Duct Tape Rose Pens


I love how these turned out!


I finally had a great excuse to make these lovely rose pens. Nothing like a little motivation to get you to do something you have been meaning to do for awhile! They were pretty simple to make, look impressive even if they are not perfect and I always know where my pen is now.

My 5 and 7 year olds where able to make them with me after watching the video further down this post.

Duct Tape Rose Pens


And my kiddos always love it when they can do what I am doing.

How to make duct tape roses


Since these were our first batch of Duct Tape Rose Pens, we kept the colors simple. Now that we have them down, we will have to get the fun print tape next time.

Duct Tape Rose


This is the video I watched to learn how to make these flowers and they made it simple to follow.

Breakfast Birthday Buns


What do you give a blogger for their birthday? A blog post!

Birthday Breakfast buns - how to make


I feel like I just told you some sort of knock knock joke! But it is true. For my birthday, my husband created a post project for me complete with pictures he took of the process. I love it! He not only put thought into my gift, but it the product was for me, too! ANd he even tried to make it a little healthier for me by using greek yogurt instead of regular frosting. A perfect gift for a spend thrifty blogger like myself who is attempting to eat healthier!

Breakfast in Bed - Family

As an added bonus he figured out how to make it look fancy all on his own using something I would have never thought about. Take a look and enjoy!


What You Need:

  • Cinnamon Rolls – your choice to make from scratch or buy refrigerated/frozen
  • Greek Yogurt – vanilla or honey
  • Mixed fruit
  • Syringe – the kind you get from the pharmacy with your kiddos medicine

Breakfast Birthday Bun



Step 1: Prepare and bake your cinnamon buns of choice without adding the frosting.  My hubby chose to go with a bake and serve to make prep easy with all the kiddos around. And just to make sure you did not miss it ;-) …Repeat: Do NOT add the frosting that is provided with the dough. You will use the yogurt in it’s place for this in the next step.

Birthday Breakfast Buns


Step 2: Let the rolls cool for at least a few minutes before adding your decorative topping. Once they have cooled, “suck up” the greek yogurt in your syringe.

how to apply frosting - tip


Step 3: Apply the yogurt slowly in a zig zag pattern across the roll one way and then from the side to get your crisscross pattern. It took about 1 syringe (10 ml/2 tsp) full per roll.

Easy way to apply frosting


Step 4: Apply mixed fruit and enjoy your fancy looking treat! Again, I loved it with the greek yogurt as a topping because it was not too sweet. Normal frosting leave me with a headache from all their sweetness.

photo 3-001


And breakfast in bed is so much better with company!

Breakfast in bed is more fun...


Bonus Step: This has to be my kiddos’ favorite part!

Easy way to apply frosting!


Summer Passport – Free Printable Summer Activity Book

It’s Summer!!! School is wrapping up and I bet you are looking for some fun summer ideas to keep everyone a little occupied. Look no further! Together with my friend Janel from A Mom’s Take we have been working hard to create a FREE Summer Passport printable activity book to share with everyone. It is full of crafts, easy kid friendly recipes, games and activities, fun science experiments and so much more. You have to check it out!


Free Summer Fun Printable for Kids

Click here for your FREE Summer Passport Printable Activity Book


To snag your own copy of the FREE Summer Passport, stop by the Fun On a Dime Facebook page and “Like” it, if you have not already. If you are not taken directly to the free printable, there is a tab on the Facebook fan page labeled “Free Summer Printable!” that will take you to it.

My daughter and her cousin have already started working on their Summer Passports! Being true girls they have spent all their time on the front page that doubles as a coloring page. Last year we made Summer Bucket Lists, but this year we will not need to worry about that with our Train of Fun. This packet includes a page of “tickets” (i.e. fun summer ideas) and a 10 car train that is waiting for its owner to fill each car full of the fun you want to do this summer or to fill in as you go. We created the list with simple ideas, but feel free to remove any of the suggestions that will not work for you.

We may have to put up a second train in our house for each kiddo. When my niece looked through the packet and saw how many train cars were available she stated, “Oh, there are only 10? What if I need more?” I figure there are enough cars for us to do one activity a week for sure.


More Summer Fun Ideas


Kid Friendly Games and Activities


Easy Summer Treats


Kid Friendly Arts and Crafts


Summer Book and Game Recommendations


Great Summer Reads


  • Little Bear
  • The Monster at the End of this Book
  • Left Foot Right Foot – Dr. Seuss
  • Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
  • If you give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Busy, Busy Town
  • The Gruffalo
  • Curious George
  • Good Night Moon


  • Fly Guy
  • Flat Stanley
  • Fancy Nancy
  • Elephant & Piggie
  • Pinkalicious
  • I-Spy
  • Where’s Waldo
  • (Girls) Anything with Princesses or Dancers on the cover!

