Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

7 Free Ways to Practice Giving in Daily Life

Giving to others is important and something you know that you want to teach your children. Of course, children learn best from watching their parents model the behavior. What do you do when you don’t have the money to give to causes that need it? How do you donate your time when you have 3+ kids who are actively involved in school and extracurricular activities? You find ways to fit giving into your day-to-day life. You encourage cultivating selflessness in yourself and your family. These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

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Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Donate Old Kids’ Clothes to Foster Parents

The expectations of foster parents can change on a dime. Some coworkers of a family member were suddenly put in charge of an 8 month old who had been extricated for his safety. They had only ever fostered older kids and were in desperate need of clothes. We had a ton of old baby clothes so we boxed them up and sent the clothes to them.

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Make Cards to Send to Deployed Service Members

This is a great one to get the kids involved in. Let them decorate cards, draw pictures, and write letters to service members thanking them for all that they do for our country. Once you have finished your cards give them to a group that sends them to the service members. Military Missions is a great place to send your finished cards to. They send out thousands of cards in care packages all year long. See their site for tips and the mailing address.

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Send “Thinking of You” Cards

Speaking of sending cards, don’t wait for a special occasion. Send out handmade greeting cards to family and friends simply to brighten their days. Everybody loves getting a surprise in the mail. It lets loved ones know that you’re thinking about them. Don’t forget to get the kids in on this one too. Let them draw pictures or write letters to add to the card before mailing.

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Pass Along That Gift Card

I firmly believe that you never know what someone is going through and the smallest gesture can have a huge impact. The next time that you’re at Target and your purchase gets you one of those free gift cards, pass it along. Let the cashier know that you would like it put towards the total of the person behind you in line. Think about the wonderful surprise of getting $5 or $10 off of your total for no reason except someone’s kindness. That’s pretty great!

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Make Baby Books

If you have a talent for scrapbooking, use it to surprise new parents at the hospital. Use those extra supplies that you have around and create some sweet little baby books. When creating, be sure to leave areas for the parents to add photos of their baby’s milestones. If you need some inspiration you can check out this DIY Baby Book Gift.

 

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Infant Rocker

Speaking of babies, did you know that you can volunteer to rock babies in the hospital nursery? While this one will take more of your time, it won’t cost you a dime. Talk about one of the best ways to give back in the world. Check with a local hospital to find out about their volunteer policy and availability.

 

Free Child Care

One of the hardest things for busy parents to do is find time to have a date night alone. Offer the gift of free child care to friends and family. You can help mom and dad get some much needed time to refresh together. Grab free printable gift certificates to give at the links below. One has a pre-determined 3 hour time specified and the other does not have any time-frame specified.

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Now you have 7 free ways to practice giving in your busy life. Which one will you try first? Don’t forget to get your kids involved in addition to modeling a spirit of giving for them. Many of these ideas can be done as a family, such as the cards and the baby books. Why not make your next family night a service project? It’s as easy as grabbing some cards, stickers, and markers and gathering around the table to create together. In what other ways does your family choose to practice giving? Let me know in the comments!

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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.
Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

Easy and Creepy DIY Zombie Party Ideas + MM 176

Calling all my zombie lovers out there: it is time for more zombie love! Whether you are throwing a spooky zombie themed Halloween party or just want to binge some Walking Dead with friends, I’ve rounded up easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas to make it a spooky success. Below you’ll find ideas for bloody food and drinks along with decorations and easy games. Then stick around for the Merry Monday link party 176 and share your latest posts with us.

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

 

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Food and Drink

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

Walker Blood Sangria for Dead Eats (Cravings of a Lunatic)

No party is complete without something to sip on. Keep it creepy and delicious with this sangria recipe!

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

Roasted Cauliflower Brain (Claire Justine)

First of all, cauliflower is absolutely delicious. Then pairing it with “finger” finger sandwiches is just brilliant!

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

25 Treats and a Zombie Centerpiece (Marilyns Treats)

Don’t forget to serve all of those awesome treats in a bloody man. Marilyn’s got you covered with this awesome zombie centerpiece (plus ideas to fill it).

 

Decorations and Games

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

Spooky Finger Specimens (Sparkle Living Blog)

Does it get any creepier than specimens of your actual fingers? I don’t think so.

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

How to Make Halloween Bloody Bones (My Pinterventures)

This Halloween décor is quick and easy but looks like it’s not. That’s the best kind!

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

Scary Bottle Labels Free Printable (Organized Island)

These free printable bottle labels make decorating a breeze. Grab yours now!

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

Bone Candlesticks (The Scrap Shoppe Blog)

How super cool are these bone candlesticks? They are perfect for your table centerpiece!

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

DIY Tabletop Zombie Bowling Game (DIY Adulation)

Don’t forget to keep the zombie theme going with your games. This game is an easy DIY that comes together fast.

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

Dead and Breakfast Inn Hanging Sign (Lolly Jane)

Lastly, add the zombie fun outdoors too with this awesome DIY sign from Lolly Jane!

 

Throw the best zombie themed party in town with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas! They all add up to a spectacularly spooky shindig!

You’ll be party ready in no time with these easy and creepy DIY zombie party ideas. Now that we’ve taken care of that it is time to start the other party: the Merry Monday link party. Share your latest awesome posts with us below and see what your friends have been up to. See you down there!

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We’re changing things up for the beginning of holiday season. Each host will be choosing one post and it will be featured on all 11 blogs! What we’re looking for this week:

  • All things Halloween
  • Thanksgiving – recipes, decor, crafts, and more
  • All Things Christmas

Now, show us your latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, home decor ideas, home tips, and anything you created! And while you’re here, stop by the 2017 Halloween Blog Hop and share a Halloween themed post + enter the $100 Giveaway!

2017 Halloween Blog Hop & Giveaway


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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.
Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

DIY Pumpkin Pillow Fight Game

Are you ready for an awesome fall game that entertains kids all season long, including Thanksgiving Day? That is exactly what this DIY pumpkin pillow fight game is. Let’s face it; there are a lot of aspects of the big family dinner at Thanksgiving that just aren’t fun for little ones. That goes double if your family is the one hosting this year. This game will not only make the kiddos excited, it will also keep them from being under your feet while you work in the kitchen.

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Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

 

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Materials

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 1

First, remove the lids from your boxes and set them aside. You don’t need them for this project.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 2

Next, paint your pumpkin boxes orange.

Step 3

Add a second coat of orange paint and let it dry completely.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 4

Next, paint the stems of your pumpkin boxes brown.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 5

While your brown paint dries, add the sleeping faces to the front of your pumpkins.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 6

Lastly, paint leaves on the pumpkins and set them aside to dry.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 7

Now pull out your fabric and cut it into 6 rectangles that are 3 inches by 2 inches.

Tip:

  • If you are using an old tank top as I did, measure 3 inches up from the bottom and cut straight across. Then cut them into 2 inch pieces, leaving the sewn seams attached.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 8

Next, line the edges of 2 pieces up, right sides together, and pin along the edges.

Note:

  • Do this to all of your fabric pieces. This should give you 3 pinned “pillows”.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 9

Next, sew around each of your pillows leaving a small gap to turn the fabric right side out after sewing. Be sure to pull out the pins as you stitch your edges.

Step 10

Once all of your pillows are sewn, turn them right-side out.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 11

Then fill each pillow with Poly-Fil.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 12 (Optional)

Add 2-3 marbles inside each pillow.

Tips:

  • Adding the marbles makes it easier to knock down the pumpkins. If your kids are older, you can omit them to make the game more difficult.
  • You can also use beans or dry corn to add weight, I just prefer not to use food.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 13

Next, sew the gap closed on each pillow.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

Step 14

Pull your pumpkins back out and spray both the front and back with acrylic sealant. Let it dry completely before playing.

 

Let kids have fun knocking towers over with this easy DIY pumpkin pillow fight game! It is perfect for entertaining kids all season long!

