5 Dollar Store Bathroom Organization Hacks!

Posted 08-8-2017 at 01:41 AM by Kat Weeks

open drawer in stylish bathroom

 

Tired of the bathroom clutter that no matter how many times you re-organize, just still seems to pop back into your life? Want a way to fix it? Here’s the cure!

So many times in my life I’ve tried cleaning and re-organizing the bathroom drawers but nothing has ever stuck. I have tried sectioning off the items and categorizing them countless times. With all the kids around and everyone’s unique style things get mixed up, lost, and tangled up. I’ve tried all the fancy ways to organize the drawers and never had any luck. This new way to organize and keep it that way has finally been made available for us all!  I’m finally happy that I found the way to fix it!

*The dollar store has each of these objects.

1. They have little drawer organizers that are perfect for makeup, bobby pins, clips, and anything you put into those little drawers.

2. Ice tray can be the perfect use for your little earrings that seem to go missing one-by-one!

3. A candle holder can be used for keeping Q-Tips in, and Cotton Balls!

4. Lastly, a tier tower to keep on the table for all your random things that you just don’t have enough counter space for.

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First Week of School Challenge: No Cold Cereal!

Posted 08-7-2017 at 08:15 AM by Jessica

Young ethnic family eating a healthy breakfast together

With school approching, mornings are about to get even more hectic! Don’t let the most important meal of the day get skipped, and try to avoid letting your kids fill up on sugary cereals every morning! Prepare now by planning out a few easy breakfasts for the first week of school – it’s much easier than you think!

Scrambled Eggs

I used to think that scrambled eggs could only be achieved as a weekend breakfast. But in all actuality, they really don’t take very long to make! Scrambled eggs with a side of toast and a piece of fruit is a perfectly balanced meal that will keep you and the kids full until lunchtime rolls around.

TIP: I used to make the worst eggs. No matter what I did, they tasted like rubber. This changed after I learned this amazing tip from a car salesman. (Yes, I know. How incredibly random.) Crack the eggs into a bowl, and add water. It doesn’t have to be exact, probably a tablespoon for every 2 or 3 eggs. Then whisk them vigorously for about 30 seconds. The water and the whisking makes the eggs unbelievably fluffy. Seriously, go try this right now. You will never go back!

Oatmeal

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring; it doesn’t take much more time to cut up a peach or strawberries and add them to your bowl. I find that when you add fruit to your hot oatmeal the warming of the fruit brings out the sweet flavors even more! Though steel-cut oats cooked on the stove are my most favorite, the minute oats work great and take a lot less time.

Peanut Butter Toast

Toast bread, add peanut butter. Easy as that! Cut up a banana and arrange the slices on the bread into a smiley face for a fun touch your kids will love and some extra nutrition!

Smoothie

I love buying bags of frozen fruit so that I can quickly add a few cups to the blender along with juice and have a yummy and super nutritious smoothie in no time!

TIP: Add chia seeds. Once blended in a smoothie they are hardly noticeable (just like strawberry seeds!) but they are packed with nutrition. Your kids will not even know that they were added, but they will greatly benefit from the added fiber and protein!

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Layer apples, bananas, strawberries and any other fruit your kids like with some yogurt. Fast and nutritious, and it can easily be put in plastic cups to be eaten in the car!

Do you have any quick and healthy breakfast ideas? Sound off in the comments below!

Make Your Own Scented Candles at Home

Posted 08-6-2017 at 07:54 AM by Jessica

Candle Making

Calling all candle-lovers!

I recently discovered just how easy it is to make your own candles, and at a fraction of the cost of the store-bought variety! Why don’t you give it a try? It can turn into a fun hobby, and you’ll have such fun gifts to give! Here’s how…

Supplies:

Pre-dipped candle wicks
Candle wax flakes (2x the amount needed to fill your glass jar)
Glass jar
Saucepan
Popsicle stick
Tape
Scissors
Stove
Glass container for melting the candle flakes (a glass measuring cup works well)
Essential oils
Optional – Grated crayon in your color of choice

Directions:

To begin, place your candle wick inside the jar, with the metal piece laying flat on the bottom. Punch a small hole in the center of your popsicle stick and push the end of the wick through. Use a bobby pin or piece of tape to keep the end of your wick in place.

Next, measure out two times the wax flakes needed to fill your jar as they will melt down to half their current volume. Add the flakes to the glass container (measuring cup).

