Amazon Purchases Too Good Not To Share

Happy Friday! We all know how easy it is to click the yellow, Place My Order button on the Amazon app. The immediate satisfaction we get from finding a package on our doorstep in less than 2 days is sometimes just too good to be true. We have ordered everything from vitamins and coconut oil, craft supplies and home goods, to toys and games for our families. Every month we hope to share some of our favorite purchases with you. As you know, some can be hit or miss. But, we’ve found some good ones.

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Last Day to Shop Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

nordstrom anniversary sale-shopping

TODAY is the last day for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Some of our favorites have been sold out for a week or two now (i.e. the Spanx faux leather leggings), but there are still some great deals worth checking out, if you have the funds to shop.

I got these $35 Quay sunglasses, feel a little like J. Lo, and love them! My friend just bought them, too. Twinsies. :) Run, don’t walk on these. They have been sold out, on and off, throughout the sale.

Can’t beat some fantastic leggings from Zella for $38.

These snakeskin Remi Madewell Mules are so chic for $55.

If you wear an underwire bra, this is hands-down our favorite by Natori.

I invested in this faux leather jacket last year, and love it.

Um, yes to these Spanx shapers on sale. Stock up, ladies.

Rain, rain, you can stay another day with these Hunter boots.

A cozy top under $25 for fall.

We can do Booties like this, all day.

A New Balance sneaker for the man in your life. We’re a huge fan of Bonobos pants for men, too.

If you’re getting outside like everyone in America, this Patagonia backpack is so cool for under $85.

These are cute fringe earrings for a little ear candy.

A Corona-Era Back To School Supply Item: DIY Mask Lanyards For Kids (Adults Can Use, Too)

diy no-sew mask lanyard for kids

The kids started school this week. It’s so bittersweet. Summer is the best, and we hate to see it near it’s end. Plus, we love hanging out with our kids. But, we’re happy they get to see classmates again, get into a routine again (that went out the window in March, thanks COVID) and learn, learn, learn. We know it’s been a challenging time for everyone. Some people are choosing to homeschool, some are heading back into the classroom, and others are doing distance learning at home. We hope your navigating this new “norm” the best you can. We are rooting for you, and sending good (and patient) vibes to everyone.

We know the mask topic brings out everyone’s STRONG opinions. We should be able to listen to others opinions, and not hate one another for them. So, here it goes. We don’t think the kids should have to wear masks all day at school. It makes us incredibly sad and mad they have to try to connect to others (and learn) when their precious faces are covered up all day. We also believe masks should be a personal decision for individuals and businesses, not a government mandate. So, it was really hard for us to accept the fact that if we wanted our kids back in school, it meant they had to wear masks all day. We’ve done all we can to keep the kids outside all summer, where they don’t have to wear them. Now, it’s a huge reality check for us. Since masks are a giant pain in the ass, and the kids are likely to lose them, we made some last minute accessories to keep the masks around their neck and not on the floor, on their desk, on someone else’s mouth, or who knows where. They are so easy with absolutely no sewing skills or tools required (and a huge life-saver), so we just had to share!

We can’t take credit for the shoelace idea. Our family friends (shout out to Karen and Bill) came up with this simple, genius idea. They took it one step further, and added a bead in the middle of the shoelace (back of the head), so it fit like a glove around the head, and you don’t even have to use the mask ear straps. We didn’t make it that far yet, but it’s on our list of things to do.

diy mask lanyards for kids

DIY No-Sew Mask Lanyard with Shoelaces

diy mask lanyard with shoelaces for kids

Materials:

  • Shoe lace, flat (make sure the width of the lace is large enough for the snap closures. We found ours at Walmart, and also used the waist tie from an old pair of shorts.
  • Dritz Snap Fastener Kit
  • Hammer
  • Masks – we bought some from Target (Cat & Jack brand) and also supported a local company we love, Aksels

Directions:

Step 1: Cut the ends off the laces. My laces were long enough, that I cut the entire lace in half for two mask straps. The length you want is a personal preference, but mine were about 17 inches.

Step 2: Carefully burn the ends of the laces so they don’t fringe.

