Thanksgiving Crafts

Hello!  I hope everyone is doing well.  Thanksgiving is around the corner and then it’s Christmas!  Is everyone excited!!!

This week is some kids crafts.  Something for the kids to do while they are waiting for dinner to be ready on Thanksgiving.  Some of these are pretty easy and others need a little more adult supervision.  But they are all cute and fun!  Enjoy!

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Paper Bag Turkey Puppets from Crafty Morning

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Toilet Paper Roll Turkey from The Resourceful Mama

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Paper Plate Turkey from I Heart Crafty Things

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Button Pumpkin from Adventure in a Box

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Constuction Paper Turkey by Twitchetts

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Fork Painted Paper Plate Turkey from I Heart Arts n Crafts

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Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Magnet from Today’s Creative Ideas

Pinecone Turkey

Pinecone Turkeys from A Pumpkin and a Princess

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Paper Pumpkin Craft from Meaningful Mama

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Thanksgiving Handprint Wreath from Education

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DIY Cats Stuff

Hello!  I hope everyone is doing well!  I am totally ready for cooler weather, I’m getting tired of summer.

So this week is all about cats.  Now, I have two cats, Target and Amelia.  Both are rescues and both are crazy.  Like, their favorite toy is a straw from Chick-fil-a.  They have tons of other toys, yet they want to play with a straw…I will never understand.  But, here are some ideas you can do for your cats!  Some are buildings and some are toys.  So enjoy!

Also, here’s a picture of my pains before you continue reading.

Target is the black and white and Amelia is the calico.  Goofy pictures to show their true personalities.  Enjoy the post!

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Cardboard Cat Rocket from Make

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Felt Sushi Cat Toys from Lia Friffith

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Simple Cat Hammock from Instructables

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Ombre Scratching Post from Cuteness

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DIY Peek-a-boo Cat Toy Box from Meeoow

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DIY Cactus Scratching Post from Kaylee Eylander

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DIY Cat Box Cabinet from Evan and Katelyn

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Feather Cat Toys from Martha Stewart

Carboard Cat Condo

Cardboard Cat Condo from Bicultural Familia

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DIY Felt Mouse Toys from Lia Griffith

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Fun Summer Ideas To Do With Your Kids

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Good morning! Are you enjoying your summer so far? Are you keeping busy, or more importantly, keeping your kids busy? I don’t usually write too much about ideas or activities with kids, but I used this when my kids were young and it was fun and kept them busy.

I started out with some ideas I found from magazines. This was before Pinterest, so you will have a much easier time finding ideas now! I found all different types of kid-friendly ideas, from baking to crafting to playing! I printed out the ideas on individual note cards.

Summer Fun ideas for kids

Some ideas were really simple, like this one and others took a little more time or material. This one would be a great science lesson. The kids can compare the bugs by size, color or shape. If they are older, they can even look up information about the bug.

Summer Fun Ideas Index Cards

I included directions or pictures with the card when there were some. This baking idea actually starts with a pre-baked cake, but you could easily use the baking as part of the idea. I tried to use ideas that had most items I already had in my home. I didn’t want to have to go run out and purchases things just to make it work.

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This is always a fun activity. Any shoe box will do. Kids can take pages from magazines, or photographs, or even stickers to decorate a box. Then they can store all the special memorabilia or crafts they made over the summer.

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All kids love to play in the sprinkler! I included some fun games they could play while getting wet!

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You can see I had a whole stack of cards. Some days we didn’t need them, but they sure were nice on the days where “I’m bored” was heard. I’m not sure we ever made it through all the ideas, but it was a great way to make some new memories together.

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I would love to hear from you if you use this idea or try something similar. How do you keep your kids entertained during the summer? Hope you have a great week!

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Father’s Day Round Up

Hello!  How is everyone enjoying their summer so far?  Or are some of you still in school?  Sorry…I apologize.

Father’s Day is around the corner and if you are like me, I don’t have a gift for my dad yet.  So, as I was scouring the internet (aka Pinterest) for an awesome gift idea, I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas with you.

Enjoy!

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Fathers Day Grill Plate from Crafty Mama in Me

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Sock Flowers from One Good Thing

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Dad’s Toolbox from Moms and Munchkins

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Hand Print Baseball from Sunny Day Family

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Fathers Day Cardboard Wallet from TrimCraft

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iDad from She Knows

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We Are Nuts About You Frame from Happiness is Homemade

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Father’s Day Goodie Bags from Little Family Fun

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Father’s Day Glasses from Mr. Printable

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Father’s Day Cake from Love Laughter Forever After

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How to Make a Wreath for $20

Hello!  This is a random post that is not a top 10, but it is a re-post.  This is the perfect DIY for summer and it’s super easy!  For $20 and 2 hours of work, you will get an awesome wreath.  Enjoy!

Flower Wreath Supplies

Things you need are a pool noodle, lots of fake flowers, tape, scissors, and some sort of statement decoration.  All of these items can be purchased from the Dollar Store, so it makes the wreath even cheaper!

The first thing you need to do it make the pool noodle into a wreath.  Just make it a circle and use tape to keep it in place.  I had to use packing tape to make sure that it would stay in place.

Then I started placing flowers.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to work exactly, but I thought that the easiest way would be to cut the wire to stick in the noodle.  So, after a little bit of work trying to figure out the easiest way to cut the flowers, it was able to get started on my wreath.

Flower Wreath Flower Placement

I went with white, pink, yellow, and orange for my flower choices and filled in the noodle as I went.  I didn’t fill in the back of the noodle because I knew that no one would see the back.  But, I worked for about 2 hours to fill the wreath.

Now for you decoration of choice.  I went with a wooden S since our last name is Smith.  I first covered the noodle with a sparkly silver ribbon so that we wouldn’t see the green styrofoam underneath.  I painted the S white so it would stand out against the silver ribbon and between all of the flowers.

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After a little bit of hot glue, the wreath was complete!  And here is the finished project!

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First of all, I love how the colors look against mom’s turquoise door.  It makes the pinks and yellows really stand out.  And I love how it looks!  The colors are so bright and pretty and they look great with the S on the wreath as well.  This wreath is even better because it only cost me $20 to make!  $20 and 2 hours of work to have the beautiful wreath, I think it’s worth it!

If you want to check out the Dollar Tree website, click on the link in the sidebar to find all of your supplies for $1!

If you decide to try this project, please let me know how it goes!  And, comment a picture of it below so we can see you beautiful creations as well!