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Summer Survival Hair Kit for Girls

Summer is almost here for me and as a mom of three girls the need to get hair done each day doesn’t stop!  My girls love to swim and we have passes to a local water park so I plan on being there tons.  I always know that I need to plan ahead and make sure that we can be ready to go at a moments notice to keep the girls busy and me sane. One of the worst problems I have is with hair supplies being strung all over the house and throughout each bathroom.  So I decided to put together a Summer Survival Hair Kit for us!

Here’s what I included so you can make your own.


  • A container with a carrying handle.  I searched for the perfect container and love this Small Sterilite one.  This one might not work for you but look around and get what would be best to suit your needs.


  • Mini Round Food Storage Containers are a great option for me to store all the hair supplies.  Seems like we are always losing something and I hope these containers serve as a good home for these bits and pieces.


  • You’ll also want to throw in essentials like a brush and comb, bobby pins and elastics, and my personal favorite, hair detangler.  I just found the Kandoo brand detangler and I sure love it.  Smells yummy and leave my girl’s hair so soft and smooth. And lucky for us this Kandoo has a coupon so print this out and save when you try it.


Place all of the necessities in your container and just wait for the next time you have to do hair.

Survival-Hair-Ki  I sure enjoyed grabbing mine this past week and using it and tucking everything back away.  My girl’s loved it too.  They each had to put everything away and get it out for their turn. I’m sure that will wear off, but my joy of having it all contained in one place will last a while.


So leave a comment and tell me what your best Summer Survival trick is. We’ve got to help each other out!

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Top 15 Cleaning Tips and Tricks - These are great!

It’s that time of year when holiday decorations are down and my house looks empty.  An empty house  always make me realize that my house needs a good cleaning!  So we’ve searched the web for the Top 15 Cleaning Tips & Tricks!  You’re going to love these!

For more cleaning ideas jump over to our Cleaning Tips and Tricks Pinterest Board!

How to wash pillows and make them white again by Inter Design Info

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How to clean glass shower doors by Ask Anna

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Homemade Granite Cleaner by No. 2 Pencil

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How to remove carpet stains by The Shabby Creek Cottage

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The world’s best homemade laundry soap by The Crafting Chicks

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Safely clean your computer keyboard by The Mamas Girls

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How to clean moldy water bottles by One Hundred Dollars a Month

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The no-scrub way to clean your stove burners by The V Spot

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How to remove water rings by Homemade Mamas

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How to remove hard water by The Thrifty Home

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How to get hairspray off walls by Somewhat Simple

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Sanitize and restore wood cutting boards by Sweet C’s Designs

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How to make your old towels like new by Passion for Savings

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How to clean your slow cooker by 365(ish) Days of Pinterest

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How to detail your car yourself by Honeybear Lane

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from the Mom it Forward Blogger Network & IKEA. All opinions ideas are 100% mine.

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Last week I posted about Ikea’s First :59 Campaign and one of our morning problems.  I shared how our mornings have been so crazy and chaotic.   I wanted to find a way to motivate my kids to accomplish their morning tasks quickly so that we can have smooth mornings and make it to the bus on time!

I also wanted to be able to motivate my kids to get certain tasks accomplished in the morning so that our afternoons aren’t so crazy full!  I am excited about our new plan!
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With the help of some of Ikea’s awesome organizational items, I created a little nook in our mudroom!  I call it our “Sanity Station.”  The kids are already loving it. sm job chart 4

I bought these Magnetic Boards for 4.99 each!  They were the perfect size for the individual job charts! ikea-ps--magnetic-board__0240287_PE379898_S4

I also chose this standard Notice Board (cork board) to add each child’s weekly schedule. vaggis-noticeboard__0240400_PE380053_S4

The main plan for the job/motivation charts was to split “to do” things up…some for the morning, some for the evening.  I added a few more things than normal to the morning section.  My kids are getting older and since we wake up early to get ready for school, getting more accomplished will help us simplify our evenings. sm job chart 5

When the kids finish a task or two, they love moving their magnet from the “to do” section to “done.”  I love crossing things off my to do list…and this is a great visual way for kids to see tasks accomplished!  I LOVE these magnet boards.  I love not having to search for pens, or deal with messy markers. sm job chart 1

For positive reinforcement, we count up a point for each “done” magnet.  We add these up through the week and each kids gets minutes for special activities, dates with mom/dad, or even extra minutes staying up late.  They are really excited for the new charts!   sm job chart 2 sm job chart 3

You can grab those Ikea Magnet Boards and then download my blank job/motivation chart printables.  Below you can download the boy version, or the girl version. (Personal Use Only Please)

I have loved Ikea’s First :59.  What are some items that you have found at Ikea that help you organize and simplify your day?!  Leave a comment…we would love to hear!
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Boy Chart Download:

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Girl Chart Download:


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Don’t let these sweet back to school photos fool you…our mornings can be quite crazy!  Every year I try to think of ways to improve our week days.  This year one of my goals is to get more accomplished in the morning, so that our after school activities and evenings can go smoother.  Also, my kids are getting older and more capable of chores.  I think they feel better when they leave their rooms and spaces tidy.  We can also accomplish a few activiiteis in our morning, like reading and piano.  The goal is to check these off our list before our crazy afternoons.  Plus my kids are more alert and eager in the mornings (I’m the one who needs to work on morning alertness, oh to have their energy!)