This is such an easy little game that kids of all ages will love. I have no idea why but it is super satisfying to kids when they knock something over. How many times have you heard your kid yell, “Mom, he knocked my block tower over!”? Now, instead of causing a fight, this DIY pumpkin pillow fight game will encourage them to have fun knocking stuff over. Now you’ll be free to get ready for the even and socialize while the kids play. Looking for me fun games to play? Check out this Glow in the Dark Scavenger Hunt or this easy DIY Tabletop Zombie Bowling Game!

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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.
Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt for Kids: Pair this easy craft with any of your favorite Halloween movie for a fun and festive family movie night!

Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt for Kids

What activity are you checking off of your family’s fall bucket list this weekend? Watching Hocus Pocus is always a necessity for our fall bucket list. Unfortunately, the kids don’t always have the patience to sit still for it especially since they have seen it so many times. This year I decided to combine it with a fun kid’s craft to help make it fun for all of us. This glow in the dark ghost handprint shirt did the trick. It stays within the Halloween theme and went great with our movie feature. Pair this easy craft with any of your favorite Halloween movie for a fun and festive family movie night!

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Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt for Kids: Pair this easy craft with any of your favorite Halloween movie for a fun and festive family movie night!

 

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Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt for Kids: Pair this easy craft with any of your favorite Halloween movie for a fun and festive family movie night!

Materials for 1 Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt

Step 1

First, remove any tags from your shirt.

Note:

  • If there is sticky residue left from stickers or tags wash it off of the shirt and dry it before moving on.

Step 2

Once your shirt is prepped, place a piece of cardboard inside of your shirt.

Step 3

Next, cover your child’s hand with a generous layer of white fabric paint.

Tip:

  • Use your finger, not a paint brush, to apply the white paint to your child’s hand.

 

Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt for Kids: Pair this easy craft with any of your favorite Halloween movie for a fun and festive family movie night!

Step 4

Firmly press the paint-covered hand onto the shirt.

Tips:

  • When you pull the hand back, pull it straight up.
  • You may need to brace the shirt so that it doesn’t pull up with your child’s hand.

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have the desired number of “ghosts” on your shirt.

Tip:

  • Vary the direction of the handprints as you place them on the shirt to create visual interest.

 

Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt for Kids: Pair this easy craft with any of your favorite Halloween movie for a fun and festive family movie night!

Step 6

After you have finished adding handprints, Mom, carefully outline each handprint in glow in the dark paint.

 

Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt for Kids: Pair this easy craft with any of your favorite Halloween movie for a fun and festive family movie night!

Step 7

Next, add a face to each ghost with glow in the dark paint.

Step 8

Set the shirt on a flat surface to let the paint dry.

Note:

  • We let ours dry for 24 hours.

Step 9

Lastly, toss the shirt in the dryer on high for 5-10 minutes.

 

Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt for Kids: Pair this easy craft with any of your favorite Halloween movie for a fun and festive family movie night!

Glow in the Dark Ghost Handprint Shirt for Kids: Pair this easy craft with any of your favorite Halloween movie for a fun and festive family movie night!

Your child will love this glow in the dark ghost handprint shirt. When you’re ready to wash it, be sure to turn it inside out to help the design last longer for your child. Another fun option for this project is to purchase over-sized shirts for your kids and let them make glow in the dark sleep shirts. They will totally want to wear them for the next Halloween movie night (and every other night, for that matter). Not ready for the kid’s crafting fun to end? The whole family will love this Easy DIY Monster Owl Halloween Tree! It’s a great way to get the kids involved in creating some not-so-spooky Halloween décor for your home.

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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.
Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Free Printable Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets

Goldfish® crackers are one of our family’s favorite snacks. The kids especially love snacking on the Goldfish® Colors. Ever wonder how Goldfish® Colors get those rad colors into those little crackers? In addition to being made with 100% real cheese they use colors sources from pants. That means that all of that color doesn’t come from artificial dyes making this snack one you can feel good about giving your kids. Learn more about vegetables and take your next snack time to the next level with these free printable fall vegetable learning sheets. They will infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, and color matching fun. Learn more about where Goldfish® get their colors and grab your free printables below.

