10 Crafts You Can Make With Your Kids

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Craft project is always something we’re looking forward to. Craft project with your kids involved is even more entertaining and enjoyable. Not only craft making is a fun and interesting activity for parents and kids, but it also encourages creative thinking and improves kid’s practical skills.

There are so many craft ideas that are easy to make. Whether if it’s a small project for your house or crafts for some special occasion, feel free to include your kids in the making process. Even if it’s something difficult to make, any help is welcome. It will keep your children entertained and busy, rather than spending time in front of TV or computer.

Here are some easy and exciting crafts you can make with your kids:

 

Flower Crown

Flower crown may sound like a complicated thing to make, but it’s not that hard. Supplies you need include scissors, glue, markers, a paper plate and tissue paper. Cut three slits through the center of the paper plate, and bend the triangles formed by the cuts upwards and paint it. Later, cut some flowers from tissue paper and color them. Finally, glue flowers to the crown.

Mask

We cannot imagine Halloween without masks. So, why buy them when you can make them by yourself with a little help from your kids. Many mask templates that can be found on the Internet. Download the template you want, print it and cut it around the edges. Color the mask the way you want. Finally, use elastic and tie it to each side of the mask.

Bags

We all have old, ripped clothes we don’t wear anymore. It’s probably somewhere in the attic waiting to end in the garbage eventually. Don’t throw it away. You may need it for your next awesome project. Use scissors to cut the fabric. Let your kid write or draw something on the fabric. You can put some stickers or your logo. Finally, sew fabrics using a needle to make it look like a bag.

Jewelry crafts

Jewelry crafts are very popular, and it’s something your girls will wear proudly. There are many ideas for craft jewelry. Let your imagination run wild. You can use thread, string or even dandelion. Another unusual jewelry craft is macaroni necklace which is very simple to make. Color the macaroni and string the macaroni through the yarn. Tie the ends of the string together.

Cards

Christmas, New year or Mother’s Day cards are kids favorite. Your friends and relatives will love handmade cards more than printed ones. Choose the paper, draw the line and cut along the line you just drew. Let your kids do rest of the work. Allow them to color, draw something, write some message or even dedicate it to someone special.

Animal crafts

Animal crafts will look amazing in kid’s room. You can use paper, fabrics or plasticine. Search for old fabrics and materials you don’t need anymore. If your kid is old enough to start stitching, teach him/her how to do it. However, watch closely while they do it.  If you use plasticine, let your kids make all the shapes.

Flower crafts

Flower crafts are usually made from paper or plasticine. However, one of the most interesting is a flower craft made from the eggshell. Let your kid color an eggshell using a marker pen. Then, use a straw and glue it to an eggshell. Let it dry for a few hours. Cut leaf-shaped forms from the paper and color it. Finally, attach paper leaves to straw using glue.

Cardboard castle

Use cardboard you don’t need anymore. Cut out a wide rectangle along the front, sides, and the back to form towers. Use markers, crayons to decorate the castle the way you want. You can then use cardboard castle to put kids toys or clothes.

Twig crafts

Nature crafts will make your kids go outdoors looking for leaves, twigs, grasses or flowers. Twig star ornament or twig spider web are great home decorations during holidays.

Pine cone crafts

Pinecones are fun to play as a kid, and there are hundreds of pine cone craft ideas. Decorate your home with Christmas pine cone crafts. You can use crayons, markers, or glitter spray for pine cones decoration.

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6 Easy, Fun, Quick Things To Do With Toddlers

I have two toddlers, ages 3 and 19 months. Sometimes, its really the little things that they enjoy. Here are 6 “little things” that you can do almost any day of the week, night or day. And I can promise, your little toddlers will enjoy!

  1. Dress Up. If you have little girls, you may have an entire corner dedicated to dress up stuff- tutus, tiaras, high heels, jewelry, etc. But you really don’t need these items to play dress up. A little girl will be just as happy to dress up in Mommy’s clothes and shoes while a little boy will be so happy to try and fill Daddy’s big shoes and his favorite ball cap. Take pictures, make memories. Enjoy the 20 minutes or so that you spend doing this. Someday, you’ll enjoy looking back on how small they were compared to you or Daddy. And putting on those over-sized shoes, clothes, and accessories will show just that perfectly!!
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  2. Bake. Little kids love to make something that they can eat. And who can really blame them?! Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up an extra thing of Peanut Butter and make those Peanut Butter Cookies that are so easy to make. Or grab one of those cake mixes, frosting tubs, and sprinkles. You can even go as simple as picking up the break and bake cookie dough! Your toddler will love helping you in the kitchen! They can do simple things like add ingredients (with help of course!), stir,  place something on the cookie sheet, or decorate!! Afterwards, enjoy those 15 minutes watching your delicious baked goods in the oven just talking, giggling, and spending some time together.
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  3. Movie Night. I love having Family Movie Night!! Rent a new kids movie at your local RedBox or on your Streaming Device. Turn off the lights, make some popcorn, have some candy… Spend time together watching a new flick and snuggling on the couch under the blankets. Start it right after dinner or have a Pizza Party and eat during the movie too. Plan accordingly and you can have the kids in bed right after the movie is over. This one may be better for more laid back evenings like a Friday or Saturday night but you can even do this during the day!
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  4. Art. This one can be as simple or as complex as you’d like to make it. Grab some paper, some crayons, and just sit at the table and color. Draw your family. Draw a superman. Draw a puppy. Whatever it is, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Your critic is only a 2 year old! You can also get out the watercolors, the play dough, or the finger paints. Make Christmas ornaments in July with Salt Dough. Get some string and macaroni and make necklaces. Just create something. Chances are, your little one will only be into this for 30 minutes or so but it will be well worth the mess!!
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  5. Have a Picnic. The neat things bout picnics, they can be indoors or outdoors. We have picnics often! Set a blanket down on the floor and everyone just take a seat on the blanket and eat. (You could also use a towel.) The best part about this: Pick up the blanket or towel and just put it in the laundry afterwards. Easy! In the spring/summer/fall, we like to take a bike ride into our local park on the bike trail. There’s a little picnic table under shelter just randomly along the trail. In the past, we’ve picked up Subway, a drink or two to share, and some chips. Simple, delicious, and we all enjoy the bike ride!!
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  6. Educate. Once again, this can be as simple or as complex as you make it. Read a book. Get out a puzzle. Put different objects into a clear water or pop bottle. Get out the sand toys but put dry rice or beans in the box. Your toddler loves to explore! And exploring is educating in their world. Get out their favorite book and make up silly stories to go along with the pictures that are different than the book and listen to your little one tell you, “That’s not what happens!” Sing songs like ABCs, The Wheels on the Bus, Apples and Bananas, B-I-N-G-O, and The Clean Up Song. Toddlers LOVE music so using music along with education is perfect!

What little things have you done with your toddlers?? Let me know in the comments below!!

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Our Elf on the Shelf Today

I have been taking pictures of our elf, Lily, to show you some of our fun ideas. I wanted to wait until closer to the end of the season to share them all, but I loved today’s set-up!! Lily brought the girls one of those indoor snowball fight sets. As soon as the girls saw it, they were so excited and so thankful. Aubrey just kept saying, “Oh, thank you Lily!! Thank you sooo much!!” How cute is that?!

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The girls have been playing with the “snowballs” all morning. They’re SO fun!! If you want to buy these for your little ones, click the link below! 🙂 These are perfect all winter long, not just around Christmas time!!

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Smart Mom Jewelry Review

I included this item in my last giveaway: The Thanksgiving Celebration Giveaway but was working on switching over the web host and changing a few things behind the scenes to better the blog. This delayed a lot of my product reviews so I’m finally catching back up! I had never heard of Mommy Teething Jewelry when my girls where actually teething. Baileigh still loves to chew on things so I figured I could get away with getting one and using it while baby wearing to keep her occupied a little bit longer. And I am so happy I did! I received this necklace:

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It is a pendent necklace in the color jade. You can find more colors HERE. I love the fact that these don’t really look like a teething toy for a baby. These actually look like a necklace that any woman would buy. It’s just a plus that your baby can play with it and chew on it! Teething Bling is made with medical-grade, food-safe silicone. This makes it completely safe for your baby to put their mouths all over it, like they want to! This brand is FDA approved and goes through all kinds of testing to be certified in the US and Europe. They are the original teething jewelry makers.

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These are pictures with my nephew, Aaron. He loved the necklace!!

Baileigh loves to put things in her mouth even at 18 months old. She is still getting a few teeth so I think that does have a lot to do with it. I started wearing this necklace regularly when we would leave the house and if she would get fussy at the grocery store, I’d just lean over a little while she was in the cart and let her grab it and chew. I would be in a weird position, leaned over the cart, but it made her happy and it was easy to keep her calm. Sometimes, while babywearing, she gets a little antsy because she just wants to explore. Wearing this necklace has helped me keep her in the carry a little bit longer! That really has helped while out and about at different family functions, running errands, or a trip top the zoo. I think any mom that baby wears should have at least one mommy teething necklace. I loved this color especially because It really adds a small pop of color without being overwhelming to any outfit. You can certainly dress it down or dress it up. Thats also another positive thing for this particular type and style of necklace. It can be a fun casual piece of jewelery or, with the right outfit, it could look a little more dressed up.

