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Elephant, Fox, Giraffe, and Hippo

These are some of Tristan’s favorite animals (mine too), so this was extra fun!


I found some FREE printable letters to go along with E F G and H.

It’s really neat seeing things start to click in Tristan’s brain. He almost knows all of his colors and points out colors everywhere we go. At two and a half he’s learning his alphabet and points out the letters he knows when he sees them.

All the kids get really excited when we look at our alphabet, number and color books. The girls have started to repeat letters when we do flash cards.

Learning is fun, and I hope it stays that way!

E for Elephant 
F for fox.

G for Giraffe

H for Hippo

I’m pleased that he can tell me the name of each alphabet animal, without me telling him! He traces the “hidden” letter with his finger and says “F for fox”. 

I do not have a pattern to share, I free hand all the animal letters. I use a pencil and erase a lot. Using a ruler helps to make some of my lines strait. I hate drawing eyes so googley eyes work great!

Thanks for following! 

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Repurposed Broken Crayons DIY

This was an easy project I’ve been meaning to do for a while now.

img_2200-3I had a bunch of broken/old crayons that my kids don’t really like to use. I pulled all the paper off the crayons.

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I broke the crayons to fit in my sylicone molds. Next time I’ll probably cut them smaller with a knife so I can fit more in each mold.

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Heat your oven to 150-200 Fahrenheit. Cook for about 10 minutes or until melted. I didn’t stir mine and they looked nice and marbled.

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Let them cool, then carefully pop them out of your molds.Β img_2230-1
img_2244They are the perfect size for toddler and baby hands. They wouldn’t work well for a child who can stay in the lines. 😊

img_2249-1I store mine in a pull string muslin bag.

That’s it, have fun!

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DIY Moisture Proof Picnic Quilt

I’m sick of getting a wet butt every time I sit in the grass. You can buy waterproof blankets that are the same general idea as the one I made, but I just like making stuff myself! 😊

  • 42 X 62 reversible quilted fabric
  • 42 X 62″ plastic vynal – may need to cut a little off to fit
  • Scissors – good quality fabric ones make it really easy!
  • Wonder clips Bought on Amazon
  • Sewing machine. 
  • Patience 

First step, go to your fabric store and buy your fabric and plastic backing. I got reversible quilted fabric that was fluffy and cute, but you really could use anything!

Fold over the raw edge all the way around using wonder clips (or push pins) to secure the fabric.

Sew a nice edge. 

This is what mine looked like – not perfect.
This is the vynal plastic.

Lay the plastic on top of the back side of your quilt. Again use the wonder clips to make a nice folded edge. This will hold the plastic onto your blanket.

Sew down your fold. Make sure the needle is catching the plastic. 

It’s a little tricky to sew with plastic vynal. My vynal kept pulling out of the wonder clips and getting all crinkled up. I used a chair to support the blanket. As always, my project are trial and error.

This is the finished edge.

Perfect for picnics. The wet spring season. Morning, in the dew covered grass. You could even use the plastic side as a table cloth!

Paisley trying out the new quilt. She’s not a fan of itchy grass blades so she loves this idea!

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    You are my Sunshine Part 1

    I got lazy with my blog posts lately, aka more busy with “real” life. We have been visiting with the soon to be member of the Kemmerer family. Eclipse the horse. This is a dream come true for me, I’m a little more excited than the kids. 😍


    So my Twin girls are turning ONE next month. Wait what??? I seriously can’t believe it! Time to start the party planning! My theme is Sunshine and Lemonade. Colors are yellow, pink and purple. 


    Today I made a sweet sign to hang in the kids bedroom, and use for the party as well.

    I used some already cut old pallet boards and picked out some wood letters that fit on the boards. 

    I didn’t have another “P” so I put painters tape over that spot.

    I used white spray paint. Spray back and forth from about a foot away so you don’t spray the letters off the board. 

    Let dry outside then remove the letters. Since I was missing a “P” I had an extra step. I removed the tape, moved the “P” over, held a board over the already finished part and sprayed the new “p”.


    For the “make” sign I wanted to hand paint the letters white and leave the pellet board brown. First trace the letters.

    Then paint them in with white paint and a little paint brush.

    To hold my sign together I used scrap prices of pallet board. My husband was home from work so with a kiss I convinced him to drill and screw the sign together for me. 😊

    All finished! Cute for the kids’ room and party decor. πŸŽ‰

    I always let out happy squeals when I finish a project that I’m pleased with…tell me I’m not the only one that does this…

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    Raised Bed Gardening with Woodchips and Pest Preventers.

    A little precaution, I don’t have a green thumb. πŸ˜” But I get a lot of tips from my parents are sister who are expert gardeners. 😊

    First off if you don’t already have a garden, choose a spot in your yard that gets a good amount of sun. I made my raised beds out of cedar decking that we had from doing demolition on our house. Cedar is naturally rot resistant. Unfortunately I don’t have a DIY on the raised cedar beds, we made those last year.

    Here are my beds, full of weeds.


    To take care of the weeds I did 3 things.

