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replace a worn out trampoline safety pad with pool noodles ~ Easy DIY, #diy, #trampoline, #poolnoodles, #homeimprovement

Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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Summer Bucket List

I don’t know why it always seems to happen, but my family always has great ideas and fun things we want to do during summer break that never happen!  We forget them as the summer goes on, and then remember when summer is drawing to a close and it is too late to do the fun things we intended to do!  Well this year it isn’t happening!  Have you ever heard of a bucket list?  There was a movie about it several years ago where 2 older men made a list of things they wanted to do before they “kicked the bucket”.  Granted, going back to school may feel like their life is over, but our list is just a summer “bucket list” of things we want to do before school starts again.

We took some time as a family and let everyone spout out ideas of what they would like to do and then I just typed it out. Since I love fonts, I made each of mine a different font and added a open circle bullet point at the beginning of each item so we can check them off as we complete them.  (I just did this in word)  There was no wrong answer, nothing off limits.

Of course, some of the things aren’t going to end up happening, but what fun we will have trying to knock as many off of our list as we can!

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Printable Minecraft Magnets, Great Party Favors!

As I mentioned before my son is having a Minecraft party.  If you missed the post with the Don’t eat Steve game you can find it here.  I also explained a little about the game for those that haven’t heard of it.

I don’t spend a lot of money making crazy, huge, elaborate parties, but I do like to do something fun for the kids.  I came across this post  and she had the best idea! Printable Minecraft magnets that she has even already taken the trouble out of it by designing them!  Even better!  I just happened to have some printable magnet sheets on hand, so I gave them a try.  The kids love them!

You will need

Printable magnet paper

Scissors

A printer

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The link for the magnets is here .  It takes 3 sheets of the magnet paper.  Each magnet is 1 inch square.  After they are printed, the time consuming cutting them out begins.

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I cut them into strips with my helpful paper cutter.  I love this one and use it all the time! I am not the best cutter in the world, so I love using these and knowing that it is straight.

Once you have your strips cut out you will have to use scissors to cut each magnet apart.  Make sure you have a nice, sharp pair of scissors for this.

Now you are free to stick them on a magnetic surface and play! Or add them to baggies and give them as party favors at your Minecraft themed party.  I was even thinking it would be great to get a small, metal container and take them with us to keep kids entertained at church or on road trips!

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40 low cost ideas, games and fun things to do with your kids this summer #Summer, #Kids, #DIYPART 3 of 4
Thanks to Savvy Spending for passing along these great ideas,

21) Store Freebies: Participate in some of the free weekend activities I post every Friday. Stores like Michaels, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc. offer free activities for kids all year long!

22) See a Ball Game: You can usually find discounted tickets on ebay to MLB games, or see if you have a minor league game nearby.

23) Become a photographer or make a scrapbook: With all the great photo deals available, this is a cheap way to have fun and be creative. Give kids a disposable camera and have them take pictures of their summer. Then, have a family night in August to create your scrapbooks!

24) Make a pen pal: Encourage kids to learn something about someone in another country. The website epals lets kids form pen pels with kids around the world. If you don’t want your kids emailing, you can send letters to family friends or relatives who live far away.

25) Kids make dinner: Put your kids in charge of dinner (if they are old enough) or help younger ones decide whats on the menu for tonight- even if it’s pancakes with macaroni and cheese, let them eat it for one night! Adding candlelight will make it extra special.

26) Family Game Night: Have kids pick out game for the whole family to play! If your kids are old enough, have them make up their own game with cardboard and notecards.

27) Try something new! Find something you’ve never done before and learn how to do it! It could be making your own ice cream, learning to play chess, creating a puzzle, making a bird feeder, making your own silly putty or bubble solution, tie-dying a shirt, or planting a garden. Involve your kids and watch them learn! You can find instructions how to make most of these things online!

28) Create a time capsule: I always wanted to do one of these as a child! Have every member of your family add a letter to themselves and a special memento (or make a picture collage) into a box (and then place in a large bag). Promise to open it again in X number of years. Go here for more ideas.

29) Read a book together as a family: You should be able to ask a librarian for suggestions on books that would be appropriate for your family and kids ages. Each night, read 1-2 chapters together. When the book is finished, have a themed book party where you dress/act as the characters, discuss your favorite parts, act out scenes, or watch the movie version (if there is one).

30) Learn about astronomy: Find some websites or books on stars and then find someplace to go to look at the stars some night (you may have to get out of the city). Bring a blanket and some dessert and star gaze!

Part 1~  ideas 1-10 here

Part 2 ~ Ideas 11-20 here

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PART 4 of 4
Thanks to Savvy Spending for passing along these great ideas,

31) Make up your own holiday: This could be the start of a great family tradition! There aren’t too many (any?) major holidays between now and Labor Day, so have a contest to create your own holiday! Decide what day it will be, how you will celebrate and observe it every year, and maybe share it with your neighbors and make it an annual event!

32) Cook everything on the grill: Breakfast, lunch and dinner must be cooked outside. As my dad always says, “Food tastes better outdoors!” Find recipes on line for new ideas. One of our favorites is a grilled ham and cheese sandwhich made over the fire (we call them “mistokenchies” after their name in Portuguese… I think) or a fried bannanas and chocolate dessert. Use charcoal to really make it special!

33) Go to Chuck E. Cheese: We like to do this a fun treat for our kids. You can print rewards calendars at their website good for 10 free tokens. Spend a few dollars to get some more tokens, and then play all sorts of arcade games for tickets! You don’t have to eat there and it doesn’t cost anything to get in.

34) Go go-carting or putt-putt golfing: You can usually find B1G1 free coupons in the Entertainment book. Don’t have a book? Ask a friend or trade for a coupon at AFullCup.com

35) Make your own Design: Have kids create a work of art, then take a picture of it and upload to it VistaPrint to turn it into a magnet, canvas bag, tee shirt, etc. You can get most of these for free at VistaPrint- just pay shipping!

36) Go Bowling! Join the Kids Bowl Free program and go bowling any day! You’ll have to pay for shoe rental unless you have your own!

37) Pajama Day: Stay in your p.j’s all day (or maybe just till lunchtime) and spend the day having a “read-in”, playing games, making a fort, playing play-doh, finger painting, etc. Your kids will remember this funny day.

38) Redo your kids bedroom: Find free or cheap accessories and furniture on Craigslist.org or Freecycle.com or at thrift stores. It’s amazing what a little paint and re arranging can do to a room!

39) Help the environment: Collect water containers or newspapers and visit the recycling center. Teach your kids about recycling. Then take something from home and turn it into something else. See who can be the most creative!

40) Visit an animal shelter: Using coupons, get some pet food or treats for free or cheap and go volunteer at the local animal shelter (call ahead first). Your kids may enjoy petting some cute little animals and the shelter will appreciate your help. Take this opportunity to talk about animal shelters and pet adoption.

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Part 2 ~ Ideas 11-20 here

Part 3~  21-30 here 

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