Paint Storage Ideas

Hello friends and welcome to another Friday of tips and tricks that we love to share with you. This week I am sharing Paint Storage Ideas! I am really in the mood to purge and organize all the things, but it’s much simpler and less overwhelming if I break it down into rooms or categories. So today, my focus is on organizing my paint collection, and maybe it’s something you need to organize too! 

There are all kinds of ways to organize and store your paint. The key is finding what works for you and your space. Here are some really great ideas to inspire you to organize your paint collection too!

Color coordinate your paints in a crate that has different compartments.

Store paints in buckets or baskets. Step it up a notch more and hang them on the wall.

Use a dresser to store your paints! You can add dividers or baskets if necessary.

Hang your paint from the wall by making these PVC and wire shelves!

This fold down desk is pretty cool and even has paint storage built right in.

Photo boxes are great for storing smaller bottles of paint. 

A hanging shoe storage bag for spray paint? Genius!

Spice racks can hold paints as well! 

This DIY rolling paint storage is really cool and convenient for small spaces. 

DIY shelves or a hutch works great for paint storage too. Be sure to measure your paint bottles and cans so you make your shelves the right height!

And there you have it, friends! Ten different ways to inspire you to organize and store you paint in a more convenient way for you. Do you have any other paint storage ideas? We’d love to hear from you!

Join us next week for more organizing tips! Have a great weekend, y’all!

 

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Live Everyday with Intention

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Hello friends. My year is already off to such a great start. While goal setting and planning for the year, I choose a word to focus on. Something that will help me to grow as a person and be a better mom, wife, and friend. I try to dig deep and find what it is that my soul needs so that I can be those things. I really want to take charge and “own it” this year, so the word that I picked is ‘intentional’ which means ‘to do with intention or on purpose…deliberate.” I want to live everyday with intention.

I did some reading and soul searching over the word ‘intentional’ and came up with a few tips for intentional living. I broke it down so that I won’t be overwhelmed…change is hard for me, but often times so necessary for growth. 

Be Present

Wherever I am, whatever I am doing, I want to be present in the moment. I want to take it all in and enjoy it rather than thinking about what’s coming next or multitasking twenty-five other things. The laundry can wait. The dirty dishes will still be there to clean later. Enjoy this season. Time is so fleeting. 

Plan Your Priorities

“Plan your priorities, don’t prioritize your plans.” I read that quote on Pinterest and had an moment of realization. Each morning I am going to start out with a good breakfast and plan out my day while focusing in on a few main priorities (it’s okay to say NO to things or activities!). I’ll probably turn on some good music, open the curtains, and talk about the day’s plans with my sidekick while enjoying breakfast together. And lucky for me, I don’t have to spend too much time making the breakfast… thanks to Kellogg Special K® food and snacks for fueling our busy mornings. Less time making breakfast equals more time spent planning our priorities together.

Healthy Choices, Healthy Thoughts

I want to be intentional with my choices and thoughts. From the food I eat to physical activity to self talk… I want to be intentional with it all. While planning out our day or week, I will be consistently meal planning and making sure that I have exercise and mediation on our agenda. Diets are out, confidence is in and that’s what I want to model for my daughter. 

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I’m going to live less out of habit and more out of intent. I’m going to be present, plan my priorities, and have healthy choices and thoughts. This year holds so much potential and I’m looking forward to being intentional.

How do you live an intentional life? I would love to hear your tips!

 

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Travel: Fire Island with Kids

Hi there, Renae again. We are still talking about our week in New York and where our random road trip took us….on a ferry boat to a place called Fire Island. Most people have never heard of Fire Island, so I’ll give you the lay of the land and give you all the best info and tips you need for your next trip! 

After the hubs shows were done in West Nyack, we found ourselves having 2 free days between the next road gig to do whatever we wanted. It’s not typical that we find ourselves with random time off, so this was exciting!  We just had to be at JFK airport so Steve could get to Chicago for his next gig and Garrett and I could catch our return flight home. But what we did with those 2 days was totally up to us!  It’s been a crazy summer and we were really looking for some relaxing downtime, so we packed up our suitcase and decided to do what real New Yorkers do in the summer to escape the Manhattan heat.

