How to Clean the Grill

With summer upon us, we are back to using our grill often. We love to barbecue by the pool or while camping and even on the beach. Most people find cleaning the grill to be troublesome and messy, but I’m here to show you how to clean the grill the easiest way possible. Plus, it’s chemical free, which is a huge win in my book. 

All you need to clean your grill is…

  • dirty grill
  • aluminum foil
  • grilling tongs

First, cover the top of the grill grate with aluminum foil. This will trap the fire/heat. 

*No need to wrap the grate all the way around, just the top.

Next you want to light your grill and put the aluminum foil covered grate back into place. Close the lid of the grill to really heat it up, but be sure to inspect and monitor the smoke. 

If your grill grate is super dirty, you’ll want to turn up the heat and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. If your grill grate is only semi-dirty, keep the heat at medium and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. 

Once the time is up, carefully use the grill tongs to remove the aluminum foil. When to aluminum foil is cooled, you can ball it up and use it to scrap off and scrub the ashes on the hot grate (you can also use a grill brush). Using the grilling tongs, take the grate out and smack it on the concrete to knock off the ash (sweep off the patio to get rid of the ash). 

Now you are either ready to barbecue on a clean grill, or your grill will be ready for the next time you use it. 

**Please remember to be careful and use your best judgement when cleaning and using your grill. Everything is obviously super hot. **

Check out that before and after! What a difference…and no chemicals necessary. 

How often do you clean your grill? If you found this post helpful, I’d love for you to PIN it, bookmark it, or share it with your friends. Happy summer grilling!

If you like grilling, then you’ll love this recipe for Tiki Orange Cornish Hens

Shadow Box of Chocolates

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If I were to pick a treat, the perfect one would be a combination of salty and sweet. But I’m also not a girl who will turn down a dessert. My husband, on the other hand, does NOT have a sweet tooth. But, if he were to ever ever ever pick a sweet treat, it would be SNICKERS® hands down. So today I am going to share a gift idea I came up with for my husband… the man that works so hard for our family. Check out this silly Shadow Box of Chocolates! 

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How cute is that?! A little something to bring a smile to my guy’s face. And I just love the vinyl saying… makes me giggle!! 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Shadow box
  • vinyl stencil (I made mine on my Silhouette Cameo)
  • transfer paper/tape
  • SNICKERS® Extreme, Peanut Butter Squares, and SNICKERS® Almond

 I stopped by Circle K to grab the SNICKERS® and my local craft store for the other supplies.

This project is a fairly simple one. First, you want to open up your shadow box and remove the back. 

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Use the velcro the came with your shadow box and cut it into 3 pieces. Apply the velcro to the backs of the  all 3 SNICKERS®.

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Arrange your SNICKERS® onto the back of the shadow box like so… 

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 Next, wipe the glass front of the shadow box to free it of dirt or dust.

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Using your Silhouette, cut the stencil out of vinyl. You can download my 4×6 stencil HERE. Weed your stencil and add the transfer paper/tape to it. Remove the back and apply the vinyl stencil onto the glass. Slowly and carefully remove the transfer paper. Put the shadow box back together…

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And you are ready to give this silly gift to someone you love…someone you want to bring a smile to!

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It’s safe to say that he liked it…

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And he didn’t waste anytime at all with those SNICKERS®, LOL! Love this guy. This would also make a great birthday gift or Father’s Day gift!

Head on over to your nearest Circle K and grab you some yummy SNICKERS® so you can make this gift idea too! 

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Father’s Day Mason Jar Gift Idea

Hi there friends!

I have a quick and fun Father’s Day Mason Jar Gift Idea that you and the kids can whip up in no time! Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, this is the perfect gift for the man of the house. 

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Mason jars make everything cuter, am I right? We just added a bow tie around the lid, hot glued on a few buttons, attached the cute tag, filled the jar with almonds and BAM! Father’s Day Mason Gift Jar Gift Idea.

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I made these cute printable tags to attach to the jars. I even made some for grandpa! You can download the tags HERE. Please remember all free printables are for Mine for the Making reading personal use. 

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I found the bow tie in Target’s dollar spot. It’s actually a kid’s bow tie but you could easily use a man’s bow tie so that you have two gifts in one!


Thanks for stopping by today! Let’s remember to celebrate those great fathers in our lives!


