Fabulous Amazon Friday’s: Kids’ Valentine’s Day Stuff

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Welcome once again to Fabulous Amazon Friday’s! i love amazon, it’s such a great place to find fun, cheap items!

With Valentines Day around the corner I figured we better some lovey dovey stuff…

This week I am featuring 10 Valentine’s Day items for the little people in your life.  Not gifts though, these are books and super fun crafts so that you children can participate in spreading the love to family, friends, neighbors, WHOEVER! Continue reading “Fabulous Amazon Friday’s: Kids’ Valentine’s Day Stuff”

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Best DIY, Boozy Holiday Gifts

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I don’t know about you, but I get a bit stressed about giving gifts. Will it be something they like? Will my budget be blown? Do I have time to “DIY” something special? UGH!!! As if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, right?

Here are the gifts that will melt all the stress away! Cheap, easy, DIY, from the heart, and who doesn’t like booze?! Continue reading “Best DIY, Boozy Holiday Gifts”

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DIY Holiday Card Display

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Holiday Cards are so much fun to receive. I love all the festive colors, characters, images of loved ones with Santa, and I very much dislike hiding them away in a box never to be seen again.wp_20161204_19_58_57_pro

I have spent years propping them up on every available surface; cluttering shelves and tacking them to walls so I find the same joy in the days leading to Christmas that I did when I first received them.

This method is neither efficient nor aesthetically pleasing, however, so I have been on a hunt for a better way. I decided to get a little crafty and see what I could cook up without breaking my budget or my time constraints.

Because Target is ‘da BOMB,  I headed to the dollar area and scoured each bin for suitable paraphernalia. I came out with 5 sets of 8 absolutely adorable, tiny, holiday themed clothes pins and some red and green entwined yarn. Easy as pie and twice as cheap as I spend less than $10!

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I then spend about 10 minutes cutting the correct amount of string and choosing where I wanted to display my favorite cards. I spent waaaayy more time deciding which cards to hang up first.
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I threw a couple bows over the pins I put through the yarn into the wall and Voila! A perfect way to display my holiday cards, my kids’ Santa pics, and anything else holiday themed!

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How do you display your holiday cards?

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2 Simple, Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

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The holidays always bring out my crafty side. I love getting my kids involved in anything hands on, especially if I can teach them lessons at the same time. These two crafts are both basedo n getting children to think about what they are thankful for, about what they have that many other people in the world don’t. Continue reading “2 Simple, Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids”

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The “Giving” Advent Calendar

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Each year I try to come up with a great way to get my children excited about giving back to their community. Last year they decorated a a cardboard box and I placed it in my work and bothered my co-workers incessantly to fill it up. We had great success with this and my children loved driving to a center downtown to donate everything to people in need.

This year, however, I want the giving to be a bit more hands-on on their part. I want THEM to give. Continue reading “The “Giving” Advent Calendar”

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$5 Baby Bag O’ Popcorn Costume

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I absolutely love Halloween. Not only do I get to shove candy in my mouth all night long with no judgement, but dressing up has always been one of my favorite pastimes. Now that I have added children to the mix, I enjoy watching them dress up as their favorite characters even more. However, through the first four children I have to admit that I was a little stumped when it came to costumes for infants.

Babies are hard to dress no matter what. Throw them in a bulky costume and they basically dissolve into the fabric and you can’t figure out what they are of if they are even in there! Not to mention that in my neck of the woods, Halloween is cold, so it’s hard to show of your baby’s cute costume while they are covered in blankets or folded into themselves in the stroller.

My first son I managed to fashion a decent soldier costume in honor of his uncle picmonkey-collagewho graduated boot-camp that October. For my daughter I bought a run of the mill bear suit and attempted to jazz it up with some flowers and bows. My third I made into a super hero using a superman shirt and blue pants with a red cloth diaper on top. Number 4 got a mummy sleep and play as a gift and I called it good. We ended up covering him up with a snow suit anyway to keep him warn so you couldn’t even tell how cute he was as a mummy! Continue reading “$5 Baby Bag O’ Popcorn Costume”

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Great Halloween Crafts

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These super simple Halloween crafts are great fun for kids of all ages, easy on your budget, and are wonderful keepsakes. In this post you will learn how to make Spooky Spiders out of milk jug tops,  pumpkins and ghosts from felt pieces, Salt Dough keepsakes, Simple footprint ghosts that will help make your home ready for Halloween for years to come!

DIY Spooky Spiders Last year I got inspired this time of year to make a “Bottle of Boo’s.”  I wp_20151006_008-1      was not only impressed by the outcome but by my motivation to start said project and ACTUALLY finish it! This year I decided my bottle needed something a little extra at the top where the cork once lived and began rummaging around in our ever disorganized craft box for ideas.  After spilling a container of beads and managing to entangle myself in a wad of string I came out with pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and our trusty glue gun.  The base for our spiders would be a milk carton top, and as we go through about 5 gallons of milk a week these are easy to come by for us and in enough quantities for all my kids to participate.

To start, warm up your glue gun and choose 3-4 colors of pipe cleaners for each spider. for our spiders we were short on some of the colors that we really wanted so we ended up adding extra colors for filler or more legs.  wp_20151007_002

Just take your milk cap, or whatever small round object you decided to use (a rock, cap…toy car wheel?) and start wrapping pipe cleaners around it from the bottom up.   Apply the glue in small increments and have the kids pull the pie cleaners into it so that it sticks, just be careful that they keep their fingers out of the glue as it can be pretty hot.  Continue reading “Great Halloween Crafts”

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Heirloom Family Pumpkin Craft

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Fall is in the air! It isn’t here quite yet, but you can see it in the Halloween decorations lining the shelves, smell it in the pumpkin EVERYTHING coming from local coffee shops, and feel it with those slightly chillier nights. So this weekend I decided I’d better jump on the fall band wagon and get to crafting something orange!

I haven’t quite gotten into the full Halloween spirit yet, so I didn’t want to attack anything scary or spider themed. I settledwp_20160913_08_21_10_pro on something that can be a centerpiece for Thanksgiving and a cute side item for Halloween and that also appeals to my emotional “mom” state. Emotional moms love things that cement their children’s ages for the future. Anything with pictures, footprints, or hand-prints. So we made a family pumpkin.

For this project you will need;
1) Everyone living in your home who you consider family
2) A fake pumpkin large enough to fit the largest hand (we got ours at Walmart for $10, it was called a craft carving pumpkin, whatever that means) in whatever color you prefer
3) Acrylic paint, or any other permanent paint that you feel comfortable using. You will need a different color for each member of your family.

Pretty easy list right? We already had the paint and the people lying around so all we had to purchase was the pumpkin. A family keepsake for $10 that will make me cry yearly until I die? Totally worth it. Continue reading “Heirloom Family Pumpkin Craft”

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