Tot Tuesday: Make Your Own Frugal Bandana Dress

Tot Tuesday is a weekly feature where I highlight a special kids activity, frugal recipe for kids, kids tutorial, etc. Many of you know that I am the section editor for the What to Buy section on the popular site Momtastic. I link to my articles on Momtastic all the time, but I’m not sure how many of you have really ventured throughout the site. There are some really great articles on Momtastic, and some great DIY and tutorials as {Read More}

Tot Tuesday: Fully Stock Your Arts & Crafts Supply Kit

I have dabbled in arts and crafts with my kids since they were itty bitty: Oddly, I am not a very artistic person. I think a lot of adults assume that you have to be artistically inclined to enjoy arts and crafts with your children. Not so! My children can likely draw better than I can if I’m being brutally honest (for reference, they are 3 and 2 years old) Regardless, I have enjoyed creating art projects with children since {Read More}

From the Goodwill to Good Decor: Cork Board Fun

This is a guest post by Daria at Mom in Management Total project cost $5.50. I love shopping at Goodwill. I especially love their 50% off sales. A couple of weeks ago at one of these sales, I stumbled upon a plain cork board. The original price was $2.99 ~ so $1.49 after the discount. Related posts: Works For Me Wednesday: Kid Friendly Decor-No Neat Freaks Here! Tot Tuesday: No Mess Allowed Painting! Works For Me Wednesday: Why I Guest {Read More}

The Flawed Dress: Advice For the Do-It-Yourself-ers…and for me

So there’s been some buzz on my blog lately about me teaching myself how to sew. I hear from people A LOT that they tried to learn, but just got so frustrated that they put their project away and never went back to it. Let me just say, I can empathize with you there. Right now I am posting on my blog because a harmless little Halloween dress I was making for my daughter got the best of me. It’s {Read More}

How to make a grabbable button for your blog! DIY style!

So I really really wanted a button. One of those cute little buttons everyone has on their blogs. Only I’m not so talented in the html/photoshopping department and I didn’t want to spend money on one! I searched around a bit and figured out that I could use Picnik to take one of my own images and add text/resize it to button-y size (which I found out is generally 125X125). I played around with it a bit, and let me {Read More}

Make your own (non stinky or crumbly!) Play Dough!

I detest the smell of Play Doh. I remember disliking it even when I was a little girl and I loved playing with it myself. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I almost had to leave working in the church nursery because the kids were playing with play doh and the smell just overwhelmed me. Not to mention…it’s crumbly, it sticks to your carpet, it goes dry very easily, it can be expensive! The early childhood educator in me {Read More}

Tot Tuesday: DIY Nap Mats!

Nap Mats

My children attend a Mother’s Day Out program (that I also work at!) two days a week during the school year. Since Noah is almost 3 1/2, he has been sleeping on a nap mat at school since last year*. Lizzie on the other hand is only 18 months, so imagine my surprise when they said she would be sleeping on a nap mat as well! While I wish her teachers all the luck in the world with that (seriously, {Read More}