Amusement Park Must-Haves: When Going With Kids


  This post may contain affiliate links It’s the season for roller coasters and ferris wheels!  You know I love to go to Disneyland, but I also love going to the local amusement park, Lagoon, and all the water parks nearby as well.  I’ve developed my list of go-to items that are easy to pack but are things that are good to have on hand.  Since I go so often, I have people ask me all the time what they should pack and take with them so I thought I’d share it with you all too. Water Bottle: I like to have a water bottle for each member of the family.  Our family favorites are these Camelbak ones for kids and these Camelbak ones for adults First-Aid Kit: It never fails that someone, either that’s in your group or not, will need a bandage.  I have found taking this little first aid kit saves a lot of time and stress. Jogging [Read More…]

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Nobody can argue with the fact that wooden shutters are absolutely stunning from the inside and outside of your home.  They are an instant curb appeal upgrade as well as a dramatic indoor upgrade.  With a purchase this large, you need to know ALL the details about what to make sure you know and ask from start to finish.  Wooden shutters are an investment of heart and money and definitely a long-term relationship.  You want to ask all the questions and make sure the company and shutter you choose is a great fit for what you want and need. If you know me, you know that making a large purchase and oftentimes small purchase warrants a CRAZY research process.  I want to know that I am getting the best shutter for the best value.  I have been so lucky to work with Wasatch Shutters on the project of installing shutters on the back windows of our home.  We have A HUGE [Read More…]

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Easy Grilling Apron

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Summer is here and just thought of turning on the oven in the summer makes me hot. So most of our cooking is done on the grill. We’re big fans of grilled pizza at our house! Anyone else anti cooking during the summer? I have ruffley aprons, but they look a little out of place with the grill. Riley Blake’s cotton duck home decor fabric is a little heavier and tougher so I knew it would work great for a grilling apron. I chose Aqua Found Label and Gray Found Damask from the Lost and Found line by My Mind’s Eye. You’ll need 1 yd of the main fabric and .5 yd for the pocket, as well has 3 yds cotton webbing for the ties.   Fold the fabric in half (we’ll get a front and a back to the apron) and measure out 13″. Using a pencil or chalk, make a line at 13″ and up 20″ From the [Read More…]

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Tropical Fruit & Greek Yogurt Parfait


This post is sponsored by DOLE Fruit in Jars but all opinions are my own and this parfait is delicious. Things are in full summertime swing at my house.  We are running from swim lesson to park dates and pool parties.  I am constantly looking for some healthy and quick snacks ideas for my kids and I to eat while almost always on the go. Fruit is a must for us all year round, and that’s one reason I was so excited to try out DOLE Fruit in Jars.  They are super easy, tasty, and very convenient for on the go families like ours.  I love that the DOLE Fruit Jars have a resealable lid so you can use what you need and stick the rest in the fridge.  And they are packed in 100% fruit juice, not a sugar syrup. One thing I’ve learned is to pair fruit with some protein to pack the best snacking punch. So I [Read More…]

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Printable 4th of July Hot Dog Holders

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Helllloooo Crafting Chicks Followers! How you doin’? (Imagine me saying that Joey’s voice). My name is Ali from Dream Crafter and I am so excited to be sharing this fun printable with you today. I’ve always been a sucker for a good printable. There’s nothing more magical then clicking, downloading and printing something right from your home computer and then feeling all cool like you created something magnificent. Every time I use a printable (that someone else created) I’m like, “Yeah…I did my crafting for the day and it turned out really well. I am a super accomplished person and everyone loves me. I think I’ll take my nap now.” And because I know you all feel the same way, I have decided that sharing a printable would be for the best. May I present to you, the printable hot dog holder! (Literally I could not think of a fancier name for these.) I made three of these bad boys [Read More…]

