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Children’s Artwork Display for Less Than $5

This is one of my favorite projects to date – also the easiest and least expensive: the children’s artwork display located in our Family Command Center  – otherwise known as the mud room.

Children's Art Display Less than $5  |  Five Marigolds

I wanted plenty of space where the children could hang their artwork and good grades with pride, without that messy cluttered look on the fridge. It also needed to be really flat to the wall, since the area I’d designated is in a space the width of a hallway.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Buy these eye hook screws and wire at the hardware store for less than $5 total (or spend a few extra bucks and shop Amazon at the links above if you want to save a trip to the store).
  • Drill holes into the wall where you want your eye hooks to go. Screw the eye hooks into the wall by hand.  Then, wrap your wire around one of the hooks a few times. Stretch it to the other eye hook, pulling and straightening as you go. Wrap it around that eye hook 2-3 times and cut the wire.
  • I already had these cute little inexpensive clips on hand, leftover from Eve’s party favors.They work great for holding the various art and school papers the kids bring home.
  • Voila! Children’s art center complete in 20 minutes and for less than $5.

Children's Art Display Less than $5  | Five Marigolds

These photos. They’re bad. This is a tricky, low-light place to take photos with horrible orangey-pink energy-saving bulbs. Forgive me. You get the idea, right? What do you think of my low-tech art center?

Children's Art Display Less than $5 | Five Marigolds

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Strong foundations: bible verses for a new house

Last fall, we made the decision to build a new home for our family. We are still living in our “starter” home that we originally bought, not intending to be here 11 years later! With three growing children, the walls seem to be closing in on us and we are thrilled that our home is coming together quickly!

Bible Verses for a New House | Five Marigolds

Several weeks ago, we decided to have a little family dedication by writing verses that held meaning and hope for our family and our new home. I love the idea that as we walk through the finished rooms of our home in just a few months, we’ll remember the verses written on the foundation of each room we enter. And, maybe someday many, many years from now, a different family might have occasion to see the blessings written by us under the carpet or on the wall studs.

Here are some of the verses we chose:

Entrances: You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. Deuteronomy 28:6

Kitchen:  Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8

Dining room: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14

Office: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23

Stairs: In his heart a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Basement: Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on a rock. Matthew 7:24

Master Bedroom: And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14

Master closet: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

Kid’s rooms:

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you. Bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:14

Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 21:25-26

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-25

Kid’s bathroom: It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from within you – the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. This beauty will never disappear and is worth much more to God. 1 Peter 3:3-4

You don’t have to be building a new house to apply this concept to your home. You can write verses during a renovation, or on the walls before you re-paint, or on the floors when you replace carpet or flooring.  Or, of course, add scripture out where everyone can see it in your home.  Here is some inspiration I’ve been collecting:

I’m madly in love with pretty much everything by House of Belonging. My first order will be this sign for EClaire’s room. Source: Perfectly Imperfect

Scripture Sign House of Belonging

I also love this idea for a family area:

where you go I will go Aimee Weaver DesignsSource: Aimee Weaver Designs

I also really like the idea of hanging a chalkboard where you can update your verses weekly so they don’t start to fade into the scenery like decor that hangs year-round. Source.

Daily scripture chalkboard

Here is a chalkboard writing tutorial by Jones Design Company

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Or, how about dedicating a whole chalkboard wall so the kids can participate in writing their own? Source: Home Adorechalkboardwall

What are your favorite verses for dedicating for decorating a home? Please share them in the comments. I’m always looking for new ideas!

 

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Family Growth Chart for less than $15

We recently made the decision to sell our “starter” home and build a new home that better accommodates our growing family. We bought this home just months before our wedding, had three babies here and many, many precious memories as a family. We’re ready for the next chapter, but this sentimental mom is feeling a bit emotional about it, as well.

The moment we signed the papers to build our new home I was immediately motivated to take on a project I’ve been meaning to for a long time – make a family growth chart that we can take with us – wherever we go. Our former growth chart was done the old fashioned way – with pencil on the wall of our kitchen (that I still can’t bring myself to paint over even since I’ve made this beautiful new chart).growth chart2

I’d once tried my hand at an embroidered chart that was supposed to be  cute and charming, but didn’t end up looking quite as polished as my inspiration. I also  found that I was too lazy to embroider once a year. My laziness factor is high.

So I moved on to those cute reclaimed signs I’ve seen all over Pinterest.

I started with a 3/4″x7″x8′ piece of cedar lumber that I purchased at Home Depot for less than $9. First, I enlisted Dub to weather it for me. I gave him chains and a hammer and let him have at it. I stained it with leftover stain that I used on our stairs for our garage makeover.

