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Art and Activities

How to Turn Children’s Artwork into Gifts for Mother’s Day

I am often thinking about how to turn children’s artwork into gifts.  We’re always experimenting with different painting, drawing, coloring, and art techniques. As a result, we end up with a lot of amazing artwork!  We have these neat gallery rails that we display artwork on. I try to regularly send artwork to grandparents and […]

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Reviews

PlanetBox Rover Lunchbox Review

My lunch-obsessed kids got new PlanetBox lunchboxes recently and they absolutely love them. In fact, they love them so much, I wanted to write a PlanetBox review to share some of the reasons why I highly recommend them. Whether we’re hitting up the neighborhood park or going for a hike at the lagoon, my kids […]

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Art and Activities

The Nutcracker for Kids in 2020

Watching The Nutcracker Ballet is one of my all time favorite holiday traditions. Even if you’re new to ballet, The Nutcracker for kids is a perfect introduction to the artistry, athleticism, and magic of a live performance. When I was young, my Grandma would sew beautiful dresses for me and my sisters and take us to […]

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Art and Activities

The Best Imagination Toys to Spark Creativity

When it comes to imagination toys, the most important thing is matching toys to your kids interests. For example, my little scientist is enthralled with toys that involve building, racing, space, and problem solving.  My dinosaur obsessed and creative toddler spends hours getting messy with art supplies and carrying toy dinosaurs around the house in […]

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Nonprofit

Mayan Hands Fair Trade & Handmade Gifts

Mayan Hands, is a non-profit organization that provides, “economic and educational opportunities to Mayan women so that they can bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish.” (Mayan Hands website) Mayan Hands partners with women artisans in 14 communities in the Guatemalan Highlands to sell fine handmade products. These sales support artisan […]

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Art and Activities

The Best Tea Advent Calendars for 2020

My kids are advent calendar enthralled. We do a big family Christmas Countdown Calendar, chocolate advent calendars, and have a darling Very Beary Christmas calendar from when I was a kid.  In fact, my kids are so into advent calendars that during the post holiday sales last year I bought an adorable Nutcracker paper calendar, a […]

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Art and Activities

Creative Art Gifts for Kids

Some of the best gifts are those that provide experiences, offer connection, learning, and are screen free. Art supplies meet all of those criteria and so much more! Art supplies make great gifts for kids because they are fun, colorful, exciting, and provide endless opportunities to create. And when you give a kid the gift […]

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Art and Activities Cardboard Creations

How to Make a Cardboard Gingerbread House

One of my favorite holiday traditions growing up was making a gingerbread house. We had a heavy duty cast iron mold that my mom baked gingerbread in. My dad always assembled the house, and my sisters and I would decorate it with candy (and eat a ton in the process). It was a fun, creative, […]

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Art and Activities

The Best Way to Create Holiday Magic with Kids

It seems like the winter solstice/Christmas/holiday season arrives earlier every year. And while I usually resist busting out the holiday decorations too early, like most people, this year I’m giving in. I mean, we put up our Halloween décor mid-September, so it’s time. Plus, everyone is searching for the little things that bring fun and […]

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Art and Activities Cardboard Creations

12 Amazing Cardboard Box Crafts for Kids

The cardboard box is one of the most perfect art materials for kids. It’s sturdy, free with all those online purchases, great to paint on, and is an ideal material for building amazing things. You can use it as a canvas, create collages with it, weave on it, build cardboard houses out of it, and […]