Chalk Paint Nightstand

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I have been seeing things painted with chalk paint all over Pinterest and finally had to see what all the hype is about. I had a nightstand that my mother-in-law had given us with a set of furniture for our spare bedroom. Since I turned our spare bedroom into an office, I had some homeless furniture.  I needed a little more storage in my office, so thought this was the perfect opportunity to make a chalk paint nightstand.

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Here is the “before.”  The nightstand is a solid piece, but didn’t match any of our decor.  To give it an update to match my office decor, I decided on some new pulls and a new paint job.  Hobby Lobby has a pretty awesome selection of pulls and they put them on sale for half off regularly.

I found a recipe to make your own chalk paint at Live Love DIY and decided to use that.  To make your own chalk paint, mix 5 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with 2 cups of matte interior paint and 2 tablespoons of water. Combine the ingredients and stir well. It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy. The paint will even out when you brush it on.

A couple of great things about using this chalk paint are that it goes on beautifully without the need to sand and it dries quickly.  Making your own makes the color choices endless.  If they can mix it as an interior paint at your local home improvement store, you can choose it.  Clean up is very easy, too!

First, I took out the drawers and took off the pulls.  Then I lightly sanded that area because there was a little dent where the old ones had been.

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Wipe off any dust or cobwebs, then paint away!  {I applied two coats of paint.}

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When you paint with chalk paint, it is recommended that you finish with a wax coat.  It is suggested that you apply a coat of wax to your piece yearly.  You can buy a wax specifically made for chalk paint (I picked some up at the paint counter at Home Depot) or you can use Minwax.  Make sure your paint is completely dry, then use a *lint-free* cloth to apply the wax.  Then simply buff it and you will have a nice seal and subtle sheen.

Once you are all done with your paint and wax, put on the new knobs.

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Place the drawers back into the nightstand and admire your new, custom piece!

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Classroom Halloween Party

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Last year I was the homeroom representative for my son’s kindergarten class.  Part of being the homeroom mom is planning a Halloween party.  When I was looking for ideas for the party, I looked at blogs and on Pinterest, so I thought I would share this year and maybe make another homeroom mom’s life a little easier by sharing what we did.  The kids had fun and things went smoothly!  I hope you find a couple of ideas that will help you with your Halloween party planning!

The logistics…
  • This party was for a kindergarten class but I think it would also work well for first and maybe even second graders.
  • There are no food items allowed in our district.  Each child brings his or her own snack the day of the party, but we can’t provide any treats or food activities.
  • The party was one hour and 15 minutes long, including getting dressed in the costumes and about 10 minutes for eating snack.
The party included:
  • A short snack time (about 10 minutes)
  • A simple craft
  • 3 game stations
  • a group game
  • a story
Monster Luminary Craft

After the snack time, with all of the kids in their regular seats, we made a monster luminary craft that I found at DIY + FIY.

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This craft worked out great because it was easy for their little hands to assemble and didn’t take too much time.

Preparing well for your party with the little ones beforehand will help things to go smoothly on party day.

I cut out teeth and the black part of the eyes and left the white part of the eyes for the students to cut.  I put all of the items into small plastic bags so that everything could be passed out quickly and easily.  I also cut the slits for the mouths before hand.  When the students received their items, they cut out the white part of the eye, and glued it and the black part onto the bag.  Then they added the teeth however they liked them.  Then each student was given a battery operated tea light to put inside.  When everyone had turned on their lights, we turned off the overhead lights and made monster-y sounds.  The kids really liked this part!

Craft tip:  When choosing a craft, keep in mind the kids’ developmental abilities.  Some kindergarteners are just getting the hang of cutting. If they would have had to cut out all the pieces for this project, it would have taken 30 minutes instead of 10.

 

After we were done with the craft, the students were divided into three groups for game stations.  They were at each station for 5 minutes and there was a parent volunteer at each station to keep things going smoothly.  The games at the stations (spread out in the classroom) were:

Mummy Wrap

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The mummy wrap is fun and easy!

