Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
- Bake a cookie cake (for Daddy's birthday)
- Write letters to Santa
- Porcelain dough ornaments
- Have a hot chocolate party
- Choose toys to donate
- Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Tissue paper wreaths
- Eat dinner by candlelight
- Stay up an hour late
- Wrap presents
- Bake cookies for friends and neighbors
- Decorate gingerbread houses (cheat with graham crackers!)
- Play holiday Yahtzee
- Make pinecone birdfeeders
- Do something nice for someone
- Play Go Fish
- Make solstice lanterns
- Go on a holiday light drive
- Christmas tree pizza for dinner
- Play the dreidel game
- Family movie night
- Homemade games night
- Bake treats for Santa
- Family art: fingerprint drawings
- Decorate paper gingerbread men
- Cut paper snowflakes
- Have a popcorn party
- Make holiday colored window stars
- Sing Christmas carols
- Play with Insta-Snow
- Make coffee filter flowers & deliver them to a nursing home
- Make s'mores
- Go ice skating
- Turn on holiday music and have a dance-off
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. cream of tartar
2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
red & yellow food coloring
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
I've gotten a few emails lately asking for recommendations for arts and craft supplies for children - the holidays are coming up after all, and kids love to receive the gift of creativity! I thought I'd share a few of the items that we use all the time:
- My boys have always prefered colored pencils over crayons, and Prismacolor Colored Pencilsare the best, producing smooth even colors in a wide variety of shades. The Prismacolor scholar line can frequently be picked up for around $10 and they work very well for children.
- For nature journaling we like to use Academie Wirebound Sketch Diary with SpiralGuard, but any wire bound notebook that lays flat when open will work. The 6"x9" size is perfect for little hands!
- We always have a bin full of collage materials available at all times (and it gets used a lot!). Ours is filled with kids scissors, Elmer's Extra Strength glue sticks (and regular Elmer's school glue too), pom poms, feathers, beads, googly eyes, sequins, rhinestones, bits of leftover colored paper and yarn. I store all of it in a clear storage tub with the different items organized into ziploc bags...hardly a day goes by where we aren't experimenting with all the things we can create from this bin full of fun!
- Recycling materials are awesome! Dedicate a small bin or container for recycled household items that the kids might like to use in crafting. We save tp/paper towel rolls, plastic containers and lids, frozen juice lids, glass jars, #6 plastic takeout containers (for shrinky dinks) and anything that is a fun or unique shape. You might be surprised at how long you can keep the kiddos occupied with creating robots and superheroes from the recycling bin!
- Paint is the #1 art supply that we use, and Crayola Artista Washable Tempera Paints are our favorite. The colors are smooth and saturated, and they don't dry out too quickly while the kids are working on their masterpieces. We also love Colorations Liquid Watercolor Paints and the Make it Glitter and Make it Shimmer additions (we haven't tried the Make it Puffy yet, but that looks like fun too!). The cost may seem a little steep for either set of paints, but trust me...they last a long time, even with frequent use!
- For younger kids, you can't go wrong with the classic Crayola Washable Markers. If your kids are older and you are less worried about the product's washability, we love BIC Mark-It Color Collection Permanent Markers and Mr. Sketch Scented Markers (we have the fine and broad tipped sets of each). Some day when my boys are much older I might have to share my set of Prismacolor Double Ended Art Markers that I have stashed away, left over from my design school days!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puppies vs. Babies. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you seen this yet? My boys are obsessed with Animal Planet's Puppies vs. Babies - in fact, after we watched two episodes on television yesterday, they spent another half an hour online re-watching the clips and voting for their favorites in the Puppies vs. Babies online contest. Trust me, when Mom is stuck on the couch with the flu, you'll be begging for some wholesome entertainment to keep the kiddos occupied, and Puppies vs. Babies totally delivers the goods! We're hooked!
So, what's our answer to the burning question of Puppies vs. Babies? Don't get me wrong, we love puppies around here, but since we happen to have a baby in the house my boys are ALL about the babies! There is one particular video of a baby who can't stop hysterically laughing every time his dad rips paper in front of him, and I think we have watched it at least fifty times now. Puppies are cute and all, but nothing beats those uncontrollable baby giggles!
I can't think of a better showdown than two of the world's cutest and most adorable beings, and Puppies vs. Babies is a family-friendly competition sure to be a huge hit with kids of all ages. Head on over to Animal Planet and place your vote in the the Puppies vs. Babies online contest today! Leave me a comment and let me know which one you're voting for - puppies or babies! :)
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
(the head is a knot tied in the wool), and I sewed the bottom on for him since his "hands [were] tired from all that sewing and stuffing." We put the finished gnome on the nature table next to a needle felted apple that I made awhile ago.
card, our fall leaf lantern, and some fun leaf shaped glittery candles that the kids love.
and crockpot cooking in the near future!