Firework Stamps

Celebrate Independence Day by recycling paper towel rolls and turning them into a fun craft for the kiddos! Here is what you will need for these simple stamps…

  • Paper Towel Tube
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Red & Blue Paint
  • White Paper
  • Glitter (optional)

Start by using your scissors to cut the paper towel tube in half.

Now that you have two pieces, snip small incisions about an inch deep around the top of each tube. Use your fingers to gently fold out the ends until the end of the tube resembles a sun. Who doesn’t love sunshine?!

Once you have finished with both paper towel tubes, have your tiny human take the paintbrush and paint the flaired ends. Paint one tube red and the other tube blue. 

You are now ready to press the flaired ends of the tubes down and begin stamping fireworks!!!! Sprinkle glitter over wet paint to really jazz up those beautiful fireworks! 

Happy Fourth Everyone!!!

Target Baby Box

My name is Brittany and I am a “Target addict.” I am also a fan of box subscriptions but not so much a fan of the monthly price tag that comes along with the commitment. Thankfully, Target kept people like myself in mind when they released the “Baby Box.” Although it is not a monthly subscription box, it did beautifully satisfy my desire to treat myself to new products with the convenience of being delivered to my doorstep. Ready for the best part? It was 5$! I received this box a couple months ago but just actually explored it! Keep in mind, the products are sample size but you get what you pay for!  Here is what the box included…

  • Oilogic Essential Oil Care for babies & toddlers
  • Baby Dove “Tip To Toe” Wash
  • Raw Sugar Vanilla Bean Body Wash
  • UpSpring 100% Pure Virgin Coconut Oil
  • CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment
  • Aveeno Baby SPF 50 Sunscreen
  • Water Wipes Baby Wipes (10 pack)
  • Dapple Pure ‘N’ Clean Laundry Detergent Strips
  • 10$ Off Select Baby Department Purchase of 50$ or more Coupon

 

I have only used two of the products above because baby boy has not arrived yet. What I have sampled, I LOVE! The RAW Sugar Scrub is a like a mini spa treatment in the shower! It smells amazing and helps me exfoliate these pesky pregnancy zits. Attractive, I know but this is my current reality.

The second product I have tried is the UpSpring Coconut Oil. It is free of petroleum, lanolin, gluten, fragrance, GMO and artificial ingredients. It does moisturize very well
and I just love coconut everything so naturally going to give this a thumbs up!

Currently the box is sold out but considering the success of this Baby Box, I assume Target will re-stock soon! Here is the link to all the products inside! Have a super fantastic day! #target

Target Baby Box

DIY Sugar Scrub

Awwww sugar, sugar! This 3 ingredient homemade sugar scrub is almost too good to be true! Here’s what you will need…

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil (warmed for 30-45 seconds in the microwave)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • Essential Oils (I used Orange, Lemon & Lavender) 
  • Popsicle Stick 
  • Large Mason Jar or several small jars

The first step is to fill the jar 3/4 full of sugar. 

Next, take the warm coconut oil and begin to pour 1tbsp at a time into the sugar. Mix using the Popsicle stick throughout each pour. Do this until the scrub has a  consistency that resembles “wet sand.”

The final step is to add the essential oils into the sugar scrub to give it that wonderful aroma! Large jars require 9-10 drops where as smaller jars will only require 3-5 drops. Once the drops are added, stir the scrub one last time! 

Sugar scrubs are SO simple and make for fantastic Birthday & Holiday gifts!! Enjoy!! 

Simple Shrimpy Tortellini

Friday night and this dinner is just right! After a long week, treat yourself to an EASY dinner that will please any pasta lover!

Here’s What You Will Need

  • 1 lb peeled shrimp
  • 1 package cheese tortellini
  • 1 jar of store-bought pasta sauce (I opted for Vodka sauce)
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 diced tomato
  • 2 tbsp. chopped Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • Olive Oil

In a medium size pot, boil your tortellini according to package directions and strain.

