Keeping it Simple

Thursday, May 28, 2015

4th of July Decor Idea- Flag Decor Ball #MakeItFunCrafts

Disclosure: I was given product and compensated for this post, all opinions, ideas and content are 100% my own.

I love foam balls, they are so very versatile, there are so much you can do with them.  Never again will I buy a decor ball from the store because you can make them so easily with foam balls.  With the 4th of July coming up soon, I thought that it would be a really fun to create a fun decor ball to go with my 4th of July decor.  I turned the foam ball into a flag using yarn.  It was super easy to do and I love how it turned out!  

This is what I used to make the flag ball:
Red, white and blue yarn
Glue gun
Card stock (for stars)

Using the glue gun, I started wrapping the blue yarn into the ball.  I started at the end and then wrapped the yarn around itself over and over again.  I would put a dab of glue on almost every layer. 

Once I finished the blue yarn, I added the white yarn.

Then I put on the red yarn.

I switched the red and white until the whole ball was covered.  

Finally I cut out some stars out of card stock and then glued them onto the blue yarn.

And that's it!!  I put it onto a candle stick and it's ready for the holiday!

I'm excited to get all of my other 4th of July decor out and put it with this fun flag ball :).

What is your favorite thing to do with foam balls?  Have you made your own decor ball before, I would love to see it, leave me a comment with a link! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Screen Time Tickets with DIY Sign {Free Printable}

Summer time is almost here and that means that the kids are going to be home all day.  My kids get pretty bored easily and immediately turn to the computer or to their devices.  As they get older, they have a little more freedom on the computer, but I have to be careful with them because there is so much bad stuff on the internet that  I don’t want them to be exposed to. One easy fix for that is setting up WebSafety.  Another thing that I am going to do this summer is limit their time on the computer and devices.  They are going to have to work for their screen time.  And in order to keep track of how much time they have, I made up some screen time tickets and this super fun board to display them on. 
Here’s how I did it:
I took a regular wood board and painted it.  Then I printed out the printable {here}.

I painted the clothes pins white and then covered them with fun washi tape.
Using a hot glue gun, I glued them onto the board.

Then using my Silhouette, I cut out my kids’ names and put it onto the wood.

And that’s it!!  Super easy and super fun! 
The screen time tickets are the perfect size to hang onto the board.

Here it is all put together and on my wall.
I’m thinking that they will have to do a chore to earn the minutes.  The smaller the chore, the smaller the amount of minutes.  Like if my son mows the lawn, then he can get 60 minutes of screen time.  Another thing that I might do is put a ticket of a chore (like vacuuming) onto the sign, to show the kids what chore I expect them to do that day.  When they do it, I will replace the chore ticket with a screen time ticket.  

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lots of Yummy Brownie Recipes {MMM #278 Block Party}

Do you have a sweet tooth like me?  If so, you're going to love all of these amazing brownie recipes!

Tons of easy and delicious brownie dessert recipes. All these brownies look so good.
Is there anything better than a delicious warm piece of brownie with an ice cold glass of milk? Apparently I'm not the only one that thinks brownies are a food group because you guys have linked up TOOOOONS of brownies in the link party. Peekaboo Brownies | Flourless Mexican Brownies | Peanut Butter Whip Brownies| Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake | Twix Brownie Trifle| Toasted Coconut Brownies| Molten Lava Cake | Cheesecake Brownies | Strawberry Brownies | Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownie | Mint Brownie Trifle | Cookie Brownies | Brownie Dirt Cups | Brownie Tower | Gluten Free Brownies | Mint Brownies | American Smores Brownie |Thin Mint Brownies | Avocado Vegan Brownies| Chewy Caramel Brownies | Ice Cream Brownie Cake   Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here and as you can see I can't stop thinking about brownies!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

3 Ingredient Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Since I've starting to eat more healthy, I have been eating more and more smoothies.  I just love them and they have been a great snack and/or meal for me.  This strawberry banana smoothie is probably my favorite one that I have made so far.  They are so good!

All you need is:
1 banana
2 cups frozen strawberries 
1 1/2 cups almond milk

Put it all into the blender and blend until smooth.  This makes 2 servings. 
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teach Kids How to Rhyme with DIY Rhyming Words Notebook

My kindergartner has had reading problems this year.  He has a fairly bad speech problem and because of it it has set him back in his reading.  When we went to his first parent teacher conference, we learned that he was in below reading level group, it was so sad.  Read more about his speech and tendencies of dyslexia here.  

 A few months ago I was emailing my son's kindergarten teacher and asked her how I can help him at home to get him to where he needs to be with reading.  One area he was having problems with was rhyming.  It just wouldn't click for him. I  would say a word and ask him what rhymes with it and he would give me a very random answer.  He didn't get what I meant when I said that the end of the word has to be the same.  Since he learns things visibly, I knew I needed to make him something that he could see the words and understand why the words rhyme.  This notebook was the perfect solution for the problem.  He got to see that by changing the first letter of the word and not the end of the word he could make two words that rhymed.  This helped him a lot because he was just moving the first letter and not the end and that physical motion made it easier for him to understand.

This notebook is so easy to make and you can make the words as hard or as easy as you would like.  I stuck with 3-4 letter words and pretty common endings.  All you need to is a notebook, any size will do.  Then you cut the papers down the middle. 
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For each set of rhyming words, I used a different color of marker, so he knew when to turn the ending sounds.
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I went through the alphabet and wrote each letter that made a word with the ending letters.  The left side of the notebook will have a lot more pages than the right side.
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And finally I put some fun vinyl onto the notebook so we can find the notebook easily :).  
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The first time that I made this for him, he was so excited that the very next morning he grabbed the notebook and read the whole thing by himself.  It was so fun to watch.
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And here he is using it!  He does a good job.  One of things that he struggles with are the vowel sounds, as you see when he read the "an" sounds as a "on" sound.  We are still working on that :).  But as for rhyming, he's a pro now!