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Kids in the Garden! Spring Blooms from Seed Bombs

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Crafts, Family, Gardening | 0 comments

  Remember the fun of making mud pies and getting your hands (and the rest of you!) dirty? Here’s a project that lets kids get their hands dirty, but also gives them the opportunity to bring spring blooms to your yard, school grounds, or anywhere you can get permission to throw them! What is a ‘Seed Bomb’? Seed ‘bombs’ are made of clay, compost and wildflower seeds (or other easy-to-grow seeds) mixed together with water, formed into balls, and then dried. Once dry, they can be tossed into the garden, on backyard slopes, or anywhere that has full sun exposure and the ability to get water from sprinklers or natural rainfall. Materials Needed Clay (I used Crayola Air Dry Clay found at Michaels Craft Stores) Compost (sold in bags at hardware stores or garden centers) A large packet (12...

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Reindeer Tea Light Ornament

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Christmas, Crafts, Holiday | 0 comments

  As a child I always found Rudolph so magical. A reindeer with a glowing nose, what’s not to love about that? Santa is always number one for Christmas, but next to him this adorable red nosed reindeer is sure to be the top on the lovable scale. I made this reindeer tea light ornament to give my family a little glowing treat. It is easy to make and is sure to be a favorite. Here is what you will need: Battery operated tea light candle(s) Red paint Brown paint Black puffy paint Paint brush 8 mm Wiggle eyes 3/8 inch Red ribbon Scissors Brown or gold pipe cleaners 12 mm bells Glue gun Glue sticks Directions: 1. Dip the tip of the candle flame in red paint. 2. Paint around the sides and top of the candle brown...

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Christmas Light Jar Hot Cocoa DIY Holiday Gift

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Christmas, Crafts, Holiday | 0 comments

  There is nothing better than giving a handmade holiday gift. When planning our holiday gifts for the kids teachers I wanted to try and make something different than I have done in the past. While walking around our local Michael’s store last week, I came across these adorable glass Christmas light jars. Aren’t they cute? Priced at just $1.50 each, I could not go wrong and thought they would make a unique way of giving a hot cocoa holiday gift vs. a regular mason jar. When I got them home, they ended up being the perfect size to hold one package of powdered hot cocoa and mini-marshmallows. Paired with a cute holiday mug, these make a unique handmade holiday gift to give to a friend or your kids teachers. Finish off the gift with a colorful holiday string...

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Fall Family Craft: How to Build a ‘Thankful Tree’

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Crafts, Family, Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

 Looking for an easy, fun fall craft to do with your kids that helps reinforce the message of gratitude this season? Each year, our family creates a “thankful tree.” My daughters look forward to writing their own messages of gratitude each day through Thanksgiving Day. Here’s what you’ll need to build the thankful tree: -Brown butcher or wrapping paper (long enough to make the trunk and branches) -Green butcher or construction paper (crown of the tree) -Foam turkey or pumpkin-shape cutouts (already pre-cut for easy application). Usually available at your local craft store, or you can pick up extra orange/brown construction paper and cut your own. -Tape or removable glue dots -Sharpie or washable marker -Scissors What to do: -Measure/estimate the area where you’ll place your tree (keep the tree in a central location, such as a kitchen or...

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Fall Stamped Clay Charm Necklace

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Crafts, Halloween | 0 comments

  My family and I are big on crafting. We spend many hours together making stuff. It is something we love to do together as a family. Every holiday I like to do a quick themed craft with my kids. Since fall has come, I decided to make some stamped necklaces for Halloween. These are very simple to make and it is something any child can do. My 7 year old was my helper and we made these pretty quick. These do not have to be perfect, just spending time with your kids letting them be creative is a wonderful gift. Here is what you will need: Sculpted clay Stamps String,yarn,chain or anything you would like to hang your clay charm on Jump rings and clasps (if you want to hang on a chain) Scissors Pliers (if using jump...

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DIY Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Crafts, Featured, Halloween | 0 comments

  One of my favorite things to do with the kids at the beginning of Fall is to make pumpkin pie playdough. We all come together in the kitchen to mix all the ingredients in a giant pot and then spend the night making fun Halloween shapes with themed cookie cutters. Making homemade playdough is super easy, and is made with ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cabinets. What are you waiting for? Get the kids together and make pumpkin pie playdough together! Where do you start? Get these ingredients together: 5 1/2 cups of flour 2 cups of salt 8 teaspoons cream of tarter 3/4 cup of oil (I use vegetable) 2 Tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice 4 cups of water Orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red) How do you make it? It’s...

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DIY The Boxtrolls Piggy Bank

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Crafts, Featured, Film | 0 comments

  My kids have fallen in love with “The Boxtrolls.” While at the premiere of the film this past weekend, they had multiple crafts to entertain the children, and that inspired my kids to want to make their own Boxtrolls piggy banks when we got home. So, while on our way home from Los Angeles, we stopped at our local craft supply store, and purchased supplies to make Boxtrolls piggy banks with their neighborhood friends. The kids jumped out of the car and gathered their friends to have a fun afternoon filled with creativity. Making a Boxtrolls piggy bank is simple. We purchased hard brown boxes (so it is easy to cut a hole in the top) and lots of crafty supplies. (glitter glue, markers, pipe cleaners, google eyes, and more) I had some print-outs of what the Boxtrolls...

