Butterfly Stained Glass Craft

Try this fun and easy butterfly stained glass craft with your kids this summer.   I don't know about you, but I am always looking for things to do with my kids during the summer.  We try to spend time outside each day, but during the hottest times we like to hunker down indoors.  I'm always on the hunt for quick and easy crafts that the kids will enjoy.  And mom too! This butterfly stained glass craft is easy and lets the kids show their creativity.   The great thing about this craft is that all you need is a few items that I bet you have in your home.  To make your own butterfly stained glass craft you need: Press and seal Glitter or confetti Cardstock paper Scissors Glue or tape Tear out a piece of the press and seal and lay it with the … [Read more...]

How to Make Personalized Coloring Pages with Photoshop

Here is a fantastic and easy way to make afternoon coloring activities more fun and personal for your kiddos.  In ten quick steps you turn your digital photos into something unique! How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 1 Choose your photograph & open it in Adobe Photoshop.  A simple picture with clean lines and obvious color contrast works best. How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 2 Create a duplicate layer of your photograph.  Make sure it is the dominant layer (listed above the original). How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 3 While on your new layer, go to Image > Adjustments> Desaturate. How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 4 Duplicate your desaturated layer. How to Make … [Read more...]

The Giggle Bag to Cheer Up and Entertain

Is there anything better than laughing with your children? Laughter really is an amazing stress release and a feel-good therapy for all! Not only are there scientific studies that indicate that laughter truly is a great medicine, but we all know from experience the endless feel-good benefits of a fantastic belly laugh. Here are just a few reasons to encourage smiles: Release Stress Teach your children to cope with daily tensions and ease conflicts with giggles and laughter. Problems will always come our way in life, but laughter helps us cope with problems and gives us perspective to take a step back and ask ourselves, “Is it really that bad? How can we find a solution?” Stay Healthy Research proves that laughter releases endorphins that can actually temporarily … [Read more...]

Create a Summer Bucket List {Free Printable}

Every summer I sit down with my children and we create a bucket list of the activities we want to do during their summer vacation. We may not mark each activity off by the end of summer but, it sure is fun trying! For the last three or four years we've just picked up a large piece of white cardboard and a pack of colored markers at the store and created our own colorful list. This year Lindsey of Pen and Paint created an amazing {free} printable and is sharing it with all of us. {SQUEE!!} As soon as I saw Lindsey's artwork on Instagram I knew I had to try and have it enlarged to 24x36 inches. BIG. Imagine my excitement when I sent it to my local print shop* and they said it could be done!! It looks amazing! What's better is that I chose to have the black and white version printed … [Read more...]

Even More FROZEN Party Ideas

How can a movie that features so much wintry snow be so HOT? Disney's FROZEN is the number one animated movie of all time! And, we just don't see the snowball effect of it's popularity slowing down anytime soon. A couple of months ago I shared a round-up of FROZEN Party Ideas for your little princess's next birthday celebration. In the time since publication, hundreds of new ideas have been floating around the internet. Everything from decorations to dessert ideas, perfect party favors to kids crafts galore, and I'm going to share a bunch of them with you today! /1/ Olaf FROZEN Birthday Invitations - Before you can fully plan a party, you need to invite the guests. Have your birthday girl pass these out to her classmates or door-to-door to her friends worth melting for. /2/ FROZEN … [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...]