Pom Pom Ponytail Holder

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Super Cute… Super Easy… My two favorite things to hear. Especially when used in the same sentence. These Pom Pom ponytail holders are BOTH!

Here are the Materials you will need:

  • Elastic Ponytail Holders
  • Coordinating Colored Yarn
  • Scissors

Begin by making you pom pom. If you have never made a pom pom before, I have a simple tutorial I did on a past project for you HERENOTE: Do not trim your yarn that ties the pom pom together.

Next, Take your finished pom pom and tie it to your ponytail holder with the string that holds it together. If you trimmed the string it’s fine, You can pretty easily sew the pom pom to the ponytail holder.

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That’s it, SUPER EASY, and look how SUPER CUTE these are in my daughter’s hair!

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We love pom poms and hair accessories in our house. This project combines them both with COLORFUL and FUN results.  I hope you enjoy making and wearing these too!

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#8 Fabulous Friday Pinterest Finds

Friday Fab Pinterest Finds

 This week I bringing you some inspiring kitchen ideas.  Great ideas that are practical and easy to make for your kitchen or for a house warming gift!  Who doesn’t love a great house warming gift especially when it’s homemade?

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1.) DIY Anthropologie Inspired Bowls by Lolly Jane.

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2.) Great set of wooden spoons painted in ombre colors by Say Yes.

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3.) Great Summer DIY Glasses by Little Empty Room.

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4.) DIY Dip Dye Placemats by Design Love Fest.

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DIY Tea Towels by Cherished Bliss.

There you have it!  Hope you found some Pinteresting Ideas for the weekend!  If you would like to check out more of my pins from Pinterest, you can follow me here.

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No Heat Curls For Kids

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Do your kiddos want curls in their hair, but you don’t want to use a curling iron because their super fidgety?  Or in my case, you have the foam curlers for the kids but they hate sleeping on them because they hurt their heads.  Here is an easy solution that involves no heat or painful curlers.

Here’s What You Need:

  • Several Tissues 
  • Comb

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Step 1: Fold the tissue into a triangle.

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Step 2: Start folding the tissue.

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Step 3: Keep folding all of the way up until you reach the end.

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Step 4: Dry hair until it is just a little damp.  Start in the middle of the section of hair and wrap the hair around the tissue.

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Step 5: Once you get the section of hair wrapped around, roll the hair underneath and up to the base of the head.

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Step 6: Tie in a knot.  Keep sectioning off the hair and wrapping with the tissues until finished.

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 There you have it!  Your kids can sleep on the tissues pain free.  My daughter had these tissue in her hair for about an hour and she didn’t even need to sleep on them.  When she does sleep on them, the curls last all day.   Hope you enjoyed the quick no heat curl solution for kids.  I know we love it in our house hold.

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Bunny Mason Gift Jars with Printables

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Here’s a really fun and simple gift idea for the Easter season.  I put these together for my daughter’s teachers.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Jelly Sized Mason Jar with Ring and Lid
  • Contact paper (I use clear)
  • Spray Paint
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Bunny Cut Out Template (for download HERE)
  • Ribbon or twine for Trim
  • Goodies for Filling
  • Hoppin’ Great Tag (Optional. You can make your own or print & use MINE )

There are 2 ways to do this project. The first is to cut out the Bunny and spray it, leaving the rest of the jar clear. This is how to do it if you want your finished jars to look like this…

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1. Tape the bunny cut out onto your contact paper. Then cut it out with your X-Acto knife. Keep the center cut out area but set it aside.

2. Take another piece of contact paper and lay it over your cut out area. This helps you to be able to more accurately locate your shape and it helps keep the shape from stretching or becoming deformed when applying it to your jar.

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3. After your bunny shape is stuck on your Mason jar, very carefully & slowly peel off the piece of contact paper that helped hold it’s shape. Then go ahead and mask off the rest of your Mason jar.

4. Spray paint your cut out area and let it dry. Also, go ahead and spray paint the outside of your ring and the top of the Mason jar’s lid.

5. Once all parts are dry, very carefully and slowly peel off the contact paper.

That’s it for this method.

