6 Tips for Dynamic Indoor Fall Decor

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year that lends itself well to fun decorating ideas.  You may already have a stash of red, gold and orange with numerous gourds and pumpkins that you pull out each September.  But if you have a hard time knowing where to start when it comes to dressing your home for the fall season, your decor can miss the mark and end up feeling flat and drab.  Need some help?  Don’t despair!  The ideas and inspiration are everywhere this time of year, and we’ve got six useful tips for indoor fall decor that you can use for any room.

 

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1.  Draw inspiration from color.  

Fall is an incredibly colorful time of year, so bring the outdoor colors inside!  Reds, oranges and yellows in every warm-toned variation are obvious choices.  Also abundant this time of year: greens with gray or muted yellow undertones – hunter, olive, moss, fern, avocado.  Dark blues or blues with gray or green undertones – navy, blue sapphire, cadet, cambridge, silver lake, dark electric.  Fall neutrals include cream, warm grays, tans, beige, and taupe.  If you’re looking for ideas or exact matches to these color, try Find The Best/Colors.

2. Bring the outdoors in.  

Natural elements are extremely common in fall decor.  Branches, twigs, wood cross-sections and logs of all shapes, sizes and types are used for artwork, in place of flowers, for candlesticks or pedestals and much more.  Leaves are a great choice for vase filler or even sewn together in a natural garland.  There are colorful fall flowers in wonderful, deep jewel tones that are great for centerpieces.  Stones, pine-cones, grains, gourds, squash, hay, straw, and grapevine are all great choices for many different applications.  Almost all of these items are free or inexpensive and easy to find in your own backyard, the park or at farmers markets or nurseries.

3. Don’t overlook other natural elements.  

Other items that aren’t necessarily found in the great outdoors are still natural in construction or feel.  You can use these in a variety of ways.  For example, jute or cotton twine can wrap around glass vases, tie flowers together at the stems, wrap around a wreath form for a base, tie stacks of vintage books together or hang mason jars.  Raffia in natural, neutral colors like wheat, off-white or cream can be used in nearly all the same ways.  Burlap is another natural-type material that is common in fall decor.  Wrap strips around jars, like this arrangement, or create a whimsical wreath.  Other items you may want to consider: natural rope, raw wood pieces (candlesticks, platters, pedestals, plaques, monograms, etc.), moss, cinnamon sticks, wood chips or shavings and yarn.  Consider using faux or real antlers for bookends or mantel decor.

4. Bring in some metal.  

Whether your style is glamorous or more grunge than glitz, there’s a way to incorporate metal into your fall decor that will make it more interesting.  If you like glitter and glitz, try spray painting pumpkins gold, using gold leaf votive holders, or dip painting branches and twigs with gold paint.  You can also add gold or copper glitter to pine-cones, dress up pillar candles with gold glitter tape, or spray paint fake leaves and hang them!  If you prefer a more industrial look, use aged metal wire baskets to hold hay, straw or leaves, create pumpkins from mason jar lids, use vintage castors or wheels in interesting groupings and arrangements, incorporate DIY wooden orbs or metal spheres into your pumpkin vignette, even use golden thumbtacks to create gilded pumpkins!  However you decide to use metal in your fall decor, it will round out all of the natural elements.

5. Don’t forget layers and textures.  

This goes hand in hand with tip number four.  You want your decor to look dynamic and full.  It doesn’t matter if your style is subtle or bold, dynamic means energetic, interesting and much more pulled-together.  Make sure to use a variety of materials in your items – fabrics (in different textures), metals, natural elements, books, and glass are only a few material ideas.  Don’t forget to place things at different heights and depths, as with this fun fall vignette.  Stack books and place items on top, use candlesticks to hold things other than candles, place pedestals of different heights strategically, lay some things flat and hang some things up.

6. Try to take some risks.

Don’t just play it safe with your decor.  Use things in unexpected ways.  If you find an awesome vintage piece you love – say a kitchen scale or typewriter, incorporate them into your fall display by using them as a stand or draping other things over them.  Lay things horizontally that should be vertical and vice versa.  Use old or new fall-colored artwork as a tray instead of hanging as art.  Get creative and step outside the box.  It will guarantee a more aesthetically interesting experience.

 

Here’s a beautiful natural tablescape that will give you more ideas!  Or check out these fall decor ideas.  And if you’re a fan of metallics in your fall decor, don’t miss these gold home decor projects!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterestBloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

De-Mystifying Math: 8 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Math Education (Ages 9-11)

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Math.  It’s necessary, requires higher thought processes, and can be completely intimidating for elementary school-aged kids.  If you have the right approach, attitude and mindset as a parent, you can help your child gain not only an understanding and appreciation for math, but perhaps even a fondness.  In any case, supplementing your child’s education is crucial to help them feel at ease with abstract math concepts.  Here are 8 super helpful tips to help your 9-11 year old with math concepts and learning.

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1. Always consider the individual. 

All kids learn best in different ways — be it visually, orally, verbally, physically, etc.  You can find out more information about each different category at Learning Styles Online.  Keep your specific child in mind when considering your approach and remember to tailor their supplemental learning.  By this age, a “one size fits all” mentality towards education could hinder your child rather than help them.

Kids have started approaching schoolwork in a more individual way at this point in their development.  Worksheets (many which can be found online) might work best for a logical or solitary learner, while active games involving kinesthetics and math concepts would work better for a physical learner.

If you need some help identifying the best ways to teach your child, you can take a “multiple intelligences” quiz online and answer the questions as if you were your child.  The following quiz from Edutopia breaks down learning styles into percentages and offers specific information for each style: Multiple Intelligences Learning Styles Quiz.

Also keep in mind your child’s interests and try to fit their math education accordingly.  If they love cars, for instance, use games, activities and story problems involving cars.  If they love animals, use this as a theme for supplemental materials.

2. Do it together.

Chances are your child will be more appreciative of a unified learning approach, so do math together!  Sitting your child down at the computer to play games all by himself won’t have the same impact as learning together and discussing the concepts as you go.  So whatever the learning style, whatever the activity, be present.  If you find that you yourself are unfamiliar with a concept, look it up together and figure it out.  Oxford Owls Jargon Buster is a good place to start if you need help refreshing your memory about math terms.

3. Use a variety of tools, resources and methods.

Even if you’ve recognized your child’s preferred learning style, using the same method or activity repeatedly can cause boredom and disinterest — the exact opposite of our supplemental learning goals.  No matter how much your child loves timed tests or flashcards or dominoes, they’ll still appreciate a little variety.  Some ideas you can do with the whole family (even older or younger siblings), include: planning and budgeting for family outings, baking, planning a schedule, gardening, crafts that involve measuring and cutting shapes, weighing items, grocery shopping, charting growth with tables and graphs, online math games, video games, iPhone or iPad apps and board games.

4. Focus on key concepts appropriate for age and grade.   

Not sure what they are?  Email your child’s teacher and ask!  Talk with other teachers and parents you know.  Here’s a short list for kids ages 9-11 year-olds:  telling time (including adding and subtracting times), measurements (inches, yards, feet, miles, grams, pounds, etc. and converting between metric and imperial measurements), calculating with larger or more complex numbers (including up to three digits, decimals, percentages and fractions), understanding shapes (including 3-dimensional shapes and angles), and using different types of charts, tables and graphs.

5. Watch your own attitude. 

If you don’t approach supplemental education as a chore to be completed, neither will your kids!  Your attitude, more than anything else, shows them what their attitude should be.  Keep your comments, actions and reactions to math homework and any math activities you plan positive.  If your child doesn’t respond positively to a certain planned activity, take it in stride.  Don’t force it, but do come back to it later.  Say something like: “It’s ok.  We don’t have to do this now.  Would you rather help me cut out some shapes for a project I’m working on?” or something similar.  Wait a few days before trying again.  Whatever you do, don’t give up!  And don’t make it “work” but rather “math fun time” or “project time” — something your child can relate to and have desire to do.

6. Make it fun!  

It’ll be easier to accomplish tip number five if you’re focusing on making your supplemental activities fun for your child.  Play games.  Read fun math books.  Laugh while you learn.

7. Establish math as regular and routine.

How many times did you ask “When am I ever  going to use this in my life?” when you were in a math class?  Show your kids that math is a regular, everyday occurrence.  You can do this by not only having some type of supplemental activity every day (and it doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out activity – simple is better!), but also by pointing out instances when your child is using math skills when they may not even notice, such as when they are paying someone at the store and counting out money or when they are figuring out how many hours until bedtime.

8. Include the teacher.  

Whoever that might be — if they’re home-schooled, this is an easy one, just be sure to include your spouse!  Email the teacher for more information about what your child is learning.  Ask the teacher for extra worksheets or ideas for activities.  Use the teacher as a sounding board if you’re having issues approaching math with your child. He or she might have lots of ideas for engaging students that you haven’t thought of.  Your child’s teacher could also have access to or ideas about resources, books, websites, math nights, etc. that they can share with you.  If you’re a homeschooling parent, connect with other homeschooling parents for ideas.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Hands-On Literacy Activities (ages 3-6)

 

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Most preschool and kindergarten aged children are tactile, kinesthetic and visual learners.  Activities that engage these learning styles are the most effective way to supplement your child’s education at home.  Whether playing games, using flashcards, singing rhymes and songs or drawing pictures, using a variety of activities will engage your child so you keep their interest and have fun while learning.  Need some ideas for age and developmentally appropriate activities for your preschooler?  Here are  10 hands-on literacy activities for ages 3-6.

 

1. Online Games – Playing games on the computer has a general appeal for kids.  Using these resources teaches them technology skills, hand-eye coordination, gets their brain moving.  Check out these cool literacy building online games: Funbrain Reading and VocabThe Magic School Bus Gets An Earful Sound GameScholastic Building Language Game (Naming, Letters and Rhyming), pbs kids: Super Why Rhyme ‘n Roll Game

2. Board Games –  Board games can get the whole family involved!  Teach your kids valuable life lessons while learning about literacy – like taking turns, cooperation, being a good sport, supporting others, and social interactions/communication.  Try these board games: Alphabet Squiggle Game, Grandma’S Trunk Alphabet Game, ABC Cookies, Alphabet Memory, Spot It! AlphabetAlphabet Go Fish

3. Puzzles – Puzzles come in tons of variations, and get small motor skills going as well as improving cognitive skills.  Here are a few ideas:  Melissa & Doug Alphabet Letter Puzzles, Giant ABC & 123 Train Floor Puzzle, Spelling Puzzle Game, See & Spell

4. Flashcards - You can buy alphabet and phonics flashcards at many stores, even the dollar store.  Try Speakaboos online interactive alphabet flashcards.  OR, Course Hero is an awesome online source for creating your very own personalized flashcards!  It’s mainly used by older students as a study tool, but you can make them for your child and print them out or use them in conjunction with the free app.

5. Manipulatives – Manipulative are small items your kids can use in a ton of different ways to learn things from counting to upper and lowercase letters while developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  They usually come in fun, bright colors which are appealing to kids and teach preschoolers colors as well!  You can find manipulatives in lots of stores, and here are a few kits to try out: Alphabet Soup SortersAlpha Pops, Letter Construction SetABC Lacing Sweets

6. Colorful Catapult – Alter this catapult game from Spoonful by writing letters on plates instead of numbers.

7. Fly Swatter LettersDelia Creates shares really fun ideas for learning while playing outside.  In addition to the fly swatter game, she also shows how to play the letter game with squirt guns, how to write letters with a spray bottle, and how to play Number and Letter Twister!

