APR
01
2015

Fun and Easy Easter Activities for Kids!

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Good morning everyone! Easter weekend is already upon us, and I have some really fun and easy Easter crafts that you can do at home to celebrate! Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (in the Christian religion) and His promise of eternal life.  It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on the Spring Equinox, usually sometime between March 22nd and April 25th. Many people begin celebrations with Lent which starts on Ash Wednesday and runs for approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. Many people celebrate Lent by giving up something of value to them for this time period. Popular items to abstain from are various foods, drinks, sugar, TV, etc. Traditionally one was to abstain from eating animal products including eggs during Lent. Holy Week starts off with Palm Sunday, commemorating the arrival of Jesus of Nazareth into Jerusalem. It is followed by Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper, and Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ … [Read more...]

FEB
11
2015

DIY: Valentine’s Day Candy Box

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  SUPPLIES: Paper Mache boxes (I Found this set of 3 from Michael’s Craft Store) Elmer’s Glue Fun colored duct tape Red or pink felt sheet Scissors Valentine’s stickers & other embellishments  you like     And here are some more goodies we found…   STEP 1: Trace the top of your box onto a piece of felt, then cut it out and glue it to the top of your box.   STEP 2: Time to decorate! Because we found some transparent polka-dot tape I quickly painted the box white using some spray paint. I just didn’t want the brown box showing through my cute polka-dots!   Next we finished decorating our boxes with duct tape, heart stickers, some fun washi-tape, and whatever other embellishments my kiddos managed to scrounge up.   STEP 3: Time to make it sweet! And then lastly, we filled them with some of our favorite candies! I put a tiny bit of tissue paper in our boxes to make them a little bit fancier. … [Read more...]

FEB
10
2015

DIY Valentine Candy Jar Gift

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Hi everyone! Well, I can’t believe it’s February already, and that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This year I wanted to do some fun activities with my kiddos, as well as create some great DIY Valentine’s gifts for friends and family!   Today we’re going to be making these super cute little DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Jars. What you need: Candy of your choice Small empty jars (I used some tiny jam jars, but you can use anything you have on hand. Baby food jars are great for this!) Some fabric scraps (preferably Valentine colors) Optional: Washi Tape and labels   Not only are they super cute, but they’re also easy and fairly inexpensive to make!     Directions: First you’ll want to fill your jar with your favorite candy. Or better yet, the favorite candy of your intended recipient.     Next cut out a piece of scrap fabric to about 5”x5”. It doesn’t have to be a specific valentine print, recycle what you have … [Read more...]

FEB
09
2015

DIY: Paper Roll Valentine’s

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  Hello everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the past few days of Valentine’s Craft ideas and recipes! Today I have a really cute craft to share with you, and even better, they’re recycled! Drum roll please… Introducing Paper Roll Valentines!   SUPPLIES: Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls cut in half red or pink paint, or colorful scrapbook paper foam valentine hearts, stickers, etc. googley eyes or foam eye stickers (Michael’s Crafts) Elmer’s glue   DIRECTIONS: First paint your rolls with some red or pink paint then let them dry. You can also use colorful scrapbooking paper to cover them as well. Just cut it to the right height, then glue the paper to the roll and let dry. Next we went crazy decorating them. To create an owl shape simply fold in the top of the tube on each side.   As you can see Turbo gave his owl a little duct tape camo. We also added some beaks with a little orange construction paper, but a heart sticker … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2014

DIY Christmas Pillow Buddies!

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Good morning everyone! I always love to create handmade gifts this time of year. I think they’re not only fun, but they’re unique and make special gifts for those you love! Today’s tutorial is for a cute handmade pillow complete with a sweet little buddy! They’re super soft and cuddly, making them a perfect gift for Christmas!   So let’s get started! You will need: 1 yard of flannel fabric per pillow Coordinating thread Sewing machine (You can hand sew too if you’re feeling ambitious!) Iron and ironing board Scissors or rotary cutter Pins Ruler Stuffing for your pillow (You can get cotton or polyester your choice)     This project is a little complicated to try and explain in a blog post, so make sure to check out the video tutorial on how to create these cute little DIY Pillow Buddies below!   And that’s it!   For those of you wondering where I found the cute little stuffed animals with the … [Read more...]

