No Mess Candy Cane Ornaments

When Emily came home from school this afternoon, she asked if we could make some ornaments for the tree, and she didn’t have to twist my arm. These candy cane ornaments are so easy and so much fun to make! Added bonus — hardly any post-crafting clean up! Yay for no-mess crafts! We happened to […]

Candy Cane Painting

What’s even more fun than painting?? Painting in your pajamas!!! This candy cane painting is quite toddler friendly, and the kiddos get great results! I outlined a candy cane shape with a Sharpie on some thick card stock paper, and added some masking tape stripes. Once I invited Clara over to paint, the smiles were […]

Last Minute Holiday Gifts Kids Can Make

Emily helped demonstrate some frugal homemade gifts kids can make on The 10! Show this morning! We had so much fun crafting these quick and easy gifts with LuAnn! The kiddos love to help stir up homemade bath salts, and they make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, grandmas, or anyone else you know who could […]

Handmade Holiday Gifts for Tots

Looking for some handmade gift ideas for the special tots on your list? We’ve got you covered, and the best part is an older sibling can help put these gifts together too! You can order inexpensive unfinished wooden toys from the Etsy shop Clickity Clack. I highly recommend them — quick shipping and great customer […]

Rainbow Sprinkles from Highlights High Five

This little gem of a handmade gift idea comes from Highlights High Five magazine — rainbow sprinkles to use as a fun topping for yogurt or ice cream! As soon as Emily saw this craft featured in the December issue, she begged to make it! If you don’t already subscribe to Highlights High Five, I […]

No Mess Christmas Tree Craft for Tots

Clara and I made a fun Christmas tree using a few office supplies, and the best part..?  No clean up! (Yay for no-mess crafts!) They are quick and easy to make too! I cut two identical pine tree shapes out of colored card stock (I recycled a torn file folder), then invited Clara over to […]

Around the Web — Handmade Holiday Gifts for Baby

Now is the perfect time for some quick weekend sewing projects. Here are some frugal handmade gift ideas for the littlest ones on your holiday list! I used this free pattern from Stardust Shoes to make several pairs of cloth baby shoes as gifts, and it is one of my favorites! Aren’t they just the cutest?? […]

Pine Forest Playscape

Clara and I made a fun pine forest playscape using coffee filters, and it’s been a big hit for imaginative play over here! We painted a bunch of coffee filters in hues of yellow and green. I love how happy Clara gets when she realizes that we will be painting — what fun!! She painted […]

Crafts to Cure Cabin Fever

This morning I visited NBC’s studios in Philadelphia for a quick demo of some FUN Winter crafts using items most households already have on-hand — the perfect cure for cabin fever! Dawn and I had so much fun on The 10! Show, and we featured crafts for kids of all ages!! In case you missed […]

Dove Garland

Emily and I made a pretty dove garland, and it was made using our new favorite art supply — coffee filters! These were so much fun to make!! If you have some coffee filters on hand, you can download our template, and print it out on card stock, to make a dove garland of your own! […]

Winter Window Display

Are you busy decorating the house for the holidays?? We sure are!! The girls helped me decorate the front door for Winter over the weekend. It was a real group effort! Since painting inexpensive coffee filters is such a popular activity in this household, we decided to use that approach. Again. Speaking of coffee filters, over […]

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide — Manly Man Edition

The holidays are almost here!! Need some holiday gift ideas for the men in the family? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered — all in frugal style, of course. Get the kiddos involved for some crafting fun! Handmade Gifts for Him: Macho Manly Man Pocket Handwarmers for Men – Kids can help stuff these with […]

Sunday Snapshot — Little Eskimo

$5 Friday — Dollar Store Smiles Edition

When will the snow ever end??? I don’t know about you guys, but all this whiteness and being cooped up in the house for far too long was enough to drive us all a little coo-coo. So this afternoon I took Emily with me to the dollar store for another $5 Friday adventure! This time […]

Psychedelic Snowman Sculpture

Who says you can only build a snowman outdoors? And while we’re at it… why can’t he be a bit more colorful? After gathering some snow from outside, we made our sculptures with it…. …and we brightened up our designs using some sheets of bleeding art tissue paper! [Note: This is different from regular tissue […]

Sunny Day

We made our own sunshine today! There was lots of sunbathing…. …jumping around in our bathing suits, dancing to music by The Beach Boys… …reading trashy novels (or library books)…. …and what beach day would be complete without ice pops? Now, if you’ll excuse me…. I think I hear my piña colada calling.

Spring is Here! (Sort of…)

Winter can be dark, dreary, and COLD here in Pennsylvania. This year, we thought it would be fun to trick that stupid groundhog into predicting an early Spring. We went outside armed with tons of tissue paper flowers…. ….and planted them all over the place! Soon, it was very colorful! Some flowers bloomed from bushes…. […]

Weekend Rewind — Indoor Sandbox

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend! Here’s a fun post from our archives, and one that I talked about on our debut for The 10! Show. The girls had so much fun with this indoor sandbox, and it’s a great activity even the littlest ones can enjoy! One of the things Emily misses the most […]