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A Vision Board is Magic

Today I woke up and got to work as usual. I went to the barn, took careful care of each of the herd members, got my kids off to their commitments, and returned home. I sat down to write in Fancy’s training log. The day prior was packed full and I needed to jot down […]

Meet Fancy the Miniature Horse

I am SO excited to introduce you to the newest member of our herd. Meet Fancy the sweetest miniature horse you will ever find. This beautiful little horse is as kind and calm as she is darling. We are working hard to get Fancy therapy certified. She is the perfect candidate for a therapy horse […]

Meet Sugar Bear

Sugar Bear is a 30-year-old halfinger.  Haflingers are one of the longest living horse breeds. 30 years for a horse is like being 90 in people years and our sweet and spicy Sugar Bear isn’t slowing down in his old age. While he causes a bit of trouble sometimes, and his food obsession knows no […]

The Best Gift I have Given My Children

The Christmas rush is over. The parties are past, the concerts and practices are done. The hustle and bustle has come to a halt. When the chaos of the holidays ended I escaped to the calm and quiet of the barn. There was work to be done.  I needed to catch up on my chores. […]

A Spotted Pony Parade Day

We have been working on something BIG! A Spotted Pony Parade Day, a silly adventure about a horse named Toby who loves to try new treats and snatch up snacks. Toby is a friendly and flashy spotted horse who cannot wait to take a trip with his friends to town for the annual parade. As […]

Big Jim – His Heart is as Big as his Hooves

Big Jim is a giant draft horse with the sweetest heart! While he is by far our strongest horse in the herd, he is also the calmest, quietest, and kindest.  He hates to be away from his friends and he loves to get treats and enjoy love and attention from his people.  Big Jim is […]

Look Who’s Back

Wow. It’s been a while! 6 years to be exact. So many things have changed since my last post. I’m a little older and, I like to think, a little wiser. The kids are growing into teenagers and life is very different than it was when they were littles. There are a few more critters […]

Love Bug – Cute Non-Candy Valentine

Earlier in the week I shared a cute kid’s valentine idea, and today I wanted to show you another!  Two kids, two totally different personalities, and two different Valentines to make.  This is a simple print, decorate, and attach a little surprise craft that will be as fun for the kids to put together as […]

Homemade Crayon Valentines For Kids

Valentines Day is closing in and I wanted to share what the kids made for their classmates this year for Valentines.  I am a pretty firm believer in giving non-cany valentines, considering the kiddos get plenty of other sweets between Christmas and this time of the year!  Here is a really fun valentine that my […]

Create Santa’s Workshop In Your Living Room – Kid’s Christmas Activity

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.  The best way to creatively play in December, is to build the  North pole out of boxes with the kids.  This has been one of my children’s all time favorite holiday activities yet.  All you will need are a few random […]

Elf On The Shelf Goodbye Book For Christmas Day

Well December is here and that means…..our Elf on the shelf is BACK.  Our special  little Elf means exciting, memory filled mornings as the kids wake to see what his daily antics are.   They love him so.   I had to come up with a great way for them to say good bye to […]

Fun, Cute, Easy Christmas Wrapping Idea

Christmas time is near and things get busy!  I always try to make the holidays extra special at our house, and it certainly doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time to do so.  I do a lot of little things during the holiday season to try and make […]

Play Like A Girl

Our family was blessed with a little boy and then two years later, a little girl. We really have the best of both worlds under one roof. In or house there are trucks, cars, sports, princesses, tea parties, and ponies. From dresses to cleats, we’ve got it all between both kid’s activities.  Let’s just talk […]

Fun Thanksgiving Activities For Kids

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to celebrate and be thankful!  Here is a roundup of all of my favorite Thanksgiving activities to do, make, and talk about with the kids.  It is the perfect time of year to slow down and spend some quality time talking with your kids about being […]

Mini Mission – Every Day is a Big Day to Have a Conversation With your Kids

Who doesn’t love scholastic books. I remember sitting at home circleing the books I wanted as a kid, and now my own kids bring their folders home with flyers. I think I enjoy going trough them just as much as they do, and we always find something fun and exciting that we cannot wait to […]

Microwave Caramel Corn

The cool fall weather brings movie night back to our house.  It is one of our favorite family things to do when the weather turns cold and the days get shorter.  Snuggling up together with a good movie and our favorite movies means good memories and sweet treats to share.  Movie night is never complete […]

Silly Monster Sandwich – Halloween Lunch

If  you are at home with your kids, or you pack them a lunch to eat at school, this is a fun way to give them a healthy lunch a  that will make them laugh.  Tiny candy eyeballs can turn any sandwich into a silly monster that will make lunch full of silly fun.  A […]

Easy Halloween Snack For School

Need a super quick, super cute Halloween snack for you kids to share at school that is healthy and nutritious?  Here is a healthy alternative to the normal trick or treat type Halloween candy treat.  Festive orange solo cups turned into little monster popcorn holders and ghostly string cheese make for a healthy snack that […]

Candy Corn Painted Pumpkins

This is the most fantastic time of the year, in my humble opinion.  Anything that allows us to be outside enjoying the fresh, crisp fall air is something that I don’t want to miss. With some serious life changes happening in our family this year, projects are getting fewer and far between, but they are […]

The Little Mermaid Movie Date And Starfish Rice Krispie Treats

As the first week of school approaches, I find myself trying to soak in every last moment of summer vacation with the kids.  I fill the last few days of our summer together with fun activities and things that focus on being together as a family.  One of the activities on our summer fun list […]

DIY Signs – Adding Charm To The Outdoors

While most of my recent blog posts have, obviously, centered around entertaining the kids over their summer break, I haven’t completely strayed away from my crafty ways, there has just been little time to share it with you all.  Since we spend most of our time in the summer outdoors, I do find that I […]

Summer Fun – Tie Dye T-shirts With The Kids

Summer is quickly coming to an end I realize that this summer has been packed full of nonstop fun with the kids!  Thanks to our summer fun list and all of the fun summertime activities we were never really at a  loss for something to keep us busy.  One of my favorite summertime activities to […]

DIY Sugar Sprinkles And An Easy Lemon Cake

One of my very favorite summer time dessert is this super simple lemon cake.  Topped with a little cool whip it is the perfect light summery dessert to enjoy with my family!  A lemon cake mix, a can of 7UP, and a container of cool whip make for a fantastic dessert to make and share.  […]

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Here is a super fun summertime project to do with the kids that they will request over and over.  You need only a few simple ingredients, and you already have everything you need in your cupboards to make this DIY sidewalk chalk paint at home!  Did you know by mixing water, cornstarch, and food coloring […]

Oobleck – Story Time Activity

What do you get when you combine a typically whacky,  zany Dr, Suess book with a super cool experiment with the kids?  Fun…that’s all there is to it!  Upon reading Dr. Suess’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck for the first time with the kids I was inspired to do a project with the kids that I […]

Ice Excavation – Kid’s Activity To Beat The Heat

We are having a heat wave here in Wisconsin.  Definitely the most hot and humid summer like days so far!  It is hot hot hot, and being outside requires activities that include lots of playing in the water.  We are almost done with our 2013 summer fun list and here is one of the activities […]

Keep The Kids Thinking With Summer Work Stations

So if you have a school age child at home for the summer, I’m sure you have realized that they have a new need to stay busy and productive.  My kindergarten son is now home all day every day, and it was immediately apparent to me that we needed to keep his reading, writing, and […]

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Chocolate chip cookies, is there anyone alive that wouldn’t eat one if it was set in front of them?  They are one of the simplest forms of baking happiness and sharing it with the people you love!  If you love chocolate chip cookies, and especially the cookie dough – here is a great little recipe […]

Moon Dough Recipe – Busy Kids Are Happy Kids

Need a super fun activity to occupy those kiddos on a “boring” summer day.  Moon or Cloud dough is your answer!  This is so quick and easy, and will thrill your kids to pieces.  This stuff is made with two simple household ingredients – all you need to do is mix and start playing!  It […]

Shaving Cream Slide – Summer Fun For Kids

In searching for ways to keep the kids busy during the summer months, whether it be a beautiful sunny day, or a rainy day indoors, I have found that a simple can of shaving cream can evoke all the smiles and laughter you can imagine for kids.  Not sure what it is about the fresh […]

Kids Craft – July Fourth Windsock

We are in full blown summer mode as of this week, so be prepared to be bombarded on A Spotted Pony with kid crafts, projects, and activities!  When the kids are home for the summer they are my number one priority, so other projects get put on hold while we make memories during the summer!  […]

Summer Fun Activity – Kid Decorated Play Shirts

Finally, summer is here in all of it’s glory, and for this stay at home mom it is the absolute best time of the year!  It means time with both my kids, the freedom to play all day, late nights, snuggles and sleeping in.  I am relishing the opportunity to have my little lovlies with […]

Garden Teepee – Fun For Kids Great For Plants

Spending hours in the garden with the kids can be a treat when the kids have a space that lets them explore.  Making gardening fun for the kids helps gardening stay fun for me at the same time!  With the addition of a kid friendly space in the garden we created a fantastic teepee for […]

Gardening With Kids – A Garden Tea Table

Since I have been on the subject of gardening this week I wanted to share a couple more projects with you in case you are out working in the garden over the next few weeks too!  My kids are always in the garden with me and keeping them busy is always important.  This year I […]

Repurpose An Old Grill Into A Garden Storage Cart

We have been spending all kinds of time in the garden the last couple of weeks.  This will be our 4th growing season, and things are getting serious, so I decided it was time to have a decent place to store our garden tools near the garden.  In past years we hauled everything out from […]

Gifts For Men – Father’s Day Treat Gift Basket

Need a great practical gift for Dad this father’s day?  Something you know he will love, use, and appreciate?  Take a trip to the local grocery store and stroll up and down each isle with nothing but good old Dad in mind!  Grab a few of those things that you know he loves as a […]

A Beer Cake For The Man In Your Life

Birthdays and holidays always leave my baffled when it comes to what to give the men in my life as a gift.  Unless I have a list with a specific tool or electronic devises I am lost, and most likely I don’t have enough money to buy it anyway!  These days I am trying hard […]

End Of The Year Teacher’s Thank You Gift

Yesterday I shared with you an  idea for an infinity scarf teachers appreciation gift that included a simple sewing project.  Here is another quick and easy idea for those of you who don’t sew, or don’t have time to make a scarf before the end of the school year!  Stop and grab a nice bottle […]

Inexpensive Teachers Infinity Scarf Gift

Teachers are such an important part of our children’s lives and saying thank you to them is so important!  As the end of the school year approaches I have been thinking hard about a way to show them how much my kids have enjoyed having them as a teacher, and for me how much I […]

