Enchanted Mommy

How To Keep A Popsicle From Leaking Everywhere

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA. Three kids is no joke.  A fun no joke.

I have a quick post of an idea my husband had because my 2 and 4 year old ALWAYS leak popsicles all over themselves and their clothes AND they become a sticky mess.  Here’s his genius idea:

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He took a cupcake wrapper and put it on the stick to help with the leaking everywhere!

Yeah, he’s kind of smart.

DIY: How to Paint a Rug!

Okay so I am picking out things for the new house and came across this very reasonably priced handmade natural fiber jute rug from overstock.com.  It looked perfect under my dining rom table… until my dog got sick and puked on it.  Did you know it is IMPOSSIBLE to clean a jute rug???  I didn’t, but found out very quickly!

Mistake number 1 was using carpet cleaner on it.  This just bleached the rug and made it worse.  Sadly, even using a too much water can discolor a jute rug.  So lame!  I would have never bought this rug had I taken the time to do some research on it… not with a house with three active boys and two dogs!

Here is the bleached out spots made from carpet cleaner after the dog puked here.

Here is the bleached out spots made from carpet cleaner after the dog puked here.

So the rug was ruined and I had a chance to experiment with it.  I have heard of other people painting rugs and started googling.  I found a lot of good blog posts online where people updated there jute or sisal rugs by painting them..  Apparently it is pretty easy to paint a rug!  It also looks great!  I used the site jimmychoosonthetreadmill.com for my motivation.  I also like this rug painting post on natalme.com.

So easy!  The only supplies your really need are some foam bushes, a gallon of regular latex paint, and some painters tape.  I painted mine right in the house after the kids went to bed.  I just put a tarp underneath it.  This rug has a thick plastic bottom and didn’t even soak through to the tarp, but the tarp made me feel better just in case.

So here is the rug before I did anything to it.  This is a close up of the texture it has.

So here is the rug before I did anything to it. This is a close up of the texture it has.

I decided on a Chevron pattern and made a triangle from construction paper to make sure the chevron strips were exact.  Then I outlined the triangle back and forth with painters tape.

Notice my pink construction paper triangle.  I used this to measure and make sure my chevron strips were uniform.

Notice my pink construction paper triangle. I used this to measure and make sure my chevron strips were uniform.

After I had the design all mapped out on my rug, I painted! I used a soft foam brush and regular indoor latex paint, just like you would use to paint your walls.  Make sure to get a pack of foam brushes as I went through 3 or 4 on this project.

I got the paint from Walmart.  Did you know that they have pre mixed colors for 50 – 75% off?  It is hit or miss on what colors they have available, but I was happy to find this shade of grey for $4.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project since it was my first time painting a rug and I wasn’t sure of the outcome.  I am now ready to admit that I like the rug even better than before!  Considering I bought a $4 gallon of paint and a $4 roll of painters tape, I basically redesigned this rug fabulously for less than $10.

After the paint is dry, peel up your painters tape to see the masterpiece!

A close up of the rug after the painters tape was pulled off.

A close up of the rug after the painters tape was pulled off.

 

Looks awesome right!

Looks awesome right!

Guests come over and are shocked when I tell them the rug didn’t come this way.  It looks great and I feel so talented! ha! I might even want to try this out on another rug!

Some of the other posts I found on this told me to sand my rug with an electric sander when it was done to take away the crispiness the paint can leave.  I did not do this since this is a jute rug and it already has a tough texture anyway.  I can see how this would be a necessary step on a smoother, less textured rug.

Review: Build-A-Bear

We decided to take the girls to build-a-bear.  We chose the Fair Oaks location in Fairfax, VA.  Husband went online and got a $5 off $30 coupon and we had part of a gift card leftover, so we left out of there pretty cheap.  However, this was mainly because we didn’t allow them to get all the extras.  This was a great experience and all the staff were so friendly!

First, they chose their unstuffed bears.  Anna’s pink bear was $16 and Ella’s black bear with stars was $20.  It was pretty easy to steer them away from the expensive bears (you can get one for $40 for the bear alone).

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Hanging out with their unstuffed bears.

Next, they went to a computer, scanned their bear and put their bear’s hobbies in.  After this, they got to stuff their bear and kiss their bears heart and place it in the bear.

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Placing the heart in her bear after she kissed it.

It was cool because they got to step on the machine so it let out the bears stuffing.

Then it was bath time!

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Giving their bears a bath and drying their fur.

A little more bath time fun!

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Lastly, they named their bear and got a certificate as well.  We could have chosen clothes, shoes and even roller skates for them, but all of that was so expensive and we could have ended up spending way more than double our original cost.  They were happy with what they had.  The clerk boxed up their bears into a little house.  They loved them!

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Even the baby loved them too!

She liked them too!

She liked them too!

