Gone Fishing: Fun Felt Fishing Game

Looking for a fun #DIY craft to do with your kids? This Fun Felt Fishing Game (say that three times fast) is sure to win them over. Catch a big fish! #games

If I had a photo of a “Gone Fishing” sign, I’d put it right here.

I’m not REALLY fishing, at least I don’t think I am, but I am taking a MUCH needed R&R break in Truro for a few days. This is our annual trip, and I’ve been working myself to the bone – taking on six days of work in only three days – just so I can accomplish a few days of eating ice cream and reading on the beach. I’ve been working myself to the bone – taking on six days of work in only three days – WHILE keeping the kids home from camp this week. With us leaving for our trip mid-week, I didn’t spend the money to send them to camp. I should have spent the money! They WANT camp. They WANT routine.

They’re making me bring out the big guns.. er.. big fish. I would do anything to keep them occupied:

Fishing Game

Fun Tamara Fact: Tim Burton’s Big Fish is one of my favorite movies, but I’ve only seen it once, as I do with most movies.

Second Fun Tamara Fact: I only ever read my blog posts once, after publishing, because then it leads to lifelong cringing.

Third Fun Tamara Fact: My birthday is in five days. Eeep!

Now I will be back, before long, with more stories than ever – all piling up and waiting for me to unwrap them – with shiny photos and shiny words. It takes me awhile sometimes, but I’ll get there. It’s not a long trip, but gosh, will I come back more refreshed than ever! There is SO MUCH going on with us this summer still. We’re heading to Cape Cod once, and the kids are going twice. I’m meeting Tim Curry and seeing John Williams and sending Scarlet to a cabin with her best friend’s family for three days. We’ll head to New Jersey, via New York, and blast Sia radio on Pandora during the whole thing.

And then the big thing, the big FISH, will start at the end of the summer.

Looking for a fun #DIY craft to do with your kids? This Fun Felt Fishing Game (say that three times fast) is sure to win them over. Catch a big fish! #games

We’re beginning some pretty major home renovations. Who knows what will come? You’ll see it unfold as I do.

Fun Felt Fishing Game

What’s Needed

Felt (Multi-Colors)
Googly Eyes
½” Washers
Small Round Craft Magnets
White String, 8-10” piece
Small Dowel Rod
Hot Glue Gun

Directions

1 – Cut little fish shapes out of the felt. Make these big enough so you can fit a washer inside.

2 – Lay a washer on one of the fish and hot glue another fish it so the washer is enclosed.

3 – Glue a googly eye on the fish.

4 – Tie the string onto the dowel rod and glue the end of the string between 2 magnets.

5 – Fish just for fun or turn it into a learning game by having little kids catch certain colors or sizes.

6 – Have Fun!

Looking for a fun #DIY craft to do with your kids? This Fun Felt Fishing Game (say that three times fast) is sure to win them over. Catch a big fish! #games

Officially Gone Fishing!

Before/After: Bathroom Refresh With Lowe’s

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s. All thoughts, opinions, and stories are 100% my own.

Lowe's is a GREAT place to buy bath products on a budget. Check out our small bathroom storage update and the products we scored at Lowe's AD #BathOnaBudget

When we first walked up the path to our now-home, we fell head over heels in love.

You’re not supposed to do that, “they” say. You’re not supposed to lead with your emotions because there are no guarantees in real estate, but I ask you – how can you not? With your three-year-old’s hand in yours, and a pregnancy so early it’s barely detectable, how do you not fall in love with your particular dream home? In our case, it was an A-frame in a clearing in the woods – reminiscent of every great ski lodge we’d ever visited. It was private, quiet, and full of potential.

I could almost already see moose antlers on the wall next to a “Home Sweet Home” sign.

Lowe's is a GREAT place to buy bath products on a budget. Check out our small bathroom storage update and the products we scored at Lowe's AD #BathOnaBudget

And of course on that day of the open house, Mother Nature had brought her A-game on this A-frame. (sorry, had to) The tall trees danced shadows on the green, green grass on this calm September day. The trails in the woods seemed abuzz with a glow that looked like fairy light. All three of us were smitten! We bought our first home, bypassing the “starter home”, and wanted to make this ours for keeps. Or for a long time. Without the glow of the September sun, and without the perfect staging by the real estate company, we realized we had work to do. And I was six weeks pregnant, so tasks were pushed off.

And on our second night in our brand new home, there was a freak October blizzard and we lost power for 48 hours!

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(This was OCTOBER!)

Debacles and cleaning aside, we have grown with our house, and our house has grown with us. I love the open kitchen and my loft office, but I haven’t fallen madly in love with all rooms in this house. The upstairs bathroom has always left a lot to be desired! It’s small and clean, but has no storage situation. Generally, the kids leave towels and rolls of toilet paper on the floor or on the toilet. The shower isn’t big enough for a lot of varieties of bath products. We need STORAGE solutions!

Lowe's Bath

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As you can see above, there’s no place for linens, toilet paper, toiletries, and cleaning products. There’s a pedestal sink but no vanity or cupboards. There’s also an empty corner, as shown above, that is a good place to start. So we went to Lowe’s! I specifically was looking for shelving and/or linen cabinets. I was thinking I’d be happier if every item had its own place. And, it would look nicer too! I’m happy with what we found at Lowe’s for our bathroom storage upgrade/refresh.

Lowe's is a GREAT place to buy bath products on a budget. Check out our small bathroom storage update and the products we scored at Lowe's AD #BathOnaBudget

Our first item was a Linen Cabinet, and we loved this freestanding one:





Next, I needed a place to store products. The medicine cabinet was full, and we were attached to it. That said, I wanted attractive and simple shelving to store products, extra toilet paper, extra linens, etc. We struck gold with that too:


I love everything about it! It looks awesome in our bathroom.



All in all, I feel happier to walk into the bathroom and see things in their right place.

Lowe’s is an AMAZING place to buy bath products at a great price. During these dog days of summer, enjoy their air conditioning and tackle a small bathroom upgrade/refresh. These are simple and powerful ways to update your bathroom.

And, it gives us more time to focus on all of the good things this summer.

What’s the first thing you’d update in your bathroom? Check out Lowe’s Bath and let me know in the comments!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.

Happy Bathroom Decorating!