5 St Patrick’s Day Toddler Activities

It’s only a week away until St Patrick’s Day, and the only St Patrick’s Day thing I have done is a wreath and a horse shoe! I am planning on doing some fun things with the kids this week. Here are a few awesome ideas that I love. They look like lots of fun, and are fairly simple.

1. Fruit Loop Rainbow from The Bubbly Blond

2. Rainbow Shaving Cream Gold Dig from House of Burke

3. Fizzing Treasure Rocks from Fun at Home with Kids

4.Sensory Sink from Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

5. Marble painted shamrocks from Plain Vanilla Mom

Hope you enjoy these. Would love to hear any ideas you have for St Patrick’s Day activities for the kids.


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Toddler Muffin’s

I thought since I tried this recipe and everyone in our house loved them that I would share them today. I found the recipe originally here .

You Will Need:

  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Eggs
  • Baking Soda
  • Apple Sauce
  • Yogurt
  • Banana’s
  • Margarine
  • Brown Sugar
  • Oats
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Carrots
  • Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cream together: sugar, yogurt, applesauce and Margarine
  3. Add eggs, pumpkin, carrots, and bananas
  4. Mix well add all dry ingredients: oats, wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda,  and cinnamon
  5. Mix until combined
  6. Scoop batter into greased mini or regular muffin tins.
  7. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes for mini-muffins or 15-18 or until toothpick comes out clean for regular size muffins.
  8. Remove from pans and cool on cooling rack.

I use the small muffin tins so they are easy little snacks for the kids.



XO Carrie

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Picture Frame Upcycle

Hey Guys,

Remember me? Ya, sorry its been a while since our last post!  Shyla and I have been crazy busy the last few weeks we decided to take a small break from our blog but we’re back! 😉


A while back my husband came home with about 8 old picture frames for me to do what I wanted with. So fun!! I have slowly been picking away at them….some are painted and some are just sitting downstairs waiting for my brain to come up with something awesome to do with them.

I re-did this picture frame for Katelyn’s room a long time ago and I’m just finally sitting down to show you all now. This was a fun Friday night…..a staple gun, burlap, chicken wire (which I ended up not using for this project after all) and chalk paint!

Here’s what I did:

– I mixed Red and White chalk paint together to make the pink that I wanted.

– Then distressed the frame a bit with sand paper so the gold came through a bit.

– I stapled the cute ribbon that I got from Target in the $ bin (tear, they have closed up here in Canada) onto the frame.

– Then I  stapled the burlap to the back of the frame. Then trimmed it around edges.

It turned out so cute!!

I have slowly been getting things together in her room. Once they are all done I will post it together. Check out my Thirty-One bins for her socks and hats!


XO Carrie

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30 Days to Awesomeness

Well, life has been pretty hectic around here lately. Barnstorm Creations has completely taken off and I am getting ready for two big markets as well as will be selling trees from our tree farm soon. Carrie just became a Thirty-One consultant and has been busy with that. We decided to create a 30 day challenge for ourselves to keep us motivated and to help us be positive, happy and get in better shape for summer. We will keep you posted on how it goes. Basically, we are doing two 30 days challenges. One in regards to our everyday lives to help us be happy and find balance and one in regards to getting healthy. We are going to pick one thing from each lists per day! Wish us luck.


o Stay offline for the whole day
o No complaints day
o Try new recipe
o Invite new friend over
o Go somewhere new
o Random act of kindness
o Organize something
o Create a motivation board
o Try new craft with kids
o Date night with hubby
o Whole day all about the kids
o Write down 5 positives of the day
o Try new hair do
o Create new outfit from clothes in closet
o Make crafts for grandparents
o Stay offline until noon
o Wake-up before everyone
o Take photos of your kids
o Clean/Organize vehicle
o Try new make-up technique
o Finish something you’ve been putting off
o Declutter closet
o Do something fun as a family
o At home spa day/night
o Recite positive affirmations 3 times today
o Accessorize outfits
o Give kids complete undivided attention for at least one hour
o One on one day/morning with one kid
o One on one day/morning with other kid
o Clean out junk drawer


o Try yoga
o Try a new healthy recipe
o Try new healthy snack
o 30 min walk
o 5 min workout (Leg and Booty Shaper)
o 5 min workout (Arms)
o 5 min workout (Leaner Legs)
o 5 min workout (Butt)
o 5 min workout (Abs)
o 5 min workout (Thighs)
o 5 min workout (Abs)
o 5 min workout (Arms)
o 5 min workout (Butt)
o 5 min work out (World’s Fastest Workout)
o Healthy dessert recipe
o New smoothie recipe
o Homemade salad dressing recipe
o Try workout video (one you have, you tube or Netflix)
o Try a new sport with the kids
o Try new fruit or veggie
o Do something active with the kids
o Create healthy snack drawer in the fridge
o Learn 3 stretches to do every day
o Sit up straight all day
o Make flavored water
o Try meditation
o Go to bed early
o Try another new workout video
o Do something active as a family
o Create list of health snacks for on the go