Oreo Fluff Recipe – Easy Memorial Day Picnic Dessert

With memorial day weekend all but here I know that a vast majority of you will be spending some time at a get together, cookout, or picnic of some kind.  And from that weekend through the summer months there are lots of opportunities to bring a dish to pass to lots of different types of […]

Repurposed Serving Tray To A Chalkboard Welcome Sign

Summertime is just around the corner and now that the weather is getting nice we are spending a ton of time outdoors.  Along with preparing the garden, doing some spring cleaning, and breaking out the summer decor we added a new welcome sign by the front door.  I received this serving tray almost 9 years […]

DIY Customized Water Bottles Using Decorative Tape

Looking for a fun way to make serving bottled water extra special at an event or party?  Turn those store bought bottled waters into customized bottles that for fit your event’s decor for just a couple dollars.  A roll of decorative packaging tape is all you need to transform those boring water bottles  to an […]

Traveling With Kids – Chip Clip Card Holder

My kids have loooooved playing card games since their first round of go fish!  We often enjoy card games on rainy days, game nights, and even on card trips.  When they were very young I noticed that they had a hard time viewing all of their cards at once without dropping them as they sorted […]

Glory Glory Morning Glories

I certainly wouldn’t say that I have a green thumb, but over the last few years I have learned a lot about gardening through trial and error.  Flowers have always been scary to me, so I like to stick with things that I know I can manage.  Good old zinnias and sunflowers, and gladiolas  are […]

Kid’s Bird Nest Craft And Little Birdie Book Marks

Now that spring is officially here the kids are all about admiring the sweet little birds hopping around outside.  They seem thrilled to be chasing and “trying to catch” them as they move around the yard.  I’m not certain what they want to do with them once the catch them, but I am assuming they […]

Our 30th Random Act Of Kindness – The Comfort For Kids Campaign

Remember less than a month ago, when I shared with you the 30 Random Acts of Kindness that our family had done over the last year?  Well, I ended that post with # 30 which read: ” Number 30 is a surprise and I will fill you in on it very soon!  We are planning […]

Spring Kid Craft – Feeding The Birds

As the snow finally turns to rain we welcome the chance to see and hear the sights and sounds of spring again!  One of the most best signs that spring has arrived is the beautiful sound of busy little birds chirping outside your windows.   Here is an easy projects for the kids and well… it’s […]

Repurpose A Crib Mattress To Make A Kid’s Book Nook

If you have school aged kids in your home, you probably spend a huge amount of time reading with them. Our kids spend countless hours every week reading with us or reading by themselves, and we are now amazed that they are reading to US!  Probably one of the most amazing parenting moments so far […]

Easy DIY Photo Bookmark – Great Mother’s Day Gift For Mom and Grandma

Mother’s day is just around the corner, and here is a super simple gift that your kids can make and give themselves!  A personalized photo gift can get pricey fast, but here is a simple DIY photo bookmark project that is cute but frugal!  The supplies couldn’t be simpler and you most likely have most […]

30 Random Acts Of Kindness To Do With Your Kids

After two years of blogging, I am about to share with you the absolute best project I have ever done with my children.  It is not a craft, or a recipe, but an initiative.  Over the last year my kids and I have gone out into the world and done 30 random acts of kindness […]

#TasteSilk – Mommy Mini Vacation At Home & Cakebatter Shakes

A mother is a mother 100% of the time, no matter how many kids they have, no matter how many jobs they work, no matter how many irons they have in the fire. Finding a moment of peace in the chaos is always a challenge, but it is also an important task. Every mom can […]

Entertaining The Kids On A Road Trip

Summer is just around the corner and a family road trip is a great way to spend time together and make some memories!  Road trips with small kids can be exciting, stress free, and fun no matter where you are headed if you plan ahead.  Make the car trip part of the fun and adventure!  […]

A House For Our Peeps – Kid’s Easter Activity

I have been enjoying every second of my time with he kids while they are on spring break from school.  It is so making me look forward to summer vacation, projects, and playing all day!  I am also reminded that busy kids are happy kids.  For that reason we have been doing all sorts of […]

Kid’s Easter Craft – Birds Of A Feather Candy Holder

Here is a fun little craft to get your kid’s excited for Easter!  Little plastic Easter eggs make the perfect base to create a bird that is fun, cute, and that can even store a little surprise!  My kids spent two hours decorating their own little birds and another hour playing with them!  They can […]

Pool Noodles Repurposed Into Pretty Boot Supports

Here is a super easy no sew project for any of you ladies who love to wearing tall boots as a part of your wardrobe.  Pool noodles serve as the perfect little insert to support boots during storage to keep them from folding over, and creasing.  With the addition of some pretty fabric and brightly […]

Princess Castle Birthday Cake From Cake Mix And Ice Cream Cones

Alright folks, here is my  final post about the birthday treats!  This one was my favorite, so I saved it for last!  When giving a 4 year old the opportunity to choose her own birthday cake, you had better be ready to get creative!  My little lady paged through her favorite Disney Princess cookbook to […]

#TysonPickyEaters – Making Mealtime Fun

As a stay at home Mom I shop for, prepare, serve, and clean up three meals a day. Getting my kids to eat a balanced, healthy meal is important to me. From the very beginning I have done my best to teach my children healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Nothing is more […]

Nerd Cupcakes – Fun For All Ages

Just two more tasty treats to share with you from my list of Birthday goodies.  Here is a version of a cupcake that will send kids of any age into a tizzy.  If you know anyone that loves Nerds candies you have got to make them a batch of these fun loving little cupcakes.  What […]

Turn A Boxed Cake Mix Into A Special Numbered Birthday Cake

Birthdays are a big deal, but making a cake doesn’t have to be.  Here is a simple way to turn an ordinary boxed cake mix into a very special birthday cake adorned with that special person’s age adorning the top.  Choose the birthday boy or girl’s favorite flavor of cake mix, bake and decorate it […]

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes – Tips And Tricks To Success

So, I’m sure you have seen these adorable ice cream cone cupcakes out there before.  They are pictured on cake mix boxes, and make cupcakes extra special.  Some years ago I tried making these on a few occasions, and was terribly disappointed at their final appearance.  Of course, they never looked as pretty as the […]

A Fun Way To Wrap A Present For Two

Have you ever had to give a joint gift to two little ones in your family?  If you have, then you know that wrapping it is key!  If they are different genders you have to find something that works for both, and keep both of their interests in mind.  Here is a super fun way […]

Easy Angry Bird Birthday Cake – Dirt Cake Style

Your child’s birthday is the perfect opportunity to find creative ways to celebrate them, and the things that they love.  When my son requested an Angry Bird dirt cake for his birthday, I had to improvise and make something that was quick, easy, and super fun for his special day!  This spin on the classic […]

Pack A Surprise Birthday Lunch For School Aged Kids

 Last week was so exciting for us!  Both kids celebrated their birthdays, as well as valentines day!  Let’s just say I baked non stop treats last week and was busily running around trying to make lots of special memories with the kids.  This was the very first year that my son was at school all […]

Simple And Inexpesnive Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day With Kids

 Next week is a big week in our house.  The festivities begin with Valentine’s day followed by both kids having a birthday within 4 days of that.  It is always an exciting and joyous time for our family!    With a busy and hectic schedule, and the chaos of Christmas time still looming over our heads I have […]

Fun Valentines Day Breakfast – Homemade Heart Shaped Jelly Doughnuts

 I love finding new ways to make Valentines Day special for my kids.  Each meal on February 14th leaves me with an opportunity to make them something special that feeds their souls and shows them my love too.  On special occasions I usually don’t mind feeding their sweet tooth as well.  Here is a simple […]

Non-Candy School Valentines Under 35 Cents Each

Valentines Day is just around the corner and we just finished up a special something for the kid’s to take to school for their friends.  With lots of new allergy related rules in schools I have decided that in lou of candy treats for Valentine’s Day that the kids and I could come up with some other […]

Cherry Cheesecake Dip – Fun Family Valentines Day Dessert

I love making Valentines Day just a little bit out of the ordinary for my kids.  Things like a special packed lunch at school, heart shaped doughnuts for breakfast, an afterschool scarvenger hunt or a special dessert are just a few of the things that I have done to make their Valentine’s day special.  It doesn’t […]

Recycle Kid’s Outgrown Clothes Into Play Pillows

Ever catch your child running around in a way too tight shirt that you know they dug out of the “too small” bin in the basement?  They promptly tell you that the shirt fits just fine even though their belly is sticking out, and they can bearly fit their arms into the sleeves.  You know those favorite […]

Easy Valentines Day Fudge That Is Fun For Kids – Brazilian Brigadeiros

Here is a simple fudge recipe that your kids will adore!  In just a few easy steps with a few common ingredients you have a chocolaty treat that is fit for any special occasion!  These Brazilian Brigadeiros are fun and easy to make with the kiddos and are totally tempting all covered in colorful sprinkles.  […]

Whooo’s Been Good? – Fun Kid’s Reward System

I think every mother wants to positively reinforce their children’s good behavior.  If you are like me, when you see bad behavior it is something you automatically “hone in on” – to correct it instantly.  Positive behaviors, on the other hand, often don’t get the same amount of attention.  We expect  our children to do […]

Budget Kitchen Island Makeover

As I mentioned in my last post I wanted to go into a little more detail on how I wallpapered, painted and then distressed our kitchen island.  I am going to guess that the total cost to change up our kitchen island was less than $6.oo.  I used paint colors that we had left over […]

Kitchen Backsplash Using Beadboard Wallpaper- Transform Your Home On A Budget

Today I am bringing you a super budget friendly way to completely transform your kitchen for about $12.00.  Need an inexpensive, quick fix for a so-so kitchen?  Well here it is.  Textured, paintable wallpaper turns a drab back splash from boring to polished in just a few easy steps.  No power tools, no expensive supplies, […]

Lemon Gumdrop Cookie Recipe

These simple lemon gumdrop cookies are easy to make and are a staple in our house, especially during the holidays.  They are not a particularly festive holiday cookie, but my family loves them so we make them as a special treat throughout the year and during the holidays too.  Everyone loves their light lemony flavor […]

Happy New Year – Welcome to 2013

Happy New Year to you all!  I certainly hope that each and everyone of you had a safe and happy holiday season!  I thoroughly enjoyed my break from blogland and dove into my family with every ounce of my being.  Our break began with 2 snow days from school before winter break was supposed to […]

Happy Holidays From A Spotted Pony

As the Holidays quickly approach I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas from our home to yours.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, following and supporting A Spotted Pony.  It is the thought of all of you at home with your families  sharing your […]

