St. Patricks Day Rice Krispie Treats with Lucky Charms Marshmallows

Lucky Rice Krispie Treats

I am huge fan of Rice Krispie treats! They’re super easy to make and taste delicious! My kiddos and I wanted to try a twist on the traditional Rice Krispie Treats and make them green and use Lucky Charms Marshmallows for St. Patrick’s Day!  I also like to add vanilla extract to mine to enhance the flavor a bit. I have seen cute versions of this treat with using Lucky Charms cereal but I love the texture and taste of traditional Rice Krispie Treats so we just added the Lucky Charm’s marshmallows separately at the end.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 4 cups of soft marshmallows
  • 5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • green food coloring (optional)
  • approximately 3/4 cup of Lucky Charm’s marshmallows - My kids and I picked them out of the Lucky Charms cereal box and set them in a bowl until we were ready to use them. Heaven help the person who pours themselves a bowl of Lucky Charms sans marshmallows! (hehehe! I’ll blame it on the leprechaun!) 

Instructions:

Melt butter over low heat until completely melted. Gradually add marshmallows and stir often to avoid burning them. When marshmallow/butter mixture is completely melted, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and your green food coloring and mix well. Remove from heat and stir in your Rice Krispie cereal. Once mixture is mostly combined, stir in the Lucky Charm’s marshmallows.  My kids and I picked them out of the Lucky Charms. If possible, store in an air tight container and they will stay softer longer! A ziplock bag works great! 

Tanner loves Rice Krispie Treats

I think little Tanner man loved them the most, runny nose and all. :)

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Don’t forget to check out this cute little St. Patrick’s Day gift and printable too!

Have a great day!

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Winter Activities for kids

Confession: my little dudes have been watching WAY too much Phineas and Ferb. The screen time per day is at an all time high during these crazy winter months. Polar Vortex anyone? What is UP with that!?

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I mean, it can be exhausting to entertain 3 little boys (all 5 and under!) for the entire day AND run my etsy shop AND work on our blog. Then, throw in working out, meal planning, grocery shopping, housework, naps, errands, etc. and kill me now. It is seriously draining at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Tell me I’m not alone.

BUT, there is something incredibly fulfilling about getting it all done and doing FUN things with your kids instead of plopping them in front of the tv all day. I’m vowing, right here, right now to make a serious effort to do more creative, fun things with the boys before they both start school next year. My 3 year old will be going to pre-K and my 5 year old will start Kindergarten. I don’t wanna talk about it. *tear*  Who’s with me?

I’ve come up with over 25 Winter Activities for kids that will have your kiddos convinced they have the best mom ever.

Homeade GAK

1.  Homemade Gak! I love this stuff!

2. Bake Cookies

3.  Do puzzles

4. Play board games

snow paint 5. Snow Paint – Boy, oh boy do we have some snow to paint!

6. Build a snowman

7. Color

8. Make and send homemade cards to family

9.  Do watercolor paintings

Painter's Tape Spider Web 10. Painter’s tape spider web 

11. Write a pen-pal letter

12. Use tape and make a hopscotch court

13. Have a play date

14. Have a “camp out” in the living room

Mess Free Finger Paint 15. Mess free finger painting -  My kids loved this one!

16. Go to a children’s museum

17.  Play legos

18. Make a snow volcano 

Build a teepee

19.  Build a teepee or a fort

20. Make and play in a ball pit!

Balloon Ping Pong

21. Balloon Ping Pong

  Velcro Sticks

22. Velcro sticks – have fun making them and making shapes and letters out of them.

DIY $1 Book Ledges 23. Read to your kids. Read with them. Teach them. Love them.

24. Make Ollieblocks and play! These have been on my “to do” list for a long time.

Tape Race Track 25. Masking tape race track – source unknown.

If anyone knows where to find the original source, please let me know in the comments! Love this idea and my kids had a blast!

Jello cookies

 26. Jello cookies – this recipe makes DIY colored play dough AND colorful Jello Cookies!! FUN!!

Okay wow! Some of these ideas obviously require more effort and planning on your part but can you even imagine how much fun your kids would have?! Super mom in their eyes!  Which one is your fave?

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DIY Homework and Art Station

 YAY!!! Its 2014!!! Happy New Year everyone!

