With the 4th of July just around the corner… I found some great printables you can use for family fun as well as decorating too!  The “God Bless America….” is from Landee See, Landee Do and in sizes 5×7 and 8×10.  Find a white frame and you have a great decoration for your home!

The 4th of July Free Printable Bingo Cards come from Makedoodle and would be great game to play with the family!  I know Colin would just love this!  You can find some cheap buttons or just cut some squares out of paper or cardstock!

Another great FREE 4th of July printable!  Grab the Free 4th of July Word Art from The Crafting Chicks. You can choose to print up to a 16×20 in size.

Visit Made In A Day to grab two great FREE 4th of July Printables.  These include cupcake toppers as well as a fun printable you can use to decorate your home!

 

With our temps at almost 90 in early May, I think it is safe to look for some water activities we can have a bit of fun with!  I just love how colorful these sponge bombs are!

Sponge Bomb Bucket Toss found on Inner Child Fun

Need: (All I think can be found at your local Dollar Store too!)

  • Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Zip Ties
  • Toe Nail Clippers to trim off excess Zip Ties
  • Buckets

Directions:

The website did not really give much.  She did cut each sponge into thirds then used 9 strips per “Bomb”.  A reader submitted a suggestion to use toe nail clippers to cut excess zip ties. Just bunch them up (I did three rows wide & three high), and tie them up!  Add a little water and have some fun!

We had so much fun yesterday!  I had a bit of trouble find Zip Ties at my Dollar Tree so I headed over to Walmart and found them back in the hardware section.  We went with the longer clear ones which were a bit long…but the short ones would have been very hard to work with.

 

With the temps hitting 90 degrees this week… I did some looking around for some water fun.  I found some great ideas and wanted to make the one Simple Simon & Co but they did not have very detailed instructions at all.. So being that we are kinda handy.. We set off to Home Depot, and I am pretty happy with our results.  Colin loves it even more!  To make this fun project it only costs $8.00 or less at Home Depot (I am sure Lowe’s etc are similar).

We only used the glue on one piece so that we can easily store for next summer.  This beats buying the kid sprinklers in store that are pricey and seem to last only a summer or less!

*NOTE* I have the exact measurements for the PVC Pipe cuts… If your super friendly…Maybe you can get the associate at your Home Improvement Store to help you make those cuts (Save a bit of time and money if you do not have a saw).

Continue reading » PVC Pipe Water Fun For Less Than !!!

 

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We are always looking to find new ways to dye our Easter Eggs and this one is on my list this year!  Bet they will smell great too!

KOOL-AID Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

2 env.  (0.13 to 0.16 oz. each) KOOL-AID Unsweetened Drink Mix, any red color (try Cherry, Black Cherry, Strawberry or Tropical Punch flavor)
2 env.  (0.14 oz. to 0.15 oz. each) KOOL-AID Unsweetened Drink Mix, any orange color (try Orange, Mango or Peach Mango flavor)
2 env.  (0.13 oz. to 0.23 oz. each) KOOL-AID Unsweetened Drink Mix, any yellow or green color (try Lemonade, Piña or Lemon-Lime flavor)
2 env.  (0.22 oz. each) KOOL-AID Unsweetened Drink Mix, any blue color (try Mixed Berry or Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade flavor)
1/2 cup  water, divided
1-1/2 doz.  hard-cooked eggs, cooled
Directions:
MIX contents of 2 (same-flavored) KOOL-AID envelopes with 2 Tbsp. water in 6- to 8-oz. container; stir to dissolve drink mixes. Repeat in 3 separate containers with remaining KOOL-AID envelopes.
PLACE eggs on cooling rack in sink; rinse eggs with tap water.
SPOON KOOL-AID mixtures, 1 at a time, over wet eggs to create tie-dye patterns. Repeat with remaining eggs.
POUR a little tap water over each egg to set colors. Use tongs to transfer eggs to paper towel-covered baking sheet to dry. Rinse sink immediately as needed.
 

