Need a quick Easter display? Try this DIY Easter Wreath!

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

 I haven’t done much decorating this Easter, I just ran out of time. I did want to create something festive yet easy I could have in the entry way. I actually hadn’t created a Spring wreath so I decided to make one for Easter using jute twine along with Easter eggs and peeps.

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam Wreath
  • Jute twine
  • Easter eggs (plastic)
  • Peeps
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue

Directions:

  • Wrap the jute twine around the wreath. See my tips on wrapping this here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2012/07/02/the-twine-monogram-letter-handmade-gift-exchange-gifts/.
  • After about a few inches, pull tight and hot glue the twine into place.
  • Once the wreath is fully wrapped, stick toothpicks in the wreath. 6 on the bottom, 3 on the top.
  • Take the Easter Eggs and poke the other side of the eggs into the wreath on the bottom.
  • Take the peeps and poke the top toothpicks into them.

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

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DIY Spray Chalk ~ Perfect outdoor activity for kids.

Today’s post is brought to you by the Clever Guy! He wants to start doing some features on my blog and who am I to say no?

I’m sure I’m not the only mom who hears “I’m bored” on breaks from school. I told Clever Guy to research something that could be fun and he found some recipes for spray chalk! This chalk is actually really fun! You can spray the chalk on the sidewalk or driveway and yes, it comes off with water!

Kid Craft: DIY Spray Chalk that washes off!

Spray Chalk Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 3 cups of water
  • 10 drops of food coloring

How To:

  • Mix the ingredients in a bowl, then pour them in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the chalk on the sidewalk! To avoid clumping in the bottle, shake before using.

*Tip: Look for spray bottles at the dollar store or in the laundry section of Walmart.

DIY SPray Chalk

 

Got an ugly piece of furniture? Do this DIY Dresser Makeover with Chalk Paint! 
DIY Dresser Makeover for only $1!

Have you ever shopped for furniture for kids? I’ll admit, I used to buy cheap furniture. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really last and kind of falls apart after a few shoves of clothes or placement of too many objects on top by kids. Of course, having a girl probably magnifies that a little bit and has been the story of the Clever Teen all of her life. On the other hand, buying nice furniture is really pricey. Even nice looking second hand furniture pieces like dressers can be a pretty penny. I found myself yet again with a broken dresser in the teen’s room and I needed a new dresser for her. Not something cheap, something that would last and of course fit her room.

Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

I think I found that middle ground when I went thrift shopping a few months ago. I found this not so fabulous dresser and I knew that I had to have it for the Clever Teen. I think the co-parent thought I was nuts as it was kind of ugly.  Now that I have dabbled in chalk paint a little bit, I figured out that even the ugliest of furniture pieces can get a whole new life with a simple paint makeover.

Mint and Purple Chalk Painted Dresser

Can you believe this makeover only cost me around $1 total? It’s true. I found the purple and mint paint colors in the oops section at Home Depot. One of my happy places for sure.

For the paint, I did my version of chalk paint (pssst you can find that recipe here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/03/19/diy-chalk-paint-tint-recipe/)

How I created this makeover:

I removed the hardware and sanded it down. I then cleaned off all dirt and debris. Next I painted two coats of each color in the chalk paint mixture on each section of the dresser. After that I coated it in a clear wax and then reinstalled the hardware. I personally loved the hardware enough to just keep them on. It helped keep the cost of doing this down.

That’s it, really simple. Breathing new life into old kind of ugly furniture is actually pretty easy. If you are hesitant about making over furniture, start with a smaller piece before painting a bigger piece of furniture.

Teen Dresser Makeover

What furniture have you painted recently?

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This #NewTraDish recipe is sponsored by Ragu and Modern Mom, all opinions are my own.
Vegetarian Lasagna Baked Shells Recipe

I’ve been really busy lately. I hardly have time for anything outside of work, kids school and appointments and trying to keep up with housework. I’ve been trying to do better though at balancing it all out. I’ve definitely been lacking though in the friend department so a couple weeks ago I invited some friends over one night to hang out, craft and of course eat.

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  Slow Cooker Apples Recipe

Have you ever had those fried apples from Cracker Barrel? They are one of my favorite things from there. Sometimes I’ll buy some of the jars and take them home but recently I decided to give them a whirl on my own. These slow cooker  apples were surprisingly easy and I love that they can be eaten as is or on something delicious like french toast. 

Cook apples in a slow cooker or pressure cooker

Slow Cooker:

Baked Slow Cooker Apples

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 3 hours, 30 minutes
Total time 3 hours, 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
These baked apples can be cooked in a crock pot or pressure cooker!

Ingredients

  • 6 -8 Medium apples, sliced and cored.
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Butter

Directions

Step 1
Mix it all together minus the butter.
Step 2
Cook on slow cooker for approximately 3.5 hours on high.
Step 3
Once cooked to desired consistency, top with butter then cool to enjoy.

Pressure Cooker:

Adjust the timing to 5 minutes on high w/ quick pressure release.  I personally loved them from the pressure cooker, they were full of flavor and perfect for a quick breakfast turnaround!

The time you cook these in your slow cooker will really depend on how you like your baked apples. If you like them super soft, you’d leave them in there for longer.  The cornstarch is what determines the thickness of the syrup of the apples.

Cinnamon & Sugar Baked Apples

Cinnamon and Sugar Slow Cooker Apples

 

 

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