Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Moms Ultimate Back to School Round-Up + Merry Monday 166

Don’t you just love seeing all of the adorable DIY school supplies that people come up with? They are always clever and fun which makes them a festive part of the back to school season. In the spirit of focusing on mom this month, however, I wanted to round-up resources for you instead of supplies. Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization ideas, teacher’s gifts, and more to make your life easier during this crazy time of year.

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

 

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Lunch Time

Back to school lunches can be a lot more fun with lunch box notes. Here are 3 free ones to brighten up a sack lunch!

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Back to School Printable Lunch Box Notes (MommaDJane)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Lunch Box Notes (Paris at My Big Fat Happy Life)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

How to Create Reusable Lunch Box Notes (Maria @ Tinselbox)

 

Homework Stations and Organizers

How many times during the year do your kids come to you after school because they can’t find paper or pencil sharpeners? Have everything they need at their fingertips with these ideas!

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Kids Homework Station (Jenn at Clean and Scentsible)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Homework Room Makeover (How To Nest for Less)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

$1 DIY Desktop Organization (Ashley at Simply Designing)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

School Organizer (Angie at the Country Chic Cottage)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

DIY 5-Minute Craft Organizer (Jennifer at Jennifer Maker)

 

Gifts for the Teacher

Teachers do so much for your kids all year. It is always nice to give them a little something at the beginning of the year. These DIY ideas are the perfect sweet sentiment to start the year off!

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Teacher Survivor Kit DIY (Burlap + Blue)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Back to School Printable and Gift (Lindsay at See Lindsay)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift (Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzled)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Teacher Survival Kit (Camille at Growing Up Gable)

 

Busy Mom Resources

Make the entire year easier with these resources for busy moms. From fitting in family time to keeping everything organized, these ideas will help make the school year run smoothly.

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Emergency Boxes for Back to School (Daune at Cottage in the Oaks)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Parent’s Back to School Organization Binder (Erlene at MyPinterventures)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Back to School Menu Planning Printable (Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Family Snack Time Conversation Cards (DIY Adulation)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Share the moms ultimate back to school round-up with your mom friends who could use a little help this year. I don’t know about your but I’m pretty stoked about those re-usable lunch notes and that awesome parent’s binder. If you still want some tutorials for adorable DIY school supplies you can check out these Duck Tape school accessories.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
perfect kids' craft to pull out on sluggish mom days.

How to Make an Easy DIY Bedroom Door Sign

Some days you feel energized, creative, and ready to take on the world. You are Mom. Hear you roar. Of course, other days you wonder if you made the coffee wrong or something because you are dragging. Those days make it tough to spend time with the kids because you are simply exhausted. Today’s kids’ craft is the perfect activity to pull out on the dragging days. This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. There is no messy glue involved because everything is literally peel and stick. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Check out the tutorial now: then stick around below for bonus tips for mom.

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This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Materials

  • Adhesive Foam Sheets
  • Foam Letter Stickers
  • Foam Smiley Face Stickers

Step 1

First, decide on what the bedroom door sign will say.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 2

Next, sort through your foam letter stickers and lay out the ones you need.

Note:

  • You may need to adjust our saying if the letters aren’t available, especially when making multiple signs.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 3

Before you remove any backing, test the layout of your foam letters until you have the desired alignment.

Tip:

  • Take a picture of the alignment with Mom’s phone to have a reference in case it gets bumped or messed up.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 4

Remove the sticky backing from your letters and begin placing them on your sign.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 5

Continue placing your letter stickers on until your saying is complete.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 6

Next, go nuts embellishing the sign with your foam smiley face stickers.

Step 7

Remove the backing on your foam sheet and stick it to the bedroom door.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Extra Tips and Tricks for Mom

  1. This craft is easy enough for toddlers to do since it is only placing stickers.
  2. I recommend letting older kids pick their sayings first and then letting toddlers just have random letters that are left.
  3. Younger kids may need help spelling or getting creative with the letters. For example: a sign saying “Princess X-Ing” instead of “Princess Crossing” will save S stickers.
  4. Use a cotton swab soaked in Goo Gone to gently pry it from the door. This prevents paint damage and leftover sticky residue.

