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Build the Ultimate Football Snack Stadium

 

The Big Football Game will be here before you know it! My family and I love football, and this year for extra football party fun we decided to build the ultimate Football Snack Stadium!

Modular DIY Football snack stadium

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This Snack Stadium is full of tasty treats that will make your football party the the hit of the neighborhood, and it is easy to put together too.

Easy Valentines for Boys

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast, so it is time to get creative and make some cards! Homemade Valentine’s are the best, but many of them are just too cutesy for boys.  So I have been scouring Pinterest for easy Valentine’s Day ideas that my son can make and give, and he prefers funny and creative Valentines.

Easy Valentine's Ideas that are not sappy and will appeal to boys

When I was a kid we always just bought a cheap set of Valentine’s at the grocery store, punched them out and addressed them.  But it really is easy and cheap to make something more special.  There are many different ideas online, and in most cases all you have to do is pick a craft, download a printable and start crafting.  My son wants something that does not go overboard on hearts, flowers or glitter.  I want something that is easy enough for him to do himself, because while I don’t mind helping him look for ideas I am not making the Valentines, he is!

DIY Candy Bar Christmas Tree with Giveaway

make this cute Candy Bar Christmas tree - a quick, easy and unique way to gift chocolate this holiday season

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Chocolate is perfect for gifting during the holiday season. As a present for a hard to buy for relative, a treat for your best friend or a hostess gift nothing is more appreciated than a premium chocolate gift. I used a selection of candy from Chocolat Frey to create this Candy Bar Christmas Tree, an elegant way to present a chocolate gift.

make this cute Candy Bar Christmas tree - a quick, easy and unique way to gift chocolate this holiday season

While chocolate is always appreciated, it is nice to take some time and effort to make the gift a little more special. For this Christmas tree I simply used pins to attach chocolate bars to a styrofoam cone. I used a selection of the Chocoblock Dark Mini bars in a purple wrapper and Chocoblock Milk Mini bars in a blue wrapper.

Dog Treat Wreath

Don't forget your furry friends - celebrate them with a Dog Treat Wreath! This easy to make wreath will have your favorite dog jumping for joy during the holiday season. This makes a perfect holiday decoration - and a great present for your favorite doggie #christmas #dogs #petlover #dogdiy #christmasdecorations

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Dogs need holiday presents too, and this Dog Treat Wreath is a perfect holiday present that doubles as a decoration and lets you give the tastiest treats to your furry friends!

Don't forget your furry friends - celebrate them with a Dog Treat Wreath! This easy to make wreath will have your favorite dog jumping for joy during the holiday season. This makes a perfect holiday decoration - and a great present for your favorite doggie #christmas #dogs #petlover #dogdiy #christmasdecorations

 

A few years ago I wrote about Pet Adoption Month, and encouraged everyone to consider adopting a dog. At least one person took action after my post, my Mom, who decided she needed a dog of her own. So she adopted Alex, a cute little pup, from the Humane Society.

Candy Christmas Trees

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I love to use candy in our Christmas decorating.  It is pretty cheap to buy, and lots of fun to craft with, especially for kids.  And of course it is always nice to sample a little bit as we craft.  These DIY Candy Christmas Trees are cute and easy to make!

candy christmas trees - an easy DIY Christmas decoration

Thumbprint Christmas Cards

I love these cute Thumbprint Christmas cards! They are so easy to make and a great way to get kids involved in making and sending cards & presents. Make these cute & easy Thumbprint Christmas Cards - DIY Holiday cards your kids can make - includes directions for thumbprint Santa, thumbprint Christmas lights and thumbprint reindeer. #DIYcrafts #thumbprintcards #christmascards #holidaycards

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The holiday season is approaching fast! My teenage daughter Eleanor made these thumbprint Christmas cards for a Christmas craft.

I love these cute Thumbprint Christmas cards! They are so easy to make and a great way to get kids involved in making and sending cards & presents. Make these cute & easy Thumbprint Christmas Cards - DIY Holiday cards your kids can make - includes directions for thumbprint Santa, thumbprint Christmas lights and thumbprint reindeer. #DIYcrafts #thumbprintcards #christmascards #holidaycards

 

They are adorable, and only took her about half an hour to make from start to finish.  Here is how she did it.

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is one of those celebrations that just seems to call for a special centerpiece. After all the meal is the main focus of the holiday, so it makes sense to have an attractive and festive centerpiece for the dining room table. Here is a quick and easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece I made for our table this year.

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece - a simple basket filled with pine cones and lined with acorns is finished off with a sunflower floral spray.

I took some simple natural materials from my backyard and combined them with a sunflower floral spray for a simple fall themed centerpiece.

Easy Halloween Crafts

Looking for some fun craft ideas for Halloween? Here are some easy crafts for kids!

Easy Halloween Crafts

Halloween is one of those holidays that always seems to get kids very excited and worked up.  Having an easy craft for kids to do is a good way to distract them from the last minute anticipation and keep them busy.  These crafts take simple supplies that you probably have around the house already, like q-tips, toilet paper tubes and craft sticks.  Just click on a picture to get all the instructions and start crafting.

Decorated Christmas Letters – Christmas in July

One of the projects my kids and I did during on Christmas in July celebration was to decorate Paper Mache letters. We decided to decorate the letters to spell out “NOEL”, mainly because it is short and sweet. We used 8 inch high letters and decorated them in a diagonal striped pattern with mostly muted Christmas colors.

