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Advent Calendar and focusing on the meaning of Christmas

I love the idea of counting down for Christmas and over the years have created various Advent Calendars for my kids. I think the first year was the most elaborate with multiple activities, outings and gifts. Needless to say by the time Christmas Day arrived I was exhausted! The following year knew I had to scale back on the activities. In addition, I wanted a way to bring Christ back >> Continue reading

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Craft Project: Fun AND practical bookmark for young readers

For the young reader in your home, try this craft stick bookmark to help them keep their place while they read. Hopefully it will help improve their skills like it did for my kids! >> Continue reading

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Caramel Apple Kit With Toppings!

Apple picking is one of those must do fall activities! Last year our families went picking together and I created these caramel apple toppings kits for the kids to enjoy. The kits include caramel apple dip and various toppings – chocolate chips, toffee bits, peanuts and of course sprinkles! My scalloped paper puncher was the perfect size to add a label to the tops of the topping containers. Everything fit >> Continue reading

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Front Door Makeover

My house was built in 2005 and after eleven years, I finally got around to giving my front door a facelift…the burgundy color just had to go! I did a lot of research from different hardware stores, Pinterest and the like and found a paint that got a lot of rave reviews – Modern Masters (NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with nor am paid to promote this product!). >> Continue reading

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Daily Learning Board

Anticipating a daily barrage of “What are we doing today mommy?” over the summer months I created this daily board for the kids. It started out as a board to show them what activities they would be doing and where they may be going that day. As I was drawing out the concept I thought adding date/time and weather sections would be a fun interactive way to get them thinking about >> Continue reading

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Sisters Rule! Girly Whirly Weekends

Shortly after giving birth to my second child (that was six and a half years ago!), my sisters and I decided we needed to spend time together as sisters. It never dawned on us to do it before we had kids, but I also believe that after entering motherhood and realizing how tiring, stressful and scary it can be (don’t get me wrong, we also know how wonderful motherhood is >> Continue reading

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Finger Knitting Fun

“Mommy can you show me how to do that thing with the string and sticks?” She had seen me knitting earlier in the week and wanted to make a scarf for her brother. Yay! I was so excited she wanted to learn! I quickly found a pair of size 10 needles and some chunky yarn. I cast-on about 20 stitches and showed her the knit stitch. She had trouble wrapping >> Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation Printable

Preschool just came to a close for my daughter and I’m so grateful to her teachers. As a crafter I really wanted to make something to say thank you for their hard work but in the end we went practical with gift cards. Boring, I know! But we’re practical people. To curb the crafting bug I started designing a card using this quote I found all over Pinterest, “It takes >> Continue reading

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Dollar Store Spring Wreath

It’s been pretty quite around here but spring has arrived and so has the crafting bug! This weekend I finally put away the winter decor from our front door. With no flowers blooming in the front garden yet I wanted to add a little spring to the entry. Since wreathes go through a lot of wear and tear from being outdoors I hit up the dollar store and purchased these >> Continue reading

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Bills Binder With Editable Year | Free Download

A request from a commenter prompted me to create editable year pages for the bills binder. It was a “Why didn’t I think of that before!?” moment. It’s such a time saver to be able to edit the year. The neat thing is change it on the first page and the rest will change as well. Click the image or click here to download.