DIY home painting has never been easier with FrogTape® for textured walls

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I've been getting busy this past week around the house, completing a bunch of DIY projects that I've been wanting to finish for ages. It all started with my DIY ikea nightstands (which I will share once they are finished) to the mini bathroom fixer-up and finally a workspace makeover for me. 

I got the awesome opportunity to try using FrogTape® that's meant for use on textured walls like mine. So easy to use!! Just apply, moisten, seal & paint!

Previously, I had the walls painted a pea-green color to compliment the bronze tones from when this space used to be a dining room. I decided to cover the wall with a thick coat of charcoal grey so that my white expedit desk will pop nicely against the wall. The FrogTape® I used was really helpful in creating a sharp, clean line – even on my textured walls! See my FrogTape how-to below to see how its done!

No problem for the FrogTape® – it easily blocked off all the parts it needed to block off. I started with my masked off pea-green walls, applied tape & sealer and painted. When I peeled off the tape, I was left with a perfect sharp line! I was so pleased with how well it turned out!

FrogTape® has what no other tape has – the benefit of their PaintBlock® technology that keeps a sharp line, especially on those uneven textured walls. 

How can you make FrogTape® work for you? Learn more about what FrogTape® has to offer by following them on Twitter. They also give out tons of helpful tips and FrogTape how-to's to acheieve your own DIY projects at home.

 

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Learn to Gro Something Greater by making a kitchen herb garden with Miracle-Gro

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Since starting this blog a long time ago, I've learned alot about how to cook. I've come a long way since my microwave dinner days, yet I certainly don't consider myself a master chef… yet. However, I don't believe that it takes a master chef to appreciate having fresh herbs available when making something yummy. I've come to love having my fresh herb plants growing freely in my kitchen's windowsill. There's something to be said for having the fresh aroma of basil, especially when I'm cutting tomatoes. Plus, its pretty to look at and adds some greenery!

I'm not always the best at keeping plants, I sometimes forget to water them every day or open the shades for them when I'm not home. So I've experimented alot, and after trying different fertilizers and soil types, i've found that Miracle-Gro soil tends to retain moisture the best. This helps a great deal so when I'm forgetful, it doesn't cost me my plant's life. 

It's pretty important to maintain the four essential factors for growing plants:

1. Adequate light

2. Breezy air

3. Water

4. The right temperature

This is the secret recipe for your plants to thrive and grow well. Without these 4 essential factors needed for a plant to grow, it will easily wither and die if its lacking in any. This is why I like to grow my herbs on the kitchen windowsill – because the light is perfect, the air can easily breeze in, the sink is conveniently there and it's always a balmy temperature. With all that, I can always expect to have plenty of fresh basil on hand! 

So what do you grow in your garden? Do you do something special to keep your plants happy? Please share! I'd love to hear about it! Be sure to visit Miracle-Gro and see how you can Gro Something Greater with all the wonderful tips shared by thousands of people who love to grow. 

 

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Making Crayola colored play dough with sidewalk chalk as coloring

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Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

Every so often we have a full on crafter-noon on the weekends, and we break out all the messy stuff I usually say no to on any other given day. Walmart was having such a great deal on Crayola sidewalk chalk this week, so I stocked up on a bunch of other things for our lovely crafter-noon. Crayons, markers, paint and chalk we just some of the things in their lineup – there was sooo much more, but I just wanted to keep it simple.

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

So when we got home, I wasn’t sure where to start… I wanted to do something outside the box and teach JP to push the boundaries of possibilities when it comes to creativity. I know he’s been asking me to make play dough recently, but how could I translate crayola markers/crayons/paint or chalk into squishy, fun play dough?

After some thought, it came to me. Why not crush up the sidewalk chalk, and mix it together with the salt needed to make the play dough? I decided to put my plan into action to see if it would work… I pulled out 4 bright colors that I thought would work nicely – red, green, blue and purple. I really wish I would have crushed up the black chalk to make home made black play dough, but I didn’t think of that until I used up all my cream of tartar. There really isn’t any good food coloring for black, so it’s a difficult color to produce at home, unless you have a strong coloring like black chalk.

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

The chalk sticks had a nice, soft texture to them yet held together without crumbling. It made my job pretty easy when I got my meat tenderizer out to crush them into powder! I did that for each color, and used the back of a spoon to make it fine.

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

Once it was crushed up, it was time to add a cup of table salt and mix it up so it distributed evenly. I continued to use the back of the spoon to get all the lumps out. In another bowl, I mixed up 2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, while I prepared 1 1/2 cups of water.

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

Using warm tap water, add 1 1/2 cups to the colored salt, and stir it around to get some to dissolve.. It won’t completely dissolve – just add the whole thing to the flour mixture and beat. This is where a kitchen aid stand mixer comes into great handy!

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

It will form into a thick, soft dough that’s perfect for playing with! The nice thing about using crayola chalk instead of some other form of coloring, you can use every shade within the rainbow of colors that you get in a box of 24 crayola sidewalk chalk.

Recipe

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of salt + chalk powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

He had sooo much fun playing with it!

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

Another fun project we did together was with markers, coffee filters and water. It was fun to blend colors together to see how they mixed. All you need is crayola markers, coffee filters & a water spray bottle. Simply color the coffee filters however you like with the markers, and when you are finished spray it with water and watch the colors run together.

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

His favorite part was spraying everything wet!

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

…Then, we made our own colorful etch-a-sketch with crayons and paint! I used a piece of thick watercolor paper, and told JP to color all over it, and use all the crayons he wants. He got right to work!

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

..And colored some more.. Until the whole sheet was covered…

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

Did you know that if you mix red/blue/yellow together that you make black? Well, it’s not a fierce black like you would expect, but it’s pretty close. I thought it would be a nice way to teach JP about color mixing beyond the primary colors.

Using Crayola Sidewalk Chalk as a coloring for play dough #ColorfulCreations #cbias #shop

Until the whole sheet was covered...

Until the whole sheet was covered...

Once we had that mixed together, it was time to cover the entire sheet with our newly mixed black paint.

Until the whole sheet was covered...

Until the whole sheet was covered...

Now that it was dry, I got a straw and let JP etch-a-sketch, leaving behind a rainbow look from the crayons underneath.

Until the whole sheet was covered...

Until the whole sheet was covered...

Be sure to follow Crayola on Facebook as well as Pinterest for creative ideas!

A big thank you to #CollectiveBias for choosing me to be a part of the #ColorfulCreations campaign
 
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