Candy Cane Cookies

Here is one last Holiday treat idea for you all.  We will be making our Christmas cookies this weekend and here is a never favorite on our families list of cookies to bake for Christmas time.  Mint creme and special red holiday oroes turn from good to amazing after they are dipped in white chocolate […]

Holiday Fun For Kids – Gingerbread Christmas Trees

I am so excited for the kids to be on Christmas break.  A week of family time, fun, lots of pj wearing and activities with the kids.  Here is a great preschool friendly activity to do with the kids while they are home on break that will really get them in the holiday spirit.  Gingerbread […]

Easy Holiday Dress From A T-Shirt

Here is a fun little craft to make your little girl’s holiday extra special!  What little lady wouldn’t love a comfy little red dress with a sparkly Santa adorning the front?  This comfortable pillowcase style dress was fashioned from an unworn t-shirt in just a few simple steps.  The small amount of time that it […]

Snowball Surprise – Holiday Gifts For Kids To Give Classmates

Here is a super fun way for your kids to give a holiday time gift to their classmates at school!  By wrapping a little surprise in white tissue and crepe paper you create a darling little snowball surprise for your child to give.  This is a great way to give a holiday gift without it […]

Reindeer Sandwiches – Kid Friendly Holiday Lunch

Here is a fun way to spice up the kid’s packed lunch at school for the holidays that takes little extra time, but will be extra fun for them.  Reindeer sandwiches are the perfect way to make a lunch with a little holiday magic for the kiddos.  A heart shaped cookie cutter turns a regular […]

Reindeer Wrap And An Easy Christmas Gift For Teachers

Simple dollar store mugs adorned with the kids sweet handwriting and pictures is the perfect gift for those teachers who love and nurture their curiosity throughout the year.  A simple, but useful gift that the kids can help personalize with the handwriting that those teachers helped form.  We wrapped our mugs in brown paper lunch […]

Cinnamon French Toast Bake – Feeding A Crowd For The Holidays

The holidays get hectic, their is no doubt about it, and if you are in charge of feeding the family, or entertaining – planning ahead is key to you enjoying your holiday.  One of the things that I love most about Christmas morning is our leisurely morning in our pajamas huddled around the Christmas tree.  […]

Homemade Christmas Decor – Burlap Pillows

Last week I shared with you the first three out of four DIY Christmas projects that I have been working on that involve burlap.  Something about the simple natural texture of burlap, makes me want to create everything that I can with it.  With my leftover yard or so of burlap I created three very […]

Make Your Own Personalized Photo Christmas Ornaments

Photo ornaments are a perfect way to add a special ornament to the tree each year to commemorate each Christmas.  They also make a fabulous gift for the people that you are closest too.   I have been creating an ornament each year to add to our own tree, and for the kids to give to […]

Great Christmas Gift For Kids To Make And Give – Personalized Mugs

The holidays are quickly approaching and I am always thinking of ways that I can help them “give” to the people that they love the most.  My hope is to teach my children the importance of thinking of others this time of the year, and that the simplest gifts are often the most precious to […]

Framed Picture To Temporary Christmas Decoration

Here is a quick trick I use around the holidays to transform framed pictures into temporary holiday decorations.  Making those framed pictures fit in with your holiday decor is super simple, and it takes just minutes to transform them to fit the season.  Pieces of fabric inserted into a frame can be as simple or […]

Fun Christmas Gift For Kids To Give Classmates – Reindeer Noses Treat Bag

I officially have two kids and school, and I love the idea of them helping make little gifts to give the kids in their class during the holiday season.  I like the idea of them making something that they can give that is simple, and inexpensive, and most importantly gives them the experience of giving!  […]

Simple DIY Christmas Decor – Burlap and Glitter

Well last weekend was eventful in our house, as I’m sure it was in lots of yours too.  After a couple days of food and family, we got the house all decked out for Christmas.  It is one of my favorite family activities of the year, and the kids love everything about it too!  This […]

Kid’s Felt Christmas Tree – Let Them Re-decorate It Over And Over

Do you have a little one in your house that would redecorate the Christmas tree every single day until Christmas?  If so, here is a great idea to let those little hands get creative with their very own little Christmas tree.  Using a dollar store cone and some felt you can create them their very […]

A Pretty Way To Give Homemade Canned Goods As A Gift

Hope Everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving Holiday with their families!  Now that Christmas is just around the corner it is time to think about gift giving and holiday festivities.  When it comes to giving gifts I love to give things that are homemade with love.  One of the gifts that I have given in the […]

Thanksgiving Craft For Kids – Thankful Turkey

We are less than a week from Thanksgiving and at our house it is all about turkeys this year.  After reading a dozen books from the library and at school about turkeys, the kids are excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families.  We spent a lot of time this month talking about the things, and […]

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft For Kids

I love the idea of letting the kids help create things that will decorate our home for the Holidays.  This Thanksgiving the kids and I have been geared up and created three great turkey crafts to help deck out our house for turkey day.  Most of our Thanksgiving activities are centered around conversations about being […]

What I Wore Wednesday – Thrifty Is Nifty

In an effort to redeem myself from last week, I worked very hard to come up with four outfits instead of my usual three.  I also wanted to do my best to make them super thrifty too.  With the combination of clearance and sale price items along with thrifted and garage sale finds,  I was […]

Our Favorite Mashed Potatoes – Thanksgiving Dinner Recipe

Those Thanksgiving staples at the dinner table are irreplaceable, and a great recipe  for of those staples is something that you will make over and over again, not only for Thanksgiving, but all year round.  This is a recipe that my whole extended family loves and it is a crowd pleaser no matter what the […]

Fun Idea For The Kid’s Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away and soon tables all over the country will be filled with family, food, and memorable moments.  Make the kid’s table extra special with these adorable little turkey centerpieces.  They are simple to make and offer the kids a great activity while they visit with their cousins at dinner.  Cover […]

Photo Sequence Canvas Wall Art

Today I am bringing you yet a another home decor idea combing two of my favorite things, family photos and quotes.  This wall art project involves a sequence of pictures of our family holding hands and leaping into a leaf pile and a quote that fit’s it perfectly.  Combing them together in a cluster of […]

Three Little Stools Refinished – A Numerical Paint Job

Three little stools on their way to the garbage turned into fresh pieces of home decor with a little spray paint and love.  These stools were given and I instantly knew that they would be perfect for our home.  The are totally functional, and with a new paint job fit our home perfectly.  They are […]

Tomato Cage and White Light Ghost – Halloween Decoration

Halloween is just a few days a way!  Need a friendly way to greet those adorable trick or treaters that stop by your door this Halloween?  Meet our new friend who was created in just minutes using a tomato cage, Christmas lights, a bed sheet, and a pair of plastic dollar store eyes.  What a […]

Toilet paper Roll Craft – Kids Halloween Frankenstein Decoration

Halloween is a holiday filled with mystery little kids.  How are they not to love an entire day dedicated to dressing up and collecting all sorts of candy and treats just because they look cute in their costumes.  My kids love Halloween, and they love any project that is Halloween inspired.  This project uses toilet […]

Make And Play With Halloween Colored Playdough

I am always looking for ways to make our normal play extra exciting for the kids.  Halloween is the perfect time to turn normal craft and play times into holiday fun and excitement.  We love playing play dough in our house.  I haven’t purchased play dough from the store for  a couple of years, and […]

DIY Halloween Mummy Light Decoration

Here is an adorable and simple DIY Halloween decoration that you can make up in minutes.  Rescue a few jars from the recycling and grab your hot glue gun for this goofy Halloween craft.  Since the kids are still little, scary decorations are a no-go in our house.  These mummies are super silly and friendly […]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pumpkin Treat

Throughout a rainy and cold weekend we managed to have some indoor fun, carve pumpkins, do Halloween crafts, and spend some quiet time together as a family.  We made our staple soft cookie bars, but turned them into a cute pumpkin style Halloween treat to help celebrate pumpkin carving day in our house.  It was […]

Kid’s DIY Princess Toadstool And Princess Peach Costumes

This year’s Halloween costumes are done, and my little ones are sporting some cute new DIY costumes.  I dislike the thought of spending ton’s of money on cheaply made Halloween costumes, so I always like to make my own.  This year Princess Toadstool and Toad from Super Mario were the final choice, and the kid’s […]

Kid’s Halloween Craft – Fleece Monster Tie Pillows

This month I was lucky enough to have my niece and nephew spending a weekend at our house.  I wanted to come up with a fun craft that the cousins could all do together to get them excited for Halloween.  These monster pillows are the perfect craft for the kids to make and enjoy the […]

Bleached Out Super Hero T-Shirt – A One Dollar Project

Here is a quick and super cheap project that you can do for the little super hero in your life.  With a few simple supplies that you probably already have in your house and a dollar store t-shirt you can create this bleached out batman t-shirt that any little boy would love.  In a small […]

Halloween Monster Pops – Fun To Make And Eat

These adorable Oreo Monster pops are the perfect way to treat your little ones this Halloween.  Not only are they fun to eat, but the kids will have a blast making and creating them. Using some cool Halloween colored Oreo cookies these little monster have a hidden Halloween surprise inside!  An orange creme filling makes […]

Kid’s Halloween Bat Craft

Halloween is just around the corner, and during the month of October I love to do Halloween crafts to keep the kids busy.  Here is a simple craft that requires just a few supplies!  Save those egg cartons from the trash and transform them into some adorable Halloween Bats.  The kids will have a blast […]

What I Wore Wednesday – Flip Flops And Flannel

I had a small obsession with flannel last winter and was super excited to bust out the tote full of winter and fall clothes.  The flannel and flip flops will probably only last a few weeks, but I am loving it!  This week I was able to put together three ultra comfortable outfits that worked […]

Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe

A lot of people take their kids apple picking as a great family friendly activity this time of the year.  We too have made it a tradition and  I have found and tried many great ways to preserve and use all of those beautiful apples.  This recipe for crock pot apple butter is as easy […]

Dollar Store Candles Turned Halloween Ghost Decoration

Halloween is just around the corner and we are getting excited.  We love to decorate the house with spooky decorations  and inexpensive crafts that we can do without breaking the bank.  On a recent trip to the Dollar store I scored some simple white candles that were perfect for a little ghostly craft.  It took […]

An Easy – Not So Scary – Halloween Wreath

I love simple holiday crafts that are quick, easy, and inexpensive.  This wreath is all of those things and more!  With a few simple supplies and a few minutes you can create this adorably silly googly eyed wreath to decorate your home this Halloween.  This is the perfect – not so scary – wreath for […]

Family Fun – Fall To Do List

I simply love everything about the fall season.  It is my favorite time of the year by far and I really relish all of the fun family activities that we do together during the season.  Each year I put together a list of activities that we plan to do over the fall months together as […]

Outdoor Fall Decoration Using Pumpkins, Tulle And Christmas Lights

Here is a simple outdoor fall decor idea that takes minutes to put together but fills your porch with a soft glow that will last all fall long.  By combining a roll of tulle, a strand of Christmas lights, and a few fresh fall pumpkins you have a simple outdoor decoration that looks great during […]

An Anniversary Gift For The Husband – A Year’s Worth Of Date Nights

My husband is the most important man in my life, of course, but when it comes to giving him gifts for special occasions I usually do best to do nothing at all.   Men are always impossible to shop for when it is an anniversary.  Here is a thoughtful gift idea that keeps on giving all […]

Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Butter And Roll Copycat Recipes

Is there anything better than fresh from the oven warm bread slathered in a deliciously sweet cinnamon infused butter?  I think not.  If you have ever been to Texas Roadhouse and raved over their amazing complimentary rolls with the sinful cinnamon butter you know they are irresistible.   Here are two recipes so you can enjoy […]

Repurposed Tank Top To Ruffled Pillows

Ever go through your closet and keep things because you like them, knowing full well you will never wear them again?  Such was the case with a ruffled white tank top in my closet, and after a couple years of saving it for no reason I decided that if I liked it so much, why […]

Turn Family Snapshots Into Priceless Photos – Editing And Quotes

By combining a few of my favorite quotes with some simple family snapshots, I can create beautiful and meaningful pictures that capture special family moments.  I love using our day to day family photos for projects like family photo books or gifts for family.  Enhanced with photo editing and quotes they become priceless.

