Hey there guys! Can you believe it is February already? That means Valentine’s Day is almost here! Valentine’s Day is so much fun in our household because one 1. It is me and Clint’s wedding anniversary, 2. all the candy and 3. all the fun crafts you can do! A couple of weeks ago, the boys came home from preschool with a list of names in their respective classes, and attached was another letter stating that this year, the teachers wanted the parents to make their own card boxes to bring to school. So what we have here is a pretty sweet DIY craft you can do with the kiddos using paper mache. It takes a little while, but it’s such a fun activity and a great way to get the creativity flowing with the kids!So read up, get your supplies ready, and remember to have fun! I know with crafts there can be some kind of pressure to have the best looking craft, (ahem ahem Clint) but just remember that this is supposed to be a fun way to bond with the kiddos and create something cool in the meanwhile! I’ve also partnered up with a bunch of other gals to give you some other cool ideas, so make sure to read to the end to see other cool Valentine’s Day craft ideas from some of my favorite bloggers. What you will need Newspapers, about 2 is fine Flour Water Acrylic Paint Paint brushes Glue gun Cardstock Scissors Other fun decorations (glitter glue, stickers, etc) Cardboard Start by ripping all the newspapers into strips and put off to the side. The kids loved this part! Once done, cut out two pieces of cardboard to make your bases. For example, Sterling asked for his card box to look like a star, so I cut out two star shapes. Greyson wanted to do a smiley face so Clint cut out two cardboard circles. Take one of the pieces of cardstock, and fold over “hotdog style” (going back to elementary school here lol) until you have about 1-1.5 inch still sticking out. Take your scissors and cut slits into that little bit of paper sticking out! Make sure to cut enough cardstock to entirely go around one of the cardboard bases. Take a glue gun and glue around the edges of the cardboard, and press the paper slits onto the cardboard, gently folding and gluing until you’ve formed what looks like a bottom half of a box. Take the glue gun and glue all around the top edge of the cardstock and stick it to the other cardboard base. Now, you have what looks like a cool box! Ready to start paper mache’ing? After all the glue has dried, take a cup of flour and add water a little bit at a time until you’ve made a paste. Take your strips, dip it in the flour paste, rub some of the excess off and lay flat on your box. Repeat until you’ve put at least 3 layers of newspaper all over the box. Let it dry overnight. Once dried, now you can decorate however you’d like! This is also where you can cut out an opening for other classmates to leave cute cards. We had actually created the openings before putting the paper mache on, and the edges of the opening started to cave in because of the moisture, so I ended up having to wedge a ball of newspaper while it dried. If you’re feeling crafty enough, you can also invent some sort of door on the bottom to easily dump the contents out. We honestly planned on breaking it open so we didn’t do anything fancy like that. Since my oldest is 4, he wanted to be very independent and I let him take the lead. He’s obsessed with rainbows, can you tell? Clint and Greyson went for more of an emoji look, complete with the hearteyes of course! And there you have it! Not bad, right? Pretty cute, and easy to do. After this experience, we learned that Clint actually likes crafting, so I can definitely see more projects coming up in the future! As promised, here are some other fun Valentine’s Day crafts to try out, so make sure to check these other blog posts out! Latifah at Gypsy at Heart BlogDanielle at OloveBranchDoris from MommaDoris
Christmas is getting closer and closer everyday! Are you ready? Or are you just like me and procrastinating the day away, wondering what on Earth you’re going to get your family for Christmas? In case you are like me (which I don’t recommend because last minute shopping is stressful!) then here are some fabulous gift ideas for the kiddos. Click on the respective pictures to take you to the website to shop for that item. Let me know in the comments if you were able to take home any amazing deals! How adorable is this little cottage?! Perfect for the backyard. Score this for $289. Give the gift of cool tech for your older kids who are “too cool” for the little kid toys. 😉 $198, but hurry because currently only the light green color is in stock! Sign up for alerts to find out when the other colors will be back in stock. Who else has a girl who is obsessed with Jojo in their house? Why not give your little one the perfect singing and dancing partner! 18″ tall and $89.99 Both my boys are OBSESSED with Picasso Tiles right now! Sterling likes to build fancy houses, while Greyson likes to take the pointy triangle pieces and pretend they’re guns. What a boy. Score this 60 piece set for $34.99 Is your child ready for the ultimate unboxing experience? If you buy this set valued at over $200 in value, you get 14 exclusive dolls inside! What a steal. Grab this quick for $98.00 Perfect for teaching your little one’s the Christmas story with this cute play set. Buy this special set for $39.95 This KidKraft Farm to Table play kitchen is perfect for your littles to start exploring the world of cooking. Highly contemplating on getting one for my boys. This AFFORDABLE kitchen set is only $179.99!! Doesn’t necessarily need to be a Christmas gift, but if you were needing an excuse to buy a new carseat for your littles, now’s the time! The ever so popular Graco Extend2fit 4-in-1 convertible carseat is currently on sale at $314.00 Look at this beast! If I had a backyard, this would definitely be the best purchase for the kids. I have so many fond memories of playing outside with my siblings and our swing set. Invest in this for just $799.99
Hello pals! I’m partnering with Idaho Lottery to ask all of you what you would do with $1 Million. Would you buy a new car? Invest in a bar? Would you donate to charities? Or move to Antarctica and freeze…your butt off? Yeah, I’m reaching really hard with these rhymes ha! Anyways, there are so many different ways to spend all that dough that it may be a little overwhelming to think about. Want a few ideas? Read on to find out what I would do with $1,000,000.*Dislcaimer: This post is sponsored by Idaho Lottery but all opinions are my own, of course!* First of all, I would pay off all my debt. Both my husband and I have a good chunk of debt that we’ve been trying to chip away at over the last few months. What a dream it would be to be debt free!Or I would buy a house! I don’t want anything fancy or huge. No, seriously. If I had a two story house, I’d extremely paranoid when I wouldn’t be able to hear what’s going on in a certain part of the house, and I’m always afraid that someone is going to break in and I won’t know. I’d buy the cutest bungalow on the block complete with a swimming pool! My family and I devote our summers to traveling and hanging loose. If I won $1,000,000 I would save that money for the many awesome summers to come! Going to Jackson Hole for the weekend, hanging out at Turks and Caicos for a few days, and plenty of trips to Disney World of course! I’m dreaming of it now!If we won that big prize, Clint says he wants to take a year off. I’m just like nuh uh! Oh no you don’t! Sterling says he would buy A LOT of candy (typical 4 year olds). When I asked Greyson, he just sneered at me and ran away (typical mean 2 year olds). Now that I’ve told you what I would do with all that money, what would YOU do with it? Let me know below!If you are an Idaho resident, make sure to grab a raffle ticket from Idaho Lottery before they are all sold out! Only 250,000 tickets are available, and the contest ends December 31st, 2019, or whenever the last tickets sells (whichever comes first!). Tickets are only $10 each, and there are literally over 14,000 prizes that will be given out. This contest will air the winners on January 2nd, 2020 at the following local stations- Boise- KTVB 7; Twin Falls- KTFT 7; Lewiston- KLEW 3; Pocatello/Idaho Falls- KPVI 6. What do you think? Orange you in?!
Oh October, you bring so many good memories to me. The crisp breeze, the overload of the color orange, flannel, and pumpkins everywhere brings it all back to me every year. In case you guys...