DIY Kids’ TV Snack Tray

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DIY Kids’ TV Snack Tray

 

Now that it’s summer, lots of us probably have our kiddos asking to snack/lunch/picnic during movie time in the living room.  Here’s a cute little project to keep the crumbs at bay!  This is a post our friend Amber did for us – so cute!

Hi! I’m Amber Anderson, I am a pastors wife, mom of 2 lovely boys, and an avid DIY’er. I post regularly about DIY projects, crafts and family life!

If any of you are like me, you have a constant flow of crumbs surrounding your couches and rugs from the kids eating snacks. In my case, I pretty much let Jude (my 2 year old) eat whatever, whenever and where ever he wants it. This is mostly because he never wants to eat, so when he does, I happily oblige. So with him, I decided to come up with something that would allow him to snack without having to sit at a table (which is a struggle all of its own).

This DIY can go with any style though, I can picture it on an ottoman with some magazines and a candle, or used as a breakfast tray on special occasions. My creative sister-in-law, Jillian, even decorated hers with a paper map of Detroit.

What you need:

  • Tray (I got a cheap tray from Ikea, around 8 bucks)
  • Paint (I always shop the oops paint at Home Depot, a small jar is .50!)
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Polyurethane/Clear coat
Directions:

1.  Lay out your fabric over the tray, do a quick trace around the bottom edge, so you’ll know where to cut. As you can see, mine did not turn out perfect..don’t sweat it!

2. Paint around the entire upper part of the tray. In the picture, I have the tray taped off BUT you do not need to do this. I found out afterwards that since my fabric did not fit exact, it looks better if you paint around the base of the tray also. (See picture in Step 3)

 3. After the paint is COMPLETELY dry, pour Mod Podge onto the tray and completely cover over the entire base with a foam brush. Lay fabric back down and smooth out with your hands until it is completely stuck to tray.

4. After the fabric and Mod Podge is hardened and dry, add more Mod Podge to the top of the fabric. Coat and smooth over with foam brush.

 5. After its completely dry you can spray the whole thing with a clear coat spray, or you can brush on a polyurethane coat. Whatever you think would be easiest to clean.

 

Here is my finished product, we would love to see yours!

15 Fun Water Games for Kids!

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15 Fun Water Games for Kids

Now that temps are heating up – wanted to remind you about these ideas for fun water games!  Also check out another 10 Water Balloon Games – with over 1K pins so far!

The forecast is predicting highs of 105-108 over the next few days here in Tennessee – which means we’ll be spending a lot of time inside where it’s cool.  But kids will be kids – and they have energy to burn!  Here are some fun ways to keep cook outisde with – what else – water!

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DIY Lamp Shade Revamp with Spray Paint!

DIY Lamp Shade Revamp

Hi! I’m Amber Anderson, I am a pastors wife, mom of 2 lovely boys, and an avid DIY’er. I post regularly about DIY projects, crafts and family life :)

Raise your hand if every lamp shade in your house is cream, beige, tan, or white. Hands down. Now raise your hand again if you wish they weren’t. Perfect! This is the DIY for you.

It’s 2 steps, and can be done by anyone. Ready?

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Tree Cupcakes

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.
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Aren’t these the most adorable Christmas tree cupcakes? I thought they were so cute. I think they would be so fun to make with my kids. I’ve included step by step instructions below for your convenience.

 

Ingredients

CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKES

Yields: 24 Cupcakes / Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix (plus required ingredients listed on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons milk
White Sugar Sprinkles
Round Colored Sprinkles
Green Food Coloring
Sugar Cones

Directions:

1. Prepare cake batter according to box directions and bake in cupcake pan using liners.

2. While cupcakes cool, make frosting. Start by using an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 minutes.

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3. Place two cups of white frosting in a piping bag with a round frosting tip. Mix green food coloring in remaining frosting until you reach desired shade of green.

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4. Place one sugar cone upside down onto each cupcake. Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of green frosting to completely coat each cone.

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5. Fill a piping bag with remaining green frosting and use a small closed star frosting tip to make Christmas tree branches. Start at the top and turn the cupcake, continuing adding branches to fill the entire cone.

