September 2, 2014

Tried it Tuesday! #21

I have some happy boys around here. I keep finding breakfast bar recipes on Pinterest that are turning out to be delicious! And they are fairly healthy. I think mixing up the breakfast bars they eat each week is the key to keep them eating the breakfast bars.

And this one calls for my favorite fruit!

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September 1, 2014

10 Unique Pumpkin Crafts

Happy Labor Day!

Since it is officially September, I am deeming it safe to start posting fall crafts! And my favorite fall craft is pumpkins. Apparently I have a thing for them. I can't stop making new ones each year for our fall decor!

I hope you enjoy this round up of 10 unique pumpkin crafts!

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August 29, 2014

Pinterest Feature Friday - PFF #145

Hello, friends! Happy Friday!
With every Friday comes a new Pinterest Feature from our amazing Pinterest Party
I hope you've linked up with us. Bev, Malia, Kara, and I love getting to feature one of you guys each week!

Today's fun feature is Lynda from Oh So Shabby!
Lynda has 187 boards (whoa!!) and 2774 pins.

Let's take a look at a few of those boards!

This has to be one of the best food board names ever... Food even I can make.
I love it! And I know I'll be checking it out for some yummy new recipes.

You can never go wrong with a Pinterest board named Great Ideas, right? I am loving what I see here!

There are a lot of fun ideas in this Sewing Ideas board! I'm always on the hunt for new challenges.

If you have a hard time picturing your furniture in a fun new color, be sure to check out this Furniture Ideas board. There are SO many fun ideas here that are sure to inspire!

Let's look at some of those pins!

This chart is SO super helpful for those of us not up-to-date on the latest trends in home decor.
I've been known to clumsily describe patterns because I didn't know the name for them.
Pinned by Lynda from  Sawdust & Embryos

I love how this Ikea furniture is dressed up with paint! It is very fun for a child's room. 
Pinned by Lynda from  Pinja Colada

It's about that time!! Time for what? Decorating for fall, of course!
How adorable is this pumpkin string art? I'm thinking a string art monogram would be great, too. 
Pinned by Lynda from Lines Across

This Kate Spade bow pillow is TO.DIE.FOR!!
Now... who wants to make a knock off tutorial for me? I'm thinking rectangular pillow cinched with fabric in the middle.

I am absolutely in love with this old printer tray turned jewelry organizer! 

Paint. Fabric. Boom! Instant makeover! 
Pinned by Lynda from Design for Mankind

Holy cow, you guys!! Have a stain you don't know how to treat. You must check out this stain chart!
It is the stain chart to beat ALL stain charts! 

Such great pins, Lynda! Thank you so much for linking up to our Pinterest Party!
Please feel free to grab a feature button.

Have you joined the Pinterest Master List? Who knows, you would be our next feature!

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August 27, 2014

Multi-Use Tool Belt for Kids

I am lucky enough to be the mom of two very active little boys who are constantly wanting to "help" around the house. We encourage this "helping" out as much as possible as it teaches some great lessons. 

I decided to better help them help me they each needed an official multi-use tool belt! Depending on what activities they are doing, they can put the necessary tools in the belt so they are within easy reach as they "help" around the house. 

My son and I tie dyed these aprons earlier this summer. The aprons are the inexpensive plain white aprons you can pick up at almost any craft store. I had hinted that I had other plans for these aprons, and this is it!

The aprons are pretty cute as is but, honestly, we do have other play aprons. And these seemed like a perfect template to create a tool belt without need to start completely from scratch. The bias edges of the aprons will give the tool belt a clean look so that with just a little bit of alteration these will be perfect as tool belts!

To begin, cut off the straps from each side of the apron.
Cut the apron off 6" from the bottom.

Remove the neck straps of the apron.
Cut the apron 4 1/2" from the top.

The side straps from the original apron will be the new side straps for the tool belt.
The top portion of the apron will become the pocket of the tool belt.

Fold over a hem of 1/2" on the unfinished side of both the apron and pocket and iron flat. 

Tuck cut ends of the side straps under the hem of the apron and sew a 1/4" seam across the top.

Sew 1/4" seam across the top of the pocket. Center the pocket on top of the apron and pin in place. Sew along the bias for a clean look to attach the pocket to the apron.

From the portion of the apron we have not used, cut two 2 x 3 1/2" strips of fabric. Fold over long edges and sew a 1/4" seam. Attach fabric strips to the apron on each side of the pocket. Allow an approximate 3/4 - 1" gap between ends of fabric to allow loops to be large enough to slip tools through.

Not only do the boys love helping us with their hammers and wrenches, but they also love to help me in my gardens. Their gardening tools also fit perfectly into their tool belts.

They can also use the tool belts when they are playing on their own such as in the sandbox. They are the perfect multi-use tool belt!

Using the original accents of the apron really give the tool belt a clean look. And the heaviness of the fabric makes them perfect for play. Prepare to impress with very little work!

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August 26, 2014

Tried it Tuesday! #20

Hello! We're about to get recipe #20 from this series under our belt. I hope you're loving these recipes as much as I do! I love sharing these finds with you.

Today's recipe is a super yummy side dish. And it involves bacon. 
Do I really need to say more?

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August 25, 2014

Fabric Banner Decals

I received product compensation in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
I'm always on the look out for fun new decor for my boys' rooms. When the folks behind Royal Design Studios, the fab stencil company, came out with Wallternatives™ I knew I had to try them out! 

Wallternatives™ wall decals are a colorful alternative to dress up your walls without being a permanent fixture. They can easily be peeled up and moved around, perfect for dorm rooms, apartments, holiday decor, and other places where you would not want to permanently affix something to a wall.

I thought the Patriotic Bunting Wallprints would look great in my oldest son's room to help dress up his desk area. With the superhero theme we have going on in there red, white, and blue are pretty much our staple colors.

These decals are made from a premium polyester fabric backed with repositionable adhesive and use a 4-color printing process. 
These particular decals are huge! Each piece of bunting is 10"x11". 

Under my son's loft bed is his desk area. The bare wall next to his desk has always bothered me, but I left it alone because I never could decide what to put there. I guess I was just waiting to discover these wall decals! 

I cleared off the top of the shelves under the wall to lesson the clutter. Then it was just a simple matter of applying the decals to the wall! I worked with one piece of bunting at a time. I tend to be super anal about symmetry so I wasn't going to be satisfied until I had the bunting perfectly centered. I smoothed each piece onto the wall and if I needed to go back and adjust one it was super simple to peel it up and make slight adjustments to the alignment.

I hung a cute corkboard monogram to finish off the space.

The bunting came as a pack of 7, and I only used 4 on the wall. I decided to try the last 3 on the bedroom door and, though the door is textured and the bunting lays over gaps in the faux door panels, it looks SUPER cute! It sticks great and just makes the door look so fun. Wouldn't these be perfect on a dorm room door?

I think the patriotic bunting is a great accent for my son's desk! And the colors match perfectly with the rest of his room. And if he ever tires from it I will be happy to take it off of his hands and use in our July 4th decor! 

There are many fun Wallternatives™ wall decals to choose from. Have a look and see what strikes you!

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