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Okie Caviar

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This is one of our family favorite go-tos in the summer. Maybe it’s because almost all the ingredients are pantry staples. I like to keep a supply of canned fruit, vegetables and beans in my pantry because they cut down on meal prep time. Because of the canned beans and tomatoes this dish is so easy to put together. All it takes is a few turns of the can opener and you are almost done. Ingredients: 1 can SW black beans, rinsed 1 can SW petite-cut tomatoes 1 can black eyed peas 1 can Green Giant White shoepeg corn 1 can original Rotel tomatoes 1/2 bottle Italian dressing 1 green pepper finely diced 1 red onion finely diced No matter the time of year, you’ll always be able to these vegetables on the shelves of the grocery store. I live in a small town and am able to find all of the ingredients at my local grocer, Lee’s Marketplace. Since [Read More…]

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10 Camp Kid Crafts & Top 5 Reasons to Camp KOA


K-O-A  All the Way!  GO…Camping! Today we are rounding up some of our favorite camp kid crafts and sharing why we love camping KOA.  Kids love camping and it is always fun to bring a craft or two with you when you go!  Plus there are many fun “Craft Supplies” you can find in nature…like pinecones, rocks, leaves etc.  Here are some kid approved camp crafts! Summer Walking Sticks @ the Crafting Chicks Paper Lanterns @ the Crafting Chicks Homemade Musical Instruments @ the Crafting Chicks  (How fun to make music around the campfire) Pine Cone Animals @ Crafts by Amanda Wind Chimes @ Fun Family Crafts Rock Art @ Aesthetic Outburst DIY Bug Catcher @ Somewhat Simple A God’s Eye @ She Knows DIY Scavenger Hunt @ Nest for Less Paracord Bracelets @ The Crafting Chicks I had the opportunity to take my little family KOA camping at Lava Hot Springs, ID.  We had a great time!  I Loved [Read More…]

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Fun & Simple Toy Car Play Mat

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We created these simple car mats for my 4 year olds playgroup.  I am telling you…they were a hit!  I mean hours of fun for these little boys.  Such a simple and fun craft for boys. What you need for the car play mats: Large pieces of black foam sheets White crayons (we tried sharpies, paint markers, and crayons-they worked best) Foam sticker traffic signs (You could make these as well) Lots of little cars to play with:) I just made a quick road design… a straight and curvy road and then some parking spaces going down the side.  You can let your kiddos get creative with their road design. My little guy was in car heaven!  This is a fun craft to make this summer…or on a rainy day!  Pin It

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Red, White & Blue Summer Snack Mix

Quick and easy, red, white and blue Summer snack mix!

Well, hello Crafting Chicks readers!!  I am so excited to stop by today to spend some time with you and share a fun Summer recipe! I’m Keri …  home cook and creative crafter over at Shaken Together!  I am also the wife of my VERY patient hubby {14 years and counting}, mother to two baseball obsessed boys and lover of lists, the color red and singing at the top of my lungs!  Now, it won’t take you long to realize that I love to celebrate!  Holidays, birthdays, achievements … give me something to celebrate and I am on board!  In addition to family and friends, food is one of our favorite things to add to any celebration.  With the 4th of July coming up, I put together a little of this and a little of that to create a perfectly patriotic, red, white & blue Summer snack mix! I really love this combination of Summer snack mix ingredients because there is no chocolate to melt [Read More…]

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Simple Summer Totebag


Hey y’all! I’m Dena from Hearts & Sharts and I am super pumped to be a new contributor for The Crafting Chicks. Eeek! Summer is here! Time to throw all your junk in a tote bag and hit the beach! If you’re not a beach person (do those exist?), this tote is perfect for the grocery store and can also transition from your basic nautical, summery look to a simple patriotic look for those big summer holidays! Extra bonus: It’s super easy to make. Totes Muh-goats! You will need two types of fabric, one for the lining (the inside) and one for the outside. I used a thick outdoor fabric (waterproof, score!) for the outside and a white cotton duck for the inside. Thicker fabric will help the tote keep its shape. While you’re hittin’ up the fabric store, grab two yards of rope and a set of grommets (grab the ones with the grommet tools in the package). Make sure that [Read More…]

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