Spring Cleaning Made Easy {free printables}

Spring Cleaning can be a whole lot easier when it’s organized.  And pretty.  {smiling}  If you are you looking for a way to streamline your spring cleaning, and figure out what the heck you should be cleaning with a checklist, this FREE system is for you.   I’m so excited about it and can’t wait to bring you more organization helps each month!!!

spring cleaning checklist

This month, with the help of Tricia Rennea {Tricia designed the printables}, I decided to take spring cleaning to a whole new level.  Now I have system to spring clean that not only works, it looks gorgeous too.  The 4 page system includes a calendar page with the month at a glance with a place for notes, a page to plan a week at a time with each day accounted for, a spring cleaning checklist that is blank so you can fill in items to be completed, and a page which includes bulleted items to be completed broken down by room in the house. {fabulous}

Spring Cleaning Printables

spring cleaning

  • Calendar page including the month at a glance with a place for notes
  • a page to plan a week at a time with each day accounted for
  •  a spring cleaning checklist that is blank so you can fill in items to be completed
  • and a page which includes bulleted items to be completed broken down by room in the house.

April Calendar (201){click on links to download}

Spring Cleaning Printables (301)

These adorable Menu Planning Printables were designed by Tricia Rennea.  She can design just about anything, so if you ever need printables, she’s your gal!

  • Print onto regular printer paper.
  • Slip into page protectors and place in a binder to help stay organized!
  • I’d recommend printing extras so that you have lots of extras on hand.

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20 Cool Hairstyles for Women & Girls and How to Do Them {hair tutorials}

How to do cool hairstyles that are easy but look fabulous are a must this season.   These braid, bun and fun hairstyle tutorials, including How to Fishtail Braid, how to french braid, how to make a heart braid, how to make a 4 strand braid, how to do a side bun, Sea Shell Flip Bun, How to do a Braided Sock Bun,  How to do an Upside-down Braid Into-a-Bun, How to Make a Staircase bun/braid,  How to make a Twistie Bun and more, range from easy to a bit difficult, but all are worth learning as they look fabulous in the hair!

Braid Tutorial

who to do a rope braid

1.  How to Make a Rope Braid –  How to Make a Rope Braid that doesn’t fall out or unravel just takes the right technique and twisting.  My daughter made this quick video tutorial to show you how, and if you follow her easy instructions, you’ll have some beautiful twists or rope braids in a matter of minutes!  I just love how this looks, and I especially hove how the hair looks after it’s been in these twists after a few hours and is taken out.  Lovely.

 Heart Braid

2.  How to Make a Heart Braid - How to Make a Heart Braid is easier than you may think.   I think this is my favorite braid ever, and it’s EASY.

dutch princess braid

3.  Dutch Princess Braid - How to Make a Dutch Princess Braid  is a fun hair style for those that like pretty feminine braids that don’t take a lot of effort and leave some of the hair unbraided and flowing.  A dutch braid is like a french braid, but it looks more bulky (in a good way) since the braid is inverted.

Katniss Braid

4.  How to Make a Katniss Braid - How to Make a Katniss Braid is a bit harder to do on yourself than others, but still do-able.   It’s all the rage this season thanks to The Hunger Games!

4 Strand Braid

5.  How to Make a 4-Strand Braid - How to Make a 4 Strand Braid is a twist on a regular braid.  It looks super cool, but it’s hard and takes a lot of practice.  The practice will pay off though because everywhere you go you’ll get a compliment.   Remember, keep practicing and eventually you’ll get it!

 Waterfall Braid

6.  How to Make a Waterfall Braid - How to Make a Waterfall Braid is just like a french braid but with a dropped piece that makes the braid look like a waterfall, which is really cool.  It’s super easy to do but it looks like it took a long time so it has lots of wow factor.   The waterfall braid is one of my new favorites!

Snake Braid

7.  How to Make a Snake Braid –  How to Make a Snake Braid is easier than you may think.  Watch the video and see just how easy!

French Braid

8.  How to Make a French Braid - How to Make a French Braid takes a little practice.   French braids are super common, but many people have no idea how to do them.  See how easy it is?

Dutch Braid

9.  How to Make a Dutch Braid – How to Make a Dutch Braid is similar to making a French braid.   The braid is on the outside, rather than the inside.  Practice makes perfect!

How to Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

10.  How to Make a Fishtail Braid - How to Make a Fish Tail Braid is easier than it looks.  It takes only two strands of hair and crossing hair over each other.

French Fish Tail Braid

11.  How to Make a French Fish Tail Braid - How to Make a French Fish Tail Braid takes a little coordination and looks beautiful.  The video will show you how.

braid without a pony holder

12.  Braid Without a Pony Holder - How to Make a Braid without a Pony Holdersometimes also referred to as an Organic Braid, is a braid that doesn’t use a pony holder to secure the braid at the end.  It’s a great braid to use to secure your hair when you want it out of your way for any reason, especially if you don’t have a brush because you want your hair messy to start.  It helps the braid stay in.

Pony Tail Tutorials

braid in pony tail

13.  Braid in a Pony Holder - How to Make a Braid in a Pony Tail Hairstyle is a fun hair style for those that love a pony tail, like braids, and don’t want to spend a ton of time on their hair.   This tutorial also utilizes the  Wrap Around Pony Tail to a more polished look.

wrap around pony tail

14.  Wrap Around Pony Tail - How to Make a Wrap Around Pony Tail is super easy and makes a nice finish to a pony tail.

Up-Do & Bun Tutorials

easy side bun

15.  How to Make an Easy Side Bun –  How to Make an Easy Side Bun actually works best if you haven’t brushed your hair so it’s not super slippery.  It’s meant to look a bit sloppy, so the effect you are going for is NOT sleek and perfect. We love how it looks with a bow.

upside down braid into bun

16.  How to Do an Upside-Down Braid Into a Bun {hair tutorial} -How to Do an Upside-Down Braid into a Bun is my absolute favorite Up-Do style for the summer.  My thirteen year old daughter started doing this style on herself this spring and then tried it on me this week and I’m hooked.  If you know how to french braid, you’ll be able to do this style with ease, if not, here’s a video tutorial (you just have to do it upside down).  It just takes 3 steps and you have a gorgeous up-do that’s not fussy and lasts all day.

How to Make a "Twisty" Bun {hair tutorial}

17.  How to Make a “Twisty” Bun {hair tutorial} - How to Make a “Twisty” Bun is one of my favorite Up-Do styles for the summer.  My thirteen year old daughter does this style for me and it never fails to draw tons of compliments.    The undo is perfect for the summer because it gets your hair up and off your neck so you’ll stay cool, and it also looks really pretty.  I just love that this “twisty” bun can be dressed up or down.  It’s super simple to do, too!

sea shell flip bun

18.  How to Make a Sea Shell Flip Bun {hair tutorial} –  How to Make a Sea Shell Flip Bun is a great Up-Do styles for the summer because it looks so summery.  The silhouette actually looks like a sea shell and of all the updo’s my daughter does for me, I have worn this one the most. It can easily go from casual to formal, and that’s one of the things I love most about it.  Here’s how to make a Sea Shell Flip bun, with a video tutorial for making a princess lace braid in case you don’t know how.  You can also make this braid without the braid and it looks lovely.

staircase bun/braid

19.  How to Make a Staircase Bun/Braid {hair tutorial} - How to Make a Staircase Bun/Braid is a fun Up-Do style for the summer, and I can almost guarantee you won’t find anyone else with the same hair that day.  This hairstyle requires a dutch braid on a diagonal so it’s a bit difficult to do it on yourself.  If you have a friend or daughter that loves to do hair, I’d get their help with this one!

braided sock bun

20.  How to Make a Braided Sock Bun {hair tutorial} - How to Make a Braided Sock Bun is the most time consuming of my top Up-Do styles for the summer.  It’s easy to do, but takes a bit of time because it requires a few small braids within the bun and those will take a few minutes.  The pictures don’t really show how pretty the braids are within the bun.  They really pop and add dimension to the hair do that is unexpected and super pretty.  I just love the braided sock bun up-do!

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FREE Spring Printable Tags

Spring Printable Tags are  fun and make embellishing treats for Spring or Easter super.  Give homemade treats or gifts with printable tags for a little treat to show someone you care!  I just love these Printable Spring Tags with tulips on them.  They are so versatile.  They are the perfect tag for any Spring treat, and they’d even make a really cute banner or bunting for  Easter or Spring Decoration, so they can do double duty!  The best part is that they are FREE!  Just print, cut and use!

