Handmade Gift Kids Can Make

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The kids are always looking for pretty gifts they can make for family or friends, and these hand-painted trivets are perfect (and useful) gifts. They are simple to make, and even the littlest artists can have fun with this easy project!! This is such a fun rainy day craft for kids, plus it’s a great […]

Kid Made Thank You Cards

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Need an easy handmade gift idea that the kids can make? These simple kid made thank you cards are a great way to foster gratitude in kids, and they are perfect for mailing off to faraway friends and family! A BIG thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s crafty project! […]

Quick Thanksgiving Craft for Kids

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Looking for an easy and quick Thanksgiving craft for kids? This build-a-turkey play set is simple to make, and the kids can build and re-build their festive turkeys over and over again! To make your own, you will need craft foam, a bit of water, and surface onto which to build your turkey (a window, […]

Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

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Looking for some quick and easy Thanksgiving ideas for kids? Every week, Megan Sheakoski of Coffee Cups and Crayons hosts the Coffee Break, a Google Hangout event featuring creative bloggers from around web sharing great kid-friendly ideas. This week, Megan invited me along with MaryAnne from Mama Smiles and Kim from The Educators Spin On […]

Easy Recycled Crafts – Fall Wreaths

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Looking for some easy recycled crafts to brighten up your home this Fall? These Fall wreaths are beautiful, and they are SO much FUN to make using mostly recycled materials or items you probably already have on-hand! There is no wrong or right way to make these, so feel free to experiment and invite the […]

Quick Craft: Modern Hand Painted Trivets

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These modern hand painted trivets would make great hostess gifts for family or friends, and are easy enough for even the littlest crafter to make with great success! With just a few inexpensive materials, these can be custom-made to match any kitchen. My 5 year old was quite proud of how hers turned out, and […]

10 Things for Kids to Do While Waiting for Turkey

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With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, are you looking for a few ways to keep the kids entertained while they wait for that delicious turkey?? Here are a few low-mess and easy to set up ideas to keep up your sleeve just in case: 1. Hand Stamped Memory Game — A simple game […]

Adventures in Soap Making!

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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 […]

DIY Holiday — Play Salad

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Emily played a big role in crafting up this fun play salad set! She couldn’t wait to show it to Clara, so now the two of them have been making up salads all afternoon. This was so simple (and very frugal) to make!! Emily cut out arbitrary lettuce shapes of green craft foam for lettuce, […]

5 Simple Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids

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So much of the frugal lifestyle is filled with cultivating a sense of appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. A nice side benefit of learning to be grateful for what you already have — you’ll save money!! Yay for saving money! It’s never too early to start encouraging your kids to express thankfulness and gratitude. Here […]

Kids Waiting for the Turkey? Do Some Crafts!

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Have a few brown paper bags on hand? Are you looking for ways to keep the kiddos entertained while waiting for that delicious turkey?? Here are some fun crafts from around the web to help pass the time! I love this paper bag turkey from One Charming Party (found via The Crafty Crow)! Note: Instead of […]

Turkey Place Cards

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Around this time of year, Emily and I like to work on Thanksgiving place cards for our festive table. These turkeys are super-cute and easy to make! We started by cutting up some flower-shaped sticky notes in half to form the tail feathers of the turkey. We added a half-circle cut from a paper bag […]

Easy Leaf Wreath

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Clara thought this colorful leaf wreath was so much fun to make! We used some of the tissue paper leaves from this post to make it. I cut a large circle from a brown paper bag (using a plate as a pattern), and invited Clara over to glue the leaves on top! She was really […]

Super-Easy Corn Craft

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Clara and I did a bit of crafting this morning to make this corn arrangement, which is now hanging on the back of our front door! They are super-easy and lots of fun to make! To make your own, you will need yellow tissue paper, a brown grocery bag, and some plastic netting that comes […]

Weekend Rewind — Gratitude Activity Jar

This was one of my all-time favorite posts — a fun ACTIVE way in introduce kids to the concept of gratitude. It’s perfect for this time of year, and we enjoyed this activity so much last year that we are doing it again this year. Enjoy!! Around Thanksgiving we try to do crafts and activities […]

Thanksgiving Highlights

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Festive Thanksgiving Placecards

We were asked to bring placecards for Thanksgiving dinner this year, and Emily thought these turned out so cute! She cannot wait to show them to all our family and friends. If your child is old enough to write, this is a great way to get in some handwriting practice. Emily enjoyed learning how to […]

Loving…

I mentioned a few days ago that we took a trip to a local plant nursery to prepare for our next activity from our Gratitude Jar — Flowers: Make a special flower delivery! Emily and I had so much fun with this! At the plant nursery, we found bags of fall bulbs that were 30% […]