The Ultimate Oscar Party Planning List

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So you wanna throw an Oscar Party? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether it’s decor, appetizers, desserts, games, or printables you are looking for, we’ve got you covered with our Ultimate Oscar Party Planning List.   Decor Black, gold and white is always a classy combo for your Oscar Soiree. Try spray painting glass… Read More

Presidents’ Day Crafts

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With Presidents’ Day right around the corner, we’ve gathered up some fun craft ideas for you to do with your littles. Some are edible, some are cute, but all of them will teach your children about our country’s amazing leaders!   Masks From Our Crafts N Things. Make these Presidents’ Day masks and have your… Read More

Celery Paint Stamp Love

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In our home, art projects range in excitement. I get an “ok” if I propose a craft with crayons and a “yay!” if markers are brought to the table. But, if I say the word “paint” it’s like heaven on earth. Paint is the secret sauce for popular craft projects around here! We’ve appled our hearts… Read More

Printable Valentines for Your Favorite Geek

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Doctor Who. Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Harry Potter. Seriously, guys. I’m obsessed. If you are like me and are happily raising a family of geeks, or maybe you just married one, these printables will say I love you in the nerdiest way possible. The Best Printable Valentines Your Favorite Geek. Printable Doctor Who Valentines from Rachelle… Read More

The Machine We Forget to Clean

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I am not a super mom by any stretch of the mind, but I do have a side kick. This trusty pal has been with me through many adventures, fighting off villainous scum and conquering evil. I could not imagine life without this buddy by my side, however, like most heroes, I’ve taken my sidekick… Read More

Two Easy Busy Bag Crafts

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I shared a few weeks ago that my son and I participated in a busy bag swap with our local mommy and me group. To recap- our busy bag swap was where each mom made the same busy bag activity, enough for each participant, and then we swapped with one another.  We walked away with… Read More

10 Cent, Personalized Valentine’s Day Cards

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My 4 year old and I homeschool for preschool, but that doesn’t mean we don’t incorporate the tradition of Valentine’s Day cards. Nope! We embrace them – big time – and like coming up with simple (but fun and cheap) ways to share our love with her little friends and our family. When all was said… Read More

8 Valentine Gift Ideas For Your Child’s Classmates

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Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite times of year. I love all things love, plus my birthday is the day after, so it’s always been a holiday I look forward to! If you’ve got kids in school that need to bring gifts to their classmates, you’re in luck. Today we’re rounding up some fun,… Read More

DIY Gel Sensory Bag

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As a new mom, I was on the hunt to meet other moms with babies around my son’s age.  I joined a play group over this past summer that has been awesome so far. The babies range from 6-18 months, but my son seems to be on the younger end of the group. We recently did a… Read More

DIY Craft: How to Make Paper Snowflakes

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It’s all the rage in the grade schools this winter to make paper snowflakes. Not just the simple cut a flat snowflake out of a sheet of paper type but an elaborate 3D craft that kids like to hang around the house as decoration. While these snowflakes look complicated, my 9 year old daughter showed… Read More

DIY Pom-Pom Drop for Toddler Fine Motor Skills

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I’m always looking for easy ways to help my toddler develop his fine motors skills.  I wanted to share a mini-project that I recently assembled that does an excellent job at addressing just that. Hold onto your hats… this one’s a doozy.  First, you’ll need a package of pom poms.  They can be purchased at any craft… Read More

10 Christmas Activities to Do With Your Kids

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1) Participate in a Polar Express inspired train ride or create your own at home <<< this is the greatest idea EVER. And free 2) Make ornaments! These are my favorite, of course, but Pinterest is booming with kid-friendly ornament ideas. Just search “DIY ornaments” and you’ll be feeling crafty for days. 3) Visit Santa … and… Read More

Homemade Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

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Our tree is simple and sweet this year – white lights, a ribbon garland and homemade cinnamon ornaments. These ornaments are the perfect Christmas craft and ensure that your home will billow the scent of Christmas all December long! Earlier this week my daughter and I mixed the cinnamon dough in our trusty KitchenAid and… Read More

DIY Christmas Gift: Peppermint Bath Salts

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Gone are the days where I spend money on expensive bubble soaps. I’ve morphed into a bath salts kind of girl. Especially since it is so easy to make my own! I’ve been mixing up various essential oil blends to suite my needs and favorite scents and figured, why not keep on mixin’ and bless… Read More

3 DIY Christmas Photos

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I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I am cheap. Cheap, cheap, cheap. If you can pay for professional family photos, more power to you. I, on the other hand, can’t. And for now I will stick to faking them myself. And I’ll go ahead and toot my own horn and say that… Read More

3 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

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Every year I look for cheap gifts to give to everyone. Yep. I’m cheap. I can’t help it. I don’t have a bazillion dollars to gift everyone something that they really want. Not to mention, I think handmade gifts mean a little bit more. I actually tried on your gift. So there. Since I got… Read More

DIY for Beginners- Magnetic Board

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Technically, I don’t even know if this qualifies as a DIY because I literally did nothing more than plug in a hot glue gun. Recently, my son discovered that the dishwasher is magnetic and has been having a lot of fun moving the magnets around on there.  Unfortunately, it seemed that the magnets might be scratching… Read More

DIY Thanksgiving Name Plates

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It’s been super chilly in the Pacific Northwest this week. My daughter keeps asking if it’s winter yet, but then quickly corrects herself by saying, “Nope! I see leaves falling from the trees – it’s fall still!” We bundled up for a brisk walk and decided to gather leaves since it was dry. I explained… Read More

DIY Advent Calendars

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You can buy your advent calendar or spend an evening crafting your heart out on a homemade version. Whatever you do, a Christmas countdown is a must! When it comes to DIY – first, assess what you already have on hand. No need to spend buckets of money. I promise, your children will be excited… Read More

How to Host a Busy Bag Party

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So… What’s a busy bag? Here’s the deal. A busy bag is basically an activity that you keep in a Ziploc that your kid can do BY HIMSELF. It should be called “The Heavens Have Parted And Provided You With 20 Uninterrupted Minutes While Your Child Plays Happily Unassisted.” But “Busy Bag” is cuter and… Read More