Cool Down With A DIY Iced Tea Glass FULL of Half Iced Tea & Half Lemonade

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DIY Iced Tea Glass

Being from Texas, iced tea has always been one of my favorite drinks.  I drink at least one glass of iced tea daily, sweetened with honey.  Tea is always my go to beverage of choice at family gatherings, potlucks, and parties.  I broke up with soda a few years ago and have not looked back, because tea is just, so so good and has many health benefits, too.  Iced tea always seems to quench my thirst like soda never could.  It's the perfect drink to enjoy by the pool or park with my family.

I wanted to jazz up my iced tea with a fun, summery design, so I made a DIY iced tea glass with an oil based paint marker.  I think it turned out pretty cute, and I'm on the very low end of being artistically gifted.  Imagine what you could do!!  I also repurposed a pickle jar as an iced tea "pitcher" to match.  My tea of choice was Bigelow Half Iced Tea & Half Lemonade!

DIY Iced Tea Glass

Supplies Needed:

  • drinking glass of any kind or repurposed glass jars
  • oil based paint marker(s)
  • contact paper – optional, but helpful!
  • oven
  • your favorite flavor of Bigelow iced tea


1.  Decide on your design.  You can cut something out of contact paper to ensure precision, or you can freehand it, it's up to you!  If using contact paper, peel off backing and press to stick on the glass.

DIY Iced Tea Glass

2.  Clean the side of your glass/jar that you will be using with rubbing alcohol or vinegar and let dry completely.  (Don't touch the cleaned areas or oil will transfer from your hands to the glass.)

3.  Use the oil based paint markers to create your design on the glass.  (You can use rubbing alcohol to clean off and start over.)

4.  When satisfied with your design, peel off contact paper and let your design dry for about 20 minutes.

DIY Iced Tea Glass

5.  Place glass items into a COLD oven and turn on to 350°.

6.  Open a window because there will be fumes and let the design "cook" on the glass for about 40 minutes.

7.  Turn off oven off and let glass cool completely before removing.

8.  Hand wash for best results, but wash them in the dishwasher if you like to live dangerously.  

I realized after the cooking process that I should have used more paint on my jar.  Oh well, I'll know next time!

DIY Iced Tea Glass

The boys were impressed with Mommy's super crafting powers, but they were much more impressed with the delicious Bigelow Half Iced Tea & Half Lemonade.  They are all tea lovers like their mommy, and lemonade lovers like their daddy, so this was such a special treat for them.  And that's the great thing about Bigelow tea is that I feel good about serving it to my little ones because it's healthy and 100% American made by an American family.  They have so many different flavors, too.  I bought my Bigelow tea at Walmart, in the beverage aisle.DIY Iced Tea Glass

Bigelow Tea is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year!  Bigelow began in a New York City townhouse, where Ruth Campbell Bigelow developed the iconic "Constant Comment"® tea, (which is delicious, by the way!)  Bigelow Tea now has a worldwide market offering more than 130 varieties of flavored, green, organic, herbal, decaffeinated and iced teas.  There's definitely something for everyone.  They also use a special foil pouch to ensure freshness and protect the tea from the air, moisture, and surrounding aromas.  

Are you an iced tea drinker?  I'd love to hear about your favorite way to drink iced tea in the comments below!

Make This Fun Burlap Flag Craft With Your Kids for The Fourth of July!

This burlap flag craft has been brought to you by Burlap Fabric.  All opinions are mine.

Burlap Flag CraftThe boys and I really making crafts together, especially during the summer.  We love flags, but realize the complexity once we're already covered in paint, figuring out how to equally space all 50 stars.  It is what it is, and this craft was super fun for all of us to make.  As I've said before, crafts for kids do NOT have to be perfect at all.  I like to just sit back and let the boys do what they want to do, and then we can work together on the more difficult parts.  That's what we did with this American Flag craft.  



