OranguFrame: Giving Art a Home

I will never forget the first time I brought out finger paints for my 2 year old to paint with. Although it was just a mess of all colors mixed as one, as a mom, all I saw was a masterpiece. That piece of art made it's home on the refrigerator for a few weeks, until of course, the next piece of art was ready to hang. 

Once my daughters started school, I could not wait for them to bring home their seasonal art projects, in fact, I turned our hallway into their gallery. Each piece went up on that wall as soon as it came home. My only problem with our gallery was that I had ugly tape holding everything up, it just looked kinda messy. Recently I discovered a fun solution to that very problem. 

Last week, we were invited to an art party with OranguFrame. You probably haven't heard of them yet, as they are still in the kickstarter stage. But I'm here to tell you a little about this project, a project I can get behind. These inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to assemble frames are a cool new way to display art and pictures. They are printed with high-quality inks, made from sturdy chipboard, and are available in a variety of fun designs, or blank for customizing. They assemble in minutes with no need for tools and can be hung in any direction with just a thumbtack. The patent-pending OranguFrame allows it to be shipped flattened which greatly reduces shipping costs.

Each OranguFrame comes with five 8” x 10” blank canvases made of heavyweight paper ideal for crayons, pens, paints, and home printers. The canvases fit perfectly into the OranguFrame and most home printers can do “borderless” printing which means prints can be full size and colorful mattes can be added. Canvases can easily be swapped out, or stacked in the frame which is a great way to save all those seasonal art pieces.

OranguFrame sells additional blank canvas packs, but any paper can be trimmed to fit.

It's time to set your refrigerator free, honor those cherished creations, print something out, or pop in a photo OranguFrame makes it fun, personalized, and inexpensive to display art of all kinds. The estimated retail price is under $10, and thanks to the folding design, they are inexpensive to ship. 

OranguFrame is the brainchild of David VonDerLinn, artist and owner of Vonderland Studios. Here you can see David showing us how to assemble our OranguFrame. He also showed my girls some fun new techniques to create their own pieces of art. 

They were so proud of their art projects, they could not wait to get home and hang them in our gallery. 

Our OranguFrames proudly hang in our home gallery, which includes everything from a calendar, a poster, some Halloween decorations, awards and of course their art projects. 

Next month we will fill their OranguFrame with new art and our gallery will look completely different. The OranguFrame in the center is mine, I spray painted it gold and decided to use it as a place to display the honors they receive at school. Now, they have a special area to highlight their spelling test that they are proud of or a citizenship award that they received at school. My OranguFrame will probably change over time too. I'm already planning what color to paint it next. 

Oranguframes are a lot of fun and add so much color and creativity to your home, so if you are interested I urge you to check out their page. For those kids that love art (and don't need anymore toys) this is the art project that doubles as a room decor and is never done. You can always add more to the frame and switch out the art. I love it! 

DIY Ombré Milk Carton Candle Holder #MilkAndArtContest (plus Giveaway)

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the California Milk Processor Board and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

To me, there is nothing better than gathering items from around the house, and recycling them to make something new and beautiful. Today I am sharing a fun and easy craft making good use out of a plastic milk jug. I have partnered with #MilkAndArtContest to bring you some ideas for spending time with your kids while using a Milk Carton to make art. Milk is more than a drink – it brings families together and makes simple moments magical. As a busy Mom, I try to remind myself that spending time with your family helps build a better future by providing fun memories.

To make a DIY Ombré Milk Carton Candle Holder you will need:

Plastic Milk Jug (washed, rinsed and dried)



Tissue paper in 3 different shades of 1 color

Hot Glue Gun and Gllue

Step 1. Draw a line around the Milk Carton Just below the handle and cut.

Step 2. Cut the tissue paper in strips of about 18 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide. 

Step 3. Wrap the entire strip of tissue paper around two fingers and pinch at the base. 

Step 4. Put a dime sized drop of hot glue on the Milk Carton and press the base of the flower onto the hot glue. Hold in place until you're sure it's stuck. 