Being an educator and mother, I know that kids need a good routine in the mornings and fun ways to keep them motivated.  I love rewarding my little ones for being responsible and helpful.  I’m excited to share with you next week how I use some of IKEA’s best organization products to get our Morning Motivation in gear!

We are excited to be apart of Ikea’s new FIRST :59 campaign.  I loved reading about how they want to help families have better mornings.  There is nothing worse than sending off my kids frazzled and annoyed in the morning.  We all have a much better day leaving happy.   survey1a-700x344

IKEA’s research for the  first 59 minutes of the day found:

-72% of survey respondents said that a stressful morning affected the rest of their day

-3 in 4 people do not have a regular weekday morning routine

-49% of adults over 35 that get stressed in the morning identified getting kids prepared for the day causes the most stress

I’m excited to share with you my solution using IKEA products…to get my kids MOTIVATED in the MORNING!  Wish me luck!

IKEA has made a dedicated pinterest board to First :59.  You can find more info on this campaign there:)  Be sure to check out their FIRST :59 page for lots of helpful tips and insights.  We can all use a little help getting our mornings off on the right foot!

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Here are some fun Job Charts from our site that I will be getting some inspiration from:

Brooke’s Job Chart Templates


Kirsten’s No Fail Charts


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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 as work projects, outings, and decision making.
5. Learn to be kind, patient, long-suffering, and charitable.
6. Attend Church meetings regularly.
7. Keep a family history, perform temple work together, and receive the sealing ordinances of the temple.
8. Follow the counsel of the Lord in D&C 88:119: “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.”


Now whatever religion you may be, the list above is a great guide to help keep your children centered and learning morals and values in the home.  Things that you want them to know.  If something doesn’t apply to you, skip over it or think up something else you want as a goal in your family.

So my challenge to you is to have a fun meeting with your family and make a list of Family Goals.  I created this fun printable to help you once you have them written up. The Frame and House picture are from Crystal Wilkerson Designs.

How to Set Family Goals


You can just type in the file and print it out.  Hang it up so everyone in the family can remember what you are striving to do.

Our offer from almost 2 years ago still stands too.

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Hey everyone!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  I can’t believe summer is coming to an end and we have to start thinking about back to school stuff.  With that being said, I have a really simple and cute DIY craft to share with you today.  I am loving this Back to School Scrapbook Paper Notebook!  It’s a great way to customize a plain notebook into something that fits your style.  And, we all know expressing yourself makes life more fun.  It’s also a  inexpensive and easy project for the kids to do, to hopefully get them excited about the new school year if there not already.  Just a side note about myself:  I really love paper a lot!  It’s my favorite material to use when it comes to making crafts and cards.  Plus, the pattern paper is so pretty to look at.

Let’s get started!

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  • Notebook
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Cutting mat
  • X-Acto  knife
  • Adhesive tape

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 Step 1

I started by using an adhesive tape runner along the sides and in the middle of the front cover of the notebook.  You can use any kind of adhesive you like, I just prefer tape runners.

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Step 2

Place a piece of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper on top of the front cover over the adhesive.  I left the black binding of the book exposed because I was afraid it wouldn’t open if I covered it.  I really like this gilded gold paper.  The colors almost look like they are hand painted.  It really is beautiful double sided paper.

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Step 3

Open up the cover on the cutting mat and use the X-Acto knife along the edges of the notebook removing excess paper.  Make sure to be very careful while using the knife, it is very sharp.  I like this method for cutting the excess paper the best.  There’s no measuring involved and the knife cuts better than scissors or at least I think so.

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That’s it!  You can leave your notebook like this or I repeated the steps on the inside cover and back of the notebook.  I also added some embellishments for more character and fun.

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I added a chalkboard sticker on the inside cover page with my daughter’s name on it.  That way if it is ever lost they will know who the notebook belongs to.  Also, there was a cute tab sticker with hearts on it that I placed on the inside page.  It was too cute not to add.

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This pretty floral pattern is the back cover of the notebook.  I think it looks vintage and modern at the same time.  That’s my favorite combinations ever!

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I also added a tag to the front cover using coordinating scrapbook paper and stickers.  It’s just a sweet reminder.  I adhered the tag to the front cover with the tape runner.

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 Hope you and your kiddos enjoy this back to school project!

Happy 2014-2015 School Year!!!

