Upcycled Painted T-Shirts

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I am always looking for different ways to keep my children entertained during the Summer. My older son goes to school full time and only has art class once a week so, I try to incorporate as many craft store outings and art projects as I can this time of year. Children are so creative and if given the tool they will amaze you!

“You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”  – Maya Angelou

Summer time is a perfect time to do the “messy” art projects because you can do them outside. We decided to pick up some fabric paint at the store today. I used to love using this paint when I was a kid and I still have fond memories of some of my favorite handmade “puffy paint” t shirts.

When we got home from the store, we rooted though the boys draws for an plain old t shirt. My children are lucky enough to have more clothes then they could possibly need so, we made the decision to”enhance” the ones that they already own!

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Here is what you will need to decorate your own shirt.


  • Fabric Paint
  • Different Size Paint Brushes
  • Cup of Water (rinse brushes)
  • T Shirt (or any other fabric or clothing that you would like to decorate)
  • Piece of Cardboard about the size of the shirt


  1. Put the cardboard inside the shirt so that the paint does not go through to the other side of the shirt. A flattened cereal box or coloring book works well for this step.
  2. Have fun painting on the fabric
  3. When finished, keep the shirt flat and let it dry for a few hours before washing it inside out.

My kids loved working on their wearable master pieces.  Although a blank canvas is exciting for some, for others it is a bit over whelming. Here are a few ideas to help your child get creative!

  • Pictures from favorite book.
  • Draw something from nature (bird house, trees, flowers, ect)
  • Favorite Sports Team
  • Draw favorite Superhero
  • A scene from their Summer vacation
  • Favorite animal
  • Solar System or Stars and Moon (constellations)
  • Imaginary Creature
  • Favorite Movie or TV Character



Top 5 Friday Fun

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I had a momentous holiday week filled with family visits, berry picking, and swimming which lasted long past dinner. In the spirit of a crazy, fun, rebellious week here is your top 5 stories around the internet:

  1. Austin is one of my favorite cities! Check out Monica’s itinerary. Have you ever been?
  2. In honor of the 4th of July here is a great read on being an American. She explains how traveling connects us to the past and shapes our future.
  3. Amelia’s blog talks about stepping out of your comfort zone this Summer and enjoying the adventure. Read all about it here.
  4. Here are a some tips on shopping with intention by Michelle at the Classy life.
  5. Here is a bucket list from Every Girl. Number 1 is my favorite!
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Marinated Grilled Vegetable Medley

One thing I love about the summer is all the access to various kinds of vegetables at a reasonable price.  Sometimes on those hot days the last thing that I want is a heavy and large meal.  This vegetable medley is perfect to throw on the grill and is packed with flavor.  This would be perfect to make after a trip to your local farmer’s market and can really be made with any combination of vegetables! Continue reading “Marinated Grilled Vegetable Medley”

Diy earrings: Perfect for the 4th of July

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The 4th of July is coming up and I thought I would add a little pop of red to go with my outfit! These earrings were super easy to make and (bonus) didn’t take long at all. I was given an entire jar full of costume jewelry pieces for Christmas one year. It is from a fabulous shop in Belvedere Square here in Baltimore. I have used pieces for necklaces, earrings, you name it. So I decided to dig through the container and picked out these circle pieces. You can find similar ones at your local craft store or even make your own. So lets get start:

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  • Scissors
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Embroidery Thread
  • 2 X Earring Hooks
  • 2 X Circle Pieces
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Step 1: Cut your string about 3 inches long and make groups of about 6-7 pieces of string.

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Step 2: Loop one group of strings (6-7 pieces) through a hole in your jewelry and pull into a slip knot. Repeat this process on two other circles next to each other on each of the earrings.

Step 3: Trim the access string straight across using your scissors

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Step 4: Add the earring hooks to your pieces using the needle nose pliers.

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You can also add jewelry wire around the circles or even beads to change up the look of these earrings. You can also use other colors of string or use multiple colors. The possibilities are endless!

100 Blog Posts

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Lets Celebrate! We are proud to announce that we have completed 100 blog posts! Katie and I would like to take a minute and thank all of our readers who have supported the blog thus far and if you like what you see, please share with your friends. We hope that our crafts, recipes and eco friendly tips have helped you in some way. In honor of this special day, below are the top 5 blog post to date:

  1. Mantra Monday
  2. Perfect Gifts the Women in your life
  3. Gifts for the Guys too
  4. Eco Friendly Products
  5. DIY Make up Pads

Stay tuned for an epic earring tutorial,  watermelon slush and more!

Top 5 Friday Fun

Can you believe it is almost July?!  It has been over two months since we moved to Arizona and we are finally going to be moved in next week.  It’s crazy how fast this time has gone by and I am so thankful for some quality time in Minnesota with so many of my favorite people.  We are definitely ready to be as a whole family again and be reunited with my husband for a relaxing 4th!

What do you all planned for the 4th of July holiday?

Check out the links below for some fun weekend reads!

  1. Our favorite furry companions can get stressed by all the 4th of July activity.  In fact, more pets run away from home on the 4th than any other day of the year.  Tail Travelers has some great tips on keeping your pups safe this upcoming 4th of July.
  2. Summertime is the perfect time to cool down with a popsicle.  My mom and I made these from Paleo Paparazzi this week and they are fantastic!
  3. Do you have travel on your mind?  Maybe missing friends that live across the country?  Over at Goop, they have some travel inspiration for your next girl’s trip.  Whether you are looking to enjoy the city, the great outdoors, or have a beach getaway, they have some great ideas!
  4. This travel map  DIY on Say Yes looks like a fun idea to map out where you and your family have been.  I have been thinking of doing a map like this with my daughter so we can mark all of our adventures!
  5. Finally, if you are looking for a fun, healthy non-alcoholic drink this summer That’s Chelsea has a lemon blackberry blue lotus tonic that looks so yummy!

Easy Chocolate Cream Pie

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The fourth of July is coming up here in the USA and this recipe is great for any back yard BBQ. I had planned to make something like cupcakes, decorative cookies, or even an ice cream dish using this yummy recipe, but my son asked for a simple chocolate cream pie. How can I say no when he wants to be in the kitchen helping to make something tasty to share with friends and family. Even though we had all of the ingredients for the cupcakes, we ventured to the store and purchased all of the things we needed for the cream pie. Keep on Reading