7 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids

7 snow day boredom busters for kids

 

It’s that time of year here is Ohio and we already had our first snow day! While our backyard is perfect for sledding, your kids can only sled or play in the snow so many times before they get bored and if your snow day is due to freezing temperatures then kids must sty indoors. Here are a few ways that I attempt to keep my kids from getting too bored and going stir crazy on snow days.

 

1. Dance party, we turn up the kids favorite music and dance and sing along. This is a great way to tire the kids out too. Join in yourself and burn a few calories, you can even add a hairbrush  microphone and costumes!

 

2. Have an indoor picnic. Doing ordinary things in different ways is always fun for kids so lay down a blanket for snack time, lunch time or every meal for a day and enjoy a fun indoor picnic.

 

3. Edible art, this takes creativity since you can’t go get supplies so far we have built marshmallow and icing towers, painted with frosting (yogurt is healthier but we are out), made pretzel and icing creations and made soft pretzels in all kinds of fun shapes, this soft pretzel recipe is easy and delicious.

 

4. Bring snow inside in a bucket and make snow creations before it melts. We lay down beach towels and use big bins (think the ones you store clothes in) and let the kids build with the snow before it melts. If you have a water table that is great for indoor snow play too.

 

5. Bake cookies, who doesn’t love fresh cookies and my kids love to help bake.

 

6. Arts and crafts ( thankfully I have a stocked arts and crafts bin) we are making valentine’s but you can also create Tear Art Books.

 

7. Build a fort with chairs, and blankets and pretend play

 

Those are 7 ways we beat cabin fever and enjoy our snow days, when all else fails mom puts on a video!

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Kids Christmas Thank You Card Printable

christmas thank you card writing

 

Christmas has come and gone and once again the many people in my kids lives have been incredibly generous to them. I was taught from a young age to write thank you notes and now I am teaching my kids the same lesson. As an adult I hardly write any more, everything is typed out these days so I know first hand the hand cramps that can come with lots of writing. In an effort to make writing Christmas thank you cards more pleasant with my kids I created an easy Kids Christmas Thank You Card Printable. You can print in color or black and white on colored paper, then simply have you child fill in the gift givers name, the gift and your child’s name. They can even draw a picture if they want.

Today thanks to this printable we cranked out our Christmas Thank You cards with a minimal of complaining and now they are in the mail and done, easy peasy!

You can download your  Kids Christmas Thank You Card Printable

 

christmas_thank_you_card

 

Or if you want just the writing with no image so your child can draw print this Christmas thank you card

Homemade Christmas: DIY Tear Art Books

DIY tear art books

 

This year we did a homemade Christmas for the girls, they were not allowed to buy gifts for each other only make them. My 8 year old has been really into making tear art pictures and it has been neat to see all the scenes she has created. Tear art is when you take construction paper and tear it into shapes to make pictures, no scissors are used.

 

DIY tear art book

 

My daughter came up with the idea to create books for her sisters full of tear art. Once the books were done we took them to Staples and had them laminated and spiral bound. The books came out great and we were able to buy everything we needed to make them at Staples it only took construction paper, rubber cement and dropping them off at the Staples copy center.

 

This post brought to you by Staples, all opinions are my own.

DIY Jewelry Holder

 

DIY jewelry holder tutorial

 

Have you ever wished you had the perfect jewelry holder for all of your necklaces both long and short? I have been on the hunt for the perfect jewelry holder and decided instead to make my own. I had an old cupboard door that was the perfect size for what I needed and had visions of cute little knobs to hang necklaces from. After searching all over I found the perfect knobs at Staples of all places. I found these Kaisercraft Treasures Metal Door Knobs and they are perfect. I love how this turned out and it is perfect for my vast jewelry collection. By using a sturdy coat rack for the bigger pieces I can layer it up and hold a bunch without fear of being too heavy for the hook.

diy hanging jewely holder

 

 

How to Make a Hanging Jewelry Holder

 

Supplies Needed:

Lay out your knobs on the board how you want them and mark the spots with pencil.

Using an electric drill, drill holes in your board for the knobs and coat rack. Be sure to add a hole in the center back for a nail to hang on the wall.

Insert your knobs and screw them in. If you have a thicker board you may need to purchase longer screws than the knobs come with.

Using an electric screw driver insert the screw for the coat rack hooks.

Add decals as desired.

Hang on wall and add jewelry!

 

jewelry holder knobs

 

jewelry holder hooks

 

full jewelry holder

 

Thanks to Staples for providing supplies, all opinions are my own.

