Kindness and Love with Valentine’s Day Cards (in just 2 simple steps)

(Affiliate) Blissfully Domestic uses affiliate links in some of our content including this post. Is Valentine’s Day about candy or love? This Valentine’s day take the opportunity to stress the concept of love and kindness. Valentine’s day cards are a perfect way to tell someone you care and teach your children empathy. And YES, we can still express thoughtfulness with store made cards. Home-made cards are adorable and lovely but can be time-consuming, especially when you make them for an entire class of twenty plus children. There are many ways to add some extra thoughtfulness to a ready-made card and reinforce the importance of empathy and kindness. This year I’m going to buy my daughter’s classroom cards from minted.com. I personally LOVE minted.com because they now have a … [Read more...]

Easy Printables: Thank You Card Templates

I love my machines (computers) and I love mail, BUT nothing beats receiving a handwritten letter, note or card. Most of them are easy to store and are great mementos. When I receive cards I like to write the date or just the year (in the case of birthday or Christmas cards). They are really lovely to look back on. Download Thank You Bells On Cards Because I like to design things, it is interesting to see each card with different illustration and typography styles. Download Thanks So Much Cards A cost effective and inexpensive way to show your appreciation to someone is to give them a card. These ‘Thank You’ card downloads give you the opportunity to do just that. These cards feature simple design, festive colors and are easy to make; just print, cut and fold along the middle … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Entertain the Kids at Restaurants. (Do I dare say without a screen.) GASP!

We’ve all been there! Your child is hungry and fussy and the food has not yet arrived. What should you do? Yes, it’s tempting to pull out our cell phones or tablets to quickly keep our child occupied, but this doesn’t teach them to sit and behave properly at a restaurant. Teaching our kids how to behave in a restaurant setting is an important part of parenting. We know it’s hard for them to sit still so we need a plan. A go to restaurant plan to help hold their attention span – quiet games and activities to keep them happy and entertained – and yes all screen-free. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep them busy at restaurants without the screens: Napkin Decoration! I love crayons because it only takes a few and a napkin and you are all set! Challenge the kids to a … [Read more...]

New Year’s Interview for Kids

Capture your kiddos favorite things, special memories, and more with a New Year's interview! This is our third year of interviews and the girls just love hearing what their answers were in the past - lots of giggles! Here's our list of questions: Favorites: cereal vegetable drink toy TV Show game book restaurant holiday animal If you could change your name, what would you choose? What do you love about each person in our family? Where would you like to go on vacation this year? What are some of your wishes for this year? I have these in a little notebook, but this year I want to do something a little more special. I'm typing their answers and printing them out, leaving space for a self-portrait and a photo. I'll put these in a binder or simple … [Read more...]

The 8-Day Table Manners Boot Camp!

Have you ever seen pigs eat at the farm? The farmer pours the food down and the pigs all swarm the food in a feeding frenzy. They will grab, push, snort and gulp down as much food as possible. Do you ever feel that your kids resemble the pigs?                                         How do we tame our kids table manners before the holidays? To prep your kid and remind them to mind their table manners, we have put together an 8-day boot camp! Eight essential skills to work on each day and then a final day to put it all together. Ready to get started? Day 1. WAIT UNTIL EVERYONE IS SEATED TO START This is sometimes really … [Read more...]

DIY Table Manners Napkins

How are your kids table manners? I am a mama who’s a sticker for table manners. I am always coming up with new ways to remind my children to mind their table manners! One of my favorite new tools that I use is the table manners napkin. This is a simple fun project that you could do with your kids and a great reminder of the basic rules.With only a few tools and steps, you too can help shape up your children’s manners! The Table Manners Reminders Put the napkin in your lap. Say please and thank you. Try it you might actually like it. Elbows off the table, please. Chew with your mouth closed. Don’t reach across the table. No texting at the table. Is that table talk? Take your dishes to the sink. Table Manners Napkin Instructions The … [Read more...]