So tell me: Do you have a Mommy Teething Necklace or Bracelet? And what do you think about it? Does your little one like it??

Please Note: I received this necklace from Smart Mom Jewelry for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!

It’s trick-or-treat night in my neighborhood and the girls are super excited! We’re going to my parent’s house for a little Halloween get together. The weather man calls for some nasty storms during trick-or-treat this year so we’re hoping that it either stays away a few hours longer, trick-or treating gets postponed or the storm just doesn’t come. I want the kids to at least go to a few houses to get my…. I mean their candy. 😉

If you’ve read about our fall fun days, you’ve seen that Aubrey is Cinderella and Baileigh is a little Owl this year. I’ll be sure to post pictures tomorrow of both the pumpkins we carved last night, and our trick-or-treat fun from tonight!! Are you going trick-or-treating this year? What did your little one(s) dress up as?

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Family Fall Days 2013

The past two weekends have been full of fall fun! Last weekend, we went to a fruit farm that was complete with apple trees, a large pumpkin patch, a market, and fun things for the kids to do! The first thing we did was walk around in the market. I was so surprised at how good the produce looked and it was CHEAP! We had plenty of things planned for the day so we did not buy anything, but we will keep that in mind for next year in case our garden doesn’t do as well as we hope. Outside of the market, they had a measuring stick for the kids to stand next to so you can see how much they grow over the years. Here’s our pictures:

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After the market, we went and did the forever long corn maze. I wrapped Baileigh up in the wrap because she was getting cranky and tired and I really did not want to physically carry her throughout the maze. Luckily, my husband can read a map and could tell where we were in the maze at all times. Thank God!!! I was not a big fan of the maze at all. There was an activity to do, like a scavengerhunt, to complete and then you could get your team name announced over the intercom and get a piece of candy. We found one of six before we were done with the maze. I think we were just tired of looking at corn! Baileigh also fell asleep for a good 45 minutes. I love when the sleepy dust settles in and the cranky baby can just nap while out and about!!

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After the forever long corn maze, Aubrey got to jump in her first bouncey house! She only lasted about 10 minutes before deciding she was done. She laughed and jumped and had a lot of fun!! They also had a little barrel train hooked up to a riding lawn mower. She got to enjoy that as a big girl and it was a long ride! I swear it lasted at least 10 to 15 minutes!! She was sad when she had to get off, but once we reminded her that we were going to go find pumpkins and pick apples, she was happy and ready to move onto the next thing!!

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We found 4 really good pumpkins! Tonight, we are planning on carving them and making roasted pumpkin seeds! Hopefully, they turn out okay!

(Both the carvings and the pumpkin seeds!)

I’ll have pictures and the recipe up (if its good!) later this week along with the kids’ trick-or-treating pictures!!

The last thing we did was pick apples. This was the first time that I can remember picking apples, although I went as a child but can’t remember. I was really excited and had spent hours looking up what I could make with the fresh apples and how to freeze them. We got a 10 lb bag of apples plus two. the kids would steal one out of the bag occasionally and share them. These apples were so juicy, crisp, and just overall delicious!!

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We really enjoyed picking apples! I made a fresh apple pie, homemade applesauce, and used some of the juices in a crockpot to cook a pork loin. We also had a lot of apples to eat throughout the week!! We’ve already decided that next year, we’re getting a 20 lb. bag instead of the 10 lb. bag!

This weekend, we went to our local zoo for an annual event: Boo at the Zoo! All the kids dress up in their costumes and local businesses are set up around the zoo to hand out candy for the kids and flyers/coupons for the parents. We try to go every year as part of our fall activities. We didn’t get to go last year because it was raining, but this year the clouds stayed away! It was a little chilly so we all bundled up. The girls had on a long sleeved shirt, a sweat shirt, and a zip up sweatshirt plus their boots. In Ohio, its cold for Halloween every year, so we have to plan for layers under costumes or as apart of their costumes. I think we did okay this year!!

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Aubrey is dressed up as Cinderella and Baileigh is an owl. We met my brother-in-law and sister-in-law at the zoo with my nephew. He was batman!! The kids all had a good time and were asleep before we hit the freeway! After the zoo, we used our free kids meal coupons at Bob Evans and enjoyed a nice dinner that I didn’t have to cook. (or clean up!!)

I am very much a “traditions” person. I like to do the same thing every year and take pictures to create memories for my kids to look back on. Although our fall activities are almost over, I’m looking forward to our Christmas traditions!!

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