Pair the kids in the group.  One child will be the wrapper and the other child will be the one getting wrapped up.  We had three pairs of kids at this station at a time.  Give the wrapper of each group a small roll of crepe paper and let the pairs race to see who finishes their roll of crepe paper first!  Then let the child that got wrapped up bust out of the paper!

Witch Hat Ring Toss

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I picked up witch hats for $1 at the dollar store and connected three glow sticks together to form rings for the kids to toss at the hats.  I set up two hats over small orange cones and had three rings for each hat.  The kids got to go more than once and took turns until the 5 minutes were up.

Build a Monster Relay

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These {friendly and not-too scary looking} monsters are from the dollar store and were hinged together with brads.

To do the monster relay, take apart the monsters, making sure there are an even number of body parts if you are using different monsters.  Before the party, lay the body parts face down and in random positions on the floor at the station.  Put circles of masking tape on the back of each piece.  When the kids come to this station, divide the group in half.  The first child tapes one of the body parts to the wall.  The next picks a piece and adds to the monster.  They continue this way until they’ve completed the monster.  The team that finishes their monster first wins!

Group Game

We had time for one last game, so we played “Pass the Pumpkin.”  This game is a version of the classic, Hot Potato.  It’s an oldie but a goodie because the kids love it.  I had two pumpkins so we divided the kids into two groups.  When the Halloween music stopped and a child was caught with the pumpkin, instead of sitting down or being out, he or she said something Halloween related, like “Boo!” or “Frankenstein!”

This is a good “buffer” game.  If we were running low on time, it could easily be skipped.  If we were ahead of time, we could play it a little longer.

Halloween Story

Lastly, to calm things down and bring the party to an end, they kids sat on the floor and gathered around for a Halloween story.  We read The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything, by Linda Williams.  The story is about an old lady who goes for a walk in the woods and encounters several spooky things on the way back, none of which scare her.  Each item makes a sound and there is lots of repetition in the book, so the kids join in saying the sounds and doing motions.  They are also in suspense waiting to see what all the items add up to in the end.  (Spoiler alert…it’s a scarecrow!)

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There were lots of smiles and lots of fun at the party.  By the end of the story, the kids were calm again and ready to be turned over to the teacher.

I wish you luck with your party planning and hope you found an idea or two here that helps to make your classroom party planning a little easier!

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Mantle

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I love to decorate. I love the feelings that can be brought out through the use of paint and decorations. So for each season or holiday, I like to add a little bit of decorations to the decor of my home to keep things fresh.

In the interest of storage space and cost, I like to change or add simple things like wreaths or change out some of the things on the mantle.  When I decorated my mantle for Fall, I started with some neutral pieces like the wreath and glass storage jars.  These items can be changed out with the seasons relatively easily and for little cost.

When I was changing our Fall mantle to a Halloween mantle, I used some things that I already had, like the gray cheesecloth and trick-or-treat banner.  I had the witch hat from a Halloween party last year and the little bead witch was a gift.

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Then I added a few other items like the trick-or-treaters canvas and bottle of spider legs that I found at Kirkland’s.

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Once I had all of the items in place, I thought the mantle area still needed a little something more.  That’s when I found this FREE Bat Printable from Creative Kristi.  There are three different sizes of bats.  I printed and cut out the templates, then traced the bats onto glittery black card stock from the scrapbook section at the craft store.  I then cut them out and folded them to make them three dimensional and taped them to the wall and placed a few on the wreath.

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Now we are enjoying a fun and festive Halloween mantle!  Once November 1st rolls around, I can easily change out just a few items and we’ll be ready for Thanksgiving!

This project is linked up at Tip Junkie and I Heart Naptime!

DIY Uncrustable PB & J Sandwiches

Hello there. Thanks for stopping by!

Last week I shared a super easy and delicious recipe for making your own low sugar raspberry freezer jam.  Today I am going to show you how you can use that jam and a few other things to make your own DIY Uncrustable PB & J sandwiches.

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I came across a pin showing how to make these sandwiches last year and have been making them for my kids ever since.

I now have two kiddos in full-day school and they both prefer to pack their lunches most of the time.  Usually they pack four days and buy one day each week…pizza day, of course!

They like an occasional lunch meat sandwich, but really prefer peanut butter and jelly.  I make my own because the real version can get pricey and I like being able to choose whole grain bread and natural peanut butter. This time, since we just made a bunch of low sugar freezer jam, I used that instead of store-bought jelly.  I would not say that we are a low-sugar family at all, but for that reason, I have been trying to cut back in places that my kids won’t really miss it…especially since a big surge of sugar makes my already active 6-year-old son even more active, and that’s a lot to keep up with :)

These sandwiches are easy to make in bulk and toss in the freezer.  I put them into my kids’ lunches frozen and they are thawed out and ready to eat by lunchtime.

Tips for making these sandwiches:
  • You will need a sandwich cutter/sealer.  I have seen these in grocery stores, but I ordered my Sandwich Sealer N Decruster (affiliate link) on Amazon.
  • Put peanut butter on both pieces of bread. This prevents sogginess from the jelly or jam.
  • Make sure your pieces of bread are big enough for the cutter (you will need a loaf with larger slices of bread.)
Now let’s get started!
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To make your own “Uncrustable” sandwiches, you will need a Sandwich Sealer N Decruster, bread, peanut butter and jelly or jam.  I bag them in individual plastic bags and then put them into a large gallon sized freezer bag before tossing them in the freezer.

Step 1

Put peanut butter on two slices of bread.  Keep the peanut butter towards the middle of the bread because you will just be cutting off the edges.

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Step 2

Add jelly or jam to the center of one of the pieces of bread.

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Step 3

Put the two pieces of bread together.  Place the inside (sealer part) of the cutter/sealer inside the larger part (the cutter).  Position it on the bread and press down firmly to cut the crust off of the bread.

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Step 4

Once the crust is removed, press firmly down on the smaller, inside piece to seal the edges.

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And there you have it!  Your own crustless freezer sandwich.

 

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I usually make two loaves worth of sandwiches at a time.  This time I used two loaves of whole wheat bread, about half of a large jar of peanut butter and about 4-5 oz. of jam.  That made 16 sandwiches.

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I put each sandwich into a sandwich sized plastic bag so I can just grab it from the freezer and toss it into the lunch box.  I usually put all of the sandwiches into a gallon sized freezer bag to keep them from migrating all over the freezer.

I would love to hear how you make packing lunches easier, healthier or more fun.  Leave a comment to share your ideas!

 

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Encourage Someone Today

Have you noticed that there seems to be a lot of negativity out there lately? Well I have.  So I thought that I would share some easy ways to encourage someone today.

These ideas are not new and are nothing novel, but sometimes just reading about them serves as a little reminder that we have the power to be a bright spot in someone’s day.

I like helping people and making people smile.  After reading these ideas on how to encourage someone today, look for an opportunity to do one of them.  I’ll bet you can easily do one of them today or tomorrow. And the world will be at least one smile ahead because you did.  :)

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Be Kind to Those Serving You

At the drive-thru, at the checkout, your kids’ teacher.  Look her in the eyes, ask how she is doing and look her in the eyes while she responds…even if you’re having a bad or busy day yourself!  In addition to encouraging the worker, you just may feel a little better yourself.  Being busy is not an excuse to be rude or inconsiderate to others.

It is amazing how surprised some people are when you do this.  I worked the drive-thru at our town’s local ice cream joint for 3 1/2 years during high school and college.  I have had lots of different types of jobs and I can honestly say that working in food service is fast-paced, tiring and often thankless.  It is also amazing how many customers were just rude or inconsiderate.  Instead, put down your cell phone and offer a genuine smile, please and thank-you.  You will be an encouragement and bright spot in his or her day.

Offer a Compliment

If you are standing in line and you like someone’s scarf, tell them!  We are inundated with negativity all the time.  It is so refreshing to get a kind word.

As I was returning my cart at the grocery store yesterday there was a lady that had on a super cute zebra vest.  I told her how much I liked it.  She just beamed. She told me that she has had it for years and just really likes vests.  She smiled.  I smiled.  Win-win.

Watch Some Kids

Offer to watch a friend’s kids for a few hours so she can have some quiet time.  Maybe to take a bath or take a walk.  Or watch a show or movie that’s not rated G.  Or to get her hair cut…or washed.  Maybe give her and her hubby a chance to grab lunch or dinner together.  Sometimes a mama just needs a little break to regroup and refresh.

Give A “Just Because” Gift

Sometimes, it is nice to just swing by and drop off a friend’s favorite coffee drink or to bring one home for your husband or boyfriend.  Or to send an extra freezer jam or some cookies to a neighbor or friend just to let them know you are thinking about them.  Try it and see how the person responds.

Send a Card

Yes, a paper one.  With an envelope and a stamp.  In our fast paced world where paper invitations are almost a thing of the past and texts, Facebook messages and e-mails have replaced phone conversations and snail mail, an actual card, carried by a real live postal worker stands out.  Pick one out the next time you’re at the grocery store and send it to someone special.

Take a Meal

Before I started attending church as an adult, the idea of someone preparing a meal as an act of service or kind gesture during a tough time was foreign to me.

My husband has had some surgeries over the past few years.  When someone first offered to bring us a meal, I was reluctant but agreed.  I was so glad that I did.  Taking care of my husband, kids and home in those first few days was busy and I was exhausted.  It was so nice to not have to worry about running to the grocery store or what to make for dinner.

It used to be very hard for me to accept help because I didn’t want to be a burden to others.  But I realize now that people who are offering to help genuinely want to. It is a way for them to serve others.  Now that I have helped others in the same way, I see that it is not a burden or something I am obligated to do.  There is joy in being able to lighten someone’s load during a busy or stressful time.

Also, don’t think too much into it!  It does not need to be a gourmet meal!  It can be something in the slow cooker, a prepared lasagna from Costco, a rotisserie chicken, a pizza, or a gift card.  Just don’t talk yourself out of helping out because you feel that your meal won’t be fancy enough.  And you don’t have to volunteer every time there is a need.  It should be an act done out of love and something that you do with a happy heart.  If you can’t swing it this time, it’s okay…get the next one!

You can’t help all the people all of the time, but you can help some of the people some of the time.

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 Do you have another way to encourage someone?  I’d love to hear how you like to do it in the comments!

 

Raspberry Freezer Jam {Low Sugar}

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I have been on a break from blogging while getting my kids (and myself) back into the swing of things with school and Fall activities.  I am happy to be back and to bring you a “sweet {but not too sweet}” post today!

My kids’ lunch of choice is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I make my own “uncrustable” type sandwiches about 15-20 at a time and toss them in the freezer.  It is a lot more cost effective to do it this way, plus I can use whole grain bread and natural peanut butter.  The last time I was selecting jelly to make them, I bought a brand that was naturally the lowest in sugar (not artificially sweetened), but it still seemed like it had a lot of sugar.

When I was talking to my chiropractor recently, he mentioned that his family had all of their jellies and jams made for the winter.  When this idea of making homemade jam came up, I decided to give it a try!  Even though it still contains sugar, you can control the amount and you get to leave out all of the other added ingredients. Now that I am all stocked up on raspberry freezer jam, I am ready to restock my freezer with “uncrustable” type sandwiches made with whole grain bread, natural peanut butter and homemade {low sugar} raspberry freezer jam.  (I’ll show you how in an upcoming post!)

Now wait…are you thinking, “Who has time for that?” or, “That sounds complicated.”?

I am happy to tell you that it is not difficult or time-consuming, plus the payoff is the most delicious jam you will probably ever taste!  It is totally worth it!  I talked to a friend who makes her own jam and she recommended making freezer jam.  This way, you don’t have to worry about the whole canning process and the jars being properly sealed in order to be shelf stable.  You just fill your jars, let them sit out for 24 hours and then pop them in the fridge or freezer.

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We have a very small orchard and berry patch just up the road from our house.  Every October, the sign above will make an appearance and then I know that it’s raspberry time.  My husband and I decided to pick our own berries for our jam this time.  You can use berries from your own yard, a berry patch, ones from the produce section at the grocery store or you can even use frozen ones.

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We picked four pint sized containers and that yielded six 8 oz. jars of jam.

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Once you’ve gathered your berries, give them a good wash.

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Then the part my kids loved…  give them some potato mashers and let them go to town smashing up the berries!

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I wanted to make my jam without too much added sugar. There is a special “low or no-sugar needed” pectin for this.  It will say that right on the label.  I picked up the pectin and jelly jars in the canning section at my local Wal-Mart.

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I bought Ball brand Lower Sugar Jam Pectin and used the recipe for low sugar jam inside the label (there’s also a recipe for no sugar needed jam), modifying for the amount of berries I had.  We used 6 cups of berries which yielded six 8 oz. jars of jam.  Here is the modified recipe using 6 cups of raspberries:

{Low Sugar} Raspberry Freezer Jam

Prep time: 5 mins.  Cook time: 5 mins.  Makes: six 8 oz. jars

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups of raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened apple juice
  • 6 3/4 Tablespoons of Ball Real Fruit Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
  • about 1/2 teaspoon of butter (to reduce foaming)
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
Instructions:
  1. Combine crushed raspberries with the apple juice in large pot. Gradually stir in the pectin. Add butter. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Add sugar and return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour the mixture into the jelly jars. Place the lids on and allow to sit out for 24 hours.
  4. Store in the refrigerator 1-2 weeks or in the freezer until ready to use, up to 1 year.

{Note:   The jam will be liquidy when you pour it into the jars. It will set up and gel as it cools.}

And that’s it!  We made enough jam that I was able to send a jar home with my husband’s parents and take one to a friend who had my son over to play, plus have plenty left over for our freezer.  And it is hands down better than any jam or jelly that I’ve ever bought in a store.

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So now that you know how easy it is, go ahead and give it a try!  I bet you’ll be happy that you did!

Enjoy!

 

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 Check out this post to see how to use your jam to make your own healthier “Uncrustable” type freezer sandwiches!

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Window Dry Erase Board

dryeraseboard I love to make things.  My husband likes to build things.  And together, we like to do DIY home improvements and projects.  For this reason, we have both been wanting to check out a local construction warehouse that has overstock and old parts from buildings and houses.  So one recent afternoon we got a babysitter and headed out for an adventure!

This was our first trip and we weren’t sure exactly what to expect and didn’t have any particular projects in mind.  Turns out it is the perfect place to find old doors and windows for decorating and for getting supplies for some very cool reuse and upcycling projects found on Pinterest.

When we got there, it was pretty much what we had expected…a huge warehouse with lots and lots of things that had been pulled out of old houses, offices, buildings, etc.  The cool thing is that the inventory is always changing.  I was visiting a friend recently and she had made some lockers that she got at this place into an awesome storage and bench piece in her entry.  It is so fun that I couldn’t stay away from the place any longer.  The day we went, there were no lockers, but here is a small sampling of some of the things they had:

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We shopped around, checking everything out.  And then, we came to the window section and I found this gem:

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It was an old, paint-crusted window for… wait for it… $3!!!

I needed a dry erase board for my office (which is almost complete! Yay!) and already use glass as a dry erase surface in my kitchen, so right away, I thought that this would make the perfect dry erase board for my office!  And the price was right, so I wasn’t worried about buyer’s remorse if I got it home and it didn’t work out.

All I used to make this window into a dry erase board were the window, soap and water, a pair of needle nosed pliers for removing some nails and some hangers for the back.

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 Now if you are a DIY-er, I know you’ll feel me on this next part…  You see something that inspires you.  You have the perfect picture in your mind of how it will all come together.  You start your project.  And it doesn’t go quite as planned.  But you thought it was going to be easy.  And quick.  But it’s not.

Well I am thrilled to tell you that none of that happened this time!  I coerced a few random nails from the frame pretty easily.  I cleaned the window with dish detergent and water.  Then my husband added some hangers to the back and we hung it up.

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And it is working out great!  A super easy and inexpensive project made from a window in search of a new home.

I linked up this project at I Heart Naptime!

Nail & String Cross

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A while back I pinned a heart made out of nails and string on Pinterest.  I loved the rustic simplicity of it, but hadn’t had an opportunity to apply the method to a piece of art until now!

I made this nail & string cross art for my office where I do my daily reading.  You can apply this method to any shape you’d like!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own string and nail art:

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  •  a piece of wood
  • a print out of the shape you’d like to make
  • nails (small with heads)
  • string
  • a hammer
  • paint pen

When choosing nails for this project, small finishing nails would work well.  Choose nails that have heads on them so that the string doesn’t pop off.  I chose a little bigger nails because I wanted to incorporate some of my grandpap’s nails into this project.  He passed away a few years ago and my grandma had to move out of their house last year.  When she did, she offered my grandpap’s tools to my husband.  He had made this huge tower of drawers by hand many years ago that is 16 drawers high by 4 drawers across.  It was full of all kinds of nails, washers, nuts and bolts, etc. My husband rehomed the tower of drawers to our garage and I chose some from there to use on my project.

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Once I had decided to make a cross shape for my project, I looked for one to print out to use as a guide for the nails.  I found this one, which was perfect and already had dots that I could use as a guide to place my nails!  You can get it here and print it for free!

Once you print your shape and adjust the size using a copier, tape it to the wood in the position you like.  Then start hammering in your nails, using spacing that you like.  It will work just fine if you space them a little farther than I did.  I chose this spacing because there were already dots on the template.

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It may not look like it, but there are a lot of dots on that paper…which means a lot of hammering nails.  I did this project throughout the day and in between another project, so I took little breaks in between hammering.

Hammer the nails right through the paper and once you have all of your nails in, carefully tear the paper away.

Now it’s time to add the string!  I chose a multi-colored string and white string.  To start, tie a knot around one of the nails.  Then randomly wrap the string around nails back and forth.  This will start to fill in your shape.  Be sure to hold the string snugly to prevent it from coming undone.

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I picked this string up near the embroidery floss.  I did not use embroidery floss because it is made up of several strands that would probably get all knotted up.  This string is made up of a single strand, so I didn’t have to worry about keeping it together when wrapping it around the nails.

You can do as many layers as you’d like depending on how much you’d like your shape to be filled in.  I did a colored layer, a white layer and then another colored layer for a total of three layers.

After the 1st layer of string

After the 1st layer of string

There was a space left at the bottom of my cross, so I decided to add the word faith to balance it out.  You can freehand your word or you can print it out using a font that you like.

If printing your word, tape it onto the wood in the position that you like.  Then use a pencil to trace over the word.  The point of the pencil will make a small indent into the wood.  When you remove the printed word, you should see the outline of the letters.

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 Use a paint pen to paint the word onto the wood.  This wood really soaked up the paint, so I went over it a few times until it was the shade I wanted.

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Hang and Enjoy!

 

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I linked up this project at Tip Junkie and I Heart Naptime!

This project was featured at Roadkill Rescue!

6 Week Bible Verse Challenge {Week 2}

Today is the beginning of week 3 of the 6 Week Bible Verse Challenge at our house.  I shared our week 2 bible verse on social media last week, but not in a blog post.  Here was our bible verse from last week!

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It is Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”  We are having fun making up hand motions and catchy ways to remember the verses.  And the cool thing is…it’s working!

Last week when I put up our new verse, in addition to my kids making some motions and a catchy jingle for (Psalm 119:105…), I talked with them about what this verse means.  I asked them what “your word” is (God’s word given to us through the bible) and how it compares to a lamp or lantern on a dark path.  We talked about how it would be difficult to end up where you are trying to go if you walked along a dark, unfamiliar path in the woods without directions or a lamp to light the path and help you see the way.

