May 18, 2016

Rock the World Painting Craft for Kids

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s, music was a big part of my childhood. I remember riding my bike over to my friends house during the summer, turning on the music TV channel and watch music videos all day long. We would even get up to dance along and grab the nearest item to us and use as a microphone to pretend we were the lead singers of the groups and sing along for our own concert. 

I have always loved music. I played the violin, took guitar lessons, even sang in my middle school select choir. Now that I have kids of my own, I have been trying to introduce music into their own lives anyway I can. Now that they are finding their own sound, I want to introduce them to more genres and teach them that music is not just songs on the radio, but that the lyrics and sounds can be meaningful and relate to different parts of their life.

When certain songs are played on the radio or even commercials on TV, it brings back special moments throughout my life. Songs from my first date with my husband, our wedding, birthday parties, and some song lyrics make me tear up just thinking about how fast my kids have grown. Music fills your soul with love and memories. To bring music to our playroom, I created this fun and easy Rock the World Painting Craft my boys will love. 

  • Blank canvas (any size)
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft Paint in your choice of colors
  • Vinyl decals, stencils, paper patterns, etc. of the guitar or other image.
  • Paint marker, decal letters, sticker letters, etc for phrase or saying.

How to make:

1. Place image decal or pattern on your blank canvas. (Tip: you may paint your canvas a color ahead of time, let dry, then apply your decal.)

2. Choose the colors you want to use and decide how you want your painting to look. Stripes, single colors, a modge podge of colors all over. (Tip: Let kids have a go at their painting skills.) 

3. Start painting! Be careful around your decal. When painting over the image, I like to paint from the decal outwards, that way paint wont pool around sides and leak underneath. (Tip: Have a few brushes on hand, one for each color. Will cut down on time and easy to switch back and forth.)

4. Once finished painting, let dry. (Tip: I used an acrylic craft paint and it dries a lot faster then other paint.)

5. Once dry, peel up or remove the decal to reveal the image.
6. Draw or apply the letters or phrase to the inside of the guitar or other image you choose. (Tip: I used cut vinyl letters for a super easy application. Hand drawing, stencil, and stickers will work the same.)

6. Hang and enjoy! (Tip: Use command type picture strips to hang on your wall without ruining your wall. Plus, makes it easy to remove and change location.)

We hung our Rock the World Guitar art in our playroom. I decorated a wall in their playroom to showcase some of their favorite art work from school, art class, or just from crafting at home. I absolutely love the guitar print we created for their playroom! My boys are just now finding their music sound and have been really excited to start listening to their newly found favorites.

Have you seen the song lyrics wrapped around your favorite Coca-Cola™ products? I love being able to look through and try to find my favorite ones. Plus, I love to enjoy a nice cold Coca-Cola™ and relax while listing to my favorite songs or finishing up projects with my boys. 

Enter to win the Share a Coke Sweepstakes at for a chance to win tickets to the American Music Awards and more. Win prizes like wireless headphones, wireless speakers, 1 year premium music membership, or even a $50 iTunes gift card.

Head to your local Tom Thumb, like we did, to grab your own Coca-Cola with your favorite song lyrics and download the Shazam App on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and other devices to get your Coca-Cola Share a Song plus don't forget to enter to win the Share a Coke Sweepstakes.

May 2, 2016

Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

Boys and bathrooms are not the greatest combination. They are anything but neat and sometimes I am scared to go in their bathroom. Having two young boys who would rather be playing video games or with their toys then taking the time to brush their teeth or wash their hands and actually clean up afterwards, the bathroom becomes a huge mess. Toothpaste ends up on the walls, floors, and even the cabinets. It makes me wonder how much is actually getting in their mouth. After I get them snuggled into their beds at night and pass by the bathroom, I notice toothbrushes on the floor, yes the floor! The toothpaste tube is in the dogs mouth, and their is toothpaste covering the mirror. 

