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.
I certainly wouldn’t say that I have a green thumb, but over the last few years I have learned a lot about gardening through trial and error. Flowers have always been scary to me, so I like to stick with things that I know I can manage. Good old zinnias and sunflowers, and gladiolas are fool proof and about the only thing I have had success with until… drum roll please… last summer. I was determined to cover my garden fence in climbing flowers, and glory glory…Morning glories were my answer. I was able to grow the most beautiful morning glories, and they cover the entire side of my garden in their simple splendor. Beautiful winding stems, and amazingly vibrant colors all in-twined in my simple garden fence were not so difficult and SO worth the effort!
Remember less than a month ago, when I shared with you the 30 Random Acts of Kindness that our family had done over the last year? Well, I ended that post with # 30 which read: ” Number 30 is a surprise and I will fill you in on it very soon! We are planning something big that is so near and dear to our hearts and I cannot wait to share it with you after it is all said and done! It involves a campaign that we started to help kids who have been faced with heart related illnesses.” Well… here it is friends- time to share! Our 30th RAOK is in its final stages and we couldn’t be more proud of what we are calling the Comfort For Kids Campaign.
Mother’s day is just around the corner, and here is a super simple gift that your kids can make and give themselves! A personalized photo gift can get pricey fast, but here is a simple DIY photo bookmark project that is cute but frugal! The supplies couldn’t be simpler and you most likely have most of these things in your home! Any mother or Grandmother that loves to read would love a pretty little bookmark adorned with their favorite kiddos faces. Every time they open their book, or mark their spot, they have your smiling faces looking back at them! A fun gift that is easy to make and costs very little, but that keeps the smiles coming for that special Mom or Grandma in your life!
After two years of blogging, I am about to share with you the absolute best project I have ever done with my children. It is not a craft, or a recipe, but an initiative. Over the last year my kids and I have gone out into the world and done 30 random acts of kindness together. Our acts of kindness were based on what is important to our family, and the experience was, by far, one of the most life changing projects we ever done together. Not only was it about teaching my kids the importance of being kind to others, but I hope they walked away with a life lesson that they will never forget! I hope this inspires you to do something nice for someone else, and especially to get your kids involved!
A mother is a mother 100% of the time, no matter how many kids they have, no matter how many jobs they work, no matter how many irons they have in the fire. Finding a moment of peace in the chaos is always a challenge, but it is also an important task. Every mom can enjoy some much needed peace of mind on occasion. Want to know how this stay at home mom gets her mini vacation daily without leaving her house? How she keeps her sanity when her days are going full speed with crazy, silly, messy, busy, unrelenting fun with her kids? There are a few things that I keep in my fridge which allow me a moment of peace in each crazy day, without having to leave the house!
Here is a super easy no sew project for any of you ladies who love to wearing tall boots as a part of your wardrobe. Pool noodles serve as the perfect little insert to support boots during storage to keep them from folding over, and creasing. With the addition of some pretty fabric and brightly colored ribbon the pool noodles transform from an outdoor water toy to a pretty way to store boots in your closet. This is an inexpensive and attractive way to keep those boots upright and in great shape. This is not only a great project to make and use in your own closet, but would make a great gift idea for any lady that you love who has a pair of boots in her own closet.
As a stay at home Mom I shop for, prepare, serve, and clean up three meals a day. Getting my kids to eat a balanced, healthy meal is important to me. From the very beginning I have done my best to teach my children healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Nothing is more frustrating than cooking a meal and then scraping it off of the kid’s plates into the garbage can. We have all done it. Here are some great ways to make meal time fun so your kids get the nutrition that they need. From my experience, the most effective manner of getting the kids to eat is by making mealtime fun! From cutting things into fun shapes to making faces out of packed lunches I am always coming up with new ways to make meal time silly, fun, and playful. Here are some fun ways to make meal time fun!
Birthdays are a big deal, but making a cake doesn’t have to be. Here is a simple way to turn an ordinary boxed cake mix into a very special birthday cake adorned with that special person’s age adorning the top. Choose the birthday boy or girl’s favorite flavor of cake mix, bake and decorate it with just a extra supplies. Prepacked frosting, a number cut from paper, and 2 different kinds of sprinkles is all you will need to make a boxed cake go from ordinary to extra special. This sweet little cake is fit for a princess at any age and is as easy to make and decorate as mixing up a prepacked cake mix, baking it and frosting it with prepackaged frosting. This is such a fun way to totally tailor any cake for any occasion without spending hours making it! Change up the colors, sprinkles, and flavor to suit absolutely any occasion that is worth celebrating!
Last week was so exciting for us! Both kids celebrated their birthdays, as well as valentines day! Let’s just say I baked non stop treats last week and was busily running around trying to make lots of special memories with the kids. This was the very first year that my son was at school all day long and I wanted to do a little something special for him as a birthday surprise. I love doing things that don’t cost any money, but make my children feel special and loved. Here is a simple way to make a packed school lunch extra special on their birthday! That way, even though they are not at home, they will know that you are thinking about them as they eat their lunch at school on their birthday!