Craigslist Find! Board Game Cabinet

Summer is in full effect!! Vacations have been made, weekend visits to the Bay Area are planned, summer birthday’s to celebrate, and afternoons at the pool!!!! When we’re my family and I are not always on the go, there are streaks of days when we’re at home, avoiding the crazy three digit heat. Being locked up inside, gives up the options of toys, reading, coloring books, play-doh, crafts, computer time, tv and video games. BUT let’s face it, they’re mainly on screens. As much as I’d like to limit screen time during the summer, it’s best that I creak up their day with time frames of classic games. The “original,” games before the iPad apps.

Last summer, I scored this beautiful wooden glass case cabinet which had future plans for me to repaint. BUT, it ended up sitting in my garage for a couple months. Life gets in way sometimes you know (Basketball season, field trips, weddings, and oh, the stinking holidays.) I’ve finally managed to get my Craigslist purchase out of the garage, and just bring it in my home! So without further ado, I’d like to share my new home furniture piece that holds our favorite family games!!

One thing that I love doing during the summer is Craigslist-ing!!! With an open schedule in-sync with the boys summer vacation, I too — am on summer vacation (I work under the same school district FYI) so Craigslist and letgo, have been my guilty pleasures. From avoiding any Netflix and any binge watching, I chose to search around these digital penny-saver platforms to find the next piece for my home!

Not familar with letgo? Download the app, and just scroll around!

I’m sure there’s something you may find!

iTunes AppleStore  | HERE |

Google Play | HERE |

I scored this fantastic wooden glass case cabinet from a nearby city in Sacramento. My original thoughts were to flip it, but I’ve grown to love the look, as it matches our stair banister, and kitchen cabinets. The original knobs have these cute dainty flowers, with gold lining, and the for glass panels on each door reminds us what’s inside.

After collecting so many games from the classics, board games, card games, brain games and magic trick sets, over the years of birthdays and holidays, we’ve definietly grown a very large collection. It was always stored in random places from my sons closet, under the coffee table, and in a zippered closure fabric storage bin from the Container Store.  | Container Store – Storage Box REISENTHEL |

Placing all our family board games in an accessible place, keeping them seen, and tidy, is a win, win in my house. Oh, and did I also forget to mention…..The cabinet was only $60! #Boom #MicDrop

 

Etsy Inspired Pom Pom Baskets | Dollar Tree DIY

Whoa nelly!!!! It’s definietly been awhile since my last post! Can’t have any excuses, except I’ve been enjoying summer!!!! When June hit, summer vacation kicked in real hard as the family and I went on vacation to Beverly Hills to celebrate my 31st birthday! That’s right, Beverly Hills!!! The city in California’s Los Angeles County, home to many Hollywood stars!! I promise there will be a full travel post on that, which will be posted in my Family Adventure’s Page of my blog! But if you’re itching for some travel, feel free to check out that page for some traveling inspo!! | CLICK HERE for more TRAVEL |

After settling in after a long trip in Southern California, and back in the swing of things here in Sacramento, I was itching for more organization around the house. The kids are on break, and I needed more storage to make the house in “order,” to keep their HotWheels, gem stones, BeyBlades, marbles, fidget spinners and other knick-knacks in placed. I searched around my home for containers, because of course, I’m such a container/basket hoarder. Low and behold, and had a bunch of Dollar Tree wicker baskets hiding in the garage!!!

To give there baskets a facelift, I had extra pom poms from my latest DIY craft for my Summer Basket. Cheap, affordable, and inexpensive options to jazz up these simple baskets, that make DIYing so easy, you don’t even need a hot glue gun!!

Here, I present to you my Pom Pom Baskets!!! Pom poms are the summer trend for any basket! Etsy, to Pinterest, to Nordstrom, and Target you’ll spot these adorable precious poms poms from a mile!! If you search on Pinterest and Etsy, these summer baskets with pom poms are the “it,” thing! Instead of purchasing these beauties, why not just make them?!?!

Of course, a basket you can purchase anywhere. You can easily get wicker baskets from the thrift store, or even the DollarTree. Next, you need yarn pom poms. If you haven’t seen my post yet, you can check it out right below:

DIY Summer Bag | Pom PomAccessory

Supplies Needed:

  • DollarTree wicker baskets.
    You can also check out your local thrift store, if you want larger sizes at a great price! Otherwise, check out Michael’s or any other craft store to find a basket of your choice!
  • Pom Pom Balls!
    If you haven’t made pom pom balls before, again, you can check out my Pom Pom Accessory Tutorial | HERE. |
    For DIY Pom Pom Balls, you’ll need:
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Chair

Once done creating your pom poms, you just need to tie them to your wicker basket, and that’s it!

