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We Tried It! How To Make DIY Seed Bombs

A few weeks ago, I saw a video for these adorable little diy seed bombs. I made sure to save it so that Miss Bean and I could make some of our own. We soon needed some gifts for a family gathering, and I decided that these would be the perfect solution.


Luckily, we already had most of the supplies on hand. We just needed a packet of wildflower seeds. Funny enough, we had sent away for some seeds to help bring back the honey bees, and they just happened to arrive in our mailbox the exact day we needed them!

It was meant to be!

To make these seed bombs, you just need some paper, a muffin tin, a food processor, and some wildflower seeds.

I realize that you can just watch the video, but I broke down the steps here so you could see our results as well 🙂

First take your paper and tear it into tiny pieces. We filled a small bowl about halfway with our paper scraps.

seed bombs

Next, pour water to coat your paper pieces.

seed bombs

Let that sit for about 15 minutes.

seed bombs

Next, put the paper in a colander and use a sponge or a towel to help soak up the excess water.

seed bombs

Then, put your paper into the food processor, and grind them up into shredded pieces.

seed bombs

Aren’t all of the colors fun?!

Press and pack your shredded paper into muffin tins.

I just used basic muffin tins, but if you have some that are fun shapes, those will make your seed bombs look even cuter!

Pour your wildflower seeds over the top of each seed bomb, and then add the rest of your shredded paper as a top layer, and pack the paper down.

seed bombs

Then let them sit and dry for 24-48 hours.

Once they are dry, they are ready to go!

Since they were gifts and we needed to wrap them somehow, we made little baskets out of muffin liners and used pipe cleaners to make little handles.

seed bombs

Just drop them where you would like your flowers to grow and wait for the sprouts to happen!


seed bombs

These were fun and very easy to make. The hardest part was just waiting for them to dry!

My daughter really enjoyed helping to create such a fun gift, and it was easy on our budget.

She was especially happy to hear from her great grandmother that her seed bombs had already started to sprout!

Happy planting!

xo Melissa



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5 Ways To Use Glow Sticks For Your Next Family Night (Plus Giveaway!)

glow sticksDisclaimer: I received a set of glow sticks for free to test out, however all opinions here are my own. This post may contain some affiliate links. That means I might receive a small commission if you make a purchase by using my link. This happens at no additional cost to you, and it helps provide a few supplies for our homeschool classroom. Miss Bean and I thank you for it! 🙂

I am going to let you in on a little secret, I am a big fan of glow sticks. I feel that they can make anything exciting. They are great to have on hand for picnics, party favors, concerts, stocking stuffers, care packages, camping, night swimming, or even living room dance parties.

glow sticks

They are a wonderful way to add visibility to kids when they are out and about at night time.

Best of all they are very budget friendly, and an inexpensive way to have a little fun.

I received a set of glow stick bracelets from Lumistick to play with. They arrived in a tube of 100, with plastic connectors. There are 5 colors; pink, green, blue, yellow and orange, and are non-toxic.

glow sticks

We had a blast thinking of all the things that we could do with them.

Besides the obvious choice of wearing them as bracelets, what else can you do with glow sticks?

Here are 5 fun and different ways to use your glow stick bracelets:

Have an indoor glow stick dance party

This is definitely a favorite, as we love to have spontaneous dance parties. They always help cheer us up, and get us laughing. So, turn out the lights, put on some fun music and dance around with your glow-sticks.

glow sticks

Play tic-tac-toe with your glow sticks

Make a giant board by using the plastic pieces that join the bracelets together. Instead of X’s and O’s, we just used O’s, but two different colors to place into our board boxes.

 Play a game of glow ball or Frisbee

Change up your game and join a few glow-sticks together. Attach them to a frisbee, or put one inside a wiffle ball.

glow sticks

Use them in your hair

Put your hair up in a bun and add a glow stick bracelet for a little color fun. You could even leave them straight and use them like hair sticks!

