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In this ever-changing adventure of being a parent, I’ve tried to come up with fun, creative ways to play with my kiddo. Because, quite frankly, if I don’t, I’d never make it. My son happens to be a loud, fun-loving, super-energetic, never-a-moment-of-quiet kind of kid. Keeping him busy is of utmost importance! Over the past year or so I’ve slowly compiled some fun items and ideas that I pull out once in a while. Of course, Pinterest is always a good backup, but this I actually happened to come up with on my own, people! ūüôā It was a random decision I made one day because I had a large cardboard box that my kiddo had been playing in for a few days, but it was starting to get a little too floppy. So, I decided to cut it open, lay it flat, and give him some crayons. (Obviously, I did a lot of Sharpie doodling, too.) The first day or so it looked like this. He LOVED it! As you can see, it took up most of our living room floor space.

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But, like I said, he loved it, and it sure kept him entertained so I wasn’t about to get rid of it right away! It ended up hanging out on our living room floor for a little over a week.

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(Sorry for the teensy-tiny picture – I tried and tried, but it just wouldn’t cooperate. ¬†If you want to see it a little bigger, just click on it and it will open up.)

I love it when little things turn out to be the big things! The hubs and I even had fun with it, and even though we were ready to have our floor back, we all missed it when it was gone.

Don’t forget to make the most of life. Right now, re-using and re-purposing items is the “thing”, but more than that, this idea reminded me how the simple things in life can really be the most enjoyable. Take a minute to evaluate how you spend time with your kids‚Ķ doing big, exciting things isn’t bad, but make sure you do little things too. Like letting a cardboard box take over your living room for a week, and turning it into your own unique floor mural! (I don’t think it’s called a mural when it’s on the floor, but right now I can’t figure out what the proper term is! Ha!)

Whatever you do, I hope you have fun with it and join in – your kids will think you’re awesome!

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Its full-blown strawberry season in Florida!!!¬† If you’re looking for an easy,¬†way to use up a few¬†¬†– try this!¬† These cute¬†frozen yogurt cups¬†take about five minutes to¬†mix together and then you stick¬†them in¬†the freezer for about an hour.

I don’t¬†measure… just kinda eyeball it.¬†

Ingredients:

cool whip

strawberry yogurt

Nilla Wafers

fresh strawberries

Line a muffin pan with muffin papers (What are those called, anyway? Liners?)

Break the NillaWafers into chunks and spread a layer on the bottom of each paper cup.

In a bowl, mix equal parts yogurt and coolwhip.¬† I normally use about two large spoonfulls of each per serving… so for your first time, just measure it that way and then you can decide if you want to change it up.¬†

Cut up the strawberries and reserve about 1/4 of them for the top.  Combine the rest of the strawberries with the yogurt and coolwhip.  Divide the mixture between the muffin papers, and top with the reserved strawberries. 

Place the whole pan in the freezer for about an hour or until hardened.

Enjoy!

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A tee for a tot

This post is a fun one for me… as of last week, my dear husband ventured into the crafting world with me!¬† I could hardly believe it;¬† he may very well never want to do it again, but it was fun while it lasted!¬†

Let me make a quick observation that my husband is a football-loving, superhero-movie-watching, basketball-stats-afficionado guy who happens to also be completely head-over-heels for our little niece.  In light of that fact, on occasion I can talk him into looking through racks of pretty, little-girl clothes, toys, movies, etc. 

This particular adventure, which lead to our first ever co-operative crafting session, started when I needed to make a quick run to the craft store.  Instead of sitting out in the car in the heat, he came in with me. I walked down the aisle with all the iron-ons and a few cute ones caught my eye. (surprise, huh?)  I pointed them out to him, and then to my surprise, he continued looking through the packets of iron-ons.  He ended up finding one which he wanted to get for our above-mentioned niece.  I happily complied, and helped him find a little t-shirt onto which it could be ironed.  He picked out a little pink one. (There were two stickers in the package, but we ended up using only one of them)

Once home, I showed him how to place the decal on the t-shirt, how to iron it on, and how to peel off the paper.¬† In less than 3 minutes my husband had made a¬†fun little t-shirt for his niece.¬† He was pleased with his idea, I thought it was cute, and our niece?¬† Well, her eyes lit up when her uncle said he had something for her, and she squealed delightedly¬†and danced a funny, wiggly number when he¬†gave her the little t-shirt.¬† Considering she is only two years old, I’m not sure if she was excited about the t-shirt, or the fact that it was pink, or maybe just the fact that her uncle had given her something… whatever the case, it brought a big smile to my husband’s face, and consequently, to mine as well.¬†

So, I thought I would share this special moment with you all… both the fact that the little t-shirt was a success in the eyes of our niece, and the fact that my husband was willing to take the plunge and make it for her!

