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My husband works in a high-rise building but before that he used to be woodworker. So on the weekends he is always busy doing projects for me. So I am going to share a few projects he has done. Of course after a long week of work and wrangling 4 kids, he loves to enjoy some SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee while he is building. SToK™ is the brand of geeked-out coffee that provides an elevated, coffee experience so he can keep his creative juices flowing. Lots of times he doesn’t even have plans for what he is going to build!
This week he is finishing up my barn door chicken coop so I headed over to Walmart to find some SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee to help fuel his fire so he could get it done. I found the SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee in the refrigerator section near the milk and other cold beverages.
So if you need some inspiration for some DIY projects in your house, check out these my husband has been working on!
My dad brought back some old barn wood from Oregon and he let us use some to build a barn door.
This door makes my heart happy! The house we bought had a lot of doors taken out and removed so we were trying to decide what to do about it. I thought this door would look fantastic in our living room and I was right!
To get the specific instructions on this table, go here. My husband built this for me as a Valentines Day present. After 11 years, he has figured out what I really like as a gift!
I was given a beautiful barn door by one of my friends but the problem with it was, not only was it too heavy to hang in the house, but some of the wood on it wasn’t good. So my husband decided to repurpose the barn door into a chicken coop! He spent under $100 on this whole project! The only thing left to do is paint it.
I used to HATE the cabinet our tv stood on because not only did the drawers attract junk, but it always had tons of fingerprints on it. So I asked my husband to fix it up for me! He used more of the barn wood from Oregon, took out all the drawers, then used a nail gun and turned it into a rustic cabinet!
Then we put a canvas print of some aspen trees on the front. I love how it turned out!
We had this enormous white wall and we couldn’t agree on a color to paint it so my husband just nailed up more barn wood and turned it into a wood panel wall. A little tip, if you don’t have access to barn wood or if you do and decide its too expensive, go to Home depot or Lowes. I found distressed wood at both places you can use!
Our kitchen is very dark but the island had this bright white tile on it that I didn’t care for. So my husband covered it with wood and I love it!
And he couldn’t have done all these projects without SToK™ It’s cold brewed and slow brewed coffee, that is strong enough to get his creative juices flowing.
I am normally on top of my game when it comes to my kids class parties but this year I kept forgetting to sign up and was left with either do get a craft together or a game. I normally bake something fun so I was a little underprepared for coming up with a game. And when I googled “Valentines Day game”, nothing but bingo came up.
So I decided to get my husband to build me a game for the kids that they would love! Plus it’s so easy I am going to show you how to do it! We had most of the supplies at home except the balls and cups so it cost me under $10 to make. If you have to put the plywood, it will cost a little bit more.
First cut a square of plywood. The size depends on how large you want your game. My husband screwed a little stand in the back so they game would stand at an angle. You can even leave it on the floor without the stand if you want to.
Next get red solo cups and screw them into the board with small screws. I did this with an electric screwdriver.
I just screwed them into the shape of a shape on the board. My original thought was to use beanbags but I thought the bags would be so heavy they might knock over the cups so I used ping pong balls and not one fell off.
If your into symetry and precision you can hot glue the cups down first to make sure they are in the shape you want but I didn’t have time for that or know where my glue gun was.
I got some ping pong balls at Target for a couple bucks and that’s it!
If you want to get real fancy, when we got to my kids school, I brought some christmas lights and put them around the cups. All the kids thought that was extra fun but of course that’s optional.
You could even put a number in the bottom of each cup to make the cups worth different amounts when they make a ball in it. I remembered that idea as I was driving 10 minutes late to the party.
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It’s finally Fall and nothing gets me more in the Fall spirit than throwing a fun party! My kids are already gearing up for Halloween and we already have some costumes for the event! My middle son chose The Hulk and my oldest son chose Captain America!
I was able to pick these up at Walmart in the Halloween aisle. There was a whole section for your favorite Marvel heroes! After they choose which costumes, I got started on my party plan! I was trying to figure out how to tie in Fall and Marvel because the usually Fall and Halloween colors normally don’t mix. I decided on pumpkins! Pumpkins are everywhere now so it was easy finding decorations. I was able to find all I needed at Walmart.
I was able to find MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron in the electronics section of Walmart. If your looking in the movie section, look in the “New” section. I found some there and some on an endcap since this movie was just released.
So to celebrate Fall and have a watch party for MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, I prepared a fun party plan for you!
