DIY | Solar Eclipse Viewer

Hello!  We are so excited over here for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.  Since solar eclipse glasses are kind of hard to find, we decided to make our own viewers so we can safely watch the eclipse without hurting our eyes.  Everything that we used to make these we already had in our house.  Here’s how we made them!

What you need:

  • Any kind of box (cereal, snack box)
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • White paper
  • Paper clip/safety pin

Trace the bottom of your box onto a piece of white paper.

Cut out the rectangle and stick some tape on it.

Tape this onto the bottom of the inside of your box.

This next part is optional, but I wrapped the girls’ boxes with white wrapping paper so that they could decorate their boxes.  I’m always looking for a crafting opportunty. Haha 🙂

The next thing you want to do is to cut two holes in the top of your box.  Tape up the middle part so it’s secure.

Wrap a piece of aluminum foil around one of the holes, and tape into place.

Using your paperclip or safety pin, poke a small hole in the center of the foil.

Your viewer is complete!


During the eclipse, you’re going to stand with your back to the sun, let the sun come through the aluminum foil, look through the open hole, and you will be able to view the eclipse on the piece of white paper inside the box.  Cool, huh? 🙂

Hope you try out this DIY!

Thanks for reading! xx

3 Minion Crafts

Today I have more craft ideas for you to do with your kids!  These crafts are all MINION themed.  My girls absolutely love the minions and the new movie that just came out – so they really had fun making these.  Let’s get started!  Bee doh Bee doh!

1.  Minion Clothespins

These are just clothespins painted to look like minions.  You can use these to hang artwork or for any kind of decoration.  My girls also like to have puppet shows with these! 

What you need:

  • Clothespins
  • Blue and yellow paint (or any colors you want)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black sharpie
  • Chalk marker 

First, paint the clothespins.

The regular colors for minions are of course, blue and yellow…but my girls had to make some girl minions too.

After they’re dry, draw on the eyes with the chalk marker.  You can also use googly eyes or tiny white cut out circles for this.

After that dries, draw another circle in the middle with your sharpie.  Add your hair and smile, and there you go!  Little Minions.

2.  Popsicle Stick Minion

This next craft is just popsicle sticks glued together and then decorated like a little minion face!  

Here’s what you need:

  • Popsicle sticks (9 per minion)
  • Yellow paint 
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White and Black paper

The first thing you’re going to do is line up seven popsicle sticks.

Glue the remaining two popsicle sticks on, this will hold them all together.

After that dries, flip it over and paint it yellow.

When that is dry, glue on a strip of black paper.

Using a circle cookie cutter (or any other circle shaped item you have) trace two circles – one black and one white for the eye.  Glue those on.

Next, cut out a mouth and hair with black paper and glue those on.

Voila!  A cute minion face.

3.  Minion Pencil Holder

This craft is just a toilet paper roll decorated like a minion.  Allie thought it would make a cute pencil holder.

What you’ll need:

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Yellow, blue, white, and black paper
  • Glue and tape
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil and blue marker
  • Tape measure or ruler 

The first thing is to cut out a yellow piece of paper in a 4 x 5 1/2 inch shape.

This should fit perfectly around your roll.  Secure with glue or tape.

Next, we are going to cut out the shape for the overalls.  This is kind of the shape of a big capital letter I.  Just make sure lengthwise the straps are 5 1/2 so they fit all the way around the tube.  

After you cut it out, add some little dashes and a pocket with a blue marker so it looks like blue jeans.

Glue onto the roll – make sure it’s right up against the bottom edge.

Next, trace the bottom of the roll onto yellow paper and cut out the circle.  Glue onto the bottom of the roll.  

Next, cut out a white circle, a smaller black circle, and a strip of black that is 5 1/2 inches long.

Glue the black strip on, and add the eye.

Next, cut out some hair, and glue it on the inside of the front of the roll.  Add a mouth with a black marker and voila!  A cute little Minion pencil holder!

Hope you guys liked these crafts!

xx amy

DIY Slime

Today we have a fun craft for you that kids (or adults) of any age will love to make and play with.  This is our DIY Slime!  It only uses 3-4 ingredients, is non-toxic, and safe for kids to play with.  This is guaranteed to keep your kids entertained. 🙂

 Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

  • 4 oz Elmer’s school glue
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp contact solution
  • 2 drops food coloring (optional)

Empty your 4 oz of glue into a bowl.

Add your 1/2 tbsp baking soda and mix.

Add two drops of any color food coloring. We made blue.

Add your 1 tbsp of contact solution. 

 As soon as you add this, start mixing, because it immediately starts to solidify.  Stir until most of it is combined, and then knead with your hands.

Continue kneading until it no longer sticks to your hands.

The perfect slime!

You can also use glitter glue, but make sure you only use 4 oz – these came in 6 oz bottles.

