Watermelon terra-cotta Pot Summer Craft!

Watermelon terra-cotta Pot Summer Craft!

What is it about watermelons that automatically makes me think of SUMMER!  Is it the bright coolers or it’s sweet treat inside.  Who knows!  But I love watermelons.  This watermelon terra-cotta pot is the perfect summer craft.

 

My middle son loves watermelon.  Like to the point he will beg for it in the store.  You would think it was some kind of sugar high treat.  It’s one of his favorite treats.  What mom could complain about that right?!?  My kid loves fruit……ok watermelon LOL!  That’s why this pot seems so perfect for our home.

 

Watermelon Terra-Cotta Pot How to:

 

Supplies needed

terra-cotta pot (picked up at Lowes $1.99)

acrylic paint( pink, white, green and black) (picked up at Hobby Lobby $1.12 each)

foam sponge brush (hobby lobby $1.99 for a 6 pack)

1 small pointy paint brush( multi pack $4.99 Hobby Lobby- there were cheaper option, but I’m sure I will use them in the future)

2 paper plates

 

Now, the first thing you need to do is open up your paints and place whatever color you’re using first on a paper plate.  You can add more colors as you go, don’t add them all to start as they will dry out pretty quickly.

 

Next put your terra-cotta pot on you other paper plate and decide how You would like your watermelon positioned on the pot.  I wanted a partial watermelon, but you could easily do a fuller option if you preferred.  Completely up to you.

 

Now it’s time to start painting!  I choose to start with my bright watermelon pink.  Since I only wanted a partial watermelon look I did a diagonal line with the hot pink.

Once I had covered about half of the pot I simply feathered out the pink line so the other half of the pot is still unpainted and simple looking.

Then it was time to add some green!  I added about an inch width strip following the diagonal line of the hot pink.  To blend the pink and green together I added some white into the green and sponged it on which really added a more realistic rhine watermelon look.  I then also added a little darker pink at the meet up line to the green to really accentuate the hot pink.

What kind of watermelon would it be without seeds?  Right!!!  So, time to add some black seeds.  I simply added a water drop shape for each seed in black and made them all random(different sizes and directions) as a watermelon would be.

 

I thought about added some cute lettering like, SUMMER TIME, of Fresh Watermelon, but I preferred the simplistic look so I left it.  You could easily add any wording you like though to further customize your watermelon terra-cotta pot.

 

Don’t forget to let the pot completely dry to avoid smudges.  I let mine dry overnight on the paper plate I initially painted it on.

 

Here’s my finished Watermelon Terra-Cotta Pot!  I love it!  What a fun summer time craft.  I’m looking for the perfect plant to add to it so I can place it in my kitchen window ceil.

 

 

What do you guys think?  Have any questions?  Let me know if you do!

 

XOXO,

K

 

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Glitter Mason Jar DIY!

Glitter Mason Jar DIY!

I have to confess I am obsessed with glitter!  It’s like a weakness for me.  That’s why I couldn’t resist making this DIY glitter mason jar.

 

You may or may not know that my daughter and I love crafting.  We could spend hours in the craft store and still be on the first isle.  Yep, were craft store junkies!  LOL!

 

I guess my love for crafting really comes from my early childhood though.  I was a girl scout from preschool til high school and my Mother was my assistant troup leader.  Every week we would do some craft for the season and it was my favorite part of the week.  My head troup leader was like a craft gurue and so was my Momma.  They taught us the funnest DIY projects and we had the best times giggling and just crafting away.  Now that I’m an adult, Mom, Nurse, I guess I just feel like age shouldn’t matter, everyone should have a weekly crafting time to unwind and just enjoy being in the moment. Right?!?

 

DIY Glitter Mason Jar!

 

Supplies needed:

1 mason jar or any clear jar

acrylic paint in color of chose

loose glitter in color of chose

high gloss Modge Podge

paint sponge

 

Here’s the jar that I picked up from Hobby Lobby.  It was $1.99 and I loved how plain and simple the jar is.  Easy to paint.  I have the typical old school mason jars as well, but I really liked these for the project.

 

These are the paints and sponge brushes I used(also from Hobby Lobby).  I made a gray with the black and white to use as the under coat as I thought it would look good with the silver glitter on top of it, but any color you like is perfect.