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  1. Cut 13 strips of 1" burlap, 15" long
  2. Lay out 7 of the burlap strips on newspaper or mat.
  3. Use small foam roller to paint 7 strips red.  (This was fun for the boys!)American Flag Craft
  4. Wash out the foam roller and then paint the 6 strips white.whiteburlap
  5. Let strips dry and wash out foam roller again.
  6. Cut square of regular burlap, 7" x 7".
  7. Use foam roller and blue paint to cover the burlap square.
  8. Let blue square dry.
  9. When blue square is dry, use angled paintbrush to paint white stars (or circles, lines, blobs, etc) on the blue square.
  10. Next, create a frame with the sticky craft sticks.  It should be in the shape of a flag (of course,) and tall enough for the strips to line up.  This size depends on what kind of look you are going for.  We chose the layered look.
  11. Parents, use the hot glue gun to carefully glue each strip, layered on top of each other – remember, red goes on top!
  12. Next, glue the blue square with white "stars" on top in the top left corner. 
  13. Let dry and add a small piece of burlap to hang your work of art!

This craft was a bit difficult for my 6 year-old to complete on his own, but he and I, along with my 4 year-old, worked together over a couple of days and made a flag they were proud of.  We had a great time and got to learn more about the flag, too!  You really can't be educational crafts and remember, they do not have to be perfect!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!


Show Your Team Spirit With A Personalized Fabric Covered Wooden Letter

Fabric Covered Wooden LetterWe are pretty big Dallas Mavericks fans.  Well, the Captain insists that he doesn't like the Mavs, but as long as he lives in our house, he is a Mavs' fan….HA!  Well, when he was a baby, I ordered some super cute Dallas Mavericks fabric on ebay for a custom cloth diaper.  Well, I had to order a lot of it, and so I had some left over that I didn't know what to do with.  While shopping, I found the Captain a wooden letter for his name and decided to make him a cute personalized fabric covered wooden letter for his room, using the Dallas Mavericks fabric.  It has become a tradition in our house, and now all of the boys have one.

Yesterday I realized that Baby Brother is almost 17 months old and still didn't have a Dallas Mavericks letter, so we all made it a family affair to make him one.  Here's how we did it!

Materials needed:

  • enough fabric to cover your letter – I bought mine on ebay, but you can get it at some fabric stores or on Amazon, you just have to search!
  • Mod Podge for fabric
  • small paint brush
  • scissors
  • craft paint, if desired


  1. Lay your wooden letter on the fabric.  Pull the fabric up and over the sides of the letter to see how big you need to cut your fabric.  Trace around it.
  2. Make sure that you cut the same size border around the whole letter and cut all around it.  Don't cut out holes yet, if your letter has one.
  3. You have two choices at this point.  You can either cut the fabric to cover only the front of the letter OR you can wrap it around the sides.  The latter is a bit trickier, but you can do it!  If you want to only cover the front, you can now cut exactly where you need it and cut the holes out.  If you want to cover the sides, continue to step 4.
  4. To cover corners and curves, you'll want to pull the fabric and either fold down or clip.  I chose to clip on the corners and insides of the letter.
  5. Cover the front of the letter with Mod Podge with your brush.
  6. Position the fabric how you want it, face down, and lay the Mod Podge covered letter on top.  Turn over and smooth out bubbles and wrinkles with your fingers.  
  7. Now, paint the sides of the letter with Mod Podge.
  8. Work the fabric so it covers the sides.  You might need to make adjustments or extra clips as you go along.
  9. If you have a bare spot, don't worry!  Most places can be fixed easily with extra remnants of fabric.
  10. You'll want to make sure that the fabric lays down nicely.  Add more Mod Podge on top to create a shiny finish and to make sure it all lays down nicely.
  11. **If you did not cover the sides with fabric, wait until the Mod Podge dries and then use craft paint to cover the sides, careful not to paint the fabric.
  12. Let dry and hang!

Dallas Mavericks Fabric Covered Wooden LetterMy letter Z does have a few wrinkles, as you see.  I should have pulled it tighter at the top.  The good news is, this project is fairly inexpensive, so I can make another easily!