We would love to have you complete this 30 day challenge with us! Follow our 30 day challenge pinterest board here for inspiration and for the 5 min workouts. Here is a printable version if you’d like to join us. 30 Days to Awesomeness

♥ Shyla

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Green Chocolate Apples for Minecraft Party – Nailed It!

Green Apples:

First I soaked the apples in water and Young Living’s Lemon oil to make sure the apples were nice and clean.

Supplies Needed:

  • Green chocolate wafers  (I bought them at the Bulk Barn)
  • Sticks (Bought at Michaels)
  • Wax paper and baking tray
  • Pot to boil water, glass bowl to put in the pot

Let them dry. Then I covered them with plastic bags, tied them with string. Then drew creeper faces with black marker on the bags. 

Check out my son’s Minecraft Birthday Party here!

XO Carrie

Camping with Baby

Camping is my absolute favorite thing in the world. In the summer, we head out to the mountains every chance we can get. Having kids hasn’t changed that one bit. Here are some tips for camping with a baby.

1. Camp while baby is little. Camping with a newborn is much easier than camping with a toddler! They can’t move, they sleep a lot, especially in the fresh air. If you are breast feeding, you don’t have to worry about packing food.

2. Bring something for baby to sleep in. I researched and researched something that Jersey could sleep in specifically for camping that would fit in the holiday trailer. Our trailer at the time wasn’t very big, so a playpen wouldn’t work. This Babymoov tent is awesome for sleep or for outside as it has a UV sunshade and toys can hang from it.

3. Pack a good first aid kit. We camp in the middle of no where with no hook-ups and about 1.5 hours from cell reception, so my first aid kit is one of the most important things. I have one for us and one for the dogs. Lol, I know seems excessive but both have came in handy. Don’t forget gripe water, infant tylenol and bum cream.

4. Bring a stroller. Jersey was about a month and a half old the first time we took her camping. She spent most of the trip in the stroller. All the fresh air made her sleep like a baby!

5. Baby carrier. Great for hikes and walking down to my Mom’s favorite fishing hole. Jersey caught her first fish at one and a half months old!

6. Protect baby from the elements and bugs. This can be tricky at times since you are outside all the time and at that age you can’t really put sunscreen or bug spray on them. If I would have known about Young Living Essential Oils then, I would have used that. Instead I surrounded Jersey in bounce sheets and one of those electric bug repellant fan things.

7. Pack extra of everything! Extra diapers, wipes, clothes, warm clothes, hats, coats, blankets, mittens etc. I found dressing Jersey in layers made things easier for changing.

Hope these tips help you enjoy some camping with your little one!


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Garage Sale Find {Make Over}

In honour of Garage Sale season starting up I thought I would share one of our finds from last summer! This is technically a Justin’s Weekly Finds because he’s the one that always “gets the deals” at the sales….even if I am the one on the side lines secretly pointing to what I want him to get me. 😉

But also he is the one that re-did this lovely find. We were at an estate sale – so there are tons of old things/ junk in most peoples eyes. But I saw this sad lookin’ stool over on its own and instantly thought we could do something cool with it.

This is what it looked like before. {You will also notice in the background my awesome spool table – you can check more spools out here – (we kind of have a slight obsession with spools) – hey Shy?}

Yup, it was pretty sad looking. A little mouldy on the seat too. We picked this gem up for $20! I have to give all the credit to my hubby on this one (besides me pointing it out to him).

  • He cleaned it up
  • Took the wood seat and foot stand off and sanded it down till it looked nice and clean.
  • He used Black Trem-clad spray paint to paint the blue metal legs.
  • Then stained the wood parts.

Then voila – we have a cool stool!

Cheers to Garage Sale season!!

Check out another garage sale find here.   

XO Carrie

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Wood Tray Tutorial

This wood tray is super cute and easy to make and it can be used for numerous things!


