4th of July DIY Roundup

Are you looking for a fun 4th of July craft, recipe or kid friendly activity this week? I’ve had a great time searching the web and found some really neat 4th of July projects that are simple and inexpensive. Click on the link below each photo for a tutorial.

If you try one let me know how it turns out! 

4th of July DIY Round Up

Click on a category below or scroll through the entire list:


4th of July Wreath

Vintage Flags


Tin Can Luminaries

Patriotic Wreath



Very Blueberry Smoothie


Strawberry Salsa with Homemade Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

frozen berry dessert

Frozen Berry Treat

frozen lemon bars

Frozen Lemon Bars

All American Strawberries

4th of July Marshmallow Pops

Cream Filled Strawberries

Red White and Blue Scones

American Flag Cookie


Red, White & Blue Spinach Salad


Grilled Chicken Summer Salad


Grilled Asparagus

For the Kids


4th of July Robot

4th of July Paper Lanterns

4th of July T-Shirts

Popsicle Stick Flags

Painted Stones

Handprint Fireworks

Cupcake Liner Fireworks


4th of July Free Printables

Plus, don’t forget to check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board filled with more amazing ideas!

Follow The Happy Housewife’s board Homeschool (4th of July) on Pinterest.

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Scotch-Brite Cleaning Tools & Giveaway

I’ve talked about kids and chores numerous times over the years. In our family, we encourage our children to help around the house from the time they are very little. It starts with simple “jobs” like putting all the books in the basket or picking up toys, and as they get older they have more responsibility until they are capable of running a house by themselves by the time they are ready to leave our house.

While it is important for my kids to learn responsibility I always want them to be safe . This means keeping certain cleaners out of reach of my littles as well as finding ways for them to help out without exposing them to danger.

If your toddlers are anything like mine, they will actually want to help you when you are cleaning. While this isn’t always the quickest way to get things done, it is great to start good habits early with your kids.

One of my favorite cleaning tools is the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge. If you haven’t tried this sponge you are missing out. It works great on sticky dishes, but my favorite way to use this sponge is for cleaning marks off walls, doors, and cabinets. It is slightly abrasive, but does not damage surfaces or remove paint from walls.

sponge cleaning

It is great for cleaning off sticky fingerprints, marks on cabinets, and dirt on walls. The best part is that usually the marks come off without using any cleaner so it is great for kids. For really tough stains I use a bit of all purpose cleaner and the marks come right off.


One of the weekly jobs in our house is to wipe down the kitchen cabinets and around the door handles. Not only does is make your house look really clean, it also gives younger kids something to do during cleaning days.

I put sponges in the dishwasher when we are finished using them to get them clean and ready for the next use.

Another great tool that I just discovered is the disposable toilet scrubber. I’m not a big fan of cleaning toilets (I don’t think anybody is) and I’m always looking for ways to make this particular job a little easier. The Scotch-Brite disposable toilet scrubber is perfect because instead of walking through the house with a dripping wet scrubber full of toilet water, with a simple click you can toss the scrubber part and just save the stick for the next job.


These scrubber pads do a great job of getting a toilet that three boys use on a daily basis very clean! Also since my kids don’t have to touch any chemicals with the disposable toilet scrubber, this is a job my pre-teens can now do without me. (Yay!)

toilet cleaner-1

I may be a Scotch-Brite blogger, but I’ve been buying their products for years. From sponges to scrubbers, they really do make the best cleaning tools and you can usually find coupons available for many of their products. If you haven’t tried them you are doing more work cleaning the house than you should!

If you haven’t tried Scotch-Brite tools before, today is your day! We’re giving away a Scotch-Brite bundle of products. To win send a tweet to @scotchbrite_3M and share your experience giving or receiving the gift of clean. Make sure you use the hashtag #giftofclean so we can see your tweet! 

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Mother’s Day #GiftofClean

Mother’s Day and my 21st anniversary fell on the same day this year. While I enjoyed a weekend away my kids held down the fort.

Now, often when the kids are on their own (even though a few of them aren’t really kids any more) the house tends to get a little dirty. Since the kids know I love a clean house they decided to make that my gift this year.

I couldn’t believe when I walked in the door and saw my sparkling kitchen. They had even polished all the normally covered in fingerprints stainless steel appliances.

My oldest son explained in great detail how they had spent Saturday night working together to get the house clean by “mom’s standards.” That’s a little joke in our house because often my children will clean to their standards (meaning popcorn kernels belong under the couch) instead of my standards (popcorn kernels belongs in the garbage).

Not only was the kitchen clean, the rest of the house looked great too! The kids shared what they cleaned and were so proud of their work.

My little girls were excited to give me the Mother’s Day cards they picked out and Cora was really excited because my card from her had a sticker. She suggested I put it on my computer, but I told her I would put it on my journal instead. :-)

Even Cora my littlest got into the action by wiping around the doorknobs and baseboards. The Scotch-Brite non-scratch sponge does a great job getting dirt off and doesn’t damage the paint!

It was great to come home to a clean house after a fun weekend away. Since the house was clean we spent the rest of the day hanging out and relaxing. My kids definitely knew the best gift for me this Mother’s Day!

I’m partnering with Scotch-Brite to share cleaning tips and ideas this summer. All opinions are my own. 

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The Gift of Clean for Mother’s Day

I love a clean house, and when I say love I really mean LOVE! When my house is clean I’m more productive and more likely to be spontaneous because I’m not stressing about a mess.

Apparently I’m not alone. According to a recent survey*, seventy-five percent of moms would prefer a clean home on Mother’s Day to being served breakfast in bed. In addition, sixty percent of moms would most prefer a clean house over other gift options like candy, flowers and a card.

Scotch-Brite Mother's Day Graphic

Put me in that seventy-five percent group! My kids and husband know that the best gift they can give to me is a clean house. In fact, I often return home from the grocery store and they have surprised me with a clean house.

This year for Mother’s Day my family can skip the flowers and jewelry. I want to come home to clean floors, bathrooms and counters!

I’m teaming up with Scotch-Brite to help families across America put down the flowers and pick up the scrubber this Mother’s Day. A clean house and a day off is a gift mom can truly enjoy this Mother’s Day!

What do you want for Mother’s Day?

I’ll be sharing cleaning tips and ideas for keeping your home looking great all year long over the next few weeks. So stay tuned!

This post is sponsored my Scotch-Brite. All opinions are my own.

*OmniBus Scotch-Brite Survey, April 2014

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