We headed to Fire Island and I’m now smitten with this magical place! Getting here is the tricky part. You can drive the national seashore, but the road ends once you arrive at the beginning of Fire Island. Thanks for that one Google Maps! In order to get on the island you have to catch a ferry in Bay Shore, NY. The ferry is your only option, as there are no cars allowed on the island. Even golf carts are a pretty rare site.

No vehicles on the island makes it so ideal for kids to have free reign when exploring. Some fun info about Fire Island is that each of it’s villages has a very different feel to it. Where we stayed, Ocean Beach, is known to cater to both families and the more social crowd.

The Pines and Cherry Grove are known to be popular with the LGBT community. The permanent population is less than 300 people and some of the communities are so small they call them hamlets. The ferry drops you off right in the center of town where the restaurants, the market, and shops are all located.

While there are a few hotel options here, the ones we saw, we quite small and minimal. And some were a shared bathroom situation. We lucked out and had a friend so generously open up their house to us which was next to the most adorable little white church.  If you have the option to rent a cottage, this is the way to go (check AirBNB or other similar sites!).

Since there aren’t any cars, there’s no need for streets so its basically a grid of sidewalks between all the cottages. Garrett got lots of wagon rides while I had plenty of wine.

And since the island is less than 600 feet wide in some places you can easily access both the bay and the ocean. But make sure to time it right! We found ourselves at a playground on the bay when the afternoon sun was glaring down.

The beaches can get packed, but everyone was super friendly and there is definitely a small community feel even though the island is flooded with visitors in the summer. Everyone just loads up their beach gear on a cart or wagon and heads to the beach to set up shop. People feel comfortable leaving their umbrellas out all day and coming back and forth. TIP: Our friends even take a small plastic pool to the beach to set up for the little ones to get wet, but still stay close. It’s a great idea if you’ve got smaller ones.

We pretty much just relaxed on the beach and strolled around the whole time. Ocean beach is filled with families walking around. It’s scooters galore and its so nice to feel like kids can just go out and explore. I imagine its a great place to bring older kids too because you feel comfortable giving them a little more independence. (I say this now, but ask me again when my son is a teenager.)

And you can even spot deer on the island. They’ve gotten used to co-habitating with all the summer visitors and they will come very close to you in search of food. One evening one came right up to hand when we stopped to admire it.

I don’t have many tips to share, because Fire Island is delightfully easy going. There is only 1 little market, so just make sure you get what you need for your little ones on the mainland before you hop on the ferry to avoid the higher price tag on the island. Other than that, you just have to get there to experience it. Hopefully my photos have enticed you enough to check it out.

I was so grateful the hubs tour route gave us a few days off and that Steve threw out the suggestion to go to Fire Island, because it was exactly what our family needed. I absolutely recommend you check it out if you get the chance. I know everyone raves about how great NYC is and it definitely is, but if your a family on vacation, Fire Island offers such a cool experience.

ON A SEPARATE, BUT MUCH NEEDED NOTE:

My family has been so blessed to be able to travel and share these experiences together. I feel guilty writing about it, knowing so many families are still struggling in Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey. And while there are many causes to donate to, many people don’t know that diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies. I simply can’t imagine the heart break a mother must feel when they struggle to feed or diaper their child. Please consider checking out www.texasdiaperbank.com to make a donation. They have an Amazon wish list as well, so its easy for anyone anywhere to contribute.

Just a quick wrap up on TIPS for Fire Island with kids:

  • take the ferry to get there
  • rent a cottage
  • bring beach gear
  • bring a wagon to take little ones on walks (no cars) and to get your things to the beach
  • consider bringing a small plastic pool to the beach for little ones
  • bring your necessities with you from the mainland, as there’s only one market on Fire Island
  • bring a camera for the photo ops! 

Happy traveling, friends! Follow along with our traveling circus on Instagram!

Travel: NYC with Kids

Hi, I’m back again with some tips on one of America’s greatest cities: New York City. We even got to explore a bit of upstate New York, so I’m giving you a taste of each and loading you up with helpful info. New York can be a tricky one, so hit me up with any questions.

I LOVE Manhattan. I moved there when I was 17 for college and I’ll snag any opportunity to go back. My NYU roommates are starting families and I love getting our kids together and seeing how we’re creative humans choosing to take on motherhood in different ways. It’s inspiring!

I’ve done New York twice with my traveling tot. Last year when he was 9 months and again at almost 2 and I can tell you that New York is not for the faint of heart.

If your family is looking for a chill, relaxing vacation, stay away from Manhattan! But, if you love the fast paced energy of a big city and you think your kids inherited that gene, then go for it!   New York is the adult version of Disneyland. It’s the Las Vegas strip on steroids minus the casinos, but with the best of everything at your finger tips. With that being said, its gonna cost you a pretty penny to play on this playground. Prepare and surrender yourself to that and you’ll enjoy yourself so much more. I constantly have to remind my hubs of this one! (Or read Kara’s post about how to do NYC in 1 day on a budget… otherwise plan to splurge a bit!)

Ideally we really try and pack efficiently on our NYC trips. A small suitcase & the super lightweight umbrella stroller.

Caption: See, I told you we’re efficient packers. –yeah right! The gray backpack with wheels is for the carseat (highly recommend if you are an avid traveler) and the cammo bag is loaded with Capt. Evil shirts Steve sells after his shows. And I obviously need a massive suitcase for potential shopping expeditions!

Quick TIP: if you’ve got a little one, always travel with a thin blanket rolled up in your bag. In NYC it’s great to block out over stimulation for stroller naps and nice to have handy for a diaper change emergency because bathrooms are hard to come by.  If your little one is still content to let you wear them, a baby backpack is definitely the easiest way to get around. As an added bonus, I think I sweat out five pounds walking around with my little guy strapped to me the 1st time.

Both times we’ve done NYC as a family it’s been in the sweltering heat of the summer!

There is tons to do and public transportation can get you anywhere, but the subway is insanely hot and you are walking everywhere in some intense humidity, a sweaty mess lugging around all the crap you need for a toddler. I have no idea how NYC bloggers get beautiful photos of themselves and their families, because I’m pretty much a stinky hot mess the whole time! So my suggestions is go in the spring or fall if you can.

If you are up for the adventure, it’s an amazing city to explore and Central Park offers something for everyone. It’s home to the Central Park Zoo, several children’s playgrounds, rowboat rentals and horse drawn carriage rides. Central Park is huge so decide on what attractions you most want to hit and know where you are going (Google maps helps and if you’re walking, put it on walk mode). Our plan was to take Garrett for his first carousel ride. We caught a cab to the park, but got dropped off in the entirely wrong place and found ourselves walking for an hour, before we came to the Victorian Gardens Amusement Park. It’s a great option for preschoolers with smaller rides, but not the original carousel we were looking for.

When we finally found it we were soaked in sweat, but both agreed the expressions on Garrett’s face made it totally worth it. It started our love affair with carousels all over the country.  While your here you can check out Heckscher Playground and the zoo is close by too. We ended up using all our time trying to find the carousel!

It’s also fun sailing the remote controlled boats at Conservatory Water and grabbing a bite in the nearby boathouse cafe. If your child has a longer attention span, but you are not quite sure they are ready for a broadway show, try a puppet show at the Marionette Theater located in the Swedish Cottage. They offer affordably priced shows daily during the summer.

And if your family loves carousels as much as mine, by far one of the coolest I’ve ever come across is the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park. It’s a work of art. My pictures don’t do it justice, but if your littles can stay up past dark, it’s magical. It’s definitely a New York site I’d hit again.

While you are hanging around Battery Park you can catch the Staten Island ferry. Insider TIP: it’s FREE and will get you a close view of the Statue of Liberty without the hefty tour boat price tag.

This time around, I wanted Garrett to be able to run around and explore but we needed to keep cool too. So he headed to Hudson River Park’s Pier 25. It’s got water, sand, swings and plenty to climb all gated in Tribeca. I also think I spotted some model moms here!

I’m always up for a children’s museum, so we had to hit Manhattan’s. I’ve gotten spoiled, getting to visit children’s museums all over the country and I had high expectations for this one. It’s good, but we visited on a rainy day so it was packed and I found the 5 floors with long elevator lines made scoping everything out a little trickier.  In my opinion the appeal of this museum is that it’s in the Upper West Side, which is a fabulous neighborhood to stroll. Within blocks of the museum you can have any kind of food your heart desires from Indian, to Thai, to Chinese, to Poke, to Ramen. You can even grab a sweet treat at Treat House and make a full afternoon of it.

