Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

Clever Guy is back today with a fun outdoor activity. Growing up I remember going to camp and having a lot of fun. While the kids have never been away on an overnight camp, we have created some fun camp like activities. One of them is scratch ‘n sniff paint using Kool-Aid.

This paint is really easy to create and gives a fun result!

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

Scratch n Sniff Paint Recipe

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint w/ Koolaid

What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Kool-Aid

How To:

Mix together 1/3 packet of Kool aid with approximately 1/3 cup of water. Mix together, then paint! You’ll want to let them dry for about an hour. After that, you can scratch and sniff the flavors!

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

We created some fun nature aras well as some funny faces.  Clever Guy did a polka dot one so you could scratch and sniff them to identify the flavors which makes for a fun game!

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint






A Fried Pickles Recipe sure to tie you over until the state fair rolls in or until you visit your favorite restaurant!
Fried Pickles Recipe (no deep frier needed)

I love fried pickles, I mean LOVE them! Any time we go to a restaurant that offers them, I order them. The only problem I have with them is that sometimes they are a bit on the salty side.

So I decided to play around with them at home and created a Fried Pickles Recipe. I made these in a stove skillet and I think they were a little tricky to balance out the heat so I would definitely opt for making them in a deep fryer or electric skillet if you have one.

Fried Pickles Recipe

Fried Pickles Recipe

Serves 6
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Snack
These fried pickles are a perfect snack for when you are craving something salty.


  • 1 cup Sliced Pickles
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon Sriacha or Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Cornmeal
  • Vegetable Oil


Step 1
Mix together melted butter, buttermilk and sriacha/cayenne pepper.
Step 2
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt and cornmeal.
Step 3
Heat the fryer with oil or skillet to 350. Depending on the size of your fryer is how much oil you will need.
Step 4
Dip the pickles first in the buttermilk mixture, then in the flour mixture.
Step 5
Fry each pickle for 30-45 seconds on each side. Look for them to turn a golden brown but remove before scorching.
Step 6
Remove from oil and place on paper towels, allow to cool.

Tip: If you like a little more salt, double the salt portion.

 This post is sponsored by LLZ by LockerLookz, all opinions are my own.

Locker Makeover

The Clever Teen starts high school in two weeks. TWO WEEKS! Is this where I start to panic because I am definitely feeling the anxiety. Probably more than she is! I just keep telling myself, “deep breaths, mama because this is happening wether you like it or not”. So, I guess that means I am just going to make the most of it with her. We have taken care of all of the registration paperwork and gotten her schedule as well as her locker. Do your kids get lockers because we didn’t have them at my highschool and I am kinda jealous. I’m even more jealous that they have cute products for lockers from LLZ By LockerLookz. LockerLookz is the original brand of high fashion locker decorations with the highest quality products

When we picked up her schedule and received the combo to her locker, we headed on over and started to work our magic. And magic is exactly what her locker needed, look at the “before” photo of her locker….


Yikes, right? I am pretty sure it’s been a while since these have been cleaned out. But that’s okay, here is how we made it look 100 times better….

Locker makeover

How cute are these products from the LLZ line by LockerLookz? The wallpapers automatically give it that WOW factor. Of course Clever Teen had to incorporate the different prints (which I love, especially the chevron). What is great about LockerLookz products is all LLZ pieces are made with and attach to lockers with with super-strong magnets. No adhesive = no damage, making LockerLookz a school-friendly product! Plus it makes it easy to change out. She actually has a wide assortment of the wallpapers, magnets etc that I am sure she will be switching out.

The rug at the bottom is perfect for her to keep her books and other items on to avoid getting dirty.

LLZ Locker Makeover

Highschool Locker Makeover with Chandelier

One of my favorite products from this line (and the Clever Teen’s of course) is the chandeliers. How cute are these and YES they light up (except I didn’t bring batteries, mom fail). It’s also magnetic so it makes it easy to move around! I think we put this locker together in less than 3 minutes, it’s that easy.


Her locker actually wasn’t as big as others I have seen so my biggest recommendation to you is to measure your locker before picking up the LockerLookz goodies!


