Tuesday, January 17, 2017

4 Tips for a Winter Family Movie Night

When it is cold outside, I just want to stay in by the fire. Who agree?! When it was 20 degrees outside, we had a super fun family movie night. We watched Finding Dory and added our own special magic to our night. 

Here are four tips to make your winter movie night extra special.

 1.) Make pizzas

Lay out all the ingredients for the kids to make their own pizza. The kids enjoy dinner much more when they get involved. The pizza is even yummier than take out in my opinion. We use Mama Mary's crust.

2.) Make a tent

Keep it simple. It doesn't need to be fancy. I used chairs and some sheets with Christmas lights draped across.

 3.) Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream Decorations

While the pizzas are cooking, spread whip cream out on a plate. Freeze for about an hour. Use a cookie cutter for a fun shape. 

4.) S'mores Pops

 These were a super yummy treat and so easy. Roast marshmallows on the fire. Dip in melted chocolate and then crushed graham crackers.

Click play to get a visual of all these tips. 

Have a fun movie night and stay warm!

Monday, December 12, 2016

DIY Burlap Candy Canes

 I decided to go with rustic inspired Christmas decor this year and burlap candy canes seemed like the perfect fit.

I had some old candy cane lights that did not work anymore and one was even cracked so I decided to repurpose them into burlap candy canes.

Click play to see how I made them!

Let me know if you try this or how you repurpose old candy canes. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

DIY Candy Cane Spoons

These candy cane spoons are easy to make and the kids think that they are the coolest thing ever!

Hot chocolate is a big part of our Christmas traditions especially when we are decorating the tree. The candy cane spoons will definitely become part of that tradition too. They are so tasty with the hot chocolate.

Click play to see how we made ours!

Thanks for visiting and watching! Enjoy your candy cane spoons!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DIY Thanksgiving Thankful Tree!

Do you need to keep the kids busy while you are cooking? Or are you looking for a fun family activity? Then you have found the right place!

We did a thankful tree to document what we are thankful for this year and it also works as pretty decor on Thanksgiving.

Check it out! Click play.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Towel Refresh

Sadly, summer is coming to an end. The kids are back in school and I have a goal to get our house back in order from the summer fun. One of the things on my list was a towel refresh for the beach towels. They have been dragged, stepped on, left in the rain, used to wash the dog, soaked in ocean water, covered in sand or mud, etc so all the fluffiness and fresh smell was gone. I searched for a way to refresh those towels and this is what I found.
  • Wash towels with 1 cup vinegar in hot water.
  • Wash again with 1/2 cup baking soda in hot water. 
  • Dry completely.
Do not use detergent. It is not needed with a refresh. You don't need to do this every time. Just when your towels need a refresh.

Yup, it is that simple. It worked for me. Let me know if you have tried it!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Colored Jar Lights

I love my beer bottle lights but I wanted something a little more summery. (Is that a word?  It is now.  I just made it a word.)  If this means that I had to drink like... four Starbucks mocha lattes, then so be it!  For the bottles, of course.

Now, instead of multicolored lights in single color bottles, I went with white lights in multicolored bottles.  I found an awesome tutorial for colored jars here. The latte bottles are perfect for the lights. I also wanted to try something more than just colored bottles:

I left the Mod Podge colorless, and mixed in glitter instead.  It makes for an awesome sparkly almost fairylike glowing jar.  Perfect for summer lighting. Use LED lights for a cute nightlight too.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

DIY Coffee Bar

Wow. It has been a long time since I have been here. I noticed that my beer bottle lights were very popular on Pinterest and other blogs and it made me miss blogging about my crafty adventures so here I am. I am back and here to stay!

Let's jump right into it. I am going to start with a quick post to get your head spinning with ideas.

I inherited an old china cabinet which I couldn't bring myself to get rid of, but it was so dusty and well, ugly.  I'd also promised myself that my house would someday have a coffee bar.  If only there was some sort of solution to my two problems.  Hmm...  wait, I've got it!  Turning an old, ugly, but not worthless piece of furniture into something awesome for your residence is easier than you think.  That is, as long as you make your husband do all the work while you "supervise."  I personally supervised from just over the rim of a margarita, but you can choose the method that suits you best.  Anyway, on to the tutorial.

For this project, we used: An old china cabinet, a screwdriver, a Black and Decker oscillating multi-tool, and some Behr semi-opaque colored stain.  (Please note, we were not sponsored or compensated in any way by any of the above named brands, it just happens to be what we used.  We also do not make any claims that these products are superior to any other comparable items.)

First all of the handles, doors, glass panes, drawers, and shelves were removed.  This makes sanding and staining much easier.  Next up, sanding!

Sanding was accomplished much more quickly and easily than I thought possible, by way of the multi-tool.  The whole thing only took a couple hours.  The doors were also sanded, separate from the cabinet.
After sanding, it was time to stain.  The cabinet required two coats total, along with some touch-ups.  We bought three of the sample size cans, and ended up with more than one can left over, so I would say 2-3 should be plenty for most furniture.

After the stain was applied and allowed ample time to dry, my hubby reassembled the cabinet, and mounted screw hooks to the back wall for cup hangers. Since the back of the cabinet was pretty thin, he put a small board on the back of the cabinet and screwed the hooks into it, for stability.  I put shelf paper (from dollar tree!) in to make it look pretty. The letters up top are also custom made, and will be covered in another tutorial.  (Please note, the words "another tutorial" will smartly link to said tutorial.  Just as soon as I actually write it.)

Beyond this, customize it any way you like.  For example, I added in baskets in place of the drawer, and my favorite chipped teacup.

Wait, why would I love a chipped teacup?

Well there you have it.

Add in a coffee machine, some gasket jars and a cute little cappuccino shaped shaker for cocoa powder, and you are all set!