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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer boredom buster ideas

It’s that time.. mid summer can get a little boring around the house. SO… here are some ideas you can do with a few things around your house! 
BUBBLE SNAKE
You can find the original pin here

To make this, you will first make the bubbles. The recipe I used was:
Mix these ingredients together. The longer they sit, the better the solution is!

To make the "snake maker", you will need:
Then:

POPCORN POPPER

This was inspired by this pin

You will need:
I thought the popcorn would be healthier to use (for both the birds and my little snackers) and used that instead of marshmallows.
Launch the popcorn by placing it inside the cup, pull back the balloon and it will fly far!

CHEETOS GAME
This game is on this pin
Divide players into teams of two. Start a one-minute timer. Pairs must get a shower cap onto one teammate's head and cover the cap with shaving cream. Then the capless teammate, standing behind a tape or rope line a few feet away, tries to throw cheese puffs into the shaving cream. The team gets a point for every puff still on the cap when the minute is up.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DIY Yard Games


This time of year, it is so fun to find a way to spend time outside! These 2 DIY yard game pins are fun and EASY to make!

For both pins, I bought an 8 foot 4x4 beam and had Home Depot cut it for me! 
YARD YAHTZEE
HERE is the Original Pin
(5) cubes cut from the 4x4 beam
Outdoor Stain… I bought Behr Weatherproofing stain samples from Home Depot for $3!
White Paint
Round Stipple Brush
11x14 picture frame
Yahtzee card

Sand each block. I used a power sander but you could probably get away with using regular sand paper. 
Use the white paint to sponge “stamp” the circles on each die. 
Print the 11x14 Yahtzee card CLICK HERE for the printable
Put in a picture frame with glass
You can write on the frame like a white board!

The best part of this pin is that it is such a great cost. Yard Yahtzee games cost around $50 and I was able to make this for about $10.
KUBB
HERE is the Original Pin 
Cut the 4x4 beam into: (1) 12” post, (10) 6” posts
Cut (2) 1 1/4” dowels into 12” batons 
(2) different colors of Outdoor Stain.
Cap for the King post (as decoration)

Sand each block. 
Paint (5) of each 6” post a different color of outdoor stain.
Decorate your King post as desired.

To play, you can check out their official website HERE.

It seems complicated, but there is a video that can help you understand it easily :) 
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

{Read all the way to the bottom for contest and discount info}



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This week, I am featuring creative pin ideas for Father’s Day! I thought I would try to find gifts in 3 different “levels” of effort… but all very thoughtful and original. Some I liked, some…not so much!

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I LOVED this idea but was DYING at the price tag ($75.00). So… I thought, why not? I can totally make this for less. I bought a hammer for $8 and a wood burning kit for $14 (both from Amazon) and thought I would be set to go! 
The process is easy, just write your message on the hammer. Plug in the wood burning tool and burn away! (Make sure you give it some time to heat before you start to burn the wood). 

I am now understanding where the price comes from. It is called TALENT. I still love this idea. But, I am clearly not that great at writing on a curved surface. But, this is still  super thoughtful and I think my Dad will only laugh for a few minutes when he opens up this gift on Fathers Day. 

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this simple pin because you just have to take a picture and add your wording. If I had time, (and a kid in a cute age range for this gift) I would have taken this pin to Camera Shy (www.camerashy.com) and told them my idea and let them take a cute pic with a solid background because I really think this is a keeper!

Sadly for me, my kids are just too old to get away with this gift and the effect is just a little less “cute”, haha. *awkward* haha (not to mention the poem is to have it be from a boy, not a girl...
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The third idea is these awesome bags from In a Pikle.

I like that my husband for sure hasn’t seen these in a regular store so it feels like a more original gift they couldn’t just buy for themselves.

The three things I loved from their website were:
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Gherkin Pikle… This organizer bag is awesome for keeping all the “guy needs” organized. I also love their additional items they have for men (and for me)… insect repellent, sunscreen, flashlight, pocket knife, and I love the tool card. It has all kinds of tools all on this little metal card. It is like a small handyman miracle for your bag. 
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Tool wrap -I think Jared is going to love this tool wrap. So much better than just chucking a few tools in our boat when we are heading to Powell, and way less chunky than a tool box!  This is perfect for other tools too...cooking tools, hair styling tools, etc. 
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Gherkin bundle…I think this bundle is perfect for carrying SO many things. Our latest use for this bag was to carry various electronics when we travel! You can take it on the plane with you and not have to have everything all over the place. The Gherkin Bundle is also perfect for a Daddy diaper bag!  Dad's don't like the bulky (and cutsie!) diaper bags that mom carries.  This is the perfect size for a couple diapers and wipes, an extra binky, diaper rash cream, etc. We also offer a fun wipe pouch and diaper changing pad that fits perfectly in the Bundle.  It is compact and masculine! 

And {drum roll please} I am giving away a Pikle bag! Comment on my Instagram post for this contest that you are interested in this bag and I will randomly select a winner on Friday. 

In a pikle is also offering a discount of $5 off every purchase over $20 with the code GTU5. This code will expire on July 8, 2016.

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