First I got some small pumpkins, and a red and orange candle. Then I laid out an orange tablecloth.
Then I laid out some red plates.
Then I got some orange cups and some red, white and blue cups. The easy thing about Marvel items is you can go with a red, white and blue theme as those colors are normally available year round.
For the cups I bought some Marvel stickers at Walmart and passed them around and let the kids decorate their cups. This way they could keep up with which cup was their own.
For the centerpiece, we got 3 pumpkins along with red, white and blue paint. My kids put their handprints on the pumpkins and we set them in the middle of the table.
To keep in touch with the Halloween/Fall theme, I bought some red, white and blue tulle and wrapped it around the pumpkins for a patriotic spider wed effect! I found this on clearance for $.50 a spool so it only took $1.50 to create this!
A big way to save with decorations is to reuse from another party. I made this cute Fall garland, which is easy to make with tissue paper so cheap!
If you want to know how to make this tassel garland, check this out.
For the food portion, I went with Captain American tortilla pizzas! They are so easy to make!
Just get a tortilla and put pizza sauce in a circle on top of it.
Next put a ring of cheese on the outer portion of the tortilla.
Get some sliced cheese and cut out a star and place in the middle.
Bake at 350 for about 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Next I made a Captain America Pumpkin Fruit plate!
First add a ring of strawberries.
Then a ring of mini marshmallows, a ring of raspberries, then fill in the rest with blueberries. Lastly make another cheese star and put in the middle. To top if off add a stem of broccoli on the top to look like a pumpkin!
For dessert I made Thor cupcakes and, boy, did the kids go wild over these!
For these I used jumbo cupcake liners. I baked a cake mix according to the package and let it cool.
Ice the top of the cupcakes with white icing. Then get a jumbo marshmallow and put 2 toothpicks in the bottom. Then stick a pretzel rod in the bottom and put on top of the marshmallow.
A fun way to display your cupcakes is to put them on a cookie cooling rack. Then you can put extra plates and napkins under it!
So after a fun party, just sit down, relax, put on your favorite Marvel costume and enjoy MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
What is your favorite Marvel character?
I am IN LOVE with my new side table in my kitchen! Ever since we moved into our new house I didn’t care for the old set up.
It wasn’t so much the cabinet but the white did not match the rest of my kitchen. The rest of the kitchen has custom cabinets and this was just a particle board setup that took up too much space in our kitchen and I have been wanting to change it for months.
I’ve been researching wine barrels and where you can get one and I found the perfect place! I looked on Craigslist but since I’m cautious to buy anything off there, I skipped that pretty quick. Then I asked one of my friends who makes their own wine and they said you could ask a winery if they had any for sale. But I found those can cost upwards of $500…might as well just buy your own table at that price.
I found Rocky Mountain Barrel company online and dragged my husband to their showroom. He was a little skeptical since half of the time my home improvement projects don’t pan out but I couldn’t get him out of their store! It is amazing! And not only that, the staff was incredibly nice which I appreciated.
We decided on one of their cull barrels which means they aren’t going to sell it to a brewery or winery. We also got them to staple the belts so the total for our barrel was around $100. Some of their nicer barrels are more expensive but we liked this look best.
Side note they also do custom-made shelves, dog beds, sinks at reasonable prices so if you are in Denver, this is a must see showroom!
Here is the before and after! Not only does it look better, but it also gave us more space.
All my husband did for the top was he used some reclaimed wood which was free and sanded them down and glued them together then screwed them together from the underneath. If you have someone in our family who knows about woodworking, this is an easy project.
For the side, he went with the circular top of the barrel and made the top rounded.
He made this in about a day, not including the drying time for the wood glue to dry.
Comment below if you have any questions!
On the same day it won two Academy Awards® including Best Animated Feature, “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, “Frozen” has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” Disney’s second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” and Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
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We threw my little girl her 3rd birthday this weekend and she wanted a Frozen Party. Frozen is the hottest thing around right now so I was all on board except I wanted it to be a little different. I needed a little twang in her party and decided to throw a “Country Frozen Party!” I knew I needed lots of mason jars, burlap and lemonade and along with the help of my family we pulled off quite the event.
Below are a few things I made for the party along with instructions! Hope you enjoy.
I didn’t have time to mail out invitations so I used evite.com to make them this year. I used Picmonkey to edit the picture. And you can get a free day of Picmonkey royale here! It is amy favorite photo editing software. Evite is so awesome because you can invite people by email then see who has RSVP’d, send people messages and more!
