Seven Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Seven Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

You can get your kids excited about St. Patrick’s Day with these fun crafts.

St. Patrick’s Day Mickey Mouse

This cute Leprechaun Mickey Mouse can be made for under under $5!

 St. Patrick’s Day Thumbprint Craft

 This simple sensory craft can be done at home or in the classroom!

St. Patrick’s Day Handprint Craft

This art is a fun way to look back on how little your child was!

Leprechaun Toilet Paper Roll Craft 

This Leprechaun Toilet paper roll craft is the perfect St. Patrick’s day craft for kids.

Pot of Gold Rainbow Popsicle Stick Craft

Rainbow crafts are a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This popsicle stick craft is easy to make.

St. Patrick’s Day Paper Craft

This paper craft is made with a paper plate, paint, and some construction paper!

Pot Of Gold Craft

This fun craft uses handprints!

Ten Creative Things Your Family Can Do While Staying At Home

Ten Creative Things Your Family Can Do While Staying At Home

We know that it can be challenging to think of new and exciting things to do to keep children busy. Our go to family activities used to include museums, indoor play centers, and shopping trips. Now that we are spending much more time at home due to pandemic precautions, we have come up with a kid-approved list of ten great creative ideas for children of all ages! We post once or twice each week to this blog, so if you are looking for fresh ideas, don’t forget to check back!

**This post is sponsored through Get Blogged. All opinions are our own.**

Learn A New Language As A Family

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Have you ever said you’d love to learn a new language, but never had the time? You are in luck. With a huge assortment of YouTube videos and free online resources available to you, 2021 could be the year you finally pick up the language that you have been wanting to learn for years! You can focus in on phrases that you will need during your first post-COVID trip or just enjoy learning about other cultures! If you are homeschooling until the end of the year, you can easily incorporate language learning in your daily lessons! If you want to get super creative, labeling household objects in your chosen language is a great way to speed along your second language comprehension skills. You can grab some of Font Bundles free fonts so that your labels are extra pretty!

Help Your Child Learn To Play An Instrument

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Head into your storage space and dust off those old instruments! You can look up some videos online or just break out some of the knowledge you learned in high school! If you do not have access to any actual instruments, you can get crafty and make some of your own! A paper towel roll, wax paper, rubber bands, and some beans can quickly turn into a music maker perfect for little hands!

Provide Open Ended Craft Supplies and Let Your Kids Get Crafty

Kids can learn a lot from unstructured and self-guided art time! Children do not need a lot of commercial items to have a wonderful time. Throw every art supply in your possession onto the table and let them get to work! You may have a bit of creative mess to clean up, but open-ended art time is both fun and beneficial! If you do not currently have much in the way of art supplies, check out the clearance section of your favorite store!

Encourage Your Child to Read

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If your home is anything like ours, screen time might have gotten a little out of control over the last year. We set out time each day where we focus on reading. Even if your child is too young to read, they can still snuggle up with a good picture book for at least 20 minutes a day!

Play Board Games And Put Together Puzzles

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Board games and puzzles are a great way to pass the time! They can also teach critical thinking skills! There are a wide variety of board games and puzzles out there, so your family is sure to find one that is a perfect make for them! If you are feeling extra creative, you can make your own! You can use Font Bundles free fonts as a wonderful design resource!

Plant A Garden

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The end of COVID related restrictions may happen in your area before the weather gets warm, but we are including this one because we know a lot of people who won’t feel comfortable in public spaces until they are fully vaccinated. You do not need a huge space to have a garden! You can use a small planter or cloth pots! We used our small deck last year and had a lot of success with peppers and cherry tomatoes!

Organize An At-Home Treasure Hunt

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Make a map of your home and hide some fun treasure all around it. Write down clues or draw some “X’s” on the map to help your little ones find the goodies! The fun does not have to end once they’ve found all of the treasures! You can make it a day long activity by adding in fun snacks and other pirate activities.

Play Hide And Seek

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Screen free activities do not need to be complicated! Hide and seek is a classic game that kids of most ages can enjoy! Our four-year-old can play for hours!

Bake Something

This endeavor might require more planning than most other things on this list, but kids love to bake! Your little ones can help stir and then decorate one-of-a-kind treats! Messy memories are the best memories!