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

 

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Goldfish® Colors: Colors Sourced From Plants

How cool is it that Goldfish® source their colors from plants? The exact plants used very by color:

Red

  • Red Goldfish® crackers get color using a mix of beet juice concentrate and paprika extracted from sweet red peppers.

Green

  • “The green comes from watermelon & Huito juice concentrates mixed with extracted turmeric.”

Red-Orange

  • “The red ones are colored with paprika extracted from sweet peppers.”

Orange

  • “Annatto extracted from the seed of the achiote tree” is used to color the orange crackers.

Learn More About Goldfish® Colors

 

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Fall Vegetable Learning Printables

These are so much fun! The kids loved sorting their Goldfish® crackers to outline the vegetables. Each sheet also includes 3 fun facts about the vegetables. Not only will your kids learn about vegetables they already love but they will also learn about new vegetables that they haven’t tried. Grab each of your free printables at the links below:

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Carrots Fun Fact Sheet

 

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Beets Fun Fact Sheet

 

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Pumpkin Fun Fact Sheet

 

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Bell Peppers Fun Fact Sheet

 

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Eggplant Fun Fact Sheet

 

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Squash Fun Fact Sheet

 

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Plant Your Vote

Now it is time to Plant Your Vote. You know how Goldfish® uses colors source from plants and they want to know what your family’s favorite color is. A limited edition bag comes out next spring that features the favorite color! Voting closes on October 31, 2017. The limited edition bag will be available in April and May of 2018 so keep your eye out to see if your favorite wins!

Plant Your Vote Now

 

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Now you can your kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. Be sure to have Goldfish® Colors on hand for the fun! With these printables you can be just as excited for snack time as your kids. Looking for more awesome snack time ideas? Check out these Snack Time Conversation Cards. They are perfect for busy families on the go. Don’t forget to plant your vote for your favorite Goldfish® color. Voting ends soon so vote now!

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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.
Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

DIY Tabletop Zombie Bowling Game

Do you love all things zombie? You know you might have a zombie obsession when you’re driving down the road and out of nowhere you hear, “Unh… Unh… Unh… I’m going to eat your brains,” from the tiny humans in the backseat. (True story, by the way.) So what do you do when your zombie love has spread to the whole family? Embrace it, of course. This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for the whole family. Pull it out for a fun, zombie themed family game night or whip it out for your Halloween bash. Your tiny brain eaters will love it!

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Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

 

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Materials

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 1

First, remove your bowling set from its packaging.

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 2

Next, paint each pin black while holding the top between 2 fingers. Set the pins aside to dry.

Note:

  • The tops will not be covered yet.

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 3

While the pins dry, paint half of your bowling ball black and set it aside to dry.

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 4

After the paint has dried, cover the rest of your pins and bowling ball in black paint.

Step 5

Let the black paint dry completely before moving on to step 6.

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 6

Next, paint your pins green and set aside to dry.

Tip:

  • Be careful during these steps because your paint can come off before it is sealed with acrylic sealant.

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 7

While your pins dry, mix a small amount of red and white paint to achieve pink and paint half of your bowling ball pink.

Step 8

After the pink paint has dried, cover the rest of your bowling ball in pink. Set it aside to dry.

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 9

Next, paint black faces on your pins as pictured above and set aside.

Step 10

While the faces dry, lighten your mixed pink paint by adding more white paint to it.

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 11

Add squiggly “brain lines” as pictured above to your bowling ball.

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 12

Next, paint the white face details on your pins.

Tip:

  • Use a small detail paint brush for this step.

Step 13

Let all of your paint dry completely.

Step 14

Next, lay out your game pieces on a protected surface and spray with acrylic sealant.

Step 15

Allow the sealant to dry, then turn your pieces over and spray the opposite side with acrylic sealant.

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

Step 16

Lastly, let your sealant dry and enjoy!

 

Do you love all things zombie? This DIY tabletop zombie bowling game is an easy game for adults and children alike. Find out how to make it now!

