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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make Handmade Berrylicious Popsicles!!

16 Aug
Hey TT&J readers!!! I’m Cheryl,
aka TidyMom! When I am not baking, crafting or running around with my camera
you can find me over in my little corner of the universe at
TidyMom.net
Like all of you I’m a HUGE fan of
Jen’s and SO impressed with how much that girl can do!! I’ve had the pleasure
of meeting Jen a few times, and let me tell you, she’s every bit as sweet, if
not more, in person as she is on her blog.
I share a lot of stuff on my blog,
everything from my favorite
recipes to my favorite household tips.
I like to share
photography tips and blogging tips, crafting , being thrifty
and
makeovers and a little bit of everything in between. I host a weekly
link up party on Fridays where you can share your great ideas, project or
anything you are loving, called
I’m Lovin’ It.

I thought since Jen was having a
summer soiree, and I loooove to bring food to a party…….what’s a summer
time party with out popsicles?!
These berrylicous popsicles are so
easy, even the kids can join in on the fun!

What you will need:



Berry
Blue Popsicles
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons berry blue gelatin
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2 cups cold water, divided
  • 6 tablespoons strawberry gelatin
  • 18 Popsicle molds or paper cups (3 ounces each) and
    Popsicle sticks
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve berry blue gelatin powder and
    1/2 cup sugar in 1 cup boiling water. Stir in 1 cup cold water.
  2. In another bowl, dissolve strawberry gelatin powder and
    remaining (1/2 cup) sugar in remaining (1 cup)boiling water. Stir in
    remaining (1 cup) cold water.
  3. In a small bowl, combine half of the berry blue gelatin
    mixture and half of the strawberry gelatin mixture. (so you now have 3
    bowls of gelatin)
  4. Place all 3 bowls in freezer for about 2 hours or until
    slushy.
  5. In a large bowl, lightly swirl the three colors as
    desired.
  6. Fill each mold or cup with 1/4 cup gelatin mixture; top
    with holders or insert sticks into cups. Freeze.

Yields: about 10-18 pops depending
on the size.
Enjoy!!

Big thanks to Jen and all of you for
letting me stop by today!! Enjoy what’s left of your summer! We started school
this week already!

Cheryl – those look delicious!!
Thank you for sharing them with us! I’m going to make those tomorrow with my kids – they’ll think I’m supermom 🙂

Not only are Cheryl’s recipes beautiful, but they are family-friendly and yummy! Like this Italian Grilled Pizza!

Or this Pina Colada Sorbet – delicious!

And not only can Cheryl cook, but she also makes some fabulous DIY projects!! Like this T-Shirt Scarf – one of my favorites!!

And this DIY Burlap Covered Bulletin Board – fabulous!!

I love following along with Cheryl at TidyMom to get great recipes ideas and so will you!!

xoxoxo

PS — will you be attending SNAP? It’s a fabulous conference in Salt Lake April 19-21,2012. I am thrilled to be helping with the conference and we would love to have YOU attend!! Plus, if you would like to speak at the conference, we are accepting applications for speakers.

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Summer Project — Houndstooth Pedicures!!

29 Jul
With four girls in our household, we are into all of the glitz and frilliness that go along with being girly. One of our favorite parts of Summer are pedicures!! We love giving each other pedicures and inviting our friends over for them too!

When Beckie was out filming our webshow this weekend, she mentioned a new (to me) product — nail polish strips. I immediately had to buy some to try with my girls. The brand that I tried was Sally Hansen Salon Effects. I love all of the different patterns and colors that are available in this line.

PLUS, they are so easy to apply. The strips stick to your nails and you don’t even have to wait for them to dry. Genius!! Beckie said that hers had been on for two weeks and they still looked awesome!!

I bought the Houndstooth pattern, just my style! 

So yesterday Ella and I experimented with them. This is what we did:


1. Make sure your nails are clean and dry.


2. Hold the stips up to your nails and decide which size will work best.

3. Peel off the clear plastic coating, and then the white backing.


4. Place the strip right up next to the cuticle of your nail and then stretch it slightly so it really grabs the nail. Then trim the excess.

