Our Lego Advent Calendar

Hi, Everyone, it’s been a crazy couple of months. I started a new job and my youngest has been doing sports. I feel like I have lost so much time on my blog. Sorry, everyone! I have a few new things to share starting with this advent calendar post. We are in the mist of Christmas month. I wanted to have a fun way for us to count down to Christmas. Normally in the past, we would just buy the chocolate calendars from the store and call it a day. Now these calendars are ok but I wanted something more fun or a way we could choose our own chocolate, treats, legos, etc. My boys like to help with our projects so you will see them in a few pictures. Anytime they can step in and help I encourage them! Making things with our hands is amazing! I’d rather have them building and using their minds than playing video games etc. Below is how we created our calendar.

How to Build Your Own Advent Calendar

The frame

To start this project you will need a big frame. The frame I bought was from a thrift store it’s24 by 24 one of the largest I could find. We tore the frame apart by removing the picture and glass. You’ll want to make sure you also clean the frame before you paint it to remove all the grime and dust.

Now you will want to paint the frame. I painted ours with some snow white paint we had. My little helpers helped for a few strokes of paint 🙂

Wood Middle

We had some wood left over from our garage shelves. I sanded down the wood so it was smooth before I stained it. Next, you will want to stain the wood. I stained ours with grey stain. once its dry and the frame is dry you will want to staple the wood into the frame.

Paint Something Cute

Ok so this is only if you want to I thought once our bags were off the calendar I wanted something cute to show. I bought a cute Merry Christmas sign from the dollar store and traced it with a pencil on the stained board part.  Then I took some of the white paint I used to paint the frame to paint in the Merry Christmas.  I had gone through a few ideas things like a snowman, snowflake, Christmas tree etc. You could do a lot of cute things.

Attach clothespins

Take 24 clothespins and hot glue them to the board. my husband and I measured out the spacing so it all looks symmetrical.

Fill your bags

We took a larger set of legos and separated the steps into 24 days to fill our bags. We could have bought a Lego advent calendar but my boys liked the idea of picking out a larger set they liked and build it over the 24 days. You could fill the bags with lots of different stuff like candy, small toys,  socks, etc. This part is where you can get creative and make it fun!  Below are the bags and legos we used.

Finished Project

Things we used in this project. Keep in mind this contains affiliate links. If you would like to know more about affiliate links you can check out my disclosure page here.

Star wars lego set 

lego Ninjago set 

mommy’s guardians of the galaxy  set 

Bags we used

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Oogie Boogie-Make Your Own Life Size

Sorry, there has been almost two months since I posted. It has been crazy at work and sports at home so no time lately to work on posts. I still have been working on projects and now that I am getting some more time to post you should see some cool things coming soon 🙂 I had a lot of fun making this life-size Oogie Boogie.  It’s another piece to my nightmare before Christmas Halloween props. I made this one so you can wear it as a costume. I think one of these years I will wear it and give out treats to the kids in the neighbourhood.  My plan is to make our front porch into Oogie Boogies lair black light and all!  It’s a slow process to work piece by piece.

Make your own Life size Ooogie Boogie

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  1. Burlap-I bought burlap sacks from Cal Ranch
  2. Wire
  3. Foam
  4. black fabric
  5. black marker
  6. needle and thread
  7. sewing machine
  8. Play bugs
  9. Black yarn
  10. PVC pipe 3/4
  11. 2 45 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  12. 2 90 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  13. 2 screw 3/4 PVC pieces
  14. 2-floor pipe holders these were the metal ones 3/4
  15. 3 X pieces 3/4 PVC
  16. 2 10ft pieces of PVC pipe you may not use all of it depending on how tall you make him.I bought a bunch of 2 ft pieces because of my small car

Making Oogie Boogies Head

The first thing you will need to do is get a piece of burlap I took a burlap bag turned it inside out and started towards the bottom middle.  I mapped out where I wanted his mouth and eyes to go by pinching the burlap and eyeing where it would look good. Once I had it all mapped out I took some wire and covered it with black fabric and sewed around it.I think it would be best to use foam and push it through the foam. Make sure you fold the wire at the end you don’t want it poking you.

Now you can hand sew in the wire foam piece where you want it. I did separate pieces for the mouth top and bottom. Also, for both of the eyebrows.

Once your pieces are all in you can color the mouth and eyes in with a marker or if you really want it black you could put some black fabric in it and sew it in.  Keep in mind if you want to wear it as a costume you would want to leave room to breathe.

I also added wire covered with foam to the inside of the mask so it kept its shape.

The last thing I did was cut out the head and shape it. I had to add a little bit to the end of the head where it’s more tail like.  I put it on my head and cut and tucked where needed.

