Kat Bouska

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I'm Kat, also known as Mama Kat to anyone who's been blogging with me back before it was cool to use your real whole name online. I'm a wife and mother to three, I've operated a home daycare for ten years now and I found an outlet for my crazy days with the kids when I started my blog, Mama's Losin' It. I spend my weekends embarrassing myself on YouTube, watching reality TV and chasing children down our hallway. In a happy way. Usually.


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    As summer winds to a close (remember: there are still 21 days AFTER Labor Day!!), we are all in a rush to get through our bucket lists. This summer, I had a variety of projects on my roster, including my easy summer recipes and beautifying my yard. They all got done. And how. But I knew there was one project I really wanted to do before the weather turns chilly and we all take ourselves indoors.

    That project? DIY Tin Can Lanterns.

    It's a project that has been making the rounds on Pinterest for good reason. They look so magical glowing in a walkway at night or hanging from trees. Like twinkling summer fairies, they're perfect for a barbecue or end of the summer farewell blast.

    For this craft, I gathered:

    Soup cans Markers Hammer Nails Candles (battery-powered for the kid-friendly version)

    After collecting my tools, I pulled my kids in to complete this craft with me.

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    If you're anything like me then you might have some kids at home complaining about being hot and bored this summer! I'm always open to trying out new activities I see, and when "ice cream in a bag" pins started making their way through my Pinterest stream, I knew my children would love to try it!

    To start, I gathered heavy cream, vanilla, milk, and sugar. I added those ingredients to a small Ziploc bag, put that into a larger Ziploc bag, and covered it with ice and rock salt.

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    I've been looking to Pinterest for ideas for another great Fourth of July dessert to bring to this year's potluck.

    My red, white, and blue trifle was a hit last year and I want to bring something just as fun this time around! Luckily, there is no shortage of dessert ideas on Pinterest, and I was able to find a couple of really great recipes making American flags out of plain, old graham crackers.

    More From The Stir: 11 Red, White & Blue Desserts for a Very Patriotic July 4

    Since I couldn't narrow it down between two possible recipes, I decided to try them both and share which I thought was the winner of the two. See for yourself!

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    Picnics, potlucks, and summer festivals just got a whole lot easier! I love how the internet brings so many brilliant ideas and crafts together that I never would have considered before.

    Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, it's time to start thinking about those outdoor eating arrangements, and as usual, Pinterest has offered some great suggestions!

    I particularly enjoy how easy the upcycled utensil holders look using soup cans!

    For this week's craft, I wanted to test whether or not these could turn out as nicely as they look on Pinterest. Are they sturdy? Would they support silverware?

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    I've been busy decorating my front porch with flowers and was thrilled to find a fun and easy way to dress up my old plain teracotta pots.

    A lot of people are covering their pots with fabric to give them a pop of color that will spruce up any home. I love this idea as a little centerpiece on a table or even next to my kitchen sink.

    My Mom loves gardening and I know this could be a gift she might really appreciate on Mother's Day.

    But first thing's first, does it actually work? I used a spray adhesive, some fabric I had on hand and a bit of mod podge to seal everything into place.

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