Summer Fun with Kids — Water Pistol Target Range

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Here’s another activity to add to the list of things to do with the kids this Summer — Make your own water pistol target range! Emily and Clara had such a GREAT time with this, and it’s super easy to set up. Start by stacking some paper cups into a pyramid shape, as shown below. […]

Quick Craft: Silly Moustache Straws

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These are pretty self-explanatory…   ….but they made Emily and me giggle! Straws + black construction paper moustaches = Fun!! And just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Ginormous Tissue Paper Flowers

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Know what’s better than tissue paper flowers?? GIANT tissue paper flowers!   They make festive (and frugal) party decorations, and have the power to turn any ordinary picnic into a fabulous fiesta! We used the same instructions here, but with entire sheets of tissue paper to make HUGE flowers.   I love how bright and […]

How to Make a Doll Clipboard and Pencil Set

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It’s official — Emily has inherited my love for office supplies! Know what’s cuter than office supplies?? MINI office supplies!! What I love about this project is that Emily (now 8 yrs old) could make the little clipboard and pencil set for her dolls with very little help from me, and she was inspired to […]

Birthday Party for Teddy!

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Need a reason to celebrate? Are you up for any excuse to party?? Then a teddy bear birthday party is for you! One of our teddy bears had a birthday to celebrate recently, and Clara was quite the party planner.   She sent out invitations to all of the birthday bear’s friends, and served plenty […]

Valentine Pencil Toppers

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Looking for a fun, useful, non-food Valentine treat to give to friends?? Something that’s super quick and cheap to make?? Then get yourself over to Target’s dollar section where you can buy pencils in packs of 10 for $1. Make some fun tags to go along with them! Want to make some of your own?? […]

5 Kid-Friendly Crafts & Activities for New Year’s

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  Looking for some fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the kiddos? Here are five of our favorite inspiring ideas from around the web that are frugal, simple, and festive!!  1. Make Confetti Eggs — RadMegan shows you how! 2. Celebrate New Year’s Eve “Around the Globe” — The trick is to pick […]

Stonyfield Twitter Party!

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  It’s no secret that we are BIG fans of Stonyfield yogurt in this household, but did you know they have an Oikos drinkable Greek yogurt smoothie available? They are the perfect healthy on-the-go snack for so many reasons — no spoon required (woo hoo!), all organic, less sugar than Stonyfield Super Smoothies, 50% more […]

30+ DIY Halloween Treats

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Looking for some tasty Halloween treats to make?? There are more than 30 favorites from around the web on our Halloween Treats Pinterest board, and I’m adding more all the time! Here’s a little sneak peek of just some of the goodies you’ll find there…. Halloween Treats I especially love the mini pumpkins (above) made with […]

Our Favorite Picnic Games

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Know what’s LOTS of fun?? Grabbing the kiddos, packing up some lunches (or better yet, breakfasts), and whisking them away for an impromptu picnic!!! Whether you go to a local park, or just enjoy the time in your own backyard, here are some of our favorite picnic games to make things even more fun!   […]

DIY Placemats from Shelf Liner

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We can never seem to have enough placemats around here! These festive placemats can be used for virtually any occasion, but with Memorial Day and 4th of July approaching, I went with red, white, and blue! To make your own, you’ll need a roll of vinyl (non-adhesive) shelf liner, some ribbon and a hole punch […]

Easy Crazy Crayon Party Favors

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We’ve been de-cluttering around here, and we found LOTS of broken/old crayons (they were everywhere!) I thought it would be fun to make “crazy crayons” a la Martha Stewart with a Valentine’s Day twist! Emily helped make them and she can’t wait to give them to friends! Gather old/broken crayons that you have on-hand. Do […]

Friendship Necklace Kits

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These friendship necklace kits make fun (and frugal) party favors that the kids can make with very little grown-up help! I’ve included a printable template for the bag toppers sized for standard zip lock sandwich bags as a nice finishing touch, which has space on the back for “To:” and “From”. Emily really enjoyed this […]

Spider Web Place Cards

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Have I mentioned how much I adore Halloween? Seriously, it is my most favorite holiday. I look forward to it more than the kids! While it’s not quite that time of year just yet, I am already eager to start decorating the house as if Halloween were right around the corner. That’s where this super-easy, […]

Smiley Sandwich Picks!

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These smiley sandwich picks are a great way to add some FUN to plain ol’ PB&J sandwiches! They are so super-easy to make, that I’m almost ashamed to post about it. Gather some color coding labels, and draw SILLY faces on them! Sandwich a toothpick between two of the labels, and insert into your favorite […]

Tripping the Lights Fantastic

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For a fun time, crank up some dance music on your stereo. Grab some flashlights, and in a dark room….. get your groove on!! Be sure to set your camera to keep the shutter open for a few seconds, and snap some super-fun photos!! Dance, dance, dance!! Awwwwwww…. yeeeaaaaahhhhh!!!! Weeeeeeeeee!!! Added bonus — tuckered out […]

DIY: Summer Party Invites

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After the girls were in bed, I sat down with some color coding labels (one of my fave art supplies, since they are sooooo frugal) and drew up some cute watermelons! They are so EASY to do: Cut pink color coding labels in half. Use a fine tipped green marker to draw the rind. Add […]

Last-Minute Goody Bags from an Envelope

Emily asked if we could make some special Halloween goody bags to give out to her friends, but I am too lazy (and far too frugal) to go to the store and spend money on goody bags. In the end, she liked these handmade ones so much better! I think they would be perfect for […]