Super Emily to the Rescue!

This super hero cape was a late night sewing project I made with my own pattern and some costume satin that is currently on sale at JoAnn Fabrics. It was going to be part of Emily’s Halloween costume, but we are currently suffering from a serious case of indecisiveness with regards to Halloween costumes. At […]

Pumpkin Printed Halloween Treat Bags

Today’s project was inspired by Lisa Anne from Smell the Coffee, Lisa! She recently featured a great Halloween Spooktacular post with all sorts of neat crafty ideas. Lisa Anne plans to sew Halloween treat bags this year, and I thought that was a terrific idea, so we made our own too. I made a very […]

Indoor Herb Garden Update… Sprouts!

When we woke up this morning, we were greeted by these….. …. sprouts of basil from our indoor herb garden!! To celebrate, we read the book Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. What a fabulous find this book turned out to be, and I highly recommend it if you have any junior gardeners in […]

Sunday Snapshot — Puddle Jumper

Jumping in puddles is so much fun… …even more so when Mom jumps in too!

Eliminate Plastic Bag Clutter with this Easy Craft

We recently borrowed Ed Emberley’s Picture Pie (Ed Emberley Drawing Books) from our local public library, and it inspired this quick project for a plastic bag organizer that uses an empty tissue box! We used a large circle cutter to cut all the pieces quickly and easily. Then Emily chose a design from the book […]

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

We make tissue paper flowers on a regular basis in our household, and I’ve blogged about them before here and here. We have even been known to make spontaneous deliveries of these to our local assisted living center! During the Fall and Winter months, they can be a nice reminder of warmer weather, and they […]

Indoor Herb Garden

Starting this indoor herb garden was such a fun project for Emily and me, and we are especially looking forward to having some fresh basil to add to our homemade pizzas! Thanks to a few items from Target’s $1 section, this was very inexpensive and surprisingly not nearly as messy as I had anticipated. The […]

And the winner is…

The winner of the YoBaby 3-in-1 Meals Prize Pack is Mama King from 4 Crazy Kings! Congratulations!! Thank you to everyone who entered, and if you haven’t done so already, be sure to get your entry in for a Melissa and Doug Play Grill Set Giveaway from

Review and Giveaway —

What a fun review and giveaway we have for you today, sponsored by, which is part of CSN Stores, LLC. features a huge selection of furniture for kids, including kids chairs, toys, games, decor items and so much more! They sent us this adorable play grill set by Melissa and Doug to review, […]

Pumpkin Ring Toss Game

If you have a couple of pumpkins and some canning rings, you can put together your own pumpkin ring toss game! Emily enjoyed playing this, and it is challenging. When we played, each canning ring that hit a pumpkin was 1 point, but if we got a ringer around the pumpkin stem, it was worth […]

Spooky Spider-Printed Pumpkins

The only one who’s crazy about carving pumpkins in our household is Mark. Emily and I would prefer to paint on ours, thank you very much. These spider-printed pumpkins were fun and easy to make! Keep some baby wipes on-hand to keep the mess to a minimum. To make your own spider-printed pumpkins, you will […]

Fishy Fun on Friday

We decided to have some fun with a “fish day”, so I took the girls to the local fish hatchery to learn all about the life cycle of trout. For just $1, you can buy a bag of fish food. Emily loved feeding the fish…. and ducks! Both of the girls had a great time! […]

Simple Tip to Reuse Workbooks

We go through several workbooks in this household, so I was trying to come up with an easy way to reuse them and save them for when Clara is a little older. This seemed to work the best, and it’s also very frugal. To reuse sheets from a workbook, tear out the pages, and place […]

Easy Autumn Tree Suncatcher

This cute Autumn tree suncatcher is an easy craft that even the little ones can do, and it doesn’t involve any messy glue. To make your own Autumn tree suncatcher, you will need: clear contact paper, tissue paper, construction paper, and scissors. Pre-cut some leaf shapes out of tissue paper. I folded the tissue paper […]

Sunday Snapshot — (Parent-Powered) Blanket Swing

And in other news… We are looking forward to some impromptu (and frugal) celebrating for my birthday! This post is linked to Family Friday.

Review and Giveaway — Printies Design Studio Kits

When I was contacted by Printies Design Studio Kits to do a review and giveaway, the concept intrigued me. Emily was able to create her own stuffed animal with very little help from either Mark or me and she was quite happy with the results! Here’s how it works: First, your child gets to design […]

Frugal and Useful — Post-it Bookmarks

Here’s a useful gift that even the smallest crafters can make — Post-it® Bookmarks! I am so guilty of folding multiple corners on just about every book I read and writing in the margins, so I really needed one of these. When Emily saw what I was up to, she wanted to help. To make […]

DIY: No Sew Pencil Case

Cuteness Alert: This may be the cutest little pencil case ever, and there’s no sewing involved! Emily is making a few more of these for some of her friends to take to school. To make your own super-cute pencil case, you will need two sheets of craft foam (5″ x 7″) and (3″ x 7″), […]