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Creative Collections: Mother’s Day

So with a new baby and being at home, I’m having a hard time keeping track of what day/date it is. Which means that I only realized today that this Sunday is Mother’s Day (luckily, I gave my mom her gift when she was here watching Emily).  Last year I did a Creative Collection for Mother’s Day. And here are some more great handmade gift ideas…

Terrarium by Front + Main

Photo Pendant by Saving with Sarah
DIY Photo Pendant

Coconut Lime Moisturizing Sugar Scrub by Smart n Snazzy

Freestanding Photo Gallery by The How-To Gal
MD Gift FInal copy

Text Art by Keep It Simple, Sister

I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day celebrating the moms in your life. And as fantastic as handmade gifts are, don’t underestimate the power of a thoughtful card. Just make sure you tell her how special she is!



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Creative Collections: Repurposing T-Shirts

I know there are lots of people who are cleaning out their closets and finding all sorts of t-shirts that aren’t making the cut for the spring and summer. And these are some great projects if you have some shirts that you’re like “Well, MAYBE I’ll wear them…” Yeah, you’re not going and they’ll get lost in the back of your drawers. So here are some ideas to spruce up tees that are still in good shape.

Ruffle Waterfall Tee by In Honor of Design

Anthro-Insprired Hip Cinched Blouse by Recycled Lovelies

V-Neck into Gathered Cowl Collar by Trash to Couture

Lace T-Shirt Refashion by Ma Nouvelle Mode

Ruffly Shirt Refashion by Ruffles and Stuff

Emma Pillsbury T-Shirt Refashion by iCandy Handmade

Pencil Skirt by Trash to Couture

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Creative Collections: Floor Pillows

One of the things I’m planning to make for the girls’ playroom is floor pillows for their reading nook. I’m also planning to recover one of my poufs, because the inside lining got a hole and now the little foamy beads are falling out everywhere. I’m not entirely sure where I think I’ll find the time to sew… but it’s a nice thought! 

Gum Drop Pillows by Amy Butler

Pouf DIY by The Cream to My Coffee

Floor Cushion by DIY Home Sweet Home

Giant Floor Pillows by Oven Lovin’ Blog

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Creative Collections: Toddler Games

Even though our Spring Break has already passed, I’ve been looking for easy games, crafts, and activities for Emily. Things to practice colors, letters, numbers… Quiet activities for when Momma and Baby Piper need to rest… And even though she has some fantastic toys (kitchen set, blocks, coloring books, etc), it’s always nice to have some new and quick games for Emily to play.

None of these are actual busy bags (for another day, because I have quite a collection of ideas!). But all are cheap and easy to put together!

Magnetic Pattern Blocks by Make It and Love It

DIY Wood Instruments by Hello Bee

Colored Beans by Fun at Home with Kids
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Painting with Condensed Milk by ECE Made Easy

Fishing for Friends by Toddler Approved
Fishing Collage

ABC Easter Egg Match by My Sister’s Suitcase

Count and Sort Math Box by The Imagination Tree


This has been on elf the most fun posts to research. There are so many great ideas for easy toddler games that don’t require many materials. I can’t wait to get some of these ready for Emily!

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Creative Collections: Play Dough Recipes

So Spring Break has finally come! Who would have thought with all the cancellations and delays in January that it would have taken so long? Too bad SPRING missed the memo about break. It snowed yesterday. Snowed. I’m so ready for nice weather that will stick around for longer than two days!

But since it’s been cold and since there will be rainy days when spring does decide to show up, I’ve collected some Play Dough recipes that you can make at home. I’ve used the first one in my classroom and the kids loved it! These also would be great little gifts!

Squishy Play Dough by How Does She

Softest Play Dough by Kids Activities Blog

Gluten Free by Fun at Home with Kids

Flour-Free Play Dough by Hands On As We Grow

Kool Aid Play Dough by Pink and Green Mama
kool Aid Playdough

Slime by Teach Preschool


In other news, Emily is fighting nap something fierce. Any ideas to either make napping happen or transition into”quiet time?” Because this momma still needs a nap!

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Creative Collections: DIY Beauty Products

In this winter that doesn’t seem to end, I’ve fought dry skin and chapped lips. Especially the last week (when winter is supposed to be over!). Gosh I’m ready for nice weather, walks outside, and leaving the winter coat behind. But in the meantime, I’m drinking tons of water and looking for some good lotions. I’ve looked on Pinterest for some diy lotion/bars/chapstick…anything that will help get through these last weeks of winter.