5. Do this to all the nails. Then come back and use the pink nail file (which is provided) and Shape the strips to fit the nail exactly.

And you are done!! 
In 15 minutes I had a pedicure that didn’t have to dry. And it has a really cool pattern too!

And another company that has cool nail patterns is Jamberry Nails.

Here are some other great pedicure ideas:

 

  • You can always have a Glitter toes Party like we did. One of my favorite posts of all time 🙂 
 
xoxo 
**In case you were wondering, I wasn’t paid to write this post. I just thought this was a really cool product 🙂 
Have a Fantastic Friday!! 

PS — I just found out that today you can get nail shields for FREE if you sign up at  Save More. They have 40 different patterns to choose from. Such a great deal!!

xoxox

PPS — It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! I am SO excited to see YOUR ideas. The party starts at 6 pm {MST} tonight!!

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make a Summertime Activity Caddy!! {tutorial}

7 Jul
Hey fabulous Tatertots & Jello crafty friends!
I’m Myra and I blog over at My Blessed Life where I share diy crafts and home decor, seasonal projects, recipes and more to inspire you to creatively thrive in your home. I just love Jen and I’m thrilled to be guest posting for her today!
My two year old and I spend a lot of time outside playing with bubbles, chalk and little toys that seem to get scattered here, there and everywhere. Ahem. So, I created a Kids’ Activity Caddy to keep all of his little toys organized. Oh, how I love organization!
Kids’ Activity Caddy
This project can be customized with your favorite colors and labels for whatever you need to organize!
Supplies Needed:

  • 3 clean tin cans {spaghetti sauce cans work well}
  • Spray paint – red, yellow, blue
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • 9001 glue
  • Scrapbook paper and cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Jute twine
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
Don’t stress over getting all the sticky stuff off because it will be hidden.
Rustoleum’s Summer Squash, Krylon’s Cherry Red and Rustoleum’s Lagoon spray paint.
Aren’t the colors so much fun?!
1. Spray paint residue and sharp edges aren’t cool.
2. Measure the height of the can and cut scrapbook paper approximately 5 1/5 inches wide to line each can.
3. Use hot glue to secure the scrapbook paper.
Next, hot glue a 2″ band of paper on the outside of each can.
Hot glue ribbon on the top inside edge of each can.
Next is the fun part of gluing all the cans together! 🙂
Place the cans in a triangular shape and mark where they meet each other. Then use 9001 glue to stick them together.
If the cans don’t meet flush together, don’t freak out. I’ve got your back!
Tie the cans together with a few pieces of jute twine. Easy peasy.
I told you not to panic!
Gather bubbles, chalk, toys or whatever suits your kids’ fancy.
To finish off this project, add labels to each can. Use a Silhouette machine or scissors to cut out circles from scrapbook paper and card stock. Write whatever you want on your labels and hot glue them in place.
This simple organization project has made it much easier to keep Ridley’s little outdoor toys all in one place!
Enjoy more peace this summer and less searching for toys with a Kids’ Activity Caddy!
Thank you so much for having me as part of your fabulous Summer series, Jen! 🙂 I would love for y’all to connect with me at My Blessed Life. There’s a cold glass of amazing Southern sweet tea and a cozy seat waiting on you!

Thanks Myra!! I love your Summer Caddy – what a great idea!!
Speaking of great ideas, Myra has tons of them on her blogs — My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project! Here are a few of my favorites: 
And at The Casabella Project, Myra is making over her home one project at a time: 
Be sure to stop by My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project — you will love Myra’s crafty inspiration!!! 
xoxo

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make a Summertime Activity Caddy!! {tutorial}

