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    March 28, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Build A Diaper Cake
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox9ylf4

    Really cute idea for a baby shower or gift for new parents!


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    November 20, 2013
    Wordless Wednesday: Beanbag Chair with Stuffed Animals

    Photo from Amazon 


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    October 8, 2013
    Offbeat (But Genius) Baby Shower Gifts

    At every baby shower, you see more or less the same things: about a thousand onesies, a million diapers, and maybe a few books and toys. While these are all useful and definitely necessary, it can get pretty old. Peggy Wang at Buzzfeed has compiled this awesome list of unexpected gifts that new parents don’t even know they need. It’s impossible to list all the products and pictures here, but be sure to check out the list! Included are ideas like stroller storage add ons, bottle holders, a baby shusher, an on-the-go changing mat, and a battery operated nail trimmer.

    Photo Credit: MeddyGarnet 


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    August 28, 2013
    Wordless Wednesday: Cookie Cutter+Sprinkles=Easy Cake Decoration!

    Photo from Babble


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    August 27, 2013
    Gifts that Kids Can Make for Teachers

    Teaching kids about giving back is extremely important in raising them to be kind, grateful, and compassionate adults. One of the most important people in your childs’ life will be their teacher, and who better to show thanks to? Teacher gifts are a great way to show appreciation. There are the standards: candles, school supplies, coffee, etc. But wouldn’t it be better if the gift was something that your child hand made? It would mean a lot more to the teacher, and really…does he or she really need another scented candle? This post at Giverslog has 50 DIY gifts for teachers that kids can make (or help with). The entire post is amazing, but here are some of my favorites:

    Gifts Using Pictures of the Kids– like thank you portraits, photo pencil puzzles, or Christmas ornaments!

    Gifts Using Kids Artwork– personalized book plates, photo desk calendar.

    Things that Kids Color Directly– self explanatory– the possibilities are endless!

    Things Kids Can Make- like pens, bookmarks, and desserts

    Photo Credit: A Forest Frolic 


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    June 10, 2013
    Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, now is the time to consider what to give to Dad and Grandpa.  With that in mind, also remember that handmade gifts are often those that Dads remember.  So what do you make for Dad?  A couple of years ago, I gave my parents both a book of 365 reasons I loved them. It took me all year to write one reason for every day.

    You can do something like this, though. Consider if a child is seven years old … come up with seven reasons.  15 years old?  15 reasons!

    Or maybe you can make a craft project.  Creative Green Living offers several ideas, including:

    Every year I struggle to know what to get my dad. Usually it ends up being something that defaults to his love of coffee (travel mug with photos) or his love of birds (birdhouse or bird feeder). This year I had an epiphany: Dad loves to fish. LOVES it. So I thought it would be appropriate to make him his own personalized fishing jigs.

    Here’s a link with detailed instructions.


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    May 14, 2013
    Photo Nametags

    I know, I know. The photo showing this fabulous idea is all Christmasy, but it is an idea that would work for just about any occasion! My daughter’s high school graduation is this Saturday and wouldn’t it be cute to wrap her gifts in plain paper and then put different photos of her as she grew up?

    From Our Suburban Farm,

    I have SO much wrapping paper and so many wrapping supplies, so I didn’t do it for ALL the presents, but I did pretty much one for every person like this. 

    This is GREAT!


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    April 12, 2013
    Friday Video: Birthday at Disney Surprise

    This is hilarious! Bless her heart… what a funny reaction!

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    December 11, 2012
    Gifts for Teacher

    Raising children costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. There’s the clothes, sport registrations, uniforms, equipment, books, Christmas, Easter, vacation, vacation clothes, school clothes, food, shelter… oh my the list is endless.  And then there’s the gifts. Birthday parties, girl scout leaders, boy scout leaders, secret Santa, Sunday school teachers. I am not ashamed to admit that I was elated when my youngest finally reached middle school because I no longer had to buy her teacher a present at Christmas and at the end-of-the-year!  If, however, you are still obligated, here are my suggestions for affordable gifts for teacher:

    1.  Gift card at restaurant or local grocery store.

    2.  Tray of homemade cookies or candy.

    3.  A nice, handwritten note about why the teacher is special to your child.

    4.  A gift card to a coffee shop.

    5.  A gift card to a book store.

    What do teachers NOT want?  A coffee mug, basket of soaps or lotions, or other dust-collecting items. Now get out and do something nice!


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    November 12, 2012
    Thermometer Disguised as Pacifier

    While I love this idea, I can think of only one or two potential problems with it:

    1.  That your baby is very picky about what type of pacifier he/she uses.

    2.  That he/she doesn’t use a pacifier at all!

    Otherwise, this is AMAZING!  I wish I’d had a pacifier with a built-in thermometer when my kids were still young!


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