Washi tape is one of my favorite craft supplies. It's such a simple way to make things look awesome! And it's definitely one of my top "must-haves" for cardmaking.
When I do round-up posts like this, I include ideas that look fun and that appear easy enough to be "doable".
But with this post, I want to try ALL of these ideas! That should certainly keep us busy for the summer!
We always seem to be able to make use of frames. Whether for gifts or to use with our ever-expanding collection of photographs, we always find a place for them. And when you get to show off your creativity at the same time...all the better!
It may have taken me 30+ years (we won't get into how many the "+" stands for...) but I have finally found a model kit I can do. (Yay me!)
IncrediBuilds from Insight Editions are, well, awesome! No glue or tools needed - you pop out the pieces, stick them together following the directions and you're good to go!
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When Kay was home with me all day as a toddler and preschooler, we settled into a nice little routine. It wasn't intentional, it was more like we fell into it but it worked so we stuck with it. When the weather was nice, we'd go to the park in the morning, come home for lunch, have nap time, and then play outside some more.
The day felt more manageable to me, and Kay seemed to be comforted by our routine, too. (One time she was unusually tired and I suggested she take a nap BEFORE lunch. You would have thought I had proposed removing her right arm. "But, no, lunch is first, then nap time!" she argued, hardly able to keep her eyes open.)
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Summertime seems to call out for messy play. Long days full of inviting mud puddles, grassy expanses, drippy popsicles, and hot dogs drizzled with oozing mustard.
Which, for parents, means lots ofgrass stains and food dyes that just won't come out.
I'm calling this summer our "Summer of Play" to remind me to make free play a priority again. It may not look like much, but play makes for happier, smarter and stronger kids. And, in Kay's case as with most kids, free play can mean lots of mess.
The first time we took Kay to Story Land, she was 5 years old and it was a sweltering hot day. We had a blast, but we aimed this year to go on a day with better weather. We scoured the weather reports, tentatively picking a day and readjusting our schedule when we found out there might be rain or it was expected to be humid.
Finally, we settled on the perfect day. Or so we thought.
We left early (Story Land is in Glen, New Hampshire, about 3 hours from where we live). We let Kay invite a friend (at 7, that's very important to her now!). And we were ready to roll.
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Staying properly hydrated isn't one of those glamorous topics that you want to learn more about. It's not like "latest fashions for summer" or "best new tech toys for big kids". It's liquid, it's boring and we sort of take it for granted as being obvious.
But here's something you may not know: most Americans are dehydrated and don't even know it! Our bodies may try to give us a heads up with warning signs, like headaches, dry hair, fatigue, premature wrinkles, or muscle aches, but it's no good unless we listen to what our body is trying to tell us. (Like, "Hey, drink more water NOW!")
I'm not someone who will spend half an hour making food look fun. Sure, I love the cute ideas on Pinterest as much as the next gal; I'm just not willing to give up so much time to it.
I think that's part of why I love these hot dog cars so much - it literally took me all of 5 minutes to put together, from start to finish. (The other part I love is that they're yummy!)
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When Kay was younger and I would search online for activities to do with her, I'd come across so many that went something like "let your toddler push pompoms into a cup" or something similarly sedentary and calm. I'd think to myself "Do ANY toddlers actually sit there for an activity like that?!" Because I knew for certain that mine did not.
Well, now I know that some toddlers do have the attention span for such activities. 22-month-old Maddie is my niece that I watch during the day and she is endlessly fascinated with transferring objects from one container to another.