Pumpkin Puzzle Craft

    As we all prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I am excited about the special time that I will have to spend with my family.  There is just something magical about having those moments to create memories that will last a lifetime.  I plan on taking many photos and capturing every single smile and hug so I can enjoy looking back on them for years to come.     Since this is also a long holiday weekend, I am planning a few activities and arts and crafts with my boys to keep them busy.  Both of my sons love doing puzzles so I thought it would be a neat idea to create their own pumpkin puzzle.  It's a great way to get them to use their creativity and their imaginations.  Also, they can enjoy putting their puzzles up in their room once they finish designing them. Pumpkin Puzzle Craft Material- Old puzzle pieces Orange craft paint Black craft paint Green craft paint Elmer's glue White paper Paint … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hand Puppets #FandangoFamily @Fandango #Giveaway #Ad

    Although I have always been a movie buff, it takes a special film to get me really excited and make me want to go see it on its opening weekend.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens has me literally on the edge of my seat in anticipation.  So much so, that I have already purchased tickets in advance for my entire family the weekend that it debuts in theaters in December.  Let me tell you, that is the first time that I have bought movie tickets that far in advance!     This movie is special for me because of the nostalgia involved in watching the original Star Wars movies when I was a kid with my siblings.  I have nothing but great memories of the three of us being glued to the big screen watching some of our favorite characters like Han Solo, Princess Leah, Yoda and Chewbacca on their intergalactic adventures.       In this continuation of the epic space opera saga, a downed stormtrooper goes on a journey reconnecting him with … [Read more...]

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:
 1. … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Use Pumpkin Pie Spice Besides Baking

    If you are a lover of fall for its crisp air and delicious you thought the only way to get Pumpkin Pie Spice in your life was through pumpkin rolls or pumpkin pies you are in for a treat! Body Scrub -     Body scrubs are ridiculously easy and can be made using things you have on hand in the kitchen already. To create a yummy smelling Pumpkin Pie Spice body scrub mix 1 cup granulated or brown sugar with ½ cup of coconut oil, and 1 T. of Pumpkin Pie Spice. Scrub a generous amount over wet skin, rinse, pat dry. It will leave your skin soft and smooth. Whipped Body Butter -     One of the easiest and most decadent of diy beauty recipes body butter is a treat for yourself or to gift. In a hand or stand mixer whip ½ cup shea butter, 2 T. coconut oil, 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp. vitamin E oil, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract. Simmering Potpourri -     Fill a small saucepan halfway with water, add 2-3 tsp.pumpkin pie spice and 1 tsp. … [Read more...]

DIY Beauty Treatments Using Pumpkin Puree

    Did you know that pumpkin puree is not only delicious for fall dishes but it can also make you beautiful? Pumpkin has many benefits for your skin and hair which is what makes it so good for you.     Pumpkin is packed with beta carotene, alpha hydroxy acids, zinc, Vitamins A, C, and E. All those benefits work together to brighten and smooth skin, boost collagen, reduce oil and acne, and moisturize. Pair it with a few other kitchen ingredients and you have the makings for beauty treatments that rival a high end salon.     Be sure to get canned pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling for these DIY beauty recipes-organic is safest for using on your skin. Face Mask: 1 Tbsp. pumpkin puree 1 tsp. honey 1 tsp. plain yogurt ¼ tsp. cinnamon Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. To use: Apply mask to damp face in an upward motion, avoid the eyes. Allow mask to sit for 20 minutes on your face before rinsing away. Moisturize as … [Read more...]

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 pot Red craft paint Green ribbon or yard Paint brush
Scissors Tissue paper or felt for lining
 Battery operated votive Directions:
 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 Luminary Supplies 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 gun Directions- 1.  Start taping stripes on the frame, starting at the … [Read more...]

DIY Minions Sugar Cookies Decorating #FandangoFamily @Fandango $50 GC #Giveaway #Ad

    We first met the Minions when we watched the debut of Despicable Me a few years ago.  They were the servants of the villain Gru and their loyalty and dedication to him never faltered.  This summer, we learn about their origins and the backstory about how they came to be the sidekicks of such an infamous super villain in the new Minions movie.     Narrated by Geoffrey Rush, we learn how the Minions evolved over the centuries throughout their quest for new evil masters to serve.  Along the way, they encounter notable historical figures and find themselves in comical situations that we have come to expect from them since we met them years ago.     As a result of their new movie, adorable Minions-inspired DIY crafts and recipes have begun to pop up all over the place.  My contribution to the new Minions craze are these delicious Minions Sugar Cookies.  They are the perfect snack for enjoying after school or for serving at … [Read more...]

Cinderella Inspired Fairy Godmother Wand #DIY

    When I was a little girl, I loved to engage in pretend-play.  I would spend hours with my dolls making them talk to one another and act out all of the scenarios that I could think of.  Dressing up was a big part of these afternoons of imaginative time and I always enjoyed acting and looking like my favorite fairy princesses.      Every single day, I would read fairy tales with my grandmother and then incorporate the heroines in those stories into my creative sessions.  For some reason, the fairy princess Cinderella always was one of my favorites.  I have never had an evil stepmother but I think I could relate to her ability to keep going despite all of the adversity that she was faced with.     I was always very good at improvising with things I found around the house to create the outfits for my make-believe playtime.  Whether it was a silver spoon from the kitchen that I used for a scepter or an ornate towel that I … [Read more...]