Best Pool Bag Ever

grand plan, scout bag, scout tote bag, pool bag, water resistant, best pool bag ever,

Today I took my kids to swim lessons (the cutie pies are in the background) and as I was getting them in the water I set my bag on the wet ground and thought, this is the best pool bag ever, tell it to your neighbor!  Before I got this bag I used the burlap bag everyone has, mine is green, it got wet and I ruined a pair of white shorts.  Love the burlap bag, it's just not for the pool. :)  My new bag is the Grand Plan SCOUT Tote Bag.  It's made of coated 100% cotton twill, it's water resistant and wipes clean.  This bag is not huge, it's big enough for taking two kids to swim lessons with all their stuff, it's just right!  Oh, and it has a small zippered pouch attached on the inside, I keep my phone and keys in it so I don't have to bring my purse.  I bought my bag on clearance, now there are better pattern options pictured below.  Also below is a scale-giving photo.  Get it and keep your stuff dry!

Scale giving photo

VaniLLa Bean - Multi
VaniLLa Bean - Black


American Flag Wreath

God bless America, land that I love!!!!  Tell it to your neighbor!!!  Ever since our flag pole broke I haven't been able to show my USA Pride to our friends and neighbors.  I've been needing to craft and I've been wanting an American wreath for our American holidays for a while now.  I needed something I could make quickly (we have a 2 year old and 4 year old) and something that didn't need a whole lot of supplies.  So I found and loved these 2 ideas from 2 great blogs (Twig & Thistle and Naptime Crafts): 

Twig & Thistle
Naptime Crafts
I decided to combine the two ideas...  I just needed red, white and blue paper cups.  We live close to a Michael's and I was feeling a little stir crazy so I decided take my 2 kids and walk there on a hot hot hot day.  YIKES!  We even saw our neighbors (isn't that funny) outside and asked them to come along!  After a sweaty trip to Micheal's and then an air-conditioned trip to Kroger and Party City... I finally had the paper cups I wanted.  Here's the finished product:

american flag wreath

american flag wreath made out of cups

solo cup wreath, american flag wreath

I think it turned out great!  I love it!  You can do it too, all you need is paper cups, hot glue and a ruler to space them out approximately evenly (don't over think this by trying to make it perfect).  Here are my supplies:

I'm glad I got to share this idea with you.  

(This is the very first post of this blog.)