7 Jul
Hey fabulous Tatertots & Jello crafty friends!
I’m Myra and I blog over at My Blessed Life where I share diy crafts and home decor, seasonal projects, recipes and more to inspire you to creatively thrive in your home. I just love Jen and I’m thrilled to be guest posting for her today!
My two year old and I spend a lot of time outside playing with bubbles, chalk and little toys that seem to get scattered here, there and everywhere. Ahem. So, I created a Kids’ Activity Caddy to keep all of his little toys organized. Oh, how I love organization!
Kids’ Activity Caddy
This project can be customized with your favorite colors and labels for whatever you need to organize!
Supplies Needed:

  • 3 clean tin cans {spaghetti sauce cans work well}
  • Spray paint – red, yellow, blue
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • 9001 glue
  • Scrapbook paper and cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Jute twine
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
Don’t stress over getting all the sticky stuff off because it will be hidden.
Rustoleum’s Summer Squash, Krylon’s Cherry Red and Rustoleum’s Lagoon spray paint.
Aren’t the colors so much fun?!
1. Spray paint residue and sharp edges aren’t cool.
2. Measure the height of the can and cut scrapbook paper approximately 5 1/5 inches wide to line each can.
3. Use hot glue to secure the scrapbook paper.
Next, hot glue a 2″ band of paper on the outside of each can.
Hot glue ribbon on the top inside edge of each can.
Next is the fun part of gluing all the cans together! 🙂
Place the cans in a triangular shape and mark where they meet each other. Then use 9001 glue to stick them together.
If the cans don’t meet flush together, don’t freak out. I’ve got your back!
Tie the cans together with a few pieces of jute twine. Easy peasy.
I told you not to panic!
Gather bubbles, chalk, toys or whatever suits your kids’ fancy.
To finish off this project, add labels to each can. Use a Silhouette machine or scissors to cut out circles from scrapbook paper and card stock. Write whatever you want on your labels and hot glue them in place.
This simple organization project has made it much easier to keep Ridley’s little outdoor toys all in one place!
Enjoy more peace this summer and less searching for toys with a Kids’ Activity Caddy!
Thank you so much for having me as part of your fabulous Summer series, Jen! 🙂 I would love for y’all to connect with me at My Blessed Life. There’s a cold glass of amazing Southern sweet tea and a cozy seat waiting on you!

Thanks Myra!! I love your Summer Caddy – what a great idea!!
Speaking of great ideas, Myra has tons of them on her blogs — My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project! Here are a few of my favorites: 
And at The Casabella Project, Myra is making over her home one project at a time: 
Be sure to stop by My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project — you will love Myra’s crafty inspiration!!! 
xoxo

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Summer Boredom Busters!! {10 Printable Kid Activities}

6 Jul
Hey TT&J Ladies! I’m Laurie and a total Tip Junkie
I just ADORE Jen and am honored to be guest posting today and sharing my favorite free printable activities for kids this summer. 

S

I love handmade projects but more importantly I have a passion for 
promoting creative women through their ideas and products.

Therefore, on Tip Junkie you’ll find 900+ free printables, 600+ homemade gift patterns {including a gift finder}, HGTV-type decorating tutorials, party themes, a giveaway directory of free products being given away, and much more! There’s even an iPhone/Andriod App ‘cuz I know you’re always on the go.  
See, I told you I was a junkie. {snicker}

Laurie Turk {Tip Junkie}
Let’s get started with some fabulous printables shall we!
Here are my top 10 printable activities for kids that would make perfect boredom busters if you’re in a pinch for something fun and quick.

Printable Activities for Kids

Here are 10 free printable activities for kids to quickly beat the boredom this summer without leaving the house! 
I’ve included a variety of printables such as creative activity lists, paper dolls for boys and girls, fun educational activities, printable games, and even darling Lemonade Stand printables. Hopefully, these activities will engage your child’s imagination and be entertaining boredom busters.
free  printable birthday game 
Create a Board Game All About Your Family
free Summer Fun List
1. Print out this free Summer Fun List and post it somewhere everyone will see it. This is an especially good list if you have toddler age children, as lots of other lists are geared towards kids who are a few years older.
More Printable Activity Lists:
  • Phineas and Ferb 104 Days of Summer Calendar – You can fill our this fun Phineas and Ferb calendar with fun events for summer vacation, including suggestions like making a puppet of yourself or inventing a fruit smoothie or make up a song. See what your and the kids can come up with and make this summer memorable.
Free File Folder Games