Fill the sauce pan halfway with water and place the glass measuring cup inside, being sure that no water can get to the wax flakes. Bring to a boil and then lower the temperature to medium, stirring occasionally. If you want to make a colored candle, add the a small amount of grated crayon (about 1/5 of a crayon per 16 oz of wax flakes for a solid coloration).

Once the wax flakes have melted, use an oven mitt to remove the measuring cup. Add in your essential oils (about 8-10 drops per 16 oz of wax flakes) and pour the melted wax into the container with the wick, being careful to not knock the wick over.

Let sit for 3-5 hours at room temperature until completely solid, trim the wick if needed, and voila! You have now made your own scented candle!

Need an easy present, that happens 4 times a year? Here’s how!

Posted 08-6-2017 at 01:35 AM by Kat Weeks

Fab Fit Fun has created a cute and inexpensive way to show love to their members. They make seasonal gift boxes filled with the newest fab item, handpicked and customized to you! For $50 a year you get a box sent right to your door step with no shipping charges, and full of all sorts of things. I’ve participated in it, and loved every single thing I got. I got to try many new beauty products without breaking the bank, as well as getting new decor for my room! It’s the perfect gift for that bestie in your life, a special someone, a mom, or even yourself! (Doctors say you need to treat yourself every once in a while!) Not only is it a kind present for them, but it reminds them of how much you love them throughout the entire year!

Click Here to see what the big fuss is all about!

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Indoor Activities For Kids!

Posted 08-4-2017 at 01:34 AM by Kat Weeks

Close up of a happy young family having good time together.

1. Stay in and play with moon sand.
It’s simple and easy to make! All you’ll need is:
8 cups of flour
1 cup of baby oil
*add food coloring for desired color*

Be cautious, it can get messy!

2. Build a fort, and set a movie up inside for them to watch!

Head to the linen closet and find the best blankets for forts possible! Make sure not to forget the snacks.

3. Bowling with plastic cups.

Find a room with lots of open space, get plastic cups and some type of soft ball and get to playing! It’s simple and will keep the kids busy. PLUS it is easy to clean!

4. Crank up the music and bust a move.

Nothing beats a good dance party! Maybe even throw in a friendly competition for a dance-off.

5. For the girls, paint the nails.

Bring in the nail polish and pamper yourselves with a burst of color!

6. For the boys, play indoor basketball!

Find a ball, use a hamper, and something to keep score with!

7. Make robot costumes out of cardboard boxes.

Grab a marker to dress up the look!

Eco Friendly Wood Projects To Transform Your Home!

Posted 08-2-2017 at 01:33 AM by Kat Weeks

I’ve always dreamed of remodeling my home, and doing it all myself. I’ve never figured out how I can do it though. I am a 5’4 and can hardly open a jar of pickles, there’s not much remodeling I can do. I’m always so jealous of all the women who are in the remodeling world because they can do so much and their creativity is beyond anything I can do, and I accept that. I appreciate all that they do, it inspires me. With that being said, I am inspired to show you the simple things that I want to try to use to liven up my home. Do you have any left over 2 x 4’s that are just lying around the house. Put them to good use by creating these beautiful wood pieces to liven up your home.

These simple yet very beautiful, and very doable wood work.

Click Here to see all the wood work

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Make Your Own Kool-Aid Modeling Clay (In Under 10 Minutes!)

Posted 07-25-2017 at 12:42 PM by Jessica

Cute little girl having fun with modeling clay at a daycare. Creative kid molding at home.

I still love to play with play-dough. Don’t you?

I find it super relaxing! If you’re looking to make your own, look no further! With these few simple ingredients you can get your kids involved with this fun and easy craft that is not only fun to make but even more fun to play with!

As a kid my mom would make this with us all the time! We tried multiple recipes like salt dough, or edible peanut butter recipes but the one that worked best for the family was definitely this recipe! What makes it so fun is all the bright vibrant colors that you can create! I also love how fruity they smell. By following these quick and easy steps you can make this in no more than five minutes!

Although all of the ingredients are edible I would suggest not letting your children eat this as it is loaded with sodium!

