Fall themed Bento Box lunches

When the seasons change, I get really excited to pack my kids lunches.  Why? Because a new season means fun new ways to make Bento Box lunches.  Or in momspeak, to get them to eat a new variety of fruits and veggies. My middle son is a picky eater.  He won't even touch a turkey and cheese sandwich!  Unless, of course, it looks like this: This turkey is complete with turkey and cheese innards, apple slice feathers, cheese nose, and carrot feet.  I used icing for eyes, which he loved.   TIP:  If you don't have a round biscuit cutter, just use a plastic cup. For the other side, you can use whatever other foods you like.  Sometimes I'll add some mini pumpkin muffins or like today, homemade applesauce with sprinkles. [sc:adsense ] My older son likes a more mature looking lunch, … [Read more...]

Fun with Caterpillars

"In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf."  Thus begins Eric Carle's classic childrens book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I am a fan of this book not only for the whimsical illustrations and story but also for the opportunity to assist my children in learning about the beautiful metamorphosis of butterflies! We recently ordered caterpillars from Insect Lore and we watched our caterpillars transform into chrysalis and then emerge as beautiful Painted Lady butterflies!  My 5-year old loves checking and recording their daily progress into his nature journal.  It is so much fun! Last month was the 40th Anniversary of this beloved children's book and Cristin from Serendipity came up with the awesome idea of creating this charm bracelet from Shrinky Dink paper.  We … [Read more...]

Make your own Children’s Books

Lovely Design created these adorable children's notebooks to give away as birthday favors!  I think they are adorable and will definitely be whipping a few up before our next road trip. Wouldn't they make awesome treats to give away at school?  I love treats that encourage children to use their minds. Check out her blog for how-to instructions! … [Read more...]

DIY Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

A Room Somewhere has one of the best pillowcase dress tutorial's I've seen.  There seem to be quite a few around but this one is so chic and easy! photo courtesy of Grosgrain Flickr group … [Read more...]

Make your own Flubber

Jessica from Lost Button Studio has a great tutorial on how to make your own flubber!  If you have never made flubber with your kids you must!   It's a cross between silly putty and slime and the kids love it! I love that in her tutorial, she she lists the materials you need to make a Flubber kit.  What child wouldn't love that for an Easter or birthday gift? … [Read more...]

Ribbon Bookmarks

My sister Geri and I love to craft and we love to read. Every year along with our birthday gift to each other we include a new book to add to our collections. We also hand make a bookmark to keep inside. Sometimes we write a little message on the back or sew a tiny photograph to the bottom with a picture of something that we want to remember from that year. They are quick and easy to make and they are so classic looking. Here are some fabulous examples from Martha Stewart Living: Ribbon Book Marks Tools and Materials 2 1/4-inch-wide ribbon (16 inches long) 1 1/2-inch-wide ribbon (14 inches long) Pencil Ruler Utility knife A needle and thread Bookmark How-To Cut ribbons to a length a bit longer than the book they're intended for. On the wrong side of the wider ribbon, … [Read more...]