DIY Glitter Shoes

Glitter Polka Dot Shoes

There’s something about girls and shoes. Especially if that girl is my 2 year old daughter. The biggest tantrum she has ever thrown was because I left a pair of (too small for her) neon pink Nikes behind. And she wanted them, dangit. It was a body flailing, ear piercing screaming hysteria which was followed by sobs as I carried her to the car. It was bad, so bad I’m sure the entire mall could hear her screaming. So when we discovered these blank canvas shoes at Hobby Lobby and she loved them and they cost like $6 (after coupon) and they fit, I made her dream come true and bought them for her. And what does the girl love almost as much as shoes? Sparkles. I pulled out some gold glitter and tacky glue and got to work.   Using the tip of the bottle of glue I made dots on the shoe. They don’t have to be perfect, [Read More...]

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11 Ideas to Help Your Garden Grow

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Over the years I’ve learned that people are on either side of the yardwork fence, you either love it or you despise it. I’m a yard work junkie and find great satisfaction in having a weed free yard with a trimmed lawn and blooming flowers. Yesterday, I mowed our lawn for the first time this year! So to kick off the growing season here are 11 posts from around the web with information to get your yard and garden looking great! If you don’t know where to begin, check out these tips from Cottage at the Crossroads Sherelle has beautiful photos of her garden and the produce she raises. Even those with a black thumb will be wanting to grow garden produce like she does. They even have their own greenhouse–which I’m pretty envious of. This potted wall is a great way to bring color into a small space by Better Homes and Gardens Find tips on how to plant [Read More...]

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DIY Running Belt

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My husband runs. He doesn’t like to be called a runner, but he does run. Last year while training he was faced with a problem – he liked to run with his phone, but hated all the armband cases. He said the phone was too heavy to have on his arm, I said he could run with his old iPod Nano. He said he relied too much on a running app on his phone to leave it at home. What to do, what to do? Then one day he sent me a link to a running belt and asked if I could make him one.  It didn’t look too difficult, so I picked up some Spandex and gave it a try. He loves running with it, so I thought I’d share instructions in case you are stuck in the same predicament. You’ll need Spandex for the belt. The stretch allows the belt to fit snuggly around the waist, and hold [Read More...]

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Make Your Own Delicious Italian Cream Sodas + Free Printable

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Italian cream sodas have been deliciously popular over the past little while–and not only are they yummy to drink, they are really easy to make! I made them quite a bit this summer–at girls camp for our church, at our family trip to Lake Powell, and most recently we made them for our Back to School dinner. Here’s what you need to make your own Italian Cream Sodas: Ice Club Soda Flavored Syrup (it’s fun to have a variety of your favorite flavors!) Half and half straws one-ounce measuring cups (I got some at Walmart) I bought these bottles of flavored syrup at Orson Gygi in Salt Lake City. They were only about $4.99 for nearly 26 ounces of syrup–which is one of the best prices I found. They have tons of different flavors; our favorites were raspberry, peach, strawberry, vanilla, orange and watermelon. I made a cute little printable to set up at the table so people know how [Read More...]

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Silhouettes for Mother’s Day

Last year for Mother’s Day we gave the grandmas silhouettes of our boys. It is a timeless gift that grandmas love! I plan to continue this tradition every year and they can swap out the new head for the old and watch the changes as the boys grow. I also hung some in our room, because once the silhouettes are complete there are countless ways to use them. And they are really simple to do! I’ve seen tutorials using Illustrator, but I am pen tool challenged so I used Photoshop. First, you need a profile photo of your child. A solid wall would work best, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you have to. Here he is sitting in his bumbo as the older brother entertains him. I’m using Photoshop CS4 here, but other versions should work just as well–all you need is the magnetic lasso tool. Select the magnetic lasso tool and start selecting the child’s face. Pay [Read More...]

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