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7.04.2015

Weekend Wanderlust [002]

Happy Birthday, America! We're currently celebrating in style out on Gilly up at our family cabin on Mille Lacs Lake. Life is good when you're on the water :)

In case you happen to be killing time online, or maybe you're resting up for tonight's festivities, or maybe you're reading overseas and have no idea what Independence Day is, I've rounded up my absolute favorite blog posts from this past week. Wander and enjoy!

*Make sure you check back tomorrow at 7:00 PM CST for the return of the best monthly blog hop in the entire blogosphere EVER!


As usual, another DIY from A Beautiful Mess that I absolutely adore. This Copper Pipe Side Table would look perfect in our downstairs movie room that is still without formal side tables.

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7.02.2015

Disney's Inside Out Sculpey Emoji Magnet [TUTORIAL]

This Disney's Inside Out Emoji Magnet tutorial has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias

Since we saw "Inside Out" during our very first family trip to the movie theater a few weeks ago, our family has been obsessed! I think it is definitely one of the best movies that Disney has ever released, if not the best. They did a fantastic job of creating a universe inside Riley's (the main character's) head and explaining human emotion in a way both kids and adults can relate to. It has given me a new way of explaining human emotion and how they play a role in our social skills to Bean. She can better understand how sadness feels because she feels like she knows Sadness.

Inside Out Plush Anger

And she can definitely recognize Anger, her favorite character from the movie (go figure, right?) It's no wonder she picked the Anger plush during our latest trip to Walmart.

Inside Out toy console
Inside Out toy console
Inside Out toy console

Please excuse Bean's bedhead, I'm fighting a losing battle. Anyways, I love finding her role playing with Joy, Disgust, Sadness, and Anger while she plays with her Inside Out Console (they were all out of Fear, we're keeping our eyes out for him). It's so cute hearing her give them their unique voices, talking happy and bubbly as Joy and slow and depressed as Sadness. We got the toys because we love the movie, but they're proving to be educational as well! If a toy can help my spirited kiddo tune in to her own emotions better, I'm all for it.

From the movie Inside Out, make these cute emoji fridge magnets! They make a great educational kids toy for teaching emotions.

I decided to combine some well known emoji's with the Inside Out characters and make some fridge magnets for Bean to play with. She loves rearranging our fridge magnets, so I thought she would really get a kick out of playing with Inside Out themed ones. They were super easy to make and only required a few supplies...

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7.01.2015

Summer DIY "Don't Spill the Bucket" Game [TUTORIAL]

We played this family summer fun "Don't Spill the Bucket" Game thanks to Banana Boat and as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #BestSummerEver

If you have been to a water park or splash pad, chances are you have seen those over-sized buckets that gradually fill up with water and then spill over on top of giddily screaming children below. Something about the uncertainty of not knowing when and where the deluge of refreshing water was going to fall makes kids giggle with excitement. OK, maybe I kind of get that way too.

After a brainstorming session with my also crafty Mom, we decided to combine a favorite childhood game of mine (Don't Spill the Beans) with the concept of the spilling bucket, and create a fun "beat the summer heat" game that the whole family can get into. We can't wait to bring it up north to the cabin with us for the upcoming 4th of July weekend! Here is how you can make your own "Don't Spill the Bucket" game:

Looking for summer games for kids and adults? This DIY "Don't Spill the Bucket" Game is perfect for a summer family game!

Don't Spill the Bucket Game Supplies:

  • homemade die with numbers 1-4
  • small cup
  • clothesline rope (I bought mine at a local hardware store for just a couple bucks)
  • medium sized bucket (again, bought at a local hardware store for about 99 cents)
  • a raised bar/swing set for hanging your bucket
  • a chair/swing for sitting beneath the bucket
  • Not pictured: larger bucket filled with water for filling your cup
  • don't forget the Banana Boat Clear Ultramist Dry Oil Spray Sunscreen with Argan Oil! (the only oil sunscreen that doesn't make me feel like a greased hog)
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6.25.2015

8 Wedding DIY Projects for My Wedding Re-Do

You guys, my little brother and the last one from my family, is getting married in 2 weeks! Plus this weekend, my little brother from another mother is getting married. So, basically I've got wedding on the brain.

All of these weddings have me reminiscing about my own wedding which, for the record, will be 5 years ago this September. For anyone who also had a wedding pre-Pinterest, I'm sure you feel me on this. There's a certain amount of regret that comes along with having a wedding that was planned pre-Pinterest. Maybe the decor could have been a bit more charming... maybe the dresses could have looked a bit more timeless... maybe your bouquet could have had a bit more succulents? ;)

If I had the opportunity to plan another wedding (not my own of course, unless we got a re-do, love you Husband!) these would be a few things I would definitely incorporate.

Some favorite wedding DIY projects that would really WOW your guests! Perfect for a summer wedding.

Wine Bottle Favors via Something Turquoise

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6.24.2015

How Making The Bed Doubled My Productivity

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RealLifeClean #CollectiveBias

As a kid, it was never a requirement that we make our beds every morning. Oh I had chores don't get me wrong, I left childhood an expert bathroom cleaner and furniture duster. And for the record, I think kids need to have chores so that they don't end up being a crappy roommate in the future.

But for whatever reason daily bed-making wasn't on the list. This habit of leaving my bed unmade came with me into adulthood. A few weeks ago I got the bright idea to start making my bed each morning. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? 

How by simply making the bed every morning, I doubled my productivity!

I have found that by just implementing this simple task each morning, my days have been more productive. When I kick off my day with a little tidying up, it helps me set a more productive tone for the day. Here are my other philosophies that help me get more done:

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