It was a great and fun activity!  I think it would be a great idea for a reward.  A little advice is to spend a good amount of time at each station.  Let your kids make believe and pretend.  It makes great memories!

 

 

DIY White Buffet makeover

Again, with the beat up furniture from the move!  Ha.  I am slowly moving from project to project as I get settled in the new house.  I got this buffet about 6 years ago.  It was one of my first pieces of furniture I was able to buy after graduating from college and getting married.

I sold a lot of my stuff before the move, but I always loved this piece.  It got really beat up in the move… maybe because we pack all our stuff ourselves, or maybe because it drove from Virginia to Florida in an open trailer secured with ropes and bungee cords.  Oops.

Oh well… I actually LOVE the new look.  It fits in much better with the colors of my house.

This is the buffet before.  With the black knobs and handles removed already.

This is the buffet before. With the black knobs and handles removed already.

 

Close up of some of the worst dings.

Close up of some of the worst dings.

I started out by sanding all of the little dings until they were nice and smooth.  After that I used Furniture Refinisher with steel wool to give me a good start on getting the top finish removed.  I wanted to stain the top so I really needed all the finish completely gone.

This had a really thick finish so I used the Furniture Refinisher to keep me from sanding my life away.  Make sure you use gloves if you decide to use this product for your project.

To use this product you poor a little in a bucket, then soak up your steel wool scrubber in it and continually rub in a circular motion.  Its gooey and you will use up an entire package of steel wool.

To use this product you poor a little in a bucket, then soak up your steel wool scrubber in it and continually rub in a circular motion. Its gooey and you will use up an entire package of steel wool.  It definitely does its job.

 

HEre is what it looks like after using the Furniture Refinisher.  You can tell it still has a little finish on it, but it is looking pretty good.

Here is what it looks like after using the Furniture Refinisher. You can tell it still has a little finish on it, but it is looking pretty good.  I also have a coat of primer on in this picture.  I would not recommend doing this until you are sure you don’t have to go back and sand… saves you time cleaning and dusting before starting to paint again.

Then, I took an electric sander and used a medium grain sand paper to take off the rest of the finish.  After I dusted off the rest of the mess from sanding, I was ready to put on another coat of primer.

I like to use Zinsser Oil Based Primer from Lowes.  Sand lightly between all coats of primer and paint to remove any clumps or paint drips.

So here it is with two coats of primer and the top sanded down.  You can see the difference the extra sanding makes after using the Furniture Refinisher.  You really need to get all original finish off you plan on staining.

So here it is with two coats of primer, two coats of latex paint, and the top sanded down. You can see the difference the extra sanding makes after using the Furniture Refinisher. You really need to get all original finish off if you plan on staining.

Next, I put on two coats of white latex paint in a satin finish.  I added a little floetrol to my latex paint.  This helps condition the wood and slows down the drying time so that there are less visible brush strokes.

I used a a dark stain called Kona on the top of the buffet.  I actually did 3 coats of this stain to get it as dark as I wanted it to be.  You can always get it a shade or two lighter using less coats.  I also sanded between coats to make sure it was extra smooth.

After 24 hrs of drying I started the poly coats.  I like to use a water based poly in the satin finish.  The oil based poly’s will yellow over time.  This might not show on a darker piece, but would be terrible on this white.  I recommend Minwax Polycrylic.  Again, make sure to sand between coats to make it extra smooth.

Here it is in the garage with the hardware finally back on.  I like to wait 24 to 48 hrs before putting any of my pieces to use.

Here it is in the garage with the hardware finally back on. I like to wait 24 to 48 hrs before putting any of my pieces to use.

 

Finally, its in the house and looking fabulous!  Still need to figure out how I want to dress it up, but I am very happy with how it turned out!

Finally, its in the house and looking fabulous! Still need to figure out how I want to dress it up, but I am very happy with how it turned out!  Bad lighting here and the pic really doesn’t do it justice for how beautiful it turned out.

 

A quick side by side of before and after for you.

A quick side by side of before and after I decided to add at the last minute.  Please excuse the cell phone shot. :)

 

 

Check out my antique turquoise armoire I did as a recent guest post here.

 

DIY Burlap and Cork Board Frames

We are finally settled into the house enough for me to start doing some crafts!  Yay!  I hope to never ever move again.  It is so much work and its seems that all my furniture gets a little bit more beat up with each move.

Anyway, you might have seen this project floating around pinterest from shopcraftwarehouse.blogspot.com.  I love it!  I love how easy it is to change out the pictures!  I have such a hard time choosing between pics anyway so this display makes it super easy to switch out picutres.

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The original blogger used spray paint, magnets and metal sheets, but I didn’t want to deal with that so I used cork board under mine so that I could pin up the pictures instead of put them up with a magnet.  It just seemed a lot simpler.

