Halloween Chalkboard Place Markers

    Everyone knows that Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year.  It's a time to dress up and be spooky and it's also perfect for entertaining and hosting Halloween parties.  I've always loved themed gatherings so I decided to create some Halloween chalkboard place markers to liven up our family dinner next weekend.     As many of you know, I'm a pretty busy lady so I'm always on the lookout for activities and crafts that are fun but that also don't take a lot of time and effort to do.  I am really excited about these place markers because they are a cinch to put together and you can get all of the supplies to make them at your local craft store. Halloween Chalkboard Place Markers Supplies needed:
Wide wood craft sticks
Chalkboard paint (spray paint is easiest)
Chalk
Felt stickers (Michael’s carries a Halloween themed bag that includes witch hats, candy corn, owls, and pumpkins)
Craft glue

Directions:
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DIY Back To School Apple Votive #DIY

    I cannot believe that summer is almost over and that teachers go back to work tomorrow here in New York City.  My family and I have had a wonderful vacation but now it is time to back into the swing of things.  Hopefully the new school year will go off without a hitch and start on a positive note.     I'm very excited, however, about ushering in all of the activities that the fall season brings.  Aside from the changing of the leaves and foliage, we will be able to enjoy apple picking, pumpkin-flavored treats and fall fashion.  It's important to be excited about something during every season. DIY Back to School Apple Votive

Supplies needed:
Miniature terra cotta flower potRed craft paintGreen ribbon or yardPaint brush
ScissorsTissue paper or felt for lining
Battery operated votiveDirections:
1. Begin by applying two coats of paint to the miniature terra cotta flower pot. Allow the paint to dry … [Read more...]

Fall Safflower Seed Luminary #DIY

    As Fall looms around the corner, and we can already see signs of leaves beginning to change all around us, we welcome the comforting foods and activities that we enjoy during this season.  Many people enjoy the Fall immensely because it brings cooler weather and the trees and foliage are absolutely breathtaking during this time of the year.     This year, I am excited about completing some Do It Yourself projects that will bring our entire home into the spirit of the season.  Little by little I hope to transform our home and get it ready for the holidays.  This week, I would like to show you how make a Fall Safflower Seed Luminary.  Stay tuned, as I will be posting other tutorials for how to make a variety of luminaries this season.Fall Safflower Seed LuminarySupplies needed:
Clear mason jar
Safflower seeds or birdseed/sunflower seeds
Green/orange yarn or ribbon
Fall embellishments like acorns, … [Read more...]

DIY Striped Picture Frame #DIY

        If you are like me, you like to fill your home with photos of your friends and family.  After all, home is where the heart is, they say.  Unfortunately, I have been finding that picture frames have been getting ridiculously expensive and I wanted to come up with a more affordable option to display our photos and look great as part of our decor.       The outcome was a beautiful striped picture frame that you can make right at home for a fraction of the cost of expensive store-bought frames.  You can customize them and use colors that fit with your home's decorative scheme while saving a little money. Striped Picture Frame-Materials-4x6 unfinished picture frame Cranberry Apple Barrel paint Tropic orange Apple Barrel Paint 3 foam brushes Clear modge podge Painter's tape Decorative flowers (hobby lobby) Hot glue/hot glue gunDirections-1.  Start taping stripes on the frame, starting at the … [Read more...]

DIY Flower Clip Hair Accessory

    Even though I'm a mom of boys and an aunt of nephews, I've always been very much a girly girl.  Thanks in part to the fact that I have adopted my Sister In Law's niece as my own niece, I am able to go shopping for dolls and girl's clothes in order to spoil her.      Her birthday is coming up in October and I have been researching ways that I can fill a gift basket for her with all sorts of girly accessories.  She loves getting her hair done so I found some tips online for making DIY Flower Clips for her hair.    After experimenting with some of the ideas I found, this is what I came up with.  I think she is really going to love these and I'm sure you will love making them for the special little girls in your life!DIY Flower Clip Hair Accessory:Materials-1/8 yard of any type of fabric (I typically like cotton) 1 button Small circle of felt Lined alligator clip Hot glue gun Scissors Threaded needle Plastic cup for tracingDirections-1. … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Patriotic Felt Craft

    This weekend is Memorial Day and, while many are looking forward to having a long holiday weekend, the real purpose of this day is to remember all of the men and women who died serving our country in its armed forces.     It is their sacrifices that allow us to enjoy the freedom that we have as citizens of this great country.  What better way to spend some quality time with the family than by doing some arts and crafts together?     The possibilities with these cute, no sew felt patriotic decorations are endless! Attach a magnet to adorn your refrigerator. Affix to a frame to add patriotism to your favorite photo. Wear as a pin. Attach to a gift box in place of a bow. Plant sticks, or even at your patriotic party table! Materials:Hot Glue Felt Buttons Skewer Sticks ScissorsDirections:To make the blue (or red) circles:Cut four, 2" circles out of felt. Fold circle in half and half again and glue together at the seam. Hold for a minute to let the hot glue … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Lorax Drink Koozie!

    I'm always looking for arts and crafts that I can do with my boys right here at home.  It's a perfect way to inspire their creative sides as well as to spend some fun time together with them.  They really enjoy activities that are connected to their favorite movies or their favorite songs.  When I find projects to finish that revolve around their favorite characters, they are even more motivated to participate and to create their own!     Do you want to keep your drinks cold in a way that is totally spectacular? Then give this easy Lorax drink koozie a try!  It is just perfect for your Seuss themed parties and celebrations, this Lorax drink koozie is the perfect craft or party favor!  You can craft one for just pennies, and as you can see they are so simple even kids can enjoy making their own. Here is how you can get started... Supplies needed:
Foam drink koozie Crafting foam Scissors 
Craft glue or hot glue, glue gunDirections:1. Begin by cutting a mustache … [Read more...]

Spend Family Time Making A Wind Wheel! #HadaPirata #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Studios.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.    Spending time with my sons is on the top of my list of priorities.  As a Working Mom, I spend a lot of time away from them due to my career and I like to take advantage of every opportunity to bond with them or to engage in educational activities with them.  We do a lot of fun things when we are together and making arts and crafts is just one of them.    This evening, we are watching Disney’s Pirate Fairy on Blue-ray™ and Digital and watching a familia of hadas or family of fairies working together to bring their loved one, Zarina, back home after she has made the wrong decision and gotten mixed up in some bad company.  Like we say in Spanish, "Dime con quien tú andas y te digo quien eres."*  They encounter some pirates and use some pixie dust on their adventures which ultimately help to bring the fairies together again.    We are so … [Read more...]

Find The Best Cure For Those Sick Day Symptoms! #NetflixKids #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Netflix.  As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.    It’s flu season, which means it's only a matter of time before the kids are home sick from school and siblings are being quarantined.  What is the best cure for those sick day symptoms? Laughter. Netflix has compiled a list of hilarious titles that will turn sniffles into giggles. They've also pulled a few episodes featuring under-the-weather characters, showing little kids they're not the only ones who catch the occasional cold or have to visit the doctor.     Check out our list of Netflix titles to watch when the kids are home sick. You can all snuggle up on the couch or get propped up in bed because these TV shows and movies make for perfect sick day entertainment.  After all, it's hard enough to be sick and miserable which is why it's so important to keep kids entertained and in good spirits while they are resting and … [Read more...]