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party clips DIY

You’ll love these DIY chalkboard name clips for everyday use or for entertaining.  Made loads of them this summer to keep from running out of glasses while everyone is home, drinking lots, & having trouble keeping track of who’s glass is who’s.  Check out the video tutorial below…

click here to download the printable paper for the bag clips!

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Let me know if you have any Q’s & don’t forget to pin for safe keeping.

We’ll be back tomorrow to share a farmer’s market inspired recipe you may want to give a whirl before summer is over.  It’s simple and refreshing, and the main ingredient is likely on sale.  ( h o l l a ! )

One question before I sign off…  how is the end of summer treating you?

Honest truth?  I’m exhausted & our upstairs is in  s h a m b l e s (as in, the thought of putting it back together makes my eyes water, kind of shambles) , but we are having TONS of fun so I wouldn’t trade it.

if you agree, here is a tweetable.

Talk soon.

xo . rae

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chalkboard place mat DIY

A charming take on our beloved laminated place mats (I miss them, don’t you?).  And so fun to make!

SUPPLIES:

1. chalkboard paint   2. paintbrush   3. transfer paper   4. paint pens   5. pencil   6. 11×14 hardboard panel (found here)   7. printable template (click to download)   8. chalk (for when you are done)   9.  a couple pieces of tape

DIRECTIONS:

1. Paint your panel using chalkboard paint.  I used black, but the old school green would look cool too.  The panel soaks up the paint so you may need a few layers.

2.  In the meantime, print out the place setting template (click to download).  Once the paint has dried, cut a sheet of transfer paper to fit over the panel and tape in place.

3.  Starting with the plate, lay the printed template (don’t cut it out) facing up on top of the transfer paper.  Line it up where you want it and trace.

4.  Repeat step 3 for the rest of the place setting elements.

5.  When you are done tracing, peel the transfer paper from the panel and throw away.  You should see the place setting outlined on your painted panel now.  Using paint pens, outline (again!) the lines left by the transfer paper.

6.  Finally, embellish or doodle as you wish or leave everything blank for the place mats owner!

Hope this tutorial adds a little more fun and function to dinnertime!

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Is summer flying by for you too?  Have any tips for keeping the kids busy during dinnertime prep?  We would love to hear in the comments below.

xo . rae

ps – don’t forget to pin for safe keeping!

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stay cool goodie bags

a few weeks ago we had that unusual pacific northwest experience of a heat wave – that’s right, the temp. hit 90, with 80% humidity. and while most of the country would probably consider this kind of weather lovely for summer – my children actually thought they were melting.

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to distract everyone from the heat, i thought it would be fun to put together little “stay cool” bags for the kids to hand out to their friends.  we ran to the store to grab mini spray bottles (squirt guns could have been fun too), water balloons, travel size sunscreen, sunglasses, and a bundle of dollar bills for the ice cream truck.

(little side note – the sunglasses were a little spendy so we purchased one pair and then went home and ordered a dozen from the oriental trading company.)

our heat wave only lasted a few days, and has yet to return, so for now our bags are hanging out in my office, waiting for a good time to be delivered.  of course, this could be a while, but when it happens, we will be ready! and if not, we have some birthdays coming up, where they can be handed out as really cute party favors!

stay-cool-bag-how-toTo download the instructions and “stay cool” tags, click the image above.

so…how do you keep the kids cool on hot days!?  what would your kids want to stick in the bags to make them heat-wave friendly?

xo . rae

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diy chalkboard grande

i know there’s a bazillion and one chalkboard tutorials out there, but we enjoy (so much) having these oversized boards around our house i just had to share.  plus they are versatile, don’t require hanging and are cost effective.  oh, and (like whoa!) after one trip to the man store your halfway done with the project….

