Posts Tagged ‘ DIY ’

April Showers

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I know, I know—it isn’t April anymore. But the baby shower I attended in Arlington, VA. this past Saturday was on April 30, so I feel this title still applies.

I have to preface this post by saying I had only been to one baby shower before this past weekend, so admittedly I have very little expertise in the field. Still, I feel pretty confident in saying that this one was fabulously fun. The party throwers (sister of the Mom-to-be, Lisa, and best friend of the Mom-to-be, Bailey) made sure to add plenty of personal touches and surprises for Alison, so that the day really felt special, and not generic.

Another post preface—I am not now, nor have I ever been, a crafty person. However, this past weekend I crafted like my life depended on it. And let me tell you, I feel quite ready should another baby shower appear on the horizon (I’m talking to you, sister!).

Read on to see some of the personal touches Lisa and Bailey came up with, and feel free to steal them for your own party planning.

And check out the Etsy shop that created the banner above here.


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Cute (and Cheap) Easter Garland!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I love paint chips, and I especially love crafting with them. Check out this happy Easter Egg garland made by Modern Parents Messy Kids. Visit the site (or just look at these photos) for the very easy how-to. You can hang this garland on your mantle, front door, or in the trees near the egg hunt!

Found via Design Mom

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Gardening Fun for Kids: Windowsill Peas

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Screen shot 2011-03-22 at 10.56.33 AMYou might not associate temperatures in the 40s with gardening, but mid-March is actually the perfect time to plant peas, according to gardening expert Rebecca P. Cohen, author of the new book, Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. She recommends planting them in containers outside or, if it feels too nippy to be digging in your garden, on a windowsill. It’s an easy project for little ones to help out with—and peas are one of the most exciting vegetables to grow (add a stake to each container, and your kids will enjoy watching the peas vine up the sticks over the coming weeks). If you don’t want to deal with soil, you can even use wet newspaper with the seed pressed up against the glass, Cohen notes. Within seven days, your seed will sprout!

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How to Save Money on Halloween Costumes for 2010

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Avatar Jake Sully Halloween costumeUh oh. Halloween’s around the corner and you still don’t have any Halloween costumes for your family.    

We love the affordable, easy, and do-it-yourself Halloween costume ideas available at, the website for a national chain store that specializes in secondhand and gently-used clothes and accessories.

For parents who can’t make it to Savers locations to meet costume consultants, the website has printable costume and makeup tutorials on how to create unique, inexpenPrincess Halloween costumesive, and memorable Halloween looks for everyone from parents to pets. 

By following the simple costume shopping lists and step-by-step makeup instructions, the whole family can be transformed into popular characters from “Avatar,” “Toy Story 3,” or “Sesame Street.” There are also handy tutorials on creating annual Halloween costume favorites such as superheroes and princesses in addition to creating a Steampunk costume, a trend that combines elements of the Victorian era with science fiction.

For budget-conscious families, parents can still save money and time without sacrificing style and personality.  Plus, saving on Halloween costumes for 2010 will mean having enough on the side to plan for next year!

Get inspired by other Halloween costume ideas on

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Magic Tricks for Parents (Part 2)

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Did you get the hang of the thumb-sliding trick yet?  Fun, huh? Professional magician Rory Wheeler is back to share two more magical illusions that are easy to learn and have a big pay-off with your kids–one could even help with getting your children to eat their veggies (now that’s magic).  Check out the video below to see how.

Click here to see a video of the first two tricks, and pick up the September issue of Parents for step-by-step instructions on how to do all these illusions.

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Magic Tricks for Parents (Part 1)

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Want to be the cool mom or dad at your child’s next playdate? You’ve come to the right place—we have some tricks up our sleeve to help. Well, technically professional rockstar magician Rory Wheeler does. He’s been performing for kids for years, and he recently shared his secrets with us in the September issue of Parents. Check out the video below for the simple steps to tricks that will wow your child.

See our next installment of DIY illusions on GoodyBlog by clicking here. And for the full story, pick up a copy of Parents on newsstands now.

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Enter our Craftiest Mom Photo Contest

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

pmm_splash_craftiestmom_burstCan you build a small village from Popsicle sticks, take a whirl around the backyard and find 12 different craft supplies, or look through the recycling bin and envision musical instruments? If so, then we want YOU to enter our Craftiest Mom Contest!

This summer, we’re on a nationwide search for the craftiest mom (or dad) out there! If you think you’re it, upload as many as 6 photos of your coolest craft that you enjoy doing with your kids, along with complete craft instructions by August 9, 2010. Our grand-prize winner will be featured in a future issue of Parents magazine and will receive a $300 gift card from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Your crafty panel of judges includes: Amanda Kingloff, Parents’ Lifestyle Director; Genevieve Gorder from HGTV’s Dear Genevieve (catch her show Saturdays at 8:30/7:30c); Cassi Griffin from The Crafty Crow; and Nizzi Renaud from Etsy.

But there isn’t just one chance to win—three other crafters will be chosen by the community and will take home a $150 gift card from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores! Enter to win at

Get ready, get set, CRAFT! We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!

Click here to read the official rules. Happy Crafting!

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Earth Day Craft Extravaganza

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Crafty Crow is doing a great series of posts asking the question “What can you make with ______?”. These are the perfect eco-crafts for, you guessed it, Earth Day! (That’s tomorrow if you forgot!) Now go root through your recycling bin and get crafty!


Beautiful bottle cap crafts.


Egg-celent egg carton crafts.


Precious plastic crafts.


Whimsical wine cork crafts.

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