Encourage Journaling

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Journaling can be extremely therapeutic. Kids from toddlers to teens can benefit from a place to organize their feelings and ideas! You can let your child pick out their own journal so that they have one that is special to them!

We understand that although pandemic restrictions are easing in many places, some families are still staying at home as much as possible. We hope these suggestions can make your last few months at home as fun as possible!

16 Amazing Cheesecake Recipes

16 Amazing Cheesecake Recipes

I’ve always been a sucker for a great cheesecake, so I’m excited to show you some of the best cheesecake recipes around!

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Apple Streusel Cheesecake with Caramel Drizzle

Bananas Foster Cheesecake in Oatmeal Cookie Crust

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Pecan Praline Topping

Nutella Cheesecake with Hazelnut Chocolates

Photo Credit: Eric’s Recipes

Kahlua Toffee Cheesecake

Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate Chip Brownie Cheesecake

Eggnog Cheesecake Recipe

Photo Credit: Vegan Huggs

Vegan Mocha Cheesecake Bites

No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

Easy No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

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Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Savory Cheesecake with Balsamic Red Onions

No Bake Vanilla Cheesecake

Fuzzy Navel No Bake Cheesecake

I hope you can find a new favorite cheesecake recipe from this post!

Twelve Amazing Egg Free Recipes

Twelve Amazing Egg Free Recipes

Finding yummy food can be hard when you have an egg allergy or intolerance. This isn’t an issue that impacts our family specifically, but we make it a goal to share recipes that everyone can enjoy! No one has to feel left out with these delightful egg-free recipes. As a bonus, many of these recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, or nut-free as well!

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Vegan Banana Bread- This banana bread with flavorful pecans and brown sugar is easy and ready for the oven before it preheats! It contains no dairy, no eggs, and it is naturally vegan.

Vegetable And Bean Burger Recipe– These easy plant based bean burgers are so delicious and healthy!

Easy White Chocolate Raspberry Scones– These delicious scones are easy and egg-free. Many varieties can be made from just one basic recipe.

Banana Oatmeal Coconut Cookies– These egg free banana coconut oatmeal cookies are the perfect sweet treat. They’re great for using up that one lonely banana left in your fruit bowl.

Photo Credit: Strength & Sunshine

Gluten-Free Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Streusel– This is the best Gluten-Free Coffee Cake and it’s loaded with cinnamon streusel! This classic cake is vegan, major allergen-free, and sugar-free! Baked rich and moist with a dairy-free sour cream and balanced with a decadent and buttery brown sugar cinnamon top and middle layer!

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes– These rich and moist Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes are vegan, allergy-friendly and topped with a homemade dairy-free cream cheese frosting! These naturally-dyed, soft and tender cupcakes have a perfect balance of sweetness and tang with mild notes of cocoa and vanilla. This simple recipe is so easy and quick, it’s baked in just 15 minutes!

Vegan Chickpea Scramble– No eggs in this breakfast scramble! This protein-packed Vegan Chickpea Scramble is soy-free, gluten-free, top eight allergy-free, and grain-free. It’s a savory and sustaining breakfast recipe that will fuel your day!

Gluten Free Egg-Free Vanilla Donuts– These light and fluffy egg-free gluten-free vanilla donuts make a delicious treat everyone will love!

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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes- These Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes are a chocolate lover’s delight. They’re also gluten-free!

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies– These soft and chewy Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies will make you say WOW! You won’t believe there aren’t eggs in this simple and delicious cookie recipe.

Fat Head Pizza Dough– Pizza lovers, you’ve got to whip up this Fat Head Dough Pizza that’s low carb, gluten-free, and keto friendly.

Thick and Fluffy Silver Dollar Pancakes – These egg free silver dollar pancakes are crispy, thick and fluffy! Make them in advance and freeze them for breakfast on the go!

Name Toothbrush Craft

Name Toothbrush Craft

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. We are also headed to the dentist in a week for so. To celebrate both of those things, we have been focused on dental related crafts and activities. Today, I want to share an easy art project that you can use to help start a conversation about dental health with your little one!

