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Take Your Rooms from Meh to Marvelous with New Curtains

by Jennifer Wieland
Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse
Thank you to Eclipse™ for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

I have been slowly working my way through rooms in my house. Trying to update them from when we bought the house over fifteen years ago and I had no idea about decorating a house to my now favorite, mid-century modern style. My dining room in particular has been an eyesore made even worse by the fat that it’s the room you walk into when you walk in the front door. They have really made a huge difference in taking my stuck in a rut, meh, 90’s flashback dining room into something more modern and fitting with the look I’m ultimately going for in my home. 


Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Trying to Escape the 90’s

A few years ago I was on a kick, trying to brighten up the look of my house. I knew even then that something as simple as changing out your window coverings could do the trick, and boy, did I need something to do the trick! My dining room has one longer, regular width window and the other wall is almost entirely window. When we bought the house originally, it had come with vertical blinds on both of the windows. After years of use and probably too much abuse from kids they were rather haggard looking. They were also a dull, drab oatmeal color. (I know you are totally envisioning the utter dullness this look gave my dining room.) Pair that with your classes 90’s oak table and chairs and you get the idea, everything just sort of blended into each other. 

How did I cure this oatmeal and oak monstrosity you ask? Oh, I slapped up some yellow curtains. If I want to be precise they were citrine. The color looked beautiful in the package. I put them up one night and I liked them! The next morning? Ugh, not so much! You see, when you have giant windows, whitish walls and golden oak furniture and you put up thinner, yellow curtains it gave everything a yellow tint. I’m not a blackout curtains type of gal. I like to see some light but these were too much. I also was not happy that I could see all of the wood separating the panes in the large window. It cast weird shadows that just did even less for my dining room. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Ding, Ding, We Have a Winner and It’s Blackout Curtains

I recently replaced my dining room chairs after two of my old ones bit the dust. I went with a classic church chair in charcoal grey. I still have my table but stay tuned because I am going to be building my very own dining room table soon. I’ve already ordered the hairpin legs for a total mid-century modern look. In the meantime I’m hiding the 90’s monstrosity with a table-cloth so it doesn’t detract from my gorgeous new curtains! 

I wanted curtains that had some pattern or details to them instead of just a solid color. I also wanted to get a longer curtain. I had 84″ panels up already but I had read that panels that drape the floor give a more dramatic look and I am nothing if not dramatic. I also wanted some teal, turquoise or grey in them. I spent days searching, trying to find the absolutely perfect Eclipse™ curtains. I was down to two styles. I liked both of them but there was just something missing. Then I hit the jackpot! I tried a few more sites online and came across some Eclipse Curtains that I knew were IT! The Benchley Thermaweave Blackout Curtain Panels from Eclipse™ were perfection!

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Once the arrived I knew I had made the right choice just looking at them in the packages. I was still hesitant though because i had thought that before only to have my bubble burst. I wanted to put them up right away but then the kids got sick (Thank you back-to-school cooties!) and then I’ve been battling not one, not two but three medical problems since the beginning of October. (Getting old really stinks sometimes!) A few days ago was the first time I could really move around for more than brief snippets of time, wasn’t at a doctor’s appointment or having tests run. I jumped at the chance to finally get these Eclipse™ curtains up. After everything that’s been going on I needed something to put a smile on my face. 

The New Eclipse™ Curtains Wowed My Crowd

I put the new Eclipse™ curtains up a few days ago and when I did I stood back and looked and smiled like an idiot. They make such a huge difference in the look of my dining room and what you see when you walk in through my front door. Even better, that giant wall of window which is an old, drafty original to the house is now less drafty! 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

As each of the kids and the husband came home that day I heard nothing but exclamations of, “Wow! along with how great the room looked and what a huge difference it made. These beautiful Benchley Eclipse™ curtains have made such a huge difference in the look of my dining room. They have also made an area of my house plagued with drafty, old windows warmer than it was before. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