 

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See? I told you it doesn’t get much easier than this DIY bedroom door sign. Clean up the sticker backing pieces and you are done. I want to warn you to give the toddler a set amount of stickers in the beginning of the project. If you don’t, he will continue sticking them on until you have a quirky, 3-Dimensional wall sculpture on your hands. Of course, if you don’t mind being totally out of stickers, it is kind of cool looking as far as abstract art goes. Don’t forget to check out the other crafts in our Creative Play Kit series, like these Mini Pompom Monsters, before you go.

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This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

mm
I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

DIY Mini Pompom Monsters Kids Craft

It is time for another Creative Play Kit Craft! If you saw Monday’s DIY glittery notebook, then you know that today we’re making these DIY mini pompom monsters. These adorable little guys are inspired by bad mom days. Have you ever been having a bad mom day? The kind of day when you forget to hit start on the coffee maker only to realize it when you go to get a cup of coffee? Have you had the kind of day when you walk into the living room after finish the dishes to see that your toddlers have ripped up all of the tissues? Oh, and tossed them all over the room like snow?

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These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

All the while your youngest daughter has been “going potty” and comes out covered in your makeup. On those days you are fuming and feel surrounded by tiny monsters that you created. Then, when you’re ready to break down in tears and wine, they run up to you and throw their arms around your leg. They look up at you with wide, adorable eyes and say, “Mommy, I love you.” That heart-melting moment when you realize that these adorable little monsters are all yours and you wouldn’t change it for the world is what inspired this week’s DIY mini pompom monsters.

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Materials

  • Large Pompoms
  • Googly Eyes
  • Chenille Stems
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Glue
  • Adhesive Glitter Foam Sheet

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 1

Cut off one end of your foam sheet that is roughly 2 inches wide.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 2

Next, cut the 2 inch wide piece into thirds.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 3

Take one of the thirds and fold it in half.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 4

Then cut a heart out of the folded piece.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 5

Next, add a generous amount of glue to the point-end of your heart, glitter side up.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 6

Firmly press a large pompom on it.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 7

Add a generous amount of glue to the back of 2 googly eyes.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 8

Stick your 2 eyes to the pompom.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 9

Next, fold the end of your chenille stem in on itself for the length that you want the arms to be.

Step 10

Cut it off where the tip of your stem now touches the base of the stem.

Step 11

Now cut at the fold so that you have 2 arms.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 12

Twist the end of each arm to form a loop and bend it at a right angle to the arm.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 13

Next, curl the opposite end of each arm.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 14

Add a generous amount of glue to the loops on each arm.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 15

Attach the arms to either side of your pompom.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 16

Allow your pompom monsters to dry completely before playing with them.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as is if your kids can’t wait. However, you can also use them as fun and quirky stickers on notebooks, lunchboxes, and more by removing the backing from the bottom of the foam feet. Another bonus idea for mom: Stick one of these to your vanity, computer, or fridge. Use it as a reminder on the hard mom days that it will pass. Your adorable mini monsters push boundaries because they love you and feel safe enough to do so. Hopefully, one look and you’ll remember that when you’re ready to scream. Don’t forget to check out our other awesome kids crafts like this DIY behavior system and this fantastic DIY kid’s artwork display!

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These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

Easiest DIY Comforter Makeover in the World

When you are giving a room a makeover on a budget every penny needs to be spent wisely. You have to stretch your imagination to get a gorgeous and cohesive design on a tight budget. One of the things that led to the chaotic look of our boys’ room is that their bedding didn’t (and never has) match. New bedding sets are expensive and also their bedding is still in great condition. If you are anything like me then you have a problem with replacing perfectly usable items. Throw our small budget into the equation and new bedding was out of the question. I still wanted matching bedding for the room so I came up with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

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New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

 

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Materials

  • Old Comforter (That is still in good shape)
  • Fabric of Choice (I used 4 yd. on the twin and 1.5 yd. on the toddler of this fabric)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine (This is a Great Beginner One)

**If you are only making a toddler comforter skip to step 4. For all other size comforters start at step 1.**

 

New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

Step 1

Cut your fabric into 2 pieces that are the length of your comforter.

