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Tracking PixelSo, I don’t know about you, but at our house nightly brushing teeth can be a total pain in the rear end. The kids, especially my youngest, tend to say they brushed and brush for less than the recommended two minutes or not brush very well. Sometimes I feel like I have to stand there and police them to make sure they are actually brushing their teeth and doing it well. Guess what? I found something that has not only ended the battle but has made brushing teeth actually fun. Have you heard of Tooth Tunes? They sent me  a couple of tooth brushes as well as monetary compensation and I wanted to give Tooth Tunes a try because Pumpkin, my youngest, had been begging me to try them. She asked me to do this post….how can you say no to all her cuteness? Plus, maybe it would actually help her do a good job brushing her teeth…couldn’t hurt to try.

Great idea for ending the tooth brushing battles in our house. Get kids brushing teeth the fun way! #BrushingTeeth #Kids #ToothTunes #adView full post »

  • Claire @ A Little Claireification - August 22, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Oh that is so fun! Totally getting this for my 7 year old!!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 22, 2014 - 11:04 am

      I know, right! I hope it brings an end to the tooth brushing battles at your house. :-) ReplyCancel

  • sherry g. - August 22, 2014 - 11:22 am

    I love these toothbrushes as well. I have the same problem with my 7 year old son – these brushes have been a saver!
    Also a quick question … I love the pink and white dot container … where did you find it? I could really use one!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 22, 2014 - 11:24 am

      That is so great to hear! So glad it is helping other kiddos and moms, too! The pink and white container is from Pottery Barn Kids probably about 3-5 years ago. Not sure if they still sell it, but you might be able to find something in a similar shape through them. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • sherry g. - August 22, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Thanks! I will head over and check the site right now. I didn’t see any in store the last time I was there.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 23, 2014 - 1:40 pm

      Hope you can find some soon. They really do help. If you can’t find them locally, you could always order from Amazon. :-) ReplyCancel

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Did you know that August is National Olive Oil month? I had no idea. Pompeian Olive Oil, who sent me olive oil and monetary compensation, has a challenge during National Olive Oil month. Switch Olive Oil for butter. Olive oil has so many great health benefits, I decided to give it a try.  I’ve got a great recipe for you today. Not only did I swap olive oil for butter in this scone recipe but I also made it just a little bit faster and easier to make scones.

Make this easy scone recipe by scooping and baking rather than the traditional rolling and cutting of the scones.  #scones #scone #Recipe #PledgeforEVOO #Ad #RealCoake

I have really wanted to make some scones since we got home from our 5 week road-trip. The girls and I had a tea party with my brother and his girls while we were in Arizona. We made scones with mini chocolate covered candies on the top for our silly tea party. I wanted a little reminder of the fun time, of my home state and my family. If you know me, you know I really dislike making cookies and especially cookies that need to be rolled and cut. I just don’t have the patience for them. Scones are not hard to make, but sometimes I don’t like the whole rolling them out, then cutting them and baking them. Feels like a pain to me. I made this scone recipe just a little bit different so that I could use my medium scoop and it would be quick and easy and I could have my little trip down memory lane.   View full post »

It has been quite a while since I posted any American Girl crafts. Have you been itching for a cute and simple craft for yourself or your daughter’s doll? Today, Rachel from Architecture of a Mom has a simple and adorable headband you or your daughter can make for your American Girl dolls. I think you could easily make a matching headband for yourself or your daughter as well….because who doesn’t love to match their doll as well? I know my girls think that is fun, I bet yours do as well.
Hello! My name is Rachel and I blog over at Architecture of a Mom. KC was kind enough to ask me to stop by today and share a little project with you. I have 3 little girls in my house, and they are all about American Girl. We’ve just started making clothing and accessories for my oldest’s Marie Grace doll, and since we are loving the ballet themes of this year’s Girl of the Year, we had to make a Waltz of the Flowers inspired hairband.
Cute idea and simple to make! American Girl Crafts to make an embellished headband. #AmericanGirl #Crafts #Headband #ModMelts #RealCoake

