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Disclosure: I am a DecoArt blogger and this blog post has been sponsored. Our house has four bedrooms plus a study. Dividing those rooms up between us and 5 of the kids was a breeze thanks to the great layout. We obviously took over the master bedroom (although the kids did put up a good fight), the oldest of the girls has the other main bedroom (which also has a private bathroom), one of the eight year old girls has her own bedroom and the other eight year old (Marisol) and the seven year old share a bedroom. The three... Continue reading
Posted 26 minutes ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you have kids, like me, who play video games and go through batteries for their controllers you feel like you are buying new ones every month, then here's a quick recycled craft project for you to make a battery recycling container. You can find the full tutorial and free printable label over at The Centsible Life. Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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The kids had head colds the past few days. On Friday I received the request for soup for dinner; tomato for him and chicken noodle for her. They needed something warm and soothing. They needed comfort food. On Saturday I suggested I put together a platter of food for an early dinner. Finger foods and platters are one of their favorite things. After school I often make them a Bento box style snack or a plate of snacks. They love our Sunday brunch which is full of assorted foods to try from fruit, to pastries, and hot dishes. And, when... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing this fun Mermaid Munch movie night project as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishTales If you've been following my blog for a while now, you will know that I have a slight obsession with themed snacks and treats, especially for movie nights. I think they are so much fun, and watching the kids' faces light up when I show them what they'll be snacking on is well and truly worth the little extra effort. So I was inspired to make this fun themed snack for a mermaid themed movie night. Isn't it fun? And look... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhereFunBegins #CollectiveBias The kids have been spending more and more time outdoors lately, it's been lovely. They always seem to play together so much nicer when they are outside, there's so much less fighting. I feel like they need more activities to do out there though. We have quite a large yard and live in a quiet cul-de-sac so they ride bikes and scooters and play soccer, but at our old house we had a pond, a swimming pool, outdoor play equipment... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SunsOutSpoonsOut #CollectiveBias Do you tend to stress bake like me? I find that if I'm having a particularly stressful week I spend more time in the kitchen whipping up treats. I'm not sure whether I find baking therapeutic, if I'm craving something sweet, or if it's just that I'm avoiding what's bothering me. Or maybe all of the above. Regardless, my kids seem to benefit from me being stressed so I'm sure they aren't complaining. Summer certainly adds to the stress levels... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleaningUntangled #CollectiveBias There are 4 dogs in our house. Yes, WE HAVE 4 DOGS!!! Do you know how much pet hair gathers on carpet, and in every nook and cranny with 4 dogs? No? I didn't either. The man brushes them weekly, sometimes a couple of times a week, and still the hair. It's EVERYWHERE! All. The. Time! And being members of the family (it's like we have another 4 children) the dogs are allowed wherever they want; they sit on the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Marisol changes her style every year or two. This year she only wants to wear shorts. She's not too fazed by what she wears with them - sneakers, boots, sandals, cute tops, t-shirts, or layers. As long as she's wearing shorts. She still owns a few skirts and dresses, mostly because I still insist on buying them, but rarely wears them during her current phase. Last year she would only wear skirts and dresses and no matter how often I bought shorts or jeans she refused to wear them. Shirt: Justice | Top: Cami Top (Children's Place) | Shorts: Arizona... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing how I battle kid and pet stains as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars Between the four dogs and the constant stream of kids coming in and out of the house it's tough keeping the floors clean around here, especially when over 75% of the house has carpet, which means that on a normal week I clean up half a dozen food, drink and paint spills from the kids along with what feels like a constant stream of mess left by the dogs. This means that I've tried just about every product on the market... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Are you starting to prep for summer now that the weather is warming up? We sure are. I've been getting out into the yard and pinning fun outdoor activities for the kids to do over summer vacation. We plan on eating outdoors a lot, even if it's just in the backyard, but picnics and concerts in the park are high on my list too. Over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog today I'm sharing a quick and easy sewing tutorial to make these burlap and lace cutlery pockets. They are perfect for outdoor entertaining and picnics. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I've been absolutely terrible at keeping up with my bucket list for the the past twelve months, but now that the year is almost half over I'm determined to start knocking a few things off it. One thing that I had listed for this year was to buy an outfit for every season. An outfit that I could wear every day; for shopping, lunch with friends, client meetings, conferences, or even out for an early dinner. Something comfortable, not too dressy, and easy to put on. Because if I can put on a pair of sweats, then I can most... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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This salad has very quickly become my daughter's favorite. You can find the recipe for this simple, delicious Asian chicken salad with mandarins over at the Halos blog. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Mom's celebrate you next week with a glam Mom's Night Out cocktail party at home with your closest friends. Get dressed up and watch the movie Mom's Night Out. I'm sharing a simple cocktail recipe along with free printable popcorn boxes and glass markers over at MyPrintly to get this party started. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Still looking for more fun Cinco de Mayo craft projects and party ideas? I'm over at The Centsible Life with this fun sombrero craft. Have the kids make them, then keep them over bowls of salsa and guac to protect your food from bugs. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ConAgra RO*TEL via Mode Media. Entertaining at home this Cinco de Mayo doesn't have to be elaborate and you don't need to spend hours in the kitchen. Prepare a couple of simple dishes that can be mixed and matched and that are sure to please everyone. Here are a few simple food ideas: RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac Corn chips Pork Carnitas Sides: flour and corn tortillas, rice, beans, beans Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas® Glass of water Let's start with RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac. You can find the recipe right here. Guacamole is the perfect appetizer with corn chips,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you have kids moving away to college this summer, or you are moving away from family, I've got a great gift idea for you. A family recipe book is the perfect way to keep and share your families favorite recipes. The tutorial to make this recipe book and recipe cards are available on MyPrintly. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Are you ready for Cinco de Mayo? It's only a week away. If you are looking for a fun party treat, craft, or gift idea for your celebrations, I'm showing you how to make these not-so-spicy, but extra fun chili piñatas over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and NatureRaised Farms, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SCNRF http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I recently put in a new rule at the dinner table that the kids had to try something new with every meal, well, those meals that contained something that they hadn't tried before at least. A few weeks ago I made a salad for dinner. Normally I make a salad on the side of a main dish, but this time I just made a salad, it was a Chinese chicken salad with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Still looking for fun spring themed party treats or snacks for the kids? How about these: You will find the tutorial for these fun mandarin carrots over at the Halos blog. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias We eat a ton of granola bars here, the kids take them to school for snacks a few times a week and they are a staple in our pantry. With the cost of gluten-free bars being so much more expensive than regular ones though I've decided it's time to try my hand at making them from scratch. Of course making gluten-free granola bars calls for rolled oats and lots of them. Oats are another staple in our house, oatmeal is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Sauder. #puttogether Our house has very little storage and shelving. The kitchen and laundry have plenty, but as you walk through the family room, living room, loft and dining room, it's just walls and windows. So when I was asked if I'd like to customize a piece of furniture from Sauder for their new lookbook I immediately knew that I would focus on shelving and storage. Thankfully one of the items they were including was a square organizer, which I thought would be perfect along one of the walls by our entrance. And... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing how I get my home spring clean on the outside as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars The snow has melted, it's time to fire up the grills, send the kids outside to play and entertain outdoors. Or at least I hope it is where you are. That means it's also means it's time to get those outdoors looking sparkly clean, tidy up the garden beds, evict pesky weeds, remove stains and clean. So I'm sharing with you today: Did you know that washing your home is recommended about every 12 to 24 months to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for a fun outdoor activity for the kids now that the weather is warmer? They will love sending their LEGO figures on rafting adventures on this recycled stick raft. You will find the tutorial to make this fun and easy project over at The Centsible Life. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We've been playing with our food again. The kids got a real kick out of these mandarin goldfish. You can find the directions on how to make them over at the Halos blog. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KetchupsNewMustard #CollectiveBias Mustard is one of those condiments that's a staple in our refrigerator. It's right there alongside ketchup, mayonnaise and horseradish. It adds so much flavor to sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers, but I also love to make dressings and marinades with it, especially now that grilling season is upon us. Here are a couple of simple dishes we love to make during the warmer months that are sure to be a hit at your next get together. Grilled Honey Mustard... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore