10/23/14
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DIY magnet fishing set for toddlers/kids

Happy day! I have a fun little DIY project to share today. It was seriously so simple I think pretty much anyone can do it. Back in August Jacob went on an Alaskan fishing trip for a week.

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How gorgeous is that sky?? We all missed him like crazy and every day I would talk to Hunter about daddy’s fishing adventure in Alaska. He got super excited about fishing and wanted to go himself. Thanks to Pinterest inspiration I DIY’d his own little fishing set. And here’s how you can!

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Materials

Card stock paper in a variety of colors
Scissors
Paper clips
A magnet
String
A stick (about 12-18 inches in length)

The How-To

Find a fish shape you like or draw your own onto the card stock. Cut out the fish (as many as desired). Take a paper clip (one per fish) and create a hole near the mouth and attach the paper clip to it. Repeat with all fish.

Now take your magnet and string and tie the string onto the magnet. I used a circle shape and a U shape so I could easily tie onto it. If you can’t tie it on, use some super glue or a hot glue gun to attach the magnet to the string. Tie the other end of the string near one end of your stick.

Then get fishin’!

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Fishing has not only been fun, but educational too.  I’ll ask Hunter to catch all the green fish (or other color) or a certain number of fish. He’s a pro fisher. :)

I’m sure with older kids the paper fish would get ripped less, but with my crazy 2 year old a few fish have seen the end of their swimming lives. Good thing they cost practically nothing to make. I have future plans (a Christmas gift) to sew fabric fish with some metal hiding in the mouth so he can still use with his magnet fishing pole with them. They’ll be sturdy and oh-so-cute too!

What is your favorite kind of fish? Either to eat or look at? I’m planning to sew all sorts of fun fish so ideas of fish are welcome.

Happy DIYing!

Heather

09/3/14
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sewing lately: 9.3.14

My last sewing lately post was back in February!  In fact, it was right before Zoe was born, so let’s see what all I’ve been sewing up during these past 6 months.  I’ve included links to patterns used when they are available.

Prepare for picture overload!

February

Check out this post for what I’d sewn up to the middle of Feb + this post for what I’d sewed when I was past my due date.

March

Headband for Zoe and hair bow for me.  Matching of course for Zoe’s baby shower.  Self drafted project.

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This project was so simple and serves an awesome purpose!  I sewed up 2 diaper pail liners out of PUL using this tutorial.  While one is in use, the other gets washed with the cloth diapers.  Why did I wait until my second baby to get this system in place?

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This isn’t the final picture, but I made 3 matching bow ties for my friend’s boys – one for daddy, one for kid and one for baby – self drafted.

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April

I made this crossover pinefore for Zoe.  The free pattern is here, which I sized down hoping it would fit her around 3-6 months, but it’s still pretty big.

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I just love this retro green flower fabric.  It was a steal of a price since I purchased it as a queen flat sheet at goodwill for maybe $2-3.

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Easter came around and for part of Hunter’s basket I made a basket of fabric eggs using up scrap pieces.  This tutorial shows how to make them.

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Also for Easter I decided Zoe needed some cute new pants, so I whipped up a pair of newborn pants (free pattern).  Quick, easy and adorable on her – don’t mind the wrinkle.

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I sewed up two items for my niece’s birthday.  The first being bubble pocket shorts – pattern here.  Love.

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Then another crossover pinefore (linked to above) in the 6-12 month size the pattern provided.  The pattern is huge.  She turned 1 year and this will more likely fit her when she’s closer to 18-24 months.

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For my other niece I made a bonnet to go with an unpictured dress I sewed up for her birthday.  Free bonnet pattern and tutorial here.

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May

Hunter’s birthday was in May so we DIY’s a workbench for him, and I sewed up a tool belt.  Tutorial here.

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June

More birthday sewing!  For Hunter’s friend Mabel I sewed up a pleated playsuit in red linin blend with a sweet and delicate strawberry contrast fabric.  Free pattern here.

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Zoe got a new dress – a geranium dress (which I’ve made many of now) in knit fabric.  I added snaps instead of buttons for the closure.  The knit is so soft and comfy.

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Jacob even got something sewn for him!  I used a good fitting tank top of his to created a pattern for this tank in some sa-weet fabric I was given.

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And since I sewed Jacob a tank top, I made one for myself as well.  This was my tester fabric for a pattern I drafted, which I liked still so I’ve been wearing it.

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Lastly, I made a couple bibs for a baby shower gift, so I sewed up one extra for Zoe/Hunter to use.  Pattern self drafted.

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July

I loved Mabel’s pleated playsuit so much, I sized down the smallest size on the pattern and made one for Zoe.  The only downside to this pattern is when you have to change a diaper, the entire outfit needs to come off.  But it’s so cute!

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Then I made a blue top knot headband for Zoe as well to complete her 4th of July look.

