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5 Creative Books Every Teacher Will Love

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Believe it or not, this is the last week of school for many kids around the country. I think I can hear my nieces’ and nephews’ cheers all the way from Georgia! Instead of a mug with an apple on it or a personalized note pad, give your kids’ teachers something that will enrich them this summer…a beautiful book that inspires creativity. Here are the five DIY books that make me want to drop everything and create right now.

THE PLANT RECIPE BOOK: Baylor Chapman walks you through gorgeous green arrangements that will live and grow in your home all summer long.

PROJECT KID: Ok, another SSP (shameless self-promotion), but it really is a good book for teachers! Maybe they have kids of their own or they can just flip through it to get ideas for the next school year.

WISE CRAFT: Blogger Blair Stocker gives new life to old and often tattered flea-market finds, fabric scraps, and bits of nature. We all have some vintage hankies or rocks laying around that are begging to be crafted into something.

PAPER TO PETAL: Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell have put together one of the most beautiful craft books. Ever. You will be so amazed at how gorgeous these paper flowers are; and grateful that they will never die.

EAT & MAKE: Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine gives us a food and kitchen craft book that one day will be covered in olive oil stains and paint drips. There’s no more proof of a successful how-to book than that.

 

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What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day…

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

While I love to do posts about cute flower crafts for Mother’s Day, I simply can’t keep up the ruse that that’s what Moms really want on May 11th. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE crafts made by my children. I mean, I’ve made a career out of inventing craft ideas for kids (shameless plug…check out my new book, Project Kid!). But, if you want mom to really feel loved and appreciated, I say one (or more) of these 3 things will do the trick. (And don’t worry….you still get to be crafty!)

This is seriously the best product I’ve ever seen. On the back of the T-shirt is a road map. Lay on your stomach, preferably on a blanket in a quiet park, and actually invite your kids to drive their toy cars around the track. And voila! You’ve got a back massage. Made by the genius company, bky kid on Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast in bed is a lovely thing, but when your kids prepare your meal, sometimes you’re not quite sure what you’re eating. But, if you are served breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day with a chalkboard tray, food labels are easy as yogurt and granola! Found on Pinterest. (Any solid tray and a can of chalkboard paint will make this a family favorite!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing makes me grumpier than stepping on a lego or a toy car. The pain in my foot and the frustration in my heart are a bad combo. So listen up Dads! A Sunday of tidy toys is a gift that warms the heart and heals the instep. I found these awesome bags that have window panes so that the kids can see what’s what…too bad they are from Little Alligator on Made It in Australia. Anyone know of a product like this in the States? Inquiring minds want to know!

I know most of you reading this are moms. So my advice is just share this right on your Facebook page for all (read: your husband) to see!

Tell Mom she’s the best this Mother’s Day with this Most Valuable Mommy coloring card!

Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms

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What Makes YOU Happy?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I never really thought of the concept of HAPPY as a hot topic. Pinterest is full of “happy” mantras (see above), we teach our kids that when they’re happy and they know it, they should clap their hands, and we are constantly bombarded with advertisements for cars, candy bars, and clothing that lead us to believe that their product is the answer to the ever-present, but rarely asked question: What Makes YOU Happy?

In honor of the International Day of Happiness on March 20th, I think right now is a good time to ask, tell, and show the world your answer(s). Amazingly, this day was commissioned by the General Assembly of the United Nations to raise awareness that well-being and happiness are fundamental to human life. According to the poll on the Day of Happiness website that asks which is more important, happiness and wellbeing or money and stuff, 87% chose the former (thankfully). So it seems that collectively we get it—that material stuff, surface beauty, and flashy blingy bling won’t permanently turn a frown upside-down.

To join the movement and remind yourself what really makes you tick, upload your photographs to any social media with the hashtag #happinessday, and it will feed into this amazing collection of the world’s images of happiness. You can also just go into an old post and add the hashtag. (That’s what I did. A few times.)

So don’t look at March 20th as a day for extra emoticons on your texts and Facebook posts—really hit the pause button and take a moment to reflect on what makes YOU clap your hands.

P.S…it’s also the first day of Spring. I think there’d be an awful lot more happiness around if it actually felt like it!

Download our free happy kitty coloring page to celebrate the first days of Spring!

If You're Happy and You Know It
If You're Happy and You Know It
If You're Happy and You Know It

Top Row: 1, 2, 3Middle Row: 4, 5, 6Bottom Row: 7, 8, 9

 

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Happy Turkey Craft

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Ok, I know it’s 2 turkey-craft posts in a row, but we are about a week away from Thanksgiving and you NEED your new Thanksgiving turkey craft!

Clearly I have a thing for turkey crafts made in some part with yarn. I guess it’s because it’s cold outside and turkeys need to feel warm and cozy! I know his body looks like some fancy knitted technique, but, believe it or not, it’s made just from weaving multi-colored yarn in and out of cut slits from a plastic cup. Wanna make your own? Pop over to my blog Project Kid for instructions and some detail photos.

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