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Diaper Money

Another quick sale at Target this week on baby items. When you spend $100 on miscellaneous baby products, you receive a $20 Target gift card to spend in the future. This includes diapers, formula, food, breastfeeding supplies, bottles, etc. Be sure to check cartwheel and coupons because they can be applied to your purchase as well.

When you checkout be sure to hit the $100 mark pretax. Next, scan the $20 gift card coupon BEFORE any other coupons. After you have earned your $20 gift card, scan all other coupons to lower the price. This includes any formula vouchers you may have as well. So really, you can spend less than $100 and receive that gift card. After my formula vouchers, I spent only $85 to receive the gift card.

Who doesn’t love free money?? The $20 gift card can be used on any purchase in the future at Target. Happy Shopping!

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Sale, Sale, Sale!!!

If you know me, you know my love for target and their baby sales. No, they don’t sell actual babies. However, they often have some major steals when it comes to baby gear pricing, sales, and earning gift cards to their store with purchases on items. Well, this week is a BIG one if you’re in need of some baby gear.

For starters, if you spend $200 on nursery furniture you’ll receive a $40 target gift card to spend in the future. If you’ve ever even looked at nursery furniture, you know you’ll be spending at least that much. We purchased the Delta Bentley Crib in white from Target 3 years ago and it hasn’t disappointed us yet. That specific crib alone is $231.99. So, buy the crib get the gift card and put that down on the mattress or dresser even. As long as you checkout in separate transactions you can use the gift card the same day.

In addition to the furniture sale, they also have a coupon where if you spend $100 on baby items you’ll receive a $20 gift card. This includes diapers, wipes, formula, baby accessories, etc. If you have a little one, you know how easy this is to do. Be sure to check cartwheel before you go because certain formula brands, foods and diapers are also on there.

Go check out the sale, because it is worth it. I highly recommend checking out separately so you can take your newly earned gift cards and throw that money down on the next baby purchase. Plus if you have a target red card, you’ll save another 5%. Grab some Starbucks and enjoy your mommy time today :). Happy shopping!!!

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Dough Much Fun

“Time spent playing with a child, is time never wasted.”

At our house, we try to have at least one playtime activity a day where we “unplug” and enjoy time with one another.  Parenting these days can be challenging because we have constant distractions in our lives; cell phones, social media, televisions.  Now more than ever it is important to spend quality time with your kiddos, just enjoying their company.

We like to “unplug” because it also shows our kiddos that fun can happen WITHOUT all the modern day conveniences.  As a teacher, I know how screen-time in children can have a negative impact on their creativity and independence.  Don’t get me wrong, we allow our kids to watch t.v. because it’s not all bad.  However, we try to find a balance with screen-time, playtime, and creative activities. As parents it is our responsibility to ensure our children are receiving a well-balanced diet of playtime and life experiences. When we ask our two-year old what her favorite part of the day was everyday, 9 times out of 10 she always talks about an experience she had that day.  Whether it be craft time or playing kitchen at home it is clear to see that these moments stand out to her.

So this weekend, it was cold yet again here.  Plus the looming plague out in the world, aka the flu, has me not wanting to take any chances with bringing the kids outside. To Pinterest I went while the kids were sleeping to come up with “something” for us to do. Keep in mind, we had minimal supplies because actually going to the grocery store terrifies me right now with all the germs out there. I found many ideas, all similar to things we have made.  Thats when I stumbled across this idea of making play-doh with three simple ingredients from onelittleproject.com.

My face was so confused when I saw that this play-doh could be made from: marshmallows, cornstarch, and coconut oil.  ?!?!?!   Hmmmm…. We decided to go for it, because even if it didn’t work, we could always start over because the ingredients were so simple and items we had in bulk at home already.