 

Making Oogie Boogies Chest and Arms

The next step I did was the chest and arms piece. I took a burlap sack cut out the head hole and measured against my body where the arms should go. I don’t use patterns so it’s all my guesswork and comparing the pieces against one another.

Next, I took another burlap sack and decided how long the arms should go comparing the arm ends to the armholes. If you have never used a pattern before its helpful to see how armholes and arms are cut out.

I folded the head hole down and sew it. You do not want any raw burlap edges it falls apart easy and is itchy. I had to remove my clothes and wash them after sewing it all. It’s best to wear levis when working with burlap. I found this out the hard way 🙂 I also cut down the back of the neck to the middle-ish area of the back. I added velcro to make it easier to wear and also dress the PVC skeleton.

Last I added the arms and sewed the sides shut. *When sewing the arms shut I left holes and sew the edges so I had access for my hands to come out. You will only want to do this part if you want to maybe wear it for a costume. If you dont and wear it you are like a child trying to grab things with gloves on 🙂

Oogie Boogie Legs and belly

On this part take the bottom edge of your chest piece and compare it to the top part of your leg pieces so it’s consistent from top to bottom. I made sure the feet cutouts were big enough so I can wear my shoes. I had to cut this out in 4 pieces using the burlap sacks.  If you are using just burlap you can probably do this in 2 pieces depending on how wide the burlap is.

Once you have it all cut out, sew the sides shut.

Leave holes in the bottom of the feet sewing the edges so it doesn’t fall apart. This is so you can slide the PVC pipe through it.

Optional-you can add on a black piece with bugs coming out. This is easier to do now then waiting for the chest piece to be added. You can also line the inside if you plan on wearing it. I lined the chest and some of the face so it wasn’t so itchy.

Now you will want to add the chest piece to the bottom piece sewing it all together.

Finishing Touches to Oogie Boogie

Now you will want to add the finishing touches. I hand sewn around the edges with black yarn doubled on the needle. With burlap, you have to do it double because it will pull through it if not.

Oogie Boogie PVC Body and Base

Base

I took an old table and cut out a square piece with my circular saw. I added a piece of wood to the one end so it makes it a lifted platform. You can easily create this same platform by taking a sq piece of wood and adding wood underneath to lift it.  Make sure your piece is large enough so his legs can stick to the bottom.

Spray paint or paint base let dry.

PVC Skeleton

You can build the PVC skeleton from the base up. Just leave enough room between the legs for the PVC pieces.  Set the pipe floor holders down first I would wait to attach them until you have the body all set where you want. Next, add the screw in PVC piece. Then 2ft pieces next then the 90-degree angle piece. Now you will want to figure the spacing between the legs leaving room for the x piece. once you have cut the middle piece and attache to the X you can do the body piece which I did another 2ft piece. Added another x piece and added the chest pieces 45 Degree angle pieces and another 2 ft piece for each arm. now you can add on the neck piece and the last x piece.

Once you have it all set and space where you want you can attach the floor flanges to the base. Then assemble it from there. You will want to add the costume/prop piece on before you attach the hips and body. I would also put the arm in the costume before you attach it to the 45-degree angle piece.

The last thing you will want to do is add the head to the body I made it as sperate pieces so that it was easier to put on. I added safety pins to help hold it in place.

Finished Oogie Boogie

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Replace Your Door Bell

Replace your door bell

So when we moved into our house our doorbell was one weak ding. When I mean one it was one ding no ding dong. So we missed the door until the dog starts barking lol. With good intentions of fixing it from the beginning we tried but never seemed to get to it. If I would of know how easy it was we would have done it so much soon

Replacing Our Door Bell

Replace your door bell

Turn Off Power

Please start by turning off the power to the doorbell we ended up flipping the breakers to find the right one. Testing the door bell for a ring before we proceeded.

Remove Door Bell From Wall

Take the cover off the bell from the wall. Take the wires that are connected to the bell off. Remove the screws and pull the bell off the wall. Now you will have the exposed wires hanging there.

Connect The Wires To The New Bell

There is a hole in the back of the bell we bought we had to put the wires through the hole turn the wires and pull through the front. This took me a min to get the wires to move to the side once put in the hole.  Once the wires are through and to the front you can screw them down in the proper spots. By the way, we found our old one was hooked up wrong. We figure it was because it was broken and so they only had the ding not the dong going lol. The pictures below show the right way 🙂

Now you can screw the door bell onto the wall

Connecting The Door Bell Button

This part was the most simple you unscrew the doorbell button from the house. Unscrew the wires from the back of it. Next, take the new one screw the wires to the back of it. Now you can screw it back on the house.