Play ring toss

This is a fun one to do when camping or at an outdoor concert. Make some rings with your glow sticks and connectors, and then grab a stick and push it into the ground. Make it a competition and see how many rings you can land on the stick.

Have a glow in the dark picnic

Spread out a blanket and wrap your glow-sticks around some clear plastic cups. Pick out your favorite foods and dine by glowing light!

You can use connectors to create a glow ball lantern. They look so awesome, and would be a fun centerpiece to a glow picnic, or a even a dance party decoration.

(Want one of your own? Check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post)

glow sticks

Bonus: Relax in a glow in the dark bath

I realize this isn’t really a family night acitivty, but it is still a fun one for both kids and adults. Instead of candles to help calm you, fill up your tub and add your favorite glow-stick colors!

I hope this gives you some ideas on the different things that you can do with your glow-sticks. Check out the different sets on Amazon, choose one or two and you will have several options for some family night fun!

GIVEAWAY: It is fun to receive free stuff! Help me spread the word by sharing my post to enter your name to receive your own glow lantern set! Let me know in the comments how you shared it. If you would like a second entry, sign up for my mailing list in the sidebar! I will announce the winner on May 15th!

glow sticks

xo, Melissa


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How To Make Critter Bookmarks – A Quick and Easy Craft

This week Bean and I decided to play with paper and make some critter bookmarks.

For those of you new to the blog, I love crafts, but don’t have a ton of time. I love finding quick and easy projects that add a little fun to our day.

Think of Bean and I as your craft testers, our creations may not be the most perfect, but they are real and made with love.

We do our best to find the easiest, cutest projects, and these critter bookmarks totally fit the description!


You don’t need much at all in the way of supplies. Grab some paper, scissors, a glue stick, markers and googly eyes.


Because who doesn’t love a reason to put fun eyes on things?!

Your paper to be in the shape of a square. We happened to have some origami paper on hand, so we used that, but you can easily use card stock or construction paper and just cut it into a square.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to make these super cute bookmarks:

  1. Fold your paper in half to create a triangle.


2. Fold the top point (just the front layer of paper) of the triangle down to meet the bottom edge of the paper.


3. Fold in the left and right corners in to meet the middle triangle fold.



4. Open up your side folds, so that they look like this:


5. Then fold both of those sides up, along your middle triangle fold.



6. Next, tuck in the two new folds that you just made into the middle fold.



7. Take a second piece of paper, and cut another square. It should be the same size as the square you just folded.


8. Then tuck that square into your folded paper, and secure it with a little glue.


9. Finally, glue on some googly eyes, and a little tongue.


There you have it! Your critter bookmark is ready to help keep your place in the books that you are reading.




Now, you don’t HAVE to make a frog. Bean had fun just making some little monster bookmarks and then decorating them. I also made a vampire one. Just pick your favorite critter and start creating!


I hope you found these critter book marks fun, and will give them a try the next time you are looking for a quick craft. I know the ones we made will definitely give some character to our reading time! <3

xo, Melissa



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How To Make Reading Wands – Another Quick and Easy Craft!

reading wands

We have been working very hard on learning to read in our homeschool classroom.

Sometimes, my daughter starts feeling overwhelmed, distracted or bored. She has trouble keeping her place while reading out loud.

To help combat this, I decided that we should make some magic reading wands with our craft sticks.

As you know I am a fan of quick and easy crafts, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

They are the perfect way to add a little excitement and sparkle to our reading practice.

To make these reading wands, you will need the following supplies:

reading wands

Modge Podge


Medium Sized Craft Sticks


Craft Glue

Paint brush

Sharpies (for decorating – opitional)

Washi Tape (for decorating – opitional)

*Disclaimer: This post may contain some affiliate links. That means I might receive a small commission if you make a purchase by using my link. This happens at no additional cost to you, and it helps provide a few supplies for our homeschool classroom. Miss Bean and I thank you for it! 🙂

Reading Wand Instructions:

First, place some glitter in a small container to make it easier to paint on the craft sticks.

I have discovered that muffin liners are perfect for this purpose!

