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Creating ornaments is an activity that kids love to take part in. They really enjoy feeling involved with decorating the house and tree for Christmas. Ornaments can be easy to make and look great too! Find out how to make fun and easy, craft ornaments that will personalize your family’s Christmas tree.
Icicles can be made with metallic pipe cleaners and beads. Silver or blue metallic pipe cleaners work best. The color of the pipe cleaner is important for the ornament to look like a sparkling icicle.
You can use whatever type of beads you like, as long as they have a hole big enough to allow the pipe cleaner through. Let your kids select the beads they want to use and slide them onto the pipe cleaner. Make sure they leave some space between the beads, to ensure that the pipe cleaner can be malleable. Once the beads have been applied, wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil. Then remove and slightly pull either end to stretch the icicle out. This will create a spiral icicle ornament that will shine and sparkle once it is hung on the Christmas tree.
The string lights will make the metallic pipe cleaner sparkle! You can simply curl the top of the icicle to hook over the tree branch. No hooks required! Your kids will love hanging their icicle ornaments just as much as they liked making them!
Ribbon tree ornaments are super easy. First let your child select a small straight stick that they would like as the trunk of the tree. Next you will need various types of ribbon. Let your kids decide which ribbon they want to use. . Cut the ribbons for your children. Next allow your child to tie the ribbon onto the branch. Make sure they tie it into a simple knot. If your child does not know how to tie a knot yet, help them with this part. This activity is a great way to learn and experiment with patterns. Once they have applied all the ribbon to the branch, trim the ribbon down and cut at an angle so the ribbon will be tapered from shorter to longer, creating a tree shape!
Christmas is almost here and what better way to celebrate the season than to spend time with your family doing something different, something that will teach your kids the important lessons of the season. We all get swept up in the mayhem that is the holidays but it is important to take a step back and remember the real meaning of this special time of year.
While you are about to receive a multitude of gifts as families all share presents on Christmas morning, think about those less fortunate than your family. You’ll have to make room for the new things you’re about to receive anyway, so why not go through your closet, have your children go through their toys, and look around in your kitchen. Find items that you no longer use anymore, and gather them together to donate to your local Good Will or equivalent. This not only teaches your child the importance of kindness, but also gives them a tangible accomplishment to look back on down the road and remember how good it felt to give what they don’t need to someone who might need it more.
Another way to share with your children the spirit of Christmas is to create fun activities they can work on with you. They could make collages, poems, stories or songs that demonstrate the things they are most thankful for in their lives. Encourage them to include what makes the holiday so special to them and try coaxing out the more important things, such as thankfulness and giving. Then have them show them off to you and your family. This positive reinforcement will show them the importance of what they’ve created and given thanks for.
This time of year there are many out there less fortunate, who cannot afford food and will likely go hungry on Christmas without the help of others. Try finding a soup shelter in your area, or a church or charity that collects food baskets for those who cannot afford to feed their families. Doing this with your child will show them how Christmas isn’t just about getting presents on Christmas morning. It will also show them the importance of giving back to others.
These are just a few ways to share the important social lessons that can be lost amidst the glitz and glamour of Christmas. It’s easy to forget what the holiday is really about when your busy decorating your house and gathering presents for your family. Showing your kids what the holiday season is really about is the best gift you can give them.
Did you ever enjoy apple chips as a child? The crispy snack is a great healthy treat for both adults and children – and can bring a nostalgia for fall any time of the year. Rather than purchasing this item (at a very high price!), make them at home. This is a wonderful fall activity with children. Apple prices are low and a wonderful bonding experience between generations! You may find yourself eating these delectable chips almost as fast as you make them, so plan for plenty!
What you need:
Slice apples into thin slices about 1/8 of an inch. Leave the skin and core intact. The skin is healthy and the core makes a pretty design in the center of the apple chip.
Soak apple slices in a bowl of water. Use 2 cups of water and add ¼ cup of lemon juice. Let slices soak for 30 minutes. The lemon juice will prevent the apple from turning brown.
After soaking, pat the apple slices as dry as you can get them. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the apple slices on the baking sheet. Dust the slices with cinnamon and then use a basting brush to rub cinnamon on the entire slice.
Move the oven racks to the 2/3 from the bottom and 2/3 from the top. Place cookie sheets on the racks and bake for an hour. After an hour remove from oven and turn chips over. Return to the oven for another hour.
A great way to enjoy these is cuddled under a cozy blanket or near a warm fire. Turn on your favorite movie and snack on apple chips rather than popcorn. These are also wonderful enjoyed with a big mug of hot chocolate! Don’t forget the marshmallows!
As school days approach and the weather starts turning colder, you may be looking through your fall wardrobe. Bring some new life to your older pieces with these tips!
Plaid shirts are such wonderful pieces to have in a wardrobe because they are funky yet classic, versatile yet relaxed. If you’ve never owned one it might be because the idea of trying to style one is intimidating. So much color and pattern! Or perhaps you’re convinced that there’s no way possible to make one look stylish or chic because they remind you of camping. Fear not! Peruse these ideas and you’re sure to find a few that will make you want to run to the store right now and buy a plaid shirt.
- Hip length plaid shirt, top it with a neutral cardigan with the sleeves scrunched just below the elbows and the cuffs of the plaid shirt flipped back over the cuffs of the sweater, skinny jeans, a chunky, flashy watch, and dressy flats.
- Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, buttoned up except for top two buttons, statement necklace and chunky bracelets, skinny dark denim, animal patterned pumps.
- Thigh length plaid shirt with cuffs loosely rolled back between elbow and wrist, black and white rock band t-shirt, high waisted cutoff shorts, funky black tights, bangles, and ankle boots.
- Hip length plaid shirt buttoned up and sleeves loosely rolled to just below the elbow, infinity scarf, skinny distressed blue denim, fancy flats.
- Form fitting, brightly colored plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons, tucked into distressed indigo skinny jeans, chunky leather belt, pop colored suit jacket, statement necklace worn on the outside of the shirt collar, chunky ankle boots.
- Hip length plaid shirt with sleeves neatly folded back to just below the elbow, top it with a funky, textured vest in a neutral color, straight leg jeans with large cuffs at the bottom so your ankles show, light colored neutral booties.
- Oversized, boxy plaid shirt with ¾ length sleeves buttoned, loosely tucked into structured, flared skirt that sits at natural waist and is color coordinated with the shirt, black or dark navy tights, and pointy flats.
- Long sleeved, form fitting plaid shirt buttoned up except for top two buttons at top and shirt cuffs buttoned, tucked into dark denim whisker washed skinny jean, pop color skinny belt, statement necklace and ballet flats.
Trying to find activities to occupy your children’s time as they are finishing their summer break? It can be difficult to fill the days with activities and you don’t want to just sit them in front of a screen all day but what can you do? Here are a few activities that can help keep your children active and away from screens. Some cost money while others don’t so that anyone on any budget can find something to do with their children.
A great option if you are trying to stay within a budget is to pack up some balls, mitts, soccer balls—whatever it is that your children enjoy playing—and throw in a lunch and head to the park. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a blanket, plenty of water, and even an umbrella if there isn’t much shade. Take your children to the park and allow them to run around and play for a couple of hours. It is a great way to get them more active and enjoying the beautiful weather and outdoors.
Another way to keep them active and also allow them a chance to be social is to take them to your local pool. They will have the opportunity to swim around and also meet other children who are at the pool. If the pool is outdoors, make sure you bring sunscreen! Depending on how long you’ll be there, you might consider bringing a book if you aren’t planning on getting in. However, there is something to be said about taking a dip yourself and playing with your kids.
Finally, if your children have never been camping it could be a great idea to pack up your old gear that maybe hasn’t seen the light of day since you had them and set up a camping site in your backyard. Play lawn games with them, grille up some dinner, and when it gets dark start a fire if you have a fire pit and enjoy each other’s company while you look up at the stars. Luckily you are still home so if anyone needs to use the restroom or clean up they are still able to do so.
These are just three ideas to help keeps your kids active and off the couch some while they are finishing their summer break. Use these as inspiration for other ideas! Perhaps you actually take them out camping after all. Or you could bring them to an amusement park for the day, or a museum. Whatever you choose, if you keep them moving and learning and experiencing it will be good for them.
Fourth of July is right around the corner and while the invitations may have already gone out for your Fourth of July party, now comes the planning. It may not be the most enjoyable part of throwing your party but if you plan ahead in a few strategic ways you will be able to remove most of the stress that comes with hosting a party.
The first thing to tackle is the food. Plan on providing a few of the main dishes, such as barbecue or hamburgers and hotdogs. Grab the meat and buns and condiments necessary for this and then let your guests know that it will be potluck style. Ask each guest to bring one thing, such as side salads, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, baked beans, and the like. This will take a significant amount of preparation off of your table and allow you to devote your time to all other aspects of the party.
Next you will want to think about decor. There are great ideas to find online if you want to craft for your party but it never hurts either to raid the dollar store for some red, white, and blue napkins, plates and small decorations. Don’t go too overboard with it though, otherwise it can come across as a bit over the top. Keep it tasteful, and be sure to string up some lights if you haven’t already for ambient lighting.
Finally, prepare the entertainment for the night. Purchase a couple of rounds of sparklers for everyone to light up in celebration of the holiday. Create several playlists for your guests to enjoy in the background ahead of time so that when the day comes you aren’t having to scramble back to your phone whenever a song comes on that isn’t appropriate for the occasion. You can also grab a few lawn games for your guests to enjoy, such as bocce ball or corn hole. These games are a sure hit.
Now that you’re prepared for your Fourth of July party, let yourself enjoy it. The preparation you’ve done will allow you to sit back and relax with your guests as we celebrate the day of our country’s independence.
Thank you to all of our mothers! You are an amazing part of our lives!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and every year when we were younger we would wake up early, cook our mothers breakfast in bed with dad, and generally spoil her all day doing chores and trying to stay out of trouble. Now that we are all grown up the normal is sending flowers or a card to your mother to remind her of how much you love her and appreciate her.
But there are other creative ways to show your mother your love for her, ways that she won’t be expecting. One great way to show your mother your love is to try sending her a hand written letter on the Sundays leading up to, and including, Mother’s Day. They could be about a warm memory you have of your childhood with her or they could be updates in your life and how she helped you achieve these things. A mother will appreciate the thought and hand written letters can be kept and treasured.
Another fun idea is to sign up for a paint night in your area where you go and an instructor helps the class paint a particular picture. Get two tickets and gift them to your mom for Mother’s Day. Then when it’s time to take the class you and your mother can sit together for a couple of hours enjoying each others company and getting to spend quality time together.
If you have enough childhood pictures you could also try scrapbooking those photos into a small scrapbook. Get creative and add little blurbs about your memories of the photos taken. It will be a nice way for her to see the world from your perspective when you were younger and you will have something to look over and share while you spend the day together.
Finally, if none of those appeal to you, you can always go old school and cook your mom a decadent home cooked meal. Grab the fixings and bring them over to your mother’s house and let her relax while you prepare dinner (you can always enlists Dad’s help here like back in the day).
At the root of it Mother’s Day is a celebration of the sacrifices every mother makes for her children and a day for us to express our gratitude for that. As long as your gift is a labor of love your mother is sure to love it.
If you long for a sense of warmth and peace you might want to consider turning one of the rooms in your house into a country library. This style is also known as primitive because it relies on simple, old fashioned furnishings inspired by the Americana aesthetic of yesteryear. You’ll frequently find rough textures, and saturated color that’s been artistically treated to look muted.
Items such as braided rugs and quilts will be casually lying around, and table-and-chair sets are usually sparse wood pieces geared more toward function than comfort. Practicality was a big influence on country style inspired by early folk art, so something such as a table would have been viewed as a surface for the handiwork that was a prevalent part of life.
Creative pragmatism makes for a room that is comforting because it is humble yet feels entirely stable and reliable. With all that said, let us not forget that country primitive style is also fabulous and pretty in its own way, and you could certainly glam it up a bit if you so desired!
For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a rustic library. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.
The color pallet: Muted Jade, Rose Brown, Chocolate Brown, Muted Pink Lemonade, Matte Black
What makes the room inviting?
- Shelves full of old books
- A fireplace that dominates the space
- The rocking chair
- Large area rug
What makes the colors work well together?
- They are all muted to the same level of saturation as the neutrals and natural materials in the room
- Red and green are complimentary, and pink and jade are derivatives of these colors
- Though readily apparent, the pink and jade play second fiddle to the neutral colors, and this is appropriate in primitive style home decor
What makes the design country/primitive?
- Rocking chair and spindle leg table
- Old fashioned books and pictures on the wall
- A hearth
- Abundant texture