Falling Leaves Wrapping Paper

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September marks the beginning of the birthday season for many members of our family, so Clara and I made some fun autumn wrapping paper this afternoon! This is a super-simple project that even the little ones can do with great success. All you need to make your own are some toilet paper rolls, paint, and […]

Super Easy Monster Hand Puppet

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Clara made her own monster hand puppet, just in time for Halloween — and she did it all by herself!! (With the help of a few self-adhesive googly eyes, that is….)  Have I mentioned that she has a tendency to get into the craft supplies if I’m not careful…?? I don’t know about you, but […]

Organic (Frugal) Goodness

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We just returned from a super-fun (and frugal) trip to an organic apple festival at the Rodale Institute — an event that is quickly becoming my favorite birthday tradition!! Some of the apples required a bit of team-effort…… …but it was well-worth it…….. ….to end up with a half-bushel of organic apples like this one! […]

DIY School Supplies

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This morning I made a trip to NBC’s studios in Philadelphia to showcase some DIY projects for back-to-school! Eryka and I had so much fun on The 10! Show!!! Here’s a list of the tutorials for the projects mentioned in the clip: 1. Apple Printed Book Cover 2. No Sew Pencil Case 3. Post-It Bookmark […]

3-D Apple Tree

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This morning Clara and I enjoyed some crafting fun with this quick and frugal project — it’s great practice for fine-motor skills too! We used crab-apples from our yard, but you could substitute with balls of red tissue paper instead. I gave Clara a small basket, and she took her time picking a bunch of […]

Bento on a Budget

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Clockwise from top left: organic carrot flowers, crackers, Stonyfield organic yogurt topped with home-grown watermelon stars, more watermelon, organic grapes, tuna salad topped with more carrot flowers. Yum!! In less than a week Emily will be starting first grade, which means we’ll be packing up lunches for her to take to school. Have you jumped […]

Back to School Photo Name Labels

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The girls and I had so much fun putting together these photo name labels, and they are perfect for labeling names on folders, notebooks, and other school supplies! I drew an outline of each letter of their names on a sheet of construction paper for the girls to color. For Clara, this was great letter […]

Weekend Rewind — Back to School Edition

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It’s that time of year again — time to get the kiddos ready to go back to school, and here at FFFB we’ve got you covered! From the archives, here are some super-fun (and frugal) crafts and activities just in time for back to school. We’ve got lots of exciting NEW things planned too, so […]

Gratitude Activity Jar

Around Thanksgiving we try to do crafts and activities that promote gratitude and focus on the things we have to be thankful for. Last year we did gratitude journals, but this year we’re trying something a little more active — Gratitude Activity Jars! I asked Emily to name some of the things she was thankful […]

This Bakery is for the Birds

We thought the birds could use a little love this time of year, so we made a fresh batch of bird seed cookies! While we were “baking” these, we could hear birds chirping loudly outside our kitchen window. Emily kept telling them to be patient! First, Emily traced a heart shaped cookie cutter onto corrugated […]

The Halloween Deal

Between Clara’s Little Red Riding Hood, and Emily’s Link from Zelda, we’re kickin’ it old school in our household this Halloween. Mark made the shield from cardboard, and I sewed the tunic, hat, and sheath for the sword ($5.00 fabric from JoAnn). The sword was a Target find ($5). Emily and I worked out a […]

Five Little Bats Finger Puppet Playset

We have been enjoying lots of Autumn and Halloween themed books and poems in our household lately. Between battling colds, and rainy weather, it is the perfect time for snuggling under blankets and reading good books. When we read this poem this afternoon, we just knew we needed a finger puppet playset to go along […]

Beautiful Autumn Leaf Garland

We thought the dining room (aka sewing studio) could use some decorating this season, so Emily gathered up some leaves earlier in the day and we got to work on this beautiful garland for some late night crafting. Emily had been begging me to do the waxed paper leaf collage for a long time, but […]

Fun Autumn Treasure Hunt

We went on an Autumn treasure hunt at our local nature conservancy! It was so much fun! Emily used a clipboard with the list of treasures we were looking for. In mind were these playground scavenger hunt cards. We used our own non-illustrated version, since Emily’s working on her reading skills. Here are just some […]

Tiny Pumpkin Patch Playset — Cuteness Overload!!

We had so much fun creating this tiny pumpkin patch playset for our little friends (in this case, Calico Critters). Emily has been busy helping me make this, and then playing with it all day! First, we made tiny pumpkin seed packets with some paper and flax seeds. Dog got to work planting the pumpkins […]

400th Post — Fall Leaf Coasters

We made these beautiful Fall leaf coasters this afternoon, but first I wanted to tell you about this cute jumper I finished for Emily this morning. I started this dress late last night, and was almost finished with it, but my machine started to act up, (or maybe I was just getting too tired, but […]

Sunday Snapshot — Pumpkin Patch!

I took Clara to the pumpkin patch! (Emily was visiting with my parents for a few days.) It was so much fun!

Fall Treasure Bag

Emily’s garden goody bag has now evolved into a Fall Treasure Bag! She loves to collect colorful leaves, acorns or interesting seed pods while we go on nature walks, and I love that she has such a special bag for all her Fall treasures. We have lots of crafty plans for these pretty leaves! Now […]