Crafting with Kids: Using Kits is Okay

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I have always been a fan of art projects with little ones! My favorite thing of all is giving a child a wide variety of things in front of them, a piece of paper and some glue (or tape) and letting them go ‘wild’ with their creativity. But, sometimes time just doesn’t allow that and quite frankly…you cannot make too many things by just letting them go with random objects. It is their own creation and still wonderful but sometimes, kits are the way to go! … [Read more...]

Personalized Umbrella

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I am not sure if you have seen the latest and greatest umbrellas but honestly they do not have one for boys ages 6-10. They have girl umbrellas but they didn't have one for my son. I decided I could make one that he would love. They are easy to make and inexpensive. The personalized umbrellas can be given as gifts to teachers, friends, and they can even be signed as a memory. You will need an umbrella any color Paint pens or sharpie markers work pencil image The first thing you … [Read more...]

Crafting with Kids: Making Fun out of Winter

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I have to admit that I am most certainly not a winter person. In fact, even something as simple as going to an appointment takes a lot of convincing (I mean come on, it’s cold out there!!!). So bundling up so my daughter can play in the snow doesn’t necessarily rank high on my ‘to do’. Don’t get me wrong, I get her outside but that does not mean it’s my favorite thing to do! I’d much rather be inside doing our same old art projects. Boring right?? … [Read more...]

Upcycle Your Used Candles

Upcycle Your Used Candles

Up-cycle Your Used Candles I get very disappointed when the wicks on my candles burn out and I have candle wax left. I hate throwing it away even though I have a closet full of candles in every shape and size. Some may just see leftover useless wax but I see $$$. This weekend I accidentally ruined my favorite jar candle because I had left it on the oven while I baked for 6 hours.I almost threw it away out of frustration when I had an idea. … [Read more...]

Crafting with Kids: Winter Fun

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The snow is upon us (at least temporarily) and I have to admit…I am far from excited to be outside playing in the snow. My daughter on the other hand, is so excited to see the snow! There was hardly a dusting on the ground and she pulled out all of her snow gear and was ready to go outside! So, I was on a search to find things to do outside besides the typical winter activities. … [Read more...]

Elf On The Shelf Notes

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I have a wicked sense on humor. I decided if my kids get to make wishes so do I. I am going to write a note to Santa and hope he answers my request. I mean if the Elf is leaving each night I might as well get my request in. It is all about knowing the right person!   You can see the one I sent yesterday by clicking on the link below If you are lost on the whole Elf on the Shelf If you want to see my first note for Santa It you want to see cool holiday ideas check out my … [Read more...]

How to Fix Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

Homemade Liquid Handsoap

How to Fix Homemade Liquid Hand Soap   I wrote a post on Homemade Liquid Hand Soap and have had some people ask questions because it did not turn out quite right. So I am going to address a few common problems and how to fix them.   Thicken up soap that is too thin  Use common table salt (start with 1/2 cup and add slowly till your soap is the consistency you desire) Xantham Gum (start with 1/2 TBSP and add slowly till soap thickens.) Borax (slowly add it … [Read more...]

How to Do a Snowman Christmas Ornament

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So it's close to Christmas time, and of course the tree is already up.  But maybe you need a few more ornaments.  Or you are looking for a great craft for the kids school parties.  Or maybe even a family party.  These are SUPER cute and aren't that expensive and the kids love them. What you need: A clear ornament Sugar Peppercorns twig piece of fabric orange construction paper black construction paper … [Read more...]