Category Archives: Kids

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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Loving Lately – Fall Edition

I love exchanging “favorite things” with my girlfriends, and I love the idea of passing those things along here on the blog. I’ve tried all of these products personally, and my recommendations are not sponsored by any of the brands represented.

Here are just a few items I’ve been loving lately – I hope you find some new favorites!

Wet Brush I love this brush for my own hair, but the reason I bought a second one when I realized it was the ONE way I could brush my daughter’s hair without tears. I even got the travel size! I wash and condition her hair in the bathtub in the evening, and then brush through it with this while it’s still wet. The next morning her hair is still mostly tangle-free, and I’m able to brush through it again. If she has any bad tangles when it’s try, I’ll actually wet the brush or the area of hair to get the tangle out.

Loving Lately: Wet Brush

PopSugar Must Have Box I just love opening presents, and with this service it’s like getting the most amazing box of gifts from my BFF who knows me SO well each month. Seriously, this is a little luxury subscription that has introduced me to so many fabulous things in the past.  I’ve shared this with so many friends who have subscribed and feel the same way! When you sign up here, you can use one of the following referral codes to get $10 off! ABX17YZ or B213YMZ. (PS The new

Here’s a look at one of the recent boxes I loved, valued at more than $100.

Loving Lately: PopSugar Must Have

 

Comfy statement clothes I have been loving ILY Couture lately because they have the cutest tees and sweatshirts in the coziest materials. I have this sweatshirt and this tee. See? I even can pull it off after a salon makeover by my daughter. makeover with e sm

 

Gap 1969 Denim Sateen Jogger These are the most comfortable pants I own. I think I’ve been complimented on them every time I’ve worn them (and hurry, they’re on sale now!).

Loving Lately: Gap 1969 Denim Sateen Jogger

 

2015 Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar Kit This one might seem a little random, but I love these Advent Calendars because they not only work great as a gift, but they also work great for inexpensive Star Wars party favors (check them out here, along with more Star Wars favor ideas!) that are a HUGE hit each year. That’s just $1.66 for each favor that your party guests will actually use! Hurry though – these always sell out way before December!

Loving Lately: Lego Star Wars 2015 Advent Calendar

 

Roomba 880 Okay, so I definitely consider this a luxury item, but now that we live in a home with dark wood floors and three messy children, I don’t want to know a life without this little machine. We set it to run automatically overnight while we’re sleeping, and in the morning, our floors look great! That’s no small feat in our home, so we feel it’s been worth the price.

 

Photo Triggers As a photography hobbiest, I’ve started realizing how few images I have with me in the shot. I want to remember myself as part of the family memories in this stage of life, so I’ve tried to get in the photo more. That means triggers. I have two:

  • HISY Trigger  – This trigger works with your iPhone for on-the-go photos anywhere. It’s small, so tuck it in your purse or in your car so you have it when you need it.
  • Canon Wireless Remote – I use this with my Canon DLSR camera, but you can use this remote for your Nikon DSLR. I have an older model of this remote that I’ve used for years, and am just starting to get use out of.Photo taken using my Canon Wireless Remote

So now, I’m getting more images like this. How else would I capture painting my baby’s piggies for the first time?

 

Expo Disc Speaking of photography, this thing has changed my photos for the better, and I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get it. I used to struggle with getting a good custom white balance I could trust, which lead to more time consuming post processing. With this, all I do is get my settings, place the Expo Disc over my lens and take a photo of the light source, then, remove the Disc, set my custom white balance as usual, and go! This company has lots of great video tutorials on the product to make it even easier. I highly recommend it!

Loving Lately: Expo Disc

 

Command Picture Hanging Strips Since moving to our new home, these babies have been a life saver. My husband hates hanging photos and leveling them. I “have trouble visualizing” which leads to more picture hanging…and holes in the wall. That’s not good for a marriage, folks. So, I buy these in the large packs and hang photos at my every whim. The best part is that If I don’t get it quite right, I just lift it off the wall and reposition it, as long as it still fits on the strip on the wall. If not, I just take them off the wall and start over again. Easy breezy. I’ve never had any trouble with these, but I use the strips that hold up to 16 lbs.,  just in case.

