Nov 262017

Magic Reindeer Food is really easy to make and it brings the kids so much joy to make this special treat for all of Santa's reindeer on Christmas eve.

You leave cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve, right? But what about Santa’s reindeer?  A little birdie told me years ago that if you sprinkle some Magic Reindeer Food outside on Christmas Eve, it will make it easier for the reindeer to find your house. We make magic reindeer food every year and my boys love running outside before bed to sprinkle it all over the ground for the reindeer.  It’s easy to make and you can even double/triple the batch to make enough for your kids to bring some into school to share with their friends.

Magic Reindeer Food

Magic Reindeer Food is really easy to make and it brings the kids so much joy to make this special treat for all of Santa's reindeer on Christmas eve.

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Nov 132017

I am super excited to share the news about the new Jr. Celtics program here in Boston. It’s their brand new official youth basketball platform where kids will have the chance to learn the values of Celtics basketball by participating in on-court training right at the TD Garden in Boston!  Yes, the kids get a chance to do some really fun drills and exercises on the very same court that our beloved Celts play on.  If you’re child is a Celtics super fan, the Jr. Celtics program will provide the ultimate basketball experience.

The Boston Celtics are providing the ultimate basketball experience for kids throughout New England by launching the ‘Jr. Celtics’ program.

Serving as the official youth basketball platform of the 17-Time World Champions, Jr. Celtics will promote the values of Celtics basketball through on-court training and exclusive events in a safe and fun environment directed towards youth development. Over 20 clinics will be offered in the program’s inaugural year, all of which will provide feature coaches, special guest VIP appearances and exclusive Jr. Celtics apparel. Clinics held at the Celtics’ Practice Facility in Waltham, or at TD Garden, will also feature exclusive access to team facilities. Continue reading »

Oct 242017

Here are 10 DIY Slime Recipes that you can make right now!

Slime is all over the internet right now, everywhere I turn you see something about a DIY slime! I thought it would be fun to share some of the most popular slime recipes out there for you and your kids to try out today! You can find all kinds of slime recipes, some that are edible, others made with dish soap, contact solution and more. You never have to be slime-less again, with all the variations out there!

Head to your store, pick up the ingredients you need, and within a short time, you and your kids can have fun ooey-gooey slime to play with for endless hours of fun! Who knew slime was so easy to make? I always assumed it would take a ton of time, but it is relatively quick, and kids have so much fun creating the gooey slime!

10 Best Slime Recipes To Make

Lifesaver Gummy Slime| This is an edible slime that sounds so tasty. I can just smell the fruity goodness that this slime offers! Continue reading »

Oct 222017

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Thanksgiving is going to be weird for us this year.  It’s the first one without my mom and my dad said that he’s not doing holidays at his house anymore. I get it, but since most holidays have been held at their house since, well forever, it’s going to be weird to have them elsewhere. My sister is taking Christmas at her house this year, so I took Thanksgiving. I know that since it’s going to be the first major holiday without mom, it’s going to be extra hard for all of us.  That’s why I decided I wanted to try to make Thanksgiving as fun as possible this year.  One way that I am making it fun is by putting out some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys at each place setting. They are pretty easy to make and they are wicked cute!

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Chocolate Kiss Turkeys

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Oct 162017

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

Around here, we LOVE Halloween. Since I was a kid, it has always been my favorite holiday and my kids love it, too. Our house is decked out to the nines, there are always Halloween treats (cupcakes, cookies, etc) available and lots of Halloween movies and shows will be playing on my television all month long. One of the things we did recently was to make some Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons. We had millions of old crayon bits laying around, so I figured that I would put them to good use. These Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons seriously couldn’t be any easier to make and my kids had a blast with them.

Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

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Aug 222017

teacher appreciation gifts

It seems like each year my children get a bit older, the days past by that much faster. They always say, “Don’t blink! Kids grow up so fast!” That can’t be more true! In no time another school year will begin, and I thought it would be fun to share some great back to school gifts for teachers!

Teachers are make such a huge impact on your child, and they help them grow and learn with each day! I think it is a great way to give a gift as a thank you for all their hard work and time they will put into helping your child for the school year!

These are affordable and creative gifts to give to a teacher, that will be sure to put a big smile on their face!

Easy DIY Gifts to Make For Your Teacher

Grape Year: Bombshell Bling – A fun and free printable that says, This will be a grape year! Get it.. grape..great! Continue reading »

Aug 212017

Yellow pencils are boring aren't they? Check out these cute DIY Painted Pencils. It's super easy to glam them up and send them to school with the kids!

The first day of school will be here before I know it. Here in New England, we don’t go back to school until after Labor Day, so like I said – it’s coming up quick. This year I wanted to do something special for back to school and I even broke my “No glitter in my house” policy to make this one happen. I made some super cute DIY Painted Pencils. Yellow pencils are boring aren’t they? It’s super easy to glam them up and send the kids to school with something that makes them stand out!

Yellow pencils are boring aren't they? Check out these cute DIY Painted Pencils. It's super easy to glam them up and send them to school with the kids!

I think these DIY Painted Pencils are especially fun because you can paint them in any color you want, so they are completely customizable. I did a variety of colors because I made some for my nieces at the same time I made a few for my almost 4th grader. My nieces haven’t seen theirs yet, but my son absolutely loved his pencils.

DIY Painted Pencils

Yellow pencils are boring aren't they? Check out these cute DIY Painted Pencils. It's super easy to glam them up and send them to school with the kids!

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Jul 172017

This easy jhomemade sidewalk chalk is a fun way to keep the kids busy this summer!

Summer vacation is in full swing and I am so happy to say that my boys have logged more hours outside than they have inside on their screens.  That’s a win in my books. They spend countless hours on their scooters and bikes, playing wiffleball and running through the sprinkler.  They always seem to have fun, but sometimes I like to throw something new into the mix.  I found a recipe for some DIY Sidewalk Chalk and decided to try making some for the boys.

I love it when I run out on an errand and come home to a driveway filled with chalk drawings. So anyways, I had a go at making some sidewalk chalk and I think it came out awesome.  The boys really liked using it and I was surprised at how easy it was to make. I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be making a lot more this summer.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

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Jul 102017

Homemade Sponge Bombs are a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!

I am so thankful that my boys prefer playing outside than sitting around inside the house on their electronics all day. Maybe it’s because our summers are so short and they want to make the most of it. Or maybe they know I will yell at them to go outside and play. Either way, you will get no complaints from this mama about it. We have tons of yard toys (balls, Frisbees, etc), a wooden swing set and they each have bikes and scooters. There is enough out there for them to do to keep them busy for hours at a time. But sometimes it gets super hot out and even on those days, they don’t want to come in. That’s when I make them things like these DIY Sponge Bombs.

DIY Sponge Bombs are a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. Plus, they are wicked easy to make. Score. Try them this summer and your kids will be very happy that you did.

DIY Sponge Bombs

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Jun 262017

We host a big cookout every year on the 4th of July.  I am always on the hunt for cute decorations or things to make them.  I was at my local dollar store recently and picked up some supplies to make some fun patriotic decorations. One of the things I made out of the things I bought was a Patriotic Votive Holder. People usually stay well into the night and I thought the votive holders would be super cute out on my deck for after the sun goes down.

This Patriotic Votive Holder only requires a few supplies and you can have it finished in just a few minutes. Plus, it’s adorable!

Dollar Store DIY: Patriotic Votive Holder

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Jun 052017

When there is a holiday coming up, I like to decorate my house.  Especially when it comes to July 4th.  We have a big cookout and I like it when my house looks the part. I’ve been known to go all out when it comes to holiday decorations (and that goes for any holiday), but since people are coming over for the 4th, I like it when my house looks especially festive. I was at the dollar store recently and picked up the supplies I needed to make this Patriotic Wall Plaque.  It is wicked easy to make and I am really happy with the way it came out.

Dollar Store DIY: Patriotic Wall Plaque

Here’s what you need:

  • Wood hanging plaque
  • Red, white, and blue craft paint
  • Q-tip
  • Paint brush

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May 312017

Summer is almost here and for my family that means one thing – the beach.  We get a season parking pass for the beach and will be there all summer long.  One of the things my boys really like doing while they’re at the beach is to collect things they find.  Sand dollars, star fish, shells, rocks, hermit crabs…you name it and they will spend hours searching for them. One of the things there seems to be an abundance of here in New England are clam shells. When my boys collected a huge bucket of clam shells recently, I had a brilliant idea.  I would make a fun clam critters craft out of them.  So that’s what I did and I am pretty happy with the way they came out.

Clam Critters Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Seashells
  • Large googly eyes
  • Brightly colored craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

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May 172017

Teacher appreciation

Teachers have such a key role in helping teach your children and allowing them to grow up. I know that I can remember a few teachers from school that made a huge impact on my life personally, and I am sure a lot of you can say the same thing.

I always think it is really nice to give an end of school gift to the teacher of your child! This is a great way to say thank you for helping me grow this year, and become that much closer to being a grown up!

Below are some really fun and adorable DIY gift ideas for teachers at the end of the school year. You can let your children help make the gift, or you can make it yourself, either way it will put a smile on the teachers face.

DIY Gifts for Teachers for the End of School

Thanks A Latte Just Add Confetti: This is great for any teacher who enjoys coffee, grab a cute mug and print off this free printable!

Glitter Mason Jar Pencil HolderA Pumpkin and A Princess: I absolutely adore this one, they give you two options, a red apple one, and a pencil design. Both are darling and make for a very simple and elegant gift. Continue reading »

May 042017

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As many of you already know, I lost my mom in February.  It’s been incredibly hard and even though it was expected at some point because she was very, very sick, it happened much sooner than my family was prepared for.

This is going to be the first Mother’s Day without her and even though I haven’t completely processed the fact that she’s gone (I still half expect to pick up the phone and have it be her on the other end), I wanted to do something special in her honor. Years ago, I remember visiting with a friend who had an angel on her wall made from beach rocks. My mom always loved the beach and I wanted to try to recreate the angel out of beach rocks.  That way whenever I walk past my Beach Rock Angel hanging on my wall, it will remind me of her.

Obviously, I needed some beach rocks to make my angel from and last weekend I headed to the beach to collect some rocks. Lucky for me when I went it was low tide so there were plenty of rocks for me to choose from. I went home immediately and got to work on my Beach Rock Angel.

Beach Rock Angel Craft To Always Remember Those We Love

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Apr 232017

Mother’s Day is coming up quick you guys. It’s May 14th! Have you put any thought on what to get for mom this year because if not, I bet she would love something homemade. I know lots of other moms and we love. love, love homemade gifts and that is one of the reasons that this Mother’s Day Napkin Holder is perfect. Not only is it easy to make, it’s useful and mom will love it.

Mother’s Day Napkin Holder

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Apr 092017

Homework stinks, right? No kid wants to come home from an entire day at school only to come home to do more work. As much as I wish they would just abolish the whole homework thing, I am pretty sure it’s not going anywhere any time soon, so I wanted to come up with a way to make homework a little more fun. These Pom Pom Monsters Pencil Toppers are super easy to make and my kids both love them. They’re not a toy per se, so I found that they didn’t distract my kids from their homework, but both of my boys definitely didn’t mind doing their homework quite as much once they had some little pom pom monsters to help them do it.

Pom Pom Monsters Pencil Toppers

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Apr 032017

Can you believe that Easter is right around the corner. This year is flying by, and soon we will be coloring Easter eggs and having scavenger hunts. I thought it could be fun to share some really inexpensive Easter inspired crafts that are from the Dollar Store. You don’t have to be super crafty to do these! Plus if you have children, they could really enjoy helping make some of these.

Below you will find a list of different Dollar Store Easter Crafts for you to create this year. You could give these as gifts to friends and loved ones, or use to decorate your home with. Either way they are fun to create and adorable to look at!

Dollar Store Easter Inspired Decor For The Home

DIY Spring Wreath (The Happy Housie): In five minutes you can create this simple, yet adorable spring wreath. Everyone will be asking where you bought this beautiful piece.

Easter Mason Jars (Mason Jar Crafts): These are beyond adorable, and would be great to display on your kitchen table or on a shelf! If you can’t find a mason jar at your store, just buy a neat jar! Anything will work!

Easter Nest Hurricane Glass (Salt and Pepper Moms): This is a stunning piece and would look gorgeous to display in your home for Easter. Continue reading »

Mar 262017

Confession: I have more broken crayon bits in my house than actual whole crayons. It goes something like this – We get a new pack of crayons, the kids use them once or twice, 2/3 of them break and all of those broken pieces end up somewhere in the abyss. And because apparently no one in my family knows how to clean up after themselves, I would end up finding these little crayon pieces all over the place and at some point I decided that enough was enough.  I grabbed an old shoe box and started putting all the broken crayons I came across in there….and there they have sat, collecting dust, for several years.

I was at the store recently and found a really cute bunny mold. I thought it would be super cute to make new crayons out of and that’s exactly what I did. I took out the box of old crayons and got to work making some bunny crayons with the kids. It’s a fun Easter activity to do with the kids and they seriously could not be easier to make!

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Mar 122017

I found myself babysitting some little ones recently and since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I wanted to make a fun craft with them. We ended up making this Felt Clover Craft and the girls were so happy with them when we were done. This craft is pretty easy to make and with a little help from a grownup, real little ones can do most of it by themselves.

Felt Clover Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Green felt
  • Green craft paying
  • Paint brush
  • Threaded needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

Here’s what you do:
1. Cut out 4 identical (or as close as you can get) hearts (about 1.5″X 1.5″) from your green felt. Continue reading »

Feb 282017

As you probably know, Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up this week – on March 2nd to be exact. We are really big fans of his work in our house and read his books almost every night around here. We have every book he’s ever written, so we definitely have a lot of his books to keep us busy. Today I wanted to share a fun craft that I made recently that was inspired by Dr. Seuss and one of our favorite books of his: A Truffula Trees Fork Painting from The Lorax. We seriously love The Lorax and since it is one of our all time favorites, I couldn’t resist a fun craft inspired from that book in particular. These Truffula Trees are really easy to make and I think it’s a fitting tribute to the works of such a brilliant man.

Here’s what you need:

  • White paper
  • 2 Shades of each green, blue, and pink craft paints
  • Colorful paper straws
  • Plastic forks
  • Paper plate
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

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