8.  DIY Salt Tray – Check out This Mummas Life for directions on making this salt tray, a fun way for kids to trace letters and practice writing.

9. Letter Walk – This fun take on a scavenger hunt uses super simple, everyday items to teach kids letters and starting sounds, while getting them up and moving around!  Check it out on Learning and Playing in 2 Bedrooms or Less.

10. Flashlight Alphabet Game – If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll go nuts over this fun hide and seek game – played in the dark with the aid of an alphabet puzzle and a flashlight.  It’s super easy to set up – go get the details on Happily Ever After Mom.

 

Playing with kids is a great way for them to learn without even realizing it!  Are you looking for more fun learning activities for 3-6 year old kids? Try these 8 Hands-On Science Activities!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterestBloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

De-Mystifying Math: 5 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Math Education (Ages 6-9)

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Math can be a daunting subject, particularly when learning complicated concepts for the first time. Reinforcing math education at home is clearly important — whether your child is home-schooled, attends public or private school, goes to a charter school or does school online.  Helping your child develop good habits — not to mention a good attitude — toward math early on is key to success. Here are five tips to help your first through fourth grader get off on the right foot mathematically.

5 Tips fo De-Mystifying Math

1.  Always consider the individual:

Everyone learns in different ways.  Keep your specific child in mind when considering your approach and remember to tailor their supplemental learning.

Learning styles quizzes

If you need some help identifying the best ways to teach your child, you can take a “multiple intelligences” quiz online and answer the questions as if you were your child.  The following quiz from Edutopia breaks down learning styles into percentages and offers specific information for each style: Multiple Intelligences Learning Styles Quiz

2. Use all available resources:

In general, kids ages six to nine learn best visually.  There are so many different ways to make math appeal to your child. Technology is used in amazing ways in public schools, and you can take advantage of it too.

iPhone and iPad apps

Visual math 2 is a great option for first through third graders.  It uses pictures, sounds and lots of fun bonus activities that will make math more like a game.

Websites and blogs

Try the website Math is FUN.  There’s tons of information on different levels of math (i.e. geometry, algebra),  as well as different everyday math concepts (i.e. numbers, money, measurements).  Plus, there are puzzles, games, activities, and printable worksheets.  Do a search on Google and Pinterest and tons of blogs and websites will flood your search engine.

Books

There are tons of math workbooks or mind-teaser type books (like Math for All Seasons by Greg Tang) but there are also a ton of great picture books out there that can make math concepts easy to understand and much less frightening (like Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!  by Marilyn Burns).

3. Make it an everyday thing:

Practice number operations with household objects

Find things that come in groups and talk about how they can be grouped in different ways — for instance, a dozen eggs can be grouped in fours, in threes or in two groups of six.  Look for arrays (rows and columns) around the house, like floor tiles, a bookshelf with cubbies, or checkerboards. Have your child split them into smaller arrays — for instance a carton of eggs is an array of 2×6, but if you split it in half it’s two arrays of 2×3.

When you go to the store, have your child calculate how much you save by buying the cheaper of two brands of the same item.  Have him or her total as many items as possible on the receipt.  If your child likes sports, introduce them to statistics.

Find ways to collect, sort and organize information

Create a chart to track your child’s progress as they conquer math concepts.  Have them sort change into separate funds — tell them to put equal amounts of money in each fund but use different coins.

4. Make it a family thing:

Everyone can get in on the action

Make up story problems together.  Point out different opportunities to count, add, subtract or sort.  Play games together, such as board games, computer games, and riddles.  Get siblings in on the action!

5. Play:

Play lots of games

There are many different board games that use logic and strategic thinking: Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, and Clue are just a few examples.  Games that use flat manipulatives help develop deep logic as well as spatial reasoning – Tangrams, Logix, Blockus, or Shapes Up are all good options.

There are also a wide selection of video games that teach math:

  • For Nintendo DS: Junior Brain Trainer, Math Play, Challenge Me Math Workout, Brain Quest
  • For Nintendo Wii: Reader Rabbit, Smartypants, Think Smart
  • For a PC: Knowledge Adventure – Math Blaster

You can also find many free games online.  Playing lots of games as a family not only makes math tons of fun, but learning together reinforces the importance of math and gives your child confidence.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

5 Tips That Will Keep Your Septic Tank From Ever Clogging Or Backing Up

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Septic tank systems need to maintain an internal balance of bacteria and will fail if they are not handled properly. The good news though is that there’s no mystery behind what you can and can’t do with a septic tank. Here are five tips you should utilize to make sure your septic tank doesn’t clog and continues to function properly for years to come.

Make Sure That You Don’t Put Chemicals down The Drain

Disposing of chemicals like gasoline, paint thinner, or varnish down the drain can easily destroy your septic tank’s bacterial equilibrium. If it’s disrupted, the solids inside the septic tank won’t be broken down. This will lead to your septic tank clogging and ultimately failing.

Don’t Flush Garbage

Solids are filtered out during wastewater treatment in sewage plants. That means that while it’s not a good idea to flush trash or solid matter in a house that’s connected to a city sewage line, it won’t damage anything. Septic tank systems don’t have that ability. Never flush latex gloves, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, or disposable diapers.

Make Sure You Protect the Drain Field

Your septic tank’s drain field plays a vital role in the system working since the wastewater needs to be sent someplace. Tree roots can cause the drain field to break apart and cause the water to not be properly absorbed. Never drive over the drain field. Make sure that nothing is on the drain field besides grass.

Never Ever Skip Maintenance or Septic Tank Pumping

For some people this will seem obvious, but there are some things you can put off maintenance for. Your car’s engine will not suddenly fail if you don’t have the oil changed by the recommended date. However, if you put off having your septic tank pumped there’s a very high chance your tank will end up clogged. Kamloops Septic Service has said on their site, that there are environmentally friendly chemicals and treatments that you can add to your tank that will cause a smelly mess back up in the future.

Avoid Using Large Amount of Water

A large sudden inflow of water can cause the drain field to become saturated. Since that will slow down wastewater absorption, it can ultimately result in a clog occurring. Appliances like hot tubs can cause this problem to occur. Additionally, doing things like timing showers throughout the day and staggering loads of laundry will prevent it as well.

 

Following these tips will go a long way towards making sure that your septic system never experiences a clog or backup. Never take risks with your septic system if you’re unsure of whether it can dispose of something or not. One mistake can easily cost you a great deal of money having the damage undone.

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5 Quick and Easy Hairstyles

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We can all use a little help simplifying our morning routines.  Sometimes, all you have is a few minutes to get out the door.  Fortunately, with these simple and easy hairstyles, minutes are all you need to whip your hair into shape!  Try one of these ideas and you’ll look great in no time flat.

 

1. Knot a Ponytail

Step up the always go-to style – the ponytail – by adding just a little something. Simply gather your hair into a ponytail at the base of the neck, separate it into two pieces, tie them into two knots toward the base, and secure hair after the knots with a clear elastic band.

 

2. Reverse with a Twist

This is the perfect style when you need your hair in an up-do, quickly. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the back of your head, then twist it repeatedly while pulling the hair up toward the crown of your head.  Secure on the top of your head with a clip, leaving the ends free for a slightly messy look.

 

3. Bun in a Hurry

Here’s a classic style that looks polished, but only takes five minutes. Twist your hair on the sides, pulling them back into a ponytail with an elastic band.  Twist the ponytail while wrapping it around in a circle, for a bun shape, then tuck the end and pin into place.

 

4. Beachy Waves

This is an easy way to add some style, while still leaving your hair down. Divide your hair into two sections.  Twist each portion of hair and secure the ends with elastic bands. Take your flat iron and run it over both sections of hair a few times.  Release the hair from the twists, and use your fingers to smooth hair into place.

 

5. Overlapping Half Up

To mimic the look of a braid in half the time, go with this hairstyle.  Grab a small section of hair on each side of your face. Pull the right side over the left side of the head and secure with a bobby pin. Do the same to the left side, putting it on the right side and pinning in place.  Repeat this as many times as you want to get the desired look.  Leave the rest of your hair down and straight.

 

Looking for more easy hair ideas?  Try these No-Heat Hairstyles!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

5 Time-Saving Party Tips

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The invitations are sent, the guests are excited to attend and the day of the party is about to arrive.  If the thought of balancing the numerous party details and spending time with your guests seems a little impossible, these ideas are for you. Here are 5 helpful, time-saving party tips to make any special occasion run smoothly.  Then all you have to do is have fun!

 

1. Prep the table the night before.  Set out all the serving dishes along with utensils, napkins, glasses, etc. the night before the party. This will give you a quick check to see if anything is missing, and will hopefully avoid that last minute rush to get a needed item. Mark where food that cannot be preset will go on the day of the party by writing each food item on a small piece of paper and putting it on its serving dish or its spot at the table.Wedding-5421

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2. Prep the ice cream.  To avoid a mob of kids waiting impatiently for ice cream, try this fast tip. Before the party, line a muffin tin with paper baking cups. Scoop an individual amount of ice cream into each section and store in the freezer. When cake time arrives, simply place each scoop onto a plate (keeping it in the paper baking cups or not) and serve to the crowd.scoop-icecream_300

3. Forget the knife.  Did you know that using unflavored waxed dental floss is a faster and cleaner way to cut sheet cake than using a knife? Simply take a piece of floss that’s about a foot longer that the cake and hold it taut between your fingers. Drag it down through the cake, then release one end and pull the other end out of the cake sideways. Repeat this step, in a grid pattern, until the whole cake is cut.  No clumpy mess on the knife and no mangled cake pieces!birthdaycake-hand_300

 

4.  Use an unexpected ice chest.  One of the hardest things to keep track of at a party is ensuring there are always cooled beverages ready to go.  This is especially difficult if your fridge is already full of party food and extra drinks.  Here’s an easy solution if you don’t want to lug around a ton of ice chests or coolers.  Use your washing machine!  Fill it with ice and add your bottles or cans.  Clean up is a cinch since the melted ice will simply drain away.52801234dbfa3f4ef30029ca._w.540_s.fit_

5. Accept helping hands.  Don’t be averse to getting help where you needed it!  You don’t have to be superwoman and go it all alone.  Don’t have time to make a dessert?  Pick it up pre-made at your local bakery.  Use a combination of handmade and store bought elements.  Ask a good friend to take on a task – like party photography – so you can focus on other details. Outsourcing is always a great party time saver!MCL_buffet_100172857_Peter_Krumhardt_0

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 To make your party unforgettable, check out these 7 tips!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

10 Hands-On Math Activities for Ages 6-9

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As your child advances through elementary education, math concepts–even the basics–can become confusing, even frustrating to some.  At ages 6-9, kids are not only fine-tuning basic addition and subtraction and continuing with multiplication and division, they are also learning time, measurements, fractions and more.  It’s not merely important to supplement their math learning at this point in their education, it’s crucial.  Here are some excellent math activities from around the web for making math fun and exciting!

10 Hands-On Math Activities

Computer Games:

Math Lines – at different levels this teacher’s basic math equations, but in a cool, fun way.  You shoot a canon with a specific number ball at the number balls moving around the canon in a line, making sure the balls add up to the target number.

Lemonade Stand – helps teach number recognition, addition and counting money.  You create the lemonade based on reading a recipe, set up and manage your stand, and sell lemonade for a profit.  Come to think of it, you could just set up a real lemonade stand!