Dip your brush in a bit of modge podge, and then in the glitter, and paint onto your craft sticks. You can also dab the glitter to help get a good thickness so the reading wands are nice and sparkly.

Set aside and let it dry for a little bit.

reading wand

It is also fun to try a few different ways of decorating the reading wands.

Sharpies, stickers, washi tape, and paint, would all work. Just dig into your craft stash and see what you can find.

If you use sharpies to decorate your reading wands, I recommend painting a layer of modge podge on your craft stick first. It helps the ink not bleed into the wood.

reading wands

The final step is choosing the perfect button for the top of the wand. Use a little craft glue to secure them to the top of the wand.

If you don’t have buttons, but have craft jewels or foam stickers, those would also work as a good accent.

reading wands

Once the glue is dry, your reading wands are ready to help make reading time fun.

They are a great way to help keep young readers focused on keeping their place while reading.

Best of all, they are super easy to make!

reading wands

Happy reading!

xo Melissa



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How to Make a Puffy Heart Pin – Quick and Easy

Today I am going to show you how to make a puffy heart pin with felt.

puffy heart

I needed a cute, but quick craft for Valentine’s day because we had some unexpected medical stuff come up in our house that put me behind.

These little hearts fit my need perfectly, and I even had all the supplies on hand!

Of course February has Valentine’s day, but it is also heart month. I have always had a fondness for hearts, but they took on an additional special meaning when my daughter had open heart surgery.

I will proudly wear this pin, not just for the holiday, but to honor my strong heart warrior, Miss Bean.


To make these puffy hearts, you will need the following supplies:

puffy hearts



Embroidery thread (or regular thread)

Safety pin

Polyfill stuffing

First, you need to cut a heart shape out of the felt.

puffy heart

I used a scrap piece of paper to create a pattern. Then I used it as a guide and cut two heart shapes out of my felt.

puffy heart

Next, cut a small rectangular piece of felt. This will be used to secure the safety pin to the back of your heart.

puffy heart

Place the felt piece over the base of the safety pin, but make sure that you can still open up the pin to secure it to your clothing.

Use your thread and stitch all the way around the small piece of felt. Now your pin is attached, and you are almost ready to wear your puffy heart.

puffy heart

Take your two hearts and place them together, with your safety pin at the back. Begin stitching the two pieces together.

Be sure to leave a little hole so that you can stuff it with the poly fill.

Fill your heart with the stuffing, and finish stitching it closed.

puffy heart

There you have it! It is a fast and easy craft, but is a perfect accessory for Valentine’s day. It would also make a great gift as well.

puffy heart front puffy heart

If you are feeling adventurous, try making other shapes. I made these cute cat pins with little beads for their eyes too.

puffy heart
Enjoy creating and spreading the puffy heart love!

Xo Melissa


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How to Make A Craft Stick Chalkboard

craft stick chalkboard

This month, as part of my series, I got out my craft sticks and made a few different chalkboards.

They all were quick and easy crafts to make, and I know that I will get good use out of them.

If you would like to make some, all you will need is:


Craft Sticks (large, medium and small)

Chalkboard Paint


Small piece of twine

Acrylic paints (if you want to paint the craft sticks)

Craft Stick Chalkboard Sign

For this chalkboard sign, you will need the large craft sticks.

First, line up seven sticks horizontally, and then with the glue, attach two more sticks on either side vertically.

craft stick chalkboard

Let the glue dry, and then spray paint the front surface with the chalkboard paint.

Once the paint is dry, attach a little bit of twine to the chalkboard so you can hang it up.

craft stick chalkboard

So far, we have used it to announce a stuffed animal tea party picnic, and a game night with friends. I also think it would be fun to hang one on the kids doorknob so that I can leave them special messages.

Craft Stick Miniature Chalkboard Easel

Once I finished the chalkboard sign, I was hooked. So I thought it might be fun to make little chalkboard easels.

To make these, you first need to form an upside down V out of two small craft sticks and then glue three more horizontally across the V.

craft stick chalkboard

Once the glue dries, tape off the top point of the easel, and the bottom part and paint the three horizontal sticks with the chalkboard paint.

When the paint is dry, glue another small craft stick at the back to create a tripod leg, so that the easel will stand up.

craft stick chalkboard

Aren’t they cute? I am going to make a few more so that I can use them to label place settings for dinner parties.

Craft Stick Chalkboard Garden Markers

Finally, I decided to make some plant markers for when we plant our seeds in our garden.

Here you use both the small and medium craft sticks.

Glue three small sticks horizontally across a vertical medium craft stick.

craft stick chalkboard

Let the glue dry and then tape off the top and bottom part of the vertical stick. Paint the three horizontal sticks with the chalkboard paint.

Chalk can be used to write the different seeds that are planted, but if it gets wet, it may wash off and leave you without knowing what you planted! Use modge podge to create a seal over the chalk, or use sharpie instead.

craft stick chalkboard

As you can tell, I am not the best at using fancy lettering and chalk. However, I can’t wait to put all of these mini chalkboards to use. I loved how fast it was to make them, and inexpensive too! Give it a try and let me know how it worked out for you 🙂


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How to Make Craft Stick Story Fairies

craft stick story fairies pinterest graphic

These craft stick story fairies are inspired by my daughter’s love of acting out stories.

Craft sticks are one of our favorite things to create with, and we decided that it would be fun to have a little set of fairies to help her act out her tales.

They were super easy and fun to make, and you can create a lot or just a few.



craft stick story fairiesHot glue gun and glue sticks

Small craft sticks

Felt and/or fabric scraps

Yarn, ribbon, and fiber scraps

Pipe cleaners

Paint or Sharpie



To make a shirt, take a small craft stick and put hot glue on about a half inch surface, leaving a small space at the top for the face.

Wind the small scrap of yarn around the area with the glue.

craft stick story fairies

craft stick story fairies

Next cut a small scrap of fabric or felt for the bottom. You can cut a simple rectangle, or get a little fancy and make a triangle for a skirt.

We even found some tulle that worked well as a tutu, we just made some folds to make it fluff out a bit and attached it to some hot glue.

craft stick story fairies

craft stick story fairies

Now it is time to make the fairy wings. If you have the long craft pipe cleaners, cut it in half. Then bend it in the infinity shape or a figure 8.

Push the sides in a bit to make a little indentation for the wing shape. Put some hot glue in the center of the wings and glue it onto the back of your fairy.

craft stick story fairies

craft stick story fairies

Finally it is time to add some fun hair and the faces. My daughter helped to make these, so we kept the faces simple. We discovered that a sharpie marker bleeds a little on the craft stick, so we used a toothpick dipped in a big of black acrylic paint and drew on eyes and smiles.

The hair was the fun part. Just arrange it however you like, and attach it with the hot glue.  We used some wool and yarn scraps and made some crazy hair do’s. We thought it would make the story telling more exciting.

craft stick story fairies

Aren’t they fun?

They are the perfect size to play with and different from the usual finger puppets.

After we played a bit, Bean and I decided that these story fairies needed a special place to rest when they weren’t busy acting out stories.

So we made a cute box out of our craft sticks to store them in. Here is how we did it.



Medium sized craft sticks

Hot glue gun


First, line up 11 sticks vertically. Then, use the hot glue gun and attach a craft stick horizontally at the top and bottom of your 11 sticks.

This is the base of the box.

craft stick story fairies

To give depth to the box, glue a craft stick vertically on the right side, and another on the left side.

Next, line up a craft stick with the horizontal stick at the top, and glue it to the one that you just placed vertically. Do the same thing for the bottom.

Keep alternating and gluing your craft sticks horizontally and vertically until your box is deep enough to fit your craft stick story fairies.

craft stick story fairies

The lid is the final step. Line up another 11 sticks vertically.

Leave a space of about the width of three craft sticks (this helps the lid stay on and not just slip off) and glue a stick horizontally on the top. Do the same thing for the bottom.

craft stick story fairies

Now you have a cute little box to keep the story fairies in when they aren’t being used!

craft stick story fairies

The lid can be decorated any way that you want, or it could just be left plain.

We debated using glitter or paint, but instead we kept it simple and cut out some magazine letters to spell out “once upon a time” to decorate the lid. Bean had a fun time helping search for the perfect letters.

craft stick story fairies

These were both fun and easy to make. We are already thinking up different sets that we can make next.

If you decide to try this out, let me know how it went in the comments.

This is the first of several craft stick projects I will be sharing, so be sure to stay tuned for the next one!

Disclaimer: This post may contain some affiliate links. That means I might receive a small commission if you make a purchase by using my link. This happens at no additional cost to you, and it helps provide a few supplies for our homeschool classroom. 🙂

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Butternut Squash Soup – Try This Delicious Recipe!

butternut squash soup blog graphicMy husband’s Butternut Squash soup has become quite popular among the customers at the restaurant where he works. Plus, with the arrival of cooler weather, I start craving soup, salad and bread. So, with the assistance of Bean, he made the delicious soup for us, so that I could share the recipe on my blog.

It’s easy to make, does not require any heavy cream or dairy, and it is even vegetarian!

butternut squash ingredient photo

Ready to cook? Here is what you will need:


3 medium sized butternut squash

1 medium red onion – diced

2 cloves of garlic – diced

6 cups vegetable broth

1/2 cup brown sugar

olive oil, salt, and pepper to season

tablespoon of cinnamon

dutch oven

immersion blender

Note: This recipe makes a HUGE batch of soup! If a smaller amount is needed, just cut the recipe in half.


First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Then, cut the butternut squash in half.

butternut squash cut in half image

Next, scoop out the seeds and the guts of the squash.

This is a step that kids can help out with, Miss Bean thought it was kind of like preparing to carve a pumpkin.

butternut squash scoop insides image

Lay the halved squash on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

butternut squash cook prep image

Next, brush the squash with olive oil, and season with a little salt and pepper.

Bean thought “painting” the squash with oil was a lot of fun!

butternut squash oil image

butternut squash brush with oil

Put the squash in the pre-heated oven, and cook for about 60 minutes, or until the squash is soft and lightly brown.

While the squash is cooking, peel and dice the onion and cloves of garlic.

Bean also took this time to prepare a salad to accompany our soup.

butternut squash salad image

When the squash is almost done cooking, begin to saute the onion and garlic in a dutch oven.

butternut squash onion and garlic saute image

Once your squash is soft and lightly brown, remove from the oven and give it a little bit of time to cool.

butternut squash cooked

Then, scrape out the insides of the squash with a spoon, and add it to the diced onions and garlic.

butternut squash scrape insides image

Next, add 6 cups of vegetable stock or broth and blend with an immersion blender.

I recommend adding the liquid 2 cups at a time, so that you are able to get the desired consistency. If the soup is too thick, just add more liquid to thin it out.

butternut squash broth add image

Once the soup is the correct consistency, add a half cup of brown sugar and a tablespoon of cinnamon, and then blend again.

butternut squash add brown sugar

That’s it!

Serve with salad, and warm bread, and enjoy!

So good and super easy!

butternut squash soup salad bread meal image

You can click on the photo below, and download the recipe if you would like. Let me know if you give this a try, I would love to hear what you think!

butternut squash soup printable image

Also, if you have a favorite soup recipe, please share, as I always like testing new food in our kitchen.

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Welcome Fall With 3 Easy Acorn Crafts

acornMy favorite time of year has arrived! What a better way to welcome the arrival of fall, than with a few easy acorn crafts. This past weekend, Miss Bean and I had some fun and used up our acorn stash to make a few.

Would you like to make some too?

The first step is to collect your acorns! Put on those walking shoes, grab a bag, find a park and gather a bunch of acorns. It doesn’t matter if the tops aren’t intact, because you can glue them back on.


Before you begin your crafts, you will want to clean and cook the acorns.

First, rinse and brush them off in the sink.