Note:

  • Larger comforters may take more than 2 lengths of fabric depending on the width of your fabric.

 

New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

Step 2

Pin the 2 pieces of fabric lengthwise, right sides together, matching up patterns as needed.

Step 3

Sew along your pinned side.

 

New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

Step 4

Next, unfold your sewn fabric and measure it against your comforter. Trim any excess fabric.

Step 5

Place your sewn fabric right side down against the side of the comforter that you want to preserve.

Note:

  • For example, I wanted the Captain America to still be visible once finished so that is the side my fabric went against.

 

New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

Step 6

Now pin all of the outside edges of the comforter and fabric.

Step 7

Sew all the way around your comforter but leave one corner unsewn, roughly 5 inches on each side of the corner.

 

New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

Step 8

Next, turn your comforter right sides out.

Step 9

Fold the fabric at the corner under to get and even seam and pin the folded fabric to the edge of your comforter.

Step 10

Lastly, sew up your pinned corner.

 

New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

With the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world I was able to make 2 matching comforters and some accents for only $34.00!! You definitely can’t get that deal at a store. (Well, technically I got the fabric from Joann’s so I guess you can get part of that deal at a store.) Now we are one step closer to our awesome camping themed boys room and our budget is on track. Now it is time to start on the dresser update. Find out next week how I’m taking a plain dresser and making it better. It is not only going to get a paint job. I will be adding additional storage to make it a more multi-functional piece of furniture. Until then, you can see our overall plan for the boys room makeover and get my tips for painting the walls and ceiling.

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New comforter sets are expensive. Find out how to rock your bedroom makeover on a budget with the easiest DIY comforter makeover in the world.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Fun and Glittery DIY Notebook

It is time for our next Creative Play Kit summer craft. If you don’t know what the Creative Play Kit is, you can read about it in Bust Summer Boredom with Weekly Crafts. Although,  I confess that this week’s craft is just as much for me as it is for the kiddos. Today we are making this fun and glittery DIY notebook because it lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? These notebooks also keep the creative fun going long after you and your kids have finished making them. The absolute best part of a new glittery DIY notebook is filling it with creative writings and pictures. That sounds like a fun summer afternoon for everyone.

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This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

 

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Materials

  • Adhesive Glitter Foam Sheet
  • Construction Paper (5-8 Sheets)
  • 1 Chenille Stem
  • Foam Letter Stickers
  • Foam Smiley Face Stickers
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Step 1

Use the foam glitter sheet to measure and cut your stack of construction paper.

Tip:

  • The construction paper should be cut roughly in half.

Step 2

Stack your 2 sets of construction paper together.

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Step 3

Next, fold your stacked construction paper in half like a book.

Tip:

  • Press firmly on the folded edge because the thickness of the construction makes the folding more difficult.

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Step 4

After you have securely folded your construction paper, punch holes along the folded edge.

Tip:

  • If you are having trouble punching holes through the thickness use a hammer and nail. Moms, place the fold on a piece of scrap wood and tap holes with the hammer and nail along it.

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Step 5

Now run a chenille stem through the punched holes to bind the book.

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Step 6

After the pages are bound, trim the ends of the chenille stem and secure them by twisting the ends around the threaded stem.

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Step 7

Next, peel back half of your glitter foam sheet backing. Press one side of the bound construction paper onto it.

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Step 8

Then remove the remaining backing and wrap the foam around the bound construction paper like a book.

Step 9

Trim any excess paper where necessary on the book.

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Step 10

Next, add foam letters to spell out “Notes” along the edge of the cover.

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

Step 11

Lastly, embellish the cover with smiley face stickers.

 

This fun and glittery DIY notebook lets kids get creative and, let’s be fair, can you ever really have too many fun notebooks? Makes yours now!