Supplies:

  • ¼ C. Salt
  • 1 C. Flour
  • 1 Tbs. Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Cream Of Tartar
  • 2 Koolaid packets
  • ¾ C. Water

Directions:

To start it off, add all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until the mixture is wet and well combined. Next put your bowl into the microwave for about 40 seconds. Make sure you stir the edges well and let sit for about 30-60 seconds to set. Using a spatula stir the dough thoroughly and scrape it out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Using the flour knead the dough until it isn’t too sticky and has an elastic consistency. Last but not least enjoy your Kool-Aid creation!

Orange Cream Popsicles (ONLY 3 Ingredients!)

Posted 07-23-2017 at 07:18 AM by Jessica

Homemade frozen ice cream popsicles made with oragnic fresh oranges

This is the perfect recipe for the Busy-Bee.

If you’re like me, you find yourself working a lot and spending less time at home. I wanted to cook more, so I found this great dessert option that doesn’t bust my bank or my schedule! It is very quick and easy, with only 3 ingredients. Everything can be found at your local grocery store, and since it’s so fast, you don’t have to worry about time!

These Orange Cream pops are perfect for an extremely hot day, and if you can bring yourself to share, I’m sure your family and friends will love them, too! I love coming back to these after a day at the pool, being outside, or just to have as a snack at any time of day. They are a great go to for me because I just don’t feel like there are enough hours in the day for me to make my own food, so this is one of the best recipes for dessert I have found!

Servings: 6 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. of SunnyD or orange juice
  • 1 c. of heavy cream
  • optional: 1 tbs. of orange extract for more orange flavor

Directions:

  1. Mix together the cream and SunnyD or orange juice, and taste. Add in the orange extract as needed.
  2. Pour your mixture into popsicle molds or paper cups, and freeze overnight!

DIY Picture Frame Phone and Tablet Holder (Great for Reading Recipes While Cooking)

Posted 07-20-2017 at 02:28 PM by Jessica

Attractive woman with tablet in the kitchen.

Need a place to put your phone when you’re cooking?

I often find myself watching YouTube videos or Netflix on my phone or Kindle, and it’s just getting a little too hectic trying to find something to stand my devices against when I’m eating, cooking, or just sitting! This easy tablet and phone stand made from a picture frame will solve these problems, and it will provide a safe place to place your devices when they need charging. I have found it is especially useful for when you are reading recipes from your phone/tablet. No more digging around your work area for the recipe; now it is completely visible at all times! It also keeps your wires at bay and prevents the tangling that everybody hates.

Materials:

  • An 8 x 10” picture frame with a sturdy stand
  • Scissors or x-acto knife
  • Scraps of trim
  • Thick cardboard (i.e. The back of a notebook)
  • Hand saw
  • Glue gun
  • Chalk finish paint or your choice of paint

Directions:

  1. Cut out the piece of cardboard to fit inside the frame.
  2. Use the hand saw to cut two pieces of trim to fit inside the frame.
  3. With the scissors or the knife, cut two notches on the cardboard and frame backing on the side you want the chargers to be on.
  4. Paint the trim and cardboard and wait for it to dry.
  5. When it is completely dry, place the cardboard piece into the frame and make sure it fits snugly.
  6. Place your phone and tablet in the frame to determine where to place your trim pieces. If you want the phone to be on top, make the top shelf smaller and the bottom slightly bigger to fit your tablet into.
  7. Use the glue gun to put your trims in place.

Cure Summertime Boredom w/ DIY Sidewalk Paint

Posted 07-19-2017 at 04:43 PM by Jessica

fun with sidewalk chalk

Need a summer-boredom cure?

Make your own sidewalk paint! It’s messy (but washable) and oh so much fun! Your kids will spend hours painting driveway masterpieces. ;)

All you need are a few simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand. What I love most about this recipe is that the colors are so bright and vibrant – perfect for summer!

Simple ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup Cold Water
  • ¼ Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 T. Washable Paint (in your color of choice)

The paint-making process:

To start it off, get a bowl and stir together the water and washable paint until it reaches a smooth consistency. Next, slowly add in the cornstarch to this mixture. And that is it folks!

Yay! That’s it, you have now made washable sidewalk paint! If you’re interested, another option for mixing the paint together would be to get some jars and put all the ingredients into them and shake it up! I’ve always used popsicle sticks to stir but you can always use paintbrushes as well! Use whatever works best with the resources you have in your home, and enjoy! Once your kids are done painting all you have to do is rinse it off with water – it’s that simple! Have a blast! :D