Spring Printable Tags

spring printable tags

Free Printable Files!

tulip tags

Spring Printable Tags (205){click on link to download}

These adorable Spring printables with Tulips on them were designed by Tricia Rennea.  She can design just about anything, so if you ever need printables, she’s your gal!

  • I’d recommend printing on white card stock or matte photo paper.
  • Then cut out and use to embellish you Spring or Easter gift or treat.
  • If you are making a banner or bunting, simply punch a hole in the upper corners of the tag and thread a ribbon through each hole.  So simple!

More Spring Tutorials

Braid in a Pony Tail Hairstyle {hair tutorial}

How to Make a Braid in a Pony Tail Hairstyle is a fun hair style for those that love a pony tail, like braids, and don’t want to spend a ton of time on their hair.   This tutorial also utilizes the  Wrap Around Pony Tail to a more polished look.   This tutorial was done by my 14 year old daughter on her sister so you don’t need to be an expert to achieve this braid.  Watch the video to see how.

braid in pony tail

How to Make a Braid in Pony Tail Hairstyle

{Link for Braid in Pony Tail video}

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DIY Spring Moss Art

Making a Spring Moss Art Craft that is useful, pretty, and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Spring Moss Art tutorial!  All of the supplies needed were purchased in one store, Hobby Lobby.  Don’t you just love one stop shopping?  The best part is that you can make it in under 15 minutes.  Seriously!  I found my inspiration from this tutorial, but modified it by using a bird’s nest and eggs instead.  Get into the spirit of Spring and Easter with this festive moss art!

Moss Art

Materials Needed

Supplies

  • White Picture Frame
  • Moss Mat (floral section of Hobby Lobby)
  • Bird’s Nest with Eggs (floral section of Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions for Making Spring Moss Art

Cut Moss

  • Make a template for the moss to fit snuggly on top of the glass of the frame.  (I used the tissue paper that lines and divides the moss mat.)  On the back side of the moss mat trace and cut to size.

Assemble the Moss Art

Moss Art

  • Hot glue the moss mat to the inside of your frame.  Make sure you get some glue in the center of the mat so it doesn’t bubble or wrinkle.

Moss Art

Moss Art

  • Generously hot glue the back of the bird’s nest and adhere to the center of the moss.  Voila!  Your artwork is now ready to display and enjoy!

DIY Spring Moss Art

And that’s how I made an easy peasy DIY Spring Moss Art that’s the perfect accent for your Spring and Easter decor. Happy Crafting!

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Edible Bird’s Nest {recipe}

How to Make this Edible Bird’s Nest Recipe is a snap.  It’s similar to rice krispie treats but uses chow mein noodles instead.  So, you know just how easy they are to make.  Bake at 350 has this simple recipe I was inspired by and changed things up a tad and added some fun Easter sprinkles.  There’s no better way to welcome spring than with a fun treat, right?

Edible Bird's Nest

Edible Bird’s Nest

Edible Bird’s Nest {recipe}
Author: 
Recipe type: Edible Bird’s Nest
Cuisine: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 18
 
Easy edible bird’s nest cookies perfect for Easter and Spring.
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 4 cups Chow Mein Noodles
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • Easter Sprinkles
  • Mini Cadbury Eggs
Instructions
  1. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. When butter is almost melted add the marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla and chow mein noodles.
  4. Tip: Rub a small amount of Crisco onto your hands so that the mixture won’t stick when forming the nests.
  5. Take a golf ball sized portion of the mix, gently press into a muffin cup, use your fingers to push down the center to make a recessed bowl.
  6. Add sprinkles. (If you add the sprinkles to the mix they will melt so add after you’ve shaped the nests.)
  7. Cool.
  8. Add mini Cadbury eggs.
  9. Enjoy!

How To Make the Nests

how to nests

A muffin pan is perfect for shaping the nests.  Simply spray with Pam or other non-stick spray so they won’t stick to the pan.