Tot School Tuesday: My Dad Rocks {frame & print}

Hi there and welcome to Tot School Tuesday!

Tuesday is the day that See Vanessa Craft and Mine for the Making team up to share kid-friendly activities, ideas, crafts, and more with you! There’s also a linky party at the end of the post full of more kid-friendly ideas. We would LOVE for you to add your Tot School ideas too!


I am really excited to share today’s Tot School idea with you. It’s the Father’s Day gift idea that is friendly on your budget, masculine, and the kiddos can certainly help. Let’s make a “My Dad Rocks” gift, shall we?

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5×7 frame (bought at Dollar Tree)

small bag of river rocks (bought at Dollar Tree or get them from right outside)

Hot glue gun & sticks (parent uses this tool)

My Dad Rocks print (download 5×7 HERE)


Take the glass and back off the frame and set aside.

Be sure the frame is clean and dry.

Apply a dot of glue on the frame starting in the top corner, and have your tot/preschooler place a rock on top of the glue. Remind them the glue is hot and to be very careful.

Repeat this until the frame is covered in rocks.

Download and print the “My Dad Rocks” print and pop it in the frame.

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I just LOVE how it turned out, don’t you? I think it makes the perfect addition to dad’s desk or bedside table.

Please remember all prints are free for personal use only. It would make my day if you left a comment telling me that you are using this idea…or PIN it or SHARE it with your friends!

Be sure to head over to See Vanessa Craft for more Tot School ideas and link up your own below! We can’t wait to feature your ideas on social media!

Tot School Tuesday: My Dad Q&A

Hi there friends!

Welcome to another Tot School Tuesday where See Vanessa Craft and Mine for the Making come together to share kid-friendly ideas and activities for your tots, preschoolers, and kindergartners. There’s also a linky party at the end of the post so you can link up and share your kid-friendly ideas!


Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I would share a fun “My Dad” Question and Answer print with you! My husband will more than likely be out of town for work on Father’s Day, so this print will be so easy to fill out and put in an envelope to mail off. It’s always fun to receive things in the mail…especially from your kids.

My Dad Q&A

Download HERE

Just download, save, print, and help your kiddos fill it out for dad. Although this is not a “questionnaire” per say, you (the parent) will be asking questions and allowing your tot/preschooler to give the answers.

If you have a little one who is not yet writing, ask them the questions and scribe the answers for them. If you have a pre-writer, you can write your kiddo’s answers in highlighter and they can trace over the letters OR you can spell the words aloud for your child. This print would be super cute in an 8×10 frame tied up with some twine.

*Please remember all printables are for personal use only. And the greatest “payment” you can give a blogger for a freebie is to share, pin, or comment on the post! We really love that…probably more than you love the freebies :)

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll have another fun Father’s Day gift idea next Tuesday that you won’t want to miss!

Head on over to See Vanessa Craft for more Tot School ideas and link up your kid-friendly ideas below. Please link back to the party so that we can share our ideas with even more mommas! Plus, Vanessa and I would LOVE to share your ideas via social media (don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!).

Linking up to Tatertots and Jello

Father’s Day {printables}

A few days ago I posted a few Father’s Day ideas I found on other blogs or the Internet. I used the quote I found to create a printable in 2 color choices for you. Just download, print, and slap it in a frame. I hope you like them!
You can download the gray and yellow version here.
You can download the blue and green version here.
These are formatted as 8x10s. Please use these for personal reasons and not monetary gain. If you decide to share this with others, please be kind and link back to MFTM.

Father’s Day Ideas

I want to do something special for my husband this year for Father’s Day, and I am having such a hard time deciding what to do. Anyone else with me on this?? So I decided to search my trusty blogs and the Internet in hopes for some good ideas or inspiration. And of course I must share these ideas with all of you…

Shirt and Tie Card

Grate Cupcakes

DAD photo

Date with Dad basket

Bow Tie Wrapping

Family Handprints

Nuts & Bolts{printable}

Clicker Cake

What makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad

~Author Unknown~ 

So there you have it. Such cute ideas, but let me tell you…there are far more Mother’s Day ideas than their are for Father’s Day. 

Do you have any handmade Father’s Day gift ideas up your sleeve? I’d love to hear about them or see them! Let us know in the comments!