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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board

Ready to make something for your home? Yes? Good. A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that we went Geocaching in this post. While we were driving through the desert near our house, we spotted a pile of discarded slate tiles. (Yeah, people dump their junk in the desert sometimes. Beyond aggravating.) So we stopped, I sifted through them, and brought several of them home for a project - A Tic Tac Toe Board to be exact. Not just any old Tic Tac Toe board, but a Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board. So much fun, right? Why didn't we think to do this sooner??

DIY Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board @

Here's what you need:
- 9 slate tiles 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
- 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/2 board  (we used a 2x12x8 ft board. planks are always 1/2 inch smaller than advertised)
- liquid nails (we used Loctite Pro Line)
- dark walnut wood stain
- sand paper
- 1 sheet of adhesive vinyl
- white acrylic paint
- craft sponge brush
- this Silhouette file (optional)

DIY Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board - click through and learn how to make this

Here's how to make this Tic Tac Toe Board:

wood board

Use the sandpaper to smooth down all the corners, and any rough spots.

stained wood board

Seal the wood using the wood stain. Be sure to follow the directions on the wood stain and allow for the proper drying time.

cut out a vinyl stencil and place on board

Use the Silhoutte to cut out this file onto adhesive vinyl to create a stencil. (If you don't have a Silhoutte, then skip this step or decorate the sides in your own way.)

paint over stecil
Peel off stencil

Place each stencil on the sides of the board. Paint each side using the craft sponge brush. Gently peel the stencil off the wood.

arrange tiles and adhere with liquid nails

allow to dry before use

Once the paint has dried, arrange the tiles until you are satisfied. Glue one tile on at a time, making sure to place each tile in the exact position as previously arranged. Allow to dry over night before use.

Coffee Table Tic Tac Toe Board - learn how at

That's it. It's definitely not a difficult project, but you do you have to allow drying time...always a little challenging for us impatient people! ;) Totally worth the wait, though.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Printable Spring Flower Banner

Can I just tell you guys that I've had a hectic week? Over the weekend, Joel and I ran a 5k and I managed to resprain my guys probably didn't know that I sprained my ankle in February, did you? I did. I forgot to mention that previously. Yeah, well apparently I ran a little too much, a little too soon...and it's resprained. There's no walking going on here. Only crutches. Bleh. A couple days later I managed to get the cold that Cheese had. So then I had to take care of two kids in the midst of my sickness and sprained ankle. This week has been trialing, to say the least. Bah! However, I get my camera back! Hooray! (A Small beautiful moment in the midst of many chaotic ones this week.) So to celebrate, I have a fun Printable Spring Flower Banner to share with you guys! (And also because I'm dying to do creative things). Here's a sweet, colorful and festive way to celebrate the arrival of Spring!

Free Printable Spring Flower Banner @ click through and get it!

You will need:
-This Printable Spring Flower Banner
- Twine
- Scissors
- Masking Tape

Decorate for Spring with this Free Spring Flower Printable from

This banner is easy to make. Simply print out the Spring Flower Banner onto card stock, cut out the flowers, and tape the backs to a string of twine. Use this banner and decorate to your heart's desire.

Get this Free Spring Flower Printable Banner from

Pretty, pretty, pretty.

Bonus idea: These flowers would also make an adorable flower crown. (I chose not to go this route, simply because I have boys, not girls.) :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

30 Colorful Desserts to Make For Spring.

My camera still isn't ready yet. I'm working hard on staying patient - but I think I am going to explode! I have so many ideas for projects and no camera to document the process. Super antsy right now. So instead I am going to share an awesome collection of colorful desserts to make throughout the Spring season. Or Summer. Or Fall. Or whenever else you may feel inspired to make beautiful food...because seriously, these desserts look so amazing, you aren't going to want to limit yourself to making them during one specific season!

The real question is, which one do you want to make first??? 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quick and Easy Temporary Hair Dye Using Chalk

My camera is still in the repair shop, due to Mac's little shenanigan, but I've been told that it should be ready within the next couple of days. Hopefully. Geez. Children. Bah! Anyway, regardless of the fact that I am camera-less at the moment, I do have one simple project set to share. Apparently this is the perfect opportunity too, since I can't take pictures of any of my other projects! A while back Mac's school had a "Crazy Day." The kid were encouraged to dress in crazy attire for that day - backwards clothes, inside out, mis-matching shoes, you get the idea. It was truly a hysterical sight to see. Mac desperately wanted to have crazy colored hair on that day. So the night before, Joel and I searched online for a simple way to create temporary hair dye. There were plenty of ways, mostly with Kool-Aid, but after reading through a couple of tutorials, we came up with our own easier way to put temporary hair dye in Mac's hair  - using chalk & hair spray.

Quick and Easy Temporary Hair Dye Using Chalk - click through and see more @

You will need:
- Colored Chalk (we used sidewalk chalk, but colored chalkboard chalk is great too)
- Hair Spray
- Hair Dryer
- Spray bottle filled with water (recommended but not necessary)

1.Start off with lightly damp hair. (Mac's hair was dry, so we misted it with a spray bottle filled with water.)

