Get Your Kids Excited for School With These Back-to-School DIYs

Back to school shopping is creeping up and you want your child to be THAT child with all the cool stuff. Instead of going to the store and buying all those locker organizers, make your own! Don’t want to loose time trying to find your daughter’s bag among all the other Disney Princess bags? Sew up a custom bag or if you’re less crafty, make a cute tag to attach to you so it’s easily seen! Here are some more unique ways to spice up school supplies.

  1. Tired of those boring old No. 2 pencils and pens? Decorate them with washi tape or paint them with a cool design. Everyone will want to borrow them and you’ll always get them back because it’ll be obvious their yours!

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  2. Embrace your inner fashionista and make a book bag from old clothes you no longer wear. It’s a great way to recycle those clothes and start a new trend!

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  3. Once you make those awesome customized pens and pencils, you’ll need somewhere fancy to store them in your bag. Check out this DIY to make your own pencil case! There’s even some great ideas for boys.

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  4. “Omg I love those!” is what all the girls will be saying when your little one pulls these out from her bag. You could even put one of her favorite drawings on it to show off her artwork!

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  5. Lockers aren’t really the easiest things to organized. Most of the time there’s only one shelf and maybe two hooks. Try out this cute tote to hang up so you don’t have to worry about finding a place for all your knick knacks in between classrooms.

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  6. You know you’re going to see an overwhelming amount of Elsa and Ana backpacks on that first day of school. Make it easier on you and your daughter and create an adorable tag to go along with it!

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  7. If you’re sending your baby off to college, build this gem. You could even engrave on it “Call Mom” so they remember to do that every now and then

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BONUS
Here are some cute DIY gifts for teachers. There are plenty more on Pinterest or mommy blogs that will make the?back-to-school gift from?your child more personal and more fun to do! The teacher is bound to remember and that could come in handy with those final grades at the end of the year.

  1. Make it more fun for your teacher to take roll by giving her this cute clipboard! If it’s for the end of the year, slap on the class photo so you’re sure he or she won’t even have the option to forget you.

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  2. If you know your teacher’s favorite candy, put it in a light bulb with an inspirational quote about a teacher’s help. Another classic for the end of the year is “I’ll miss you to pieces” card along with some Reese’s Pieces.

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Don’t forget to get?the children involved!

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Gender-Neutral Nursery Design Ideas for Various Styles

Besides the obvious joys of expecting a child, there’s also the excitement of decorating a nursery. However, if you and your significant other have decided to wait on finding out the gender of your baby, it can be difficult to think of ideas outside the typical green and yellow color box for neutral rooms. There’s also the question of what kind of nursery you’d like. Modern, traditional, eclectic? Since it’s a completely separate room and it will be housing a little person, you can basically do whatever you’d like! Forget what goes along with the rest of the house, make the nursery it’s own little world where your child’s imagination can subconsciously grow.
Here are some ideas to decorate the baby’s room based on modern, traditional, and eclectic nurseries that will inspire you to go all HGTV on it.

MODERN

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City people this is for you. Not saying all city folk are into modern decor but let’s face it, if you live in a city, you’re clearly attracted to that style even just little bit. If you live in a more rural area and want to do something other than the stereotypical rustic style then this is for you as well.

Mix and match. Don’t stick with all dark wood furniture or all gold accent features. The key is to find an inspiration piece and build the rest of the room from that. Go thrifting for an old style crib and match a contemporary armchair with it along with a silver and gold wall design.

Feeling like having an all white wood furniture room? Throw in a colorful carpet to brighten up the room and bring personality into it. Mount a piece or art on the wall that will bring out the colors on the floor.

Animal pieces are huge this year. Add an elephant stool or a giraffe chair to the room instead of a giant teddy bear. It adds practicality to an animal feature in a nursery. Make the crib mobile out of stuffed animals so that the baby can still get an idea, early on, for what stuffed animals are but without that fear of it bothering the baby.

TRADITIONAL

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If you’re more of an old soul traditional type, this is your area. You probably already have a rocking horse swaying back and forth next to the crib. The swivel rocker and ottoman is sitting in the corner with a matching plush pillow and blanket. Yep, that’s you so you don’t need any guidance. However, if you are someone who typically goes for the white acrylic kitchen table and leather sectionals then you need some help.

