Friday, June 26, 2015

Lego Marble Maze

If you're looking for a quick, fun project for your kids this summer, have them make a maze out of Legos!
Lego Marble Maze @ whatilivefor.net
Make sure the path is wide enough for a marble to pass through. Leave an opening for the entrance and exit, and have your kids race to see how fast they can get a marble through by tipping the maze different directions.
Lego Marble Maze @ whatilivefor.net
Thank you Octavia and Vicky for the fun idea! I’ll be linking up to  Mom’s Library, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, The Mommy Club

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sewing Scout Patches

Growing up, I would often help my mom sew on my brothers' scout patches to their Boy Scout uniforms. Now, I have an 8 year old and am entering the world of scouting all over again. A friend of mine gave me the best advice ever for sewing scout patches...use clear thread!
Use clear thread to sew scout patches onto uniforms

I found the transparent thread at WalMart and it made sewing bunches of patches on a cinch. I didn't even mind when I had to take some off and resew them because it went so quickly.

Scout moms, you're welcome :).
I’ll be linking up to  Mom’s Library, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, The Mommy Club,Whatever Goes Wednesday

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Stroller Recover

I found a little doll stroller at a garage sale for only $2! It was in great condition except for the fabric seat...there was a tear in the front corner. So I decided to make a new seat!
Recovering a Doll Stroller @ whatilivefor.net
I used my seam ripper and took out all of the stitches in the original seat. I took pictures as I went along so I knew how to put my new seat together.
Recovering a doll stroller @ whatilivefor.net

The pieces to the old seat were my pattern. I pinned them to the new fabric and cut out the pieces. Using the photos I took, I sewed the new seat together and I was able to use the original purple binding around the edges. Not bad for $2 and a little bit of time! Plus, the fabric I used is much thicker/stronger so it should last longer than the original fabric would have.
Recovering a doll stroller @ whatilivefor.net
  I’ll be linking up to  Mom’s Library, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, The Mommy Club,Whatever Goes Wednesday,

Monday, June 1, 2015

Road T-Shirt for Dad

My boys don't play with cars much anymore, but whenever their Daddy wears the road t-shirt we made him for his birthday last year, they insist he lies down so they can drive all over his back. It's a win-win because he gets a little back-rub for his troubles!
Road T-shirt for Dad @ whatilivefor.net

I used the tutorial and printed off the map at The Blue Basket...thanks for the fun idea! I’ll be linking up to  Mom’s Library, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, The Mommy Club,Whatever Goes Wednesday,

Monday, May 18, 2015

Affordable Teacher Appreciation Gifts

When my oldest started school, I was floored at the end of the year with the types of gifts families were giving to his teachers. I could tell that they were spending way more money than was in our budget for gifts and I was honestly embarrassed to give the teacher anything. I felt like our meager gifts would be insulting. Last year, my then-5-year-old got off the bus and declared that his bus driver loves chocolate and that he had to buy her chocolate. I decided that was something we could afford and started thinking of a cute way to say thank-you to the teachers/adults who had influenced my children’s education for that year. Here is what I came up with:Teacher Appreciation Gift @ whatilivefor.net

My husband and I are both musical, so I loved the idea of the Symphony chocolate bars with a simple little note attached. On cardstock I printed “Thank you for playing a role in ________’s life symphony this past year!” I hope that in some way this showed their teachers/bus drivers/etc how much we appreciated them.

How do you thank the teachers in your children's’ lives?

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