Category: Activity

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

Link Round-up: Trick or Treat Safety, Oven Cleaning, an Inexpensive Door Stop, and More

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has trick-or-great safety, oven cleaning tips, an inexpensive door stop idea, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make a door stop out of a pool noodle.

A Simple Pantry showed us how to make Snickers cereal bars.

Southern Girl Ramblings shared some trick-or-treat safety tips.

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Aunt Peaches told us why she never has to clean her oven.

A Beautiful Mess talked about the book club pick, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.

Restyled Junk showed us how to make cute Halloween potion bottles for parties or October home décor.

I Love to Create Blog taught us what to do when the patio furniture has been faded by the sun.

Photo credit: Muslin & Merlot and Aunt Peaches

The Creativity for Kids Quick Knit Loom Teaches Kids Patience

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 by No Comments

The Creativity for Kids Quick Knit Loom is one of my favorite things my daughter has ever owned. It taught her patience and persistence along with some basic knitting skills. It comes with everything you need to complete at least one or two projects without needing to visit the craft store for more yarn.

My daughter started off with a hat, which sadly turned out to be too small for her (she’s six). She was pretty upset about that, so starting with the purse project may have been better. There are ways to adjust the size of the hat, but I don’t think they would make that big of a difference.

While this kit won’t teach a kid very much about how to knit using knitting needles, it does teach them to stay still, work on a project a little at a time (or hours at a time, if they’re really dedicated and want to see it done as soon as possible!), and be patient.

Sometimes the yarn pops off of the pegs and they have to start that row again. It’s frustrating, but it’s a learning experience. It’s probably easier to learn to knit with these basic skills than to start out with the knitting needles, especially for kids under 12.

Potential projects a child can make with this kit include: a hat, a purse, a keychain, a belt, a necklace, and a small scarf. Since the kit comes with several different colors of yarn, she can have fun with different striped patterns and color pairings.

Photo credit: Amazon

Link Round-up: Hair Treatment, Snacks, a Book Craft, and More

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a hair treatment, delicious snacks, a book craft, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us a cute book ball craft to make.

One Good Thing by Jillee showed us a DIY treatment for a dry, flaky scalp.

The Crafty Blog Stalker showed us how to make an adorable pom-pom pen.

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Annie’s Noms showed us how to make chocolate cherry mini muffins.

Life with the Crust Off taught us how to make beautiful galaxy bark.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a personalized lunchbox.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for summer corn risotto.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Annie’s Noms

Link Round-up: Cleaning Carpet, Apple Bubble Bake, an Inexpensive Backsplash, and More

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a carpet de-greaser, an apple bubble bake, tips for making an inexpensive plank backsplash, and more.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make a huge plastic spiderweb.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared a tip for getting stains out of the carpet.

Life with the Crust Off shared a recipe for a caramel apple bake.

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Annie’s Noms shared a recipe for salted caramel fudge.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make an inexpensive plank backsplash.

Create Craft Love showed us how to set up a game of hillbilly golf.

You Brew My Tea shared 25 DIY outdoor fun crafts and activities for kids.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Annie’s Noms

The Crosswords for Kids App Is a Great Way to Pass the Time

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by No Comments

My daughter really doesn’t enjoy reading all that much, but give her a crossword puzzle and she will sit still and look at words for hours. The Crossword for Kids app, which is free, is one of my favorite apps for her.

Instead of written clues, there are pictures at the top or to the side of each set of boxes, and there’s a jumble of letters to drag into their appropriate spots.

There are five levels of difficulty. The first level has only two words to figure out, and the fifth has six. The smaller number allows more room for the jumbled letters, so they’re separated from one another and each answer has its own small group of letters to arrange in the correct order.

In the higher levels, there’s less room to separate the groups of letters, so the mix of letters from several different word may be in the same pile. That adds a little extra challenge to it, too.

I think this app could be good for kids between the ages of four (older four) and seven years old. I wish there were more levels with harder puzzles and maybe even some written clues to read, but this has kept my daughter entertained pretty well for the last several months.

It’s no substitute for reading a book, obviously, but I love that it’s keeping her mind engaged and encouraging her to spell out words she probably wouldn’t be spelling otherwise.

It’s free, so there’s really nothing to lose. I highly recommend it.

Photo credit: iTunes

Spa Lab Allows Moms and Daughters to Bond and Have Girl Time Without Visiting the Nail Salon

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by No Comments

I’ve noticed a lot of moms like taking their daughter to get pedicures. I’d love to do that, but I don’t really like pedicures and I’m pretty sure my daughter would kick someone in the face. A scene from a comedy would ensue, and we’d run out of there, slipping and sliding on our wet feet as I threw some money back into the doorway to cover the damage and part of the pedicures we actually received.

Girly spa days sound fun, though, so we’ve been playing around with All Natural Spa Lab from SmartLab. We haven’t worked our way through all of it because I almost always forget to address those recipes while I’m making the grocery list, but we’ve experimented with the recipes a bit. I like that they’re natural, even if that means extra steps for me (shopping).

I think that’s my main gripe about this set and there’s really not a whole lot they could’ve done about it without making it, well, not so natural. Yes, some powders to color and scent the lip balm would’ve been nice, but I can’t expect them to put avocados or bananas in the kits.

There probably could’ve been a better middle ground, but overall, the ingredients for the recipes are things most people have around the house. If not, they can be found at the grocery store.

The spa kit has recipes for body scrubs, bath bombs, masks, deep conditioning treatments for hair and scalp, and more. There are also molds for the bath bombs, containers, mixing spoons, citric acid, and glitter. I would’ve liked to have seen more overall for almost $20—more recipes, more dry ingredients, etc.

Though I was personally a little disappointed in what came with the kit, my daughter loves it and thinks playing around with the recipes is a great way to spend an afternoon (you haven’t heard laughter until you let a six-year-old mash up an avocado and smear it all over your face), so all in all, it’s worth it. I think this kit’s probably best for ages 6-10.

Photo credit: Amazon

Link Round-up: Green Juice, a Pencil Wreath, DIY Magnets, and More

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a spicy ginger pineapple green juice, pencil wreath, salt dough bear magnets, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make avocado key lime pie tarts.

Mind Body Green shared a recipe for spicy ginger pineapple green juice.

Spaceships and Laser Beams shared free back to school lunch note printables.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make apple magnets.

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Muslin and Merlot showed us a DIY project with copper medallions.

Crafts n Coffee showed us how to make a back to school pencil wreath.

Suzy Sitcom taught us how to make salt dough bear magnets.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot