At Home with Baby Gizmo Episode One – The Playroom (VIDEO)

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To kick off our new Baby Gizmo video series, At Home with Baby Gizmo, we are starting with the playroom. We are lucky enough to have a huge bonus room on the second floor of our new house that we have dedicated completely to toys and everything kid-related. The inspiration behind the decor of this… Read More

At Home with Baby Gizmo Video Series

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Many of you know that we made a big, cross-country move this summer to a brand new house in North Carolina. We have been sharing tons of photos on our Facebook and Instagram channels of our journey to our new house and our progress of designing and decorating the inside. We’ve asked your opinions, taken… Read More

DIY Scrap Fabric Mobile

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When I found out I was having twins, and would need to decorate a nursery on a MUCH tighter budget with MUCH less time and energy then I had originally expected, all my plans had to be reevaluated. I wanted a cute girly mobile, but nothing too crazy feminine or too crazy expensive. It had… Read More

Must Have Homeschool Art Supplies

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Our first official day of homeschool preschool is September 3rd! With a 4 year old (and a 2 year old tagging along) our focus will be super hands-on this year. If the past tells me anything about our upcoming year, our learning will revolve around crafts. My children loves creating and I love seeing all their artwork. Craft time… Read More

DIY No Sew Crib Skirt (a FAIL and a FIX!)

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When I set out to decorate my twins’ nursery, I knew I wanted to make my own crib skirt. I was so frustrated with the crib skirt I had for my first born that I was DETERMINED to DOMINATE in the crib skirt department the second time around. Plus, I knew it would be a… Read More

Squeezable Fun with Wacky Kinetic Sand (VIDEO)

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Ever heard of Kinetic Sand – the squeezable sand that never dries out? Yeah, me neither but that might be because I rarely watch Nickelodeon and see the Kinetic Sand commercials every 10 minutes. My 9 and 7 year old sure know about it though! “It’s sand that will blow your mind,” they tell me.… Read More

DIY Playroom Art Wall

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I am in love with my new house. There, I said it. It’s a fantastic house filled with so many great features and is giving us so many project ideas that we can barely keep up with ourselves. We have been working on the kids’ playroom a lot lately because they tend to spend quite… Read More

DIY 3D Glasses Parent Hack

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  Tonight, we took the kids to see a stage show on the Carnival Freedom cruise that we are sailing on this week. When we walked into the theater, there were loads of 3D glasses that my kids jumped all over. What kid doesn’t love those blue and red, funny glasses? I didn’t know it… Read More

Building a House with Pinterest – Family Room Edition

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It’s week 2 of our Building a House with Pinterest series. In case you are just joining us, this is an 8-9 week series of posts giving you an inside look at my life right now building a house with Pinterest inspiration. This is the first house that we’ve actually had built and gotten to… Read More

Moms Who Inspire V.3

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Who’s ready for round three of some fabulous mamas? See round one and round two here. These ladies are frequent reads of mine – they’re encouraging, inspiring, and most of all, they are transparent with the realities of what it means to be a mom. I’m always excited to see what they have to share.… Read More

Fabulous DIY Birthday Cakes

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Let’s just cut to the chase- the best part about birthdays is the cake! I just celebrated my birthday and my husband had our favorite bakery make me a lemon cake that was shaped to look like the character from the Lemonhead candies. We like to get creative and make our cakes fun, but since… Read More

Save the Pants, Make Shorts!

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  Tammy is a self-proclaimed “Professional Mom” with tips and tricks to share that she’s learned along the way with her crew of seven kids ranging in age from 12 months to 17 years. Before adopting her first child, she was a nanny, and has also served her time climbing the corporate ladder as a… Read More

Easy Make Your Own Crayons Craft

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If you’re anything like me, the thought of artsy stuff and preschool crafts make you shudder. Sometimes I want to tell my 3 year old “I taught math to high school kids- I don’t know anything about drawing a horse!” But I do it anyway, because she loves it. Even if it does look like… Read More

DIY Story Stones

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“Mama, tell me a story!” I hear this phrase often … when we’re driving, washing hair and sitting at a restaurant waiting for our food. Stories are apparently the “cool thing” and although I credit myself with a decent imagination, sometimes, I run out of ideas. My daughter will pitch in with character requests and… Read More

Preschool Craft | A Winter Walrus

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This month we kicked off homeschool preschool with my 3 year old. Mostly we’re doing some directed practice of basic skills like writing, cutting and gluing with a sprinkling of field trips and fun activities. It’s been quite fun so far, more than I imagined. And just yesterday, my daughter announced to the checker at… Read More

Valentine DIY … You Make My Heart Pop!

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The Valentine’s Day countdown is on which means the DIY fairies are upon us. Or at least they’ve landed around here. When it comes to DIY though, I’m all about simple and easy. That’s why I’m a big fan of these cute lil’ baggies of fancy popcorn. Here’s what you need … Popcorn Melting chocolate… Read More

Our Playroom Art Wall

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This year my daughter started preschool. Two afternoons each week she skips into her class and sings, learns and crafts her little heart out for 2 1/2 hours. At pick-up she is always thrilled to show off her day’s work. I’m equally as thrilled to see her creativity Sometimes her projects are small and detailed.… Read More

Moms Who Inspire V. 2

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I had so much sharing some inspiring mothers back in October, I figured it was time for a peek at a few more moms who inspire! These ladies are truly encouraging and bring a sense of light and love to the internet. And, in today’s world, there can always be a little more of that,… Read More

Last Minute Gift Idea: DIY Scrabble Coasters (VIDEO)

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It’s officially considered last minute for holiday gift shopping, right?!? With Christmas next week, you are probably scrambling to get those last few gifts. It shouldn’t always be about what you buy or how much you spend, but the thought that you put into the gift. If you give a gift (whether you make it… Read More

Kid Crafts to Use As Gifts As Seen on Good Day Chicago

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This morning I was on FOX Good Day Chicago doing a “Kid Crafts to Use as Gifts” segment. Since TV segments are short, we couldn’t do full tutorials on how to make each craft. If you’d like to make one of the featured crafts this holiday, all the crafts are listed below with  links to full, in-depth… Read More