Let’s Play Santa’s Workshop!

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Wondering what to do with the kids indoors this Winter? Looking for a few creative ideas to keep from going stir crazy? Need a fun to way get into the Christmas spirit?? Welcome to Santa’s Workshop!! Our elves have been very hard at work. With a few of the toys we already had on-hand, some […]

Colorful Kid Made Holiday Cards

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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

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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

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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. […]

10 Amazing Toys You Can Make For Your Kids

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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 […]

“Tiled” Photo Frame

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I saved some of these paint tiles the girls made the other day for some late night crafting of my own — with a cheap clear acrylic photo frame from the dollar store. After a bit of experimenting, it turns out the “tiles” can be glued to plastic with a bit of Plaid Mod Podge (I […]

Cardboard Cafe

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Want to go some place good to eat?? Some place that’s not too crowded? With good food, and great service?? I think I know the perfect place! A special thank you to 45Wall Design for inspiring today’s post, and to my amazingly awesome husband who gifted me with several rolls of gummed reinforcement tape as […]

10 Winter Crafts & Activities for Tots

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The Winter months bring the challenge of keeping the kids entertained while indoors during cold and icy weather. Need a few Winter craft and activity ideas to help? Here are ten of our favorite ways to spend a Winter day! 1. Set up an “ice cream” shop for hours of pretend play fun! 2. Craft up […]

Marbled Ceramic Ornaments

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The girls have been busy crafting all kinds of festive gifts for family and friends this holiday season!! This afternoon, we painted ceramic ornaments using the same marbled-painting technique we used on paper here. They had so much fun with this! Instead of placing a sheet of paper on top of the paint, they placed […]

5 Totally Awesome Stocking Stuffers to Make

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Please give a warm welcome to Stacy from Kids Stuff World (who is totally awesome) as our newest Pinterest contributor!! Stacy’s been on the look out for amazing stocking stuffer ideas from around the web to share, and here are five of my favorites: 1. Christmas Crayons — Made by recycling old, broken crayons. Get […]

10 Easy Last-Minute Gifts You Can Make for the Kids

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Looking for some quick, easy, inexpensive gift ideas for the kiddos?? Here are some of our favorite DIY gifts to promote hours of imaginative play without breaking the bank! 1. Doorway Puppet Theater — Use tension curtain rods and a few valance curtains to make your own doorway puppet theater. 2. Lil’ Mushroom House — Recycle an […]

Day 13 — Creative Christmas Countdown

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It’s Day 13 of the Creative Christmas Countdown and that means it’s my turn to share a special way to spend some holiday time with the kiddos! We chose to make handmade wrapping paper because it’s getting to be a real tradition around here. What I love about handmade wrapping paper is that there really […]

Newspaper “Snowman”

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Ever have an uncontrollable urge to build a giant snowman when there’s no snow on the ground?? ….No? Just me then?! Well, I had no trouble talking Emily into my crazy idea — she ran to find her hat & gloves!  She and I had such a FUN time dressing up our newspaperman with silly accessories! […]

Sunday Snapshot — Elf on the Shelf

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A few years ago, Mark’s parents gifted us with an Elf on the Shelf. Emily named her Daisy, and this year she’s been very busy with crazy adventures!!   Do you have an Elf on the Shelf?? Leave a comment and share his/her adventures with us!

Giveaway — Phone Call from Santa!

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Want to give your child the special memory of Santa, without the long lines and crowded shopping malls? Did you know that Santa makes phone calls?? SantaSpeaking.com is an online store that lets you schedule live, interactive, personal phone calls from Santa without leaving your home! We were provided with a free live call for […]

Stocking Stuffers You Can Make for the Kids

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Here are five simple and easy stocking stuffers you can make for the kids. Added bonus — all of these are either free or very low-cost!! Yay for frugal and quick crafts! 1. Story Stones — A great way to encourage creativity and imagination! ((Thank you to Stacy from KSW for the idea to use […]

5 Quick and Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

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Here are some super-quick holiday craft ideas from around the web. Added bonus — these use items most households already have on-hand! Yay for no-hassle crafts!!  I love these festive, yet simple handmade ornaments! See the full tutorial at The Crafty Crow. Use some leftover wrapping paper scraps to make holiday cards like these ones […]

Handmade Pine Tree Holiday Cards

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Looking for a quick handmade holiday card the kiddos can craft up using items you probably already have on-hand?? These pine tree cards are so much fun to make, and we are looking forward to mailing them to far away friends and relatives! Added bonus — the kids were SO proud of their finished cards!! […]