Now, it was a little strange but it was SO easy and SO much fun! I loved that this play-doh was completely safe if it accidentally landed in the mouths of my kiddos (or dog for that matter) and cost practically nothing to make.  I will say the texture took some kneading to make it feel like actually play-doh but it was a huge hit. My daughter loved how stretchy it was to play with, almost giving it that “slime” feel. We got fancy and added glitter to ours, of course :).

If you’re looking for a simple craft with the kiddos, it only takes a few minutes and provided us with an hour of family fun.  I posted directions below, but also linked you to the website where I found the idea here. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

6 marshmallows, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 TBSP coconut oil, food coloring

Directions:

1. Place 6 large marshmallows inside a microwaveable dish.

2. Add 1 TBSP of coconut oil to the dish.

3. Pour 1/4 cup cornstarch in the dish, keeping separate from the marshmallows/coconut oil. *You do this because you need to add the food coloring to either the marshmallows or coconut oil and not directly onto the cornstarch.*

4. Microwave for 35 seconds.  If you want to make a unique food coloring color like teal or pink, you need to premix the food coloring before pouring it into the mixture.

5.  Add food coloring to the marshmallow/coconut oil side of the dish.  *If you want to use glitter, now is the time to add it in as well.*

6.  Stir with a spoon, then start kneading the mixture with your hands.  It is SUPER sticky initially, which makes sense because it is marshmallows after all.  Continue to work it through, it does solidify and become less sticky.  If it doesn’t, we added a little extra cornstarch and coconut oil as needed.

7. Enjoy!

-Original Recipe from: One Little Project.  The only change we made was adding glitter. 🙂

XOXOXOXOXO

Sarah

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Craft Time-Trolls Style

“Happiness is inside all of us. Sometimes you just need someone to help you find it”.

When I heard this quote during the movie, Trolls, I just had to smile because it couldn’t be more true.  As adults, it is so easy to get caught up in day to day commotion and routines.  Between cell phones, work, bills, making dinner, keeping the little ones alive, etc., it can be easy to forget how to just BE happy.  Looking back on my childhood some of my best memories involve making crafts and projects with loved ones and the time we spent together.  So, I decided to pause from what “needed” to get done and focus on spending time with my daughter to make a special craft.

Chances are if you have a child, niece, or nephew under 10 then you have probably seen the movie Trolls.  My daughter saw it once and within hours she was a troll-loving, Poppy worshiping, glitter obsessed, hugging machine.  In her eyes, Poppy can do no wrong.  To be totally honest, I am a little jealous this character didn’t exist when I was younger.  I mean she scrapbooks, throws glitter, and is always happy.  Plus the movie itself actually uses songs that are throw-back hits with a few catchy new tunes mixed in which is a win-win for everyone.  Since she loves everything with a troll on it, we made a Troll painting activity.  When I announced what we were making, her eyes lit up and I had her FULL attention for almost two hours.  We made so many trolls, it was insane but it made her happy which made me happy as well.  Taking a break from every day was the best decision I made.  We laughed, sang to the trolls soundtrack, and created memories I for one will hold onto forever.

If you are looking for a craft this weekend, this is the project for you. Minimal supplies are necessary and creativity-wise the options are endless.  Grab your glitter and glue and let the trolls get the best of you!

Materials:

Construction Paper, Scissors, Glue (or hot glue), paint (or makers),  paint brush, glitter, craft eyeballs, paper plate, and pencils

 

How-To:

  1. Pick a piece of paper.
  2. Pour desired paint color onto paper plate.
  3. Dip child’s hand into paint. Make sure the palm and all fingers have paint on them.
  4. Place hand (that has paint on it) onto construction paper.
  5. Using a brush, turn the thumb into an “ear” by making it a bit wider.  Then use the paint to draw another ear on the opposite side.
  6. Repeat as necessary, depending how many trolls you would like to make.
  7. Pick a headband color if painting Poppy and paint the thin strip for the headband.
  8.  After paint has dried, pick the paint color you would like to use for the hair. Use a paint brush to create the hair line. I did this by making the widest part of the hair on the pointer and pinky fingers then extended it straight up for Branch.  For Poppy her hair got skinnier as it got taller.  **see picture**
  9. Fill in hair with paint brush.
  10. Dip the top of a pencil eraser in the paint color that you used for the hair.  Apply in center of face for the nose.  We did this twice, allowing the two to touch. -OR- you can use child’s pinky finger and achieve the same look.
  11. Paint flowers on headband.
  12. Glue down two eyeballs OR draw them with a marker.
  13. Since we made Poppy, give that girl some glitter on her cheeks by putting glue on her cheeks and sprinkling the glitter on top.
  14. Allow to dry.

**If you choose to use markers/crayons, trace hand then color in palm/fingers.  Draw headband, hair and eyes and color in.***

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*NYE 2018*

What used to be my favorite bottle poppin’ event of the year, looks quite different these days. Apparently people book their NYE babysitters months in advance, rookie mistake on my end but lesson officially learned.  So this year we will ring in the new year as a family at home, fingers crossed we can make it to midnight.  One thing I will never trade in, will be the champagne and glitter because everything is better with glitter.

Since our kids are so young, we will not keep them up until midnight, so we are having a NOON Year’s Eve Celebration. We are having party foods and crafts from noon to bedtime at 7 with the kiddos.  What’s even better is Netflix has a kiddie New Year’s Celebration you can stream to celebrate a little early with your little ones.

To celebrate, we made some kid-approved crafts today to help with the “party” atmosphere.  My two-year old actually thinks we’re having a party and there will be cupcakes, so I may need to get on that later today but for now we will stick with our sparkly crafts of the day. With a windchill of -8 outside, I had no intentions of going out so luckily we were able to make crafts with supplies we had around the house. Neither one of these crafts are reinventing the wheel, but I think people often forget how much fun little ones can have completing the simplest activities.  This kept us occupied for well over an hour and made her smile from ear to ear.  We started craft hour with our metallic firework sign.

 

Firework Activity Materials:

Paper towel or toilet paper roll

Scissors

Paper plates

Construction Paper

Paint

My favorite thing about these “fireworks” is that you use an empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls, easy enough right? We NEVER throw them away because you can make hundreds of crafts from them.  To make the fireworks, you start by cutting little slits at the bottom of the roll.  We cut them close together, about every 2-3 cm, and cut them about an inch and a half up.  After we have made the complete circles with out slits, then lift them up.  ((See the picture below.))

Next, grab an empty paper plate and pour some paint into it.  I typically pour about a half-dollar sized amount.  Grab that paper towel roll and dip it in there, making sure to cover the ends.  Once covered, start dabbing on the paper.

Voila! Fireworks!

((I added glitter to ours today, because we have LOVE glitter.  Then wrote on the paper with a gold metallic marker!))

For our next craft, we made a noise maker.  When I was little I remember at midnight we would go outside and make noise with various noise makers, cowbells, pots & pans, etc.  My sweet little lady isn’t a big fan of loud noises so we made our own using what we had available in the house.  So today it involved paper plates, metallic marker, beans, noodles, and twine.

DIY Noise Maker

Paper Plates

Noodles

Beans

Hole Puncher

Twine/String/Yarn *whatever you have available OR you can even use a stapler*

Decorative Marker

Write whatever saying you’d like on the plate and decorate as desired.

IF you are going to use string, punch holes in plates at same to make sure the holes align.

String the string/yarn/twine through the bottom half so it is tight and secure -OR- staple the bottom half.

Fill with desired items; beans, noodles, rice, etc.  We used 1/4 cup of each.

Secure the remaining half by either stapling or securing with the twin.  Tie a knot at top if needed.

Enjoy the subtle noise maker and the smile on your little ones face!

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***HaPpY NeW YeAr’S EvE!!!!****

 

xoxoxoxo,

Sarah