Organizing Toys: how to get the kids to help

A clean house… what’s that?! We have a bajillion toys (garage sale time!) and two toddlers, which equals one massive mess. Every day. All the time. Keeping a home organized and attractive is a challenge, especially when there are children and those children have lots of toys!

Both weekly and seasonal strategies can help create order and an opportunity to spend time with children one-on-one. Here are some tips on getting the kids involved with organizing toys…

maybe a “superhero cleaning cape” helps?

Weekly Strategy: Assign each child a bin or

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(Chocolate Glazed) Coffee Body Scrub: Dunkin’ Donuts Mug Up!

I hope you’ve been having fun with the new theme each month for the Dunkin’ Donuts Mug Up contest! I’ve had fun sharing them with you and creating my own photos Don’t forget that there are awesome prizes up for grabs and you can enter every single day!

It’s a new month (already?!) and time for a new theme! This February we want to see your Mug Love! In honor of Valentine’s Day, show us the love! We already know you love coffee… do you have a mug you love to

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DIY Fairy Costume for Girls

I just posted about the DIY Fairy Costume for Boys that I made for Ryan this year. He was in charge this Halloween and decided that him and his little sister, Rebecca, would both be fairies. Daddy will be Peter Pan and I will be Tinkerbell! He also made it clear that because there isn’t much pixie dust left (it comes from far, far away, you know), Rebecca and I will have to stay grounded as there’s only enough for him to fly……. haha. So here’s my Fairy Costume for Girls!

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DIY Fairy Costume for Boys

Ryan first fell in love with pirates because of that TV show “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” So of course I had to show him Peter Pan, one of our childhood favorites. And then? He became obsessed with Tinkerbell… and we saw the Tinkerbell movies… and he loves allllll the fairies. One day we got some pixie dust (from far far away!) and the poor kid was so disappointed when it didn’t make things fly!

Anyway, with Halloween coming up I had been asking him what he wanted to be…. a fairy, OF COURSE!

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DIY Reading Nook: how to turn your wagon into a reading corner

Remember that awesome Touring Wagon we got from Step2 (as a Test Drive Blogger)? It has been wonderful all summer for walks around the neighborhood, to the park, and even this fall at the apple orchard. Well, in the Midwest, fall brings cold weather and winter brings lots of snow. Wagons and other outdoor ride-on toys are stored away in the garage or basement until the season is over.

But not our Step2 wagon! We love it too much and I thought I’d get creative with ways to use

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Back-to-school with the Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator! (giveaway)

When I was a kid, I remember my mom had a little laminator for mini-sized projects. She was a teacher and I think maybe she used it for name tags. I used to draw pictures and laminate them… I used a lot as bookmarks! Now that I have two little ones of my own, I’m thrilled to have a laminator–and one that takes full-sized sheets of paper for more projects. I used to print or write so many things for Ryan and they could only be used once… we are having a blast with

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DIY Letter Wreath Tutorial

I mentioned awhile ago that my girlfriends and I started a monthly Pinterest craft night… but OKAY, let’s all be honest here, we refer to it as our “Wine Club.” This month we didn’t even get around to the craft part of the night But when we DO make crafts, they’re pretty awesome… like this Letter Wreath!

There really isn’t a science to it… the four of us all showed up with different sized letters, twine of different thicknesses, and a variety of ribbon and

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