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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sweet Boozy Ice Creams with Recipes

It's Labor Day weekend and what better way to send summer off than with Ice Cream ~ summers (or any season) favorite desert! Check out these wonderful Alcoholic Ice Cream recipes and serve up a "kick" this holiday weekend! Click on the title of each for the recipe.

Baileys Mint Oreo Ice Cream Who doesn't like Bailey's? Well this may change your mind you don't!

Guinness Chocolate Chip Ice Cream You may never eat a regular chocolate chip cookie again ~ oh yes you will but you'll be thinking about this treat while doing so!

Red Wine Ice Cream A wine connoisseurs dream!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back To School Organizing: Simple DIY Weekend Projects

Whether you need to organize all the things the kids are bringing home, their jackets and backpacks, supplies, etc or you just need to find a purpose for old things, you can organize on the cheap and keep it fun! You may want to create a space where kids want to do homework, read, connect, etc or you may just want/need a change for some new organizational decor using unusual things! Getting organized doesn't have to cost a fortune, check out these quick and easy DIY projects you can make this weekend without spending a bundle.

What it is: Turn a wall into a storage and work space with just a few add-ons. How to make it: Cover the top half of a blank wall with stick-on cork tiles to create an oversize pinboard. Use colored tape to delineate zones for different purposes. Install a ledge beneath the cork tiles, and add a hanging rail system just below to make the wall of storage complete. For a fun bonus, paint the lower half of the wall with chalkboard paint to create a kid-friendly place to draw.

What it is: Magazine pockets for organizing stacks of periodicals. How to make it: Cover a piece of plywood with upholstery-weight fabric. Cut strips of fabric long enough to be wrapped around the board and wide enough to be folded in half lengthwise to create a pocket deep enough to hold magazines; hem as desired. Fold the strips in half lengthwise and wrap around the sides of the board with the folded edge facing downward. Secure the ends of the fabric to the back of the board with staples. Keep the top layer stapled a bit looser than the bottom layer so that the pouch can accommodate a few magazines. Finish the edges with wood trim.

What it is: A chic and inexpensive way to store pencils and pens. How to make it: Use hook-and-loop tape to wrap ordinary paint or soup cans in leftover wallpaper scraps.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

13 First day.week.month of School Struggles We All Went Through

After a long, fun, and relaxing summer, the thought of going back to school is a harsh one. It's only been a couple months since our kids walked the halls of school, but it might as well have been an eternity because their brains pretty much remember nothing ;). However, as we prepare our kiddos to head back to class and prepare them to handle the first few weeks of getting the schedule squared away again, don't forget that what they are feeling and the things they are going through, are things we dealt with as well .... Do you remember those days, from getting lost trying to find a class in Hallway C to trying to figure out which table to eat at for lunch? Here are just some of the many first day struggles we've all been through, so reassure your kids that they aren't alone, we've been there too! (as seen in Hurst)

1. You forget to bring gym clothes, because there's no way you'll have to do stuff on the first day—but then your gym teacher makes you run laps for 30 minutes. #IsThisRealLife?

2. You're running late to your first class and can't get your locker to open, so you have to carry all five of your encyclopedia-sized books to class. #GoingToNeedABackBrace

3. You get your schedule and realize that NONE of your best friends have the same lunch period as you. #PANICATTACK

4. Waking up before the crack of dawn after sleeping in all summer is the worst thing that's ever happened to you, so you hit snooze seven times. #NeedMoreSleep

5. You and your friends plan to meet out front and walk into school together, but you can't find them ANYWHERE, so you have to maneuver the halls all alone. #GREAT

6. You pick your outfit out the night before, but when you wake up it's just ~not right~ and you basically empty your entire closet trying to find something else at the last minute. #CantFindAnythingToWear

7. You run into the crush (literally, run into him in the hall) that you had a summer fling with after you've been sweating for 30 minutes in gym class. #JustMyLuck

8. You wait at the wrong bus stop after school, end up missing your *correct* bus, and have to call your mom to come pick you up an hour later. #JustGetMeHome

9. You sit down in your seat only to realize you're in the wrong classroom 5 minutes into the class period. #LOLJK

10. The bell rings, and you're still on the other side of the school trying to find your next class. #INeedAMap

11. Every single teacher pronounces your name wrong all. day. long. #IGiveUp

12. Your math teacher does a quick refresher on what you (are supposed to) know from last year, and it's basically like she's speaking another language. #HELP

13. You get all ready to look hot in your school ID picture this year and then you find out you're signed up to take your pic right after gym class. #Hopeless

Amazing Upcylced Before-and-After ans Just Spruced Up Furniture Makeovers

If you're a stay at home mom (or dad) and even if you aren't, the kids are back in school doing their thing so now is the time to do your thing! When the season change I am also ready to re-decorate or get crafty so that I can mix things up in my home to reflect the changes occurring outside.

We all have CRAP that we don't use or don't want but don't disregard new functions for these things. Everything can get a new life, heck even we change hair styles, clothing, etc asseason change so why not our home decor? For these ideas you can hit up your local thrift stores, look around your own home for unused and unwanted furniture, or even hit up some late garage sales for out-dated furniture and turn them into these very useful and clever items for your home!

Before: Six-Sided Sadness~ Lurking in basements everywhere, these wood hexagon side tables were a staple of 70s decor, but are now relegated to dusty corners and thrift store selling floors. Are they beyond redemption? Hardly. Click to the next slide to see why.