    Homemade Weedkiller


    • 1 gallon white vinegar
    • 1 cup Epsom salt
    • 1 Tablespoon dawn dish soap, any kind.


    Use a funnel and add the other two ingredients right to the vinegar bottle. I write my ingredient list right in the vinegar bottle and use it to store my extra weed killer in.

    I bought the green pump spray bottle from Walmart. Works ok, but I might have to get a full size weed sprayer like my hubby has for landscaping.

    Spray the weeds, carful not to get it on your vegetable or flower plants, it is not toxic but it will still kill your plants. After a couple of hours the weeds should be shriveling up in the sun. I’d give it a day or two then pull the weeds, weed whack them, or use a scuffle hoe, pictured below. The scuffle hoe (aka hula hoe or stirrup hoe) works wonders, it cuts of the weed just below the soil line. So easy to use and it’s not hard on your back.

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    Hula hoe

    Once you have taken care of those weeds you can cover your garden with woodchips. Woodchips keep the weeds down and the moisture in!


    Tada! Weed free and hopefully it will stay that way for a while!

    If you live in the woods like I do then you’ll have all kinds of pest problems; turtles, rabbits, deer, birds etc. I got some wild life netting and step-in horse fencing. I wasn’t quite sure how it would work when I was at the store buying my supplies but that’s what I came up with.


    I think I need some more step-in fence, so for now I just draped the wild life netting overtop of the fence poles.

    Lastly, I’m so sick of my husband stepping on all of my plants, because he never knows where I’ve planted new ones. So I made some pallet board garden markers.

    Tristan and I had some fun painting some goose egg rocks to put in the garden.



    Can not wait to eat fresh strawberries out of my garden!

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    Organized Spice CabinetΒ 

    Busy packing for a weekend trip to the mountains, but my spice cabinet is out of control so I had to quick organize it.

    I’m a little embarrassed to even share this picture.

    Before

    I really didn’t do much to get things in order. I was going to make my own spice rack but decided to go with a store bought metal mesh one. It for my needs and was only $20. I forgot to get a picture but you can see it in the “after” picture.

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    Before

    I put some rubber cabinet liner on the bottom shelf. We have really old cabinets and the paint is a little yucky.

    I buy a lot of my spices in bulk so I need to transfer them into smaller containers. I have these handy ball spice jars that my in-laws got me for Christmas. Unfortunately they only work with larger spices, not fine powders because the sprinkle holes are large.

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    Some spices, especially garlic powder turn to rock after a little while. You can put dry beans in your spices to keep the moisture out. The reason I would use beans instead of rice is because rice it too small and would probably end up in your food when you sprinkle your spices out.

    img_0913The other spice containers I have are Tupperware. They came with a handy turn table. I added beans to some of these as well to soak up moisture.

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    My spice cabinet could still use some love, but that was my 20 minute quick organizing project for the week. 😊

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    Essential Oil Display Storage

    I go through spurts where I use essential oils a lot and then don’t. I think my problem is I store them in my bathroom closet, so they are not out in the open. I decided to change that!

    Today my poor little Teagan fell and hit her head, hard. I immediately iced the spot and applied Helichrysum and Lavender essential oils. The spot had already formed little red spots, the beginnings of a bruise. I was impressed that after I applied the essential oils to the spot it did not get any worse, by the end of the day it looked like nothing had happened.

    img_0866I figured essential oils should be easily accessible so that I can find them when I need them.

    I always have a pallet laying in my driveway, ready for my next diy project. If you don’t have any pallets in your driveway, check a lumbar yard, hardware store, landscape supply, or somewhere that might stock large items or bulk items.

    img_0811You will need a circular saw and a pry hammer to get the boards you need off the pallet.

    img_0816Strike a line on the pallet board at the length desired. Carefully cut to size. I used 4 boards which was 26″ long x 13″wide.

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    You will also need 13″ wide pallet shelves. I made 5 shelves. The first was 6″, the next 4 were 4″ apart.

    img_0837-1Use a nail puller to either cut or pull out any unwanted nails from the pallet. I left some of the nails in to give it more of a rustic look.

    img_0861-1Β You will need a trim gun for this next step. We borrowed my brother in law’s gun. Draw a line on the back of the boards so you know where to put the trim nails. If you miss the shelf it won’t look to pretty in the front, so be careful! My husband did this step for me πŸ™‚

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    I wanted to polyurethane the entire shelf, but I ran out of polyurethane. 😭 This gives you an idea of how it looks both ways. It will help the board not splinter as much, I sanded it down a little as well.

    All finished and stocked! I love that the essential oils are easily accessible. I hung this shelf in my laundry room, which is also where the changing table is kept and the kids get ready for bed. Makes it easy to oil them up. 😊

    I was thinking the bottom shelf has a spot to write “Oil Up” with white paint. That will be a project for another day. I also might add some wire chicken fence to the bottom shelf to turn it into a “cabinet” to store my essential oil guides and cheat sheets. So many plans I have, ha-ha

    Special thanks to my big (little) helpers while they ate some cookies, and of course my handy man husband.

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    Teagan

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    Paisley

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    Tristan