HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR KIDS

Before we had children, I never saw myself as the one celebrating Halloween. Or more, creating homemade Halloween costumes for kids. I was never into skeletons and all the gory stuff that typically comes with Halloween. I also used to cringe at the thought of having to open the door every 5 minutes on a cold night to give out candy to overly hyper kids.

Well…Fast-forward to when our first born son turned 3 and began asking questions about costumes. At his pre-school at the time, they had a very cute little costume parade for all the kids and parents to come and see. We could opt out, of course. But, seeing the excited face of my sparkly-eyed toddler when he talked about his ideas and the possibilities of costumes, just might have softened my heart to the idea.

Homemade Halloween Costumes for kids

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Strawberry Lemonade, a picnic favorite!

strawberry lemonade

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a picnic or two, would it? And what better way to complete a summer picnic than with a pitcher of a refreshing lemonade? Today I want to share with you a recipe for Strawberry Lemonade. It’s a variation of an old classic, but with a sweet twist. It also goes perfectly with the red, white, and blue theme for the Fourth of July! Surprise your guests with this delicious thirst quenching homemade drink!

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Simple Father’s Day Tie Craft

Looking for a simple, quick, but thoughtful craft for the Dad in your life? Start reading now to find out how to make a Simple Father’s Day Tie Craft.

We all know how summer sneaks up on us, right? The kids just finished pre-school year, and you barely had time to breath with both your toddlers at home full time. And then, “Bam!”, Father’s Day is in a few days, and you are desperately looking for something that’s cute and not time-consuming to make with your kids for your hubby.

If you need a fun, super easy, and sweet craft to do with your toddlers in one evening, keep reading! I’m sharing a simple Father’s Day Tie craft that my kids did a few years ago. It was a great time scheming and planning, and the end result was super cute!Father's Day Tie Craft

Let’s get crafting!

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Mother’s Day Crepes Recipe

What comes to mind when you think of a Mother’s Day meal? To me, all my mom’s famous dishes immediately pop into my head as a reminder of her love for cooking and baking. Borsch, Apple Pie, Lemon Pie, Jams…Mmmm. But one dish stands out above the rest. It’s what my mom is known for, and it’s what I think of first when I think of my Mama. It’s my Mom’s Infamous Crepes. She makes them plain, stuffed with berries, stuffed with farmer’s cottage cheese, and stuffed with meat. All of the variations she makes are absolutely delicious. The good news is, crepes are not that hard to make! Once you get the hang of it, possibilities of serving them are aplenty. Today I’ll share with you my Crepes Recipe that you can make for your mom (or with your Mom) as well.

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Mother’s Day DIY Fingerprint Jar Vase

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time of year to celebrate the mothers in your life. But what I love in particular is coming up with fun crafts that the kids can do by themselves for their Grandma. A few years back, we had made a beautiful vase for her, all decorated with kids’ fingerprints . We also made paper flowers, all of which had sweet sentiments written on them to put inside. The idea was for my Mom-in-Law to use the jar as a vase for her bouquets all year round. But instead, she has kept it as is and proudly displays it on her shelf to this day. Whatever a special mom in your life decides to use it for, I think our Mother’s Day DIY Fingerprint Jar Vase will be a very special gift indeed!

Mother's Day DIY Fingerprint Jar Vase

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Tote

As you may know, Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us, and many parents are scrambling to come up with a thoughtful gift. Well, look no further because I’ve got an awesome idea for you—a Teacher Appreciation Gift Tote!

teacher appreciation gift tote

A few years ago, when my son was graduation pre-school, we wanted to do something grand and personal for his teachers. I looked through ideas on the internet and have come up with an idea of a gift basket. Instead of trying to come up with one perfect gift, we decided to put several small but cool things in one basket.

The only thing was that I did not quite like the idea of a basket. I really wanted to use something more useful in everyday life. Then, I saw an idea of a beach tote on Pinterest. It was stuffed with lots of goodies as a “basket” alternative, and I knew it was just what I had in mind also!

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TEACHER APPRECIATION SIMPLE HANDPRINT CARD

The National Teacher Appreciation Week is almost here! Today I’ll share with you a super easy and personal craft for your teacher, which you can do it with your kids in 1 hour. It’s Teacher Appreciation Simple Handprint Card!

teacher appreciation simple handprint card

Every year I get excited to come up with fun and unique ways to say “thank you” to our educators. I would go as far as say that we should show love and appreciation for our teachers every day of the year.  But having an official designated week of appreciation is certainly a wonderful reason to shower our hard-working teachers with a little extra attention. It’s also a great excuse to get creative and make some fun crafts with the kids!

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SIMPLE FAMILY EASTER TRADITIONS

Have you ever had a longing to have a more meaningful Easter with your family? Have you struggled to teach your kids the meaning of Easter beyond eggs and bunnies? Have you ever felt stressed and overwhelmed with the sheer volume of available information? If you seek simple ideas about how to start easy, fun, meaningful faith-based family traditions this Easter, this post is for you.

Easter Chalkboard

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A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Bible Study Review

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Every year, I search for new ways to engage my children in discussion about Easter. They are surrounded by the worldly decorations of Easter bunnies and egg baskets, beautiful pastel colors, and the notion that Easter means countless, I mean c-o-u-n-t-l-e-s-s candy!! And since we live in the modern world and not on the deserted island, it also means that it is up to us, families, to teach our children the true meaning of the Resurrection Day. If we don’t, our kids’ hearts and minds are up for grabs by the rest of the world.

I know that it can feel overwhelming to commit to a Bible study, especially when your days may be filled with school, clubs, sports, and family events. But Easter usually sneaks up on us, and then a few days prior to the holiday, we suddenly feel the guilt and pressure to do something. Anything! We feel like we failed.

A sense of the resurrection study

A Sense of the Resurrection Study

The study I want to share abut today will not take a lot of your time. Or maybe it will, in a good way? 😉 You are in charge of how it will go. It is up to you whether you choose to do it all or do what you can based on your available family time. One thing for sure—A Sense of the Resurrection gives you a good solid base upon which you can build your Easter discussion.

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PARTY PLANNING 101, PART 4 (EXECUTION)

This is the fourth and final part of the Party Planning 101 Series. If you missed previous blog posts on RESOURCES, PRIORITIES and EXPECTATIONS, and ALL THE DETAILS, just click on the links and catch up!

I hope you find this information helpful and inspiring!

An important part of any execution is understanding your abilities. So before you run to the craft store and buy all the supplies, I want you to sit down and evaluate. This will certainly eliminate the stress later.

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