Patriotic Mommy & Daughter Bracelets: Crafts for Kids

Just so you know, I received product from Oriental Trading to facilitate this post. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.

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My Bug loves to craft. She loves to make things, especially jewelry, and the shinier the better! But I’m just not all that crafty and I really don’t have a lot of free time. She always does a good job on her little projects so in preparation for the 4th of July, I headed to Oriental Trading Company in search of something for her to curb her crafting itch and to occupy some of her summer free time. I found this adorable American Flag Flip Flop Bracelet Craft Kit and I just knew she would love it.

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When the kit arrived, I was pleased with the contents, especially at that price point. Everything was wrapped and packaged separately, and there was a full set of instructions. Now that Bug is reading so well, I just had to open everything up and she couldn’t wait to get started on her Mommy and Daughter bracelet project. Seriously, she couldn’t wait. The minute our package arrived, she started BEGGING me to rip it all open!

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Even though this package said the craft was intended for 14 and up, my little Bug didn’t have a problem once I laid out the picnic blanket, the supplies, and the instructions. She’s a happy little crafter and I really need to keep her busy during the summer or the house might come down at the hands of her mischievous little nature.

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When it was all said and done, I think these came out really cute, and she and I are all set for the holiday with our festive, matching jewelry. This project was particularly good for her because she loves patterned activities and she recently completed a huge project for her history class surrounding being an American and the 4th of July holiday.

We’ve got a few more patriotic crafts happening this week and I’ll be sure to come back and share. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for great, inexpensive crafts to keep your kids busy this summer, be sure to visit Oriental Trading for fun and affordable crafting supplies and kits. If you’re like me, you’ll want to go with the kits because they do all of the creative thinking for you. You can also find Oriental Trading Company on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow along there too. Happy crafting!

Be Inspired to Get Organized with Scent-spiration from Glade®

I should really tell you that I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser, Glade® #MeltsBestFeelings.

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Let me just put this out there, I hate winter. HATE. Cold weather makes me cringe, shiver, and I’m just plain lazy during this time of year. I let things go, and this winter, I’ve let my office go. I work from home. I spend a LOT of time in my office. It’s rather depressing really. I have the rest of the house in order since the move, but not my office. I needed inspiration to motivate me to do something about it. I need to be organized in order to work efficiently. So where did I find this inspiration? My scent-spiration came from the scents of spring and summer (ahhh…the warm months). It’s amazing how just the smell of spring can light a fire under you to just do more and put a bounce in your step like only warm weather truly can. Luckily, I can bring the scents of warm weather indoors with the help of Glade® Wax Warmers and Wax Melts.

I’m about to shame myself (and my OCD brothers and sisters) by showing you this, but here goes. THIS was my office just a few days ago.

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*SHUDDER*

And THIS was my desktop.

Desk Top Before #MeltsBestFeelings #shop I suppose I’ve seen worse and some might say this isn’t really so bad. But those people don’t know me. THIS is utter chaos and it had to change! HAD to. I can’t work like this. I look around, I cringe, and I try to work through the chaos. Not cool, but I wasn’t motivated.

But this weekend, while grocery shopping at my favorite grocery store, HEB, I found the fire that lit my butt into action. My inspiration was right in front of my eyes and I’d been missing it all along. I have wax warmers throughout the house because I love the smell, but not in my office. What was I thinking? Obviously I wasn’t!

In Store #MeltsBestFeelings #shop Until I saw this. I was looking for a spray and carpet freshener and that’s when it hit me. I needed to bring spring into my office. But where were the Glade® Wax Warmers and Wax Melts? Not where I expected but I did find them on a special display in the soda aisle so be sure to look around the store if you can’t find them yourself. They now have all of the scents of spring available and they are all divine and scent-spirational. Their warmer is the most beautiful hue of blue that goes perfectly with my decor and the melts are now available in Live Loud, Lift Off, Creamy Custard, Red Honeysuckle Nectar, Sunny Days, and Lavender & Vanilla. Something for everyone for sure. I picked up Live Loud (because, well…that’s how I live) and Lift Off and headed home with a plan!

Scent-spiration from Glade #MeltsBestFeelings #shop I stopped by an office supply store on my way home and picked up a black (not my color choice) organizer and some other supplies I needed. I plugged in my new Glade® Wax Melt Warmer and dropped in two Lift Off Wax Melts. The floral smells immediately started flowing through my office and I had an idea. What do you do when you don’t like the color of a supply you just brought home?

DIY Organizer #MeltsBestFeelings #shop Spray paint of course! Y’all spray paint was invented for people like me. I’m not very crafty but ANYONE can spray paint and the right color, just like the right scent, can change the mood of any room, and any person. Spray, dry, organize!

