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Today is my anniversary. I have been married now for 21 years, but have been with my husband for 23 years. He is my rockstar. He is my cheerleader. He is my soulmate. While we plan on going out tonight to celebrate our special day, earlier this week, I decided to surprise him with a simple gift that says “You’re Extra Special to Me”, just because. I used Extra Gum and a few of his favorite things. Here is how I did that. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

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Over the course of the last couple of days, I have been trying to spend some quality time with my daughter. Usually that means that a lot of crafting takes place. She is my crafty child, so when she wants to create something, we pull out the markers, glitter glue, and get to work. This time — we had a little help from Crayola during our crafting session. We made homemade Christmas ornaments.

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My daughter loves to crochet. During the winter months when there is not a lot to do, you will find the both of us on the sofa making gifts for people and items for ourselves. Her latest creation is a slouch hat. Here is how to make a crochet slouch hat.

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We hear a lot about how Christmas and family go hand-in-hand, with it being a time that you should spend with loved ones cherishing the rare time you have together with such busy lives to lead. Around the Christmas period, that rare time you have to yourselves is spent queuing in traffic or wandering around crowded high streets and shopping centres looking for some inspiration so you can buy presents for the people you care about.

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Not too long ago, my son bought my daughter the coolest roll of duct tape ever — Spiderman Duct Tape®. When he and his dad were out shopping, he discovered it. There are SO many cool rolls that you can buy these days. The lone color of gray is out and the cool superheros and amazing designs are in.

He purchased a roll for his sister and we decided to use it to make a spiderman duct tape wallet.

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I love going to my friend Michelle’s house. We have a once a month lunch date where we get together and make something that we have found on Pinterest. We don’t use instructions, we just kind of look at the picture and just go with it. We found a really cool Valentine pot that we decided to turn into a Spring Word Pot.

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Back in 2010, I had a “learn how to crochet” party with some pretty cool teenagers. In fact, they brought over all their yarn and taught my daughter and me how to do a simple crochet stitch. It wasn’t long after that party that I wanted to learn harder stitches, or something other than the normal single stitch. I started browsing you tube and found an awesome woman called The Knit Witch who teaches you stitches like the double and triple crochet, and then even slows it down so you can see exactly how to do it.

It’s because of her videos that I was able to teach myself other stitches. Now, I love making baby blankets for people. In fact, to date,  I have made about 10 different baby blankets for friends and family members. They are easy to make, so here are my instructions on how to crochet a baby blanket.

How to crochet a baby blanket

Approx 35 ins [89 cm] square.

Bernat® Baby Blanket
(100 g/ 3.5 oz; 78 m/ 86 yds)
in your favorite color

Size N Hook


Chain 68 (or enough for 36 inches)
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 1st ch from hook. *Ch 1. Skip next ch. 1 sc in next ch. Repeat from * to end of chain. Turn
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *1 sc in next Ch-1 space. Ch 1. Repeat from * to last ch-1 sp and sc. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. 1 sc in last sc. Turn
3rd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first sc. *Ch1. 1 sc in next ch-1 sp. Repeat from * to last 2 sc. Ch1. Skip next sc. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 until project measures 36 inches. Fasten off and Bury ends.

Completed Blanket is 36 x 36 inches
So what have you been making lately?
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Kayla saw a great idea when we were at Hobby Lobby with our friend Michele the last time we went shopping. You basically take pictures of letters and then put them together online using a photo editing program. How to create letter art is a simple project that can be done at home with a very small budget.

She and I went walking one day in the park and she found all kinds of letters and textures to create three words for me — love, joy, and peace.

These three words will be hung in my home during the holidays this year.

I’m going to change the color of them to black and white so that it is all uniform and then get some really cool frames to glitter up and hang around the home.

Creating them is very simple. Here are the steps we took.

  1. Take up close photos of letters: First figure out what letters you need for your word and then look for really unique lettering to create your letter art. Once you do, snap away and make sure to take several angles.
  2. Create a collage of the letters: To create your word, you need a photo editing software. Kayla just uses for hers. It’s free and super easy to use.
  3. Save them to your computer and then order prints: Once you have your design the way you want it, save your creations and then upload them to a photo printing site and then hang in your home.

I love how creative she can be. She just always has had an artistic gift and I do believe she has found her passion in life.

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Last week when Kayla and I took the day off to hang out with each other and have some special mother daughter time, we decided to paint our pumpkin. While painting it, we decided to do something that I had recently seen on Pinterest — how to create a DIY splatter pumpkin with crayons.

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Last week, Kayla and I made slime. It was SO awesome!

At first, I wasn’t for sure it was going to come together. It wasn’t meshing well in the bowl when we put the mixtures together. It kind of looked like this:

It wasn’t long before something started happening. It was really neat just to watch the two components start coming together.

A few minutes later and the mixture really started to thicken. Kayla was SO ready to stick her hands in!

And finally, it was ready to really play with! Robert and Kayla have both played with our homemade slime!

It’s really easy to make and has a great Science lesson behind it if you look it up online. Here is how you can make your own homemade slime!

  • Two mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Glue
  • Borax
  • Green and yellow food coloring
  • Water
  1. Mix together 3/4 cup warm water, 1 cup glue and several drops of green food coloring in the first bowl.
  2. In the second bowl, mix together 4 teaspoons borax and 1 1/3 cups warm water.
  3. Pour the contents of the first bowl into the second, but don’t stir. Let it sit for 1 minute, then lift the now-congealed slime out of the bowl.
  4. Divide slime so that each child has a piece to play with. The glue in slime can make it stick to certain fabrics. To minimize accidents, give each little monster a zip-top bag to store it in.

I used the Disney Family Fun website for this recipe.

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