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  • Sarah Helene - August 18, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    CLEVER IDEA . . . create CUTE headbands for American Girl dolls by using Mod Melts & a thin ribbon! Plus a glue gun to attach the flowers to the ribbon. EASY EASY EASY!
    Thanks for sharing, Rachel (from Architecture of a Mom blog). I plan to tell several nieces who have little girls with AM dolls. Sarah in MinneapolisReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 18, 2014 - 9:17 pm

      So glad you like them, Sarah! Thanks for sharing with others as well. I hope you have fun making them. ♥ReplyCancel

  • Kristina & Millie - August 19, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Too cute! Love the headband!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 21, 2014 - 8:08 pm

      Thanks! Didn’t Rachel come up with an adorable idea! Love it and so glad she shared it here. :-) ReplyCancel

I’ve got a DIY desk for you today. It is part of the moving of my girls into their own rooms and part of the IKEA Expedit shelving unit and desk I made for my oldest daughter’s room.

DIY Desk to fit into a IKEA Expedit custom built shelving unit. Perfect idea for a child

When me moved our girls rooms around, I planned this IKEA Expedit shelving unit and had in mind that I would be able to buy a very inexpensive desktop and legs at IKEA. I had done the math and planning ahead and thought it would totally work. When I got to IKEA, I realized I had done the math wrong and their desktops wouldn’t work. They were too big. I didn’t want to give up on the idea of this shelving unit. That meant I was going to have to DIY the desk.

I figured out a pretty simple solution and I’ve got a tutorial for you should you want to make your own DIY desk as well. In the end it cost me around $115 to make a desk that is custom fit for this space. You could make yours for a lot less if you used a different bank of drawers or no drawers at all.  View full post »

  • Michele Reynolds - August 17, 2014 - 9:59 pm

    Such a pretty work space:) And, great IKEA hack! PinnedReplyCancel

  • Katie Goldsworthy - August 19, 2014 - 6:46 am

    I love this! What a perfect idea for that space! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 19, 2014 - 5:19 pm

      Thanks, Katie! and thanks for hosting the link party!ReplyCancel

I’m excited to share today’s post with you. When we moved my girls rooms around back in March, I used an IKEA Expedit to make a great shelving unit and desk in Snowflake’s (my oldest daughter’s) room. It turned out fantastic and I wanted to share it with you.

It is a simple IKEA Hack that I think most anyone can do. The shelving unit could easily be used as we used it or as an entertainment center, office, computer area, or so many other ideas.

Genius shelving unit and desk using an IKEA Expedit. Perfect storage solution for a child

We knew we needed additional storage in the smaller room when we moved our girls into their own rooms. I also was on a budget. I came up with the idea to buy 3 IKEA Expedits and make a shelving unit with lots of storage. I also planned to place a desk in the center to create a place to study or get ready in the morning. It turned out just like I wanted it to and really wasn’t a very hard project. You just need to know how to use a drill as well as how to put IKEA furniture together.

The shelving unit (not including the desk and chair) cost me about $245 to buy and put together. That includes the 3 Expedits, 4 door kits,  as well as the hardware to secure them together.

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  • Bridy - August 13, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    That looks really great!
    My son could use something like this!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 17, 2014 - 3:29 pm

      Thanks! I think most kids rooms could use something like this…it is so handy. :-) ReplyCancel

  • Hilary - August 14, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    WAY cute — I like that a lot. My daughter is going to need a “grown up” desk soon — I like this a lot! Going to share on social media. ;) ReplyCancel

  • Kristine - August 16, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Love this so much!!! Great idea to make some room in Analise’s room!!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 17, 2014 - 3:47 pm

      Thank you! I think it would work well in her room…on the wall opposite her bed. It would look cute and go well with her new-ish room. :-) ReplyCancel

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