By the way, the process is exactly as easy as it sounds.  Basically, you place the sticker/iron-on decal face down onto the fabric.  Leave the paper backing on the sticket and make sure it is positioned correctly. (centered, straight, etc)

The packaging suggested doing the ironing on top of a hard surface instead of an ironing board, so I used a large bamboo cutting board.

Using a hot iron, press the sticker onto the fabric.¬† Push down a little on the iron to make sure there is enough pressure to get it that decal good and “stuck”.¬† Rub the hot iron over it for about 1-2 minutes¬†and let it cool.¬†¬†Then carefully peel up one corner to make sure it is set.¬† We had to pull on it a little to get the sticker to let go of the paper backing, but in the end, everything worked beautifully!

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I found some stickers at the dollar store… you know, the kind that you put on the wall.¬† They seem to be a rather popular decor¬†item right now.¬† I’ve seen them in lots of stores,¬†and some are really pretty,¬†but I just haven’t taken the plunge… plus I feel kind of funny paying¬†$25 for a sticker, of all things.¬† (My mind does that to me sometimes –¬†makes practical suggestions when I would rather it just¬†mind its own business.)¬† However, since this one was only $1¬†my mind¬†gave in; after all, I would only be out one dollar if it didn’t work or I didn’t like it.¬†

I knew from the¬†start I wanted to put it on our front door.¬†¬†Sadly, it sat on my counter for¬†over a¬†week¬†before it happened.¬†¬†(The result of little time and zero energy.¬† I’m sure you know what I mean.)

Anyway, this afternoon I finally got around to actually sticking it on the door, and I liked the result!!!!¬† In the picture above you can see a little bit of a glare, but I rubbed it with a towel, and now unless the sun is shining¬†directly on it, you really don’t see the “sticker effect”.¬†

I¬†realize it is not at eye level.¬† There are probably people¬†out there that would like to chop my door down because of it… but I like it!¬†¬† Besides, I always have a wreath of some kind on my door, so it wouldn’t be seen if I had placed it at eye level.

 Whatever the case, I think my $1 idea was a success!

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Happy February!!! 

My original title for this post was “The transforming power of a hot glue gun”, but it was a little too long for the sidebar, so I shortened it.¬† However, I do want to let you know that¬†its inspiring¬†how much an insignificant¬†little glue gun can do!

I wanted to share with you a super quick and easy project I put together a few days ago. 

You know those ridiculously huge clip-on earrings you find in discount stores?¬† Well, I happened to have a pair of giant plastic daisy clip-ons‚Ķ I knew for a fact I would never wear them (come on ‚Äď they‚Äôre almost big enough to be belt buckles!), so I decided to turn them into refrigerator magnets!¬†

Its simple enough to do:  all I used was small heavy-duty magnets, hot glue, and a pair of pliers.  

I plugged in my glue gun so it could warm up while I performed reconstructive surgery on the earrings.

I used a small pair of needle-nosed pliers to twist off the clip from the back of the earrings.¬† I think a solid pair of tweezers would have done the job just as well, since these earrings are all plastic ‚Äď including the clip.¬† I‚Äôm not sure tweezers will work if the clip is metal, but I‚Äôm sure you‚Äôre creative enough to find an alternate way to break an earring!

I made sure there were no jagged edges sticking out, (a metal fingernail file works pretty well to smooth off sharp plastic edges) and then got ready to glue!

I really cannot tell you where my magnets came from.  I do not remember buying them… but I have seen some just like them in craft stores, and maybe even at Wal-Mart at one time.  However, since Wally World has seriously down-sized its sewing/craft area, they might not have magnets anymore either. 

I set one of the magnets in front of me so I could grab it as soon as I was ready, because hot glue dries very quickly.  On the back of the earring I made a nice, thick sphere of glue a little larger than the magnet, and then quickly pressed the magnet into the glue, holding it together firmly for a few seconds.  Then I added a few more layers of glue around the base of the magnet just to make sure it was as stuck as possible.  I didn’t bother to make it pretty, since, in theory, no one will see the back of this once its on my fridge.

I let both finished magnets sit for a few minutes, and then popped them on my fridge.  Funny how a pair of ridiculous earrings can make some downright cute magnets!

Now, a word of warning: if your earrings of choice are metal instead of plastic, they very well may be too heavy for the average magnet.

For some reason, one of my daisy magnets worked perfectly, while the other one came apart after moving it around a few times. So far the second ‚Äúgluing‚ÄĚ has held together, but I might try superglue on it if it comes apart again. ¬†In fact, now that I think about it, superglue might be the best option from the very beginning‚Ķ but I‚Äôll leave that decision up to you!

