Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make — Hand Painted Pendants

I thought it would be fun to do a little series on frugal Mother’s Day gifts kids can make, so all you Dads out there… pay attention! (hint, hint) We enjoyed some warm sunshine this afternoon along with some messy art to make these BEAUTIFUL hand-painted pendants! You can find large washers like these at […]

Cheap Thrills — Poolside Edition

It was such a sunny and warm day, Emily decided to take a dip in the pool. Ahhhh… refreshing! Happy April Fool’s Day!!

Quick Craft — Bunny Handprints

Emily loved making this adorable bunny handprint this afternoon, and I think Clara will want to do one when she wakes up from her nap too! It was a super quick and easy project. I’ll be making color copies of them to turn them into Easter greeting cards! To make your own, you will need […]

Felted Easter Eggs

The girls and I had so much fun making these CUTE felted Easter eggs! To make your own, you will need some wool roving. If you have trouble finding wool roving, you can purchase it online here. Start by filling a pitcher with some very warm water, and add a few tablespoons of dish soap. […]

Sunday Snapshot — Egg Hunt Fun

Wishing you and your family and fun-filled weekend!

Catching Leprechauns

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it would be fun to lure some leprechauns into our house for good luck. Armed with a pair of Clara’s old baby shoes and some colorful chalk, we made green footprints on the sidewalk leading into the house! Emily told me not to forget about the rainbow. […]

Quick Craft – Pot of Gold Suncatchers

For a super quick St. Patrick’s Day craft, cut out a pot from black construction paper, and place it on a sheet of clear contact paper with the sticking side up. Invite your little ones over to sprinkle tissue paper and gold foil confetti into the pot! We reused gold foil candy wrappers mixed with […]

Easy Four Leaf Clovers

These easy four leaf clovers are sure to bring a little extra good luck! To make your own, you will need, paper for the background, green paper, scissors, and green masking tape. Use the green masking tape to place the stems of your four leaf clovers on the background paper. Cut heart shapes from the […]

Valentine’s Past

Putting together this post was a fun trip down memory lane! Here are some of the Valentine’s Day activities we did last year… Enjoy! Heart-shaped Felt Cookies — Almost good enough to eat! Chocolate-covered Strawberries — These are definitely good to eat… yum!! Volunteering at a local assisted living center — This was one of […]

DIY: Scratch N Sniff Valentine Treat Bags

These scratch ‘n sniff Valentine treat bags smell as SWEET as they look! Emily had so much fun making these, and the colors were quite vibrant! To make your own, you will need: white paper lunch bags (we found ours at Target), unsweetened powdered drink mix (ie. Kool Aid – very inexpensive), and a bit […]

Easy Reverse Resist Paintings

If your kids love to paint, but you would rather not deal with the mess, bleeding art tissue paper is for you. It’s very inexpensive and can be found at any art supply store — plus, a little bit goes a long way! We are never afraid to get messy with art, but at times […]

Will You Be My Paint Chip Valentine?

The girls and I were busy crafting up these handmade Valentine’s Day cards made from leftover paint chips (found free at any hardware or paint store). We had a bunch of different shades of red and pink, which made perfect Valentine cards! To make your own paint chip Valentine’s, place two paint chips back-to-back as […]

Peace Dove Handprints

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we made peace doves using hand prints! This was a quick and fun craft, and it introduced the dove as a symbol of peace. To make your own peace dove handprint, you will need: white paint, orange and blue construction paper, glue, and a paint brush. Oh […]

3-D Paper Lantern Picture

It’s a bit early yet for Chinese New Year, but that didn’t stop us from creating these fun 3-D paper lantern pictures. They were so easy and so much fun to make! Plus, it uses recyclables. I love projects like these, don’t you? The highlight of this project…… Clara using glue for the first time! […]

Happy New Year!! — Jingle Bell Noisemaker Bracelet

Emily loved ringing in the new year with this fun jingle bell noisemaker bracelet! To make your own noisemaker bracelet, you will need: felt, thread, jingle bells, and a small button. Cut two long pieces of felt about 1 1/2 inches wide. Measure your child’s wrist and add about 2 inches for the length. Whip […]

Top 9 Posts of 2009 Round Up

Some of our very favorite posts for 2009: :: Easy Autumn Tree Suncatcher :: Gratitude Activity Jar :: Fun Autumn Treasure Hunt :: Cheap Thrills — Cardboard Box Edition :: Stunning Winter Tree Silhouette :: DIY Reusable 2-in-1 Sandwich Wrap and Placemat :: Modern Art :: Felt Fairy House Tutorial :: Laundry Day Fun We […]

Sunday Snapshot — All Dressed Up (Sort of)

Almost a year ago, I had found these beautiful holiday dresses for both of the girls at our local thrift store. The girls wore them to my parents’ house for Christmas dinner, until my brother gifted Clara with an adorable monkey bathrobe and sock-monkey slippers. She LOVES them. The minute she saw them, she made […]

Christmas Eve

It is 11:33 PM on Christmas Eve. There has been much gift wrapping, card writing, decorating, stocking stuffing, tree trimming, and other such activities going on…. and so much more left to do! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.