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10 Amazingly Clever Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

When I saw this collection of homemade halloween costumes on Oh Happy Day, my jaw dropped. Each one is better than the next, and while they may take some time, most of them are pretty easy to do. The strongman costume (above) is simply one of my all time faves. Take a look at the other nine! You can click on the links below for directions for the individual costumes.

1. A Field of Flowers | 2. An Airplane | 3. The Red Balloon | 4. A Fluffy White Cloud | 5. Little Artists | 6. A Strongman | 7. A Snail | 8. The Eiffel Tower | 9. A Classic Robot | 10. A Clown

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Unique Leaf Crafts for Kids

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Every fall, I’m always a little late on the leaf crafts. There is such a small window where I live of when the leaves are a true rainbow array of colors, and there are so many lovely things to do with orange, yellow, green, and even brown leaves. Here are a few of my favorites from FamilyFun.

The lovely leaves above were pressed in a heavy book for about ten days (you can see how I miss the boat every year, right?) and then decorated with a metallic paint pen. How lovely would these be hanging in a float frame?(FYI, a float frame is a glass-to-glass frame that’s great for projects like this.)

Flower crowns are lovely in the spring, but don’t ignore the leaves for you little woodsy prince or princess! The leaves stay in their raffia crown without glue, so when some go bad, it’s easy to swap them out.

Test your child’s scavenger skills by challenging him to create a rainbow of leaves (blue might be pushing it). Line them up on a log or even outside on the front stoop. Lay rocks on top to prevent them from blowing away. (Idea from Lisa Jordan of lilfishstudios.com)

 Now do you feel the urgency to get out and find those lovely leaves of orange and gold? I certainly do!

 

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Make: Printing with Apples

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Those three things pictured in the above photo?  These supplies are all you need to make adorable wearables.  Apple season is fast approaching, so I wanted to share this project with you so it is on your mind when the sweet, crisp, beauties start rolling in.

Cut an apple in half and coat it with a thin layer of paint before printing.  I cut the leaf shape out of the other half of the apple.

Use your new stamp to decorate onesies

or t-shirts

or anything that is begging to be printed on (napkins, tea towels, stationary, cloth bags, etc.).  Just be mindful to heat set the fabric paint after it is completely dry.  You’ll find directions on the back of the container of fabric paint.

Perfect for giving as gifts, these are easy and so fun to make with your little and big ones.

Hooray!

-Emily

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Best Summer Snack: Berry Smoothie

Friday, August 16th, 2013

We are deep in berry smoothie season at our house. They make a protein rich addition to lunch, breakfast, or even dinner, and with colors like deep purple and bright pink, the kids are sold.

These naturally sweet, nutritious yogurt smoothies are inspired by the incredible berry season we have in New England. Our berry season begins in late spring/early summer with strawberries, moves to raspberries, then blueberries, and now blackberries.  We have large raspberry and blackberry brambles in our backyard, which makes smoothie season extra exciting for my family.

My recipe:

1 ripe banana

1 cup of berries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 cup yogurt (whole milk or low fat)

1/2 cup of milk (low fat or skim)

1 t of maple syrup (to taste)

Options: add flax seed for extra nutrition, substitute the milk for soy milk, almond milk, or juice,  add ice if the berries are not frozen.

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and frothy.

Yum!

Happy Friday,

Emily

 

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5 Bright Spots: Toy Boat Crafts for Kids

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

 

In celebration of moving into the second full month of summer, I’ve collected some lovely boat crafts for you to make and play with. Build them and set them free on your favorite creek, pond, stream, or puddle. Surely, the boats will lead your kids on wild, summer adventures! And, while you’re sailing the high seas with an imaginary crew,  consider reading The Wind in The Willows together.  The pages are filled with woodland critters on boats, which is part of why it is one of my favorite story books!

1. This Twig Boat (pictured above)  is magical and fun!

2. A Cork Boat! Brilliant!

3. Nutshell Sailboats.  Ariana makes her sweet boats with hickory nuts.  I’ve seen them made with walnut shells as well.

4. These Milkweek Pod Boats that my daughter made in the spring!

5. Traditional Origami Boats  with a how-to video in the post!

Ahoy, captain!

-Emily

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