#ShowYourGold for St. Jude

#ShowYourGold for St. Jude

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It seems like it’s always some kinda month, right? But this one is about kids with cancer… which shouldn’t even be a thing. And the only way to make it go away is to get involved. Since 1962 St. Jude has been keeping kids alive. The survival rate for pediatric cancer was 20% when it opened. Today it’s at 80%, thanks to the research and technologies invented at St. Jude. Isn’t that amazing?! This month #showyourgold for the little warriors fighting this big battle by tagging your pics on social media. You can also change your Facebook profile pic and add fun gold props by visiting St. Jude here. Watch my video and find out what happened to that childhood cancer collection box my daughter brought home three years ago! (hint: the DONATE button works much better for me.) xo

Don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel so you won’t miss a video! Have a great month, everyone!

Build, House, Videos

Home Made Mimi on YouTube!

Happy Summer, Everyone!

After DIY blogging for a couple years, I’ve received many requests for video tutorials. Well, folks, the day is finally here: check out Home Made Mimi on YouTube— (soon to be) chock full of valuable home improvement DIY videos! And silliness. Always silliness. For my first video, my friend Candie requested I do a tutorial on how to hang a flat screen TV. Excellent idea, Candie… but first we gotta find the studs! Please enjoy, share and subscribe!

And don’t forget to check me out on TLC’s What She Said airing this fall!

Crafts, Family

Princess Leia Buns

Today I offer you: DIY Princess Leia buns! But before you get the wrong idea, let me be clear: these buns are not just for young children. I know this to be true because I made them. And I happen to be wearing them right now.


The force (and a little yarn and glue) is with me. Let me show you the way young Jedi… Continue Reading…


Piano Players

I really want a piano. If my kids love playing it, great, but if they don’t, I don’t want to be stuck with an ugly piano that no one plays. I would at least prefer to be stuck with a pretty piano that no one plays.

Piano2_acrosonicLike this one. 

I’d been researching pianos for a while and the only one I wanted was the Baldwin Acrosonic circa 1964. It’s gorgeous— a smaller spinet piano, mid-century modern cabinet, and it would look great in the room of our house we call “the lobby”. But these cost upwards of $1000. Then, in a quiet corner of eBay when no one else was watching, I found one. For $350 bucks! No major damage, all keys working. It was all the way across the country in Illinois, but I could afford to have it shipped since the price was so cheap. Within hours, I had won the auction. So easy! Continue Reading…

Crafts, Play

Giant Bubble Solution

Over the years I’ve been to a few birthday parties where the parents hire “The Bubble Man” or some such persona, a professional bubble maker who entertains the kids with bubble tricks– including the one where the kid steps into the center of a kiddie pool and gets enveloped by a giant bubble. It’s always seemed magical to me, and I’ve wanted to do it at home but didn’t have a recipe.bubblesolution

Well, folks. I have been busy experimenting. The lab is splattered with suds. And today I share my fantastic giant bubble solution with you.  Continue Reading…

Crafts, Play

Pool Noodle Fire Pit

Got pool noodles?

Pool Noodle Collage

Then you got a pool noodle fire pit!

Last night I caught my neighbor about to toss an old pool noodle in the trash. I was like, “Woah Nancy, can’t you see the possibilities? That’s about to become our Camp Winepekita Time Machine right there!”

The weather’s getting warmer and I thought it would be fun to make a camp in the backyard. Pitch a tent, sit around a fire and sing songs, roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories. And when mommy needs to run back inside to grab another beer, she doesn’t want to worry that a child is going to go up in flames.  Continue Reading…

What She Said

TLC’s New Show: What She Said (I’m on it!!)

You guys I have been sitting on this HUGE SECRET for months, and keeping it contained has not been easy! But I am now free to stand on the hilltop, tug at my suspenders and announce that… I’m on a new show for TLC called What She Said and it premieres Mother’s Day May 10th!!! what-she-said-group-2

Me! The crafty little blogger with big dreams a small blog. I mean come on, all of the things I love (blogging, family, DIY, comedy) coming together in the form of one GINORMOUS dream job!*

I cannot think of one smart ass thing to say right now. My heart is full and my gratitude runs deep.  Continue Reading…

Family, Parties

Pi Party

It’s Pi Day, everyone! I am posting today to tell you that Pi Day doesn’t have to only come once a century. Math geeks and pie lovers unite…PiParty1_pipartycollageThrow a Pi Party!

It was my brother-in-law’s 50th and my sister-in-law wanted to honor him with a big bash. His nickname is “More Pi”, which works on a couple of levels: his wife makes a mean apple pie for which he is known to make frequent requests and he is a big time computer scientist. Continue Reading…