Teach Me Tuesday: 26+ Math Games for Kids

September 2, 2014 in educational, home school, round up, Teach Me Tuesday by MinefortheMaking

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved!

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We’ve been having a lot of fun with math lately. My daughter has really taken a liking to it and I think some of it has to do with my approach in teaching her new concepts and reviewing concepts she’s previously been taught. Games are incorporated in a lot of our homeschooling, but especially with math. Pinterest is a great resource for educational ideas. I’ve rounded up 26+ Math Games for Kids in Kindergarten-third grade. Just click on the links below to get to the directions for each game or to download the freebies. 

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Be sure to pin this list and check back as I will be adding to it as I find more fun math games for kiddos! Thanks for stopping by! If you want more educational ideas, check out my Homeschooling board and my Kiddo Stuff board on Pinterest.

I hope you come back by again tomorrow. I something really pretty to show you! Hint: it goes in my craft room.

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Tour Through Blogland

September 1, 2014 in blog, bloggy friends, me, Uncategorized by MinefortheMaking

Hi there friends! We’re taking a quick break from Mommy Tell All Monday for a fun blog series, Tour Through Blogland! Today’s post should let you know a little bit more about me and my blog as well as introduce you to a few of my bloggy friends!

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Bethany from Pitter and Glink invited me to join in this fun series. I adore this cute friend of mine and although we haven’t actually met in real life, I consider her a good friend. We often support and cheer each other on behind the computer screen and I adore everything she makes. A few of my favorite projects of Bethany’s are her Stencil Watercolor Makeup Pouch, Feather Art for the Not-So-Artistic, and her Thrift Store Lamp Makeover. Bethany blogs about cute crafts, DIY projects, art, and jewelry… you will seriously fall in love with the prettiness of her little corner of blogland. Be sure to visit her at Pitter and Glink!

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If you are new here at Mine for the Making, WELCOME! If you are a regular reader, what up peeps?! ;) I’m going to answer a few Tour Through Blogland questions to give you a better idea of what my vision of Mine for the Making is. 

What are you currently working on?

That’s a great question. But an even better one is…what am I NOT currently working on? LOL! Typically I have several projects going on at one time. I could be working on a blog campaign project, designing a printable, creating a wreath, lesson planning for homeschool, renovating a room in my house, and creating a new recipe all in one week. I enjoy being busy. I always have. Especially when I am busy with things that I love. Just recently I shared My Craft Room Reveal…really proud of this project!

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I often share kid-friendly activities, my thoughts on motherhood, as well as parenting tips. Just recently I shared 3 Tips to Help Kids Cope with Vaccines

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Over the summer we have been LIVING on lots of different smoothies to stay nice and cool (while trying to be as healthy as possible…summer makes us want to snack a lot!). This Dairy Free Pina Colada Smoothie was mom and kid approved and we had it often!

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How does your blog differ from others in its genre?

Hmmm… this is a tricky question. I think that every blogger brings their own “thing” to the table. It may be what they share, how they write, or how well they connect with their readers. I think that Mine for the Making is a place where moms can go to find kid-friendly activities, thoughts from other moms who may be in the same ‘season,’ easy recipes, fun DIY projects, crafty crafts, and even free printables. MFTM is a one-stop-shop for mommas, or at least I hope it is! Are there other blogs who offer some of the same things? Absolutely. And I’m so grateful to be apart of such an inspiring, creative, and caring community of bloggers! I think something else that’s kind of unique about MFTM is that my husband works with me on MANY of my projects. Everything from DIY builds to beautiful and tasty recipes. I’m pretty much obsessed with his Smoked Mozzarella Dip and Luci’s DIY Loft Bed is always everyone’s favorite feature in our house. 

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Why do you write and create what you do?

I have always been creative and I love handmade…since I was a little girl. Mine for the Making is my creative outlet and a huge piece of my life. I share everything I love here, openly and honestly. I discovered a whole new world of ‘handmade’ when I started blogging and fell in love with that community as well. And though my blog morphed from a family blog to what it is today, I feel like I have grown with it as well. Being creative makes happy…it makes me feel alive. And I love that I have this little corner of the Internet to share it with all of you! 

