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April 4th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Fun Easter Themed Apps

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Easter is such a fun time filled with the anticipation of hidden baskets and eggs. Help spread the excitement by adding some games for your child to play. Whether it be an Easter themed puzzle, virtual egg coloring, or even an Easter themed book, these apps will make preparing for Easter even more fun!

Easter Bunny Tracker - See if the Easter Bunny is close to hiding his/her eggs at your house!

Paint Easter Egg HD – A fun app for coloring virtual eggs…same fun without the mess!

Hidden Egg Hunt - A hidden picture game where you find hidden eggs. Race against the clock to beat each level.

Easter Bunny Call – Make your little ones think the Easter Bunny is calling them directly.

Color Me! Easter – A virtual coloring book with pictures of the Easter Bunny, eggs, and other spring things.

Bubble Blast Easter - A puzzle game you won’t be able to put down.

Puzzle Me Easter – Work on your jigsaw puzzle skills with this easter themed app.

Easter Bunny Scan O’Meter - Tells children whether they are being good or bad according to the Easter Bunny – the best part is that you set it secretly!

Easter Expressions - Make cards that can be emailed to wish Easter blessings to family and friends.

Easter Egg Design Generator - Another virtual egg dying app.

Easter Bunny Dress Up – Have your child take a picture with the Easter Bunny that they dressed up themselves!

Easter Bunny Games for Kids: Easter Egg Hunt Jigsaw Puzzles HD for Toddler and Preschool - An easy jigsaw puzzle app for the littlest ones.

Sneezies Easter Edition - A chain reaction game with sneezing fun!

Easter Egg Match – A fun slider game matching Easter Eggs.

Fly the Flappy Easter Bird - An arcade style game.

Bunyfur’s Easter Eggs – An Easter eBook.

 

 

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April 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Easter Treats

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Easter is only a few weeks away and it’s never too early to plan your holiday meals. Instead of saving the best for last, we like to start with it…DESSERT! Cakes, candy, cookies, and more, there are so many choices! You can go traditional or get creative. Do you have a special family recipe for an Easter dessert? Share your delicious creations on our Facebook page!

 

Photo Credit: www.bhg.com

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February 20th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

It’s National Love Your Pet Day!

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Today is National Love Your Pet Day, which seems kind of odd because we love our pets EVERY day, but it’s definitely nice to designate a day to really celebrate how much they mean to you. Whether you’ve got a dog, cat, rodent, reptile, fish or any other type of pet, give them some extra TLC today. Spend more time than you usually do with them…either playing with them or just holding, cuddling or petting them. Extra treats won’t hurt either! In our busy day-to-day lives we don’t always have time to give them, so make today great for both of you! What will you do with your pet?

Photo Credit: keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

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February 6th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Valentine’s Day Treats

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Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, and a great way to show your little ones how much you love them (even though you show them everyday!) is by making them some tasty treats! We’ve collected some of the most delicious valentine recipes on the Web right here in this blog post. Everything pink, red, heart-shaped and YUMMY! If you have older kids who bring valentines into school for classmates, be sure to check out the free Valentine’s Day printables links so you can package them into some individual sweet treats.

 

Conversation Heart Rice Krispy Treat Pops

Chocolate Pretzel Treats

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Pops

Valentine’s Oreo Balls

Candy Cane Heart Lollipops

Red Velvet Brownies

S’more Treat Bites

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Pink Velvet Cake Pops

 

Links to FREE Valentine’s Day Printables:

Valentine’s Day Printables

Valentine’s Day Printable Treat Bag Tags

Printable Monster Valentine Envelopes

Valentine’s Day Printable Treat Toppers

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December 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

DIY Ornaments for Kids

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Christmastime is the perfect time to craft, and kids want to get in on the fun! A great way to involve them in decorating the house is by helping them make their own ornaments. They’ll love seeing their creations hanging on the tree with the twinkling lights. Here are some ideas for cute ornaments they can make themselves! Just click the links for details on materials and instructions. Have any holiday crafts/projects you’d like to share? Post pictures on our Facebook wall!

Bottle Cap Snowman from Views From The Ville

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Twinkle PomPom Ornament from Zakka Life

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Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments from Better Homes and Gardens

(P.S. You can do this with ANY cookie cutter shapes…trees, stockings, reindeer, stars, etc.)

