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    June 18, 2015
    Father’s Day Ideas

    This Sunday is Father’s Day! It kind of snuck up on me this year, even though it’s usually on the same day as my dad’s birthday. Since I’m an adult, I try to do something nice for him- take him out to lunch, or maybe a movie. Get him a card, or a gift card. I wish I could make him something like I used to do when I was little, but I don’t think he’d appreciate a crochet purse or homemade soaps. Oh well. I think he just enjoys spending time together as a family and a good meal. Anyway, if you’re looking for some last minute, yet still heartfelt gift ideas, look no further than this post by My Frugal Adventures. Bonus- not all of them are too kiddie, so teenagers could make them as well:

    -Father’s Day Gift Basket Idea with Free Printable

    - DIY Beer Coasters

    - DIY Hamburger Seasoning

    -Dad Rocks Paperweight Craft

    -Photo Idea Card

    Photo Credit: Easa Shamih 

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    May 5, 2015
    DIY Gifts For Mom

    Alright dads (and aunts, and grandparents, and everyone else), get Mom out of the room! Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Have your kids gotten/made anything yet? You still have time! Moms will love anything that their kids put thought into, so homemade gifts are a fantastic idea. If you’re running low on inspiration, all you need to do is check out this post by Jackie Cravener at I Heart Arts and Crafts for ideas:

    -Hand-Shaped Ring Dish – From Mama Papa Bubba

    -Mother’s Day Handprint Charm – From Plucking Daisies 

    -Kid-Made Picture Frame Vase – From I Heart Arts n Crafts

    Photo Credit: Erika G. 

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    April 30, 2015
    Best Baby Shower Books

    Lately, I’ve been seeing the coolest idea on Pinterest for baby showers. Instead of a card, guests bring a book and sign the inside of the cover for the new baby. I think it’s a lovely idea to start the child’s library early. It’s never too early to enjoy a good book! Check out this post by Carrie at for the best books to bring to a baby shower:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

     Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch 

    Photo Credit: Toshimasa Ishibashi 

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    December 22, 2014
    Toys For ALL Kids

    Pink is for girls. All other colors are for boys. Girls get dolls and princesses and makeup, boys get science, nature, cars, superheroes, building tools, sports, technology, action figures- basically anything on the planet that has NOT been deemed as feminine. Then, we wonder why more girls aren’t interested in science, and why boys who grow up to be fathers are so absent in their children’s lives. To me, this is absolutely ridiculous. The very fact that “boy” toys and “girl” toys exist and are separate things proves that we still live in a very sexist, gender divided society. Some boys will grow up to be fathers and chefs and designers- they should play with baby dolls and cooking sets as well. Some girls will grow up to be scientists and athletes and engineers- and they need to play with microscopes and tools and sports equipment. So, if you’re looking for awesome, empowering gifts for ALL CHILDREN this holiday season, check out this post by Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures:

    -Trucks and cars- always help with problem solving abilities

    -Work bench and tools-Work benches are great for fine motor development, problem solving, creative thinking, language development, and even pre-writing skills.

    -Science kits


    -Baby dolls

    -Cooking sets / play kitchens

    -Dress up clothes- dramatic play develops social intelligence in kids of all genders. Princess or pirate, doctor or ninja, cowboy/girl, — let your kids pick out their own clothes and go crazy!

    -Art supplies, coloring books, and anything that encourages creativity

    Photo Credit: Weird Nut Daily 

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    December 19, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Fun Gift Wrapping Inspiration

    I love this! I’m absolutely miserable at wrapping presents. Maybe this will help me look like I know what I’m doing!

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    December 16, 2014
    DIY Gift Idea From Kids- Sharpie Mugs

    When you have very young kids, getting gifts for them is easy. You can give them a bunch of crap from the dollar store and they’re happy. Heck, you can give them toilet paper rolls, trash, and socks to play with, and they will– happily. My nephew prefers napkins and cardboard over his expensive baby toys anyway. What’s difficult is getting them to give gifts to their parents. Sure, you could just buy your spouse a nice, store bought item, write “From Baby” on it, and be done with it– but I think that having the kids make something is much more meaningful, and the parents will love it. Check out this idea from Lynette at Cleverly Simple for an adorable “From Kid” gift– a DIY Sharpie mug:

    You need:

    Sharpies (Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pens )
    An Oven

    -Let the kids go wild!

    -Let them dry overnight.  The next day I placed them in a COLD oven and turned the heat on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  I let it “cook” for 30 minutes and then turned the heat off.  IMPORTANT:::  Let the oven cool before you pull out the coffee mugs.

    Photo Credit: Emily May 

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    December 8, 2014
    Sentimental Gifts For Kids

    The best gift I’ve ever gotten from my Mom was a few Christmases ago. Every day for a year, she wrote in a journal about things she loved about me, and included photos. Somehow, she kept it hidden from me all year and gave it to me on Christmas. I cried like a baby, and it has become one of my most prized possessions since. That journal beat out expensive gifts like phones, cameras, and other gadgets as “best present ever”. It really just goes to show that sentimental gifts from the heart mean so much more. With the holidays fast approaching, you may be looking for unique gift ideas of your own. If so, check out this guide by Alison at Pint Sized Treasures. Some are objects that your children will treasure forever, others create memories that last a lifetime:

    -Parent/Child Journal

    -Hope Chest.

    -Personalized Trinket Boxes 

    -Craft book with tons of supplies- crafting together is a great way to build memories

    -Classic board games for the family to play together

    -Bikes for all- for the family to ride together

    Photo Credit: Steven Depolo 

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    October 1, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Cute DIY Keepsake


    Photo from Sunshine Homestead

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    September 2, 2014
    Baby Books

    My nephew is almost seven months old! Time sure does fly. I’m lucky enough that I get to see him every day. I have a pretty unconventional work schedule, so I watch him during the day while my sister is at work. It can be tiring, but it’s pretty rewarding as well. I try to do as much with him as possible to help foster his mental, social, and physical development. We sing songs, play games, go outside, do tummy time, and I talk to him constantly. But most of all, I read to him. Of course, he’s too young to understand, but the more words he hears, the better off he’ll be. Also, reading from a young age will show him that reading is fun. Hopefully he’ll be a lifelong reader! But what do you read to a baby? I have a book of nursery rhymes, bedtime stories, fairy tales, a book about colors, and a few more fun, interactive ones that he loves. For more reading inspiration, as well as the different types of baby books out there, check out this post by Chanda at Pink Oatmeal:

    -The “crinkly” book is how it is referred to in our house.  This book is nice and soft for C to touch and makes a crinkly sound when manipulated. 

    -Finger puppet books are a ton of fun

    -Board books with few words on the page

    -Books with repitition

    -Touch and feel books

    Photo Credit: Devin F

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    May 9, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Mother’s Day Special- How to Make Crepes!
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    This video is adorable and educational! It may be a little messy, but it looks delicious. Moms will love these! As always, have a parent or older sibling help out with the cooking.

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