Dark wood is your friend. A dark crib with a dark changing table with a dark rocking chair are the perfect setup for a traditional nursery.

When you think of an old school nursery what do you think of? White rug. Well maybe that’s just me but I think a white carpet is the most traditional piece of floor art you could put down.

Paint their name above the crib/changing table or run over to Hobby Lobby to snatch up those wooden letters to decorate. This is probably something you should wait to do till after the baby is born unless you want to dip into the originality pond and do a weird “name/name” art: Elliot/Ana or Luke/Clementine. We’re not judging.

ECLECTIC

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www.projectnursery.com

 

The world will soon be taken over by hipsters and you will be completely lost. Skinny jeans or corduroys, fedora or flat cap, how will you survive? I can’t help you there. But these decor ideas can help you with your baby’s hipster nursery. Follow these and even Zooey Deschanel will want to live here.

Thrifting is a must if you want to have an eclectic nursery. Vintage mirrors in different shapes and sizes hung is a gallery style on a wall will make you feel like you’re not even in a child’s room. If mirrors in a nursery freaks you out because you’ve watched too many horror movies then start collecting numbers and letters to hang in their place.

Wallpaper is starting to make come back and there are some beautiful designs out there. If you’re not really into wall decals or artwork, this is a great way to bring life to a room without

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overcrowding the walls. It’s something you can do in any kind of room so if you want specifically an eclectic feel, you need to choose wisely.

Two words. Bow ties. For some people these never went out of style but for the most part, men just recently started wearing these again. If you want your son to be a heart breaker then start him early on this trend, as in when he comes home from the hospital. Hang some bow ties in a shadow box or find a template to paint them on a wall. I realize this isn’t gender neutral but you could do the same for a baby girl’s room with bows! Combine the bow ties and the bows and voila! a gender neutral room.

BONUS
Here are some quick and easy ideas that will fit in any nursery!

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  • Chalk paint a wall or frames for friends and family to leave notes on.
  • Pictures or quotes on canvases to make a gallery wall.
  • Monogram. Monogram everything in that room.
  • Glow in the dark stars stuck to the ceiling for a starry night.
  • Paint a design on your boring changing table.
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10 Ways to Bring Summer into Your Home

Summer is in full swing outside but your house is still stuck in winter. The living room curtains are dark and heavy, the bathroom wall colors are ominous, and you can’t even go into your guest bedroom without feeling gloomy. Sometimes all you need is a quick fix to brighten up a room and it’ll turn that frown upside down! Here are some easy ways to switch up the decor without having to spend a lot of money or time.

  1. Instead of an end table, take on a DIY project and refurbish a bar cart

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  2. Add some bright throw pillows to your couch

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  3. Switch out the solid, opaque curtains for linen ones with a fun design

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  4. Mirrors always make a room appear to be more spacious but they also help with brightening up a room. Go thrifting and find some mismatch ones to give off an eclectic feel

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  5. Feeling whimsical? Hang some globe string lights over your balcony for a romantic ambiance

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  6. Embrace the neon!

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  7. “Easy as changing a light bulb”, try “easy as changing a lamp”. Adorn your bedside table with a beachy lamp

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  8. We all know plants make the air in a home purer but did you know they make you happier too? Paint those boring clay plant pots you have to add some fun to a table

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  9. Bamboo placemats are a must if you love beachin’

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  10. Yellow increases metabolism and gives you energy therefore it’s only logical you should paint your whole house that color but ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, opt for an accent wall in your kitchen
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    Are you excited to redecorate now?

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Decorate your wedding!

Planning a wedding can be stressful at times (basically the whole time) and sometimes you just can’t think of any cutesy ideas to make your special day yours. No worries! We are here to make your life a little easier by giving you a little inspiration.

1. If you’re going for a rustic look, print engagement photos or photos of you two together on pieces of wood and use as part of your center piece.

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2. Everyone has that friend who can still write in cursive, hire them to write your menu out on a framed chalkboard in exchange for a date with the hunky groomsman.

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3. Print or paint a naked tree on a canvas and have your guests sign in with their fingerprint.

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4. Block numbers for tables are great but glittered block numbers are even better.

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5. “Pick a seat not a side” is classic for weddings and classy for canvasses.

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Pets On Canvas!

Fotor0717110452 300x300 Pets On Canvas! Most people who have pets adore them. Dogs and cats among others are an integral part of the family and sometimes even treated as a second or third child. Here are some tips for you to photograph your pets in a professional way and have some great photos of your four legged family member.

1. Natural light is key. Everyone, humans and animals included, looks better under the sun. In addition, pets typically don’t like camera flashes so working outside will keep your animal calm. The flash also gives animals green eye, just like humans get red eye.

2. Put your camera at your pet’s eye level. Us humans look better at eye level and same goes for animals. A good way to do this is getting on the ground or propping your pet up on a chair or table. Dogs always look adorable when they’re cozied up on a sofa.

3. Let your pet get used to the camera. Most animals aren’t accustomed to being in front of a camera and they won’t understand why you’re coming at them with it.

4. When deciding on a time to do your photo shoot, observe your pets daily routine. For instance, if your cat is calmer in the morning, take photos at that time because it is less likely to be agitated. However, if your dog gets extremely excited when the kids come home from school then maybe take your photos before.

5. Take lots of photos. Using a continuous photo setting is a great way to get the perfect action shot of your dog running and it’s little (or big) ears flopping in the wind.

6. Be patient. You can’t control or give directions to animals as you can with humans. Understanding that your cat doesn’t know what you mean when you say “make love to the camera” is key.

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Summer Vacation Canvas Ideas

Summer is in full swing and we have seen some great canvas creations from your family vacations! We created some more ideas for turning your vacation memories into a canvas masterpiece.

Photograph Sunsets! Summer brings some of the most beautiful sunsets, which in turn make amazing canvas prints. On the beach? adjust the exposure of your camera to really capture the colors accurately.

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Utilize Shadows! A shadow in a person’s face can ruin a picture, but shadows used correctly can add a fun dimension to your vacation canvas print.

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Stop to Smell the Roses! Flowers are in full bloom, so why not incorporate them into your family photos. This will give your canvas prints a seasonal flair.

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Let Your Kids Go Wild! Often our photos seem staged and generic. Showcase each person’s unique personality by capturing natural moments.

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Use Filters! Did a picture not turn out as artsy as you would have hoped? Use some great filters to add dimension to your image.

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Fourth of July Photo Contest!

Celebrate this 4th of July with a FREE canvas print!

Follow the easy steps below to enter.

  1. Upload a patriotic photo that you’d want to create on canvas.
  2. Provide a description of the photo and it’s
  3. Spread the word to family and friends

Enter our photo contest here or on our Facebook page. The entry with the most votes will receive a free 16″x20″ canvas print!


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4th of July Treats – By Sarah of Miss CandiQuik

pic1 1024x1024 4th of July Treats   By Sarah of Miss CandiQuik Sarah from the Miss CandiQuik blog here again! Ahh, finally – summer is here and in full swing!

Honestly, even though I love to bake, I can be rather hesitant to turn on the oven and whip up a dessert when it’s 80 degrees outside. Because quite frankly, I’d rather be out soaking up the sun and enjoying a BBQ with friends!

Since the 4th is right around the corner, I thought I’d share these three simple treat recipes with you. No oven needed.

A microwave, pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers, strawberries and CandiQuik Coating is literally all you need to make these treats.

First up: S’more Sandwiches. Like a S’more. Only less messy. And transportable.

pic2 4th of July Treats   By Sarah of Miss CandiQuikHere’s how:

1 package Chocolate Candy Coating (CandiQuik Coating – found at Walmart, Target)

Graham Cracker Squares

(Jet Puffed) Stackable Marshmallows

Decorative Sprinkles

Melt Chocolate CANDIQUIK according to directions on package.

Break each graham cracker square in half. Using a spoon dip in Chocolate coating; place 1 stackable marshmallow on top of 15 of the chocolate graham crackers before coating has set. Sprinkle if desired.

Once coating is set, use a dab of Chocolate CANDIQUIK to attach the top chocolate graham cracker.