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Easy Dot Art Shamrock Craft For Kids – St. Patrick’s Day


Easy Dot Art Shamrock Craft for Kids

Crafts are something that we all can agree on in this house.  The boys are excellent about coming up with their own crafts, but sometimes they need a little guidance to get started.  They love these Do A Dot Art! markers that Grammy gave to them and so I drew a shamrock (doesn't have to be perfect!) and let them dot around it.  The box says to only dot the markers, not drag them, so that adds another level of patience and skill to their crafting.  They seriously use these for everything.  We have made letters, their names, different drawings, and now these shamrock craft paintings.  They turned out really cute!

Materials needed:

Easy Dot Art Shamrock Craft


1.  Draw or print an outline of a shamrock.

2.  Have child dot the marker all around the outline, then fill in the inside with green.

3.  Create a rainbow pattern with remaining colors (red, orange, yellow, blue, purple) and create a rainbow "behind" the shamrock.  We made two lines of dots for each color, then repeated the colors until there was no more white space showing.  

4.  Let dry (it doesn't take long) and display for St. Patrick's Day!

Shamrock craft
Easy Dot Art Shamrock Craft for Kids

To extend your child's learning, here are some fun St. Patrick's Day books for kids!


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Simple Textured Paint Football Craft for Kids

Simple Textured Craft for Kids

We are gearing up for the youth group Super Bowl party at our house on Sunday.  The boys want to decorate and have made a few posters for the big event already, but we needed some more football decor.  The Captain created this adorable textured paint football craft for kids and it turned out great!

Materials Needed:


  1. Cut a football shape out of a plain piece of white paper.  (Can freehand or use a template.)
  2. Lay football cutout on a sheet of bubble wrap.Simple Textured Craft for Kids  
  3. Wrap more bubble wrap around the end of a glue bottle, then secure with a rubber band.  This will be your "brush."
  4. Use the bubble wrap covered bottle to dab into paint and onto the football.  This creates the texture effect.
  5. Once the football is covered in brown paint, let dry.
  6. When paint is completely dry, cut felt pieces for the lines and stitching on the football and glue on.
  7. Allow to dry overnight and hang for your Super Bowl party or wall art!

Simple Textured Craft for Kids

Simple Textured Craft for Kids

Looking for more fun Super Bowl activities for kids?  Print a copy of my free Super Bowl XLIX Word Search!



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Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George! Banana Valentine Craft for Kids

One of the boys' favorite book characters is Curious George.  How can you resist this lovable, mischievous little monkey?  One book we like to read this time of year is Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George!

banana valentineI love crafts that the boys can create on their own, and this is definitely one of them!  Enjoy making this valentine craft for kids as you prepare for the fun day!



  • Yellow felt
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen
  • Markers


  1. Print out or freehand a banana and peel on yellow construction paper.
  2. You or your child cut out the banana and peel. 
  3. You will then want to help your child carefully trace the shapes on to the yellow felt. The yellow felt will serve as a backing to the banana and will make the valentine more durable. The yellow felt will also work as the banana’s peel as you continue to assemble your valentine.
  4. Cut out the shapes on the yellow felt. For this job, you may want to take the reigns since felt can be a little tricky to cut. 
  5. Once you have everything cut, it is time to start the fun part – putting it all together!
  6. On a flat surface, glue the construction paper banana shape onto the felt version. Then, on top of the construction paper banana, glue the felt banana peel.
  7. Use glue to tack down the edges of the peel so it looks as if the banana has been peeled down. 
  8. Once everything is glued down, take either a thin tip marker or pen and write your chosen valentine's day message. 
  9. Finally, use a brown marker to draw a heart, or even a monkey if you’re feeling ambitious, in the space between  your valentines message and your child’s name.
  10. For an extra special valentine, attach the handmade banana to a copy of Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George! or any other Curious George favorites!

Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday. There’s candy, candy, oh and more candy, but a homemade valentine craft makes it all so much more special for you and your little one!

