Friday, April 21, 2017

Super Easy Hair Clips with Swarovski Accents

It's time for a super easy project. Sometimes I want to create something, but don't have much time. Well, these bejeweled hair clips are perfect for that situation. Simple, easy and beautiful.

Super Easy Hair Clips with Swarovski Accents

How to Make Your Own Bejeweled Hair Clips

You will need:
Hair clips with a round base {I used these from Prima Bead}
flatbacks gems
E6000
tweezers
toothpicks

Super Easy Hair Clips with Swarovski Accents

1 - Pick up each flatback with a pair of tweezers. Add a small dab of E6000 with a toothpick. Place it on the hair clip. I started in the middle and worked my way out.
2 - Repeat until hair clip is sufficiently covered with gems.
3 - Let dry overnight before using.

Super Easy Hair Clips with Swarovski Accents
Get creative and use different sizes or colors of gems. It really is a quick project. And they are so cute!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dinner Meal Plan - Family Dinner Ideas - April

 I was talking to my sister earlier today. Among other things, we talked about dinner and I realized I hadn't shared April's menu yet. She gave me a few easy recipes, that will be showing up on my meal plan next month.  But for now, here's my April Menu Plan.




This month's tip: Be flexible. Just because you've planned ahead and created a menu doesn't mean that things won't come up. Sometimes I forget to thaw meat. Other times there is unexpected activities or sickness. On those days, I just swap meals with another day of the week.

For more ideas see my other menu plans:
January Meal Plan
February Meal Plan
March Meal Plan 


April Dinner Menu Plan


As always I have included the main dish, but for a complete meal, you will need to add your favorite veggies and sides.

Here's a key:
**super easy
* easy
+ new recipe - I haven't tried it yet
^ plan ahead

Printable Menu

For almost all of the meals, I have included links to the recipe. Just click on the meal to be taken to the recipe. If there's not a link, it's because I feel that it's easy or basic enough that you probably know how to make it. However, I would love to answer any questions you may have. Please ask!

Week 1
Sunday: Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and  Rhodes rolls
Monday: Turkey Divan*
Tuesday: Waffles**
Wednesday: Ribs^ & Twice Baked Potatoes^
Thursday:   Beef Stroganoff
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Kraft Mac & Cheese**


Week 2
Sunday: Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Sunday Dinner Rolls
Monday: Manicotti  and Homemade Breadsticks
Tuesday: Sausage and Eggs**
Wednesday:Navajo Tacos
Thursday: Ham Fried Rice
Friday: Parmesan Tilapia*
Saturday: Out

Week 3
Sunday: Sunday Roast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Grandma's Dinner Rolls
Monday:Chicken and Rice*^
Tuesday: French Toast **
Wednesday: Hamburgars, Hotdogs and Frozen French Fries*
Thursday:  Chef Salad**
Friday: Pizza Loaf
Saturday: 7-up Chicken

Week 4
Sunday: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Sunday Dinner Rolls
Monday: Crescent Chicken Squares
Tuesday: Oven Omelet *
Wednesday: Drumsticks & Twice Baked Potatoes
Thursday: Chicken Caesar Sandwiches & Macaroni Salad
Friday: Mini Pizzas*
Saturday: Chili Dogs**
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Easter Egg Wood Sign

Make an easy DIY Easter Egg Wood Sign, with a few pieces of scrap wood and some laser cut wooden eggs or bunnies. I kept it neutral with wood tones, but you could totally paint them if you desire.



Easter Egg Wood Sign

I found these fun wood Easter eggs on clearance. I love the different patterns. It didn't take me long to figure out what I wanted to do with them. I wanted something to finish off my Easter mantle. The mantle is pretty simple - a few string eggs, my #PrinceOfPeace Easter Egg Banner, and a picture of Jesus with the children. Now the wood sign finishes off the other side of the mantle.


Easter Egg Wood Sign


 Want to Make your own Easter Egg Wood Sign?

You will need:
1 X 2 -7 pieces 10" long
stain
paint sticks
short brads
wooden eggs, bunnies etc.
ribbon
hot glue


Easter Egg Wood Sign
1- Begin by cutting your 1 X 2's into pieces 10 inches long. I used up a lot of scraps and cut out a total of 7 pieces. You could 1 X 3's or 1 X 4's - you just won't need as many of them.

2 - Sand the wood. My daughter wanted to help. She didn't like the feel of the vibration of the sander and gave up quickly.

3 - Stain the wood. I used Special Walnut by Minwax. Let dry completely.

4 - To attach the wood together, I simply lined them all up, placed a couple pieces of paint sticks on the back and nailed them in place with short brad nails. I wish I would have added a bit of wood glue first, but I didn't think of it until after the fact. If you don't have a nail gun you could use some wood glue and place something heavy on top until it dries completely.

5 - Hot glue the wooden eggs/bunnies on.

6 - The last think I did was to add a little bow to the bunny.

Easter Egg Wood Sign
That's it! Pretty easy. Are you ready for Easter?


Tutorials for other items on my mantle:





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