First Day of School Chalkboard Photo And An After School Surprise

My first baby was off to Kindergarten today.  It has been a most exciting day for him, and a most difficult day for me, but no the less I always aim to make big days a little extra special!  The day started with the first day off school photo and I can’t wait for him […]

Let The Kids Be Mom For The Day Before Going Back To School

A lot of kids are back to school this week or will be getting on that bus in the next couple of weeks.  This year we are celebrating one of our last full days together before school starts with a fun twist to the day.  Today the kids were appointed Mommy for the day and […]

Making Getting Out The Door For School Easier

The switch from lazy summer days with no set schedule to the hussel and bussel of getting out the door and of to school is a challenge for a lot of families.  To make getting out the door for school easier we have a little system using closest organizers that takes the guess work out […]

Easy And Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars And A Back To School Treat

If you are like me, you have tried dozens of different chocolate chip cookie recipes searching for the perfect, soft, and tasty cookie.  Look no further!  This is a no fail lazy way of creating the perfect chocolate chip cookie bars by dumping together just 4 simple ingredients!  Add some icing and sprinkles and make […]

Make Cleaning Fun For Kids With A Simple DIY Chore Chart

I think every mother feels major frustration when it comes to keeping their home clean with little ones running around.  By the time you have one thing cleaned up, your children have created another  mess.  It is the ultimate battle, but here is my solution.  Make a kid’s chore chart that gets them excited to […]

The Best Salsa Recipe And A Delicious Use For Garden Tomatoes

If you grow tomatoes in your garden, there is nothing more rewarding than canning them into delicious canned goods that your family can enjoy all year long!  This is my absolute favorite use for my garden tomatoes and our family’s favorite sweet and spicy salsa recipe.  This is a salsa recipe that is sweet but […]

12 Activities To Keep Kids Busy At Home Using Things That You Already Have

Being home with the kids every day has really challenged my creativity when it comes to keeping them occupied in a constructive way.  We are always trying to find ways to spend out time at home together that is interesting to my preschool ages kids and that doesn’t cost any money.  Here are 12 simple […]

Happy First Birthday A Spotted Pony – 15 Favorite Posts

One year has passed and 185 posts later I have fallen in love with writing and creating this little blog.  Each and every post is carefully planned out, photographed and written with love and I am so excited to see what the next year brings!  Here are my 10 most popular posts from A Spotted […]

A Spotted Pony – Meet Toby

WR Double Tuff Toby:  Toby is an American Paint horse who stands 15.3 hands tall. He is a full-sized horse with a full sized personality to match both his height and his boldly colored coat. Toby and I have been together for well over 20 years and have had endless adventures together.  Toby has done […]

Great Gift Idea For Kids Of Any Age – Craft Basket Complete With Ideas

A child’s birthday party is a great time to celebrate and to give them something special.  Many parents get overwhelmed by the toys that their kids acquire in their homes, and that is what prompted this gift. My favorite gift to give is a craft basket filled with supplies – complete with crafty ideas.

Garden Flowers Make Our Home Feel Happy

Our garden is in full swing and of all of the wonderful things that we are harvesting I think the flowers have got to be my favorite.  I love having fresh flowers in our home, but buying them is never an option.  For the few dollars I spent on seeds and bulbs this spring, I […]

Healthy Summer Snack – Glittery Sour Patch Grapes

This is a fabulously easy and amazingly delightful treat that I cannot get enough of.  By rolling fresh grapes in unprepared jello mix you are left with a healthy summer snack that tastes even better than candy.  Ever since I discovered this simple recipe I have had a batch ready in the fridge at all […]

Healthy Lunch – Cucumber Sandwiches

It’s that time of year again, when fresh garden cucumbers are plentiful at our house.  I feel like I eat only cucumbers for 3 months straight in the summertime and I love finding new ways to enjoy the super healthy vegetable for meals.  These cucumber sandwiches make a great snack, healthy lunch or pretty summertime […]

Sew Simple Matching Jersey Dresses For A Little Girl And Her Doll

A great garage sale find, and a clearanced yard of fun jersey fabric inspired this super easy sewing project.  When my little lady scored a Cabbage patch Doll for $ 0.75 at a garage sale that needed some clothes, I decided to make not only one for her new dolly, but one for her that […]

Mountain Dew Cake

Do you or someone you know love Mountain Dew?  Like the kind of person who may have it  pumping through their veins at any given point during the day?  If so, this simple cake is a must try!  Adding a can of Dew to a boxed lemon cake mix and topping it with a glaze […]

Preschooler Activity Using Things From The Kitchen

Here is a great activity that will keep the kids busy for a long time – marshmallow and toothpick towers.  Grab that stale bag of mini marshmallows from the cupboard and a package of toothpicks.  You will be shocked at the amazing stuff your kids will be able to create with those them, and how […]

Outdoor Mason Jar Lanterns

I love mason jars for decorating inside and outside of the house, and I simply cannot get enough of the pretty blue jars lit up at night with candles in the summer time.  I have been experimenting with different ways to turn my blue Ball jars into outdoor lanterns, and think I have finally found […]

Outdoor Horse And Saddle Swing

An idea to hang a horse saddle in a tree as a swing turned into a family affair.  A little help from each member in the family has resulted in a saddle swing complete with a horse painted like our favorite spotted pony.  We now have a swing that is fun for kids and adults […]

Raising Our Kids In A Different Time

Just a quick photo to share with you today.  A little reminder to slow down and take things slow… to enjoy the things that we enjoyed as children, especially with our own kids.  In the age of driving in the fast lane and technology based communication it is nice to think about a different, simpler […]

Strawberry Dessert Kabobs

Summertime means ripe perfect strawberries in our neck of the woods.  This is a great summertime dessert that anyone can make and that everyone will love.  Here is a quick and ultra tasty summer time dessert that the entire family will not be able to resist.  Strawberry dessert kabobs will be a hit after a […]

Put Together An Outdoor Tresure Hunt For Kids

My kids love a good treasure hunt!  It is a great way to surprise your kids with a fun filled activity that includes hunting for treasure, looking for clues, and following a map along the way.  What an inexpensive way to thrill your child at any age!  A few simple supplies and a treasure at […]

4th Of July Fun For Kids – Patriotic Popsicles

A simple patriotic Popsicle treat is all my kids need to enjoy a beautiful 4th of July picnic with family and friends.  A sunny day filled with fun activities, good company,  good food, and the smell of sunscreen just isn’t complete without Popsicles.  Add a simple red or blue holder and your kids are sure […]

Patriotic Kid’s Activity – Lawn Stars

Here is a simple and fun activity that not only lets your kids help you decorate fort he 4th of July, but is a fun patriotic project too.  All you need is a piece of cardboard or poster board and some to decorate your outdoor space with  stars to your hearts content.

Easy Hairstyle – Turn A Long Necklace Into A Headband

Here is a great way for that collection of long necklaces in your jewlery drawer to do double duty.  I am all about hairstyles that are cute and easy but they have to be fast too.  Take your normal hairstyle and fancy it up in seconds with just one hair elastic and a long necklace!

Easy And Healthy Snack For Kids – Mommy And Mini Caterpillar Grape Kabob

Here is the perfect summer picnic or gathering food!  These matching Mommy and  mini caterpillar grape kabobs are completely irresistible to both kids and adults alike!   They are simple to make, fun to eat, healthy, and perfect for a summer time treat to share.  What could be more fun than a grape kabob?

Regrowing Green Onions In Your Kitchen

Green onions are one of my favorite  ingredients to add to many kinds of recipes, but I find it frustrating to have fresh onions when I need them, but not waste half of the package.  Here are two great tricks to ensure that you always have green onions in your kitchen any time you need […]

Travel Fun For Kids – Magnetic Calkboard Play Tray

A can of chalkboard spray paint turns a dollar store baking sheet into an incredibly versatile travel toy for kids.  My kids love their play trays in the car or at home.  They can write with chalk, use it as a play tray, color pictures on it, play magnetic games, and drive their cars on […]

The Snack Pack – Feeding Kids Healthy While Traveling And A Travel Treat Box

Here is a great idea for feeding your kids while you are traveling.  Wither you are on a long road trip or just running errands during lunch time this is a simple and fun way to feed your kids nutritionally while you are on the go.

DIY Emergency Hair Kit From A Spice Container

Ever have one of those days where you are out and about with the family, you walk past a window and realize your hair is just not right, bad even?  I always carry this emergency hair kit in my purse for just such an occasion.  It’s small, simple and made from an old spice container.  […]

Easy Fathers Day Shirt Personalized With Your Childs Handprint

Need a simple and inexpensive gift that is special and unique just like Dad for Fathers Day?  These personalized shirts are adorned with your child’s hand print and can be made with things that you already have in your house!  A quick and easy project to do with your kids to show Dad how much […]

Reuse Container Lids For Perfect Popsicle Holders

Summer has finally arrived and it’s time for poolside Popsicle treats!  I have tried store bought Popsicle holders to help my toddlers eat Popsicle without a sticky mess, but nothing compares to this free option using recycled plastic lids as drip free Popsicle holder.