This glittery DIY notebook is so much fun. It’s fun to look at, fun to make, and fun to fill. Use it to keep kids entertained on the go or make a set of them for back to school. No matter which you choose this little craft will let you and the kids get creative together. Since we missed a few weeks, check back on Friday for another awesome kids crafts. We will be making adorable little pompom monster stickers! Until then, check out this Googly Eye Monogram or this awesome giant Paper Flower Wall Art!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

Make Time for Fun with Family Snack Time Conversation Cards

Our family has been having an absolute blast this summer. Every week is filled with summer parties, visits to family, and awesome adventures. The school year is approaching quickly and it is the time of year when busy families, like ours, get even busier. Once school starts so do clubs, sports, homework, and more. You know that family dinners are important but unfortunately busy schedules can make nightly ones all but impossible. This year we are planning ahead for the busy school year with these Family Snack Time Conversation Cards. Snacks, like our favorite Goldfish® crackers, are easy to enjoy with zero prep time. That means more time for fun at home or on the go. Bring Goldfish® crackers and your Family Snack Time Conversation Cards to practices and club meeting to find for smile worthy family moments anywhere.

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Materials

 

Step 1

First, print out your Family Snack Time Conversation Cards on heavy cardstock.

 

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Step 2

Next, cut out all of your cards and set them off to the side.

 

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Step 3

Remove any stickers or packaging from your plastic container.

 

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Step 4

Label the lid of your plastic container with your letter stickers.

Some Ideas for the Label:

  • Smith Family Snack Fun
  • Snack Time Conversation Cards
  • Family Snack Time

 

Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

Step 5

Next, add decorative sticks and embellishments to your container to add your family’s personal style.

Step 6 (Optional)

Seal your container with acrylic sealant and allow to the sealant to dry completely.

 

Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

Step 7

Load your cards into your container and you are ready to go!

 

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Make a Travel Kit

We made 2 sets of Family Snack Time Conversation Cards. One set will stay at home for quick, after school family time. The second set is placed in a family fun travel kit so we can enjoy meaningful time together on the go. To make your own travel kit, fill a drawstring bag with the following:

  • 1 Set of Family Snack Time Conversation Cards (and Container)
  • Goldfish Snacks Multi-Packs
  • Napkins or Wipes for Clean Up
  • Plastic Bags for Collecting Any Trash
  • A Small Ball for Outdoor Fun
  • Sealed Containers of Bubbles for Entertaining Little Ones
  • 2-3 Books for Indoor Fun

 

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With a travel kit you will be set to fit in some family time fun whenever and wherever you can. It is a great way to make your family a priority no matter how busy life gets. Goldfish® crackers and Family Snack Time Conversation Cards are your family’s go-to tools for keeping the summer fun going. Don’t let the back to school season end all of that awesome bonding! Now it will be easier than ever to continue strengthening the bond with your children and create memories that will last a lifetime. What is even better is that Goldfish® crackers are always baked with real cheese and no artificial flavors or preservatives so they are a snack you can feel good about serving your kids (or snacking on yourself). Don’t forget to check out Goldfish® crackers on Pinterest for even more back to school and snack ideas! You will be ready to dominate this school year as a family.

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Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Boys Room Makeover : Painting the Walls and Ceiling

Last weekend I had all of Saturday to myself which is pretty much unheard of when you’re married with 3 kids. In true mom form, I took advantage of it by working. Haha!  That is not to say that I didn’t make the most of it by blasting my music or catching up on some Criminal Minds while painting the walls and ceiling. Do you want to know my new tip for painting walls quickly and efficiently? Kick everyone out of your house! You will be amazed at how productive you can be when you’re not constantly filling up sippy cups, locating lost items, and mediating arguments. Okay, that is not really the tip I want to share with you today but it will ratchet up your productivity. You can find the tips for any painting job in the tutorial below. They can be used even when your house is full of demanding little ones.

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Materials

  • Flat Head Screw Driver (I love this screwdriver that my Papa got me!)
  • Paper Towels
  • Multi-Purpose Cleaner (I use the Clorox from our Tiki Post and it worked great!)
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Yellow Highlighter
  • Painters Tape (I didn’t use any but I still recommend it for most DIY-ers)
  • Drop Cloth
  • Paint Roller
  • 2 inch Paintbrush
  • Wall and Ceiling Paint Choices (at least 1 gallon of each)

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Step 1

Clear everything out of the room including anything on the walls, like décor and wall stickers.

