How to Make GOO

You may be wondering what in the world is goo.  It is an odd slimy substance that is oh so much fun to play with.  Since it is Christmas break and that means all forms of entertainment must stem from mom, I try to look for projects that will keeps the boys occupied.  Let me tell you, this one does the trick!  The best part is that this is non-toxic, cheap and easy to make!  I like that combo.  Let’s get started. SUPPLIES: Glue (make sure it is non-toxic) Borax Food coloring 2 medium size bowls Spoon DIRECTIONS: In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of Borax with 1/2 cup of warm water and stir.  The water needs to be warm to help the Borax dissolve. In a separate bowl, pour in the bottle of glue.  Make sure you try to get as much as possible out of the bottle. …

Christmas Card Photo Shoot

A thirty minute wrestling match, several shots of bums, lots of giggles and FINALLY the one shot that makes it on the card! Tips for taking pics of your kids: Place them next to a window during a time of day with nice light.  In the pic above, the window is to the right of the boys. Let them play and have fun. Something like a white duvet works great for a neutral backdrop Take way more pictures than you think you will need.  They may just be the ones that make the best memories. Start taking pictures a few weeks before you actually need them…this will keep the stress level low. Have a friend that is good at taking pics, ask for their help.

DIY: Yarn Wreath Tutorial

This is such a fun, quick and easy holiday project!  These would be great for your front door or easy holiday party decorations.  A great way to add pops of color to your house.  Grab a cup of coffee and gather your yarn, we are about to make a wreath! Supplies: yarn straw wreath (can be found at Hobby Lobby) Start out by deciding how many different colors you want on your wreath.  You can see below an example with three colors and above with two.  Once you decide, layout your plan of attack.  Feel free to grab a sharpie and mark a few guidelines right on your wreath. I made a small ball of yarn from my large ball to make it easier to manage.  Don’t worry if you have too much or too little…it is easy to adjust.  Begin wrapping the yarn and tuck your end piece under…

Christmas Time is Here

I had this day (the day we would pick out our tree and go on a train ride with Santa) marked as the perfect day.  Parents of the year award winning kind of day.  It started out great.  A train ride with Santa.  Really cool for the first 15 minutes, the next 30 spent asking how much longer.  That’s okay, still pretty memorable and I got some great pictures.  Mark that event as successful. On to brunch, and then to the Christmas tree farm.  We live in the Midwest…it is December 1st…we should be putting on our snow gear to brave the winter weather.  Nope, it was 65 degrees and sunny.  Still okay, we can handle that.  We pull up to the farm, all excited to head out and cut down our very own tree.  Until we are told that the trees that have been pre-cut are much nicer.  Plan…

DIY Advent Calendar Tutorial

I love Christmas time and it is so exciting to get to see our boys’ experience all the joy of the holiday season.  I grew up with Christmas time being filled with crafts and cookies.  I want to carry on this tradition with our family, so what better way than fill a house with special handmade decorations.  Please check out my other holiday tutorials and let me know if you try any of them!  I would love to hear from you!  Happy Holidays! Supplies: Burlap – 3/4 yard Cotton Fabric (for back of calendar) – 3/4 yard (5) different fabrics for your pockets – 1/4 yard each Interfacing (Decor Bond by Pellon) – 1/4 yard Muslin fabric for the days – 1/9 yard Small set of rubber stamps for days (you can use letters or numbers) Rubber stamp pad Dowel rod – 2 feet long Disappearing ink fabric pen Sewing…

Christmas Pillow Tutorial (step by step directions)

Growing up, Christmas time was full of crafts and handmade gifts.  We would make ornaments and my mom was usually busy sewing gifts for others.  I want to carry on this tradition with our boys, so what is better than filling your house with handmade items during the holidays.  This is an easy step by step guide to making the pillow above. Supplies: Scissors (or rotary cutter) Main Pillow Fabric: 3/4 yard Cotton Fabric (Large Tree #1): 6″ x 5″ piece Cotton Fabric (Medium Tree #2): 8″ x 6″ piece Cotton Fabric (Small Tree #3): 9″ x 7-1/2″ Brown Cotton Fabric : Strip of fabric 1.5″ x 4.5″ Interfacing: Pellon 808 Wonder-Under Pillow Insert (I used the IKEA 20″ x 20″ down insert) Steps 1 thru 5 will be prepping your Christmas trees.  Then you will go on to make the pillow and place the trees.  Let’s get started… STEP…