Posted 10-25-2017 at 12:24 PM by Jessica
Jack-o-lantern carving can be a pain!
Carving pumpkins has long been a tradition for my family. It started when I was really little and basically just told my dad what I wanted him to carve for me, and has now moved onto me being the carver of the family. As fun as the idea is, actually spending hours scooping out pumpkin guts and trying to artfully turn the gourd into a masterpiece is not as fun in practice. Even just carving out triangles is challenging depending on the knife you’re using, so I was thrilled when a friend of mine told me that she uses cookie cutters for her kids’ pumpkin carving!
All you need to do is dig out the pumpkin seeds as usual, and then press the cookie cutter against the outside of the pumpkin and use a hammer to press it all the way through! As long as you have carved out enough of the pumpkins’ insides you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting the cookie cutter to go through. Use hearts, stars, paw prints, whatever cookie cutter designs you have! Amazon has this set of Halloween design cookie cutters!
That way you don’t have to risk cutting off your fingers, and the kiddos may be able to do it themselves! Happy “carving!”
A habit of mine would be walking throughout the stores and thinking “I CAN MAKE THAT!” but never actually getting around to it. Never know where to look for the supplies, thinking I don’t have time, or the pish-posh excuses I always seem to come up with. Well I finally got something I can make and found out how to! Don’t worry I’ll share my secrets with you!
What you’ll need:
- white polymer clay
- smooth chopping board or other even surface
- rolling pin
- oven proof bowl
- acrylic paint
- mod podge glue
- metallic gold paint
- paint brush
- Cut a chunk of the clay. It will depend on the size of the bowl you’re using as to how big you want it.
- Roll in your hand to soften and then use your rolling pin to roll it out into a flat disc.
- Then place your bowl on top and trace around the edge to cut out a circle shape. Discard the off cuts.
- Transfer to the bowl. Make sure the clay disc is central and then start by gently pressing the centre down and working your way out to the side so that it fits to the bowl. Where there are gathers at the edges, simply push them down and smooth out slightly.
- Your edges may well look a bit wonky so take the scalpel and trace around the edge to get an even circle. Discard the excess. Make sure there are no bubbles in your clay. All of it should be flush with the bowl.
- Then place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 mins. Once baked leave to cool completely before popping it out of the bowl. The easiest way to do that is by turning the bowl upside down.
- In order for the paint wash to go on smoothly I applied an under coat of mod podge and left that to dry but I don’t think this step is essential.
- Once dry, mix the acrylic paint in a dish with some water. I helps to create a painterly look to give it more of a handmade ceramic feel so the water helps give variation in the color and allows brush strokes to stay slightly visible. Leave to dry..
- Use metallic gold paint to paint the rim gold.
- When the rim is dry you can glaze the whole thing with modge podge. This will leave a nice sheen and protect the paint and the clay.
- TA-DA YOU GOT YOUR NEW JEWELRY HOLDER, KEY CATCHER, WHATEVER YOU’D LIKE!
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Posted 10-24-2017 at 06:36 PM by Jessica
We had a bad wind storm today, so when I pulled up to my house I was greeted with an obscene amount of leaves covering my driveway and front yard. The wind practically wiped my trees bare! Oh what a joy autumn is. I mean, I love the pumpkin spice lattes and boots and sweaters and football, but I don’t like raking leaves.
In order to look at the bright side of things, I started to research fun projects that could be done with the fallen leaves, and figured that you could make some creative art pieces pretty easily! All you’d really need to do is…
1. Gather your supplies (paper, markers, glue, leaves)
2. Draw part of an image (for example, the head of a hedgehog)
3. Glue the leaves down to complete the image!
For something so simple, I find this craft to be so dang cute! You don’t need to make a trip to the craft store as any piece of paper and pen or markers will do. Plus, it’s bound to keep the kiddos busy for a while, and you have a handful of leaves you now no longer need to rake!
Posted 10-23-2017 at 06:07 PM by Jessica
I love Halloween – the spooky movies, candy, pumpkin-carving and costumes! But despite all of the fun that the holiday brings, it can also be very dangerous for the kiddos if they’re going trick-or-treating. Bad candy, stranger danger, and the potential that they may not be seen by cars! Here are a few tips for keeping your little vampires and princesses safe while they’re out this Halloween…
Safety in numbers
Even older kids should have someone responsible heading with them from door to door, especially if they’re trick-or-treating in a neighborhood that is spaced out, or one that you don’t know all the neighbors in. Busy neighborhoods with lots of other kids trick-or-treating can make for a safer environment, but you can never be too safe!