How does your writing/creative process work?

I keep an “Ideas” journal close by so that anytime an idea pops into my head (it happens often), I write it down because I will most definitely forget. Especially if it’s in the middle of the night (when all the best ideas come to me) or when I’m in the middle of doing 5 things at one time (you’re a mom…you know what I’m talking about). My daughter is a huge creative inspiration for me and I often bounce my ideas off my husband (he’s the ‘idea guy’). Often times I have a vision of what I want to create, but as I am actually in the act of creating, it turns into something else or it gives me another idea for my next project. When I’m having a hard time coming up with creative ideas, I often visit some of my favorite stores or favorite sites for inspiration. Once I start writing (aka: typing up my post), words just come to me. Most times I go back and edit, re-edit, and edit again. Then once I publish the post, I ask my husband to go read it or check out how my photos turned out for a good critique. Creating and writing are two things that have always seemed to come pretty naturally for me. It’s not something I struggle with…it’s something I really enjoy.

Meet My Bloggy Friends!

I invited a couple of my bloggy buddies to join in the Tour Through Blogland series. You are going to love these gals and I really encourage you to check out their blogs!

My positive and energetic, paleo-eating, yoga teaching, crossfit doing, homeschooling, essential oils guru, inspiring mommy friend Mel of Mbrace Life is a must follow. Not only is she my real life friend, I just LOVE her blog. She blogs about health, fitness, and good ol’ mom life. Her perspective is uplifting and refreshing, yet she is real and honest. A couple of my favorite posts are Playground Fitness and Mbrace Parenting.

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 My next friend that I am going to introduce you to I met via Instagram, and I tell you what- I’ve met some of my very favorite people because of that crazy cool photo app! Aleisha from Britches n Boots is as sweet and as caring as they come. She’s a mom (to 4 awesome kiddos) and wife first but she wears plenty of other hats as well. Aleisha is an avid book reader, gardener, coffee obsessed, fresh flower lover, Anthropology wearing, Jamberry Nails consultant, who runs a blog and a shop FULL of gorgeous handmade pretties. She’s the first to offer to pray for you and it’s not just something she says…she truly loves her Heavenly Father, family, and friends above anything else and I know this woman prays and she prays hard. You will find family posts, book reviews, her thoughts, sprinkled in with yummy recipes and cute crafts on her blog.

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 Thanks so much for sticking around and learning a bit more about Mine for the Making and meeting some of my bloggy buddies! Please go on over and visit these ladies….I promise you will love them! Have a Happy Labor Day and blessed week ahead.

See you tomorrow for Teach Me Tuesday!

 

 

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Pinterest Feature Friday

August 29, 2014 in pinterest, Pinterest Feature Friday, Pinterest Master List by MinefortheMaking


Hello, friends! Happy Friday!

With every Friday comes a new Pinterest Feature Friday from our amazing Pinterest Party

I hope you’ve linked up with us. Bev, Malia, Kara, and I love getting to feature one of you guys each week!
 

 

Today’s fun feature is Lynda from Oh So Shabby!
Lynda has 187 boards (whoa!!) and 2774 pins.
 
Let’s take a look at a few of those boards!
 
This has to be one of the best food board names ever… Food even I can make.
I love it! And I know I’ll be checking it out for some yummy new recipes.
You can never go wrong with a Pinterest board named Great Ideas, right? I am loving what I see here!
There are a lot of fun ideas in this Sewing Ideas board! I’m always on the hunt for new challenges.
If you have a hard time picturing your furniture in a fun new color, be sure to check out this Furniture Ideas board. There are SO many fun ideas here that are sure to inspire!
 
Let’s look at some of those pins!
 
This chart is SO super helpful for those of us not up-to-date on the latest trends in home decor.
I’ve been known to clumsily describe patterns because I didn’t know the name for them.
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I love how this Ikea furniture is dressed up with paint! It is very fun for a child’s room. 
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It’s about that time!! Time for what? Decorating for fall, of course!
How adorable is this pumpkin string art? I’m thinking a string art monogram would be great, too. 
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This Kate Spade bow pillow is TO.DIE.FOR!!
Now… who wants to make a knock off tutorial for me? I’m thinking rectangular pillow cinched with fabric in the middle.
 
