In 2016, I had a fire lit under me. I remember being so passionate about doing my part in the fight against racism. I thought I was saying and doing all of the right things to get through to others. But then I replied to someone’s “Black lives matter” quote with “All lives matter, stop dividing us (something along those lines).” And people started replying to me in the most negative way. ⁣
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I was honestly so confused. Didn’t they know I was on their side? ⁣
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So instead of continuing to try to prove my point, I reached out to a friend from high school and asked her if she would explain what I had done wrong. And even though she didn’t have to, she did. And I understood immediately why what I said was absolutely the wrong thing to say. Thank you, Kendra!⁣
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If you are using the term “all lives matter” in response to anything that is going on in our country right now, I implore you to research why it’s wrong. There are a number of articles and graphics out there that explain it brilliantly. One being the picture of two houses, one on fire and one perfectly fine. But a person is spraying water on the house that isn’t burning down, while saying “all houses matter”. Of course they do, but right now, we need to focus and save the one that is burning down. ⁣
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For a lot of us, this is new and as we continue to fight, we will make mistakes, as I did years ago. But as long as we are learning from those mistakes, and growing as people, it’s ok! Recognize where you’ve gone wrong. Learn why. Continue to educate others. We are stronger together. ⁣
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Yesterday, I read. ⁣
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And even if every single other person in this country did the same thing on #blackouttuesday, it didn’t magically change the lives of black people overnight. It was only 24 hours. That shouldn’t surprise you. ⁣
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We still have work to do. ⁣
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We need to continue to read, continue to watch, continue to listen, continue to share... Continue to teach our kids and have the uncomfortable conversations with those around us that still don’t understand that this isn’t about all lives. This is about black lives. This isn’t about not being a racist. This is about anti-racism. ⁣
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Continuing to educate ourselves and others so that things will change speaks louder than any black box ever will. ⁣
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Will you stay silent or will you arm yourself with the knowledge you need to fight? ⁣
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Art by my 14 year old daughter, Lucia, who has been more vocal about this situation than many adults. ⁣
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Like most of you, I watched George Floyd fight for his last breath on national TV, by someone whose job it was to protect people. It sickened me.⁣
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I’ve struggled to find the words to express how I was feeling. In all honesty, I was afraid to speak about it in fear that I would say the wrong thing or my thoughts would be misinterpreted.⁣
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But staying silent can be misinterpreted too.⁣
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Yesterday morning I watched an IGTV video by @cut and I knew I couldn’t stay silent any longer.⁣
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I am a white woman. I will NEVER know what it’s like to be a person of color. I will never be pulled over because of the color of my skin. I have never been afraid of the police. And knowing that so many, at a young age are taught to act a certain way around a police officer, in fear that they may be arrested or worse, killed, for absolutely no reason at all, breaks my heart.⁣
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But this isn’t about me or my feelings.⁣
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This is about the senseless killings that continue happening. It’s about the injustice that people of color face. It’s about so many families that have lost loved ones. It’s about all of the beautiful black children and their parents and grandparents and extended family, that are afraid of what could happen to them because of the color of their skin.⁣
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Imagine leaving your home every day and wondering if you’ll ever return. No one should ever have to feel that way.⁣
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It’s time we stopped the silence and did something about it. It’s time we focus on change and how we can do better. I’m sharing ways we can make a change on the blog today and I’ve included the link in my bio. ⁣
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#istandwithyou #changetheworld #unityindiversity #bethechange #bethechangeyouwanttosee #justiceforgeorgefloyd #georgefloyd #stopracism #endracism #educateyourself #teachyourchildren #standupforwhatsright #wecandobetter #dobetter #standtogether #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #enough

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Best part about having a teenage daughter? We can enjoy Lifetime Original Movies together! [ad] I'm so excited for this weekend's movie marathon! @LifetimeTV has always been one of my favorites and just like me, this year they are celebrating 30 incredible years (wink, wink)! ⁣
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Lucia and I are ready for a weekend of movies, popcorn and LOTS of commentary. Somehow, even if it's a drama or a thriller, we find ourselves laughing. She definitely shares my crazy sense of humor. ⁣
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Today we are planning on watching Death of a Cheerleader at 11am EST and Flowers in the Attic at 4pm EST and tomorrow, Beaches at 12pm EST. ⁣
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The marathon begins today at 11am EST and ends Sunday night.. so grab your popcorn and tune in with us. Don't forget to check out our stories where we'll be sharing what it's like to watch a movie with us (almost as entertaining as the movies themselves). #LifetimeLoyals  #LifetimeTV #LOM30 ⁣
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I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but this is only temporary. ⁣
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I’ve said it to myself a million times since I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. And now, during this pandemic, it’s something we all have to focus on. ⁣
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We won’t always be locked in our homes. We won’t always have to wear a mask in public. Our kids won’t always be schooled online. We won’t always be out of work. Because just like anxiety, this pandemic is only temporary. ⁣
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Enjoy your family. Cherish every moment you are being “forced” to spend with them. Your kids are growing up and they won’t always be little. Having them at home with you is just as temporary. ⁣
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Today on the blog, our friend Alison @theanxietyhealer is sharing her personal struggle and how she’s coping with anxiety during a pandemic. She’s also included her favorite affirmations for you. Link is in my bio (or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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How are you feeling right now?⁣
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#mentalhealth #mentalillness #anxietyrelief #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #anxietysucks #anxietyattack #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthblogger #mystory #endthestigma #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #anxietyproblems #mentalhealthblog #anxietyproblems #dontsufferinsilence #mentalhealthhelp #changeyourthoughts #mindsetmatters #anxietyisreal #affirmations #positiveaffirmations #affirmationsoftheday #affirmation #positivethinking #quotesdaily #quotestoliveby #positivequotes

I don’t know who needs...

Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously I have to share my go-to slow cooker BBQ brisket recipe. It’s probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen cooking it, though it takes just minutes to prep. Best part is, you can make this recipe with any cut of beef! Serve on a plate with your favorite sides or on a roll for a delicious sandwich. Your family will love it!⁣
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Head to the blog (link in bio or swipe up in stories) for the easy to follow recipe. ⁣
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What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?⁣
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Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously...

I’ve gotten so much positive feedback on the copycat Starbucks Pink Drink recipe I put up on the blog last month and I just wanted to thank you guys so much! Since most of us aren’t going out, it’s fun to try to make our favorites at home. What copycat recipe do you want me to share next?
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𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭? ⁣
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And if you missed the Pink Drink recipe, just click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories. ⁣😊⁣
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I’ve gotten so much positive...

In case you missed it... yesterday I shared a free printable neighborhood scavenger hunt (link in bio). ⁣I didn’t mention that in addition to this scavenger hunt page, you’ll also receive 2 additional exclusive printable scavenger hunts! 🙌🏻⁣
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Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep busy, get out of the house (safely) as a family, get some exercise and have some competitive fun! ⁣
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Have you downloaded it yet?⁣
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In case you missed it......

Although our city is slowly opening up, we will be staying in and enjoying family time today. ⁣
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We will also be doing a fun scavenger hunt around the neighborhood (I shared the free printable on the blog today so go and grab it - link in bio). ⁣
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Although our city is slowly...

Back in January, we visited @legolandflorida for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip, was discovering Granny's Apple Fries. We've been pretty obsessed with them since the first bite and wanted to try to recreate them at home.⁣
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I researched, I googled, I tried two different recipes that I found online that claimed to be Legoland Granny apple fries copycat recipes. And they were both huge failures. ⁣
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After a whole lot of brainstorming and trial and error, we fell back on something that seems to save the day for us on a regular basis... funnel cake batter. ⁣
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We dipped our apple sticks in the batter, fried and tossed in a cinnamon sugar mix. OMG... HEAVEN.  Cinnamon sugar apple fries are EVERY 👏🏻 THING 👏🏻 and I’m sharing the recipe today on the blog (click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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Would you dip them with caramel, whipped cream or both?⁣
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How to Make Melted Crayon Art

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It’s National Crayon Day! And while we could have just colored in the girls new coloring books, or melted crayon pieces into fun shapes, the girls and I decided to create some melted crayon art because… why not?! It was fun, inexpensive and kept us all oohing and aahing. Best part is, we have a beautiful finished product that will hang in the girl’s bedroom!

colorful bedroom with melted crayon art

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED FOR MELTED CRAYON ART

  • Crayons (you choose your colors – quantity will depend on how large your canvas is)
  • Canvas
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Newspaper, Tissue Paper or Tarp
  1. Cover your workspace with something that you don’t mind getting melted wax on (newspaper, tissue paper, tarp, etc). The wax max splash, so cover the floor as well.
  2. Hot glue each of the crayons, in the order you’d like them to melt. I made sure that “Crayola” was showing on each and that they were evenly lined up, to make the finished art look organized, but you can do it how you’d like. You can peel the crayons as well, but I’m not 100% sure they will stick to the canvas without the paper. The hot glue may just melt right through the crayon.
  3. Once you’ve glued all the crayons onto the canvas, you’ll want to prop the canvas up. You can use an easel if you have one. I just propped ours against a heavy cardboard box and it worked just fine. Now it’s time to create your melted crayon art!
  4. Holding the hair dryer straight up and down, and on it’s highest, hottest setting, hold the hair dryer directly over the crayons. Hold it over 4-5 at a time and then once they start melting, move over to the next.
  5. Continue to do this over and over again until you’ve gotten the desired look. We chose to do a little at a time to make a more layered, textured look.
  6. Allow the art to dry.

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Have you ever created anything out of melted crayons? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below! Check out all of our family friendly projects and crafts!

Looking for a fun and inexpensive art project for you and your kids? This melted crayon art takes less than an hour and the whole family can participate!

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  • Laura Schwormstedt
    April 3, 2020

    I really love the final result – so colourful and pretty and a nice way to bring creativity into a room. Not sure I could afford to melt crayons right now as they are hard to get hold of in the UK due to the virus but love the idea

    Laura x

  • Angelica Sereda
    April 3, 2020

    How fun! My girls would LOVE this. Adding to the list of quarantine projects!
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  • Anise
    April 2, 2020

    This looks so beautiful 😍 Glad you both enjoyed doing this DIY and thanks for sharing the tutorial with us ☺

  • This is so cool and would make for a nice decoration to any room in the house.
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  • Natalie
    April 2, 2020

    This is such a great and fun idea. I must make this with my kids.

  • Myrah Duque
    April 1, 2020

    That’s a cool video! This is a fantastic idea especially now that kids are home and need to be entertained!
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  • Sara
    April 1, 2020

    This is gorgeous! I’d love to make one someday. Thanks for sharing ♡

  • Stephen
    April 1, 2020

    Seen so many arts pages doing things with melted crayons and though how cool they look but not had the time to experiment until now

    Great post
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  • Joy
    April 1, 2020

    This looks like so much fun, Heather.
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  • Celebrate Woman Today
    April 1, 2020

    Heather, I watched this video and loved the craft. So easy, so colorful. It could truly be used to make anything to brighten up a room.

  • Reese Woods
    April 1, 2020

    I love it! I’m always wanted to try making one of these!

  • Cathy
    April 1, 2020

    I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a variation of this craft, and every time I see it I think I will do it but I never get around to it. I really think I will make it this month, though! With all my free time while I am social distancing, I think it’s time I finally try it out!

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    April 1, 2020

    Seems like a really cool activity to do with kids.

  • Catherine
    April 1, 2020

    What a great and creative idea…it looks so beautiful too! Great craft for the kiddos!
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  • Toni
    April 1, 2020

    That is so cool!! My kids will surely enjoy making this!
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  • Marysa
    April 1, 2020

    This is such a neat project! We actually have some canvases and I am sure the kids have old crayons we can use. What a fun idea.
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  • Ruth I
    April 1, 2020

    This looks creative and cool. I love making creative things with crayons. This gives me a much more idea on how to use crayons. Art is really amazing and beautiful.

  • Catalina
    April 1, 2020

    wow! This is genius! It’s so easy to make and so colorful! Love homemade decorations!

  • Sherry
    April 1, 2020

    I think this is such a great little art project. My daughter did one when she was in school.

  • Kita Bryant
    April 1, 2020

    That is such a cool idea! I have so many extra crayons just chilling too.

  • Matt Taylor
    March 31, 2020

    hahaha cool! When we were kids we would melt crayons and then dip our hands in it…haha.
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  • Fatima Torres
    March 31, 2020

    this looks like a great art project to do with the kids. We love working with colors!

  • Monica
    March 31, 2020

    This is such an easy colorful way to brighten up the kids play area! We may have to give this a try soon.

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    March 31, 2020

    This is such a fun project! I love it. My kids and I have done a few of these melted crayon projects and they’re really fun!
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  • Anne Marie
    March 31, 2020

    We have so many broken crayons from homeschooling, and I’d love to use them in a beautiful, fun project like this!

  • Amber Myers
    March 31, 2020

    What a cool idea! I need to do this with my kids. They’ve been getting rather bored, so this is perfect.
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  • GiGi Eats
    March 31, 2020

    I am a sucker for ALL THINGS RAINBOW – so I adore this! And I am so going to do this with my son when he’s older!

  • Tara Pittman
    March 31, 2020

    This is a craft that my boys need to try. We have plenty of crayons in the house

  • Melissa Cushing
    March 31, 2020

    I have to say the video was pretty cool and I love this idea to use for a new project for me and my kids. Even the older kids will think this is cool…. love all of the creative ideas that everyone is coming up with during these crazy times. Thank you again for sharing and definitely going to try this in a smaller form at first 🙂
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  • Talya Stone
    March 31, 2020

    Such a cool idea! I am going to add this to some of the things to try while we are stuck indoors.

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