Quick Craft: Scratch Art Valentines


Looking for a super quick craft for the kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Something with a little sparkle and lace?? Then this adorable Valentine ornament craft is for you!  To make your own scratch art Valentine ornaments, you will need: Scratch Magic paper (we used sheets from the Scratch & Sparkle Deluxe Kit, so pretty!), […]

Kid Art: Process-Based Valentines


Valentine’s Day is one of the best excuses to craft up special handmade gifts for the ones you love, and this invitation to create was a BIG hit here! Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy making Valentines with this process-based art project. To make your own process-based handmade Valentines, you will need a […]

Inspiring Materials for Budding Artists


1. Jumbo Watercolor Paints — I love the simplicity of this set of watercolor paints, and how it encourages kids to experiment with color mixing. The large paint pans make painting easy for even the youngest artists. Ages 3 and up. 2. Artist Canvas Boards — Nothing makes a kid feel like a real artist […]

Weekend Project: DIY Cardboard Firehouse

Cardboard Firehouse

Looking for a handmade gift idea the kids will love? Ever wish to pay tribute to our amazing rescue workers? Need a crafty weekend project?? I made a cardboard firehouse for the kids last weekend, intended as a handmade Christmas gift, but… well… I just could not wait that long! It was a HUGE hit! […]

20 Gift Ideas for Future Innovators


Do your kids enjoy solving problems? Do they love to learn about how things work? Need a few gift ideas for them for the holidays?? Here are 20 of our favorite gift ideas for future innovators: 1. Wooden Blocks — A classic building toy that never gets old. We especially love the Melissa & Doug […]

Colorful Kid Made Holiday Cards


Handmade cards play an important roll in our holiday preparations. Clara and I had a lot of fun making these bright and cheerful holiday cards! I thought you might want to make some of your own too. All you need to make these is an alphabet stamp set (we adore our Melissa & Doug Set), […]

DIY Cardboard Toy Gingerbread House


Do your kids enjoy decorating gingerbread houses? Do they wish they could build and decorate gingerbread houses all day long over and over? Do you have an empty cereal box on-hand?? Here’s a little DIY toy project to try! First, you will need to download and print out our free gingerbread house template. Each cereal […]

Top 5 Subscription Gifts for Families We LOVE


Are you looking for a few unique holiday gift ideas that are useful and low-clutter? Here are five of our family’s most favorite subscription services that are sure to have the recipient thinking of you every month! We love to give (and receive) each of the gift ideas listed here! (image courtesy of KiwiCrate.com) 1. […]

Adventures in Soap Making!


With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, the kids and I wanted to make some special handmade hostess gifts for my mom, who will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. ((Thanks, Mom!)) These pumpkin spice hand soaps fit the bill perfectly! They would be lovely gifts for teachers, neighbors, or friends too! First, you […]

10 Amazing Toys You Can Make For Your Kids


It’s no secret that we love making our own toys around here! Many times, these are the toys the kids play with the most, and in some cases the kids have played an active role in helping to make them. Here are ten of our all-time favorite homemade toys for kids to inspire imagination and […]

Kid-Made Fall Leaf Coasters


Please give a warm welcome to our new sponsors, Mod Podge, who generously supplied us with plenty of craft supply goodness!! When the package from Mod Podge arrived, I had a difficult time trying to decide which products to use first. So many interesting and pretty things — I already have several projects in mind […]

DIY Doll Lunch Box from a Mint Tin


Is your doll ready for back-to-school? Does she get hungry at lunch time? Do the other dolls make fun of her lunch box because it’s old or out-dated??? Then this project is for YOU!! To make your own doll lunch box, you will need an empty mint tin and some colored duct tape. Am I […]

DIY School Supplies: Modern Notebooks


It’s almost time for back-to-school, and the kids have been hard at work making many of their own school supplies for the upcoming year! This was one of Emily’s favorite projects because (just like her mother) she seems to have inherited a love of decorative tape. Oh, how I LOVE beautiful tape!!  Did you know […]

DIY School Supplies: Apple Printed Lunch Bags


Doing art on lunch bags is a festive way to dress up an ordinary bagged lunch, and it’s also a great way to keep the kids busy! I love how something so simple can let the kids have an active role in preparing their own school supplies while proudly showing their teachers & friends some […]

Giveaway — 3 Months of eMeals Menu Planning Service


Know what I love?? Tools that make my life easier. That’s why I was so excited do a trial membership of eMeals, an online menu planning service. Not only does eMeals save me a BUNCH of time, but it also saves our family money by providing accompanying shopping lists (taking advantage of weekly grocery specials) […]

Father’s Day Gift Kids Can Make — BBQ Sauce


Looking for an easy Father’s Day gift idea that the kids can make?? The girls and I have been hard at work making and canning batches of homemade BBQ sauce for a gift to Mark this Father’s Day! ((Shhhhhhh… it’s a surprise!)) Mark loves to cook on the grill. I’m pretty sure this is because […]

Easy Botanical Prints


The girls and I made some pretty botanical prints with the help of the Sun, some water, and a Sunprint Kit similar to this one. They were so proud of how nicely their prints turned out! We used natural items we collected from our yard — sticks, flower petals, and leaves. A few things I […]

Kid-Made Patriotic Note Cards


I’m guest posting for my friends at Melissa & Doug today — come see how Clara and I made Patriotic Note Cards (while sneaking in some learning fun too)! Wishing you and your lovely family a wonderful holiday weekend!!