Decorated Christmas Letters - NOEL - Christmas in July

They came out looking great, and we are thinking about doing “JOY” and “PEACE” next so we have letters for the whole fireplace mantle this Christmas.

Doggie Treat Jars for the Holidays

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Quick and easy doggie treat jars - make your favorite dog a treat they will love this holiday season

Do you have pets who deserve presents this holiday season? Our dogs and cats give us love all year round, so make sure you remember them and make them something special, like these Doggie Treat Jars.

Quick and easy doggie treat jars - make your favorite dog a treat they will love this holiday season

I realized over the weekend that I had not gotten presents for the pets in my extended family! Luckily there are quick and easy pet present ideas at the Purina Pet Park on Walmart.com. I decided to make the Mason Treat Jars for Domino, my sister in law’s dog, and Teddy, my great aunt’s dog. So I made a quick trip to Walmart to get some Alpo Variety Snacks from Purina, because I know all dogs love snacks. The jars are simple to make, so they are perfect for a last minute present.

Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders

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Make faux Stained Glass Candle Holders for the holidays with this easy tissue paper craft. These cute candle holders are easy gifts to make for the holidays! #diycrafts #tissuepapercrafts #candleholders #christmas #holidays

These Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders aren’t really stained glass, instead they are made by covering the candle holders in colored tissue paper. But they look like stained glass, especially with a candle flickering inside them!

Make faux Stained Glass Candle Holders for the holidays with this easy tissue paper craft. These cute candle holders are easy gifts to make for the holidays! #diycrafts #tissuepapercrafts #candleholders #christmas #holidays

These Faux Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders are the perfect Christmas present project! I bought the supplies for this 2 1/2 years ago, and then never found time to do the the project. I don’t know why we waited so long for this project, because it was very easy to do and not time consuming at all. We had fun experimenting with different colors of tissue paper, and making designs in a variety of colors.

DIY Advent Calendar

My kids have always enjoyed having an Advent Calendar for keeping track of the days left until Christmas! A Christmas Countdown Calendar is a great way to keep add some enjoyment to the anticipation of the holiday.  This year we worked together to make a DIY Advent Calendar that we can re-use year after year.

DIY Advent Calender - an easy Christmas Countdown Calendar made from paper mache boxes.

The general idea of the DIY Advent Calendar is pretty simple, since it is made out of paper mache boxes. We picked up paper mache boxes in all different shapes and sizes, and then decorated the boxes and arranged them in a Christmas tree shape. The kids can one box a day during the month of December.

Clean and Organized for the Holidays

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One of the big things I need to do to get ready for the holiday is clean and organize the house! We are having a big celebration at Christmas, with all of our family coming over for Christmas dinner. And we are planning smaller celebrations too, with friends and family. I want things to be tidy and organized this year, and not just do a cosmetic surface cleaning. One of the biggest things that makes cleaning challenging for my family is our pets, especially the dogs.

My holiday cleaning challenges - My two dogs

Sure the dogs look cute, but they make big messes. Dodger, our larger dog, is pretty laid back, so he mostly makes messes by shedding. But our younger dog Ziggy loves to chew, and he chews anything and everything, usually all over the living room and family room floor. Just last week he found a 1/2 empty root beer can, and chewed right through the aluminum to spill soda on the carpet. Yesterday I pulled a yellow marker out of his mouth – luckily before he created any stains this time. And then there is the mud that both of them track into the house, along with an occasional accident. 

Box Top Collection Container

I posted a few days ago about the Box Tops for Education program and why it is important to me to participate in it. But one thing that can be an issue with the program is keeping track of all the Box Tops! At my house they tend to pile up before I get around to donating them, and piles of cardboard sitting around on the counter are kind of ugly! So I created this Box Top Collection Container to keep them all organized and ready to donate in one convenient location.
Box Top Collection Container - an easy and cute way to store box tops for your school

Paint Chip Calendar and Memo Board DIY Project

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I am trying to be more organized for this school year, so I recently make this Paint Chip Calendar and Memo Board to help the whole family stay on track.

Easy Paint Chip Calendar and Memo Board DIY Project for getting organized for back to schoolI found the inspiration on Pinterest, from this post from DIY Ready, and changed it up by adding a memo board area at the bottom, so we can maintain a running shopping and chore list. The original post used a picture frame as the base, but I used a Kludd glass message board that I bought at Ikea years ago and found sitting in my closet.

Salt Water Etching – Personalize Your Metal Water Bottle

Personalize a water bottle with salt water etching

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My teen son, Robert, is headed for summer camp next week, so we are in full camp preparation mode.  We are running laundry, packing, running out for last minute supplies and we just used this fun salt water etching technique to personalize his metal water bottle!

Personalize your water bottle with salt water etching - an easy DIY technique that allows you to etch metal with basic household supplies.

Easy Succulent Centerpiece

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On Friday my husband came home with a flat of 15 succulents for the house, which I used to create this Easy Succulent Centerpiece.

Succulent Centerpiece - a wreath of succulents surrounding a candle

I wasn’t expecting to receive 15 plants, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them when my husband gave them to me. Honestly, I was a little less enthusiastic about this gift than he hoped for! He thought we could plant them outside, but that doesn’t really work in our climate because it is too wet.