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Fall Fairy Garden Wreath How-To

This Fall Fairy Garden Wreath turned out so cute, didn't it?! My favorite part? It only took $3 worth of Fall items from Dollar Tree to transition my original Easy Fairy Garden Wreath, for the Fall season. This Fall Fairy Wreath is lighted with micro lights. I love that these little micro-lights are on a timer, so they light up automatically at the same time each day. It gives off such a lovely soft glow at night; perfect for creating a little ambiance and warmth in your home during the Fall months.  

Hi friends, how have you been? This year I decided to transition some of the décor in my home for the Fall season, with simple updates. Some of the items that I updated for Fall, were still hanging around from Spring/Summer, and some of the Décor was from last Fall and it just needed a little sprucing up. This Fall Fairy Garden Wreath is among one of my favorite DIY Fall updates, so far. It only took about 10 minutes to transition my original Fairy Garden Wreath, for the Fall season.  I didn't even use all of the ribbon, vase filler, or Fall leaves - so this transformation really wound up costing UNDER $3!

If you don't already have a Fairy Garden wreath hanging around to transform, that's OK! Read on for the full supply list from my original Easy Fairy Garden Wreath How-To, and a list of simple add-ins for Fall.

DIY Glow-In-The-Dark Monster Eyes - A Super Simple $4 Halloween Lawn Decor Idea

Halloween is nearing! If you're on the hunt for easy DIY Halloween Lawn Décor, this is it! These Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes were so incredibly simple to put together, a child can do it (or at least help out!) Another plus? These DIY Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes only ending up costing about $4 (TOTAL - for several sets of completed glow in the dark googly monster eyes.) Aside from the paint (that I picked up at A.C. Moore for a little over $1 with the help of one of their high value coupons at  I grabbed everything from Dollar Tree. 

Friends, in all honesty, I haven't ever really gone over-the top with my decorations for Halloween. In fact, most years, I simply decorate for the Fall season. It's just easier. Think faux fall leaves, and flower arrangements, pretty wreaths, burlap garlands; basically items that transition easily straight on through to Thanksgiving. My oldest daughter is really into Halloween though, so this year I'm trying to amp up our Halloween Lawn Décor a bit.  These DIY Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes were just the right touch. The glow in the dark paint charges in the daylight, and the eyes give off a yellow glow from our potted plants and garden beds, at night. All of the kids LOVE them, as do the neighbors.

Read on for the simple supply list and for our easy tutorial to make your own DIY Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes, below

Pumpkin Mini Canvas Halloween Kids Craft

This Pumpkin Mini Canvas Halloween Kids craft is so incredibly simple to do, and the finished product is super cute too! From toddlers to tweens, this pumpkin mini canvas DIY Halloween Décor is an easy craft that the entire family can have fun with. 

Hi friends, how have you been? When the record breaking heat finally gave way this past weekend, it made way for record rainfall. My goodness, the weather has been a little crazy these past few months, hasn't it? Needless to say, in the whirlwind of weird weather, we've been spending most of our time indoors these past few days. I had a few mini canvases on-hand, and a few other simple supplies, so I decided to do this simple craft with my kids this past weekend. While we used multi-surface paint, you could easily use non-toxic finger paint or a fast drying paint such as Kwik Stix, with toddlers and younger kids. 

Read on to grab the simple supply list, and for our tutorial.

5 Things To Teach Your Teen Before They Go To College

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These are my top 5, friends. The top 5 things to teach teens before they go to college.
As a mom of 4, I want to make sure that my kids are educated about a large range of topics before they head off to college. See the emphasis on before? These are lessons that I want them to learn prior to leaving home, not after, and certainly not the hard way. These are the sage nuggets of wisdom that will help them navigate the ups and downs of daily life, when I’m not there to help them 24/7. Some of these lessons are simple enough and are easily taught over the years, and some require an open, rolling dialogue as children get older.
The days may be long, friends, however, the years are indeed short. Having both toddlers and teenagers in the house has taught me that much. It seems as though my older two were pudgy face toddlers mere moments ago, yet they both surpass me in height now. They are growing up so fast! I'm trying not to blink, because I know that before I know it, surely before I'm ready, they'll be off to new adventures. While I may never be truly ready to see my kids go, I definitely want to make sure that they are prepared when they do head out on their own.

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Woodland Animals Mini Embroidery Hoops For Kids + Free Printable Deer, Fox, and Owl Patterns / Templates Kids Sewing Series at One Savvy Mom™ Project #6

These Woodland Animals Mini Embroidery Hoops For Kids turned out so cute, didn't they? They're incredibly easy to stitch together too! We even went ahead and  made the Deer, Fox, and Owl 5" Embroidery Patterns/Templates available as a free printable (head to the link at the bottom of this post to grab your free printable templates/patterns.)

Hi friends, how have you been? We're back with another fun project today! This is project #6 in our Kids Sewing Series, here at One Savvy Mom™. These small woodland  animals embroidery hoops only took my older daughter (11 yrs.) about 20-25 minutes each to stitch together. I helped her sketch out some patterns and shapes for the felt components, using a paper and pencil, first. Then, she cut them out and used them as a guide to cut her felt pieces. While we were sketching the shapes out, she proposed that I upload the patterns here as free printable templates, to make these little sewing projects a little easier for young children. So, that's what I did - I hope they help!

Read on for the simple supply lists to make these cute Woodland Animals Mini Hoops with the kids + grab your free printable deer, fox, and owl 5" embroidery hoop patterns/templates. 

Easy Halloween Kids Embroidery Hoops - Kids Sewing Series at One Savvy Mom™ Project #5

These spider and jack-o-lantern / pumpkin Halloween Kids Embroidery Hoops, are super simple to stitch together, and when they're finished they make some seriously cute DIY Halloween Décor! This is project #5 in our Kids Sewing Series, here at One Savvy Mom™.

Hi friends, how have you been? The summer was super busy around here. While it was fun to have a few uninterrupted weeks with the kids, I'm definitely ready to settle into a routine again. I'm ready for cooler temps, fall leaves, and all of the delicious flavors of the season. Seriously, bring on the pumpkin spice coffee EVERYTHING! As we're gearing up for the season change, I thought it would be fun to start with a few small sewing projects with my older daughter this past weekend, and begin adding to our Kids Sewing Series here at One Savvy Mom™, again.

Each hoop is easy to complete in an hour or less (depending on how quick your young sewer is with the needle work.) The Spider Embroidery Hoop and Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Embroidery Hoops rang in at under $5 (total/for both combined.) Not bad at all, in my opinion!

Grab the simple supply list and follow our simple tutorials for making these easy Halloween Kids Hoops, below.

Play-Doh Supplies Gift Cake - Fun Toddler Gift Idea!

Play-Doh! Friends, I think it's safe to say that my toddler is officially obsessed with the stuff. She recently celebrated her 2nd birthday, and this fun Play-Doh Supplies Gift Cake was definitely a BIG HIT!

For me, half the fun in gift-giving, is in the presentation. This is such a fun way to present all of these fun Play dough supplies as a gift for toddlers, and it's incredibly easy to assemble too. With a few simple supplies, this 4 tier Play-Doh Supplies Gift Cake came together in about 15 minutes. It's a great under $15 birthday gift idea for toddlers. My daughter was so in love with her Play-Doh Supplies Gift Cake, she barely noticed all of the other fun goodies that we got her. This was definitely the hit of the party; total mom-win!

Read on for the full supply list and easy tutorial, to make your own Play-Doh Supplies Gift Cake!