Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Amy’s Notebook 09.04.13

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

washi tape pumpkin

Source: Sugar Bee Crafts

 

It’s September, can you believe it? And it seems pumpkins and fall decorating are already on a lot of people’s minds from looking at my Pinterest page! This fun washi tape pumpkin is cool-looking and easy – my kind of craft!

And here are five more Simple DIY Pumpkin ideas to add to the washi tape version – I’m liking the chalkboard pumpkin the best, I think – which is your favorite?

Has your child been invited to a costume birthday party? Then you’ll want to check out this awesome 10 minute Super Hero Costume.

We’re still enjoying peaches – and a bit of warm weather – so these Fresh Peach Popsicles are really appealing to me!

Or maybe I should switch it up, use nectarines and make this Easy Nectarine Crisp with Granola?

Gooey, Crunchy, Chocolate-Filled S’mores Pie…um, drool!

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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Amy’s Notebook 08.28.13

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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Source: Thrifty Decor Chick

 

This ombre-painted-squares wall turned out SO cool! I can’t believe it was done to work around existing squares, it seems like it was totally planned this way, doesn’t it?

Think how many ways fun, scrabble-style chalkboard tile place cards could be used: on kids desks as name plates, as food labels at potlucks, as holiday decorations (how about ‘Boo!’ or ‘Welcome’?), and of course as place cards!

Love these simple ‘balloon’ cupcake toppers made from suckers – what a fabulous idea!

Yes, yes, yes – heart healthy power banana split bars with quinoa, oats, dried cherries and other good stuff.

I’m feeling the need for a bit of school food inspiration (already!) so these after school snack ideas are perfect timing!

And since the season of busy weeknights is here again, Spinach Pesto Chicken with pasta sounds like a yummy and quick dinner for our menu.

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 08.21.13

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

 

What a great, kid-friendly way to use August’s plentiful zucchini: Zucchini, Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies – yum!

And since we’re loving all the fresh peaches in season now, this Stone Fruit Sangria is calling to me!

I’m completely intrigued by the cilantro vinaigrette included in Shrimp and Bell Pepper Stir Fry with Asian-Cilantro Vinaigrette – doesn’t it sound amazing?

Speaking of amazing, check out this Massachusetts Farmhouse Where Color & Pattern Meet – love it!

And while these adorable diy Felt Play Mail Envelopes and Postcards were intended for Valentines Day, they are too cute not to use year around and would make a perfect little addition to a playhouse area.

You know I love knitting, so you’re probably not surprised that I’m psyched about the new Purl Soho Video Tutorials from The Purl Bee – the first one about Yarn Overs is so clear and easy to follow!

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

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21 Back To School Organizing Ideas

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Can you believe that school has started for many already, and will be starting for everyone else within the next couple of weeks? It’s crazy how fast the summer goes, yet I always look forward to a brand new school year and that great fresh feeling of fall!  Dealing with all the busy schedules, paperwork, homework, and meals during the school week is part of the fun, but also can lead to feeling overwhelmed if not tackled in the beginning.

Now that my kids are a bit older, I’ve found that if I start out on the right track with simple, doable organizing strategies, then the rest of the year goes much better than when I put off setting up simple systems or decide to just wing it.

21 School Organizing Ideas

With this in mind, I’ve put together 21 Back To School Organizing ideas to inspire you and help you get the year off to a good start for you and your kids. I’ve picked some classic tried-and-true Mom Advice systems that work for us and gathered a few other amazing ideas in three main categories:

  • Making School Memories/Showing Love
  • Life Organization Tips for The School Year
  • Organizing Dinners, Lunches, and Snacks

Teacher School Supplies Cake :: MomAdvice.com

Making School Memories/Showing Love

 

Teacher’s School Supplies Cake (use the sales!)

Creating Back to School Traditions

First Day of School Pin/Barrette

19 Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Mason Jar With Chalkboard Printable Tags @ The Crafted Sparrow

First Day of School Journal @ Happy Clippings

School Year Time Capsule @ Family Volley

DIY Command Center :: MomAdvice.com

Life Organization Tips for The School Year

 

DIY Command Center

DIY Homework Station

The Top 7 Apps to Organize Your Life

Simplifying Your To-Do List

Organizing School Papers @ One Creative Housewife

Simplifying the Morning Routine @ Homey Home Design

After School Routine with Free Printable @ Living Locurto

Clothing Organization @ The Idea Room

DIY Lunchbox Creation Station :: MomAdvice.com

Organizing Dinners, Lunches, and Snacks

 

DIY Lunchbox Creation Station

Dorm Mini-Fridge Healthy Makeover

Free Weekly Menu Planner Sheet

15 Back to School Treats @ Rainbows & Honeysuckle

Quick Tips for Packing Lunches @ House of Hepworths

Pantry Organization for Easy Weeknight Meals @ BHG

I hope this helps you all get off to a successful school year start. And I hope you share with us some of your favorite back-to-school organizing tips!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 08.14.13

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

DIY Bathroom Makeover

Source: I Heart Organizing

 

I’m so impressed with this DIY Bathroom Makeover -the fabulous, rich look and the inspiration that a dated bath can be made to look great on a budget with just paint and DIY skills that are within most people’s reach!

Cute, cute, cute – colorful pom-pom magnets and pushpins would look so adorable holding papers and photos, wouldn’t they?

I’m loving the look of this large chalkboard calendar – that it is a lighter gray, looks a bit industrial, and uses mouse traps!

