Category: Activity

Link Round-up: Happiness, Introversion, Halloween Treats and Crafts, and More

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for work happiness, introversion, Halloween treats and crafts, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for pumpkin pie chocolate truffles.

Mind Body Green shares tips for finding happiness at work even if you don’t like your job.

Hungry Happenings showed us how to make pumpkin spice jack-o-lantern Rice Krispie treats.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make woodland creature felt masks for dress-up.

Mommy Snippets offered a homemade sore throat remedy.

Life a Little Brighter gathered 10 easy dinner ideas.

Play Dates on Fridays had a guest post that discussed what it’s like being an introverted parent.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Magic Potions, Pumpkins, and More

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has magic potion jar decorations, a cookie recipe, a pumpkin decorating idea, and more.

About Family Crafts showed us how to create magic potion jar decorations.

Bombshell Bling shared a recipe for Halloween Oreo-stuffed double chocolate cookies.

Uncommon Designs Online taught us how to make a Halloween candy wreath.

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Living Well Spending Less showed us how to create a rock bottom price list.

Organized 31 showed us how to make deviled egg eyeballs.

Dollar Store Crafts shared 10 grown-up leaf crafts for fall.

DIY Inspired shared a spooky stagecoach pumpkin idea.

Photo credit: About Family Crafts and Living Well Spending Less

Link Round-up: Halloween Inspiration and More!

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has tons of Halloween inspiration! There’s a spider web lamp shade, costumes for kids, a table runner, and more.

Uncommon Designs Online shared a recipe for caramel popcorn marshmallow treats.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make a spider web lamp shade.

About Family Crafts showed us 36 no-sew costumes for kids.

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Living Well Spending Less showed us 10 ways to decorate with things you already have on hand.

Bombshell Bling showed us how to make a Halloween table runner.

Yesterday on Tuesday showed us 20 dollar store organizing ideas.

Organized 31 showed us who to make DIY mummy candy bar wrappers.

Photo credit: Uncommon Designs Online and Living Well Spending Less

Link Round-up: Home Maintenance, Halloween Crafts, Beauty Buys, and More

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link roundup has reasons for a home maintenance checklist, Halloween crafts and snacks, plus some beauty buys you just might need.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons taught us how to make cute pumpkin snack bags.

Makeup and Beauty Blog showed us a much less expensive dupe for one of the best eyeliners on the market.

Crafty Journal taught us how to make a milk jug ghost.

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Kenarry gave us reasons to have a home maintenance checklist.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a cute paper plate ghost.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make ice cream sandwich monsters—yum!

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her top six beauty buys.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Kenarry

Skybonz Lets Your Child Create a Colorful Playroom Mobile

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 by No Comments

If you have a child who likes to build and has a very vivid imagination, the Skybonz building set is a fun way to encourage creativity as well as problem solving skills.

We encountered this toy in the children’s play area of a local art museum. The set features 60 different plastic parts that can be joined together to make various monsters. The different monsters can be hung to make a completed mobile display.

skybonz 02This set reminded me of a more grown up version of Mr. Potato Head. With so many different parts to choose from, there were lots of possible combinations for my son to try.

It was also quite challenging to figure out what needed to be added or subtracted to make the different part so the finished mobile would balance properly.

The finished mobile is a bright and colorful decoration for your child’s bedroom or play space. The museum we visited had two finished mobiles hung up in the front lobby for visitors to look at. This was a high traffic area, but they easily survived the jostling around.

As a mom, I like the idea that this toy can be built and rebuilt into various combinations. I also love that it shows off your child’s creativity in a unique way, instead of simply being one more box of plastic doodads to pick up when playtime is over.

Skybonz works with other Bonz building toy sets as well. Skybonz has received several toy awards, including being named Toy of the Year by Parenting and a Creative Child Magazine Top Creative Toy Award Winner.

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Just When You Thought Princess Costumes Couldn’t Get Any Better…

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 by No Comments

My daughter’s obsessed with everything Disney Princesses. I’ve seen my fair share of costumes. Some are cute, while others just aren’t so great.

I’ve seen some pretty amazing ones over the years, but I just found some that really takes it up a notch. I didn’t think costumes could exceed some of the ones I’d already seen, but the ForYouWithLuv shop on Etsy just proved me wrong. The bar has been raised.

These Disney Princess costumes (like the Anna one above) combine the general “feel” of a traditional costume—but then they use tulle, so the skirt is a tutu. The cape is tulle, too, adding an extra dash of girliness to an already adorable take on the younger Frozen sister’s costume.

Sizes go up to a size 10, and prices start at $28.00. Having bought several princess costumes in the past few years, that seems like a reasonable price to me.

This is also fantastic news for older (or just taller) girls. My daughter can’t wear many of the costumes sold in the Disney store (at least not the one near me) anymore, since she’s tall for her age. The interest in dressing up is still there, but the size options just aren’t. They stopped fitting at least a year or two ago.

If you like the idea of these tutu dress costumes, but Anna’s not your character of choice, check out the other options in the shop. There’s Elsa, Snow White, Ariel, Tinkerbell, and more (even superheroes and Hello Kitty!).

Photo credit: ForYouWithLuv on Etsy

Link Round-up: a Starry Lantern, a Tardis Headboard, Halloween Crowns, and More

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a starry lantern DIY, a Tardis headboard, Halloween paper crowns, and more.

Pink When showed us how to make a DIY chalkboard “BOO” garland.

Handmade Charlotte shared some ideas for decorating kids’ rooms with textiles.

Two Delighted showed us how to make a starry lantern.

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Polka Dot Chairs showed us how to make Halloween paper party crowns.

Instructables taught us how to make a Tardis headboard.

Mind Body Green shared a recipe for fudgey brownies with fall spices.

Tater Tots and Jello shared some free Halloween printables.

Photo credit: Meatloaf and Melodrama for Pink When and Polka Dot Chair

Link Round-up: Hand Sanitizer, a Caramel Pumpkin Milkshake, DIY Earrings, and More

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a DIY hand sanitizer, a caramel pumpkin milkshake recipe, DIY earrings, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to use transfer paper for crafts.

Seasoned Homemaker shared a recipe for a DIY natural alcohol-free hand sanitizer.

Life with the Crust Off shared a recipe for a caramel pumpkin milkshake.

Carlsbad Cravings gave us a recipe for a mango coconut Oreo fudge crème ice cream box cake.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a how-to for flower-embellished photo art.

Kimberly Snyder taught us how to make natural cleaning products.

Crafty Journal taught us how to make glittery fall leaf earrings.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Recipes, Stained Glass, Moving When You Have Kids, and More

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a few delicious recipes, a stained glass project with glue, tips for moving when you have children, and a couple of DIY projects.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make a chocolate banana bread bowl.

Carlsbad Cravings shared a recipe for baked buffalo popcorn chicken with creamy honey buffalo dip.

Create Craft Love showed us how to decorate with corn husks.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a Halloween door hanger.

I Love to Create Blog taught us how to make a faux stained glass with glue and leaves.

Almost Unschoolers shared tips for packing up memories when you move with children.

Sister’s Suitcase Blog taught us how to make Muppets pencil toppers.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Crafts by Amanda