No matter what age your children are, car seat or not, if you are sticking to the NYC metro area I’m going to strongly recommend NOT renting a car. Let me explain:

Rental Cars in NYC are way more expensive than lots of other cities. We rented a car because we would be traveling between Manhattan and Steve’s gigs in West Nyack. But the convenience of having a car is stressful. You are fighting traffic, street parking is often an issue, and garages are ridiculously expensive. And part of the New York City experience is taking public transportation.

You don’t need a car seat on subways, buses, cabs or most Ubers, depending on the driver’s discretion. If you’re traveling super light, there is even a train from the airport where you can then transfer to the subway to get to where your staying. That being said, a cab is pricier, but exponentially easier. I’d cab it to your landing pad, and then use the metro or a ride share app to avoid higher cab fair while your exploring.

A couple of Insider Tips here:  

Uber is usually nicer and less expensive than a cab and has replaced most cabs. But Via is a great option if you don’t mind sharing your ride. Rides in Manhattan anywhere south of 125th St will cost you $5 plus an additional fee per +1. The app just tells you what street corner near you to meet your driver. If your traveling on a budget, but want to avoid the sweltering heat of the subway or just prefer to experience the city above ground, this is an option worth considering.  

If you do decide to take a car into Manhattan, parking apps like ParkWhiz and SpotHero are super helpful in finding the best price near your destination. You can even reserve and pre-pay for your spot. All of these apps are constantly changing their pricing and technology, so do a little research to figure out which is best at the time of your trip.

 I’m obviously a strong proponent for family travel and taking your kids everywhere, but for me New York was easier when we could just strap Garrett to our stomach and didn’t have to worry about him darting into NYC traffic. At almost two, he’s too little to handle all the walking and too heavy to be carrying like a Sultan in his stroller up and down subway steps. He’s also not quite old enough to appreciate the amazing things NYC has to offer like the the Statue of Liberty or sit through a broadway show. -If he did, I’m dying to take him to the Gazillion Bubble Show! (Score discounted tickets at TKTS or TodayTix).

So we choose to spend a couple of days in Manhattan, then head to West Nyack for Steve’s shows in the countries 2nd largest shopping mall –You know I wasn’t gonna pass that up!

If you are an East Coaster, West Nyack is a great staycation that feels like a world away from NYC and it’s just a 45 minute drive. It’s lined with huge green trees, gorgeous old victorian coastal homes, and offers cool views of the Hudson River.

The comedy club is located in the massive Palisades Center which in addition to offering all the shopping my heart desires, it offers so much to keep families entertained. It houses a movie theater, a bowling alley, a go-cart race track, a carousel and there is even a ropes course in the mall that is noted as the world’s tallest but still offers a mommy and me ropes course for the younger set. My son’s absolute favorite was Billy Beez. This place is the Taj Mahal of indoor play spaces. We spent A LOT of time here before showtime. I know some folks find indoor play spaces kinda repulsive, but this one is pretty rad even for the naysayers. It has trampolines, slides galore, a sports court, and multiple spaces designated for the little ones.  

Of course, I couldn’t only show my child the inside of a shopping mall. (Or could I?)  We did a lot of swimming in the hotel pool and ventured out to explore quaint downtown Nyack and the playground in Village of Nyack Memorial Park. The playground here has sweet log cabins and super high slides. There’s also a water play area and skate park. From here you’re a stroll to Main St. lined with boutiques & restaurants.

If your kids are up for a hike, Nyack Beach State Park is great. While it’s not the most ideal beach to get in the water, it does offer a 2 mile riverfront pathway that takes you to the base of Hook Mountain and offers cool views. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic and you can fish here.

We’d planned to return to Manhattan for a few days before hopping on a plane, but we were already feeling like the city had kinda chewed us up and spit out. We were tired, it was really hot, and the hubs really needed some down time before his next gig. So with 2 days off and a car to get us anywhere, we packed our bags and hit the road. I’ll tell you all about it in my next post!

Continue following our traveling circus on Instagram too!