Step 5. Repeat two rows of one color and then move on to the darker shades. 

Check out the video I made for more details on how the project was done. 

Once you are done gluing all of the paper flowers, check them out and fluff them up if they need it. Next you can get your flameless candle and place it into the now recycled milk jug. I chose to use a flameless candle for my own safety reasons. Personally, I like not having to worry about anyone accidentally starting a fire, but maybe that's just me.

This is the view of the Milk Jug candle holder from above with the flameless candle inside. 

I loved the colors that I chose, but really you can use any colors that you like. I almost used a mix of teal, red and yellow just to be extra bright and colorful. In the end, the various shades of purple just screamed at me and won me over. 

Here you can see I have my DIY Ombré Milk Carton Candle Holder in my hallway at our little charging station. Usually, you only see random electronics plugged in, but now that I added my new candle holder there is a fun pop of color to an otherwise drab corner, and also serves as a nightlight. 

Want to win $2,000 for your kid’s education? If you live in California turn a milk container into a work of art and submit your piece to:


to enter the contest. Rules:


Along with the fun contest over on


, you can also enter to win some prizes from me! 

I am giving away:

o 1 copy of The Artful Parent Craft Book

o $25 Amazon Gift Card

To enter: 

Leave me a comment below telling me something you learned about the Milk and Art Contest or which submission is your favorite so far.

Tweet about the Milk and Art Contest using the #MilkAndArtContest hashtag.

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Things we need for the 1st day of Preschool! #KleenexBTS #LatinaBloggers

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Kleenex however, all opinions are my own. 

Recently while making small talk at a family party, I asked my husband's cousin's husband, "So, how's work going?" His response was, "Busy! For some reason, back to school is a busy time for Kleenex." (He works for Kimberly-Clarke) It hit me right then, he was right. Kleenex is a very important part of Back To School and now it was time to start preparing Lacey for school. This is her first time going to school, and I can guarantee I will be crying my eyes out. :)

There are so many different scenarios that I have been looking forward to when Lacey starts school. I can't wait for her to bring home her own little handmade projects, for her to tell me about her new best friend, and of course for her to learn new things that I have not taught her. I can't wait to help her with her projects and dive in and be an involved parent. I was partially done with my teaching credential classes before I became a stay at home mommy, so there is a part of me that feels a longing for the classroom.

As I contemplated Lacey's Back to School essentials, I created an inspiration board for things that I feel Lacey might need before starting school. You better believe I have hand sanitizer and Kleenex on my list! I HATE when my kids are sick, every time my kids are sick, my Facebook status is: "Sick babies suck!" Lol! I know that is just part of the deal when kids go to school that they will come home sick and all I can do is feed them their vitamins, teach them to sanitize their hands, and wipe their noses with Kleenex. Thankfully, Kleenex Everyday Tissue with Sneeze Shield is now thicker and more absorbent to help keep the moco's from escaping and I love that they come in handy compact, travel sizes to fit in their pockets or backpacks.

Things we need for the 1st day of Preschool!

I can't wait to volunteer at her school and now I finally have a reason to start collecting Box Tops for Education to help support my daughter's school. Box Tops for Education coupons can be found on more than 240 products, and is an easy way to help raise funds for your school. It is so simple to take advantage of this opportunity, just cut the Box Top and return it to your child's school. Each Box Top for Education is worth 10 cents, and can be found on Kleenex products too. Last year alone, Box Tops for Education earned $80 million. Imagine what you could do for your child's school? 

Kleenex's Everyday Tissue with sneeze shield is definitely on my Back to School list to help protect Lacey from germs but, let's keep it real, I will need strong tissue to wipe my tears away as I drop her off at her first day of school. Yup! I am that Mom who will be bawling my eyes out as I turn to walk away. 
Do you collect Box Tops for Education? Which Back to School products do you find them on? 

Disclosure:  This post is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Bloggers Connect and Kleenex. All opinions expressed are my own.  I must disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."