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DIY Back-to-School Chalkboard Photo Prop

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Crafts, Featured | 0 comments

  It’s that time of year again. Our little darlings are ready for their first day’s of school. Here is a clever DIY back-to-school craft to celebrate those memories. You can go all in decorating them or just keep things simple. Here is what you will need to make your very own DIY First Day Chalkboard Photo Prop: 1. A chalkboard (found at pretty much any crafting store) 2. Chalk Markers 3. Stencils (not necessary, but fun) 4. Stickers or other embellishments to decorate the chalkboard Directions: 1. Start by placing the stickers or other embellishments on the chalkboard, so you know how much space you have to write on. 2. Using your chalk markers write or stencil on, First Day Of ____ Grade. (fill in the blank with whatever grade your child is going into). 3. Add any...

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Yo-Yo Flower Headband Tutorial

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Crafts, Family, Featured | 0 comments

   These little flower are known traditionally as yo-yo flowers and have been around, I hear, since the Great Depression when women used to make them out of scrap fabric. They are cute, versatile and, best of all, super simple to make. You can whip one up in mere minutes. The uses for them are limited only by imagination, and Pinterest can provide lots of inspiration. Embellish a shirt, pin them to a scarf, tack a few of them on a throw pillow, or make a headband like we did here. Once you know how to make them, the possibilities are endless! Yo-Yo Flower Headband Tutorial Supplies: Fabric – any fabric will work, but thinner cotton-type is easiest to start with Needle and thread Headband Gem embellishment Circle template Scissors Pen Method: On the wrong side of the fabric, trace your circle template....

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4th of July DIY Shirts

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in 4th of July, Crafts, Family | 2 comments

 If you are looking for a fun DIY 4th of July craft to do with your kids, this is for you.   My daughter and I took an hour out of our day and whipped up some 4th of July themed tank tops for her and her friends. All you need is some pipe cleaners, a couple of new pencils, (be sure the erasers are clean and flat); some fabric paint, paper plates and a piece of cardboard.  Most importantly, don’t forget GLITTER!  Once you pick your design, you will need to cut them out of Wax or Freezer Paper.  Once your pattern is cut out, use double-sided tape to adhere it to your shirt.  Slide your shirt onto the piece of cardboard; this will prevent the paint from seeping onto the backside of the shirt. I learned this the hard...

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Summer Fun Activity: Homemade Slime

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Activities, Crafts, Family, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

  It’s the first week of summer around here and my girls’ very first request was to “make a craft!” I love to craft, so I guess the fruit doesn’t fall too far from the tree, although I likely wouldn’t have chosen what they settled on: SLIME!  Glittery slime at that! This is a sweetly surprisingly simple activity; one we settled on because we happened to have all two ingredients on hand!  Score! Well, truly it’s three ingredients, but who counts water!? Ya’ll should have that on hand. Ingredients: Glue Borax Water Method: Empty 1 bottle of glue into a large bowl.  We used a plastic bowl so little hands could be in charge and nothing would go crash.  We also used colored glitter glue, which yielded bright, glittery results!  This allowed us to skip coloring the slime. If you use a bottle...

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National Geographic Engineering Exploration Challenge

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Crafts, Education, Family, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  The launch of the National Geographic Engineering Exploration Challenge had my sons creative gears spinning. He loves to explore and learn new things. This engineering challenge is perfect for him and he is so excited to participate in it. Engineering has recently become one of his main focuses. He has been learning about electronics in school and he has been learning a lot of stuff on his own with an electronics set he received for Christmas. The love of learning started very young for him. He has always been enamored with the way things worked or how things were put together. This exploration challenge is a great way for him and his brother to explore new and exciting challenges together, all while learning in the process. I think this is a win-win situation all around. From now until...

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DIY Glow in the Dark Star Wars Light Sabers

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Crafts, Featured | 1 comment

  The fabulous Southern California weather is upon us, my family tends to spend many hours outdoors swimming and playing ball, but what gets all 3 of my kids excited and together is blowing bubbles. They can play with bubbles for hours. These shimmering orbs are timeless. I still love blowing bubbles with my kids now, just as much as I did as a child blowing them for myself. With the cast of Star Wars Episode VII just announced, what better time to make a Star Wars themed craft with bubble wands for outdoor imaginative play. They resemble Lightsabers and if you add a glow stick they light up! Your children can blow bubbles during the day and have a glowing lightsaber at night, long after the bubbles have been used up. Here is the simple way to create...