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Step 2

Remove all of the outlet and switch plate covers in the room.

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Step 3

Next, clean the walls, baseboards, trim, and ceiling.

Tip:

  • This room hasn’t been painted in the 3 years since we moved in so it had 3 years’ worth of crayon, marker, and nail polish stains from tiny hands. There are tips for getting this off (toothpaste, magic erasers, etcetera) but this was roughly 4 feet high and all around the room except where furniture was. I chose to do what I could and then add an extra coat of paint necessary.

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Step 4

Before you paint, measure how far down onto the wall that you want the “night sky” to come. Cut a square of cardboard to that size.

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Step 5

Then use that square of cardboard to measure that line from the ceiling all the way around the room and mark it with your yellow highlighter.

Step 6

As I said above, I didn’t use painters tape but if you do, this is the step to tape everything up.

Step 7

Next, throw down your drop cloth and start painting the lower walls.

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Step 8

Paint one coat of paint with the roller up to the highlighter line on the walls.

Note:

  • I used Valspar Signature Interior Paint and Primer in One and I was amazed at how well it covered all of those crayon, marker, and nail polish stains in one coat!

Step 9

Fill in any corners and edges using your paint brush.

Step 10

Allow your first coat of paint to dry.

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Step 11

Next add your second coat of paint and allow it to dry before moving on.

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Step 12

After your wall paint is dry, paint your first coat of paint on the ceiling and the tops of the walls.

Step 13

Again, fill in any corners and edges with paint.

Step 14

Allow the first coat of ceiling paint to dry completely.

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

Step 15

Next, add a second coat of paint to the ceiling and the tops of the walls. Let it dry and you are done painting.

Step 16

Remove all of your tape and re-attach outlet and switch plate covers.

 

Find the tips for any painting job in this step-by-step tutorial for painting the walls and ceiling in our boys room makeover!

This is easily the longest part of the makeover. Even with an entire Saturday alone, painting the walls and ceiling took all weekend. One the plus side, I have eaten the frog as Mark Twain would say, and it is all downhill from here. Next, I am adding trim between the ceiling and wall color. After that I will add glow stars to the ceiling. Check out the Boys Room Makeover to see the other awesome projects coming your way. See you next week with the next room update!

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Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

DIY Family Chores Wall System for Busy Families

Have you started getting ready for the school year yet? We are pretty lax with our schedule during the summer. Bedtimes are pushed back. The days are less structured. It is a fun and relaxing time of year. It is because of this that it is important to plan ahead for the school year. We need to get back into the structured rhythm that comes along with it. Part of that is getting an updated list of daily tasks that need to be completed each day. Another part of getting ready is creating organization systems that keep us on track and make life easier. That is exactly what this DIY family chores wall system does.

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Materials

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 1

Remove any packaging that is on your pan.

Tip:

  • If your pan’s label is attached with glue, you will want to clean any excess sticky off of it before continuing.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 2

Cover the top of the pan with one color of acrylic paint.

Tips:

  • I only did one coat of paint because I like the look of the metal showing through. If you want a solidly colored chart, add a second coat of paint after the first coat dries.
  • Use a different color of paint on each pan to make it easier to recognize whose pan each is.

Step 3

Let the paint dry completely before moving on.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 4

Carefully put a washi tape grid on your pan as pictured above.

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Tip:

  • You need to be careful and precise during this step because your pan has not been sealed yet. The paint will chip if you try to reposition the washi tape or scratch it with jewelry.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 5

Next, paint “Tasks”, “Ø”, and “√” in the respective areas using white acrylic paint.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 6

After your white paint has dried, seal your pan with engine enamel paint.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 7

While you wait on the enamel to dry, pull out your Post-It notes.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 8

Next, cut the sticky part off of the Post-It notes.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 9

Cut the sticky strip in half.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 10

Then write the tasks that need to be completed each day on the papers and stick one in each grid on the left.

Step 11

Next, add a hook to the right handle of your pan.