One of my goals of 2014 is be more organized. I feel like this is my goal every year but this is the year everything will stick…hopefully. I have been working on a few projects around my house to get me started in the right direction. First, was this DIY Homework and Art Station! I wanted to make over this cute corner in my girls playroom that they can keep all their art supplies and also work on their homework or the latest masterpiece! 

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The playroom has been needing a uplift for sometime now. With some help of my sister and friend, I repainted the whole room white then I added the black stripes. You can learn how to paint perfect horizontal stripes here.

Kelly Green Desks

How awesome are those cute school desks? I scored those at a local thrift store for only $8 a piece. With the help of some black and kelly green spray paint and of course gold legs these desk were revamped in no time. The girls got the easel for Christmas and it is from Ikea for only $10. 

While I was at ikea, I also picked up those cute little storage cups ($1 each) , hanging rod ($2.99) and the magazine rack ($14.99) perfect for keeping everything organized in the corner. I love the magazine rack for holding coloring books! I also got the cute rug at Ikea for only $20. I mean honestly, that’s a crazy great price!

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I won’t lie, I normally don’t go to Ikea but in the last two months I have been many many times. They have great things for organizing and great prices. (By the way, I am not being paid to say this) ;)

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 What do you think? I can’t wait to show you the entire playroom! Where do your kids do art projects and homework?

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Bright and Fun Playroom Reveal

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Whoooaa! A room reveal!! Can you believe it?? I finally got the playroom done! I think. haha!! My kids are probably the most thrilled with this whole makeover, obviously. They are so in love with their playroom, which makes for a very happy Mommy.

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As you may know, this used to be my Craft Room and the playroom  was in the basement. I use the term “playroom” loosely because let’s get real, it was basically a toy dungeon. There was very little playing happening down there. Well, fast forward 2 years later and I had my third little boy. My little guy, Tanner is a crawler now and absolutely cannot handle the stairs into the basement. Duh! For safety and cuteness reasons, the playroom got switched with my craft room and now my craftiness lives in the basement. I will be showing you that as soon as I get my rear in gear and finish it up and take photos.

The aqua dresser houses all the toys. My boys have amazed me with how organized they’ve kept each drawer. I think I’m raising some OCD kids. “Transformers go here. Power rangers here. Train set here.”  I secretly love it.

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Let’s break it down, shall we?  The Tandem Bike Art Work was inspired by Vintage Revivals’ entry way art work. I made my own DIY version of the Tandem Bike Wall Art.  The PLAY letters are individual letters from JoAnns that I painted yellow. Easy art people!

Playroom_6 These cute little bean bag chairs sure get a lot of use. My kids LOVE them and I found them at Target. They’re easy to clean and my kids really love them!

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These paintings were painted by my super super talented cousin, Lacey. I love them so much and they totally capture my little guys. She is so talented. You can see more of her work on her Facebook page, Portraits by Lace. If you’d like to have her paint one for you, she can be reached at portraitsbylace@gmail.com.

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My sweet friend gave me this little kid’s table! I painted it blue and added these little seats from Target. They were on clearance! My favorite way to buy! ;)

Playroom_2 My little guys helped me make this little wall art arrangement. I. love. it. so much!  I cut two poster boards to the size of these Walmart poster frames (that I spray painted green) and let my little guys go to town drawing whatever their little hearts desired! Then, I created the DREAM BIG printable and framed that as well.

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I painted this giant piece of wood a fun blue and used my Silhouette to cut out theses vinyl “playroom rules” decals. I have a similar, smaller “family rules” decal for sale in my vinyl shop if you want one. Don’t worry, it won’t take up your whole wall like this one.

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 The cute little robot, green lamp and wall clock all came from Target as well. I can definitely get carried away shopping for accessories at Target. I’m not alone in this, right??

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 I built the book ledges for a dollar and made the curtains with fabric I bought from Fabric.com. The pendant light fixture came from Lowes. The lime area rug was 80% off of RugsUSA Labor Day sale and I think it totally ties the room together. I love the ikat-ish chevron. I debated on going with the super trendy chevron in this room but I think it’s so fun and playful for this space!

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 This room just makes me and my kiddos so happy! I hope you like it! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!?

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Don’t forget to check out how I made the DIY book ledges for $1.01!

Update: We’ve done a little rearranging! Check out the kid’s DIY Art Station we added.