From there, I had to get measuring – my least favorite part. Our family is really tall, so I cut my board to 6′ tall and painted 1′ white stripes using leftover paint from the garage makeover. These are some terrible progress photos, but you get the idea.

Family Growth Chart for  Less Than $15 | Five Marigolds

I actually liked the way this looked when I was done, but I went ahead and sanded it to give it a more distressed look.Family Growth Chart for  Less Than $15 | Five Marigolds

Family Growth Chart for  Less Than $15 | Five Marigolds

Then, I used my silhouette to create the measurement marks. I barely use my Silhouette but I used it for this, figuring it would make the measuring much easier for me. I measured it on the computer, cut it out on the Silhouette and then used transfer paper to stick it right on the board without having to re-measure.

Family Growth Chart for  Less Than $15 | Five Marigolds

I’m super happy with the way that it turned out! I can’t wait to hang this measurement chart in our new home next year. I can see keeping this chart in our home forever, and measuring little grandbabies someday.growth chart2_1

Postscript: after completing my chart, I stumbled upon this cute version by Handmade Charlotte

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If I had to do it over again, I think her way of painting the numbers would be a lot cheaper and easier. However, I’d still want to make the measurement marks so that I could tell visually exactly how tall the kids are. Everytime they get measured they want to know EXACTLY how many feet, inches and centimeters tall they are. Because that matters to 4 and 6 year olds.

What do you think? Do you have a family growth chart in your home?

Homemade Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Homemade Birthday Cake Ice Cream | Five Marigolds We’ve established that I’m a big fan of ice cream. But, cake. Oh how I love cake, too! Eve chose Birthday Cake ice cream as one of her flavors for our ice cream truck and it didn’t take me any convincing to agree. I set to work researching recipes, but yet again found that most recipes called for eggs, which was not what I was going for.

So took my favorite ideas from the interwebs, then adapted a basic vanilla ice cream recipe to create this fabulous birthday explosion for the tastebuds.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 C. Whole Milk
  • 1/4 C. Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix, separated (I used Funfetti)
  • 2 C. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 t. Vanilla Extract
  • Buttermilk Icing (I made 1/2 of this recipe and used about 1/2 of that. You could also use store bought icing!)
  • Sprinkles, if desired

What to do:

  1. Reserve half of your cake mix, and prepare the remainder in an 8″ or 9″ round pan. When it’s done, remove it from the pan and place it in your freezer.
  2. Place small drops of buttermilk icing on a small sheet of freezer paper, and then place it in the freezer to set up. I used an icing bag and a small round tip to make mine uniform because I was photographing it, but you don’t need to make these pretty. I also colored my icing to make it festive and pretty.Homemade Birthday Cake Ice Cream | The Scoop
  3. Mix the milk, sugar, and 1/2 C. cake mix until the sugar and mix are dissolved.  Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla, and place the mixture in the fridge.
  4. Cube 1-2 cups of the frozen cake into the size of croutons.
  5. Place the liquid mixture into your ice cream maker* about 20 minutes until it thickens. Then, slowly pour the 1-2 cups of cake cubes and desired sprinkles into the machine until it is lightly mixed.
  6. Place the mixture into a sealed container in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.

*No ice cream maker? No problem. Freeze the chilled liquid mixture for 2-4 hours or until slightly thickened/frozen and then gently stir in the cake cubes and sprinkles. Chill overnight.

Homemade Birthday Cake Ice Cream | Five MarigoldsYUM! Your kids will beg you to make this recipe again and again. I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please tell me what you think in the comments below.

Homemade Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream

I just love the tasted of malted milk powder! As a kid, my mom would often top plain vanilla ice cream with sprinkling of this powder, and our favorite ice cream shop in town had a popular malt with 2x the malt powder. Yum!

I wanted to introduce my kids to the same flavor, so when we came up with the idea to create our own ice cream truck, I went on the search for a good Malted Milk Ball ice cream. Unfortunately every recipe I found included eggs, which I didn’t want to mess with. So, I came up with the following recipe using our Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker*.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 C. Malted Milk Powder (I used the chocolate flavor because it was all I could find at the grocery)
  • 1/2 C. Granulated Sugar
  • 1/8 C. Brown Sugar
  • 1 C. Whole Milk
  • 2 C. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 T. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Malted Milk Balls, chopped + more for garnishing, if desired

What to do:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the milk and use a mixer or whisk until the sugars are dissolved.
  3. Stir in the cream and vanilla.
  4. Set it in the fridge to cool at least 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream mixer* for 15-20 minutes or until it’s thickened.
  6. Slowly pour the desired amount of Milk Balls into the drum while the ice cream mixes, or fold it in at the end.
  7. Freeze in an airtight container for about 2 hours. Enjoy!

