Family Joy Blog Linky Party #60

This week was filled with sports and activities, birthdays and cleaning- I am ready to relax πŸ™‚ Excited to see what you all have been working on. Still working on Easter or thinking ahead to summer planning? Kids camps seem to be advertising everywhere and I need to start thinking of summer scheduling before everything fills up. I just want to get through the next 2 weeks first!

Onto our party, remember to comment and share!

Party invite(4)

 

party hosts (2)

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

recent joys #60

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Amazing Instant Pot Beef Stew
Sammy Approves: 20 Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers
Ava’s Alphabet: Bunny Footprint Art
Pursue Your Project: An Instant Pot Recipe For Every Meal
Smiling Notes: 7 Smart Ways to Save Money Online

Mel Claire: French Spaghetti
Love Inspired: Dollar Store Easter Crafts

Keys To Inspiration: Fresh & Modern Powder Room Reveal

 

 


Features #60
Lolly Jane: Spring Easter Egg Sign Decor
Just Measuring Up: 12 Easter Crafts That You Can Make With The Same Bunny Template
The Scrap Shoppe Blog: Framed Paper Bunny
A Dish Of Daily Life: Sticky Honey Mustard Chicken
The Monday Box: Chocolate Covered Leap-Rechauns and Pots Of Gold For St. Patrick’s Day Military Care Package

The Lazy Gastronome: “Carrot” Eggs

Tired & True Blog: Faux Chalkboard Dog Leash Holder

Sparkle Living Blog: Springtime Painted Wooden Tulips

 

most clicked link #60

 

——–My Life From Home: Decorate Your Mantel: Spring——–

 

 

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Dollar Store Easter Crafts

 

How can you not love dollar store decorating… that doesn’t look like you only spent a dollar, right?! Here’s a few things I whipped up to add some Easter touches around the house.

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I knew exactly what I was looking for when I went to the store and the craziest thing- I actually found it!! I wanted little tiny eggs I could stack on skewers to make a cross. The glitter on the eggs was an added bonus. Notice the little bunnies are worshiping the cross πŸ™‚

I thought my shelf needed some bright colors splashed in so I bought coordinating “flower balls” (do they have a real name, if so I have no idea what they’re really called). Layered my peeps, while smiling. Seriously, how can you not smile when you look at those cute ‘lil guys.

The Easter sign in the back and the striped scarf under the vase are also from the dollar store!

I knew when I saw these bags that they were a steal. I mean, really, only a dollar each! The hydrangeas I found amoung all the fake flowers at the dollar store too. I’m not a huge fan of fake flowers because, well… they usually all look fake! But if I buy fake flowers it’s usually hydrangeas because they look the most real πŸ™‚

I have a pile of candles and I love that they are off white because that basically means they go with any design or color scheme. I had some left over Easter grass and eggs built a candle nest along my bar. Just a little touch but I really like the way it looks!

Happy Easter πŸ™‚

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #59

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Party invite(4)

 

party hosts (2)

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

 

recent joys #59

Thinking Outside The Pot: Spring Into OshKosh B’gosh Style
Sammy Approves: 50 Reasons Clutter Doesn’t Make You a Failed Parent
Ava’s Alphabet: Chocolate Mint Brownie Trifle
Pursue Your Project: I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books
Smiling Notes: A Quick Lunch At Bub & Pop’s

Mel Claire: DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial
Love Inspired: DIY T-Shirt

Keys To Inspiration: DIY Modern Shiplap Wall Treatment

 

Features #59

Just Measuring Up: Building a Picnic Table in One Day
Lolly Jane: Cereal Box Succulent Planters
Sparkle Living: Kaleidoscope Easter Eggs
Back To The South: Chalkboard Pantry Door
My Suburban Kitchen: 10 Minute Thai Veggie Noodles

Eight Pepper Berries: Savory Rosemary Irish Soda Bread

Pale Blue Corner: Memory Quilt From Baby Clothes Part 2

The Cheerful Space: Step by Step Floral Painting

 

 

most clicked link #59

——–A Bride On A Budget: DIY Bridal Shower Soap Favor——–

 

 

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DIY T-Shirt

DIY easy to make t-shirt!

It’s finally here… baseball season. I love me a good baseball game, and I love to be dressed accordingly. So I wanted to craft up something cute to wear. When Target had their shirts on sale for $5 I was all over that!

