I just love the feel of holding a "real" book in my hands. Which pretty much means I can never have too many bookmarks. Sure, you can just use a scrap of paper (and I certainly do that, too!) but these DIY bookmarks are easy to make and way more fun to come back to!
I'm on a homemade card-making kick. Every birthday, every random holiday finds me making a card for the occasion. My current project has been Christmas cards.
Yep, I'm pretty proud to say I have all our Christmas cards homemade for this year. (Don't feel too bad - it's never happened before in my life and will likely never happen again. I'm usually the person who around mid-December thinks, "Oh, yeah!" and picks up a pack of greeting cards at the dollar store!)
Can you believe we're talking Christmas ornaments already? Whether you're someone who has holiday cards written up and ready to go by November, or you're more of a last-minute kind of person, making homemade ornaments can be a wonderful way to work on fine motor skills and make memories at the same time. (Okay, that sounded a little sappy, but go with me here!)
We love makinghomemade ornaments - and I love seeing them on the tree each year. This one is super easy and you probably have all the supplies in your house already (bonus!).
Have you ever been "BOO'ed"? (Don't worry, it's a good thing!) We recently gave this random act of kindness a try and I think we have a new Halloween tradition on our hands!
I've been seeing these "You've been BOO'ed!" random kindness ideas and I just love them! But most of the printables have one thing I wasn't looking for; they all seemed to say something about how the recipient should now "BOO" two or more people to keep the chain going. Now I'm all for a thread of kindness, but I wanted to give a surprise, not an obligation. So I made a few tweaks when drawing up my own free printable. And now I can't wait to share it with you!
I am always on the lookout for different ways to make learning more fun. I'm not of the belief that kids should learn only, or even primarily, by sitting at a desk and filling out worksheets.
That may work fine for some kids (it did for me!) but Kay is not one of those kids. She needs to move, to experiment, to observe to really get the facts in her head.
Apparently my new-found love of crafting is becoming known to my family. My husband brought me home some scrap wood blocks from work, explaining, "I knew you'd find something to make with them."
Since it's getting ever-closer to Halloween (Kay has changed her Halloween costume idea 4 times already!), I thought these would make a cute pumpkin decor idea. They were fun to make, mostly because they were so easy. (I just LOVE easy!) The fact that they came out so cute was a bonus!
There never seems to be enough time during the school year. Even after school, there's classes and programs, homework and reading assignments. Sometimes free play takes a backseat to more "academic" endeavors.
Butplaytime shouldn't be a bonus, something that gets fit in when possible. Not only does it help develop imagination as well as physical, cognitive and emotion skills but it's essential for academic success, too. Numerous studies have shown that when kids have more time to play, they focus better when it's time to get down to more sedentary tasks. Active play improves memory and concentration and helps the brain develop connections better.
I've found a new hobby!
I admit, I started thinking up "random acts of kindness" for Kay. I thought it would be a good example for her and hopefully something that would stick with her as she gets older.
But I also did it for a more selfish purpose as well. We all get wrapped up in the comparison game sometimes and I'm certainly no exception. So whenever I start to feel jealous, my newest method is to think of something kind to do. And - what do you know? - it actually helps!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own. #BestPawForward #CollectiveBias
I've never liked the term "pet owner". One owns a sofa or a pair of shoes. One loves, cares for, and eventually, mourns a pet.
And besides, just who is owning whom here? I recently got a t-shirt that says "Proudly owned by a chihuahua". That seems a lot more accurate to me!