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First Day of School FREE printables {Preschool-12th Grade}

KINDERGARTEN Printable

“Back to School” time is right around the corner. I have created these chalkboard “First Day of School” FREE printables for anyone who has kids starting school. I have created Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-12. I love that they’re gender neutral and I have included the school year as well so you never forget what year the photo was taken! Aren’t they so fun?!

Last year, I simply typed and printed this one for my little guy but this year I wanted something…well, cuter!

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I think the chalkboard printables will be perfect! You can download any or all of these FREE printables HERE

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If you like these, do me a favor and pin the collage image so everyone can use them for their kiddos! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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DIY Magnetic Chore Charts

DIY Magnetic Chore Chart

It’s summer time and let’s face it, Summer can get hard with kids falling out of their routines and habits they created during the school year. This DIY Magnetic Chore Chart is super easy and really effective for kids!

Screen shot 2013-06-29 at 7.05.17 PM First, you’ll need your Silhouette Shapes. The cool thing is that with the Designer software, you can purchase shapes and alter them to be exactly what you need. The possibilities are really endless with the Designer Edition software. If you don’t have it already, you need to get it asap! You can purchase it here.

We used these two chore chart shapes: Shape 1, Shape 2. There are a few more but these are the ones we chose that suited the needs of our children’s age/skill levels when it comes to chores and responsibilities.

Next, you’ll design you “chore” images to your linking. We loved the look of the colored background with a white “chore” image.

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For this part, don’t forget to have your circle background image set to “Cut” and your shapes (toothbrush, toilet, etc.) set to “no cut”. We also changed the line color to white so there wasn’t red outline.  PS. The new crosshairs feature on the Designer Software is awesome for making sure everything is totally lined up and even. Sometimes “eyeballing” it doesn’t work so well with digital design. ;) If you’re unfamiliar with the software, check out this video to see what I mean.

Next, you’ll print and cut your designs. Make sure you have your “print registration marks” checked and print out your images.

Then, using regular cardstock, you will print out your design. Once printed, you will feed your cardstock (on your mat) back into your Silhouette and it will scan for the registration marks and cut your design.

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Then, repeat the cut with the magenetic paper. One side is coated with adhesive so once it is cut, you will simply peel off the backing and adher the cardstock to the magetic paper.

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Finally, attach it to your refrigerator!

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Is that not the cutest dang chore chart you ever did see? We love it! It’s so perfect for the kiddos at this age. Heck, kids at any age!

Wanna make your own?! Silhouette is running an incredible promotion right now and you can get your own for a smokin’ deal!! We’re also in love with the Designer edition software and if you’re going to have a Silhouette, the software is a MUST!

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Right now through July 10th, you can get any of the following deals by entering CLUTTER at checkout!

- Silhouette Cameo & Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software for $269.99
- Silhouette Portrait & Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software for $129.99
- Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software for $24.99 <<< If you already have a Silhouette, you need this one pronto!

Order your Silhouette and/or software HERE and use code CLUTTER to get these awesome deals! You can thank me later! ;)

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50 Summer Boredom Busters for kids

Happy Memorial Day! For most of us, Memorial Day is the kick off weekend to summer! We LOVE summer! Summer means sunshine, family time, monsoons and…. bored kids! Fear not friends, this list is sure to help you and your kids find “something to do” this summer.

50 summer boredom busters with text

1. Go Swimming

2. Fly kites

3. Go to the park

4. Draw with sidewalk chalk

5.  Do puzzles

6. Have a water balloon fight

7. Jump on the trampoline with the hose

8. Play in the sprinklers

9. Go to the beach

10. Make cookies 

11. Go to the movies.

12. Play with blocks

13. Paint pictures

14. Write a cousin pen-pal letter.

15. Make Homemade Gak

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Sunny Yellow Striped School Desk

yellow striped desk The key with thrifting is to see something ugly and get a vision of what it could be. I have passed up many, many things that I thought were sooooo ugly and worthless then to find a week later coming across something similar on someones blog or pinterest. The once ugly thing was turned into something great. This has become a problem for me. I now think everything ugly can somehow be changed into something great. Which is why I have a garage FULL of “someday projects” It drives my husband crazy! But I do feel worse when I turn something down that could be great. I have now put a limit on my self if it’s in my garage for longer then 2 weeks I will never get to it. Which means sell or donate. 

Nothing is ever permanent which is fun and excited! Like My Desk I had a desk that I liked but now I have found something I LOVE with all my heart. 