 

I painted the jar half way with the gray paint at an angle as I wanted a chic look in the end.  However, you could paint the jar whatever way you like.  The whole jar, shapes, stripes, etc.  I then set it on a paper plate to dry.

 

Next, I was concerned that the acrylic paint could come off in the future so I added a coat of high gloss modge podge on top of the gray paint.  The modge podge looks like white school glue almost, but don’t worry it dries clear.  Note: there is a high gloss modge podge which I used as I wanted a blinged out effect, but there is also a matte modge podge if you are after a more subtle look.

 

I then immediately(before the modge podge dried) sprinkle glitter on to the wet modge podge.  Note that anywhere you have the wet modge podege the glitter will stick.  I then set the jar back on the paper plate to dry.

 

Once dry I repeated the process with another layer of modge podge and a second layer of glitter. Again, set aside to dry.  When it was completely dry I added a top layer of just modge podge this seals the glitter so it’s not falling off all over the house and you.

 

Here’s the finished look!

 

Or so I thought LOL!  My daughter did not agree.  See, she wanted to use the glitter mason jar to hold her makeup brushes, so she added a little something extra!  That’s my girl!  LOL!

 

She took the lid and hot glued loose flowers all around the outer rim.  Of course I helped, see below.

 

So here is the final, FINAL DIY Glitter Mason Jar!  It’s so adorable.  I think I may have to make a whole set here very soon.

What do you think? If you have any questions let me know.

XOXO,

K

 

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How to get the kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier!

How to get the kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier!


How do other Mom’s do it?  You know?!?  The whole morning thing with kids.   I couldn’t seem to get it to run smoothly.  It was to the point that I was desperate for tips to be able to get our kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier.

 

Like clock work, I was running behind everyday.  Constantly trying to catch up.  If this sounds like you don’t worry your not alone!  I’ve been there and so has every other Mom.   Guess what?   There’s a fix and NO you don’t have to wake up earlier!!!!

 

However, there are few things that you will need to do and best part they are quick, easy and free!   Don’t worry we will have your morning running smoother in no time.

 

Ok, sweet friend!  Let’s get you moving in the morning in the right direction!

 

Firstly, I have to tell you all right now that I am not a morning person.  That’s for sure!  That will never change.

 

I’m that chick who somehow made it out the door on time but got up 5 minutes before, but it’s all good cause I have a cup of coffee and a messy bun.  Yep that’s me!

 

However, with four kids at home and me having to be at work by 8am(with an hour commute and morning traffic) we really had to adapt and rethink our morning routine.

 

I knew it was coming.  I had been having difficulty making it out the door with the kids for a while, but somehow it just seemed to smack me in the face one day.  It had been a super long day of playing taxi mom and I had successfully been late to everything the entire day.

 

My kindergartener was having a melt down about wanting a bath not a shower and tears just started pouring out of me like a water faucet!  It most definitely was not my sons melt down, but more a sense of failure from not feeling like I was able to keep up with the hectic day.

 

When bath time was over and our kids were tucked in(Yes, I gave into the bath).  I ran to my Mr. Fix it!  My hubby!

 

I figured he would tell me what I didn’t want to hear.  “You need to get up earlier!”  But to my surprise he had a completely different response.

 

Instead of what I thought I’d hear he instead gently pointed out a few things that needed to be happening the night before that weren’t.

 

See, I tend to be super Mom or at least I try to be, but it’s impossible to get 5 people ready in the morning quickly(especially when they are old enough to do it themselves).

 

My husband reminded me that I can’t and shouldn’t do all of it myself.  He helped me plan out how to solve our morning issues by helping the kids tackle a few simple tasks the evening before.

 

It was one of those Ah ha! moments when things are just so obvious, but you just can’t see them cause your too close to the problem?!?  Or you are the problem;)

 

Yep!  I had to eat a big piece of humble pie, listen to where I was failing and let him work his magic, but it was totally worth it.

 

Here’s what he taught me(Yes!  My husband taught me how to get the kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier ……lol).   I’m still not sure I should put it down in writing as proof ….lol!!!