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supplies: 3/4 inch MPF board (cut at the man store), chalkboard paint (or interior paint and unsanded tile grout — it’s powdery — to make your own), paint brush or small roller, drop cloth of some sort, acrylic paint pens for permanent embellishments (optional).

directions:  decide what size and how many chalkboards you would like.  then hop in the car and head to your fave man store, stopping on the way for a starbucks.  once at the store pick out a sheet of MPF board, find an employee that seems nice and helpful and ask them to cut the board to your measurements or point you in the right direction.

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say “gracias!’ and head home.  next put a drop cloth down, wipe dust off board and apply coats of paint (homemade recipe below) with a paintbrush or small roller until everything is good and covered.  finally, let the paint dry overnight before using.  (the hardest part)

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for homemade chalkboard paint you need: any color interior paint & unsanded tile grout.

using a paint stirrer mix 4 tablespoons with just enough water to break up clumps (think thick pancake mix), then add 2 cups paint and stir together.  next follow directions above.

IMG_3235almost forgot….  you can also use an acrylic paint pen to draw permanent doodles.  i used a gold pen to make the flags above.  just for fun.

thanks for letting me share!  i hope you enjoy and find a reason to make one this week!

what would you use a new chalkboard for?  other than practicing your hearts, of course.

xo . rae
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ice cream smiles

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some people scream for ice cream, but around here we just smile.

like this.

especially when toppings are involved.

and did i mention a giveaway!?…

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… a set of the most adorable ice cream bowls from anthropology.

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because it’s way eaiser to get the littles to eat a healthy dinner when there is ice cream (in fun bowls) to look forward to.

to sign up, head over to my girl emily’s blog where she is kicking off a full month (hello july!) of features and giveaways.  i’ve peeked at some of the details and there is a fantastic lineup of goodies and blogs she’ll be sharing.

armommy-ice-cream-giveaway4one last ice cream smile con tilly jane before you go HERE to sign up for the giveaway.  may the force be with you (sorry, couldn’t resist. planning a star wars party for 7 year olds)…  we hope you win!

we’d also like to know what your fave ice cream topping is!? do tell…. we could use some fresh ideas around here!

xo . rae

ps – if you are in the mood for more ice cream, check out these posts: lemonade ice cream recipe, and this fun ice cream party invite printable!

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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salted caramel coffee DIY

Um, I will fo-sho be making one of these today….  anyone want to join me?  Happy to make extra.

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 Also, a little hint…

you can pour the caramel over the coffee and ice, but it will clump up a bit.  If that bugs you, pour your coffee, add the caramel, (stir) and then add ice.

To view or download the tags and recipe, click the image below.

Let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial…

So, now that we have our coffee, let’s chat 4th of July!  How was it?

Our day was so full of fun activities  (like a water balloon fight, blind-folded boat race, 3 legged relay…) & delicious food, it was hard to stay awake for fireworks!  Oiy.

Talk soon,

xo . rae

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ring toss DIY

This project was full of surprises for me.  The good & pleasant kind.

First, I was able to DIY with the adorable young lady in the video, Coco.  Love creating with other people.  Especially little people.  So sweet.

Second, the ring toss project was a last minute addition/change and I felt a little dubious about it, but it all came together with ease.

Thirdly, Coco and the adults had a blast playing ringtoss.  A total crowd pleaser!

To download the labels, click HERE.

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A great way to add some fun & charm to your 4th of July celebration, or any other outdoor BBQ style get together.

If you have any questions or comments about the tutorial, let us know in the comments below…  & don’t forget to pin!

xo . rae

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4th of july printable flags

so yesterday, when i should have been cleaning the kitchen, i decided to sit down and design some flags to take to the annual 4th of july celebration at my parents. definitely time well spent, but you should see my kitchen today (oh, my!).  i know it’s kind of last minute and all, but i thought it would be fun to share the flags as a printable. hopefully you have time to use them!