For my daughters outfit I made her a scrappy skirt!
I used 1/4 yard of the following fabrics:
pink polka dot
blue polka dot
turquoise polka dot
and light blue polka dot
and 2 yards of tulle.
All the fabric together cost me under $10
The only other things I needed was scissors and elastic.
I cut the elastic to the size of my daughters waste. I cut all the fabric in long strips and began to tie them on the elastic.
Once you start to tie them on your elastic might not be straight and that is ok. My starting to curl over but you need it to in order to get the knots tights.
Once I was done tying on the fabrics, I got my little model to stand on the table and I cut the fabric into the lengths I wanted. I think it looks cute to have some pieces a little longer than others.
Normally when you go to parties you are left with a parting gift which sometimes includes candy. As much as my kids love candy I decided to try a different treat this year. I got organic juice boxes, 2 packs of rasines and organic applesauce with little faces drawn on my sharpie. You could attache some hands like mini licorice but I was trying the no candy route. At the end of the party I gave them a little bag so they could put their robots in.
Next I made a little banner that said “Sayla-Jewell is 3”
6 bandanas from Hobby lobby.
and some burlap on clearance
I cut out the bandanas into triangles then cut out all the words on the burlap.
I glued the letters onto the triangles. I alternated the triangles, white then blue.
So for this white triangles, I cut a blue square out. Enough to be a little longer than the triangles then folded it over and glued it on top of the triable.
Once everything was dry, I threaded the raffia through the top of the squares that had been folded over and glued, then hung it up on the wall.
I HAD to have these little beauties as soon as I saw them! My kitchen it blue so I used them for the party but will also use them in my kitchen!
They are from World market and are $12.99 and you can get them here.
Next up were the mini caramel apples.
I grabbed a bag of green apples, my melon baller and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and some coconut oil.
Boil the can of sweetened condensed milk for 3 hours.
Let it cool then put on the stove in a sauce pan. Add a little coconut oil, and stir. It needs to be liquid enough to roll the apples in.
Roll the apples with the toothpicks in the tops and set on wax paper and cool in refrigeratior.
I did these the night before and took them out right before the party.
Next up, I had to make a wreath for my front door. Here are my step by step instructions here. This time I used some blue deco mesh I found at Hobby lobby for 90% off! It was around $1, then added some burlap ribbon and paint a “S” for my daughter’s name in white.
I am going to add some pink and green in order to transition it to a easter wreath in a few weeks!
Then I painted a pallet I scored from Micheal’s to look like a mason jar. I am the worst artist in the world but I am happy with how this turned out! If your looking for a pallet, scour the back of local hardware stores of craft stores and ask them if you can take their unused pallets. This one was free 😉
The only thing I would change would be a brown bow.
I got this life size Elsa Piñata from La Piñata Feliz in thornton, CO. Right when I walked in a spotted Elsa and could not BELIVE how beautiful it was! When I asked the price I snatched that little lady up so quick! It was just a little over $30. It was so well made and the kids had a blast with is!
We played 2 games at the party and the first party was “Pin the nose on Olaf”.
My mom got a metallic poster board because it kind of looked like snow, then a white one as well. I drew Olaf then stuck him up on the poster board and drew arms and some hair. Then just grab some orange card stock and make a bunch of noses for the kids to stick on the board.
Next I played the song “Let it go” by Idina Menzel and the kids split into 2 teams. We used my twins nephews as snow men and the 2 teams had the entire length of the song to wrap them up. At the end, whoever was covered the most won…of course I couldn’t decide and break a few hearts so they ended in a tie!
This was my grand idea for a cake. I just wanted to make it look like Elsa’s blue and white dress. I mean how hard can it be. Bake some cupcakes, put them together and ice them right?? NOPE! I couldn’t get the cupcakes close enough together so there were gaps and lets just say it didn’t look great but you know who doesn’t care…tons of little kids whose only care is how they taste!
I got these AMAZING ceramic colanders at Target for 50% off! I feel in love with them and added lemons made them look too cute!
I found this drink tub at Hobby Lobby for 50% off! It’s got a cute little chalkboard thing in the front you can write whats in it but I guess I got to busy and forgot to write on it.
I made these pom poms that I made for out Zatarain’s Houseparty except in blue, white and tan.
Step by step instructions here. It cost me $6 to make 6.
I also served ice cold lemonade in mason jars with paper straws. The kids loved it!