Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Magnetic Cups

Are you tired of your kids leaving a ton of cups around the house. Here's an easy way to keep things organized and clean: Attach a pair of magnets on each cup.

Source: http://adventuresinpinteresting2012.blogspot.com/2013/01/magnet-cups-for-fridge.html

Recycle Broken Watches

It may not be able to give you the time, but there's a way for you to recycle your old watch. Cut out a small picture to fit the size of the frame in your watch. Then, take apart the watch and attach the picture on the back of the frame. Click here to find instructions to help you get started.

Source: www.myhomefortheholidays.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Year's Time Capsule

Just a few more days before the start of 2014...

It's time to reflect and look back at the good times and accomplishments from the past year. Get the kids involved and create a time capsule. Put all of your favorite memories and pictures inside the capsule and wait until the next year to open it. 

Keeps the kids busy during winter break and creates a lasting memory...

Source: www.meaningfulmama.com

New Year's Countdown

Here's a simple way to keep the fun alive as you countdown to the New Year with your family and friends.

Fill a packet with an idea or activity and label it with the hour that you want to do the activity.

Example:  9 p.m. - Tell your friends and family to discuss New Year's resolutions

Source: http://mymixofsix.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-years-packets.html

Christmas Tree - Resolution Tree

Get a little creative with the New Year and create/recycle a resolution tree.

Add some ornaments with your New Year's resolution. Or create a gift with an inspiring message for your family members to start the New Year. 

Source: http://secretsofasupermommy.blogspot.com/2011/01/happy-2011-super-mommies.html?m=1

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cozy Hangers

It's been around for a while, but now it's gaining another round of momentum.

If you love to crochet, this is a craft to add to your to-do list. Below is a tutorial I found from Karen M. Anderson.

Sue Wilson,  program director/morning show co-host of 94.9 WQMX, holds a cozy hanger made by Hazel Marie in the 1970's.


Christmas Card Tree

This idea is similar to the 'Thankful Tree" during Thanksgiving. It's just another way to keep your Christmas and holiday cards throughout the year.

Source: http://www.marthastewart.com/

Last Minute Gift Idea

The clock is ticking and you're still missing a few gifts for some important people in your life. No worries...

Try creating a special gift by adding a special touch. Add a pair mugs and a family recipe for one of your favorite drinks or dessert.

Source: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Easy Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Have an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party coming up? Don't worry about traveling to the mall to grab the ugliest sweater you can find. Try creating your own work of art.

Add a large bow by attaching it to an old sweater using a hot glue gun or fabric glue. You can even attach bows and a stocking to make a simple ugly sweater. Get creative! 

Source: Pinterest

The good news is if you're not a crafty person, this is the best craft to start with on your list! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fabric Wrap

Skip the normal wrapping paper and use some of the extra scrap fabric inside your home to create an easy way to wrap a small gift.

BuzzFeed.com posted a list of cool wrapping ideas - plus this one below:

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com

Creative Gift Card Wraps

Get a little creative when giving a gift card to someone you love during the holiday season.

Try putting the gift cards in boxes that you already have in your home - like a medicine box or a gum container. They're easy to wrap and adds a little suspense when opening the gift. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Last Minute Christmas Centerpiece

You don't have to go out of your way to create a beautiful centerpiece.

Just take a large wine glass and turn it upside down. Just add a couple of ornaments inside the glass and place it upside down. Then, add a candle on the top (which is actually the bottom) of the wine glass. Repeat and add a row of the unique items along the dinner table.

Source: http://www.topdreamer.com/22-interesting-diy-wine-glass-centerpieces/

Start A New Holiday Tradition

Christmas cards. Gift lists. Letters.

These begin to pile up around the holiday season - so why not use it as a way to decorate the home. Just attach a piece of rope or wire on both ends to a wall in your home. Use clothespins to attach cards, letters, pictures or gift lists to the wire to create a holiday atmosphere and a great conversation to your home.

Source: http://www.babble.com/home/10-diy-christmas-decor-ideas/

Simple Christmas Tree Alternative

Here's an easy alternative to the original Christmas tree. Try decorating a ladder with lights and ornaments hanging from each step. This is also a great idea for big homes to add a second tree in a room or basement. 

Source: http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net