Mess Free Melted Monster

We love messy art, but sometimes we like to keep things mess free. This mess free melted monster will be a huge hit with your messy little monster!

Materials Needed

  • Two pieces of construction paper. We went with a light color and a dark color.
  • Paint
  • Plastic Gallon Storage Bag
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes

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I started by putting paint on the middle of the lighter colored paper. If your child is older and you are brave, you can have them help with this step. After that, I slid the paper into the gallon plastic bag.

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After that, I let my little one squish the paint all around. Once this was done, I took it out of the bag and let it dry. It took most of the day to dry.

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After it dried, I cut out around the paint. Your monster could be any of a variety of shapes, depending on how your little one moves around the paint. I helped my little one glue it on the darker piece of construction paper and then we added eyes!

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The end result will be as unique as your little one!

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Walt Disney World On A Budget

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We love Disney. Mr. Not So Crafty had never been there before we had a beautiful Disney wedding, but now he is just as addicted as I am. It is definitely the happiest place on earth for us. We feel like the cost is an excellent value for the level of entertainment provided, but saving money can help many families go more often! Here are three ways that you can save money!

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Use Amazon Prime Now to get basics delivered to your hotel

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Prime Now offers everything from fruit to adult beverages with free two hour delivery with prime membership. Trying new food is a highlight of each of our Disney trips, but eating breakfast in the hotel room and taking some snacks into the park can save tons of money! We will save about $100 on our 7 night trip this way. You can also order baby supplies like diapers and wipes so that you do not have to pack them!

Stay at a Value Resort

Our last trip, we decided to stay at Pop Century to save money. We were a little worried that we wouldn’t like it, but it was wonderful! The rooms were just refurbished so we are very excited for our upcoming stay! I have had family members and friends stay at all of the other value resorts and they have also given similar wonderful reviews. The value resorts just have food courts and no sit down resturants, but we did most of our dining in our room or in the park, so we didn’t mind.

Take Surprises for your little ones with you

Souvenirs can really add up! This is our first trip as a family of three, but this idea has been something that I have been excited to put into action. Secretly pack some Disney themed gifts that you buy before the trip and have your spouse or a family member distract the kids while you sneak up and set out a gift before they get back to the room. Small children will love thinking Mickey or Minnie left them a gift! We will also be buying things in the park, but this will help our budget stay on track.

We hope these tips help out on your next trip! We would love to hear from you! What is your favorite place to vacation and favorite way to save money while you are there?

Mega Bloks Painted Pumpkin

We love fall in our house. Earlier this week, we did a Open Ended Shape Witch and today, we did our first pumpkin craft for the season!

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Materials Needed

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We started by reading Clifford’s Halloween by Norman Bridwell. It is an adorable story and a prefect book to read before a fall themed craft! This activity does not have much prep work. I simply cut out one big piece of white craft paper and one little piece. Next, I put some orange paint on the paper and let the little one move it around with the Mega Blok. Legos can be used for bigger kids. It was so much fun, that even Mr. Not So Crafty joined in.

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After that, we repeated the process with brown paint.

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Next, we let it dry for the rest of the day. This much painting fun takes awhile to dry. The next morning, I cut out around the shape of the paint. Your little one’s pumpkin might be round, it might be square, it might be all over the place, but it will be a unique creation of theirs. After that, I cut out a stem shape from the brown painted paper and glued it on!

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Open Ended Shape Witch

We love Halloween. Christmas is probably the favorite holiday in our house, but Halloween is such a close second. Since it is officially October now, we did our first Halloween themed activity of the year.

Materials Needed

  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

This activity is quick, simple, and can be done with very few materials, so it is perfect for days where you want to do something with your little ones, but do not have tons of time to prepare. Start by cutting out shapes. The colors you use are up to you. We used a brown for the hair and blue for the eyes so that our little one could see a bit of herself in the witch. We used a green face, but you can use any color face you’d like!

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After you cut out the shapes, let your little one assemble the witch! Try to give them as little guidance as possible. For these shape activities, we usually just hand our toddler the shapes one by one and let her glue them on. The end result might hang off the paper or be a bit malformed, but it will be a perfect representation of who your child is at this stage in their life.