  • 1 – 1x4x8 spf lumber
  • Paint or stain of your choice
  • wood glue
  • screws
  • handles of your choice (Mine were $2 each)
  • drill or screwdriver
  • saw

Cut List

  • 3 @ 20 inches long
  • 2 @ approximately 10.5 inches long (measure to be sure)


1. Cut pieces of lumber the length you want your tray. Mine was 20″ long.

2. Put the three boards together and measure width. Note 1x4x8 are actually approximately 3.5″ wide. My width was just under 10.5″.

3. Cut two boards width of your tray.


4. Paint the boards.  This step is optional. Because of the distressed effect I used, I decided it was easier to paint the boards before assembling my tray. Note I left the ends unpainted so that when I glued the pieces together the wood glue would hold better.

5. Assemble the tray. Clamp the three boards together so they are held tightly.

6. Apply wood glue to the ends, place the cross pieces on top and clamp or weight down like I did. Allow to dry for awhile.

7. Flip tray over and screw or nail. I wanted mine to be able to hold a lot of weight if needed, so I used screws. If using screws, drill a pilot hole so your wood doesn’t split.

8. Paint bottom of tray.

9. Seal with clear coat. I used van Gogh Table Top Finish.

10. Fasten on handles in the center of each end.


Here is a picture of the tray used for Valentine’s Day with my easy Valentine’s Wreath


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DIY Locker Re-Do

I have been looking for a metal locker for quite some time.  My vision and inspiration came from Pinterest of course.

My hubby called me one day from work and said he may have found one for me. Here is a picture of it. It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind….but we can work with it.

The day came that he brought it home for me! To my surprise he was ready to cut the doors off for me right that night!

Then came the debate…..WHICH doors looked better being cut off?? I wanted the top 6 cut off so the bottom 6 had doors.

He didn’t agree….he put a phone call into my side kick Shyla….she of course sided with me. But he wasn’t gonna agree. Finally after some thought we decided to try his way out. 😉

You would think the next part was pretty straight forward. Picking Colours… well if you know my husband in any way…you know he is pretty particular. This went on for a good month. It just sat on my back  deck. We couldn’t agree on colours.

People would come over and look at it, and say you want to put that in your living room? I was starting to get discouraged. But finally we decided on colours. He let me go with the colours I wanted. 😀

How I re-did this locker:

  1. First I gave it a really good cleaning. The whole thing was really dirty.
  2. I laid it on sawhorses in our backyard (making sure it was a nice sunny day with no rain in the forecast)
  3. I used flat white tremclad spray paint. Sprayed the whole outside of the locker.
  4. Did a few coats. Then let it dry really well.
  5. Once it was dry I moved it back up on my covered deck (because it did start to spit rain while drying – I do live on the Island so you never really know with the rain)
  6. I used painters tape around the edges and made sure the holes at the back of locker were plugged with tape so it wouldn’t drip down on the white paint.
  7. I painted the turquoise paint with a brush on all the insides.
  8. Let it dry, then removed painters tape very carefully.

Then came the fun part. Figuring out where to put it in my living room? Yes I did..I put it in my living room! It is a great conversation piece and most people seem to really like it! I for one LOVE it!!

This is how I first had it decorated.

Then of course (if you know me well) I have since changed it up a bit. 😉 This is what it currently looks like.

Here are a few of the cubby’s up close. The old books were a garage sale find and I found the owl at Michael’s.

This old polaroid camera was another garage sale find. I saw it and knew it would be perfect for this locker.

One of Justin’s Weekly Finds – a port hole! I will blog about that soon!

I think the locker adds a lot of character to our living room. Plus the closed door holds a lot of toys and books for the kids. I was pretty happy with how it turned out.


XO Carrie

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Easter Bunny Cake – Nailed it!

I decided to attempt to make a bunny cake for Easter this year. I found the idea here on Pinterest.

I just used a boxed Betty Crocker cake mix. You need to divide it into two circular cake pans.

Once is comes out of the oven I removed from the pans right away and let them cool on a baking rack.

Next you cut out the ears along the lines I show below. Then what is left in the middle is the bow tie. The other cake just gets left alone.

Then you assemble it the way you like it to look like the Easter bunny

I used my Mom’s Butter Icing Recipe, and covered the whole thing with white. It is tricky getting the cut parts of the cake iced without making a huge mess. I had a bowl of water beside me and dipped the knife in the water every now and then. That seemed to help.

Then I added the pink icing to decorate.

We used a Swedish Berry for the nose and Skittles for the eyes.

I think considering my past experiences with making cakes and having fails – that this turned out to be a NAILED IT in my books!

Happy Easter!!

XO Carrie