Supplies:
*T-Shirt
*Fabric Paint
*Scissors

So I’ve been seeing all these cute cut sleeves all over Pinterest and I thought I would give it a try myself. I first started cutting the sleeve about 1 1/2 to 2 inches (down), then followed that by 2 more cuts.

Repeat on the other side. Here’s what I learned, material matters! I love a soft rayon shirt but I did discover that it shows every scissor cut. I needed to clean up my cuts at the end.

After all the cuts, begin tying each piece. You want to make sure you tie all pieces the same way, so the knots lay in a similar way.

Next, I found a couple sticker letters I had laying around and whipped up a heart from scrap paper. After I traced the heart’s perimeter with the fabric paint I removed the heart. Then I peeled the stickers and placed them exactly in the center.
Using a paint brush, brush in outward motion. Overall, it gives the heart a weathered look- exactly what I’m going for.

Remove the stickers and you’re left with the negative space of the letters πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #58

I may be the only one, but I forgot about the time change! Thank goodness our phones change automatically. I really want to try and get the family outside today because it’s going to 85 degrees. Personally the pool sounds like the only place I want to be πŸ™‚

Onto our party… do you have share buttons on your blog? I have visited multiple sites that I wanted to pin and share but there were no buttons or extensions. When you have good stuff, people want to share- so help us out πŸ˜‰

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Party invite(4) party hosts (2)

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

recent joys #58

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Money Saving Tips & Challenge
Sammy Approves: Tropical Punch Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
Ava’s Alphabet: Irish Soda Bread
Pursue Your Project: Instant Pot Taco Chicken Wings
Smiling Notes: 3-Ingredient Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

Mel Claire: St. Patrick’s Day Cream Cheese Filled Rainbow Cake
Love Inspired: Whale Silhouette String Art

Keys To Inspiration: How I Started My Blog

 

 

Features #58DIY Adulation: Easy DIY Shamrock Wreath
Simply September: Designing A Nursery With Paper Flowers
My Suburban Kitchen: Fudgy Rolo Brownies
Lolly Jane: St. Patrick’s Day Gumball Bracelets
Pillar Box Blue: Upcycle Your Jeans Into The Cutest Dog Toys

The Creative Household: Reuben Pinwheels

The Turquoise Home: Large DIY Wall Decor Ideas

Nap Time Creations: Spring Pom Pom Wreath

 

most clicked link #58

 

——–Crafting A Family: St. Patrick’s Day Good Luck Shamrock Printable——–

 

 

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Whale Silhouette String Art

Let’s gather the supplies!

*Find a great piece of wood filled with character- cut to size (Lowe’s and Home Depot make cuts really cheap)

*Colored string

*Finishing nails, and a hammer

Step 1

Draw or print out a silhouette. Personally I think whales are easy enough to free hand, and have enough curves that you don’t have to be exact. I like to use my paper outline through out the whole project.

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Grab the hammer and start hammering 1 nail at a time around the outline of the whale. You have a couple choices here, go visually or pencil a dot approximate the same distance for the entire outline. You just have to ask yourself, are you a perfectionist or a little more loosey goosey? πŸ™‚

*An additional tip would be to pre-drill the holes so every nail goes in very straight- your call.

Step 3

After the outline of the whale, hammer in the nails around the perimeter of the wood. Now comes the FUN part, the string! I like to start at the bottom corner and work my way around the entire perimeter first. Next, begin to cris-cross the string from the whale to the outside edge.
There’s really now wrong way because you’re the artist, you can constantly see how it’s coming together. If you don’t like the way a cris-crossed patterned turned out it, just redo it.

Since I’m making the nursery whale themed, this piece will fit in perfectly πŸ™‚

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #57

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Party invite(4)

 

party hosts (2)

 

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

 

recent joys #57

Thinking Outside The Pot: Instant Pot Chicken & Rice
Sammy Approves: Raising Baby On A Tight Budget
Ava’s Alphabet: St. Patrick’s Day Teacher Gift Printable
Pursue Your Project: New Additions To Our Backyard Flock
Smiling Notes: Brunch At Jammin’ Crepes

Mel Claire: 4 Reasons You Should Buy Your Meat in Bulk & Save It with a Food Saver System
Love Inspired: Teaching Tweens The Difference Between

Keys To Inspiration: Charming Accent Chairs

 

Features #57

 