Materials Used

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction Paper
  • Something to write with

The prep work for this craft is really easy! I just cut a long rectangle, a toothpaste like shape, and a short rectangle out of construction paper. I took the short rectangle and cut little slits in it so that it would look like the bristles of a toothbrush. If your child is comfortable using scissors, let them do the cutting!

After that was all ready, I had my daughter write her name on the long rectangle.

Next, she glued her toothbrush to a piece of construction paper.

That is it! This craft is super easy!

Book Suggestions

Little learners love pairing a book with a craft or activity!

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Torn Tissue Paper Heart

Torn Tissue Paper Heart

This craft is a great way for kids to have some Valentine’s Day themed fun! You can easily create this heart-shaped craft with toddlers and preschool aged children!

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Materials Used

Tissue Paper

Glue

Scissors

Construction Paper

The prep work for this art project is super easy. I simply cut out a heart from construction paper! If your child uses scissors well, you can draw the heart and let them do the cutting! After that, I handed my daughter the tissue paper and had her rip it up.

Once all the paper was ripped up, I helped my daughter cover the heart in glue so that she could glue the tissue paper onto the heart.

This craft is super simple, but we had a lot of fun with it!

Book Suggestions

Little learners love pairing a book with a craft or activity! Here are a few suggestions!

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We Tried Vita Ginseng Kids

We Tried Vita Ginseng Kids

It can be hard to narrow down which vitamins or supplements you should buy for your children. When I am considering what to give my daughter, I am looking for great health benefits, including immune support and an increase in memory function. There are many different types of supplements available, but today I want to share our experience with VITA Ginseng Kids.

**This is a sponsored post through Tomoson. All opinions are ours. We are not medical professions and this is not medical advice. Please consult a doctor before starting any kind of supplement or vitamin.**

 I grew up with a Korean Step-Grandfather, so I was already well aware of the health benefits of ginseng.  For children who sometimes struggle to maintain a balanced diet, supplementing with VITA Ginseng Kids is an easy way to incorporate extra nutrients into their daily lives. It can be easily mixed into a favorite drink or soft food!  

The first thing I noticed about the package of VITA Ginseng Kids was how cute the packaging was! It features little monsters. Once we opened up a packet, both my daughter and I took a smell to see if we could tell how it would taste. It smelled really good!

Next, we opened it up and stirred it into a glass of milk. My daughter really enjoyed it. I took a taste as well, and it wasn’t bad! The easy packets make it convenient to take on the go! At $33 for 30 packets, it is reasonably priced and it has great reviews on Amazon!

I am so happy I found a new way to increase the nutrition my newly four year old gets every day!

You can find it here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VRXHX94

What I’ve Learned From My Time As A Stay At Home Mom

What I’ve Learned From My Time As A Stay At Home Mom

If you ask people what they think about stay-at-home moms, you will likely get a lot of different opinions.  Not all of those opinions will be positive. I am a mom with a disability that prevents me from working full time, so working mom life was  likely never in the cards for me, but I fully embrace the time I get at home with my little one. There are so many advantages to staying at home if it is possible for your family but being a stay-at-home parent is not without sacrifices. There are some things I wish I knew before starting my stay-at-home mom journey.

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The first I’ve learned is that even though I don’t have a traditional job, my days are rarely easy. I have a degree in early childhood education and thought that after managing a whole classroom of children, taking care of one child would be a breeze. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Fulfilling every need of a tiny human from 5:30AM until 7:30PM is significantly more difficult than teaching a classroom of preschool aged children. When I worked part time at a preschool, I was able to help children learn and keep them safe, but those are not the most difficult part of the days. At home, I find that the additional responsibilities such as dishes, laundry, and errands tend to take over the day and it takes skill and practice to balance fun time and house work.

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The next thing I learned is that stay-at-home mom life is full of inconsistencies. One day, we go to the park, read a dozen books, and practice math skills. The next day, we might eat cold pizza for breakfast and watch way too much YouTube. Consistency is important for young children, so I really do try to stick to a daily schedule, but each day is a new adventure.

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The last thing I want to share is that even though being a stay-at-home mom was the best, and really only, decision for my family, it still took a while for me to make peace with it. I occasionally still feel envious that my husband gets to go out into the world each day. I love my child fiercely, but some days I do not love being at home all day and that’s okay. After all, I don’t think there is a person out there who loves every single second of their life.

