Popsicle Stick Matching Game

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Here’s another easy game to put together that’ll cost pennies. Great for color and pattern matching and word recognition.

To make these I used heavy weight cardstock paper, traced the popsicle sticks in various patterns and wrote the color names using marker. Color popsicle sticks were found at the Dollar Store. If you want to get fancy, try spelling out the child’s name using the sticks.

Hope this inspires you to make something fun for the kiddos in your life.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Gift

Over the weekend we went to the Home Depot workshop where Zander built and painted this sweetheart box. We decided to use it to make something special for his teachers this Valentine’s.

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We added a Valentine’s message to his teachers and he signed the back.

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I woke up early this morning to make these dark chocolate mint and white chocolate covered strawberries

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Could not be more happy with how they turned out!

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To make your own bouquet of strawberries simply cut and insert a floral foam block into your pot. Poke your strawberries on a stick into it and your done! Also, I didn’t have any popsicle sticks so I used disposable chopsticks and they worked perfectly, better than popsicle sticks in my opinion (and they were free because I had a ton laying around from past take out.)

Hope this inspires you to make something special for someone this Valentine’s!

Valentine’s Day – You Are Loved

2015

Happy Valentine’s! Here we are, decked out in our traditional heart shirts cheesing for the photo booth at our Valentine’s party.

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photobooth_props Candy heart photo prop handles are made using free paint sticks from the hardware store and foam paper from the craft store. I also made a bird with the word “love” that goes with the yellow bird Zander is holding for “love birds”.

For valentine’s this year I decided to make these heart shaped crayons I thought were super cute. I followed this easy tutorial.

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Here’s a tip for peeling crayons: Use an exacto knife to slice the paper first. Should come right off afterwards. We tried just peeling them at first and it took waaaay too long and I’m not that patient so this method worked wonders.

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Over the weekend we went to the Home Depot workshop where Zander built and painted this sweetheart box. We decided to use it to make something special for his teachers this Valentine’s.

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We added a Valentine’s message to his teachers and he signed the back.

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I woke up early this morning to make these dark chocolate mint and white chocolate covered strawberries

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Could not be more happy with how they turned out!

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To make your own bouquet of strawberries simply cut and insert a floral foam block into your pot. Poke your strawberries on a stick into it and your done! Also, I didn’t have any popsicle sticks so I used disposable chopsticks and they worked perfectly, better than popsicle sticks in my opinion (and they were free because I had a ton laying around from past take out.)

Hope this inspires you to make something special for someone this Valentine’s!

2014

Here’s an updated photo showcasing a heart garland and heart shirts I made for each of us.

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– For the heart garland I used an assortment of free paint chips from the hardware store and cut them into hearts. Using an exacto knife, I cut 2 small slits in the center of each heart and threaded a piece of ribbon through. Easy peasy.

– The shirts were super simple. I cut some felt hearts and stitched them onto some existing shirts we had. It’s hard to tell from the photo but I used a contrasting color for the stitches. IE: Red heart = white stitch, White heart = red stitch. The felt will not fray in the wash so these will last forever – or at least until they outgrow them  🙁

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It would not be Valentine’s without sweets. Here’s my Zanderoo savoring ever bit of his red velvet whoopie pie.

2013

I surprised my family with this Valentine’s Day set up the other day. I wanted something simple and from the heart. This is what I came up with:

How to do this yourself:
– Mailboxes are from the dollar section at Target
– For the initials on the mailboxes I used scrapbook stickers
– The banner was made using cardstock craft paper. Divide an 8.5×11 piece of paper into 4 equal parts and print 1 letter/heart in each quadrant. Hole punch and weave twine through to make garland.
– Finish it off with some fresh flowers and your done!

 

Homemade Holiday Ornaments

Each year during the holidays I have a list of things I want to do with my family to create lasting memories. Here’s my list for this year…

  • Make Christmas tree ornaments
  • Bake and decorate cookies
  • Print photo for 2014 family photo ornament
  • Watch a holiday movie while having a picnic dinner in the living room
  • Make and send holiday cards
  • Practice giving
  • Make small gifts for neighbors and teachers

I’ve managed to check everything off except “print photo for 2014 family photo ornament”. Not bad, with 8 days left til Christmas.

