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Turning our Sofa into a Pirate Ship with Wayfair!

It’s getting colder outside and that means us mommies need to come up with some fun ways to keep the kids busy and happy inside.  For us, one of the funnest ways to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon is by grabbing a bunch of blankets and pillows and building a fun Sofa Fort in the livingroom. 
The kids will spend hours imagining their fort is a house, ship, or tent.  Then once they are done playing, we usually end up reading stories, making flashlight puppets, and having snacks inside the fort.

When Wayfair contacted us about creating a sofa fort with one of their lush throw blankets, I jumped at the opportunity to have an excuse to pull the cushions off the sofa again and have some fun and I also was excited to see the cool sofa fort ideas Wayfair had.
The kids were excited to make “The Dreadship Blanket” fort probably because it gave them a reason to scream Argggg all day without me telling them to be quiet.
This was a pretty easy sofa fort to create.  All you need is 2 chairs in front of the sofa to use as cannons and a broom to hang a throw blanket from as a sail.
We added our coffee table cubes in between the couch and chairs because the kids loved standing on them, pretending they were at sea and they were up on the crows nest keeping look out.
The things that the kids imaginations come up with while pulling off some sofa cushions is a great thing to watch as a mommy.
What are you doing this weekend before the hustle and bustle of the holidays start?  Why not pull apart your sofa and get creative!
Check out these cool Sofa Fort ideas:
Thanks to Wayfair for sponsoring this post, All opinions expressed are 100% my own

MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Viewing Party with Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias
Are your kids Avengers fans?  Mine sure are!  With my boys everything has to do with Avengers, clothes, toys, room decor, you name it and they are talking about Avengers.  So you can imagine the excitement in my house regarding the newly released MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Blue-ray/DVD that came out October 2nd.
  I am thrilled that it came out on DVD just in time for the Halloween season.  This is a fun time for parties and what better way for my kids to enjoy their favorite super hero bunch than with a MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron viewing party!

During my last Walmart shopping trip I secretly picked up the new DVD, Avengers Costumes, popcorn, and supplies to make coordinating Trick-or-Treating bags.  Then I surprised my little fans with the movie and made it into a fun viewing party!
They got off the bus expecting a normal low-key Friday night, however instead were greeted with cool new Hulk and Captain America costumes.  Their favorite Avengers of course.  

Then I pulled out the new MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD they had been asking for.  The kids were over the moon excited! 

 After we finishing the movie we headed out to a local Trick or Treating event.  With a full afternoon of Avengers we needed to make sure the boys had coordinating Trick-or-Treating bags.  These are incredibly simple to make!

What you need:
Canvas Bags (you can find these for a couple dollars at craft stores or use one you have around the house)
Felt
Heat n’ Bond
Avengers Printables (Hulk, Captain America)
Print the printables to use as stencils.  Then iron the pieces of felt onto the Heat n’ Bond.  Trace the pieces from the printables onto the fusible paper, and cut them out.

Iron the pieces onto the canvas bags following the Heat n’ Bonds timing instructions.

That’s all, you have cheap and easy trick-or-treating bags that match perfectly with your Avengers costumes and make for the perfect addition to a MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron themed night!
My kids haven’t had enough of this movie and have been asking to watch it non stop sense last Friday.  So we are looking forward to having a bigger MARVEL viewing party on Halloween night with all our little Avenger fan friends!

 

Be sure to check out all the fun MARVEL character costumes! I would love to hear about your MARVEL Halloween dress up plans!

Socksy loves her Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food and the new DIY Cat Toy we Made!

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Our cat is spoiled, very spoiled!  My brother brought her home years ago and thinks its his cat, the kids are sure she is their cat, and in all actuality the cat is my fathers who happens to love this cat more than anything.  My brother and I often make fun of him because it is very possible that he loves this cat more than either of us.  