Loving Lately: 3M Command Strips for Pictures and Frames

Living Room with bright pillows and symmetrical wall gallery | Five Marigolds

Photos hung in marital bliss thanks to Command strips.

 

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New Quaker Chewy Thin Mint Bars and Free Printable Wrapper

We’re gearing up for Back to School around here, which is why I was thrilled when BzzAgent recently sent me two free boxes of their new Chewy Girl Scouts Thin Mint granola bars. Talk about a beautiful marriage of foods! Each year we buy Thin Mints in bulk and hoard them until the next cookie selling season, so I’m thrilled to start seeing Thin Mint flavored goodies popping up in the grocery store year-round.

Back To School Granola Bar Wraps Free Printable | Five Marigolds

BzzAgent is an organization that works with brands and provides its ambassadors with samples and coupons in exchange for trying products, sharing their honest opinion, and spreading the word. In this case, the task is easy, because these granola bars are super yummy and kid-approved.  When Dub took his first bite he proclaimed it “Ahh–mazing” and asked if he could have it as his lunchbox treat at school. No problem!

I love to slip little notes and jokes into his lunchbox daily to let him know I’m thinking of him, so I made a few super simple granola bar wraps to add a special touch to his treat. Of course, I couldn’t leave Evelyn out so I made a couple of girly-girl wraps as well.

Want to try these granola bars for yourself? They can find at your local grocery store. Want the wrappers for your kid’s lunchbox? Click here to download your free granola bar wrap printable!

 

Free Back to School Printable: Minecraft Lunchbox Jokes

Dub just loves clever jokes and puns. When I asked him what he most wanted me to pack in his lunch box for his first day of school, he told me he wanted a Minecraft joke.

There aren’t many options out there for Minecraft lunchbox printables, so I created one on me own, an today I’m sharing it with you.

Minecraft Jokes Free Lunchbox Printables | Five Marigolds  Minecraft Jokes Free Lunchbox Printables | Five Marigolds

Lunchbox: Happy Jackson

Minecraft Jokes Free Lunchbox Printables | Five Marigolds

Just click the above image or here for your free Minecraft lunchbox jokes freebie.

Want to see more like these? Let me know in the comments below!

MORE FREE MINECRAFT PRINTABLES: Like these printables? Be sure to check out my other free Minecraft Printables here and here.

 

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Rustic Industrial Boy’s Room on a Budget

This week we finally finished my vision for lights and feature art above Dub’s bed.

Our home didn’t come with overhead lights standard in the bedrooms, so we needed lamps that would put out a lot of light. I struggled to find the right look for his room, because I discovered most lamps max out at 60 watts, and we really needed two 150 watt lamps to adequately light the space.

I was inspired with looks like these:

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Elegant Lighting 1 Light Armed Sconce

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

West Elm Industrial Task Clamp Lamp $69

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Restoration Hardware 1900s Pharmacy Sconce $209

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Millennium Lighting Neo-Industrial 1 Light Wall Sconce $69.90

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Troy Lighting Telegraph Hill 1 Light Wall Sconce

I was looking for something industrial and rustic to fit his space, but didn’t want to break the bank.

That’s when I landed on these clamp lights. They fit the look I was going for, are  just $15 each, and are compatible with up to 300 watt bulbs. I also found this option that is even less expensive and still goes up to 150 watts, but I loved the look of the cage on the lights I chose, and figured they would help prevent touching the bulbs while in use.

Once I landed on the lights, I needed a way to affix them to his wall. I bought these Ikea Shelf Brackets for just $4 each, drilled holes for the cords, and stained them to match his the DIY frames on his wall gallery.