 

Tips to get the kids ready quickly in the morning with out waking up earlier:

 

1). You have to set yourself up for morning success the night before!

 

Prepping is key.  The kids have to have their clothes and other belonging for the next day layed out and ready to go.

 

Ask yourself(and your kids!).  What are they gonna need for the next day?

A jacket? Shorts? Socks? T- shirt? Underwear?  Shoes?  How’s the weather?  Is it a special event?  Really take a second and ponder the next days events and plans.  Pull out the items that are needed.

 

2). Now take it a step further and really Think ahead!

What else do they need?

A signed field trip slip?

Lunch money?   Home lunch?

Sports gear?  Ballet?  Football?

A snack?

What can you have ready to go that will free up time in the morning and relieve the stress of rushing?

 

3). Now you need to find a home for your prepped items.

 

Ours is the foot of their bed.  This makes everything ready and waiting for them as soon as they get up.

 

My younger boys love this as there is no guessing or looking around and they can get themselves ready without help!

I’m guilty of over helping so not helping dress them was hard for me to let go of.  It sounds silly, but another part of my morning routine issues was me trying to get 5 people ready instead of everyone getting themselves ready.   As a mom it’s hard to step back, but over all it’s better for all of us.  Which leads us to the next tip.

 

4).  Promote your kids being self sufficient.

 

Example:  My older children help make breakfast for our younger boys.  (Cereal, eggos, toast, yogurt).

Plan out morning meals that the kids can easily accomplish with little assistance from you.

 

Think about other things your older children could assist with or your child may be able to do on their own.  Encourage them to be proactive with taking care of themselves and each other and you’ll be surprised by what they can do and how well.  This may take a little extra time initially, but it will speed things up in the future and leave you free to tackle other morning tasks.

 

Mornings can be rough friend.  Be proactive, a pre-planned morning will run so much smoother and allow you more time to enjoy your kids and your sanity in the morning without waking up earlier.  Remember, set up the night before, think ahead, find a home for your prepped items and promote your kids being self sufficient.  These key items will make a huge difference in your morning routine for you and your children.

 

Hope you enjoyed these tips to get your kids ready quickly in the morning without waking up earlier.   Happy Mornings to you Sweet Friend!

 

XOXO,

K

 

 

How Stitch Fix Changed My Closet For The Better!

How Stitch Fix Changed My Closet For The Better!

 

I Confess!!!! I’m a SHOPOHOLIC friends.  I can’t help it!  I love to shop.  However, I’m running out of space.  As you may or may not already know we recently moved and our new master closet is half the size of our previous closet.

 

That being said I have to really prioritize the pieces that I bring in to our home for my personal wardrobe.   That’s why I’ve turned to Stitch Fix to change my closet for the better.

 

See friend last week, I started to really ponder the pieces that I have as a I went through a thorough cleanse of my closet.  I donated about 8 large black trash bag of clothing to the local Goodwill.  I know ridiculous right?!?

 

But what I realized was that the pieces that I really love are mostly from Stitch Fix and/or high quality products that are multi-functional(from Trunk Club-more to come on that soon).

That being said, I started thinking about it and I’ve never really shared my Stitch Fix love with you.  It’s a pretty easy to use company that I love.  You go online and create an account.  Part of your account creation is a style profile that is customized by you for your fit and style preference.

 

Don’t worry, it’s easy!  They help you along the way by asking you simple question to guide you.  Then you set up the date you want your Fix(five pieces of clothing and/or accessories that are delivered straight to your home).

 

Straight to your door personalized fashion boxes are amazing.  If you have little kids, work, a far commute or maybe you just don’t like shopping then this is for you as you don’t have to leave your home to try things on.  You can try it all on at home while your toddler naps, screams, runs, pulls on your leg or plays i-pad.

You have three days to try on and think about the pieces.  You then keep (buy) the ones you love and mail back the ones you don’t(with the included bag for free return shipping).

 

The styling fee is $20, but it is an applicable credit to anything you purchase as long as you purchase at least one item from your fix.  If you purchase all 5 items that they send you you will receive a discount off the total amount due(usually about 20% off).

 

You set your own price range in you style profile and can receive a fix(box of goodies) as often as you like(on a schedule like monthly or on demand just when you want one).

