Mother’s Day coupon book template

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Just print this off on different colored paper. Punch a hole in the ends with a hole puncher. Let the kids color away and then decide what each coupon will be for. Super cute. Will melt Mom’s heart. I made up a different template that I like better than the one in the picture above. Feel free to print this post off and use my template.

 

This coupon is much better that the one I originally made 🙂

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Mother’s Day craft idea

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This couldn’t be easier…

What you need:

Pour some paint onto a plate, dip your child’s hand in it. Make a print on the paper. Let dry. The fingers become the “stems”. After its completely dried then add the stickers. Glue on the pot. Tada! A super cute and easy Mother’s Day craft

Make your own bubbles

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My kids would play with bubbles ALL DAY if they could, but the bubble solutions tends to run out fast. In a pinch I made up my own batch and it worked great! Make your own bubbles!
Ingredients: 
  • 12 cups of water
  • 1 cup of dish soap
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder

Mix well and have fun! We have this awesome automatic bubble blower. Hands free, so it frees up some time for me while keeping the kids happy with a steady stream of bubbles coming out. Win, win! Get one HERE.

Make puzzles from old photos

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My daughter is going through a major puzzle phase lately and I think we have bought all of the puzzles that Target carries. We love recycling stuff so I decided to make her a few puzzles out of some old photos I had left over from scrapbooking. Bonus: she giggles the entire time putting them together because they are silly family photos!

Materials:

  • Cardboard (reuse a cereal or cracker box)
  • Old pictures
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Directions:

  • Glue the pictures to the cardboard. If you want a double sides puzzle you can keep the cereal box design as the other side. Make sure to glue every inch down so it doesn’t peel apart
  • Trim excess cardboard from edges
  • Cut into puzzle shapes (If you’re really handy you could glue it to a thin board and cut with a saw. I don’t have a saw so we are sticking with cardboard)

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A remedy for bedtime fears in toddlers

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So my daughter recently developed a fear of Witches. Why not? I remember being intensely afraid of the Witch of the West when I was a kid! Every night at bedtime it’s a battle though. So, I came up with an idea: “Anti-Witch spray”.

Directions:

Add water and a few drops of lavender essential oil to a spray bottle. Spray wherever the witches might be right before bed time. Use liberally as lavender promotes relaxation (it makes your little one fall asleep faster). We use it every night before bed and when she has the occasional nightmare. Works every time! Smells great too!!!

You can also make this to scare off monsters, ghosts, Swiper (the sneaky fox), or whatever the current fear is…

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Turn used pantyhose into toys

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We love to recycle things into toys in our house. It keeps the kids creative thinking caps on, and it also saves some cash. We had a baptism party this weekend and I snagged my nylons beyond repair. Of course we had to come up with something to do with the nylons immediately once we got home.

Here are a few of the ideas we tried:

  • Pantyhose octopus (pictured above): Fill the nylon with cotton balls until you have a good-sized “head”. Then tie off at the neck and cut the base into strips to form the legs. Draw a face on with a sharpie. These are actually really fun to throw at each other!
  • Bean caterpillar: We filled the nylon with dried beans and tied off the stocking every two inches. This made a caterpillar shape and the kids had fun sorting and counting the beans as they put them inside the stocking
  • Snowballs: Fill the stocking with cotton (We reuse the cotton from vitamin containers) and tie the ends. Shape into balls. These are great because they are super lightweight and you can have a “snowball fight” without worrying about breaking stuff in the house!

Stuff we plan to make with the next pair that I destroy…

Giving Easter eggs as gifts

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As you can see from my previous posts, we are up to our eyeballs in decorated Easter eggs! Some on our tree, some in holders, and the rest are going to the Grandparent’s as Easter gifts. We are bringing some along to the festivities this weekend and mailing others to family who won’t be here. I was trying to figure out ideas for “presentation” and also packaging for sending them in the mail. Opening up a can of coconut cream for a tasty Paleo treat today, it dawned on me that the can would be perfect for both presentation and package. A cute little can basket, that also serves as a solid vessel to mail the egg in so it will arrive intact at Grandma and Grandpa’s on Easter in one piece. So Ellie got out her colored pencils and we got started. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Materials:

  • tin cans with labels peeled off (and washed out of course)
  • paper
  • pencils
  • tape
  • pipe cleaners

Directions:

  • Cut a strip of paper large enough to cover the can where the label had been.
  • Decorate the label
  • Tape it to the can
  • Tape the pipe cleaners to the inside and make a little handle for the “basket”
  • Fill with tissue place the egg inside and voila…a basket that can be mailed and keep your precious egg intact!

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