Friday, June 23, 2017

MHCT&M: 15 Awesome DIY Backyard Games

Hello, hello! Yay for Friday! 

Allison here once again and it is time to finish out this month's summer posts today.
 I am bringing you lots of ideas for DIY Backyard Games to make those summer get togethers even more fun!

There are so many fun ideas out there and here are 15 that caught my eye! 

 How fun are all those games?!
Which one are you going to build this summer for fun with your family and friends?

Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic!

Your hostesses,
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #159

Let's get this party started! 
Show off what you've been working on lately! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Favorite Caramel Popcorn

Hi, it's Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom
I'm going to share my absolute favorite caramel popcorn recipe. It's soft and chewy and oh so delicious! Another reason it's my favorite - it's so easy!

 This is a great recipe for summer. You make it in just a few minutes on the stovetop, so it won't heat up your house like treats made in the oven.

 Printable Recipe

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

2 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. corn syrup
1 c. butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
popcorn {two large mixing bowls full}

Heat brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Boil 2 minutes. Stir in condensed milk and vanilla. Pour over popcorn and stir until evenly coated.

Enjoy the ooey gooey goodness of freshly made caramel popcorn!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Faux Barn Wood Flower Box

I will admit, that I am loving the metal and wood vintage inspired flower pots, vases, watering cans, and boxes with printed labels on them that are out right now. What I am not excited about is the price of some of the ones that I have run across.

So one day while out shopping I ran across this plain wood box in the wood section of Hobby Lobby and thought it would be fun to make my own version.

Here's how I created it.

-Wooden Box (bought at Hobby Lobby for $9.99)
-Styrofoam rectangles (2)
-Faux Flowers
-Folk Art Barn wood Finish
-Hot Glue Gun
-Wire Cutters

Begin by painting the wood box with step 1 of the barn wood finish which is a stain.
Let dry at least 4 hours before continuing to the next step.

 I didn't stain the inside all the way down I just did it enough that you wouldn't see the plain wood on the inside.

Once step one is dry it is time to apply the second step to the barn wood finish, the cream wax.

Paint the entire surface with the wax.

Take a clean rag and wipe off any excess wax.

Then immediately use thick paper or wood to drag across the wax taking it off and creating the barn wood effect. I just used a ruler and after each drag I wiped it off onto the rag to remove any excess wax on the ruler.

Keep working the finish until you are happy with the look of the wood.

Work you way around the whole box until you are happy with the look.

Once the wax was dry, I stacked two pieces of Styrofoam inside.

I hot glued moss on top of the Styrofoam to cover it.

Cut the flower stems just above the height of the box.

Then just push down into the Styrofoam.

And that's it!

 I left the box as is right now without a vintage looking stamp on the box but I think I may see if I can find a design that I like and add one but for now I love how it came out.

I have yet to decide where I am going to put it. I have three different locations so I need to figure out which one I like it best in.

Here is another way I used the barn wood finish technique.

Faux Barn wood Menu Board


Monday, June 19, 2017

Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt Printable

With summer here and school out, the need to find some fun activities to keep the kids occupied has taken a higher priority. 
We have numerous parks within walking distance from our house and I thought it would be fun to create a little nature walk scavenger hunt that we could do as we walked there to make it more fun.

The girls and I enjoyed doing our little scavenger hunt so I wanted to share with all of you to do something different with your kids as well. 

I hand drew all the images and left it in black and white so your child could color in the images, either as they find the object or after it was complete. I also included a little box that you can use to mark off the item as well. 

I'm all for activities that get us outside and helps wear the kiddos out so they sleep better at night and of course, the added exercise.

So grab a copy for your family, print it out and get outside and have some fun!

 Download your copy below. If the below widget isn't working, you can grab a copy here.
I used "shrink to fit" on my printer when printing it out. 


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