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Pinecone Christmas Trees from Dig This Chick

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Rudolph The Reindeer Glass Bulb from Dixieland Blessings

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Button Christmas Tree from UK Lass in the US

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Popsicle Stick Snowman from How To Have It All

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December 16th, 2013 at 5:00 am

The Holiday Spirit of Giving

DSC05171This time of year is a good time to reinforce the spirt of giving with your kids. We recently watched the movie A Christmas Carol where Ebenezer Scrooge explores his past, present, and future to discover that by giving he can have a more bountiful life. There are so many ways to show your kids how much fun it is to give.

Here are some fun ways I discovered to spread holiday cheer:

Kindness Calendar 

Christmas Jar

100 Random Acts of Kindness for Christmas

Card to use for your random acts of kindness

12 days of Christmas Kindness

Some other easy ideas are to pass on some of your christmas goodies, visit a nursing home, go carolling, or have the kids give their old toys to the less fortunate. You can also reinforce the spirt of giving by giving of your time – help a friend wrap presents, run an errand for your friend, or even bring an extra meal to make someone’s evening a little easier.

Make a difference and spread some holiday cheer by giving of yourself and your families love!

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December 12th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Holiday Books for Storytime

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For some of you, storytime is an everyday occurrence, but there is something about reading books during the holidays that gives me that “warm and fuzzy” feeling. Here are some great books you can read to or with your kids to get into the spirit…some of them are my personal favorites from my own childhood!

 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

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The Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell

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Santa Mouse by Michael Brown
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Hersehl and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel
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Happy Hanukkah, Corduroy by Don Freeman

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Olive, The Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh

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Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa  by Donna L. Washington

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The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan & Mike Berenstain

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The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

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The Mitten by Jan Brett

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What holiday books do YOU read with your children? Share your favorites with us on Facebook!

All Photo Credits: Amazon.com

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December 11th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Outfit of the Week: Holiday Collection for Boys

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Last week we took a look at some festive holiday outfits for girls, so this week we’re offering some great holiday options for boys. It’s all about the layered graphic tees! Pair any of these great tops with our courduroy pants for a fun holiday look. Your little guys will love the edgy graphics and cute sayings, and the thermal material will keep them warm and toasty. At just $5.48 each, how can you choose just one?

You can get ALL of the styles you see here on Walmart.com!

Reindeer Holiday Graphic Tee 

“Who Needs Mistletoe” Holiday Graphic Tee 

Dinosaur Holiday Graphic Tee

“Cool Like Dad” Snowmen Holiday Graphic Tee

“Mommy’s Tough Cookie” Gingerbread Man Holiday Graphic Tee

“Christmas Rocks” Skull Holiday Graphic Tee

 

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December 9th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Your Inner Grinch

DSC05123As a mom I have a “grinch” moment at least once during the holiday season. Bah Humbug! comes out of my mouth and I am ready for the holiday to be over. Yes, its magical and the premise is uplifting, but with it comes all the other stuff.

the gifts…

the christmas cards…

the baking…

the wrapping…

the family drama…

the cleaning…

the over scheduling…

the excited kids that become naughty…

the mess…

the money stress…

It’s overwhelming sometimes.

My first grinch moment always comes when we are decorating our tree. It used to be about the lights, but now I do it about the garland. It just never goes on the way I want and stresses me out.  I have a moment and actually think about canceling the holidays. Do you ever feel this way? Want to cancel it all and go back to normalcy.

When I have a moment like this I need to walk away, take a step back, and change things. I simplify, cancel some things, or make things easier for everyone. Maybe the gifts don’t all have amazing bows, we don’t need a feast of several courses, and we don’t need to make 15 different kinds of cookies. Pick out the favorite things your family does and stick to those. Think about what you like to do and make sure to take some time for you. The holidays are not meant to stress us all out….but we have to make a conscious effort to not let that happen. I’ve only had one Grinch moment this season, how about you?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 5th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Our Favorite “Elf on the Shelf” Ideas

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Elf on the Shelf has become a hilarious and fun tradition for families during Christmastime. You can really get creative with the mischief the elf gets into. Here’s a collection of some standout ideas for your little elf that will entertain your kids throughout the season.

 

 Elf is taken hostage by Legos from Picklehead Soup

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Elf does some wrapping from Over The Big Moon

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Elf makes a “flour angel” from Mommy Savers

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Elf watches a movie from One Orange Giraffe

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Elf has a delicious “accident” from Mommy Shorts

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Elf writes a letter to Santa from Lil Blue Boo

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Elf has some fun with stamps (washable of course) from Mommy Upgrade

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Elf steals some candy from Operation $40K

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Elf plays dress up with Barbie from iVillage

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What Elf on the Shelf ideas are YOU doing this year? Share them with us on Facebook!

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