DIY Mega Bubbles–For all ages!

I have seen these bubbles on other blogs, but for some reason I didn’t REALLY believe they would work that well for me.  If I would have known how easy these were to make, let alone how much fun they were, I would have done them years ago! The picture below was taken with my cell phone the first day we tried them out. Cool, right?

I’ve included the easy directions for you below as well as lots of cool pictures to inspire you.

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I ended up making about 8 bubble wands because I knew the neighbor kids would come running when they saw how cool they were. I’m so glad I did, because running they came!

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The wands are very simple to make.

What you need:

-2 Dowels

-2 Eye hooks (small enough to screw at the end of the dowels)

-Cotton String

-1 Washer

To Make The Wand:

-Screw the eye hooks to the end of each dowel

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-Cut a longer piece of string and tie it to one eye hook, then loop the washer through the string and tie the other end to the other eye hook. Then cut a short of string and tie it to both eye hooks.

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To Make The Bubble Solultion:

Mix Together in a tub-

- 6 cups distilled water

-2 cups dishwashing soap (Joy, Dawn etc.)

-3/4 cup light corn syrup

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We have made so much bubble solution that it seems to be a different color every time depending on the type of soap we’ve used.

How to make a bubble:

Take your wand with the dowels held close to each other and dunk them in the solution. Lift up the dowels and slowly open up them up while walking (usually backwards) so the bubble starts to form. You can also ‘cut off’ the bubble by bringing the dowels together so it will float.

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Then be AMAZED at how big you can get your bubble!

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I think my favorite part is how much fun even the older boys think they are.

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They even got creative and started putting their head through the bubbles!

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Bubble Hunter says…

“Now, go and make these right away. Your kids will thank you.”

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You better listen to Bubble Hunter, he’s pretty serious about his bubbles.

~Jenny

DIY Bird feeders

The kids had so much fun making these cute DIY bird feeders.

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I had pinned this idea from Mom Endeavors awhile back. I LOVED her idea and thought they turned out so cute. But, instead of using paint cans like she did, we used tin cans I had saved from soup, canned fruit etc.
We used both small and large cans. 

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We spray painted three of the cans.

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And used acrylic paint with a paint brush on one of them.

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Once they dried we wanted to add some more color to them. Turns out we were having fun with polka dots and ended up putting them on all four cans!

We bought one long skinny dowel and cut it in smaller pieces. Then we attached it with hot glue for the birds to sit on. We attached some ribbon and added some birdseed to the can. Now we are waiting for our little birds to come. My four year old kept going out and checking to see if they had eaten the seed yet!

My ten year old made this one all by herself. Isn’t it cute?

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My grandparents are in an assisted living home and they have birds right outside of their window. So, we made one of these feeders to give to them. I think they will love it!

In the meantime, we will be looking for birds to come to our feeder. Once they do I will make sure to take some pictures and add them to this post!

~Jenny

You’ve been Egged! {Free Printable}

Have you ever been ‘egging’ before?

No, not that kind ‘egging’. I have never done that before.

Right mom? :)

I’m talking about ‘egging’ your neighbor or friend’s houses with plastic eggs filled with goodies. Last year I used this free printable from Eighteen 25. But, now that I have a place to share my printables, I have created one with a little more fun added to it.

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All you need to do is…

1) Print out this free 8.5×11 printable.

2) Fill a bunch of plastic eggs with candy or other goodies.

3) Figure out when your neighbor or friend will be gone for a bit.

4) Have your kiddos spread plastic eggs all over their yard and then leave the note on their door!

You could just add candy, but if you really like your neighbor or friend, then you could add some special things to some of the eggs and let them know on the note what they should be looking for!

Some ideas would be….

Dimes, Quarters, $1 Bills (or more if you roll like that).

Gift Certificates (you could just add one $2 or $3 certificate to a favorite ice cream shop or it could be a homemade one that is good for a batch of homemade cookies).

Or just add bigger candy in some of them.

If you just want to do jelly beans, then just cut off the bottom!

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My kids had so much fun doing this last year! We went to my bff’s house while her son was at baseball practice. The fun part for us was that our other bff, lives right next door, so I recruited her kids to come out and help us spread the eggs. We put them in trees, on the deck, under the deck. I added four $1 bills to four of the eggs and they loved finding the money! My friend pretty much knew it was me that ‘egged’ her, but you could make it anonymous if you wanted to. Or you could add your name to the note.

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If you’d like to take your kids ‘egging’ then download and print the printable below on 8.5×11.

Click here or on the image below to download.

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Happy Egging!

~Jenny

 

Decorating for Spring

 

It has snowed TWICE this week! SO I feel a little weird putting up all my Spring decorations…But I am going to choose to be optimistic and put them up anyway and PRAY that spring really is right around the corner! PLEASE….PRETTY PLEASE!

I found a really cute candle holder centerpiece idea on Pinterest not too long ago, and put it in my St.Patty’s Day Folder to add to my March Mantle décor and I was really proud of myself because I actually did get it up in time for St. Patty’s Day! On the 16th!! Talk about cutting it close. But I liked the candle holders so much and I felt that they were actually quite perfect for a good transition into my Spring decorations so I still get to share them with you today! And I REALLY like how they turned out! Thank you so much Two Twenty One for the awesome idea, I NEVER would have come up with this on my own and it was so EASY and so AFFORDABLE!! (My FAVORITE!!!).

Here is my inspiration from Two Twenty One!

 

And here is all you need to make it happen!

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I found the candlesticks at Value Village ($1.99 each, the hurricane vases were $2.77 at Wal-Mart, our local Dollar Store was out of large vases- totally weird!, and the candles were $2 at Wal-Mart, had the E6000 on hand and the Split Peas were $.88.)

The hardest part of the process was removing all the stickers from the bottoms of the vases (those bad boys DID NOT want to come off! Had to whip out the miracle worker- Goo GONE!)

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Next Step was to adhere the candle sticks to the vases with the E6000, Easy Peasy! And then just let it dry! (Seriously, the waiting was hard for me too, I am not the most patient person!)

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Once I waited (FOREVER) at least a few hours for the glue to dry, I added my candles, my peas, and a ribbon and it completed my lovely St. Patty’s Day mantle! FOR A WHOLE DAY!!

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Today I got to work on my Spring Decorations! And thanks to Jenny and her ADORABLE printables, I had the perfect addition to my Spring Mantle and new hurricane vases!!

 

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Have you decorated for Spring yet? It’s coming! I just know it! It has to right…. RIGHT?!

~JESS

Spring is in the air {free 5×7 and 8×10 printables For your spring decor}

Click on any of the four images below to download and print.

For best results print on quality 8.5 x 11 inch quality paper.

Watermark will not be on print when downloaded.

For personal use only.

8×10

springblue

 Click here for the 5×7

8×10

springyellow

Click here for the 5×7

 8×10

springgreen

Click here for the 5×7

8×10

springpurple

Click here for the 5×7

~Jenny