What’s great about these pom poms,if you want to change the color due to the season, or redecorating your living space, or even using the baskets for an event, you can easily change them out!!!

 

These DIY pom pom baskets, are so beautiful and practical!! With so many uses, they can be used as a tote (like my Summer Basket) for a day on the beach or a trip to the farmers market or they can be used all around the home, for smaller items! They make great planters or are perfect storage for toys in the nursery or vegetables in the kitchen! They really can be used for anything! Extremely versatile and they add fantastic interest and texture to any room!!!

 

Stay tuned for my next few posts on our vacation in Beverly Hills, and more DIY home decor organization!!! Happy June!!!

 

DIY Summer Pom Poms

It’s the last week of school for the kids, and I’ve already booked a full week ahead for us before we leave on our first summer vacation trip!!! From doctors appointments, seeing the orthodontist, dentist, and seeing optometrist. When I get a block of time when the kids are off from school, I typically go mom-crazy and book the kids doctors appointments. With all the appointments, errands and things I have to do, I have to be summer ready with a go to bag. And I’m not talking about no go-to mom messenger/cross body bag,  I’m talking about the big woven summer bags you see trending around.

It’s called the pom pom basket, or pom pom beach bag, or maybe the straw tote with pom poms. Whatever, you call them, its the bag of the summer!! Have it ready in the car, filled with your wallet, a go do light weight park blanket, water bottles, and snacks. It’s everything you need filled in this fun carry bag.

Last year, I had already a woven basket purchased from Target, but the pom poms were not included. What better way to add some pom poms with some yarn I already had!

Now, the lazy me didn’t want to do the technique of measuring out a cardboard circle, and creating a tool to do this. I honestly, dont have time for that. So after a few Pinterest & YouTube searches, I found the technique that works for me! Follow along my quick tutorial, to make these beautiful yarn pom poms, that only took me about 45 mins to make!

 

DISCLAIMER:

Step-by-step heavy, BUT if you’re a visual person, I took enough photos for you to follow.

Good luck & have fun!!

What you’ll need:

  1. Yarn (Colors of your choice)
    I chose a color scheme that paired well with my Target woven basket.
    (Dark teal, aqua blue, and a neutral cream.)
  2. Scissors
  3. Chair

Directions:

  1. Take your chair and flip it over, so that the legs are facing up.
  2. Tie your yarn on one leg of the chair, and start wrapping it around the leg across the tied-end.
  3. Keep wrapping, until your yarn is at 1/2 of the thickness you want your pom pom to be at.
  4. Next, take a string of yarn the length of how long you want the pom pom to hang from your bag.
    (It’s ok to do long, you can always snip off the access length.)
  5. Tie at point of how big you’d like your pom pom to be.
    TIP: Be sure to wrap the yarn using the strength of 2 yarn strands. This will lock the pom pom in place securely.
  6. Depending on the size of your desired pom pom, you repeat the tied knot along the wrap of the yard strands.Since I wanted larger pom poms, I only tied two ties. This made about 2 inch thick in diameter pom pom balls.
  7. Once completely tied and secured, cut through the strands leaving 1/2 the size of the pom pom, having equal lengths on each side of the tied knot.
  8. Now, you should have a bundle of card, with a tied knot and two strands hanging from it. Almost like a bow-tie like shape.
  9. Fluff out the strands creating the full figure of the pom pom.
  10. From here, using your scissors, trim down the pom pom to create a fuller, and goofier pom pom.
  11. Once complete, take 2-3 pom poms and hang them off your basket bag. Tie securely.

And that’s it! Repeat the steps over and over, until you’ve gathered enough pom poms for your bag or project. I ended making a couple for future projects!!!

 

Did you find this DIY tutorial fun and easy?! Comment below, I’d love to read your comments, what can I improve on, or what other DIYs shall I do next?!

 

Wicker Basket Tray Wall Art

Whenever I visit my parents house, I love “shopping,” around in search of things my mother probably does not need. Let’s be real, our parents love to hoarder things, from shoes, flower pots, kitchenware, or old bedsheets from when you were a kid in the 90s. This past weekend, I was able to score a wicker basket tray with handles from my mom which she had thrifted. She was using it as a stand for another tray that was placed on her small coffee table. A tray on a tray? You’re wondering? I was thinking the same thing..

I straightforwardly asked my mom if I could have it, and she plainly just said yes. Did I have a vision for this wicker basket tray? Not yet…..Well, not until I saw the Spring 2017 Catalog for Target. I’ve gathered a bit of inspiration from the spring collection, as home interior trends for summer are slowly coming in. From wicker basket textures, to boho, international ethnic bold mono marks. Target, World Market, HomeGoods, and IKEA alike are all over these summer time trends.