If you’d like to learn more about Eclipse™ products visit their website. There you’ll be able to learn about the different types of curtains, learn how to measure and find retailers. If you want inspiration to turn your rooms from meh to marvelous then be sure to follow Eclipse™ on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram




12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb Gift Ideas

by Jennifer Wieland
A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

The holidays are right around the corner. That means my pocketbook is going to be stretched thin. I have a ton of immediate family to buy for and then there’s extended family, friends, co-workers, yada, yada, yada. You get the idea. Money gets tight quickly. I do try to buy gifts when I can throughout the year but that final push the last month or two can really hit hard. I like having gifts that I can make and give out. First of all, I think they are more thoughtful and secondly, you can find some inexpensive ones to make. Bath bombs are all the rage with girls, teens and women. So being able to make some as gifts or stocking stuffers is a perfect go-to DIY gift idea.

A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb

These bath bombs are just the DIY gift you need. This list has the perfect DIY bath bombs whether you have skin issues, a cold, want to unwind from the day or just want some that look pretty and smell good. These bath bombs also has you covered for DIY gifts for everything from Christmas, to Valentine’s Day, to Mother’s Day, birthdays and even get well soon gifts.

1. Orange Bath Bombs
2. Lavender Bath Bombs
3. Heart Bath Bombs
4. Peppermint Bath Bombs
5. Fizzy Bath Bombs
6. Eucalyptus Bath Bombs
7. Belle’s Bath Bomb
8. Galaxy Bath Bombs
9. Chlorine Blasting Bath Bombs
10. Cupcake Bath Bombs
11. Mason Jar Bath Bombs
12. Unicorn Bath Bombs

Packaging up these bath bombs as gift is simple, easy and inexpensive. All you need to do is place them in cellophane bags and finish a label and some decorative ribbons If you want a more polished idea add them to a mason jar and finish it off with a top and side label, a pretty bow and a tag with instructions. 




Seasonably Cute DIY Fall Button Tree

by Jennifer Wieland
Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree #DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

Fall has definitely arrived. The temperatures are finally cooling off. It’s getting dark earlier and earlier. The leaves are changing colors and falling to create a colorful blanket over the ground. With the arrival of fall always comes great opportunities to decorate your home in the warm rich colors of the season.  If your anything like me though you want to be able to decorate on a budget and your kids want to help. That’s what makes this DIY fall button tree perfect! It’s inexpensive, your kids can do it and each one will be completely different. 

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree #DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

One of the really great things about this craft project is that it can easily be made with items that many of us already have on hand at home. That makes this a great project for the kids to do on a day off school or a rainy afternoon.

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy


8″ x 10″ picture frame
Hot glue
Buttons in various sizes and colors – I use Favorite Findings Buttons


Using your printer, print out the template on card stock and cut to 8″ x 10″.

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree #DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

Place your printed and cut template on a flat, protected surface.

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

Pick out and arrange the buttons to your liking. Use as many or as few as you like. You can even layer the buttons on each other.

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

Using a hot glue gun, glue buttons onto the tree template. 

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

When finished, take apart your frame and place the tree in front of the glass. Put the frame back together and you’re all set to enjoy!

Seasonably Cute Décor - DIY Fall Button Tree#DIY #Craft #KidFriendly #Fall #QuickandEasy

This is a very pretty fall decorating idea and can easily be done in under 30 minutes. A grouping of them on the wall each with different buttons and button patterns would be beautiful. 


Do you like to change out decorations in your home based on the holiday or season?




20 Beauty and the Beast Makes & Bakes

by Jennifer Wieland
20 Beauty and the Beast Makes & Bakes

Tell me I’m not alone. Tell me I’m not the only one thinking I can belt out a perfect rendition of Be Our Guest in my excitement to see the all new Disney Beauty and the Beast coming out later this month? With all of the excitement I wanted to take a moment here to share with you 20 Beauty and the Beast makes & bakes that will have you totally in the spirit of the new film!