These babies help SO much! Have each kid layer a few bracelets on each wrist, and connect a few to make a necklace. That way they are lots more visible to passing cars. Head on over to Amazon where you can grab this 100-pack of Light-up Glowstick Bracelets for a great price. These would also be a fun non-candy option to pass out to trick-or-treaters!
Head out before dark
You don’t have to wait for it to get dark before heading out on your candy hunt. Lots of kiddos start knocking on doors as early as 5 or 6 o’ clock!
Posted 10-21-2017 at 09:11 AM by Jessica
It is officially fall, and I’m always looking for unique ways to celebrate the season. Pumpkin themed recipes and autumn-inspired crafts are always super fun, but sometimes you just want something different! When I stumbled upon this Pumpkin Scented DIY Soap, I just knew I had to make it, and I sure am glad I did!
There is just something super luxurious about a fun-scented soap. Especially if it is homemade! Of course a bar of Dial does the job, but wouldn’t you rather have something that cleans, moisturizes and makes you smell pretty?
We have officially made it into the Autumn season and since I am obsessed with all things seasonal I decided that a pumpkin spice scented soap was not only a good idea but the absolute best idea. Of course, if you’re not feeling the pumpkin scent (how dare you!) you can replace the spices with some essential oils. Lavender is my favorite oil to add to soaps, but there are so many great options!
Now, heading out to buy a block of handmade soap can end up running you more that you’d probably like, which is why I found an easy DIY version to save you money and still have you smelling beautiful!
Alrighty, now that I’ve chatted for a while, lets get to the soap concocting! I got this recipe from Happiness is Homemade, so head on over there with for full instructions!
I promise you’re going to love how soft your skin feels, and the sweet pumpkin scent. Have I mentioned that this is a fantastic gift idea as well? Make a couple of these bars and give one to your mom, your niece, your neighbor! Inexpensive and easy!
Tell me in the comments if you ended up making this, and how you liked it! Did you use the pumpkin scent, or did you try something else
Instead of paying hundreds to thousands of dollars every couple years to try and update your kitchen this is a way you can simply make it have a new sassy look to it. Having the same old colors can make it become dull. So spice it up!
Here is a website that shows you how to make so many fun variations of tea towels! I think it’s fun to decorate the towels according to the seasons!
Lost when it comes to makeup? Don’t know where to start, what to do, where to put it? I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m proud to say that, it’s okay to now know. I’m clueless with that stuff and this website has helped me become more knowledgeable. I feel as if I can be some makeup artist working for the Kardashians!
Okay that might be an exaggeration, but it has helped me a lot. Along with all the YouTube tutorials of course. Click here to be in the know and get updated on the best products out there!
Posted 10-17-2017 at 09:58 PM by Jessica
Are you ready for the easiest craft idea ever? This one is going to score you some serious points with your kiddos because of how cute the end result is, and you’ll love that it’s easy enough even for the littles to participate.
I’ve always used Kleenex tissues to make the ghost figure, but recently discovered that you could use coffee filters instead! Between those two items, you’re guaranteed to have at least one! Other than that, you just need a sharpie, rubber bands or ribbons, and lollipops. Blow Pops or Tootsie Pops work best because of their round shape, but you could really use any sucker! Here’s the actual list of supplies written with bullet points…
- Tissues or coffee filters
- Rubber bands and/or ribbons
Okay, now for the super difficult instructions…
Simply wrap the sucker with the tissue or coffee filter, secure it with the rubber band and/or the ribbon, then draw on a fun ghost face and you’re done! Honestly this craft is so cute and really easy to put together, with minimal supplies needed! Have so much fun!
Want to make a bin for the kids’ toys, clothes, stuffed animals, etc. Or even a toss basket in the living room for shoes, blankets, etc. that ALSO won’t break the bank.
Things you’ll need:
- dollar store plastic bin/basket OR cardboard box
- fabric/large pillow case
- hot glue gun
- Get the bin and place the fabric or large pillow case inside and make sure to fold outward.
- Once you’ve completed that, start the rope at the bottom on the bin and place the hot glue under to make sure it stays. (You can either make the rope spiral upwards, or circle around each time.)
- Getting near the top cover the fabric, not entirely leaving enough to be shown, and finish off the rope.
- TA-DAHHH you’re done, and you have the cutest little bin.
More ideas here.
Want that fall festive feel? While benefiting your skin? Here’s how!
Having the Girls Night In and want to have a theme? Have the theme match the seasons!
Ingredients you’ll need:
½ cup organic canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp. raw honey
2 Tbsp. unflavored almond milk
1 tsp. coconut oil
In a small bowl, mix together ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Let sit for around 15 minutes.
In the 15 minute wait some things you can do with the girls are: nails, dance, start making some cookies, watch a movie, relax, vent, the possibilities are endless!