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...]

Wondering what you can do with Cranberries? 10 perfect ideas!

Holiday season is cranberry season!  The bright red color brings a nice pop to tables and decor everywhere.  We've rounded up 10 great ways to use all those fresh cranberries at the grocery store.  Whether to smell, see or eat - it's perfect to include cranberries in your holiday plans. From the Soap Deli News Blog -  A Cranberry Massage Candle. When the wax is melted, massage some into your hands for a moisture boost and softness! You don't have to over think your table decor with these easy Scented Cranberry Centerpieces by Madigan Made Your guests would love to be served a Cranberry "White Cosmopolitan" Cocktail from That Skinny Chick Can Bake Get the kids involved. You can string this anywhere and use all over your house.  Cranberry Garland  - JJ Begonia has … [Read more...]

5 Tricks to Get Happy this Holiday Season

 Written by Alexis Sclamberg from Elevate Gen Y. How many times have you caught yourself saying “I’ll be happy when...”? Happiness can often feel like part of some distant dream life. But here’s the truth: science shows us that we can actually raise our happiness levels right now with small, simple tweaks in our daily routine. You don’t have to wait to have the perfect relationship, body, or job to get happy. Try the following 5 tricks, and you are guaranteed to feel happier -- immediately: 1. Give yourself a gift. The holidays are all about giving gifts to our families and friends, but how often do we give ourselves gifts? The key to giving yourself a gift is first considering what gives – or will give -- you joy. Is it baking cookies? Getting a massage? Going to the movies? The … [Read more...]

DIY Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Have you ever been invited to a Holiday party and felt like you should bring a gift to the hostess? Whether you're thinking small scale or spendy, a hostess gift is a kind gesture to let her know you appreciate her invitation and hard work in preparing for the event. You could take a bottle of wine, a candle or a home baked basket of goodies. No matter what gift you choose, it will be special to the recipient. {Not many people give hostess gifts these days.} What if you saved yourself the time and travel to the store and made a hostess gift? The money would be less spent. Most importantly, DIY gifts are often times the very most special...and rarely forgotten. Today I've gathered 9 of my favorite hostess gift ideas that you can use throughout the holidays. /1/ Homemade Body Scrub - … [Read more...]

30 Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness

Did you know that February 10-16 is Random Acts of Kindness Week? I'm pretty excited to share with you what that means. I'm also excited to share with you a bunch of great ideas to show Random Acts of Kindness to others! What is a Random Act of Kindness? It is a spontaneous or planned, selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people. We could totally do this, right? I mean, one week isn't a very long time to do something. Imagine the smiles we could bring to the faces of unexpected recipients of kindness. Young and old. Man, woman or child. Let's ALL carry out some Random Acts of Kindness this week! I bet at the end of this week you'll want to continue showing kindness to others. It's addicting! Here's a list of … [Read more...]

Adorable Christmas Crafts for Kids

Now that we've filled our bellies with turkey and stuffing it's time to crank up the Christmas tunes, pull out the Christmas decor and start making Christmas crafts with the kids. Creating keepsake crafts with my kids is something I do all year long. But, Christmas keepsakes are even more special. I think it's because after the season is over they all get packed away and forgotten about until the following year. When I pull the totes out of the attic and begin to unwrap each handmade craft is when the tears begin to fall. Hand prints that are no longer so tiny, coloring pages with scribbles outside of the lines, anything that each of them made that I can spark a memory from is so very special. Today I have gathered together a bunch of crafts that you can sit down and do with your kids. … [Read more...]