Super Simple Mint Grasshopper Ice Cream Cake

If you love mint, grasshoppers, Ande’s mint’s, ice cream, or cake you will love this unbelievably simple homemade ice cram cake.  You can throw it together in about five minutes, and I guarantee you will not have a piece left over!

New Old Stool In The Living Room

Adding antique pieces of furniture to your home adds character and charm in a way that regular store bought items simply cannot.  It is a great way to include totally unique pieces of home decor throughout your house that could tell a story of their own.

Repurpose An Old Dresser Into An Entertainment Center With Storage

An old dresser on it’s way to the dump gets a makeover and becomes the perfect solution for our media center problems.  I am so pleased with the amazing transformation that this old dresser has allowed in our living room.

Birthday Breakfast – Cakebatter Pancakes

Here is yet another cake batter recipe for those of you who love everything to taste like cake as much as I do!  This is our new go-to special birthday breakfast.  Delicious pancakes infused with cake flavor and topped with sprinkles.  What a great way to start a birthday morning.

Keep The Kids Busy All Summer Long With A Summer Fun List Of Things To Do

Summer vacation begins for many kids in the next couple of weeks.  Keep them busy all summer long with a list of fun summer projects and activities.  Make a list that includes fun things for everyone in the family and you can cross them off as you do them this summer!

Simple Gift Basket For A First Birthday And Getting Your Kids Excited About Giving

A first birthday is a special occasion and deserves a gift from the heart that is just right for the little one in your life.  I love to make gift baskets to give to anyone – but a first birthday is an especially fun reason to put one together.

The Most Fun You Will Ever Have Camping With Kids

Want to take your kids on an exciting camping trip that they will never forget?  Camp with your kids in your very own backyard!  Add a batch of kid friendly activities and fun food, and it will be a most memorable adventure that they will enjoy and so will you!

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Summer is almost here and the thought of ice cream treats and sweet summer nights are so close I can taste it.  Here is an incredibly tasty “homemade” ice cream cake that is perfect for any occasion.  You won’t believe how simple it is, and neither will anyone you share it with because it is […]

Happy Mother’s Day – Lessons Learned From My Kids

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful and loving mothers that are stopping by A Spotted Pony today!  I wanted to share a little story with you about the best part of being a mother and how my children have taught me the most important life lessons.  I hope you enjoy it!

Aging Galvanized Metal – DIY Antique Looking Chicken Feeder

Make a new chicken feeder look like an antique using white vinegar.  I was able to make this uniquely beautiful plate holder for my kitchen with just that.  Vinegar has so many amazing uses, but this one is for the crafty at heart.

25 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is nearing quickly!  Here are 25 ideas for DIY gifts for the most important woman in your life.  These DIY gifts are all quick, easy and inexpensive.  Instead of buying something, make something with love for your Mom.

Chalkboard Welcome And Message Plaque

A can of chalkboard spray paint and an unused platter turn into a simple and useful welcome sign f or your home.  A delightful little chalkboard that can welcome guests, politely ask them to remove shoes, or greet your friends for a party.

Healthy And Fun Snack For Kids – Caterpillar Grape Kabobs

Need a healthy and fun snack for a party, get together, or dish to pass?  These caterpillar kabobs are simple to make and absolutely irresistible to both kids and adults alike.  A bunch of grapes are transformed into loveable and edible little critters with a couple simple ingredients.

Magnetic Wall Art And Interactive Princess Toy

Turn an inexpensive oil drip pan from a automotive store into a magnetic princess land that your own little princess can play with for hours on end.  It allows for hours of interactive princess.  Encouraging imaginative play, storytelling, and lettwe recognition make this toy not only super fun, but educational too.

Cake Batter Rice Krispies And Turning “Almost 30”

Today marks the big 2-9 for me and in just one year I will hit the dreaded 30 year milestone.  I will be celebrating with family and friends and of course, some cake batter inspired treats.  These Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect treat for any birthday.  They are easy, fun, super festive, […]

Apliqued Mom Tattoo Shirts For Brother And Sister

Nothing says “I will love you forever Mom” like a tattoo, but here is an adorable toddler alternative!  Appliqued shirts are a great way to make a special day even more memorable.  You won’t be able to resist your sweeties in these matching Mom tattoo shirts.

Kids Binocular Craft And Nature Walk

A nature walk is the perfect way to spend a beautiful day outside with your kids.  Help them discover and explore the amazing things around them both big and small.  Take the time to stop and collect things that they find interesting and talk about each item.  Make it extra fun by crafting a pair […]

Make A Simple Monogrammed Wall Decoration

Adding your family’s monogram is a great way to personalize your home and tailor it to your specific style.  Making one on the cheap is simple, using some pretty paper, spray paint, and a thrift store mirror.  Using a good will frame I came up with the perfect monogrammed wall decoration for our home, and […]

Lazy Girl’s Garlic Pizza Sticks – Using Leftover Calzones

If there is one that we all love in our house it is pizza.  Unfortunately pizza leftovers never go over all that well.  After finding a fabulous pizza dough recipe, and perfecting my homemade calzones, I came up with a way to use leftovers that is easy and AMAZING.  These Garlic Butter Pizza Sticks are […]

Make Gift Wrapping Paper – Fun For Kids

As a stay at home Mom I have learned to turn simple tasks into fun activities for the kids.  Turn wrapping a present into the most fun that your kids have ever had with paint using newspaper and finger paints.  Not only will the kids love every second of it, but the gift will be […]

The Perfect Gift For Kids To Make And Give Grandma For Mothers Day

Mothers day is a great opportunity to have the kids make something extra special for their Grandmothers.  Take pet rocks to a whole new level and let your kids create simply adorable garden or flower pot decorations with their beloved Grandmother in mind.  This is the perfect gift for Grandma that will remind her how […]

Simple Easter Bunny Craft For Kids

Easter is just around the corner, and I’m sure my kids aren’t the only ones getting excited to celebrate.  Here are two simple Easter bunny crafts that you can do with your kiddos using supplies that you probably already have around the house!  These cute bunnies are not only fun to make but a blast […]

Getting Your Kids Involved In The Garden

Growing your own food has not only nutritional benefits for your family, but a pleathera of life lessons, and amazement for young children.  Planting our own seeds and growing a garden is a family affair.  It provides us with wonderful healthy produce all summer long, as well as enough to can for the winter.  The […]

Great Travel Snack For Kids – Bite Sized Sandwich Crackers

Here is a great way to make your own “Lunchables” style sandwich crackers for your kiddos.  They are quick and easy and a great option if you are traveling with your kids.  Cut your favorite meats and cheeses into bite sized shapes and pair them with some bite sized pretzel crackers for a tasty snack […]

Ice Cream Cone Marshmallow Treats

Need a treat that’s fun and easy?  These  little ice cream cone marshmallow treats are simple to make and so much fun for kids of all ages.  They are great for parties, school snacks, holidays, or just for fun to get your kids in the kitchen with you.  Sprinkles and food coloring can make these […]

Matching Appliqued Rock Star Shirt And Onesie For Big And Baby Brother

Appliqued shirts make great customized gifts for kids.  They are easy and inexpensive to create and are one of a kind gifts to give for any occasion.  When a close friend was expecting her second little rock star of a boy I decided to create some matching rock themed shirts for the new baby and […]

Make Your Own Magnetic Recipe Holder

I spend a lot of time in the Kitchen and this is one of my all time favorite pieces of kitchen decor.  This DIY recipe holder is as functional as it is beautiful.  Using an old picture frame, scrapbook paper, and sheet metal I put together a recipe holder to match our kitchen decor.  These […]

Let The Kids Write On Any Window With Dry Erase Markers For Hours Of Fun

Did you know that you can write on windows with dry erase markers and then easily wipe it off?  This is one of my kids absolute favorite things to do indoors, and it keeps them busy for hours!  All you need are dry erase markers and a window or mirror in your home.

Gift Basket For Kids Who Love To Cook

My little lady loves to help me in the kitchen.  Every time I am cooking she is right there next to me with her chair pulled up to the counter, ready to help.  When her birthday rolled around this year I thought I would give her a little basket filled with all of her own […]

How To Create An Easy And Inexpensive DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

Having a beautiful wreath in your home doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  In fact, you can create one with things that you already have in your home.  A few coffee filters, some hot glue, and a dollar store wreath form can create a beautiful and simple wreath.  Here is a quick and […]

Lazy Girl’s Doughnuts – A Great Semi-Homemade Weekend Breakfast

I have discovered the absolute perfect Saturday morning breakfast to enjoy with the family on a cold winter day.  Using refrigerated biscuits you can make the yummiest doughnuts to eat fresh and warm from your kitchen in just minutes.  Make them with the kids for a fun family breakfast to cook and eat together.

The Best Baby Shower Gift – Fill A Tub With Mom Tested Baby Items That Every New Mom Really Needs

Shopping for baby shower gifts is always a treat.  If you are giving a baby shower gift try any of these 15 mom tested favorite baby products.  Give the mom-to-be things that she really needs for the new baby, even though she may not know what it is!

Mario Birthday Party Complete With Mario Themed Food And Games

I had a blast putting together a special Mario Brothers themed birthday party for my five year little boy old and his friends!  The party was complete with lots of fun activities for preschoolers and kid friendly food all with a Mario Brothers twist.

Cake Batter Truffles

I’m fairly certain that I would love anything that has the words cake batter in it!  For the kid’s birthday this year I tested out some cake batter recipes and loved them all.  The cake batter truffles where, by far, my favorite.  These no bake truffles are easy to make but so hard to stop […]

Winter Activity To Keep Kids Moving – Go Swimming At Your Local Hotel

The onset of cabin fever always seems to take its toll on the entire family during the winter months.  Keeping the kids active and allow them to burn off extra energy by visiting your local hotel’s pool for a swim.

Ice Cream Birthday Party

An ice cream themed birthday party is fun for kids of any age, and adults too!  Putting together a party filled with all things ice cream is simple because items are readily available all year round.  Your whole family will be screaming for ice cream.  What kid wouldn’t love it?  It is the perfect theme […]

A Fun Birthday Treat Alternative To Cupcakes – Delicious And Simple Cake Dip

Need a new birthday treat?  This Cake batter dip is fun and delicious.  By combining a few simple ingredients you have a festive birthday treat that tastes fabulous and is way easier than baking a cake.

