Fun Hair for Back to School



With just 1 daughter I often wonder how my mom managed to keep her 4 daughters hair fixed! I’ve learned that the number 1 goal when fixing girls hair is to keep it out of her face and the 2nd is to look cute! Here are 10 fun ways to accomplish both of those:


Waterfall Braid


4 Little Twists


Quick Messy Bun

fingerburn Finger Burn Curls

Celtic Knot

Celtic Knot


Triple Dutch Braids


Faux 5 Strand Braid


The Bow Bun

toddler hairstyle

Shoelace Knot


DIY Hair Chalk


Zig Zag Updo

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Family Goals with Free Printable

How to Set Family Goals

So I feel pretty lucky to have these amazing people in my life.  They each make my life so much better! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to raise my girls to have good morals and high self esteem when everything around us seems to want to tear and break people down. Each Monday night our little family gets together and we have Family Home Evening.  Through Pinterest I found a blog, A year of FHE, and Emilie has a lesson titled “Our Family.”  I loved the lesson and found that it was just what I had been searching for as a way to get and keep our family on track. As I was reading through the lesson, I found a list of Family goals and loved them. 1. Have family prayer every night and morning. 2. Teach children the gospel every week in family home evening. 3. Study the scriptures regularly as a family. 4. Do things together as a family, such [Read More...]

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Rustic Olive 2×4 Sofa Table

Rustic Olive 2x4 Sofa Table (2) copy

Hello friends! Amanda here with The Contractor Chronicles and I am back today to share a fun little olive sofa table that is so easy to whip up and would look great anywhere in your home! The only tools you need for this project are a miter saw and a drill! You can find the plans for this fun little 2×4 sofa table – complete with shopping list, cut list and break down – here! Spencer and I didn’t have our Kreg Jig yet so we used 3” wood screws and screwed the whole thing together. I was fine with it since I knew we would be painting it and it didn’t matter if I had to use a lot of wood filler. We followed the simple plans and within an hour had a fun and chunky sofa table built and ready for sanding! After I had the whole thing sanded down, I used Minwax cherry stain and stained along [Read More...]

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Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake

Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake

I’m back with another zucchini recipe! The Zucchini Brownies were a huge hit, so I figure I’m not the only one trying to find ways to use up piles of zucchini. There’s not any chocolate in this recipe, but the combination of zucchini, pineapple and coconut closely resembles my husbands favorite carrot cake recipe, so it’s a hit at our house. First, mix together your dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients. And stir it all together. With quick recipes like this I prefer to mix by hand instead of pulling out the mixer, anyone else? Once the cake has cooled spread cream cheese frosting on top. I pull out the mixers for this. Print Pineapple Zucchini Sheet Cake Ingredients1 1/2 cup flour 1 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup coconut 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4-1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 pinch ginger 3 TBSP oil 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups grated zucchini 1 (20 [Read More...]

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Frozen Yogurt Topping Bar


This post is sponsored by Elmer’s. Topping bars are awesome because they cater to everyone’s tastes! We’ve done a pizza bar, pasta bar, baked potato bar, and hot dog bar before with great success. So when I was planning our dessert for a church activity I knew that I wanted to have a topping bar and frozen yogurt is so popular that I knew it would be a hit! I picked up some toppings and made a chalkboard art sign and it was a hit. I had teenagers oohing and awwing over the fruit even after we ran out of frozen yogurt and the Reese’s they were getting back in line for more blueberries, strawberries and kiwi. So I’m going to count this as a smashing hit. I’ve been a long time admirer of chalkboard art, but I’m not confident enough in my handwriting and proportion skills to every try it on a real chalkboard. Well Elmer’s new chalkboard foam [Read More...]

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Printable Kings and Queens crown {Free Printable}

love this cute little printable crown! love that they can make it their own.

