Chalkboard T-Shirts


This post is sponsored by Michael’s.  This month’s Michael’s Makers theme is Back to School….do you ever think it’s funny that we associate chalkboards with school, but you couldn’t find a chalkboard in a school these days if you tried! School starts for us next week and I’m excited to send my boys back wearing these fun chalkboard T-shirts. They’ll be great to break the ice with and since we can change what they say every time their personalities can shine though. Plus they’re easy to make! Supplies: T-Shirts Chalk Board Paint Freezer Paper Paint Brush  I cut a stencil out of freezer paper with my Cricut Explore to the lettering, but if you don’t have a cutter you can cut the rectangle shape with scissors. This is just freezer paper from the grocery store, that I guess you’d use to wrap  meat with. I just use it as a screen printing cheat like here. It is fun to use, [Read More...]

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Easy Way to Reupholster a Bench

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Hi again Crafting Chicks friends! It’s Leanne from Organize & Decorate Everything. I hope you’re having a fantastic Summer. I’m so happy to be here again this month showing you an easy way to reupholster a bench. It took less than an hour and cost less than $10 in supplies. Let’s start with a before and after. Isn’t it always fun to see them side by side? I love seeing what a big impact a little fabric and some spray paint can have. When Emilee saw the before pic she said, I don’t remember it being that ugly. The first step is to get the bench taken apart. It was an easy process but the most time consuming part was taking the staples out. Start by taking the screws out of the bottom of the bench to take the legs and attachments off. I chose to paint the legs white to match Emilee’s desk. Prime them before painting then paint [Read More...]

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30 Delicious Crockpot Recipes


With summer winding down and our fall schedules picking up, I find myself pulling out the Crockpot for dinner. Not only are the meals warm and comforting for the autumn weather, but they also make getting dinner on the table a cinch. Here are 30 delicious recipes to add to you menu!   Lasagna Soup / Tracey’s Culinary Adventure  Memphis BBQ Pork Pitas / Creme de la Crumb  Vegetable Beef Barley Soup / Healthy Yummy Easy  Crockpot Apple Kielbasa / Very Culinary  Kalua Pulled Pork / Recipe Critic   Meatloaf / Life Made Sweeter    Easy Pepper Steak / Gimme Some Oven  Creamy Ranch Chicken / Six Sister’s Stuff  Beef Stroganoff by Yummy Healthy Easy Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Chili from Table Dulce de Leche / Chef-in-Training  Fire Roasted Tomato Pot Roast / Taste and Tell Blog Scallop Potatoes / Family Fresh Meals  Overnight German Chocolate Oatmeal / I Heart Eating  Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken / Chef in Training     [Read More...]

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“School is Cool” Back to School Breakfast

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This post brought to you by American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine. Every year before school starts we have a special “Back to School” breakfast.  My kids love it and look forward to it.  This year we are having a waffle & smoothie “SCHOOL is COOL” party! You can download my free “School is Cool” printable (8×10): Being a busy mom…I love being able to make quick, healthy meals.  Choosing frozen waffles, breakfast foods, and frozen fruit help make preparing healthy breakfast easier. Top reasons I love using frozen foods…frozen foods are made from real ingredients, and really are fresh food…paused….How fresh stays fresh:)  Locking in the flavor, freshness & nutrition.  I think it is great that consumers are being informed about the quality of frozen foods.   This can make life much easier, especially when throwing parties , or cooking for your family.  It’s so important to eat together each day as [Read More...]

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Best Birthday Party For Kids Ages 7-14+ (Girl/Boy) and **12 TIPS**


If you are looking for a party that boys and girls will both LOOOOOOVE, then look no further.  This party was so much fun!!!  I have a sweet 9 year-old boy who wanted a birthday party but didn’t want anything traditional.  Me as his mom wanted to take full advantage of the remaining days of summer and wanted to entertain all these crazy kiddos outdoors.  I knew we had to find a party that didn’t cost a lot, and plan something where they would all be entertained with out too much headache.  We looked on Pinterest, thought long and hard and then it hit us…a night games party, oh and why don’t we throw in a whole bunch of glow in the dark awesomeness to top it off.  It really did turn out perfect.  I was able to order a whole bunch of awesome glow in the dark stuff from Oriental Trading Company because they have not only the regular stuff like [Read More...]

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Spruce up your Master Bedroom

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Why is this always the forgotten room???  At least for us it has been.  I’ve finally taken charge and decided to spruce up our Master Bedroom.  It now is a happy haven.  Here are some of the best things to add to your master to spruce up that space! My husband added board and batten behind our bed.   The bed is so dark and the white trim behind adds light and air.  This was made using 1×4′s and a nail gun.  This has made the most impact. Pillows!  I love Pillows and these bright happy cheerful pillows add so much to the space.  Such a big impact when designing on a dime.  I found all of the throw pillow slipcovers at LACEY PLACEY on Etsy.  Such a fan of the colors, designs, and most importantly the quality.  Each one has a zipper for easy cleaning ..and amazing seamstress work.  Right now Lacey placey is offering Art prints but will [Read More...]

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Dates to Remember Print *Free Template

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I’ve been sprucing up my master bedroom and had a perfect space for this “Date to Remember” print.  I’ve seen these around the web and love that these date signs have special meaning..and a perfect reminder of those happiest of days!   I included the day my husband and I met, our wedding date, and other very important dates.  You can choose which dates to include.  I love it hanging next to our family photos. I’m sharing my free template below…for those who would like to make their own in photoshop.  You can download the template, add your special dates &  tag lines, and use the fonts you love. Pin It

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Back to School Scattergories Free Printable

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My kids love playing Scattergories…but this little twist is a fun version, especially for smaller children and larger groups.  We are playing this version at our Back to School family night.  How to Play! Set the Timer…choose a time (we say 10-15 minutes because our kids are small) But for older children you could set it for less time. For pairs and older children, 3-5 minutes is fun…then they have to think fast!  Or work in pairs!  Pairs are super fun in this game.  So in 10 minutes you have to write down as many school words you can think of A-Z.  Ex. A…apple, B…Bus (but you want to choose unique ones…that other players might not think of)  When the time is up, each player shares what word they chose for each letter.  If no other player used their school themed word, they get a point!  No points for blank lines.  Add up the points and see who wins. I [Read More...]

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Back to School Scrapbook Paper Notebook

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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! MATERIALS: Notebook Scrapbook paper Cutting mat X-Acto  knife Adhesive tape  Step [Read More...]

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Zucchini Brownies and THE BEST Milk Chocolate Frosting


My husband swears these are his favorite brownies…but what he doesn’t realize is that it’s the frosting that he really loves! I seriously make these just for the frosting. I mean the brownies are okay, but it’s the frosting that makes them good. But first, the brownies. Do you have some zucchini laying around? If not I bet your neighbor does. It’s that time of year. We’ll need 2 cups grated, which I can get from a small-medium sized zuke. You can peel the skin off if it bothers you, but we don’t even notice it ones we’ve added it to the chocolate. Add the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa to the bowl and mix together. Then add in the wet ingredients. Oil, zucchini, and vanilla. I’m not going to say these are healthy, BUT I have noticed that they use 1/4 the amount of oil that my zucchini bread recipe does and they have no [Read More...]

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