Sisters Rule! Girly Whirly Weekends

Shortly after giving birth to my second child (that was six and a half years ago!), my sisters and I decided we needed to spend time together as sisters. It never dawned on us to do it before we had kids, but I also believe that after entering motherhood and realizing how tiring, stressful and scary it can be (don’t get me wrong, we also know how wonderful motherhood is >> Continue reading

Finger Knitting Fun

“Mommy can you show me how to do that thing with the string and sticks?” She had seen me knitting earlier in the week and wanted to make a scarf for her brother. Yay! I was so excited she wanted to learn! I quickly found a pair of size 10 needles and some chunky yarn. I cast-on about 20 stitches and showed her the knit stitch. She had trouble wrapping >> Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation Printable

Preschool just came to a close for my daughter and I’m so grateful to her teachers. As a crafter I really wanted to make something to say thank you for their hard work but in the end we went practical with gift cards. Boring, I know! But we’re practical people. To curb the crafting bug I started designing a card using this quote I found all over Pinterest, “It takes >> Continue reading

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Dollar Store Spring Wreath

It’s been pretty quite around here but spring has arrived and so has the crafting bug! This weekend I finally put away the winter decor from our front door. With no flowers blooming in the front garden yet I wanted to add a little spring to the entry. Since wreathes go through a lot of wear and tear from being outdoors I hit up the dollar store and purchased these >> Continue reading

Bills Binder With Editable Year | Free Download

A request from a commenter prompted me to create editable year pages for the bills binder. It was a “Why didn’t I think of that before!?” moment. It’s such a time saver to be able to edit the year. The neat thing is change it on the first page and the rest will change as well. Click the image or click here to download.

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DIY: Cardboard Playouse 2

Awhile back Mary shared her DIY: Cardboard Playhouse and whenever we get together at her house my kids just love playing in it. Since I’m kind of a cardboard box hoarder and hubby suggested maybe throwing away some of the boxes, the horror! I thought it was time to make a house for my kids as well. The house is held together with duct tape. Lots of duct tape. The >> Continue reading

LEGO Birthday Party…Fit for a Five Year Old!

The moment my son took interest in LEGOs, I knew it was just a matter of time before I incorporated it as a theme for an upcoming birthday.  So for his big 0-5 birthday at the end of May, I took all those Pinterest pins I saved and created some really cool stuff (if I should say so myself!). Thanks to the pinners for providing awesome ideas for what turned out to >> Continue reading

Moist Banana Bread Recipe

When I was young I loved banana bread. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally make some of my own! This recipe is adapted from one on Allreceipies.com and is fabulous. I combined some of the tips in the comments with some healthier substitutes and it has been a big hit with my family. My kids devoured about a dozen mini muffins between the two of them >> Continue reading

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Leather “Believe” Bracelet

This winter has felt exceptionally long and I’ve been in a funk lately (missing the warm breeze and SUN!). Whenever I feel this way I always turn to words. Writing, reading, quotes, poetry… you name it. If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably noticed my quotes board has exploded the last few weeks. While I was wondering around Michaels doing some happy shopping (hehe!) I came across the display >> Continue reading

Bills Binder Pages | Free Download

Two years ago we moved. A new house and a new baby meant I was going to be even more forgetful about paying the bills on time. We came from a condo where our only bills were the mortgage, association fee and internet. As new homeowners I had to wrap my head around paying for electricity, water, gas, garbage, etc. Needless to say it was overwhelming. I knew I had >> Continue reading