Colin hat

Did you know that Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd?  What a fun way to celebrate by making a hat that matches his!  This great craft idea comes from BabbaCo.com!  Super easy and you only need a few supplies.

Dr. Seuss Hat from BabbaCo.com

Supplies:

  • Large White
  • Construction Paper  (used an 11 inch by 17 inch piece)  (You can use a smaller sheet but just might have to tape the pieces together like we did!)
  • Red Construction Paper (8.5 inch by 11 inch is fine) or you can have your kiddo’s color the red stripes
  • Tape or glue stick
  • Scissors

Visit BabbaCo.com for the directions with pictures!

Image Credit: BabbaCo.com

Image Credit: Babbaco.com

 

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The Mother Load on Facebook shared this great idea for a new Christmas Eve Tradition.  This is such a cute idea!  With the PJ’s & Movies you do no need to buy new unless you want to or find a great deal!  Check yard sales, second hand stores or even ask friends for their hand me downs.  I am so going to do this with my son!

Christmas Eve Gift Box

What you need:

Christmas Pj’s

Holiday Themed Movie (or any movie your kids want or love)

Pop Corn

Hot Coco

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Check out the deals you can score on DVD movies on Amazon.  Each will ship free if you spend $35 with Free Super Saver Shipping.

Miracle on 34th Street DVD $4.99 (originally $14.98)

Prancer DVD $5.49 (originally $9.98)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition) DVD $8.96 (originally $19.97)

The Polar Express DVD $9.00 (Originally $14.96)

Elf DVD $6.99 (Normally $14.96)

The Christmas Story DVD $8.79 (Normally $14.96)

A Charlie Brown Christmas DVD $8.96 (Normally $19.97)

The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set DVD $15.97 (normally $29.93)

 

Looking for some last minute but easy homemade Halloween costume ideas? All of these should be cheap to make too!

Homemade Lego Family Costume found on My Plain View

The base of each costume consists of a solid color jogging suit, gloves, and knit hat. The “LEGO” portion of the costume consists of a large box, (our son’s box was actually an empty soda case) that we cut holes into (6 for the adult costume, 4 for the child costume). We then pressed butter bowls through from the inside and secured them on the inside using strips of duct tape. We also cut a hole in the top for our heads, and holes in the sides for our arms.

Once the costumes were constructed, spray paint the boxes red, blue, and yellow.

Jelly Bean Costume found on My Plain View

For the bag of the Homemade Jelly Belly Halloween Costume, I used a large, clear trash bag. I cut holes in the bottoms of the bags for our legs. Inside are obviously just balloons of different colors. I tied the bag around the neck with colorful ribbon and printed out a label from the Jelly Belly website and taped it on.

I might suggest just having the bag stop at your waist instead of cutting holes in the bottom for both legs. It was mighty time-consuming for restroom visits.

Human Pinterest Board fond on Parties for Pennies

Supplies: Cork Board (or just card board), Ribbon and printed pictures..Push Pins if use Cork Board

This one is pretty easy to create.. Just have fun with it!

Pac Man (found this one on Pinterest but could not find the original site

With this costume.. Wear all black and cut out a Pac Man shape and Two Yellow Dots. Just tape on to Shirts.. Pretty Easy!

Meg from Family Guy

This Meg Griffin from Family Guy Halloween costume was pretty simple. I found a pink shirt as close to Meg’s shirt color as possible. I sewed a white t-shirt underneath (so the white part of the sleeves wouldn’t slide back under). It took a while, but I finally found a pink hat that was almost the exact color as the shirt. Both the shirt and the hat were from Walmart, I believe. The glasses were a pair of “hippie” sunglasses from the Halloween store. I took the lenses out and painted them black. The last step was pin my hair under (my hair is much longer than Meg’s) then put on a pair of jeans and tennis shoes that I already owned. Voila! Meg Griffin!

Bunch of Grapes (another Pinterest find…not linked back)

My mom made a costume similar to this for my sister and brother one year.. Super simple!

Need: Purple or Green Balloons. All purple or green clothing. Safety Pin

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