2. Using the long side, rub the chalk over the damp hair until you are satisfied with the color saturation. (More than one coat may be needed, depending on the color.)

3. Spray an even coat of hair spray over the damp, colored hair.

4. Gently dry with a hair dryer.

Easy Temporary Hair Dye using Chalk - only takes 5 minutes. @

That's it! Unbelievably easy. The color lasted on Mac's hair the entire day, as long as he didn't touch it. However, it is chalk, so a small amount of flaking is possible. Either way, it was pretty awesome for about 5 minutes of extra work. I was definitely satisfied. :)

Quick and Easy Way to Make Temporary Hair Dye with Chalk in 5 minutes @

This would have been awesome to do for April Fools! I should have thought of that sooner. Darn it! Next year...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Finding Beauty within the Chaos

You know, it seems that sometimes despite our best efforts, chaos seems to find its way into our lives. This season has been absolute, 100% mad chaos for me. Chaos, chaos, and more chaos. No matter how hard I try, the conflicts always seem to pile up at once. It drives me crazy. I've had countless moments of frustration, but I've also learned a lot through these circumstances - mainly the importance of finding the beautiful moments within the chaotic moments.

broken DSLR camera

Over the past six weeks or so, I've celebrated a handful of family members' birthdays, a school field trip, judged a fine arts festival, sprained my ankle, got a staph infection in my sinuses, had an asthma attack, had a couple of anxiety attacks and lost a lot of sleep, been sick and taken care of sick children multiple times. Multiple times. Mac also managed to break both my iPad and DSLR camera within about 10 days of each other. (Neither was intentional, nor is he allowed to handle those items, but I assure you he has been grounded.) I also signed up to run in a 5k sponsored by an organization that confronts human trafficking. After I signed up for the 5k, I got really sick for a couple of weeks and was unable to run. And then, as soon as I started to feel better, I sprained my ankle! Seriously. I don't know how I manage these things sometimes. My ankle finally healed enough for me to resume running again last weekend. The 5k is this weekend. (Baahhhhh!!) Chaos? Yes. Crazy? Possibly. But the real question is, am I ok? The answer is YES! 

Yes. I am ok. These chaotic six weeks haven't been my favorite, but I'm still ok. Why? Because despite everything, I've realized that there are always good moments, beautiful moments, in the midst of the conflicts. It's not like I'm in love with the continuous chaos that I seem to find myself in again and again, but I'm learning to appreciate the moments that often get overlooked during conflict. 

Geocaching adventures & digging our Jeep out of the sand

Over the weekend, I had a night where I didn't sleep well, due to to medication I had to take. And, due to unrelated circumstances, the boys didn't sleep well either. The next morning didn't go well for us and I was sleep deprived and a little foggy. It was a frustrating. However, Joel and I decided to make the most of the day and took the boys Geocaching (or as we call it, Treasure Hunting). Our adventure started out well and we found our first cache of the day (or treasure). But then we couldn't find the next cache. Mac was so disappointed. So, we chose a different cache - out in the desert near our house. Less than a mile from the next cache (0.3 miles to be exact), our Jeep got stuck in a patch of soft sand (it only has 2 wheel drive). So, Joel, Mac, and I spent the next 30 minutes digging our Jeep out of the ruts. It was a lot of work. And we would get out of one rut, only to get stuck in another one. Each time we would get out of one rut, we would cheer Joel on. It made it fun. Eventually we got out, but by that time the wind had picked up so much that it was difficult to walk against and our Jeep was on the verge of overheating. After all the digging, and the fact that we were so close to the cache, how could we give up? We couldn't! We walked the last 0.3 miles to the cache in the wind while our Jeep cooled off. Guess what? We found the cache, and the boys got a couple of awesome souvenirs. Mac got a paracord bracelet and Cheese got an army man. It was truly a triumphant moment, a beautiful moment, for our family. It was just a silly little family adventure, but in that adventure we were able to show that hard work, perseverance, and a good attitude can reap great rewards. It really did for us that day.

Each day has its own beautiful moments

That day started out rough for all of us, and our Jeep got stuck in the sand during our adventure. Both of those incidents had great potential to spoil our fun. Instead we chose to keep a positive attitude. You know what? I've found that even in the worst days, there's almost always something positive to focus on. I recently had a day where I was so exhausted and overwhelmed, I had to go to the staircase landing, have a quick cry-break, pull myself together, and then go take care of the boys. Even on that very difficult day, I encountered a couple of beautiful moments with my kids. 

Sweet moment in the midst of a chaotic day

Sometimes, it seems that life has handed you one gigantic bowl of lemons. Despite our greatest efforts, we can't always control our circumstances. It just doesn't always work out that way. Beyond frustrating! But despite the conflict and chaos, it's important to look for those beautiful moments. Finding the beautiful moments in the midst of the chaotic moments truly makes life more enjoyable.