Turn Power Back On

Now that everything is all screwed in and connected you can turn the power back on. Test your door bell to make sure it’s working. If it doesn’t you will want to troubleshoot check wires, connections etc.  You may even have to find the transformer and change it out.Finding the transformer may not be an easy feat we were lucky and didn’t need it. If you can’t find it call a professional to change it out. Ours was a simple fix but some may not be.

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How to Make a Shirt Pillow

Make your own shirt pillow

I found a Boston Red Sox shirt and I wanted to make it into a pillow cover. This is a simple and easy DIY to add just a little something extra to a room. I need to get working on my sons Boston Red Sox room I have so many things to do to make it just right. This pillow was one of the things we needed to add.

Here are the steps I took to turn it into a shirt pillow cover. You can do it the simple way or add a little to it to make it a little more special. It’s up to you on the extra steps you want to make. I have made some suggestions on what other things you can do like adding a pocket or making it a zip off cover.

Turning your shirt into a pillow cover

Filling in the neck hole for the shirt pillow

You will need to fill in the neck hole first. Take a piece of fabric and pin it to the inside of the shirt hole. I used white t-shirt fabric for the hole.  Once you have it pinned sew it to the inside of the shirt hole.

 

Sew the sleeves shut

I sewed the sleeves shut from the right side up. Pinch the edges of the shirt together and sew it. Now you could also cut off the sleeves and sew it shut that way. I like the look of keeping it like a shirt for a pillow. You could go a step further and add a zipper and create a pocket.

Sew or add a zipper to the bottom of shirt

Put the pillow inside the shirt and sewed the bottom shut. You could also add a zipper to the bottom of the shirt to make it a removable cover. I love the look of this shirt pillow it adds just that little extra thing to the room.

Finished look


Chalk Bombs Make Your Own

Make your own Chalk Bombs

So I am so excited to share with you how to make your own Chalk bombs. So my friend got these cute little chalk bombs from the store. I thought they were neat but the outside color of the bomb easily got lost in the tall mountain grass and they were sold out pretty fast at the store. I don’t know if they came in any other colors but green, yellow, and purple either. So I decided we could make these and it would be pretty cool we could choose the colors we wanted and make the outside bag more findable.  So off the store, I went to get the supplies. Below are the things I bought for the project.

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You will need

Making Your own Chalk Bombs

Cut out Square Pieces  of Fabric

I took the white porous fabric( t-shirt type fabric see-through) we bought and cut out a  8 -inch by 8-inch piece. Once these were cut we could move to the next step.

Grate The Chalk

This is something a mommy or daddy will want to do. I would be worried a child might cut their fingers grating. Grate the chalk and put it in bowls for the next steps this can take a while to do. My little helper watching by my side as I did this. Another way you could do this is put the chalk in a plastic bag and take outside and hammer it till it’s all powdered.

Another way you could powder the chalk is put the chalk in a plastic bag, take outside and hammer it till it’s all powdered.

 

Cut Nylon String

Cut some of your nylon string into 5-inch strips this will be used to make your bomb easier to throw.

Now You Can Assemble The Chalk Bomb

Take a square of fabric and scoop the grated chalk on to it. Place one of the nylon strings in it.  Now you can grab the edges of the fabric and make it into a ball. You will want to take the zip tie and tie around the top of it to close it. If you want you can add some more nylon string to the top to cover the zip tie.

Play With Your Chalk Bomb

So this, of course, is an outside toy.  It’s messy but fun! Take your chalk bombs outside and started playing with it. You will get circle chalk marks on your clothes it easily wipes off. If your kids wear a white shirt it makes it a little more fun cause you will really see the colors on your shirt. You can also color bomb the sidewalk too. These provide hours of fun for my active boys. I hope you enjoy them too!

Tip: If your chalk bomb gets wet to take a hammer and loosen it all up after its dry. 

 

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Gak Slime Make Your Own

My little boys had so much fun making their own Gak Slime. This is one of the easiest play projects we have done. My son is having and end of year school party and we wanted to give his friends a little something they can play with and enjoy. I think the fun part about this was making the Gak Slime.  I guess I will find out how they like playing with it soon. During my childhood we loved this stuff I think if we would of know how to make our own then we would have had some of our own. My parents never had a ton of money growing up so we never got the actual Gak. It was always dollar store putty.

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Things you will need to make it

Warning! Do not eat the Slime it can be harmful if you ingest a lot of it.  There have been people claiming to get burns from borax I personally have not experienced this with myself or my children. We used a small amount of it in this recipe you might want to try and use less and see if it still works. Or you can go with the Sta flo liquid starch and see if that works better for you. If you do experience any burning please wash it off and go to the Dr. for professional help. You should wash your hands after using it anyway!  If you use this recipe use it at your own risk.