Duck Tape & Denim: Lucky Vintage Playing Card Garland
Nap Time Creations: Wild Things Coat from a Blanket
Clean & Scentsible: Chocolate Confetti Easter Eggs
Fabulous Fare Sisters: Creole Mustard Southern Fried Catfish
Find it, Fix it or Build It: DIY Coffee Table for $8 in Lumber

A Pretty Fix: Pretty Vintage Floral Wreath

The Navage Patch: Aging Wood with Vinegar & Steel Wool

Centsible Chateau: Master Bathroom Remodel on a Budget

 

 

most clicked link #57

——–The Navage Patch: Ceramic Vase Makeover——–

 

 

 

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Teaching Tweens the Difference Between Discussion and Direction

I don’t know about you, but in our family it is vital for our daughter to understand the moments of discussion and direction!

You know what I’m talking about, there are time when you want your child to be involved, you want their thoughts and opinions. And then, there’s the times when you feel a lecture coming on- and it’s their turn to sit and listen. But what ques are we giving the kids to let them know when to speak and join in the convo and when to keep their lips closed and ears open?

I also like to make my expectations clear, as earl as possible. It’s like getting a speeding ticket when the speed limit sign was tucked behind a bunch of trees and you had no idea it changed, it’s feels unfair- right?!

Label the two whenever possible!

One example “I don’t really understand why you made that choice… I want to try and understand what you we’re thinking” Be inviting with questions and pausing for reflection.

Another example could look like this…”It appears you are feeling frustrated, but I am giving you a direction, which means even if this isn’t what you want to do- you need to be respectful”

Social ques are so important in life and kids will be faced with picking up on tone, facial expressions, and listening- learning when to speak up.

Be sure to offer both options.

Many times it seems that we really need to be authoritative after something happens, or remind them of the rules and expectations.

Yet, sometimes- especially as tweens get older they need to be apart of the discussion to stay engaged in what you’re saying!

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #56

The end of February is here and I feel like we just celebrated Christmas! This week was a hectic one for us as we are in full birthday party mode and working around nap schedules. I have the best intentions of getting so much done hen the kids go to bed but some nights I’m just too darn tired- do you feel me?!

Onto our party πŸ™‚ Please remember to stop b other links, share, and comment. We all like it when others do the same for us, so spread the love.

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Party invite(4)

 

party hosts (2)

 

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

recent joys #56

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Instant Pot Potato Soup
Sammy Approves: Dental Health Tips for Toddlers
Ava’s Alphabet: Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Cupcake Toppers
Pursue Your Project: Our 2nd Year Raising Our Pork
Smiling Notes: 10 Time Saving Kitchen Hacks

Mel Claire: Nonna’s Quick Easy Pasta
Love Inspired Tulle Tassel Garland

Keys To Inspiration: 10 Creative Cricut Explore Projects

 

 

Features #56

Ducks ‘n a Row: 3 Simple Time Savers In The Kitchen
Flamingo Toes: Floral Embroidered Zipper Pouch
Pink Peppermint Design: The Mermaid Party
Keeping It Real: Tuna Breakfast Muffins
The Cheerful Space: Birthday Rum Cake

Emmi’s Cookin Side: Italian Carnival Donuts

Simple Nature Decor: DIY Painted Feather Art

Thirty Eighth Street: Scandinavian Inspired Nightstands

 

most clicked link #56

 

——–Sew Travel Inspired: How To Market Your Posts on Twitter Stress Free——–

 

 

 

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Tulle Tassel Garland

We have a birthday coming up- aren’t birthdays the best! In our family, that means decorating, and more decorating. After all, it’s a special day to celebrate! This year we’re planning a big party so I’m started on the prep early.
I love the look and whimsical feel of tulle, so I went shopping. The best part- it’s so inexpensive!

Supplies needed:
*Any color tulle- I bought 1/2 yard of each color.
How long you want your garland, will determine how much tulle to buy.
*String/yarn
*Scissors

Step 1

Measure out the length of your first tassel. Mine wereΒ about 7-8 inches long and 5 inches wide. Stack 4 pieces on top of one another and start cutting.
Best to make them a little longer, as you can always trim them down if you need too.

Step 2

Grab the middle of the stack and begin to twist. After twisting, wrap it around in a small circle. I had some white string handy so that’s what I used but pipe cleaners could also work.

Step 3

When you have all your tassels cut and put together, it’s time to string the garland. You can use a thicker yarn/rope to keep the tassels in place or use a thin string, which will cause them to gather in the center. I liked this look πŸ™‚