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Fun DIY Projects with All-New Tai Pei Single Serving Frozen Dinners

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

**This post was sponsored by Tai Pei and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.**

For as much as Justin and I love to cook, there are many days that it just doesn’t happen. I have a down day physically and mentally, Justin gets home from work, kids are ornery, we have plans to go out quickly, the house is a mess and there aren’t any clean cookware or dishes, we are out of groceries, or we just plain don’t feel like cooking. One those days, we typically have frozen pizzas, waffles, or cereal…or….we spend money on take-out. BLECH. It gets real old real fast. But, we don’t like a lot of frozen dinners. We think they are gross and way overpriced. Enter…Tai Pei single serving Asian-inspired frozen dinners!

I grew up with Tai Pei frozen single serving dinners. My dad loves them and takes them to work with him all the time. In college, I’d get them all the time. I remember my first year married to Justin, they were always on sell for $2 or less. So, we’d grab them for work lunches too. It was so nice to have Chinese rather than a boring sandwich or hummus and veggies. They were also in iconic Chinese take-out boxes. But, now they’ve done some major upgrades.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

DIY Winter Pine Ornament

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

I love creating my own ornaments. Thank you so much to my Mother-in-law who got me into making them every year for her annual DIY Christmas ornament exchange. This year, I decided I wanted a minimalist ornament and something that reminded me of Utah. Since we wont have any snow here in Texas, nor pines in a close proximity, I decided to make a winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Supplies:

24 plastic (or glass) clear ornaments

5-7 picks of frosted pine– similar to THIS product

1 bag of fake snow

3 spools of ribbon

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions:

  1. Cut off all the sprigs of frosted pine branch picks.
  2. Stuff the sprig into the top of the ornament.
  3. Funnel in some fake snow and then place the lid back on.
  4. Tie on some ribbon to make a cute bow.

See. It’s super easy! It seriously took me maybe thirty minutes to complete all two dozen!

Here are my previous ornament DIYs.

2015 “A Savior is Born” ornament

2014 Santa’s Lost Sleigh Bell ornament

2013 Christmas Song Lyrics ornament

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

DIY Wrapping Paper Roll Bead Run

Today is another round of What Would You Do…With a Pinterest Pin! I have wanted for a long time to make different games and activities for Rhys. So, one day, Rhys was being fussy because I wouldn’t let him watch TV and he wasn’t interested in his toys. I remembered something I had seen on Pinterest. I decided to unroll some wrapping paper and make Rhys a DIY wrapping paper roll bead run.

I initially made one for him last week. I was a little hasty so I could engage him in it as soon as possible.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

Like I said, it was super hasty–it took me all of 15 minutes to make it. I even let Rhys decorate it with his colored pencils and stickers. He had so much fun playing with it, rolling beads down.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

However, when I realized that this What Would You Do was coming up, I wanted to pay a little more attention to detail to make it a little more similar to the pinterest pin:

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So, I pulled out my mom’s arts and crafts supplies and started over. Here are the supplies and directions you will need for your own

DIY WRAPPING PAPER ROLL BEAD RUN

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

Supplies
1-2 rolls of wrapping paper
double sided tape
scissors
stapler
poster board
scrapbook paper
art supplies (paint, markers, crayons, stickers)

Directions

1) Let your child decorate the poster board. We used paints for Rhys–it was actually his first time painting and he loved it!

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

2) As you let the paint dry, cut up the wrapping paper roll into different sized tubes. Use the double sided tape and wrap them up in the scrapbook paper.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

3) You will need to cut slit in either the edges or in the middle so that you can staple it into the poster board. You will have to test as you go–beads and marbles can go really fast, so you will have to test to see if they can go from tube to tube and not run off the course.

4) Let your toddlers have fun!

 

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

Very easy to make and a lot of fun for toddlers to play with and decorate.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

DIY “A Savior Is Born” Ornament

For some reason, this scripture has popped out at me many times the past few months whenever I thought about Christmas:

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

I love the different names of Christ. And, the fact that Child and Son is emphasized in the scriptures. Because of that, I decided I wanted to involve Rhys in the ornaments. I know this is his second Christmas, but since he is a toddler, it will hopefully mean something to him. So, for this year’s Morrell DIY ornament exchange, I created these “A Savior is Born” ornaments.

DIY "A Savior is Born" ornament based off Isaiah 9:6. A perfect ornament to make with a toddler.

Supplies

24 felt trees
1 can of puffy paint
1 paint sponge
24 sparkly star stickers
1 ball of thin twine
1 permanent marker
hole punch
at least one toddler =)
(I forgot to take a picture of the supplies!!)

Steps

1) Paint your toddler’s hand with the white puffy paint on the sponge brush.

2) Press your toddler’s hand onto the tree.

3) Let them dry.

(I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the steps…I’m awesome this year, huh?)
4) Punch a hole in the top corner.

5) Write the scripture from Isaiah 9:6 (or any Christmas scripture) in permanent marker, in your best handwriting.
6) Put the star sticker on the top of the tree.

7) Cut some twine and tie it in the hole.

 

What is your favorite Advent scripture?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

October 2015 Goals | Homemaking Skills

Holy cow, September went by too quickly! But, I was able to enjoy ushering in fall with decorations, candle scents, a trip to the Farmer’s Market, and some rain!

Last month’s goal was to Work From Home. Here is how I did.

Sub Goals:
Find a sell-from-home job and learn all there is about it
I haven’t done this yet…I see that most starter packs a bit on the pricey end, and I’m not ready to pay some to get some just yet.
Find work-at-home freelancing or transcription jobs
This is where I rocked it! I have 1 continual tutoring job, helping a senior with SAT and her English and history classes for the entire school year! Hello Black Friday deals on iPhone 6! I’ve also signed up and applied to about 5 other free lancing and transcription sites. I’m waiting on approval for a few and still need to take the transcription test for a few.
Join blogging campaign sites and participate in campaigns and join affiliate sites and learn all there is to it.
I joined US Family Guide Moms Connect program which allows me free tickets to different local activities or museums, etc. in exchange for a review on the blog. I know there is a lot of debate about whether or not bloggers should be paid in addition to free products, but I am just fine with free products! Other than that, I haven’t joined any affiliate sites yet. What are your favorite campaign groups or affiliates to work with for smaller bloggers?
Learn more about couponing and money-saving skills
I haven’t done couponing just yet, but we are currently working on different money-saving strategies, especially with grocery shopping. I also joined swagbucks for a few extra $$.

October 2015 Monthly Goal: Improve Homemaking Skills

October–Improve My Homemaking Skills
The house is organized, we have a routine set down, I’m getting to work on WAHM stuff, I’m learning more with my camera, my blog is growing and I’m on top of my game, and the holiday seasons are coming quickly. So, I want to take this month to do all I can to prepare for them, so that I can get ahead of the curve for December (and have a lot of posts to share for the Christmas season).

Sub Goals:

– Finish and mail off my ornaments for the Morrell Ornament Exchange
– Bake some fall treats
– Decorate for Halloween
– Redo picture wall in the living room
– Make a new recipe a week
– Make sure the house is clean and a treat set out for when Justin gets home every weekday
– Create at least three DIY activities for Rhys
– Actually use and update a family calendar/planner
 

What are your goals for this month?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.