2. Free File Folder Games – Check out these free, printable file folder games for preschool thru 2nd grade. These educational games are great for homeschooling, waiting rooms, long trips, rainy days and in the classroom.
Fairy Tale Paper Doll printable
3. Fairy Tale Paper Doll Printable – Print out these little boy and girl paper dolls and instantly transform them into Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Price. There is also a darling Slumber Party version to add to your wardrobe collection.
More Free Printable Paper Dolls:
Summer lemonade stand
4. Cute printable labels and stickers for your own Summer lemonade stand. Available in original yellow or pink lemonade.
More Imaginary Play Printables:
Don't Eat Pete Game
5. Don’t Eat Pete Game – This game is so simple your older children can play it with your preschooler! It’s simple to make and even easier to play. The sky’s the limit with Don’t Eat Pete! Use cereal, dinner or lunch food, as well as any kind of candy to play. I’ve made several themed version that you can print, laminate, attach a bag of M&M’s to make for neighbor gifts or party favors.
Free Themed Printable Games:
Printable Car Games
6. Printable Car Games – Print these free printable games on cardstock and laminate and keep in the glove box. That way, whether you are on a long road trip or just running errands around town, you will have something on hand to keep the kids from getting bored in the car.
More Printable Activity Packs:
Summer Reading Kit for Kids
7. Summer Reading Kit for Kids – A kit filled with goodies to help your kids fall in love with reading! There are two cute printable options, one for girls and one for boys.
Alphabet Flashcards {printable alphabet letters} -
8. Alphabet Flashcards {printable alphabet letters} – These adorable alphabet flashcards will make learning letters fun. They can also work overtime in a frame on your nursery wall. The link to print them all out is at the bottom of that post – look for the HERE. It’s kind of hard to see.
Shop With Me Bingo {Printable Bingo Cards for Kids} 
9. Shop With Me Bingo {Printable Bingo Cards for Kids} – Keep your kids busy while you are at the grocery store with this fun printable shopping bingo game. There is also an I Spy version for preschool age children. Print, laminate, and enjoy a shopping trip free of fits.

Free Bingo Cards and Memory Games to Print:

How to make Angry Birds Balloon Animals  
10. How to make Angry Birds Balloon Animals – Are you or someone you know a fan of the popular iPhone Game Angry Birds? Maybe your thinking of putting together an Angry Birds Birthday Party Theme. Or, just give these to the kiddos and let them put them together and play Angry Birds – Balloon Version.
Activities for Older Kids:
32 things to make using a cardboard box
Bonus: This isn’t a printable activity but it’s free! If you have some extra card board boxes around the house you’ll be blown away by these 32 things to make using a cardboard box. They are DIY activities, games, and imagination building props to encourage your child to play for hours.
I hope these will bring lots of laughter and fun into your home. Huge hugs to Jen while she’s on vacay and I hope she’s having the time of her life. {I can’t wait to see you again my fab friend!}
xoxo,
Laurie

Isn’t Laurie amazing?? She get SO much done!!! And her sites are amazing!!
Head over to Tip Junkie to get inspired!! 

Whether you are looking for how to make a Bottle Chandelier:

Bottle Chandelier

Or printables galore! 

Summer Fun List

And fantastic Party Ideas like

No Sew Wedding Bunting

And so much More!! 

