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My grandfather is wearing his socks around his wrist! {DIY wristband}

My grandfather makes me laugh. He is constantly walking around the house looking for one thing or another. Yesterday, he was outside walking around his truck looking for a bag of potatoes. I couldn’t help but laugh because I knew they were probably still at Walmart (he loves Walmart) in the checkout line.

Anyway, as he was getting out of the car, I noticed a funny looking thing on his arm.

The man cut his sock in pieces and put it under his watch so it wouldn’t rub on his wrist. My grandmother is mortified that he wears that around in public.

They make me laugh!!!

Grandfather's DIY Wristband

I said, “what the heck are you doing with your sock on your wrist?

He said, “it keeps my watch from rubbing my skin raw!”

Now tell me, isn’t that the best DIY solution you have seen in a while?

Quick, no cost and functional.

That’s my grandfather for ya!

 

Organizing tips: How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes!

Hey messy jewelry, you are not wanted anymore! Do you ever feel like your jewelry is all over the place? Tangled and spread out all over a drawer or piled up on top of each other in jewelry box? Or better yet, somewhere in your house that you forgot where you put it? I remember as a kid, my  mom always had this really large jewelry box on her bureau that opened up and a little wind up ballerina spun around to music. All of her jewelry was nicely hung or pushed inside those little velvet holders. I don’t know what they are called but they kept things in place and it always looked so pretty. Today, I am here to share organizing tips for your jewelry  as part of Laura’s 10 minute idea series over at Finding Home.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

I don’t have a cute jewelry box with a singing ballerina but I do have this adorable tiny dish from my great grandmother.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

Over the years, I have accumulated some fun jewelry but I tend to wear the same pieces over and over. Mostly fun costume stuff.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

I always end up tossing it wherever I take it off. The kitchen counter, the family room coffee table or my night table. I decided this cute heirloom would be perfect for keeping jewelry safe on my night table.

How to organize your jewelry in under 10 minutes

 

There are so many DIY jewelry organization ideas out there. One particular idea that I love is using a small tiered stand. I wish I had one of those little guys! How about you, how do you keep your everyday jewelry organized? Be sure to check out these other fabulous 10 minute organization ideas over at Finding Home, Thistlewood FarmInspired by Charm, Julie Blanner and Dream Green DIY.

Grab and Go Summer dining essentials

My mom had a great idea the other day. She created a basket filled with summer dining essentials for our outdoor dinners. We use paper plates, cups and utensils when we can during the summer because, what’s the point of washing dishes right? We created a grab and go basket full of everything we use on a daily basis.

Create a grab and go basket full of summer dining essentials

By having everything is a basket with handles, you will save time fishing through drawers and cupboards looking for stuff before dinner. My favorite storage solution is the container with all the utensils. It’s a simple silver bucket from the dollar store. I love that!

Create a grab and go basket full of summer dining essentials

The great thing about this basket is it’s pretty too! It looks great on the counter top or outside under the porch. We love simple ideas to make our dinners go smoothly. How about you, do you have a way to keep your summer dining essentials organized?

30 Ideas for Throwing a Fourth of July Party

Alright, everybody, how is your summer going?  I can’t believe June is more than halfway over–it’s going too quickly and we still have a ton of outdoor fun to pack in before the temps drop this Fall!  We love to gather our family and friends for backyard parties.  The absolute best excuse for a summer party is the Fourth of July.  Check out these 30 ideas for throwing a fourth of July party! Everything from decorations, party food, and activities for the kids at your big family celebration of Independence.  Red, white, and blue forever!

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Decor

Hamburger Bar

American Hamburger Bar and Decor at Talk of the House

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Mason Jar Flag Display at A Diamond in the Stuff

Patriotic-Pallet-Wood-Sign

Patriotic Pallet Sign at Blooming Homestead

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Fourth of July Flowers at The Casual Craftlete

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Party Printables for July 4th at Lemonade Moments

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Easy DIY Bandana Tablecoth at The Gracious Wife

Independence-Day-Board

Independence Day Liberty Art at The Happy Scraps

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DIY Vintage Americana Party at Lia Griffith

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Homemade Patriotic Party Lights at My Anything and Everything

4th of july mini star garland

July 4th Mini Star Garland at Hawthorne & Main

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Mason Jar Luminaries at For the Love Of

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Stars and Stripes Serving Pieces at Infarrantly Creative

Food

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Ombre Independence Day Cake at Brit & Co.

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Cherry Pie in a Jar with Stars at Stone Gable Blog

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Red, White, & Blue Fruit Skewers at Skinny Taste

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American Flag Snack Tray at Made to Be a Momma

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Panna Cotta and Raspberry Parfaits at Pink Patisserie

red-white-blue-pinwheel-cookies

Red, White, & Blue Pinwheel Cookies at Just a Taste

Smore's-Bar-July-4

4th of July S’mores Bar at Dukes & Duchesses

firecracker-popcorn

Firecracker Popcorn at The Nerd’s Wife

red velvet brownie stars

Red Velvet Brownie Starts at I Should Be Mopping the Floor

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Kid Friendly Flag Drink at The Girl Creative

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Independence Day Soda Bar at Let’s Dish

Activities

July-4-kids-printables

Fourth of July Kids’ Printables at 30 Handmade Days

star-spangled-slime

Star Spangled Slime at I Can Teach My Child

plastic-cup-sparkler-shield

Plastic Cup Sparkler Shield from I Love 2 Dream Do You?

4th-of-July-sparkle-bottles

Sparkle Bottles for the Fourth at Things to Share and Remember

Patriotic-Parade-Wand

Patriotic Parade Wand from Quirky Inspired

Patriotic-Popsicle-Stick-Flag-Craft

Popsicle Stick Flag Craft at A Pumpkin and a Princess

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Fourth of July Water Blog for Kids at Club Chica Circle

Phew, that was some amazing stuff wasn’t it? Every fourth of July party ideas are right here for your picking. Pick one or two and run with it!

DIY Herb Planter {cobalt blue + tea}

Who loves fresh herbs in their ice tea? We do! Our two favorite tea herbs are lemon balm and spearmint. A couple weeks ago, I picked up a lemon balm and spearmint plant at Home Depot, brought them home and realized I didn’t have small enough planters to plant them in. I searched my mom’s left over containers as well as my gramps workshop (shhhh….don’t tell him I was poking around in there, he will flip!) and found nothing. I ended up finding two planters in a clearance aisle that were perfect for my tea herbs but I wasn’t impressed with the color so I spray painted them with a can of cobalt blue spray paint.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

Step 1 – spray paint your planter (or use one you already love).

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

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Next, fill almost half full with soil. I used Miracle Grow soil.

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Next, place your plant inside and fill around the plant with soil gently pressing plant into the soil.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

Next, I used sticky back chalkboard labels that I had picked up from Michaels Crafts last year. Instead of using chalk, I used my favorite chalk marker. I LOVE this thing and it washes off with water. You must try one of these markers if you are a chalk lover.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

I wrote spearmint and lemon balm and each and that’s it!

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This quick and easy DIY herb planter literally took under one hour and that’s because I had to wait for the planter to dry after spray painting.

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

Don’t you want a fresh cold glass of ice tea now with spearmint or lemon balm?

DIY Blue Herb Planter {tea herbs} How to spray paint a planter and create a fun planter full of lemon balm and Spearmint.

 

Lemon balm or spearmint compliments any glass of fresh brewed ice tea. Simply add a few pieces of either (wash first) to any glass and you will be amazed at the delicious taste of your tea. It also looks pretty floating in a mason jar filled with ice tea. What better way to serve yourself or your guests. A fun ice tea stand or buffet featuring your DIY planter filled with fresh herbs. I think these guys are keepers!

DIY Summer Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea}

Hey guys, I am back with another quick idea as part of Laura’s 10 minute idea series.  Yesterday, I shared our recent birthday celebration and the vase I used as the centerpiece got a tiny makeover which I am sharing the tutorial today. When I was setting the table for the party, I felt like the vase needed a little extra something. Many times, the stems of the flowers look “not so pretty” so I am always trying to find ways to disguise the stems. In the past, I have used sisal and burlap. This time, I used decorative washi tape that coordinated with my table linens and dishware.

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

This is so simple! Wrap washi tape around the bottom of a vase and that’s it.

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

Pick any tape colors that you love.

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

Done!

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

In under 10 minutes (really 30 seconds….), I created a DIY summer vase for our birthday table. Kind of fun right?

DIY Vase + Washi Tape {10 minute idea} Love this summer outdoor decorating idea. Jazz up a vase with Washi tape!

There are so many different colors and patterns of washi tape, the possibilities are endless. Next time you are adding flowers to a vase, try creating your own DIY summer vase for your tabletop. Ok, now for some more fun! Head over to these other fabulous bloggers and see what craft they have done in 10 minutes.

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Finding Home

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Dream Green DIY 

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TidyMom

10 Minute Craft: Patriotic Rice Jars at TidyMom.net

Miss Mustard Seed

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Julie Blanner

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Thistlewood Farms

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10 minute DIY Window Valance {no sew}

A couple weeks ago we shared our blue powder room makeover off of the kitchen and would you believe me if I told you that the valance was a table runner? During the painting project, I picked up a few accessories but couldn’t find a window treatment that was suitable. The window is an awkward size.  Most of the valances that I found in the store were either the wrong size or didn’t look good. As I was wrapping up the project I was totally annoyed because the darn window was still naked. Then it dawned on me, I had purchased this adorable table runner a few weeks ago from Home Goods. Mainly because it was cute and cheap, not realizing at the time, it was would be my window treatment in the bathroom!

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

Items needed

Table Runner (or whatever you are turning into a valance)

Stitch Witchery

Curtain Rod

First, lay out your table runner on a flat surface.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

I originally intended to use drapery rods to hang the valance but didn’t like the look so I opted to create a hem/pocket using the stitch witchery. The pocked allowed me to slide the rod through. I didn’t want to cut my table runner (you never know when I might need it on the table) so I used the entire length. Feel free to cut yours to the desired length.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

 I used a hot iron with steam to adhere the stitch witchery to the runner.

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

That’s it! A 10 minute valance created with a table runner. Yay!

10 minute DIY window Valance {no sew} How to turn a table runner into a window valance

Be sure to check out the rest of the bathroom makeover for more tips, color inspiration and of course, the before pictures. We love our DIY window valance and the best part is was quick and was no sew!

Fun Father’s Day Grill Gift Basket

Out with Mother’s Day and in with Father’s Day. Where does the time go? I swear it was just “my” day a couple days ago! ha. Living with “three” dads under one roof, you are bound to get stumped on what to buy them for Father’s Day. Even though my husband and grandfather are not my “dad”, I am still responsible somehow for getting them a gift. It never fails, during any holiday, I am the shopper and the buyer. My dad gives me money to do “his” shopping and of course, I take the kids to shop for their dad. One of the dads in our house will be getting this fabulous fun grill basket for Father’s Day. Hopefully my husband doesn’t read this post :).

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

When preparing a gift basket, I tend to fill a basket, bucket or box. Something that can be easily carried works the best.

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

I picked up most of these items at my local Home Goods store.

Tip: If using a basket or bucket, try using two different sizes. For example, I used a serving platter styled tray to accompany the deeper larger basket which holds most of the items. 

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Grilling resource guide:

Basket – to hold items or be used as a serving platter (larger bottom basket)

Meat tenderizer – Tenderizes steaks, chops, veal, chicken breast and a variety of other meats

Grill basket – works great when cooking veggies, fish or anything small that will fall through standard grill grates

Burger press – Makes stuffed burgers, sliders and regular patties

Barbecue tongs – perfect for flipping or moving meat

Meat thermometer 

Grill Gift Basket Idea / Perfect for Father's Day  or any grill lover

In addition to the above essentials, a tablecloth, cute plastic food baskets, napkins, seasonings, skewers, BBQ sauces are all perfect complimentary items for a grill gift basket.  Sometimes I just pick up cute things that are relative to the theme of the gift basket and before I know it, I have enough to fill a box, pail or basket. If you have empty pockets, fill with coordinating tissue paper. Tissue paper is a gift baskets best friend! In case you are wondering where you can find these items, I picked them all up at HomeGoods…….even the cute mustard and ketchup containers ;).

Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards from HomeGoods to create this Father’s Day grill gift basket.

DIY fabric photo wall art + cleaning tips + $200 HomeDepot giveaway

Good morning! Who wants to win a $200 gift card to Home Depot? Keep reading!  We recently partnered with P&G and The Home Depot to share our cleaning tips and tricks when moving into a new home as well as a fun tutorial on how to make your own DIY fabric photo wall art.  Cleaning your home is never a fun task especially when you are cleaning up grim that isn’t your own. Somewhere along the line, we have all moved into a new home or apartment and have been blessed with the lovely residue from previous occupants. I am kind of a germ freak when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms so for me, I tend to go overboard when cleaning these spaces.

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Come join me over at  The Home Depot and get the full tutorial on this 10 minute wall art piece and see me in action cleaning kitchen cabinets. Be sure to check out all of the cleaning tips and easy projects to personalize your home at the Apron Blog shared by other talented bloggers. I am loving all the shelf projects they are sharing!

Are you ready to win your own $200 Home Depot Gift card? Enter below via rafflecopter.

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*Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email to claim prize or another winner will be drawn.

This post is sponsored by P&G and The Home Depot. All opinions and words are 100% my own.

Decorating with Yellow Flowers {10 minutes or less}

I try not to over-think decorating. Sometimes it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the details that you forget about what you are really trying to accomplish when decorating. For me, flowers are always what save the day. This simple bouquet of yellow flowers {mums} along with fresh greens are perfect for any tabletop, especially for spring or summer.

how to decorate with fresh flowers / 10 minutes or less decorating ideas

I picked up a 8 stems of yellow mums and the greens for under $12 dollars.

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Most floral shops (I go to Wegmans, my local grocery store) have a variety of textured fillers (greens) that will coordinate with just about any flower.  I just happen to love yellow flowers and found the color fitting for our tablescape above. Decorating with fresh flowers is easy and doesn’t need to be expensive. If change the water every other day and cut the bottom of the stems on an angle when you change the water, you will most likely get a full to two weeks of life from your flowers. These lasted almost 2.5 weeks! Check out more of our projects at our home & projects page.

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