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How A Bullet Journal Can Help With Holiday Planning

holiday planningPretty light viewings, the ballet, cookie baking, festive gatherings, caroling, and shopping.

This month is typically one that fills up quickly. All of that is fun, but it can also be overwhelming.

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That’s where the bullet journal can help.

It is a great tool to help keep your sanity intact during this busy season. Here is how I am going to use mine to make this the smoothest holiday yet!

HOW A BULLET JOURNAL CAN HELP WITH HOLIDAY PLANNING

I began with my usual routine, which is creating a monthly goals page. I’ll fill this in with an overview of what I want to accomplish.

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I’ve really enjoyed using more color this year and incorporating more doodles into my pages. The trees and lettering were fun to make.

Usually, I can fit all of my tasks into my weekly calendar.  However, the things I like to accomplish this month, require a bit more detail when it comes to staying organized.

So I made a few specific pages to give me extra space, and to help make that sort of holiday planning easier.

My biggest stress during December is figuring out the gifts. In the past, I have been terribly disorganized, and end up doing everything very last minute.

I want to be able to keep on top of things by organizing gifts that I want to make, and the things that I need to buy.

This page will have all of my shopping and to-do items in one place, which will be incredibly helpful. holiday planning

I am going to love checking things off as I accomplish them!

Kicking off the holidays by baking cookies and other goodies is a family favorite in our household. We put on good music, laugh, and have fun making the house smell delicious. holiday planning

We generally stick to baking our tried and true treats, but I often end up wishing that I would have thought ahead a bit more so that we could make something new and different.

I’m going to set aside one morning this week, and pick out some new additions to our baking day. I have so many different ideas that I have pinned, and this is the year I am actually going to give some of them a try.

This page will allow me to list the things we want to make and serve as my ingredient list as well.
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If you want to find out what we make, follow along on my Facebook page. I’ll share recipes and results later this month. You will also be able find all the fun crafty things that we are making for the season there. (Which makes me realize I need to get to work on a journal page for crafty activities, as well)

I hope this helps you see how you can use your bullet journal to help you get organized with your holiday planning. The pages can serve as a record of how the season was celebrated, which is an added bonus!

holiday planningDo you have any tips on how you manage your holiday? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

XO,

Melissa

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How to Beat the Cold Weather Boredom Blues

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HOW TO BEAT THE COLD WEATHER BOREDOM BLUES

The cooler weather has arrived, and we’ve unpacked the sweaters, hoodies, and extra blankets. It is the perfect time for hot chocolate, extra snuggles, and movie marathons.

However, the extra chill in the air can also bring about the cold weather boredom blues.

When I hear that all too familiar, “Mom, I’m bored,” these are my favorite ways to help get out of that boredom rut.

PLAY INDOOR GAMESboredom

It might be too cold to escape boredom by heading outdoors, but you can still play some fun games in your own living room.

Of course puzzles, card, and board games are a great boredom buster, but there are also many other fun games that you can play while inside.

Need some inspiration? Check out the Indoor Games Handbook by Lisa Regan. We love to flip through it and choose one of the activities.

TURN YOUR KITCHEN INTO A SCIENCE LAB

Some time ago, I shared how to build a STEM kit.

It’s a great thing to have at home and it includes some suggestions on things to stock up on. It is super handy for those days that you feel like conducting experiments.

We also love the book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids.


It is filled with a ton of fun and easy activities, that also explains the science behind them. Grab your lab coats, and notebooks, and conduct some experiments!

GET CRAFTY

This time of year I am reminded of why I save all those cardboard rolls, snippets of ribbon, trinkets, and stock up on fun paper and paints. When the stir-craziness sets in, raiding the arts and craft stash can be the perfect first stop.boredom

Since this week is Thanksgiving break, we are going to use these super cute Thanksgiving printables. They will be such a festive touch for our gathering.

After that, it’s time to start on making holiday gifts, and cards. I finally get some time to try some of the projects that I’ve saved on my Pinterest boards throughout the year.

COOK

boredomGet rid of the chill by heating things up in the kitchen. We love to head out to our local library in order to borrow some cookbooks. We enjoy flipping through them, and looking at the pictures, and choosing a few favorites to try. This winter, we are on a mission for some good pressure cooker and bread recipes.

If you like butternut squash, give my husband’s delicious recipe a try!

Not only is it a great boredom buster, cooking together is also a great family activity!

Do you have a favorite cold weather boredom buster? Be sure to share it with me in the comments.

xo, Melissa


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Easy DIY Halloween Decorations: Cardboard Tube Candles

These candles might be one of my most favorite DIY Halloween decorations so far. Plus, they are incredibly easy to make!

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part One in my Easy DIY Halloween Decorations series. You won’t want to miss out on the adorable pumpkin bowls!


You will need the following supplies to make these Halloween cardboard tube candles:

Cardboard tubes

Acrylic paint

Glue gun, and glue sticks

Small led tea lights

Masking tape

Glitter (optional)

Ribbon (optional)Halloween

First, let your glue gun start heating up, and then trim your cardboard tubes to be the height that you would like your candle to be.

Next, use the masking tape to make a little indentation for your tea light to sit inside the cardboard tube.HalloweenDon’t worry about it looking pretty, because you will be painting over it.

By now, your glue gun should be hot enough.

Use it to make “wax” drips at the top of the candle, and along the side.

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Once the glue cools off, use the acrylic paint to cover the whole surface of the cardboard tube, and then let it dry.

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I decided that I wanted to add a little sparkle to my candles since I believe that glitter can make anything awesome.

So, I used a little white paint and black glitter to paint over the wax drips, to give it a more melted wax look.

Add your LED tea light, and there you have it!

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I loved the black candles so much, that I had to make a few orange ones too.

Adding some seasonal ribbons helped to make them a bit fancier.

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I had no idea that it could be so easy to turn cardboard rolls into a neat candle!

Plus, it got bonus points since I was able to re-use items instead of throwing them away.

If you decide to make these  DIY cardboard tube candles, feel free to share them in my Facebook group, or tag me in your Instagram photo.

I will be back next week, with a new fun DIY Halloween decoration!

xo,

Melissa

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Easy DIY Halloween Decorations Part One: Pumpkin Bowl

I love to make DIY Halloween Decorations, and this year I was actually prepared and got some made ahead of time, and I will be sharing my favorites with you!

DIY Halloween decorations

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It might be September, but Halloween is just around the corner. Every year I decide that I will be ahead of the game and make some decorations for the house.

Except, life happens, and I don’t get them done.

Until this year!

I set aside some time to look over my Pinterest board for the DIY Halloween decorations that I have saved over the years. Bean and I tested our favorites and I will share them over the next few weeks.

I do my best to use or re-use items that I have on hand in my craft stash. However, even with a trip to the store, most of these items are budget friendly. If I do have to run out, I always try the Dollar Store first. I can usually knock out most of my list there.

EASY DIY HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS PART ONE: PUMPKIN BOWL

This one is super easy, and a fun one for kids. It’s fun to see that thin tissue paper can turn into a pumpkin!

DIY Halloween decorations

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Balloons

Orange tissue paper

Mod Podge

Black Construction Paper

Paintbrush

Small bowl, or plastic container

 

HOW TO MAKE IT

First, tear up the tissue paper into small pieces. You will need quite a bit, so put on some fun spooky music while you work.

I didn’t have any orange tissue handy, but I did have leftover crepe streamers. It worked perfectly for this project!

Next, blow up your balloon, but keep it small, about three inches in diameter.

A small plastic container is helpful to hold the balloon while you work.

Grab your Mod Podge and use the paintbrush to put a layer on the surface of the balloon. You will want to cover about half of the balloon to make your bowl shape.

Then start putting a layer of tissue over the Mod Podge. Do not worry about pieces overlapping or looking messy, it does not have to be perfect.

 

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Next, cover the tissue paper layer with Mod Podge and add another layer of tissue.

Repeat that step a few times, you will want 3 or 4 layers to help make your bowl a bit sturdier.

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Once you make your layers, put one last coat of Modge Podge all over the tissue paper. It will look really messy, but just wait until it dries!

DIY Halloween decorations

Set the pumpkin aside and wait for it to dry. It was hard to wait, but we left ours overnight to be sure that it had enough time.

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Grab your scissors and black construction paper and cut out some jack o’ lantern eyes, a nose, and a mouth.

Use the Mod Podge to attach them to your pumpkin. Make sure you take the balloon out of the container and flip it over so that your face is not upside down.

The final step is the fun part.

Pop the balloon!!

Now you have a cute little pumpkin bowl. I did not mind the jagged edges of the paper, but you can also use scissors and carefully trim it up a little bit.

DIY Halloween decorations

We made a few so that we could put candy in some, and candles (LED ones for safety of course!) in the others.

Be sure to keep checking back for the next few DIY Halloween decorations posts – next up will be cardboard tube candles!

XO, Melissa

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Top 10 Books For Fall

 

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Everyone in our household loves to read.

When the seasons change, I make a point to stock our classroom (and living room) with new books for us to read together.

Choosing books for fall is one of my favorite things to do.

My goal is to find books for fall that talk about the beautiful changes in nature, and to also find some spooky tales!


Top 10 books for fall that should be in your collection.


AWESOME AUTUMN BY BRUCE GOLDSTONE

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The gorgeous photos, paired with short text, tells about what happens when fall arrives.

It is perfect for traditional and homeschool classrooms!

SPOOKY OLD TREE BY STAN AND JAN BERENSTAIN

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Ages 4-8

Three bears bravely explore a spooky old tree.

The story contains simple rhyming text and reinforces the concept of into, up, through, over, down, and out.

This was a favorite for both of my kiddos.

It isn’t TOO scary, but it shows how one can overcome fears and conquer things that seem especially frightening.

LEAF MAN BY LOIS ELHERT

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Ages 4-7

This book tells the story of Leaf Man, who blew away with the wind.

It has beautiful illustrations using collages made from the rainbow of real fall leaves. It

is a wonderful book to read and celebrate the change of seasons, and even contains a leaf guide!

It is the perfect choice for nature lovers!

A nature hike and leaf hunt would be a fun way to reinforce the material.

THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING BY LINDA D WILLIAMS

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Ages 3-7

One night while walking in the woods, the normally fearless old lady becomes scared.

Read along and find out how she gets braver and solves her problem.

The text repeats and is rhythmic, which makes it fun for kids to chant along.

ROALD DAHL’S BOOK OF GHOST STORIES

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This one might be better for older kids.

It is a fantastic selection of Roald Dahl’s most favorite spooky stories.

It would make for awesome campfire reading and is sure to deliver great shivers.

SHAKE DEM HALLOWEEN BONES BY W. NIKOLA LISA

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Ages 4-7

This book has really fun rhyming hip-hop text and familiar fairy tale characters.

If you read this one out loud, don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing and dancing along with the rhythm of the words.

LITTLE CRITTER: THE FALL FESTIVAL BY MERCER MAYER

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Ages 4-8

Little Critter books have always been loved in our home.

This one covers all the wonderful things that make up the season of fall.

It is a good one for kids who are learning to read.

THE HALLOWEEN TREE BY RAY BRADBURY

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Ages 8 and up

Eight boys go on an adventure into the past led by a mysterious character.

This book is a wonderful way to learn the history and customs of Halloween.

ROOM ON A BROOM BY JULIA DONALDSON

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Ages 3-7

This is a story of a witch and a cat flying about.

The troublesome wind makes the witch lose some important items.

During their rescue, they encounter helpful friends that want a ride on her broom for their help.

Things get quite full, and a dragon enters the picture. It is a fun problem-solving tale!

GOOSEBUMPS BOOKS BY R.L. STINE

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In our house, these books are pretty much read all year round, as Miss Bean is a HUGE Goosebumps fan.

They are great chapter books to read together, and there are all sorts of spooky situations.

The Blob That Ate Everything is one of our favorites.

I hope this list helps you find some fun books for fall. Do you have a favorite? Be sure to share in the comments!

xo, Melissa

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5 Ways To Use Glow Sticks For Your Next Family Night (Plus Giveaway!)

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I am going to let you in on a little secret, I am a big fan of glow sticks. I feel that they can make anything exciting. They are great to have on hand for picnics, party favors, concerts, stocking stuffers, care packages, camping, night swimming, or even living room dance parties.

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They are a wonderful way to add visibility to kids when they are out and about at night time.

Best of all they are very budget friendly, and an inexpensive way to have a little fun.

I received a set of glow stick bracelets from Lumistick to play with. They arrived in a tube of 100, with plastic connectors. There are 5 colors; pink, green, blue, yellow and orange, and are non-toxic.

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We had a blast thinking of all the things that we could do with them.

Besides the obvious choice of wearing them as bracelets, what else can you do with glow sticks?


Here are 5 fun and different ways to use your glow stick bracelets:


Have an indoor glow stick dance party

This is definitely a favorite, as we love to have spontaneous dance parties. They always help cheer us up, and get us laughing. So, turn out the lights, put on some fun music and dance around with your glow-sticks.

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Play tic-tac-toe with your glow sticks

Make a giant board by using the plastic pieces that join the bracelets together. Instead of X’s and O’s, we just used O’s, but two different colors to place into our board boxes.

 Play a game of glow ball or Frisbee

Change up your game and join a few glow-sticks together. Attach them to a frisbee, or put one inside a wiffle ball.

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Use them in your hair

Put your hair up in a bun and add a glow stick bracelet for a little color fun. You could even leave them straight and use them like hair sticks!

Play ring toss

This is a fun one to do when camping or at an outdoor concert. Make some rings with your glow sticks and connectors, and then grab a stick and push it into the ground. Make it a competition and see how many rings you can land on the stick.

Have a glow in the dark picnic

Spread out a blanket and wrap your glow-sticks around some clear plastic cups. Pick out your favorite foods and dine by glowing light!

You can use connectors to create a glow ball lantern. They look so awesome, and would be a fun centerpiece to a glow picnic, or a even a dance party decoration.

(Want one of your own? Check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post)

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Bonus: Relax in a glow in the dark bath

I realize this isn’t really a family night acitivty, but it is still a fun one for both kids and adults. Instead of candles to help calm you, fill up your tub and add your favorite glow-stick colors!

I hope this gives you some ideas on the different things that you can do with your glow-sticks. Check out the different sets on Amazon, choose one or two and you will have several options for some family night fun!


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xo, Melissa

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How To Make Critter Bookmarks – A Quick and Easy Craft

This week Bean and I decided to play with paper and make some critter bookmarks.

For those of you new to the blog, I love crafts, but don’t have a ton of time. I love finding quick and easy projects that add a little fun to our day.


Think of Bean and I as your craft testers, our creations may not be the most perfect, but they are real and made with love.


BOOKMARKS
We do our best to find the easiest, cutest projects, and these critter bookmarks totally fit the description!

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You don’t need much at all in the way of supplies. Grab some paper, scissors, a glue stick, markers and googly eyes.

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Because who doesn’t love a reason to put fun eyes on things?!

Your paper to be in the shape of a square. We happened to have some origami paper on hand, so we used that, but you can easily use card stock or construction paper and just cut it into a square.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to make these super cute bookmarks:

  1. Fold your paper in half to create a triangle.

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2. Fold the top point (just the front layer of paper) of the triangle down to meet the bottom edge of the paper.

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3. Fold in the left and right corners in to meet the middle triangle fold.

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4. Open up your side folds, so that they look like this:

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5. Then fold both of those sides up, along your middle triangle fold.

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6. Next, tuck in the two new folds that you just made into the middle fold.

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7. Take a second piece of paper, and cut another square. It should be the same size as the square you just folded.

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8. Then tuck that square into your folded paper, and secure it with a little glue.

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9. Finally, glue on some googly eyes, and a little tongue.

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There you have it! Your critter bookmark is ready to help keep your place in the books that you are reading.

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bookmarks

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Now, you don’t HAVE to make a frog. Bean had fun just making some little monster bookmarks and then decorating them. I also made a vampire one. Just pick your favorite critter and start creating!

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I hope you found these critter book marks fun, and will give them a try the next time you are looking for a quick craft. I know the ones we made will definitely give some character to our reading time! <3

xo, Melissa

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How a Tea Party Gave me a Little Perspective

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This week, my daughter organized a tea party, and ended up giving me some important perspective.

This is how she did it.

This year, I had visions of a holiday season filled with baking, crafting, and decorating. I scoured Pinterest for ideas and made a checklist. I was ready to go!

However, the flu decided to make an appearance and work its way through my family. I had no choice but to put everything else on the back burner.

My blog, the crafts, the baking, were all replaced with what seemed like never ending loads of laundry, holding back hair, rubbing backs and disinfecting the house each time the flu hit another family member.

It. Was. Rough.

Once we were through it, my daughter Bean suggested that we have a tea party for her stuffed animals and dolls, because we missed out on so many festivities. Since we were all starting to feel human again, it seemed like the perfect way to ease back into things.

