Our Chicago vacation using CityPASS

This past week, our family went to Chicago and used the CityPASS, which is a ticket booklet with discounts from five area attractions. City Pass claims to save you 50%, and you are also allowed to skip the main line and get a VIP entry. CityPASS is also available in other cities, such as New York City, Boston and Atlanta. Here is a run-down of each attraction that we visited in Chicago. Also read below for restaurant reviews.1. Shedd Aquarium...more

Our vacation to New Buffalo, Michigan

Our family has traveled to Lake Michigan since my boys were babies, and last summer, we decided to try a new beach town – New Buffalo. We absolutely loved the town and what it had to offer! ...more

My $4 garage sale find!

I was so excited to find this nightstand in a garage sale a couple of weeks ago. It was only $4! I snatched it up and had big plans for it. First, I sanded it with a electric hand sander. I wiped all the dust off. To paint it, I used some white semi-gloss paint we had leftover from a previous project. It still needed something to make it special. I found the drawer pull at Lowes for $5. To line drawer and the cover the back of the bottom shelf, I got contact paper from Target....more

Teacher Gift Tag for a "Shoe Lover"

My son’s teacher has over 200 pairs of shoes, so I wanted to do something special for her with a “shoe” theme. I found this cute lunch bag at Michael’s, and it has a  high-heeled shoe on it!...more

The Summer Bucket

Here’s a quick Momma Owl tip for the end of the school year. Surprise your kids with a summer bucket filled with fun surprises. In our bucket, I included sidewalk chalk, bubbles, kites, a giant Mad Lib book, coloring books, swim goggles and popsicle makers. You can include whatever your family likes to do. And you could certainly add to it throughout the summer!Amber Tincher and Amy Leckrone...more

Sew your own curtains

Here are some very simple curtains that you can sew yourself! If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could try it with fabric glue. You will need:About 2 yards of fabricRibbon to matchFabric scissorsStraight pinsSewing machine or fabric glueWhat to do:...more

Easter Basket Cake

Idea submitted by Sue of Bishop, GA You will need:...more

Painting Fun

I thought it would be a fun project for the kids to do a kind of sticker resist painting. I was inspired after seeing this post at PlayDrMom. I thought the shamrock painting was super cute however I was not able to find the die-cut shamrock stickers. I still wanted to do some kind of painting like this. So instead of using stickers, I decided to use painter’s tape to make our initials. I was able to find 8 x 10 inch white canvases at Micheal’s....more

Our kitchen remodel

In the fall of 2013, we underwent a kitchen remodel. Our house was built in 1981, and the kitchen had been updated here and there over the years. It used to be painted mauve and had some 1980′s wallpaper. There was a peninsula with cabinets hanging down from the ceiling. The previous owners took out the peninsula and added an island instead. They also installed can lighting, and we had bought new appliances over the past few years. However the cabinets were still original and were starting to show their age. We also didn’t have much space with the island. Here are some “before” pics....more
It looks terrific!more

Get rid of hard water deposits with this showerhead and faucet cleaner

Do you have any faucets or showerheads that are clogged with hard water deposits? Do they tend to spray in different directions instead of in a smooth flow? If so, try this super easy cleaning method. I tried it on a faucet that was spraying everywhere. I finally realized that it was clogged and tried this amazing trick. It really worked! Thanks to this blog post that I found on Pinterest.You will need:...more