Where has the time gone? I think I blinked and April is halfway over! Before we know it our kids will be on summer break! But, lets not skip ahead…I’m so excited for Easter this year! We have some fun activities planned with our church and with family. I feel like this year my kiddos are really understanding the meaning of Easter! (of course they are looking forward to the bunny too!) Although Easter is coming quickly, there is still time to plan some easy Easter fun with your family!
One of our favorite things to do every year is the Easter Egg-Citement event at Eckert’s Farm! An Easter egg hunt, meet and greet with the Easter Bunny and other activities…my favorite is holding the bunnies, chicks, and ducks! You can buy tickets ahead of time on their website!
A new tradition that we are starting this year is the resurrection eggs! This is a pre-packaged set of Easter eggs each filled with a religious figurine that helps tell the story of Jesus. There are a few sets on amazon, but if you have a local christian book store you could probably pick up a set there!
I strongly believe that making memories doesn’t need to be extravagant or expensive, simple activities like coloring together can be just as fun! I love creating these holiday themed coloring pages for my kids and you all to enjoy! Print as many as you like and share with friends, family, Sunday school classes, and anyone else that likes to color!
Since our wedding anniversary is in January and we do gifts for that, we usually go more simple for Valentine’s day. We used to go out for dinner, but ever since we had kids (and it was near impossible to go to a restaurant!) it has kind of become our tradition to get a heart shaped pizza for dinner (so I don’t have to cook!) and watch a redbox movie at home, and I love it!
I wanted a couple fun and simple things to do for Valentine’s day so I created a new coloring page! These would be a fun craft at class parties, or just to spend some time together after dinner.
Also an “i love you because…” page. I created these 4 to a page and they are the perfect size to stick in your kiddo’s (or anyone else’s) lunch box, or it would be totally cute to make a bunch and put them on their door when they wake up on Valentine’s day. I also wanted them to be big enough for kiddos to use for other family members, even the ones that can’t write yet have enough room to draw a picture!
Hey there! Christmas is just 2 weeks away! I cant believe it, the year is almost over! I am finished with my Christmas shopping and almost finished wrapping! (Go me! ) Usually I’m wrapping on Christmas Eve!
I just wanted to give you a few free printables for Christmas!
Thanksgiving is over, so now everyone is ready to get their house decorated for Christmas! (although, we have had our tree up for weeks!) I’m trying to add to our decorations a little bit every year. My kids like to remind me that my Christmas decorations are nothing compared to Grandma’s house! Lol.
This year I’m adding some home made decorations (and probably a few that I find the day after Christmas). So I thought I would give you guys a little DIY christas decorations tutorial!
This project is super easy but just takes a little bit of time. All you need is a yard of plaid fabric you like, and a wire wreath. (I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby) there are a lot of different sizes. I chose a 12” one. If you make a larger one you will need more fabric!
1. Cut your fabric into strips. I did about 2 and a half inches by 6 inches
2. Then just tie knots! I did a pattern… the two outside wires on each side.
then the two inside wires.
Then when you push them together it looks really full.
Continue that pattern until you get all the way around the wreath, then you can trim the ends so that they are all the same length.
This one I think is super fun because you can mix different textures together.
I used 3 different sizes of foam comes (purchased at Hobby Lobby). Leftover plaid fabric, furry fabric, and glitter!
I love this fur fabric….I purchased this at Joann’s a while ago….I have no idea why i bought it, but I thought it would be fun for this project.
Also at hobby lobby i found this fur on a ribbon roll that would probably work a lot easier than my huge piece of fabric.
I cut a square of the fabric and hot glued one side.
Then rolled the cone to the end, cut the excess fabric off, and got glued the edge!
The fur is super easy to work with and doesn’t need to be perfect since it’s so fluffy.
The top i just pinched together and hot glued to a point.
I did the same process for the flannel fabric. You need to be a little more precise, but no matter what you will still have a seam where it is glued. I just put that in the back when I put it on the fireplace.
Then for the top i just folded the fabric in and hot glued down.
Last, but not least, the messy/fun part….glitter! (Is it even a craft project with out glitter?)
for this one i just did a layer of modpodge and then sprinkled with glitter. Do small sections all the way around the cone.
After it dries completely i did another layer of modpodge on top so it seals it and the glitter won’t fall all over!
I think this is my favorite! I used these foam balls to make a super simple centerpice! I used all of the same supplies… glitter, flannel, and fur fabric!
the glitter i did the same as the tree, just cover with modpodge, then glitter.
Fur is easy since they are super fluffy. Cut a section of the fabric, hot glue and fold around until it is all covered and cut off the excess fabric.
Next is the plaid. For these I cut a pretty large square. Glue the ball down in the center.
glue up all 4 sides so that you have the points sticking out.
take two opposite points and tie in the middle. Then take the other two and tie. I added some hot glue on each side to hold the fabric in place!
