Bringing Stuffed Animals to Life with Duct Tape – Kid’s Crafts

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Coolabi. All opinions are my own

duct tape dog bowls



This summer my kids have really been enjoying creative play with stuffed animals. They have bringing to life a world of creative play using shoe boxes, duct tape, tulle, beads and really anything they can get their hands on. Duct tape has been a favorite way to cover and decorate anything they can find from shoe boxes to lids. My oldest daughter took the lid of a shoe box and covered it in colored duct tape. Then she covered jar lids in duct tape. Afterwards she cut holes and set the jar lids in small holes in the box creating a dog dish for her puppy dog, so cute and so creative.


duct tape dog collar


Another one of my daughters took duct tape, beads and string and made a dog collar. She folded over the duct tape so it isn’t sticky at all and used extra pieces to hook the beaded accents onto the dog collar. I love watching my girls tackle a new idea as they create this whole imaginative world for their stuffed animals.


Poppy Group


Nurturing creative play in kids is so important and what better time to embrace boredom and the creativity it inspires than summer! Sometimes our kids need down time after all the business of summer outdoor play so check out Poppy Cat a fun and creative and adventure-filled preschool series on Sprout that encourages imaginative play. If your kids need more inspiration the Poppy Cat Facebook and Pinterest page have games, coloring sheet, art activities so be sure to follow them both.

Poppy Cat episodes air 7 days a week at 7:00 pm on Sprout. The series also airs Saturday mornings on the NBC Kids block, which is programmed by Sprout.

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Banish Boredom with a Boredom Buster Punch Board

boredom punch board

I’m bored….

Those dreaded words that make every parent cringe. This summer when my kids utter the dreaded B word I will present them with 2 options. That’s right I will hold back my sigh and announce “you may clean or you may go to the punch board”.

Allow me to explain…..

My kids and I came up with a list of fun and creative activities to do this summer. Then we took each one and wrote it on a piece of paper and we created a punch board. Our punch board was super easy to make and much like on the Price is Right each punch hole has a surprise inside, in our case an activity idea or a boredom buster! I decided to make it refillable so we could do it all summer long, as I am sure you can imagine the all wanted to punch out a spot right away. This punch board is super easy to make and even the crafting challenged like me can do it, here’s how.


summer boredom punch board


How to make a punch board


  • trifold cardboard display board
  • red solo cups
  • tissue paper cut into 16 squares
  • rubber bands
  • paint and stickers for decorations
  1. Trace the red solo cups on the trifold board.
  2. Cut out the circles just inside the line
  3. Place your boredom buster ideas inside the cup
  4. place one sheet of tissue paper over cup and secure with rubber band
  5. Decorate your board
  6. Insert cups in slots


summerbordeom buster punchout board



Need ideas for inside your punch board cups? Here are our summer boredom buster ideas!


I hope this helps squelch all those cries of I’m Bored!



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Father’s Day Ideas : Gifts, Crafts and Mocktails!

good day columbus father's day piece


Did you catch my segment on the news this morning on Father’s Day gifts? Whether you did or not here are all the details on those cute and easy Father’s Day ideas!


teerific fathers day gift



Tee-rific Dad – For the golf loving dad fill a jar with tees and golf balls then using a chalkboard tag and stickers make a cute TEE-rific Dad tag to let him know just how great you think he is! And if you want to do a little something more add a gift card to the local driving range!



candy filled tacklebox



Fish-ing You A Happy Father’s Day – Do you have a fisherman for a dad? Then fill a tackle box with candy for him and the kids to share as they wait for the fish to bite!



dad libs



Dad Libs FREE PRINTABLE – Parents always love hearing what their kid thinks of them so have your kids fill out this cute Dad Lib, all about the things they love about dad! To make it extra special put your FREE Dad Libs PRINTABLE in a frame to display at home or the office.



father's day mocktails



Father’s Day Mocktails – Mix up some delicious mocktails using Sparkling Fruit2O Lime Twist. Mix with lemonade and garnish with fruit for delicious drinks. Add some mustache chalkboard stickers and a paper straw to make it extra fancy for dad.


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DIY Graduation Gift: Oh The Places You Will Go Gift Card Cup

graduation gift



It’s graduation time and what do most graduates want? Gift cards of course because they are about to become really poor college students or grunt workers as they start out on a career path. And while giving a gift card in a card works great you can also make it a little more creative and create this fun Oh The Places You Will Go gift card cup. Here is what you will need.


graduation gift card cup



Putting this together is super easy, find a graduation picture to print, I used my HP ENVY 5660 Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printer and I love how easy it is and how great the quality of the picture is. Next fill your cup with gift cards I suggest restaurant, grocery and gas gift cards. Finally add your cute little Oh The Places You Will Go tag and you have the perfect graduation gift both practical and fun.


gift card cup

I do work with HP but this post was not sponsored.

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How to Create The Perfect Soccer Team Snack

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SidelineHero #CollectiveBias
coaching our kids


I am a soccer mom and I am a coach’s wife. All of my girls start soccer the fall of kindergarten and each and every time my husband coaches. Soccer is really important to our family, not only because we love the sport but because of what it teaches our kids. Soccer is a team sport and helps our girls to learn about team work and the importance of putting the collective group above yourself in order to have the best kind of success. Soccer teaches my girls to work hard and to try new things. Soccer teaches them that you don’t just do the things you are good at but you try all kind of things and do your best. Soccer teaches my girls to be good sports and it strengthens the bond between my girls and their dad as the coach.


tiger treat boxes


Especially when the kids are young the highlight of the game is when it is over and snacks appear. This really is the moment I get to look like the hero when I pull out the much anticipated treat for all those little girls who tried so hard on the field. My girls are all the lady tigers so I thought it would be fun to do a tiger themed snack this spring when it was my turn for snacks. I decided not to mess with perfection so I chose oranges (the soccer game staple) and POWERADE® for the snack. My girls love POWERADE® and it is the special hydrating treat they choose for soccer games. And  because the kids always like a sweet reward too I added some fruit snacks because they work so hard they deserve a treat!

tiger treat bags


How to Make Tiger Treat Bags:

These tiger treat bags are so simple to make. First cut your pipecleaner into fourths, I like to fold it and cut then fold it again and cut. Twist 3 of the pipecleaner pieces together to make the whiskers and hot glue onto the box in the middle. Hot glue the eyes onto the popcorn treat bag. Draw a mouth on the box. Glue on the conversation bubble. Add in your goodies!


tiger bag supplies




great game tiger treat bags


The kids thought these were adorable and loved the treats as well. Everyone left the game hydrated and happy and I was the sideline hero thanks to my Tiger Treat Bags! These snack kits were so easy to assemble I found all of the supplies at Walmart and they even had a coupon for $1.00 off fresh produce when you buy 2 packs of 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE® packages.


powerade packs

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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




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

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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.

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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.



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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.

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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.


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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!

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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

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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.


Poppy Group
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.

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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!

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