DIY Marshmallow Roasting Stick for S’mores by the Fire


We made DIY marshmallow roasting sticks with the kiddos, and then decided to pick up a paintbrush ourselves to make some of our own DIY s’more sticks. Can’t go wrong with a classic black and white s’more stick, right?

You’ll Need:

  • Metal Skewers
  • Wood dowel rods, at least ¾” thick
  • Drill
  • Hot glue
  • Paint
  • Styrofoam


  • Step 1: Cut the dowel in half, or in thirds, depending on the length of the stick you want. You may also have to cut the end of the metal skewers with Tin Snips if you can only find the skewers with the loops at the end.


  • Step 2: Drill a hole on one end, in the center of the dowel. Make sure the hole is large enough to fit your metal skewer.


  • Step 3: Press the hot glue gun into the hole and fill the hole with the hot glue until it fills to the top, then quickly press the skewer into the hole. Promptly wipe away any excess glue.


  • Step 4: Insert the skewer face down into a piece of Styrofoam, and start to paint!




  • Step 5: Enjoy and indulge!



DIY Clay Marbled Leaf-Shaped Ring Bowls


The OCD in us cringes when our kids combine different colors of play dough into one large ball. It’s an internal battle. So, instead of fighting the battle to keep the yellow with the yellow, the green with the green and the orange with the orange, we are going to combine fall-toned oven bake clay together, for a fall marbled effect project. So, they can mix and combine the clay to their hearts and hands content. They loved it…and these mama’s were happy, too.


DIY Clay Marbled Leaf Ring Bowls


  • Oven Bake Clay, white, red, yellow and green {for this project we stuck with fall colors}
  • Leaf cut outs
  • X-acto knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Mini, oven-safe bowls


Break the oven bake clay into small  pieces. They need to be about the size of a cherry tomato, or a bit larger. Then, roll each color out into long ‘worms’


Starting with two, twist the colors together. Then, one by one, add another ‘worm’ to the twist until all colors are twisted together. Pull the colorful twist tighter, elongating it gently as you twist and pull.


Fold the long, twisted strand in half. Roll it into a ball, then as we so non-eloquently told our kids, squish, then squish from another angle, and squish the ball a couple more times to mix the colors. Be sure not to over mix or everything will start to appear brown.


On wax paper, press the ball flat like a pancake, then with a rolling pin, roll it out into a nice circle.


Place the leaf cut out on top, and with the X-acto knife, cut around the edges.



Gently press the leaf into a small oven-safe bowl so it, too, can take the shape of a bowl in the oven. Make sure to use a shallow bowl, so the leaf retains the shape of a leaf.


Bake according to package directions.


Glaze {optional} the DIY marbled leaf-shaped bowls and set out for fall decor.


Design a Beautiful Nursery on a Budget


Babies are expensive, but that doesn’t mean their room has to be, too. We love the nursery Mila Mae, the newest {and beautiful} addition to our large Italian family, calls home. Sweet Mila has a lovely, special place to call her own, and her mom is sharing the details with us. Kerri designed a pretty room for Mila, without maxing out the credit card. Win, win!

Her nursery is clean and white with touches of pink…and we love it.

Here’s how you can do it, too.

1. Shop at Ikea.
We all love the affordability and chic design to be found in the never-ending aisles at Ikea. Kerr’s ombré baskets are from Ikea. They are functional because they hold toys, book and stuffed animals, but they also add the perfect pop of color for a princess’s room. The little white flower-pot tins on the dresser are also from Ikea. They help Kerri organize everything! On the dresser, she holds hand sanitizer, diaper ointment, baby powder, etc. in them.


2. Incorporate family heirlooms.
Kerri incorporated her grandma’s dresser in Mila’s room, which holds sentimental value for her. She updated it with several coats of white paint, and painted the knobs gold. Another special touch is the dress hanging from the gold hanger next to the crib. It’s Kerri’s mothers dress she wore when she was a baby. A piece of 3 generations of women from the same family lives inside those 4 walls! The ultra-glam gold sequins hanger is from The Golden Gurl via Etsy.


3. Add DIY details.
We love DIY details, and although Kerri said she is not a big DIYer, she did manage to spray paint dollar store animals with gold spray paint. Animals are a favorite for little kids, so with the DIY gold animals, Kerri added a childhood favorite with a touch of glam.

4. Buy handmade items from Etsy.
Handmade items add warmth and authenticity to a nursery, plus it’s always great to support small shops. The driftwood wall hanging with tissue paper tassels is from Fleur Lux and the beautiful gold pillows in the crib are from Kerri’s talented friend at Bright July.


5. Incorporate color, texture and culture from travels. 
The world is a grand and beautiful place with bright colors and a vast array of textures, so it’s nice to bring memorabilia from various cultures home. Plus, its unique decor that can’t be found anywhere else. The authentic Mexican blanket hanging from the side of the crib was a gift Kerri’s parents brought back from Mexico. The impact is big, but the price tag was little – the blanket was just $5.