We named her Socksy because of her white feet.  She is a black cat that looks like she has socks on, so Socksy popped into the conversation when she came home and it stuck.
During my last shopping trip to Pet Smart I grabbed something different, Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food.  I was impressed by the wide selection of Muse® Flavors and the benefits this food provided.
Socksy can be picky when it comes to food choices however we also worry about her getting the nutrition she needs.  So when I read that “with Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse.”  I was intrigued, and I am so glad I made the selection.
Socksy loved Muse and cleaned her plate in no time!  We now have a new cat food that gives us piece of mind that Socksy is getting a complete and balanced diet.  Are you looking for a great quality cat food?  Try Muse’s Clean Plate Gaurantee!
  “Natural has never been so delicious. Put Muse to the test with our clean plate guarantee.”
Make sure to take advantage of this coupon savings when you try Muse!
Before she got her yummy new food, we had her work up an appetite playing with a new cat toy.  This has quickly become her favorite toy and it was easy and quick to put together!
What you need:
A Dowel
High Quality Yarn or Rope
Decorative Tape
Feather Pads
Bells
Glue Gun
Let the rope run the length of the dowel, while wrapping the dowel with decorative tape.  This keeps the rope from sliding off or become detached from the stick.
Once your dowel is completely wrapped with tape, cut the rope to the length you desire + 6 inches.  I wanted the kids to be able to stand while playing with Socksy, so I cut the rope at 30″.  24″ finished plus 6″ to create the end.
Next tie your bells to the bottom of the rope with a double knot.  when you knot them they should bunch up.
Lastly take the two pieces of rope and glue the felt pads together with the rope running through the middle.

That’s it!  Now it’s time to play.
Be sure to check out all the great Muse flavors. I’d love to hear about how your cat cleaned his plate!

Halloween BOO’ing Kit Tutorial & Candy Bar Brownies Recipe! #BOOItForward

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It’s one of my favorite times of year, Halloween!  I love the feeling of this month, the pumpkin picking, the Halloween parties, trick-o-treating, everything!  It is such a fun time of year.
Now I have started another fun tradition for this time of year, BOO’ing.  I recently started hearing about this fun way of sharing the Halloween spirit with friends, family, and neighbors and now I’m hooked.  It is so much fun for everyone involved!
So what exactly is BOO’ing?  You create a fun little package of candy and Halloween themed items and leave it anonymously on someone’s front door.  Now that person has been Boo’d!
This is the BOO kit I created this Halloween:

It was easy to make, contains some of my favorite treats, and the mommy perk is that I was able to pick everything up in one trip to Walmart.  Saving time while building fun traditions makes for a great day. 
Products needed to make this BOO kit:
Plastic Pumpkin
Piece of Styrofoam
Wood Dowels 
Glue Gun
 Sunkist® and A&W Root-beer 8oz cans in the adorable Halloween cans.
Bag of MARS Candy, I chose the Mixed Minis bag because it had my favorite, SNICKERS®!  Plus TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, and 3 MUSKETEERS®.
Once you’ve grabbed all your supplies, its time to have fun building your kit.
Start by lining the bottom of the pumpkin with the Halloween soda cans.
Next take your piece of Styrofoam and cut it to fit into your pumpkin, resting on top of the soda cans.
Cover the foam with a bunch of the mini candies.
Next heat up the glue gun, grab your dowels and pick out which candies and how many pieces you want on each stick.
Put a line of glue on the dowel and stick a piece of candy onto it.  Hold it for a few seconds while the glue cools, then keep going down the line.
Once your candy sticks are done, stick them into the foam within the pumpkin, wherever you’d like.
WaLa you have a delicious BOO kit, but it’s not quite finished.
You need to print out this fun “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card along with the “We’ve been BOO’d” sign.
That’s it, simple to make and fun to give.
We decided to BOO my niece who just got here from Brazil.  This is her first time in the United States and has never experienced Halloween before.  I think getting a cute suprise pumpkin filled with a perfect combination of sweets and soda will make any teen excited for the upcoming holiday.  But shhh her BOO’ing is a secret!
Now that you’ve created an awesome BOO kit and BOO’d a unsuspecting friend.  What are you going to do with the left over candy?  While it probably would have been devoured within 24 hours at my house.  I wanted to do something different with it.  So I made up some of my hubby’s favorite Candy Bar Brownies.
Ingredients:
Brownie Box Mix and ingredents listed on the box.
Mini Marshmellows
MARS Candy Mixed Minis
Halloween Themed Sprinkles 
Make Brownies as directed on the box, but subtract 15 minutes from the cooking time.
Once the brownies are firm, take them out of the oven and top them with tons of Mini MARS Candy Bars.
Next sprinkle on the Mini Marshmallows.
Place the pan back in the oven and cook for the remaining 15 minutes.  After everything melted on top pull them out of the oven and top with your favorite Halloween sprinkles.
Then let the brownies sit and cool for at least 30 minutes while the melted chocolate bars harden back up a little.
Top with whip cream and serve with a Halloween can of soda!
The Halloween cans are available in Canada Dry, A&W,  7UP® and Sunkist®.
And ENJOY!
Be sure to check out other great BOO Kit ideas. I’d love to hear about who you are BOO’ing this year to celebrate Halloween!

12 Beautiful Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Mother’s day is fast approaching!  Are you still looking for a thoughtful and beautiful gift?  I’ve found 12 gorgeous homemade gift options every mother will love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 


DIY: Fold Over Elastic Hair Tie Tutorial

 I love fold over elastic hair ties!  However I hate how much they cost, especially because I know how cheap FOE elastic is.  So a couple years ago I started making them for both Lilly and me, and now there all we use.  They don’t pull or break our hair, Lilly wears them as bracelets too, and I love how they don’t leave as much of a bump in my thin hair when I take my ponytail out.

The best part is there super easy to make!
 
What you’ll need:
Fold Over Elastic, you can get this at your local fabric store or on Etsy.
Measuring Tape or Ruler
Scissors
Lighter
Measure and cut the elastic at 8″-10″.
 Use the lighter and run a flame quickly along the ends of the elastic strip to seal them and prevent fraying.
 Fold the elastic in half and tie a not at the end. 
That’s it! Easy Peasy!
Want to make your hair ties even more fun?  Add a ribbon slider to the elastic before you tie them.
 
 


DIY Valentine Owls Kids Craft Tutorial

DIY Valentine Owls
Supplies:
Used Toilet Paper Rolls
Construction Paper
Googly Eyes if you have them (you can also make eyes from paper and markers)
Scissors
Glue, I used Modge Podge
Ribbon if you would like to hang.

Cut Paper to the width of your toilet paper roll.
Wrap paper around toilet paper roll and adhere.
Fold sides in to enclose top of toilet paper roll.
 Add Googly Eyes with Adhesive.
Cut beak shape out of construction paper and adhere.

Cut heart shapes out of construction paper for wings and adhere to sides.
 Adhere ribbon to top to form a loop for hanging (optional).
 
 


Monster Sock Puppet Tutorial

Monster Sock Puppet

 
Supplies:
1 pair of fuzzy socks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Googly eyes
Pom Pom balls
Felt
Cardboard

Cut cardboard circle that will fit in your sock for the mouth and fold in half.
Trace the circle twice onto your piece of felt, cut out, and glue to both sides of the cardboard.

Cut the toe off the end of your sock, roll the edges around the felt covered cardboard, and hot glue in place to make your mouth.

Hot glue googly eyes to 2 pom pom balls and glue above mouth for eyes.

For back spines, cut two long strips of felt and hot glue half of it together, leaving two flaps.

Separate flaps and hot glue to back of the sock.
Decorate as you desire, we added extra pom pom balls and a felt bow tie.