 

In addition to loving trying on Stitch Fix at home(as I have 4 children and dressing rooms have become impossible for me) I love the items that they send me.   I prefer casual and comfortable pieces and that is definitely what I get.   The pieces usually fit rather well as they are selected for me specifically off of my size preference.

 

You can customize you fix even more by sending your stylist a note before your fix.  Example:  I have a friends wedding coming up I can let my stylist know that I need a spring appropriate dress!  Or I really would love some distressed jeans.  Your stylist will try to accommodate.  The pieces also come with a style card giving you ideas on how to use/wear them.

 

I love my Stitch Fix boxes.  There is just something about coming home to a surprise box of clothes personally selected just for me.  It’s pretty awesome.  I’ll be sharing my most recent fixes with you from now on so keep an eye out for new posts!

 

If you interested in trying out Stitch Fix for yourself feel free to use my referral link Here!  The referral code will give you a $20  credit towards your styling fee.  This will allow you to try out the service and if there is nothing you love then return the products for free with no cost to you.  Please note that using my referral code will also give me a personal credit towards my own Stitch Fix at no cost to you.  I truly love this service and most of my favorite pieces in my current closet are from Stitch Fix!

 

Hope this helps you save time and find your own closet Bliss by changing your closet for the better forever!

XOXO,

K

10 Easter Basket Ideas For Kids That Are Not Candy!

10 Easter Basket Ideas For Kids That Are Not Candy!

Oh, how I love Easter my sweet friend!  Candy and bright pastels all over town!  Yes, please!?!  But what about when it comes to your kids?  How much candy do you really want in their Easter basket?   I personally try to keep the candy to minimal.  Here’s  10 ideas to fill your kids Easter baskets that aren’t candy!

Easter Basket Ideas:

  1.  Eco dough-  this is my favorite version of a kids play dough.  Check it out here!  It smells amazing as it has mild essential oil scents.  It also last a long time as you can add a little olive oil when it starts to dry out to bring it back to life.  It has a great texture and an easy to close container!  My kids love it!  If you’re looking for a cheaper option the traditional play dough is always a great choice too and there are tons of choices.  Check out this sparkle playdough here!
  2. Melissa and Doug- Play dough tools!  Yes, you have to have something to go with that play dough!  You need to cut it, carve it, roll it and squish it!  This kit is a must in our home!  My kids love it and it has really lasted well!
  3. Water color paints.  Like these Crayola water color paints!  All of my kids love to paint.  Theses are super cheap and always a hit.  Plus these are washable!(very important)  Also, I can keep their art work for home decor that is personalized for us.
  4. Suspend- Melissa and Doug This game is great for groups and what better day to get together then Easter!  Easy for all ages and quick clean up.  Click here to check it out
  5. Kites- Yes, kites!!! Theses are a great cheaper basket fillers that are a wonderful go to for the perfect windy spring day.  Check out this ice cream cone kite here!
  6. Books- my kids especially love Pete the cat, so Pete the cat Easter version will definitely be in my boys Easter baskets.  They are a pretty quick and silly read.  Perfect for silly boys at bedtime!  Get Pete the Cat here!
  7. Rain boots- Splish, Splash……..Yes!   You definitely need boots for Easter and April showers!  They are a must for my kiddos!   Check out these Croc rainboots! 
  8. Umbrellas-  ☔ I don’t know why, but kids are fascinated with umbrellas.  The magistic fun of it is beyond my mommy powers lol.  This shark one is adorable for boys!  Or this kitty one for girls!
  9. Bubbles-  Yes a super bubble blower is fun for all ages.  Hours of entertainment.  Like this one.  Bubble Blower- Click here:)  Or even the traditional hand held bubble blowers are tons of fun and there are some super cute options.    These Melissa Doug ones are perfect Easter basket size- Click here
  10. Side Walk Chalk- It’s a spring must have.  Crayola sidewalk chalk is my favorite.  It doesn’t stain clothes or the sidewalk so no super scrubbing to get it off later.  Also the colors are super bright and the chalk consistency is awesome.  And this glitter one!!!  Yes, please! Click here- Crayola sidewalk chalk

These are my Easter basket favorites this season.  Hopefully, this helps you find some Easter goodies for your Easter baskets that are not candy for your munchkins!  Have any other Easter basket favorites we’d love to hear about them!

