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...]

St. Patrick’s Day Kids Crafts

You don't need to be Irish to enjoy the crafts and decorations of St. Patrick's Day. There's something about bright, colorful rainbows and cheerful, little leprechauns that can make anyone smile. Today we've gathered a bunch of fun and easy St Patrick's Day crafts that you can make with your kids!/1/  Puffy Paint Leprechaun - This looks like enough fun that I may want to join the kids in craft time!/2/  Pot O' Gold at the End of the Rainbow - I love to find a craft that uses "old school" craft supplies. I mean, how much fun are pipe cleaners and sequins!/3/  Rainbow Sensory Collage - This craft is perfect for little hands. You could gather the supplies for them, or go on a scavenger hunt for little things in all colors of the rainbow together. Either way, the … [Read more...]

Finding Magic on a Leprechaun Hunt {an Outdoor Game for Kids}

One of my favorite parts of having a two year old is exploring the world through her eyes. Everything is new, oh-so exciting and I know that I am building in fun traditions with her. Those memories she will have forever!Every holiday has its charm, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception! This year, Izzy and I decided to head out into the woods to see if we couldn't find a leprechaun, or at least his treasure!  Having your own Leprechaun Adventure is easy, and an affordable alternative to throwing a party. You and the little's can get out, explore nature and by the time you're done with your aventure, a nap will be in order!  Exercise AND a tuckered out kiddo-sign me up!For our adventure, we chose a selection of green and gold coins and a fun pot. Since everyone knows that the pot of … [Read more...]

22 DIY Gift Ideas for Kids

I like giving friends and family gifts that aren't store-bought, but I especially love giving my KIDS something handmade. To me, it's so cool to have a one-of-a-kind gift that was made with love. Here are more than twenty DIY gift ideas that would be perfect for your little ones. Whether you need a birthday gift, Christmas gift, or just because, there are tons of great ideas here for you.Mini Coloring Tote  by LBG Studio - My kids love to color and this tote would let them take it on-the-go for those times a quiet distraction is necessary.Play Dough by Untrained Housewife - What more is there to say - play dough and kids go together like milk and cookies!Super Hero' Fort Kit by Megan + Andy - Every super hero needs a good hide out. Make an "everything you need" secret fort kit … [Read more...]

13 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is right around the corner and my kids are so excited! They see the decorations in the stores and around our neighborhood and keep asking if its time yet. I love taking them out trick or treating! It's also such a good time and they come back with bags loaded full of goodies. Its fun to get candy, but I always appreciate the person who puts the practical treat in the kid's bags. While I take the kids out door to door, my husband stays home and hands out our goodies, that aren't candy! Here are our top Halloween candy alternatives!The kids may not appreciate a toothbrush in their treat bags but, a gentle subliminal message won't hurt. And they get a fun pair of fangs, too!Bouncy Balls Whistles RaisinsWith a roll of white electrical tape and some sticky googly … [Read more...]

DIY Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Teachers spend so much time with your children. While we may appreciate what they are doing and how they are contributing to  these kids, we don't often get the opportunity to say "Thank You". I love sending small gifts throughout the school year for my children's teachers. The gift doesn't have to be large or expensive. Teachers just love to hear they're appreciated in some way.Did you know that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week at your child's school? The first full week of May is the designated week to love on your child's teacher. You could send a small gift each day of the week or one gift on any of the days. {Really, you could send a gift ANY day of the year to tell Teacher you appreciate her!}Today I've gathered a few ideas that are a snap to put together. They're super … [Read more...]