Ages 7-9

  • Scooby Doo
  • Big Nate
  • Goosebumps
  • Magic Tree House Series
  • Roald Dahl books
  • Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew
  • Amelia Bedelia

Ages 10+ / or parents to read to younger children

  • The Boxcar Children
  • Harry Potter
  • National Geographic 2014 almanac (recommended for ages 8-12)
  • My Father’s Dragon
  • Percy Jackson (our current series)
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH series
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Anything by Shannon Hale
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series
  • Anne of Green Gables series
  • Nancy Drew series

**I am sure there are a ton more. Email me if you have any favorites to add to the list.


Game Recommendations


Head over to AMomsTake.com/Summer-Passport for more fun ideas!


AND…stay tuned for a COLORING CONTEST coming soon!!


Disclosure: No compensation received…just a load of fun for you to enjoy!

Children Self Portraits {Creative Gifting}


Father’s Day is just around the corner and I am always on the look out for gift ideas that my kiddos can make (or at least be a big part in the making process). My sister-in-law, the creative Debra, shared with me this cute idea of self portraits. She even snapped a picture for me to share. I love the idea and it would not only be great for a Father’s Day gift, but could work for other occasions with Grandparents, Christmas, etc. I believe the youngest below was 3 or 4.

creative father's day gift idea, mother's day gift idea


What You Need:

  • White card stock (or light colored)
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint (variety of colors)
  • Paint Brush
  • Fine point permanent marker in black
  • Picture frames of choice



Step 1: Have each child draw a picture of themselves on a piece of card stock using a pencil. You will probably want to make sure the card stock is precut to the size of your desired picture frame. I know my kiddos would use the entire space given to them!

Step 2: Then have them paint it using acrylic paint.

Step 3: Once dried, trace over the pencil / outline the entire drawing with the skinny permanent marker.

Step 4: Frame and display!


Super easy, unique and you cannot help but love it! And you can update it every few years to add to the fun.

Creative gifts made my children


LYSOL Healthing Initiative

Is it just me being a paranoid mom with a new baby or does it seem like EVERYONE is sick lately?

The little things that we do every day – particularly our hygiene and cleaning habits – truly can make an impact on our health.  This is especially important on the heels of one of the worst cold and flu seasons in a decade.  So, this season, do more than Spring Cleaning.  Let’s practice Spring “Healthing.”

LYSOL has a new concept of Healthing that they are introducing. It is an idea centered on keeping families as healthy as possible, by looking beyond just cleaning out closets, decluttering and organizing, but making sure that the right steps are taken to stay well. While cleaning is important, killing germs on commonly touched surfaces can lower the risk of spreading bacteria and viruses between family members.

The first thing we do when illness hits our house is to take a disinfecting wipe to all door knobs, light switches, remotes, keyboards, faucets, toilet handles and any other commonly touched surface hoping that we can prevent the spreading. I know it is a little step, but it is something my 7 and 5 year old will happily agree to doing, especially if we make it a race, and so far we have avoided spreading most of the illnesses that are going around to the entire family.

Checkout the Healthing Guidebook


To help spread the word about Healthing, LYSOL and television personality Giuliana Rancic have partnered together to visit YMCAs in select markets across the country to demonstrate Healthing in action. At each YMCA location, LYSOL will provide attendees with hands-on education about the products and steps required to practice improved hygiene habits in their own home, while making the idea fun and relatable to kids. LYSOL will also provide educational information and disinfecting products to the local YMCAs, along with the donation of a one-year membership to a deserving family.

Visit www.Lysol.com/Healthing or the LYSOL Facebook page for more information about Healthing.

For LYSOL, Healthing goes beyond its products to provide the education and motivation to keep a healthy home and family.

**I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for LYSOL®. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

A Mug With a Personal Touch


Some may see this as a unique gift and others may see it as a much needed sanity saver…either way it is awesome! Take a look….

Unique rift - picture mug

My cute little sister gave me a laugh the other morning when I walked into the kitchen to see her enjoying her morning hot chocolate drinking out of her OWN mug. There is no denying that the mug belongs to her! So, I just had to share.

You can make it yourself, but I am thinking it is just as cheap at artscow or a local copy place. Give it as a gift for the person who has everything or make one for every person in the family to solve the fight of which cup belongs to which person. So simple and so funny. I can’t help but laugh when I see this!



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