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Fun, quiet, mess free (well, ok, with some preparation). Make these puzzles and keep for rainy days!

Materials Needed:

  • Paper plates (Pack of 50 $1 Dollar Tree) Note: You can use a cereal box or any other firm paper. You don’t even really need this at all, just helps to keep the puzzle pieces durable
  • Construction paper
  • Glue Stick (Pack of 4 $1 Dollar Tree)
  • Pen or Marker
  • Template (I  used large cookie cutters)
  • Scissors


1. I used one paper plate for each puzzle. Cut construction paper into quarters, paste one quarter onto each paper plate.

2. Trace template onto construction paper, then darken outline with a marker.

3. Create a unique line down or across each shape. I made this line extra bold so that a little marker would show up on either side once I cut down the line. On either side of the line, write a number and then draw a picture or dots that represent that number. You could also spell out shapes and draw the shape on the other side of the line. Be creative! It’s your own learning tool after all 🙂

4. Cut out shapes and down the puzzle line to create two separate pieces for each puzzle.

5. Enjoy, then store away for another day!

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Normally it’s just me and my 17 month old at home during the day, but recently I’ve been babysitting children that are closer to preschool age. I’ve been racking my brain (and scouring Pinterest) to find something to keep them entertained during long days. I am not a fan of simply putting a child in front of the TV, and even if I were, Ms. Laurie can only take watching the same Disney movies and shows on PBS Kids over and over again. So, here we are, on a budget friendly crafting adventure to keep the kids (but mostly me) sane during long days. Enjoy!

Materials Needed:

  • Wax Paper ($1 Dollar Tree)
  • Assorted Tissue Paper (Pack of 40 sheets $1 Dollar Tree)
  • Glue Sticks (Pack of 4 $1 Dollar Tree)
  • Scissors
  • Pen, Marker
  • Ribbon or String ($0.97 Walmart – not pictured)
  • Template (I used a big cookie cutter, but you can easily freehand the shape or print out a shape to trace)


Preparation: Likely best to cut up sheets of tissue paper ahead of time. Choose colors that correspond to the shape you are making – we did orange and yellow for pumpkins. Fold up your tissue paper so that you can cut quickly and with little mess. As I cut the paper into small pieces, I held it over a plastic cup. Then, the kids were able to pick out the colors from the plastic cups without worrying about little pieces of paper flying all over the kitchen.


1. Tear off a sheet of wax paper, draw a block on the bottom half to guide your tot or preschooler. Otherwise, you’ll likely end up with tissue paper in very random places on your paper 🙂


2. Put some glue down in your block, and place the tissue paper over it. Try to get it as

thin as possible, allowing the pieces to overlap. Keep going until the block is mostly full!


3. Smear glue on the top half of the wax paper


4. Fold paper over and smooth. The glue on the top half should “seal” the tissue paper in once you perform this step.


5. Use your template to trace your shape. I traced with a pen first and then drew over the line with a marker. I didn’t want permanent marker on my cookie cutter. Again, you can definitely freehand the shape!


6. Cut out your shape. If you’d like, decorate the shape with your markers! Cut a hole in the top (I used a hole punch) and thread your ribbon through. This would be cute hung on a window, and even better made as garland! Just make bunches of shapes and punch two holes in each so that you are able to thread your ribbon through.


Hope you have fun with this craft! This was fun for me AND it cost less than $5! Wow! Plus, now I have the supplies on hand to make many more that correspond to any season. 🙂

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Roll Tide Mini Pizzas


Quick. Easy. Cheap. Are you hooked? Ok, they are also pretty yummy. Now I have you hooked (I know because you are still reading).

I mostly followed this recipe, but with a few changes. Since this blog helps me remember how I did it, I will post my directions after.


Roll Tide Mini Pizzas

First, let me address the name. Why “Roll Tide” Mini Pizzas? Well, why not, I mean come on. But mostly because it reminds me of which cup I prefer to use to cut the dough. However, if you are a fan of another team, I suggest finding a different recipe. 🙂


I can Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough (two are pictured, but I didn’t need the second)

Pizza sauce


Favorite pizza toppings



Preheat oven to 425 (or the temperature recommended on the can of dough).

Prepare your pans with cooking spray. This is where I differed from the recipe link. I used five small pans from Michael’s to make the pizzas that we were eating for dinner. However, I did prepare a cupcake pan for the leftover dough.

Roll out the dough. For the mini pans I cut the dough with a cup. You can do the same for the cupcake pans, but I noticed that the dough does not like to be reworked more than once. You may choose to just take lumps of dough and press them down with the heel of your palm.


Roll Tide Roll!

Place your dough into your pans. Spoon in your sauce, add your cheese, and top those babies.


Bake for 15 minutes for a crisp crust. The rims may look burned, but it’s just the cheese. The bottoms were perfect.

If using a cupcake pan I suggest baking for 7-10 minutes. It really depends on how thick the dough is.


Let cool on your plate and then enjoy! I love that we had the cupcake pan as well, because they make great bite size snacks.


**Hubs and Mansie approved recipe!**

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My first blog. Ever.

Ummmm, behind the times much? Possibly. I have so many creative friends blogging these days, and hey, I’ve got a creative hair or two. So why not give it a shot? I suppose the big delay has been figuring out what I would call my blog. And then the perfect name occurred to me today. Ok, ok, I stole it. Not good for building my creativity chops, right? I’m sorry, I just thought it was too great to pass by. After all, as a military family, home is wherever we are all together. Thus, “homeiswherethekhansare” was born.

Another concept that bugged me was the point of a blog. Isn’t Facebook sufficient? Quite possibly, no. Plus, I am starting to feel bad about subjecting my friends to countless inner thoughts that I think are either (1) hi-LAR-ious, (2) brilliant, or (3) imperative to know. Usually they are none of the above. This blog gives people the option to be subjected to these thoughts. Although, as a FB addict, I can’t guarantee I’ll stop posting random thoughts, it’s sort of second nature now.

I’d like to transition some of my projects to this blog from Facebook. Sort of like a “how to” archive for myself. Crafts, projects, recipes, or just general “Look-What-I-Did-Mom!” sort of stuff. Maybe someone else will benefit from it too. Boy, is that wishful thinking.

So read at your own risk. It’s either going to be great, or a total waste of five minutes of your life (sorry, no, I do not give refunds).


– L 🙂