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6. Using the white frosting, pipe a thick layer around the bottom of the cone to look like snow.

7. Add white sprinkles to the “snow” and add round colored sprinkles to the “tree”.

Don’t miss out on any of our nightly posts in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Series. Join us tomorrow night for more Christmas Fun!

 

Halloween Costumes on a Budget

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Halloween Costumes on a Budget

As Halloween draws near – it’s time to start thinking about costumes.  I have 4 boys who always want to be a popular superhero or cartoon character – never something easy like…. a mummy.  (Hello?  Stockpile of Toilet Paper all ready to go!)

But store bought outfits can be over-the-top expensive, starting around $20 and some going upwards of $50-$100…   If you want to stay within your budget while still coming up with something your kids will love – it’s going to take some creativity and a little research.  Here are some of my favorite ways to do Halloween Costumes on the cheap:

Buy Used:

Check local consignment sales, Yard Sales, Craigs List, Ebay and more to find gently used costumes for sale.  Thrift Stores put out all their costumes in September and you’ll find princess dresses, capes, clone troopers and tons more – but they go quickly so get there now!

See our post of 13 Thrift Store Shopping Tips!

 

Be like Sandra-Dee and make it “Semi-Homemade”:

One of my favorite ways to save on Halloween Costumes is to head to the thrift store and check out their selection.  Or wander around and look for inspiration.  The costumes will likelly be a little tattered or outdated – but they’ll make a good Starting Point!

Let’s say you find a black graduation gown – thats’all you need for a cape for Batman, Vampires and all sorts of other characters.  Maybe they have an old brown jumpsuit that looks pretty non-descript and may have once been Scooby Doo.  You can easily turn this into a bear, a lion, a puppy dog,etc….  Just get out your hot glue gun and add things to it to bring it to life.  The point is – at least with this method,  you don’t have to start from scratch and you’ll only spend a few dollars!

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Homemade Costume Ideas:

If you’re really going to go gung-ho and have decided to make your own Halloween Costume – then make sure you read my post chock-full of Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas!  Find a list of DIY Kids Costume, DIY Group Costumes, and DIY Last-Minute Costumes.

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Buy AFTER Halloween:

I know – this may not solve your problem this year, but take your kids to the store with you after Halloween, when costumes are up to 75% OFF, and let them pick out what they’d like for next year.  It’s true – they may change their minds by next year – but at that point you can present them with the following choices a) Last years store-bought costume  or  b) a Toilet Paper Mummy.

There are actually deals going on all year on costumes and dress-up clothes, if you know where to look.  Luckily – we do!  And we’ll do all the looking for you – just sign up to get your Free Newsletter HERE.

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Shop Online Specials:

Check Amazon, Daily Deal Sites and more for big markdowns.  I’ve found great  deals on Zulily,

For instance – right now on Amazon, there are several deals on Frozen Dresses. you can pick up this DC Comics Boys Costume Trunk with (3) Super-Hero Costumes for only $23.34!  *I have this at my house – and my boys play dress up with it all the time – it’s great!  

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We’d love to hear your ideas too – how do you get costumes without breaking the bank?

 

 

Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe & Fun Facts!

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Mardis Gras King Cake Recipe

Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras – meaning “Fat Tuesday” in French – and it’s the last hurrah before the Season of Lent begins (on Ash Wednesday)! If you’ve ever wanted to find an easy and yummy Mardis Gras King Cake recipe – we’ve got a great one for you :)

For many, Ash Wednesday signals the start of a season that includes fasting, moderation, spiritual discipline and repentance in preparation for Easter.  However, Mardis Gras is all about merrymaking and getting rid of all that yummy food in the house… by eating it!

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FREE Valentine Cards | Printable Date-Night Game

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If you’re looking for a romantic date at home without breaking the bank, check out this FREE Valentine Cards Date-Night Game for a sweet and fun night in!  Just print out the sheet of 30 Free Valentine Cards with ideas of fun and thoughtful conversation starters. 

Cut them out and fold them in half,  and place them in a bowl on the table.  Set the scene with some music, special snacks, and get ready to learn more about each other!

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