Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Throwback Crafts to make with your kids that you made as kid (#Netflix #StreamTeam)

Thank you to Netflix for sponsoring this post. As part of the Stream Team I get to talk about a theme each month.  This month's theme is Throwback!

I was a child of the 80's and to tell you the truth- I loved it!  The hair, the colors, the music!  AND- I love that some of it is coming back!  This month I have gathered some fun crafts that I did as a kid that I will be doing with my kids this summer! Apparently we made a lot of bracelets in the 80's! :)

Lots of how-to for different knots

We used to make these out of the sides you took off the printer paper (Remember that?!)

Not only is it fun to do crafts from my youth it is also fun to watch shows with my kids that I watched when I was their age!

Here are the shows that I am watching on Netflix with my kids that I also watched as a kid:

What crafts do you do with your kids that are from your childhood? 

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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Easy DIY Wedding signs (15 minute Craft) #CraftLighting

I love being a part of craft lighting every month!  I like being challenged to think of an easy craft for each theme! This month's theme is weddings.  Since i don't have any weddings that I am going to this year I created something for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. But this could easily be used as wedding or bridal shower decor.

I made 2 signs... they could be used anywhere... the card basket, guestbook table, head table, etc...

Here is how I made them:

#1 Circle Wedding sign:

1. Gather supplies: Embroidery hoop, Canvas (or other study fabric), Pom-pom trim, paint/brush, hot glue gun.
2-3. Iron your fabric and place in the hoop. Trip edges off and secure with hot glue on the back. 

4-5. Decide placement of the pom-pom trim and use hot glue to attach it to the back.
6-7. Use a pencil to draw out your letters and then paint over.  

#1. Rectangle Wedding sign:

1. Gather supplies: Cardboard scrap, Canvas (or other study fabric), Pom-pom trim, paint/brush, hot glue gun.
2. Iron the piece of fabric that is at least 1 inch bigger on each side of your cardboard.  
3. Cut a slit into each corner.

4. Fold over the top and the bottom using hot glue to attach it.  either cut off or fold over the extra fabric at the corners.  repeat for the other sides. 
5. Decide the placement of your pom-pom trim and hot glue it to the back side.
6. Using a pencil draw out your letter and then go over it with paint. 

Tip on making letters with paint.  If your paint is too thick it will make it harder, so I add a little bit of water to my paint to help it go on smother.  Also you want to keep your brush full of paint so you will have to reload often. 

join in the fun with more easy and fast wedding crafts:

Monday, June 8, 2015

Mountains of Laundry (#FreeToBe)

Here is me being real.  Ever seen the mime: Clean home, Happy Kids, Your Sanity- Choose 2.
Yep - that is spot on in our house.  I usually rotate the one I drop out on a week-to-week basis.  Sometime the house is a wrack, some times I am the one that is the mess and other times the kids are stuck with no toys, and me saying no to everything, because we just cleaned up! But the one thing that I usually always put on the back burner is ...
 #FreeToBe In A Free Home
Laundry... anyone else out there drowning in it?  It always seems that just as I have folded the last sock in the last basket and finally put it all away into the drawers - I go downstairs to the laundry room and it is already full of clothes!   I mean who thought that I should be the one in charge of keeping up with a family of five's laundry!  

Here is the honest state of our laundry right now... we are good at the washing and drying (because a machine does that part) it is the folding and putting it away that bogs us down! 
Yes- you see 4 baskets of unfolded laundry... what you do not see is the other 2 that are upstairs in my room to dig through when I am getting dressed in the morning.  I like to think that I am being efficient- you know cutting out the middle man of the folding and putting it in a drawer- I am saving time- right?! 
Hey kids- don't worry you have clean underwear... it's just in the basket in the hall!  Clearly I am in no position to tell you how to keep up with your laundry!  
Here is what I can tell you about...
This little girl:
Whose skin is super sensitive.  She gets a rash just thinking about something itchy!  And since I have 3 littles running around I do not have time to think about harsh chemicals in the laundry detergent!   That is why we have started using all free and clear

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 #FreeToBe In A Free Home
So even though her clothes might not be folded in her drawer... at least they are clean and free of anything that will give her a rash! 

Here is a $1 off coupon for you to try it out for yourself: 

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