 20 Beauty and the Beast Makes & Bakes
1. Tale As Old As Time Journal Craft Beauty & The Beast
2. Disney Crafts For Kids Beauty & The Beast
3. Beauty And The Beast Ornament
4. Disney Princess Quiet Book
5. Beauty & The Beast Lego Build
6. Princess Belle Dress Up Costume
7. Beauty & The Beast Hama Bead Craft
8. Princess Belle Cake
9. Chip K Cup Craft
10. Lefou’s Brew Recipe
11. French Apple Tart Inspired By Beauty & The Beast
12. DIY Beast Costume
13. Cogsworth Christmas ornament
14. Beauty & The Beast Chip Rice Krispie Treats
15. DIY Princess Belle Pinata
16. Beauty & The Beast Donuts
17.Chip K Cup Craft
18. Beauty & The Beast Emoji Cookies
19. Belles Crown
20. Beauty and the beast Chip Teacup

Now, if those weren’t enough, check out this awesome video by TaleCookies on making some yummy and beautiful looking Mrs. Potts and Chip cookies!






Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft

by Jennifer Wieland
Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Halloween is my second favorite holiday next to Christmas. I enjoy breaking out spooky decor and doing the house up right in ghastly, ghoulish delight. This year I decided to add to my decorations with this fun Halloween gumball machine candy dish craft.

Instead of the traditional gumball machine I wanted to create a gumball machine look that you might find in a town full of witches and ghouls. To achieve this I skipped the traditional red and went with a black, green and grey color scheme. I have to say that I was so delighted and happy with the final result that I think I may make more to gift to people as a grownup Halloween treat.

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

How do you make this fun Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish craft?

This really is an easy craft to make. The hardest part is waiting for paint and stain to dry.

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.


1 round glass floral/rose bowl (my dollar store carries them in two sizes)

terra cotta clay flower pot

1 terra cotta clay saucer

1 flat washer

1 wing nut

1 round wooden bead

black spray paint

grey acrylic paint

green glass stain

hot glue sticks

hot glue gun

Jar Jewelry Halloween glass label (optional)


Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.


  1. To get started you will need to make sure that your glass bowl will fit to completely cover the bottom (part with small hole) of your clay flower pot. You will also need to make sure that the clay saucer will cover the opening of the glass bowl without it being to large or to small.
  2. To stain the glass bowl you have two options. You can either use a paint or foam brush to paint the outside or you can put the stain inside the bowl and turn it to coat the interior. If you do the interior be sure to use wrapped candy. The glass stain will take a long time to dry. You should let it dry for at least 24 hours.
  3. Spray paint the clay flower pot, saucer and wooden bead. I paint the inside and the outside of the pot and saucer. Let them dry completely.
  4. Paint the washer and wing nut grey and let dry.
  5. Turn the flower pot upside down so the small hole is at the top and use the glue gun to put glue on it. Then attach the bottom of the glass bowl to the flower pot.
  6. Place the clay saucer upside down and put a bead of hot glue in the center to attach the wooden bead.
  7. On the clay pot affix the painted washer and wing nut so that they look like the opening of the gumball machine and the turning knob. This addition really gives this craft the look of a real gumball machine.
  8. If you are using a Halloween label affix it to the front of the glass bowl so that it lines up above of the washer and wing nut.
  9. Fill the glass bowl with candy and place the saucer top on the glass bowl. I used chocolates wrapped to look like gumballs and individually wrapped gumballs that looked like eyeballs. I liked the look of the two different sizes.

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Some notes about this craft:

  • Use wrapped candies as this candy dish is painted.
  • This is not designed to and should not be washed.
  • You can run some hot glue along the inside of the clay saucer that will sit on the glass bowl to keep the glass and clay from clinking loudly.
  • I found the Halloween Jar Jewelry labels I used at Joann.




Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up

by Jennifer Wieland
Ultimate Valentine's Day Roundup


Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community has put together the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love. From tutorials to crafts to delicious recipes, we have something for everyone. We dare you not to fall in love with these ideas!