My brain started to plan out all the cute fancy things that we could make for our party. Tiny sandwiches, white and pink napkins, cupcakes, doilies, glitter, and fun punch to fill our tea cups. I was so excited to put together a perfect party for her.

But Bean had other plans.

She informed me that she wanted to make it a picnic tea party. Instead of white and pink, she wanted orange, yellow and maybe blue. She spoke of lanterns, invitations in the shape of tickets and immediately ruled out cupcakes.

I was tempted to take control and try to do it all myself. After all, I wanted it to be perfect and fancy for her. Just as I was getting ready to tell her how I thought we should do things, something inside me told me to be quiet.  I decided to stop, and listen to her specific vision.


In the end, instead of me trying to convince her to do it my way, I let her take the lead.

I followed her instructions and assisted her in writing out a to-do list. I pulled out the orange and yellow construction paper and helped cut out ticket shapes for her invitations. She carefully labelled each ticket with the news of her tea party, and even made a special one just for me! I could have made the lettering perfect, and uniform, but seeing her working so hard to write each letter so carefully was awesome. She put so much love into her work.

tea party perspective

Next came the decorations. We learned how to make paper lanterns to use as centerpieces. Once she figured out which stuffed animals and dolls would most like to attend her event, we made them paper name cards for their place settings. She was really excited when I remembered that I had a tablecloth with some of her color choices.

It was decided that the party also needed signs for decoration, so we made one out of popsicle sticks and chalkboard paint. It turned out so cute, and we can even use it for future parties.

tea party perspective

The final step was the menu. She reminded me that she doesn’t really like sandwiches and preferred to have ham rolled up and secured with toothpicks. Then, she filled bowls with blueberries, m&m’s, and pretzels and arranged some sugar cookies on a plate.

My only contribution, other than my help, were my special teacups and teapot from my collection.

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Finally it was time for the tea party!

As we sat on our tablecloth drinking tea with our pinkies up and talking in high pitched voices, Bean exclaimed,


“This is so FANCY mom! It is perfect!”


I looked around at the hodge podge of handmade decorations that were carefully arranged, the bright colors, her stuffed animal and doll guests, the interesting food assortment, and I smiled.

She was right.

tea party perspective

It WAS perfect.

I really needed that change in perspective, I so often get caught up in my own vision of how things should be, and it doesn’t often leave room for flaws.

Bean reminded me that there is more than one way to be fancy and perfect.

This is a lesson that I am going to try really hard to remember throughout this year, and the next time I need to plan a party, I know who to ask!

Happy New Year!

xo Melissa

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How to Make Craft Stick Story Fairies

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These craft stick story fairies are inspired by my daughter’s love of acting out stories.

Craft sticks are one of our favorite things to create with, and we decided that it would be fun to have a little set of fairies to help her act out her tales.

They were super easy and fun to make, and you can create a lot or just a few.


CRAFT STICK STORY FAIRIES


SUPPLIES:

craft stick story fairiesHot glue gun and glue sticks

Small craft sticks

Felt and/or fabric scraps

Yarn, ribbon, and fiber scraps

Pipe cleaners

Paint or Sharpie

Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

To make a shirt, take a small craft stick and put hot glue on about a half inch surface, leaving a small space at the top for the face.

Wind the small scrap of yarn around the area with the glue.

craft stick story fairies

craft stick story fairies

Next cut a small scrap of fabric or felt for the bottom. You can cut a simple rectangle, or get a little fancy and make a triangle for a skirt.

We even found some tulle that worked well as a tutu, we just made some folds to make it fluff out a bit and attached it to some hot glue.

craft stick story fairies

craft stick story fairies

Now it is time to make the fairy wings. If you have the long craft pipe cleaners, cut it in half. Then bend it in the infinity shape or a figure 8.

Push the sides in a bit to make a little indentation for the wing shape. Put some hot glue in the center of the wings and glue it onto the back of your fairy.

craft stick story fairies

craft stick story fairies

Finally it is time to add some fun hair and the faces. My daughter helped to make these, so we kept the faces simple. We discovered that a sharpie marker bleeds a little on the craft stick, so we used a toothpick dipped in a big of black acrylic paint and drew on eyes and smiles.