Now, if you want your finished jars to look like this, here’s how to do it…

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1. Tape the bunny cut out onto your contact paper. Then cut it out with your X-Acto knife. If you made a jar using the method described above you can use the bunny cut out that you set aside.

2. Take another piece of contact paper and lay it over your cut out area. This helps you to be able to more accurately locate your shape and it helps keep the shape from stretching or becoming deformed when applying it to your jar.

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3. Locate your bunny cut out. With this method, the entire rest of the jar will be solid and the bunny shape will be the window that your candy shows through.

4. Mask off the top of your Mason jar. You don’t want paint to get onto the inside and come into contact with the goodies.

5. Go ahead and spray the jar. Also spray the ring and top of the lid. Let it dry completely. Then you can go ahead and slowly & carefully peel away the contact paper cut out.

That’s it! Fill ‘em up with jelly beans, chocolates, or whatever yummy goodness you want. I think these are a super cute, affordable and special gift idea for teachers, neighbors or just anyone you want to wish a Happy Easter.

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Bitty Bunnies with Free Pattern

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I wanted to make my girls something special for Easter.  I try to make them something that is homemade every year.  They have fleece bunnies and birdies.  However, this year I wanted to make my own version of a bunny that the girls could have as a keepsake.  I hand drew and drafted this pattern myself.  Lily, my youngest, loves little stuffed animals that she can hold and play with that are not too cumbersome.  That is how the bitty bunny came about.

This is a great simple pattern too, if your looking for something that doesn’t take days to make.  It is perfect for the novice sewer as well.

Here’s What You Need:

  • Printed Pattern (Here)
  • Scraps of Fabric (I used printed fabric and linen.  The linen I used from an old pair of pants.)
  • Pom Pom Trim (Optional)
  • DMC Floss (Coordinating Color to Match Your Fabric)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Polyester Stuffing
  • Scissors

Step 1: Print the pattern out and cut out all of the pattern pieces.

Step 2: Cut out all of the fabric pieces.

Step 3: Embroider the face onto the bunny with a coordinating color of DMC floss.  I started with the nose and then the mouth.  I found it easier to position the eyes after the nose and mouth had been completed.

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Step 4: Begin by pinning the face of the bunny to the printed fabric.   Right sides together.  Sew the face to the body of the bunny.

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Step 5: This step is optional.  But, I really think it adds to the look of the bunny.  Find any type of trim that coordinates well with your fabric choices.  Measure and cut the length.  I tacked the trim on by hand.  However, if you want you can sew this trim on with a sewing machine.

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Step 6: Place right sides of the ears facing together, sew them with about a 1/8 to a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Step 7:

Fold the ears in at the bottom and pin temporarily.  Tack the bottom of the ears with needle and thread to hold them in place.

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Step 8:

Make a sandwich of sorts with the front, ears, and the back of your fabric.  The print side of the ears will face the right side of the print of the fabric for the front of the bunny.  Before, I sewed all of the pieces of the bunny together, I lightly tacked the ears in place so it would ensure that they wouldn’t move on me.  Sew all the way around the bunny with 1/8 “to 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 1″ opening at the bottom.  Fill the body with the polyester fill and hand sew the bottom together.  Oh, and don’t forget to flip the bunny over and sew a little pom pom on the butt.

There you have it!  I loved how these turned out.

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I couldn’t resist including a photo of their little pom pom bottoms.

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This is a pretty quick sew, and a fun little project if you’re in need of one for Easter.

I hope you enjoy it!

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#7 Friday’s Fabulous Pinterest Finds

Friday Fab Pinterest Finds

Bringing to you another little round-up of creative Pinterest finds.  These are Easter/Spring inspired.  I think you will love all of the cuteness.

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Cheerful Salt Dough Ornaments by Design Mom.

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Bunny Ornaments via Etsy.

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Flower Pot Cookies by The Gunny Sack.

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How to make a cute Pom Pom Easter Bunny by Martha Stewart.

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These cute Funny Bunnies by The Vintage Magpie.

Hope you enjoyed this round up and you found some Easter/Spring inspiration.  If you would like to see more of my pins you can follow me here on Pinterest.

Have a great weeked!

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25 Best Beauty Hacks

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Here it is.  The best of the best of all the beauty hacks out there.  These are ones that I picked that are actually useful as well as practical.

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1.) The Bobby Pin Trick by Makeup.com.

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2.) Fix Your French Manicure by Paper Raindrops.

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3.) Use baby powder to make your own DIY Falsies by Hair-Sublime.

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4.) Trim your own split ends at home by Ring Finger Tan Line.

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5.) Simple and easy Kool-Aid Stained Lips by the Beauty Department.

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6.) Need a fuller ponytail?  Here’s 2 mins. to a Fuller Ponytail by Artzy Creations.

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7.) Easy wavy hair with a flat iron by Unknown.

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8.) Make an easy do-it-yourself home mask with Greek yogurt of all things by Lauren Conrad to calm acne and nourish your skin.

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9.) Make your own Dry Shampoo with only 3 ingredients by The Homemade Experiment.

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10.) Use a business card to help enhance your mascara by getting to the base of your eyelashes by Fitness Magazine.

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11.) Give the illusion of fuller lips with this trick by Divine Caroline.

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12.) All natural way of getting rid of cellulite by Top Beauty Brands.

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13.) Get rid of black heads with fine salt and baking soda at Pinterest.

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14.) Get the best eyeliner look using Scotch Tape by Elle.

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15.) DIY Gel Eyeliner by The Beauty Department.

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16.) Make your lipstick last with this trick by Trusper.

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17.) How to create ombre nails by She Knows.

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18.) DIY Eye Makeup Remover with one simple ingredient by Mascara.

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19.) Give your lips a fuller look by adding a drop of this peppermint oil by My Diary Free Gluten Free Life.

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20.) How to do beach waves in 5 minutes by The Things We Would Blog.

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21.) For cleaner skin try this home remedy via Pinterest.

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22.) Easy no heat curls by Rocaille Writes.

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23.) 10 Items Founds in Your Kitchen for every day beauty by Hairspray and Highheels.

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24.) Where to apply perfume from Free People.

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25.) Always apply your concealer with a sponge and in a triangle fashion away from your eyes by Make Me Up Before You Go Go.

There you have it!  Some of the best beauty hacks out there.  Hope you find some useful.

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#6 Friday Fabulous Pinterest Finds

Friday Fab Pinterest Finds

I can’t wait to show you this little round up of Fabulous Friday Pinterest Finds.

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 This is an oh so adorable DIY Craft House by At Home In Love.

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These fabric envelopes are so sweet by Martha Stewart.

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A bright & colorful Spring Wreath by Fynes Designs.

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Super cute spring flowers by Style Me Pretty.

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A very cool modern looking Geometric Wreath by Vintage Revivals.

There you have it!  Another Fabulous Friday Pinterest Finds and some great ideas to take you into the weekend.  If you would like to check out more of my Pinterest finds you can follow me here.

Have a great weekend!

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Pom Pom Chicks in a Painted Nest

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Are you looking for an Easter craft that keeps your kids attention the whole time, & they end up with a super cute decoration that cracks them up? With this craft, you and your kids will make super cute fuzzy pom pom chicks and they sit in a colorfully painted egg carton nest.

Here are the art supplies you will need:

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I recommend you start with the painting of the cardboard egg carton nests so that while they dry you can make the pom pom chicks. Here is what we did. Begin by cutting the lid off of the egg carton. SAVE it! It makes the perfect paint palette that you can easily toss when you’re finished painting. I love easy clean up.

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Next, separate the egg cups by cutting them apart with a scissors. Once the cups are separated, go back with a pinking shears to get the nice finished edge on the “nest”. Cut these so they are kind of shaped like the egg shell has broken.

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Now it’s time to begin painting and this is the really fun part. Let your child paint & decorate these cups any way they like. My daughters had so much fun doing this. They painted everything from stripes, to polka-dots and rainbows to flowers AND they painted all 12 cups.

