Mommy Monday

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If you’ve got a little fan of Nature Cat in your house, you know that yesterday was Earth Day! It was crazy-hectic this weekend, so I didn’t get to talk with the kiddos about it. Luckily, they can’t read a calendar so we can celebrate today! Want to teach your kids about taking care of the earth? You’re in luck! I’ve found some great Earth Day activities!

“Stained Glass” Earth Suncatcher

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This project has little prep! Some clear contact paper and green and blue tissue paper and you’re all set!

 

DIY Crayons 

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We ALL have broken crayons somewhere in our house. Instead of tossing them, teach kids about recycling with this DIY project!

 

 

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

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Bird feeders are a great way to let your child show their creativity while also teaching about how, just because something may look like its ready for the bin, you can actually make something useful out of it!

 

God’s Creation Coloring Sheets

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Of course, the cornerstone of Earth Day should be that since God created the world, we should be good stewards of what has been given to us. These coloring sheets are a great way to help kiddos grasp the concept that God made everything so we should take care of it as an act of worship to Him!

 

Do you have any Earth Day activities you like to do with your brood? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Everyone feeling refreshed and well-rested after spending Spring Break home with your kiddos?

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Yeah, me neither.

 

However, since Easter is coming up, I found some great Easter-themed crafts that your kiddos can do {mostly} by themselves so you can sneak a few minutes hiding in the bathroom inhaling Reese’s Eggs!

 

Easter Mosaic Cross

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This craft is super easy! All you need to do is print off the cross and have the kiddos tear up some construction paper! Give them each a glue stick and let them go to town!

 

Paper Plate Flowers

Another super simple craft with little prep work! Plus, your littles can get in some cutting practice!

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Cross Sunrise Paper Plate 

This craft requires a bit more prep, but still super simple!

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Thumbprint Bunnies and Chicks

This craft would make a great keepsake as well!

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He Is Risen!

Pair this craft with The Story of Easter and you’ve got a great way to teach kids the real meaning behind this holiday!

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Popsicle Stick Chicks

Need a reason to eat up some popsicles? Now you’ve got one!

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What are your favorite Easter and springtime crafts? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Most schools are out EVERY DAY this week, which means you, Momma, are home with all the kiddos, wondering how you’re going to survive until next Monday. If you don’t want your little humans plopped in front of the TV all week, I’ve found some great ideas to keep those little hands busy! (Thanks, Pinterest!)

 

Coloring Sheets

ThanksgivingColoringThe link above has a TON of free, printable coloring sheets for your wee ones! Its a great way to stalk about thankfulness and having a grateful heart, seeing as how we’re getting into the season of gift-giving and all.

 

Pattern Block Mats  

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This awesome website is run by a homeschooling momma who was a reading teacher pre-kids. She’s got a great round up of pattern block mats to keep your littles busy! Need some pattern blocks? Get them here!

 

I’m Thankful Sheets

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This is one the whole family can get in on! Go through the alphabet and name something you’re thankful for that starts with every letter! (Pretty sure everyone will be thankful for xylophones and zippers, ha!)

 

Fall Scavenger Hunts

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If you live in the south/midwest like I do, its still warm enough that you can send the kids outside or talk a walk as a family. Print off a few of these fall scavenger hunt sheets and see who can find the most items! Maybe even sweeten the deal with a prize!

 

Thanksgiving Bingo

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I’m considering trying this with Huff the Tot, but changing it around a little bit. Instead of using it as a legit Bingo card, I think I may print one off as a “scavenger hunt” for her to fill in while we go grocery shopping! She loves to have a “list” of her own and mark stuff off. Plus, hopefully it will keep her distracted from putting unnecessary things in the buggy (I see you, three boxes of Cocoa Pebbles.)

 

Are there any Thanksgiving-themed activities your kids love? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Hey, Moms! Guess what? Tomorrow is Halloween. Yes, you read that right. TOMORROW. As in “less-than-ten-hours-from-now-tomorrow”. Got your kid’s costume made yet?

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I’ll take that as a “no”. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered! Here are some easy-peasy, “I-can-make-this-in-twenty-minutes-or-less-with-a-trip-to-Walmart-or-Dollar-Tree” costumes that are actually creative and will look like you spent months planning!

 

Paper Doll Costume

All you need to make this costume is poster board (literally $1 at Walmart) and a black Sharpie. That’s it!

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Bank Robber

Get your kid a striped shirt (honestly, any color shirt with black stripes will work), a black beanie (hi, Dollar Tree!) and a black mask (yep, DT again!). Don’t have a drawstring bag? Grab a white pillowcase and draw on it with a magic marker. BOOM. Done.

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Jake from State Farm

Every little boy probably has a red polo and khakis somewhere in his closet. Borrow a headset from someone (or run to the thrift store!) and you’ve got yourself a clever costume on the cheap. Click the link above and print off an “official” Jake nametag!

