4th of July Tissue Paper Craft for Kids

When I think of Summer, I think of all things red, white, and blue. With the 4th of July coming up I thought it would be great to make some decorations for the house that are perfect for the patriotic Summer holiday! Today, I bring you a fun and easy craft that can keep kids of all ages entertained for quite some time. Surprisingly, it held the attention of my 5 and 7 year old kids, as well as my 12 year old son. With only a few supplies you will have a piece of art that can hang anywhere in your home that needs a touch of patriotism.First, gather your supplies. You'll need:white school glue red, white, and blue tissue paper {cut in to 3x3 inch squares} scissors white cardboard a ruler a pencilNext, make your template. You could eyeball it as you go along, but since … [Read more...]

Easy Fourth of July Crafts for the Entire Family

In most areas around the country school is out for summer. For me, when school is out I need lots of activities to keep the idle hands of my little ones busy. What better way to do that than to decorate your home with red, white and blue!? After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner!Today you'll find a craft for all ages. And ALL in preparation for our nation's Independence Day!/1/ Pop Rocks Marshmallow Pops - Pop Rocks were such a fun candy when I was a kid! Who am I kidding? I still love them! Combining Pop Rocks and marshmallows just seems genius. See for yourself!/2/ Hidden Flag Cake - Don't be intimidated by it's complicated appearance. This Flag Cake is really simple. What's more? Ice this cake with plain white icing, light some sparklers on top {like … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Color and Create with Your Kids!

Ah, the power of the great box of crayons and the ordinary act of coloring! Is there anything better than watching your children doodle and create. Coloring is not just a way to occupy the kiddos but also a great way to teach valuable lessons and so much more. Here’s what I have come up with as my top benefits to coloring:Unleash CreativityWhether it is a blank piece of paper or a coloring page, it’s a chance to get the creative juices flowing! An opportunity to see what you can make with your kids or to challenge them to create on their own. There're no rules. No limits. Only a piece of paper as a starting point and then you choose your direction. Your kids will eventually even learn that they can map out a plan as they decide colors and the order.Teach Valuable … [Read more...]

How To Take Your Own Family Portraits

Ever go to one of those big box stores to get "professional" photos done for Christmas? And, after waiting for what seems like an eternity with your squirmy toddler and grouchy grandpa, everything seems to go downhill from there?Mom blinked. Junior won't smile. And, if you have a family member like my daughter, there are howls of, "Oww! My eyes! The light is too bright!" You're lucky if you leave there with a Christmas card-worthy shot but think, "Oh well. It'll do. It was cheap."So what are your options? Professional photographers get great shots but sometimes cost is a factor. So why not try it yourself at home?I know a lot of people who like the idea of trying for professional photos in their own homes but don't try it because they don't have the professional gear, like … [Read more...]

5 DIY Chore Charts for Kids

Every year I feel the need to re-assess the current chore assignments, or the chore charts, in our home. With five kids, if done correctly, our family could have a tidy home on a daily basis.  Of course, I keep all of our chores age appropriate. My twelve-year-old does things like cleaning the bathrooms and starting laundry, where as my seven-year-old works on his bedroom or sweeping off the back porch. I also don't want to overwhelm them. Each child has 1-2 chores per day.In the last couple of weeks, I've been on the lookout for a chore chart that would be both easy to follow AND fun for the kids. I've come across a few that I think are both practical and fun. I think you'll agree./1/ Family Photo Magnetic Chore Chart - Create magnet tags with chores and place them on or near the … [Read more...]

10 Ideas to Organize Your Kitchen in a Snap!

A new year brings with it a fresh sense of wanting to have everything organized. The kitchen, the bathroom, the closets...they all need a bit of organizing. Sometimes we just get overwhelmed with all that we have and it can ruin a good day. What if the case is, you don't have too much stuff, it just needs to be properly organized?  Today, I bring you a bunch of ideas to organize your KITCHEN. Put these great ideas to use and you'll never again wonder where the slotted spoon is!/1/ The Pantry - Have you ever come home from the grocery store, put everything away, and later that day go to look for the can of soup you just bought? Not anymore, my friend. When you organize your pantry like the one above, you'll never search for the lost can of soup again!/2/ Drink Station - A great … [Read more...]