Banana vday



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Crafts and Activities Inspired by Our Favorite Children’s Books

The boys love listening to a good book.  I love seeing their excitement for a character like Corduroy or Clifford come alive.  To extend their excitement and understanding, I search for a fun craft or activity based on the book we have read.  This makes it fun for the whole family and provides a genuine love of literature that I want my children to have.  I want to share a few activities that I have found that are based on children's books.  Pick one, a few, or all of these awesome crafts to do with your children and watch the excitement come to life!

children's books

The Lorax handprint craft

Harry Potter pretend magic potions craft 

Chicken Little craft

Rainbow Fish craft

make naturally colored Green Eggs and Ham

The Lorax tangerine snack

preschool book baskets 

Jack and the Beanstalk activity

Corduroy the Bear craft

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish activities

The Gingerbread Man activities

Llama Llama Red Pajama shape quilt craft

The Very Hungry Caterpillar craft (in Spanish, but self explanatory)

Joseph Had A Little Overcoat collage

upcycled comic book can

Follow my Pinterest board for all of these pins in one spot!

What is/was your favorite children's book?  Do you have a craft or activity to share?

Show Your Creativity with the Vecco DIY Rug Texas Pride Contest

This DIY rug post has been sponsored by Vecco.  All opinions are mine.

In our house, we have mostly hardwood floor – no carpet.  That is perfectly fine with me, as I believe hardwood floors are easier to take care of.  We do have an area rug in most rooms to help with the falls, noise level, and to create a place to play and read books!  When Hubby and I were searching for rugs for our house, we were very limited in what we had to choose from.  I wish that I had the option of using Vecco products and creating a rug that fit our personal taste and decor.  

Have you heard about Vecco or seen the ads?  The possibilities are truly endless!  First you select the stencils that you want to use, then the Carpet Colorants.  Then, you place the stencil on the rug and spray.  If you're not happy with what you've created, it can be vacuumed right up until you spray the Colorant Lock on your rug.  See, it's so easy to show your creativity with a DIY rug!

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If you're worried about the safety of Vecco products around littles or pets, know that I was, too.  But here is what I found on the Vecco website that made me breathe easier:

Vecco cans and caps are partially made from post-consumer recycled materials and components of these are recyclable after use.

Most of the ingredients in Vecco products are made from the earth. Vecco Colorants and Colorant Lock contain no CFCs, bleach, dyes, sulfur or harmful chemical propellants. Vecco is not irritating to skin or harmful to you, your children or your pets when used as directed.

All Vecco products are made in the USA.

One Rug At A Time Event #advertisement

If you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area, you can show off your Texas pride for a good cause with Vecco DIY Rug Décor.  On Saturday, November 15th from 6 – 10 p.m. at Vecco's One Rug at a Time event, you can enter to win $2,500 and help a local non-profit organization win $5,000.  There will be live music, local area food trucks, and DIY fun for the whole family!  A special Texas rug mosaic will be on display to benefit Dwell with Dignity.  Each piece in the mosaic was created by a local Dallas artist and will be donated to a household in need.  The Texas Pride rugs made by the Dallas art community will also be on display.

Leading up to this fun event, four non-profit organizations – Dwell with Dignity, Dallas Area Fabric Artists, ArtLove Magic and Groundwork Dallas – are participating in a special rug-making competition using Vecco DIY Rug Décor.  These organizations have each designed a rug that illustrates what Texas Pride means to them.  The organization who receives the most votes will win a $5,000 donation from Vecco to help support their cause.  Cast your vote for your favorite rug from Monday, November 10, 2014 through Friday, November 14th here.

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Are you inspired to participate?  The DIY fun isn't just for the design pros.  Anyone can design and enter a rug in a special, second Texas Pride rug contest, just for individuals.  Vecco will have supplies available for anyone who wants to design a rug and enter.  Simply be one of the first 100 visitors at Vecco's One Rug at a Time event at Valley View Mall on Saturday, November 15th from 6 – 10 p.m.  Vecco designers will be on hand to provide instruction and tips to help bring your rug to life.

When your rug is ready, snap a photo and email it to to submit your entry.  Vecco will post it on a special Texas Pride board on Pinterest.  Be sure and share the link with friends and family and ask them to 'like' your rug photo to cast their vote.  The rug that receives the most likes will win $2,500!  Voting begins December 8 and ends on December 17, 2014.  The winner will be notified by Vecco by email. 