Hi everyone, It’s Kiki from Kiki and Company and I am so excited to be here again to share a new free printable with you all. I don’t know about you, but having a girl is SO much fun! Mine is full of spunk, personality and filled with an imagination. You can often find her dressed up like a princess wanting tea parties and playing make believe. Well, today I am here to help you outfit your queens and kings in a fun and unique way: A printable king and queen crown! To make the crowns simply download the free files. Cut them out (along with the long rectangles!). Let your child decorate their crown to their heats desire. When you are done, glue the long strips of paper to the sides of the crown. Measure on child and glue into a crown. I used hot glue, but use any glue that you have on hand, even tape works! These [Read More...]

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Scallop Mary Janes

Leather Shoes

Our team picked black and white for our theme in this month’s Cricut DesignSpace Star Challenge. The category is gear or fashion. Since I have a shoe obsessed 2 year old I put it all together and came up with these precious little Scalloped Mary Janes in black and white! You might remember my oohing and aawing over the Cricut’s ability to cut leather in my last challenge project, so of course I kept with the leather on this project. I designed a shoe pattern in Illustrator and imported the .svg into Cricut Design Space. It took a few revisions, but that’s okay cause I started out using paper for the mock-up. Thank goodness because I went through quite a few alterations. How sweet is this! To make things go smoother you’ll want to use a leather needle, and these clips are used for quilt binding-but worked awesome at keeping the leather layers together since pinning won’t work. And velcro [Read More...]

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Happy Birthday Cards


Happy Birthday to you and you!  We’ve teamed up with our printable group this month to bring you some great Birthday Printables that are bound to make your life easier. For me it always seems like I need a birthday card.  Well I’m all set now with these fun birthday cards I worked up.   I love the vibrate colors we worked with. I made a polka dot version:   And a stripe version of the cards:   And… Make sure you check out these other great printables! I’m ready to download them all now! 1.Whipperberry:Make this festive banner once and reuse it over and over again! 2. Eighteen25: Keep all those special birthdays in one spot with these Birthday Tracker Tags! 3. SimpleAs That: Add some colorful flair to your next birthday party with these 3×4 printable tags and coordinating cupcake flags, perfect to slip into a scrapbook after. 4. PagingSupermom: Print this GIANT happy birthday poster for less than $8 to help celebrate that special [Read More...]

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Quick & Easy Coffee Filter Party Favors

Quick and easy coffee filter party favors!

Well, hey there!  It’s Keri from Shaken Together and I couldn’t be happier to be here with you today!  Now, despite all the exclamation points, I am still trying to come to grips that this time of year means that I now have boys in middle school and high school {say what?!}.  But, I have decided I have to shake off the back to school blues.  Want to know why?  We are heading into party season!  Back to school parties, class parties, birthday parties, football parties, holiday parties and just because parties!  And in my book, every great party needs a really great party favor.  So, I am sharing a super cute {but totally inexpensive} party idea that you can make for any holiday, season or theme … Quick & Easy Coffee Filter Party Favors! That’s right!  Can you believe that those super cute stamped pockets start from humble cone shaped coffee filters?  They are naturally the perfect shape to hold candy, confetti, [Read More...]

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DIY Floral Crowns

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Hi there Crafting Chicks followers! This is Ali from Dream Crafter back again to share another artsy fartsy idea. I’m sure you have seen these floral crowns floating around Pinterest and I can’t get enough of them! (Sigh…if only I had  girl.) But I do love them for adults too. Not only are these floral crowns really cute, they are also REALLY easy to make (my favorite aspect of any craft.) Here’s what you’ll need to make these festive little beauties: 1. A whole bunch of fake flowers. (I would suggest getting some quality ones like at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.) I had an entire box full of fake flowers in my grandma’s basement just waiting to be used. Score! 2. Fabric Scissors 3. Neutral colored felt 4. Floral wire 5. Needle nose pliers 6. Wire cutters 7. Regular craft scissors 8. Hot glue gun and glue 9. Headbands or something stiff you can make a crown with. (Like thick [Read More...]

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