Step 12

Repeat steps 1 through 11 for each family member.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 13

Hang your family chores wall system using Command picture strips.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 14

Add bucket to the hooks for storage.

Note:

  • We didn’t add hooks or buckets to the youngest kids’ pans because they don’t really need the storage yet. I don’t want to risk them losing the buckets so I have them and the hooks put up for now.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

Step 15

Lastly, add magnetic pins to track the completion of tasks.

 

Get back into the structured rhythm of back to school with this DIY family chores wall system! It is the perfect solution for busy families.

With this DIY family chores wall system you can easily keep track of daily tasks. In addition, you can have homework supplies at children’s fingertips in the buckets. You can also use the buckets to hold your Daily Workout Sticks like I do. The extra space on the right side lets you keep track of notes, appointments, and permission slips. We also chose to add photo magnets from Shutterfly to label each chart. This makes it easy for little ones to know which charts belong to them and provides an extra magnet to hold notes. This is definitely an all-encompassing system that will have your family ready for back to school. If you want more tips for changing your summer schedule back to the school schedule, check out Get Your Family Back to School Ready!

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Find out how to plan for a boys room makeover from start to finish. Then be inspired by our plans for an awesome camping themed bedroom!

Boys Room Makeover – A Camping Adventure

Back to school is right around the corner and I want to make the transition as easy as possible. Part of doing that involves creating an organized oasis for the boys. The boys decided that they wanted to switch rooms with baby girl in the spring. We got as far as moving the bed and clothes but that was pretty much it. Now they are left with a crazy, unorganized mess. I can’t even be mad about the state of their room because right now they have zero storage. This boys room makeover will give them a comfy bedroom with plenty of storage.

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Find out how to plan for a boys room makeover from start to finish. Then be inspired by our plans for an awesome camping themed bedroom!

Find out how to plan for a boys room makeover from start to finish. Then be inspired by our plans for an awesome camping themed bedroom!

Find out how to plan for a boys room makeover from start to finish. Then be inspired by our plans for an awesome camping themed bedroom!

Find out how to plan for a boys room makeover from start to finish. Then be inspired by our plans for an awesome camping themed bedroom!

Find out how to plan for a boys room makeover from start to finish. Then be inspired by our plans for an awesome camping themed bedroom!

Problem Areas

  • Messy – There is a mess everywhere that you look. Even the walls look messy from where the toddlers colored on them and the remnants of wall stickers that are remaining.
  • No Storage – There is no storage in the room right now except for the dresser.
  • Window Treatment – Baby girl ripped down the curtain rod and curtains while the room was hers. We never got around to replacing them because there are still blinds on the window. We have hung a sheet to darken the room during nap time.
  • Nothing Matches – It is hard to relax in a room when everything is a mix of different colors and finishes.

 

Find out how to plan for a boys room makeover from start to finish. Then be inspired by our plans for an awesome camping themed bedroom!

Inspiration Board

  • Star Ceiling – Since I am going with a camping theme for the room, a starry night sky on the ceiling is perfect. I love how this one is brought down onto the walls some for a more encompassing effect.
  • Hobby Lobby Room – I love the adventure theme of this room. The mix of textures is exactly what I want for the boys.
  • Pipe Curtain Rod – This will give an industrial look to the room and it is also my hope that it will be strong enough to withstand crazy kiddos.
  • My Drawings – The drawings above are my personal ideas for how to transform the furniture as well as add additional storage.
  • Storage Lockers – I won’t be using this exact design because it doesn’t quite fit with the theme, but I love the mix of wood and metal. I want to incorporate that look into the storage piece that I make for the room.

Boys Room Makeover Projects

Project 1

Paint the walls and ceiling of the room. Then add the wood trim to the walls. (Weekend Project)

Project 2

I’m making over the comforters for the beds so that they will now match each other. (2 hr.)

Project 3

The dresser is getting a complete makeover that will improve the look of it and also provide more storage. (1 Day)

Project 4

I will then create additional storage for toys and books. (Weekend Project)

Project 5

The décor will begin being created with this DIY fox and bear geometric wall art. (2 hr.)

