The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

4 Simple Ways to Refresh a Room & Weekly Link Party

Does the new year have you wanting to refresh and reorganize your home? I know I'm ready to dive in and tackle some spaces in my home. Sometimes it's a bit overwhelming on where to even start. Simple changes can make a BIG impact, though. Here are four super simple ideas for a quick room refresh. They'll have you on your way to creating a home you love in no time!
1. Dollar Store Bin Makeover for Pretty Storage / The Country Chic Cottage
Can you believe that those white bins came from the Dollar Store? It's amazing what a little paint can do. Adding plenty of storage to a room gives everything a proper place which cuts down on clutter. And storage is not just functional. It's also decorative!

2. Free Printable Succulent Art / Lolly Jane
Skip expensive art and wall hangings and opt for one of the thousands of free printables that can be found online. This one from Lolly Jane makes the space feel whimsical and happy. Printables are perfect for framing or even displaying on a clipboard like this one.

3. Natural Furniture Distressing Tutorial / Thirty Eighth Street
This furniture makeover is another example of the transformative power of paint. Grab a paint brush and give this technique a try. Refreshing the furniture will, in turn, give your home a refreshed look.

4. Mason Jar Chalkboard Caddy / Crafts Unleashed
Create a caddy like this for kitchen utensils, office supplies, or even house plants. It's a quick DIY that gives you a fun accessory to add to any room.

Let's recap! Plenty of storage, fun printables, furniture makeovers, and small caddies or accessories are a great way to instantly refresh a room!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Printable Coloring Pages for Kids -- Goldfish

Coloring has made a BIG comeback in recent years. This simple pastime is a great quiet time activity for kids. Coloring isn't just for children, though. Break out the crayons and markers and enjoy these printable coloring pages right along with your kids. They feature cute, happy goldfish that will have everyone smiling! Best of all...these coloring pages are completely FREE to print right here from the blog.
Coloring is an activity with loads of benefits. It improves focus, fosters creativity, and sharpens fine motor skills. Tasty snacks and fun coloring pages create an environment that encourages the whole family to sit down and enjoy quality time together. That might be the best benefit of all!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Bars

Few things go together as well as peanut butter and jelly. They're a classic combination that most kids can't get enough of. At least my kids can't get enough of them. I think my youngest son would eat peanut butter and jelly for every meal if I'd let him. That might be why he loves these Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Bars so much! They are perfect served at breakfast, lunch, or snack time. Looking for a delicious recipe that your kids will love? Here's a great one to try!
In an effort to keep these Oatmeal Bars more on the healthy side of the snack spectrum rather than the dessert side, I tried to use as many wholesome, natural ingredients as I could for these Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Bars. I even used Jif Natural Peanut. I've gotten to where I prefer the natural version of peanut butter. Have you tried it? And Smucker's Fruit and Honey Jam is one of my favorites!
Shopping Savings Secret!
We picked up the ingredients we needed for these oatmeal bars while on a grocery run to Target. I have to confess that Target is truly one of my favorite places to shop. I mean...just look at the cute Valentine's Day items near the peanut butter and jelly. See? They get me every time. I also love Target for their coupons and their Cartwheel savings app. As a mom with three kids--two of whom are boys already eating me out of house and home at the ages of 5 and 3--I use several rebate/savings apps to help save on groceries. (Maybe I need to share them all in a future blog post.) The Target Cartwheel app is one that has saved me hundreds. You just download the app and use the scanner feature to scan your items as you place them into your cart. The app will let you know if there are discounts available for that item. Then you have the cashier do one final scan at checkout and you've saved on your shopping trip. Oh, and I have great news! There are currently Cartwheel offers for both Jif and Smucker's! Now you can save on the two main ingredients needed for this recipe.
Ready to grab those ingredients and try this peanut butter and jelly recipe for yourself? Here it is!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Activities for Kids and Weekly Link Party

Looking for fun activities to do with the kids this winter? Here are some awesome ideas to try! From cute crafts to coloring pages, you and the kiddos are sure to find something that you can do together to chase the winter blues away during these cold, blustery months.
1. DIY Snowman Popcorn Boxes / Crafts Unleashed
Aren't these adorable?! And they look fun to make! They're perfect for winter themed parties or even movie nights enjoyed from the comfort of home.

2. Arctic Animal Number Cards / Welcome to Mommyhood
Looking for an educational activity for your little one? These cards are super cute! They're a great way to practice counting and number recognition. Be sure to also check out this site's Snowman Shapes Printables.

3. Ear Muff Oreo Cookies / My Thoughts: Ideas and Ramblings
For a fun treat to make with the kids this winter, check out these adorable, chocolate-dipped Oreos!

4. Animals that Hibernate in Winter Coloring Book / The Natural Homeschool
Teach your child about hibernation and the animals that use this behavior to survive winter with these cute, printable coloring book pages.

5. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Printable / Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading
Let your child sharpen their creativity and find motor skills with this cute cut and paste activity!

For more indoor winter activities for kids check out these fun posts!

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