Don’t get me wrong I don’t switch out my furniture that often but I have done it more recently. Projects can take a lot of time and energy so with that said only buy things that are worth your time and money. Don’t over-pay on a cheesy dresser or desk. 

Now on to my little quick project….

While thrifting I found this ugly old school desk that I knew was a diamond in the rough. My 4 year olds favorite thing to do is color and so I knew I had to have it. It was a steal too! I got the desk for a whopping $7 and the cute yellow chair for a $1 can’t beat that. 

I used spray paint that I already had to paint the desk white then using painters tape I taped off some cute stripes for character. Then took some sand paper and distressed the whole thing. The project took maybe 30 minutes. My girls love it and I love that it matches my kitchen table and that her coloring books and crayons fit inside the desk.

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 The Desk before was nasty brown and dirty but now its something that I feel is fun for my girls!

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Is the desk perfect? No… but I love it!

Don’t be afraid of buying something ugly! If it’s cheap there is no risk in it!

Also, before redoing a family heirloom go test out your skills on something cheap that won’t break your heart if you mess it up. Practice makes perfect.  Go get something today and practice!

With Love, Savannah

DIY Wooden Growth Chart Tutorial

Growth charts and height charts for kids have been all the rage! They are absolutely perfect for any kid’s room and I LOVE that you can take it with you when you move. My family measured me on the back of my parent’s bathroom door and now… someone else lives there and I’m sure it’s been painted over :( Here’s the solution my friends! A super easy, super cute DIY Growth Chart!

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I’m going to share two versions for you. One where you can hand paint the tick marks on the giant ruler and one where you simply paint and apply vinyl to the board! Couldn’t be easier and your kids will love it! Mine sure do; the proof is in that big giant smile on Mr. C’s face!

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1. First, you will need a board. You can use a 6 inch or 8 inch x 6 foot board. These are precut and readily available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and most home improvement stores.

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 2. Next, stain or paint your board! I chose to do painted and stained stripes on the one for my boys’ room and you can see that my friends did an all stained look.

*Don’t mind the Relief Society board. That was another project! ;)

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3. Next, if you’re painting your tick marks and numbers on, you will start measuring your board and marking every inch. Skip to step number 7 if you are planning on using vinyl.

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 4. Then, we used a black paint pen (available at most craft stores) and went over our previously measured tick marks.

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It should look something like this when you’re done. I did 1″ markings on the “inch” tick marks and a 2″ marking where each “foot” would be marked.

5. Next, we printed off some numbers (1-6) on a regular inkjet printer and used it as a template for painting on our numbers at each foot.

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6.  All you do is take an ink pen and trace the number over top of the paper, pressing firmly to make a light marking in the wood so you know where to paint. It’s okay if some ink leaks through if you are painting the numbers a dark color.

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Can you see the “1″ lightly marked in the wood? Now, take your paint pen, or your super steady hand and a small paintbrush and paint the numbers on.

7. After my painted marks and numbers dried, I took my sander and distressed the whole piece but that’s totally optional!

If you plan to use vinyl, all you need to do is paint or stain your board then apply the vinyl to it! Couldn’t be easier.

The vinyl decal is available on my etsy shop here.

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I also sell this personalized growth chart available in my shop.

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Do you keep track of your kids’ height in a special way?

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Free Printable Chore Chart

Free Printable Chore Chart for Kids
My girls are getting to the point where they can help me out a little around the house. Is it done perfect? No… but at least they are feeling like I gave them a responsibility. One thing that I have learned from my oldest is it I can’t go back and correct what she did. Can I help her? Yes! But I do feel like a need to loosen up and realize that she is just learning and I don’t want her to think that I am just picking apart whatever she had just done.
The chores/responsibilities are very simple. I have come up with this chart that works for us.  I printed off one for each of them and put it in a clear paper protector and the girls use dry erase markers to check off each chore.
Since I have one for each of my girls when/if they complete the chores or responsibilities then they earn a reward, either some extra time with mom or dad alone doing whatever they want, some candy, stickers, or whatever I have for a reward that day.
The top of the chart is blank so you can write your child’s name on it.
I love a “mom’s choice” job because I can choose what I need help with that day.
In case you have older kids and these jobs don’t work for you, here is a blank chart so you can write in the jobs.
If you need help coming up with jobs for your little one, I have come across some great sites that have age appropriate chores.
Go here for jobs for kids from the ages 18 months to 7 years old
I hope your kids enjoy their chore chart as much as my kids have.