I am absolutely in love with this old printer tray turned jewelry organizer! 
 
Paint. Fabric. Boom! Instant makeover! 
Pinned by Lynda from Design for Mankind
 
Holy cow, you guys!! Have a stain you don’t know how to treat. You must check out this stain chart!
It is the stain chart to beat ALL stain charts! 
 
 
Such great pins, Lynda! Thank you so much for linking up to our Pinterest Party!
Please feel free to grab a feature button.
 



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Teach Me Tuesday: Marble Tracing Bags

August 26, 2014 in contributor, educational, kid-friendly, Teach Me Tuesday, Uncategorized by MinefortheMaking

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved! Today our Kids’ Activity Contributor, Michelle, is back to share Marble Tracing Bags!

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Hi Mine for the Making friends! It is Michelle again from Delicate Construction and I have another fun kids activity! With back to school time coming, I wanted to share something that you could do with the little kids that is both fun and a great way to work on fine motor skills. My daughter Avery (age 4) had a blast with this and we did both letters and numbers but also had some fun with shapes as well. All you need are three things you may even have at the house, but if not, that you can grab at the dollar store and you are ready to go!

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This is a super simple and versatile activity that can help with introduction, practice and review of the shapes of different numbers, letters and symbols for young children. I grabbed my hair gel and marbles at the dollar store and I had a 2 1⁄2 gallon bag at home. Normally I make these in gallon bags, but all I ended up having on hand was the 2 1⁄2 gallon bags and you know what, I think this is a fun size too because it allows for more tracing in their multiple symbols or shapes or even larger or more detailed designs.

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I just opened up the bag, and since I had the large one, I added the whole bottle of gel. If you had one gallon bags you could use half the bottle and make two bags if you would like. At this point, I also added the food coloring or liquid watercolor, whatever you have on hand.

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After that I added the marbles, same as the gel, I put the whole bag in but if you had gallon bags, just split it in half. These were also the flat sided marbles, I have done it with round ones as well and both work great.

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Once you have everything in the bag, all you need to do is duct tape the top and you are ready to roll!

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The way it works is you write the letter, number or shape on a piece of paper and place it under the bag.

Then the children maneuver the marbles in the bag to trace the shape, number or letter.

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It not only helps with recognition, but it is also great for fine motor development as well when the little fingers are maneuvering the marbles around in the bag.

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That is all for today! I hope this is something to use and I can’t wait to see you when I am back again next month with a fun fall craft! 

 

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Mommy Tell All Monday: Making Time

August 25, 2014 in contributor, fitness, healthy, mom, Mommy Tell All Monday, motherhood by MinefortheMaking

Good morning and Happy Monday mommas! Sara, our Mom Fitness Contributor, is back this month to talk to us about a word that is sometimes my worst enemy… time. It can be difficult making time for fitness…especially as a busy mom.

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I’m pretty sure if you asked anyone what their biggest foe is when it comes to any fitness routine (or life routine for that matter) they would answer with one simple word: Time.

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Whether you’re a parent or not, time is a hot commodity.

If you’re lucky, you might be someone with too much time on your hands. If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself saying, ‘if only there were more hours in the day.’

Before I became a mom, I never really put much stock into the concept of time. The only things I really had to worry about were my job, my marriage, playing roller derby, and working out; some of which could be moved around to create any schedule I needed for that day. If I couldn’t workout before work, I went after school. If I had a meeting that was okay because I could just go to the gym later. If I had derby practice until nine at night, no biggie, I would simply go to bed later that night. If my husband and I wanted to go on an impromptu date night, we just went.

I didn’t have to worry about snack time, play time, nap time, bed time, meal time, cuddle time, and I didn’t have to worry about a small human being completely dependent on my time for survival.