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LADIES LADIES….I’m so thrilled to share with you these awesome back to school printable from this AMAZING group of ladies!!!  I can’t believe it’s time to think about school already….eeek.  Summer has been so much fun, but with school being right around the corner, we have just the right jump start for you!!! Here are some darling notes to give your child’s teacher throughout the year.  Each one is different, so check them out.  Every teacher deserves a sweet notes from the parents of the kids they teach.  So I challenge you to send your teacher each of these notes throughout the year, can you do it?  ENJOY. Teacher Love Noteslow

And here are the rest that won’t disappoint …



1. Paging Supermom: Print

and frame this Alphabet Art for your wall or to give to teacher.
2. Kiki &
: Send this fun toy in their lunch, sure to spark some
giggles with friends.
3. Eighteen25: Share this pep talk print with the
kids before sending them off to school.
4. The Idea
: Get the kids ready for Back-to-School with this fun
Countdown Banner.
5. Simple As That: Inspire a young
reader with this free set of printable bookmarks.
6. Whipperberry: Help everybody get in the school
routine with this after-school checklist.
7. Thirty Handmade Days: Send your kids back to
school with these lunch-box jokes.
8. The Crafting
: Make a sweet gift for teacher with these fill-in notes.



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It seems like the summer times brings out all the bug and bad guys in my neighborhood.  There are many neighborly reminders to shut garage doors and leave outdoor lights on at night. Many of  our neighbors have opted to have security systems installed in their homes.  I’ve been reluctant mainly because of the contract and monthly fees. So once I heard of Novi, I had to share.



A security system that sends photos and alerts to your phone (no contracts, no monthly fees, inexpensive, and portable)! We are working with this awesome Kickstarter project and want to get the word out! If you want to feel safe and secure go visit the site.  They have done a lot of homework to get this product to be the perfect solution for any home, apartment or business.  I know I’m excited to get these installed in my home!

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Hello Crafting Chicks Readers! My name is Amanda and my husband and I blog over at The Contractor Chronicles. We bought a home seven years ago and have started telling our story about our home remodel and sharing our love of tools.

We believe that anyone can use tools and build beautiful things for their homes. We like to share big home projects as well as sharing small projects that you can do in a hour – with the right tools!

Today I am sharing how to build an easy 1-hour rustic crate. This project is a great project if you are just learning to build or learning to use tools.

Materials Needed:
1 1×4
1 1×10
Gorilla Glue
1” staples (or nails)

Tools Needed:
Miter Box
Staple Gun or Hammer
Tape Measure

Use your miter box and cut the 1×10 for your bottom and your ends. The length of the bottom is 16” and the ends are 9”. You can make them bigger or smaller if you would like to – the great thing about DIY is that you can make it how you want too!

Use your 1×4 and cut your sides to be the same length as your bottom piece – so I cut mine to be 16”. You will need four pieces for your sides.

Set up your ends to be about the same width apart as your bottom piece and add your gorilla wood glue to one end. Only apply the glue to one end so you don’t smear it on the other end.

Staple the glued end on.

Glue the other end and then staple it on as well. So you now have a “U” shape – like a bridge.

Now that the bottom and end pieces are glued and stapled you will lay the bottom and end pieces on their side and glue and staple the side pieces on. To do this – you need to apply glue to both ends of the bottom side piece.

You also want to glue the entire bottom side too – then line up the side with the bottom and staple it onto the end pieces.

Go up a couple inches and glue and staple the ends on the top side piece too.

Flip it over and glue and staple the side pieces to the other side as well. You can see that I left about an inch on the top and I love it like that but you can go to the top if you don’t. I like the character it adds.

Now we are into the project about 10 minutes! Sweet right? Now let’s paint it or stain it! I chose to paint this one!

DIY 1 hour rustic crate (12) copy

I used DecoArt Chalk Paint and gave it a coat of Yesteryear. I love this color – it is blueish gray and beautiful! I used my sander and scuffed it up a bit and then used a coat of clear wax to protect it.

I bought some 3” pulls from Home Depot and attached them and was done – Woot! Woot!

So easy and simple and perfect for so many storage reasons.

Like I said – this is a perfect project if you are just learning to use tools or if you only have a few minutes to build a project. If you don’t have a staple gun, use a hammer and nails – you will get the same rustic feel from the nails. Head out to Home Depot and pick up some supplies and whip up a couple of these – you will love them!

Have a great day and get building!


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sm swim tote header sm swim tote 3 Ahhh….Summertime!  WE love it!  I love swimming with my kids and all of the fun summer days and activities.

One thing I don’t love is packing all of the pool stuff…and forgetting things…being in charge of 4 kids and their swim gear is quite the feat!

My friend shared an idea with me.  She has a swim bag for each of her kids.  Brilliant!  And I love that it teaches my kids to keep track and be responsible for their swim belongings.

Each just has a small bag to carry with the following:

Beach Towel

Flip Flops (if they aren’t wearing them already)


Cover up or tshirt for the boys


We make sure to fill their bag and have it ready to go after each swim.  We have the swim totes in the mud room…so much better than me packing all of the goods!  They love it too!

I found these adorable pink “jelly” totes at H&M for $8!  Perfect for the wet swim gear!

What are some things that you do to keep organized in the summer time?  We’d love to hear!

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