To learn more about creating a Vecco DIY Rug, watch this helpful video:

Will you be attending the event?  Are you inspired to create a Vecco DIY Rug?


20 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

20 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

The boys and I love to celebrate each season with a fun craft.  I went in search of some great fall, but not Halloween, crafts and I came up with twenty great fall crafts for kids!  I think we will start with some leaf crafts, then apple, then pumpkin, and complete the rest later in the Fall season.  We are going to be prepared when Fall comes!  

(All pictures have been used with permission.  Contact individual blog owners for questions or permissions to share on your own blog.)

Have fun crafting!


fall frames


Fall Frames:  3 Ways – Homemade Ginger


Soda Bottle Pumpkins – Organized 31


Easy Fall Pumpkin Craft – Barefeet On The Dashboard

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Recycled Newspaper Pumpkin Art – Laura Kelly's Inklings




Patchwork Pumpkins – The Nerd's Wife


Jeweled Acorn Caps – Julie Is Coco and Cocoa


Painting Pumpkins with Toddlers – Barefeet On The Dashboard



Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkins – Saving Said Simply



Paper Plate Owl – Huppie Mama

RecycledNewspaperPumpkin (2) DIY bottle cap turkey napkin rings

DIY Bottle Cap Turkey Napkin Rings – The Country Chic Cottage


A is for Apple – We Know Stuff



Apple Magnet – About Family Crafts


Apple Stamp Banner – How To Have It All


Stained Glass Fall Leaf


Autumn Tree Paper Craft – Southern Girl Ramblings


Fingerprint Fall Tree – Just 2 Sisters


30 Days of Thankful Tree


Coffee Filter Leaves – Artsy Momma


Acorn Cap Wreath – How To Have It All


Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder – Just 2 Sisters

DIY Drinking Glass for Kids using Repurposed Glass Jars

We have been using glass cups, bowls, and plates for a few years now to limit our use of plastics in the home.  I try to get our dishes from thrift stores or clearance but things DO break with kids using them, so you really can never have enough!  Recently, my mother gave me quite a few of these cute little jars that she had saved for us, because they are the perfect size for little hands.  (They are great for portion control for juice and keeping spills small, too.)  I had seen a great idea to decorate coffee mugs with oil based paint markers and thought it would be fun for the boys to personalize their repurposed glass jars.  We dedicated about an hour to decorate our clean glasses and let them dry for about 24 hours.  I think they turned out super cute!  They've made it through one dishwashing without chipping, but really should be hand washed to avoid chipping.

DIY Drinking Glasses for Kids Using Repurposed Glass Jars

Supplies needed:

  • clean glass jars
  • oil based paint markers
  • clothes that can get messy (because as much as you tell a three year old "don't get it on your clothes…it's not going to work 😉
  • imagination!

DIY Drinking Glass for Kids using Repurposed Glass Jars

DIY Drinking Glass for Kids using Repurposed Glass Jars


  1. Follow directions on markers to get them ready for drawing.
  2. Draw, write, create with the markers on your glass jars.  I wouldn't recommend drawing inside of the glasses because I'm thinking that would leech chemicals into your beverages..which is the whole point of using glass jars anyway.  :)
  3. Let jars dry for about 24 hours.
  4. Place decorated jars into a cold oven.
  5. Turn on oven to 350º.
  6. Leave the glasses in the oven for about 30 minutes.  Warning: you will smell the paint "cooking," so definitely open up a few windows or do like we did and head outdoors during this time.
  7. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven but feel free to leave the glasses inside to cool….then they're ready!

This was so much fun for the boys and they just went to town, asking for more jars to decorate.  It all cost about $12, which was the price of the markers…the jars were F-R-E-E!  So now, all of my glass jars that I use for food storage are pretty and decorated! 

We also made a fun Father's Day gift for Daddy to drink his favorite juice:

DIY father's day Drinking Glass using Repurposed Glass Jars

(The jars I used were from this product, in case you wondered.)


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