Non-Carved Pumpkin Round Up

Hello!  How has everyone’s week been?  I took a day trip up to Yosemite with a friend of mine which was super nice and fun. We had a wonderful time up in the mountains away from the heat so it was relaxing.

This week we are showing off some really cool pumpkins that don’t require any carving.  These are the kind of pumpkins I like because I absolutely despise carving.  I cannot stand gutting a pumpkin so I much prefer decorating them.  So here are some cute ideas if you are like me and can’t stand carving.  Enjoy!

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Crayon Drip Pumpkin from The Swell Designer

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Confetti Pumpkin from Cloudy Day Gray

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White Pumpkin with Flowers from Finding Zest

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Candy Corn Pumpkin from Craft Project Ideas

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Frankenstein Pumpkin from Plaid Online

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Painted Pumpkins from Think Make Share Blog

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Striped Pumpkins from Makely Home

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Thumbprint Pumpkin DIY from Handmade Charlotte

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Glow in the Dark Pumpkins from I Love to Create

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Fox and Owl Pumpkins from Home on the Corner

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Fall Kid’s Crafts

Hello!  How has everyone’s weeks going?  I cannot believe that it is school time already, where did summer go?  Anyway…it is getting closer to fall and I wanted to show of some cute fall crafts that can be done with your kids.  And even though I don’t have kids I love doing crafts myself.  Enjoy!

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Leaf Sun Catchers from The Best Ideas for Kids

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Woven Apple Paper Plate from Non-Toy Gifts

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Leaf Pressed Bookmarks from Buggy and Buddy

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Paper Strip Turkey from Housing a Forest

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Simple Black Cat Craft from Easy Peasy and Fun

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Turkey Cones from Crafty Morning

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Acorn Mosaic from Crafts by Amanda

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Leaf Bowl from Made with Happy

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Paper Strip Apple from Fireflies and Mudpies

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Owl Handprints from The Best Ideas for Kids

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Travel Tips

Hello!  How is everyone doing?  Did you have a nice Easter?  I know I did, it was a wonderful day to spend time with my family so I hope you did too.

So today is a repost from last summer.  We are getting closer to summer which means the perfect time for vacation!  So here were some awesome tips and tricks that I found very useful that could help make your traveling much easier.  So enjoy!

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I haven’t been on too many flights but I can say that it is hard to pack a carry on bag.  Arzo Travels lays out an awesome list of everything that you should pack in your carry on bag for your next flight.

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Who doesn’t like snacks?  Especially for a long trip you definitely need to have something to eat on the road.  Live Laugh Rowe gives her list of snacks that she likes to pack for a road trip.

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We all love our pets and we love them so much so that sometimes we want to take them with us on our adventure.  The Every Girl complies a list of things to pack and look at when wanting your furry friend to go on an adventure too!

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If you are traveling somewhere by car and not by plane, it can be hard to figure out how to pack your car.  Stuffed Suitcase shows us how she packs her car for long road trips, which is very helpful!

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If you are going on a trip soon, you may need to pack a lot of small items for your adventure.  Polka Dot Chair gives us some ideas on things to pack to make traveling just a little bit easier.

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Sometimes when you are taking a road trip, you are taking the whole family with you!  Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, Dylan Too gives us some great ideas of things to bring when traveling with kids.

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Did you know that there is a “proper” way to pack a suitcase?  Business Insidergives us this awesome diagram on how to properly pack for your next trip.

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With everyone using technology for everything nowadays, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a plethora of apps that were reliable for travel?  Carry On or Bust compiles a list of apps that they use when traveling that make your life much easier.

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This is a HUGE thing!  Obviously you want to be safe while traveling and it would be terrible if things got stolen from you.  Wise Bread gives a good list of things to take into consideration when you are traveling.

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Finally, it’s not really travel tips and tricks, but my trip to Washington from a couple summers ago.  I had so much fun and even give you a small itinerary for my week long trip.  Click here to check it out!

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Fun Summer Ideas To Do With Your Kids

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Good morning! Are you enjoying your summer so far? Are you keeping busy, or more importantly, keeping your kids busy? I don’t usually write too much about ideas or activities with kids, but I used this when my kids were young and it was fun and kept them busy.

I started out with some ideas I found from magazines. This was before Pinterest, so you will have a much easier time finding ideas now! I found all different types of kid-friendly ideas, from baking to crafting to playing! I printed out the ideas on individual note cards.

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Some ideas were really simple, like this one and others took a little more time or material. This one would be a great science lesson. The kids can compare the bugs by size, color or shape. If they are older, they can even look up information about the bug.

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I included directions or pictures with the card when there were some. This baking idea actually starts with a pre-baked cake, but you could easily use the baking as part of the idea. I tried to use ideas that had most items I already had in my home. I didn’t want to have to go run out and purchases things just to make it work.

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This is always a fun activity. Any shoe box will do. Kids can take pages from magazines, or photographs, or even stickers to decorate a box. Then they can store all the special memorabilia or crafts they made over the summer.

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All kids love to play in the sprinkler! I included some fun games they could play while getting wet!

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You can see I had a whole stack of cards. Some days we didn’t need them, but they sure were nice on the days where “I’m bored” was heard. I’m not sure we ever made it through all the ideas, but it was a great way to make some new memories together.

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I would love to hear from you if you use this idea or try something similar. How do you keep your kids entertained during the summer? Hope you have a great week!

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How to Make a Wreath for $20

Hello!  This is a random post that is not a top 10, but it is a re-post.  This is the perfect DIY for summer and it’s super easy!  For $20 and 2 hours of work, you will get an awesome wreath.  Enjoy!

Flower Wreath Supplies

Things you need are a pool noodle, lots of fake flowers, tape, scissors, and some sort of statement decoration.  All of these items can be purchased from the Dollar Store, so it makes the wreath even cheaper!

The first thing you need to do it make the pool noodle into a wreath.  Just make it a circle and use tape to keep it in place.  I had to use packing tape to make sure that it would stay in place.

Then I started placing flowers.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to work exactly, but I thought that the easiest way would be to cut the wire to stick in the noodle.  So, after a little bit of work trying to figure out the easiest way to cut the flowers, it was able to get started on my wreath.

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I went with white, pink, yellow, and orange for my flower choices and filled in the noodle as I went.  I didn’t fill in the back of the noodle because I knew that no one would see the back.  But, I worked for about 2 hours to fill the wreath.

Now for you decoration of choice.  I went with a wooden S since our last name is Smith.  I first covered the noodle with a sparkly silver ribbon so that we wouldn’t see the green styrofoam underneath.  I painted the S white so it would stand out against the silver ribbon and between all of the flowers.

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After a little bit of hot glue, the wreath was complete!  And here is the finished project!

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First of all, I love how the colors look against mom’s turquoise door.  It makes the pinks and yellows really stand out.  And I love how it looks!  The colors are so bright and pretty and they look great with the S on the wreath as well.  This wreath is even better because it only cost me $20 to make!  $20 and 2 hours of work to have the beautiful wreath, I think it’s worth it!

If you want to check out the Dollar Tree website, click on the link in the sidebar to find all of your supplies for $1!

If you decide to try this project, please let me know how it goes!  And, comment a picture of it below so we can see you beautiful creations as well!