 

Sugar Skull Craft Ideas

It’s finally October! We are going to spend a couple of our Fridays of this series sharing some fun Halloween crafts. I’m pretty sure that right behind Christmas, Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday to decorate for. And I love scouring the web for fun new ideas. Like these awesome Sugar Skull Craft Ideas…

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
I tend to stick to black and white with a little orange and purple thrown in for my Halloween decor. But I have to admit that I love all of the bright colors you usually see with the Day of the Dead decorations! So today I’ve gathered up some sugar skull inspiration for you to incorporate into your Halloween crafting.

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Embroidered Felt Sugar Skulls from Casa Artelexia

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Planters from Creative Kismet

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Cat Mask from Happy Thought

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Mask Printable from Create Craft Love

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Sugar Skull Rocks from Color Made Happy

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Pinata from Party Delights

Make mini canvases of a couple to celebrate Dia de los Muertos!
Mr. & Mrs. Dia de los Muertos from The Scrap Shoppe

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Sugar Skull Pom Pom Garland from Paper Source

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Candle Wraps from Lia Griffith

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Dollar Store Skull from The Kim Six Fix

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Pumpkin – author unknown

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Glow in the Dark Day of the Dead Lanterns from Growing Up Bilingual

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Dia de Muertos Picado Banner from 100 Directions

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Bookmarks from Red Ted Art

15 fun and creative sugar skull craft ideas
Day of the Dead Matryoshka Garland from Happy Thought

 

Don’t you just love all of the color and creativeness??

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Fabulous Fall Projects to Sew

Hello and Happy Friday!! It’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here with you today and I’m showing off some of my favorite Fabulous Fall Projects to Sew!

I think Fall is one of my favorite seasons to sew for – there are so many fun things to make! From squishy pumpkins to cozy pillows and more – it’s so nice to make up things to celebrate the weather getting cooler and the leaves falling.

Here are some of my favorites!

Fabulous Fall Projects to Sew

Cute Scrappy Acorn Potholders

patchwork acorn potholder 23

Colorful Fall Fabric Pumpkins

Easy Fall Fabric Pumpkins

Autumn Acorn Banner

Use scraps of natural and fall colored fabric to create a decorative garland with the Autumn Acorn Banner tutorial.

Vintage Pumpkin Fall Pillow

Pretty Fall Pumpkin Pillow

Fall Leaf Hoop Art

Felt leaf embroidery hoop art by Positively Splendid. Adorable and easy fall decor! #falldecor #fall #crafts #leaves #diy

Cute Scrappy Pumpkin Quilt Block

October Scrappy Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pillow

Pumkin Pillow

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow and Table Runner

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Felt Leaves Cushion

felt leaves cushion cover DIY

Fall Leaf Applique Pincushion

Applique Leaf Pincushion

Fall Burlap and Lace Table Runner

Easy Burlap and Lace Table Runner

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cozy

PSL Cup Cozy

Cute Bandanna Pumpkins

How to create a DIY country fabric pumpkin with an upcycled bandana for Halloween and autumn / fall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

DIY Velvet Pumpkins

learn how to make stuffed velvet pumpkins with real stems

Flannel Throws

These would make great gifts! Get ready for cooler weather with these simple DIY flannel blankets!

Make sure you stop back by next week for more fun Fall projects!

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Fall Leaf Crafts

It’s almost fall, y’all! This month we’re turning our series toward the coming seasons and holidays. First up, fall and Halloween!

Inexpensive fall crafts using leaves from outside or from the store!
Fall is my all time favorite season. I love the cooler temps and the fall colors. I also love to bring those colors indoors as much as I can in the form of fall leaves, whether from actual leaves for outside or from packs of inexpensive faux leaves that can be found at almost any store.

Here are some creative craft ideas for fall leaves to get you started.


DIY Leaf Bowl from Hello Lucky


Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark & Chemistry


DIY Leaf Mat from The Scrap Shoppe


Fall Leaves Potted Topiary from Thrifty Artsy Girl


Paper Leaf Pumpkin from Good Housekeeping


Faux Leaf Fall Garland from By Stephanie Lynn


Clay Leaf Bowl from Emma Owl


Fall Leaf Book Page Banner from Simple as That


Fall Leaf Monogram from Mine for the Making


Autumn Leaf Bouquet from Design Sponge


Leaf Art from Just a Girl


DIY Leaf Wreath from Plaid

 

I love a good inexpensive craft, don’t you? You can certainly create any of these projects on a budget and still fill your house with fall goodness!

