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    November 3, 2015
    How To Save Leaves

    When I was little, I loved saving pretty Fall leaves and using them in crafts. Of course, they only last so long before they dry up and turn brown. However, this genius tutorial by Kelly at Little Wonders Days shows how you can make leaves last for at least another season (maybe even longer). Now, you can display your leaves, use them in art, or even use them as décor (maybe for a wedding?) without worrying about them lasting. Check it out here:

    We mixed one bottle of glycerin (found in the pharmacy department) with two parts water.  We made a fresh cut in the leaf stem and then soaked them in the solution for 3 days. They are just as beautiful and soft as the day the kids collected them.

    Photo Credit: Oregon DoT 

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    October 19, 2015
    Creative Food Ideas For Halloween

    When Halloween rolls around, there is one thing that kids look forward to: lots and lots of candy. They get a whole hoard of it when trick or treating, they probably get some from school or friends, its marketed at stores and in ads, and many of the Halloween related snack ideas I see online are for sweets. Which is fine! It’s what the holiday is about: getting into a little bit of mischief. However, it’s important for kids to get SOME fruits, veggies, and protein in addition to the massive amounts of sugar they will be ingesting. That’s why I’ve put together this list of spooky snack ideas that I’ve found on Pinterest- no candy needed. These are great to make for a Halloween party, or just to send with your kid as part of a school lunch:

    Tangerine Jack O’ Lanterns 

    Hot Dog Mummies 

    Spooky Deviled Eggs 

    Boo”nana Pops

    Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks 

    Jack O’ Lantern Veggie Tray 

    Halloween Cheeseburgers 

    Spider Pizza 

    Super Gross Guacamole 

    Jack O’ Lantern Quesadillas 

    Graveyard Pudding Cup 

    Halloween Fruit Cup 

    Cheesy Mummy Celery Sticks 

    Photo Credit: Manuel 

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    October 15, 2015
    Fall Activity Idea- Hundreds of Pumpkin Stencils

    If you haven’t started decorating for Halloween yet- what are you waiting for?? There are only two weeks left! Go to the pumpkin patch, grab some gourds, and get cracking! Kids especially love carving pumpkins and scooping out the gooey guts. Plus, pumpkin carving is a great way to create some lasting memories that your kids will cherish forever. Check out this post by Stephanie Keeping at Spaceships and Laser Beams for over 700 printable jack-o-lantern stencils! Let your kids pick out their favorite, and get carving :) My favorites are the Disney stencils, the Doctor Who ones, and the really intricate ones from Martha Stewart. Check them out!

    Photo Credit: Jim Reynolds 

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    October 7, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Book Storage As Decoration

    Photo from Daffodil Design

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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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