So, after coming across a fun and simple idea on pinterest for their own toothbrush holders I just had to make my own. I had everything on hand already so the cost was minimal and took only 5 minutes to create. In fact, they both helped me create them and they love it! They love having their own "space" and have surprisingly kept it clean and has managed to keep their items in one place. 

To create your own personalized toothbrush holder you will need:
  • Mason Jar or other type jar or vase
  • Letter stickers, paint, marker, vinyl (I created mine from vinyl and a die cut machine)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (Travel sized works wonderful!! They have their own and love it)

1. Clean the jar or vase with a glass cleaner to remove dust and dirt and let dry completely.

2. Attach or add their name using the stickers, vinyl, paint, etc.

3. Add the tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss, etc. Anything they need for getting ready.

4. Let them enjoy!

My boys love the fact that the jars and items are just for them. It lets them have something of their own since they share so much. It may just be toothpaste but to them its so much more!

April 28, 2016

Get Ready for Spring with Ortho® Animal B Gon® Animal Repellent

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Do you love your yard, but hate seeing your hard work get eaten up by garden pests? Maybe you are planning your garden and want to keep the rabbits, groundhogs, squirrels and other small animals from eating all your carrots and nibbling on your tomatoes. Ortho® Animal B Gon® Animal Repellent has a great no stink formula product that uses essential oils and delivers long lasting, rain resistant performance. These essential oils provide an effective way to keep small animals away from your lawn and garden. What smells nice to people actually confuses animals with a "wrong" scent, so they'll go somewhere else to find a place to eat.

Whether you choose the Granules or the Spray, you can rest easy knowing that Ortho® Animal B Gon® Animal Repellent is safe for people, pets and plants.
How does it work?

Not only is this a great product, but you can also save $1.00 by using Checkout 51 when you purchase Ortho® Animal B Gon® Animal Repellent at Walmart. Checkout 51 is a grocery savings app that gives you new offers weekly, and lets you earn cash back on your purchase by taking a photo of your receipt.

April 26, 2016

Pack a Perfect Sleep-Over Tote Bag

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Raising boys is quite the adventure. Each day brings something different and new and it's the best! I love that one day we will battle the evil villains and save the day and the next we are on an epic adventure to far away lands. When it's time for a real epic adventure, I make sure they are packed and prepared for whatever may come their way, even if's just a trip to grandmas house. But, when your little superhero wets the bed, sleepovers can be frightening and scary and even a bit embarrassing. So, when I gather his adventure bag for his special trip, I always make sure to pack him GoodNites Bed Mats and GoodNites Bedtime Pants to protect him and the bed. 

Children cannot control bed wetting and 1 in 6 kids ages 4 through 12 wet the bed once or more per week. It's totally normal but can be hard for a young child to understand what and why this is happening. At 7 years old, my little man does not understand why he cannot control his bladder during the night and it upsets him greatly. He fears wetting the bed when at his grandparents house and will not say anything if it happens out of pure embarrassment. I've tried and tried to reassure him that it's okay if it happens and that he didn't do anything wrong. So, when my little adventurer sets out on his journey (to spend the night grandmas house), I pack him, and his brother, the perfect sleep over tote bag that he loves and helps build his confidence but giving him that reassurance since I wont be there with him.

To pack the perfect sleep over bag you wont need much and it's super simple. I grabbed a blank canvas tote bag and I decorated it with a puppy, of course, using an iron on vinyl. You can also use a stencil with fabric paint to create a fun design they will love. I added a pillow and small throw blanket for a bit of security, his current favorite book and one of his many favorite stuffed animals. I know these items would remind him of home and allow him to feel more comfortable and confident.

Don't forget to pack the GoodNites Bed Mats and GoodNites Bedtime Pants for extra added protection. The GoodNites Bedtime Pants are made for boys, and girls, ages 4 and up and helps them maintain a sense of privacy and builds self confidence. We love that the GoodNites Bed Mats are disposable and helps reduce middle of the night sheet changes. 

Now that you have gathered all the essentials for your perfect sleep-over tote, it's time to start assembling. Everything fit perfectly into our bag and is all ready for him to head out to sleep over at grandmas house.

We have been battling our bed wetting issues for some time now. It's heartbreaking to know that he doesn't want to sleepover at his grandparents house because he is afraid he will have an accident in the bed. He is now 7 and as he gets older I know the fear grows stronger. He will start getting asked to sleepovers with friends and I want to make sure he has the confidence and security to have a good time and not have to worry about wetting the bed. He's is only 7 and shouldn't have to worry about things like that. As a mom, I will do what ever I can to protect him and I am happy to have GoodNites protect him when I can't be there.

I love that Wal-Mart has a great selection of GoodNites bedtime protection. It's so easy to grab them while doing our regular shopping. Plus, you don't want to miss this $2.00 off coupon (while supplies last) when shopping at Wal-Mart for GoodNites products. Coupon is available at certain times so keep checking back for more chances to get your coupon. 

How do you tackle sleepovers when your little one has bedtime accidents? 

April 22, 2016

Boys Bathroom Make-Over

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Is your bathroom needing a bit of an update? Ours is for sure. Being the mom of two young boys, bathroom etiquette and neatness flies right out the window. I try to stay out of there if at all possible. But, sometimes that's not an option. My messy boys still need their momma to help get ready for bathtime or even when getting ready for bed. When we first moved in to our house a few years ago, the bathroom was a blank slate and I loved being able to shop to spruce it up. However, having two boys, it was hard finding decorations and decor that were not pink or too cutesy. They were little boys, but growing fast and wanted something to grow with them. But, I also wanted it to be awesome! 

I first started updating our bathroom last summer when I found this awesome striped shower curtain. It was perfect and had to have it. I painted some old frames and printed out some cute bathroom signs and thought to myself, "yes, this is perfect!". Little did I know that it was not as great as I thought. It was missing something. I just wasn't sure what it was so I backed off and left it as is. After all, they were boys and could care less about the decorations in their bathroom.

I mean, the bathroom was in pretty good shape but we didn't have any storage and the decor I had was just blah. I wanted something to match the crazy personalities of my silly boys. I knew I loved my shower curtain and their towels were a keeper. So, using those as my starting point, I got to work making a few simple updates that made a huge impact in there. I wanted to share how simple and easy it is to update your boys bathroom with just a few items and sticking to a tight (super tight) budget.

First, I started with creating a space for each boy to keep their toothbrushes handy, and separate. They fight over everything including the toothpaste. So, using a plain mason jar I added their names to the front. I used vinyl and a die cut machine, but you can get the same affect using letter stickers or even a sharpie. It's perfect and so easy to make. It took 5 minutes to throw together and now they each have their own jar when it comes time for our bedtime routine. 

Their bathroom lacked storage and organization. Towels would always be flung everywhere and we were always loosing things under there. Grabbing a few baskets solved that problem! I wanted to use metal or wire baskets since it's under the sink and in the bathroom. Things can get wet and didn't want fabric baskets to retain any water and ruin or smell. Trust me there are enough things in there that already smell.

Because both of my boys names start with the letter B, I had to add a letter B in their bathroom. We have a wall of B's in our playroom and just wanted to tie in the theme here as well. Their playroom is just outside of the bathroom. My youngest some helped pick out the color and even helped paint it. Perfect craft project for my little guys! Plus, it's really lightweight and made from cardboard so if it ever fell down, it wouldn't hurt anyone or damage the wall or floor. Best part of this was the letter was half price and got it for a steal at the craft store.

I enlisted both my boys to help with another craft project. They love painting and helping out so this was great for keeping them busy while I spruced up the other parts of the bathroom. I always have to remind them to wash their hands. You would think by now they would get the idea, but nope! I have to say "wash your hands" at least 5 times a day, probably more. So, using similar, but smaller, cardboard letters, I spelled out the word WASH and let the boys paint in what ever color they liked. Well, out of the four colors I picked out for them. Once they dried I attached them to the wall using sticky picture strips on the back.

