Sip Sip Hooray: DIY Pumpkin Wine Dispenser

diy wine dispenser pumpkins for fall bar

The photo speaks for itself: wine + pumpkins = the best fall bar ever!

This DIY wine dispenser is not only easy to make, it’s also cute, makes for an amazing hostess gift, and you can use it all season long! Heck, store it and use it again next year, and the year after that. Boxed wine has never looked so good!

Tutorial is on Momtastic.

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Game On: DIY Football Checkers

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‘Tis the season for tailgating, game day snacks, rivalries, comebacks and all things football. With friendly competition in mind, plus tackle-free zones (home, school and the parking lot), we created a DIY football checkers game. It’s fun for the whole family. Pack it for your next tailgate, or play it at home! Our kids love it.

We shared all the details for how to make this DIY game on Momtastic.

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It’s Officially Fall And No-Carve Pumpkins Are In Season

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I’m having a pinch me moment. Goodness, I just love those! My name is the byline of an article at Real Simple (insert scream and happy dance), along with photos and tutorials for 7 amazing and easy, no-carve pumpkins I crafted. I’ve dreamt of this day; the day when my work was featured in Real Simple, a reputable and outstanding site and magazine! It’s a good reminder for me, and us all, to always dream big, do our best, and never give up, even when it feels like everyone else is doing it better and faster.

Now, about those pumpkins. It’s officially fall, which means it’s time to bring out the pumpkins. My house has been covered in pumpkins for several weeks now, and honestly every pumpkin looks as good as the day I bought it and crafted it. Okay, I did have caution tape around these pumpkins for fear my kids would ruin them before I could take photos of them. But, I’m happy to report they have been out in the open for several weeks where balls, feet, backpacks and toys are nearby, and they have survived wonderfully!

It’s hard to pick a favorite of the 7, but the DIY spider webs and thumbprint monsters definitely make the top 3! Even if you don’t particularly like to craft, there’s a no-carve pumpkin for you and your family. The materials are affordable, accessible, and they are simple to make – easier than carving if you ask me!

So, set your carving tools down, and opt for one of these no-carve versions instead.

 

Battle School Germs With Homemade Hand Sanitizer With Essential Oils

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Let’s face it, back to school means it’s back to our kids being in a petri dish of germs. New germs every day in the classroom, on the playground, in the lunchroom, etc. We have a simple and convenient way (it’s a portable keychain) to help all you parents fight the germs – a homemade hand sanitizer with essential oils. If you want to skip the homemade part of this project, just buy the portable hand sanitizer bottles (with the sanitizer already in it) and customize the bottle with fun stickers! Kids would love to do this for themselves, and make others for friends! Friends don’t let friends spread germs.

Step 1: Make the sanitizer. Mix all the ingredients below together in a bowl.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera  (the clear, non-scented kind, organic and 99% aloe vera is best), 1 cup
  • OnGuard, doTERRA essential oil, 25 drops
  • Water, 1/4 cup (witch hazel works here, too)
  • Vitamin e oil, organic, 1-2 tsp

Step 2: Fill the portable containers with the sanitizer. We did it teaspoonful by teaspoonful. We saved and filled containers that were previously filled with hand sanitizer, but if you buy new bottles, you can use it, or put in another container (and use in the office, or at home), and then fill it.

Step 3: Remove any label from the bottle.

Step 4: Remove the rubber keychain, and add paint and/or fun stickers to the bottle. Happy Planner at Michaels had amazing stickers! It would be fun to use monogram stickers, too.

Step 5: Apply Mod Podge over the sticker design. Repeat once the first layer is dry.

Step 6: Put the rubber keychain back around the bottle, and then attach to your childs backpack, and tell them to use it at school. Obviously it’s not for ingesting, and remind them of that!

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natural hand sanitizer for school germs

On Guard is a doTERRA proprietary blend of oils including Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary that contains protective immune benefits, cleanses hands when soap and water are not available, and kills germs on surfaces in the home. They have an awesome cleaning concentrate that we love, too!

 

 

The information we share is based on our research and personal use with doTERRA Essential Oils. We are not physicians, and this recipe has not been approved by anyone but us. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Back To School DIY Squeeze Coin Purse

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This post gave us that nostalgic, warm and fuzzy feeling, because we were reminded of our childhood. We crafted with the retro oval squeeze coin purses our grandparents, aunts and uncles (and even us) used to carry loose change in. It’s a throwback to our past, because we always love a good retro find. Plus, school is (almost) back in session, and these coin purses fit easily in or on backpacks for our kids to bring loose change for yummy bake sales. We also made one funny adult version (visit our Instagram to see what it says here), because we wanted in on the coin purse fun, too.

This project will take less than 30 minutes, and you can customize it any way you like, such as adding a monogram, funny phrases, emojis, etc. It makes great classroom gifts, or cute gifts for friends. We used our Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutting machine for $-related phrases. If you don’t have one, you can always buy permanent vinyl stickers. It’s a one-step project – design and cut vinyl lettering, and then add it to the squeeze coin purse.

Materials:

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