Category: Activity

Link Round-up: Squash Soup, Green Pepper Dip, Hot Cocoa, and More

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a squash soup recipe, green pepper dip, hot cocoa recipes, and more to get you in the mood for cooler temperatures.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for acorn squash soup with roasted chickpeas.

Create Craft Love shared hot cocoa recipes to enjoy as autumn and winter set in.

Oh She Glows showed us how to make crispy smashed potatoes with avocado garlic aioli.

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Kenarry taught us how to make green pepper dip.

Simplee Thrifty taught us how to make candy corn punch.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor gathered up several pasta dishes that are perfect for autumn.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us six crafts made with pinecones, acorns, and other nuts.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kennary

The Beados Starter Kit Is a Fun Way to Spend an Afternoon

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by No Comments

Remember those kits that had the plastic beads that you had to place on pegs and then heat in the oven so they’d all stick together? I used to play with those at a friend’s house, but my mom wasn’t too crazy about the idea of having the beads all over the house and having to get the oven involved.

Beados remind me of those, but better. No heating (or burning!) is involved.

When you get the starter kit, you get a selection of 400 Beados in a variety of colors. You also get design trays, charts to follow to create certain Beados designs, a pod pen that makes placing the Beados easier, four pods, a spray bottle (since you set them with water), and more.

My daughter got this set for her birthday and spent the rest of the afternoon hard at work, creating cute little characters. She liked it so much, she bought a refill kit with more Beados with a gift card to the toy store someone gave her.

The only bad part for her is the waiting time. You spray the finished projects with water and then you have to wait for them to dry so all the tiny pieces will be stuck together and able to be removed from the design trays. There’s a drying station set you can buy, but for now, we’re just practicing patience.

Kids can also make their own designs instead of following the ones in the kit. However, if they do get bored with the available designs and don’t feel like creating their own, there are themed refill kits that look pretty fun.

Photo credit: Beados

Link Round-up: Gratitude, a New Shirt, Spider Crafts, and More

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ways to bring more gratitude into your life, how to make a cute new top for yourself, spider crafts, “healthy” brownies, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make breakfast cereal popcorn balls.

Mind Body Green shared nine simple ways to bring more gratitude into your life.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a cute gathered back t-shirt.

Oh She Glows shared a recipe for flourless thumbprint breakfast cookies.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to play checkers with superheroes and buttons.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor posted a recipe with spinach brownies with pumpkin frosting.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us some DIY spider crafts to squeeze in before Halloween.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Crafts by Amanda

LittleBits Are Legos for the iPad Generation

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 by No Comments

Aspiring builders, inventors, and tinkerers will love littleBits. This system of electronic modules is designed to snap together with tiny magnets to make building quick and easy.

Each component has a specific function, such as light or sound, and modules snap to make larger circuits. No soldering, wiring, or programming is required.

The concept is very similar to Legos and designed to be as intuitive as possible so that young children are inspired to create, learn, and have fun. In fact, littleBits are sometimes called “Legos for the iPad generation.”

LittleBits were designed by MIT graduate and TED Senior Fellow Ayah Bdeir. Ms. Beder is an interactive artist, engineer, and a leader in the open source hardware movement.

The base kit comes with 10 bits plus a 9V battery, a reusable storage case, and a motorMate that is used to attach wheels and other materials to the DC motor. There’s also a project booklet that features step-by-step instructions for eight different creations.

The deluxe kit includes 18 color-coded modules that are designed to snap together to make extra-large circuits, as well a battery and an expanded project idea booklet. All of the deluxe kit modules are fully compatible with the contents of the base kit.

The litteBits kits are recommended for children eight and up. I would imagine that this kit would work best if a parent or older sibling is on hand to demonstrate for the first few times, however.

You can purchase the littleBits kits on the MoMA Store website. LittleBits were featured in the 2011 Museum’s exhibition Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects.

What do you think of the littleBits kits? Does this look like something your child would enjoy?

Photo credit: MoMA Store

Melissa & Doug Temporary Jewelry Tattoos Make Dress Up Time More Fun

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 by No Comments

If you have a little girl who loves to play dress up, Melissa & Doug’s collection of temporary jewelry tattoos is sure to be a hit.

For a little over $5, you can get more than 130 temporary tattoos designed to look like real jewelry. There are watches, earrings, bracelets, rings, and more in a variety of colorful, kid-friendly designs.

girl with tattoosThe Melissa & Doug temporary jewelry tattoos come on four sheets that are perforated for easy removal. They can be applied with a wet paper towel and removed with rubbing alcohol or baby oil.

If you want to play with the temporary tattoos as well, make a cute surprise for your daughter’s lunchbox by applying temporary tattoos to a banana. This is easy to do and sure to bring a smile to any kid’s face!

Temporary tattoos can also be applied to party balloons or disposable plastic cups to add a festive touch to a birthday party or sleepover.

You can purchase the Melissa & Doug jewelry temporary tattoos on Amazon. They also have a package of general girl themed designs like butterflies and ballerinas and a collection of temporary tattoos for boys featuring animals and sports motifs.

Do your kids love temporary tattoos? What do you think of this collection?

Photo credit: Amazon

Link Round-up: Treats, a DIY Planter, Relationship Tips, and More

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has lots of treats, a colored planter, and tips for relationships and parenting.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make an avocado chocolate cake.

Mind Body Green shared seven relationship tips that can do more harm than good.

Pint Sized Baker showed us how to make acorn brownie pops.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a colored planter from PVC pipe.

Hungry Happenings taught us how to make Halloween Oreo cookie pops.

Life a Little Brighter showed us how to make a two-ingredient chocolate hazelnut braid.

Play Dates on Fridays shared some wisdom picked up over a decade of parenting.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

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