If you are on the hunt to purchase some fun Puppets and accessories here are a few found on Amazon for you to consider…
  • Easily animate the antics of this engaging Little Elephant plush hand puppet
  • Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
  • Your hand controls the mouth, expressions and feet of this interactive animal puppet
  • Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
  • Comfortably slips over the hand; measures 7 x 7 x 6 inches (LxWxH)
  • This Turtle Beleduc handglove puppet is the perfect fit for youngsters who like storytelling and pretend play
  • Beleduc puppets helps boost the imagination of young children while enhancing their fine motor skills
  • As an added feature, the machine-washable fabric stretches just enough for adults to join in, too
  • Buy a number of these finely crafted puppets and your child will be ready to put on their own puppet shows
  • Approximate height 8″
  • Easily animate the antics of this engaging Ladybug plush hand puppet
  • Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
  • Innovative five-fingered glove design may be worn on either hand to express this interactive bug puppet
  • Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
  • Glove puppet fits growing hands of all sizes, from child to adult; measures: 6 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches (LxWxH)
  • 5 x 9 x 5
  • Movable head and flippers
  • Emperor penguins live on the ice pack of Antarctica. They are the largest sea birds (four feet tall!) and can withstand temperatures of 0 deg F.
  • At the beginning of the dark winter, the penguins gather in rookeries of thousands of birds. There, each female lays one egg.
  • The males hold the egg on their feet and keep it warm with their bellies. For two months they huddle together and don’t eat.
  • Easily animate the antics of this engaging Little Monkey plush hand puppet
  • Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
  • Your hand controls the mouth, expressions and hands of this interactive monkey puppet
  • Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
  • Comfortably slips over the hand; measures 5 x 5 x 8 inches (LxWxH)
  • This Frog Beleduc handglove puppet is the perfect fit for youngsters who like storytelling and pretend play
  • Beleduc puppets helps boost the imagination of young children while enhancing their fine motor skills
  • As an added feature, the machine-washable fabric stretches just enough for adults to join in, too
  • Buy a number of these finely crafted puppets and your child will be ready to put on their own puppet shows
  • Approximate height 8″
  • Inspired by Eric Carle’s classic tale The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Based upon the unforgettable character in the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • This hand puppet is the perfect for play along reading
  • Features 40th Anniversary Patch
  • Wonderful new addition to the World of Eric Carle line of products
  • Plush velvet
  • 10 animal finger puppets: Elephant, Cow, Frog, Bunny, Dog, Hippo, Bear, Duck, Kuala, Panda
  • 6 people family member finger puppets: Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister
  • Great for imagination activities
  • Interactive play, improve communication skills
  • Enhance relationships
  • The wooden panels of this delightful puppet theater are covered in colorful laminate
  • This lightweight, sturdy playhouse is easy to assemble and move
  • Curtains and roof are made of quality, colorful fabrics
  • Theatre play helps children build self-confidence
  • This puppet theater inspires imaginative and cooperative play

Puppet Stand

  • Puppet Stand Dimensions: 1.75in H x 2.6in W x 16.25in L / Weight: 6.25 lbs.
  • Stand Holds 8 Puppets
  • Solid Hardwood Construction
  • PUPPETS NOT INCLUDED

Whipped Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

Materials:

1 cup coconut oil

Scant 2 cups sugar
(2) 4oz canning jar
Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the coconut oil until smooth and creamy. Add the essential oil, then stir in the sugar until you have a thick paste (you may need to adjust the amount adding more or less to suit your taste).
Divide the mixture between the two jars. Add a pretty ribbon or piece of washi tape to decorate the lid. Download the gift tags to make this an extra special gift.
Gift tags are compatible with Avery 5294 or similar round labels.

 

12 Ways to Use White Vinegar for Cleaning

 
12 Ways to Use White Vinegar for Cleaning
White vinegar is a fantastic, non-toxic product that is a wonderful cleaning product that is all natural, inexpensive and it won’t hurt your pets and kids. 
Mixing vinegar with other natural products can help you clean just about anything in your house!

