Do you remember childhood games? Like real ones that aren’t electronic? Yeah, those ones! LOL! We do in our home and I wanted to make sure our kids grew up playing them including cards, dominos, marbles, Tic-Tac-Toe and other silly classics.
There’s no doubt that the older games are pretty popular at our home, but Tic-Tac-Toe has become a family staple at our house. Our kids play it just about every everyday! No joke. In restaurants, car rides, really anywhere we may be waiting and of course at home too. There is something about it’s simplicity that just draws them in. They can’t resist it.
That’s why I couldn’t resist making our own DIY Tic-Tac-Toe game for home. It has been so much fun with the kiddos. Check it out!
DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game!
1 wood log slice(picked up at Target)
white acrylic paint (black acrylic paint optional)
1 small paint bush
10 stones or rocks preferably 2 different color of 5 each (picked up at Hobby Lobby)
rhinestones(about 10-12 small)
hot glue gun or tacky glue
Firstly, I took the wood log slice and decided the best way for the game lines to lay on the board. I then painted on two parallel lines turned the board and added two more that crossed over each other to make the Tic-Tac-Toe board.
I couldn’t resist adding an XOXO with black acrylic paint. Then I let the wood log slice dry.
Next I needed game pieces, so I found the perfect white and dark gray stones.
They still needed a little something more, so on one white stone I added an O in dark gray rhinestones and on one dark gray stone I added a X in white rhinestones. The rhinestones were hot glued on and gave them just a little bling.
Here’s the final DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game for family game nights!
What do you think? Let me know if you have any questions.
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:
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!
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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?
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!
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:
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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
- 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!