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Paper Bag Snowflakes

Paper Bag Snowflakes

Ava has been bitten by the crafting bug…..and I LOVE it! I saw on Pinterest a new type of snowflake to make out of paper bags. Having made folded paper snowflakes all my life, I was mildly interested in this new technique. When I continued getting videos and posts showing up everywhere I looked advertising these bag snowflakes, I knew I had to try them. Cue my crafting assistant, Ava! Most of these posts showed brown paper lunch bags for…

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Fire Tiles

Fire Tiles

So, Make It Monday is a BIG hit this summer! Of all the days on our summer fun schedule, this is the one the kids most look forward to. Guess I passed along my crafty gene to them 🙂 They are at great ages (almost 8 and almost 6) to try some of the more difficult or involved crafts, which I think is what draws them to crafting. Ava still enjoys the usual construction paper, glue, stickers projects, but Eli…

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Swing Cup Painting

Swing Cup Painting

Our first Make It Monday was a success! One of our favorite You Tube channels is Dude Perfect ~ 5 guys who do trick shots, impersonations, crafts, games, etc. all in a family friendly, Christian atmosphere. No worries about inappropriate language or topics – a rarity for You Tube! Anyways, they did a craft segment where they poked a hole in the bottom of a pant can and swung it from a rope over a large canvas. The result was…

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Summer Schedules

Summer Schedules

Let’s talk schedules. During the school year, everyone is on a schedule whether they like it or not – school starts at a specific time, after school activities start at a specific time, assignments are due on a specific date, etc. You can’t avoid schedules for 9 months out of the year, but what about the other 3 summer months? If you are like me, despite living by a schedule for 9 months of the year, you realize every quickly…

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Ice Ornaments

Ice Ornaments

We had some really cold temps the last couple weeks – so cold that we couldn’t be outside sledding or hiking or any other fun winter activity. So, I decided to bring the winter fun inside with ice ornaments! These were super simple to do and a lot of fun. Plus, they looked gorgeous hanging outside in trees with the sun reflecting off the ice and snow. Materials Silicone baking mold or flexible ice cube tray Food coloring Yarn or…

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Winter Hikes

Winter Hikes

I know I’ve talked about how much we love fall hikes in the cool weather, but winter hikes are just as fun. Granted, they are even better if there is snow on the ground, but hopefully that is yet to come! Covid messed a lot of things up this year, but there are definitely some good changes that businesses and events have made ~ curbside pick up at every store and restaurant, extra sanitization of shopping carts and touchable surfaces,…

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Hot Chocolate Bombs

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Every year right around this time, the hottest toy/gadget/trend seems to make its debut. Remember Hatchimals – the stuffed animal that broke out of an egg when you rubbed the egg? Or how about those Fingerling monkeys that held onto your finger and turned their head when you talked to them? Old fashioned red farm trucks and gnomes have been the decorating trends for the past couple years and continue to be popular, however, this is definitely the year of…

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Dublin Riverboxes

Dublin Riverboxes

70 degrees in November means one thing – GET OUTSIDE!! I know the cold will be returning soon (and with it snow, hopefully!!) but for now, the sun is shining, the skies are a brilliant blue, and this pale family needs some vitamin D! I’m continually impressed with the city of Dublin and all they do to get families exploring the area. We loved the Fairy Trail of fairy doors, so I was thrilled to read they have a new…

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Rock Hunting

Rock Hunting

We were blessed with an “Indian Summer” this fall when temperatures went back into the 70’s after being in the 50’s. The sunshine was beautiful, but I’m such a fall/cold weather person that I would have been happy just staying in the 50’s. Oh well! Since we had beautiful weather, we played outside a lot and did a homeschool hike that turned into a Halloween-rock-hiding-hike. So much fun! Did I ever tell you about the time I gave painted rocks…

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Free and Fun is the Best Combo!

Free and Fun is the Best Combo!

Eli and Ava were sooooo good during the move and being flexible with eating schedules and not getting as much 1:1 attention from Sam and me as usual, so I decided to treat them this week with a Halloween surprise. I told them if they got all their school work done in the morning (which meant doing a LOT to catch up on what we didn’t do during the move!) I had a surprise for them. Worked like a charm!…

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