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Love Bug – Cute Non-Candy Valentine

Earlier in the week I shared a cute kid’s valentine idea, and today I wanted to show you another!  Two kids, two totally different personalities, and two different Valentines to make.  This is a simple print, decorate, and attach a little surprise craft that will be as fun for the kids to put together as it is to give to friends!  With a simple mason jar printable and a happy Valentin’s Day Love Bug message, this is a great little valentine for kids of many ages whether they are boys or girls!

Homemade Crayon Valentines For Kids

Valentines Day is closing in and I wanted to share what the kids made for their classmates this year for Valentines.  I am a pretty firm believer in giving non-cany valentines, considering the kiddos get plenty of other sweets between Christmas and this time of the year!  Here is a really fun valentine that my son made from start to finish for his friends that is a colorful way to give a surprise without the added sugar.  Homemade crayon rings with swirly colors and a message for friends to have a colorful Valentines day is the perfect sweet, but not TOO sweet gift!

Create Santa’s Workshop In Your Living Room – Kid’s Christmas Activity

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.  The best way to creatively play in December, is to build the  North pole out of boxes with the kids.  This has been one of my children’s all time favorite holiday activities yet.  All you will need are a few random boxes, a role of packaging tape, a little left over wrapping paper and whatever lights and Christmas decor you have left over as well as the imagination of a kid or two.   Create your very own North Pole  playhouse your very own living room!

Elf On The Shelf Goodbye Book For Christmas Day

Well December is here and that means…..our Elf on the shelf is BACK.  Our special  little Elf means exciting, memory filled mornings as the kids wake to see what his daily antics are.   They love him so.   I had to come up with a great way for them to say good bye to him each Christmas until the following year. Last year a special gift appeared all wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning from our friendly little elf.  It was a yearbook of his visits for the year and a goodbye message too including a message about the reason for the season.

Let The Kids Trim A Tree With Glitter Noodles And Feathers

We love spending the weekend after Thanksgiving getting into the Christmas spirit.  In our house, part of that means the kids putting up and decorating their very own little Christmas  tree!  Part of the fun is letting them get creative, crafty, and well…covered in glitter if that’s what it takes to a trim the perfect Christmas tree in their eyes.  Last year we decided to make a craft project out of the decorating process.  We used things that we already had around the house to make some fun glittery decorations to spruce up the holidays.

Fun, Cute, Easy Christmas Wrapping Idea

Christmas time is near and things get busy!  I always try to make the holidays extra special at our house, and it certainly doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time to do so.  I do a lot of little things during the holiday season to try and make everything memorable without going crazy wasting too much time or money.  Here is a super fun way to warp a simple gift like a movie or game, that will simply delight your kids.  By using plain paper and adding a few little extras with a dab of glue, the Christmas wrap goes from boring…to quirky and cute and super fun.

Play Like A Girl

Our family was blessed with a little boy and then two years later, a little girl. We really have the best of both worlds under one roof. In or house there are trucks, cars, sports, princesses, tea parties, and ponies. From dresses to cleats, we’ve got it all between both kid’s activities.  Let’s just talk a moment about the power of a little girl.  Because playing like a girl doesn’t always mean princess dresses and hair bows!  Our little girl is, in my opinion, a perfect mix.  She is a princess with the heart of a tom-boy. I will catch her in a princess dress having a tea party, but sitting in the sand pile covered in  mud up to her eyeballs.

Fun Thanksgiving Activities For Kids

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to celebrate and be thankful!  Here is a roundup of all of my favorite Thanksgiving activities to do, make, and talk about with the kids.  It is the perfect time of year to slow down and spend some quality time talking with your kids about being thankful each and every day.  From a tree that helps kids talk about what they are thankful for each day, to a creative turkey day centerpiece that lets the kids get crafty at the dinning room table – there is a project here that is bound to thrill and delight you and your kiddos!

Mini Mission – Every Day is a Big Day to Have a Conversation With your Kids

Who doesn’t love scholastic books. I remember sitting at home circleing the books I wanted as a kid, and now my own kids bring their folders home with flyers. I think I enjoy going trough them just as much as they do, and we always find something fun and exciting that we cannot wait to read. Here is a great campaign that gives you the opportunity to compete in monthly mini missions for an opportunity to earn free scholastic books and be entered into a sweepstakes.