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Make It and Love It

Make It and Love It
How about showing off a few things you’ve been making lately……and join in on the this week’s Link Party! So, here’s the deal, every Saturday, I will host a You Made It and Love It party, where you can simply click on the blue button at the bottom of the post, add your name, the URL to your project, and upload your image………and then click “done” to share. Your image (and link) will then show up on that exact post, down at the bottom, and all will be able to see what you’ve been creating lately. I kind of think of it as all of you squishing into my craft room, showing off what you’ve been making. I kinda love it! (Don’t forget to bring your own treats…)

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How to make your own pore strips You know those Biore pore strips you buy at the drugstore for about $12 a pop? Yeah, those. Today I’m going to teach you how to make your own homemade pore strips. Make Your Own Silhouettes Have you noticed that silhouettes are all the rage these days? I see them in magazines, on blogs, books, and the TV. I’ve priced them out a few times, only to be disappointed by how costly they can be. In kindergarten, I vaguely remember my teacher shining a light at us while we stood by a wall with a big piece of white paper taped on it. It was so hard trying not to wiggle as she traced our shadow which we turned into a silhouette.

31 Kitchen Tips, Hacks, & Shortcuts If you walked into my home close to dinner time, you probably wouldn’t gather this information from looking around, but I actually really do like cooking, trying new recipes, combining ideas, etc. However, with young kiddos, it’s been years since I’ve had very many consecutive minutes to experiment and make time-consuming meals during the week (because my husband Steve isn’t home yet to help with kiddos). So, I mostly make meals that don’t require much time and I LOVE shortcuts that help save me time before the inevitable cranky kiddo melt-downs happen. I was browsing around online last week and started finding all of these great tips that help save time in the kitchen — and was pinning one after the other! But then I started finding other really cool kitchen hacks and ideas that I thought were so useful, so I decided to round all these ideas up and share them with you guys……..because I can’t be the only one who loves shortcuts or helpful ideas for the kitchen, right??

Tw-In Stitches: Wobbly Squares Blanket - Free Pattern I have a confession to make. I'm not a fan of granny squares. For some reason I have yet to figure out, they annoy me. The first few rows are fine, but the never ending grannies just don't do anything for me. How to make gift bags from newspaper When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper. I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness.

Homemade Holidays: Crock Pot Candles Growing up in my house, we always made our own holiday gifts. We were pretty poor, and I suppose it was our only option. But it was never presented to me like that (I didn’t even know what ‘poor’ was, really, and I had a stupendously fabulous childhood full of ‘thing finding’ and ‘government cheese’. But that’s another story.) It was all about crafting our caring into something unique, something personal. Organize and Declutter Your Home We moved from Colorado to Oklahoma almost a year ago and when we unloaded boxes on that snowy February day, we just kind of stashed things places. Since then, we have tried organizing and finding a place for everything, but sometimes that’s hard when our last house was so different in design and layout from this one. So, I have been on a huge reorganizing kick and have tried coming up with better solutions for my biggest clutter spots and non-functional corners of my house. Because ACKK, sometimes the piles make me bonkers!! I have already done a few things that I’m excited to share (and I will soon…promise!)

100 Reasons to Spend 1000 Hours Outside - 1000 Hours Outside Parents, there are so many things that vie for your time. By the time school is over and homework is finished there aren’t many minutes left. My passion is to bring the gentle reminder that nature play is always worth the investment of your family time. It’s value extends into all facets of childhood development and beyond. Maybe, just maybe, weekend forest time or family walks after dinner should be among the first things we write in on our calendars.

Get Yo’ Nails Did Okay, so we’re only three weeks in to this whole thing and I’m already showing you a tame look after I totally promised some of you that I’d do a newsprint nail tutorial this week. Newsprint we can do next week, but for right now I wanted/needed a manicure by a professional. As I told you in the first “Get Yo’ Nails Did”, it’s important to include real manicures in your nail routine if you’re not comfortable cutting your cuticles and getting into the real work at home. I am not. I’m willing to shell out $20 bucks to have the dirty work done right, but I’m not going to splurge on nail art at the salon most of the time.

'American Idol' Elimination Night: Who Are the Remaining Top 4? Michael Becker / FOX This week’s American Idol theme of Brit Pop produced some of the strongest vocal performances of the season. Alas, after 60 million votes cast -- according to host Ryan Seacrest -- one of the Top 5 got the boot.

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