home tour {old meets new}

The 2014 Country Living House of the Year is a charming mixture of old and new. The designers cleverly merged the charm and patina of a historical home with modern-day functionality and ease. Classic elements (wallpaper! subway tile!) are updated and given a fun modern twist. All images (and details and shopping guide) here. Let’s take a peek…

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kids’ mod podged treasure box {a tutorial}

I don’t know about your kids, but mine? Mine are constantly finding and bringing home “treasures” that they just can’t seem to part with. The question is then how to store these little gems so that they’re both accessible and contained at the same time. Enter this DIY Kids’ Treasure Box, not only does it do the hard job of storing all the things your kids cannot do without, but it’s also a great craft project to complete together.

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Materials:
Mod Podge
paper mache box (ours is from Hobby Lobby, and comes in lots of different sizes)
foam brush
squares of scrapbook paper (tissue paper would work, too)
glitter
paint

Step 1: The first step is to gather some craft paint and a paintbrush (we used a foam brush), and paint your box. Let dry.

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Step 2: Once your box is dry, it’s time for the real fun to begin. I used a paper cutter to cut scrapbook paper into 1″ squares, and my 5 year old had a blast painting Mod Podge onto the box and gluing down the squares (Ok, I’ll admit it-I had a blast doing it as well!) After squares are Mod Podged down, let dry. If you want to overlap your squares, you’ll probably want to go back and repeat the process. If not, let dry completely and seal with one or more coats.

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Step 3: And because a craft project isn’t truly complete until we’ve made an absolute mess, it’s time to add some glitter! Brush on a light coat of Mod Podge, and sprinkle glitter onto the top and sides of your box (we used gold and red glitter for this step).

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And that’s it! This was such a fun and easy project to complete, and having a “crafting partner” was a lot of fun, too!

Have a great day!

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making healthy snacking fun with Naturebox

 making healthy snacking fun with Naturebox

DSC 0047 21 600x425 making healthy snacking fun with NatureboxAs a mom, I am constantly on the lookout for healthy snacking options for me and my family. Naturebox, the monthly snack subscription superstar, delivers a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door.

DSC 0036 4 600x455 making healthy snacking fun with NatureboxI’ve shared my love of Naturebox before, and with good reason. Each snack contains wholesome ingredients – with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. Best of all-my kids LOVE them; Naturebox makes healthy snacking fun. This is us, every single time a new Naturebox is delivered…

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When you join NatureBox, you’ll receive five different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want or be surprised with their carefully curated selections. Got a dietary goal or taste preference? NatureBox has 100+ snacks to excite and delight every palate. We’ve received 4 or 5 Naturebox deliveries so far, and, each time, are impressed by the quality and variety of the snacks available.

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From top: Salt and Pepper Lentil Loops, Toasted Cheddar Stix, Cherry Berry Bonanza, Dried California Peaches, & Carrot Strawberry Fruit Chews.

And, now, it’s your turn!

 Click here to get 50% off your first month’s NatureBox delivery! ($10 value) using promo code: SNACKTOSCHOOL

Half off is a GREAT deal, and so worth it, especially if you’re thinking ahead to all those snacks and lunches you’ll soon be packing (if you’re not already!) for your school-aged little ones. A friend of mine, who’s a seasoned mom, always says that her best snack and lunch packing tip is to “make it healthy, make it taste good, and keep it varied.” Thanks to Naturebox, this is one area of the upcoming school year I feel confident about.

Fine Crumbs: Promotion is good for 50% off your first month to month box or $10 off your first box in your first prepaid subscription. New and US subscribers only. Not valid on gift subscriptions and may not be combined with any other offers.

Happy Snacking, friends!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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