Project Stir: Local woman making it her mission to rekindle the family recipe

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Guest post by Sarah Shotts Remember that dish your grandmother or great-aunt made that no one else could? We all have memories tied to the food of our childhoods. Stories from the family kitchen. Friendships forged by sharing handwritten recipe cards. Project STIR is a mission to rekindle the family recipe. So often in our [...]

Make a Summer Bucket List with your kids + 25 ideas for what to do!!

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How are you enjoying your summer so far? If you haven’t done it yet, you might want to consider making a “Summer Bucket List”.  At our house, we use an actual bucket! What you need: Just buy or find a bucket (or container of your choice!) and some large, wooden clothes pins. Using a Sharpie, [...]

Crafty Mama: Homemade body lotion

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We were excited to talk recently to a mom and grandmother who makes her own salsa, laundry detergent and even body lotion. She’s so crafty! We asked for her lotion recipe and she kindly shared. The recipe is from Dianna Cox of Mountain View, mom of three daughters and five grandsons. Making the lotion could [...]

How To: 5 tips to corral the kids’ craft clutter!

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By Holly Anderson Shacklett, co-owner of Simply Organized of NWA With the holidays coming up, the kids will likely be using their craft supplies even more with projects and cards. Here are a few tips for getting everything organized so it will be easier to access everything in a hurry. 1. Toss flimsy boxes and [...]

How-To: Make an adorable Cinderella carriage with fresh pumpkins!

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We saw this gorgeous Cinderella carriage on the Hallmark website and just had to share! Notice the belt buckles for the windows and door, the lamp finial (at the top) and the drawer pulls for the spokes of the little pumpkin wheels. Click here for the full tutorial on the Hallmark page.

How-to make your own: Bathroom cleaner, laundry detergent and dish soap

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If you want to go all pioneer woman, we’ve got some ideas for how to make your own bathroom cleaner, laundry detergent and dish soap. We’re kidding about the pioneer thing. Maybe you just enjoy making your own stuff — or you want to save some pennies! We got this bathroom cleaner recipe from a [...]

How-To: Make an adorable name bunting for your kid’s next birthday

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By Sarah E. White, mama, blogger and author of Quick & Easy Baby Knits I love adding crafty little touches to my daughter’s birthday celebrations. And with her party looming – and no real idea what I’m going to do this year! – I’m reminded of the super-cute name bunting I made for her a [...]

How-to: Make a Matchbook Seed Card

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Guest post by Shawnna at Small Talk Mama If your kids are already out of school and you’re looking for something fun to do together, we have a super cute idea to share today via Shawnna, who blogs over at Small Talk Mama. You can keep them current on their math and reading skills while [...]

Craftsy: Online crafting classes, patterns and inspiration

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How many of you wish you could sew, decorate an amazing birthday cake, crochet or turn that thrift store find into something glorious? If you’ve ever wanted to take a class on any of these topics, but didn’t have the time or money to invest, there’s a relatively new Denver-based service to teach you online. [...]

Crafty Mama: How to make an adorable {lightbulb} snowman ornament!

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Guest post by Ginger Bowie, Ginger Snap Crafts Hi! I’m Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. My blog is full of fun & simple crafts that you can do, too! I’m excited to be here at the NWA Motherlode today. My family & I have lived in Northwest Arkansas for just over 5 years. We absolutely [...]