 
1.) Disinfectant wipes are always great to have on hand to clean up little messes, especially if you have children or pets!  Make your own disinfectant wipes at
home using one of these two ideas:
a.) If you want to cut back on paper waste take squares of cloth like from an old t shirt.  Use an old disinfectant wipe container to store your homemade wipes. 
Cut the cloth into squares and put then in the container.  Mix 1 cup water, 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar, 1/2 Tbsp dish soap, and 9 drops of lemon essential oil. 
Adding the dish soap and essential oil helps to cover up the smell of the vinegar and leaves a fresh clean scent.  After you use the rag just toss it in the laundry.
b.)  If you want something you can just toss after you use it try paper towels.  If you get the select a size type of paper towels they are the perfect size. 
Take the paper towel roll and carefully using a SHARP knife cut it in half.  mix the 1 cup water, 1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar, 1/2 Tbsp dish soap, and 9 drops of
lemon essential oil in the old disinfectant wipe container.  Put the paper towels in the container after about 20 min turn the container upside down and let it sit
for another 15 to 20 minutes.  After it sits turn it right side up and open it.  The cardboard roll in the center should pull out easily after soaking.  Once you
pull it out you should be able to easily find the end of the center paper towel and pull it up thought the lid of the disinfectant container.
 
2.) The worse part of cleaning windows is the struggle to get the streak free.  Now with this simple recipe you can have streak free windows!  Just mix 1/4 cup
white vinegar, 1 Tablespoon cornstarch, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and 2 cups water.  Mix in a it all in a spray bottle (be sure to label it so you remember what is
in in for the future).  Shake well each time before spraying, you don’t know the cornstarch to clog the sprayer.  Spray on mirrors and windows and wipe off for a
streak free clean!
 
3.)  For a wonderful rinse aid in your dishwasher just pour a little white vinegar into a dishwasher safe cup and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher.  
You only need a small amount.  Run the dishwasher as you normally would.
 
4.)  Do you ever forget about the laundry in the washer only to find it in there all smelly? I think most of us have a time or two.  Try adding 1/4-1/2 cup white
vinegar and running the rinse cycle it is a natural odor neutralizer.
 
5.)  White vinegar can make a wonderful all purpose cleaner.  The smell however can be not so pleasant.  To make a wonderful clean smelling white vinegar all
purpose cleaner try this.  Put some orange peels (or other citrus peels)  in a glass container, sprinkle some salt on the orange peels and let them sit for about
30 minutes.  The salt will help pull some of the oils out of the peels and will make your cleaning solution stronger.  Add the white vinegar to the jar and let it
sit for a few days.  The longer you let it sit the better.  Finally pour the liquid into a spray bottle and you have a great all natural all purpose cleaner with a
wonderful citrus smell.
 
6.) Create an odor eliminating spray using white vinegar and some essential oil.  Fill a spray bottle almost all the way to the top with white vinegar then add
about 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender or lemon.  Put the sprayer lid on the bottle and shake it up.  Vinegar is a natural disinfectant
and destroys the odor while the essential oil will give you a nice fresh clean scent.
 
7.) Is there a funky smell coming from your kitchen sink or garbage disposal?  Pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain.  Let sit for about an hour then rinse
with water for a few minutes.
 
8.)  With kids or pets in the house carpet stains are almost inevitable.  Clean them with a spray mixture made of 50% water and 50% white vinegar.  Spray it on the
stain and allow it to sit and soak into the carpet for 2 to 5 minutes.  Blot the stained area with a clean towel or sponge to extract the mixture from the carpet.
Another mixture to try is 1 tsp. white vinegar, 1 tsp clear dish soap, and 1 cup of  warm water.   Spray it on the stain and allow it to sit and soak into the carpet
for 2 to 5 minutes.  Blot the stained area with a clean towel or sponge to extract the mixture from the carpet.
 
9.) Clean up that soap scum by mixing 4 parts white vinegar with 1 part salt.  Next dip a rag into the mixture and rub away all that nasty built-up soap scum in
your kitchen and bathroom sinks.  You can also spray undiluted white vinegar on your shower doors and wipe dry with paper towels or a soft rag.
 
10.) Clean your washing machine by running and empty load and adding a cup of white vinegar to the water.
 
11.) Clothing stains like ketchup, jelly or wine can be hard to deal with. Try rubbing white vinegar right on the stain with a soft cloth.  Then just stick your
clothes in the washing machine and run it as you normally would.
 
12.) Toilet stains are just nasty.  Try spraying some white vinegar in your toilet bowl and letting it sit for about 2 minutes.  Then, take the toilet brush and
scrub those stains away.

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