Easy DIY No Sew Paw Patrol Shirt with Free Template Printables

Easy DIY No Sew Paw Patrol Shirt with Free Template Printables

DIY Paw Patrol Shirt

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Baby Brother is CRAZY about Paw Patrol!  Every day he asks for his favorite show, to wear his favorite Paw Patrol shoes, and he loves to pretend to be the Paw Patrol.  I found some super cute fabric and wanted to turn it into a customized t-shirt for him.  But first, I needed a template because I am not too great at freehand.  

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Free Football Themed Planner for Kids – Student Planner and Reading Log Printables

Free Football Themed Planner for Kids – Student Planner and Reading Log Printables

The Captain is 7 now and it has become VERY obvious in recent years that he THRIVES when using a schedule.  I homeschooled for his kindergarten year, and the days that we got the most done were the days that I made a checklist and schedule for him.  He did his work, went down the list, and felt a sense of security, I think, from knowing what he needed to know and what was expected of him.  He is in public school this year, and really thriving because he has an organized teacher and usually he knows the schedule and what is expected of him.  Also, he loves football and is, of course, thrilled about the upcoming Superbowl, even though his team isn't going this year.  That's why I am so excited to share with you these football themed planner printables for kids!  

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The ULTIMATE Valentine’s Day Roundup!

The ULTIMATE Valentine's Day Roundup

Ultimate Valentine's Day Roundup

One of my favorite blogging communities has done what true communities do best….teamed up and formed the ULTIMATE Valentine's Day Roundup!  The Social Fabric community is full of fantastic bloggers with amazing DIYs, crafts, tutorials, recipes, printables, activities, and more.  This is the best of the best when it comes to Valentine's Day!  Take a look and you are sure to find something that you truly love!

 

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Make Sure That Your Kids Get Proper Nutrition and Vitamins…Without a Fight {Giveaway, Too!}

Make Sure That Your Kids Get Proper Nutrition and Vitamins…Without a Fight

Make Sure That Your Kids Get Proper Nutrition and Vitamins Without A Fight

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We all face different challenges with our kids, and if you have more than one child, you know that every child is different.  We did just about the same thing in regards to feeding the boys with our older two, and somehow, D is the better eater.  He will try almost anything once, loves broccoli, milk, salmon, and kefir, and I feel like he is getting the nutrition and vitamins that his body needs to grow healthy and strong.  The Captain, on the other hand, is not likely to try new things, turns up his nose at food often, and would live off of bread and sweets if we let him.  I do not want to label him as "picky," but he is definitely a food snubber.

What happened and why are they so different?  I am not sure, so I cannot tell you, in all honesty!  We served them both pureed baby foods, both were breastfed and formula fed, both had a sensitivity to milk that they have seemed to grow out of, and they turned out completely different.  (While the verdict is still out with Baby Brother, I tried a different approach with him, baby-led weaning, to try to avoid the food snubbing as his oldest brother does.  I'll fill you in when he's 5.  ha!)

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Vanilla Valentine Popcorn … with a Spicy Kick!

Vanilla Valentine Popcorn with a Spicy Kick!

Vanilla Valentine Popcorn

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I was playing around with some different things in the kitchen, and made a delicious treat with a bag of microwave popcorn and a few other ingredients.  This vanilla Valentine popcorn would be a great teacher or neighbor gift, class party snack, or a special afternoon snack for your family on Valentine's Day..or any day of the year!  The color can be changed with each batch you make!

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Book and Journal Keeper – Keep Books Safe and Little Brothers Out! “The Plans I Have For You”

Book and Journal Keeper

Book and Journal Keeper

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The Captain is 7 and loves to read.  He has really loved discovering the world of chapter books this year!  Often times we find him after we thought he was asleep, reading his Star Wars book, the Bible, or a book about animals or the solar system.  Reading is such a gift and I am glad that he has found this love and is confident as a reader.

One problem that we have run into, however, is that he has two little brothers that love books, as well, but in different ways!  While D is gentle with books and loves sounding out words, Baby Brother is two and very destructive!  He loves to look at books, yes, but he also loves to throw them, drop them, and he is learning that we do not rip pages or color in books that are not coloring books.  That's a tricky thing for a toddler to learn, isn't it?
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Celebrate the Lunar New Year in a Special Way at Best Buy!

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Every event is a call for a celebration, and the Lunar New Year is no different.  The Lunar New Year not only celebrates the beginning of the year, but also the ending of winter and the highly anticipated arrival of SPRING!  I know I am ready for Spring and I'm sure you are, too.  

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays celebrated in Asian countries, and worldwide.  Best Buy wants to celebrate with employees, customers, and communities by offering a very special gift card and egift card design.  What a way to bring good luck to someone you know!

Lunar New Year egift card

The Lunar New Year, which is based on the phases of the moon, falls on February 8th, 2016 of our Gregorian calendar.  Best Buy is helping celebrate the event with an Asian-inspired gift card and eGift card, available for purchase or gifting from BestBuy.com through February 13th, 2016.  

Surprise someone you know who celebrates the Lunar New Year with this festive gift card!

Best Buy Lunar New Year egift card
 

Do You Buy Clothes For Toddlers When They Have Older Siblings?

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Do You Buy Clothes For Toddlers When They Have Older Siblings?

Clothes for Toddlers

If there is one thing that we have been blessed with, it is clothes.  People love to buy clothes for babies and if you are lucky, a family with an older child will give you some awesome hand-me-downs.  With three boys all born in the fall, I thought we were set with clothes forever.  Baby Brother is #3, and I have been finding that clothes are definitely worn out, well loved, and stained, despite my efforts to take care of them, after two rambunctious toddlers.  He is also a little bigger than the other two were, so he is needing certain sizes at different times of the year than the other two did.  I looked through his winter clothes recently and found that he really needed more long sleeved shirts!  I was honestly in shock that there was not much available.

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Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – An Easy DIY Craft for the Non-Crafter!

Valentine's Day Verse on Burlap

Valentine's Day Verse on Burlap

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I love making small crafts with the boys, but I definitely stick with crafts for kids and easy crafts.  I went out on a limb and made this cute Valentine's Day verse on burlap and while it could be jazzed up a lot, it was pretty simple and even the non-crafter could tackle this one!

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Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies – Keep Some On Hand For A Quick Snack and Protein Boost!

Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies

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Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies

The holidays have come and gone, and like most people, the hubby and I made a lot of unwise food choices.  We started the new year off with a "healthy eating plan" and are making wiser choices!  It is going quite well, however my sweet tooth always tries to talk me into making delicious desserts and snacks.  That is why I made this recipe for Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies!  They are a sweet, smart treat and a great snack to have on hand.  They contain plant-based protein, as well as protein from the gelatin, so it's a double dose!

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