Thursday, August 21, 2014

DIY Night Light Round Up

When I sleep, the room needs to be completely dark for me to be comfortable. Any light in the room and I just can't fall asleep! My husband can nod off with the TV or radio on, but not me. Pitch black room, please!

My kids are a completely different story. They HAVE to have a light on in their rooms at bedtime. All four of them insist on some sort of night light or they just cannot sleep! One of my sons needs a very bright light, the other two prefer a soft light, and my daughter likes her light projected onto the ceiling. This way she can look up at the "stars" on her ceiling and feel calm and safe as she falls asleep. I indulge all their night time lighting needs because a calm child is a child who is going to fall asleep faster, and sleep better.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Post at Dollar Store Crafts

Are you ready for some fun back to school crafting?  Visit me at Dollar Store Crafts for a fun bookmark tutorial!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Teacher Gift: Decorated Hand Sanitizer Bottles

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS

When I was a classroom teacher, one of my essential desk supplies was hand sanitizer. As any parent can attest to, a room full of children can get pretty germy! I always kept a small bottle in my desk for personal use, but I appreciated when parents would donate large bottles for classroom use. Now that I'm a mom of (germy!) kids, I like to donate a bottle of hand sanitizer to my kids' teachers. As a crafter, of course I want to make the bottle as pretty as possible! So while I was shopping for school supplies at Staples, I picked up a few bottles of hand sanitizer and some colorful packs of Sharpie markers to make this pretty and useful teacher gift.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY Muppet Family Vinyl Car Decals

 Growing up, I was a HUGE fan of The Muppet Show.  I watched every episode, I had the plush animals, the t-shirts, the magazines, and my walls were full of Muppet posters.  I bought a new Muppet calendar every year.  I loved the characters and the quirky humor, and I still do.  I am so happy that all of my favorite characters from The Muppet Show are still around today so I can share the humor and joy of this iconic show with my children.  Most recently, we shared a lot of laughs watching Muppets Most Wanted together.
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Ribbon Bookmark DIY and a Dollar Tree Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post by Dollar Tree.  The opinions are my own.
 As summer draws to a close, I'm keeping my kids busy by crafting projects that will help us stay organized when school starts.  I'll have three kids in school this year:  a kindergartner, a fourth grader, and a sixth grader.  It can be a challenge to find activities that all my kids can enjoy, but I have found a lot of fun, inexpensive, family friendly ideas from the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.  This week we made some really unique bookmarks.  This simple idea is easy to make and is oh-so-cute!
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

DIY Studded Leather Bracelet

Looking for a cool piece of jewelry for yourself or to make as a gift for someone?  This hip studded leather bracelet is trendy and easy to make!
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DIY Shark Themed Jewelry: Pendants and a Ring

Since it's shark week, I have to share my shark story with you.  My family was on vacation in Myrtle Beach four years ago, and my two oldest sons and I were having fun jumping in the waves together.  I  had one son in my arms and was holding the other's hand as we jumped in waist deep water.  At one point, I looked over at my oldest son and at that moment saw a shark swim right by him.
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