How to Make Homemade Bird Feeders

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  When the warm and sunny days of spring finally settle in for good, our yard becomes a retreat for birds of many kinds. From robins to bluebirds and even, occasionally, hummingbirds, we seem to get quite the nature show around here. My daughter loves spotting new kinds of birds and looking them up in our bird books. A brown-headed cow bird? Who knew? So this year, to entice even more feathered friends to flock to our house, we’ve decided to make our own homemade bird feeders. The … [Read more...]

Spring Time Round Up

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Spring is finally here and we are ready to share some great posts with you!  Whether you like crafts, baking or gardening, you will find some great information below! Do you children love to help you bake and decorate? Thanks to Madame Deals for sharing these fun flower pops. This cute Mothers Day Recipe: Sweet Tulip Pop Treat is the perfect activity to do with your children.  I know I would love to receive these Tulips for Mother's Day! Madame Deals shares some great tips on  How to … [Read more...]

May the Fourth be with You printable card

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There are just a few days left in April and then it is May, which bring us holidays like May Day, Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars Day - May the 'Fourth' be with you. Here is a fun printable card to celebrate this one of a kind holiday. All you need is a sheet of card stock and some glow sticks. Once the card is printed and cut out, make a cut with a razor blade along the top of the light-saber handle just wide enough to slide a glow stick through. I taped the glow stick on the back of the card to … [Read more...]

Is it getting hot in here? Silhouette’s April Promotion

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Disclosure: I received free product samples for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ.   Silhouette has monthly promotions where they feature a very cool product and then bundle it with their cutting machines, either the Cameo or the Portrait. April's promotion is all about heat transfers. Besides getting an awesome deal on the bundles, if you don't already own a cutting machine, or want to give one as a gift, you can get 30% off heat … [Read more...]

Want to Be Like ‘Cap’ – Captain America Costumes

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Disclosure: I received a free product sample for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ.   My son is too little to watch Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he isn't too little to love Mavel's American Superhero. He has definitely caught Captain America fever and was so excited to receive this costume. Your little soldier will feel like the buffest, toughest superhero in this Captain America Avengers Classic Muscle … [Read more...]

The Silhouette Portrait Review

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It has been really fun using the Silhouette Portrait. Main Features The Portrait only weighs 3.5 pounds so it easy to carry anywhere. The maximum cutting width is 8 inches. It's small and compact. When you close the lid there are no visible buttons which makes for a really sleek design. Load cutting mat: when using a cutting mat use this button to load the cutting mat into the machine Load media: when cutting vinyl or heat transfer material use this button Unload: when the cutting … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Snack Bags

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St. Patrick's Day is here so here is a quick little treat bag idea for all your little friends. We just got some sketch pens for the Silhouette and so we decided to try them out on the Silhouette Portrait for this project. There are 4 main steps in this project: Step 1: Print The first thing you need to do is print bag tags using your printer. This will only print the chevrons, white text bubble, "I'm", "to be your Friend" and the registration marks (the black square and the … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Watering Can

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I recently saw somewhere on the internet (I'm sooo observant!) that you could make your very own watering can from things you have at home! SCORE! Since my watering can broke about 2 years ago and I haven't bought a new one yet (I'm cheap!) I do desperately need one though. A couple of days ago I went out to water my pretty daffodils (which have all now died by the way, I'm a plant killer, not on purpose I might add. Hopefully next year they will come up stronger than this year and decide to … [Read more...]

Time Management Tips for a Mom – Guest Blogger

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How do you get it all done? It's the age-old burning question that all mothers try to answer on a daily basis! Chores, kids, cooking, shopping, sometimes a business, work, craft, and telephone conversations. And lets not forget sleep! It can be tricky to try and get everything done, but here are some tips and tricks that I use daily to help keep me on track. Prioritize. At the end of each day I will sit down and write a list of what I would like to accomplish the next day. Then I prioritize. … [Read more...]

A Cute Table Runner – Guest Blogger

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Hi all.  Heather here from The Black's Best.   I am really excited to be guest posting at Making of a Mom.  I'm still working on making myself the kind of mom I want to be.  However, four wild and crazy boys, all under eight, make me break that commitment from time to time.  I love the little buggers but they sure can make me want to pull my hair out some days! :) Well, in the little bit of time I have to do crafting, I decided to get started on something that feels a bit spring … [Read more...]

Glittery Easter Eggs

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This year we got a jump start on decorating for Easter. I get the Martha Stewart Living magazine and got an idea from that magazine to glitter our eggs this year. In the magazine they are glittering real Easter eggs they have dyed, but I wanted to have my eggs last longer than a few days so we bought a ton of plastic eggs and I glittered those. It took trying out several methods, but I finally got it down to a science. Here's how I did it (including my FAILED attempts so you can learn from my … [Read more...]

Get a Jump on Spring With a Flowerpot Craft

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It seems like spring can’t get here soon enough. This has been a particularly long, brutal winter and unfortunately, there’s still more to come. You know it’s been bad if the kids are tired of snow days, too! However, it’s never too early to start thinking about those warm, sunny, flower-filled days to come. A great way to chase away those winter blues is with a bright, colorful and easy-to-make flowerpot craft. The beauty of a project like this is that it’s great for all age levels. Kids … [Read more...]

Dragon Birthday Cake!

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  Last year I made my oldest daughter a dragon cake, and this year, my youngest daughter wanted a dragon cake. I have used box mixes in the past, and they were fine, but this year I looked up a yellow cake recipe from Martha Stewart. It is still a bit crumby when I tried to ice it, but it was fine. Next time, I’ll try to find a different cake mix; one that doesn’t fall to crumbs when you cut it! I’m just not that skilled yet! I used a butter cream icing recipe from … [Read more...]

Art Supplies Direct Subscriptions and Giveaway

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Heres something fun and exciting for you!  Art Supplies Direct has started a craft kit and art set subscription program! With each set there are two options for both the craft subscription and art subscription kits: 1. Buy it as a subscription and get a different kit or set every 2 months!  This is a great idea for a gift.  Its something that lasts the whole year through and provides hours of fun.  Plus who doesn't like to get something in the mail.  If you choose to do it this way you or … [Read more...]

Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit Bundles Sale

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Silhouette is having another promotion. This time the star of the show is the Stamping starter kit. Here are the details: ·         1 CAMEO, 1 stamping starter kit, 1 light hold cutting mat, 1 teal CAMEO dust cover for $269.99 (MSRP $351.96) ·         1 Portrait, 1 stamping starter kit, 1 light hold cutting mat, 1 grey Portrait dust cover for $129.99 (MSRP $229.96) ·         Stamping starter kit 25% off ·         Almost everything at silhouetteamerica.com will be 20% off! (Excludes … [Read more...]