NEW Enamel Pins In The Shop!

Enamel "Shhhut up" Lip Pins by The Paper Mama and The Crafted Life. Enamel Wine Glass Pins by The Paper Mama and The Crafted Life. Enamel "Business Woman" Coffee Mug Pins by The Paper Mama and The Crafted Life.

I’m so excited to share these new pins with you! They are the result of a collaboration I did with Rachel, from The Crafted Life. We worked together to make these for you and I’m so happy to see the final results.

Each pin is $12 and ready to live with you on your bag, shirt, or whatever! Head on over to my Etsy shop to buy one for yourself, or someone else that might NEED one.

We have our “Shhhhhut Up” lips, “Business Woman” coffee mug, and oh so tasty wine glass.

Enamel "Shhhut up" Lip Pins by The Paper Mama and The Crafted Life.

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– Chelsey

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14 Amazing Storage Solutions for your Backyard!

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Somehow we are already in mid summer and OMG there are back to school commercials on TV. What? It’s crazy how fast time has been going. So, I’m guessing you’ve been spending quite a bit of time in your backyard during this warm weather? If it feels messy back there, then this post will help. Today I am sharing 14 amazing storage solutions for your backyard on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

1) Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

2) Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

3) This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

To check out the full list of ideas, head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens blog!

I want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor for the Better Homes and Gardens blog. The images in the first photo are from: BHG, I Heart Organizing, and The Merry Thought.

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A Simple Allowance System for Kids

Allowance System for Kids

Allowance System for Kids

Teaching my daughter to give back to those in need is very important to me. I want to raise her to be kind and understand that sometimes people need help and if we can help them, we should. Recently Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company asked me to share how I’m teaching my kiddo to give back to the community.

On the playground the moms and I often chat about what we do to “reward” our kids good behavior. Three years ago, when my daughter was 3, I had a good jar and naughty jar system to help me get her to listen (please put your pajamas on when I ask, please). Eventually she grew out of caring about the rocks and realized money is pretty amazing, so I changed up our reward system. Our new system has a “Fun” jar, “Bank” jar, “Donation” jar, and “Allowance” jar.

  • The “Fun” jar can be used however she wants! When we first started the money jars she wanted to use her fun money to take us out to lunch (very sweet), but she’s since changed her mind and likes to use that money to buy toys, or cool bug eating plants.
  • The “Bank” jar is the money that goes directly into her savings account. We set up a savings account in an actual bank and when that jar is full, we deposit the coins in there.
  • The “Donation” jar is used to give back to our community. My daughter gets to choose where the money goes, as long as it helps someone. Once we bought toys for kids, and another time we bought food for a local food drive.
  • The “Allowance” jar is like the bank. This is where my husband and I dump our change and we grab money from here for my daughter’s allowance. When she cleans her room, or makes her bed each day during the week: we grab a small handful of coins and she spreads them evenly between the “Fun”, “Bank”, and “Donation” jars.

It takes her a couple months to really fill these jars up and I’m always surprised by how much money is actually in those tiny jars. If my kiddo isn’t listening we do threaten to take away some allowance (we would only take from the “Fun” jar), but we’ve never really had to take any away.

If you love this allowance system, feel free to download these free printables I made for you! You can print them, cut them out, tape them to some popsicle sticks, and attach to your allowance jars. Download the blue here. Download the pink here.

Allowance System for Kids

From July 11th – July 31st you can check out the Jewelers Mutual “Band Together” campaign to help them decide how to disperse a $2 million record-breaking donation by voting for one of the following nonprofits: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and Feeding America or Food Banks Canada. The cause that receives the most votes by the end of July will receive a $1 million donation from Jewelers Mutual. The runner-up will receive $700,000 and $300,000 will go to the third-place winner. That’s an amazing donation for all three causes and on top of that voters will be entered for a chance to win weekly jewelry prizes from STACKED New York. Each week, one lucky winner will receive a set of 3 stacking bands ($450 retail value). You can vote daily to increase your chances of winning! It’s easy to vote, check it out!

Allowance System for Kids

What do you do to teach your kid how to help their community?

– Chelsey

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P.S. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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DIY LEGO Planter Project – fun to make with kids!

DIY LEGO Planter Project - fun to make with kids!

I really love watching my oldest daughter grow up and turn into a human. She has her own opinions (that she shares with us A LOT) and her creativity grows everyday! Sometimes I just sit back and look at her and think, “How did she come up with that?” Anything related to creativity and art she is into, and that makes it so fun for me because I’m the also into those things. So, when I was sent a box of LEGO® Classic and challenged to use “out of the box thinking”, I knew we could do this. The Upright Citizens Brigade teamed up with LEGO to encourage kids, parents and families to “don’t think” and let your creative juices flow.

I opened up our box of bricks and told my daughter to just start building a tower and a creative idea would come to her eventually. This was a “warm up exercise” tip the Upright Citizens Brigade gave to get the creative juices flowing, and it worked! The tower building lead to her deconstructing the tower and organizing the bricks by color in a muffin tin. She was frustrated that she couldn’t find the exact color she wanted and this was her solution (she loves organization).

Once all of her bricks were organized by color, she was ready to go. Another tip the Upright Citizens Brigade gave was to “Build your world”. I told my kiddo to look around the house and see if there was anything in the home she might want to build. It didn’t take long for her to tell me she just had to build a planter. She’s recently been very into growing plants (she spent her allowance on this Venus Flytrap a couple months ago) and she thought it would be fun to make her own planter with these bricks! Don’t worry, we didn’t plant the succulents directly into the LEGO planters. They are just dropped in so we can play with the LEGO bricks again later.

SO, that big long story brings us to today’s DIY that is brought to you by, my daughter.

DIY LEGO Planter Project

Supplies needed:

Directions:

STEP 1: Separate the LEGO colors in a muffin tin. This will help you pick out the colors easily while you build!

DIY LEGO Planter Project - fun to make with kids!

STEP 2: Measure the small planters you’ll be planting the succulents in. This will give you an idea for how big of a hole you need for the LEGO planter.

DIY LEGO Planter Project - fun to make with kids!

STEP 3: Begin to add the bricks around the edge of the planter and leave enough space to fit the planter into the hole.

STEP 4: Drop your planted plant into the LEGO planter, and you’re done! When you’re ready to play with these bricks again you can just take the plant out and tear apart the LEGO planter.

DIY LEGO Planter Project - fun to make with kids! DIY LEGO Planter Project - fun to make with kids!

To get a better idea of how we built our planters, check out this video we made!

If you need a good laugh, you can also check out this funny 60 second video of the Upright Citizen Brigade building with LEGO Classic bricks.

LEGO Classic gives builders a “no instructions necessary” building experience providing inspiration that highlights the possibilities of open-ended building to inspire endless play. Ten sets, ranging from $16.99 to $59.99, make the perfect solution for gift-givers or for families looking to add to an existing LEGO collection or inspire their child to try building.

What will you build?

– Chelsey

DIY LEGO Planter Project - fun to make with kids!

P.S. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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