Making holiday ornaments is always one of my favorite things to do. I can’t wait until our tree is filled with homemade ornaments one day.

Here’s a look at some of the ones we made over the years:

Wooden Photo Ornament

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Pine Cone Owl:

  • Pine cone from the great outdoors
  • Used for everything except the feet
  • Pine cleaners used for feet
  • Everything is held together with hot glue

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Aquarium Ornament

  • Clear plastic round ornament from Michaels
  • Corals, seaweed, water bubbles and fish are all foam stickers from Michaels (used some fishing wire to hang the fish on the inside as if it were floating)
  • Aquarium gravel from Walmart

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Baby’s first handprint

  • Clear plastic large/flat round ornament from Michaels

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Initial Ornament

  • Wooden letter and buttons found at Michaels

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Snowman Handprint

  • Red glass ornament from Michaels

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Marble Ornament

  • Plastic clear round ornament from Michaels
  • Squeeze some paint inside and swirl around

Hope this inspires you to make some ornaments with you little ones!

Thank You!

 

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Thank you so much to everyone who supported me through this exciting time in my life. To all those who purchased aprons and who helped spread the word – Thank you!!!

With your help, I was able to raise $400 for a very deserving family who could use a little extra love this season. I was lucky enough to meet with the family last weekend and when the young boys mother asked what he wanted to do with the money he said “get Christmas gifts for my family”. Furthermore, his mother told me he gets one wish from the Make a Wish foundation and he said he wanted to donate money to the ASPCA because of all the unfortunate animals that are euthanized every year. What a sweet boy with his heart always in the right place.

Thank you again, for your love and support. I’m truly grateful for you.

First official ROO product for sale!

I have dreamt about this day for so long. My first official product with the ROO label is on sale at Etsy. I’m beyond stoked right now.

A few weeks ago, I learned that one of my neighbor’s young son was diagnosed with cancer. I don’t know this family well, only met them briefly on a couple occasions but my heart sank when I heard the news. I wanted to do something to fundraise for them. They were my motivation to finally share ROO with the world. I’ll be forever grateful to them for that.

All proceeds made until December 10th will be given to this family.  

For those who know me personally, I could really use your help by spreading the word. Please share this with your friends and family through facebook, pinterest, email, text, conversation, twitter, instagram, etc.

Here it is… I hope you guys like it as much as I do.

Customized Child’s Apron

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*NOTE: This is no longer for sale on Etsy. Please comment below if you would like an apron.

Tag Blankie Tutorial

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Who knew tags could be so fascinating? Zander loved tags as a baby. Whatever toy/blanket we gave him, he eventually found his way to the tag, especially the silky ones. With this new found knowledge and Zoey in my belly, I decided to make her her very own tag blankie she could carry with her everywhere. I used ultra soft minky material for both sides and looped the ribbon/tags so it could easily be attached to a car seat/exersaucer/etc. with a ring. It’s perfect for playing or just plain snuggling.

Here’s a look into how I made it:

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  • Cut front and back pieces of fabric 12×12
  • Cut 16 (15 if you’re using your label as a tag) pieces of ribbon, 4.5 inches long
  • Sandwich right sides of fabric together with ribbons folded in half in between the two pieces of fabric
  • Pin everything in place

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  • Sew around entire blankie and leave an opening at least 2-3 inches for turning

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  • Cut excess ribbon to minimize bulk

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  • Add a top stitch around entire blankie, including the opening left for turning.

There you have it. A fun little toy/snuggly blanket for your baby to go crazy with their fascination with tags.

If you make your own, I’d love to see/hear how it turned it!

 

DIY Days of the Week Learning Game

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Gotta love simple games that will keep your kids quiet and entertained – even for a short while.

This game may be simple but it’s chalked full of goodness. It’ll help teach the order of the days of the week, spelling, color matching and fine motor skills of opening and closing the clothes pins.

What I used to make this:

  • White card stock for the paper underneath the days
  • I used paint chips (from the hardware store) for the colored paper
  • Colored the clothes pins using markers

There you have it, an easy to make, fun and inexpensive game for the preschooler in your life.