Ultimate Valentine's Day Roundup



Friendly Valentine Candy Jar – Creative Ramblings

Valentine Felt Envelopes – Good Morning Loretta

Valentine’s Day Candy Filled Mason Jar – Savvy Saving Couple

Valentine’s Day Love Bug Craft – Maryland Momma’s Rambles

Last-Minute Quick, Cute Cut-Out Cards – Our Daily Craft

DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars – Thriftanista in the City

Valentine Memo Chalkboard – Southern Couture

Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Decoration – Pretty in Pigment

Flower Vase Craft – Polka Dotted Blue Jay

No-Sew Ribbon Embellished Cocktail Napkins – Atta Girl Says

Macaroni Art Lace Hearts – ABCs and Garden Peas

Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Favors – Home. Made. Interest.

Hand Lettered Valentine Notecards – One Artsy Mama

Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks – Happy Go Lucky Blog

Birdseed Heart Valentines – Made with Happy

Valentine’s Day Burlap Wreath – The Farm Girl Gabs

Cute Flower Valentines for Kids – Love, Jaime

DIY Valentine Flower Corsage – Suburban Wife, City Life

DIY Valentine’s Snowglobes – Woods of Bell Trees

Valentine Envelop Chair Backers – 2Paws Designs

Reversible Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Mini Bubblegum Machine Valentines – Bubbly Nature Creations

DIY Button Heart Picture Collage – Our Piece of Earth

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Gift with FREE Printable – A Cowboy’s Life

Easy Mesh and Ribbon Valentine’s Day Wreath – My Pinterventures

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub Recipe – Sunny Sweet Days

Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – Life with Captain Fussybuckets

12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt – The Mama Zone

Candy Kiss Ring – So TIPical Me

Valentine’s Day Hand Print Craft – As Cute as a Bug’s Ear

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Ribbon Banner – Aprons and Stilletos

Date Night with a Romantic Treasure Hunt – The TipToe Fairy

Chalkboard Gift Box – Organized Island

Easy Valentines Felt Pillow Cover – Creative Southern Home

Polar Fleece Ruffle Heart Wreath – Joy’s Life

Making A Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath with Fabric Scraps – Third Stop on the Right

Washi Tape Bubble Valentines – Moneywise Moms

Homemade Candles in 5 Easy Steps – Lemon Peony

DIY Felt Ornaments for Valentine’s Day – 3 Little Greenwoods

Butterfly Valentine’s Day Craft – Sarah in the Suburbs

Epsom Salt DIY Valentine Candles – A Day in the Motherhood

I “DOVE” You Printable with Candy – Newlywed Survival

Rainbow Heart PomPom Garland – Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Wishes

Valentine’s Day Printed Burlap Subway – Occasionally Crafty

Pom Pom Cupcakes Valentine Craft – Cute as a Fox

Valentine’s Wooden Door Hanger – We Got the Funk

Hearts Aplenty: Valentine’s Day DIY Decor – Woman in Real Life

Love Letters Simple Valentine’s Day Craft – Craving Some Creativity

Valentine’s Day Coffee Cup Sleeve – Craving Cynchronicity

How to Make a Great Loves Print – My Sweet Sanity

Cross Stitch Heart Pillow – Cutesy Crafts

Free Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make – Happy and Blessed Home


Valentine Cupcakes – Home Maid Simple

Valentine’s Day Cakes – Charleston Crafted

Red Velvet Pudding Cups – Mostly Homemade Mom

Blood Orange Panna Cotta – Mooshu Jenne

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts –

Cranberry Bliss Bars – Swanky Recipes

Valentine Rice Crispy Treats – Midwestern Moms

Chocolate Valentine Sandies – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