 

 

Homemade Christmas: DIY Ribbon Christmas Tree Card Holder

ribbon christmas tree card holder

 

Do you struggle with finding a cute and creative way to display all those Christmas cards you receive? My fridge fills up fast and there are only so many open spots to put them! This year I made my own Christmas card holder, it was super easy and perfect for a basic crafter like me. Here is a quick and easy tutorial for a simple yet pretty Christmas card holder.

DIY Ribbon Christmas Tree Christmas Card Holder

What you will need:

Cut your thicker ribbon to 8 feet, fold in half and at the folded end make a knot leaving a small loop on top for hanging, this will serve as your trunk.  Cut your thinner ribbon into 7 strips starting at 10 inches and slowly getting longer with each one, these will be your branches. The final ribbon should be no more than 2 feet wide. Cut one extra strip of the thinner ribbon about 6 inches to wrap at the bottom of the branches  on the trunk of your tree. Lift the top layer of the thicker ribbon and lay out your ribbon strips in order to create the pine tree affect. Hot glue each ribbon one by one between the two layers on the trunk ribbon. Once all the ribbons are hot glued between the two trunk ribbons wrap the extra ribbon piece around the trunk ribbons to finish off the base. Hot glue your NOEL letters down the center of the tree near the top. Use the mini clothes pins to pin on your Christmas cards.

 

DIY christmas card holder

 

You can find the supplies for this craft at Staples, thanks to Staples for helping me to have a homemade Christmas, all opinions are my own.

Homemade Christmas: Thumb Print Christmas Tea Lights

thumb print christmas tealights

 

This year we are having a homemade Christmas and that means the kids are making all of the gifts they give to every one on their list that means sisters, teachers and grandparents. This year teachers are getting Thumb Print Christmas Tea Lights and grandparents are too!

This simple craft is very easy to do and since the kids can do almost all the steps without help it is extra special for them to create it all by themselves. To make these cute candle holders you will only need a few things and most of it can be found at Staples ( yes I said Staples who knew right?)

Thumb Print Christmas Tealights

 

  1. Using washable poster paint have your child, using the thumb, place thumb prints all over the jar. The idea is you are making a string of Christmas lights, I find it helps the kids to be more strategic about placement if they understand the end result. Use several colors and make sure the pattern can easily be connected to look like a string of lights.
  2. Let dry at least an hour or overnight.
  3. Have child, using green paint and a brush, connect the thumbprints so it looks like a strand of Christmas lights.
  4. Let dry overnight then spray with clear coat and let dry another 24 hours.
  5. Use a permanent marker to date the bottom and if you do these again next year you can see how your kids have grown as the thumb print bulbs get bigger each year. Due to the spray paint clear coat I would not use real candles in these instead use LED candles.

 

thumbprint vase homemade

 

For a fun variation you can do this on a vase or first spray paint glitter on the jar and then do the thumbprints on top of the glitter coating. My girls are giving each grandmother a thumbprint case full of flowers on Christmas Day, the perfect festive holiday centerpiece.

 

thumbprint christmas vase

 

This post was sponsored by Staples, all opinions are my own.

 

Easy Thanksgiving Craft: Turkey Handprint Vase

turkey handprint vase

 

My kids are growing way too fast and before I know it I am going to be lamenting the day they were little. Today I decided to commemorate just how little they still are by doing a handprint craft. I found a clear glass vase in my basement, the kind that you get when someone sends you flowers and it was just big enough for 5 little turkey hands. This is super easy to do and even the crafting challenged can do this in about 10-15 minutes tops.

 

thanksgiving turkey handprint vase

 

Step 1: Paint your child’s hand the palm and thumb are brown and the other fingers are a mix of red, orange and green. I used washable poster paint so I didn’t have to worry about mess with the kids.

Step 2: Carefully help your child place a handprint on the vase, be sure they lift straight off to avoid smudging.

Step 3: Let dry then add a beak, feet and your child’s name with a sharpie, I also put the year on the bottom.

Step 4: Spray with a clear coat spray paint to sell your handprints on forever.

 

This is going to make an adorable centerpiece on Thanksgiving Day!

Easy Thanksgiving Snack Turkey Jello

turkey jello

 

It’s no secret I am not super crafty but I do try to make the holidays a little more fun with themed kids snacks. For our Thanksgiving snack this year I decided to make turkey jello or more accurately jello cups decorated like a turkey. This Thanksgiving craft is super easy to execute so that any one can make it whether you are crafty or not and you can even set out the supplies and let the kids do it.

Step 1: Make orange jello according to the directions and pour into clear plastic cups, the 8 ounce work best. Let sit until firm.

Step 2: Cut feathers out of orange, yellow and brown construction  paper as well as an orange beak. I did two of each color feather.

Step 3. Hot glue the tail feathers on the back of the cup. Hot glue two googly eyes and the beak on to the front of the cup.