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Before I became a mom, I used to listen to friends say that having children made it so hard to make it to the gym or do things that needed to be done. I would smile, listen politely, but internally I would be saying to myself that those were just excuses, if they wanted to they would. I know, harsh. Judge me all you want, but you have to admit you’ve probably said the same thing at one time or another in your life.

Then, I became a mom.

And I understood what my friends were talking about.

Not having enough time really was a genuine problem.

I didn’t notice it at first, the lack of time, because I was too busy enjoying being with my daughter, cuddling, napping, playing and learning to be a mom.

You all know what happened next though…. That feeling of a lack of time crept up on me and whacked me over the head.

For me, it made its appearance in the form of overwhelming anxiety.

I found myself as a stay-at-home-mom who couldn’t find the time during the day to do simple tasks like unload the dishwasher (I quickly became an expert at dish Jenga), do laundry (I just pretend like I never left a load of laundry in the washer for two days), vacuum the dog fur sweater my floors started wearing, and, oh yeah, working out or spending any amount of time on myself.

At first, my husband and I tried our best at ‘winging’ it. Our gym doesn’t offer childcare so while I would go workout he would watch her and then we would switch. Sounds like an awesome plan, right? It was, for a while, until just getting our workout in took up four hours of the morning and we found ourselves not even being ready to tackle the day’s errands/chores until noon or one o’clock. If you’re good at ‘I have a kid math’, this left only about five-ish hours until we had to be home for dinner, bath, and bedtime. Oh, and don’t forget, we needed to fit nap time within those five hours.

We got pretty good at the down-n-dirty grocery shopping trips, escapes to lunch, and other errand running. But, we knew it couldn’t last forever because we were would be exhausted and in bed as soon as the baby went to sleep. There were nights were going to bed when the sun was still up.

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My husband is a fireman which means he doesn’t work the typical work-day/work-week. Any workouts, chores, or fun things I needed or wanted to get done became dependent on his schedule. As a new mom, just getting ready in the morning with an infant felt like an Olympic sport; laundry, dishes, cleaning the house, forget about it. My daughter also flat-out refused taking a bottle which made dropping her off at a babysitters for anything longer than two and a half hours impossible.

Everything revolved around time.

How long could I be gone? How long would this take? How long before she needs a nap? How long would she actually nap? How long will it take me to work out? How long…. The list goes on and on.

Can you sense my anxiety while you read this?!

It was nuts. I knew I had to fix it.

I narrowed it down to the two things that caused me the most anxiety: household chores and fitness.

First, I had figure out how to overcome a house that refused to clean itself. I knew I would feel less overwhelmed (and guilty) if I could solve this problem. (We all know the days of just taking a few hours once a week to clean the house uninterrupted were long gone.) Thanks to Pinterest, I found a great daily cleaning schedule that helped split up the household chores into daily one hour chunks. I know, I know, I give you full permission to laugh at me here for actually needing, searching for, and using a cleaning schedule. I used to pin nifty cleaning schedules and think, ‘who actually needs one of these’. You know who needed one, ME! You know what else, it worked and to this day I find myself still following the same cleaning plan. Even if I miss a few days (or weeks) and my floors go back to their fur-sweater wearing days, I simply look at the plan, do those chores for the day, and move on. No more guilt. No more anxiety.

Second, I had to tackle the whole working out fiasco. Fitness is extremely important to me. I wanted my body back (and to feel less wimpy, remember). Plus, working it gave me an outlet for stress which makes for a happier mom and wife. Not working out wasn’t an option. With my husband’s schedule and the lack of gym childcare, I knew I had to workout when he was home or I had to be home before he needed to leave for work. With the baby’s non-use of bottles, I knew I had to be fast and no diddle-dallying was allowed. My solution: go to the gym directly after my daughters 3:30 am feeding. Yup, you read that correctly. I drug myself to the gym and started working out by 4:30 am, five to six times a week. I also planned and wrote every single workout to be done and have me home by the latest at 6:15 am. As hard as it was to wake up that early and have the energy to lift heavy objects, it was a plan that worked.

I quickly found myself being a morning person and I looked forward to getting in an amazing workout while most of the world slept.