Then I just arranged them in my glass dish with some of the red glitter balls as filler!
All together these took me about an hour and a half to finish! You don’t have to use the materials I did, there are tons of options to make them more your style. You could use garland and wrap it around the foam, different color glitter, other patterned fabric, Pom Pom’s, and so many other things! Just wander around hobby lobby and get creative!
I’m finally getting around to putting up my fall themed post. The weather FINALLY feels like fall in St. Louis, yesterday it was still in the 80’s, but today…FALL has arrived!! Although I was tying to take advantage of the extra warm temps, I was hoping we wouldn’t skip fall all together and go straight to winter! I love all of the seasons for different reasons, but i think Fall is my favorite! Give me EVERYTHING pumpkin flavor!! (last year my favorite was pumpkin pie poptarts! They were so good! but I haven’t seen them this year!) Also, my house needs to smell like I am baking a Pumpkin pie EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!! I love it!
Since this is my “fall” blog post I’m including my new coloring page I created for you!
So just click on the picture below to download and print as many as you want!
I can’t think of anything more relaxing than snuggling under a blanket by the fire place and coloring!…well, ok, maybe a quiet kid free hotel with room service and a bubble bath would also be nice, but I’ll take what I can get!
I feel like there are people that go all out on their fall decorating, but that is not me! I really wish it was….maybe someday! I love seeing peoples porches filled with pumpkins, skeletons, and other decorations! I feel like I’m always late to the party, by the time I think to decorate its almost time to take things down! ( i mean it is almost the middle of October and I’m just now putting up a fall blog post!) But slowly each year I am trying to add decorations for each holiday/season. This year I created a really cute and simple table centerpiece. All things I bought from Walmart!
I just found a couple bags of beans in the colors I liked and these cute little pumpkins that were only $1 each! I already had the glass dish at home! Super easy!
I’m also going to try making a “fall” wreath for our front door! If it turns out well I’ll share a little tutorial on here!
Like most, I enjoy the cooler temperatures after a hot summer. I think i could live in leggings and hoodies! But I think what I love most is all of the activities that take place in fall! Apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, bonfires, trick or treating,…and the list goes on!
My absolute favorite fall activity is picking pumpkins! We usually go to Eckert’s because that’s where we go to do all of our fruit picking too, But the last couple of years we have gone to Stuckmeyer’s Farm since it is about 5 minutes from our house! I love them both and I feel like you cant go wrong with either place! We haven’t gone yet this year because of being on vacation, but hopefully we will be able to go this week!
This year I thought it would be fun to create a bucket list of all the fun things we want to do this fall! I thought I would share it with you all! I have one version already filled out for you.
or I have a blank one that you can add all of your fall favorites to!
I hope you all have a little bit of fun with the free downloads I created for you, and I hope you enjoy ALL of your favorite fall activities!!
Is there really anything better than glitter shoes and Taylor Swift? Well, maybe, but they are both pretty awesome! Last week I took Alice to her first ever concert! It was so much fun! A few days before the concert we decided we needed some glitter shoes to wear, because obviously, everything is better with GLITTER! So, i started searching Pinterest and watching YouTube tutorials on how to make them. Now I will say that there are a bunch of different ways to make them, but I chose the easiest! (obviously!)
all you need for this method is
These were SO easy to do. You can easily do this to an older pair of shoes you already have but, I picked up some $5 canvas shoes from Walmart. This would also be fun on a pair of heels too!
First step is to mix glitter into some mod podge. I did 1 part glitter to 2 parts Modpodge
Next you need to tape off any part of the shoe that you do not want glitter on. I did try a few different ones. Duct tape worked well, but it left a lot of sticky residue that I had to clean off after we were finished. Painters tape wasn’t sticky enough, but I found that masking tape worked best. It stayed in place but didn’t leave any stickiness behind.
Now you need to paint on a thin layer of your modpodge/glitter mixture in sections.
While it is still wet, pour glitter on top and shake off the excess
(if you just want to add some glitter to the shoes and not be completely covered, skip the step of pouring on the glitter, you can just do thin layers of the mixture until there is the amount of glitter you want, just make sure you let them dry in between coats)
Once that is completely dry you will want to do another coat of modpodge on the top to seal them so you don’t have glitter falling off.
Let the shoes dry for 24 hours, then peel off the tape and they are ready to wear! (Unless you used duct tape like i did on one and then you have to clean off all the sticky residue! Ugh!)
They turned out super cute! I’m not sure if they will stay perfect forever, but its a super fun project and they are holding up well so far! I will say make sure you do THIN layers of the modpodge. Alice made hers by herself and her layers were pretty thick (you know, 6 year olds!) and hers are cracking some. But mine are still great!