Thanks for sharing your room with us today, Kerri {Marco and Mila, too}. We love you.


DIY No-Sew Mini Football Pennant


I been waitin’ all day for Sunday night

The tough get rough in a primetime fight

The last one standin’ gets to turn out the lights

‘Cause I been waitin’ all day for Sunday night

Yea, yea, yeah

Recognize that song {and the foxy lady that sings it} on NBC primetime Sunday night? Well, if your husband/boyfriend/dad/brother/son/friend is like ours, it’s more like, been waiting all day for Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday because we’re pretty certain between college and the NFL, there are big, must-see games every one of those nights!

Yes, it’s that football time of year. Whether you like it or not, it’s here. Might as well make something cute to go along with it!

We made DIY mini pennants that can be used as a DIY pennant drink stirrer, or DIY mini pennant utensils for pre-game tailgate madness or a fun football party.

Can you guess what team we’re rooting for? CO born and raised, baby!

DIY Mini Football Pennant


You’ll Need:

  • Colorful craft foam sheets
  • Pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic forks or spoons


  • Step 1: Hand draw or trace your designs with a pencil onto the craft foam sheets. We created a pennant shape in Microsoft word, and found the Bronco logo, as well as the helmet online. For all the letters, they were hand drawn.


  • Step 2: Cut out your shapes.


  • Step 3: Glue the letters or shapes onto the pennants. Remember to leave a small space on the left side of the pennant for a small slip to insert a fork, spoon or stick.


  • Step 4: Use an X-acto knife to cut a slit at the top and bottom of the pennant, on the left side of the letters/shapes.


  • Step 5: Insert a spoon, fork or stick into the slits.




  • Step 6: Glue the little tags/strips on the back of the flag, next to the back of the spoon.



  •  Step 7: Place in a mason jar because you’re done, and everyone has the cutest DIY pennant utensil ever!



Big Hero 6 Party


Just in case it wasn’t obvious to you, the 3 kiddos above are superheroes. They are smaller in size than their favorite Big Hero 6 characters – Wasabi, Baymax and Honey Lemon – and they don’t have the ability to fly on an armed marshmallow man, but they are brave, kind, smart and amazing kids who possess their own superhero powers.

We celebrated the superhero in them, and all their friends at a Big Hero 6 party this summer. After all, it is one of our favorite animated movies. Even Jessica’s girly, sparkle-loving, princess-adoring daughter loves the kids superhero action film.

So, we invited family and close friends to join us for outside, yard games and a special drive-in movie showing for a Big Hero celebration.

It’s all in the details, so here they are…

DIY Honey Lemon-ade Stand

While Gabriella was all-in for a Big Hero 6 theme, something had to be pink and colorful, and well, girly. She wanted to dress like the scientist character, Honey Lemon and host her own Honey Lemon-ade Stand. Jessica created her stand with a DIY balloon arch made with a Balloon Time helium tank above her new, red Wayfair table adorned with ribbon.



Drive-In Movie with DIY Cardboard Box Cars

The DIY cardboard box cars were the hit of the party. Each kid had his/her own car at the Big Hero 6 drive-in, along with a ledge to hold their popcorn and candy. Since the party was in the daylight, we opted for a drive-in movie theatre in the garage. There was a bonus we hadn’t even considered – while the kids were at the DIY drive-in movie, the adults enjoyed some kid-free time upstairs.

The cardboard cars were made with cardboard boxes, duct and packaging tape, white paper plates {wheels}, black paper {wheels and grill}, green paper {license plates} and red paper {break lights}.






No drive-in movie is complete without a concession stand. We transformed packaging styrofoam into a backdrop with colorful wrapping paper and photos of the Big Hero 6 characters.




Yard Games

Before the kids sat to watch a movie, they played various yard games to release their boundless energy.


We transformed our favorite Bucket Ball game into Baymax Bucket Ball. The game was played with the same rules, but players tried to shoot the ball into Baymax buckets filled with water, instead of plain, white buckets. To make the Baymax buckets, we simply cut circles from black card stock, and taped them with a large piece of clear packaging tape. The tape also made the eyes waterproof.


Another fun game was Go Go Tomago Disc Toss. We bought hoola hoops, and hung them with rope in-between large trees. Players tried to score points by throwing the ‘Go Go frisbee’ into the hoola hoops.



It’s not a party until you break open a piñata. Jessica bought a soccer ball piñata, and retrofitted it with red, fringe tissue paper and black eyes to make it a Baymax head.



Kids went home with white pint containers with DIY baymax shirts inside, balloons and their cardboard cars.



Jessica’s hubby carved a DIY microbot for authentic Big Hero 6 decor. He made it from packaging styrofoam and the kids helped us by painting it black.


Red lollipops were also a detail in the movie we re-created with wrapping paper sticks {spray painted white} and red plates glued to the top.


Invitations were custom-made by Jenna, of course. We went with a modern, clean approach and added a playful Baymax balloon. You can buy the invites here.



Invites: Fleur de Lis, a paperie
Balloon arch: Balloon Time Helium Tank