I’m craving summery salads during these August days and these two that use super fresh, seasonal goodies like corn and tomatoes are going to make an appearance on our menu for sure:

Also on my radar are summer fruits and this recipe for Plum Blackberry Cobbler uses two of the best – yum!

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 08.07.13

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

beach-ball-garland-party

Source: Skip To My Lou

 

Wouldn’t it be fun to make these little paper beach balls to turn into a cute garland and placecards and then use them for an end of summer beach-themed party? Very kid-friendly, too.

I’m loving this small home that uses thrifted and unique items to make it one-of-a-kind. Especially the slightly modern vibe – check out the fuzzy pillows!

I think these adorable folded-flower pen toppers would make an awesome welcome back to school teacher gift – but I’d make sure to keep one for myself, too!

Grilled Bloody Mary Salsa, anyone? Um, YES.

white chocolate brownie

Source: Bake or Break

 

Oh, my – these White Chocolate Brownies are making me drool – I just had to include the picture, don’t you agree?

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 07.31.13

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Vintage Door Outdoor Bar

Source: Infarrantly Creative

 

How amazing and cool would this beverage station made out of an old door look at your next outdoor get-together?

I absolutely LOVE this idea and list of 33 ways to ‘craft it forward! My favorite on the list? So many, but #27 is a great one.

It’s fresh basil season and I’m happy to find this list of 10 delicious ways to use a bunch of basil – yum!

This modern house tour is beautiful and inspiring – I’m loving the orange buffet!

Chocolate dipped frozen bananas sound just perfect right about now – especially with a sprinkling of chopped pistachio nuts.

As does this southwestern grilled sweet potato salad – doesn’t it seem like a wonderful change from regular potato salad?

 

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 07.24.13

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

blackberry blondies

Source: Baking Bites

 

Blackberries are in season and these Blondies with blackberries added to the batter look incredible – who would’ve thought?

I think even frozen strawberries would work to make this Easy Strawberry Sorbet – and what a perfect dessert for a warm summer’s night.

I’m loving this fun vintagey Australian apartment full of retro furniture and things like pink flamingos. You’ve gotta check out the pink cuckoo clock!

Make your own reusable Peppermint Kitchen Clean-up Wipes, a quick and easy project that can save you time and money (not to mention producing less trash).

This beautiful diy Pottery Barn-knockoff seagrass style headboard was crafted from a $1 yard sale seagrass-type roller shade – love it!

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 07.17.13

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Beach-Towel-Backpack

Source: Craftaholics Anonymous

 

Wouldn’t it be nice for your kids to carry their own towels and stuff to the beach or pool on their backs? Create one (or more!) of these cute beach towel backpacks and you’ll never have to hold their water bottle again…maybe!

This Woodland kid’s birthday party is seriously swoon-worthy.

If you’ve got a stash of colorful buttons, making up some adorable DIY button rings with your kids is a great way to use a few of them!

With all the grilling that comes with summertime, I’m thinking that having a list of 11 marinades made in minutes is a good thing – a very good thing.

If you love corn and tomato season, then you’ll love this list of 10 summer salads that all use a combination of these two vegetables!

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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Rainy Day Summertime Activities

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Since we’ve been having a run of rainy weather where we live, I thought it would be a great idea to pull together some fun rainy day summertime activities (and even one outdoor project that uses rain!) to help get you through those inevitable wet, summer days.

Rainy Day Activities: MomAdvice.com

You’ll find a few kid-friendly recipes, some projects to give to others, and fun classic indoor games and activities to inspire you to take advantage of summer’s rainy days.

The best part? This is only the tip of the iceberg of summertime activities – both indoor and outdoor! You’ll find oh, so much more on our 100 Days of Summer Pinterest Board – 2013 edition. And if that weren’t enough, there’s the 2012 and the 2011 editions of 100 Days of Summer boards, too. So, no excuses – take some time to have fun with your kids and make some memories!

Here are some MomAdvice classics:

kid_made_cookbook

Create a Kid’s Cookbook

whole wheat toaster tart

Make Whole Wheat Toaster Tarts

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Create a Homeless Care Package and give it away.

Glow_In_The_Dark_Jello

Wow the kids with our famous diy Glow in the Dark Jello.

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Cook up some cute Spaghetti Cupcakes.

And here are some more way cool activities to help beat the wet weather boredom (please be sure to pin from the original source I’ve provided- thanks!).

Rain-Painting

Paint in the Rain @Housing a Forest

coloured-butterflies

Paper Butterfly Garland @ My Poppet

balloon-powered-lego-car

Balloon Powered Lego Car @ The Crafty Mummy

draw-build-and-play-zoo

Build an Indoor Zoo @ No Time for Flash Cards

duct tape bag

Duct Tape Tote Bag @ Little Birdie Secrets

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Glowing Rice Sensory Play @ Growing a Jeweled Rose

DIY bath paint

DIY Bath Paint @ Kristan Lynn

Recycled necklaces

Colorful Recycled Necklaces @ Captain Crafty

spoon puppets

Spoon Puppet Theater @ Creative Jewish Mom

washitape car track

Washi Tape Car Track @ Le jardin de Juliette

indoor hopscotch

Indoor Hopscotch @ Giver’s Log

indoor obstacle

Indoor Obstacle Course @ Crumb Bums

indoor car wash

Indoor Car Wash @ What Do We Do All Day?

Kid easy embroidery

Easy kid-friendly embroidery idea @ Anna Maria Horner

Remember to visit our 100 Days of Summer Pinterest Boards for tons more ideas for your summer fun!

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