Burt’s Bees Style Lip Balm

from Broke & Healthy

from Broke & Healthy

Essential Lip Balm

from doTerra Everyday

from doTerra Everyday

Moisturizing Lotion

from One Good Thing by Jillee

from One Good Thing by Jillee

Lotion Bars

from All for the Everyday

from All for the Everyday

Body Butter

from One Good Thing by Jillee

from One Good Thing by Jillee

Don’t forget about just using coconut oil too! It’s always a great solution.


Hopefully winter will end soon!

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Creative Collections: Kitchen Table DIY

Oh my, life at our house is crazy. Nesting, decorating, party planning (Emily turns 2 in 2 1/2 weeks!!!), standardized testing at school. And a sick baby. Emily is usually such a healthy child, so whenever she gets sick, I just ache for her. Fever, grumpy, hoping it’s not hand/foot/mouth. Sweet child.

One of the big projects Logan’s been working on is bench seating and a kitchen table for our eat-in kitchen. He’s mostly done his own design, but the tables were inspired by DIY projects on Pinterest. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent looking at these tables! When Logan gets it sanded down and I paint it (thinking of trying homemade chalk paint), I’ll post pictures!

Okay, obviously I love Ana White‘s website! She has fantastic ideas and her tutorials are really easy to follow (at least Logan thinks so)! If you have something to build, I’d highly recommend checking out her site. And no, I’m not being paid to say that 🙂


Slightly off topic, but since I’m going to try chalk paint for the first time, does anyone have feedback about the following recipe:  1/3 cup plaster of paris, 1 cup paint, 1/3 cup water. Comments I’ve ready said not paint with primer. Besides that… What have you tried? What suggestions do you have?

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Creative Collections: Organizing Challenges

I don’t know about you, but I do better when I have someone else guiding me through organizing my house… as in, telling me what to do. Even though I have no contact with these people, except for the occasional comment, I feel accountable to keeping up and making sure I do a good job.

So I’ve collected some organizational challenges that you might enjoy. Some of them aren’t currently going on, but the ideas are great all the same. Remember, doing something is better than nothing (even if you don’t complete the whole challenge). And you don’t have to do it in the same timeframe that the challenges recommend–do what works for you!

Organizing Made Fun
31 days of spontaneous organizing

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Craftivity Designs
8 week organizing challenge

An Everyday Occasion


Happy Organizing! Good luck!

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Creative Collections: Toy Organizing

Little by little, I feel like our house it getting more organized and put together. Logan is building a bench for our eat-in kitchen with storage for our china (out of the way, which means out of little people’s hands!), and I’ve gotten round one of toy organization done. Too bad that keeps changing when more toys are added! Needless to say, I’ve been looking at all sorts of playrooms! And since I know that’s a problem many families face, I decided that’s a great way to keep New Year’s organizing going…

via BHG

via BHG

(there’s no actual directions here, but the idea is great–bags hanging on curtain rods on a door!)

via The Cottage Mama

via The Cottage Mama

via The Fancy Frugal Life

via The Fancy Frugal Life

via Make It and Love It

via Make It and Love It

via HGTV

via HGTV

Also check out this post from An Inviting Home about organizing a kid’s craft space. 


Don’t forget, your storage doesn’t have to be beautiful or match. It just has to work for you! Pictures with labels with make clean up easier for your child (and therefore easier for you!).

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Creative Collections: Cleaning Schedules

I’ve tried some cleaning schedules in the past–some worked for me, lots didn’t. As much as I want to do a little cleaning each night, I always end up doing it on the weekend. I hate that, but it’s what ends up happening (mostly because I crash on the couch after Emily goes to bed!). Oh well! Besides an hour on the weekend means that I can get Logan to help me…and husband help is something I know many of us have troubles with!

So here are some of my favorite cleaning schedules. And even though I don’t do much with the daily cleaning, I’m going to give it a try again! It would be so nice to have that couple hours back on my weekends!

Daily Cleaning Schedule by Organizing Made Fun

Monthly Cleaning Schedule by Two Things in Common
Deep Cleaning Monthly Schedule

Quick Clean Ups by Clean Mama

Daily/Monthly Cleaning Schedule by Squirrelly Minds

House Cleaning All Year by List Template

As I was looking for cleaning schedules, I found this fantastic advice at Organizing Made Fun. Read the entire blog post here.

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