September 23, 2016

Simple DIY Mudroom Organizer Bins

Having three boys makes being organized a must, especially when it means getting out the door on time for school!  So I decided to try and make things a little easier by giving each of us our own bin labelled with an initial to keep items like hats, ball caps, mitts, scarves etc. separate from one another.

             This is a very simple project with very little cost attached and takes no time at all!

First thing to do is to find some baskets or bins that suit your closet shelving or built ins.  Make sure they have handles so you can easily attach your letter tags.  I purchased mine from Costco, they were priced very reasonably.  

For the letter tags, I went into Micheal's when they had a 75% off sale and ended up paying only cents for each letter tag!
I choose a letter tag for each of our children's names and then purchased a "d" for daddy and "m" for mommy as both my husband and I have the same first initial as our second son.


            To attach the letter tags I used jute and knotted each one through the handle of the basket.

 Then all you have to do is sort everyone's items into their own personalized bin and no more digging through piles trying to figure out what item belongs to what kid! Have fun!!!

September 9, 2016

DIY Natural Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Natural Pine Cone Bird Feeder

                                            It's been quite sometime since my last blog post!
                                Life has been very busy, and we have made a lot of positive changes.
      Now that life has settled down a little I have some more time commit to this blog again.

This past weekend the kids and I made some natural bird feeders, they are very easy to make and the kids love getting messy while making these fun feeders!  We LOVE wildlife and watching all the critters that come to our yard and garden. So anything that will attract more wildlife is always welcome.

All you will need to make these natural bird feeders are:  string (we used hemp), natural "just peanuts" peanut butter, pine cones and bird food!

          First thing to do is cut off enough string so you can tie your pine cone to a tree branch.

                      Then you tie the string in a knot around the pine cone, make sure it is secure.

After that start smearing your pine cone with the peanut butter, using a spoon will keep your fingers mess free.  The kids love this part!

Next roll the pine cone coated in peanut butter in the bird seed, the seed sticks to the peanut butter very easily.

A little friend decided to come have a taste while I was making these.  Chipmunks and squirrels will love these little feeders as well!

Lastly tie your feeders to a branch, closely as I find it's easier for the birds to reach.  Then watch for the birds to arrive, it took only moments before the chick a dee's starting landing.  Chick a dee's and Nuthatches loved them the most although it wasn't long before a few blue Jay's arrived as well!

                                            Careful leaving your ingredients unattended!!!

                           Now sit back and enjoy the entertainment your backyard birds will bring!