In this verse, life is the path and not knowing the way to go or which choices to make can seem confusing and overwhelming at times. Thank goodness we have a guide, or lamp to help us to go the right way.  God’s word is steadfast and timeless and we can always count on it to help point us in the right direction.  I remember thinking multiple times throughout my life,

“Man, I wish there was an instruction manual for how to live life!”  I didn’t realize it at the time, but there is!  It’s called the bible.

I also explained to our kids that there will come a time in their lives when they will have to make choices on their own, and that their dad or I might not be there, like at a sleepover or when they go away to college.  I told them that they are never alone and that if they are not sure what to do, that they can always look to God’s word for guidance (either what they already know from it or by actually opening  up the bible and searching) and be confident that this is the same advice that their dad and I would give them.

We have had fun memorizing our verses together, singing silly songs and quizzing each other at the dinner table.  How is it going at your house?  If you started but have fallen off track, just pick up with a new verse today!  Remember to focus on progress, not perfection!

And it’s not too late to get started!  You can see the full post for the 6 Week Bible Verse Challenge here, or take a look at the simple steps below!  I’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment and let me know how it’s going!

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Kids Camping Activities

I love the outdoors.  Love. Them.

 

When I was a kid, we went camping all the time in the summer.  My husband and I have tried to get out camping with our kids some and even had a pop-up for a short time, but it has proven harder than we thought to get out regularly.  Overtime, surgeries, weather and other activities have had a way of trumping our camping plans.

So, I am especially excited that we have booked an upcoming camping weekend!  My kids go back to school in just over three weeks, so I am very happy that we will be able to get a camping weekend in before school (and everything that comes with it) starts up.

When I went camping with my family as a kid, we stayed in a tent at campgrounds that had pools, camp stores and activities.  Our “kids camping activities” consisted of picking up sticks, playing at the playground, maybe fishing, playing checkers, swimming in the pool, playing bingo at the pavilion, taking walks and roasting marshmallows around the campfire.  They make up my best childhood memories.  Our upcoming trip will consist mainly of these activities, but we will be swimming in a lake instead of a pool.

Even though there are lots of things for kids to do without packing extras, I will choose a few fun things from the following ideas to take along as well.  Since we don’t get out camping as much as I’d like, I want the kids to have fun and for it to be a trip that they will remember. I’m thankful that my husband and kids also enjoy the outdoors!

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Anti-boredom Camping Activity Bags

Sky at Capital B shares her ideas for 8 anti-boredom camping activity bags!  They are all great ideas and fit into large Ziploc bags.  Be prepared to make rain sticks, bubble snakes, friendship bracelets and more!

 

Geocaching

Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt!  Get all the details on how to use your GPS to find hidden treasures.  You get to take a trinket and leave a little something for the next explorer!

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Leaf Animals

This site is not in English, but is worth a look because it shows pictures of many awesome leaf animals!

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Camping Themed Story Stones

We like to tell stories around the campfire where each person adds on just one sentence.  These story stones would be a fun addition to story telling and could be a fun activity for the kids to do before the trip.

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Glow In the Dark Bowling

I found this idea on Pinterest, but it wasn’t linked to a site.  I have provided a link to the pin.  If this is your photo/idea, please message me so I can give you proper credit :) !

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Glow In the Dark Ring Toss

The glow in the dark fun continues with a game of ring toss!

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Scavenger Hunt

Print the free printable, attach it to a bag and then have fun going on a nature-themed scavenger hunt!

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Target Practice Game

Round up some toilet paper rolls, put point values on them and bring along some Nerf guns for some target practice fun!

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Stick Picture Frames

This idea came from a retro 70’s themed Barbie birthday party. Bring along some wooden craft picture frames, send the kids hunting for treasures and then glue them onto the frames for a one-of-a-kind camping art project.

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Walking Sticks

Search for walking sticks, then decorate them with paint, washi tape or duck tape.  The kids won’t be able to wait to hit the trails with their personalized walking sticks!

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Happy Camping!