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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 24, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: DIY Card Ideas
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2ogcnw

    These are some great ideas! Especially with Mother’s Day coming up!


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    March 31, 2015
    April Fools Day- The Best Pranks To Play On Your Kids

    My personal disclaimer: before you go around pranking anyone, make sure you know them well enough! Some kids (and adults) honestly do not handle it well, usually because their sense of humor is different than yours. It’s also important to know where to draw the line between what is funny and what is mean. Once you have that down, April Fool’s Day becomes an excuse to have some silly fun with your kids. Get started preparing tonight, and you’ll have an awesome prank ready for them tomorrow morning. Check out these ideas from Rachel Miller at the Kids Activities blog:

    -Shrink Wrap.- Two year olds are mesmerized when you shrink wrap their toys.  Half the fun is unwrapping them.  It’s Christmas all over again!

    -Give your child a small silly gift.- only put it in a small box, wrap it.  Put that in a medium box.  Wrap it.  Put that in a larger box, etc.  They will have fun finding their gift.

    Freeze their Breakfast.- Fill your child’s bowl with cereal and milk – then stick it into the fridge!  The kids will be frustrated as they try to eat their breakfast (be sure to have a regular bowl of food nearby).

    Photo Credit: Pascal 


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    March 19, 2015
    Spring Solstice Fun

    Tomorrow, March 20th, is the Spring Solstice! It marks the first day of Spring (in the Northern hemisphere) and is a great excuse to get outside with your kids and learn about nature and even astronomy. Because, this year we will be having a solar eclipse AND a super new moon tomorrow. Pretty exciting stuff! The Spring solstice celebrates the vernal equinox (when the length of the day and the length of the night are equal), which also occurs tomorrow. Talk about a lot! Check out this post by Nell at Rhythms of Play for ideas for solstice activities:

    -Get outside and connect- take a hike, observe new life beginning around you- find flowers, birds, and other critters .

    -Plant new life- put a tree in your yard, or plant some flowers!

    -Decorate eggs- get them ready for Easter, or paint a wooden egg for a craft

    -Prepare a feast for family and friends.

    Photo Credit: martinak15 


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    February 16, 2015
    Happy President’s Day!

    Stay warm!

    Photo from Parents.com 


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    January 19, 2015
    Celebrating MLK Day With Kids: Books and Activities About Diversity

    Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everyone! I know that many of you may be enjoying a day off from work or school, which is great, but today also allows time for reflection. Today, I went with my mother and my nephew to our city’s MLK Memorial Ceremony, and it really made me think. We heard about Martin Luther King’s life, lesser known civil rights heroes and heroines, as well as heard some excellent speeches from African American people in our community. As someone who is white, I never usually have to think about the challenges that people of color faced- and still face- in our country today. However, my nephew is biracial, and since he was born, I have gotten a small taste of it.

    If I learned nothing else today, it is this: be kind to one another, regardless of skin color. Reach out to people from outside of your usual circle (this is challenge to me, since I’m pretty shy!). And really, just be aware of what is happening around you. Stand up for injustice. Don’t be silent. Instilling values of empathy, equality, and diversity in our kids is absolutely crucial to stamping out prejudice and racism. And there are plenty of ways to do that! Read books! Interact with people from all walks of life- all races, religions, nationalities. And let your kids know that there is more than one way to be human. For some great books about Civil Rights, check out this post by Erica at What We Do All Day:

    Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation.

    This Is the Dream

    Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down.

    I Have a Dream.

    The Story Of Ruby Bridges

    Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Photo Credit + Egg Activity from: Kids Activities Blog 


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    January 1, 2015
    Happy New Year!

    Try a countdown with a goodie bag every hour!

    Photo + Idea from Hoosier Homemade


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    December 25, 2014
    Merry Christmas!

    Photo from C.R.A.F.T.


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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

    -Legos

    -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
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2czg0k

    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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