Why I Switched to the Cricut Explore Air

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Over the summer of 2016 I did something pretty radical, at least for me– After spending three years working with my Silhouette Portrait, I switched to the Cricut Explore Air™ machine   I know that some people who knew me were confused about my switch.  Mellow Man, my husband, was confused.  He didn’t get why I had another machine that did something nearly identical.  Given his confusion, and then the Big One asking why I had a new machine next to my desk.  That got me to thinking that maybe others might be interested in why I switched to the Cricut Explore Air.

Are you unsure of which cutting machine to choose? Let me tell you why I switched to using a Cricut Explore Air. I review the things that I love about the machine along with reflections on the Silhouette line of products. {Post sponsored by Cricut.}
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Easy DIY Goldfish Snacks Jar

The Monkey loves Goldfish crackers, particularly when he gets home from preschool and needs a little quiet time after a day of playing and learning.  He asks to watch one of “My Shows, not grown-up shows!” and requests Goldfish crackers and a cup of milk.  He also likes to be independent.  That’s very important for him.  We keep most of his straws, cups and dishes at a level that he can reach because it’s very important that he does it “all by myself.”  I made with a clear storage jar and some spare vinyl this quick and easy DIY Goldfish Snacks Jar, so that the Monkey can get his own yummy Goldfish Crackers.

Make this easy, DIY "Goldfish Snacks" Jar to store your children's favorite Goldfish crackers. This fun and cheerful container is a great way to keep the crackers ready for snacking and sharing with your kiddos during your favorite family times. {Sponsored by Pepperidge Farms.}

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Cinnamon Bread: A Quick Bread Recipe

I can’t remember a time when my grandmother didn’t make this quick bread recipe for cinnamon bread.  It’s one of recipes that when I make it, I’m instantly reminded of watching her bake during the holidays.  Plus, this cinnamon bread is great by itself without any embellishments, warm out of the oven, but it’s equally yummy when it is lightly toasted and served with butter.  This makes it a great recipe to serve for breakfast or brunch.  If you are looking for something to serve at your next brunch or to take to the office for a morning meeting, then this cinnamon bread is the one for you.

This Cinnamon Bread recipe is a yummy quick bread that is perfect for breakfast, to take a brunch or to give as a gift. Along with this recipe check out over 20 other delicious breakfast recipes!

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Easy DIY Conversation Heart Bookmark

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Mellow Man loves Necco Wafers. They are his favorite candy. I don’t get the attraction to them, but I suspect the best part of Valentine’s Day for him is the Sweethearts.  While I don’t find them that delicious, I would definitely say that Sweethearts are an iconic part of Valentine’s Day.  I mean who doesn’t think of conversation hearts when thinking about Valentine’s Day.  Over the past few months, I’ve been gathering dozens of craft ideas for conversation hearts, and there are a lot of ideas out there.  I’ve seen lots of wonderful recreations of the “hearts in clay and salt dough, and a variety of rings and bracelets made with conversations hearts.  I didn’t think that Mellow Man would appreciate jewelry, so I decided to use an actual conversation heart to create my very own, quick and easy DIY Conversation Heart Bookmark.

Easy to make DIY Conversation Book Mark
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Upcycled, No Sew Diaper Box for Storage

We have a lot of diaper boxes in our house.  Not as many as before, now that the Monkey only wears pull-ups at night, but we’ve got a lot of Huggies boxes sitting around.  Many are in our basement holding toys and clothes.  Overall, I have found that they are incredible durable and strong boxes, and can be repurposed for many things.  We also have a lot of blankets or “woobies” in our house.  The little boys seem to love all of their quilts, receiving blankets and afghans that they have received since their birth, and I’m running out of places to store them.  That got me to thinking that what I needed to do– make my very own upcycled no sew diaper box to store all  boxof the boys’ woobies.  Now I recently bought a huge box of Huggies at Sam’s Club, which I’m going to tell you about later, but realized that the box wouldn’t fit underneath the Peanut’s Crib.  I decided to cover a slightly smaller Huggies box to create a storage container for the Littles’ woobies.
Cardboard diaper boxes are sturdy and great to upcycle. Here's an easy tutorial to cover your own Huggies Diaper box. It's an easy DIY project and you can line the box and personalize the storage with felt letters. Project was sponsored by Huggies Diapers. [Read more…]