Of course, my girls wanted pink and purple.

They like to hide little objects in the slime and have me open it like a present.

It also works with play doh molds and cookie cutters.

Store in a plastic baggie to keep it from drying up.

Hope you guys liked this DIY and will try it!

Thanks for reading! xx

Easy Crafts For Kids 

Hello!  My girls (especially my 6 year old Allie) love to do crafts.  They are always asking me to do them and are always proud of their creations.  Here are a few that I thought I would share with you- these all mostly use household items (cups, spoons, tape, etc) so you may have everything you need already at your house!  Both of my girls ages 6 and 3 had fun with these.  Let’s get started.

1. Watercolor Painting

This painting project is really fun for Allie, but my three year old Ashley can also do it with some help.  

All you need is a blank sheet of paper and some masking tape.  You’re gonna tape up the page any way you like- just place the tape however you want on the page.  Allie was able to do her own tape, but I did Ashley’s.

Just have your kids paint the shapes inside the tape using watercolors.  Even if they can’t quite stay in the lines yet, it still works!

Once it’s dry, carefully peel off the tape, and voila!  Everyone’s picture will turn out pretty.

The best part is taking off the tape.  The girls were thrilled with the end result.

You can use these folded in half to make a birthday card, too- we did that!

2.  Plastic/Paper Cup Crafts


This one I’m sure is one everyone knows, but my girls LOVED this.

Just cut two small holes in the bottom of two plastic cups, run a string through each end, and secure with a paper clip.

Have them each hold a cup and stand at opposite ends of the room.

Make sure that the string stays taut, and that they hold the cup on their mouth so no air gets in.  They’ll be amazed at how they can actually hear each other!

Pom Pom Launcher

All you’ll need for this craft is a paper or plastic cup, a balloon, and some Pom Poms. Cotton balls also work.

Cut the bottom of the cup off.

Tie your balloon at the bottom and cut the top off.

Stretch the balloon over the top of the cup (not the side we cut)

Place a few pom poms in the cup, pull back on the balloon and you have a great launcher!  They loved this one.  The pom poms go far!

3.  Spoon Crafts

Spoon Girls

Draw a face on your spoon, use a cupcake liner folded in half as a skirt, and attach a little shirt and some hair with glue.  You could get really creative with this and use googley eyes or yarn as hair.  The girls loved these and even made a boy one for their Daddy.

Spoon Butterflies

 We also used the spoon with a face as the center of a butterfly by just cutting out a shape on a piece of paper and gluing it to the center.  We added antennas and jewels to it and there you go!  A beautiful butterfly.

4.  Treasure Hunt and Craft

Make a list for your kids of things to find outside and give them a ziplock bag.  They will have lots of fun finding everything on the list.

After they’re done, have them glue down their findings on a piece of paper.  They’ll be proud of what they found.

That’s it for today!  Let me know if you’d like to see more crafts!
xx amy

DIY Rose Hydrating/Setting Spray

Hello!  Today I have an awesome DIY for you guys to try out.  Makeup setting sprays can get super pricey, so I decided it would be fun to make my own!  After looking up different recipes online, I decided to create my own that uses just four products.  This spray is so cooling and refreshing, you can even use it without makeup!

What you’ll need:

  • 4 tbsp distilled water
  • 3 tbsp witch hazel (I’m using a rose scented version)
  • 1 tbsp glycerin
  • 2 tbsp coconut water
  • Spray bottle (4oz)

Let me tell you why I picked these specific ingredients.

Witch hazel is known for its anti inflammatory properties, so it is very soothing and calming to the skin while restoring your skin to its natural ph.  This toner in particular has rose petal essence, and it smells just like freshly cut roses.  This toner tightens pores without alcohol, and it’s cruelty free.  I got this on amazon, and a lot of reviewers said that it helped with their acne.  If you don’t like rose scent, you can opt for a regular non alcohol version.

The next key ingredient is glycerin.  This adheres to the makeup and helps it to last.  It is also very moisturizing and softening to the skin.

Next are our hydrating components, distilled water and coconut water.  Coconut water is known to be super hydrating and good for the skin, so I decided to add that in as well.

Let’s get started!

Mix all of your ingredients together with a spoon until well combined.

Pour into a bottle (this is 4 oz), and give it a good shake!

There you have it!  A cheap and easy alternative to those expensive setting and facial hydrating sprays.  I prefer to spray this on my skin before applying makeup, but it also works well on skin after makeup has been applied.

Everything I purchased to make this setting spray totalled to $20.69, and this includes two of these glass bottles.  I am able to make 5 or maybe more of these setting sprays with these ingredients.  The Smashbox Primer Water is $32 for one single bottle.

I hope you liked this DIY and will try it!

Xx amy

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