Thursday, December 26, 2013

Make Gift Tags from Wrapping Paper

Crafty project for Christmas using wrapping paper scrapbook paper and construction paper

Want to know a secret? I still have scraps of wrapping paper from 5 years ago. In fact, every Christmas my sisters and I would collect leftover wrapping paper. At one point, It became the thing to do at our house after all the gifts were wrapped and later opened. I needed to do something with them but didn't have the heart to recycle some of the cuter paper.

The solution? Make gift tags!  It definitely became a beautiful way to add a personal touch to holiday presents. Let the kids help out!

For this crafty project, I will tell you 2 easy and creative ways to make gift tags using leftover wrapping paper and scrapbook paper.  

Reuse old Christmas wrapping paper and make gift tags
Give the kids a holiday project to do!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag {Checklist & Printable}

Tips for Packing a Labor Bag. Free Printable.
Be prepared for labor with this Hospital Bag Checklist! 
Having a baby is an emotionally joyous, physically demanding, and a moment-by-moment experience for any woman. From the first time mom to the experienced pro, all moms can feel prepared and ready to go with a well-packed hospital bag.

Need ideas and a checklist for your hospital bag? Or know an expectant mom that needs one? 

Here's the list that got me through my labor and delivery!  

Friday, December 06, 2013

How To Make A Christmas Wreath

Christmas wreaths are a welcoming symbol of the holidays (especially if you don't see snow!) So I think it's fitting to kick off December with a step-by-step tutorial on making the traditional Christmas wreath (in 3 steps!)

Warning: expect kisses if you use mistletoe.

Garland wreath wooden frame red bow

Welcome holiday visitors with a DIY Christmas wreath hung on the door. With a few items, you can create a lovely symbol of the holidays and use it every year.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Meal Planning Tool: Magnetic Dinner Menu Board

A menu board is a tool I use to organize meal planning in our home. 

DIY Upcycled magnetic board
Plan your meals and you'll be less stressed about them!
But before I had a good system in place, I tried using a store-bought magnetic calendar dry eraser board.  

And overtime, I just couldn't commit to it. 

So one day, I decided to cover it all up.

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Snack Time Favorite: My Version of Red Robin's Parmesan Garlic Steak Fries

Toddler snacks garlic parmesan parsley butter fries
Make Garlic Parmesan Fries with your own seasoning mix. This post will show you how.
My darling toddler son can sometimes be picky about his meals.  But the boy loves those garlic fries from Red Robin. So I decided to make them at home.  After all, I can control the salt content and play around with the flavors.  

Monday, November 25, 2013

DIY Gift and Organizing Idea: The Memory Box

Sometimes memories are so meaningful they imprint upon one's soul. 

And for everything else (that's tangible), there's the memory box: a box to store all your keepsakes, cards and photos.  You can use one to keep birthday cards, Christmas cards, and post cards.  

Making a memory box for someone else is a special gift. You can use the couple's wedding colors to personalize their memory box (like I did below). Here's a DIY memory box I made as a wedding gift for a young couple. 
Blue and Purple Photo Personalized Keepsake Memory Box Handmade
Use a memory box to store keepsakes and cards from that special day. Store it away and open it on each anniversary.

Monday, November 18, 2013

DIY Sewing Kit (Using a Mason Jar and a Baby Sock)

Got some old baby socks lying around?  

Upcycle them by making a DIY mason jar pin cushion and sewing kit! 

The kit makes a cute gift too.
DIY Pin Cushion Sewing Kit Do It Yourself Baby Socks Cheap
Store your sewing materials in a DIY mason jar sewing kit with a pin cushion made from a baby sock.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What's On Your Fall Bucket List? 20+ Ideas To Get You Started

organizing family activities for the fall
Create a fall bucket list for you and your family.

'Tis the season for a starting a gratitude journal or attending a fall festival with your family.

Friday, June 28, 2013

It's Summer! Outdoor Activities for Toddlers (A Bucket list)

bucket list activities for your toddler
Take the "thinking" out of planning: create a list of activities for your toddler.

I was in the middle of spring cleaning when summer arrived.  Then it dawned on me: what are we doing this summer?!   

Thank goodness for bucket lists.

As a SAHM, a bucket list (of anything, really) can save us time---time usually spent on thinking about what to do this summer.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What You Should Know About The Experience Of Motherhood

It's an important lesson for us all---that maybe motherhood wasn't meant to be done in isolation or within our immediate nuclear families.

There are at least 85 million moms in the United States.  What does that number mean for you?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Quick and Easy Creamy Pesto Pasta

I love pesto.  And I love cheese.  

And when a dish takes less than 15 minutes to make from stove top to table top, I love that too.

Introducing an easy pasta dish you can make any day of the week, and especially on the nights you don't have time to make dinner.

summertime meals quick and easy pasta pesto cream
Creamy Pesto Pasta: you can go light or heavy on the sauce.  Your choice!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

How To Make Laminated Placemats

When the seasons change, your decor can too.

Why not channel the interior decorator in you (and in your kids) by creating DIY reversible placemats for your home?   

Table Setting DIY Kids Project Placemats
Teach your kids to set the table with laminated reversible placemats.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Two-Week Menu Plan {Printable}

Today's printable is a two-week menu plan. It's a good place to start if you are new to meal planning.  

Use a two-week menu plan to organize your dinners.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Are You An Overwhelmed Mom? Start Here.

It’s no moms, we have a lot of work to do.  

There are good days and chaotic ones.  

There are days when we feel we just can’t keep up.  The laundry. The cooking. The children. The family calendar. The list can go on and on.  

A good friend and counselor once gave me this piece of advice.  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Car History Log {Printable}

Track your repairs and maintenance dates by creating a car history log.

The printable for today is the Car History Log.

3 reasons why you may need one:

5 Qualities That Move Your Family From Good to Great

What makes for a healthy and happy family?

love and family
from  Five-Star Families: Moving Yours From Good to Great (p 127)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Family Rules {Printable}

Today's printable is a list of family rules.  

Do you and your husband come from two different worlds in the way you were raised? Creating family rules may help.  There are at benefits to displaying your family rules. 

Family Rules
Now you can remind everyone of your family values.  Family rules can be posted in a frame or on the fridge. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Make a DIY diaper cake (while your toddler naps!)

It's mother's day weekend!  I can't think of a better weekend for a baby shower.  

Attending a baby shower? Make a diaper cake in just a few steps.
Presenting...the DIY diaper cake.  It's practical, meaningful, and there's no baking required.  I'm going to tell you how to make one with items you may already have.   

Monday, May 06, 2013

The Easiest Filipino Dish Ever: Chicken Adobo

Staple dishes like Adobo are a must in my cookbook.  Staple dishes inspire variations and allow me to diversify my meals so I don't have to hear "not the same dish again!"