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Check back with us again next Friday for more seasonal craft ideas!

 

 

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Tips for the Busy Mom

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I don’t know about you, but I’m nearing my busiest time of the year. Getting ready for a move, the husband starting a new job, homeschooling a fourth grader, working from home, upcoming holidays and events approaching, plus tending to my everyday responsibilities can leave me feeling flustered and overwhelmed. I find that if I do a few key things to keep myself organized and healthy, I’m a much happier busy mom. I know I can’t be alone in this, so I thought I’d share some Tips for the Busy Mom.

Use a Day Planner or Calendar

I can’t live without my day planner. No joke. Everything from bills, work due dates, meal plans, appointments, extracurriculars, homeschool objectives, business meetings, vacations, reminders, etc goes into my planner. It holds me accountable and keeps me on track. I set aside time on Sunday evening to plan out the week. And let’s be honest, there’s no way I could remember it all and I don’t pretend to. My planner goes with me everywhere. 

Use a To Do or Check List

Again with accountability and keeping me focused and on task, a To Do List is essential for me. I make my daily To Do List each morning, or sometimes if I am really on top of my game, the night before. And I have to be honest, checking things off my To Do List is one of my favorite things ever. 

Stay Hydrated

From one coffee lover to another, I get you girl. But remember that it’s important to get in lots of H2O throughout your busy day. Not only is water intake healthy for your body, but it will also keep your energy up and help with lethargy. 

Treat Yourself

I love to snack. Almost as much as I love my child. I often snack during the day while I’m working, schooling, or running errands. So finding healthy snacks options is a must for me. One of my favorite go-to snacks is  Sejoyia Coco-Roons from Walmart. These delicious superfood cookies are organic, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, paleo, and made without refined sugar. Plus they are made with a handful of ingredients that you know, can pronounce and provide nutritional value. I literally have zero guilt snacking on these guys and they are delicious, y’all! With both Brownie and Lemon Pie Coco-Roons, you can’t go wrong. Brownie Coco-Roons are made with the finest raw, organic cocoa and has a delicious deep, rich flavor and Lemon Pie is light and refreshing. I keep them in my purse, at my desk, and they go with us on hikes and trips. 

Are you a snacker like me? Then get your Coco-Roons on, girl, and continue to slay your day.

Take advantage of the $0.75 off ibotta offer when you purchase one Sejoyia Coco-Roons (Brownie and Lemon Pie) at Walmart on the gluten free aisle, while supplies last! Also, get an additional $.50 for redeeming the rebate on 3 different shopping trips! 

There you have it… four Tips for the Busy Mom. I hope they help you!

What gets you through your busy day? What’s your favorite healthy snack you treat yourself to?

Must Have Silhouette Cameo Tools

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Hello there makers! This month we have been sharing our very favorite craft tools every Friday. If you know me, then you know my very favorite craft tool ever is my Silhouette Cameo. I thought I would share some of my very favorite Must Have Silhouette Cameo Tools with you!

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The Silhouette Cameo 3 is my favorite ever craft tool because it’s so versatile and I can create so many things using it. From stencils to paint signs or decor for walls, to paper crafts, to party decorations, to apparel and so much more. 

Because this machine is so versatile, there are lots of accessories that you can choose to purchase with it and for it. I think it’s always important to have an extra blade on hand. Though mine always last a really long time, I think it’s important to have a back up. Picture yourself, late night crafting session, and your blade is dull. No craft stores open… what do you do before panic sets in and you have to call it quits for the night?! Pull out your spare, girl! Crafterhours saved!

Though your machine comes with a mat, you will need replacements. You can choose to get a standard 12×12 or a 12×24 which is on my wish list. 

To have even more design abilities, I suggest getting the Silhouette Design Edition. It’s an upgrade to the program that the machine comes standard with. I highly recommend this, and it’s definitely worth the extra cost. 

You’ll also want the Silhouette tool pack to help with weeding vinyl and paper crafting. The tools make life so much easier!

When storing your Silhouette, it’s important to keep it covered to keep the dust off of it. There are several colors of these covers you can choose from to buy or you can  make your own. 

If you travel places with your Silhouette, say to a friend’s house to craft or maybe you use it in your classroom, I suggest purchasing a tote! They come in handy by making transport easy and a bit safer for your machine. 