Fraction Beach – use your knowledge of fractions to build awesome sandcastles at the beach.

Do a Google search to find many more free computer games that are age appropriate for your child.  Try pbs.orgcoolmath.com or topmarks.

Active Games:

Chalk Clock – use the kids as the hands of the giant clock to work on telling time.

Skip Counting by Hand Outlines – hand outlines are perfect for teaching how to count by 5′s, plus they make for wonderful turkey-themed math activities around Thanksgiving time.

Water Balloon Number Target Practice – learn number recognition through play with water balloons and a chalk target board.

Props and Manipulative Ideas:

Golf Tee Math – use golf tees and play dough to work on creating and solving addition and subtraction equations

Addition Number Family Eggs – put leftover plastic Easter eggs to use by building numbers and solving equations

Coin Value File Folder Games – these file folder games are quick, easy, and cost nothing to make.

Free Printables:

Fraction Bars – practice fractions with these color-coded strips.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

3 Tips to Keep Paperwork Organized During a Move

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3 Tips to keep paperwork organized during a move

Moving often involves a large amount of documents, records and paperwork. It can be difficult to keep it all from becoming too chaotic. One easy way to keep it all together is to put it all in an accordion file. Then you will have a handy place to store everything, and won’t be hunting through boxes when you quickly need something. Here are tips to help you get the most use out of the accordion file and keep the papers organized.
 

1. Label the Tabs

Label the tabs for each section of the file, so the documents will be easy to find if you need to retrieve them again. Color coding the tabs with one color for papers related to the new house, and a different color for those involving the old house will help to keep it all organized.

 

2. Include All Needed Documents

Be sure to include space in the accordion file for other paperwork such as:

 

Legal documents

Of course you will need to add to the file any legal documents or contracts involved in selling, buying or renting your home.

 

Transcripts, report cards or grade sheets for your children

This may be need for school registration. Also, keep vaccination records here in case that is requested.

 

Medical information

Include any previous medical or dental records that would need to be given to a doctor in your new area.

 

Identification for each family member

Important documents such as social security cards, birth certificates, or passports could easily be misplaced during a move. By keeping them in the accordion file, you will easily know where to find them if needed.

 

Inventory list for your new home

Most moving companies provide you with an inventory list of all items that are being moved to your new home. Or make your own, so nothing gets left behind. Sketch an outline of where the furniture will be placed in the new space. It will speed up the process on moving day, if this is all kept handy in the file.

 

Address list

As soon as you know you are going to move, start jotting down a list of those you need to notify of your change in address. You can even start a paper, to keep in the file, where you tape the return addresses torn off the envelopes of mail you receive.

 

3. Make It Pretty

Now that everything is organized in the accordion file, it’s fun to personalize it. For example you can add to the front a picture showing a good memory in your current home or tape onto it a map showing where your new home will be.

 

By keeping everything in one accordion file, you can avoid misplacing an important document, and you will have all papers you need organized in one place.

 

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25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

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Whether you’re an apartment dweller with urban garden needs, a cook who likes to have fresh herbs right at your fingertips, or you’re simply looking for an easy way to begin growing your own herbs, indoor gardening is a great solution!  Greenery is important to your home for decor and air quality, plus herbs have the added benefit of being edible.  Herbs are great for beginner gardeners since they are easily managed and require little space, but even an old pro will love the fantastic indoor herb garden ideas we’ve rounded up.  No matter what your experience level or needs are, this is your go-to list for growing herb gardens inside.

1. Reclaimed Wood Mason Jar Garden – Not Just a Housewife

This is an easy and quick project that makes use of old wood and mason jars.  All you need is a bit of wall space to hang these on!

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2. Over-the-Sink Hanging Pots – Coordinately Yours

Nothing could be easier than simply placing some well-positioned pots!  Use inexpensive pots, paint them up, and drill a hole for hanging on a hook!  No extra wood needed, no wall space used.  Perfect space-saver!

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3. Upside-Down Herb Garden in Bottles – Behance.net

It’s hard to believe that these chic, modern bottles are actually painted water bottles!  Strung upside down and hanging from copper pipe, this is the perfect balance between form and function.

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4. Countertop Tin Can Herb Garden – HGTV

If you’ve got a vacant spot on your counter, you can make this adorable tin can garden!  Keep your cans together and allow for drainage in a circular pan or tray.  It’s easy and enviro-friendly!

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5. Upcycled Canister Window Herb Garden – Crafty Kitchen Witchery

Use your recyclables to create this upside down herb garden!  These simple throw-away canisters are transformed with pretty paper.  With some easy to follow tricks, you can create dangling planters to place right in front of your kitchen window.

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6. Hanging Basket Herb Garden – The Telegraph

Those tiered hanging baskets aren’t just for fruit!  You can create a whole garden in one three-basket unit.  Just hang within easy reach from the ceiling by any window in the house and you’re golden.

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7. Hanging Bottle Top Herb Garden – Home DZine

Here’s another idea for using recyclables.  If you’ve got lots of plastic bottles around, all you need are the tops and you can create this fun hanging herb garden.

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8. Wood and Chalkboard Herb Garden Jars - Camille Styles

With some reclaimed wood, some mason jars and a little chalkboard paint, this small, wall-mounted garden is a clever mix of trendy, shabby and useful!  It’s a fast project that requires little space and looks great.

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9. Vintage Tea Caddy Herb Garden – Apartment Therapy

Go treasure hunting at your local thrift shop for some vintage tins.  These tea caddies make an awesome display for herbs when set in the window sill.

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10. Tabletop Herb Garden – Bell and Star

It’s not difficult to fit all the herbs you regularly use in one bowl or basket.  Then just place it on your counter, or even better, on your table as a clever centerpiece.  It’s convenient and efficient!

