Pinterest Challenge- Lego Crayons

We bought a coupon of silicon molds for my son’s Lego Party last April to make candies and ice cubes. After seeing this pin on Pinterest, I decided we could use up our broken crayons and create some fun new ones! We removed the paper and cut the crayons into small pieces.  We set the oven for 230 degrees.  It took about 30 minutes for them to melt and another half an hour to cool!   Linked to    

DIY Lego Building and Storage Table

My Pinterest name is genamayo–come follow me! A while back my oldest son was complaining about how his younger brothers always had their Legos all over their bedroom floor.  My second son told me he needed a place for his Legos–like “another room.”  Well, that wasn’t going to happen!  But I did find this great pin of a Lego Table on Pinterest! I found a piece of wood in the garage and sent my husband and son to work on {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge- Fun Reading/ Phonics Games

Our daily “learn to read” time has been growing boring, so I decided to find some games to spruce things up a bit.  Of course, it was easy to go to my Pinterest Learn to Read board to find lots of great ideas.  Here are some that we tried this week! Hopscotch Very fun for the kids.  Toss a rock and hop to the square.  Say the word there!   Cootie Catcher I put phonograms on the outside that I {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge: Library Crate

**6-Week Fitness Challenge is coming Monday October 1! Follow my blog so you won’t miss it! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner   I try to keep on top of when library books are due, but it’s another one of those things that have been a little out of control lately. Last month I found this beautiful crate at a resale shop for $5! It was perfect for turning into our library book crate. I painted the side with chalkboard paint {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge- Denim/Flannel Picnic Rag Quilt

I’ve been wanting a picnic quilt for a long time.  You know, the kind you can just leave in the van and pull out when you want to sit on the ground.  It needed to be big enough for our whole family, so that’s pretty big!  And intimidating as far as making a quilt goes!  I had made a rag quilt with both sides flannel for one of my son’s beds and thought that might be a good way to {Read More}

What’s going on Today?

Well, I have slept through the night (7 hours in a row) the last TWO nights!  I don’t think that has happened in years!  Of course, I’m still so sleep-deprived that I don’t feel any better yet, but maybe if the trend continues. . . .  I’ve felt like I’ve been living in a cloud for so long, it’s hard to remember what it’s like to be clear-headed.  I’m going to try Claritan to help with my allergies–got the doctor’s {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge: Lego Party

I shared some pictures on the previous post of my son’s Lego party. It seemed that all the kids had a great time! Here I’d like to share some of the specifics of what we did. I will tell you that my son made many of the party decisions himself, as well as doing a lot of the work! The invitation he designed, with Minifigures talking: Plates–we printed a lego picture off of the internet and taped them underneath clear {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge- Lego Car Ramp

In preparation for my son’s 10th birthday party, we built a Lego car ramp in our living room. I got the idea from this pin.  My son (ever the engineer) modified the design making the slope less, adding the music stand for the starting gate, and the chair and pillows on the bottom to keep the cars from crashing. The boys will make their own cars at home and bring them to race at the party. My kids have already {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge- Ribbon-Petal Flower T-shirt tutorial

    I saw this pin on Pinterest last fall, and thought I’d adjust it for a spring shirt.  Here’s what I came up with.  Enjoy our flower t-shirt tutorial!   Tutorial: 1.  Cut the ribbons all the same length.  Mine were about 6 1/2 inches long.  (Next time I think I’ll make them a little shorter.) 2.  Cut out the circles.  I used my glue container as a pattern. 3.  Tacky glue the ends of the ribbons together. 4. {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge- Framed Starfish

Last month I shared about the decorating I had started in the kids’ bathroom.  I made a new shower curtain and window valance.  My mother-in-law gave me beautiful starfish and sand dollars which I framed with some frames from Joann Fabrics.  The project was inspired by several different pins at Pinterest: one, two, three, and four. I’ve linked up to the Pinterest Challenge for this month.  There are some other great ideas from my Pinterest Seashell board that I’ll probably {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge- Quiet Book pages

In January I joined a Quiet Page swap group. Rather than having to complete an entire Quiet Book for my kids all by myself, I just created one page–and then copied it 10 times!  (A Quiet Book is an activity book for a baby/toddler.  Here is my Pinterest board for Quiet Books.)  It was still quite a bit of work. I sewed on 275 snaps at an average of 4 minutes a snap. That equals 1100 minutes or 18 hours! {Read More}

What is Pinterest?

I had a friend recently ask me this question:  What is Pinterest?  It’s one of the fasting growing websites right now.  It’s a type of social media, but very different from Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. I use it as a way to organize my website bookmarks. Anytime I see something, like a craft, project, tutorial, decorating idea, or recipe that I’d like to try someday, I “pin” it. You’re pinning the picture, but it’s attached to the website where the {Read More}

Funny Friday- Ridiculous Baby Poses

You’ll laugh at this one today.  Visit my friend’s Pinterest board entitled Ridiculous Baby Poses! If you aren’t a member yet of Pinterest, just leave your email address in the comments (or email it to me), and I’ll send you an invite.  You’ll get in quicker that way than requesting an invite yourself. Totsy offers moms on-the-go and moms-to-be access to brand-specific sales, up to 80% off retail, just for them and the kids, ages 0-7. Top brands for mom, {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge- New Shower Curtain

A year ago, my husband began a renovation of the kids bathroom.  The two main changes we wanted to make were to replace the carpet with tile and add a second sink.  Here are the “before” pictures.  He finished his part last year, including repainting the walls a pretty yellow/ gold color and replacing the inner door with a beautiful oak door that he finished.   So, my job was to do some redecorating.  The shower curtain and window valance {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge: Decorating for Valentine’s Day

I’ve done a little decorating for Valentine’s Day, and of course, one of my ideas came from Pinterest!  See this pin. Here is my candle globe with conversation hearts. This second one would have been fuller with candy hearts, but my kids keep eating them! I’ve linked up this project to the Pinterest Challenge. Also, my son made some Lego hearts that are decorating our mantel! Here is another cute idea for decorating for Valentine’s Day: Feel the love this {Read More}


**Don’t forget to leave a comment on the previous post to be entered in the giveaway for the book “Taken”!   A couple of years ago I determined to teach myself how to crochet.  My mother-in-law got me started, but I learned most of it through books!  After I got the basics down, I took a class at Joann Fabrics.  Now, finally, I feel that I can look at any pattern and figure out how to do it!  One thing {Read More}

Our Week in Review

How do we get school done when there is a very active 14-month-old who has decided he no longer needs morning naps?  Well, it’s not easy!  But he makes us laugh so much!  We call him “Ya wild kid, ya” (from Music Man). On Friday the kids decided to do a little art with this pin I found at Pinterest.  Here are their creations.  My daughter on the right lost her tooth, too! For our evening reading times, my husband {Read More}