Crafts

Mini-Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

posted by Andrea | 11/23/2012 | 7 comments

I love Advent Calendars — and even though Nora isn’t old enough to remember this Christmas, I wanted to start a tradition of using an Advent Calendar to count down the days until Christmas.

So if you’re staying home today and avoiding the crazy shopping chaos, go dig out your mini-muffin tin and a few scrap pieces of paper and make this ultra simple Advent Calendar with your kids!

12 Fun Busy Bag Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2012 | 24 comments

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Busy Bags — and how I was going to take part in my first ever Busy Bag Swap with a few friends.

Well, the Busy Bag Swap happened — and it was a huge success. Not only was it a fun excuse to spend time with friends I don’t normally see on a weekly basis, it was also a great way to get lots of fun new educational activities for Nora.

Have You Ever Done a Busy Bag Swap?

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2012 | 10 comments

I’m excited to be attending my first Busy Bag Swap in a couple of weeks, and if everything goes as planned, I’ll end up with 16 different Busy Bags that will {hopefully} keep Nora busy!

So today, I’m sharing a bunch of resources, tips, and ideas for anyone who’s interested in making their own Busy Bags or hosting a Busy Bag Swap!

Make Your Own Play-Doh

posted by Andrea | 12/27/2011 | 15 comments

A couple months ago, I got an email from Brenda, a loyal reader, with instructions on how to make homemade Play-Doh. I was honestly surprised by how simple an inexpensive it was — so I knew I had to try it out!

Now, even though Nora is still way to young for PlayDoh, I thought this might be a fun Christmas break activity to do with your children, grand children, nieces, nephews, etc.

Creative Ways to Give a Giftcard

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2011 | 5 comments

There’s only 8 days until Christmas… and if you are still frantically searching for the perfect gift, it might just be time to “resort” to a gift card.

However, even though a gift card might not seem like the most personal or thoughtful gift, I can almost guarantee the recipient will love it… and with just a few minutes and a little creativity, you can package your gift cards in a thoughtful way.

Here are a few creative ways to give a gift card:

Birthday Giveaway #26: The Poppy Bag Co. Handbag

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2011 | 328 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

Birthday Giveaway #24: Calendar Blocks {2 winners}

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2011 | 184 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

Birthday Giveaway #20: Lettergirl Custom Stamp

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2011 | 334 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

22 Free Summer Activities for Kids

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2011 | 9 comments

I was one of those weird kids who absolutely LOVED school — and I honestly did love everything about school! So even though I was always excited for summer vacation, I was already “bored” and ready to go back after a week or two {I think my mom was ready for that too}. I did play sports during the summer and we usually went on at least one family vacation, but for the rest of the time, my mom was “forced” […]

Make Your Own T-shirt Bag!

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2011 | 7 comments

I’m always looking for ways to reuse old T-shirts — because we have SOOOOO many of them! I swear, we get a new T-shirt every other week, but they’re all free from sports camps, church groups, random organizations, school, etc. And I hate to just throw a perfectly good T-shirt away! So, I started making lots of multi-colored rags. But honestly, how many rags do I need? Then, I set some T-shirts aside for a T-shirt quilt {that I still […]