13 Family Friendly Things To Make, Eat And Do For Valentines Day From A Spotted Pony

Valentines Day has arrived!  Love can never be taught for it is to be learned; love can never be bought for it is to be given; love can never be kept for it is to be free; love can never be old for it lives to last a lifetime. -Anonymous

Last Minute Valentines That You Can Get At The Grocery Store

Valentines Day is right around the corner.  Are you ready?  Why not make someone’s day extra special with a simple treat that you can pick up at the grocery store.  Pick up something that you know they will love and add a tag with a sweet phrase.  You can create an instant valentine for anyone […]

Kids Valentines Day Scavenger Hunt With Reasons Why You Love Them On Each Clue

A Valentines day scavenger hunt is a great way to surprise your kids and show them how much you love them!  The simple task of putting together a scavenger hunt is made extra special for your kids when you add one reason why you love them so much on each and every clue.  My kids […]

Make Personalized Decorative Pillows By Printing Photos Onto Fabric

Did you know that you can print an image from your computer onto fabric using your home computer.  Freezer paper is the magic ingredient to make these adorable little throw pillows personalized with any photo that you like.    These decorative pillows make an awesome gift, and are a fun and easy project.

Snow Day Activity For Kids – How To Make Snow Playdough

Too cold out to take the kids out to play in the snow?  Make snow play dough with your kids using a few simple ingredients that you already have in your pantry.  Your kids can “play in the snow” for hours in the warmth and comfort of your home.  No snow pants required, and no […]

Three Unique Ideas For Non Candy Valentines For Kids

Valentines Day is just around the corner.  The kids and I have been busy making valentines for friends and family.  This year my son and I came up with a few non food related valentines to send to school to celebrate Valentines Day with his friends.  These valentines are simple and inexpensive to make and […]

Make Your Own Interchangable Magnetic Memo Board Using A Picture Frame

Making a magnetic memo board is as easy as can be.  An old frame,  sheet metal, and some scrapbook paper can instantly become a simple and useful piece of home decor.  If you find the right sized picture frame it can also be interchangeable.  This board is the perfect place to display your newest family […]

Teach Your Kids To Show Their Love – Deliver Treats And Flowers To Family For Valentines Day

It feels great to have some one show how much they love you, but even better to do something special for the ones you love.  Valentines Day is the perfect opportunity for the kids and I to do something special and out of the ordinary for the ones that we love.

Hugs And Kisses Valentines Day Wreath

You can create this simple hugs and kisses wreath for just a few dollars to help celebrate valentines Day.  It is a fun activity to do with the kids and makes a great rustic decoration for your front door .  All you need is a few scraps of fabric, a wire heart wreath from the […]

Chalkboard Paint Dipped Gingerbread Hearts – DIY Valentines Day Decoration

When gingerbread hearts meet a bowl filled with chalkboard paint you end up with adorable little hearts that you can leave messages on with chalk, hang as decor, or use as gift tags.

Quotes On Canvas Make Meaningful Wall Art

If there are two things I love it is family photos and wall words.  Filling our home with cherished photos and words that inspire makes me just plain happy.  I found a great deal on a faux photo canvas and did some photo editing to combine two of my very favorite things.  A little canvas […]

Make And Hang Gingerbread Hearts – An Inexpensive Valentines Day Kid’s Craft

Here is a fun activity to do with the kids that leaves you with some adorable gingerbread ornaments to use as decorations.  The kids and I made a huge batch of ornamental gingerbread hearts and used them to decorate the house for valentines day.  They were fun to create and simply beautiful hung with some […]

Snow Fun Activity For Kids- Use Snow Paint To Create 3D Winter Scenes And Snowmen

This is  the time of the year that I am desperate for new and exciting projects for the kiddos to do.  We generally do a lot of painting and art projects to beat cabin fever.  This snow paint will keep your kids busy for a long time and you will have some fun creative art […]

Valentines Day Inspired Nail Art – Use A Cricut Machine And Vinyl To Make Nail Stickers

Want to make your nails fabulously festive for Valentines day?  Break out your Cricut machine and create the perfect little heart stickers to give your nails that extra holiday flair!  Celebrate a holiday that is all about showing your love with an at home mommy-daughter manicure using cute little vinyl hearts.

Easy Do It Yourself Pallet Display Shelf

When a small awkward hallway meets a simple DIY pallet shelf, it creates the perfect spot to display something special.  Using pallet shelving for home decor is a great way to add impact without spending a lot of money.  Here is my take on a super simple DIY pallet shelf that I made to display […]

The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things

Just a quick post to share with you one of my very favorite quotes.  Although my blog is all about the “things” that I make and the “stuff” that we do, it is certainly not everything that is important to our family!  I strongly believe that “The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things”!  This picture […]

Fill In The Blank Dry Erase Board – Tell Your Family Each Day What You Love About Them

There is nothing better than a hand written love note from someone you love to start your day out right.  This fill in the blank dry erase wall art is the perfect way to leave simple little love notes for your family every day!  A simple frame is all that you need to get the […]

How To Make An $8.00 Framed Large Scale Family Portrait From Start To Finish

Every family loves to have a beautiful family portrait taken and framed in their home.  Having portraits taken and paying to have them framed can cost hundreds of dollars.  Let me show you how I took our favorite family photo and made it into a Large scale framed and matted portrait for only $8.00.

Interview Your Kids At The Beginning Of Each New Year

Each first day of January we have a little tradition in our house.  I write out a list of questions and interview each member of the family.  It is a great way to see how things change throughout the years, and it is so fun to look back on the past year and see what […]

Happy Holidays From Me To You

Happy Holidays from A Spotted Pony!  I would like to thank each and every one of you for stopping by A Spotted Pony this year, and for joining in the fun!  I feel truly blessed to have found a little place to share our families projects with the world.  I cannot wait to see where […]

Rustic Christmas Decoration – Do It Yourself Believe Sign

I wanted to share with you one more DIY sign before the holidays arrive.  This Charming little Believe sign is hand painted and distressed to look old and weathered. It’s easy to make new signs that look old – they have great character and add a special touch to your holiday decor.  This time of […]

Make Three Beautiful Christmas Flower Arrangements Including A Centerpiece With Under $15.00

I love having fresh flowers in our home.  I wish I could always have a beautiful arrangement in the center of the table and one for the sofa table as well but they are just to expensive.  This time of the year it is especially nice to have a special arrangement for those family dinners.  […]

Kid’s Christmas Tree Activity – Let Them Decorate Their Very Own Christmas Tree

Need a fun activity for your little ones as the Holiday’s draw near?  Give your kids a chance to decorate their very own little Christmas tree with whatever they please.  They can get creative and make the tree as fun and silly as they like!  It is a great way to let your kids in […]

5 Last Minute Easy And InExpensive Gift Ideas For Anyone On Your List

Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet?  There are always last minute gifts that you need to grab and get ready before the holidays.  Here are fives super simple, fast, but still adorable gift ideas for the hard to buy for people on your list.  These are great ideas for teachers, neighbors, family, friends, […]

A Spotted Pony Christmas – A Mixture Of Vintage, Fun, and Equestian Christmas Decor

Decorating for the holidays is fun no matter what your age. In our house we have a great mixture of unique vintage finds mixed with inexpensive Christmas decor and a little fun for the kids as well as some equestrian touches. When we decorate for the holidays it’s all about what makes us each happy. […]

A Fun Family Tradition – Welcome An Elf On The Shelf Into Your Home

Have you heard of the Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition? If you haven’t and you have little ones in the house you have got to check it out. We welcomed our family’s elf to our house in 2008 and he is now a beloved tradition that fills the days before Christmas with excitement and […]

A Fun Snack For All Ages – Snowman Doughnuts

With all of the holiday get together, parties, and family functions it is easy to run out of ideas for bringing a dish to pass.  Delight kids and adults alike with these simple to make and super cute little snowman doughnuts.  With just a few ingredients you can bring a tasty treat to your next […]

Fun And Simple Kid’s Christmas Craft – Make And Give Reindeer Food

This super easy Christmas kids craft is a tradition in our home. Make some magical reindeer food to help Santa’s reindeer spot your house! Your kids will have as much fun making this as they will spreading it onto the lawn on Christmas Eve. With a few supplies you have a great activity for the […]

Appliqued Candy Cane Shirts and Pajama Pants – Making One Of A Kind Christmas Jammies

My kids love their Christmas Jammies, and they also love candy canes. Those two things were the inspiration for these soft and comfy homemade pajamas. This year I tried my hand at making them myself instead of buying them. They love their one of a kind PJ sets, and I love to snuggle them anytime […]

Turn Ordinary Slippers Into A Great Personalized Gift

Having trouble thinking of something to give the ladies on you Christmas list?  Give them some cozy slippers that are one of a kind?  Take out the plain old leather tie and add in their favorite color to make slippers that are extra special.  You can personalize these with their school colors, favorite sports team […]

Cookie Cutter Ornaments – A Personalized Gift Idea That You Can Make And Give

Handmade ornaments are a great way to commemorate each year at Christmas time. These special ornaments made using cookie cutters and family photos are as beautiful on the tree as they are fun to make. They make great gifts for family and friends or just a great yearly tradition to add to your families tree.

Mini Peppermint Candy Wreath

A welcoming wreath at your front door is a great way to greet your guests all year round. During the holidays I love to make fun and festive wreaths to adorn our front door. Peppermint candies hold a special place in my heart and this little peppermint wreath is the perfect Holiday wreath for our […]

Rudolph And Clarice Appliqued Shirts And Easy Pajama Pants

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is is a very big deal in our house.  It is our family’s absolute favorite holiday classic to enjoy this time of the year.  I made some simply adorable appliqued shirts for the kids to show their reindeer love all season long!  Paired with some soft flannel pajama pants they […]

Do It Yourself Vintage Sleigh Ride Sign

I love decorating for the holidays. All of the magic and excitement of the season hit you like the smell of freshly brewed cider when you walk into a festively decorated home. I wanted a sign that I could keep up all winter long that shared our love of horses in a subtle and charming […]

An Alternative To Putting Christmas Stockings On A Mantel – Rustic Antique Ladder Stocking Hanger

What to do with those adorable Christmas stockings if you don’t have a fireplace or mantel? I used a charming, rusty antique ladder and some embellished shower curtain hangers to hang our stockings for Santa this year. A little glitter, some Christmas stockings, and some chippy old wood are the perfect combination for a Country […]

Do It Yourself Plaid Infinity Tube Scarf

Plaid has been a fun trend this fall and winter. It is another one of those trends that I’m not sure I can pull off, but with the help of some cute and feminine plaid I think I can. A simple do it yourself infinity scarf in a pretty pink plaid is just right for […]

Fancy Five Minute Hairstyle Using Overnight Sock Bun Curls

Thanks to the sock bun I can wake up with the perfect soft curls in the morning. I have been coming up with some quick and easy styles using the overnight curls that take just minutes. Turn those simple sock bun curls into an up do with a fun and finished look for a night out […]

The Absolute Best Gift To Give A Child – A Craft Box Allows For Hours Of Creative Fun

Giving children’s gift’s can often be confusing. Although the light up, noisy toys are fun to give, they are often quickly forgotten. A box filled to the brim with craft supplies is a gift that keeps on giving. It allows toddlers hours of imaginative, creative, and stimulating fun!