DEC
09
2014

The Foto Finch Photography Curriculum Review

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Hi everyone! I’m all about the giving spirit right now, and so I have another giveaway for you this week! I’ve had a lot of questions on our photography curriculum that we’ve started this year with my 6th grader, and so I’m going to do a review and giveaway of it for you today! The Photo Finch was created by a good friend of mine, Ernie Treu, a fellow homeschooler, and an amazing photographer! And not only is she a photographer, but she has created two different and awesome homeschool curriculum! (You can read more about Ernie in her bio here.) Both curriculum are geared towards Junior High and High School students, but my 6th grader is going through it and she’s doing great! The lessons are easy to understand, and each lesson has accompanying assignments for your student to complete. As they progress through the lessons they’ll be creating a photography portfolio of their work!   Composition & Photojournalism ($79 Download, $84 CD) This course is divided into two … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2014

DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

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Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I helped Tinker Bell (8), though she did most of her own sewing. And then I sat with the Teeny Tot on my lap and helped her sew everything. So I would say it is a great DIY project for kiddos 8 and up. Ready to get your craft on? Let’s get started! Supplies: 4 bandanas or 4 pieces of fabric approx. 20”x20”  (You can get bandanas for $1 at Walmart or the Dollar Store) 1 1/2 yds. of fabric for back side (We picked a pattern, but you can do whatever you like.) 1 1/2 yds. batting (We used the thinnest one we could find, see picture below. And I prefer the natural material to the synthetic.) Coordinating Thread Scissors Coordinating Embroidery floss (We just used some from … [Read more...]

OCT
15
2014

Sashay Scarf for kids

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Hi all! I don’t know what it is about fall, but it definitely brings out the inner crafter in me! And today I tried one of these super cute, and might I add extremely EASY, sashay scarves!   Supplies are simple: 1 ball Sashay Yarn: I used Red Heart Boutique Sashay mini since it was for my daughter. The regular sashay yarn is wider than the mini. 1 – 6mm or “J” crochet hook   This would be a great project to take with you while you’re sitting at soccer practice, swim lessons, or even watching TV in the evenings. And since it’s sooooo easy, I also highly recommend it for a beginner student!   Pattern: The Yarn: If you pull the netting apart you’ll see one edge that looks finished and one that is plain with large hoops on it. That’s the side you’ll be working on. Begin at the first loop on the plain side of the yarn. **Place your hook through the first loop coming from the backside to the front side. Skip one loop, then pick up the next loop … [Read more...]

OCT
14
2014

Paper Pumpkin Fall Craft Idea

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Hi everyone! Fall is here, and I absolutely L.O.V.E. the beautiful colors, crisp air, cozy sweaters, and all of the fun crafts that go along with this time of year! Now I know this isn’t a new idea, but honestly we haven’t made the paper pumpkins before. I know, crazy right? Anyhoo, the Teeny Tot has been asking for crafts nearly everyday, and so I’ve had to come up with some ideas and since fall is upon us, I thought some fun pumpkin crafts would be the way to go! This craft is not only fun and easy, but it’s great for improving fine-motor control, scissor skills, and creativity! So all you need are: Orange construction paper Green construction paper Scissors Ruler Pencil Metal Brads Hole punch (optional)   Step 1: Using your ruler draw vertical lines along the short side of your construction paper to create 8 1” strips. (I know my pic has 7 strips, we used more than one sheet of paper.) We just used the width of our ruler so it was easy. If … [Read more...]

OCT
08
2014

Crochet Penguin Hat

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Hi everyone! I have a super cute crochet penguin hat to share with you all today! Since I’ve made so many fun things for the girls, Turbo has been asking for something as well. And since he loves penguins I thought this might be right up his alley!   You Will Need: 1 5mm crochet hook 1 Skein black yarn (We used Red Heart medium worsted weight yarn.  1 Skein accent color (We used some left over orange that I had from a previous project.) 1 Skein white (Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium in white.) 1 Skein blue for the eyes (Red Heart medium weight in Turquoise. The picture below is navy, I changed to the lighter blue because it stood out more.) Two 3/4” black buttons for eyes   Some abbreviations you’ll need to know to follow the pattern: ch – chain sl st- slip stitch SC – Single Crochet DC – Double Crochet HDC – Half Double Crochet HDC Decrease – Half Double Crochet Decrease TC – Triple Crochet If you … [Read more...]