Kid’s rooms – Toxic Waste Dumps or Garden of Roses?

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minions cleaning1It’s Saturday which – now that we don’t have swimming lessons in the mornings – means Chore Day.


Does anyone else hate motivating their children to help out with the house cleaning? Fancy chore charts aside, somehow ‘motivating’ always turns into ‘yelling really loudly until your children get off their lazy butts to help out’!

Things were going about as smoothly as could be expected this morning, until my almost 12 year old came home. Sigh. She’s not a teen yet but holy moley she can rampage with the best of them! Thinking of teenagers got my creative juices going so I created a little something for my Esty Shop. Continue reading »

Anything to Make It Easier – Customized Chore Charts

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minion choresWhy, oh why, is such a chore to get your kids to DO their chores?

The nagging, the constant reminders, the yelling … by the time they actually emerge from the abyss (a.k.a. their bedroom) to state that it’s clean, you’re ready for a double crantini, hold the cranberry juice. Am I right?

As a mother I am always looking for new ways to make it easier on all of us. As a crafter I have the tools and the supplies to make it fun. (Let’s face it, I’ve got the supplies to help the entire planet at this point!)

So that’s what I’m doing! Continue reading »

Birthday Season – Round 1 Part 3

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It’s been a couple weeks since the mayhem that was Marley’s 11th Hawaiian Birthday party. I think I’ve recovered! 16 girls on one house is very loud!!

To continue with the theme of the party – and because I had a ton of flowers left over – I created a little picture frame for the group shot I took during the party. Marley used the back to write a personal thank you note to each of her guests.

Marley's Hawaiian Thank You Photo Gift

Included in each goody bag (and also what prompted the idea in the first place) were these cute little place card holders I found at Pier1 Imports in their Clearance section.

Flip Flop place card holders from Pier1

They came in 4 different colours. Cute, right?

This is what it looks like all together.

Marley's Thank You photo on Flip Flop holder

Now that Marley’s birthday is officially celebrated and over with I can turn my attention to the next one … sigh.

Come back tomorrow for more birthday ideas.

Birthday Season – Round 1 Part 2

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Welcome to another Make It Monday!

Make it Monday - March

You may be coming here from Lisa’s site where she is Springing forward with a fun handmade embellishment. If you are starting here then at the end of this post I will have a link to another site where you can continue your journey until you circle back to Lisa.

A couple weeks ago I shared how I like to use my Silhouette Cameo to create custom birthday party invitations and decor – you can see that post here. Today I want to share my best party tips and some photos from my eldest’s Hawaiian themed party. Continue reading »

Scrapping our Stash: Practical Scrappers Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop where we are Scrapping our Stash.

This month we are focusing on scrapping our Valentine’s stash, or at least stash that has to do with love.  We are thrilled to once again have Kiwi Lane Designs sponsoring this month! Kiwi Lane Designs creates templates that help take the frustration out of scrapbooking!  And one lucky winner today will get a border set and an accessory set from Kiwi Lane. Details on how you can win this prize can be found here!

You should have arrived here from Jennifer Haggerty‘s blog. Today’s list of blogs to visit is quite long so I thank you for choosing to visit mine today.

Okay, on to my project. Continue reading »