Saute’ shrimp in a large skillet using olive oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper while cooking until shrimp are well done.

Combine cooked shrimp, tortellini, diced tomato, and pasta sauce in a large bowl.

Once your ingredients are mixed together, transfer to a cast iron skillet and top with both cheeses.

BROIL on high until cheese is slighty toasted. Watch closely as in don’t walk away for longer than a couple of minutes or your amazing meal you put together that will pair lovely with a glass of wine will burn to a crisp.

ENJOY!

Best Little Bookmark

This Pinterest project caters to the mother who LOVES to sit down and read a good ole fashion novel! I have always loved the smell of a brand new book! The untouched, crisp pages really stole my heart. This bookmark is the perfect Mother’s Day present that will carry you from book to book!

What You Will Need

  • 2 inch photo printed
  • Laminator or local shipping/supply store ( FedEx, Staples)
  • Around $3-4 for laminating cost
  • Yarn or Used Tassel 
  • Scissors
  • Hole Puncher

 

This project was a little time consuming to put the steps together but well worth the effort when all was said and done! I first had the little one pick our her FAVORITE outfit for the bookmark photo. Naturally she picked her Elena Of Avalor dress and a Santa Hat. This made my Christmas filled heart sparkle with joy. We then took the photo on a rather plain wall. The less distractions on the wall, the more your child will stand out in the photo.

The second step is to print the photo using a simple at home printer with standard printer paper. I made the picture about 2 inches long on my computer prior to printing.

Next, take your photo to your nearest laminating machine. Our option was the FedEx right down the road. It took literally under 5 minutes and cost less than $3. The associate working was extremely helpful in pointing out the machine and guiding me through the short process of laminating her picture. Once laminated, you are able to trim the excess paper around the picture using your handy dandy scissors.

Now that you have your bookmark trimmed, you are almost done! Using your hole puncher, punch a small hole at the top of the picture but making sure you do not puncture too close to the edge or you will not be able to loop through your tassel.

The final step is looping through your yarn or your tassel. We found a gently used bookmark and took the tassel off for this bookmark. You can also use yarn or string and decorate with beads if you like! Voila, you now have an adorable and extremely personable bookmark that will win over any bookworm’s heart!

 

 

Planter’s Delight

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and with this EASY and ADORABLE painted flower pot you are sure to win over any gardener’s heart! 

What You Will Need

  • Small solid color flower pot
  • Craft Paint
  • Paintbrush(s)
  • Flower or Succelent of your choice
  • Dirt or Potting Soil

Once you have gathered all of your supplies, lay out your paint colors. We decided to use spring colors such as light blue, green, purple and pink! Now let your little one paint their Picasso heart out!

Set aside your painted pot and allow to dry for 24 hours. Some paints will not require this long of a drying time but we really slathered on the paint so just to be on the safe side, a solid day was our drying time of choice.

The final step is to add your flower or Succelent of choice! We were very lucky and found this beautiful succelent at our local Ace Hardware but any store with an awesome garden center should have what you are looking for! Also try, Home Depot or Lowes! I hope you enjoyed this easy craft as much as we did!!!

Beautiful Butterfly 

This hands-on Mother’s Day craft is extremely EASY and fun to do with friends! Here is what you will need…

  • Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Stick
  • Googley Eyes
  • Stickers, Glitter or really any decoration of your choice

Start by folding your construction paper in half and tracing your child’s hand. Once you have cut it out, then unfold the paper to reveal a pair of magnificent butterfly wings!

Next, let your child go to town decorating their adorable butterfly! Glam it up using markers, stickers, glitter or any FABULOUS decoration of their choice! Once they are finished, it’s time for a pair of eyes! In our case, the more eyes the better and we attached them using a glue stick.

The final step is for an adult to apply the antennas using the hot glue gun and pipe cleaner! Give it a few minutes to dry and you now have a fantastic, but very personal, Mother’s Day gift from your favorite little one!