Whether your child gets the fidgets, tends to bite their nails or sleeves, or just needs some extra help to calm down when anxiety strikes, all kids can benefit from these stocking stuffers at some point! These ideas are inexpensive, small enough to fit in a stocking, and will make both your AND your child's life a little easier. Not bad for something you get inside an over-sized sock!
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This year, on the day of our town's annual holiday parade, our family started a new tradition. We got in the car as a family that morning and headed to a new location in our area, the Philly Pretzel Factory.
The way I decide if I want to work on a giveaway or not is by asking myself, "Would I want to win the prize?" This one was an easy one! The winner will receive some epic prizes worth over $400. Enter below - and good luck!
I hadn't been planning to post any Thanksgiving activities, and certainly not a thankful tree. There are so many out there already, including our very own jumbo wall version. But this one came to me and, well, once I have an idea, I have to at least give it a shot!
This one is perfect for those last-minute gratitude sessions. (You'll notice I'm publishing this after Thanksgiving. We're all about last-minute these days!) With a few materials you probably already have around the house, this one will be ready for action. Let's get to it...
I just love giveaways, especially around the holidays. Let's save some money by winning prizes!
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An alternative to store-bought Snow-Tex, I knew I had to share this DIY version of snow paint texture for craft projects as soon as I tried it!
I saw this idea from creative guru Crafts by Amanda a while ago, but never thought it was something I could actually pull off. But recently I decided to give it a try (due to the Scrabble letters that were just calling out to be used for something) and - yay! - success!
Amanda's suggestion to use Snow-Tex Snow-Tex is a good one - it's easy to use and looks like real snow. But when I want to make something, I want to make it *right NOW* and I didn't have any artificial crafting snow on hand.
The toy catalogs that inundate our mailbox this time of year are the saddest things I've read in a long time. Perhaps I'm just getting old or maybe I haven't paid such close attention in years past. But these selections of the "best" toys of the year are downright depressing.
It's not just the cost, which seems to have jumped several brackets. ("No, Sweetie, you won't be getting that $200 Hot Wheels garage. Ever.") And it's not the technology that permeates nearly every toy option. At least not entirely.
I have a new hobby - sewing! I'm still a beginner (although Little Miss 8 told me, "You've been doing it, like, a month now - you're not a beginner anymore!" Thanks, Sweetie...) but I'm having a blast making trick-or-treat bags for Halloween. Once I nailed those tricky boxed corners there was just no stopping me!
Of course I've been scoping out Pinterest and my favorite crafty bloggers for inspiration and new ideas. The best part is there's no need to be a sew to put most of these babies together. Some have sewing instructions, but you can always start with a store-bought plain bag and go from there. Let's get creating!
I had seen clothespin puppets before (thank you, Pinterest!) but I admit, they always looked a bit too tricky. Perhaps I was just browsing the more elaborate varieties. But when I received an activity booklet from Apple and Eve that included an adorable yet totally do-able-looking version, I just had to give them a try!
We tend to celebrate everything in this family. And I do mean everything. Half-birthdays, losing a first tooth, mastering the monkey bars. And I think our neighbors will always remember my sister’s “Hooray! You’re potty trained!” party. (No, really…) So of course the last day of school, the unofficial start of “real” summer, and being promoted to a new grade is certainly worthy of being commemorated as well.
Kay is starting 3rd grade this year. I know - she’s an old lady now! I always like to hang up a sign to greet her on her return from her last day of school. The end of kindergarten she was met with a large, “Look out, 1st grade - Here comes Kay!” and last year I made her a t-shirt that said, “This is what a 2nd grader looks like!”