Posted 07-19-2017 at 04:43 PM by Jessica
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!
- 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!
Posted 07-8-2017 at 11:01 AM by Jessica
This is a super easy DIY project for the adventurers, the wild spirits, and those who have a bad case of wanderlust. Everyone likes to have a little something that personalizes their home, and this is the perfect way to decorate plain walls, add to a theme, or even keep track of where you’ve been or where you wish to go!
- A foam core board (can be found at the dollar store)
- Any paper with maps on them, i.e. scrapbook paper, actual maps, etc.
- Mod Podge glue or another kind of sturdy glue
- Christmas lights
First, you will stick the map paper on the foam board with the glue. If your maps are not big enough to fit the board, that’s fine! It is extra fun to make a collage of maps so you can design your own wall art. You can cut out pieces that you want and stick them where you want. You are free to make your own design! When you have glued the paper to the board, you can begin to poke holes as randomly as you like through the board. Then you can stick the lights through the holes from the back, plug it in, and you’re finished!
Posted 09-14-2015 at 06:41 PM by admin
Over the years we have accumulated thousands of photos, souvenirs, trophies, awards, favorite clothes, stuffed animals, and more. I have boxes upon boxes of items to go through. I never knew how much a child could have….times four! Below are my 3 favorite ways to keep those memories organized and even on display!
Create a shadowbox: There are so many great themes for shadowboxes. One idea is to make one with all the items from the hospital. The hospital bracelet (moms and baby’s), first outfit, hospital hat, and fingerprint card! Shadowboxes can be hung on the wall or placed on a shelf. And, if they are preserved correctly, they can be given to the child when they have their first baby!
Scrapbooks: Scrapbooking has come a LONG way over the years. There are so many options and digital scrapbooking has become very popular. Scrapbooks can be made for each year of your child’s life. Or, make one for each month until they are one, and then one per year. Once your child is old enough, he or she can help create them!
Memory Quilts: Head on up to the attic and grab that box (or boxes) of baby clothes that you can’t bear to throw away and turn it into a beautiful and useful quilt! You can do this yourself or if you’re like me, head to a crafty friend’s home for some help.
Do you have a favorite way to save memories?
We all know that babies grow like a weed. While your cloth diapering days are limited, many cloth diapers and accessories can be upcyled for multiple uses extending their life far beyond the days of wrapping baby’s bum.
Prefolds and Flats:
A super frugal diaper in and of itself, prefolds have so many uses long after their diapering days.
- Prefolds, especially newborn or preemie size, can be cut and modified into mama cloth. A variety of tutorials can be found on Pinterest.
- They make awesome all purpose cleaning rags, no more worries about staining up those pretty unpaper towels.
- They can be used as reusable swiffer or mop pads.
- Pillow/couch/car seat/you name it protectors. When kids get sick the results can be gnarly. Lay them down as a barrier to catch any yucky messes.
- Convert into hotpads for the oven
Posted 12-23-2011 at 11:08 AM by Kathy
A Christmas Origami Tutorial
I found this wonderful EASY tutoriallast night at