(Makes approximately 15 s’mores)

This next treat is my favorite – we’ve been making these 4th of July chocolate strawberries for as long as I can remember!

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Fresh strawberries, washed and completely dried

Blue sugar sprinkles

Melt Vanilla CANDIQUIK according to directions on package.

Dip strawberries in candy coating, letting the excess drip off.

Dip the end of the berry in the blue sprinkles and place on wax paper to dry.

Easy enough, right!?

Here’s another favorite – chocolate dipped pretzel rods.

pic4 4th of July Treats   By Sarah of Miss CandiQuikAgain, just melt your Vanilla CandiQuik to dip the pretzels in, sprinkle and place on wax paper.

Enjoy! Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Summer Bucket List

Summer is one of the best seasons to branch out and experience something new. Need help coming up with great activity ideas?! Look no further! We’ve come up with fifteen summer activities for anyone and everyone. Whether you are looking for fun kids activities, or ways to get away and relax, this list covers it all.

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Luau Cake Recipe – From Julie of White Lights on Wednesday

Hello again everyone. It’s Julie from White Lights on Wednesday. I’m back this month with a really fun cake that is sure to be a show stopper at your summer BBQ or birthday party.

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At work I’ve been labeled the baker. Everyone knows I write a food blog, but what they eat are my desserts. Any time there are way too many cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. at home, I take them to work with me. Five minutes later, they’re gone. It’s magic. One of my co-workers actually told me that if my (then) boyfriend didn’t marry me soon, he would. I’m engaged to my boyfriend now. Haha. But I digress.

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So, a couple weeks ago my friend Vina asked me to make her daughter’s birthday cake. She wanted pineapple and it was a luau themed party. That’s all the info I got. Then Tayun (Vina’s daughter) sent me cake idea pictures. I almost died. One was a two-tier fondant covered cake with gum paste, hand painted orchids. Another was white fondant with a surfer made from modeling chocolate. Ummm…what did Vina tell her daughter I can make?!?! Turns out Vina just told her whatever I baked would taste amazing. Okay. It’s a starting point. So I made a triple pineapple cake, via the birthday girl’s wishes, and got to decorating. Ready to make this bad boy?

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Equipment:

Two 9″x13″ cakes – flavor of your choosing

2 cups cake filling – flavor of your choosing

2 1/2 to 3 cups buttercream frosting

Americolor food coloring gel in Electric Blue and Turquoise

2 sheets of graham crackers

White colored candy melts

Sea shell candy mold

Various cake decorations in the ocean and beach theme

4 origami paper flowers in bright colors, fixed with a wire stem for placing on the cake

Cake board

 

Method:

  1. Melt candy melts according to package directions. Spoon melted candy into seashell molds. Use the back of a knife or offset spatula to scrape the top of the candy mold to remove any excess candy and even out the backs of the candies. Place mold in the fridge and leave to set while you complete the steps below.
  2. Place you first cake layer, bottom side down, onto the cake board. Top cake with filling. Top filling with second cake layer, bottom side up (facing you). This will give you a nice flat surface to decorate. Gently press the top layer a little to even out the filling and stick everything together.
  3. Set aside 1/4 to 1/2 cup of prepared buttercream – this will be for writing on the cake later. Into the remaining buttercream, mix 4 to 5 drop electric blue food coloring and 2 drops turquoise food coloring. Add more of either color until the desired blue is reached. We’re going for the ocean kids. Frost the entire outside of the cake with the blue butter cream.
  4. Place graham cracker sheets in a ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin or meat mallet, crush graham crackers into crumbs. They don’t have to be perfectly uniform, you just don’t want any really big pieces. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over on side and corner of the cake to create your beach. You can make the beach as big or as little as you like.
  5. Gather cake decorations. Remove candy from seashell mold. Place candy seashells, tiki heads, pineapples, trees, turtles, flip flops, flower rings and any other small decorations around the beach to your liking.
  6. Place two origami flowers in the upper right corner of the cake, on top of the cake. Place the other two flowers in the lower left corner of the cake, along the bottom edge. Decorate the cake with lettering for your party or birthday wishes. Refrigerate until 30 mins before ready to serve.
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