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Turn a Drawer Into a Paper Towel Holder

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Posted by on August 8, 2014 in Around the house, Kitchen, Workshop


Rainbow Sherbet Cookies

Great for a tie-dying party – or just because it’s Friday!



  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 cups salted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 (3 oz) pkg jello Raspberry, Lime, Lemon, Orange
  • Click HERE for the instructions

Traveling Clip-Board


Pick up a clip-board that opens for storage. Add paper, pencils, crayons*, markers, coloring pages, puzzle pages, stickers, etc..

You can even personalize the outside with stickers, paint or paint markers. I like to personalize the back of the clipboard, so the work area is free of bumps.  This is great for long drives to keep kids entertained.

This is also great for doing homework. When you really think about it – sometimes kids are in the car for a long time between school and activities of their own or their siblings’, they could be getting homework done. This provides a hard surface for doing just that.

*Just remember to bring the clip-board into the house so the crayons don’t melt in the summer heat.

OR you can buy one like the ones pictured HERE


Quick Summer Pickles


2 pounds veggies

6 garlic cloves, smashed but intact
2 bay leaves
3 cups water
3 cups apple cider
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds

Click HERE for the instructions


Family Movie Night – Picking Out a Movie Tip

Image18091Let me set the scene – its family movie night. The popcorn is popped. Everyone is in their pajamas and gathered in the family room… when mom or dad picks out a movie the kids start complaining.

So you come up with a new family plan of on certain days/weeks, a certain kid picks out the movie – ‘it’s his/her night to pick’ kind of thing. But the other one feels left out or isn’t interested and ends up in a different room doing something else unrelated and you lose the feel of it being a family activity.

This is how we do it at the doitandhow.com household:

Mom &/or Dad picks out 5 or 6 appropriate movies. Kid # 1 narrows the field to 3. Kid #2 gets final pick. (adjust for your number of kids). We’ve found that with this way: everyone gets a choice, feels included and stays interested.

family-fun-family-movie-nightWe’ve also employed this for outings where we need to choose a fast food place… Mom/Dad gives the options that are in the area we’re traveling. Kid #1 narrows the choice, and Kid #2 picks.  Keep in mind “Kid #1” doesn’t always have to be the oldest – maybe he/she is the pickiest… maybe it’s different every time.  As long as we cut down on the arguing, Momma is happy!

Give it a try! Let me know if this works out for your family, add a comment below. Or share your family’s way of avoiding ‘movie madness’!!


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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Around the house, Communicate it, Family, Fun, Kids


Painted Cast

Making the best of a bad situation – use acrylic paint and markers to dress up a cast like his/her favorite super hero. Here we have Buzz Lightyear and Iron Man – who else can you think of? Put your ideas in the comments below.IMG_98996297496563 IMG_98987337061671via pinterest/no link


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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Art, Crafts, Family, Fix it, Fun, Health, Kids, Wear it


Keys to Communicating – The Four Agreements

Be above reproach with these guidelines.


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