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Let the cups dry after they have been painted. While they are drying, let’s make a few fuzzy pom pom chicks. If you know how to make pom poms using a fork, you can skip this part of the tutorial. My only recommendation is that you use a larger than average sized fork so that your fuzzy chicks are big enough. If you have a large fork and want to know how to make pom poms using the fork method, you can view a tutorial I did for it HERE. Otherwise, below is how we made our poms.

Step 1) As you can see, in our house, Starbucks serves more than 1 purpose :) . Cut a single piece of yarn about 6 inches in length. Wrap the yarn around the card lengthwise 1 time and tape it to hold it in place. Take the yarn that is attached to your ball and begin wrapping it around the card. Wrap it about 100 times. This might sound like a lot, but it’s not really that much. The less you wrap it the more sparse your final pom will be. This was great counting practice with my 4 year old.

Step 2) Carefully slide the wrapped yarn towards the end of the card. The reason I used the plastic card was because it made it easier to slide down and off of the card I wrapped the yarn onto. Plus the size was just right for the poms.

Step 3) SLOWLY slide the entire wrapped bundle of yarn off the card while pulling both ends of the yarn that is underneath. Once the ball is off, pull the yarn as tight as possible, wrap it around once or twice more and tie it off in a knot.

Step 4) Take your yarn-wheel looking thing, and carefully cut through the loops. Be sure not to cut the center piece of yarn holding the whole thing together.

Step 5) There you have your pom pom chick… almost. Go ahead and give him a little haircut to sort of trim & shape him up.

Step 6) Color a piece of paper orange or use an orange piece of construction paper to make a pointed little beak. Leave enough surface on the back side so that it’s easier to glue and it holds better. Glue it in place. When the beak is in place it will help you locate the googly eyes. Attaching the eyes was probably the hardest part of the whole craft, but that was partially because I used such small googly eyes. Put glue on the  back side of the eyes and stick them onto the chick. The googly eyes I used were not only small but the black centers didn’t really roll freely inside the eyes. Combine that with the fact that they only stuck to the end of like 1 piece of yarn, it really gave the chicks a lot of extra character. My girls and I kept cracking up because the chicks eyes looked so funny, but that made it all the more fun.

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Well, once the paint on your egg nests are dried, and your pom pom chicks are finished, the only thing left is to stick the chicks in their egg shell nest. As you can see, we added a little paper Easter grass to really tie them all together.

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I hope you enjoy making this craft and I hope you laugh as much as we did. It’s not only fun making them, but my girls still giggle every time they look at these cute little chicks.

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Mini Bite Lemon Raspberry Muffins

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I love muffins.  I think muffins are one of the most perfect foods out there.  I think I would seriously consume a muffin a day if my figure would let me.  I know you probably think it’s silly but, Oh to be a teenager again.  Well, here’s a perfect recipe for delicious little mini bite Lemon Raspberry muffins.  With a hint of Lemon and the fresh Raspberries, my two girls absolutely love these and will have a couple for breakfast with some fresh fruit.  These little muffins are also the perfect size to take for brunch or a luncheon.

Mini Bite Lemon Raspberry Muffins:

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 8 oz. of Lemon Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Grated Lemon Peel (zest)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Raspberries (Don’t Thaw.  If you use fresh raspberries for the mini muffins, do

Topping:

  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.  Grease 36 mini muffin cups or 14 regular muffin cups.  In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Mix well.  In a small bowl combine the yogurt, oil, Lemon peel and eggs.  Mix well.  Add this to the dry ingredients and still until moistened.  Gently stir in the Raspberries.  Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.  For the topping, in a small bowl combine, the 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup flour.  Using a fork, cut in butter until crumbly .  Sprinkle over batter.  Bake at 400 degrees for 11 to 13 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool 5 minutes.  

Icing (optional):

  • 1/2 Cup of Powder Sugar
  • 2 to 3 tsp. of milk

Glaze the muffins after they have cooled.  This is optional but I love how these look with the added icing, and the little bit of extra sweetness is perfect.

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 These little mini muffins are mouthwatering. You can’t just stop at one!

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 Enjoy!

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