Plus, check out Tip Junkie on Facebook where you can get tons of great ideas 

and

Be sure to link up to Tip Me Tuesdays — Laurie’s wonderful linky party!! 

xoxo

Make a Summer Reading Tent/Teepee!! {tutorial}

17 Jun
summer reading teepee
Summer’s here, let the fun begin!!!
Although we plan to spend plenty of time at the pool and goofing around this Summer, I always try to emphasize reading and quiet time too.
ella and trixie in the reading teepee tent
So I decided to make a Reading Tent.
After thinking about it for a few days, the plan kind of evolved into more of a teepee than a tent, but I am really pleased with how it turned out.
hannah and ella reading in the teepee
Now, I have only been sewing for about a year, so this project was a little tricky and did involve a little swearing LOL. The seams turned out a little wonky, but overall I am so happy with the way it turned out. 
And more importantly, the kids love it. 
Even my 15-year-old wants to spend some time in the Reading Teepee!!
reading teepee header
Here’s a little rundown of what I did if you might want to make one for your house.
top view of the reading teepee

I considered buying wood for the teepee sides, but decided to go with PVC pipes. Not only are they cheaper, but with the joints you can buy, it’s like putting legos together.

And I was able to construct a base that will retain it’s shape and hold up better with rambunctious kids. With PVC pipes, you can make any shape you want. From a square tent, to a house, to a teepee!!

putting the frame together
When we got home we mapped out the area we wanted the tent to be. I decided that 6 feet in width and length was a good size. Jeff helped me with this part. He also has this really cool PVC pipe cutter tool which fascinated and scared me. It’s so dangerous looking!!
cool and scary PVC tool
Once we cut the pipes, we put the 8 foot poles in the t-joints and drilled holes in the tops of the poles. We secured the poles at the top with zipties, but you could use string too.
drill holes and zip tie
Now I started on the tricky part – making the cover. I picked up some tablecloths that were on clearance at Target. But as I was thinking about it later, you could totally use drop clothes, and not only would it be cheaper, but the seams wouldn’t show as much. 
The PVC pipes cost $17 and the tables clothes $21 = total cost of about $40
put the frame together
I measured one panel and cut that size out of my material. I added a couple of inches to each seam just in case. Then I held it up to the PVC panel and pinned it onto the panel. Make sure to pin the material BACKWARDS If you are using material that has a right or wrong side. You want your seams to face outwards.
clearance tablecloths
I did this with each of the panels and then I pinned them together while they were on the teepee frame. Use TONS of pins, you want to be able to see where to sew each of the seams and not get confused once you take the material off the teepee frame.
pin the panel on the frame
Once it was all pinned, I took the slipcover upstairs and sewed the whole thing together. Then I flipped it right side out and put it back on the frame.
sew the bottom
Now I hemmed the bottom of the slipcover. I left a couple of extra inches at the bottom, so it could be tucked under. I also sewed velcro ties every couple of feet on the slipcover. These velcro ties wrap around the PVC pipes at the bottom of the frame.
velcro ties
And I also cut a slit in the one side of the teepee for the entrance. I cut it about 4 feet high. Then I took the cover back up and sewed the bottom of the slipcover and also hemmed the front slit. To cover up the rough edges of the slit, I sewed ribbon over those edges, so when the tent flaps are folded back, the ribbon shows.
sew a ribbon on the edge

I also made a cushion for the bottom of the teepee with an old duvet and covered it with leftover material. The last thing I did was installed a chandelier that I had leftover from my oldest daughter’s room. I ziptied it to the top of the teepee poles, so the kids can have light if they are reading in the evening, or if they want to have a camp out in the teepee.

reading teepee tent at night with chandelier
reading teepee at night from above
I also made a Reading Bin where they can store the books they are reading. 
I printed out the “Read This” saying with my Silhouette machine.
the book bin summer reading
And I keep  a bowl of Smarties in the reading tent as a little treat.
Reading = makes you smart (ie)!!
smartie reading teepee prize
Happy Summer!!
hannah and trixie in the reading teepee
And just to clarify, the Reading Teepee will end up permanently in our basement, but the light is so bad down there, that I set it up outside to get some better pictures 🙂 
xoxo 
 PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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Make a Summer Reading Tent/Teepee!! {tutorial}

17 Jun
summer reading teepee
Summer’s here, let the fun begin!!!
Although we plan to spend plenty of time at the pool and goofing around this Summer, I always try to emphasize reading and quiet time too.
ella and trixie in the reading teepee tent
So I decided to make a Reading Tent.
After thinking about it for a few days, the plan kind of evolved into more of a teepee than a tent, but I am really pleased with how it turned out.
hannah and ella reading in the teepee
Now, I have only been sewing for about a year, so this project was a little tricky and did involve a little swearing LOL. The seams turned out a little wonky, but overall I am so happy with the way it turned out. 
And more importantly, the kids love it. 
Even my 15-year-old wants to spend some time in the Reading Teepee!!
reading teepee header
Here’s a little rundown of what I did if you might want to make one for your house.
top view of the reading teepee

I considered buying wood for the teepee sides, but decided to go with PVC pipes. Not only are they cheaper, but with the joints you can buy, it’s like putting legos together.

And I was able to construct a base that will retain it’s shape and hold up better with rambunctious kids. With PVC pipes, you can make any shape you want. From a square tent, to a house, to a teepee!!

putting the frame together
When we got home we mapped out the area we wanted the tent to be. I decided that 6 feet in width and length was a good size. Jeff helped me with this part. He also has this really cool PVC pipe cutter tool which fascinated and scared me. It’s so dangerous looking!!
cool and scary PVC tool
Once we cut the pipes, we put the 8 foot poles in the t-joints and drilled holes in the tops of the poles. We secured the poles at the top with zipties, but you could use string too.
drill holes and zip tie
Now I started on the tricky part – making the cover. I picked up some tablecloths that were on clearance at Target. But as I was thinking about it later, you could totally use drop clothes, and not only would it be cheaper, but the seams wouldn’t show as much. 
The PVC pipes cost $17 and the tables clothes $21 = total cost of about $40
put the frame together
I measured one panel and cut that size out of my material. I added a couple of inches to each seam just in case. Then I held it up to the PVC panel and pinned it onto the panel. Make sure to pin the material BACKWARDS If you are using material that has a right or wrong side. You want your seams to face outwards.
clearance tablecloths
I did this with each of the panels and then I pinned them together while they were on the teepee frame. Use TONS of pins, you want to be able to see where to sew each of the seams and not get confused once you take the material off the teepee frame.
pin the panel on the frame
Once it was all pinned, I took the slipcover upstairs and sewed the whole thing together. Then I flipped it right side out and put it back on the frame.
sew the bottom
Now I hemmed the bottom of the slipcover. I left a couple of extra inches at the bottom, so it could be tucked under. I also sewed velcro ties every couple of feet on the slipcover. These velcro ties wrap around the PVC pipes at the bottom of the frame.
velcro ties
And I also cut a slit in the one side of the teepee for the entrance. I cut it about 4 feet high. Then I took the cover back up and sewed the bottom of the slipcover and also hemmed the front slit. To cover up the rough edges of the slit, I sewed ribbon over those edges, so when the tent flaps are folded back, the ribbon shows.
sew a ribbon on the edge

I also made a cushion for the bottom of the teepee with an old duvet and covered it with leftover material. The last thing I did was installed a chandelier that I had leftover from my oldest daughter’s room. I ziptied it to the top of the teepee poles, so the kids can have light if they are reading in the evening, or if they want to have a camp out in the teepee.

reading teepee tent at night with chandelier
reading teepee at night from above
I also made a Reading Bin where they can store the books they are reading. 
I printed out the “Read This” saying with my Silhouette machine.
the book bin summer reading
And I keep  a bowl of Smarties in the reading tent as a little treat.
Reading = makes you smart (ie)!!
smartie reading teepee prize
Happy Summer!!
hannah and trixie in the reading teepee
And just to clarify, the Reading Teepee will end up permanently in our basement, but the light is so bad down there, that I set it up outside to get some better pictures 🙂 
xoxo 
 PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

The DIY Show OffBCD 125UndertheTableandDreaminggiveawaysTidy Mom I'm Lovin It Fridays