Scrap Busting Project – DIY Hexie Hand Towels

DIY Scrap Busting Project - Hexie Hand Towel Upcycle. Learn how to embellish blah hand towels with super cute english paper pieced fabric hexies! Simple scrap busting sewing project. Zero waste hand towel upcycle. Breathe new life into ugly stuff using cute fabrics!

This hand towel upcycle project ties together a few different themes I have going on this blog. My love for all things DIY and sewing, my attempts at developing a zero-waste lifestyle and frugality at it’s finest! Plus all the preparation for the move to the new house. This is a great fabric scrap busting project, and a fun way to give english paper piecing hexies a try!

DIY Scrap Busting Project - Hexie Hand Towel Upcycle. Learn how to embellish blah hand towels with super cute english paper pieced fabric hexies! Simple scrap busting sewing project. Zero waste hand towel upcycle. Breathe new life into ugly stuff using cute fabrics!

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The new house will have 1 full bath and 2 half baths. I know, I feel like an entitled queen in her palace of multiple bathrooms! But I’m tired of making do with one tiny single bathroom and it’s time we had a selection of bathrooms that works for our family and guests!

But multiple bathrooms means multitudes of towels. And since we are spending every penny on building the house, we need to be careful about all our other spending. Including the non-existent towel budget. It’s a “make it do, or do without” scenario. (I can’t wait to show you my next frugal project for the house, it’s a good one!)

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Toddler Bedtime Bingo

Play a game of Toddler Bedtime Bingo with your spouse. All the reasons why my kid is out of bed. Have fun with tiresome bedtimes by playing bedtime bingo!

Do your kids go to sleep easily every night? Never getting out of bed to complain about their blankets or the temperature? Yeah, mine either. I almost want to laugh when I wish them ‘goodnight’ because I know for a fact I’m going to see them at least 13 more times before morning. So let’s turn the struggle into a fun episode of toddler bedtime bingo instead!

Play a game of Toddler Bedtime Bingo with your spouse. All the reasons why my kid is out of bed. Have fun with tiresome bedtimes by playing bedtime bingo!

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Picture this: The busy day is done, the chaos is tamed, the toys are picked up and the wine is ready to be poured. The kidlets are getting their last song and goodnight kisses. You wish them a good sleep and tuck the blankets under their chins. You’re just pulling out the good snacks and turning on a trashy show when you hear “Mom?” from the top of the stairs.

And so it begins.

Another evening of hiding the snacks and pausing the show a dozen times while your little darlings come up with excuses not to be in bed.

We were going through an evening just like this a few weeks ago when my husband suggested we turn it into a game of bedtime bingo. So I did!

Might as well turn your pain into a game right?!

Introducing…

Bedtime Bingo – Toddler Edition

My boys are currently 5 and 7, and this version of the game is perfect for right now. I would say it would suit any kids between 3 and 8 ish.

There are 2 versions of the bingo card, so you can play with your spouse! Have fun choosing the prize for the lucky winner. Maybe the loser is on kid duty for the rest of the night? The winner has to provide the evenings snacks?

Basically if your kid comes out of their room or does any of the things on the card, you cross it off. Both cards have exactly the same items, just ordered differently. You can download the bedtime bingo cards for free below.

I was trying to find sassy mom life stickers or stamps you could use to mark off the boxes. It was tough though! Maybe I should just design some myself? A project for another day perhaps.

For now I found a couple fun options:

This rubber stamp is my fave and wildly appropriate for this particular game! 😀

This stamp set is a nice variety of PG rated family life quips.

 

Bedtime Bingo Cards

So here are the Bedtime Bingo cards. Just click on them to download for free. Or here for Version A and here for Version B.

Toddler bedtime bingo cards for exhausted parents. Turn tiresome bedtime routines into a fun game to play with your spouse.  Toddler bedtime bingo cards for exhausted parents. Turn tiresome bedtime routines into a fun game to play with your spouse.

 

And pretty please share in the comments if you play the game!

Happy Bingo-ing!

 

 

Creating a Cozy Outdoor Space

Creating a cozy outdoor space. My design ideas for a boho outdoor space. I'm making a design plan for our new covered deck for the house we're building. Boho deck decor. Cozy design elements for outdoor spaces. I've having fun making design plans for the new house, including this super cozy and unique covered deck!

Our new house is well under way and I’ve been spending some time mentally planning out each room and figuring out where all our stuff is going to go! But one of the spaces that I get to design from scratch is my beautiful covered front deck. I get to dream up everything from furniture to lighting to decor in order to create the perfect cozy outdoor space!

Creating a cozy outdoor space. My design ideas for a boho outdoor space. I'm making a design plan for our new covered deck for the house we're building. Boho deck decor. Cozy design elements for outdoor spaces. I've having fun making design plans for the new house, including this super cozy and unique covered deck!

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Ok, yes, I don’t have an unlimited budget. If you ask my husband, we actually have no budget for this. But that’s not going to stop me from making a plan! I’m going to design my cozy outdoor space now, and purchase the items as I can afford them. As long as I have a vision for the space, it doesn’t matter if I can’t purchase all the elements right out of the gate.

The only patio furniture we currently own is a 4 place dining table and chairs. And they won’t be going on the front deck. In the future we may create a patio space towards the back of the house, so we’ll save the table and chairs for now.

I can hardly wait for my front deck though. It’s a decent size, and completely covered so I won’t roast in the summer sun.  It faces only beautiful trees and I can’t wait to sip my morning tea there!

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How to Grow a Green Thumb

How to Grow a Green Thumb. Try some of these steps to cultivate your gardening skills!

I’m an absolutely hopeless gardener. Like, completely tragic. Plants just die of their own volition when they see me coming so as to spare themselves the prolonged suffering I will undoubtedly inflict on them. But I’ve also aways dreamed of having a beautiful garden full of edible things. I’ve always thought it would be the feather in my homemaking cap! So I’d like to give it a go. I actually did plant a small tiny garden of flowers as a way to improve curb appeal for the sale of our house. My mother came to visit the other day and immediately told me to water those poor flowers. lol . So not the best start. But you gotta start somewhere! Here are a few steps I’m going to investigate in my efforts to grow a green thumb! (haha, see what I did there?!)

 

How to Grow a Green Thumb. Try some of these steps to cultivate your gardening skills!

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For some, horticultural knowledge develops naturally. For others, plant cultivation is like a foreign language. Don’t worry if you fall into the latter group, I’m right there with you. Here’s how we can get started:

 

Start Alpine

What the heck is an alpine garden? Basically, it’s selecting plants that have adapted to grow in harsh alpine conditions or inhospitable soil and they require little maintenance. Read: indestructible. Perfect.

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How To Plan a Dreamy Kitchen Reno

How to Plan a dreamy kitchen reno. Work with what you've got and stay within budget using these steps to design a kitchen of your dreams!

Picture your dream kitchen. Close your eyes and put together all the elements you’ve admired in those perfect Pinterest kitchens. What do you see? Is it all white and high gloss? An old homey country kitchen? Simple wooden shaker cabinets or rich hues that bring a touch of personality and flair to your cooking environment? Whether you are the Master Chef of your neighbourhood or your idea of cooking is pouring a bowl of cereal, you probably still have the kitchen of your dreams saved to a Pinterest board somewhere. And no matter your lifestyle, you need a kitchen that is both functional and beautiful. You may think that designing your dream kitchen is expensive and out of reach.  But with planning and creativity, it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at how you can make a plan to design your dream kitchen in a few simple steps.

How to Plan a dreamy kitchen reno. Work with what you've got and stay within budget using these steps to design a kitchen of your dreams!

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