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C L I C K   I M A G E   T O   D O W N L O A D

to assemble, download, print template on card stock, and cut along guides. then tape a dowel (cut into thirds) to the back of each flag using tape. finally, as an option, decorate the dowel using washi tape…

then it’s time to get festive and celebrate this fabulous country we live in… one nation under God.  it’s a beautiful place to live.

h o p e   y o u   a l l   h a v e   a  H A P P Y   4 t h   o f   J U L Y !!!

xo . rae

ps – here is another 4th of july tutorial to checkout!

(image by stacy jacobsen)

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watermelon juice

Back in the day while visiting one of our first farmer’s market, Mr. Friis, Ozzie, & I stumbled upon a delicious invention….  watermelon juice.  We’ve been making it at home ever since.

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/picture credit—> stacy jacobsen photography/

Here is our homemade recipe:

I N R E D I E N T S
1/2 large seedless watermelon, balled or cubed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
mint leaves, strawberries & ice to serve (optional)

D I R E C T I O N S
1. Place watermelon & lemon juice into the jug of a blender.  Blend until smooth.  To sweeten, (if desired) add agave syrup.
2. Serve immediately over ice and garnish with mint.

My last trip to the grocery store, watermelons were on sale ($4 each, yo!) so it might be the perfect time to give it a try!  I think we’ll be making some today.

Do you have any no-fail summer recipes?  Please share in the comments below!

xo . rae

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homemade cleaner DIY

This week has been cray, cray.  Which means my house looks like it exploded.  Which also means that this video we did with KinCommunity is extremely appropriate for today, because I have some cleanin’ to do.

Wondering why it’s a good idea to use a homemade cleaner?  Well, it’s easy and cheap (ahem…), and free of harsh chemicals which makes it safe for your family and the earth.  Bonuses all around.

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If you missed the recipe in the video or want to use the label, download the printables by clicking on the image below or HERE.  All the details are included!

Since we are on the subject, what is your take on cleaning supplies?  Do you (A) splurge for the “green” cleaners at Target, (B) buy the old fashioned stuff you know will work, or (C) make your own?  My answer would be (D) all of the above.  Can’t seem to give up the lysol toilet bowl cleaner : )

How about you?

xo . rae

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tassel necklace DIY

Like it?  Love it?  Wanna make one?  (Fashion DIY’s get me so giddy.)

All you need is:  a swatch of leather (cut to 5 x 2.5″), a small piece of the leather to make a loop (cut to 1.5 x .25″), a necklace chain of your choice, a loaded hot glue gun or craft glue, ruler, & pencil.

STEP 1:  Cut leather.  Using your ruler and pencil, draw a line lengthwise 1/2″ inch from the top of your leather.

STEP 2:  Cut fringe up to your pencil line.

STEP 3:  Use your small piece of leather to make a loop at the top left corner of leather swatch, glueing into place.  Make a line of glue along the top length of leather and roll up.

STEP 4:  Hang on necklace chain and wear!

I found a good size piece of leather and chain at our local craft store at a great price.  Or, if you are feeling thrifty, try swinging by Good Will (or the like) and grab an old leather purse to cut up and necklace.

Also, note that if you use craft glue instead of hot glue, after glueing you will want to wrap a rubber band around the tassel to hold it in place until dry.

If you have any questions about the steps in the video, let me know in the comments below!

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Since returning from my L.A. trip, I’ve been wearing the tassel from the video almost everyday & Tilly has been requesting we make one for her.  So, we scheduled a play date and made a kid version out of fabric.

To DIY you need small pieces of fabric and string for the necklace.  We used leather string, but ribbon or shoe laces would work great.  Cut swatches of fabric 8.5 x 6.5″.  Then, fold them in half lengthwise and cut fringe up to the top 1/2 inch.

Flatten the fringed piece of fabric, wrong side up, and begin to roll.

Then fold in half and tie with a small strip of the fabric to hold it in place.

The project doesn’t need to be exact to come out looking cute, so it’s perfect for kids.

Even our smallest guest (a new 2 year old) got involved.

Thanks for visiting us!  Pin or share with friends if you love.

X&O, Rae

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