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11. Pallet Frame Herb Garden – The Kitchen

This pallet frame is the perfect spot to plant some herbs right on the kitchen wall.  An added bonus?  The extra ledge space in the frames is perfect for some eye-catching bottles, jars, canisters or other kitchen paraphernalia that can double as decor.

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12. Vintage Box Herb Planter – Design Sponge

If you notice any interesting wooden boxes, with or without lids at flea markets and thrift stores, scoop them up because we’ve found a use for them!  With some minor tweaks you can turn them into herb planters in no time at all.

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13. Window Ledge Herb Box – A Beat That My Heart Skipped

If there aren’t any vintage boxes to be found, never fear.  Any plain wood framed box can be transformed with a bit of paint and creativity.  Just place your new box on the window ledge for a very pretty and useful planter.

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14.  Herb Mason Jar Shelf - Food, Family and Finds

A wooden shelf with holes for mason jars can easily become an herb shelf.  Can’t find a specific shelf dedicated to housing jars?  Use any normal wooden shelf and drill large holes yourself.

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15. IKEA Wine Rack Herb Garden Hack - Curbly

This hanging herb garden was once a wine rack!  It’s incredible what you can make with a few simple and quick adjustments.  With large glasses, some paint and some herbs, your wall will look very stylish and delicious.

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16. Window Bucket Herb Garden – 3 Peppers

Some curtain rods and a few paint buckets with handles can easily house your herbs in front of a sunny window.  This idea is simple and versatile as you could have any number of variations with styling and colors.

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17. Shoe Caddy Turned Herb Garden – Birds and Blooms

A cloth shoe caddy is a perfect space-saving solution, and not just for shoes!  Hung near natural light, all you need is a bit of soil and some herbs to turn an organizer into a garden.

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18. Herb Tower - DIY Enthusiasts

This whimsical pot tower is a mini version of the outdoor variety.  It tucks perfectly into a window sill and can hold several different herbs within the tiers.

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19. IKEA Pots Window Herb Garden – Urban Gardens

IKEA hanging pots are probably the most used home decor/DIY item there is.  You can use them for nearly everything, from holding craft supplies, to organizing small toys, and now for herbs!

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20. Modern Hanging Herb Garden – Tried and True

No need to buy a special rack or frame to house your herb garden pots – just use what you have on hand!  These modern and simple wooden frames were once a room divider that was never used.

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21. Chalkboard Pot Herb Garden – Robin’s Nest

An indoor garden can be as easy as adding chalkboard paint to your clay pots!  Just write the name of the herb and place on the window sill or counter and you’ve got instant decor and edible greens.  Add some twine or ribbon for some more detail.

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22. Herb Garden Drawers – The Garden Glove

Another reason to scout out your flea markets and thrift stores!  Score an old shelving unit like this one and you’ve got an interesting, clever and beautiful herb garden display.  Depending on the condition of the piece, you can simply add your herbs while still in pots, or go all out and make them into planter boxes like the ones mentioned earlier.  Either way, it’s perfect for any table, counter or shelf!

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23. Woodland Herb Garden - Garden Therapy

These homey and natural plaques are a perfect backdrop for herb jars.  Add hooks to sections of log, then hang your jars.  Mount them on the wall or even on the side of the cupboard over your sink!

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24. Mini Hanging Herb Garden – Better Homes & Gardens

Take that normal, boring hanging basket and make something fun, unique and yummy!  Grow your herbs in a basket hung sideways from the wall.  It’s not difficult to create, and takes up just a bit of wall space.

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25. Hanging Herb Garden Jars – bugaboo, mini, mr & me

With metal chains and hooks, you can hang your herb mason jar garden from nearly any wooden backdrop.  The ombre chevron is painted on a simple raw wood board, and the whole garden is then hung from the same type of chain.  You can hang the jars sideways or straight on.

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If you liked these, you’ll love the edible garden ideas from this post at Remodelaholic!   If you’re looking for more container ideas, check out these indoor and outdoor planters.  And don’t miss the creative genius behind these creative container gardens!

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Edible Plants To Grow Indoors

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If you’ve got a green thumb but don’t have a lot of outdoor space, you may think gardening is a pipe dream.  But think again!  There’s more you can do with your indoor space than potted plants and succulents!  If you like to eat your efforts, this list of edible plants you can grow indoors is for you.  It may take a little more creativity, engineering and planning, but indoor gardening is great for those who live in apartments, condos or have regulations on outdoor gardens in their area.  These 10 plants are commonly grown outside, but can easily be translated into indoor plants with a few alterations and accommodations.

 

1. Avocados

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It’s true that you can grow an avocado plant simply using a pit, but this type will likely yield no edible fruit.  Instead, plant a dwarf avocado tree in a large pot with sand in the bottom.  Remember to allow for drainage and water regularly, but never make it soggy.  You’ll need tall ceilings for this type of tree – even dwarf trees can grow to 10 feet.

 

2. Carrots

Carrots require a bit of room, but aren’t particularly finicky to grow.  Start with a window box or pot that’s a foot and a half in length.  After you plant your seeds, keep the soil watered but not soaked.  The seeds should germinate within 2 weeks.

 

3. Tomatoes

If you want to try your hand at indoor tomatoes, all you need is a 6 inch pot (for one plant).  Start with a starter mix of soil and plant your seeds, keeping the soil well-watered but never soggy.  Once the plants start to germinate, transplant them into potting soil.  As your plant gets bigger, you may need to stage it to prevent the stem from breaking.  Tomatoes like sunshine, but not intense heat so pay attention after placing them near windows.

 

4. Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be purchased to grow indoors as a kit, like this one.  You can also use a laundry basket, as with the method shown here.  Basically, you inoculate straw with mushroom spores and stuff them in the laundry basket.  The basket is usually kept in a box or bag until completely colonized.  Mushrooms prefer shade, so it’s not necessary to keep them in a window or sunny spot!