M&M’s® Red Velvet Brownies – Julie is Coco and Cocoa

Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts – A Million Moments

Conversation Hearts Martini – JVKOM Chronicles

Valentine’s Day S’mores Dip – Our Mini Family

M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies – The NYC Talon

Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Brownies – West of the Loop

Red Velvet Cheesecakes – Houseful of Nicholes

Chocolate Kiss Valentine’s Day Cookies – Moscato Mom

Chocolate and Candy Valentine Popcorn – Made by a Princess

Easy Valentine’s Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Janine Huldie

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe – Scrappy Geek

Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce – Graceful Order

Love Dipped Wafers – Sparkles to Sprinkles

Valentine’s Day Bento Lunch – Diana Rambles

“Blackened” Seafood Medley for a Low-Calorie Valentine’s Dinner – Broken TeePee

Sweet Salty Fudge – Foody Schmoody Blog

Valentine’s Day Covered Pretzels – Texas Type A Mom

Valentine’s Popcorn – Mommy’s Bundle

The Easiest Valentine’s Day Fudge Recipe – Young at Heart Mommy

Valentine’s Day Butter Cookies – Ilona’s Passion

Valentine’s Day Blondies – Saving You Dinero

Super Healthy Pomegranate-Cranberry-Almond Smoothie – Easy Cooking with Molly

Brownie Cut-outs – Tramplingrose

Puppy Valentine’s Day Cookies – Staying Close to Home

Valentine OREO Brownie Bar Recipe – As Mom Sees It

Strawberry-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie – Johanny’s Kitchen

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cake – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles – Food Lovin Family

Honey Bee My Valentine Cakes – I Don’t Have Time for That

Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Parfaits – Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade Strawberry Syrup – Day by Day in Our World

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies – Momma DJane

Red Velvet Donuts – Frugal Family Tree

Strawberry Mocha Granola – Strength & Sunshine

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Chocolate Shot Glasses – The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Chocolate Pretzel Kisses – Just 2 Sisters

Valentine’s Candy Bark – Life with the Crust cut off

Chocolate Kiss Shooter! – Housewives of Frederick County

Super Simple Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts – My Real Food Family

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies – Meatloaf & Melodrama

3 Ingredient Strawberry Brownies – Fun Things to Do in Central Mass

Nutella Baked Brie – Basil and Bubbly

Easy Cupid Crinkles – Creative Southern Home

Valentine’s Day Edible Tic Tac Toe Game – A Frugal Friend

Valentine’s Day Ombre Sweet Treat – Tastefully Frugal


How to Throw a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Party – Amber Nicole Blogs

Valentine’s Day Party for Tweens – Soiree Event Design

Love is in the Air Valentine Table – Not Just a Mommy

Valentine’s Day Tea Party – The Peanuts Gang


Easy Valentine’s Printables – I am the Maven®

Printable Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes and Coupons – Gluesticks Blog

“I Love You Like” Valentine’s Free Printable – C’mon Get Crafty

4 Free Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages – Saving More than Me

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt Clues – Mom on the Side

Valentine Gift for Kids {Free Printable} – Fun on a Dime

Crayon Valentines Printable – Mom’s Messy Miracles

Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable – Housewife Eclectic

Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids – Simple Living Mama

2 Free Printable Valentines (Owls) – Altamonte Family

Love is in the Air Valentine Card – Making of a Mom

Matchstick Valentine Free Printable – Frenchie

Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes & Jokes – Coupons are Great

I “Wheelie” Like You Car Valentine Printable – Artsy Momma


Valentine’s Day Guide – The Ranting Latina!

24 Frugal Valentine’s Ideas – Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

7 Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Downshifting PRO

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bloggers – That Chic Mom

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants to Eat at in East Greenwhich, Rhode Island – Mama Luvs Books


War Room Movie Night – A Beautiful Exchange

Pairing Chocolate with Wine & Spirits – In Good Taste

Valentine’s Day Make-up Tutorial – Glam Hungry Mom

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home – Natasha Byrd


Can you feel the love tonight with all these great Valentine’s Day inspired activities?



