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    September 16, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: INCREDIBLE Fairy Tale Tree House!

    Photo from Catching Eyes

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    September 4, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Cloud Bubble Experiment

    This is AWESOME! Just make sure parents closely supervise and handle the more dangerous parts.

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    August 5, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Cool Kid Nook

    Photo from Mommo Design

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    July 31, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Perfect Campfire Dessert!

    I made these forever ago in Girl Scouts– they are delicious!

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    July 27, 2015
    DIY Chalk Recipe

    Yes, I’m aware that you can go to the dollar store and buy a bucket of chalk for extremely cheap. But part of the fun of making your own is, well, the “making your own” part! By DIY-ing chalk, you and your kids can customize colors, as well as have a blast playing with the goo. It’s perfect sidewalk chalk weather, so read this post by Laurie at the Passionate Penny Pincher blog for her homemade chalk recipe:

    • Mix together equal parts water and corn starch. 
    • Add food coloring (you’ll need to add quite a bit to change the color ~ I actually used cake decorator’s food coloring paste.) 
    • Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze until solid, then take outside to play with.

    Photo Credit: Jenni C 

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    June 26, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Amazing Sugar Sculptures

    This is hypnotic! How cool :)

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    May 21, 2015
    Spring Activity: DIY Wind Chimes

    I’m a big fan of kids’ activities that let them develop their creative side. Whether it be through play, art, crafts, music, dance, or any other form of expression, creative activity is essential for kids. Well, this post by Jackie at Happy Hooligans has the perfect summer craft that combines both art and music- DIY, kid-friendly wind chimes. I love the look and sound of wind chimes! I think they’re just really relaxing, and they make your yard look whimsical. I can’t wait to try some of these myself- the wooden rainbow chimes are gorgeous.

    -Coffee can wind chime 

    -Rainbow wind chimes

    - Summer Stars

    -Water bottle whirligig

    Photo Credit: Richard Elzey 

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    May 11, 2015
    How To Set Up A Treasure Hunt Game

    For my last anniversary, I set up a treasure hunt game for my boyfriend. I left presents all over the town where we met, and each present had a clue to where the next one was. I was waiting at the end with his real present- a weekend trip to Gatlinburg. It was so much fun, and I know it meant a lot to him. You can play a variant of this same game at home, with your partner, or with your kids. Kids will love solving the clues and finding little toys and treats everywhere. Check out this post by Catherine Holecko at Family Fitness for tips:

    -Pick a prize and find a place to hide it

    -Write out your clues. Draw pictures for younger players, write out riddles and math problems to challenge older kids.

    -Hide your clues- make it challenging, but not enough to end up in frustration.

    -Hand over the first clue and set the wheels in motion!

    Photo Credit: Tom Garnett 

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    May 7, 2015
    (Edible) Paint Recipe

    When watching infants and young toddlers, it can be easy to fall into a rut. Wake up, breakfast, nap, lunch, play, watch tv, nap, dinner, bath time, bed. While it’s good for all children to be on a dependable schedule, it’s also important to vary what you do every day. I try to take my nephew outside, read him books, play silly games with him, and sing and dance with him as often as possible. But more often than I like, I end up just letting the TV babysit him. I’d love to introduce more activities to him. That’s why I really like this post by Clarissa at Munchkins and Moms. Here is her recipe for infant safe, edible paint. PS, be ready for a MESSY activity! :

    -Mix rice cereal and water together until it reaches the consistency of finger paint. Add a few drops of food coloring and you’re done! Let your baby go crazy!

    Photo Credit: Stephanie Sicore 

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    May 6, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Babysitter Hack

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