Travel Tips – Snacks and Water

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Traveling with kids is made easier when they are fed and hydrated. Check out these traveling tips (list and how to) for your summer travel road trip.

Spring is when we gear up for car travel. We plan our road trips, wish, dream and hope we can go everywhere we want. I am always searching for more car travel tips to make it easier, like how I pack clothes. Today I want to share my travel tips for snacks and water. Traveling with kids in a car can be hard for many reasons. My first child screamed in the car everywhere we went. Now, 11 years later that same child may scream in the car for other reasons. One thing I have found helpful is to have many snacks ready to throw at them. (Yes, sometimes I do throw them to the back of the car.) If they are well fed and hydrated then most of the time they can be rational. The hard thing … [Read more...]

Jump Rope Songs Part 2

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Jump rope songs are fun sing in the summer or at school. A great way to incorporate music and fitness. Package with a new jump rope for unique gift ideas.

After printing and putting together a photo book with jump rope songs my girls had some words for me. They did not like some of the versions of the songs and they informed me of other jump rope games they play. I decided to take their suggestions and create part 2 of the jump rope songs. My girls like this version of Ice Cream Soda better. They say it is an updated version. Wow, now I really feel old. School  - this game is played one at a time until a mistake is made. Not only does it require a lot of jumping but it requires even more running. Helicopter is a song I remember, but these are the (updated) words my kids sing at school. Mouse trap is a back and forth … [Read more...]

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DIY Pineapple Keychain

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DIY Pineapple kids crafts keychains for keys or backpacks.

My kids have an event at school where they practice buying things in a different language. We have been involved in this the past 2 years. They are always looking for donations of keychains or similar small items that the kids would enjoy. One year a friend of my daughter made keychains. I thought it was a great easy craft because keychains are something kids can make and mine like putting them on their backpacks. We are going to create some different types of keychains for this school activity. To start out we are creating a pineapple keychain. If you don't have an event like this at your school my kids are always on the lookout for gifts they can make for friends or siblings for birthdays. … [Read more...]

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Jump Rope Songs

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Jump rope songs are fun sing in the summer or at school. A great way to incorporate music and fitness. Package with a new jump rope for unique gift ideas.

There are so many fun memories I have from my childhood. Jumping rope, singing songs on the playground at school and playing hopscotch were two of my favorite things. I want to share these songs with my kids through these Jump Rope Songs {Printables}. This time instead of creating easy crafts I made the printable simple to send to one hour photo and let them do the work. Check here for even more jump rope songs and activities. When I was in elementary school I used to jump rope. I remember watching some older kids play double dutch and wish I could be like them. We had fun rhymes we would sing at recess making exercise fun. My girls have just started getting into jump rope at school. … [Read more...]

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DIY Flowers with Wood and Wire Art

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Wood Flowers DIY with wire art.

It is spring time and the flowers are starting to appear. Flowers come and go with the seasons but DIY flowers with wood and wire art will always bloom. This is one of those easy crafts that can be completed easily within an hour.   DIY Flowers with Wood and Wire Art Supplies: wood flowers circle disk acrylic paint - a light and dark of each color sponge wire wire cutter Steps: Using the wood flower shape the wire. I know in the picture the flower is already painted but then I noticed the wire made marks on the wood flower and should be done first. Shape the wire around the outside of the flower. When you are finished it should look like this. Because we … [Read more...]

How to Make a Bookmark with Felt and Ribbon

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how to make a bookmark

My kids love to read for school and fun. I find them holding their places in the books with toys, pencils, kleenex.... It was about time we learned how to make a bookmark. Easy crafts are something we love to do. We found a way to create cute bookmarks to hold our places when it is time to put the book down. We enjoy frequenting the library to discover new books and movies. I am constantly putting books on hold for my kids who have seen a friend with a book that looked fun and interesting. A common phrase at my house is, "I'm almost done with this page". Many times chores and lights out are delayed. This craft may seem overwhelming because of the amount of supplies pictured, but … [Read more...]

Recycled Denim Bracelet

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recycled denim bracelet

A recycled denim bracelet is a low cost craft idea for kids. We all have jeans with holes. Perhaps you may cut them off and make them into shorts like I do, or a blanket like my mom. As an alternative how about creating a recycled denim bracelet that uses denim as the main material with a couple supplemental trimmings costing less then $2. Supplies Old pair of denim pants Prym Dritz Fray Check Sealant Fiskars Stick Rotary Cutter Omnigrid Mat With Grid 24x36 2 different trimmings Wood Flower With Multi Buttons - or a snap if you choose needle and thread Cut a one inch strip of your jeans pant leg across from one side to another. The width of the jeans I am using … [Read more...]

A Simple Hanging Bath Towel

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A Simple Hanging Bath Towel

Do your towels end up on the floor and not on the hook? Mine fall down all the time no matter how creatively I put it on the hook. Today I will show you how to create your own simple hanging bath towel. In just a few minutes and some twill tape you will not have your towel fall on the floor again! Supplies: Prym Dritz Fray Check Sealant Wrights Twill Tape White Towel Sewing Machine Thread Black and White Instructions: Cut your twill tape 4" long. Use fray check on the ends so they do not fray. I use this stuff on anything that will fray. It works perfectly.  Fold your towel in half. Using a ruler mark one inch from the fold on both sides of the towel. I put one … [Read more...]

Free Printable Chore Charts

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Free printable chore chart

We are still using our Chore Chart: Lanyard Style to complete daily jobs. I have been getting a few follow up questions about our system so I thought I'd answer all those today and I have now included Free Printable Chore Charts. My kids really do like this chore chart system because they don't get the same job everyday. When it is job time they put on their lanyards. Each child has a hook where these are stored. When they have completed their job they put the lanyard on the next hook down the line so the next sibling gets it the next day. Often times we start jobs before dinner. The jobs that are not yet completed by the time dinner begins are left around their necks. So that they … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Clover Hair Accessory

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St. Patrick's Day Irish Clover Hair Accessory

The night before St. Patrick's Day is just days away. This is one holiday where I do not buy a special outfit for my kids but at the same time they do not want to be pinched. The day or night before we are usually scrambling to find something/anything for everyone. This year, instead of worrying about if you have green shirts make an easy St. Patrick's Day Irish Clover Hair Accessory. I'm getting my printable St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt ready so I'm glad this is a fast craft! These take so little time to make and only cost a few dollars. I found these felt clover buttons at Jo-ann, my local craft/fabric store for $2.29. Everything else I already had at … [Read more...]