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24 Mar

Dollar store laundry basket=awesome outdoor toy storage!

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Hope you’re having a beautiful weekend outside!

Tata!

Christine Kay

Bird feeder fun with a side order of FREAK OUT!!

13 Mar

I learned this way back in the day when I was in girl scouts. It’s the perfect family time craft in the spring/summertime.

Making a DIY Pine cone bird feeder!

First, you need to take the kids out on a pine cone hunt! You could even get some dollar store  supplies before you head out on your journey. Grab a cool bag to collect them in, a little magnifying glass etc…then they will be all set to go on a super secret mission!

Then all you need to do is spread peanut butter on your pine cones, roll them in bird seed and hang them up! Easy Peasy!

Things you need

Roll in seed

Adrian isn’t old enough to make one himself but he is the best pine cone collector out there and he helped me pick just the right spot to hang it….

Adrian and pine coneHanging in the treeMeanwhile, behind the scenes….

We hung the bird feeder and I put Adrian on the patio next to his Wagon to play while I went inside to grab the laptop. That way I could work on this post while he played in the yard.

To give you a better picture of the situation My laptop was at arms reach inside the back door, I was inside long enough for the screen door to close.

When I returned I see Adrian looking very confused.

Then I noticed that his cheek looked like a baseball player with chew in it.

Yes, I FREAKED OUT!

I swooped the mystery object out of his mouth IMMEDIATELY!!

What was it you ask?

snail ahhThis is officially the most horrifying thing he’s ever done…by far!

I could see it as I pulled it out of his mouth and I screeched! It was seriously like something out of the movie Aliens.

That will teach me to leave him in the yard unsupervised for ANY amount of time!

He crunched a nice hole in the snail’s shell too (as you can see).  So yeah, I had to dig tiny bits out of his mouth.

Then it was off to the bathroom to wash his mouth out and brush his teeth, which he loves. 

So, for him, that confusing moment was over and he giggled the entire time.

Me? I’m not giggling….I’m grossed out.

Just a day in the life! 🙂

Xoxo,

Christine Kay

Snail Shell Art

6 Mar

We probably have over 50 snails in our yard on a regular basis. I like to see them hangin around all over the place.

I’ve heard of people painting snail shells as a sort of tracker. It’s a cute idea, but I imagine the paint fumes would be harmful to them.

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So, instead of harming my slimy little friends, I went on the search for some empty shells….

I painted this one white and put a small fuchsia heart on it.

Snail 2Back outside it went, as a decoration in my potted plant. It would be cool to see it moving around one day with a new snail in it!

If I had a garden I would paint a bunch of different ones and scatter them throughout!

snail 3Pretty cool huh?

Tata!

Christine Kay

DIY carpet gripper!

28 Feb

You know what is really annoying?

Carpets that slip and slide everywhere like this….

Messy carpetThis is our hall/sons bathroom and this carpet is always a hot mess.

I found a brilliant Idea on Martha Stewart and even though she used caulk in her tutorial, I found a hot glue gun works just the same.

What do you need? It’s simple.

1. An annoying carpet

2. Hot glue gun with a couple of sticks of glue

^^^That’s it^^^
No grip on carpetAs you can see there is not gripping at all on the back of this bath mat but I’m about to fix that really quick!

(Oh, well hello there random Cheerio!

Is it just me that finds Cheerios all over the house??

Even in places that you can’t possibly think a Cheerio should be…. Hmm mind-boggling)

Hello random CheerioAnyways back to the task at hand!

Using Glue gunI made solid lines across the carpet (make sure you do it close enough for it to stick to the fibers) and it acts as a perfect gripper when dry! 

Grip on carpetI put about six lines on mine, it’s a pretty large bath mat. I thought this would be perfect for those cheap O holiday themed rugs that you can get from Target or Lowes – the ones that are super thin and slide all over the place. I have a couple of those for different holiday’s and I’ll be doing the same treatment to them! 

Thanks for the idea Martha and Martha’s minions! You’re the best!

Tata!

Christine Kay

DIY Hummingbird food

26 Feb

Hummingbirds remind me of when I would visit my Nanny in Georgia, they were always buzzing around all the flowers in her yard.  Every time I see them now, I think of her .

Lucky for me they are always buzzing around my yard too!  Maybe it’s my Nanny stopping by to say “Hey, Suga Booga“.

When Wes and I moved into our house, one of the first things I bought was a simple hummingbird feeder. You can see our whole yard from the sliding glass door in the livingroom. So, I hung it right where I could see them come and go.

The feeder came with a little pack of concentrated red syrup but, since that ran out I have made my own. Hummingbirds essentially eat simple syrup – water and sugar…. It can’t get easier than that.

Filling it upMix 4 cups of water with 1 cup of sugar and bring to a boil.

Let it simmer for a couple of minutes then take it off the heat to cool.

Then just pour it in your feeder when it’s room temperature!

Hanging feeder

Here’s a picture I took a couple of weeks ago. Hello, little flying friend. 🙂

Hummingbird eating

I love them. Aren’t they just precious?

Christine Kay

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