Re-using the picture frames we already had on hand, I updated them with a fresh coat of paint and found these awesome and perfect printables on the internet and placed inside. These are so much more vibrant and fits better with the theme. Cost for this project was free and packs a punch.

Now that everything is together and up it is perfect! It was a small update that was was simple to do and didn't cost much money. Plus, I love that the boys helped as well with painting and decorating. It is their bathroom and I wanted them to have a say. Now, to just get them to keep it clean. Well, that's a whole different story!

Not only is it impossible to keep their bathroom clean, it's impossible for my oldest to stop clogging the toilet. My husband, like many guys, spend hours in the bathroom. I am not sure what they are doing in there, but my oldest seems to be taking on this manly tradition and he's only 8. Since he is still pretty young I want to make sure he's properly cleaning himself and keeping his underwear clean. I can't be in there holding his hand making sure he does it right so I trust Cottonelle® Fresh Care* Flushable Cleansing Cloths to do the job for me. They even come in a one touch dispensing tub that makes it easy even for my 7 year old to use. 

Sam's Club is awesome when it comes to stocking up on our Cottonelle® Fresh Care* Flushable Cleansing Cloths. They really understand the needs of busy moms by offering a pick-up service where you can order online and pick-up in store. Plus, they offer a subscription service where you can select the items you need and have them delivered to your home! How awesome is that! It's hard sometimes having to drag two boys into a store to get your shopping done. I know I try to run in and out as fast as possible and I always forget something and someone usually has a meltdown halfway into our trip. So, I know this is an awesome idea! 

Is your boys bathroom in need of an update? What is your favorite makeover idea we shared that you can't wait to try?

April 18, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Tote Bag Gift Idea

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Teacher appreciation week is coming up in just a few short weeks and what better way to say thanks then with this fun Teacher Appreciation Tote Bag gift idea. Teachers work so hard all year long and and I can't wait to show them just how much they really mean to us. We are very lucky to have two amazing and wonderful teachers this year and I know they go out of their way to make sure my both my boys really love learning. That is why for this years teacher appreciation gift I created this custom tote bag full of their favorite items including Extra® Gum that I found at our neighborhood Kroger.

Extra® Gum is perfect for our teacher gifts because the new Extra® 35-stick pack is the perfect size for them to keep in their desk at school, purse when on the go, or even at home. The container is made from a durable, recycled packaging that hold more pieces of gum and let's face it, more gum is always better. 

To create our custom teacher tote bag gift idea, we took a plain tote bag and grabbed some of our teachers favorite things like cookies, scented foaming hand soap, note pad, a book, a tumbler to hold their favorite drink, and of course Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice®

Creating our teacher appreciation tote bag was so easy and lots of fun and I cannot wait to surprise them with their gifts. To create your own tote bag, you just need a few things. Using a blank canvas tote bag from our local craft store, I created an iron on glitter decal using vinyl and cut out our teachers name. But, you can hand paint using fabric markers or fabric paint as well as using a stencil to add their name or any design you want. Make is special by adding a quote or phrase or something you know they would love.

Our school posts a list of all of our teachers favorites, so it was pretty easy for me to figure out all the things they like. So, to fill our tote I grabbed some gourmet chocolate chip cookies, a bottle of their favorite scented hand soap, and a plastic tumbler in their favorite color to hold their favorite drink. I even included a colorful note pad and their favorite book to enjoy over the summer break.

Everything fit perfectly into our custom tote bag. Because the bag is much bigger then our items and we wanted it to be a perfect presentation, we added some tissue filler at the bottom to help our items appear to fill it up. We also used some ice cream and fruit shaped erasers to add a fun to the bags.

How do you celebrate your favorite teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week?
Visit Extra® for more great ideas. 
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