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Paint Chip Jack-O-Lanterns

I am a big fan of activities for my kids that take very little preparation and can occupy them for a very long time! I usually enjoy spending time with my kids, but sometimes I have to get stuff done! On a recent trip to Lowe’s (where I actually did buy some paint) we grabbed some paint samples. I had a plan in mind, but my 4yo thought that these paint chip samples were some…

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Fall Scented Playdough

Playdough is a special activity in our house. It can make quite a mess and I still have some crunchy spots in the carpet from about 10 years ago. We still get it out sometimes; however, I have to supervise and they are supposed to keep it on placemats at the dining room table.  The beauty of restricting playdough so much is that when I do get it out, they are occupied for a very…

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Felt Deer Mask

The clock is ticking, but I haven’t started any Halloween costumes yet. I need to get the kids to make final decisions and lock them in soon. Instead, I am still blogging about the last-minute costumes I made last year! This is actually my favorite of the costumes. My daughter wanted to be a deer. She just wore brown leggings and a brown sweater with a furry scarf and leg warmers, plus black flats for…

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Let kids paint cute, little bug rocks to decorate the flower garden! Continue reading...

Painted Bug Rocks

How is your summer vacation going? Ours is going OK. Some days are better than others. Some days we have a lot of fun, but some days I am at my wits end because they are fighting and making messes all of the time. Some days I can’t believe how productive I have been around here, but most days the house seems completely trashed. Some days we do fun things and some days they binge…

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Mod Podge Toy Doghouse

My parents have a great tradition with the grandchildren. When they reach a certain age, they are treated to a birthday dinner out/shopping spree/sleepover. My kids really enjoy it. They love having some one on one time with them and getting a break from their siblings! Last year, my dad helped my 9yo build a toy doghouse for some stuffed animals she chose on her shopping spree. She brought it home to have me help…

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Use masking tapes to paint stripes on a wood frame! Continue reading...

July 4th Home Decor

I do seasonal decorating around here. I am sort of undecided about home decor ideas- most things I really want to do require major renovations and a large budget. Instead, I do some smaller things to try to brighten things up around here. Seasonal decor fits in well with my “undecided look.” I leave my patriotic decor up from late May to early September; it covers Memorial Day to July 4th. Then comes fall, which seems too…

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Washi Tape Organization

My daughter has decided that she hates blogging today, so I am going to finish the post for her. It is all about getting organized with washi tape. Washi tape can help to get things organized in a fun, cute way. My mom made her own tabs in journals to create sections by folding a little washi tape on the edge of the page. My mom also uses washi tape in her planner, and I use…

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Washi Tape Fun

(Washi Week 2017 is a blog series by Halley, my 13yo daughter.) Hello there! Welcome to day three of washi week, and today’s topic, washi tape fun!  I apologize that this is a day late a storm knocked out our internet:( There are so many fun things to do with washi tape. It doesn’t have to serve a purpose. As long as it’s cute, it is worth making! These are American Girl doll-sized folders and…

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