Ikea First :59 & Morning Motivation Solution

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from the Mom it Forward Blogger Network & IKEA. All opinions ideas are 100% mine. 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! 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. I bought these Magnetic Boards for 4.99 each!  They were the perfect size for the individual job charts! I [Read More...]

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Halloween Bucket List *Free Printable

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I love Fall…especially October.  So many fun family things to do.  I created a little Halloween bucket list…some simple ideas mixed with fun outings.  You can download my free printable chart below.  You can print 16×20 (if you want it large) or 8×10.  And add your own fun Fall/Halloween ideas! Happy October! (Personal Use Only Please…Property of Crafting Chicks LLP)   Pin It

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Holiday Hot List Coupon Book and Giveaway!

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***We have Winner’s for our Giveaway!*** Sharon Perkins Bottini Won the $200 Apple Gift Card Angie A Snyder Won the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack Nichole Lee Richins Won the $100 Disney Gift Card Didn’t win our fantastic giveaway?  Don’t be sad. Make sure you sign up for the HOLIDAY HOT LIST and score some exclusive coupons for shopping this season from some of the hottest stores. Subscribe to our mailing list Today is your lucky day! YOU WON!! We have scored you something pretty amazing. The Crafting Chicks, and 3 other blogger friends were feeling bummed that all of our readers couldn’t be winners of a giveaway. So, we put our heads together and made it possible for you ALL to win something super awesome and super perfect for the upcoming holidays… What is it?!?  Oh, just a little something we like to call: A digital coupon book, filled with lots of exclusive coupons from your favorite online shops. Hello, holiday shopping!!! And, [Read More...]

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13 Fun & Frightful Halloween Porches

13 Fun and Frightful Halloween Porches

We are rounding up some of our favorite Halloween Porch Pictures!   Loving all of these clever ideas!  Be sure to click through the links for tutorials and more festive fall inspiration! Raven Inspired Porch from Create . Craft . Love Batty Front Porch from Martha Stewart Kirsten’s Festive Halloween Porch on the Crafting Chicks Spider porch on All You Magazine Becky’s Fall Porch Decor on the Crafting Chicks Halloween Porch from Pottery Barn Black Fabric & Banners from Creatively Southern Arachnoporch from Bower Power Spooky Tree from Blissful & Domestic Bat Attack from Hi Sugar Plum 5 Tips for Halloween Porch Decor on Tatertots & Jello Burlap & Broomsticks from Gallamore West Ghostly Draperies from HGTV Pin It

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Black Crow Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Black Crow Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Hi Crafting Chicks fans!  It’s Keri from Shaken Together and I am back to share a super easy Halloween craft with you!  This is just my favorite time of year!  Pumpkin everything starts flooding the shelves, the weather starts to cool down and the holiday crafting season is upon us.  And what holiday is complete without cute cupcake toppers for holiday cupcakes? I have made cupcake toppers out of circus animal crackers, washi tape bows and even a flower punch I transformed into a bunny! But today’s cupcake toppers are definitely for the birds!! Beady eyes and shifty feet, these black crow Halloween cupcake toppers, are the perfect way to top a treat!! I love “cute Halloween” – is that okay with you?  My boys would love it if I would embrace the ghouls and gore, but I tend more towards friendly ghosts and chubby jack-o-lanterns.  So, these black crow cupcake toppers fit the bill and they are SO easy to make! [Read More...]

10 Things that REALLY Surprised Me About A Commercial Pig Farm I Visited

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So you may be thinking this post is random…why is she talking about pig farming on a blog about “CREATING”.  I have no farming background, or animal raising background for that matter.  The answer is simple.  Most of us eat pork and need to know where it comes from as well as how it’s produced and processed.  Last week I was able to go to North Carolina and visit 3 commercial pig farms and one pig processing plant.  It was the most awesome/eye-opening experience I have had in a very long time.  I learned some things about our food that will have a profound affect on me forever.  I was able to see first-hand, how pigs grow, what they are fed, what conditions they live in, how they are processed, etc etc.  Here are the 10 great things I have learned, things that have opened my eyes to the industry and what’s involved with it! The Pork Council invited myself and [Read More...]

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10+ Amazing Pork Recipes

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Here are 10+ great pork recipes for your enjoyment!! Later today I am sharing the experiences I had at a HUGE commercial pig farm.  It was not only eye-opening, but it made me like pork even more if you can believe it.  Enjoy these recipes and stay tuned for some interesting info about how our pork is produced here in the United States.  ENJOY!! PORK CARNITAS by My Kitchen Escapades SKINNY PINEAPPLE TERIYAKI PORK CHOPS by Skinny Mom Applesauce Pork Tenderloin by the Six Sister’s Stuff  Honey Mustard Pork Chops by the Sugar ‘n Spice Gals Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loin by Little Leopard Book Sweet Potatoe Pulled Pork Sliders by Lauren’s Latest Pulled Pork Nachos by Premeditated Leftovers Roast Pork Loin with Apples and Onions by Culinaria Bacon Corn Dip by Damn Delicious Vietnamese Style Grilled Lemongrass Pork by Ang Sarap Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Chicken Skewers by the Baker Mama     Pin It

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Halloween Scattergories

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We have some Halloween goodies for you today!  We have teamed up with some of our favorite friends to offer 8 free Halloween Printables!  I love them ALL! I’m sharing some Halloween Scattergories fun…a free printable game for everyone.  Details below.  Links for each of the printables below as well…be sure to check them all out! 1. Kiki & Company: Every house needs a little “BOO” for Halloween. Use this garland to give any little area a little festive flair! 2. Simple As That: Add some retro flair to Halloween gifts, party favors or memory keeping projects with these printable tags. 3. Eighteen25: Your Halloween Table will look spooktacular when you put these Eat, Drink and Be Scary Prints to use! 4. Paging Supermom: Use this “Monster Meal” oatmeal can wrapper to create a fun gift for neighbors and friends. 5. Whipperberry: This frightfully geometric sign is ready to frame for your mantle or entry table. 6. The Idea Room: [Read More...]

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Glitter “Spooky” Halloween Banner

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It’s always fun to get a jump start on Halloween since it IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY.  This banner is super easy. SUPPLIES: Krylon Glitter Blast (Golden Glow) 4 pieces of 12×12 chipboard 8′ of ribbon of choice…mine at Hairbow Supplies the 1″ size and “Black Candy” color cutting machine-I use the amazing Cricut Explore Clothes pins (mine were already spray glittered with silver glitter spray)  If yours aren’t yet, add them to the spray glitter list in Step 2. STEP 1:  Choose your font and cut out all your letters on your cutting machine.  I used the font “Coluna” from one of the free font sites.  I also cut them out at about 10.5″ tall.  You could also cut them out with good scissors if you had to and also make them any size. DONE! STEP 2:  Spray Glitter those suckers!  The trick to getting a nice sheen on letters like this is to hold the glitter spray about 24″ away from the [Read More...]

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#1 Best Thing About Wooden Shutters

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I’m excited to share this one thing with you.  I posted in June about the whole installation process and about Shutter 101 and all the things you should know before you do wooden shutter.  I won’t go into that all here, because you can read all about it on that post…details of the install, things to watch for, things to ask your salesperson, etc etc.  You can find that post HERE.  I experienced these shutters this whole summer and found my #1 very favorite things about these wooden shutters that I found while working with Wasatch Shutters. Wooden shutters can almost completely seal off your window when they are shut.  I say almost only because when you shut them, there’s no actual seal, but there might as well be.  These babies really do shut out light and heat!! They also let all the light in when you want to.  I was most impressed with the ability that these puppies have to [Read More...]

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