Rainbow Loom Bracelets and Crafts


My girls have had so much fun with their Rainbow Looms this summer. This has to be the best kids craft invention ever! Colorful rubber bands can make different patterned bracelets, rings and even a mini handbag. You can get the kit and extra refill bands at Michael’s. Best $14.99 we’ve ever spent. There are endless projects and patterns online. They got it to make bracelets and rings and now they are using it to make saddles and bridles for the Breyer horse (Taylor’s newest discovery). You don’t want to go horse shopping with Taylor. She wants them all so she has to put a lot of thought into which one to spend her money on. That was the longest shopping trip ever. But her first horse is very happy with all of his colorful rubber band accessories.

Today’s Leopard Print Finds:

Betsey Johnson Crystal Leopard Heart Toggle Bracelet

Leopard Scentsy Plug-In Warmer


Thanksgiving Thankful Tree

The girls and I made a Thankful Tree for our Thanksgiving centerpiece. All we had to do was hunt for a few branches and find some skinny ribbon. I used my Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge for the leaves. But if you don’t have a Cricut or that particular cartridge, you can use circles, squares, tags, etc…

Taylor only filled out one and it was for her pets.

Megan was thankful for many things, including food. She was also thankful for money. When I asked her whose money she said “yours, because it gives me food”. She also hums when she eats something she likes, so she really likes food. She was elated yesterday as I wheeled her around on the back of the buggy at Costco going from sample station to sample station.

I’m thankful for my wonderful husband who happens to be the best Daddy in the world, for Taylor who is such a sweet and compassionate soul, for Megan who keeps me entertained on a daily basis, and for my numerous family and friends. I hope y’all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Sterling Industries Leopard Jar

Turkey Treat Pot

Last year the girls made these adorable little turkey pots to give away as Thanksgiving gifts. We found it on the Michael’s website. They were really easy to make. Fill them with candy or use them as a place card.

DecoArt Patio Paint – Pinecone Brown
DecoArt Patio Paint - Tuscan Red
3/4″ flat brush
Foam sheets: red, yellow, orange, brown, purple (we did assorted tail colors)
Wiggle eyes
Styrofoam ball
Hot glue gun
3″ terra cotta pot

1. Trace and transfer patterns on foam sheets and cut out shapes with scissors.
2. Paint pot red.
3. Paint Styrofoam ball brown.
4. Push Styrofoam ball down over rim of pot to form head.
5. Position and adhere eyes, beak, waddle, wings, feet, and tail feathers with glue gun.

To use turkey pot for treat container, position plastic or paper cup inside pot before filling with candies, nuts, or other food.
To use turkey pot as name card holder, position one wing up and adhere paper sign with person’s name on wing tip or write name on front of pot.

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Drake Design Leopard Wooden Cross

Pony Bead Suncatchers

Pony Beads have been a lifesaver this summer. When the girls get bored they can design something with pony beads. First they made bowls. The sun catchers are my favorite though.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line the baking pan or oven safe dish that you wish to use with foil. Place beads in the design that you choose. You can try to leave a hole for the string but some of them still melted together. For those I used a small screwdriver to poke a hole. Bake for 20 minutes. (the smell is strong so turn on your vent-a-hood, open your windows and doors, etc…) After it cools, remove it from the pan and use string to hang.I forgot to take pictures of the entire process but if you want to see the before, during and after of the bowls you can see that here.

Megan made one shaped like a purse.

and one in Johnny’s favorite colors.

The crazy bird that I’ve told you about before didn’t care for me hanging sun catchers in his tree and kept dive bombing me. But his trees look so fancy now.

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Tall Rattan Planter …

Melted Pony Bead Bowls


Our first craft of the summer…..Pony Bead Bowls. Somehow we always seem to accumulate these beads from various craft kits. I still had to go buy more though of course. I found a bag of assorted colors at Michaels in the kids craft section. You can also buy the colors individually but the assorted one was great because it added some time to their project.

They spent at least an hour sorting beads. (which means at least 5 less “Mommy, I’m bored”‘s that I had to hear for the day. The picture above is Megan’s finished project. This was Taylor’s pattern. She used orange, red and clear. She gave hers to her grandmother before I had a chance to get a picture of hers. I thought for sure one of them one make a leopard print one for me but no such luck.

Line the baking pan or oven safe dish that you wish to use with foil. Place beads in the design that you choose.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. (the smell is strong so turn on your vent-a-hood, open your windows and doors, etc…)

After it cools, remove it from the pan. Take an oven safe bowl and cover it with foil. Turn the bowl upside down and place the bead plate on top of it in the oven at 400 degrees for 2-3 minutes until it melts down. You can get different shapes depending on the size and height of the bowl you use. Now they are working on sun catchers….!

Today’s Leopard Find: bebe Women’s Macey Ankle-Strap Sandal …

Scrapbooking Organization

This one is for my scrapbooking friends….I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. After trying to unpack from Disney World I had piles of stuff everywhere to use in the scrapbooks. Since I’m years behind on this, by the time I get to it I’ll have no idea where everything is. So the light bulb came on and I came up with the idea of putting everything in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Now when I get the pictures back they can just go in there too. Then everything is all in one place. Especially excited about having a place now to put all of the school stuff that accumulates every week.

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Rubber Mounted Wood Stamp …