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A lot of people will say that staying at home with your children is the ultimate privilege, and in some ways, it is, but there are also a lot of challenges as well! I’d love to hear from my fellow stay-at-home moms out there! What is your favorite part of being a SAHM? What is the most challenging part for you?

Paper Popcorn Craft

Paper Popcorn Craft

In the spring of 2019, we took my daughter to her first circus. She loved every minute! We did not get to a circus in 2020 and it isn’t looking great for 2021 either. This week, we decided to bring the circus to us with some fun activities and art! One of my favorite part of any event is popcorn. This easy paper popcorn is easy to make and great for littles of all ages!

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Materials Used

  • Construction Paper (We used yellow, red, white, and blue)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

I started by cutting long strips from both the red and the white papers. If your child can safely use scissors, try letting them do this step!

Next, I had my daughter glue the red and white paper onto the blue paper. We talked about patterns and I encouraged her to follow a red-white-red-white pattern when putting the strips on the paper. While she was doing that, I cut the yellow paper into popcorn like shapes for her to glue on.

This easy art project is a great way to sneak learning and fine motor skill practice into your day! It is also super cute when it is finished!

Book Suggestions

Little learners love pairing a book with a craft or activity! Here are a few suggestions!

If you like this craft, please share it with some friends!

What I’ve Learned By Writing A Crafty Blog

What I’ve Learned By Writing A Crafty Blog

When I started this blog, I really was not even sure if anyone would read it. I wanted to document the crafts and activities my little one did, but I wasn’t sure how many people would be interested in what I wrote. I had just over 1,000 visitors the year that the blog launched. Since then, this blog has grown and evolved in ways that I could not even have imagined!

**This post is brought to you through a paid partnership with Intellifluence. All opinions expressed are our own.**

A good craft blog can give readers a constant source of inspiration. Whether you love sewing, making art with your children, or just a good DIY project, there is something out there for everyone. Many crafting blogs, like ours, also feature lifestyle content, travel tips, and even recipes! Some other bloggers choose to focus on tutorials for one particular type of crafting.

Pinterest can be a wonderful resource but reading full posts from craft blogs is a great way to bring your crafting up to the next level. My readers not only find new project ideas, but sometimes they even find a new favorite kind of craft! If you are new to the blog, I’d love it if you took a look around to see what inspiration you may find!

This past year was a big year for the blog. Although I had taken on a few sponsored posts in the past, I really focused on turning my hobby into an income source this year. It is a wonderful feeling to watch a hobby turn into something more. Blogging can be a fantastic experience, but it also can be stressful at times. During the beginning of the pandemic, I wondered how current events would impact my blog. I found myself with less time to write once we had to take my daughter out of daycare, but I also found a lot of new readers! Even though my primary focus has always been empowering parents to get crafty with their children, in 2019, a majority of my most popular posts were travel related. Posts about our trip to Disney were especially popular. While we had hoped to go to Disney in 2020, it never happened. We still have a trip planned, but it has been rescheduled twice now. In 2020, I saw a shift in what my readers wanted to see on the blog. My kids craft tutorials have gotten more views than ever before. Knowing that my writing is inspiring other parents to create crafty memories with their little ones during these difficult times means more to me than I could possibly describe.

Today, I want to share a few things I have learned from the past few years of blogging! One of the most important things I have learned is that is it extremely important to read what other, more experienced bloggers have to say. Reading interviews with fellow bloggers has helped me reflect and explore my own goals as a writer and an influencer. I have also learned that quality is better than quantity. I used to push myself to post at least three times a week. Now, I post about once a week. By giving myself more time to think about what I will write, I am able to put more creativity into each post. The next thing I have learned is that it is important to have fluid goals. I re-write and reflect on my goals each month. The last thing I’ve learned is that although monetizing a blog is wonderful, it should never be a blogger’s very first goal. Although some bloggers can monetize pretty quickly, it can also take years. It is easy to get frustrated and burned out if making an income is your primary goal.

I hope this post can inspire you to dive into blogging or to just check out some of our crafty projects! If you are thinking about starting a blog, or have already started your blogging journey, I wish you a wonderful, creative, and productive 2021!