DIY Game Night

Impromptu game nights are a great way to get younger kids together for a couple hours and create memories to last a lifetime.  Our recent game night, cost us less than $25 for 3 hours of fun… and that was just on food!  We ordered 3 hot and ready pizzas for when the kids arrived and bought some ice cream for after the games.  

I created the games from supplies at home and the kids loved them more than the store bought games.  They had a blast and I’m already brainstorming ideas for games for next time!

Don’t be scared!  Have the kids throw out an invite to some friends, and get ready for a house full of laughter!

Twerk it Out

What you Need:
  • 2 Shoe boxes
  • 2 Pieces of Ribbon
  • 6 Ping pong balls
  • Music
  • 4-6 players
  • Cut a rectangular hole in each box, big enough for the ping pong balls to fit in.
  • Measure 2 ribbons long enough to fit around the waist of the players
  • Poke a hole on each side of the box and thread ribbon through it.

Game Instructions:

  • Divide players into 2 teams and line them up single file.
  • Place 3 ping pong balls inside each box.
  • Tie the boxes around the waist of the 1st players.
  • Once music begins, player 1 will shake, dance, twerk and jump until each of the balls fall out of the box.  
  • Other players should gather the balls as they fall out so that when Player 1 gets them all out, the balls are placed in the box again, tied around the waist of Player 2, and shaken out.
  • Repeat until all players have had a turn.
  • The first team whose players all successfully shake out the balls, win!


Pantyhose Bowling

What You Need:
  • 1 Pair of Pantyhose
  • 1 Tennis Ball or Baseball
  • 6 Water Bottles
  • At least 2
  • Stuff the ball inside one of the legs of the pantyhose
  • Place water bottles in a pyramid on the floor
  • Place the pantyhose over the head of player one.
  • Player 1 will swing the ball across the water bottles knocking over as many as they can.
  • Each player gets 2 swings.
  • The player to knock over the most water bottles in 2 swings wins.

Watch our game night here


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How to Make a Tire Swing She’ll Love

One of the things I love most about our house is our yard and since the rain has finally come and the leaves are finally gone, it’s time to get outside!  Makenna has been asking for a tire swing since we moved in 2 years ago and Brent has finally had time to put it together.

The project only took him a day and that included shopping for supplies.  We used the directions from eHow with a few modifications:

  1. We did not use a primer.  A pint of purple satin did the job in just one coat.  Although I did go back a couple days later and touch it up while it was hanging.
  2. My husband did not chalk out and measure the 3 holes, eyeballing it was enough.
  3. Make sure you drill holes to let the water out on the bottom, but it doesn’t have to be exact.

You can make this tire swing with little skill and very little time.  Since used tires are usually free, the total cost for this project was less than $30, but the best part is how much Makenna loves it!

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5 Easy Steps to a Laundry Room Makeover

My laundry room makeover has been complete for about 2 weeks now and I couldn’t be happier!  From the grape trim wallpaper to the kitty litter on the floor, it was not a room I wanted to be in, but now, it’s a place that’s actually as clean as the clothes that come out of it.

The makeover was done in just 2 weekends and cost less than $200.

Here are the 5 easy steps to a laundry room makeover

  1. Clean it out

    • This was the worst part!  You don’t realize how much junk you have crammed in a room you hate until you get in there and clean it out.  A lot of the stuff went to charity because when cleaning out a room, my motto is:  If you haven’t needed it in over a year, you don’t really need it.  The rest of the stuff was organized into giant plastic bins and then stored it in the garage until the makeover was complete.  My husband had to remove the cabinets from this room and I was happy to have his help because that is not something I could do on my own.

  1. Paint

    • Once everything was taken out of the room, I cleaned it (even scrubbed walls).  I had some leftover grey paint from my living room so I used that for the laundry room, but first, I had to use a fabric steamer to take off that grape wallpaper trim.  It took about two hours to get the trim off and if you’ve ever removed wallpaper, it’s not fun!  Once it was off, I painted the room with a roller I also had leftover in the garage and voila!
    • I wasn’t going to paint this room, but I’m so glad I did because it’s my favorite thing about it.  I didn’t realize how much I hated looking through my kitchen to see that ugly room, especially the wallpaper.  Now, the grey seamlessly flows from my kitchen into the laundry room and I no longer get embarrassed when the door is left open.

  1. Shop

    • I purchased the new wall unit at Walmart for $140 (2 at about $68 each).  Two of them are stacked longwise to form this storage unit.  The bins were $5 each but if you’re patient you can get them online for $3 each.  I bought a lot of bins because I wanted to make sure I didn’t have random stuff pouring out of that room again.  That unit houses dirty clothes (kid’s clothes, socks picked up from around the house, dish towels and blankets) and the top bins contain kitchen stuff (holiday tableware, party supplies paper products, etc.).  I used some empty spaces to hold my mason jars and vases.  I even decorated the top with some rustic decor from my wedding.  The only cost in this entire project came from the storage units and bins (around $180).

  1. Assemble

    • After assembling the cube units and filling the bins with the items I had stored in the garage, we needed to assemble the kitty condo.  The kitty condo stores the kitty litter so it no longer gets all over the floor.  Misty can go in through the side and we can lift the top to clean it out.  It also has her food, water and a nice place for her to perch her fat butt by the window.  It has not only solved the kitty little problem (mess and smell), it has kept her off our table tops because she stays in there all the time!
    • I used 2 IKEA shelves for this project.  I want to say they were around $45 each when I bought them but really, I stole them from the girl’s room so they were free.  We had leftover wood that Brent cut to fit the top and then used 2 hinges to put the top on.  I covered it with leftover fabric and stuffed some fibers in there to make it soft.  Brent used 2 more hinges to attach the 2 shelves together (one wasn’t big enough to fit the litter box).  Then, I painted it white to match the laundry room.  I plan to cover the outside with wicker so Misty can scratch away and not leave those nasty marks on the paint.

  1. Enjoy!

    • Don’t let all that function go to waste!  I am diligently making sure my kids use those bottom bins to pick up their clothes (socks) from around the house.  When the bins in their rooms get full, they exchange them for an empty bin in the laundry room.  After I wash what’s in the bins, it goes in a roll away bin for the kids to put away.  Even though, I still find myself helping with the folding process, and I don’t enjoy the never ending amount of dirty clothes a family of 8 creates, our new laundry room puts a smile on my face and solves a lot of our laundry problems.

If you have a dingy laundry room, consider making a few changes and you’ll be amazed how much laundry day (or week) changes in your house!

Want to see what this remodel looked like from beginning to end?  Watch here: 

Do you have an area of your house that’s in need of organization?  Share it and let’s work together to make house work a little less painful.




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