DIY · Kids · Organization

Summer Bucket List Organization

Most of us have heard the old saying that there are not enough hours in the day and, as I am experiencing adulthood with small children, I can attest that this adage could not be more true. My little family likes to stay busy, and I cannot count the number of times that a season has busily passed, as all seasons do, and we realize we had not done an activity we had discussed or gone on a trip we had mentioned.

Cue the summer bucket list.

First, we sat down as a family and made a list of all the things we want to do before summer ends. Most of us were on the same page, and my little guy even suggested we go to Target. Way to speak my language, little dude. I think we’ll probably mark that one off the list several times. 🙂

Second, I put all our ideas on a couple pieces of poster board with big check boxes that we can satisfyingly mark off each time we complete a bucket list item. I left plenty of room on both pieces of poster board to add more activities as we think of them, and hung the list in a central part of our home for easy access.

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Third, I split our list into two categories: rainy day activities and sunny day activities. I then labeled two jars with these attributes.

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Lastly, I wrote all of the activities from our list on colored craft sticks and sorted them into their corresponding jars. As we add more activities to our “master” list, I will jot them down on a craft stick and add them to their designated jar. There will never be any “I’m bored” conversations around this place. If we’re bored, we’ll choose a stick. If we can’t decide on an activity, we’ll choose a stick.

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We had a lot of fun creating our list and I’m excited to stay on track with a little organization amongst our madness. I’m hoping that, when summer winds down, we will proudly be able to say we did every single thing on our list, and that we made the most of our summer break with no regrets about what we may have forgotten.

DIY · Home Decor

Simple Independence Day DIY Lantern

Well, hello there! I know it’s been a while since my last post, but now that my oldest has graduated Kindergarten and we are basking in the summer break sunshine, I have a little more time on my hands to get crafty!

I recently saw this Independence Day DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It was my first time using Mod Podge (let’s count how many times I say Mod Podge in this post, shall we? Hint: it’s a lot) and it really could not have been more simple. First, the supply list:

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~Mod Podge (I chose the matte kind)
~Glass Jar
~Craft Brush
~Small American Flag
~Battery-Powered Votive

I bought most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby and decided on the bigger bottle of Mod Podge, just because I had a feeling that once I used it I’d continue using it for other fun projects; however, I’ve seen small bottles of Mod Podge at Dollar Tree and I think you’d probably only need 1 of those for this project. Honestly, you may be able to get all of your necessary items at Dollar Tree! If you head into Hobby Lobby, don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon!

Let’s get to it! First, I removed the flag from the rod and then trimmed off the excess:

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I then laid the flag flat and front-side down and applied a pretty liberal coat of Mod Podge to the back:

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Next, I turned the jar on its side and placed the flag Mod-Podged-side-down. A little bit of the Mod Podge had soaked through the flag to the front so I used a damp clothe and ran it over the flag and around the edges to remove any excess glue. On the edge where the extra fabric had been trimmed (the part that originally wrapped around the dowel rod) I did have to apply a little extra Mod Podge because it was a bit thicker than the rest of the material.

Lastly, I placed my battery-powered votive in the bottom of the jar and screwed on the lid! I chose a “fake” candle because I like the look of a lidded jar, but if you have a jar without a lid, you could use a regular votive or tea light.

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I was able to use my lantern immediately after assembly, even though it wasn’t completely dry. Final result:

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Look at that glowing symbol of freedom! I love “mood lighting” around the house all year long, so this soft glow is exactly my style. Happy crafting!

DIY · Home Decor

Wall Collage Wednesday: Part II

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This week’s wall collage resides in our upstairs loft, which is mainly a spot for our boys to play with their toys, video games and watch movies. I love the tribal vibe, and it’s one of my favorite wall collages in the house! I think the best deal on this wall is the stuffed lion head, which I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for around $3! NONE of these items were bought at the same time, and I’ve just added to the collage as I’ve come across great additions!

On another wall in the room is a live-edge cedar floating shelf that my husband made, lined with some more tribal treasures!

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I hope your Wednesday has turned out well – only 2 more days until the weekend! We’ve got this.

DIY · Home Decor

Wall Collage Wednesday: Part I

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This wall collage hangs over my youngest son’s bed. Each piece is very personal to our little guy – he loves puppies, is obsessed with trains and requests nightly bedtime lullabies – You Are My Sunshine is always included in that line-up!

I made his initial art a few years ago – the cool thing about this piece is I can change it based on his room decor, interests, etc.! All I did was frame some scrapbook paper (I used 2 designs for this one) and then adhered his pre-painted initial onto the frame glass using E6000 craft glue.

Check back for Part II of Wall Collage Wednesday next week!

DIY · Gifts

Tickled Pink: Themed Valentine Gift Bags

For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do a little something special for my son’s teacher, assistant teacher and bus driver (or, as I like to call her, the transporter of precious cargo). We are so blessed to have all three of these women in our lives – they go above and beyond in their duties and, as a momma, my heart could not be more thankful.

I came across the “tickled pink” idea while searching through Pinterest – small gift baskets/bags stuffed with a few little treasures, all in lovely shades of pink. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Here’s what I found for their bags (all PINK, of course!):

Fuzzy socks
Strawberry Starbursts
Hershey Kisses
Scarves
Loofahs
Coffee mugs

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Ideally, I was searching for small, reusable pink baskets to hold all these goodies but couldn’t find any that I loved, so I just stuck with gift bags. I also grabbed some pink shredded paper to line the bags.

I wrote a little note on foam hearts, punched a couple holes in them, and threaded some festive string through to tie onto the bags.

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Here’s a little peek at what the inside of the assembled bags looked like:

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Some other ideas for a color-themed bag could include:

Office supplies (markers, pens, notebooks, paperclips, stickers)
Nail polish
Lip balm
Gum
Lotions/shower gels
Small home/desk decor
Candles

I had a lot of fun putting these gifts together, and I hope the recipients are tickled pink with their treats!