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Cute DIY Cake Topper

*This post contains affiliate links.  If you shop through them, I may receive a small commission, at no extra charge to you. Raise your hand if you’re a professional cake decorator. I. am. not. Sometimes I say, I’ve never met a hobby I didn’t like. But then, I remember that one.  It’s a lot of work.  It takes practice.  And time. I mean, I don’t even bake the cakes around here anymore.  (When your girls say, Can I bake my own birthday cake?  You say yes!) Some occasions call for…

Children and Chores

This weekend I’m sharing a guest post for my friend, Keri, on her blog ONE MAMA’S DAILY DRAMA.  We all have our share of drama, don’t we? 😉  Head over and check out this idea on dealing with Children and Chores, that might make your day just a little bit easier!   &nbsp…

20 Alternatives to TV for Kids!

Your hands are busily trying to finish dinner without burning it, it’s the baby’s fussy time, the phone is ringing, you have a long list of to-do’s, and your mind is occupied with all of these things, while your other kiddos whine that there is “nothing to doooooo.”  After a couple of rejected suggestions you may find yourself saying, “I don’t know…just do something!” Does this scenario sound familiar?  It may or may not be a composite of personal experience. 😉 In times like these, it…

Adventures for Kids, Without Doing a Thing

It’s about that time again… when we can all kick up our feet and relax a little. You know, in between gardening (I’m really good at growing weeds), beach-going, spring cleaning (yes, I do mine in the summer), and finishing all those projects I have lined up. My kids have big summer plans, and I’m sure yours do, too. But just in case you have some down time, or the occasional rainy day… I have something really fun to share with you! We discovered Adventures in Odyssey when my oldest was…

Tutu Cute Headband

There is something so sweet and ethereal about tulle.  Whether it’s on a tutu, a wedding dress, or festooning a room, it’s just so girly.   I used it to make this sweet little headband, and it’s the perfect thing to go with sweet little spring dresses.  And it was easy.  And cheap.  And  it’s Tutu Cute! Here’s a sweet and simple how to. Materials: 1 roll of tulle 1 bundle of elastic hot glue gun scissors Directions: First, measure off the amount of elastic you’ll need , with…

Homeschooling: Little Entrepreneurs

Guess what?   A few days ago, my daughter made this cute little bunny and I thought it was the perfect thing to welcome spring. Also, I was amazed at her cleverness.  No pattern or tutorial, just her imagination and creativity. Last year, the girls learned to crochet in art class, and it has become a favorite thing for them to do… like making these teeny tiny Barbie purses…   and keeping all the dolls well-dressed. They have been enjoying making things to wear…     to share…     and now to sell! They…

Growing Up is Hard to Do

My children are at different ages,  different stages but all with one thing in common… they’re growing up and growing up is hard to do. While we would all like to revisit yesteryear once in a while, growing up is something most people wouldn’t want to do over- because it’s hard work… skinned knees broken hearts hurt feelings and tough decisions. That’s the big one. And the bigger you get, so do the decisions. I tell my children that’s the way they know they are getting closer to…

I Heart Snow

Where we live, we get to experience all the seasons–sometimes in the same week! Winter here is very fickle. We get springlike days, and cold, rainy miserable days, and sometimes… we get snow. But not too often. So we try to thoroughly enjoy it while it’s here.   We have a snow day. And what I like about snow days is that everybody gets to be a kid for a day. Which means… no schoolwork, boogie-board sleds, snowball fights, snow cream, and throwing snow at the exact moment the picture is snapped, which…

It’s-a-Girl Pink Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

What’s the perfect way to use the adorable pom poms we’ve been seeing everywhere?   Make a birth-announcement-wreath for the front door, of course!  (Perfect for my brand new niece xxoo)   Here’s how I did it: To make the pom poms: 1.Wrap yarn around and around your fingers, until you’re happy with the thickness of it. (Pulling the yarn from the inside of the roll makes it much easier, by the way!) 2. Tie a piece of yarn around the bundle, in a tight knot. 3. Snip all…

Jazzing up January with New Books

We got new school books the other day. Please excuse the lonely little cotton stem; he needs friends. Yep.  In January. Adds a little excitement to the drab days of winter.  I mean, who doesn’t need a little sparkle amidst the gray? We’re conditioned to think that our students must begin a new textbook in September and be finished with it by May.  And sometimes it works out that way… sometimes, it doesn’t. The reality is, a child might speed through a book because they love it and be ready for the next…