After collecting inspiration, I knew the perfect easy DIY for this wicker basket tray. All you need is a little hot glue, and some of my favorite greens. Succulents!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue
  • Wire Pliers
  • Faux Greenery/Succulents/Air plants
  • Wicker Basket Tray

Directions:

All I did was break my greenery stems, and plastic air plants and arranged them on opposite sides of the wicker basket.

  1. Cut the plastic greenery using a wire plier. This tool comes so handy, especially when cutting wired floral stems.
  2. Arrange the greenery in a way that suites your liking.
    I love adding that natural flow of growth of the greens. Although they are fake, still style the succulent plants in a way that look natural and organic.
  3. Hot glue your greenery securely to the wicker basket.
  4. Nail on wall, and simply hang around your living space!
  5. Enjoy!

Wasn’t that painless? I love simple short DIYs that cause nothing, and take no more than 30mins! It’s literally ready to hang instantly!!!

Thanks to my mom for scoring this wicker basket tray from a thriftstore for under $3!!!!

DIY Easter Eggs

Easter is among us, as from mid-February to April, mom’s shop at Target, and grab any cutesy, dollar-friendly, Easter item they can find. This year, I am proud to say I didn’t fall into the Target trap (as I only purchased 2 things this entire Easter season at Targte! This Easter, I ended up DIYing the most adorable Easter eggs using craft eggs from Walmart!!!!

Walmart has been a favorite place for me to shop at lately. Although, I can save the 5% using my Target RedCard, and also use Target Cartwheel, I’ve found many of my go-to’s currently at Walmart, and also without walking out purchasing things out of impulse.

We can all agree that Walmart isn’t the fanciest place to shop, as the crowds can attract all sorts of people with different backgrounds, shapes and sizes, but if you put that aside, you know you can get a few more things at Walmart for cheaper, and also save a whole-lot more other than falling into that Target trance.

This April, I was able to score some adorable DIY Craft Eggs from Walmart for $2 ($1.98 to be exact!)  The craft egg selection was huge this year! From chalk craft eggs, pastel chalk, to confetti filled Easter eggs. I purchased the plain eggs as I knew I wanted to paint a few to add a touch of my own personal crafty style in my home.

All the supplies I already had, but if you don’t have these art supplies, these are things you’ll be able to purchase all at Walmart in their craft section, for really inexpensive prices too!! ($1-$3each)

What You’ll Need:

  • Easter Craft Eggs
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Pallet

Directions:

There’s really no hard-fine rules to this craft, because it’s all on your creative style! I just went with a few solid painted eggs, and added some spring flowers. Others, I did stripes, polka-dots, and other jazzy Springtime prints!

Floral Prints:

Above is a closeup on how I painted my eggs with my spring flowers. The top picture shows step-by-step exactly how I create them!

Helpful tip:

It’s all about blending and overlapping colors!!!!!!

Aren’t these eggs the cutest?!?! I seriously was in the zone while making these (along with binge watching the Gilmore Girls on Netflix!) When complete with your crafty eggs, style them in an egg carton filled with Easter egg grass, or paper filling. I had some from the DollarTree, and also purchased my egg carton from Target (The one other Easter item I purchased from Target all month!)

Have you purchased these Craft Eggs from Walmart?! What cool designs did you create?! Comment below or tag me on IG sharing your Egg-stra special Easter Eggs!

Happy Easter everyone!

Crafty Cacti

Here’s the next portion of my crafty cacti crafts!!! As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been crazy for cacti!! So during this winter/spring transitional season, staying inside during this cold chilly spring season, I have no choice, but to keep the children busy with crafts! Here’s a Pinterest inspired Cacti craft from CullenABCs.

What You’ll Need:

  • Acrylic Paint (Green, Black, White, Orange, and Yellow)
  • Fine Tip Paint Brush
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic Fork
  • White Printer Paper/ or Construction Paper

 

Below are a few crafty cactus crafts I think are so so adorable for words, I had to share!! Take a look at these awesome bloggers and their cactus crafts!

Pinterest Cactus Pinspiration:

(Bottom Left)

Paper Cactus Garland

By: Lia Griffith

(Top Right)

Cactus Coloring Page

By: Kristyn, from Lil’ Luna

(Top Left)

Finger Painting Cacti Art

By: CullensAbcs YouTube Channel

If you haven’t checked out my last cacti craft, you can click the picture above of the Cactus Cut Out pic, there you’ll see my previous post, along with the other PINteresting cacti PINspiration!

