DEC
15
2015

Kwik Stix Review and Giveaway!

Good morning everyone! I have a really fun giveaway for you today, and just in time for the holidays! I’ll be giving away a set of the fun new Kwik Stix paint pens by The Pencil Grip!   I’m sure you’ve seen these popping up all over the internet, I know I have! And my kids were so excited when I said that they were sending some for us to review. At first I thought they’d just be like regular crayons or maybe even markers, but they aren’t. They’re actually paint in a stick. So they glide on really smoothly, and can be blended somewhat as well. They go on wet, but dry within about 90 seconds which is nice. And one that that I definitely appreciate is that they come out in an even amount. So you don’t have any large globs of paint like when working with paint and brushes.   We found that they work best with thicker, painting paper as opposed to regular copy paper. Since they are wet, they do act just like paint and can soak through thinner paper.   Hopefully … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2015

2015 Sewing & Quilting Holiday Gift Guide

Have someone in your life who is getting started sewing or quilting? I have the perfect gift ideas to help you out! Last year our girls decided they wanted sewing machines for Christmas. And they’ve been in constant use since then. I love to see all of the creations they come up with. And I love that we got them a present that is useful, and teaches them a valuable life-long skill as well. It fosters amazing creativity and I don’t regret getting them one bit! So let’s get started with some gift ideas! I’ve listed all of the basics that one needs to get started with sewing or quilting, and Supplies: 1. Cutting Mat: I highly suggest you get a self-healing cutting mat. You can find them online as well as in most crafts stores. I will say that they can be kind of expensive. I recommend using a coupon at JoAnn’s, or I’ve also found great prices on Amazon as well. I have this Fiskars 18”x24” light blue mat that I purchased on Amazon for $16.10. It’s a nice size, not too large, but not … [Read more...]

DEC
08
2015

2015 Girls Holiday Gift Guide

Last week I posted my educational toys holiday gift guide, and this week I have my fun gift ideas to share with you. Today I’m sharing my girls holiday gift guide, and then in a couple of days I’ll have some gift ideas for boys too!     One of the things that Strawberry Shortcake has been asking for is this Wooden Art Set. She loves to draw, color, and paint. I like that this one comes in a wooden box, and everything is stored neatly inside the case. It is easily portable, and includes most of what she’ll need to get creative! I’ll probably add in a drawing/painting paper spiral too.     Another thing on Miss Lady Bug’s gift list is the Frozen Karaoke Machine. I might regret it, but it looks like it might be cute LOL!   Another fun gift idea that I know Miss Lady Bug would love, is the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch. It come with 3 activities, 5 games, and 3 challenges including a motion sensor. It can also take pictures and videos, including a voice … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2015

2015 Boys Holiday Gift Guide

As promised today I’m sharing some of the highly requested items from boys for Christmas this year. These aren’t always educational, but they’re definitely fun and most of his items encourage logical thinking skills so I’m counting them as educational too LOL! Ready?   Books: The Underland Chronicles have been a favorite of my son’s for awhile now, and I think most boys would enjoy this series. Here’s the online synopsis, “When Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland beneath the city. There, a conflict is brewing between the humans and the giant creatures that live below. Gregor must find his place in the frightening prophecies he encounters, the strength to protect his family, and the courage to stand up against an army of giant rats.”   Another favorite of my son’s is the Percy Jackson series. He really enjoyed these books, but as with any book series, … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2015

Lakeshore Learning Spiral Art Design Center

Looking for some great gift ideas this year? I’ll have more 2015 Holiday Gift Guides coming out soon so stay tuned! But in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway of one of my featured products this year! We got the Spiral Art Design Center for Miss Lady Bug this year and she loves it!   Actually I have my suspicions that a few of my older kiddos will love this too. I remember having one of these when I was a kid, and had so much fun making cool designs with the different disks and colors!   And I was right, everyone ended up giving it a try. I had to set a timer so each one could have a turn.   I’m really hoping they’ll enjoy this for awhile. And I think it’s a great way to encourage creativity while working on fine-motor skills too!   The other thing I like about this one, is that all of the pieces fit into the carrying case, so it’s easy to store, and travel with. Miss Lady Bug likes to bring it … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2015

2015 Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Hi everyone! I can’t believe the holidays are already hear. And I’m sure a lot of you are starting to make lists of items to get, so I wanted to share some of our favorites with you as well. This year I’m going to post an educational gift guide, then another one for boys/girls, and finally one for sewers and quilters just incase any of my family is reading LOL!   In this post I have a bunch of fun stocking stuffer ideas for you as well as educational, and also fun, gifts for elementary aged students. Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Pick and Draw Why Do They Call it Christmas? DVD Smencils The Night Before Christmas Recordable Book (My parents did this for our children, and they LOVE it! It will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.) Pilot FiXion Erasable Pens (We LOVE these and use them for school work all of the time because they’re erasable! YAY!) Fuzzy socks Candy Beanie Ballz Toothpaste and toothbrush! Gift Cards Play-doh Glow … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2014

How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

  You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring Action Rag Quilt Snips are made specifically for rag quilting!) 2/3 yd. each of 5 different coordinating fabrics for quilt front 1 piece of backing fabric (55" x 75") 1 piece of fleece for batting (55" x 75") Sewing machine (Would love some suggestions for a new machine, Mine is about the same age as I am and was my grandma’s Dressmaker!) My quilt used 35 - 10”x10” squares with a 3/4 “ seam allowance all around. After sewing and washing it ended up being 45” x 59” which fits nicely on her bunk bed. You’re welcome to make your quilt any size you like, just make sure to get the correct amount of fabric for your project! So let’s get started! I thought it would be easier to show in a … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2014

DIY Christmas Pillow Buddies!

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...]

NOV
23
2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Good morning readers! It’s about time to start thinking about gifts for all of those special people in your life. and today I have a holiday gift guide to help make your shopping a bit easier. I like to share both educational and fun items that we’re either looking forward to receiving or giving. This year I have a ton of great stocking stuffer ideas, as well as gifts for older and younger kiddos, as well as girls and boys alike.   Stocking Stuffer Ideas:   Pick and Draw Why Do They Call it Christmas? DVD Smencils The Night Before Christmas Recordable Book (My parents did this for our children, and they LOVE it! It will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.) Pilot FiXion Erasable Pens (We LOVE these and use them for school work all of the time because they’re erasable! YAY!) Fuzzy socks Candy Beanie Ballz Toothpaste and toothbrush! Gift Cards Play-doh Glow Sticks Stickers Fun erasers Santa’s Word … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2014

DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

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...]