Next, spread them out onto a towel, and set them in the sun for about an hour to dry.


Once they feel pretty dry, put them in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour and a half. This will get rid of any bugs that might have made the acorns their home.


While the acorns are cooling off, gather up some craft supplies. To make this round of fall crafts, I used:


Modge Podge

Acrylic Paint




Black Sharpie

Craft Glue


Once the acorns have cooled, it’s time to craft!

Here are the three fall acorn creations we made.


To make these, you will need acorns without the tops attached, orange acrylic paint, a paintbrush and a sharpie.

We made this one first, so that the paint could dry while we made our other acorn crafts.

First, grab your paintbrush and paint the acorn orange.


Next, set them aside so that the paint can dry.

Once the paint is dry, draw pumpkin faces with black sharpie on your painted acorns.


That’s it! We loved how SUPER EASY this one was. I think we will make a whole bunch of these to create a pumpkin patch for our gnome and fairy villages. 


For these fun sparkly acorns, you will need acorns with tops, glitter, modge podge, and a paintbrush.

Pick out an acorn, and paint modge podge all over the base of the acorn. Do not put it on the top.


Next, roll the acorn around in the glitter.

I found that  filling a few cupcake liners with my different glitter colors was the perfect way to get a good layer on my acorn base.

Finally, set the acorns gently on wax paper to let them dry.

acornAren’t they pretty? Totally worth being covered in glitter for most of the day. I am definitely incorporating these into a fun fall centerpiece.


For the last craft we made, we used more acorns without the tops, felt, scissors, a sharpie, and craft glue.

Choose your felt colors, and cut two round circles for the eyes, a triangle for the beak, and two teardrop shaped wings.

Glue your pieces on with craft glue.


Let the glue dry, and then use the black sharpie to draw two dots for eyes.


Aren’t they cute?

We had a blast making all of these! All three crafts were very easy, and also did not take very long to make.

Maybe these will inspire you to put on a spooky or fun Halloween movie and to start creating with acorns!

Disclaimer: This post may contain some affiliate links. That means I might receive a small commission if you make a purchase by using my link. This happens at no additional cost to you, and it helps provide a few supplies for our homeschool classroom. 🙂

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How To Build A STEM Kit (even if you are on a budget)


Having a STEM Kit on hand at home is a wonderful thing for planned or impromptu experiments, and I am going to show you how to build one, even if you are on a budget.


What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Including STEM in education is important, and it is a good thing to introduce STEM learning at a young age.

Why is STEM important?

Children have a natural interest in exploring how things work. Because of this, STEM activities are perfect! They are hands on and student-centered. By questioning, examining, and problem solving, kids are then able to learn to solve real life problems.

The role of the adult is to guide the students through the problem solving process.

How do you build a STEM Kit?

Building a STEM kit, may take a little bit of time, however, it is pretty easy and inexpensive to build up supplies.

First, look around the house.

Check the recycling bin, junk drawer, and be sure to raid the tool box! A more complete list is included at the end of this post, but look for things like plastic bottles, cans, nuts, bolts.

Once you’ve searched your house, chances are, you will find that you need to purchase some things to round out your kit.

My absolute favorite spot to find my material is the Dollar Store. They have a little bit of everything, and it is very easy to build up a good stock when things only cost a dollar. Make a list, or print mine, and take a field trip to get supplies. While you are there, be sure to grab a notebook to record designs, observations and results!


I’ve got the supplies, now what?

Once you have your supplies, it is finally time for the fun! Pick an experiment, or create a challenge, and get to work!

Remember, this is a chance for your child to figure things out on their own. Your role is to guide, create curiosity, passion, and give them an opportunity to push limits.

I will have some more detailed posts about our specific activities and experiments as we do them in our classroom. Currently, I am working on a list of fun fall themed activities.

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In the meantime, here are a few activities to get you started:

Popsicle Stick Catapults

Marshmallow and toothpick structures

Grow crystals

Baking soda and vinegar eruptions

Rubber egg

Do you have a STEM Activity that you have tried? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about it!



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