After: Thoroughly Modern Pouf ~ A fresh coat of paint and a fun upholstered topper are the secrets to this piece's revival. First, sand, clean, and prime the table. Then, cut 1/2-inch-thick plywood to measure 1/2 inch smaller on all sides than the tabletop. Next, cut four layers of batting to match plywood top. Cut a fifth layer of batting and one of fabric, both 3 inches wider on all sides than the plywood. Stack four batting layers on the fifth; center plywood on top. Pull batting around the plywood; staple on back. Repeat with fabric layer. Place cushion on table; screw through underside of table to attach pouf. As an added bonus, give the tired hardware a fresh outlook with glossy paint.

Winning Bins ~ If Spring Cleaning calls for finding new homes for strewn-about clutter, then you have to check out The DIY Village’s wheeled carts from castoff crates. (Whether you want to sample new wines or ask the liquor storeowner for empty boxes is your choice.)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Microwave Desserts, Snacks & Meals In A Mug

School's back in session and every body loves a quick, easy snack before or after school. Or how about serving your family dinner in a mug (the portions are perfect)? Here are 12 recipes that will have you running for the cabinet to grab some coffee mugs, that for once won't be holding your favorite beverage......some of these recipes even the kiddos can do! Click on the title for the recipe link.

Nutella Mug Cake

French Toast In A Cup

Chocolate Fudge S’mores Mug Cake

How to Make Shabby Fabric Flower Barrettes, Clips and Headbands

Every one is into up-cycling these days and why not ~ it's environmentally friendly and cheap!
We all have flawed or stained clothing, bedding, dish clothes or even stashes of scrap fabric somewhere in our homes so why not turn that unused, unwanted stuff into something we can use again, like hair pretties!
Here are 7 of my favorite tutorials on making hair barrettes, clips and headbands that I wanted to share so you too can get your creative juices flowin' and put that"stuff" to good use again, rather than pitching it into a landfill.
I will also let you know that one thing I did when my daughter was young that saved me money on hair pretties was rather than buying a ton of different headbands I bought (made) some plain, solid color stretchy headbands (you can pick them up at any discount store such as Wal-Mart, Target, etc. already made) and then bought/made bows, flowers, etc. and affixed them onto alligator clips so that I could clip them into the headband,beanie hat or wear them alone. This also works with french clip barrettes as well.
Here we go!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Picnic Crafts ~ Paper Fruit Pouches/Baskets

A few easy folds is all it takes to turn plain paper into cheery cups for servings of fresh fruit salad and more. Use sheets of glassine and parchment paper for moist food, like these balls of honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and watermelon. You could also serve assorted nuts, cookies, popcorn, and other treats in the colorful paper containers.

You will need:
One sheet of glassine per cup
One sheet of parchment paper per cup
Double-sided tape

Be Green Eco-Friendly School Supplies

1. Soy crayons. Nontoxic Prang Fun Pro Soybean Crayons are made from soybean oil. $1 for eight,

2. Paper stationery. Elephant Pooh makes odor-free (promise!) journals with paper made from pulped and processed dung. $9,

3. Biodegradable pens. These corn pens disintegrate completely about a year after they are thrown away. $2,

4. Reusable sandwich bags. Pack lunches in Wrap-N-Mat, cotton and non-PVC-vinyl–lined bags. $7,

5. Recycled scissors. Kleen Earth scissors have black handles that are made from recycled plastic. $9,

6. Adhesive paste. This glue by Coccoina, made of potato starch, works on paper and fabric. Plus, it is solvent-free and smells like almonds. $8,

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pretty DIY Decorative Pinwheels

You can make these any color combo you prefer to match your party theme, in or outside  ~  These pinwheels are perfect lining a walkway or filling a tall vessel. They also make great party favors.

Supplies you will need are:
Scrapbook paper (preferably with double-sided pattern)
Wooden dowels
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Double-sided tape
Star stickers
Spray adhesive (if necessary)

Step by Step Instructions:
1. To create dual-sided pinwheels, gather double-sided scrapbooking papers in patriotic hues, or if you can't find pages in palette, create your own. Find pages in contrasting patterns, and use the spray adhesive to adhere them together.

2. Cut paper into square shapes — we made 8-inch and 6-inch squares to create pinwheels of varying sizes.

3. Fold squares in half diagonally to create a triangle. Crease.

4. Open the triangle and fold diagonally the opposite way. Crease.

5. Open up the triangle and flatten out the square.

6. Cut along each diagonal fold three-quarters of the way to the center.

7. Pull the tip of every other corner toward the center. Use double-sided tape or white craft glue to adhere the first tip to the center, then each folded-in tip on top of each other. When you finish, you'll have the pinwheel shape.

8. If you want your pinwheel to spin, skip to step 10. If not, simply hot glue the pinwheel to your wooden dowel. Skip cutting down wooden dowels from the hardware or craft store and use inexpensive flag dowels (removing the flags, of course).

9. Finish your pinwheel with a decorative star sticker in the center.

10. If you want your pinwheel to spin, you'll need to push a pin through the center (a straight pin works), then a bead beneath the pinwheel. You'll drive the pin into your dowel with a hammer. If needed, fold over (or cut and then fold over) any part of the pin that sticks through to the back to prevent injuries.