Lego figure display frame ♥


my youngest currently loves minecraft, legos & books - we did a huge overhaul in her room last month really purging and cleaning everything so that we were left with only what she really loved and wanted to keep. i always tell my girls that every inch of their rooms are valuable real estate! i try to equip them with the thought that if it's taking up space in their space then they should really love it or really use it! 
if not - gone!


we were talking about how cute the little lego people were and that just hiding them in one of her bins seemed like a sad thing to do :) a quick look on pinterest (how did we live without pinterest?) 
and we found the frame display idea


 the frame they used had a solid white back but we went to joanns 
and decided to use this clear glass floating frame instead



 next all you'll need is some hot glue, a ruler, tape and some white lego bricks like the ones pictured ... we have lots of extra legos from sets that are no longer played with or are outgrown so we were able to take from there, but if you need to buy some i know individual legos of every kind can be purchased at the lego store if you have one nearby 


we measured, divided then decided 5 lego people per row was how we wanted to lay it out


we used the ruler (with tape to keep it in place) and a sharpie to mark where the bricks would be 
then glued them on near the top of the ruler line so they would be even and straight


there was some trial and error to it ... like some of our DC super hero girl legos have feet that are wider than the traditional lego people and their feet hung off the front and back of the brick - so we added a bigger dab of hot glue to raise the brick off the glass a bit for more room which you can kind of see in the picture below


she put them on their pedestals in the order she fancied and we were done :)
we had about 20 figurines that she really wanted to display, but if you have more than that they had so many different sizes of these glass frames at joanns you can go bigger! or to use a frame you have on hand just remove the backing and leave the glass in the frame on it's own.


we installed new shelves above her desk to display the bigger pieces she's built and made room for some of her favorite books too. let me know if you try this idea! i'd love to hear how it goes.
much love ♥


2018 daily tracker - free printable

happy new year everyone!
and the new year means new goals & fresh starts for everyone
so i thought i'd share a little printable i made to keep a visual reminder 
of the habits i'm trying to make stick!


every year i tell myself that i'm going to read my bible through by the end of the year and every year i drop the ball somewhere - whether i'm weeks or months in, i somehow lose track and just revert to my usual quiet time of journaling or reading certain passages that are outlined in my current devo...


last year i stumbled onto this daily reading bible at my local christain bookstore
 and fell in love with it ♥ the One Year Bible Expressions is on amazon here
it's different in the fact that it's sectioned off into 365 daily readings with chapters from the old & new testament, one chapter of psalms & a short passage from proverbs.


it has wide margins for bible journaling and some of the pages have pre-drawn pictures for you to color - if you're new to bible journaling just do a quick search on pinterest and you'll be inspired!


most of the pens and pencils i use in my bible are whats pictured here in the post
sometimes plain old colored pencils 



black skinny sharpies are my go-to everyday pen and the bonus for bible use 
is that they don't bleed through the thin pages


and check out this inside cover!
i started filling it in with colored pencils last year and have yet to finish ...

i carved out a dedicated space/desk area in my craft room for all my bible journaling/reading supplies
but i rarely use it ... the kitchen table or tucked in bed is usually where i end up :)

if you're trying to start and stick with a new habit this year - 
and color in the days as you go along throughout 2018
whether it's reading your bible, journaling, exercising or eating healthy remember!
don't strive for perfection - just strive for progress ♥


if you download & print or share pictures on instagram 
be sure to tag me so i can see your progress! 
and share some of your goals with me in comments below
i'd love to know what you're up to in 2018!
much love ♥ 

game day chex mix ♥


With sports season in full swing, we're at so many games during the week - between field hockey and volleyball - it seems like we're forever looking for game time munchies to hold us over till we get home to dinner...


My girls & I made this fall snack mix a few weeks ago and it was really good -
we found the recipe here and adapted it just a little bit 


we had trouble finding the caramel bugels that the recipe called for 
so we used regular ones and doubled the brown sugar topping instead


mix the chex, pretzels & bugels all together in a really big bowl
spread it all out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper


mix the melted butter, vanilla, brown sugar & pumpkin pie spice 


pour the topping over the dry mix and bake!
add candy after it's cooled - as much or as little as your heart desires ♥



put your snack mix in a cookie jar, add a cute scoop and enjoy! 





we munched on it the whole week and took snack bags full with us to enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate at all the outdoor games :)


Enjoy!




print recipe

Game day chex mix ♥
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Honey Nut Chex cereal
  • 1 bag original flavor Bugels
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut m&m's
  • 1 cup caramel m&m's
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup candy corn pumpkins
Instructions
1. Combine dry ingredients (cereal, Bugels & pretzels) in a large mixing bowl, set aside.2. In a medium glass measuring cup melt butter in microwave, add brown sugar, vanilla & pumpkin pie spice, stir together. 3. Pour butter mixture over dry mix, stir to coat well. 4. On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper spread mixture out in a single layer 5. Bake at 275 for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. 6. Let cool completely, sprinkle with candy and store in a pretty glass container on your container - add a measuring cup or scoop for easy snacking :)
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10 cups

friendship pins


summer is coming to a close around here and we're soaking up the last of it
we spent alot of time in the kitchen baking goodies & making crafts this summer
these friendship pins were probably one of our favorite projects


you can make your own with some seed beads and a few different sizes of safety pins
we purchased both at Joanns & Michaels


with a quick search on pinterest, we found a bunch of pin "patterns"
flags, animals and lots of other things! 
you can find my "summer" board here where i pinned a bunch of them


 it's a little bit of trial & error, but once you start making them it's addicting!


my younger daughter ended up finding an empty bead box in my craft room and started to use some of her spending money on more supplies ha! 


her box ended up filling up pretty fast and her little fingers were working even faster!


some of the bigger beads were surplus from my supplies (mostly found on etsy) 
& she had some of the character charms in her rainbow loom stash.


we found these canvas sneakers at five below for only $5 
and she added puff paint polka dots to the front of the sneakers 


for the hanging pin designs like the flag one - we found out how to slide the hanging pins through the loop of the main pin - just think of it like a key ring - use a small pliers or even a thumb tack to open up a little bit of space in the ring to get started - once one pin is in the opening it's easy to slide the rest through


once all the hanging pins are on the opposite side of the closure side you can pin it to anything you want - shoelaces, jacket lapels or backpacks!




she even made some friendship pin earrings! so fun ♥


if my feet were small enough
 i'd be borrowing these happy rainbow shoes from my daughter's closet fo sho :)





happy crafting!

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