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Create Your Own Fruit Flavored Homemade Sodas


Make your own soda, it's a low sugar, more natural alternative, PLUS, it's so easy and cheap!


Let me say, while I'm not the kind of parent who bans soda, I do limit it for my children and myself. Like a lot of families I know, we save it for 'special occasions', which translates to about once a week. Sometimes though...nothing tastes better than a nice cold Coke, am I right? 

Still, I don't want my kids to feel as if they're slaves to their cravings or that they don't have options. So while I was wheeling through the grocery store I decided to grab a few blood oranges, a couple limes, a bottle of seltzer water, and sugar. Yep, that's all you need to make your own soda! 

PLUS, this is a great recipe to make WITH the kids! 
Keep reading to find out how to create your own sodas. 

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Chinese New Year Kids Craft: Monkey Noise Makers


Looking for a Chinese New Year Kids Craft Idea? Here's a fun Monkey Noise Maker for the year of the monkey 2016!

Last year the kids and I had fun making sheep finger puppets to celebrate the 2015 Chinese New Year so I thought why not make it a tradition? This year's animal is the monkey and what better way to celebrate this wild and raucous creature than my making noise makers?

Using basic crafting supplies we were able to put these together in an afternoon; then we let them dry overnight before having a shakin', and very noisy, party the next day. 

Here's everything you need to know to make your own Monkey Noise Makers! 

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Valentine's Day Kids Craft: Tissue Paper Vases


Here's a classic Valentine's Day Kids Craft for you! Tissue Paper Vases, I remember making these as a Girl Scout and in school. A great project that easy and quick!

Disclosure: I received product featured in this post. 


Today begins the Valentine's Day Edition of Craft Lightning! I've made a promise to the kids that this year we'll start actually making some of the projects on our crafty list instead of just adding to it. So, for this time around we decided to make classic tissue paper vases.


You can reuse old glass containers and tissue paper, it's quick enough the kids won't get bored, and the vases are perfect for filling with a holiday bouquet and giving to your Valentines.

Here's how we made them! P.S. We used a secret ingredient that helped up keep the tissue paper from ripping up!

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Give Old Furniture A Fresh Start With This Cross Stitch Paint Technique




Give an old piece of furniture a "New Start" with this fun cross stitch paint technique! It's a LOT easier to do than it looks!
I received product in exchange for this post, opinions expressed are my own. I feel that I should also warn you this might get photo heavy.

This month I was lucky enough to make the cut for another Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest and in keeping with the new year the theme is, “A Fresh Start.” All contestants received a quart of Chalk Style paint from this month’s sponsor, General Finishes. They produce, “…award winning waterbased topcoats, waterbase wood stains, glazes and oil based finishes for your next home project.” This was the first time I’d used the product and I was impressed with the paint’s low fumes and depth of color.

Special Thanks to General Finishes for providing the paint for this project.


The piece I chose to makeover was a bookshelf in desperate need of help. When we moved into our house, eight years ago it was in an outdoor shed. We kept it because despite it’s lackluster (read dirty) appearance it was very sturdy and a great size.
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