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July 28, 2015

Paper Plate Sunflower Craft

I love sunflowers! In the area I live we have some vacant fields nearby and they are loaded with wild sunflowers right now. I think they are beautiful! When we had the bubble wrap out the other week for our Octopus Craft my mind was racing with some other ways we could use it for crafting, and I realized the raised texture of the bubble wrap would work great in a Paper Plate Sunflower Craft. This one is super easy to make, perfect for a summer afternoon craft.

July 27, 2015

Back-to-School Teacher Gift: Elmer's Glue Stick Wreath

A big thank you to Elmer's for sponsoring today's post! My absolute favorite thing about back to school time is the amazing deals on school supplies. I always feel like a giddy school child as I walk down the aisles mesmerized by all of the bright colors and fun supplies. One item I always make sure to stock up on is Elmer's glue. It's a staple not only in our home but at my children's school too. In fact, every year one of the items at the top of my children's teacher donation wish list is glue sticks. With the fantastic sales going on right now, it's the perfect time to stock up on some extra supplies and put together a back to school teacher gift for your child's teacher. I'm sharing today how we turned some school supplies into a fun Elmer's Glue Stick Wreath.

July 24, 2015

Paper Bag Hippopotamus Kids Craft

I am seriously obsessed with paper bag crafts! I love how paper bags are such a perfect base for a myriad of crafts and I love how afterwards the crafts are able to couple as a puppet for awesome pretend play. My preschooler and I recently read one of her favorite books, HICCUPotamus, and after we read it I had a flashback and remembered when we made our Paper Plate Hippopotamus Craft a few years ago. We decided to make one again, but this time, of course, we added in the paper bag and created this adorable Paper Bag Hippopotamus Kids Craft.

July 22, 2015

Tips for Smart Summer Snacking with Yoplait

A big thank you to Yoplait® for sponsoring today's post. When I was a kid, every Friday evening my parents would do the grocery shopping for the next week and when they got home we always had a quick and easy "cold dinner" as we called it. The dinner consisted of various things, crackers, peanuts, cheese, fruit and there was always yogurt. I loved how nontraditional it was. It was one of my favorite dinners. Yoplait® Yogurt is more typically considered a breakfast food to some people, but even as a child I loved it throughout the entire day, especially at snack time. My kids love it too.

July 17, 2015

Puffy Paint Octopus Kid Craft

We love making ocean themed crafts in the summer so I was super excited when I found out that the Kids Craft Stars challenge this month was creating an ocean craft. One of our favorite ocean animals is the Octopus. We've already made several Octopus crafts over the last few years, but we decided to create another one for the challenge and this time we added a fun component to it, puffy paint. If you haven't made puffy paint before, it's a must try! It's super simple to make and it gives a fun texture in crafts just like in our Puffy Paint Octopus Kid Craft

July 15, 2015

Paper Bag Lightning Bug Kids Craft

Although I've never actually seen a lightning bug in real life, I love making lightning bug crafts! Pretty funny huh? Seeing a lightning bug is definitely on my bucket list though so in the mean time, I'm going to keep on crafting them in anticipation for seeing the real thing. Ha! Our latest is this adorable Paper Bag Lightning Bug Kids Craft. It's super simple to make and it's perfect as a summer craft or when learning about bugs or insects.

July 14, 2015

Easy Clean up Handprint Butterfly Craft

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Wet-Nap®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ConquerTheMess http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Have you ever wanted to make a craft with your kids or your kids asked to make one, but then as you grab the paint you cringe from the thought of all the mess? I have been there more times than I can count. Crafting with kids often calls for some super messes! One of my all-time favorite kid crafts is handprint art. I love how the art turns into a priceless keepsake with my child's handprints, but the mess of making the art is something I can definitely live without! I honestly used to shy away from handprint art but recently I discovered a trick that makes for easy clean up of hand paint. Wet-Nap® Cleansing Wipes were especially helpful in our latest Handprint Butterfly Craft.