The result? Amaze-milkballs.  Ahem.

Homemade Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream | Five Marigolds

What do you think? Are you a fan of Malted Milk Ball ice cream? I’d love to hear your favorite ice cream flavor in the comments below.

*No ice cream maker? No problem. Once you’ve reached step five, simply put the container in the freezer for 2 hours or until it begins to freeze slightly. Stir in the malted milk balls and stir after another hour to evenly distribute, if necessary.  

Homemade Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream | Five Marigolds

Homemade Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt

Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt | Five MarigoldsDub has the heart of an entrepreneur. And marketer. He’s always saying things like, “I want to open a restaurant and name it ____,” or, “I wish I was old enough to start my own ______ business.” I love this quality about him, so this summer I wanted to show him that he can bring his ideas to life.

We chose to hone his kidpreneurial ambitions through his dream of owning an ice cream truck because, his mom really likes ice cream what better timing than summer break? He immediately knew he would name it “The Scoop” and his pitch would be “Get a scoop, double scoop at The Scoop!” I encouraged him and Eve to brainstorm some ice cream flavors. They each came up with two ideas and we’ve been enthusiastically experimenting to finalize our menu.

Today we landed on our first unanimous winner that he named Cookie Crunch Blast. It’s a slightly modified version of this fab recipe by Crunchy Creamy Sweet that’s actually a frozen yogurt that’s just as tasty as ice cream. Despite the name, there’s no real crunch, but it is definitely a super-sweet cookie blast for the tastebuds.

Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt | Five MarigoldsWhat you need:

  • 1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 C. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 C. granulated sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla extract (I ran out of vanilla, so I used 1 t. vanilla and 1 t. almond which was SO good!)
  • 1 C. flour
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 C. mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C. crushed crunchy-style chocolate chip cookies (we used Chips Ahoy because it’s what we had on hand)
  • 1 C. vanilla yogurt (My favorite is Dannon Lite & Fit Vanilla flavor)

Directions:

  1. First, mix the butter and sugars with a mixer.
  2. Then, in a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add chocolate chips and crushed cookies.
  3. Gently fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture until well combined, then thoroughly mix in the yogurt.
  4. Freeze overnight in a sealed container, then fight the urge to eat it for breakfast.

Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt | Five MarigoldsThat’s it! No fancy ice cream maker necessary. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt | Five Marigolds

For those of you who have asked where I got the ice cream container, I found it on a clearance shelf at TJ Maxx, but you can also buy it online in several colors on Amazon. I’m going to buy several so I can have several flavors sitting in my freezer at once 🙂

Creating a Custom Silhouette in PhotoShop

Looking for custom decorations for your child’s room or nursery? It’s super cheap and easy to design a custom silhouette in Adobe PhotoShop, and today I’m showing you how.

My daughters share their bedroom, so I wanted to create silhouettes that would match the room but would be a bit unique. I created a digital background using colors from their toile bedding accents:

Creating a Custom Silhouette in PhotoShop

Here is my result, but you don’t have to create your own custom background to make this work. You can find lots of super cute digital scrapbook paper on Etsy that would be perfect for this project.

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Next, I took profile pictures of each of the girls. This does not have to be a high quality photo;  in fact, my camera phone  snaps leave very little to be desired! All you need is to be able to see the profile of their face – the nose, lips and eyes.

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Next, I opened it in PhotoShop, clicked on my selection tool, and got to work outlining her head, neck and shoulders.

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Once I was happy with what I selected, I hit Command + J to duplicate just that selected area.

Next, I wanted to fill it with a color that matched the background. I hit Edit + Fill and chose a color from the background.cover overlay

Then, I simply dragged this image onto my original file with the custom background. You’ll notice a lot of bumps and jagged edges on her silhouette, so I used a hard eraser to smooth out the edges.

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Finally, I added their names using Jellyka Delicious Cake font. I had it printed by a professional photography lab, but you can also have it printed at Shutterfly for $7.99Creating a Custom Silhouette in PhotoShop

To finish this project, I framed it in a very inexpensive wood cutout that I found at Michael’s for $3.99 on sale (or just $4.79 after using a 40% off coupon). I spray painted it in a high reflective shine metallic gold spray paint by Rust-Oleum.

Creating a Custom Silhouette in PhotoShop

I used Command Picture Hanging Strips for a non-committal way of affixing them to the wall. I love these!

Here’s the final hanging in the girls’ tiny shared room:

Shared Girl Room Custom Silhouette Five Marigolds

Shared Girl Room Custom Silhouette Five Marigolds

There you have it – a custom framed print for less than $13. Have you created a custom silhouette before? Tell us about it in the comments below, and feel free to link to your project.

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