Jun 162015
 

Just in time for Independence day I have gathered some great ideas for your pool parties this summer!

First things first — People need seating!

OUTDOOR CUSHIONS

This is a great sewing pattern for outdoor chairs! If you plan to keep these cushions outside remember to use a weather resistant outdoor fabric.

Outdoor pool party CUSHIONS PATTERN

OUTDOOR DAY BED

Just in case your party carries well into the night, let’s make sure our tipsy friends have a place to crash — so they don’t crash.

Now that everyone has a place to chill, let’s make sure they eat!

DIY OUTDOOR KITCHEN

With a kitchen like this outside, you may want to cook outside all summer!

And a place to eat….

DIY Outdoor DINING TABLE

This dining table is cute and cost around $65 to make!

Gotta wash it down with a little something to drink!

DIY OUTDOOR DRINK TROUGH

Turn a planter into a drink trough!

Okay, we have seating…we have our bellies full… we have drinks…

About that pool….

DIY OUTDOOR SHOWER

A shower before entering the pool will help keep your pool cleaner for longer! This DIY shower is made from some old piping and a garden hose.

DIY FLOATING BEER PONG TABLE

Maybe it IS a bad idea to combine drinking and swimming so… build and use at your own risk! This DIY beer pong table bring your favorite drinking game to the pool!

Nighttime Dive sticks!

Glow sticks are amazing tools to have for night parties, to use them at your pool party just drop them in the pool and use them like diving sticks!!

Decorations/recipes/Details

Sometimes it’s the little things that will make your pool party a success…

BEACH BALL ARCH DIY

This is a great way to decorate a door are archway during your party.

Keepin it cool!

DIY OUTDOOR FOOD storage/display/buffet

So easy to turn an inflatable raft into a party buffet to keep your colds cold.

Beach Ball Fruit Tray

Keep it healthy with this awesome fruit layout that looks like a beach ball!

Food Dishes

When it comes to serving food to your party guests, get creative. Buy clean sand pails and serve your chips, veggies, etc!

POOL NOODLE GARLAND DIY

This is a super cheap and super cool way to decorate for your party! Slice pool noodles and string them together to make it! I recommend that you check out GreyGrey designs for even more awesome ideas.

HOW TO MAKE A WATERMELON KEG

Yes, it’s a thing. An amazing thing!

WATERMELON SALAD

You know, because….WATERMELON

Feb 212015
 

All this snow is finally taking it’s toll on my household! I’m afraid if we get much more we will have to set up barriers in this house! Is your family about to drive each other crazy from being stuck inside for so long? Here are some activities that could distract y’all and possibly restore patience in your home.

DIY Flying School

First, gather everyone that is going to play. Go over a few paper airplane making techniques. At the end of your presentation, send everyone off to create their own airplanes, set a timer for 15 minutes. Using poster boards or other types of large paper (old boxes, back of old school projects) create a flight school by cutting different size holes. The smaller higher holes should be worth the most points, the larger holes will be easier to master so they should be worth the least amount. Each player gets three flights per round, they will add the points from each flight for the round total, add all rounds for final total. Play as many rounds as you desire. This is a very fun game that can fill a lull in your day. Even when you are finished, the kids will continue to play. Show them how to use YouTube and google to learn to make more aerodynamic planes and they can master their craft for a final competition!

Flight School

Flight School

 

Yarn Laser Obstacle Course

Okay, I’ll admit it. I wish I would have thought of this one when I was young. My cousins and I use to recreate Gladiator courses in the yard to play during the summer. Something this fun would have been right up our ally. All you need is some strategically placed yarn and some adventurous kids.

**** DON’T LEAVE KIDS UNATTENDED FOR THIS ACTIVITY****

Yarn Obstacle Course Indoor activity

Yarn Obstacle Course

 

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Each Easter, my son wakes up to a note from the Easter Bunny that leads him on an adventurous hunt for his Easter basket. This has always been one of his favorite things. Indoor scavenger hunts don’t have to be limited to special occasions. When you have antsy children who have been stuck indoors for days a scavenger hunt can provide the perfect balance between physical can mental activity.

ten indoor scavenger hunts, indoor activity

Ten indoor scavenger hunt

 

 

Jan 212015
 

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and here I am not ready for another holiday AT ALL! Despite my feelings about it, Valentine’s day is upon us and it is time to prepare for it. I’ve found some pretty great ideas for handmade Valentine’s day cards to try out this year.

“POPPIN’ VALENTINE’S DAY TREATS

These seem like a great idea for kids to handout to their classmates or teammates. This is a great idea for nieces and nephews as well!

You will find everything you need to make these Valentines treats at GoTeamDuncan.com

POPPIN VALENTINE

 

MINECRAFT VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS

This blogger created these amazing Minecraft Valentines  for their son and decided to share them with us! How cool are these? Right up my 9 year old’s alley!

 

 

Minecraft Valentine’s Day cards

 

Just Write Valentine’s

These pencil holder Valentines are a great alternative to handing out candy to classmates at school this holiday. From the same blogger that shared the Minecraft Valentine cards!

Stitched Heart Bookmarks

These homemade Valentine’s day cards come with a hand stitched bookmark! Great for a child (or Parent) who has the skill and patience to make.

Stitched Heart Valentines

 

HEARTBREAKERS DIY VALENTINES

These are the coolest Valentine’s that I found today! It’s like a little gift to open, you decide what to put inside! Who wouldn’t like these?

Heart breaker Valentines

 

Color Theory Valentines

Do you have a budding artist on your hands? They are sure to love this Valentine’s day art project. She starts off by drawing a grid onto cardstock, her daughter then proceeds to fill in each square using shades of red! The paper was then cut into small Valentines day cards! I must say I am a huge fan of this project, and I am looking forward to exploring this blog a little more! Check it out: mer mag

“DINO” mite Valentines

These are adorable! Use this free printable to make cute Valentine’s day treat bags.

 

DINOMITE VALENTINE

 

WHOOPIE it’s Valentine’s Day

HAHAHA! What a cruel prank to pull on your child’s teacher, to send him to school bearing a classroom full of whoopie cushions! Too cute to pass (gas) on.

 

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1. HANDMADE/DIY VALENTINES FOR THE CLASSROOM

2.VALENTINES DAY CRAFTS FOR KIDS

 

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