Serve and enjoy your Thanksgiving Turkey Jello.

 

turkey jello craft

Handprint Pumpkin Patch Craft with Poppy Cat and the Halloween Woods #PoppyCatUS #ad

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
handprint pumpkin patch

 

Halloween is a holiday that always makes me a bit nervous now that I am a mom. My girls are really sensitive to spooky and scary things, putting it mildly they do not like it. As a mom I want to protect my kids and help them to feel comfortable and so far we have been able to avoid the gruesome and spooky and stick to the fun parts of Halloween. To my girls Halloween is an excuse to wear your princess dress up clothes outside and bonus people give you candy for playing dress up, I want to keep it that way as long as possible.

Poppy Cat is a preschool show that we recently discovered and I always love when I can find Halloween episodes on preschool shows to keep the holiday fun for my little ones. October 25th Poppy Cat and the Halloween Woods will premier and it is super cute. My almost 3 year old and I watched it already and she loved it, I loved that it addressed that Halloween is scary for some but that doesn’t have to ruin it. As we speak my daughter is watching a Poppy Cat marathon on Netflix as we just realized it is available there too, she is a big fan!

After watching the Poppy Cat and the Halloween Woods episode my daughter and I made this adorable Handprint Pumpkin Patch craft, super cute and not scary at all! This craft is a bit messy since it involves paint, but fun.

Handprint Pumpkin Patch Preschool Craft:

  • Have your child make a fist then have them dip the side into orange paint, use the side of the fist like a stamp to make orange pumpkins. For a less messy version you can paint the child’s fist for them.
  • Dip the thumb in green paint for the stem.
  • For the smaller pumpkins use the child’s thumb print for the pumpkin and paint a stem with a a thin brush.

These were super easy to make and lots of fun for a preschool craft. So tonight as your child talks about the new Poppy Cat Halloween show premiering tomorrow you can make fun not spooky Handprint Pumpkin Patches.

 

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The second season of Poppy Cat will premiere with a mini-marathon airing from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 25 and then begins its regular schedule on the network that same evening, with episodes slated to air seven days a week at 7:00 pm. The series also airs Saturday mornings on the NBC Kids block, which is programmed by Sprout.

LEGO Movie Jello Cups

lego movie jello cups

 

 

Do you have a LEGO Movie fanatic in your house? With the recent release of the LEGO Movie on DVD it’s all I am hearing about from the kids, my nephew is even having a LEGO Movie birthday party this week. With all this LEGO Movie excitement I decided to come up with a fun LEGO Movie themed snack. These LEGO jello cups are not only easy to make but your kids will love them, you can even let the kids help by having them create the face. These would also be adorable to serve at  LEGO themed birthday party.

 

lego jello cup

 

LEGO Jello Cups

  • 2 small boxes of lemon jello mix
  • water
  • Clear plastic cups size 9 oz.
  • Black construction paper
  • Rubber cement

Make jello according to the package then poor into cups, I was able to fill 5 of them with 2 packages.  Place cups in refrigerator to set up. Using black construction paper cut out eyes, mouth and eyebrows, I used a hole punch for the eyes. Glue the pieces onto the cup with rubber cement. Voila LEGO jello cups!

Easy DIY Father’s Day Gift #FathersDay

fathers day photo gifts diy

 

Need a quick and easy Father’s Day gift from your kids, it literally takes just a few moments and your husband is sure to cherish it.

fathers day picture

 

Easy Father’s Day DIY Photo Gift #1

This one is super easy especially if you already have a photo of your husband and kids. Using Picmonkey add a sweet quote like

“We may outgrow your lap, but we will never outgrow your love”

I printed mine at Walgreens same day for just a couple dollars, add a cute frame and it’s perfect for his desk at home or work.

 

fathers day collage

 

Easy Father’s Day DIY Photo Gift #2

For this photo idea I had each girl tell me something they love doing with their dad and printed it out for them to hold up. I then created a collage in Picmonkey and added Daddy I love at the top. I had this one printed same day at Walgreens too.

I found some frames at Kohl’s for a great price and voila sweet Father’s Day photo gifts any dad would love!

How to Make a Glitter Mason Jar Vase DIY

diy glitter mason jar vases tutorial

 

Recently I have hosted 4 major events at my house and helped plan and put on another one at my daughter’s school! As I was looking for inspired decor I came across many mason jar vases and I fell in loves. As a canner who has tons of these in my basement they were the perfect inspiration for easy DIY decor. My events were a bridal shower, a baby shower, a Father-Daughter Dance, Easter and a First Communion party and what better way to decorate my tables than a glittery mason jar vase. Creating these vases was super easy, even the most non crafty person can do it in just a few simple steps.