You can decorate your locker (virtually) with LockerLookz AND enter to win a prize!

Just Follow LockerLookz on Instagram  and go to & create your dream locker design using the “Design your Own Locker” feature  Post your locker design on Instagram using hashtag #LLgirlz and tag @LockerLookz.

Contest starts: July 5 - August 29

Official contest rules:

As you can see, I found a wide assortment at my hobby lobby. Find the LLZ by LockerLookz goodies at these stores as well:

Keep up with what’s new from LockerLookz by following them

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Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza

Summer time is just about halfway over and we’ve been trying to get creative in our lunch routine. Typically it’s a PB&J lunch day so the Clever Guy and I came up with a Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza for a little change. Of course whats nice about this recipe is kids can help and even older kids can make it themselves. I’m trying to think of clever ways for him to take this to lunch during the school year, maybe rolled up or a “DIY” kit.

Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza

Kids Can Cook Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza


  • Tortillas
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fruits: Bananas, apples etc

Spread the peanut butter on the tortilla, then cut into 4ths. Decorate with fruit and you are done!



This is a sponsored post with Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye. All opinions are my own.

How to tie dye a wreath for the Summer

The other day I was shopping with the Clever Teen for back to school supplies ( I know, already) and she pointed to a backpack she thought was cute. She had pointed to a tie dye one and I thought she meant another one. So when I tried to clarify, she said that she meant the tie dye one and this trend was in. It’s so hard to keep up with what’s in and what’s not, which is a bonus to having a teen! I remember having so much fun creating tie dye shirts when I was younger (in the 80′s to be precise) and I should have known this trend would be in again!

Since she showed an interest in tie-dying, I told her that I had some Tulip Tie Dye kits and she was excited to help come up with some designs for shirts and a fun craft.

Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit

The Tulip Kits we received made the tie dying easy! Kids can easily make their own creations and you don’t need a lot of space. Plus the easy clean up makes it great for moms! I highly recommend the large pack with all of the colors, it comes with gloves, plastic wrap, rubber bands and of course a wide variety of colors. This pack has enough dye to color 36 projects!

What’s cool about these kits is you just add water for beautiful bold color! Dyes are permanent and color-fast, so they won’t fade in the wash. You can also purchase refill powders so you can keep the bottles.

How to tie dye t-shirts

Check out these fun shirts we made!

My favorite is the first one which is the spiral, how cool does that look?! The second one is one we created by wrapping the shirt diagonally. The third one is a straight edge and the last one is one we created by pulling up different sections of the shirt.


Step 1: Use the rubber bands to start the design process. These kits from Tulip come with instructions for many different ways to create a shirt. For this one, I did a straight across design.

Step 2: Spray a color on each section. Be sure not to drip any colors on other sections.

how to to do a spiral tie dye
This is the spiral tie dye shirt and it was probably the easiest and coolest looking!

Step 3: Wrap the shirt in the plastic drop cloth and allow it to dry.

Tie dying white t shirts

I put them on the front porch to dry a little faster. After about 8 – 12 hours, take the rubber bands off and allow the shirt to fully dry.

Tie Dye Noodle Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Tie Die Shirt, cut into strips
  • Pool Noodle
  • Hot glue gun

How to make a tie dye noodle wreath

Cut the T shirt into lengthwise strips. To assemble the noodle as a wreath, just pull both ends together and tape together with heavy duty packaging tape.

Start assembling the wreath by placing the end of one strip and hot gluing it to the back. Start wrapping the wreath diagonally and when the strip ends, make sure it ends on the rear of the wreath so it does not show. If there is extra inches, cut them off then hot glue the end.

Repeat this process until the wreath is fully covered.

Summer Tie Dye Wreath ~ an easy and fun project for all ages!

Tips for tie-dying:

  • Tie dye projects are perfect for plain white t shirts or even t-shirts you have lying around that could use a makeover!
  • White cotton is the best and if you plan on wearing it as a shirt, be sure to wash and dry it before starting your project.
  • Be sure to use the gloves or you’ll get pretty tie dye hands like these.

Check out more projects:

Tie Dye Summer Wreath

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