And I’m sure you are wondering “How was the concert???”
WELL, It was AMAZING! I’m really not a big concert going person, I cant even remember the last one I went to, but I knew we had to go to this one! Alice and I both LOVE Taylor Swift and she puts on a great show! She was on stage a solid 2 hours and there were fire works, countless costume changes, huge snakes, light up bracelets, and she rode in a giant gold glitter ball to get to the smaller side stage (RIGHT IN FRONT OF US!!). She sang all of her new songs and a bunch of her old ones too!
It was so fun to see people of all ages there to enjoy the concert! I saw whole groups of grandmas, moms, and young daughters all there singing and dancing together (and men too, I’m not leaving them out! There were plenty of guys there too!) and I’m not sure if its every concert but people went all out on their outfits for the concert. I’m talking full out costumes! Super creative ones! They were awesome!
So… We sang, danced, took pictures, bought insanely expensive snacks and T-shirt’s! It was totally worth the money and I’m so glad we got to experience it together! If you get a chance to see her in concert I would for sure recommend going!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE taking new craft classes! For my birthday this year my awesome Mother-in-law (Laura) took me to a Shibori dye class. I had never even heard of it before, but when she asked me if I wanted to go, of course my answer was YES! I have to say it was so fun! We took the class at a place in St. Louis called Perennial. They offer so many different classes from wood working to sewing basics, to upcycled mosaics. Such a cute place! I mean, being surrounded by craft supplies is pretty much my dream!
What is Shibori?
Shibori is a Japanese technique of dyeing fabric using indigo dye to create a pattern, it has been around for hundreds of years. There are a few different techniques that include folding, using clamps, using rubber bands,pole wrapping, all to give you a different pattern.
Now, lets get to the fun part!
For the class everyone could bring any fabric that they wanted to dye. That was super fun because we got to see how different each project can be! I brought two pillowcases i purchased from IKEA! Laura brought some cloth napkins, and some others brought fabric scraps, and T-shirt’s!
The technique that we learned involved folding and using clamps. Our instructor showed us a few different folding options and had so many clamps, stencils, and clips to choose from to create a unique pattern.
The clamps hold the shaped stencils tightly in place to keep the dye from getting to that fabric. So, (hopefully) the areas covered by the stencil will be white, and the other parts of the fabric will be blue when you are finished!
For the class we used synthetic indigo dye. So easy to make and they sell kits you can find in craft stores and on Amazon . You need to submerge your project in the dye for a few minutes, if you want it to be darker you can take it out for a few minutes and the put it back in the dye…..and….make sure you wear GLOVES!
The coolest part (I think) is when you take it out of the dye and its a bright Yellow/green!
Then you take the clamps off and unfold to hang to dry!
The dye reacts with the air and turnes the dark traditional blue!
My patterns didn’t turn out quite like I thought they would, But I still love them!
This class was so fun! This is definitely a project you could try at home! I would suggest doing it outside because its pretty messy! I cant wait to go back to Perennial to try out another class!
This finger painting canvas is a super fun craft project you can do with your kiddos, even little ones! Bonus is they make great gifts! All you need is a canvas (the size of canvas is really up to you, but i like to go big because ther is more room) , painters tape, and paint ( I just used regular old craft paint I had around)!
The first time I did this project with Alice and Cash was when they were almost 6 months old! I still remember the tiny fingers! It was Jesse’s first Father’s Day and I wanted him to have something hand made (of course my sleep deprived brain thought that I wasn’t busy enough just taking care of two six month olds!) Since they were babies and we know babies put everything in their mouth, I found a recipe on Pinterest for Baby safe paint! Doing this by myself with two crawling babies was a mess (as you can imagine) I locked us in the bathroom so I could put them right in the bath tub! The canvas turned out really cute and we still have it hanging on the wall!
Let’s Get Started!
Now, I’m going to be real, this project became a whole lot more complicated this time around than i had intended. The reason? My children! Lol! Sometimes they are way more confident in my crafting abilities! My idea was to put their names on the canvas and then they could hang them in their rooms. They immediately said “I don’t want to do my name, I want to do something fun!” (When did they start having their own opinions??) So I said “ok, what do you want to do?”…that was the wrong question, immediately Cash said “I want a t-Rex!” Well, I’m sorry, I can not create a trex out of painters tape! ….so after a lot of negotiating, we agreed to a Minion and a bow (Alice is obsessed with JOJO and wants to be surrounded in bows!)
STEP #1: tape off your word or design. Every where you put the tape is going to be white when you are finished! Like I said, a name was going to be easy,but these took some time. These will make super cute Christmas gifts, if you like home made gifts! (Obviously I do!) you could do “I love you” or “maw maw”, etc.
*side note. If you happen to have a silhouette or something you can cut out your design with vinyl and then peel it off when you are finished! This really opens up your possibilities!
And yes that line of colors you see is ALL of the colors Alice insisted on using! The girl loves color!
STEP #2 : finger paint all over the canvas (and again, my children did not want to finger paint, so we used foam brushes) the finger painting obviously isn’t necessary, but i think its more fun!
In theory this project was designed to just be an easy 1 color paint it all and be finished, but….
STEP #3: after all of your paint is dry you just peel off the tape and you are finished!
For Cash’s minion we added some things after we took off the tape. You obviously have need the minion goggles and hair!
What is great about this project is you can make it as easy or complex as you want! Ours took a whole lot longer than i thought, but they had so much fun, and loved what they created!
So, I love the look of photo canvases, but to be real honest, I’m also super cheap! The only real photo canvas I own, was a mother’s day present from my first Mother’s Day (Which I think is my all time favorite gift). I also like to switch out pictures I have hanging on the walls with new ones (since I make my family take new family pictures every year!) so I can’t see spending that much on something I will replace in a year!
This is a super easy way to make your own photo canvas, and its so cheap you can change them out whenever you want! My friend Mandi (she is awesome!) taught me how to do this a few years ago and I made these two big canvases that I still love!
All you need for this project is your photo, canvas, black paint, modge podge, and foam brushes! I’m using an 8×10 photo and canvas in this project. (if you are doing a large canvas you can usually get “poster size” prints from walmart, sams, etc. for pretty cheap)
If your photo is the exact same size as your canvas you will want to trim a little off the edges so that the picture isn’t right at the edge. If you leave your photo right at the edge, it might start to raise off after a while.
Now that you have it the size you want you will want to put a thin layer of modge podge on the top of the canvas where the picture will go. After you have covered the whole thing you can set your picture on top and let it dry.
Next, you need to take your black paint and paint along all of the edges. You want to make sure all of the white on the canvas is covered.
Next you can use the edge of your foam brush to “feather” around the edges. I like to go on to the picture some so that it makes it look more blended, like the picture is part of the canvas. It’s up to you how far you take the black into your picture. I usually do about a half an inch.
You need to make sure all of the black paint is dry before you move to the next step. If any of it is still wet, it will get smeared on the picture in the next step.
Finally, you are going to do a thin layer of modge podge all over it. I use the matte version since I don’t want there to be glare on it when it is hanging on the wall. This will leave a texture on the picture once it has dried. So you need to keep that in mind when you are applying it. You do not want to have any clumps on it. This one i did smooth lines vertically on the picture.
It should look like this when you are finished….I know what you are thinking…this can’t possible turn out right, but trust me!
Now you just wait for it to dry….. and voila! You made your own photo canvas!!!
Super easy, right?!?!? Now go print some pictures and get crafty!
This summer in St. Louis has been hot! (I know that may seem like a silly statement) and maybe I’m crazy, but I feel like it has been way hotter than usual. As soon as I walk out the door I immediately start sweating. Not pleasant. I feel like I either need to be in a pool, or in the air conditioning.
Although I do love the water park/ pool, sometimes we need to be inside. So, one of our favorite indoor craft projects is SLIME! It’s so easy and fast, and then the kids are entertained for a good chunk of time playing with it. I don’t know about you all, but we have tries a gazillion different slime recipes, so I’m sharing what we have found that works. We don’t like the slime to be super sticky and stick to your hands, but we also don’t want it hard to where it barely stretches….we are very picky slime people.
Our recipe is super simple
1 tube of Elmers glitter glue
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 TBSP contact solution
thats it! So easy!
First empty the glitter glue into the bowl
Then, add the 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the glue and mix together!
Then add the 1TBSP of contact solution. We add half, mix it together, and then the other half. I feel like it helps it mix better that way. BAM you are finished!
( Now if you like your slime to be more sticky, then add less contact solution. If you like it more like putty consistency, then add a little bit more contact solution)
I have also seen people adding these styrofoam balls to their slime to make it more like FLOAM (from back in the day, when I was little) so I picked up a bag from hobby lobby, and we LOVED it!
We added them in before we added the baking soda and contact solution….it can be added after, but its harder to get be mixed in.
But it turned out really cool and the kids liked it!
And then about 2 seconds after this Cash knocked over the bag of styrofoam balls and it took me about a million years to get them all cleaned up! 🙂
Our other go-to indoor activity is coloring! I feel like it calms them down when things are getting a little too crazy. We color A-LOT, and gel pens are our favorite to use! Hubby picked up this set of 100 gel pens for us. They are on this cool spinning caddy that is fun, but I also feel the need to put all the colors back in the right spots when we are done. He purchased them from ROSS, but I see them often at COSTCO and SAMS CLUB! So I created a fun little SUMMER coloring page as a free download for you all!I hope you and your kiddos enjoy it!