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DIY Word Fridge Magnets [aka "keeping the kids entertained"]

diy word magnets for the fridge

So we are in the home stretch of summer vacation [only 3 more weeks to go!] and while I have loved doing and seeing new things around San Diego with the hub and kiddos, there have been days that I just want to rip my hair out!  Sound familiar?  I have tried to force, I mean gently persuade my 6 year old to keep up with her writing and reading, but she is quite the stubborn one.  [I have no idea where she gets that from].   So I put my vintage Rotex label maker [any of you out there remember these or am I dating myself?] to good use and made a bunch of word magnets for the fridge.  I figured it’s a fun way for her to “write” and be creative.

Of course you can use any kind of label maker for this project.  I love my Rotex that I recently purchased off eBay.  I put it to use to create these.

how to make fridge magnets

To start, I typed out 25 common pronouns.  Boy, it’s been waaaay too long since I thought about what the heck a pronoun is!  Embarrassing.  I used this website as my guide.

how to make easy word fridge magnets

diy easy word fridge magnets

how to make word fridge magnets

make your own word fridge magnets

make easy word fridge magnets

The label tape has a sticky back and of course the magnet tape does as well so these magnets should last at least until the end of this upcoming school year [she said a bit sarcastically].

how to make your own fridge magnets


I typed out my kids’ names and they loved that.  My 4 year old boy wanted me to make a “fart” magnet.  ”That’s a verb, right Mama?”  Technically it’s a noun, but that’s ok.  Ahhh….boys!

easy diy word fridge magnetsHere are the other links I used to create my magnets:


Common VERBS


This little project took all of 15 minutes and my kids have been busy little bees making sentences.  I hope their new teachers are seeing this post!

diy word magnets for the fridge



I’m off to Germany!

Hey guys!  Things will be pretty quiet over here for the next two weeks as the whole fam-damily and I are heading to Germany!   Most of you know that my husband is German [he's a "legal alien"...any old Sting fans out there?].  All of his family is there and we haven’t been in over 6 years so we are overdue for a visit.  Before we were married, Frank and I used to visit his homeland almost yearly.  It will be an entirely new experience sharing the sights, smells, food and culture with our two kiddos now.

Here are a few things I’m looking forward to revisiting:



[1] St Lambert’s Church

This church is always chilling to look at it in person. It’s black steeple is very cold+harsh looking, black metal with lots of gothic detail. If you look really close you can see 3 small rectangles just above the clock.  Those are actually cages.  Read here for the dark history about those.  All in the name of religion.

[2] Prinzipalmarkt

This is Muenster’s historic principal marketplace.  It is where I have the most fun, as it’s home to some pretty amazing shops, boutiques, cafes and bars.  It was reconstructed from 1947-1958 after being destroyed in WWII.  

[3] Panoramic View of Muenster

[4] Muenster Schloss | Castle

According to my husband, this breath-taking building used to be the summer residence of kings+queens.  It is now part of the University of Muenster.  Just behind this building is the university’s amazing botanical garden. 

You cannot visit Germany without sampling the cellulite-inducing cuisine as well.  Cake time is sacred to Germans and is time to slow down, visit with family+friends and enjoy a slice of mouth-watering pastry from the local cafe.

muenster_kaffe kuchen“coffee and cake, 4 Euros”


muenster_cake time

Don’t you just want to lick your computer screen right now?

Honestly, I’m more of a savory+salty addict instead of a sweets one.


Gimme a plate full of German bratwurst and I’m a happy girl.


One of my favorites is currywurst+pommes [curry sausage and french fries].  Imagine ketchup mixed with barbecue sauce smothered over sausage topped off with curry seasoning.  De-lish!


And last but not least, one cannot think of Germany and not think of beer!  Each region/town has its own special “recipe” that has been handed down for hundreds and hundreds of years.  Pretty amazing.

I will be posting pictures to my Instagram and will try to do a couple posts from my in-laws home.  I’m hoping my converter stills works and that I won’t fry my computer!  So friends have an awesome week and I’ll be checking in!

Auf Wiedersehen,


P.S. If you miss me, you can visit Cut Out + Keep where 7 of my most popular projects will be featured this week.  A “new” project will be featured each day this week.  So if you’re new here [welcome!] feel free to check out some of my craziest, most popular DIY’s.  [I just love seeing my name in lights!]

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unique lego storage [using old paint cans]

colorful paint cans used to organize legos

After painting our living room and another accent wall recently, I was left with several empty paint cans.  Instead of tossing them [plus I'm not sure if it's legal to do so in my over-regulated state...she said sarcastically] I decided to recycle them.

I think I came up with this idea after stepping on a lego piece with bare feet the other day.  If that doesn’t wake you up and cause you to blurt out a four letter word I don’t know what will.  I might have seen stars and rainbows circling around my head and came up with the idea to create a rainbow of paint cans.

Since I only had a few empty paint cans on hand I ran to Home Depot and bought a few new ones for $4.97 each.

My 4 year old still prefers the larger duplos and my 6 year old plays with legos so I decided to organize both simply by color.

using paint cans to store legos

use old paint cans to organize and store legos

I wanted my cans to look less “can-y” so I pried off the handles using my wire cutters.  I just wiggled and twisted the handle a bit and it easily came out.

how to use paint cans to organize legos

I broke out almost every color of the rainbow and started painting each can.

use paint cans to organize and store legos

While the cans were drying I got out the jute string and cut a few strands.  Then I tied a knot in each end.

how to organize legos using paint cans

Once dry, I pushed the knotted ends into each hole where the wire handle used to be. For this I used a bamboo skewer and it worked like a charm.

using old paint cans to organize legos

After I had the new handles on, I wanted to add some detail to the lip of the paint can.  I hot glued some sisal rope I had on hand to the top of the can.

organize and store legos using old paint cans

organize legos using spray painted paint cans

upcycling old paint cans to store legos

organize legos using old paint cans

I did leave one can sliver to hold all of the little accessories that go with legos [people, wheels...toilets!]

That’s pretty much it!  After a small investment of $20 worth of paint cans I had a pretty cool, colorful and unique storage system for all those legos around the house.

organize and store legos inside paint cans

colorful paint cans to store legos

store legos in old painted paint cans

Hopefully no more stumbling for my coffee in the morning and stepping on one of these suckers.  A girl can dream right?

colorful paint cans used to organize legos

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