XOXO- Karen Renee

P.S BONUS, there are matching rain coats for the umbrellas here….. OMG!  Check them out!!! Girls kitty raincoat here!

Boys shark raincoat here!

 

City Girl to Mountain Mom- life’s adventures

City Girl to Mountain Mom- life’s adventures

Yep……That’s right I’m a City girl true and true, but I’ve always wondered what it would be like to pack up and move somewhere else.   Somewhere different, like those movies with the small home town vibe and all the little frame trucks everywhere.  I guess I just always wondered what it would be like to raise our kids in that kind of an environment.  You know where everyone knows everyone!?!

My husband and I have been married for over 15 years and I’ve always said from the beginning that someday we would have a house with a big wrap around porch and two rockers on it.  One for me and one for him!  Of course, we all have had those white picket fence dreams.  Right!?!

I couldn’t shake it though.  As our marriage moved through time we had more children(4 munchkins total) and out grew our current home that was on the edge of town.   We began pondering the idea of moving.  My husband was initially against the thought as he hates changes.  Like truly hates it lol!   But he humored me.  We looked at houses on and off for over 3 years!  That’s right 3 years of house hunting.  We couldn’t find anything that was the right fit for our family.  We looked at new homes, old homes, property no property it was never ending.   Frustrated and overwhelmed we were at a loss.

We had about given up, but I was still obsessed with Zillow.  I stopped looking at everything though and made a very specific list of exactly what we wanted in a home.  My list looked something like this:

5 bedroom

2 and half + bath

at least 1/2 an acre

game room

large laundry room

3 car garage

under X amount of $-  yes, even with my huge list, remember we are a family of 6 I had a tight budget especially for CA.

I then took our list and searched Zillow high and low.  I really pushed out of our realm of ideal living zones and looked everywhere with in about 75 miles of where we currently lived.  I found a few more options, but still didn’t find the one!  If you have ever been house hunting you know what I mean by the one!  Lol!

Then Easter came….. yes, ? Easter!   We went to a family members house for Easter and they lived in the foothills.  As horrible as it sounds I was so jealous of the serenity of their little piece of paradise.  I mean I was happy for them just sad that I couldn’t find that for us.  On our way home my husband and I both were kinda in awe of their place in the hills and we discussed how awesome it must be to live there.  We decided then that we only live once and we wanted to live somewhere that was like being on vacation every day.

As some of you know I’m a nurse which allows me to work 12 hour shifts allowing me to be off and kind of a stay at home mom the other half of the year.  That being said I wanted to really enjoy those stay at home moments with our kids in our own piece of paradise that half of the year that I am home.  I thought the mountains,  what a dreamy way to live!  Snow days, lake days, sunrises and sunsets…..!

We really pondered this new thought of living in the mountains.  Do people really live there?  Like real life? Or is all retired people?  Like how do they do it?  Do you commute?  What does mountain life really look like?  (Don’t worry we will share all that info with you too eventually)

We decided to reach out to our realtor and set up and entire day of looking at houses that fit our criteria in this dreamy little mountain community.   We took our youngest son who was 4 at the time.  I wanted to see how he liked and reacted to the area.  Of course he loved it!  ( rocks and dirt, what little boy wouldn’t!?!)

As we went from house to house we grew more and more in love with the tiny mountain community around us!  The last house that we looked at for the day was it!  We had finally found the one!  It meet all of our wish list and then some.

Unfortunately, as soon as we went to put in a offer the house had been pulled from the market.  Little did we know it was still destined to be our future home, but we were so disappointed.   What it did show us is how much we really wanted our future home.   Long story short, after months of back and fourth we finally were able to sell our previous home and purchase our dream home in the mountains!

And that’s how it happened…..  This city girl is now a Mountain Mom.  Now, all that’s left to do is remodel the entire house! Remember, I said dream home not move in ready!  So here’s to our adventures of remodeling.  We can’t wait to share our journey with all of you as we work our new house into a home.

Check back soon for our House to Home updates!

Our new home!

XOXO- Karen Renee ?

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