How To Turn A Plain Sweater Into A Short Sleeve Sweater And Adorable Legwarmers For A Little Girl

Last winter I was on the hunt for a short sleeved sweater and had no luck finding one.  I found a cute long sleeved sweater at Goodwill that had the potential, but it needed some adjustments.  I altered the sleeves so that it was short sleeved and then used the part that I cut off […]

Go On A Turkey Hunt – A Fun Thanksgiving Activity For The Kids

Turkey Day is almost here! Kick off the Thanksgiving holiday in a fun and exciting way for your kids. Why not send the kids on a turkey hunt? Let them find some lost turkeys in their house before it’s time to celebrate. Once the turkeys are all collected, the kids get a special surprise to […]

Make An Adorable Advent Calender – An Activity In A Stocking Each Day In December

As December nears I wanted to share with you how we count down the days until Christmas in our house. This adorable Do It Yourself advent calender has a special family activity tucked in a little stocking for the first 25 days of December. You can use it year after year to create wonderful holiday […]

Homemade Chex Mix Made Fun and Festive With Goldfish and Candy Pumpkins

Is there anyone alive that doesn’t LOVE a fresh warm batch of homemade Chex mix? It is a special treat in our house that makes everyone happy. We love to add goldfish pretzels for fun surprise and candy pumpkins to make it a Thanksgiving treat that your family will love!

Kid’s Turkey Craft – Make And Send I’m Thankful For You Cards

The kids are getting excited for Thanksgiving . Nothing is more important than the people in our lives who we are blessed with. What better way for your kids to show those people that they are thankful for them than by making and sending these cute little turkeys.

Make A Cloche From Dome Desk Clocks – Inexpensive and Versatile Home Decor

Cloches and bell jars are a huge trend in home decor right now. They are beautiful and a simple way to change up your decor. Using an old dome clock I was able to transform it into a cloche that I can change up from season to season.

Corduroy Coat Repurposed Into A Fall Vest And A Dog Jacket

I took an old corduroy coat that I wasn’t wearing anymore an re purposed it into a fun fall vest that I love. Here is the exciting part….I used one of the sleeves to make a little doggie jacket! One old corduroy coat equals a fashionable fall vest t for you, and a cute little […]

Updated Gallery Wall For A Large Room – Add Color For A Whole New Look

When I first started my blog I shared with you my large gallery wall that was made on a major budget. I recently made a few simple changes for fall that completely change the room. By replacing all of the black and white photos with colorful fall family photos, the wall has a whole new […]

Thanksgiving Kid’s Craft – Kid’s Thankful Tree

I simply cannot believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner. In the spirit of Thankfulness the kids and I did another tree project to talk about what they are thankful for. All you need is construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers and your child can make their own version of a thankful tree.

Game Day Food – Piglets In A Blanket

I would say we are officially into the football season with a bang this year.  You almost can’t live in Wisconsin without being a Packers fan.  For most games the hubby plops himself in front of the big screen, and the kids and I look forward to snuggling up together and having some fun “game […]

Do It Yourself Mr. And Mrs. Pillows

Throw pillows are one of the quickest and easiest ways to change up your home decor and show your personal style.  These Mr. and Mrs. pillows are an adorable DIY project that you can make for yourself or as a gift.   What a cute and quirky way to claim your side of the bed or […]

The Thankful Tree – Celebrate November By Talking To Your Kids About What You Are Thankful For

This month is all about thankfulness.  It is a great time to talk to your kids about why you and your family are so blessed and how to be truly thankful for what you have.  Using some sticks and some paper bags I created a tree that will give us an opportunity each day in […]

Festive Fall Wreath – Make An Easy Burlap Wreath

I love adding the natural texture and warm color of burlap around our home.  This is the perfect time of year to add festive fall colors to burlap to create a welcoming fall wreath.   Here an easy DIY wreath that starts with a dollar store wreath and some burlap fabric.

Edible Play Dough And A Kid’s Project To Use Up Halloween Candy

Playing play dough is one of my kids very favorite activities.  Make the play dough so they can eat it, and you are the coolest mom on the block!  When you mix edible play dough with some leftover Halloween candy to decorate it – you get a super fun after dinner treat that will keep […]

Curly Hair Without Heat Video – How To Put A Sock Bun In Your Hair

I have gotten a huge response from my post on sock bun curls!  It is an easy and beautiful way to style your long hair, especially for busy moms- on the go.  I had numerous questions and wanted to give you lady’s a video example of sock bun curls.

Old Shelf Made New – How To Paint And Glaze A Decorative Shelf

Earlier I showed you my shelf makeover for my vintage camera display.  I saved an old beat up shelf that was on it’s way to the dump.  I wanted to share with you the step by step on how I repainted and refinished this shelf to fit our decor.

Make The Most Adorable Ruffled Knee High Bootsocks

I am loving the fall weather and am also loving to wear my riding boots.  What better way to wear your riding boots all season long, than with ruffled knee high socks and a skirt.  I was able to make the most adorable ruffled socks for about $4.00.

Pumpkin Dip – A Great Fall Party Food

This is the time of the year when there are many family and friend get-togethers. I love anything pumpkin and this is one of my favorite fall party foods.  I love to take it to parties as my dish to pass. It is quick and easy to put together and when you serve it in […]

Halloween Fun From A Spotted Pony – 17 Halloween Things To Make, Eat, And Do

Here at A Spotted Pony we have been getting ready for Halloween all month long!  If you are looking for any last minute ways to celebrate this frightfully fun holiday here are 17 Halloween things to make, eat and do all brought to you by A Spotted Pony.

Halloween Party Treats – Chocolate Covered Oreo Bat and Spider Pops

We are getting ready for Halloween in our house.  What is Halloween without some tasty treats to share with your family and friends.  These adorable spider and bat pops are made by covering Oreo cookies in chocolate. Yum!

How To Use A Sock To Get Beautiful Curly Hair Without Heat

If you are a mom on the go with long hair you HAVE TO try this.  It will  knock your socks off and have you wrapping your hair up in them!  This is all about how to make your hair beautiful with no heat and no time.  Curl your hair in your sleep with a […]

Classic Fall Project – Making A Scarecrow

This is a project that I remember doing as a kid.  Take a beautiful fall day, some old clothes, and a pile of leaves and spend some time together as a family making a scarecrow.  It was such a blast for all of us and it brought back some good old memories from my own […]

Shelf Makeover For A Vintage Camera Display

I was lucky enough to acquire some really neat vintage cameras a while back.  I was waiting for the perfect piece of furniture to come along that I could display them on.  I found an old shelf that was on it’s way to the dump and refinished it into the perfect display piece.

How To Make The Easiest Throw Pillows – Repurpose Placemats Into Pillows

Have you ever spotted beautiful place mats in the store and wished you had a reason to buy them.  Grab those place mats because they make beautiful throw pillows that take minutes to make!   These are seriously the easiest pillows you can possibly make.

Simple Pumpkin Shaped Pancakes

We are always trying to come up with ways to make meal time fun – especially when there is a holiday to celebrate.  These simple pumpkin pancakes will be a not so scary treat that your kids will love.

Decorate Pumpkins With Fabric Paint And 3D Stickers

Each year we do the normal pumpkin patch visit and pumpkin carving, but here is an alternative to pumpkin carving.  Grab some fabric paint and 3D stickers and let the kids decorate their own pumpkins that will last weeks on the porch.

Stop And Go Light Magnetic Toy And Wall Art

Turn three pizza pans into an adorable  piece of wall art for any little boy’s room or playroom.  It is as fun and educational as it is cute.  With a few inexpensive things you can create a totally unique toy that doubles as wall art!

Inexpensive Halloween Activity – Make A Mummy Out Of Mommy

This is a free and super fun activity that will have your kids screaming with delight.  Have them grab a roll of toilet paper and their Mom and you are ready for some fun.  Making a Mummy out of Mommy is fun for the whole family.

Outdoor Kid Pool To Indoor Ball Pit Play Tent

Before you put your kiddie pool away in the garage for the fall consider this!  Why not bring that pool in and make it into an amazingly fun ball pit and tent for your child to play with all winter long.  I am so excited to share this project with you!  My kids absolutely love […]

Make A Dry Erase Weekly Menu Board From A Picture Frame

Keep track of your weekly menu plan using this adorable dry erase board made from a re-purposed  picture frame.  This is the most functional DIY piece of home decor that I have done yet.  I use it absolutely every day and love how it looks in our kitchen.

Jellystone Family Halloween – Yogi, Boo Boo, Cindy Bear, And Ranger Smith Costumes

Earlier I shared with you my Yogi and Boo Boo Halloween Costumes that I made for our kids.  When our family was invited to a Halloween dress up party I was excited to add  Ranger Smith and Cindy bear to the mix.

Lazy Girl’s Apple Pie

Every trip to the apple orchard ends with something delicious.    Here is a quick and easy recipe that my family loves, and I don’t mind making one bit.  I don’t fancy myself a pie maker – but this is a recipe that I can handle – The Lazy Girl’s Apple Pie!

Kids Balloon Ghost Craft

This is a super fun craft that turns into a cute piece of Halloween decor for your home.  The kids will have a spooktacular time making and hanging these little ghost friends.  White balloons, black ribbon, and a markers is all you will need.

Do It Yourself Ruffled Purse

My kids are a little older, and I no longer need to lug around a ginormous purse full of their essentials!  A sad, but exciting thought.  While on the search for a new purse nothing gave me that “love this to pieces” feeling.  I was able to make my own ruffled purse that has me […]

Brother And Sister Appliqued Halloween Ghost Shirts

It’s no doubt that kids LOVE holiday shirts!  My kids busted out the Halloween shirts before October even started this year.  I made these matching brother and sister ghost shirts for just a few bucks to help the kids celebrate in style.

Make A Vintage Looking Pharmacy Sign

A scrap piece of wood and a couple colors of paint turn into a charming vintage looking pharmacy sign in just a few short steps.  This totally unique sign is the perfect touch for any type of decor.

How To Make An Angry Bird Halloween Costume

Here are some step by step instruction on how I created my son’s Black Angry Bird Halloween Costume.  This is a totally unique, comfortable, and adorable costume that you can create with very little money!  I promise your little boy will love you for it.

How To Easily Make A Floor Length Tutu For Your Little Girl

Making a little girls tutu is a quick and easy project that will thrill any little princess!  I made this tutu to go with my daughter’s Rapunzel Halloween costume, but I know she will be wearing it all year round.  Here is how you can easily make one during one short nap time!

Paper Bag Halloween Ghosts Craft

Paper bag puppets are certainly not a new idea, but around Halloween the time white lunch bags make a great ghostly craft to make with your kids.  With just a few crafty supplies you can make these cute little ghost friends.

The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

These Pumpkin muffins are a staple in our house.  As soon as the weather turns cool ,there is always a fresh plate of these on the counter.  They are a serious crowd pleaser, even with the kiddos.

Halloween Lunch – Ghostly Tomato Soup and Batty Grilled Cheese

Making a normal grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch can become a howling good time by using some Halloween cookie cutters.

Easy And Fun Halloween Sprinkle Pancakes

We love holidays in our house.  Any excuse to do things out of the ordinary at home with the kids is right up my alley.  We created these fun pancakes to help celebrate Halloween by simply adding some fun and spooky sprinkles to our normal pancake breakfast.

Do It Yourself Halloween Costumes – Black Angry Bird

The little guy finally decided on a costume for this year.  He chose to be the black Angry Bird which, apparently, is the one that explodes.  I got to work armed with my sewing machine,  heat n’ bond and 2 yards of black felt.  Here is what I came up with.

Rice Krispie Ghost and Pumpkin Treats

Once a week the kids and I make some sort of treat in the kitchen.  These pumpkin and ghost rice krispie treats on a stick are a fun and tasty project for the kids around Halloween time!  The sticks make these extra easy for the kids to hold, and I promise they won’t last long.

Rapunzel Inspired Princess Costume Using a Tulle Tutu

Do you have a little princess who needs a costume yet?  My Princess loves the movie Tangled and decided that she wanted to be Rapunzel.  Using a tutu shirt and a turtleneck I came up with a costume fit for my little Halloween princess.

Spooky Halloween Breakfast – How To Make A Monster Breakfast Treat

It is Halloween week on A Spotted Pony.  All this week I will be sharing some fun and easy Halloween foods, costumes, and activities with you to celebrate with your family.  Today I will show you a quick monster breakfast that your kids will love.

A Simple Way To Make Your Own Infinity Scarf

These infinity scarves became so popular last year.  You can make one yourself in about five minutes with less than $3.50!  Let me show you how it’s done!

Turn A Wipe Container Into The Best Infant And Toddler Toy

If you have an infant you know that you could have thousands of dollars worth of blinky, colorful, noisy toys in your home, but your baby would prefer to pull baby wipes out of their container, right?  Turn a wipe container into your babies absolute FAVORITE toy.

Make Your Own Mom To The Nth Shirt – A Fun Way To Share That You Are Expecting

Every mom is proud of each of her little ones!  These Mom to the Nth t-shirts are a great way to show your pride in a sweet and subtle way!  Using a bleach pen you can personalize a t-shirt in minutes.

Repurpose Old Shutters – A Charming Kids Height Chart

Height charts for children are not always an easy thing to incorporate into home decor.  I used these old, charming, rustic shutters paired with some canvas baby photos of my little ones to create a perfect area to display how much they have grown.

Easy Bleach Pen Shirt Designs

I saw a phrase on a shirt while browsing Pinterest the other day.  “I’m a Hugger” I thought it was so adorable, so I  made my own version at home for $4.00.  Making customized t-shirts using a bleach pen is unbelievably easy and really fun.

Comfort For a Child Having Surgery – A Kids Care Package

Just recently my sweet little three year old niece had to have her tonsils removed.  Any surgery, inpatient or outpatient, is scary for a little one.  I wanted to do something to brighten my niece’s day.  My kids and I put together a care package and sent it in the mail.

What Does Fall Mean To You? – A Baby In A Pumpkin Photo Idea

Fall is by far my favorite time of year.  The colors are breathtaking, the air is crisp, and although I hate to see summer go, I welcome the warm and cozy feeling that fall brings.  It is a time full of family, food, football, and fun in our house.

Unique Party Theme – A Fun Yogi And Boo Boo Birthday Example

My kid’s birthday’s are exactly 2 years and 2 days apart.  It is so fun to be able to celebrate their special days together and throw a bash in their honor.  Each year I let them decide on a theme and then I  seriously enjoy the process if making it a day they will never […]

How to Applique Shirts – Adorable Tie Onsie Tutorial

I’m sure you have seen these adorable appliqued shirts out there. The tie onesie is a design I have made over and over for my son, and for gifts for friends.  It is quick easy, and oh so cute!

Fun Crafts For Kids – Creative Ways To Use Sponges During Craft Time

My kids LOVE to do projects. I bet I get asked at least twice a day if we can get out the craft box. We used a package of dollar store sponges to make a super fun projects like adorable fish puppets, a Sponge Bob, bow-ties, and silly guy puppets that have been lasting fun […]

Cookie Cutters Make Pizza Night Fun For The Whole Family

Every Friday is Pizza Night in our house. We almost always make our own pizza at home. Either I make dough, or sometimes buy it, and the kids help me make it. Sometimes it’s calzones, sometimes pizza muffins, but it’s always yummy, and a fun family event!

Make Striped Curtains From A Bedsheet And An Old Bedskirt

These beautiful striped curtains were my inspiration for this project- the moment I saw them I knew they would look lovely in or living room.  To buy window treatments like this was way out of my budget, so I used one sheet and some other things I had around the house to get the same […]

Creative Storage In Your Kids Room – Turn Large Rubber Hose Into Cute Stuffed Animal Shelves

It’s no doubt that if you have toddlers in your home, then you have a plethora of cute fuzzy stuffed friends too. Stuffed animals are often some of a child’s  favorite toys, but I feel like they are taking over our house.

Oversized Kids Floor Pillows

I spotted some giant floor pillows in the Pottery Barn kids catalog a while back that I thought were so fun. They looked warm and cozy, soft and comfy!  Would you believe they were $119.00.  No way!  So I set out to create my own on a budget.  I like them even better than the […]

Kids Yogi And Boo Boo Bear Halloween Costumes

Hey Boo Boo, what do you want to be for Halloween?  Halloween is  around the bend and I could not wait to share these costumes!  I feel smarter than the average bear because they turned out so cute!  These totally unique home made costumes were fun to make and even more fun for the kids […]

The Family Mission Statement – A Perfect Guide For Tough Decisions

Mission statements are something that companies often use to guide their employees decisions, and a vision of what the company expects for them. I believe making a mission statement for your own family is a great idea!

Make A Cake Stand For Only A Couple Dollars

This is one of the quickest and easiest projects.  A simple, and adorable cake stand made from a mug and a dinner plate.  The perfect way to display your yummy treats, a fun gift, and a simple craft project.  Find a plate style that you love and give it a try!

Give An Old Dinning Room Set New Life

Dinning room tables are one of the most important places in a home.  Countless dinners, good laughs, family time, stories, projects, paper work, learning space, and so much more.

Celebrate The Last Days Of Summer By Having Ice Cream For Dinner

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  Well, it’s official … the kids are back in school, and summer vacation is over.  We have a tradition in our house, that I love, to celebrate Labor Day.  It is the perfect way to relish one last warm summer evening with the family before the busy school year starts, and […]

Horse Gear Pallet Storage Solution

An old pallet can give new life to any kind of gear if you use your imagination a little.  I found an old pallet leaned up against our barn and made it into an awesome storage solution for the horse gear that we use often out in the barn.

Functional Chalkboard Wall Art – A Tractor And Airplane Example

My son’s room is decorated in a transportation theme. He loves airplanes, tractors, and anything with wheels.    Adding a chalkboard wall in any kids room is a great way to keep the kids creativity flowing!  The wall adds a great focal point for the room, and is very inexpensive to make.  The best part is it […]

A Fun And Creative Way To Display Your Kids School Projects

It’s that time again … the kids come home from school with their stacks of cute and creative projects in hand.  They are so proud of them, and have worked so hard to make them.  Give the fridge a little break and try this in-expensive solution to display there hard work!

Cool Cucumber Dip

I have an over abundance of cucumbers from my garden this year.  The thought of wasting them makes me crazy!  As an alternative to cucumber salad I tried this amazing roasted red pepper and green onion filled dip! PERFECT for fresh sliced cucs from the garden!

Bite Sized Sandwiches – Perfect For Kids On The Go

There are many days that I make a lunch for the kids and cringe as I reluctantly throw most of it  into the garbage.  They are just not interested.  Ugh!  What a waste.  How could I get them to eat their sandwiches and prevent the wasteful cycle? Bust out the play-dough tools!!  Yup you heard […]

Rockin Pet Rocks In the Garden

We were picking rocks outside one day and not even close to done.  How could I get the kids excited to keep helping with this mundane chore?  I told the them they could collect a few rocks and we would paint them to make pet rocks!  All of a sudden we had collected, very quickly, […]

Girls Rain Gutter Bookshelves With Flare

Baskets and baskets of books….everywhere!  Every mother of toddlers knows what I’m talking about.  You finish every single night by scooping ALL the books that are covering the living room floor back into their baskets!  I found that the kids enjoyed dumping them and then dancing on them more than reading them. These inexpensive bookshelves […]

Gallery Wall For A Large Room

We had one large blank wall in our living room that needed something special.  I came up with a gallery wall that tells the story of our family.  It is filled with things we love and our very favorite pictures!  A great focal point and the first thing that you notice when you walk into […]

Kids Drive-In Movie Cars

What could be more fun than an outdoor movie night? A DRIVE-IN!! I created these fun little cars out of cardboard boxes so the kids had a comfy place to enjoy their movie!

Do It Yourself Outdoor Movie Screen

This summer we had a family camping weekend at our house!  With 4 kids under four camping I really wanted some fun activities to keep them busy!  We created an outdoor movie theater and a car for each child to sit in and enjoy the movie under the stars!

Summer Days Reading in the Hammock

One of our very favorite things to do this summer has been to gather our favorite books and head to the hammock!  Now that the mosquitoes aren’t so bad we are spending an hour or so, each day, reading together just swinging in the hammock!

Turn A Train Table Into An Adorable Little Girl’s Play Table

So last Christmas we decided to get my son a train table…..then we decided to start our daughter on the critter castle collection, after we saw how much she loved them at a friends place.

Dog Food Container From A Popcorn Tin

I spotted these great dog food containers in the Ballard Designs catalog, but $50 ouuuch!

Rustic Farmers Market Sign For Your Garden

I wanted a unique sign to put by our garden this summer.  I searched and searched and didn’t find anything I loved so decided I would create my very own.

Mason Jar Patio Decoration

A simple and beautiful patio decoration!  All you need is wire, wire cutters, mason jars, and candles!  A pretty piece you will love all summer long!  Day or night they are beautiful!