How to Make Paper Rosettes: Beautiful Paper Rosette Wall Decor

A few weeks ago, I joined a wonderful DIY community called “White Walls” for military wives who are looking for decoration inspiration to dress up our drab “white walls” in our military housing. Not all military housing communities are allowed to paint the interior of their homes, which leaves us coming up with creative ways […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W50} #happinessis

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Handprint Calendar (Plus 15 Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas Kids Can Make)

The following post is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. All thoughts, opinions, and baby helpers are mine. Kids are naturally creative, inquisitive creatures that always want to be involved with things. This isn’t any different when it comes to the holidays. They want to help decorate the tree or […]

Ways to Use Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Oh, Halloween. We love you so hard. We love dressing up in costume, decorating the house, and throwing Halloween parties. The kids particularly love walking door-to-door to get all the candy their little trick-or-treat bags can hold, am I right? But once you’re home, and the Halloween craziness is over, once you’ve checked it to […]

Unique Handmade Mother’s Day Crafts

I am blown away by what my kids made me for Mother’s Day this year. This is the front page of an “I Love Mom” books he made me – this flower is SO PRETTY and 3D, sticking up from the page. It looks like cupcake liners, except I think it’s actually bulletin board decorations […]

Love Letter to Your Child – Valentine’s Day Printable

Are you looking to do something special and unique for your child/ren this Valentine’s Day? Why not print this love letter to your child and fill it with lovely words and thoughts? What’s your favorite memory with your child? What did you think when you met your child for the first time? What’s your favorite […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Fifty-One & Fifty-Two} #happinessis

2013 WAS a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things […]

Toddler Play Felt Tree Craft

Are you looking for a solution to the Toddler Kills the Tree™ syndrome? Welcome guest contributor Kristin, mother to five, who has a really smart and cute idea she implemented in her home I just had to have her share with you! I love Christmas. Like, really really love it. As in, I’m-looking-for-Christmas-things-on-Pinterest-in-July kind-of love it. […]

Recycled Wax Melts as Drawer Sachets and Fresheners

I am ADDICTED to wax melts and warmers right now. My house smells like a bakery with my HUGE collection of wax melts I’ve purchased from Scentsy and BHG. I love it so much! Here’s my box of wax melts so far. (I’m so addicted, I’m ordering and purchasing more as we speak! Eek!) […]

DIY Felt Embellished Flip Flops Craft Tutorial

Last week, you saw my yarn-tied embellished flip flops tutorial for my daughter. I’m so happy to share with you this new DIY felt embellished flip flops craft – aren’t they just ridiculously cute and adorable? My GOSH I have a lot of felt left over, too, I think I’ll be creating some cute accessories […]

Adorable Yarn-Tied DIY Embellished Flip Flops for Back To School #summerofjoann

This post is sponsored by Our mission this summer was to make summer fantastic and AWESOME! Most of it was spent outside, getting wet, and having fun playing games and riding bikes, but there were crafts and fun indoor activities, too! I had the spectacular idea to create some fun and crafty flip-flops for […]

Fun With Watercolor Pencils!

This post contains Amazon links. A couple weeks ago, my husband brought me home some Crayola watercolor pencils. I’ve been dying for some to create unique works of art with the kids to frame, and I knew these would be a fun experiment to attempt with the kids. Have you ever had one of those […]

DIY Birthday Crowns

This craft post is sponsored by Lance Snacks and DECA. We just celebrated my son’s ninth birthday last week. We invited his school-friend over to hang out and celebrate with us, but what he didn’t realize was that his friend was secretly bringing his bike over to ride because my son was getting a new […]

DIY School Paper Holder and Glittery Clipboard

Paper clutter is taking over my life! It’s mind-blowing just how much paper the kids bring home to me daily, on top of the junk mail and all the other crazy stuff kicking around. I knew I needed a solution, particularly for the mounds of school-related paperwork that get placed onto surfaces and then scattered […]