The hair was the fun part. Just arrange it however you like, and attach it with the hot glue.  We used some wool and yarn scraps and made some crazy hair do’s. We thought it would make the story telling more exciting.

craft stick story fairies

Aren’t they fun?

They are the perfect size to play with and different from the usual finger puppets.

After we played a bit, Bean and I decided that these story fairies needed a special place to rest when they weren’t busy acting out stories.

So we made a cute box out of our craft sticks to store them in. Here is how we did it.


STORY FAIRY STORAGE BOX


SUPPLIES:

Medium sized craft sticks

Hot glue gun

INSTRUCTIONS:

First, line up 11 sticks vertically. Then, use the hot glue gun and attach a craft stick horizontally at the top and bottom of your 11 sticks.

This is the base of the box.

craft stick story fairies

To give depth to the box, glue a craft stick vertically on the right side, and another on the left side.

Next, line up a craft stick with the horizontal stick at the top, and glue it to the one that you just placed vertically. Do the same thing for the bottom.

Keep alternating and gluing your craft sticks horizontally and vertically until your box is deep enough to fit your craft stick story fairies.

craft stick story fairies

The lid is the final step. Line up another 11 sticks vertically.

Leave a space of about the width of three craft sticks (this helps the lid stay on and not just slip off) and glue a stick horizontally on the top. Do the same thing for the bottom.

craft stick story fairies

Now you have a cute little box to keep the story fairies in when they aren’t being used!

craft stick story fairies

The lid can be decorated any way that you want, or it could just be left plain.

We debated using glitter or paint, but instead we kept it simple and cut out some magazine letters to spell out “once upon a time” to decorate the lid. Bean had a fun time helping search for the perfect letters.

craft stick story fairies

These were both fun and easy to make. We are already thinking up different sets that we can make next.

If you decide to try this out, let me know how it went in the comments.


This is the first of several craft stick projects I will be sharing, so be sure to stay tuned for the next one!



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How To Sneak In Self Care When You Are Too Busy

Self Care when you are busy

I have to admit, these past two weeks were pretty tough.

I started a new contract position, and in addition to my other job, homeschool, and other regular mom duties, I was exhausted!

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Adding something extra to my routine threw me off, and I started to find it really hard to keep up, let alone carve out some time for my own self care.

I was quickly reminded that it is quite easy to get caught up in life and the changes that it brings. Which in turn makes it even easier to forget about setting aside time to recharge. I know that it is important, and that it might even help ease the stress of such a crazy schedule. However, when there seems to be a never ending to-do list, figuring out HOW to fit it in seems absolutely impossible!

I decided that making a list of quick and fairly easy things to do for a little recharge might be helpful. Sometimes, for me, figuring out what to do is half the battle.

Ideally, it would be helpful to have a little alone time for self care, but let’s be honest, with kids, it can be difficult to get a moment alone.

This list has a few things that can be done solo, but most can be done with a little one hanging out. Have them do the same activity, give them an independent craft project, or some solo reading time. This will enable you to have some time for a mini escape.

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20 Quick Self Care Ideas

  1. Create a morning ritual, start the day with a favorite coffee or tea.
  2. Get out some crayons or colored pencils, and color.
  3. Write in a journal. Jot down worries, and then, write out what you are grateful for.
  4. Put on some favorite music and have a dance party.
  5. Get some fresh air and Vitamin D. Walk, run, play and jump in the backyard or a park.
  6. Organize something.
  7. Work out or do some yoga or stretching.
  8. Give yourself a mani and pedi.
  9. Read a magazine or a few chapters of a book.
  10. Light some candles and take a bubble bath.
  11. Take a class that interests you. There are even some wonderful ones on YouTube!
  12. Treat yourself! Get some new sheets, or pajamas.
  13. Take some deep breaths and listen to a guided relaxation.
  14. Pet a furry friend.
  15. Buy or pick some beautiful flowers to help brighten your day.
  16. Lay in the grass and watch the clouds.
  17. Put on some relaxing music and soak your feet.
  18. Put on your pajamas, pour some wine (or hot cocoa) and watch a movie or favorite show.
  19. Play solitaire or do a cross word puzzle.
  20. Curl up in bed and take a nap.

There you have it! I hope that this list might provide some ideas on ways to fit self care into your busy schedule. If you have a favorite way to sneak in some relaxing, I would love to hear about it in the comments.


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