Kid’s Birthday Party Photo Booth Plus a Photo Frame Craft #StickaPic

by Jennifer Wieland
Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic
As an HP Smart Mom Panel member, I received free products in order to host the HP #StickaPic Party. The opinions expressed here are my own.


Kid’s birthday parties used to be a thing of simplicity. A few simple games, some food, presents and cake and you were done and out of the woods as the mom throwing the party. Now though, birthday parties have gotten bigger, fancier and have more to do than ever before. So what’s a mom to do to try to keep up with all of this without breaking the family bank? Why, have your own kid’s birthday party photo booth plus a photo frame craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

I recently had my nephew’s first birthday party and it was mustache themed. Since all of the cousins were coming and were older, I wanted to give them a fun and entertaining craft project to do at the party. Lucky for me HP was kind enough to get my party planning craft idea in gear with some supplies.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic


I decided I would setup my HP Envy 5540 printer and create a makeshift photo booth for the kid’s to get their pictures taken with hat, beard & mustache props. 

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

Then I printed out the photos for the guests. I used my cell phone to take the pictures and then printed the pictures to my HP Envy 5540 printer since it’s wireless. I used the Social Media Snapshots app on my phone to print. This app is available on both iOS and Android devices and can pull pics from your social media apps with captions. 

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

My little niece waiting very patiently for her picture.

The HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper is sticker paper so it’s easy to peel and stick for kids.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

I made a photo frame craft by using chipboard albums I had found at Michael’s. They were perfect since they would fit the photos and already had two holes in them to run ribbon or twine through to hang them up . 

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

I cut off the bottom, white area of the photos before the kids stuck them to the chipboard. The kids then stuck the pictures of themselves onto the chipboard and then decorated them with stickers, paint markers and glitter glue.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

They then ran ribbon or twine through the wholes and tied it and BOOM! They had an adorable gift to keep or give mom and dad.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

The photo booth and the photo frame craft were the hit of the party with the kids!

Now if you are ready to print out some of your own social media or cell phone and tablet pictures on this fun sticker paper then you need to download the app for Android or iOS and head to Staples.com to grab some of the Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper where it is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE until November 30th. 


DIY Felt Doll Diapers

by Jennifer Wieland
DIY Felt Doll Diaper #RecycleYourPeriodPad #ad




 My daughter loves playing in the tub with her tub toys. She has one in particular that is her favorite. It’s a doll that was made to be played with in the tub. She comes with a decent opening in her back to drain out all of the water that gets inside while in the tub but no matter how much we shake, hang, twist and shake there is always some left over water. She then drags water all over when she tries to play with her out of the tub. To combat this I decided that her doll needed some diapers. You see her leaks tend to come from her leg joints. Buying doll diapers was to costly an option so I decided to giver doll greener diapers to use. These DIY Felt Doll Diapers are just what we needed.

DIY Felt Doll Diaper #RecycleYourPeriodPad #ad

To make the diapers I bought sheets of felt and Velcro dots with sticky backs. I then played around until I came up with a shape that worked for her doll. You can get the template for it here. While these diapers were cute with their bright color and floral prints they still didn’t fully combat the problem of her leaks. These diapers needed something to make them absorbent! I decided to recycle period pads and use them for the absorbent center I needed for the doll. Now she has a functional doll diaper so she can play with her doll without the occasional drips here and there.

DIY Felt Doll Diaper #RecycleYourPeriodPad #ad

While it was fun stopping my daughter’s doll from leaking with period pads those just don’t work for women who are sometimes leaky. When that leaking hits you need something made just for that so you don’t end up dribbling everywhere like my daughter’s doll.

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Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

by Jennifer Wieland
Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

In most places in the United States kid’s are in their last week of school right now before the holidays. This means that next week they will be home from school and many of you may be looking for things to do with them. These Pretzel Wreath Ornaments are a great activity to keep the kids busy and in additional make a wonderful gift that the can give grandparents and other family or just use them to decorate your Christmas tree.