 

diy GLITTER MASON JAR VASES

 

How to Make a Glitter Mason Jar Vase

  • Pint Sized Glass Mason Jar
  • Krylon Glitter Blast in Silver Flash

Make sure your mason jar is clean and dry. Place the jar upside down on a large piece of cardboard and spray the entire jar with a thin coat. Let dry for 2 hours then turn over and apply a second coat. Be careful not to spray too close or too thick, this will cause dripping. If you want a slightly see through finish stop now, if you want a more solid glitter finish add one to two more coats. Let dry overnight.

Fill with water and add flowers. I find that mums, carnations and daisies look best in these vases cut short and close to the rim.

 

glitter mason jar vase

 

Wake Up Your Walls for Spring with HP – Creating a Wall Collage

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
hp photo wall

 

We have several large wall areas that are blank and I have been trying to figure out how best to fill them. I love displaying family photos but the girl’s  are constantly growing and changing so do I buy big frames and change them out or what?

HP has teamed up with Genevieve Gorder to help everyone wake up their walls for spring with HP Photo Wall Decor. After watching the magic Genevieve created at the winner of the Wake Up Your Walls Sweepstakes home I am so excited to get working on our wall. My husband and I have decided to pick photos of important occasions or milestones of our girls to put on the wall, timeless events that will not need updated or replaced. One major event we will be printing out is Baptism pictures of all 5 girls. I had a canvas made of my 4 girls in the same Baptism gown which is the one I also wore and I love it but now we have 5 girls and it needs to be updated, if each girl gets a separate canvas in a wall collage then we can just add to it if our family grows again!

Dance is another big deal at our house and I think a photo of the first dance recital would be sweet to have and fitting for this year as one of my girl’s is having her first dance recital this spring. My oldest daughter is also making her First Communion, so many things to choose from. Regardless I have enlisted the help of my husband and am really excited to see what we come up with. With printing available at Walmart, sometimes even same day and the affordable prices anyone and everyone can update their walls!

If you need some tips on how to get started or how to design a great wall then be sure to check out the tips and information Genevieve Gorder is sharing on the HP page.

If you were creating a Photo Wall what would yours be? I am so excited to create my “Milestone Wall” stay tuned for the finished product!

Easter Basket Ideas from Kroger for Your Significant Other

Th following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
chocolate and coffee easter basket from Kroge

 

This year look no further than Kroger for your Easter Basket supplies, they have everythign you need from organic chocolate to non-traditional ideas like coffee. I was tasked with creating an Easter basket for my significant other (aka my husband) by shopping only at Kroger and I knew exactly what to get.

Upon heading into Kroger I went straight to the candy section and found some of my husbands favorite gourmet candies like Lancaster caramels and Lindt Lindor Truffles. Then of course I had to go to the extensive Easter section for some seasonal favorites like Cadbury Creme Eggs and of course a Dove milk chocolate bunny! To make my basket extra special I added in a Theo organic chocolate bar and then what goes great with chocolate? Why coffee of course so I added a box of Peet’s K-cups for my husband! This whole basket cost $25 with the great sales going on at Kroger and is going to make my husband very happy come Easter morning!

 

kroger easter basket

 

What would you put in an Easter basket for your significant other? I bet you can find it at Kroger then no special trip needed just grab your supplies on your weekly grocery run! Be sure to check out the Kroger Easter DIY Pinterest Board for more tips and tricks on Easter related projects

 

Transforming my Step2 Wagon Into Merida’s Horse

princess merida and her horse step2 wagon
I am Step2 Test Drive mom, all opinions are my own.

 

We absolutely love our Step2 Ohio State wagon and it gets tons of use, so when my daughter stated she needed a horse for with her Merida costume we knew just how to make that happen. With some cardboard, paint and pipe cleaners our OSU wagon was magically transformed into a black stallion for the Princess Merida to ride. We chose to only put the horse on one side since the OSU Wagon has a door on the other side. That way she still has access to the door while out trick or treating and won’t trip on her long dress as she climbs in and out.

How to turn your Step2 Wagon into a Horse!

Start with your Step2 Wagon

step2 OSU wagon

  1. Cut the outline of a horse out of cardboard, we made the head and body from one piece then each leg and the tail are all separate pieces which we then taped on with duct tape.
  2. Paint the horse black and let dry over night.
  3. Take 2 handfuls of black pipe cleaners and tape them to the back in 2 spots for the mane. Then curl the pipe cleaners around your finger to create a wild racing mane.
  4. Tape the horse silhouette to the side of your Step2 wagon, add Merida and trick or treat all night long!

 

princess meridas horse