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If your little one enjoys this one, check out our Open Ended Shape Fish or our Open Ended Shape Dinosaur!

 

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Five Food Allergy Tips

Living with food allergies can be overwhelming and sometimes frightening. The effects of a reaction can range from mildly annoying to deadly. If you or your children have food allergies, then you know that it can be a full time job to keep safe. I have found the following five things really help when navigating food allergies.
**Nothing in the following post should be taken as medical advice. Please always consult a doctor if you have questions about managing food allergies**

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  1.  Always read labels carefully. Food labels include important allergy information, but it is not always have to find. Sometimes the information about allergens processed in the same facility as the product are listed in much smaller print than the ingredients. Make it a practice to read every label every time you purchase a product. Manufacturers regularly change ingredients and an allergen may be added at any time!
  2. Separate safe and unsafe foods. This one is super important if it is your child who has the food allergy and they are old enough to grab their own snacks or meals. Assign areas of your cabinets and fridge for allergy friendly foods and for the unsafe foods so that no one accidently grabs an unsafe food when they are in a hurry.
  3. Prepare an emergency plan. If you or your child have a life-threatening food allergy, people who regularly interact with you or your child (including teachers and school staff) should have a basic understanding of what to do in case of a severe allergic reaction. Because people can panic in an emergency, it is best to have allergies, medications, emergency contacts, and any other important information in writing. Your doctor may write you one, but if not, you can do it yourself!
  4. Keep your guard up while dining out. Dining out with allergies can be tricky, because unlike at home, things are out of your control. Always let your server know about your allergy! You may also want to talk to a manager or someone from the kitchen. Specifically ask that your food be prepared away from your allergen. Most places will let you know if they can not do this. Some resturants will have a detailed notebook in the back that lists ingredients and nutritional information, but if the resturant you are eating at does not, do not be afraid to ask detailed questions!
  5. Always carry your medication. This one sounds easier than it actually is. Do not forget to have your EpiPen and Benidryl in something that you carry everywhere! If you can, carry two doses just in case!

 

We would love to hear from you? Do you have any tips for living with food allergies? Do you have a favorite resturant to eat at that goes above and beyond?

Product Review: Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent

In our house, free and clear laundry detergent is a must. Our toddler and I both have extremely sensitive skin. Mr. Not So Crafty does not have as sensitive of skin, but he does have asthma, so strong smelling products are out for him as well.

**We have been provided with a #freesample by Seventh Generation. The opinions expressed are all ours**

Since joining Seventh Generation’s Generation Good Program, we have gotten to try a few different products and it is always exciting to get a new package in the mail.

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Seventh Generation’s Free and Clear detergent has the EPA Safer Choice certification. This means that every ingredient in the laundry packs has been reviewed by the EPA.
There are no added fragrances, dyes, or artificial brighteners. The most important question of course would be, does it work?

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It works great! I used to for two loads yesterday. If you’ve never tried detergent packs, they are super easy to use. You just throw them in the washer, than put the clothes on top! The Seventh Generation packs got our clothes so clean and I’m wearing a shirt I washed right now with no problems at all for my sensitive skin! If you are looking for a new laundry detergent, this choice will not disappoint!

Paper Apple

In our last post, we shared Ten Great Apple Books to read with your little ones. Yesterday, we did this simple paper apple that will go great with any of the books we shared!

Materials Needed

Paper Plate

Green Construction Paper

Red Construction Paper

Brown Construction Paper

Glue

Scissors

 

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I started by cutting the red paper into squares. If your little one is over four, try letting them cut or tear up the paper. This activity is super simple, so it might not hold the attention of little ones over 6.

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I let my toddler glue the squares onto the paper plate. We used liquid glue, but you can also use glue sticks and have your little one put on the squares one at a time. My toddler just does not have the patience for that currently!

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After that, we put on the stem and leaf. This took about 20 minutes in total. It was an easy, but fun, little project.

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If you want more apple fun, dont forget to check out the Paper Plate Apple craft!