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SUPPLIES

  • 3 Square frames (I used 10 x 10 with 8 x 8 photos, but 12 x 12 would look great too)
  • Wood letter of your last name (found at any craft store)
  • Acrylic paint color of your choice (I used beige)
  • Cork board roll or squares (found at any craft store or on Amazon for $5.94)
  • Burlap roll (found at any craft store)
  • Hot glue gun

*** Paint your letter.  Carefully remove glass from all three frames.  Cut cork into squares to fit your frame and glue to inside cardboard backing of the frame.  Cut burlap to fit the frames you picked out and glue the corners unto the previously glued cork board squares.  Glue your wood letter to the middle of own of the cork squares.  Put your frames back together again and use any thumb tac to put up your square photos.

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DIY Antiquing Turquoise Dresser Tutorial

I am so excited about my newly redone dresser! It went from old and beat up to bright and beautiful!  I used a pre-tinted antiquing glaze to give it a really cool finished look.

Check out the tutorial on keepingitsimplecrafts.com where we featured as a guest blogger! Yay!

Before and After

Before and After

 

 

 

DIY Earring Organizer!

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Isn’t it fabulous!  I am so in love with it!  Previously all my earrings were thrown all together in a jewelry box drawer.  I would have to shuffle through them digging for a match and could hardly even see all the earrings I had .

I admit, I probably spent more money on this than I would have liked.  I do LOVE it though and once I committed to making it work there was no stopping me.

I went to homedepot planning on getting chicken wire for this project and ended up finding this aluminum sheet in the roofing section that I loved instead.

I used a lincane aluminum sheet similar to this one from Amazon.

I used a lincane aluminum sheet similar to this one from Amazon.

I had the frame made to fit the 12″ x 24″ aluminum sheet at Michael’s using a 60% off coupon.  I had them make the frame, but told them not to cut any glass for it.  Then I used a glue gun to glue it in place before mounting it on the wall.

One thing about moving that I love is starting fresh and getting organized.  I organized both my spices and cooking utensils using these inexpensive drawer organizer from Walmart.

Amazon.com_ Copco 4-Inch by 12-Inch Mesh Bin Organizer_ Home & Kitchen

Love having my spices in a drawer instead of upright in a cupboard.  I get to them so much easier!

Love having my spices in a drawer instead of upright in a cupboard. I can get to them so much easier!

 

This use to be one  big messy drawer with everything all mixed together.

This use to be one big messy drawer with everything all mixed together.

 

A Fun 4th Birthday Party

I was so sad that it rained on Ella’s party day.  We have this awesome water slide that I wanted to use along with so many other outdoor fun stuff.  We were literally scrambling the day of to move the party inside and find fun things for the kids to do.  It all ended up great BECAUSE I made it simple, oh so simple!  If you recall, last year we did a pancake and pajama party (awesome theme!) for her.  This year, I went with the outdoor fun theme, but she insisted on pony plates and a cupcake piñata.  I did it on a Tuesday afternoon because I live in NoVa and everyone here is so busy on the weekends and only had stay at home mom friends and their kids.  Because of this, it was so chill and so much fun for all the kids.  Here’s my little princess ready for her party!

She could not WAIT for her friends to get here.

She could not WAIT for her friends to get here.

Husband, the balloon maker, did balloons for all the kids when they arrived!  They also jumped in the bounce house and played with toys in the basement until everyone arrived and got settled in.

A party guest with her balloon!

A party guest with her balloon!

Luckily I had a game leftover from her party last year that we didn’t use, so I brought it out.  It was pin the heart on the necklace.

Ella's putting her heart on.

Ella’s putting her heart on.

I also had bought this little fun face kit for Anna’s party that we didn’t use, so I brought it out too.  These are my nephews and niece!

This was fun!

This was fun!

Next, we went upstairs for food and cake!  I got pizza, watermelon, gogurts, capri suns, animal crackers and goldfish.  There were 14 kids inside my house, but it really couldn’t have gone any smoother.  Luckily, all the moms are my friends too so they all helped with serving food.  As a host, I ALWAYS suggest feeding the parents that come.  They take time out of their day to bring their child to your party as well as buying the gift.  I also always serve a meal or at least a semi-meal.  For me, it’s party throwing etiquette.  Kids shouldn’t leave parties hungry.  Of course, I convinced Ella to get a cookie cake.  Oh so delicious.  It was from Sam’s Club ($16 !).

Ella blowing out her candles.

Ella blowing out her candles.  Notice her outdoor themed cake.  Boo.

Oh, since I made a last minute trip to Wal-Mart for any party ideas, I bought these blow things for $1 and some change.  The kids LOVED them!

After cake, blow toy!

After cake, blow toy!

After cake, we went to our garage and did the piñata.  I hope piñatas never get old.  The kids LOOOOOOOVE them.  Trust me on this one.

Best party item.

Best party item.

