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ABC Family: 25 Days of Christmas Shows Schedule

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ABC 25 Days of Christmas Shows Schedule

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DIY Kids’ TV Snack Tray

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DIY Kids’ TV Snack Tray

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!

DIY Halloween Centerpiece (Just $3 to make!)

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If you’re looking for a cute and inexpensive Halloween Centerpiece to make this Fall – here’s an idea that takes hardly any time and uses items found mostly at the Dollar Tree!

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Talk Like a Pirate Day Freebies | FREE Krispy Kreme, Kids Apps, Eyepatch Tutorial & More!

Just a reminder that today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! We’ve added a couple fun new Talk Like a Pirate Day Freebies to our Pirate Day Freebie Roundup List – so make sure you take advantage of all the excitement! (Please leave a comment if you hear about any other freebies or deals happening today)

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DIY Felt Flower Pillow (UpCycle a boring old pillow!)

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This cute DIY Felt Flower Pillow would be such a cute Fall craft to cozy up your nest!

 

 

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 – and you can visit my Etsy Shop here!

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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?

 

 

Scarecrow Crunch Recipe (Festive fall treat!!)

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Scarecrow Crunch Recipe

Fall is in the air – and you may want to keep this yummy snack in mind for upcoming parties!

Jamie here!  I had some extra Brach’s Autumn Mellowcreme mix that was left-over from a fall party at youth group.  Since I can’t be trusted around that stuff, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try to make Scare Crow Crunch for the kids! [Read more...]

Make a Costume Chest for Imaginative Fun!

 Make a Costume Chest for Imaginative Fun!

Halloween is coming, which means pretty soon you’ll be able to find some awesome deals on costumes.  ESPECIALLY keep an eye on thrift stores, as they pull out all their dress-up clothes for the upcoming holiday!

Costumes make great gifts, they bring out kids’ imaginations and get them away from a glowing screen for awhile.  Make a costume chest and you’re kids will always have a go-to place to let their imaginations run wild.

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