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February 20, 2017

Henri recently got his first plant to take care of.  He was so excited.  It was the first important thing he was in charge of.  It was time.  At five years-old, I could tell he was struggling with being told what to do and how to do it all the time.  I'm 46 years-old and I still have trouble with that!  He needed to feel like he was in control of something. So, he checks on his plant and cares for it and really enjoys it.  Even his little brother knows not to touch it because it is his plant.  I want to teach my kids about nature and how it important it is for us to keep it preserved.  We need to respect it. When I …

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How to Make Homemade Cranberry Nut Granola
February 14, 2017

I love granola.  I've tried so many varieties and the one I like the most is the First Watch Granola.  The thing is that it's gets expensive buying it from a restaurant just to use for your yogurt!  So I decided to make my own. It was so delicious I thought I'd put it in mason jars and give it as gifts.  So now I have to make more! haha. There's nothing better than getting a gift that is made from the heart. It's such a simple way to give something special and tasty too!  All I did was make granola and put in in mason jars.  I cut out a circle of fabric and wove it into the lid.  Then I just a put a ribbon …

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Non-Candy Preschool Gifts For Girls and Boys for Under $20
January 23, 2017

  Valentines Day is just around the corner and it's party time again!  My kids love Valentines Day but for one reason only.  CANDY!  I'm trying to break them from the idea that Valentines Day is all about candy but that's the message they see everywhere we go.  Unfortunately, we can't escape it. Whenever we go shopping we are bombarded with different types of chocolates and candy gifts and although I'm a big chocolate fan, I haven't participated in giving Valentines Day Gifts to all my friends.  That's for another post, another day. "I...................................................WANT NON-CANDY!"  Those of you who grew up in the 80's will get that, he, he. This year I want to switch it up and make non-candy Valentines Day Gifts for my son's preschool class.   That …

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How to Throw a Valentines Day Party for Less Than $20
January 13, 2017

  It's that time of year again and I feel like I just got done prepping for Christmas parties.  Now we are onto Valentines Day.  This, along with Christmas and Easter is one of my kids' favorite holidays.  Why do you think that is? CANDY of course! I try not to make it just about candy and encourage them to get active by baking and getting creative, along with seeing the true meaning of the holiday.  Valentines Day doesn't have to be a romantic holiday.  And it only takes two people to have a party.  It's important for me to encourage love and kindness and what it means to spend time with people you love. But when you have kids, holiday parties can get pricey.  I have learned …

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How To Make Memorable Yet Easy To Make Halloween Treats
October 30, 2016

  I love Halloween and yes, I love sugar.  But candy is overrated and I'm yearning for something different this Halloween. So instead of sending candy to school, my son and I made goodies.  He's very creative and loves to make things so I included him in this project and let him help make some of the goodies.     Instead of making sugar cookies from scratch, I purchased this mix from Aldi.  These sugar cookies are to die for and you only have to add an egg and stick of butter and they're ready to go in the oven. Next, I found a really easy recipe for frosting on     These are the ingredients you will need: Vanilla Extract Milk Powdered Sugar One stick of butter Food Coloring     After I was done mixing the frosting, I added …

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How to Make a Halloween Piñata
October 29, 2016

  This is a guest post written by Holly Hirshberg, wife and mommy to two beautiful babes, Maya and Mason. She is a stay at home mom who loves DIY projects, including this fabulous piñata.     My kids' birthday was quickly approaching and I was stressing over what kind of super amazing party I wanted to throw them. It always has to be super amazing. After many battles within my own mind, I decided to throw them a "simple" party at the park in my neighborhood. After all, it would be easier and cheaper, (wink-wink). And so it begins... "Are you going to have a piñata!?!" my husband asks, as if I could just whip it up in five minutes. Little did he know, it would take four days to prepare, lol. …

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Spider Web Door Sign by Duct Tape Queen, Richela Fabian Morgan
October 22, 2016

This post was written by Richela Fabian Morgan for Mom Junky. All materials from this post have been published with permission from its editor. Materials: black, orange, and gold duct tape, oversized sheet of paper (ideally 18" x 24"), parchment paper. Tools: pencil, ruler, scissors, white grease pencil 1. Fold the oversized sheet of paper in half lengthwise, then fold in half crosswise. From the folded corner, draw a diagonal line to the opposite corner. You should now have two triangles. From the same corner, draw two more diagonal lines, dividing each triangle in half.     2. Starting at the bottom left corner, draw slightly U shaped line upward, connecting to the left end of the diagonal line above it. From this point, draw another U shaped line to …

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How To Make Rainbow Pretzel Goody Bags With 3 Ingredients
September 30, 2016

  Fifth Birthdays are a big deal around here.  We are going to LEGOLAND and Disney.  My mother flew out for the big day also.  So you can imagine how important it was to my son, Henri. But the first celebration starts at school.  We had cupcakes and goodie bags.  However, I really don't like putting candy in goody bags.  Kids are so used to getting candy and I wanted to do something different.  Being  the over ambitious mother that I am, I thought I would do two goody bags.  I made one with left over toys from previous parties and one with rainbow pretzels.     You have to think quick when you have a small class of mostly girls.  At the same time you want to please the …

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