I love making things with vinyl! This starter kit is great so you can get the feel for working with vinyl before you buy a bigger order of it. 

Once you get the hang of your Silhouette and you’re ready to make even more fun things like shirts, you’ll love this heat transfer vinyl multipack! You will also want to make things like cups, coffee mugs, and wall art, so you’ll want regular vinyl as well. 

 

And if you get really into making shirts, you’ll want a heat press. This makes the vinyl adhere so much better than irons and the longevity of the shirt is so much better. 

To transfer your vinyl designs over easily, you’ll need a roll of transfer tape. You save money when you buy a bigger roll, and you’ll go through it so it’s necessary. 

I am all about organizing my supplies, especially my vinyl otherwise it ends up all over the place. I like storing it rolled up in magazine holder.

To help cut your vinyl, transfer paper, and other paper, I love my Fiskar Scissors. They are super sharp and work so well.

For more fun, you should try out the sketch pens! Use them to create cards, invitations, tags, addressing envelopes, making wall art, and so much more. 

There are so many more things you can get for your Silhouette, but these are my must haves. I hope you find them helpful and that they make your crafting even more fun!

Join us next week for Alison’s must have craft supplies! 

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Must Have Sewing and Embroidery Tools

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Happy Friday! We’re gathering up our favorite craft supplies this month and today it’s my turn to show off my must have sewing and embroidery tools!

My two big loves in the craft room are sewing and embroidery – so I have to share my go-to materials with you! Let’s start with embroidery!

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For transferring embroidery my favorite pens are these iron-on transfer pens from Sublime Stitching. They have super fine tips so you can really get those details transferred perfectly!

Fine Tip Iron-On Transfer Pens

You know I feel strongly about my DMC Embroidery Floss and this new Popular Colors pack is a great bundle of threads. I adore these colors!

One of other must have’s when stitching is the DMC Color Book. This book has little swatches of every thread so when you’re choosing colors you can go to the store with a plan – and easily see what colors come in floss, pearl, and more.

So now that we’re all set for stitching, let’s start sewing!

For most projects I cut them out on my oversized Fiskars mat and yes, when it comes to cutting mats – size matters. ;)

Seam ripping is yucky, so I’m all for making it easier! This handy seam ripper has a little cap that you can use to make removing threads super easy – they just kind of “stick” to it!

I absolutely cannot resist cute embroidery scissors – and these little unicorn scissors are my faves (right now!). They work really well too so they’re cute and useful – always a must. :)

Gold Unicorn 4" embroidery scissors - small unicorn sewing scissors - for cross stitching, needlework, quilting

This is such a little thing but soooo useful, especially with all the bags, pillows and quilts I sew! This little point turning tool makes it so you have nice crisp points on all those seams and corners. And it’s super cheap too!

I keep this handy bottle of Best Press with my iron all the time and use it on pretty much every project I make! It works like a starch without all the gummy mess that usually comes with starch. It’s really light and it smells great – and you don’t have to worry about it discoloring the fabric! She has other scents if lavender isn’t your thing.

And speaking of irons – I know this is pricier than the usual irons you can pick up at any store, but I got this little beauty last year for Christmas and it is my favorite thing ever. It is a Rowenta Iron and it’s perfect for sewists. It’s nice and hot, heats up quickly, has a good sharp point on the top and just all around works so great. Gushing here, I know, but I seriously love this iron!

Cute sewing supplies are a must! I’m loving this little floral measuring tape from Riley Blake! I like to take this kind along in my bag for measurements in the wild too.

I’m pretty much blind as a bat so good lighting in the sewing room is a must for me! This Ottlite Desk Lamp is perfect for right by my sewing machine – plus it has a handy caddy for scissors, seam rippers and marking pens!

Washi Tape! I know – these aren’t sewing supplies – but I use washi tape in the sewing room all the time! It’s perfect for marking seam guides on your machine and you can remove it without a big mess. I also use it in embroidery to wrap around the edges of fabrics that will fray! This cute measuring tape washi has the added bonus of the ruler on it too!

I hope you’ve had fun looking at my favorite sewing machine supplies! I didn’t include my machine because it’s being a little wonky and I’m on the hunt for an upgrade! But I’d love to know what your favorite supplies are!

Make sure you come back next week for more fun must have craft supplies!

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