Category: For The Home

Link Round-up: Homemade Candy, Tuna Roll-ups, Fall Home Maintenance, and More

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has homemade candy, mushroom risotto, tuna roll-ups, a fall home maintenance checklist, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make homemade salted butter caramels.

Mind Body Green asked, “Are you taking care of everyone but yourself?”

Luv a Bargain showed us how to make mushroom risotto.

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Kenarry shared a fall home maintenance checklist with a free printable.

Life a Little Brighter showed us how to make tuna roll-ups.

Play Dates on Fridays shared five of the worst times to be a mom of multiples.

I Dig Pinterest showed us how to make Halloween Oreo popcorn.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Cookies, a Halloween Pillow, Pumpkin Hummus, and More

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cookies, a Halloween pillow tutorial, pumpkin hummus, and more.

Crafts by Amanda shared a creepy hand luminary craft idea.

Bombshell Bling showed us how to make a cute Halloween pillow.

Around My Family Table taught us how to make pumpkin hummus.

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Living Well Spending Less shared an oatmeal butterscotch cookie recipe.

Uncommon Designs Online showed us how to make pine cone flower embellished mason jars.

Club Chica Circle showed us how to organize the bathroom with mason jars.

Yesterday on Tuesday shared a recipe for hearty French fry casserole.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Living Well Spending Less

Link Round-up: Fall Crafts, Inspiration, Cake, and More

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has fall crafts and inspiration galore.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to use a cardboard tube to make a Superman.

Bombshell Bling showed us how to make a Jack Skellington cake.

Club Chica Circle showed us 25 no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.

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Uncommon Designs Online taught us how to make a fall wheat and burlap wreath.

Yesterday on Tuesday showed us how to use mason jars to create Halloween creatures.

Organized 31 showed us how to make a cup sleeve for your coffee.

Dollar Store Crafts taught us how to make a bewitching door mat for Halloween.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Uncommon Designs Online

Link Roundup: Halloween Foods, Cronuts, Fight Aging, and More

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has Halloween and fall-inspired foods, glow-in-the-dark pumpkins, homemade cronuts, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Halloween bat burgers.

Living Locurto taught us how to make Frankenstein Halloween Pops.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her pregnant girl’s guide to what to sleep, eat, and wear.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make cronuts.

Mind Body Green shared seven ways to fight the effects of aging.

I Love to Create showed us how to make glow-in-the-dark pumpkins.

Tone It Up shared a recipe for healthy, yet decadent and divine, mocha brownies.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Halloween Treats, Crocheting Tips, Coffee, and More

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has vanilla pudding without any added sugar, crocheting tips, a butterscotch caramel coffee recipe you won’t want to miss, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for sugar-free vanilla pudding.

A Beautiful Mess taught us some crochet basics.

Living Locurto shared the how-to behind butterscotch caramel coffee.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make Halloween Reese’s spider cups.

Mind Body Green talked about earthing, which is said to have healing properties.

I Love to Create showed us how to make a hanging pumpkin planter.

Blogilates shared a quick ab workout.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Link Roundup: Detox Your Home, Wine Bottle Pendant Lamps, Treats, and More

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for detoxing your home, wine bottle pendant lamps, treats, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make Nutella chocolate chip blondies.

Mind Body Green shared some tips from a pediatrician on how to detox your home.

Thrifty Nifty Mommy shared a review for the Graco Soothing Systems Glider.

DIY Inspired shared a cute makeover idea for a wooden bowl from the thrift store.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for five-minute oatmeal.

Jolly Mom shared a recipe for yogurt, fruit, and cereal popsicles.

I Love to Create taught us how to make wine bottle pendant lamps.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Dollar Store Shopping for Children’s Toys

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 by 1 Comment

I am a huge fan of dollar store shopping, but I’ve come to realize that not everything you can buy at the dollar store is a good value. This is especially true when you’re talking about buying children’s toys.

What should you avoid?

  • Most experts recommend avoiding dollar store baby toys because they are often made of plastics that have high levels of phthalates. Babies are especially sensitive to toxic chemicals in our environment, so it’s worth spending more to find something safe for your child.
  • Toy cars are problematic because they often have wheels that fall off and present a choking hazard for small children.
  • If you have a daughter, avoid buying her costume jewelry at the dollar store. There have been several cases of jewelry being recalled due to dangerous levels of lead.
  • I would recommend passing on anything that has magnets because these toys often use substandard adhesive and the magnets might fall off and be ingested by your child. Magnets that are swallowed together can cause a potentially deadly bowel obstruction.

What should you buy?

  • The arts and crafts section is usually a pretty safe bet. Stickers, coloring books, construction paper pads, and glue sticks all provide hours of entertainment for next to nothing. I’ve even managed to find several adorable origami paper kits at my local Dollar Tree!
  • Dollar store puzzles and card games are fun and they’re so cheap it won’t matter if your kids lose a piece or two.
  • Bubbles are must-have for entertaining small children during the summer months. I bought them by the gallon during my son’s toddler years.
  • If your dollar store sells DVDs, these are great for cheap road trip entertainment. My son loved the series of 1960s Superman cartoons I picked up for $1 so he had something new to watch the last time we planned a family vacation.

Photo credit: Dollar Tree

Link Round-up: Home Storage, Fall, Beauty Sleep, and More

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up is a celebration of fall, plus it has tips for home storage, getting enough sleep, and party invitations.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons taught us how to make Halloween pumpkin popsicles.

Belle of the Kitchen taught us how to make caramel apple milkshakes.

DIY Inspired showed us how to make Rapunzel invitations with yarn hair.

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Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make an easy rustic fall centerpiece.

I Love to Create taught us how to make a Princess Anna costume dress.

Kenarry shared some home storage tips you’ll love.

Kimberly Snyder addressed whether too much sleep can make you even more beautiful.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Muslin and Merlot

Easy DIY Furniture Projects

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 by No Comments

Spending hundreds of dollars on fancy new furniture doesn’t make sense when you have a house full of active kids. DIY furniture is kid-friendly and will give your space a one-of-a-kind look.

When you’re interested in building your own cheap furniture, salvaged materials are typically the best option. Hardware such as knobs or drawer pulls are often the most expensive parts of a project, so snatch these up from a relative’s castoffs or a cheap garage sale find if you can.

If you can get your hands on a stack of shipping pallets, the DIY Pallet Furniture site has tons of inspirational project ideas.

If you’re afraid to go near your husband’s power tools, you don’t necessarily need to build your furniture from scratch. Combining several pre-made pieces for a custom look is easy.

For example, topping two small file cabinets or bookcases with an old door is a simple way to make a desk with a lot of storage space. On a similar note, you may be able to turn an old armoire into a home office workspace by adjusting the height of the shelving units and adding some pegboard to the inside of the main doors.

Check out the DIY Network website for more great furniture repurposing ideas.

Don’t forget that a fresh coat of paint makes any piece of furniture look more attractive. Choose bright, bold colors to make the strongest style statement. If you’re feeling exceptionally creative, try stenciling a design or using one of the decorative finishing techniques featured on the Petticoat Junkiton website.

Do you have any fun DIY furniture ideas to share?

Photo credit: DIY Pallet Furniture