Peter Pan Family Costume


Happy Halloween 
from Hook, Smee, Peter, and Tiger Lily!

For our Disney DIY this week we made a Smee costume for Dad. Just buy a white t-shirt and add blue stripes with painters tape and fabric paint. Throw in some blue shorts, sandals, and a red beanie. Cut sideburns out of cotton rounds and safety pin them to the beanie. We forgot to move his glasses on the end of his nose for the picture. Voila, instant Smee!
Wednesdays through January!

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Pumpkin Steamer

Something about fall with the crisp air and cool night breezes that draws me toward something deliciously warm to drink. I love a yummy Starbuck’s Pumpkin Steamer as much as the next girl, but those paper cups of heaven can take a toll on your pocket book. So, I took things in to my own hands and found out how very simple it is to make your own pumpkin steamer.

Pumpkin Steamer

  • 3/4 ounce pumpkin spice syrup
  • 3/4 ounce vanilla-flavored syrup
  • 8 ounces cold milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

1. Steam syrup and cold milk together. (or if you’re like me, use the microwave for about minute and a half)
2. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.

You can get the pumpkin spice syrup online. But, I a little birdie told me if you want it just like Starbuck’s you might want to get Torani or Da Vinci pumpkin sauce (which is creamier and thicker) instead of syrup, which will run you quite a bit more. If you want to make your own, here is a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Syrup.

Great by the mugful, or make a big batch for a party! I’m thinking a pumpkin steamer would make a fabulous addition to Thanksgiving breakfast! Sip it while preparing the feast!

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DIY bookshelf

With my recent craft room redo, I had a small budget and so tried to shop my house for pieces I could re-purpose to use in the space. There was a little closet area where I wanted to store unused home decor and needed some shelving. I found two sad bookshelves residing in our family room that needed some love, but would fit perfectly in the space.

I am a little embarrassed to admit those were in our house. I think they came with Jared when we got married. I had ignored them sitting there full of books for so long that I hadn’t realized how ugly they were. 
So, how do you update a cheap laminate bookshelf without sanding or spending a ton of money?

Cover stain primer my friends. A couple coats of this stuff and paint away! 
DIY Bookshelf

1. Carefully pry off backing. Mine was attached with staples, so I made good use of a butter knife and removed the cardboard like back piece.
2. Apply two coats of primer letting each one dry completely. I used a brush in the corners and a low-nap roller for the rest.
3. Spray paint using multiple light coats.

If you’re lucky and your family is on a father/son camping trip you’ll do it all in pjs and bare feet in the garage and end up looking like this. Yikes!

4. Cover the backing with your favorite patterned fabric or economical choice wrapping paper. I used a glue stick around the edges where the bookshelf would attach and spray adhesive on the rest.

5. Wrap the paper/fabric around the edges of the boards and secure with glue.

6. Have a friend hold the back in place as you re-attach it. I used a nail gun, but a staple gun would work just as well.

Move them in to place and admire your handiwork! It has been so nice having a storage area for all my home decor items.

If you like this, come see the rest of my craft room makeover.

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Sing Your Way to Sleepytime

Bedtime is one of my favorite times of day. What could be better than cozy jammies, reading together, and sharing songs and snuggles? Like most families we have our routine down. Jammies, snack, brush teeth, potty, drink, 3 books, sing “I Love to see the Temple” and then close it out with “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and kisses. It works for us and my littles know just what to expect once 8 o’clock rolls around.

I love so much that my youngest is a snuggler. Those little hugs are seriously the best thing ever! I love singing to him though I am far from a performer. I like that he knows and loves my voice imperfect as it is. He has started to join in and sing with me which totally melts my heart. These are the moments I treasure!

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Now that is something we could all use!!

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