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SALE! Cricut Explore Bundle at Kohl’s

You may recall that I used my Cricut Explore on my DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece. I just learned that now you can get the Cricut Explore Bundle at Kohl’s!
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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • One Cricut Explore machine
  • One cutting blade and housing
  • Three 12” x 12” Cricut cutting mats
  • Two months subscription to Cricut Design Space software
  • One drawing / writing pen adapter
  • One USB cord
  • One power cord
  • Cardstock
  • Vinyl sheet
  • One iron-on sheet
  • One duct tape sheet
  • One storage bag

This is an awesome machine, and it’s on sale for Sale $259.99!
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Score major points and cross one more thing off your shopping list when you get your Cricut Explore Bundle at Kohl’s! Oh, and you can earn about 260 Yes2You Reward points on it, so you can get yourself something later!

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DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece #cricutexplore

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I’ve been wanting to create a DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece for my mantel for quite some time.  I finally figured out what I wanted to do, and found the time to do it!  It all started as an excuse to pick up a few four packs of Starbucks Iced Coffee.  No, I didn’t really NEED an excuse, but anyway!  After I polished off my Iced Coffee, I removed the bottle labels and sent the bottles through the dishwasher.  I put the caps in my craft supplies, as I have another idea in mind for them.   Next, I picked up some colored four inch burlap and fall colored flowers from the local craft store.

How to Turn Iced Coffee Bottles into a Centerpiece

Once I had my bottles wrapped and my flowers cut the way I wanted them, I set them aside and went downstairs to cut the letters out with my new Cricut ExploreMy Cricut Explore

My husband was nice enough to set it up for me.  If you’re not familiar with the Cricut Explore, it’s pretty cool.  I’ve been using an old Cricut machine for what feels like ever.  I mean, old machine.  One of the six inch ones.  Anyway, the Cricut Explore is an electronic cutting machine that lets you choose an image or online template (Make It Now Project) to click and cut in minutes.  There are over 50,000 images to choose from and customize or you can even choose from ready-to-do Make It Now Projects.  Then you simply cut it.  It’s like 3D printing.  It will cut vinyl, iron-on, paper, fabric, wall decals, and so much more.  It even cuts chipboard.

Which is what I used for my project.  I set up my design in the Cricut Design Space (the Cricut Design Space is compatible with Windows 7 or higher) and cut out the letters for the word THANKS.

Then I used hot glue to affix them to my wrapped bottles, let it dry, and then put them on my mantel for display!

 

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Eeek!  It turned out so well!

I now have a list of things I want to make with my Cricut Explore .

What would you make?

 

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20 Household Uses for Baking Soda + free printable

Baking soda is a wonderful thing.  No, seriously!  It has so many uses, and is quite literally one of the cheapest cleaning products on the market.  Here are 20 household uses for baking soda that I think will have you stocking up on your next trip to the store!

20 Household Uses for Baking Soda

You can right click on the image, or click on the 20 household uses for baking soda title to open a printable pdf in a new tab.

You may also like my 20 household uses for vinegar printable.

Did any of the uses for baking soda surprise you?

I’d love to hear how you use baking soda!

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M is for Monster

By a show of hands, how many moms (or dads) out there have a hard time finding good, age-appropriate, educational activities for young children?  Me too.  I’m a stay-at-home mom to three little girls, and I’m no better today at providing my toddler with educational activities that are fun for her than I was when I was a first time mom who was totally out of her element!  I think we can all agree that it’s exhausting to constantly feel as though we need to do something more for our kids to give them the edge scholastically.  Seriously…how did society function when I was a kid at no one went to preschool or went into kindergarten not knowing how to read?  That is a soapbox for another day though…

There are products out there designed to help parents easily pull together fun, educational activities for their young children.  M is for Monster is one of those products.  M is for Monster is a monthly subscription service that sends parents a box full of activities on a regular basis so that we can help educate our kids, using arts and crafts as the medium.  There are two age options: Toddler (ages 2-3), and Preschool (ages 4-5).

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I got my M is for Monster box in August thinking it would be great for Ms. A (21 months), however in hindsight I realize she is definitely not old enough to even enjoy the activities that we found inside.  Personal takeaway: follow the age recommendations.  Ms. A just wasn’t interested in trying to identify letters, nor is she coordinated enough to glue, place stickers nicely, or paint.  I ended up doing the projects, while she played with the trash.  At least she thought the end results were cool.

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Aside from my gross misjudgment, this product is COOL!  The box comes with 4 individually packaged, themed sets of activities inside (one for each week of the month).  It also comes with a set of instructions, additional learning aids and activity ideas to help parents teach their children, and a full bottle of Elmer’s glue.  The box for August included activities related to insects, pirates, the ocean, and the zoo.   Ms. A and I cracked open the week 1 activity pack (insects), and began working!  First activity was a bingo board, of sorts, that asked kids to identify, and mark with a paint pen, all the I’s on the board (I for Insect).  Cute.  The second activity was more of an art project: using a bottle with a yellow glow stick inside, a pipe cleaner, paper, and eyeball stickers to construct a glow in the dark insect.  This was WAY out of Ms. A’s scope of abilities, but she LOVED the end result and thought it was amazing to be able to stand in the dark bathroom with her glowing insect!  The remaining three activities for the month included paint books, reading books, coloring, a treasure chest with coins that we painted, and games.

This is a very cute, very practical product and I’d highly recommend it (so long as your child is old enough to use it!)!  Prices are dependent on how many months a person subscribes to: a one-time toddler box costs $39.95, while a monthly subscription costs $36.95 a month.  Not bad for 4 fully-supplied activities, complete with instructions and educational resources!

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20 Household Uses for Vinegar + free printable

Did you know that white vinegar has many (many) household uses?  It is truly a versatile product that you should consider keeping on hand at all times.  Here are 20 household uses for vinegar that I think will convince you to pick up a bottle the next time you’re at the grocery store…

20 household uses for vinegar - free printable from @thatbaldchick

You can right click on the image, or click on the 20 household uses for vinegar free printable title to open a printable pdf in a new tab.

Did any of the 20 household uses for vinegar surprise you?

Do you have an awesome household use for vinegar that I didn’t mention?

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