Project 6

The décor will continue with an adventure wall art piece. (1 hr.)

Project 7

The last piece of wall décor will be a fun “No Girls Allowed” sign. (1 hr.)

Project 8

This project will be the pipe curtain rod and curtains. (2 hr.)

Project 9

The final touches to the room will be done at this stage. (3 hr.)

 

Find out how to plan for a boys room makeover from start to finish. Then be inspired by our plans for an awesome camping themed bedroom!

My Project Plan

Budget: $300

Note

  • Most of this money is going towards paint and supplies. I will be reusing furniture we already have with the exception of the twin bed. My husband got one of those at work.

Colors

See the inspiration board above for the color scheme.

Project List

Again, you can find the project list above.

Shopping List

  • Wall Paint – $30
  • Ceiling Paint – $30
  • Fabric for Bedding – $35
  • Dresser Paint – $20
  • Paint Supplies – $25
  • Pipes – $30
  • Wall Trim – $30
  • Accessories and Lighting – $50
  • Storage – $50

Time Frame

See the times in parenthesis in the project list.

Completion Date

August 5th

 

Find out how to plan for a boys room makeover from start to finish. Then be inspired by our plans for an awesome camping themed bedroom!

This boys room makeover is a huge job but it is going to be worth it. I can’t wait to see the end result. Of course, baby girl is already asking for her room to get a makeover now too. It seems that we will be taking that one on next. For now, it is time to pull out the paint clothes, roll up my sleeves, and get started on this project. Come back next week for the paint tutorial and project updates.

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Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

DIY Children’s Artwork Display

Kids love drawing, painting, and coloring. They are constantly giving you thoughtful creations of love. Unfortunately those sweet artwork gifts can start taking over your fridge, counters, drawers, and every other available space. You don’t want to hurt their feeling by getting rid of any of it but you can’t continue getting buried under art. This DIY children’s artwork display is the solution. Hang it on the wall to show off their awesome creations and create the rule that you can only keep what they want displayed on it. Older artwork gets filed away or recycled.

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Materials

  • Clothespins
  • Glitter
  • Pompoms (Optional instead of glitter)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush (Optional)
  • Ribbon

 

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Step 1

Give each child 5 clothespins, some Mod Podge, glitter, and a paintbrush.

Notes:

  • If you don’t want to clean up the glitter mess at the end of this craft, give your kids some pompoms instead.
  • Have each child decorate clothespins on a plastic placement for easier clean up no matter which decoration you choose.

 

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Step 2

Add a generous amount of Mod Podge to the front of each clothespin with your paintbrush (or your finger).

 

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Step 3

Next, cover the layer of Mod Podge with glitter.

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Note:

  • Replace the glitter with pompoms if you are not using glitter.

 

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Step 4

Set glittery clothespins aside and allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.

Step 5

Seal the glitter with an additional coat of Mod Podge.

Tip:

  • Skip this step if you are using pompoms.

 

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Step 6

Again, set the clothespins aside to dry completely.

 

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Step 7

While they dry, cut a piece of ribbon that is 4-5 feet long.

Tip:

  • You want the DIY children’s artwork display to be long enough to hold 5 pieces of artwork at one time, yet small enough to fit on the wall that you plan to hang it on.

 

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Step 8

Attach the clothespins to the ribbon 8 to 10 inches apart.

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Tip:

  • Wrap the ribbon around the spring part of your clothespins to keep them from shifting on the display once it is hung.

 

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Step 9

Lastly, pin the display tautly to the wall.

 

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

Hang this DIY children’s artwork display on the wall to show off kid's creations and control artwork clutter at the same time!

How totally easy is this DIY children’s artwork display? We made one for each kid. Now they can each choose 5 pieces of artwork to display at a time. They choose their favorites and I get to keep paper clutter under control. It is a win-win. Even better is that this craft is made with the Creative Play Kit from Michaels. Don’t forget to check out Bust Summer Boredom with Weekly Crafts to learn more about it. Then check back next week for our next easy kids’ craft! You can also check out more fun crafts today with our DIY Googly Eye Monogram and our Paper Flower Wall Art!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.