With the arrival of spring and flowers on the brain I found myself with the sudden irrational urge to make a flower crown. And with some new cute stuffed animals in our home from the Pillowfort collection it only seemed right to create some mini flower crowns so they could join in the fun too.
Are you feeling the pineapple craze? Mine started with this cute Pillowfort pineapple pillow and led to these easy pineapple Easter eggs. Because who has time to spend hours dyeing and then hand painting hard boiled eggs? I’m assuming not you. These pineapple eggs are perfect for egg hunts with small children and take just a couple of minutes to make!
I recently read an article talking about the value of quality of time spent with your kids versus quantity of time. The study suggests that quality is far more important than quantity. That resonates with me. I’d much rather have an hour a day with each of my kids distraction free and doing something meaningful than four hours spent telling them “one more minute” or physically being together yet ignoring one another. At the same time, it’s easier said than done.
Yes. I’ve found myself very guilty of distracted parenting. It often feels like I’m neglecting one child in order to pay attention to the other or to get everyone fed. It’s the old story of robbing Peter to pay Paul and I’m sure I’m not alone in this feeling. In thinking about 2016 the way most of us examine the new year ahead, I realized I need to carve out more time for Kayla and Blake individually. Especially Kayla. [Read more…]
Looking for a Shopkins valentine? I’ve got a free printable Shopkins valentine for you. Since food related valentines are banned from many schools these days, I thought giving a Shopkin to friends instead of candy would be a fun, non food valentine.
It is no secret that Kayla and most of her friends are very into Shopkins so it only seemed fitting to make a Shopkins valentine. Last year I created a “You Make Me Bubbly” valentine printable and a “You’re Such a Gem” valentine printable both of which used fun yet inexpensive little Valentine’s Day treats. I’ve got nothing against those valentines in the box at the store but love finding a simple yet custom card. [Read more…]
Every year when the holidays roll around I try to think of one really special gift to give Kayla. Something that can’t be bought in stores and is more of an experience than just a “thing.” Which is precisely how I wound up making this DIY gem dig. Sure you can order a premade gem dig online. I’ve used them before and they’re just fine. The downside? You don’t get to customize what goes in it!
For my special gift to Kayla I wanted something that was made just for her with not just gems but things that would be real treasures to her as well. When you make your own gem dig you can put almost anything you like in it. Coins, secret messages or figurines of characters your child adores.
I created my Giving Back with Glitter Slime project in partnership with Elmer’s and their let’s bond initiative. See this activity and more in the Elmer’s Kids Summer Crafting E-Book.
If you enjoyed bonding with your child over my easy glitter slime then I hope you’ll consider sharing the experience with another family. Summer is the perfect time to give back. In many communities, resources that are available to children in need during the school year fade away – creative activities from the classroom and subsidized meals just to name a couple.
You and your child can help others in need by creating some simple kits to provide an exciting activity for a child this summer. First, go make some easy glitter slime together. I promise it’s SO much fun, a little messy (but not too messy) and just awesome to watch their spongy brains soak it all in. Then, get ready to show them how to give back by providing an opportunity for another child to have the same experience with their own parent.