Mix the Borax

The first thing you will want to do is put 1 tsp or less of Borax in 1 cup of water you will want it to dissolve as much as possible. My little onE loved doing this part I think it’s because I let him scoop it and put it in the cut to mix. Yes, this part was messy but it made my little guy happy.  My cats got on the counter and had to check it out they did stay far enough away no kitties were hurt in the making of the Gak Slime. We washed our hands after playing with the Gak and after each color so we didn’t mix colors. I would suggest you have them play in a non-carpeted area 🙂

Add Color to Your Glue

Next, you will want to mix the 4 oz glue with just a little bit of water and your food coloring of choice. I did about 4 drops of food coloring to get our colors you can mix more if you want a darker color.

Make your globs 

Now you can add the borax water mix to the bowl it will make globs. Now, you can get the globs out with your hands and start playing.

Playing with your Gak Slime

This was such a fun easy project and what boy or girl doesn’t love playing with this stuff. If you have a boy like I do they will learn how to make it fart lol. So enjoy it!  Wash hands when done!

 

Do not ingest the slime if you do please call American Association of Poison Control at 800-222-1222 immediately. Use at your own risk!

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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.

 

 

Make A Cheap Burlap Runner From an Old Coffee Burlap Bag

Cheap Burlap coffee bag table runner 3

So this seriously was the cheapest project I have done. So we have a local Cal Ranch store in our area that sells lots of different farm/home diy type stuff. I found a while ago they sell old coffee burlap bags for a few dollars each.I bought a few a while back to make some things with them just not sure at the time what to make with them. So when I needed to up my spring decor it was the perfect time to make a burlap runner.

I found some online at amazon if you don’t have any local Cal Ranch stores that sell them.

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Making Your Cheap Burlap Runner from Old Coffee Burlap bag

Step One

Take the old coffee bag and cut off the back or front side depending on if you want the logo or not 🙂 Try to cut it as straight as you can It will help for the later steps.

Note: when cutting try and keep it on the table if you get burlap on your clothes the fibers are tricky and before you know it you are itching like crazy.

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Step Two

Now that you have the back piece cut out you will want to fold it and cut it in half.  You will want to fold it so its smaller width wise. I held it tight and cut it down the side.

Cheap Burlap coffee bag table runner 4

Step Three

Sew the two end pieces togeather so it makes a long runner. I have seen short table runners becoming more and more popular so if you want can just use one for a short burlap table runner.

Just sew around the whole thing to keep it from falling apart.

Burlap runner coffee bag 5

Step Four

Cut and even it out to make it straight as possible.

Step Five

Sew around the edge to keep it from fraying a lot.

Burlap runner coffee bag 6

Step Six

Iron it down so it’s flat.You will also have to iron down the seam where you sewed it togeather. Burlap doesn’t like to stay flat so ironing it flat will help so it doesn’t pop up.

Now Add The Burlap Runner to your table.

I seriously think I made this in 15 mins. Now that I have my table all put togeather I love it. I hope you do too!


 

31 Gift ideas for the women in your life!

So I wanted to share some good unique gift ideas to get your wonderful girlfriend, spouse, or special girl 🙂 These Gift ideas for women are something other than chocolate or flowers.  So here are a few different things you can get her.

This is not your typical gift guide 🙂 I will start this off with some very unique things and move to more practical.

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For the lady who loves Halloween like me!

  1. Zombie salt and pepper shakers what!   

2. Coasters

3. Living Dead plush doll

4. Tim Burton toys

5.Who wants to cut pizza the old way now!

6. Chop up some meat the cool way!

 

Funny things for your funny bone girl!

1.

2. Cute mug  

3. Cute mug

4.This game looks fun and funny

5. This maybe more for a kid but a hand puppet that’s actually cute

6. 2 D messenger bag. These are pretty cool looking

 

For the cook in your life

1.Cute colorful whisks 

2.Spiral Ninja Vegetable Spiralizer

3.Rubber thongs which are super cute

4. Why not have nessie looking at you while waiting to pour soup!

5.I so need one of these to help me not spill all over the counter 

6. This is pretty cool it’s a salt and pepper grinder in one. 

Gifts ideas for any women

1.I have one of these and love it. It does what it says hot/cold drinks stay that way for a long time.

2.Top 6 essential oils

3. A pretty sparkle bracelet

4.Lego doggie my children and I would love 

5.Cooling wine glasses this would be awesome

6. For those living in cold areas why not a cute beanie 
7.It’s pink camo and a soft blanket two of my personal loves! 

8. A cute purse  

9. Simply cool plant holders

10. Something cute for her desk

11. If she likes to color why not have a cute case 

12. A cute place to hold her rings

13. Shark socks cause sharks

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