How cool is this DIY tabletop zombie bowling game? It is so easy to make and totally inexpensive. Whip out the frugal game all month long for laughs and family bonding. Warning: Side effects may include the tiny humans shuffling around and moaning for hours on end. Personally, that’s a side effect that’s totally worth it in my book. Are you looking to throw an entirely do-it-yourself Halloween party along with this game? Check out these Wickedly Easy DIY Halloween Invitations and find out how to make this Easy Monster Owl Halloween Tree for your treats table.

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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.
What if you could make fall cleaning fun and easy? Find out how to embrace life’s messes with the right tools and a heap of fun. #ad

How to Make Fall Cleaning Fun and Easy

It came to my attention back in May that my kids thought that I loved cleaning. Say what?! I clean because I have to but to say I love it is more than an overstatement. Fast forward to now when it is time to start on our fall cleaning and that revelation from May has been on a my mind a lot. What if you could make fall cleaning fun and easy? Take those boring chores that have to get done and turn them into a fun activity that you actually enjoy doing. Now, with the help of The Libman Company, I am doing just that. Find out how to embrace life’s messes with the right tools and a heap of fun.

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I’m totally mopping and taking a photo at the same time!!

Start With the Right Tools

Let’s face it: no matter how much fun you make something, if you are using the wrong tools you are still going to dread the task. That is why the first step is choosing the right cleaning tool for your arsenal. The Libman Wonder Mop is the perfect tool to keep your home clean. Don’t let the fact that this is a mop fool you.

 

  • The Libman Wonder Mop is perfect for all kinds of surfaces such as tile, vinyl, wood, and granite.
  • You can literally clean every room in your house with this one tool.
  • Clean hard to reach areas without stretching or crouching.
  • When you’re done, toss the mop head in the wash to clean it and reuse it up to 50 washes!
  • It makes cleaning a breeze so we can focus on making more messy memories.

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Play Music

Play upbeat music while you clean. It helps motivate you to mover and makes the cleaning feel more like a dance party. Or, if you’re like me, it becomes a literal dance party with you twirling and dipping all over the house…

 

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Have a Race

Something I’ve learned from my kids thinking I love to clean is that they should get in on the action more. Grab your kids, set a timer, and see who can get their room clean first. The timer creates a sense of urgency while the competition keeps it fun. Don’t forget to have a victory treat ready at the end.

 

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Wear Big Fuzzy Socks

How many times have you mopped the floor and found that your kids trampled through the area immediately after? Frustrating, I know. Instead, put pairs of big, fuzzy socks on their feet and let them dance around while you mop. That means less drying time for your clean floors all while they play.

 

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Mop Karaoke

This one is another great way to get the kids excited about cleaning. Everyone picks a song to sing and they mop while singing the song into the mop handle. Make sure that everyone gets a turn and continue singing until the job is done. Mop karaoke seriously has my kids begging me to mop the floor. It’s hysterical.

 

Reward Yourself

When you take on your fall cleaning like a boss, don’t forget to reward yourself. Plan a picnic with your family, rent a movie you have all wanted to see, or make delicious cookies together. Whatever it is, savor it for a job well done.

 

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Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

DIY Colorful Family Game Night Turn Stick

Family game night is a fun, frugal way to spend time together. As your family grows, so does the fun. Laughter and conversation are a fantastic part of game night but they also lead to losing track of turns. Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating, especially with younger kids. That’s where this DIY colorful family game night turn stick comes in. Now you can keep all of the fun and lose the frustration. If the turn stick isn’t passed to you then it is not your turn. It’s as easy as that.

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Materials

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 1

First, cut 2 pieces of each color of plastic twine that is the length of the paint brush.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 2

Next, know the ends of 2 matching color pieces of twine.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 3

Repeat step 2 with the remaining pairs of twine.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 4

Next, add 3 beads on one piece of twine and push them down to the knot.

Step 5

Then add a second knot above the beads.

Note:

  • See picture above step 4 for reference.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 6

Add 3 more beads to the twine and knot above them again.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 7

Repeat steps 4-6 with the remaining knotted twine pairs.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 8

Next, knot the opposite ends of each beaded twine roughly 3 inches from the loose ends.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 9

Again, add beads 3 at a time and knot below them as you did above.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 10

After you have added 2 sets of beads to each pair and knotted them, trim the ends.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 11

Next, fold the beaded pieces of twine and attach to the paint brush with your duct tape.

Tip:

  • Fold the twine slightly off-center, not equally in half.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 12

Wrap the remainder of the paint brush with your duct tape.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 13

Lastly, separate the beaded sections and wrap tape around 3 of them to secure them to the paint brush more.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

How easy is this DIY colorful family game night turn stick? The kids absolutely love it! It has made games, like Trouble, that don’t have any other discernable way to keep track of turns so much easier. Of course, your family will love this colorful stick so much that they will want to pull it out for every game. Bonus tip: this is also a great tool to keep little ones who aren’t quite old enough for family game night entertained when you are playing Scattergories or Trivial Pursuit. If you want even more awesome accessories to make family game night easier, check out this easy DIY family game night board. It will keep the board from sliding around and turns to allow players to reach pieces easily.

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Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Boys Dresser Makeover with Extra Storage

Have you ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? When you are planning a project the steps seem easy on paper. Of course, then you start making it and holy cow! It takes so much more time and energy than you expected. It can be discouraging. There is a silver lining, though. When you finally finish the project there is an amazing sense of accomplishment. That is exactly how I felt when I finally finished this boys dresser makeover with extra storage. The paint style took forever but the kids absolutely love it. Their reaction makes all of the hard work totally worth it.

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Materials

  • Old Dresser
  • Flat Black Latex Paint
  • Flat Light Grey Paint
  • Small Paint Roller
  • Roll of Paper Towels
  • Hanging Jewelry Organizer (I got ours at Target)
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Small Basket
  • Command Strips

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 1

First, remove all of the drawers from your dresser.

Step 2

Next, paint your dresser and drawers with your flat black paint and small paint roller.

Note:

  • Our dresser was already painted black years ago so we didn’t do this step but you will want to start with a black painted dresser to get the desired end result.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 3

After your dresser is black (and the paint has dried), begin adding your grey paint. Do this by dipping a crumpled paper towel into the paint and dabbing it onto your dresser.

Tips:

  • Don’t add too much paint at once. A small amount goes a long way.
  • This takes a long time but you don’t want to rush it.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 4

Continue the process in step 3 until your dresser and drawer faces are covered.

Step 5

Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 6

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have the desired effect.

Note:

  • We did 3 coats on our dresser.

Step 7

Return all of the drawers to the dresser.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 8

Next, add the hanging organizer to the right side of the dresser by nailing the corners of it to the dresser.

Tips:

  • Make sure your nails are short. You don’t want the tips to affect the drawers on the inside.
  • If your dresser isn’t made of thick wood or you simply don’t want to permanently change it, attach your organizer with Command hooks or strips.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 9

Lastly, add a small basket to the left side of your dresser with heavy duty Command strips.

Tips:

  • Hang the basket a little above the mattress height of your child’s bed.
  • Your basket needs to be flat, not curved. Curved baskets can come away from the Command strips and/or the dresser.

Ideas for How to Use the Extra Storage

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Hanging Jewelry Organizer

The hanging jewelry organizer is perfect for cars, figurines, and other small toys. The one that we got has loops at the bottom intended to hold scarves. These loops hold larger action figures. Slide the feet through and use the arms to keep them from sliding all of the way through.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Basket

Because the boys’ room is so small, we are removing the bedside table. Our oldest likes to read in bed, though, so we wanted him to have somewhere to put his book and headlamp. The basket is the perfect solution. It holds the items and we placed the dresser next to his bed for convenience. This leaves the last wall in the room free for toy storage.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Whew! Now that we have finally finished the boys dresser makeover with extra storage we can move on with this giant project. Next up are some of the pieces of wall art. These are going to be a lot more fun to create. I have to admit that I am thinking of adding stenciled numbers to the drawer faces. I know, I’m glutton for punishment. It wouldn’t take much time, however, and I think it would add a little extra design punch to the dresser. What do you think? Are stenciled numbers a good idea or not worth it? Let me know in the comments!

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Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

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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.

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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.