simple back to school teacher gift {ream of paper}

teachers always need paper! cute, easy, inexpensive back to school teacher gift idea with a free printable.

Sometimes I feel the need to admit things at the beginning of posts. You know, so no one thinks I’m pretending to be cooler than I actually am. So I’ll admit it: I don’t usually give my kids’ teachers back to school gifts. As in, I have never given a teacher a gift at the beginning […]

chocolate covered caramel pretzels {easy Christmas treat}


You might think you already know all you need to about chocolate caramel pretzels. After all, pretzel rods dipped in white or chocolate almond bark are fairly common, as are the pretzels with the rolo and m&m pressed on top. But these chocolate covered caramel pretzel bites are in a league all their own. They’re […]

handmade kid chess set {perfect christmas gift!}

kids chess set how to sew gift

My older boys (and plenty of their friends) all love chess. We’ve gone through a couple of chess sets in our family. The first one was really nice with glass pieces, which (unsurprisingly) got broken. The second one was cheap with plastic pieces and a flimsy board, which (unsurprisingly) got broken. A few months ago […]

{kids can do it!} stuffed animal superhero mask and cape

Want more stuffed animal ideas? Find patterns for super easy stuffed animal pajamas and a matching sleeping bag. And then get all those animals tidied up and off the ground with a DIY stuffed animal swing. If your kids are anything like mine, the wonder of summer is starting to wear off. The long, glorious […]

make a sleeping bag for a stuffed animal

  My son has a monkey named Jim from Build-a-Bear Workshop, and he wants Jim to have every single accessory that store carries. Since that’s obviously out of the question, I decided to make Jim a sleeping bag complete with a built in pillow that he can snuggle into at night. The sleeping bag rolls […]

sew: stuffed animal jammies {free pattern!}

After I made a sleeping bag for my son’s monkey, Jim, I decided he needed some new jammies to go with his new sleeping bag, so I drafted a quick pattern and whipped up a pair. They fit all the various Build-a-Bears at our house, and since I made them from scraps, they were a […]