 

5. Green Onions

These are possibly the easiest vegetable to grow indoors.  Simply place the bottom of leftover purchased green onions in an inch of water in a glass.  Place them in a window and allow the shoots to grow for about a week. (be sure to change the water daily!) When they’ve doubled in size, plant them in a small pot.

 

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Peppers enjoy warmth and sun, so if you’ve got a nice warm spot by a window, many types of peppers will thrive.  Banana or cherry peppers do well indoors.  Be aware that peppers do like room, so use a pot that’s at least 3-5 gallons.  For ease, try starting from a sprout instead of using seeds.

 

7. Radishes

Radishes are easy to grow whether inside or out, which makes them perfect for a beginner gardener.  They like it warm, so place the container near a window, but move them on particularly hot days.  The best part about radishes is that they’re ripe and mature in only a few weeks!

 

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Salad greens are easy to grow in small spaces, beginning either with seeds or “starts”.  Use a planter box that allows for drainage.  Plant your seeds or starts about 4 inches apart, and if using starts, be sure to massage the roots before planting.  Keep the soil continually moist, but don’t overwater.

 

9. Lemons

Lemons grow best in very sunny spaces – with at least 12 hours of sun per day.  If you start with a dwarf tree, you’ll likely be able to harvest fruit the first year.  Plant the tree in a pot that’s slightly larger than the root ball of your tree in soil specifically formulated for citrus trees and water it daily – though be sure not to oversaturate.

 

10. Mandarin Oranges

It’s best to start mandarin oranges as a dwarf tree.  They grow well in spacious pots with very rich soil and lots of drainage.  Place them in very sunny locations and rotate them regularly as you water them to ensure equal sun exposure all over.  The root system will likely grow abundantly, and when the begin to poke through the drainage holes you’ll need to transplant the tree in a container at least 2 inches larger in diameter.

 

If you want a more complete overview of these plants and more, you can read this post on greatist.  More information can also be found here on care2.  See a much more complete list of plants, herbs and tree you can grow indoors on howstuffworks.

Looking for more? Check out these 25 edible garden ideas on Remodelaholic!

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

7 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Science Education (Ages 3-6)

 

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Formal education, while an important part of your child’s learning and growth, isn’t capable of teaching everything kids need to know.  It’s rare that a school setting, whether public or private, can accommodate every learning style which is why it’s so important to supplement education during your child’s formative years.  Science can be a difficult subject matter for some kids, but you can help!  And more importantly, you can your kids can have fun while you learn!  If you’re ready to tackle science education at home with your kids, read on for  important tips for supplementing your child’s Science education for ages 3-6 at home.

 

1.  Use their natural curiosity.  

Even though you may cringe when you hear “why?” for the six hundredth time in one day, that natural curiosity is a great jumping off point when it comes to science education!  Kids, especially small ones who are just starting to discover their world, will have a thousand questions – and we may not always have the answers!  Make it a goal to always answer every question – even if it means waiting until you can look it up later.  Better yet, look for the answer together with your child.  This will teach needed skills as well as answer their curiosity.  Remember to keep explanations as simple and clear for your kid’s sake, but don’t dumb things down either.

 

2.   Don’t just talk.  Do.

In general, very young children will always learn more quickly and develop a more thorough grasp on subjects if they approach them hands-on.  This goes for Science, too.  You may want to off lengthy explanations when your kids ask questions, and that’s great, but it likely won’t pack much punch unless you also offer a visual or tactile example for your kids as well.  Plan on using all of your senses to experience science.

 

3.   Play to your child’s strengths.

Every child has a preferred learning style.  They excel in some areas and are weak in others.  Know how you child best learns new concepts and really focus on that.  Make sure to give them plenty of options for learning, though, since they are still developing and at this young age their brains are continually changing.  If you’d like more information about learning styles and determining your child’s strengths, take a look at this article from Scholastic.

 

4.  Try it all.  

Don’t underestimate your child’s ability to understand a subject or concept.  Don’t brush off hard or abstract ideas because of their age or other factors.  It’s true that Science deals with many abstractions that can be difficult for young children, but be sure to expose them to all different ideas and concepts so they’ll gain experience.  Be sure to encourage growth in many areas, not just the ones you assume your child is interested in.  They may surprise you!

 

5.  Keep it simple.

Don’t overcomplicate science for your young children or they’re bound to be frustrated.  You can introduce or further explore a topic without convoluting the subject and it doesn’t take a detailed plan and formal lesson to do it.  With your 3-6 year old, a science discussion, experiment or hands-on activity should take 15 minutes or less.  If you need ideas, try this book: Bite-Sized Science.  Or take a look at this list of Science activities from PBS Kids online.

 

6.  Daily doses.

Make science an everyday thing.  More structured science time is great, but you can foster a love of science by helping your kids recognize its significance in daily life.  When you go for a walk, point out the differences among the animals you see.  Try to classify animals by different traits.  If your child is afraid of thunder, discuss the root cause and have them make a list of why rain is important.  While you play at the park, help your child recognize seeds and describe the life cycle of a tree.  Help them to see science all around them, from cars and machinery to animals and plants, to common molecules found everywhere.

 

7.  Have fun!

Above all, kids will be much more likely to love learning if you keep things light and fun.  Rote memorization or holding up flashcards aren’t going to cut it at this age.  Don’t overthink it.

 

Don’t let Science scare you or your child!  You can learn and grow along with your kids in a fun and entertaining way with just a little bit of effort.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

6 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas You Can Build Yourself!

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Have you seen the price tag of outdoor furniture these days? It’s crazy how expensive they can be, even on Craig’s List. Avoid emptying out your wallet by building your own DIY outdoor furniture! What’s more, you can build them to fit your patio or porch. Here are 6 great DIY outdoor furniture tutorials you can use to create your dream outdoor space.

