Having a beautiful home is something I am passionate about, but staying on a budget and keeping it simple can often times be a challenge. There are a few television shows that I watch to gain inspiration from, and Home Made Simple is one that I enjoy.
During a recent episode of Home Made Simple, a well deserving military Mom received the ultimate upgrade to her home. The program airs on the OWN network on Saturday mornings on 9 a.m. eastern time and is hosted by Soleil Moon Frye and her family of experts.
Not only does the show offer instruction for really cool projects, but I love the concept they have of giving back. Many of the episodes are giving home makeovers to deserving people.
This Saxophone Planter is so easy, but makes such a neat focal point of the wall. Wouldn’t those be fun to hang in a music studio? I think the ideas are endless.
The Military Mom also received a beautiful fireplace makeover. Transform your own fireplace with the instructions from Home Made Simple.
And the DIY Backlit Photowall is such a great idea for any room in your home. Learn how to create your own!
There are also several other projects that I love and can’t wait to see the Home Made Simple team create. The whole concept of reusing items is such a great thing. As our landfills grow more full and the cost of everything from food to gas to decor for our homes continues on the rise, it’s even more important now to use those items we already have.
Don’t throw that old dresser in the trash, refurbish it to match your updated home. Make your own beach inspired dresser.
Home Made Simple is my new Saturday morning routine and design destination! Be sure to tune in on Saturday mornings at 9am/8c, only on OWN.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Home Made Simple TV. The opinions and text are all mine.
After our long Winter, we are all looking forward to the Spring Flowers, Grass, Trees, Warm Weather and yes even the Bugs. These Spring Flower Cupcakes are a celebration of what Spring has to offer. The flowers, lady bug and bumblebee are made with Candy Clay, a fondant like product that is easy to make, work with and taste really good.
Happy Cupcake Tuesday! I’m so excited you are here! Looking for a cupcake recipe? Be sure to check out the Cupcake Heaven page, there are over 250 cupcake recipes and decorating ideas!
I first learned how to make and use Candy Clay in the Cupcakes, Cookies and Pies. oh My! Book. With just 2 ingredients, it’s very easy to make and work with, but it does require some time so be sure to plan ahead. You can work with Candy Clay just like fondant, but the best part…it taste good!
You can watch the video on How to Make Candy Clay and grab the recipe. Let’s start with the Daffodil…
How to make the Daffodil
Dahlia Flower Supplies
How to make Dahlia Flower
Lady Bug Supplies
How to make the Lady Bug
Now add the head to the body and carefully add the chocolate sprinkles on top and the white sprinkles for the eyes. Use tweezers if necessary.
Bumble Bee Supplies
How to make the Bumble Bee
Candy Clay Tips:
Being a strong women is important to me, showing my boys how to work hard and believe is something I strive for each and every day. The women in Empowering Women Together do the exact same thing every day they run their business. Women all over the world dream every day of a better life, this powerful initiative, Empowering Women Together, is helping to change that for some very special women.
Last year I told you about Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, Empowering Women Together and their goal to help equip women with skills to build a better life. Initially the program began with the sale of goods on Walmart.com and the Store for Good. And now Walmart, in collaboration with Full Circle Exchange, an innovative social enterprise brand, has identified five suppliers to bring these new products into Walmart stores this spring including, Caribbean Craft, Fidenzo Designs, Nirmal, Soreh Designs and women refugees employed at Full Circle’s facility in Boise, Idaho.
I recently had the pleasure to receive several of the new products that will now be for sale in Walmart stores just in time for Mother’s Day. Many of the items are matching and make a gorgeous heartfelt gift for your Mom, Sister, Grandmother or even friend.
The chevron print on the bag and insulated travel mug are some of my favorites. There are also a full line of aprons and scarfs, each made by women and signed.
Many of the tags on the products are signed by the artisan, like this bag that was made in Peru.
There are nearly 50 products available including scarves, aprons, mugs, chocolate gift sets, bags, greeting cards and more, that will be sold in over 2,600 Walmart stores.
Supporting the women in our lives and around the world is important. This new Mother’s Day collection will not only bring happiness to your loved ones, but make a huge difference in the lives of the women that have crafted the products.
Even though we try hard each and every day to help our Earth by recycling, conserving water, and protecting our environment, it’s great to be reminded how important it is to teach our children how to take care of the Earth. These Earth Day Activities for Kids are a perfect way to create memories and teach our children at the same time.
Maybe you are looking to start a garden with the kids, or plant a tree. Whip up a batch of Homemade Suet for the Birds, dig in the dirt and make a Mud Monster or do a craft with recycled magazines. Celebrate Earth Day with one (or more) of these fun activities!
Paper Beads from Paper Vine
How to Make a Plantable Paper Earth from Modern Parents Messy Kids
Leaf Animals from Ko-Ko-Ko Kids
Printable Tree Planting Kit from Chick a Bug
Recycled Magazine Coasters from How About Orange
Bug House Craft from Classic Play
Recycled Sock Puppet from Craft Jr
Stained Glass Planet Earth from Mom on Time Out
Recycled Head Man from Delia Creates
Natural Paint Brushes from Learn Create Love
Cardboard Craft from Natural Kids
How to make a Mud Monster from Crafts ‘n Coffee
Helicopter Seed Dragonfly Craft from Housing a Forest
Yarn Spider Web from Small for Big
Light Saver from Spoonful
Looking for even more ideas including Earth Day Treats to make, Recycling and Upcycling Projects, or Gardening Ideas. Check out these 30 Creative Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!
Finally, the weather around here is warming up enough that we can begin to get to work on some of our yardwork. But there’s still a few piles of snow on the ground so for now we need to be content just making plans and getting a few of the supplies we’ll be needing once we can get started.
We’ve always enjoyed having a nice looking lawn, from weed free turf to a beautifully maintained landscape the work can overwhelm us at times. While we enjoy the time spent together improving our property it pays to make smart choices that save us time and money that also pay off in terrific results. Using products that take some of the work out of yardwork just makes sense and one that’s been a staple in our shed is Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer.
This project is brought to you by Spectracide
We’ve been battling our front yard for a few years now, preferring to spend our weekends working on projects in our backyard instead. Partially because we’ve tried to nurse what lawn we had in front along. But after battling with the area next to the street we’ve finally decided it’s time to tackle it and really improve the area.
Like I said the grass here leaves a little to be desired. With a 60 and 40 foot Maple tree shading the area bluegrass doesn’t have a chance of surviving much longer than a 2-3 years. So we’ll be using some Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer to get rid of what little is there now and reseeding with the best shade tolerant variety we can find.
So this is going to be the easy part, it will definitely save time and to save a couple bucks we printed a $2.00 coupon for Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer that we can buy at Walmart. We just might stock up on a few other Spectracide products for the year and take advantage of their $5.00 rebate on $20.00 while we’re at it.
● Daily lawn care tips & tricks
● Monthly sweepstakes and product giveaways (via posts on Facebook page)
● Product info claims, videos and comparisons to competitors
So let me give you an idea of what’s in store. New perennial beds with shade tolerant varieties and perhaps a new walkway for the kids to get to their vehicles (they still haven’t learned to walk on the driveway and sidewalk).
Soon we’ll be frolicking in a lush green lawn alongside freshly planted perennial beds that we’ve dreamed about all winter. And we can barely contain our excitement to share the process with you over the coming weeks.
We are gathering inspiration for our new Curb Project, come be inspired from our Gardening Pinterest Board…
To all of my yard warriors, whether you are after a total yard overhaul or just want to keep your yard looking its best, visit the Spectracide Facebook page for tips and savings to get started.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Spectracide. The opinions and text are all mine.