Sunday, February 1, 2015

!0 reasons why you should have a weekly date night

Jeannine has written a great post on 10 reason why she has a weekly date night (and you should too)!  Since it is February and Valentines day is coming up this is a great reminder for us all!  It is so important to keep our relationship with our spouse a top priority!  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Totally Easy Stuffed Dog House DIY! {#streamteam}

Thank you to Netflix for sponsoring this post! 
My kids are dog lovers.  They love it when we see a dog when we are out and about.  My 1.5 year old L-O-V-E-S puppies.  When we went trick-or-treating for Halloween, he did not even care about the candy, he was looking for a puppy at the door.  But with three young kids, I don't have time for a real dog, so stuffed puppies is what we get at our house.  
My kids love to play with their stuffed puppies, they take them on walks, carry them around, feed them.  So, it was time for them to have their own home.  

This so simple, anyone can do it! 
1. Gather supplies: Gift bag, scrape cardboard, markers, tape (Washi and clear) and scissors.
2. Cut out a dog house door shape out of the side of the bag.
3. To give the bag structure,  cut out 3 rectangles the size of the bottom of the bag. One is for the bottom of the bag and 2 are for the sides. 

4. Use your door shape you cut out from the bag as a template on one of the cardboard pieces (this will go on the door side)
5. Tape the cardboard pieces to the bag, one on the bottom and on on each side.  If needed you can trim the side pieces shorter to fit your bag.  You want to be able to still close the bag with the cardboard sides in it. 
6. Use tape to secure the cardboard door.  I used my clear tape first and then covered with the washi tape for a more decorative look. 
7. Using your tape and markers decorate the sides of the house. 
8. Add a name plate at the door.
9. Tape the top closed.
Add your puppy and you are set! 

My kids also love to watch shows about dogs and animals!  We love having Netflix since their are no commercials and it is easy to stream on any device! 

Here are some of our favorites this month: 
4. Annie*

*This was one of my favorite movies growing up and it was SO FUN to watch it again with my kids!  

*Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream team.  However all opinions are 100% honest! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Inspirational Clothes Pin (DIY)

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.
 Who wants to be inspired this year?  Here is an easy way to add some inspiration to the house (or a gift)!  I used some Spring Wood Surfaces (found at Michaels) to create these beautiful clothes pins that will be the perfect for your decor, kitchen magnets or as gift tags.  Here is what you will need to do: 

1. Gather Supplies: Paint, Spring Wood Surfaces, Paint brushes and wooden clothes pins, and Hot Glue (not pictured)
2. Paint your Spring Wood Surfaces and let dry.
3. Paint your Clothes pins and let dry.
4. (optional) Add some dimension by dry brushing with a contrasting color.  Simply put a little bit of paint on a dry brush and lightly brush on top, letting the bottom color show through. 

5. Hot Glue the Spring Wood Surface to the clothes pin.  

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Monday, December 29, 2014

15 kid-friendly New Year's Eve Ideas (#streamteam)

Thank you to Netflix for sponsoring this post! 
Are you getting ready for New Years Eve At your house?  Here are 15 great ideas to ring in 2015 with your kids!

Count Down with King Julien - It can be done anytime! 
Is it 8 PM and you want you your kids down for the night.  No problem- No one parties like King Julien!  Play this video and it can be midnight anytime of night! 

We have been loving watching all of our favorite Christmas movies and shows on Netflix this month!  And my kids also love the new All Hail King Julien series only on Netflix

*Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream team.  However all opinions are 100% honest! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Messy Christmas

Merry Christmas.  It's the most wonderful time of the year.  It is supposed to be filled with magic and wonder.  We look at our nativity scenes, with a clean put-together Mary, Joseph and Jesus with their halos in the clean stable with the animals calmly looking on.  We sing "Silent night... all is calm, all is bright".  It's seems like it is supposed to be clean. 
But I don't think that it is.  The Christmas season is the most stressful time for me.  Dealing with extended family, trying to find the perfect gift for the kids, stretching our budget, rushing around to the next holiday event, trying to get everything right... where is the merry?  Why do I find myself crying all the time?  Isn’t it supposed to be joyful? 

The Merry Christmas - the "clean" Christmas is not how Jesus arrived.  I doubt it was a "silent night" or calm when Jesus was born.  I mean poor Mary had just traveled across country on a donkey 9 months pregnant, to have her baby in a barn.  Do you think she was calm? And Joseph, poor guy had to deliver this baby (that was not his) in a dirty place filled with animals.  I doubt he was thinking "This will make a great scene someday with action figures of us".  I think that they were both probably pretty stressed out!  

But that is the great thing about Jesus.  He didn't come into our world on a perfect, calm, silent night.  He came into our world in a messy stable.  With real people as his parents, with real life a king trying to kill him.  It was stressful.  Can you imagine being Mary, having her first baby be the Son of God?!?  That is a lot of pressure for a first time mom.  It's so easy to look at "nativity scene" Mary with her calm smile and think she had it all together, but I think she was real.  I am sure she spent a time or two crying because she didn't know what to do.  

But still we can find joy in the messy.  I put so much pressure on myself to have a Merry Christmas, to make it magical, that I can miss the little things.  Like my 4 year old telling the Christmas story to the 1 year old using the Fisher Price "Christmas People".  Like my 6 year old learning that Christmas is about giving and not getting, and giving his sister half his cookie when she didn't get one at the party.  Like the time we spend as a little family under our fort reading the Advent story.  Little things like that make the season truly joyful.   Mary had dirty shepherds come and visit and she treasured it in her heart.  They were probably not the guests that one would expect, but she found joy in the messy...and so can we.  

So it is OK that it is not a clean and Merry Christmas.  It's Ok that it is messy.  It was messy at the beginning.

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