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10 Awesome Ways to Make Cleaning FUN for Kids

It’s time for some Spring cleaning, so why not make it fun?? I asked some of the most creative moms in the blogosphere to share their best tips for keeping the kiddos motivated to help out around the house. These mamas make cleaning time seem like a blast! Pretend Play — 1. “Dress up like […]

Meet Melissa Twitter Party

Pst! Hey.. did you hear the news?? Our lovely friends from Melissa & Doug are hosting a Twitter Party to chat about play time fun, give away prizes, AND…. guess who will be there…. tweeting with the tweeps…… on Twitter?? Melissa!!!!! Yes, yes…… THE Melissa!!!  ***squeal*** I know, right?! Totally awesome. Did you know that Melissa […]

My Secret Surprise Art Project

A few days ago, I took the girls on a fun trip to do some nature drawing, and Emily drew this lovely seasonal tree drawing (along with big plans to repeat the same tree drawing in Fall, Winter, and Spring). What she didn’t know was that for the last couple of nights, I have been […]

Nature Drawing – Seasonal Trees

When I was in second grade, I had a lovely teacher (Thank you, Mrs. Barnhart!!) who would take a few minutes every season to let us go outside and draw the same tree throughout the year. This proved to be a simple, but very effective lesson in art, weather, and science. At the end of […]

Around the Web — Made from Egg Cartons

Don’t throw those empty egg cartons in the recycling bin — craft with them first! Here are some inspiring and creative ways to reuse egg cartons for some inexpensive (if not free) crafting fun!! Egg Carton Buttons from prettylittlethings.typepad.com   Egg Carton Flower Wreath from kraftykat76.blogspot.com   Egg Carton Sewing Kit from countryliving.com   Egg […]

Mandatory Picnic

We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather lately! You know, the kind of weather when it feels like a crime to be spending any amount of time indoors?? Yeah, that kind. As I was just about to do my usual boring reheat the leftovers from last night’s dinner for lunch thing, I looked at Clara and […]

Garden Photos That Make Me Smile

The whole family has been hard at work on our garden — here’s a little update with things we were happy to see!! We get excited when we find tiny sprouts of lettuce starting to appear! Aren’t they sooooo cute??? And look — potatoes starting to sprout!! Yay!!! There’s always work to be done, but […]

Giveaway – Mabel’s Labels!

I am so happy to have been given a set of these Colorful Sticky Labels and Colorful Bag Tags from Mabel’s Labels to review and giveaway because they are amazing! The sticky labels are perfect for dishes, sippy cups, or bottles because they are designed to be dishwasher safe. They really stay put! Added bonus […]

Giveaway: CUTE Apron from Shabby Apple

Yesterday I visited 69 News at Sunrise to share some tips for traveling with kids and some fun (and frugal) Spring crafts! Eve and I had so much fun getting crafty for Spring!! In case you missed the segment, you can view the clip here… Note how I was sporting a fun new apron from […]

How to Make Your Own Sunshine

Are you tired of Winter? Do you long for warmer weather?? Do you wish Spring would hurry up and arrive already??? Then it’s time to make your own sunshine! It’s quick and easy to do!! Start by inviting the kids to paint several coffee filters with watercolor paint — the brighter, the better! We love […]

Cheap Thrills — Lava “Lamp”

The rainy days of Spring are the perfect excuse to try some easy science experiments!! For a little science fun, fill a small plastic bottle with water and vegetable oil leaving a few inches of space at the top of the bottle. Add a few drops of food coloring, then slowly add a few effervescent antacid […]

Sunday Snapshot — In the Garden

We have been hard at work on our rented garden plot, and getting ready for Spring! Lettuce, broccoli (Emily’s favorite veggie), and onion seeds are all in the ground… up next, peas!!! Five Reasons to Start a Garden 1. Organic gardening is good for the planet. 2. Cancel that gym membership — gardening is great […]

Super Easy Weekend Crafts

We’ve been taking it easy around here lately, so here are some EASY crafts for those laid back weekends. This star garland is easy to make using star-shaped sticky notes! Emily loved playing this easy fishing game — made with pipe cleaner fish! …and if Spring isn’t coming fast enough for you, try making your own tissue paper […]

What We Do on Rainy Days

Here are a few of our favorite crafts for those rainy days that come with Spring… 1. Make Giant Sunflowers from empty oatmeal canisters!! — So bright and cheerful! 2. Create an Easy Spring Mural with Sticky Notes! — A quick way to add some cheer to your home! 3. Make Our Own Scratch n […]

Money Saving Tips for Teachers

I was invited to give a hands-on workshop for teachers at the Educator’s Networking Conference held at Cedar Crest College last weekend, and we had LOTS of fun!! The topic was Creative Money Saving Tips for the Classroom, and we were busy, busy, busy with all sorts of super-frugal classroom activities! I felt so lucky […]

Build a Flower Activity Set

Inspired by this post on Made by Joel, I thought Emily would enjoy a flower building toy of her own. There was just one small problem — I’m not skilled at woodworking…. yet! Though I have plans to explore that little hobby soon! But I didn’t let that stop me…. It’s basically a recycled cardboard […]

Top 10 Posts of 2010 — #2

We’re just one post away from the number 1 post of 2010! We did lots of fun window displays and murals this year to help celebrate the changing of the seasons. All of them were quick, easy projects, and they added lots of color to our home. It’s amazing what you can make with coffee […]

Suggested Supply List

You’ll want to bookmark this post to have it handy By popular request, here are some suggested craft supplies (and related projects) that our family loves to have on-hand! Many of these can be found at Target, your local grocery store, or just laying around your house. I’ve included links to Amazon, for easy purchase […]