Directions:

  1. Using a green acrylic paint, apply a coat onto your child’s hand using the sponge brush.
  2. Have your child stamp his/her handprint to your sheet of paper.
  3. Have handprint set to dry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Once dried, take lighter color green and brush strokes using your plastic fork.
    This will create the sharp pines of the cactus.
  5. Next, taking your toothpicks, paint on random dots of white or black onto your cacti.
    This creates more of the sharp, pine effect of the cacti. I made two different versions with both of my sons.
  6. Using your fine paint brush and yellow/orange paint, paint on small florals on your cactus. This can also be optional, as I know some boys may not like flowers on their cactus. 

    And from there….Set to dry, and viola! Enjoy your cactus handprint, made by you and kids!

Happy cacti crafting everyone!!

Be sure to check out more of Kids Crafts on my DIY Page of my blog!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Cacti Art

This rainy transition of winter turning to spring, has me with a green cactus crafty thumb. Rainy days usually have the family and I stuck in house, only willing to go out, for groceries, or a quick coffee-run. Otherwise, you’ll find us inside, cozy, and crafting.

Here are a few cactus crafts I absolutely LOVE!!!

Pinterest Cactus Pinspiration:

Above are a few crafty cactus crafts I think are so so adorable for words, I had to share!! Take a look at these awesome bloggers and their cactus crafts!

(Bottom Right)

A Blooming Cactus

By: APreschoolPlaybook

(Bottom Left)

Paper Cactus Garland

By: Lia Griffith

(Top Right)

Cactus Coloring Page

By: Kristyn, from Lil’ Luna

(Top Left)

Finger Painting Cacti Art

By: CullensAbcs YouTube Channel

I totally love all four of the above crafts, but below I’ll share one of the 2 I had chosen to do with my children this wintery February.  Below, is my rendition of the APreschoolPlaybook’s ‘A Blooming Cactus craft. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • Green Colored Construction Paper (White, or any background color construction paper for your cactus scene.)
  • Pencil
  • Green/Yellow/Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Sponge Brush
  • Glue Stick
  • Plastic Fork
  • Scissors

Directions for you Cactus Desert Scene:

  1. With your pencil and green colored construction paper, free hand different sized cactus plants.
  2. Cut out your cactus’
  3. Glue onto your background colored choice of paper.
  4. Taking another shade of glue (light colored preferred) have your child use the plastic fork as the brush, and paint strokes on each cactus.

Super easy right? And super cute!!! Stay tuned, as I’ll post the next cacti craft on a separate post! These crafts are perfect to do during a rainy day, or even during the summer, when the weather is hot, and the cacti are blooming.

Happy cacti crafting!!!

DIY Cardboard Valentine’s Day Mailbox

Out of all the Valentine’s Day crafts out there, gift ideas, floral arrangements, date night ideas, and cooking recipes, this is the one craft/DIY I’ve had my eyes on the entire month!!!! This DIY Valentine’s Day mailbox, brings excitement to my little one, and his classmates, while they pass out their valentine’s day cards in class! It also keeps it all in one place, organized, and ready to take home for my kindergartener to open! With a few simple tools, and supplies, you can create this DIY mailbox before you drop off you little one to school!!!! Let’s go!!

Supplies:

  • Cardboard Box (I used a moving box we still had in the garage)
  • Duct tape
  • Scotch Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Blue Giftwrap (DollarTree)
  • Heart Stickers/Foam Hearts (DollarTree)
  • Blue Construction Paper (Optional)

So there really were no directions when I did my mailbox. I literally took a look at a Pinterest pin, and freehanded everything else. BUT if you are the type to follow step by step directions, here’s a higher lever rough step by step process of what I did.

Directions:

  1. Start by cutting out 2 equal round sides for the mailbox.
    It’s important that each side is equal in size, so the mail box isn’t lop-sided.
  2. Cut out the bottom to the mailbox.
    The sizes to the mailbox, is to your desire, whichever size you do, just be sure everything is to scale.
  3. Duct tape the edges of the bottom to the bottom edges of the side panels.
    From here you have already made the main sides and support of the mailbox.
  4. Once both sides and bottom are attached, you can create the top curved part of the mailbox. Simply, cut the width of the mailbox, and have it curve at the top. You can also do this in two parts, if your cardboard isn’t long enough.
  5. Duct tape as much as you can to support the curved cardboard, to create the mailbox shape.
  6. Next you can use a x-acto knife to help cut out the mailbox opening.
  7. I also made a pull-out drawer for the bottom half of the mailbox.
    When creating the open tops/drawer, you may have to create a “stopper,” towards the back of the “pull-out,” drawer, so it would fall out.
  8. Next you can decorate!!!!!!
    I used a royal blue gift wrap I purchased at the DollarTree.
    Wrap the mailbox all around, including the sides of the pull-out drawer.
  9. Add hearts, decorative stickers, or customize the mailbox with your child’s name!
  10. …..Viola!! That’s it!!!
    Take this mailbox to your child’s school, and have he/she and the class enjoy dropping his valentine’s in his customized DIY Cardboard mailbox!!!

Have made a Valentine’s mailbox, or swag bag for your little one?! Comment below! I’d love to see your ideas!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Teddy Graham Hearts

Valentine’s is coming up, and while my kids are in the middle of basketball playoffs, martial arts, and are invited to birthday parties over the weekend, this mama has no time to do some extreme time consuming craft, or bake-good treat. Although, the creative juices in me want to, I have to be real with myself with the time I have.

So after a quick search on my pal Pinterest, I stumbled upon this cute Teddy Bear Graham Cookies Conversation Heart treat.

Pinterest Inspired By:

Teddy Bear Graham Cookies Holding Conversation Hearts

 By: Hello, Wonderful 

and also seen on…

Valentine’s Day Teddy Grahams

By: The Decorated Cookie

What You’ll Need:

  • Teddy Grahams (Honey flavored, or any of your favorite)
  • Conversation Heart Candies
  • Decorating Icing

Using ready made teddy bear cookies and conversation hearts makes this diy treat so easy to make, I could just make my kindergartener do it all. Seriously, no extra work for us working moms!!

Directions (it’s pretty simple):

  1. Add frosting/icing to the belly of each Teddy Graham and stick the conversation heart.
  2. You’re done! (Set to dry)

They are so cute!! With low effort too!!! Pack these cute adorable teddy’s in your childs lunch, or use them as a cupcake topper! I’ll probably make them as a cute Valentine’s Fay favor if time allows.

What’s your favorite Valentine’s treat?!

Check out more of my Festive Fun!!

Dollar Valentine Buys

It’s exactly a week before Valentine’s Day! For some of us, we love to decorate our homes with festive things, garlands, flower arrangements, and diy crafts. The Pinterest loving flow of crafts for this special love filled day oozes with pink and purple delight! To me, its all more for the kids and teachers. I celebrate Valentine’s day along with the kids, but don’t really go all out within my home.

When it comes down to gifts, treats, and v-day cards, I like to take a step back from buying an already assembled gifts for your child’s teacher. I mean, I still feel like I’m recovering from the holiday expenses!!! On top of it all is the kids valentine’s day cards, and sometimes the class likes to celebrate and have a party towards the end of the school day….And that does get expensive. However, when you can’t really justify spending more than $20 for v-day things, I’d definitely go out of my way to check out the DollarTree or 99Cent Only stores for supplies I can purchase for the occasion.

DollarTree (above picture)

Between the two dollar stores, DollarTree holds a special place in my heart. I’ve gone countless times to DollarTree over and over again to get certain staples for my kitchen, as well as snacks, and food supplies. When it comes down to festive holiday accessories, the DollarTree never ever disappoints. From gift bags, tissue paper, and knick-nacks for crafts, or gift basket fillers; the DollarTree can supply is all.

Valentine’s Dollar Steals!

Here’s a few items I’ve purchased for this upcoming cupids holiday!!

Valentine Greeting Cards

**Save a ton with these Dollar buy greeting cards. When it comes down to gift giving, with the card included, save some money, with purchasing cards from the DollarTree!! Sometimes, cards can cost $0.49! That totally beats a Target card at $4.98!!**

Chocolate Hearts (Crispy & Milk Chocolate)

Red Ribbon Bows (Includes 2 bows)

Red Paper Stuffing

Red Glitter Chinese Gift Boxes (Pack of 2)

99 Cent Only Stores

I’ve always been familiar with the 99Cent Store, but there was never really one in my area to go to on a daily. The times I did check it out, I was super surprised with the brand named items I found from snacks, cleaning supplies, and holiday items.

Last week I was able to drop by my local 99Cent Store, and was pleased to see all the Valentine’s delight. From balloons, necklaces, mugs, and bakeware cup liners, and toppers. I didn’t really shop much, for I didn’t have any projects in mind just yet………But once I came home, gathered some inspo from Pinterest, I think I’m ready for another visit, for a few supplies.

 

What are your favorite V-DAY items to purchase at the DollarTree or 99Cent Store?? Have you already created a diy or gift basket for a special someone?! Comment below! I may need more inspiration from you readers!!