Hair Bow Holder Tutorial – Recycled Craft

While Christmas shopping at Target, I saw this gorgeous sparkly pink ribbon that I couldn’t resist purchasing. I popped it into my cart, and happily brought it home to make SOMETHING out if it that I loved. When I began wrapping presents, removing hangers from clothes, is when it hit me – what if I […]

2013 Family Bucket List & To Dos.

I don’t normally do New Year’s Resolutions – I aim to implement and achieve goals instead of planning unrealistic resolutions to “change” something about me that I don’t like. This year, however, I’m going to switch things up a little and do something different, and I’m reeeeeally excited about this — I’ve created our Family “Bucket List” […]

Printable Holiday Savings Bank for Kids

Are your children excited about the upcoming holiday and looking to earn a little extra money to buy something for you or for someone they love? I think the holidays are a great time to teach children about saving money for things to buy, whether for themselves or for others. There’s a lot of spending […]

Sponge Bomb Tutorial

In searching for summer fun awesomeness on Pinterest, I came across this adorable post idea for “Sponge Bombs.” (Not Sponge Bob, which I inadvertently say EVERY. FREAKING. TIME.) Sponge Bombs are essentially cut-up colorful kitchen sponges, zip-tied together* in the middle, and moistened to become wet sponge “balls” to throw and play tag with. Sounds spectacularly awesome, […]

Flashback Friday – Fourth of July Ideas

Yay! It’s Fridayyyyyyy, baby! To help make your Fourth of July plans that much sparklier, check out the Independence Day posts I’ve curated for you! I love these Fourth of July ideas, I hope you will, too! — Rachel Lacy, food writer over at, has created some lovely Rice Krispies Treats Sparklers. What are […]

Family Summer Daily To Do List

I’m going to do my best, each day, to ensure everything gets done properly, ensuring everyone’s needs are met (including mine), and that we have a great time. It isn’t easy to remember everything with eleventy-billion kids running around here, though. To help me stay sane, I’ve created a Daily Summer Family To Do List. […]

Flashback Friday – Fun Crafts for Kids

TGIFIS, yo! (That’s, Thank God It’s Friday in Summer) I don’t know about you, but I am freakin’ READY to make summer ROCKIN’! And I plan to do that with a TON of awesome crafts and time spent with my kids this summer. Thought you might like a little inspiration on things to do if […]

Decorating a San Antonio Fiesta Shoebox Parade Float

This is our first year in San Antonio and our first year experiencing Fiesta, which began yesterday. I am excited to experience this celebration over the next week, and even more excited to witness how the schools get the kids involved, too. On the agenda at the elementary schools around the city today was what’s […]

Nesting and Happy Baby Mail

This weekend has been a flurry of wonderful weather, an excellent burst of energy, and lots and lots of nesting. It has felt marvelous to be on my feet all day (words you never thought you’d hear from a fully pregnant, ready-to-go-at-any-time, right?), and getting everything “ready” for this baby’s arrival. Slowly but surely I […]

DIY Weekly Menu Board

Pin It I told you a couple weeks ago my plan – to make a DIY weekly menu board for our meal plans each week. With a menu board, you create cards featuring all the dinner choices you make, making it super-easy to create a meal plan for the week, and showcase what’s “on deck” to […]

How to Make Yarn Flowers

I’m one of those macaroni necklace wearing moms. I would love to own tons of pretty jewelry, but it’s the sentimental stuff that really gets to my heart. I also love wearing stuff that has meaning behind it, a history, if you will. I adore supporting mom-made stuff, too (so, as you can imagine, Etsy […]

Lookie! A Purple Knitting Loom Hat

I have a thing for purple. With the softest, scrumptious, most delicious purple yarn I could find, I broke out my knitting loom and made this. Lookie! The above picture didn’t get the depth of purple-y-ness, so I held it near a window for you. Unfortunately, it lightened it up a little much. Believe it […]

Kid-Friendly Craft: Recycled Yarn Cozi

If you’re anything like me, you use toilet paper like it’s going out of style. Those paper tubes that are left seem craft-worthy, but what can you make from them? What about a pencil holder? Or an iPod holder on your desk? Or maybe a crayon holder for your kids while they color? Or new […]