Step 3: Add the fasteners on each end, and hammer in place. You will create two little loop on each side of the lace that snaps, and you will put the mask straps inside each loop.  These can be easily removed when you need to wash the mask, and it’s comfortable on your neck.

diy mask lanyard with shoelaces for kids

diy mask lanyard with shoelaces for kids

diy denver broncos mask lanyard for kids

If you have a child that likes to craft, or wants a really colorful DIY mask lanyard, he or she might want to try the following method, a DIY Loom Mask Lanyard.

diy mask lanyard for kids

DIY Loom Band Mask Lanyard

Materials:

Directions:

The one and only step: Make a standard loom bracelet, except longer, about 17 inches. Then, add the key ring clasp on each end, and then attach to the ear straps for the mask. Voila. So easy to put on and take off.

diy loom band mask bracelet for kids

DIY loom band mask lanyard for kids

diy mask lanyard for kids

 

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How To Make A Giant Pizookie (Chocolate Chip Cookie) At Home

giant pizookie

We didn’t know what a Pizookie was until recently, so now it’s a term everyone in the house knows and loves. It’s a combo of two of our favorite things, a pizza + a cookie, which makes a warm, gooey and delicious pizookie!

Read all the sugary details on how you can make this family-style dessert at home at Momtastic.

giant homemade chocolate chip cookie - pizookie

 

Stock Up On Pool Noodles Now To Make These DIY Giant Flowers

DIY giant pool noodle flower

We know school is in limbo, and our world has been rocked with the arrival and contagion of COVID-19. Spring plays were cancelled, graduations were virtual, and birthday parties became drive-by, honking car parades. Although you may not have a large school play or birthday party in the very near future, it will happen again. In fact, small, safer gatherings are happening now. When the time is right (even if it’s next spring) we have the cutest decoration, DIY giant flowers, that costs less than $5 each. We are sharing this spring and summer DIY craft now, so you remember to stock up while they are “in season,” (and store the ones you have) to make these large DIY flowers. It’s easy to do, and adds a dose of sunshine to any space, or party.

Sorry about the ‘non-professional’ photos. This was a quick project in spring 2019, and didn’t think it would be such a hit, so cell phone photos have to do.

DIY Giant Flowers Made With Pool Noodles

Materials:

  • Giant tissue paper flowers
  • Pool noodles, green
  • Industrial buckets, Walmart (they were about $2.97)
  • Cardboard
  • X-acto knife
  • Acrylic paint, green
  • Rock
  • Card stock, green
  • Wood skewer, thin
  • Glue, glue stick works fine
  • Packaging tape

walmart buckets

walmart pool noodles

Step 1: Buy stems, or the pool noodles, from Walmart. Also at Walmart, find the colors buckets that will serve as the “pots” or “planter” for the flowers.

cardboard cut out and pool noodle stem

Step 2: Cut left over cardboard packages from all those Amazon packages you’ve been buying. Trace the opening of the bucket on the cardboard, and cut it slightly inside the pencil outline. I find that an X-acto knife works better than scissors when working with cardboard. Also, trace the outline of the noodle in the center of the cardboard circle. This will be where the stems fits inside, so cut it slightly inside the pencil outline as well, so the pool noodle fits nice and snug.

green cardboard cut out

Step 3: Paint the cardboard with acrylic green paint.

diy pool noodle flower

Step 4: Add heavy rocks to the bottom of the buckets. We know it’s just a pool noodle and a tissue flower, but it’s somewhat heavy, so you will need something to stabilize them so they are not top-heavy.

diy pool noodle flowers

 

giant DIY flower

Step 5: Cut leaves from green paper (we love Astrobrights Paper), and glue two stems with a large thin wood skewer in the middle. This will look like a “leaf vein”, and also makes it easy to just stick inside the noodle so it will stay in place.

diy pool noodle flowers

Step 6: Insert the stems inside cardboard cut-outs, and then insert it inside the buckets. They fit nice and snug in the buckets. Fluff some pre-made tissue flowers from Amazon. They come with a string attached, so I wrapped it around the top of the noodle and also secured it with a piece of packaging tape.

Here are a couple flowers “on set” for a spring singing pageant.
spring school play DIY decor