Crafts

Our New Craft Corner

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2013 | 20 comments

Over the past several months, it’s become very apparent that Nora LOVES doing crafts… so last week, I decided that my old method of storing and organizing our limited craft supplies needed a toddler-friendly update.

Within 45 minutes, I created a new (and very simple) craft corner in our kitchen — perfect for doing crafts at the kitchen table!

75+ of Our Favorite “Non-Toy Toys”

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2013 | 23 comments

Although Nora is almost 2 years old, we really have not amassed many traditional toys at all. And while Nora loves playing with her real toys, sometimes I think she loves her “non-toy toys” even more.

Today, I’m sharing more than 75 of our favorite non-toy toys that help us save a bunch of money and keep toy clutter at bay in our home.

Nora’s Homemade Cloth Activity Book

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2013 | 33 comments

Now that it’s officially October, I find myself frequently thinking about Christmas gift ideas. Two gifts I’ve ALWAYS been an advocate for are clutter-free gifts and educational gifts — especially when it comes to gifts for kids.

Today I’m sharing a really fun educational gift Dave’s mom made for Nora — it would make a fabulous Christmas, birthday, or “just because” gift for any lucky child on your gift list!

How to Make Homemade Bubbles

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2013 | 18 comments

Thanks to a recent gift from one of her aunts, Nora now LOVES bubbles. However, after a few days of intense bubble blowing, we were running low on our supply.

I found a really simple recipe for homemade bubbles that should keep us fully stocked throughout the spring and summer months! Thank goodness 🙂

Two SO-Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2013 | 8 comments

As adults, Dave and I don’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day; however, as a kid, I remember getting excited about passing out Valentine’s Day cards to the kids in my class.

Today, I’m sharing two really simple DIY Valentine’s Day card ideas that you can totally do — even if you aren’t crafty — and your kids might even be able to help!

My 10-Minute Photo Collage

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2012 | 10 comments

Over the past few months, we’ve noticed that Nora has an obsession with pictures… like whenever there are pictures around, she can’t focus on anything else until she carefully looks at all of them.

So the other day, I took a yardstick and extra clothespins and made her a photo collage for her bedroom wall — in about 10 minutes!

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 | 26 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 […]