Lastly, and I’m SO mad, I bought each of the kids a bubble wand as a favor and my phone somehow deleted the pics or maybe I did it.  Okay, the wand was $1 and it was PERRRRRFECT.  They all opened them at the party and played with them in the driveway because of course it stopped thundering at the end of her party.  They had so much fun with the bubbles.  Do it at your next party, trust me on that one.  That and for sure a piñata.

A few tips:

These kids are 4.  They love the cheapo things such as party hats, blow things and bubbles.

Piñatas are always a hit.  They do cost a bit (approx. $20 for piñata and $20 for candy)

Don’t clean your house before a kid party.  Of course pick up, but be ready to do a deep cleaning afterwards.  No one cares, trust me.

Try to have help.  I’m telling you, my friends were beyond amazing.  They all chipped in and helped so much.

Why not do a play date?!  It was great that so many people could come and I bet it would have been a lot harder on a weekend.

Try Sam’s Clubs cookie cakes… Bwhahahahaha.  SODANGGOOD!

 

This was another successful party!  Love her!

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Canvas Prints

Michael’s Doller days is this week!  Yay!   This is like Christmas for a crafter like me!I have already gone twice this week!  My favorite deal this week is the two pack 16in x 20in canvases for $5.  If you dont like that size, you should know all the other canvases are 40% off this week.  Check out their dollar deal sale here.

So I bought a canvas for each of my boys to have fun with and then a pack for me to play with.

I made these easy tropical leaf prints for $8 total.  $5 for the canvases and $3 for the spray paint (after using my 40% off coupon found here).  My guest room walls were pretty bare so I am thrilled to have something to put on them and give the room some more color.  They took all of one minute to make.

1.  Pick a leaf with come good texture to it and grab your canvases.

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2.  Put your leaf on your canvas

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3.  Spray paint around it

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Seriously, that is it.  Quick, easy, and inexpensive.

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Here are the boys’ creations.  I hung them in the toy room.  They look great and the boys were excited about having them hung up.

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The Best Sides for your Potluck!

Does everyone have their dish planned for your 4th of July BBQ?  Just in case you haven’t made a decision yet, I thought I throw out ten of our favorite potluck sides for you.  These are tried and tested recipes that you can’t go wrong with it!

1.  On of my all time favorites is Loaded Baked Potato Salad!  Its a different twist on potato salad and is so yummy!  With all that bacon, how could it not be a hit!?!?!

Loaded baked Potato Salad

Loaded baked Potato Salad

 

2.  Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad is an easy side to bring.  It can be made ahead of time and is served cold, making it the perfect take-a-long dish.

Broccoli, Pasta, Grape Salad

Broccoli, Pasta, Grape Salad

3.  I love these Mini Cucumber Sandwiches.   They are so cute and are always quickly devoured.

Mini Cucumber Sandwhiches

Mini Cucumber Sandwhiches

 

4.  I love bringing trifle to a potluck.  They are always so yummy and can feed a large group! Strawberry Short Cake Trifle and Red, White, and Blue Trifle are two of my favorite festive trifles!

Strawberry Short Cake Trifle

Strawberry Short Cake Trifle

 

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

 

5.  This Orzo Pasta Salad is also a big hit.  It is something a little different from the standard potluck dish and will be one of the first dishes to go when served in a crowd.  It is a no fuss dish that throws together easily.

Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo Pasta Salad

 

6.  Fresh fruit is always a yummy BBQ side.  I like to serve mine up with this yummy fruit dip of cream cheese and marshmallow fluff.  It really dresses up your fruit.  I have been told that this fruit dip is addictive!

Fruit Dip - You_ll Never Serve Fruit Without It Anymore!

 

6.  These Watermelon Rice Krispies are so much fun!  I like to bring these along if I know there will be a lot of kids.  It is always a big hit with the kids.

Watermelon Rice Krispies

Watermelon Rice Krispies

 

7.  Try this Avocado and Tomato Salad.  This always tastes so good paired up with a good burger.  It is fresh and healthy!  Try adding crumbled bacon and cubed mozzarella cheese to it as well!

Avocado and Tomato Salad

Avocado and Tomato Salad

 

8.  If you are serving some fresh veggies, you could really glam them up by serving them with this yummy Avocado Hummus.  This is delicious with Pita slices as well.

Avocado Hummus

Avocado Hummus

 

9.  These fancy deviled eggs go great at a potluck.  Use a crinkle cutter to slice the eggs and a pipe the yoke  mixture into the eggs to really make them look good.  We also like to sprinkle them with crumbled bacon.  What doesn’t taste better with bacon?!?!  This should be my motto.

 

Deviled Eggs

10.  Chocolate dipped strawberries sprinkled with blue sprinkles look especially festive for July 4th BBQ.  It also helps that they taste AMAZING!

Patriotic Strawberries

Patriotic Strawberries