We take a lot of 2-3 day trips during the Spring and Summer. With hubby working out of town it’s usually all we can squeeze in. It’s a lot of fun but the packing and unpacking can be taxing. My kids are old enough to pack for themselves but I was constantly having to remind them of everything to include. I finally got smart and made a kid packing list printable for them. I printed one out for each kid and placed it in a sheet protector, that way it can be used over and over again and wiped clean between trips. Just use a dry erase marker so it will wipe off easily.

Kid Packing List
Kid Packing List Printable

The list includes some things that aren’t going to be used for every trip or don’t pertain to everyone. It’s easy to just mark through those things on the sheet protector before I hand it to the kids or I can circle the items that need to be included. They can also write the number needed next to each item with a dry erase marker. This saves me so much time and I’m not repeating myself 3 times during the packing process. It’s also teaching my kids to be responsible. If the kids forget something for the trip they just have to do without. You may notice that things like shampoo, body wash, etc. are not included since I usually pack those things for the family or the hotel has what we need.

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I was at a new store a couple weeks ago and I really loved the simplicity and beauty of one of the centerpieces. I love fresh flowers and usually have them at least somewhere in my house, but keeping them fresh and looking great on the dinner table was a problem. I was having to change them too often. This easy floral centerpiece isn’t real but it looks pretty great and I don’t have to worry about changing it until I want too. The best part of this centerpiece is you need a variety of flowers and glass containers so you can just use what you have available.

Easy FLoral Centerpiece

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Do you ever feel like there’s papers papers everywhere? What do you do with all the paper, mail, and school work coming into the house daily? Jessalyn wrote in and especially wanted to know how to deal with all the papers coming home with her kids from school. Do you ever feel overwhelmed with what to keep, where to keep it, or what you would feel safe with (heaven forbid) tossing? What about when you come in from the mailbox? Yay, more paper! It’s never ending. First we’ll tackle the mail.

Controlling Paper Clutter

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I’ve been wanting to make fun pillows in bright colors and fun patterns for a while. I finally had an excuse to and couldn’t wait to share this magic pillowcase tutorial with you. I’m not much of a seamstress beyond sewing class in school and a few pillow covers and curtains for my home. It looks like it could be complicated but it’s actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

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Tic Tac Toe Game

by leanneja on May 13, 2016 · 9 comments

in Crafts, DIY, Father's Day, Gifts

We actually made this rock tic tac toe game a few years ago for Father’s Day. It sits on our front porch and still gets played a lot during the warmer months. When Ammon was younger he loved playing tic tac toe with his dad so I thought an outdoor version would be a fun idea. The best thing about this project is it cost $1 and a few pennies.

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Camping Fun Bucket List

by leanneja on May 11, 2016 · 0 comments

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We love camping as a family. There is something so relaxing and freeing just being in nature and being away from everyday responsibilities. The problem is there’s activities each one of us want to do but we have a hard time getting to all of them. So this time while planning our camping trip we decided to make a camping fun bucket list. We’re going to be staying at a campground and we know what activities are available so we based our bucket list on those activities.

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Packing For a Trip

by leanneja on May 9, 2016 · 6 comments

in General organizing, Travel

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Pom Pom Flowers

by leanneja on May 6, 2016 · 0 comments

in Crafts, DIY

These Pom Pom Flowers are a fun addition to your Spring and Summer decor. They would also look cute in a girls bedroom year round. I choose to make mine in a variety of colors for Spring, but they would look beautiful in just one color or a couple colors to match your room’s decor.

Colorful Pom Pom Flowers are a fun addition to your Spring decor

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

by leanneja on May 4, 2016 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Gifts, Holidays

Does every holiday seem to sneak up on you like it does me? It’s a month away and then before I know it it’s here. If you feel the same way, I have some quick handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that are sure to please any woman on your list.

Last minute handmade Mother's Day gift ideas

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Candlestick Bird Houses

by leanneja on April 29, 2016 · 2 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY, Paint

I remember years and years ago I had several birdhouses around my house. Times changed and trends changed so I got rid of them and moved on to something else. When I was thinking of how to decorate the front porch for Spring the thought of bird houses came back to me. I wanted to do something simple but with enough height to look in proportion with the decorations I already had, so I made these Candlestick Bird Houses.

Candlestick Bird Houses are the perfect Spring and Summer decor inside and out

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