• Birthday,  DIY,  Fun + Games,  Holiday,  Kids,  Party

    How to Throw A Banana Birthday Party

    A couple of months before she turned 3, Mags decided that she wanted her birthday to be “a banana party!” And we were like…. what? We fully expected a Disney character, because that’s her true love. (Remember her pink Mickey Mouse party?) At first I didn’t really know what a banana birthday party should be, but once we decided on a couple of main activities, we just filled the rest in with a lot of yellow stuff and called it good. Brace yourself, because this post has approximately one zillion photos of this shindig. How to Throw a Banana Birthday Party Every party needs a good name, so obviously it…

  • Christmas,  DIY,  Holiday

    How to Make a DIY Nativity Advent Calendar

    This is one of those projects that was born of necessity. We had this cute little nativity advent calendar  that we love, but the container was always causing problems. The container is cardboard and it has little doors that are supposed to open but always get stuck and pinch the kids’ little fingers. It’s also a box that’s supposed to stand up but no matter how many times we tried, it always fell over. But we love the little cardboard nativity figures inside. So I wanted to find another home for them. And this is where we landed: How to make a DIY nativity advent calendar. I’ve always had these grandiose…

  • Christmas,  DIY,  Holiday

    How to Make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar

    A couple of years back, this little Christmas village DIY from my friend Kelly took the internet by storm. The kids and I made our own version of the Christmas village for our home, and each year we add one or two houses to it. This year, I’m putting a twist on the village and turning it into an Advent Calendar! The Advent Calendar village will eventually be part of a local project that I’m working on (stay tuned for the big unveiling, coming soon!), but you could use it just on its own like this. You can check out the Studio DIY tutorial for painting and decorating the village…

  • Christmas,  DIY,  Email,  Holiday

    New email Series: 5 Projects to Make Your Holidays Extra Festive

    Friends, let me introduce you to something super fun that I’ve been working on behind the scenes! It’s our new email series, filled with ideas to make the next few weeks your best holiday season yet. I call it Festive Fast: 5 Projects to Make Your Holidays Extra Festive. Why a holiday email series? I’m a firm believer that the holidays should be a special season. But I’m also a firm believer that it shouldn’t take a ton of time, money, or know-how to make the holidays feel special! So I created this series to walk you through a handful of DIY ideas that are easy, fast, and won’t break…

  • DIY,  Halloween,  Holiday,  Pumpkins

    How to Make Sharpie Patterned Pumpkins

    I didn’t realize it but over the years, it has become one of our specialties to create fun, simple, fast tutorials for no-carve Halloween pumpkins! I started looking in our pumpkin archives and realized we have quite a little library. Maybe I can credit it to the fact that I truly dislike removing pumpkin guts, so I tend to err on the side of NOT carving anything. Haha! This year, I had an itch to draw some little Halloween icons, so we went super classic and just got out the trusty Sharpie pens. I think a fresh black Sharpie looks so cool on a little white pumpkin. One trick I…

  • DIY,  Halloween,  Holiday,  Home

    Halloween Home Decor Ideas

    To be one hundred percent honest, this is the first time I have decorated inside the house for Halloween! I really don’t know what came over me — I think having kids really just makes taking holidays up a notch super fun. I decided one night after they went to sleep that I was going to cut out some bats and stick them around the house, just to surprise them. And that sort of snowballed into… this. The cool thing is that I didn’t actually go buy anything new except the faux cobwebs and the live pumpkins. The rest is repurposed from old projects or things that I had in…

  • DIY,  Halloween,  Holiday,  Kids

    How to Make Halloween Crackers

    Have you ever tried Christmas crackers? They’re a totally fun tradition — I actually made crackers for my whole family a few years back. We did them old school style and stuffed them with paper crowns, jokes, and tiny treats. Then I had some cracker snaps left over and made Valentine crackers the next year. And guess what I just found in my supplies when I was cleaning things out? More cracker snaps! So we resurrected the project one more time for a little post on how to make Halloween crackers. What Is a Christmas Cracker (Or Halloween Cracker)? If you literally have no idea what I’m talking about, crackers…

  • DIY,  Halloween,  Halloween Costumes,  Holiday

    How to Make a Family In-N-Out Burger Halloween Costume

    In keeping with my tradition of sharing our Halloween costumes the year AFTER we wear them, I hereby present to you, my favorite family Halloween costume ever: In-N-Out Burger! (And in case you were curious, our other family costumes were Where’s Waldo, Peter Pan, and Star Wars.) Last year we were having lunch at our very favorite burger joint and tossing ideas around about what to be, when I casually tossed out the idea of us being In-N-Out. We all sort of laughed about it and then realized super fast that it would be insanely adorable. And it was! We had an absolute ball, and people loved seeing us trotting…

  • DIY,  Halloween,  Holiday

    DIY Paint Pen Pattern No-Carve Pumpkins

    Little white pumpkins have become my favorite canvas around this time of year, in case you haven’t noticed. I go to the store and buy a bag of ’em and sit and stare at them until I decide what my plan is. This year, I just kept thinking of these patterns and how much fun I had making them, so I decided to give the pumpkins the same treatment. Good decision, me. And hey, you can do this to any size or color pumpkin you want! The best part? You don’t have to do that thing where you hollow out the pumpkin guts and get your hands all sticky. You’re…

  • DIY,  Gold

    The Best Gold Craft Supplies and How to Use Them

    As the self-proclaimed queen of all gold craft projects, I thought it was high time to put all of my smarts to good use and make a “Turning Things Gold Guide!” My craft cabinets are packed full of so many ways to turn things gold it would make your head spin. So read on for our favorite gold craft supplies, how to use them, and where to get them. xoxo Liquid Gilding Good For: Plastic, rock, cement, metal, etc.Not Good For: Wood, fabric, etc.Our Favorite Brand: Martha Stewart Liquid GildingUser Tip: Don’t touch while drying — you’ll leave a textured fingerprint that’s impossible to cover. DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup…