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Creating A Homework Box

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 4, 2013 · 0 comments

Back to school means getting back into a lot of routines, included the ever-challenging homework routine. Creating a homework box is probably the single easiest thing I've done to make the dreaded homework hour as pain-free as possible!

What's a homework box, you ask? Well, read more on Unsophisticook to find out what a homework box is and tips for creating your own!


Personalized School Supplies with Washi Tape

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 20, 2013 · 1 comment

My kids head back to school tomorrow, so we've been trying to cram in a few fun activities over the past couple of weeks, including making these cute school supplies. It's such a simple and easy craft, but it was a great way to get them all excited about going back, while adding a bit of personal flair to these old standbys!

All you need to make your own personalized school supplies are your usual school supplies, plus a few rolls of washi tape and possibly an X-Acto knife. Check out my post for tips on getting the best results!

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Revamping A Chandelier with Rust-Oleum

by Tara Kuczykowski on May 10, 2013 · 0 comments

We've been in our house for a little over a year now, and we've slowly been switching out the light fixtures. I prefer fixtures that are a little unique and eclectic, like this beautiful raindrop chandelier that's in our dining room and this capiz pendant light that's above our kitchen table.

I've been looking high and low for a chandelier to replace the builder's grade fixture hanging in our entryway. I'm just not a huge fan of the bronzy color or the vanilla look it has, but I've yet to find a fixture that I absolutely adore for under several thousand dollars.

Since I'm not prepared to spend that kind of money on a chandelier any time soon (or ever!), I figured I'd see what a new coat of paint would do for it.

Luckily, my wonderful husband agreed to help me out with this project -- especially since there was no way I was climbing our 17-foot A-frame ladder to take down the chandelier. The chandelier was easy to take apart, which made painting it really simple.

We wiped it down to remove the dust, and then gave it a coat of white Rust-Oleum primer to start, just to make sure the paint would adhere and that the color would apply evenly.

Inspired by a chair in our living room, we picked up new Rust-Oleum American Accents Ultra Cover 2X in lagoon at Walmart, a fun teal shade. The great thing about this spray paint is that it features Double Cover Technology to cover twice the square footage of other general purpose spray paints, which would explain why I still have a second can of spray paint leftover that we didn't have to use. This stuff really works!

While it's still not the fixture I would choose, it's definitely something I can live with for awhile. I love the funky, bright color, and I've totally fallen in love with this new Rust-Oleum American Accents spray paint. I'm already wandering around this house wondering what else I can revive with a new coat of paint.

Have you revamped anything in your home with spray paint recently?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Last Minute Handmade Gift: Etched Dish Soap Bottle

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 21, 2012 · 0 comments

If you're looking for a last-minute handmade gift idea, this etched dish soap bottle is super simple to make! At only $1.47 for the olive oil bottles at Walmart, it's a pretty frugal present as well.

I paired it with a 3-pk. of cute Mainstays dishtowels that was just $4.74 for a gift that's well under $10!


Fun With Duck Tape {Bat Pumpkins!}

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 16, 2012 · 0 comments

I love how these bat pumpkins for Halloween turned out. Can you believe they're made with Duck Tape?!?

This is a great alternative to carving pumpkins with younger children. Just cover your pumpkins ahead of time and precut the features using the method described in the post -- then you can just peel and stick!

After Halloween, you can peel the duct tape off of your pumpkins and make some homemade pumpkin puree.