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Wind Up Doll

This may be the easiest costume. Just dress your little one up in the cutest outfit she has, grab some cardboard, cut out a “winder”, and you’ve got yourself an adorable little doll!

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Fork in the Road

Got a black t-shirt? Cut out some white paper and grab that plasticware from last week’s takeout!

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Deviled Egg

Walmart/Dollar Tree/Party City/Target has devil horns like crazy! Cut out a yolk and you’ve got yourself a “punny” costume for less than a bag of Halloween candy!

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DO you have any ideas for last-minute costumes? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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I love fall–or, as I like to call it, “No Leg Shavin’ Season”! I love the crisp weather, the festive food, and yes, even the cool crafts and activities to do with my Littles. Though, I won’t lie, sometimes the cooler weather also makes me want to do nothing at all. Which is why I’ve found some great fall activities for the “Perfect Pinterest Mom” and the “Loves to Lounge Mom”.

PPMs are all about cutesy crafts and activities for their brood. Like these:

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From JugglingWithKids.com

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And now for activities for the LtLM–the momma who just needs a break, even if its just five minutes of peace to go to the bathroom.

“Scarecrow”

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For some reason, every time Huff the Tot sees a bird she says, “Shoo! Get away bird! Shoo!” That’s how I came up with this game–all you have to do is send the kids outside to scare the birds! Then, close the door and binge-watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

 

Flu Season

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Lay on couch while kids bring you snacks and beverages. If they aren’t into it, offer stickers for the best “doctor”.

 

Rake the Leaves

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This works especially well for kids who like to dump out their Legos all over the floor and then refuse to clean them up, causing you to step on them (also see: worst pain ever). When the Legos make you want to hide wine in your coffee mug and retreat to the bathroom, tell the kids to grab a broom, shovel, whatever–and “rake the leaves”. Bonus points if you can get them to rake the actual leaves!

 

What about you? What’s your favorite fall activity? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday

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I’ve been working on some projects around the house because, when you’re a SAHM, you look at the same stuff day after day and suddenly you get a wave of what I like to call “Joanna Gaines Fever” and you just HAVE to do some redecorating.

I’ve been looking for something to put in the kids’ bathroom because its just kind of bland. I bought an awesome shelf from Hobby Lobby (holla for clearance!) and I wanted a little somethin’ to go on it.

I knew exactly what I wanted but I didn’t know how to go about it. Enter: Pinterest. I found this link and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Here’s what I used:

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~A little wooden sign I picked up at Walmart

~glue stick

~cardstock

~freezer paper

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~metal spoon (also not pictured because, Mommy Brain)

 

First, I cut out the freezer paper to fit my sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock. I glued the freezer paper to the cardstock with the waxy side out (this is very important).

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Next, I thought of the quote I wanted on my sign. Then, I typed it up in Word and “mirror flipped” it.

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Then I printed the quote and laid it gently on the wooden sign, praying it was lined up straight. Finally, I used the edge of a metal spoon and scraped the cardstock.

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After a few minutes, I lifted the paper:

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Meh.

I was hoping for better results. BUT, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, the letters are light enough that I can go over it with a paint pen, so all is not lost.

Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

Try It Tuesday

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This past Saturday was Earth Day! Did you do anything special? If 90’s cartoons taught me anything, its that we only get one planet; we need to take care of it (and not just on Earth Day)! So today’s Try It is all about upcycling, reusing, and reducing waste!

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I did two different projects this week re-using what some may deem as “trash” but I saw its potential to be something better!

For my first project, I took the empty M&M minis tube Huff the Tot had just devoured and cleaned it out:

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Then, I wrapped it in some a-DORK-able Duct Tape:

Voila! I was done! Seriously, that’s it. Now I have an awesome pocket container to take places when I don’t feel like carrying a purse. This would be great for trips to the beach/lake, festivals, concerts, or just a night out on the town (though, I have two kids so the chances of me getting to go to any of those places is pretty slim!). But still, look at all that this thing holds:

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Plus, there was still room! You could pop a chapstick tube in there and maybe even some compact feminine hygiene products!

For my next project, I used an old coffee container:

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I cleaned it out, took the label off, and cut an “X” on the lid:

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Then, I used a chalkboard sticker I bought the day after Christmas and bam! Instant bag dispenser!

You don’t have to put bags in yours! You can decorate/label it any way you want and store just about anything in there. The possibilities are endless!

 

Here are some more links for recycling crafts!

Make Your Own Bath Bombs with K Cups

Tin Can Crafts

Bag Weaving with Old Plastic Bags

Altoid Mint Tin Upcycle

 

 

Do you have any favorite eco-friendly crafts? Share in the comments below!