How to Give New Life to an Old Louis Vuitton Bag

I recently purchased a Vintage Louis Vuitton Handbag called the Danube. It is a great crossbody bag to carry the essentials like keys, phone and a small wallet. Sometimes you just need a little bag on the weekends at the kids’ soccer practice or running to the grocery store. Yet, the price tag for a […]

Seven Alternative Uses and Ideas For Plastic Easter Eggs

With their low price tag and high availability, those little plastic easter eggs are everywhere this time of year. While most of us use them for Easter egg hunts, there are 7 other things you can do with them! Whether is it plastic easter egg crafts or just chocolate inside, they are worth stocking up […]

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

 Here is how to make a Leprechaun Trap so the kids can see if they can trap a Leprechaun on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a couple of ideas, but anything they can think up and imagine is always a great thing too. Leprechaun Trap Items Just find empty coffee containers, empty […]

The Best DIY Kid Valentines Day Cards You Can Make

Are you looking for creative DIY Valentine’s Day cards that the kids can hand out at school? I have to admit, I do scour Pinterest at this time of year because I feel like this is the one holiday that I might be able to be creative without catastrophe! Our school does not allow candy or […]

Easy, Quick, Cheap Classroom Valentines Day Card Idea

Here is an idea for a quick, cheap, and easy class Valentine’s Day card using crayons! Keep reading to learn how to pull off last minute class cards! If you are anything like me, you get a heads up from the classroom teacher just a few days in advance that kids should bring in Valentine’s […]

25 Life Organization Goals To Do in February – Free Printable

So you have tackled your home organization goals in January using this checklist challenge. Now it is time to do these 25 life organization goals in February (or whatever month you want to do it in!) This is a blend of home, personal, and family goals that will help you get organized before spring. Hang […]

Here are the Unique Toys Your Kids Will Want for Christmas 2020

Despite being a toy fanatic, it is always hard to narrow down all the toys in the market to just a select number of unique toys your kids will want this Christmas and for other upcoming holidays. However, here is my list of top twelve unique toys, games, crafts, and sets your kids will want […]

How to Make a Winter Window Box – Idea on a Budget

The challenge of Winter Windowbox ideas is how to make Window Boxes look festive. Yet, still get through the New England Winters. I love the window boxes on our house. This is the first full season I have got to enjoy them in our new home. Yet, it is always a challenge to figure out […]

An Easy Budget Friendly Idea for a Classic Winter Planter

If you read my winter windowbox idea with faux filler, you can see I like the challenge of being on budget, being creative and having a winter scape that will last until spring. So I also created a winter planter! In a similar fashion on how I came to create my winter window box, I […]

Unique Gift Ideas for Sister-In-Laws and More Hard to Please People

As always, I love sharing some fun finds and cool websites for your shopping sessions. Here are some sites that may have the unique gift you are looking for this holiday season! SimplyEarth.com This is a subscription service for those that love essential oils. You can get kits that contain oils to make your own […]

DIY Educational Activities for Homeschool or Rainy Days

I was excited to have the opportunity to share some DIY educational activities with The Toy Insider. The activities, that you can find here, are great on rainy days or for homeschooling. To assist you with fun math games, lego challenges, and story ideas, here are the printables to help! Check out my other parenting […]

Pantry Pain Turns Into Pantry Inspiration

During our home construction journey, we made a decision along the way not to go with expensive kitchen pantry cabinetry. Nor did we decide to go with standard kitchen pantry organization in the form of shelves. So, I needed some interesting kitchen pantry design ideas and pantry inspiration STAT! Let me explain our kitchen pantry […]

Week 9: Happy (Home) Ever After

I’m often asked how we selected the house design for our home construction project. The key is to finding your architectural design based on the story you want to live. First, it depends on the type of house construction project. If it is a spec home, you may be required to assume the house design […]

Countdown: 10 Weeks to Move In

One of the things I have observed on our how to build a house journey, as we have progressed during our home construction over the past several months, is that there is not a lot of visual progress during the various steps to building a house. As the saying goes, “There’s a lot of talk, […]

Countdown: 12 Weeks to Move In

Want to know what is it like to go through the house building process? To build a house from scratch? Interested in learning how to work with architects, builders, and designers? I’ve got some stories to share as I count down the day until we move {finally] into our new family home. The Backstory It […]

Outfit Planner: Tips on Putting Together An Outfit

Need outfit ideas or an outfit planner? Wondering what to wear today or tomorrow or how to pick an outfit? Whether you wonder what to wear with black leggings or what to wear with a white shirt, I have some tips to share to make putting together an outfit easy! Step One: Put Together an […]

Tips on Hiring an Interior Designer (and Why You Should)

If you are building a new home or want to undergo a remodel of your new home, you know to call the contractor and architect – but what about an interior designer? With tight budgets, decorating may seem like a frivolous thing. Especial if you want to be on trend. However, in actuality, it may […]

How To Make A Glow Stick Valentine’s Day Card for Kids – Free Printable

Looking for a free valentine printable that is fun too? Then check out this Glow Stick Valentine’s Day Card for your kids to hand out at school or with friends. Buy Glow Sticks in Bulk Buying in bulk on (affiliate) Amazon will be the most bang for your buck – unless you can find them […]

Home Organization Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year everyone! A new year means new goals and resolutions. However, those goals can be really daunting. If getting organized and staying organized is your aim for the new year, here are tips on how to be more organized. How To Be More Organized? One Day at a Time! With this New Year How […]

Teacher Thank You Printable With Crayola Color

It is remarkable that I am already considering (and writing) about Back to School. Summer is too short! However, with children in camp and summer learning programs, summer time often feels like an extension of the school year anyway. So I am already thinking of a teacher thank you printable to use! Saying Thank You […]

Unique But Easy Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s time for unique but easy teacher gift ideas! With the end of the year looming, it is time to say thanks to various people – most notably teachers. However, don’t forget to say thanks to coaches, dance teachers, tutors, bus drivers, school administration, and the PTO president too. I’m always looking for unique, yet […]

DIY of the Week: Pet Picture Blanket

It can be hard when a pet passes on. However, what I didn’t realize is how hard it can be on other pets that are still living. When my oldest dog passed recently, my other dog was clearly depressed. They had snuggled and slept together all the time and when the older dog didn’t come […]

Pet Memento Ideas: Ways to Keep Your Pet Close After Passing

When your pet passes, it can be a heartbreaking moment in your life. One way to heal from the grief is to find a way to memorialize them, or carry the heart of them with you. It was what I needed when my beloved dog of 12 years passed recently. Here are some ways that […]

An Easy Simple Valentines Day Box Idea – R2D2

This year, the teacher tasked my son with a project. The project was to make a Valentines Day Box to collect Valentine’s Cards from fellow students at school on Valentine’s Day. What is a Valentine’s Day Box? Doing what modern Moms do, I googled what is a Valentine’s Day box! Then saw clever ideas  – […]

You’re Centsational: An Easy Valentine’s Day Penny Card for Kids

I love Valentine’s Day crafts. I’m not sure if it because of red and pink colors, or because of the cleverness that can be made of them. Either way, I especially love Valentine’s Day card crafts. You’re “Cent”sational. This year, I decided to test out my own craft skills. I’ve had an idea for a […]