Third, I had to solve the problem of ‘what if I can’t make it to the gym because _____’. My solution: at-home workouts. C’mon, I know all of you have some sort of at-home fitness DVD system that could work if you are in a pinch. (I still have my Billy Bank’s boot camp DVD’s if you find yourself lacking from a random infomercial purchase.) I’m pretty sure my Insanity and P90X DVD’s have gotten more use since before I had a baby. Plus, having your baby laughing at you while you attempt to keep up with Shaun T doesn’t suck.

By the time my daughter was five months old, I was in my mom groove. It felt great to finally feel like I had my stuff together. The anxiety was better, not gone, but much better. I finally got to the point where the schedule didn’t have to be so ridged, things could slide by, and I wouldn’t break down into a puddle of stressed-out mommy tears. (Tears only happen occasionally now.)

As I continue on this journey of motherhood, I realize that schedules and fitting it all in will always be an ever-changing challenge. I’ve also realized that you have to prioritize your time as a mom. Not every spare moment you have has to be dedicated to the baby or cleaning or whatever else seems to be taking center stage.

You have to make yourself a priority as well. If you want to go workout, make time for it. If you want to go enjoy a coffee or an unaccompanied shopping trip to Target, make time for it. If you want to just lay on the couch and catch up on trashy TV or Netflix, make time for it.

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Being a ‘fit’ mom isn’t just about being physically fit, it’s about being mentally fit as well.

24 hours.

1,400 minutes.

86, 400 seconds.

We all have the same amount of time in a day.

No matter what we do, the time will pass anyways.

Waste it wisely.

Light and Love,

Sara

All of the lovely photography in this post was done by the talented Bailey Carlin (Sara’s cousin). You can find her on Instagram and Pinterest

 

 

 

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Pinterest Feature Friday

August 22, 2014 in pinterest, Pinterest Feature Friday, Pinterest Master List, Uncategorized by MinefortheMaking

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Hello friends and welcome to Pinterest Feature Friday! Every week my 3 friends, Michele, Bev, Malia, and myself pour over our party and check out your Pinterest boards. Then, we have the privilege of featuring one of YOU! If you are as obsessed with Pinterest as we are, then you will love this weekly series. You will find a ton of fun things to pin and fun pinners to follow. 

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Like this girl right here…

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My friend Allison of A Glimpse Inside! Allison has 85 boards and 9,397 pins! That’s what I’m talking about!

Let’s take a look at some of her awesome boards!

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I love fresh flowers and Allison’s Flowers board has 121 pins of beautifulness.

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I’ve been working hard on my craft room the past couple of weeks, so I am loving all of the 124 pins of inspiration Allison’s Craft Rooms board.

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I’m always looking for fun, new hairstyles to try out on myself or my daughter. Allison’s Hairstyles board has 109 cute hairstyle pins!

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Fall is just around the corner (YAY!), so I am loving Allison’s Halloween and Thanksgiving Ideas board with 181 pins.

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I love me a good party and Allison’s Party Ideas boards had 528 great party ideas!

So many awesome boards!! Let’s take a closer look at some of Allison’s fun pins…

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Allison pinned this Dress Up Headquarters on her Kids board and I LOVE it!

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This glamper that Allison pinned on her Outdoor Spaces board is dreamy…

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Okay…how cute is this Toothless the Dragon Hooded Towel? Allison has this pinned to her Sewing Ideas & Tips board.

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My daughter would absolutely LOVE this 3 Sided TeePee that Allison pinned ot her DIY Ideas board! Swoon-worthy.

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I *need* to make this DIY Floral Letter for my daughter’s room ASAP! Find it pinned to Allison’s Crafts board.

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And because I love Halloween and pumpkins, here’s a bit of lovely fall inspiration pinned to Allison’s Halloween and Thanksgiving Ideas board. 

Thanks for linking up to our Pinterest Party, Allison! I’m already an avid Pinterest follower of yours, so I’ll be seeing you around ;) Feel free to grab a featured button!

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Thanks for joining us today! I hope you are all “pinspired” now. Head on over and link up your Pinterest boards! Never know…you just might be the next PFF! 

Happy Friday, friends!

 

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My Craft Room Reveal

August 22, 2014 in craft room, DIY, painting, reveal, room makeover, sponsors by MinefortheMaking

Annie Sloan Unfolded provided me with materials for a furniture makeover, but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

Oh friends…it’s been a long time coming. I’ve needed to clean, reorganize, repaint, redecorate my work space for quite a while now. And today, I am so excited to finally share My Craft Room Reveal with you!

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The biggest part of this project was the makeover on my craft desk that my husband built me. It needed lots of love after I pretty much trashed it. Here’s the before picture of my area. Did I mention I haven’t worked at that desk in over 2 years? Yeah. Wasted space. 

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It’s a bit embarrassing. But the after is so good, that I just have to show you the before. Here it is all cleaned out and ready to be painted. 

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And here is my pretty desk after I painted it. Isn’t it beautiful?! I am so in love. I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the color Provence in addition to the Clear Soft Wax.

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This is by far my favorite paint to use on furniture (although it can be used on many more surfaces). It’s so super easy to use and goes on like creamy butter. 

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I painted 2 coats of Provence on my desk and cubbies, allowing dry time in between, roughed it up with some sand paper, and then finished it off with the Clear Soft Wax. Isn’t the color gorgeous?? I’m obsessed with it. #paintallthethingsprovence!  

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Usually when I use wax on furniture, I use a rag to apply it. This time I used an Annie Sloan Wax Brush and it was AWESOME! I love this brush, and I am pretty picky about paint brushes. This brush made it so easy to get into all the little nooks and crannies. 

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My favorite part about this Chalk Paint® is that you don’t have a whole lot of prep work to do prior to painting. Annie Sloan makes it so easy for us DIYers… she’s the bomb diggity in my book. 

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And look how much it brightened my space! I need a happy place to work, and now my craft room is just that…happy. I added lots of special pieces to this space to make it a joyful place… including lots of goodies and items from my creative friends. They inspire me, encourage me, and love me. Even miles away through a computer screen. 

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We got a few organizational pieces of furniture to help clear up the floor space in the room. My daughter helped us put everything together and she also helped me clean up and organize the room. She provided plenty of compliments along the way, letting me know that she approved of the space too. ;) My helpful 6 year old. 

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I love using mason jars, baskets, boxes, and small buckets to store things in. I was also sure to label things so I would have an easier time finding things and putting them away. 

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I’m also diffusing Annie Sloan Provence Fragrance in my craft room…and it smells so clean in here! I love it. I think it’s so fun that the fragrance I chose ‘matches’ the Chalk Paint® color I used!

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So what do you think? Big improvement, right? I still have a bit to do in this room. But for the most part, it’s finished and I couldn’t be happier with it. 

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My next project will be painting my brown chair… I haven’t decided how yet. I’m thinking of using Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint® on it… stay tuned for that project. 

Just for fun, let’s see the Before and After comparison one more time…

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If you are considering painting furniture, I highly recommend Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan. This is a great product for beginning painters and the pro painter. The prep time is reduced to merely wiping down your piece of furniture. And once you apply and buff the soft wax, the surface of your furniture is just that…soft! 

You can connect with Annie Sloan Unfolded here…

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Thanks for stopping by to check out My Craft Room Reveal! Let me know what you think and be sure to pin your favorite parts! 

 

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DIY Outlet Covers

August 20, 2014 in contributor, decor, DIY, Mod Podge, tutorial by MinefortheMaking

Hello friends and Happy Hump Day! Our Home Decor Contributor, Siri, is back again with another great decor trick! Check out her tutorial for these pretty DIY Outlet Covers! 
 
 
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Siri from Of Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings here,

And I’m back again to share another DIY home decor trick! One thing that I’ve learned about home decor for sure, is that the little touches can make all the difference.

When we moved into our house, all of the walls were painted an ugly off-white color and the light switches and outlets looked like this.

I didn’t really think there was anything I could do at first, besides trying to scrubs the gross stains off with paper towels. Nothing worked.

Then I noticed stores selling fancier outlets covers with designs on them. I’m not talking your typical metal or plastic, but lovely colored patterns. Wouldn’t that be perfect, I thought, if I could choose a specific design that matched a room I was decorating?

So after some creative juices, this is what my hubby and I came up with!
(Yes he is insanely good at creating things too!)

All we needed were our old outlet covers, scissors, scrapbook paper of choice (a few cents at Michaels or Joann’s), and Mod Podge (you can buy a container for a few bucks that will last you forever or you can also make it yourself with kitchen ingredients which is pretty easy too).

First you cut out the shape of your specific outlet in the scrapbook paper, and allow for curving on the edges of the outlet.

Then wash the outlet cover, and dry it.

Paint the blank side of the scrapbook paper smoothly and thoroughly and then carefully apply it to the outlet cover,
pressing down so there are no air bubbles.

Finally paint another coat of Mod Podge over the top of all of the paper and around the edge so it adheres securely.

Let it dry completely before picking it up or trying to put it back.

 
Once it’s dry, you can screw it back over the outlet. I carefully washed the light switch with a barely damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. 
 
Mine was for my daughter’s nursery transformation and it was such a small detail  that I now realize makes a world of difference to me!
 
 
My hubby made these ones for the electrical socket too! 
 

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Thanks for reading and good luck with this fun DIY outlet cover project!

To see more of our renovations and decor, check out my post about my daughter’s Nursery Reveal!

 

 

 

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Teach Me Tuesday: 25 of the Coolest Popsicle Stick Crafts

August 19, 2014 in crafts, kid-friendly, round up, Teach Me Tuesday by MinefortheMaking

Hello there friends and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday… our *almost* weekly kid-centered post. I aim to make Teach Me Tuesdays a place where you can find teachable moments to share with your children. 

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One of my favorite craft items when I was younger was popsicle sticks, also known as craft sticks. I could spend hours making things with glue and popsicle sticks. So today I rounded up 25 of the Coolest Popsicle Stick Crafts to share with you and your kiddos. Just click on the links below to head to the original tutorials. 

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Who wants to get their hands on some popsicle sticks now?? So much fun! Not only did I use popsicle sticks a ton as a kid for crafting, but I used them a ton as a teacher! Puppets, reading sticks for tracking, bookmarks, place holders on our classroom library shelves… they are super handy! 

Thanks for stopping by today friends! Feel free to PIN this post for later. 

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Food-a-licious Friday: California Roll Bites

August 15, 2014 in contributor, Food-a-licious Friday, recipe by MinefortheMaking

Happy Friday, friends! If you know me, you know that my favorite date night is one that involves sushi. It’s a shared love my husband and I have…and we take it quite seriously. I’m so excited for the recipe that Erin of Crafty Auntie is sharing today… California Roll Bites! Can we say YUM?!

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Many years ago when I was eating low-carb, I created a California Roll Salad because I could not stop craving actual California Rolls. The recipe has evolved a lot over time and my husband came up with the idea to make them individual servings. These are a great appetizer that doesn’t involve turning on the oven.

California Roll Bites  (Makes about 24)

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Ingredients:

16 oz. package of flake style imitation crab

1 large cucumber

1 large Haas avocado

6 Tablespoons of dressing (recipe below)

{Dressing}

½ cup Thousand Island dressing

½ T red wine vinegar

1 tsp chili garlic sauce, or more for an extra kick

½ T soy sauce

½ T lemon juice

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 Directions:

1. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together and chill at least one hour. Overnight is best to enhance the flavor.

2. Finely chop the imitation crab by hand or in a food processor. I used the Manual Food Processor from The Pampered Chef.

3.Mix dressing into crab. I suggest starting with 6 tablespoons and then add more if necessary. Set aside.

4. Slice cucumber into ¼ inch pieces.  

5. Mash avocado. Spread avocado generously on cucumber slice.

6. Top the avocado with the crab mix. (I used a small ice cream scoop.)

7. Place on a platter or cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

*If you would like to kick up the spice, add wasabi powder or paste to the avocado.

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Don’t you want to eat them right now? I know I do!

Have a great weekend! Be sure to pin this recipe for later. 

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