 

1. DIY Outdoor Sectional

Ana White is the queen of the DIY furniture world and this outdoor sectional is a great example of how wonderful her creations are. It includes two plans, one for armless sections and one for corners and ends. These two simple plans combine to create a DIY outdoor sectional that can be as big or small as you want it to be. You can build one piece at a time, at your own pace, and create a sectional that perfectly fits your space. Bonus: cushions from Target will fit these sections, unless you want to make your own cushions.

 

2. DIY Outdoor Sofa

Here’s another plan from Ana White, which we couldn’t leave out because this beautiful sofa only costs $30 in lumber! You can easily adjust the measurements of this plan to fit whatever cushions you plan to buy or make.

 

3. DIY Outdoor Bench

This just might be the easiest DIY outdoor furniture ever. It requires no drilling or extensive cutting. All you need is concrete blocks, concrete glue, and four 4x4x10 pieces of lumber to build an outdoor beach for only $40. Nice!

 

4. DIY Tile Outdoor Table

This gorgeous outdoor table is made with lumber and glass mosaic tile. The coffee table is fairly simple to build, but if you already have an old coffee table laying around you could cover it with your favorite glass mosaic tile following the instructions in this tutorial!

 

5. DIY Tree Bench

Have a tree in your backyard? Build a bench around its trunk to add extra seating to your outdoor space! This plan is a bit extensive and will cost a tidy sum of money, but its cool factor is out of the world and this nifty bench can add so much charm and function to a backyard.

 

6. DIY Hammock

Okay, a hammock isn’t exactly a piece of furniture, but it’s something to sit on and can be left outside, so we’re including this great tutorial for a DIY hammock! The tutorial includes two different ways to make your own hammock – one that requires a sewing machine and one that doesn’t.

 

For more DIY outdoor furniture ideas, check out Outdoor Pallet Projects Ideas and Build a Patio Table with Built-In Ice Boxes.

Have you built your own DIY outdoor furniture before? What other DIY outdoor furniture plans have caught your eye lately?

 

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

15 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

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Most garage designs offer around 500 square feet of space. Not unlike many homeowners, you have most likely faced obstacles when it comes to keeping this large storage space under control and organized.

You may not be able to work a professional organizer into your budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a garage with complete organization systems. Here are 15 tips to organize your garage from the ground up!

 

1. Create a showroom-style garage, starting with new garage flooring.

If you aren’t completely confident that you can do the installation yourself or you are too busy to complete new flooring yourself, hiring a professional is the route to go!

New innovative garage floor materials are much more maintainable than traditional concrete flooring and easier to clean.

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2. Use your lids!

Keep your nuts, bolts, screws and other small objects organized and within easy reach. Install plastic lids to the bottom of a shelf, then just screw the jars on and off for easy access.

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3. Clear view makes it easy for you.

What!? You don’t have x-ray vision?! Clear labeled tubs (like those below, from Frazzled Joy) can solve your searching problem quick! Use this calculator to check your garage measurements.

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4. Stretch, hook and voila! Instant storage!

Stretch bungee cords from the floor to 2x4s attached to the wall to make a frame and store all your sports equipment!

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5. Upcycle your gutters for garage organization!

Old gutters can be recycled into a garage storage solution! Install them up high in the garage to hold spray paint and cleaning products to keep out of reach of the kids. (Here are more tips to organize a house if you have kids.)

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6. Closed doors can keep your belongings safe and out of sight!

Custom garage companies can install floating garage cabinets that are easy to clean underneath and protect your belongings from pests and water damage. If you decide to install the cabinets yourself, remember to provide a strong anchor, so you can protect from a possible fall!

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7. Pegboards can hold a plethora of items!

Utilize a pegboard to store your hand tools on the wall and off the garage floor! You can install a single pegboard or you can get innovative and make pegboard pages for multiple storage solutions! What a great use of space! Find more cool pegboard ideas here!

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8. Don’t walk under an open ladder or prop it against the wall.

A ladder propped up against a wall is not safe storage. The ladder can fall and cause injury or property damage. As an alternative way to store your ladder, suspend it on sturdy hooks that are part of a wall attachment system or hang it from your ceiling!

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9.Off the floor and on the wall seating.

Okay, so you can’t actually sit on the wall, but you can hang up your folding chairs, lawn chairs, etc. on the wall! You most likely have extra chairs stuffed in the corner of your garage. With a magnetic strip you can attach to the wall, chairs are easy to hang up and pull down when you need them!

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10. Hang a magnetic strip.

Keep tiny items in place with a magnetic wall strip. You can hang it horizontally or vertically, depending on your storage needs.

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11. Everything has a place and there is a place for everything!

Find the exact place you want your tools and trace around the outer edges. This will help keep you and anyone working in the garage organized by reminding you where to put tools away.

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12. Are you a biker? You need a bike rack!

Overhead bike racks are stylish, functional and sturdy so you can keep your bike hanging high and off the garage floor! Utilizing a bike storage rack is a fantastic way to remind yourself to hop on and cruise!
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13. Keep your chin up.

Overhead storage is another great way to make the most of your garage’s available space. Take a look at this system for attaching bins to the ceiling.

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14. Get on a roll with this unique trick.

Put up a simple paper towel holder, and your bags will be where you need them every time.

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15. Get it all off the floor.

Don’t risk ruining your pristine chip flooring. Get your items off the floor with garage wall racks!

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Don’t set limits upon your garage storage. From floor to ceiling, you have plenty of options to achieve complete organization. Just get creative! Check out some more DIY ideas for the garage here.

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Special thanks to Arizona Garage Design for submitting this article. 

Featured image courtesy of Arizona Garage Design