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Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

We hope you had as much fun as we did

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

Affordable Style

  By Phoebe Verkouw It’s May…

Mom's Unite

Mom's Unite

Local Mommy Groups

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The Juicing Revolution: Nature’s Real Fast Food

The Juicing Revolution: Nature’s Real Fast Food

Healthy & Tasty

    By Jordan Venema If…

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of Fun!

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of Fun!

Check out the Camp Guide

    By Gayla Grace I…

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Fresh Stories & Good Stuff

Shannon & Raychell’s June Juice Challenge
22 May 2015 20:24

  Edited by Shannon Smith After the article on juicing last month, Raychell and I were inspired to give an all juice cleanse a try. I had been feeling a little run down, not sleeping well, and relying on Dutch Bro [ ... ]

Meet Jordan
22 May 2015 19:56

  Sacramento Parent’s newest writer on moving to Sactown and his non-traditional approach to fatherhood By Michelle McDaid Name: Jordan Venema Children: Cassian, 6 years-old Writer, Jordan Venema is Sacramen [ ... ]

Considering Day Camp?
30 Apr 2015 17:19

  10 Questions to Ask   Fortunately, we live in an area where there are camp options to meet every interest, price range, and schedule throughout Greater Sacramento. Knowing your options, as well as your chi [ ... ]

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of ...
28 Apr 2015 20:22

    By Gayla Grace I treasure the stories my children tell after arriving home from camp. Their daily adventures include experiences that build character and bond relationships. Every camp has a unique way o [ ... ]

Mom's Unite
28 Apr 2015 19:56

            By Amanda Rinehart When my daughter was born I found myself thrust into a world I didn’t recognize. I could barely take care of myself, and now I was responsi­ble for t [ ... ]

Nature Bracelets
24 Apr 2015 20:04


  By Amanda Rinehart Every summer our family goes on a week-long camping trip to Yosemite. We really enjoy spending quality time in nature. The kids have been every year of their lives—even when my son was 6 wee [ ... ]

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion
24 Apr 2015 16:57

  By Phoebe Verkouw It’s May and spring has officially sprung in Sacramento! As a native Sacramentan growing up in Midtown, I will say that this town undoubtedly has some of the finest spring weather around. An [ ... ]

The Juicing Revolution: Nature’s Real Fast Food
28 Apr 2015 19:04

    By Jordan Venema If you know your food groups and how to count calories, you probably have a better relationship with your food than most. But as essential as food is to our identity—because, well, we  [ ... ]

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Red, Light and Blue!

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By Heidi Kundin

When the sun sets on the 4th of July, add some sparkle to your outdoor table with these festive lanterns made from mason jars and recycled glass containers. These lovely lanterns will provide a soft glow while you wait for the big fireworks show!

 

Easy enough for small children to craft (and way safer than explosives!) this is a fun project to make while the barbecue heats up. Display these lights as a centerpiece on your table, as mantle decoration, or as luminaries to form a patriotic pathway.

You will need:

  • Glass jar or candle holder (always make sure that your glass is heat safe!)
  • Red, white and blue tissue paper
  • Mod Podge decoupage medium*
  • 1" foam brush
  • 2 pieces of wire, approximately 14" long
  • Beads for decoration
  • Tea light or battery operated candles

Instructions:

  • Wash and dry your glass jars.
  • Cut your tissue paper into small shapes (we used squares, 12" strips and stars). Cutting several layers of tissue at a time will make cutting easier and save time.
  • Use the foam brush to apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the outside of the glass.
  • Place the tissue paper on to the glass, and smooth out any air bubbles by gently rubbing with your finger. Allow to dry completely (at least 30 minutes).
  • Apply an additional coat or two of Mod Podge to seal the piece.
  • To add an optional beaded handle, wrap one length of wire around the neck of the jar, and twist tightly to secure. With the second piece of wire, make a small, open loop at one end, and wrap it around the first wire. Crimp the loop shut to close and secure. Add decorative beads if desired, and finish by attaching the second end of the wire in the same way. 

* You can make your own decoupage medium by mixing equal parts water and white glue.

Heidi Kundin lives in Lincoln with her husband and three sons, Sawyer (6), Sutton (5) and Simon (1). You can find her blogging about all things crafty over at http://www.happinessishomemade.net/