DIY Woven Milk Crate


Whattya need?

  • Old blankets or afghans
  • Scissors
  • Milk crate box


How do I make the milk crate?

 Step 1:  Cut blankets in strips with same width as the openings in your milk crate.



Step 2:  Weave strips through milk crate, ending on the bottom side.



Step 3:  Overlap the ends to keep in place.


Created by Dane Holweger

Cold Summer Oatmeal Revisited


Hot oatmeal is so last winter. Its still summer, so let’s give our morning oatmeal a summertime makeover, shall we? I have made my oatmeal like this for a few years now – ever since Aubrey turned me onto it. It is the perfect cool, crunchy, chewy, yummy summertime breakfast.

And now that I have discovered vanilla coconut milk, oh my.  So so good. Plus the coconut milk only has 5 grams of sugar per cup verses the 9 grams 1 cup of 2% milk has, less sugar!

You can make this a bunch of different ways, the idea is to let your oatmeal soak for about 15 minutes in the milk of your choice (cow’s, almond, soy, coconut) and then add your favorite toppings. Here is how I made mine last year, but this is my newest favorite way to make it.

Summertime Oatmeal


1/2 cup old fashioned oats

3/4 vanilla coconut milk

sliced strawberries


2 Tbs granola

dash of cinnamon

Let the oatmeal soak in the milk for a little bit, and then add the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy!

You can use frozen fruit too, I just add it when I add the milk. Then you have a nice cold bite for those extra hot summer days!

Oh, and my 2 year old loves it too! She started asking for bites of mine, and now she would rather have it cold.

Happy Tuesday friends! I am off to envelope myself in what I hope to be the last of paint fumes.  And just a side note, when painting, books on disc are awesome. They have been a life saver.

Post by Destri :

Painting with Squirt Guns


We're always up for a good painting project at our house. The other day, while perusing the dollar spot at Target I scored a couple packages of squirt guns. Three for $1. How could I resist? Anyway, on the drive home I had an idea to use squirt guns for painting. There are a million different ways you can approach this project. So do whatever you're comfortable with, and have fun.

I simply taped a piece of kraft wrapping paper up on our fence. 

I thinned down some tempera paints with water, filled the squirt guns and we started making our masterpiece.


Here are a few helpful hints:

Wear old clothes. 

Have some paper towels handy for cleanup.

Put the kids in shoes you can hose off (crocs, jelly sandals…etc.)

Rather than cement, do the painting over grass. Even if you spill, the paint will disappear the next time you mow the lawn.


Baby Sister couldn't figure out the squirt guns, so I turned her loose with an old race car.        She dipped the wheels in paint and rolled it along the paper. She really loved participating in a 'big kid' art project.


The beauty of this project is you can just use stuff you have around the house. Butcher paper or cardboard boxes would make a great "canvas." Or if you want to make a game of it, make some targets out of paper plates and give points for hitting the target. If you're not thrilled about spraying paint, just use water and food coloring for more of a watercolor effect (and less mess).

Happy Painting!


Post by Christina Williams :

DIY Bead Mobile


Whattya need?

  • Scissors
  • Various beads (large and medium sizes)
  • String (cut at various lengths)
  • Embroidery hoop


How do I make the mobile?

Step 1:  Thread beads onto string, tying off each bead with a knot intermittently.                    (Be sure to leave at least 12" at top of string without any beads.)


Step 2:  Run the top end of beaded string through embroidery hoop and tighten the hoop.


Step 3:  Tie ends of string together tightly in the center.


Step 4:  Use remaining length to hang.


Created by Dane Holweger