Let’s DIY

Happy Friday and Memorial Day weekend! I’ve got some killer DIYs for you this weekend. Although I won’t be able to do any of these projects this weekend, I’m super excited to see my family and go to the Indy 500! This will be my 23rd year going to the 500 and the weather is supposed to be perfect.

Simple DIY Weekend Projects

Here are my favorite DIY projects for this week:

I might have to break out my yarn and Clover to make pom poms for my bike basket tonight because they are too stinkin cute! Has anyone tried giant crepe flowers? I’m wondering how well they would stand up for an outdoor party like a bridal shower or graduation?

If you’d like to see more DIY inspiration for this weekend, check out my board on Pinterest:
Follow Shelly @ DIY Mama’s board DIY Inspiration on Pinterest.

Don’t forget to play

Don't forget to play
On Sundays I try to schedule my week ahead. I meal plan, get the groceries, prep food and add tasks I want to get done for the week. My planner has an area for the top three things I want to accomplish each day, which I love. There’s also an area for more to-do. This is the area that I’m very bad at filling. I know that I have one hour between 8-6:30 to work on a project. I have one hour that I KNOW she won’t wake up and I don’t have Jeffrey to spend time with. Sometimes I get frustrated that I get so little done. I want to create more for this blog, write for other blogs, sew a quilt, paint, garden and plan for Disney all during that hour. Sometimes I sigh when I hear her stirring from her nap wishing I had ‘just five more minutes’. In the end, I don’t want those five more minutes. I want every single minute I have with her to play, explore, dance, giggle and learn! She is my work and play and I’m beyond lucky to spend my days with her. I must remember: don’t forget to play.

Washi Tape Light Switch

Today I wanted to share with you how I did the quickest, quirkiest update on Soph’s light switch cover. Seriously, this project took 5min. I did a simple washi tape light switch DIY to add a little fun to her bathroom.

Washi Light Switch Cover
I have this thing about not buying new stuff until I really feel I’ve been using up my current supplies pretty steadily. I wanted to buy more washi tape but knew I hadn’t been using my current stash since my last smash book. This was the perfect solution!

Materials Needed:
Washi Tape
Exacto Knife
Switch Plate

Washi Tape Light Switch Cover
Washi Light Swtich Cover
The first step is to figure out your color arrangement. I knew I wanted gold to be prominent so I started with it to ensure I’d have a full stripe. [Read more…]

Page Turners Book Selection: June

Have you recovered from The Martian yet? We have and we’re ready for more sci-fi! What Lisa and I want to read for June is:

Ready Player One Book Club

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The synopsis of this book sounds like a cross between the movies Surrogates and The Matrix. The main character is navigating a virtual world and stumbles on something that puts him in danger. It’s got 4.31/5 stars on Goodreads, so that says something.

Ready Player One
Hope you can score a copy of this at your local library. Thankfully I have a gamer husband, so my copy was free too! Don’t forget, we’ll be discussing on May 29.


May Goals

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May Goals
Happy May! Did you go to a  May Day festival this past weekend? I would love to go to a May Day festival draped in a flowing white dress and flowers in my hair. This year I spent it with bubbles and chalk outside with Sophie which is equally as awesome. Although the days are getting longer, they seem to be shorter because we’re having much more fun!

Before getting into my May goals, let’s see how I did with my April goals. My biggest family goal was to have more patience towards Sophie. I definitely have had more patience with Sophie. There are still days when I’m counting down the minutes til Jeffrey’s arrival but overall I’m getting better with staying calm with her. Jeffrey and I had a star gazing date night with dinner and a movie at the planetarium which was amazing. We’ve also started watching (second time for him) Game of Thrones and spending time together everyday outside once he gets home. We also had a ‘5k date night’ of which we’re both very proud of because we didn’t walk during the race! I did a meal plan every week but didn’t even touch my video files that are in desperate need of organization.

Although I did not get accepted for any sponsored posts, I’m happy with my month of blogging. I only applied for two sponsored posts because I didn’t feel the options meshed with DIY Mama. I re-worked two drafts (Gooey Granola Bars and Love Letters Scrapbook) that went live this past month. I did very well at scheduling content for my social media accounts in advance and learning more about each outlet. I’m still not a fan of Facebook but I’m getting better at it. In fact, I did my first ‘boosted’ post and got amazing results. [Read more…]

The Martian (Discussion)

Very excited today to be discussing our April book selection, The Martian! Did you get a chance to read it? I’ve got 3 questions below, and Lisa’s got some as well over on her blog. Feel free to discuss any or all of the questions in the comment section or link-up your post at the bottom. Lisa and I are sharing the same link-up, so you don’t have to enter on both blogs. The linky will close in a week. Alright, let’s get started!

I really enjoyed The Martian. I’m giving it a 4/5 stars only because I wasn’t a fan of the depth he went into when explaining the science of his mission. I super loved Mark Watney and his dry sense of humor as well as Andy Weir’s development of the characters and settings.

And now, for the discussion. Before I begin, I’ll remind you that there may be spoilers ahead. Also, feel free to use my questions as jumping points. Ask your own questions and start your own discussions. I’ll be responding to comments in the comment section, and you’ll get an email when I (or anyone else) does. [Read more…]

All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love

Love is powerful and complicated. To truly love someone means to love yourself first. I often think my heart will burst with the amount of love I have for my family. It is physically painful sometimes to think about how amazing and special Sophie is to me. I am learning, in order to be a great wife, mom, daughter, and friend, I have to love and take care of myself first. All you need is love. How do you love yourself to be better for others?

Beaded Tassel Bracelet

Anyone else have a huge tackle box of beads from when they were younger? I used to make necklaces and bracelets for my family, friends, teachers and just about anyone who would take one. I’ve been pinning to my DIY Jewelry board for over a  year now and have realized I have a lot of the materials to make these beautiful bracelets that I swoon over.

Today I decided to try my hand at a Beaded Tassel Bracelet that can double as mini Japa Mala beads (for me during times of need, such as, lunch time with a toddler).

DIY Beaded Tassel Bracelet
Simple Beaded Tassel Bracelet
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Gooey Granola Bars

Hi guys! I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Kid Chef recipes to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Laura posted this granola bar recipe at Heavenly Homemakers and I knew it looked like a super yummy snack that would be a great recipe for my kid chef!

Gooey Granola Bars

The title is extremely accurate. These granola bars are super gooey which is a great sensory activity for toddlers. This recipe is super easy and customizable. You can have your kids choose what additions to make to the recipe. There is only one part that an adult would need to help with, depending on the age of the kids.*

Gooey Granola Bars

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/2 c peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/3 c honey
  • 1/4 c coconut oil
  • 1 c oats
  • 1 c (total) of any combination of : sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut flakes etc.

Gooey Granola Ingredients

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Let’s DIY

Happy Friday friends! I hope the sun is shining where you live and you’re looking forward to a fun weekend ahead! I’m excited because Jeffrey and I are going on a star gazing date: dinner, planetarium and star gazing using a rented telescope. We’re switching off who plans our date each month. This was my month and since Jeffrey loves space, I thought I’d recreate our second date together from college (star gazing in a field with brownies). I probably won’t get any crafting done other than finishing photo booth props for my cousin’s wedding. I’m keeping this week’s Let’s DIY at the top of the list though because each of these have been begging to be made!

DIY Crafts
Here are my favorite DIY projects from this week: [Read more…]