Monday, August 26, 2013

Glow-In-The-Dark Ring Toss

As the Summer Nights have come to a close, we still have been able to get in a game of Glow in the Dark Ring Toss!  It was Super Fun!!

They were pretty easy to Make!  I cut two bases 8 1/2 inches by 11 1/4 inches.  Using a 3/4 drill bit, Drilled a hole in the center of the Board.  Cut (2) 3/4 in. diameter dowel 12 inches  long each and glued them in. 

Placed a screw into the bottom of each to secure them.

I painted them with a coat of Martha Stewart glow in the dark paint and then I also bought two cans of Krylon glow in the dark spray paint and sprayed that on them too!  Bought some Glow Sticks and it was Game On!
 *Note, to get the boards to "glow", its good to put them in bright light or sunlight.  We also had to re-charge ours a little bit by running them back inside to charge them up under some light for a bit.


With Much Love & Gratitude,

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


I have used this recipe for 5 years now and every time I make them, this happens...

she just reached in and stole the cookie as I was taking the photo!  These cookies disappear!

I got the recipe from the Food Network.  It was submitted by: Helen Ostrosky

Chocolate Peanut-Butter No Bake Cookies

2 C. Sugar
4 Tbl. Cocoa
1 Stick butter or margarine
1/2 C. Milk
1 C. Peanut Butter
1 Tbl. Vanilla
3 C. Oatmeal

In a heavy saucepan, bring to a boil: sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal.  On a cookie sheet or waxed paper, drop mixture by the spoonfuls until cooled and hardened.


With Much Love & Gratitude,

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Monday, August 19, 2013

More Dimensions of our Pottery Barn Lockers

I wanted to give you a few more Dimensions of our Pottery Barn Lockers.  We absolutely love these lockers and I have had some viewers ask the Dimensions of them so I thought I would do a blog post about the Measurements.  :)

I used MDF that already came cut 11 1/4 inches wide.  If you want your lockers to be deeper and wider than mine, you could buy the large sheets of MDF at Lowes or Home Depot and have them cut it  for you to the width you would like.  For example,  15 in. wide to give you deeper lockers.  Out of one sheet, you could probably get 3 strips cut at 15 in. wide.  :)

I first cut my back brace 12 in. wide and placed it at the top where I wanted the top of the lockers to start.  (80 inches).
I next took my finished side panel and placed it up against the outside end of the back brace forming an "L".  I then screwed in a screw to anchor the side panel from the outside of the end panel into the end of the back brace board to secure it along with some finish nails.

My lockers are 80 in. tall and 63 1/4 in. wide.  I cut, filled nail holes, sanded, primed, and painted each of the side panels before I assembled them due to the narrowness of each locker.  I attached the hooks also before I assembled them because I knew my drill would not fit in the lockers after.

 Here are the measurements of the inside of each of our lockers...

Remember the doors sit inside the lockers, so the shelf supports are not as wide as the width of the sides of the locker so there is room for the door to open and close.

The shelf support at the top measures down 14 in. from the top of the board.  The square board that sits on top of the shelf supports measures 11 3/4 in. by 10 in.

Here are some more measurements of where the other shelf supports start.  *Note, I only built the 3 shelves down low on my littlest girl's locker because her coats are not as long as the other kids.  If you are building lockers for bigger kids, I would recommend only having 2 shoe shelves.

I purchased my Hinges at Home Depot along with my handles also.  I hope these dimensions will help you in your quest to build your own set of lockers!  Good Luck!

***If you would like to see more in depth of how I built our lockers, you can see that here or by clicking on the photo below.

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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Saturday, August 17, 2013


Spending some time with just the girls!  Its been "girls only" as the boys headed off to Youth conference.  We had a great day for Ivy's Birthday!  We just spent the day enjoying the City Creek Center and of course the Disney Store!

they did a little Celebration for Ivy...

Can you guess who her favorite Character might be???

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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Monday, August 12, 2013

DIY Magnet Blocks

With Back to School right around the corner, I wanted to share with you some fun magnet blocks that you can make...   fun for everyday,  to hold up school work, photos or to make as gifts!

 They are simply cut from a long board of trim measuring 3 in. wide and are perfect to use on a magnet board or fridge.  

1. Cut your blocks 2 in. tall.  They should already be 3 in. wide.  
2. Glue a Magnet to back of each block.  
3. Paint your blocks a color of your choice...

4. Cut Stencils  out of contact paper on a Silhouette Cameo or purchase already made stencils and place stencils on the blocks... ****Note, you could also use vinyl and so many fun scrapbook stickers etc.
5. Paint colors of your choice to fill in the stencils...
Remove your stencil and your magnet blocks are complete!

With Much Love & Gratitude,

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Shed/ Chicken Coop Measurements...

 I have had some requests on the Dimensions of our Shed/ Chicken Coop so here they are:    :)

The shed from the Front corner to the back corner is 12 feet 2 inches by 9 feet high.

The outside chicken run is 4 feet wide by 83 in. high at its highest point and 5 ft. high at its lowest point.

Doors:  The Main door is split into two sections:  The upper section is 48 in. wide by 29 3/8 in. tall
                                                                               The lower section is 48 in. wide by 48 3/8 in. tall

Nesting boxes are: 38 1/2 in wide by 20 1/8 in. tall
Lower Doors:  The Main opening across is 40 in. wide by 21 1/2 in tall
                         Each of the lower doors measure 20 in. wide by 21 1/2 tall

The front of the shed is 10 ft. 2 in. across by 11 ft. tall at its highest peak...

With Much Love and Gratitude..

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Magnetic Inter-changeable Chalkboard....

I wanted to share with you how I made the Pallet-style magnetic Chalkboard That I used in Madi's Cake Stand party...

I did the back in a pallet-style using cedar fencing. 
For this, I cut each of the cedar pieces at 25 in. long.

 If you would like a tutorial on the pallet background, you can see that here on the Heart-Board tutorial...

 I purchased the frame at Hobby Lobby.

I next cut some sheet metal that I purchased from Lowes.  I cut the sheet metal to a size a little bit larger than the middle opening of the frame.  I next painted it with chalkboard paint. 2-3 coats of paint.  Once dry, I glued it to the pallet portion that I built and put a nail in the center at the top so I could hang the frame on it...

with the Nail in the center, you can hang the frame on it and change out the frames from one to another of your choice...

You can use Chalk on the board, and it can also be used as a Magnet board...

Really that's all there is to it.   Enjoy!

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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