Annual Grandparent Craft!

It’s that time of year again!  We made photo holders for the grandparents this year.
First, we started off with corkboard and added chalkboard paint to the top 3/4 of it. Next, we hot glued ribbon and a ribbon bow for added decoration across the line that was created between the painted and the unpainted part. Then, we used Sharpie oil based paint markers to stencil & write “Grandkids make life grand!” on the chalkboard portion. Ribbon was nailed with little Brad nails to the back of the corkboard for easy hanging. The last thing we did was hot glue mini clothespins to push tacks. These are the place to hang the pictures and can be moved anywhere on the unprinted corkboard. Here’s the finished product!

P.S. As an extra little bonus, have the Grandkids write a special message or draw on the chalkboard section with chalk! 😉


Happy crafting!


DIY Laundry Detergent

If I can save money by DIY’ing then I will. So, this brings me to post about making my own laundry detergent. It lasts about 9-12 months and costs around $25 to make. I have made this before and made some adjustments based on that. The directions below reflect my most up to date changes.

First you need the following items:
-Cheese grater
-Garbage bag
-Large storage container w/ lid
-3 bars of Fels-Naptha
-4 lbs of Oxi Clean (a 3 lb & a 1 lb container)
-A 3 lb 7 oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
-4 lbs of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
-A 4 lb 12 oz box of Borax
-2 containers of Purex Crystals (scent of your choice)


-Grate the Fels-Naptha bars

-Once all 3 bars are grated mix it with all of the other ingredients (I do this in the garbage bag).
-It is easier for mixing if you add a little bit of each ingredient in a layering system.
-Once it is all mixed well, put it in the large storage container for use (I use the container that animal crackers came in at Sam’s club and all of the detergent fits perfect).
-Now you have detergent that is ready for use. All you need is about 2 Tbsp per load.
Here’s my finished detergent:

Happy detergent making! 🙂


Hand print calendar

I’m all about making at least one homemade, crafty gift for the grandparents each year for Christmas. This year I printed out 2014 calendar pages, bound them together with ribbon and added a hand, foot or finger print design for each month. See the pictures to see what we did for each month!



The older two boys loved it and I’m sure the grandparents will too!
Merry Christmas!


Life in the land of 3

Woah!  It’s amazing the things that are quickly forgotten and then quickly remembered in regards to newborn-hood. 6 weeks ago Josh & I entered into the land of 3, children that is.  So far I have been pooped on, peed on & spit up on too many times to count.  We have struggled & juggled with schedules between our 6 year old, 4  year old, newborn & work.  I’m just trying to live my life to the fullest while entertaining 3 boys (4  if you count the hubs 😉 ) all on minimal mom-of-a-newborn sleep & a budget. Join me on this wonderful ride that God has graciously blessed me with while I DIY & craft my little heart out in whatever free time I can find.

– Emily