We placed them wide enough on the wall that the placement will still work when he graduates to a full bed in the coming years.

We liked this look as it was, but we decided to give it a more custom look with vintage look fabric electrical cords. We chose the black and white zig zag pattern, but there are so many nice options here that it was hard to choose!

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Industrial Clamp Light Boy's Bedroom Design | Five Marigolds

Industrial Light for Boy's Bedroo | Five Marigolds

Now, if you’re trying this yourself and are working with a low watt light, a very inexpensive option is this cord from Ikea. However, this is only a two wire cord so you’ll want to make sure it’s compatible with your light. It also only works up to 40 watts (400 lumen) which in my house is no bueno.

I think these turned out fantastic, but I still debate weather I should spray paint them or weather the metal down the line. There are so many possibilities with these as he grows and his room evolves.

Industrial Monogram Pallet Sign. | Five Marigolds

Industrial Boy's Bedroom Design. | Five Marigolds

When this project was complete, we spent a total of $75 for the two lights and fixtures – at least half what I would have paid for 2 of my inspiration lights.

These look great when they’re hanging, but Dub also loves the way that they can be used as a spotlight when we use the clamp to adjust them on the bracket.

Rustic Pallet Wall Art for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

For the art above his bed, my dad removed these boards from a pallet using a reciprocating saw. I loved the way these boards were of varying wood stains and colors, so I used all of them together. My husband then screwed these boards to several 1×2 boards. He then added this galvanized letter that I found at Hobby Lobby.

I’m not done with his room quite yet, but I’m happy with the progress we’re making!

Are you considering using industrial shop lights or pallet wood for a traditional indoor space? Let me know if you have any questions and I’d be happy to answer them for you!

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Back to School Wardrobe for Boys – On a Budget

For many, it feels like school just got out for the summer. But in our neck of the woods, summer is already more than half over! Every year I scour summer sales to help build our back to school wardrobe on a budget. I try to find a variety of mix and match pieces to maximize our budget in style. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Back to School Wardrobe for Boys On a Budget | Five Marigolds #BTS

Shopping information:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

What do you think? Do you shop sales early for back to school season, or do you wait for the fall sales?

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Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5

I was browsing Anthropologie recently and fell in love with this Striped Heart Tank by Sundry:

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

So. cute. But the price tag is not so cute. $70 for a cotton tank? No thanks! But it kept popping up in my Facebook feed, willing me to buy it.

That’s when I decided to try to make it myself, but finding a plain white tank was a lot harder than I expected. I ended up just getting a Faded Glory tank from Wal-Mart on a recent grocery trip.  It was the first white tank I found without a pocket, and at $3.96, the price was right!

I whipped up an 8″ x8″ template in Photoshop:

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

I then loaded the pattern into my Silhouette software. My usual method is to use clear contact paper in my Silhouette to make a template because you can get a giant roll for less than $5. Then I use a Tulip soft fabric paint, making sure to insert cardboard into the shirt first to prevent bleeding to the other side. The best part of this application method is that it’s incredibly inexpensive and long lasting.

This time, however, I happened to have some leftover heat transfer vinyl  from a project last year. I ran my design through the Silhouette, removed the excess vinyl, and ironed it on.

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

Next, I added a bit of contrast stitching along the bottom hemline  to give it a more expensive, custom look.

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

I adore this tank and have gotten so many compliments on it. When Eve first saw it, she insisted on a matching tank (I found two great , inexpensive options here and here). I just shrunk the template slightly ( to about 5.25″ x 5.25″) and applied it using the same method. Again, in retrospect I probably would have gone bigger for this one, as well. For this top, I did more stitching to more closely replicate the inspiration top. Instead of using the sewing machine, I hand stitched the hemlines using flossing thread to get that perfectly imperfect look.  think it’s even cuter in this mini size!

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

I hope you’re a fan of my copycat chic Striped Heart Tank. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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