The really great thing about this project is that the supplies needed to make them are so simple and inexpensive. More than likely you probably have what you need on hand already.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

When I was in third grade my amazing and truly the greatest teacher ever Miss Farley had us make large wreaths with full size pretzels as parent gifts. My mother loved this wreath and kept it until we had a house fire when I was in junior high. She has often talked about how much she misses her wreath so last year for Christmas I had the kids make her mini ones instead as ornaments.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments


Mini Pretzels

Glue ( I just used white school glue.)

Ribbon, twine or yarn


Wax paper

Foam or paint brush

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments


  1. Find fairly uniform and unbroken pretzels and lay out the first or bottom circle on the wax paper. You will want to lay them out so that the two humps of the pretzel will be pointed toward the outside of the wreath. Once you get it all laid out you will then glue between the pretzels to connect them. Press the connecting points with the glue together and let sit to dry.
  2. Once the first layer is dry you will add a second layer. To do this you will cover the top of the first layer with glue. Be generous because it will help the stick together will and any excess can always be wiped off. Next, you will place the pretzels for the second row. Each pretzel will need to overlap two of the bottom row pretzels. That means the two humps will once again face outward but one of the humps will be over one hump on a bottom pretzel and the other top hump will be over one of the humps of another pretzel on the bottom. (Look at pictures for a visual aide.) Make sure to glue between the sides of the pretzels on the top row too. Wipe off any glue that may have dripped or oozed out carefully. Let dry completely.
  3. Once both layers are dry take a foam or paint brush and completely cover the entire wreath in glue. Let it dry overnight.
  4. Thread the ribbon, twine or yarn through the wreath and then leave some extra at each end to tie a bow but so that it leaves room to hang. You can also decorate with any embellishments now like glitter, buttons, flowers, etc.



North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

by Jennifer Wieland
North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to town. Now we all know he makes a list and he checks it twice because he has to find out who’s naughty or nice. This year mom and dad can help Santa make his list making easier with the North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart. Everyone starts out in the neutral area of “or” and if they are not so good or nice during the day then you can have them move their clips up to naughty. Now if they are good little boys or girls you can have them move their clip down to nice by Santa Claus. The chart even has a clip by Santa just in case he wants to pass along a note to a child to cheer on their nice behavior or warn them about naughty behavior instead.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Would you like to make your own North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart for your little elves? Then follow the step-by-step instructions below.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart


1 1/16 x 3 x 24 in. board

1 sheet each red, green, white and black scrapbook paper

1 Wooden, felt or foam Santa

Alphabet stickers

Decorative clothespins


Tacky glue, glue dots or low-temp glue gun with glue sticks

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Cut the red and green scrapbook paper to fit around the board and glue into place making sure the papers go to the ends of the board. There may be a small gap between the two papers in the middle and that is fine.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Next cut out a 3″ x 6″ and a 2″ x 6″ piece of white paper. Glue the 3″ piece around the bottom of the board on the green end. Glue the 2″ piece around the middle of the board to cover where the red and green almost meet.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Cut out a 1″ x 6″ piece of black paper and a 5-6″ circle from the white paper. Glue the white circle to the top of the board at the end of the red. Only about an inch of the circle should be glued to the board. At the bottom of the circle, and slightly overlapping glue the black piece of paper around the board.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Glue your Santa Claus to the bottom of the chart onto the 3″ white strip. Place him so that it looks like he is standing on snow. That means half of him will be on the white paper and the other half will be on the green paper.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Using your letter stickers spell out North Pole on the white circle, naughty on the red, or on the 2″ white strip in the middle and nice onto the green.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Use some more letter stickers (small ones) to spell out the kid’s names and mail onto to clothespins.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Finish the whole project up by gluing the mail clip below Santa Claus. Attach the name clips onto or and print or write out a little note from Santa Claus to get it started.


I hope you enjoyed this project? It is part of the 25 Days of Handmade Holidays collection. Be sure to check out all of the other amazing projects from the other bloggers participating and check back for new ones each day in the linky below.




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