12 Presents For Boys Ages 7-10

Hi everyone!

Have you ever been stumped on what to get a 7-10-year-old boy?  Where it’s getting close to my sons 8th birthday now I’m wondering what I should get him.  I starting trolling the internet and here is a list of 12 presents you can get your 7 to 10 year old. I think he would like a lot of these and a few he already has. With all the trends going on out there it’s hard to know what children are into these days. So below are the things I know my son has mentioned to me. I hope this helps you as much as it has me.

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12 Presents for Boys Ages 7 to 10

1.Heli ball– These are super fun to play with just watch that you don’t hit your face 🙂 My son got one of these for Christmas he has a fun time playing with it in the house and so do I!

2. Lego Dimensions-This is a fun game you go around trying to get missing people in different areas you build actual legos for the set. Before you can even start playing you have to build the portal and the guys in the kit.  You can also get level packs like ghostbusters. They do carry it on different platforms. I can even play it too lol!

3.Skylanders– This is fun for kids. My children even get along playing it. Also having lots of Skylanders guys help too! We don’t have this Skylanders yet we have the one before the Imaginators. My child won’t let me forget this is one he really really wants.

4.Starwars Legos– My kids can never have enough star wars ever at least that is what they think!

5.A stomp rocket– This would be fun for summer as long as you don’t loose it over the fence 🙂

6. The Lego Ideas Book– A book my boys would actually read!

7. Nerf guns -Who doesn’t love a Nerf War. Although you might want to get safety glasses. We actually have a safety glasses rule in our house. If someone isn’t wearing the safety glasses then you can’t shoot them. The nerf guns now days can cause some damage 🙂

8. An RC Quadcopter- We’ve never had one of these I heard they can be fun or hard to control

9.Razor Scooter-A scooter to get around the razor brand seems to last the longest. Although I think I will end up buying a few over the years kids are hard on outdoor toys.

 

10.-Dodge Tag-This looks like a fun game. This would be something to get them active and outside when it’s warm.

 

11.Ninjago book and character-Sorry with all the legos my kids just love them! This is a storybook and Ninjago lego guy. A lot of boys are into these legos. They have a TV show based on the ninjas that have different powers and fight off bad guys.

 

12. Minecraft game for a tablet or phone.  The game or any Minecraft toy works to fulfill the Minecraft want of a boy. My children love creating things on this game and you can get it for your game system it’s on different platforms. They also have battle mode where you can fight each other while creating things.

This game personally makes me motion sick but I have really bad motion sickness.

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DIY-Easy Shiplap Style Wall

Hi! So I have this wall at the end of my stairs and I never knew what to do with it. I have always loved the look of shiplap/planked walls and wanted to do a few in my house but not go crazy. Last year I bought a bunch of used wood boards thinking I would do a shiplap wall in my living room but after measuring I was short by about 10 boards. To give the texture and love to my basement wall I decided it would be a good area for a shiplap wall. Here is how I installed the shiplap style wall.

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Steps to the Shiplap Style Wall

Step One

Sand all the boards. I only sanded the one side doing both sides would have taken a long time and would have been a waste of time to sand both sides. Just make sure when you put it on the wall that you put the sanded side out towards you.  In addition, sanding helps so there is not as my children say pokey things. It will also help put a smooth coat of paint on if that’s what you want to do.

Note: If your boards have footprints, marker, etc on them sand it down until the marks are gone.

 

If you are looking to stain the boards you will want to do that before step two. Once the boards are on the wall it will be impossible to stain.

Step Two

Level the bottom

So I took the boards and made sure they would fit ok and as seamless as possible. Where there is a step in the middle of the wall I had to make sure the next boards would fit straight across not overlap or any gaps. So I have I added a little space in between the first boards and the baseboard. Use a level to make sure the bottom boards are level so the rest will be too 🙂

Nail Gun Greatness

Nailing the boards down I took my 18 gauge nail gun to nail them down. I love my nail gun it’s so nice it’s all in one no needing a compressor to make your gun work. Plus with all the safety features it has I feel my kids can’t just pick it up and hurt someone. It does have a tendency to get sticky and you have to clean it but it could just be the brand of nails I am using.If you would like a nail gun like mine here is the link.

 

Stagger the boards

I nailed the boards going in one direction and cut the end pieces using my miter saw.  The next row I put the boards going on in the other direction basically, you are doing a zigzag on the wall so it creates a staggard effect. Don’t forget to put pennies in between the boards to create a little space.

Here is a picture show you the directions I went. Its in the back and forth all the way to the top

Step Three

Once you have the boards on in your shiplap style you can paint them. I did a white wash paint on my boards. To get this effect you will take your paint and add water to it then brush it on the boards.  You will need a 50/50 water-paint mixture to do a whitewash.You can use as little or as much paint as you want if 50/50 is too much or too little. Wanting to have the grains in the board and the imperfections stick out, I stuck with the 50/50 mixture. You could also stain your boards before you hang them. I have seen a lot of different styles but you pick what suits you best.

Note: With so much water in the paint mixture it’s runny you may want to put down some plastic. I made a mess on my hands, clothes etc. I did have a rag to clean it up which is smart to do when you are painting anyway. Also, keep an eye on places that drip it will have drip spots.

Finished look 

Here is the finished wall with the white wash. Sorry! this picture isn’t the most bright.

Step Four

Style it!

Grab some cute decor or tables to style your shiplap style wall. Here is some cute decor I found at wayfair.com. Now I just need to b

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Dog Bed Made From Old Pillows

DIY Dog Bed

Have you ever wondered what to do with your old pillows? Even after washing them they have the life sucked out of them. I always hate throwing these things away. My dog recently tore apart her bed so was sleeping on dirty clothes in the laundry room poor puppy! After buying new pillows last week I decided we could use the old pillows and make her a new bed.

I had a lot of pink camo fabric from a project I had never done. So I thought why not use this for the dog bed. So I cut out two pieces at 52 inches long and as wide as the fabric. I may have gone a little too big! OOPS. After I had filled it with pillow filling my children exclaimed: “that’s like a big bean bag for the dog holy cow!”

This is a simple Dog bed I promise 🙂

Things you will need

  • Cute fabric
  • Thread
  • Old Clean Pillows

Making Your Dog Bed from Old Pillows

Step One

Take your desired fabric and cut it out to desired length and width. Just make sure you cut out two pieces. I seriously cut ours out so big at 52 inches long. I would maybe do yours a little shorter like 30 or 40 ish inches long for a big dog.

At 52 inches long you could make it like a bean bag and let your kids use it they would be happy about that.

Step Two 

Sew around the edges with the cute side facing in. I sewed in a zig zag to help keep it better togeather. Make sure you leave an opening for the stuffing I left almost 10 inches on the one end.

Step Three

Turn inside out so the cute side is now on the outside.

Step Four

Start stuffing it. I cut the pillow cover and took out the stuffing and put it inside the cover. Make sure you wash the pillows first so you start with clean stuffing. You can also add sawdust into the bed. Most dog beds have sawdust in them.

 

Step Five

Sew the opening shut.

ENJOY Your dog bed or child bag 🙂 

So my dog wouldn’t look at me to take her picture on the bed. She’s old and grouchy 🙂 the bed is a little lumpy but I expect it to flatten out as the stuffing settles.