Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


Summer Stash-Busting Giveaway #5

Ready for this weeks Summer Stash-bust giveaway?  (Last weeks prize winner has been contacted, but not claimed, so hop over there and see if it was you...)

I know it's July and hot out there, but why not get a jump on your winter/fall pajama sewing?  This weeks giveaway is 4 7/8 yards of flannel fabric, with prints for boys and girls!  These fabrics have been pre-washed.


Get Creative: 10+ Fun Sidewalk Chalk Ideas!

We're heading into what I refer to as the "Summer Doldrums..."  The Fourth of July Festivities will be over soon and we'll still have several weeks before our planned summer vacation and back to school excitement.

We still have a few fun activities on the agenda; a trip to the water park, weekly library visits and a couple days at a day camp.  In between all these activities, I still have to keep my kids busy during the day and away from tv and electronic devices.

One of my favorite activities to keep the kids entertained for hours is just a plain ol' box of sidewalk chalk!

Summer Boredom Busters: 10+ Fun and Creative Sidewalk Chalk Ideas!


Maxi Dress to Maxi Skirt in 5 Minutes Flat!

A couple of summers ago,  I bought a gorgeous maxi dress from Kohl's.  When I tried the dress on at the store, I fell in love with the chevron V/striped pattern and flowy fabric.  I loved how the long stretchy rayon skirt skimmed over my curves and somehow miraculously covered all my lumps and bumps and made me look taller and slimmer.  (At least in the mirror at Kohl's.)  I liked the dress so much I bought TWO, in blue and coral!

Confession time: I never wore those dresses once!  I guess I was too busy admiring the lower half of the dress and failed to realize how unflattering the top half was!  (I very, very rarely wear sleeveless tops or dresses unless they're cut just right.)

I got tired of seeing these dresses hanging in my closet unworn, so I chopped up one and made it into a skirt- and I have worn the heck out of that skirt!  In the winter, spring and fall, my favorite way to wear maxi skirts is with a camisole and sweater or denim jacket.  In the summer, when it's too hot for two layers, I'll wear the skirt belted with a cute top.

How many of you have a dress like this in your closet?  Wouldn't you love to turn that dress into something you would wear all the time?  The elastic waistband in my skirt is a little loose (yay!), and since I am redoing it, I thought I would share how I turned the dress into a skirt in 5 minutes flat!

Got a Maxi dress that you dont wear or like?  Learn how to turn that Maxi Dress into a Maxi Skirt in 5 Minutes Flat!


Easy Baked Taco Salad Bowl

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Feeling hungry?  Looking for something quick, easy, delicious and healthy too?  These easy Baked Taco Salad Bowls definitely fit the bill!  (Plus you can have them ready in less than 15 minutes!)

Easy Dinner idea: Baked Taco Salad Bowl. (Taco bowls take 10 minute to bake and make this salad rock!)

Since the first of the year, hubby and I have overhauled our way of eating. We've cut excess sugar from our diets and have been limiting carbs.  (We've replaces the carbs in our diet with veggies, protein and healthy fats, like cheese, avocado and coconut oil.)  I still let my kids have the side dishes they love and the occasional treat, but just by having fewer desserts and chips around the house, they are definitely eating better too.  The good news is, hubby and I managed to shed a few pounds while we were at it!


Inspiration Monday plus features

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! We hope you're ready to be inspired!
Thank you so much for stopping by, we love all your creative ideas and can't wait to share them!

My favorite link from last week was this pretty Bambi Dress From Kid Approved.  (Her photography is just gorgeous!) 
(She used a Ottobre pattern for this dress, but I have a similar free pattern here.)