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Loom Boom Tween Product Review

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Crafts, Family, Shopping | 7 comments

  If you like to Rainbow Loom, you will be sure to love this product. Do you ever think, “Gee, I sure wish I had a place to put all my Rainbow Looms on display?” Well if you answered “yes” this is the toy for you. What is Loom Boom? Loom Boom is shaped like a paper towel roll for your Rainbow Loom bracelets and accessories. It comes in all different colors. You can do so many things with Loom Boom… Display. Loom Boom is good for displaying your Rainbow Loom bands. Loom Boom is also perfect for displaying if you are interested in possibly selling the bands and accessories to make some extra money. The loose bands and c-clips also store nicely in the organizer part of the toy. Travel. You can easily travel with it. Do you want to...

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Inaugural Handmade Craft Fair in Dana Point

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Crafts, Events, Shopping | 0 comments

  If you’re a typical mom (like me), chances are you like…or more like, can’t live without…Pinterest and Etsy! And for an IRL (In Real Life) Etsy experience, head on down to Dana Point this weekend to the Mermade Market Craft Fair! From 4/17 (Thu) through 4/19 (Sat), the cute little beach house type venue (Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Ave.) will be filled with tons of wonderfully handmade items. Lots of the vendors are on Etsy and most, if not all, are from Orange County. There’s a parking lot onsite, as well as street parking (all free), and restrooms inside the building. On 4/17 (Thu) and 4/18 (Fri) from 1pm-4pm, for $2/tot, they will have childcare services on the grassy area right outside the building so moms can shop without having to constantly say “Look with...

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DIY Peeps Floral Arrangement

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Crafts, Easter, Holiday | 1 comment

  Springtime is full of beautiful blooming flowers and all the stores are stocked full of Peeps candies for Easter. I figured I would combine both to make a very easy DIY floral arrangement. This is something that takes little time to complete, so even a beginner crafter will be able to wow people with it. If you do not want to use the grass you can also use jellybeans or other little candies in the vase as a filler. The whole point in making crafts, is creating something that you like. Never worry about changing stuff to suit your style. I am a trial and error kind of crafter. I am always changing things up to fit my needs and likes. This is how I have created some of my favorite things. Supplies needed: 5 boxes of bunny...

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Easter Bunny Egg Necklaces

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Crafts, Easter, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

  I don’t know about you, but every year I seem to be inundated with a bunch of leftover plastic Easter eggs. I am always trying to find creative ways to use them up. Last year we did a nighttime glow in the dark egg hunt. This year I decided we would decorate the plastic eggs. Make them into something we could give away to friends and also put into Easter baskets. This craft is not only fun to make it is fun to eat. I love edible crafts! Here is what you will need: Plastic Easter eggs (with 2 holes at the top) small or large size. We used large eggs to stuff more goodies inside Pipe cleaners Sharpie marker Adhesive google eyes Adhesive gems or stickers to decorate Pom Poms Thin yarn or string Glue dots or...

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DIY Alcohol Ink bunny coasters

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Crafts, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  Spring has sprung and I just love to be surrounded by Easter eggs, bunnies, candy, family and pastel colored things. I also love art and figured what better time than now to make a fun Easter craft with my kids to celebrate this wonderful holiday. We have done ink dye coasters in the past and they quickly became a favorite of ours. After some trial and error I created these cute artistic bunny coaster that I am sure you and your family will love. Supplies Needed 4 or more 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch ceramic white tiles Adirondack Alcohol Ink (in the colors of your choice) Alcohol blending solution (found right by the alcohol inks in craft stores) Rabbit template from http://imgarcade.com/1/bunny-template/ Using the bunny at the very bottom next to the bunny ears. Black Sharpie marker...

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts: DIY Leprechaun Wreath

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Crafts, Family | 0 comments

  I am sure by now you all know or have heard the old Irish legend about the “pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.” Here is a cute craft you can make to have your very own Leprechaun’s wreath inspired by the legend. Of all the St. Patrick’s Day Craft I’ve made, this is very easy to make. My 7 year old son and I made this for St. Patrick’s Day and it is proudly displayed on our door greeting our visitors. We had fun making and designing it and hope you all enjoy it too. Supplies needed: 1 paper plate 5 or 6 pipe cleaners to make a rainbow. (we left blue out) 8 inches of ribbon (your choice in color/pattern) Green yarn 3 plastic gold coins 6 white pom pom’s or cotton balls 1...

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Luck of The Irish St. Patrick’s Day Matching Game

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Crafts, Featured, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

  With Saint Patrick’s Day coming upon us. I was trying to think of a way to incorporate a little game time fun into a craft my kids and their friends would enjoy. For as long as I can remember my kids have loved matching games. We have purchased countless games sporting all their favorite cartoon characters and numerous themes. Those games became my inspiration. I knew if I could come up with my own easy to make version, my children would jump at the chance to play. This would be the perfect opportunity to have some one on one time with my older boys and at the same time it would let my creative juices flow. This is a win-win situation in my household. After brainstorming a bit I came up with this easy to make Luck Of...

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