Nest Cookies

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PicMonkey Tutorial: How to Add a Transparent Overlay to Your Image

Everyone seems to be using overlays on their images these days, including me.  I have used PicMonkey for ages and I love that it’s FREE and super intuitive.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how edit images, make collages, or add text, overlays or banners to photos.  I’ve even learned how to make basic printable tags which for a dummy like me is pretty amazing.  Recently I’ve noticed a trend towards using transparent overlays or banners with text to compliment photos and I love how it looks.  I wanted to learn how, so I did, and now you can too!  Read on for step by step directions!

Edible Bird's Nest

What is an Overlay?

tissue paper flowers

Overlays are those pretty shapes you’ve noticed on photos all over the internet.  They tell you what the image is or what to expect in the tutorial so they are useful as well as pretty.  I usually use two overlays on my images.  The first overlay is my watermark, which is transparent.  It allows for a clean background for my text allowing it to standout without compromising the photo.  I have to pay extra to use my own overlay in PicMonkey.

picmonkey

The second kind of overlay I use is the overlay that PicMonkey provides.  I usually use the “banners” and “labels” within the “overlay” category.

How to Add a Velum Overlay to Your Image

It’s easy to add overlays to your pictures using PicMonkey.

First,  click “Edit a Photo” to upload the photo you want to enhance.

In the Overlays menu (butterfly icon) select “Banners”.

Select Banner

Enlarge overlay banner to the size desired.

Enlarge Overlay

Next, use the Color slide to adjust the color of the overlay to white.

Change to white

Next, use the Fade slide to adjust the transparency of the overlay.  (I used 35%.)

Fade

Fade Overlay

After you have changed the overlay to transparent you can save your image.  Click “Edit a Photo” and pull the saved image back up and then add your text.

Easy right?

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Easy Lemonade Cupcakes {recipe}

How to Make this Easy Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe is a snap.  The recipe is perfect for Spring and has a secret ingredient for super moist cupcakes – pudding mix.   Achieving great frosting is easier than you’d think too, you just need a ziplock back with the end cup off.  So, wow your family and friends with these luscious lemony cupcakes that look and taste too delicious to be easy.   There’s no better way to welcome spring than with cupcakes, right?

easy lemonade cupcake

Easy Lemonade Cupcakes

Easy Lemonade Cupcakes {recipe}
Author: 
Recipe type: Easy Lemonade Cupcakes
Cuisine: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24
 
Easy Lemonade Cupcake Recipe perfect for Spring.
Ingredients
  • Cupcakes
  • 1 box of lemon cake mix {I used Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix}
  • 1 3.4 oz box of lemon instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 TBS presweetened lemonade flavor drink mix {I used Smuckers}
  • Frosting
  • ¼ cup presweetened lemonade flavor drink mix {I used Smuckers}
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 stick of butter- softened
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 4 drops yellow food color {I used more because my lemonade mix was pink}
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan.
  3. Blend cupcake ingredients until moistened and stir until lumps are gone and all ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Pour Batter into cupcake liners and bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.
  5. *To make the cupcakes, follow the directions on the back of the box, and add one extra egg, the pudding mix and lemonade mix.
  6. Frosting:
  7. Stir lemonade mix and water until mix is dissolved in small bowl.
  8. In large bowl, beat butter, whipping cream and lemonade mixture until creamy.
  9. Beat in powdered sugar and food color until well blended.
  10. Frost cupcakes. Insert Washi Tape Straws.
Notes
Add frosting to bag, snip end and pipe onto cooled cupcakes for finished look!

How To Easy Washi Tape Flags

washi tape flags

Using Washi Tape flags is one of my favorite ways to embellish cupcakes, and making them is super easy.  Simply lay a toothpick on a roll of wash tape, fold the tape over onto itself, and then cut.  Then, fold the ends together and snip a little “V” going towards the toothpick so that you get a flag at the end with the same angles and lengths!

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How to Do Abstract Rose Nail Art {Easy Nail Tutorial}

How to Apply Abstract Rose Nail Art is actually much easier than you’d ever imagine.  My 12 year old daughter did her nails this way and I was stunned by the results.  They looked so amazing that I was astounded.  They are hands down my favorite spring time nail art.  The best part is that you don’t need any fancy tools or special training.  Grab your nail polishes, a tooth pick and get painting!  You’ll love how your nails turn out and you’ll get tons of compliments.

abstract rose nail art

How to Do Abstract Rose Nail Art

{Link for Abstract Rose Nail Art video}

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