri Sun Apron

Make Your Own Recycled Capri Sun Pouch Apron

I created this upcycled apron using recycled Capri Sun pouches as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CapriSunMomFactor This apron made from recycled Capri Sun drink pouches is fun for kids of all ages! It's a fast and easy project that's perfect for beginners. What You'll … Read More...