Category: Activity

The Daisy Rock Debutante Junior Miss Short Scale Acoustic Guitar Looks Perfect for the Beginner

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 by No Comments

I’m not sure where it came from, but my daughter suddenly decided she needed to learn how to play the guitar so she could have some music to go along with the song lyrics she’s been coming up with since she was old enough to talk (it’s really nice that she can write the words down now instead of asking me to memorize them!).

Guitar Center was having a sale, so we looked around online and checked out the reviews on other sites, too. The Daisy Rock Debutante Junior Miss Short Scale Acoustic Guitar kept showing up again and again with positive reviews overall.

They also had the color she preferred—bubblegum pink. It also comes in cotton candy blue, which is my personal favorite, and popsicle purple.

It’s a ¾ size, which is just right for my seven-year-old, and will probably be fine for at least a few years. It’s meant for kids between the ages of five and nine, then they can graduate to a full-size guitar.

The “slim and narrow neck” makes it easier for small hands to play, which I think is brilliant. I remember trying to learn to play a full-size guitar at age 16; I was turned off because my hands weren’t big enough.

The sound is better than what you get from most of the toy guitars out there that look like the real thing but don’t sound so great. We paid $79 and, thanks to a special December sale (coupon code: DECSALE), were able to pick up picks, a stand, and a book to get her started for about $15.00 more.

Is it the best guitar on the market? No, of course not. Is it perfect for a beginner? From what I can tell as someone who doesn’t play guitar or have a lot of experience with them, I think it’s probably one of the best in this price range, and definitely worth the $79.00.

Photo credit: Guitar Center

Link Round-up: Gift Tags, Ornaments, Cookies, and More

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up features washi tape gift tags, ornaments, cookies, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for peppermint chocolate coconut cookies.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make washi tape gift tags.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make paper ball ornaments.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a cute pinecone snowman.

Artsy Fartsy Mama shared a cute craft to make with the kids—winter window clings.

Restyled Junk showed off a cute Christmas garland made from old jeans.

Club Chica Circle showed us how to make a cute snowman headband.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: Christmas Crafts, Treats, and More

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up features Christmas crafts, treats, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for easy chocolate Oreo truffles.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a cute snack idea for school.

Create Craft Love shared a DIY chalky finish Christmas frame idea.

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

Restyled Junk made cute snowman lights.

Artsy Fartsy Mama showed us how to make a sequin tree.

Club Chica Circle made Santa and elf hat candy jars.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: Scrapbook Inspiration, Gifts, Laundry, and More

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has scrapbook inspiration, gift guides, laundry problem solutions, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared some holiday cookie recipes.

A Beautiful Mess inspired us with scrapbook ideas.

Crafty Journal showed us how to turn a Christmas card box into a gift box.

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Kenarry gave us a gift idea for teachers.

One Good Thing by Jillee solved some common laundry problems.

Rad Mom Cool Kid shared a gift guide for teens.

Create Craft Love gave us a recipe for eggnog French toast.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Ornament Ideas, Hot Cocoa, Gifts, Traditions, and More

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ornament ideas, hot cocoa, a gift guide, tradition ideas, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make low fat chocolate chip raspberry quick bread.

A Beautiful Mess shared some of their favorite holiday projects.

Crafty Journal showed us how to make a dollar bill angel.

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Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make ugly sweater ornaments.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared a recipe for the best ever creamy Crock-Pot cocoa.

Rad Mom Cool Kid shared some gift ideas for the traveler.

Create Craft Love put together a Christmas traditions printable.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Crafts by Amanda

International Arrivals Super Duper Scented Gel Pens Make Coloring and Doodling Fun

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 by No Comments

If you have a child who likes to color or doodle, the International Arrivals Super Duper Scented Gel Pens make for a fun treat.

The set includes 24 gel pens: 12 sparkle, 6 neon, and 6 pastel. I’ve tried various brands of glitter pens in the past with disappointing results, but these pens have a lovely sparkle to them. The ink is vibrantly colored and flows quite nicely.

The pens are about two inches shorter than a typical Bic, but the smaller size should make them easier for kids to work with.

The plastic storage case for the pen set helps keep supplies neatly organized and would be perfect for adding to a travel art kit, but the pens are a little difficult to remove from the slots. I can imagine that younger kids might have trouble taking out and putting back the colors they want.

The fragrance is difficult to detect in some of the pens, which was a little disappointing for my son since he loves scented art supplies.

There is also a fair amount of duplication in scents. For example, four of the pens have an apple scent and three have a strawberry scent. With the exception of cucumber and cream, there is a fruity theme for all of the pens.

We would have been happier with the purchase if all of the pens had a different scent and the fragrance was a bit stronger, but overall I feel like the set is a good value for the money.

You can purchase the International Arrivals Super Duper Scented Gel Pens on Amazon for $12.27. I paid $18 at my local craft store, so this is a bargain.

Photo credit: Amazon

Link Round-up: Recipes, Body Butter, a Furniture Makeover, and More

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has recipes, body butter how-to, a nightstand makeover, and more.

Homemade Interest shared 10 cranberry recipes for the holidays.

The DIY Dreamer showed us a quick and easy nightstand makeover.

Sisters Saving Cents taught us how to make cocoa vanilla mint body butter.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a yeast-free thin crust pizza crust.

Our Secondhand House showed us a cute DIY winter wonderland branch décor idea.

Scary Mommy shared thoughts on having the Santa Claus talk.

A Mom’s Take showed us how to get inexpensive name brand fashion.

Photo credit: Homemade Interest and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Mascaras, the Worst Toys, a Holiday Cocktail, and More

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a holiday cocktail recipe, a list of the worst types of toys, a mascara comparison, and more.

The Socialite’s Closet compared several mascaras to find some of the best ones on the market.

Homemade Interest shared 10 Christmas cookie recipes.

A Mom’s Take taught us how to make chipotle shrimp penne.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a holiday cocktail recipe.

Scary Mommy discussed the worst types of toys.

A Cultivated Nest showed us how to make a decorative Christmas stocking holder.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a coastal winter wreath.

Photo credit: The Socialite’s Closet and A Beautiful  Mess

Nail Art Wacky Word Stickers Allow a Different Form of Self Expression

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 by No Comments

Move over, Jamberry (but not too far away, because you’re still really, really cool). There’s a new nail sticker option for kids.

Actually, these don’t take the place of some of the more patterned and wider variety of options out there, but they are pretty neat! There are letters in different fonts, plus symbols, to play around with. And quite possibly the best part? The set is $4.00.

You’ll still need your regular polish for these, which you apply before adding the stickers to wet polish. That gives you plenty of opportunities to play around with the color and style of the finished look, though. I would set everything with a top coat, I think, to ensure longevity.

Kids and teens will love coming up with words to wear on their nails and making up color combinations.

The only problem with these is that they look too big to use on smaller fingernails, so they may not work on younger kids. That means they’re not useful in two of the ways I initially thought they might be: spelling and word recognition.

These may not be as versatile as some of the other options on the market, but they’re less expensive and interesting because they’re not just a pattern or solid color. They allow a very obvious form of self-expression—words (and symbols—can’t forget the symbols).

They’re also easy to work with. You peel them off the page, stick them to your nails (paint nails first), and then apply a top coat to seal everything in place and extend the life of the stickers. It’s uncomplicated, which is sometimes just what you and the kids want and need.

Photo credit: Black Wagon