Desk Top After #MeltsBestFeelings #shop It’s really that easy. I literally revamped and organized my office space in less than an hour (and believe me, I didn’t show you everything so it wasn’t an easy task) inspired only by beautiful scents of spring from Glade® and an uplifting color.

After #MeltsBestFeelings #shop It’s like a totally new room, that smells amazing, and I’ve been so much more productive today. Clean spaces are happy spaces. For real!

Scentspiration for happy spaces #MeltsBestFeelings #shop And ironically, B must have sensed that I’d been a little blue about the winter because he brought even more color and fragrance into our home, and my office, with 18 gorgeous pink roses. Just because. Yes, it might still be cold outside but spring is in the air. It is in here anyway. And I LOVE it!

Setting the Mood #MeltsBestFeelings #shop Living on an island is a beautiful thing. Even during this dreary yet brief cold spell we have every year, I know that spring is just around the corner. And thankfully, with a little help from Glade®, I was reminded of this fact and my office thanks us both very much!

I have the Lift Off scent in my office and Live Loud is beautifying my living room with its fresh floral scent. Seriously, I wish you could smell it in here. Y’all, it’s AH-MAZING! Have you tried the Glade® Wax Warmers yet with Glade® Wax Melts? They really are WAY more affordable than the big brands you may be using and I love the convenience of picking them up when I’m out shopping. If you’ve tried them, what’s your favorite scent-spiration? If not, what are you waiting for? If you hurry, you can receive a Catalina coupon to save $2.50 on any Glade® purchase of $7 or more during January and February!

Need Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas and DIY Bows? I Can Help!

 Just for the record, I  am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. As always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.

So MOST of your Christmas shopping is done. You had all of the best gift ideas on the planet and you pulled everything off flawlessly. But then…wait! You made your list, and you’re checking it twice, and realize that you missed some of the very important people in your life. Now what?


I feel your pain. I was right there with you, but I figured out a plan and I owned it! You see, I have 6 kids. Some are easy to buy for, some not so much. The babies? Easy peasy. They are 5 and 7. They want toys. I’ve got that covered and Walmart has everything I need. The man child, now 16, wants tools. That’s pretty easy too. ‘Hey B, the man child wants tools. Look at this, pick some out’, and POOF, I click a button and all of his holiday wishes come true. 

BUT…then there are the other 3. OY…the other 3. Bry is 24 and has expensive taste. Paetyn is 19 and just had a baby. The Drama Queen is 12 going on 30 and there’s no pleasing her. But what do these hard to buy for girls all have in common? They’re girly-girls. And what do girly-girls like? Shiny things, clothes, and things that smell super pretty. With 6 kids, you live on a budget so I headed to Walmart to see what I could find.
I found the perfume in the cosmetics aisles, but I wanted something more. Luckily, they had gift sets with celebrity flair and amazing scents by the check out that I was sure all of my girls would love. You can check out the full line at www.scentsavings.net. And with this gift set purchase, your recipient also receives a free ringtone (details inside the box) which is awesome because in this case, that’s one less Taylor Swift ringtone mommy has to pay for this year!
I picked out this Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted gift set and knew it would be perfect for one of the girls (shhh…I can’t tell you which one or it wouldn’t be a surprise). And since this one girl seems a little harder to please than the others (we all have them, right?), I decided to dress up the package with a little homemade, personal flair. That’s right y’all, I made my own bows! And if I can do it, you can do it too. Here’s how:
Buy some wire ribbon, don’t be stupid and get the non-wired kind (don’t ask me how I know that, just trust me). Fold it in equal lengths, in one strip, 5 to 10 times, depending on how big you want your bow to be. 
Fold the ribbon in half and tie the middle with a twist tie. I happened to have fancy red ones at home, but the garden variety trash bag ones will work just as well. 
Start spreading the loops until they make the bow you desire. For me, this takes forever and it never is quite as perfect as I’d hoped!
When you’re through with your ribbon, find something around the house to embellish it with to hide the imperfect center. OK, so yours might not be imperfect but mine always is and a flower or additional ribbon covers that up. I sprinkled mine with glitter because we all know everything looks better with glitter!

Wrap the perfume gift set, place the ribbon on the top, and give it to that hard to gift person, or place it in the mail if you’re like me and won’t see them until after Christmas. They’ll smile and you know that you just saved time, and saved money, with a gift of scent that they’ll enjoy for months to come. 


There’s another one off the list. Now I only have the in-laws left to buy for. Any ideas there because I’m struggling?

To view more gift-giving ideas for the Millennial or hard-to-buy-for person in your life, and to get some amazing wrapping ideas, be sure to check out the Scent Savings Pinterest Board.

And if you are STILL looking for great ideas for holiday gift giving, check out the Live SoFab Holiday Digital Magazine by clicking on the image below. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and that you get everything your heart desires in the coming year!