Sizzlin’ Summer Giveaways, Hooray!

by Marie June 27, 2013
Staples Laptop

Our summer is already off to a sizzlin’ start! And we’ve got a few fun items to giveaway, helping keep your summer hot to trot! See below for details and giveaway entries. Good luck and Happy Summer! Toshiba Laptop from Staples – Yes, we’re starting the giveaway our right with the perfect laptop for summer, […]

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Creating a Family Home Office + Giveaway

by Marie June 26, 2013
Small home office space

We’ve recently moved into a darling cozy little house. But with this darling cozy little house, we’ve had to get creative with our storage, finding space for everything. We had this nook next to the kitchen and decided to turn it into an office space, a place for me to work and the kids to play, […]

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Summer Drink: Strawberry Lemonade

by Kristin June 25, 2013
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With summer in full swing and barbecue weather upon us, my grill has been getting quite the workout. Even so, the ultimate barbecuing holiday is only a week away, and I can already smell the scent of burgers and corn on the cob wafting through the neighborhood. Though I have yet to start planning the […]

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Print Your Own Criss-Cross Pillow Cover

by Caroline Urdaneta June 24, 2013
print your own pillow cover

Last month I shared with you a really easy way to make a diamond patterned tablecloth. Today, I’m sharing with you another fabric printing idea that has the potential to transform the look of any room. The best way to inexpensively change the feeling of any space is by changing your throw pillows. Or, as […]

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Refreshing Clean & Green Drinking

by Sabrena June 20, 2013
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Tomorrow’s Summer Solstice! That means the longest day of the year is finally here. How fitting that this month’s challenge can be a month, week, or even a day in length (might I suggest  starting tomorrow – what with all the extra time we’ll have to fill up, and all – wink, wink. ) It’s […]

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12 Simple Activities for Traveling with Kids

by Marie June 19, 2013
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We are well into the summer season and with it comes travel. My kids are out of school and it’s time to take a few trips. Whether it’s a road trip, by car or by plane, you might need a thing or two to keep the kids busy as you go. I’ve come up with […]

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4 Childrens’ Book Illustrator Websites Worth Checking Out

by Amy June 17, 2013
Seussville website

We love picture books! Even though my girls can read big, fat chapter books now, there is still something magical about a silly or sweet story paired with the perfect illustrations. My girls often use picture books as inspiration for their own drawings, so lately we’ve been surfing the web to check out some of […]

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9 Last Minute Father’s Day Crafts for Kids

by Marie June 14, 2013
Fathers Day Crafts for Kids

What better gift for dad than something homemade from the heart. Kids will love to craft up a silly snake tie, a monster bookmark, or even some family fridge magnets! Here are 9 fabulous Father’s Day crafts to make this weekend, just in time for Sunday! Make a Snake Tie Sock Puppet Golf Covers Father’s […]

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Getting Ready for Backyard Parties and Summer Entertaining

by Marie June 13, 2013
Backyard Parties and Summer Entertaining

We’re fairly new to our neighborhood, we just moved to a new house this year, and we’re still getting to know a lot of our neighbors. In the past, I’ve found a great way to make connections in a new area is to host a party. So I partnered up with Lowes to create a […]

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Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Jam

by Kristin June 12, 2013
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Rhubarb is one of those vegetables that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Drowned out by other flavors in desserts, such as strawberries and cream cheese, rhubarb rarely gets the opportunity to shine on its own. When I first encountered rhubarb a few years ago, I made a simple jam so I could discover exactly […]

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Involving Kids in the Laundry Routine

by Marie June 11, 2013
Folding Laundry

With our laundry there is a routine, as with most households. There’s usually a constant flow of clothing to wash, dry, and fold. Most weeks, laundry is done out of necessity, empty drawers and no clothes to wear. But I try to catch it before it gets to full. To help with that, I try […]

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Celebrate Dad with a Fun DIY Spinner Card

by Amy June 10, 2013
Father's Day Spinner Card

We don’t usually give big gifts for Father’s Day, but we do like to celebrate Dad with a day of relaxation and yummy goodies. This year, Dad will get to spin for special treats throughout the day with our homemade Father’s Day spinner card. My girls are so excited to give this to their Dad […]

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Crocheted Whales, Oh Yes!

by Marie June 6, 2013
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You have to know I’ve gotten majorly into crocheting by now. So when I spotted these super cute crocheted whales appliqués from Jenny and Teddy at the Make and Takes Spotlight, I knew I had to give them a go! More crochet happy links below: For the love of the granny square Simple Scarf Crochet […]

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3 Easy Ways to Sneak Math into Snack Time

by Amy June 5, 2013
Counting money with a snack bar

Are your kids on summer break yet? We want to keep those little brains learning and growing, even during the lazy days of summer. Numbers and food go hand-in-hand perfectly and, with very little extra prep, your kids can be working their brains while they eat. Here are three fun and simple ways to play […]

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Patching Up My Granny Square Blanket

by Marie June 4, 2013
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You guys!! I’m so excited to share my finished granny square blanket with you. It’s been such a fun project to complete. I am so happy to partner on this project with Lion Brand Yarn. Me and Vanna go way back ;) It was a perfect match up! I’ve talked about crocheting granny squares before, but […]

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Father’s Day Fridge Magnets

by Caroline Urdaneta June 3, 2013
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Father’s Day is approaching and I have a fun (and super easy) idea for the kids to make for Dad: Family Magnets! To make this craft, kids simply select a picture of themselves, cut it out and laminate it (or use packing tape, like we did) then surprise Dad on Father’s Day. There are endless […]

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DIY Captain America Super Hero Shield

by Marie May 31, 2013
captain america shield

Help your little super hero get ready to save the world with this DIY Captain America shield tutorial from Tales Of The Scotts I found at the M&T Spotlight. More Kid’s Crafts Here: Silly Shape Drawing Game Marshmallows and Toothpicks Scrap Busting Friendship Trees *Submit your post to the M&T Spotlight for a chance to be featured […]

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This Healthy Chicken Curry Salad Sounds SO Yummy!

by Marie May 30, 2013
chicken curry salad

I’m not one to trade flavor for low-fat, but with this curried chicken salad from Cookin’ Canuck I found at the Make and Takes Spotlight, I don’t think I have to. Can’t wait to give it a go! More Yum Fun In The Kitchen Below: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie-Kid Friendly! Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetable […]

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Crochet Watermelon Coasters for Summer Sippin’

by Marie May 29, 2013
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Watermelon is a big hit at potlucks and parties for summer. I thought it might be fun to crochet a few watermelon coasters to add to the summer mix and use as we sip on our lemonade. Supplies for Crocheted Watermelon Coasters: red yarn cream yarn green yarn crochet hook size H scissors yarn needle […]

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DIY Diamond Patterned Tablecloth

by Caroline Urdaneta May 28, 2013
diamond tablecloth

This weekend I got the itch to do a little Spring Cleaning and along the way, I crossed a few DIY projects off of my list. One project, to make my own Diamond Patterned Tablecloth, was so easy that I was able to finish it in under 30 minutes. An older white linen tablecloth that […]

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