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And one more crossover pinefore (linked to above) for a gift.

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August

In August I realized Zoe needed shorts, so she got a pair of bubble pocket shorts!  Wishing I would have made this earlier because the sizing runs small for sure (this is a 6-12 month and slim fitting).

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And to finish off her summer sewing I did some more pattern drafting and creating.  Another pair of shorts, but these are much looser fitting with an added cuff at the bottom + a delicate and sweet dress than will fit for a while turning into a top as she lengthen out.  It’s roomy so it’ll last a while.

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And that’s it!  It’s so fun to look back and see what I’ve sewn up.  I try and take a picture once I finish a project so that I can easily look back and visually see what I’ve made.  My September sewing list has begun – I’m excited to see what I turn out!

Until next time!

Heather

To read more sewing posts check these out:

07/2/14
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healthy on $75: week 3 grocery haul breakdown + meal plan

My original plan was for June to be all about healthy on $75.  And now June is gone so it’s going to continue on through July!  I still have so much to share, and it turns out I’m a little slow at pumping out the posts on it.  Here’s the third installment of my grocery haul breakdown.  Enjoy!

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Like I mentioned in week 2′s breakdown, this week was also a bit off since we were on vacation for part of it.  As I begin to write this I haven’t added up the total I spent yet so it’ll be a surprise for me too. :)

What we ate

Dinners

Friday: BBQ’d steak and bratwurst, avocado, tomato and mozzarella salad and watermelon (vacation meal I didn’t cook)

Saturday: burritos + corn on the cob (vacation meal I didn’t cook)

Sunday: sushi from the grocery store (which was ehh but after 7 hours of driving I was not down with cooking) + peas from the garden

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Monday: brautwurst and potato salad (dinner at my parents + world cup watching!)

Tuesday: fried rice with fresh peas and kale chips

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Wednesday: burritos and brownies (dinner at my parents + world cup watching!)

Thursday: whole wheat pasta with feta and sauted zucchini in a light yogurt sauce + teriyaki chicken

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Breakfasts doesn’t vary very much: banana custard oats with peanut butter, scrambled eggs with cheese and fruit,  blueberry yogurt pancakes with applesauce. Coffee + milk.

Lunches: on vacation deli sandwiches provided by my parents – back home tuna sandwiches and leftovers.

Grocery haul breakdown

In addition to the visual of what I purchased, I’ve included a picture of the receipt (when available) to show prices.  There is also an explanation of what I picked up on sale and used a coupon with and any other notes.

Safeway

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  • 2 different pre-made sushi packs

Now normally I don’t include meals out or take out in our food budget, because it’s a rarity, but this is getting included because after a long drive instead of cooking, we picked up food.  Yes, I could have made something, but I went with the easy route.  It tasted okay… but I totally could have made something better.

Safeway total: $12

Chuck’s Produce

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  •  gallon of organic whole milk
  • 2 packages of chicken breasts (on sale)
  • ground beef (discounted)
  • creamer
  • dozen eggs

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  • bananas (on sale)
  • ripe bananas (discounted)
  • 2 lb bag of avocados (on sale)
  • zucchini (on sale)
  • nectarines (on sale)
  • apricots (on sale)

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I picked up one extra package of chicken breasts, which went right into the freezer.  The produce was all on sale saving me money on items I really want!

Chuck’s Produce total: $37.42

Walgreens

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  • 2 package sof starbucks coffee (sale and coupons)
  • 2 deodorants (sale and coupons)
  • toothpaste (sale and coupons + register rewards earned)
  • sardines

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Walgreens total: $14.67

Target

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  • toilet paper (paper and mobile coupon)
  • frozen peas (mobile coupon)

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Target total: $4.68

Dent room

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  • 3 cases of yuuuuuumy microbrews (42 bottles total, 18  x 22 ounces and 24 x 12 ounces)

I wish I could say everyone could get this deal, but it’s special from my husbands work.  He worked in the beverage industry and they have a room called the dent room where you can piece together cases (or get full cases) of beer.  A case of microbrew is just 9 dollars… it just cannot be beat.

Dent room total: $21

Grand total for 5 places: $89.77

Thankful it’s lower than the previous week!  It goes to show that making food at home saves money… had we not picked up sushi, I would have been right near my target of $75.

How I saved money this week:

  • I looked through the chuck’s produce ad before going shopping to make my list based off of what was on sale.  Almost everything I purchased there was at a lower price than regular.
  • I decided on a walgreens and target run to stock up on some items that we always need – mainly the coffee and toilet paper.  The deodorant deal was too good to pass up (just 50 cents each after the register rewards!).
  • In the long run the extra beer will save us money.  All three cases will last a while and since it’s summer time and we’re entertaining more, the extra cost of buying beer each week won’t be needed.

How was your grocery shopping this week?

Heather