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¬†¬†¬† Its so easy to just pull out the “regular stuff” once Christmas decorations are put away.¬† That is what I have always done.¬† Mostly because I just couldn’t come up with any other ideas.¬† I’d maybe switch things up a bit or re-arrange the furniture, but other than that, it was pretty much a thoughtless process.¬† Well, this year, I decided I would try a little bit of something new… how about winter decor?¬† What is that?¬† Well, to tell you the truth, I’m not quite sure.¬† For me its hard to come up with “winter” that doesn’t look like Christmas.¬† Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas (if you’ve read any of my earlier posts, you already know this), but neither to I want to be the crazy neighbor who leaves up the tree and lights until March.¬†¬† I like to at least appear to have some sanity left.¬†¬†¬†

¬†¬†¬† So… winter decor.¬† After thinking it over for a while I decided I would give it a whirl.¬†¬† First of all – what colors?¬† I decided silver, white, and¬†gold would be safe.¬† No red or green… thought about blue, but I don’t have much blue, so I decided against it. (I didn’t want to go out and buy something new for this experiment – after all I might not like it at all!)¬†¬†This is what I ended up with.¬† What do you think?¬† Maybe a little bland if you’re one who likes lots of color, but I like it!

        

¬†¬†¬† All I did was fish out some white grosgrain ribbon I had stashed in the closet¬†and threaded gold and silver Christmas ornaments on it.¬† (Grosgrain ribbon is the kind that has little ridges and is relatively thick and stiff.)¬† I didn’t even have to secure the ornaments to the ribbon – they are light enough and the ribbon is stiff enough that everything stayed put.¬† If you use a different kind of ribbon you¬†should probably secure them with hot glue.¬† Then, I draped the ribbon over the top corners of the mirror.¬† Talk about fast and easy!!¬†

¬†¬†¬† I also switched out the red taper candles for light yellow/gold ones and wrapped thin white iridescent ribbon around them.¬† The ribbon isn’t very noticeable, but I was going for a subtle stripe, so this worked perfectly.¬† I used clear tape to secure the ribbon to the candle at the very top and bottom.¬† Again, super quick and easy!¬†¬† I finished up with¬†one of my thrift store finds from a few years ago: a brass candlestick.¬† I put five white taper candles in it, and set it under the mirror.¬†

¬†¬†¬† Do you do any kind of “winter decorating”?¬† If so, what are your favorite ideas?

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¬†¬†¬†¬† By now most of us have done enough shopping, baking and general running around to be worn out.¬† One of my favorite things to do when I’ve been busy, busy, busy, is to pamper my feet a little.¬† Not at the mall… those pedis¬†are sure nice, but I hate paying so much for 15 minutes of warm water, a foot rub and nail polish.¬† I know some people who can make a pedicure¬†last for weeks… I am not one of those lucky people.¬† The polish invariably chips within the first 4-5 days, and then it starts to look bad, so out comes the polish remover!¬†¬† Normally by that time the greatest benefit of the rest of the pedicure¬†has disappeared as well, and I’m back to where I started, minus $20 (give or take).¬† Plus, when I’m dead tired, the last thing I want to do is run out to the mall… so, instead, I do my own pedicure… or at the very least a foot soak.¬† Its such a¬†wonderful feeling at the end of a long week (day/month – whatever) to sit for about 10 minutes with my feet in a warm bath… ahhhh…

     I know there are several wonderful foot soaks to be bought out there, but I like to make my own. =)  The expensive part is the essential oil. (around $9 for a little bottle Рbut it lasts a long time because you use only a few drops at a time)

Here is how I make my foot soak:

2 cup epsom salts (5lb bag for about $3 at Walmart)

1 cup sea salt ($2 at Walmart)

4-5 drops essential oils (my favorites are lavender and peppermint) It will seem too strong at first, but once dissolved in water, its not nearly as intense.

1-4 drops of food coloring (optional –¬†¬†but makes it pretty for gifts!)

¬†¬†¬†¬† Combine the salts first, using a wire whisk to mix thoroughly.¬† Add essential oils, distributing the drops throughout the mixture – not all in one spot.¬† Continue to mix well to make sure the oils have been well incorporated.¬† Now you can add the food coloring if you like.¬† Use one or two drops at a time to make sure it doesn’t get too dark.¬† Again, whisk well to distribute the color evenly.¬† Store in an airtight container.¬†

     This recipe should be enough for at least 4-5 foot soak sessions!  I use two or three tablespoon scoops each time, dissolved in warm/hot water.  I like to store this in glass jars because it looks so nice! =)

¬†¬†¬† Even if you bought all of these ingredients, making all of this would cost roughly $15 dollars…¬†about cost of one pedicure, and it you’ll have enough ingredients to make several batches – enough to last several months!

A few tips: 

Lavender¬†essential oil is¬†wonderful for relaxation, but as an added bonus, it is a kind of a natural disinfectant, providing both physical comfort and helps fight the kind of bacteria that causes foot problems like athlete’s foot.

Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your warm foot bath (I don’t add it to the entire mixture, as it tends to clump a little or filter through to the bottom)

Finish up your foot soak by using your favorite moisturizer and immediately putting on clean socks!  Your feet will feel wonderful and refreshed!

This makes a very pretty, quick and inexpensive gift when packaged attractively!

None of the amounts listed above are exact – play around with it and find a combination that you like best.

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