Fingerprint Bluebonnet Craft for Kids

Fingerprint Bluebonnet Craft for Kids

fingerprint bluebonnets

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It is always an exciting day when we spot the first bluebonnets in Texas.  We have a few around our house and at our church, but just gazing at the amazing bluebonnets over the ranches and plains is just breathtaking.  I'm a sucker for babies in bluebonnets.  Our usual bluebonnet spot was not so lush this year, but there were a few, so I plopped my sweet toddler down in them and took a few pictures!  (The other two boys were sick…thank you, Spring.)

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Simple Easter Bunny Wreath DIY – Made Out of Pruned Grapevines

Simple Easter Bunny Wreath DIY 

Easter Bunny Wreath DIY out of a grapevine

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A while back, I noticed that our grapevine was out of control.  It grows on the fence between our garden and carport, and it was so out of control that the boys had to push them back if they go out of Daddy's car.  It was almost like a jungle!  I enlisted the help of the Captain and D to prune the grapevine, which apparently you are supposed to do in the winter, anyway, to encourage new growth in the spring.

I taught the boys how to use the loppers to carefully trim the old vines that were growing right into the carport and our garden.  Traditional pruners would have worked too, but well, loppers are more fun to use and to say.  The Captain would prune off a few vines, then D would.  My little boys LOVE to cut things, especially big things like a grapevine!  After a lesson in where to cut, I let the Captain get a bit too comfortable and he lopped off a huge part of the vine, but hey, it happens.  It will grow again!

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Textured Basketball Craft – Get Ready for March Basketball Games!

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Textured Basketball Craft

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March means basketball, plain and simple.  We, along with millions of other Americans, will be watching the college basketball games this month, as well as our favorite professional team, of course!  The Captain also has a basketball tournament this week, so we are really into the basketball spirit!

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Easter Crafts for Kids via Pinterest

Easter Crafts for Kids via Pinterest

easter-crafts-for-kidsI love Easter crafts for kids!  Not only are little bunnies, eggs, and baskets super cute and fun to make, their bright, cheery colors can make anyone smile!  I have found some wonderful crafts that are simple enough to make with your little ones, or of course, you can definitely make them on your own to decorate your home for Easter.  I hope you will find a few (or all!) that you like and have the most wonderful, cheery Easter!

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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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Christmas Tree Craft for Kids and Our Favorite Christmas Books!

Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

We are always looking for fun crafts to do with the boys, especially those that take a little more time and helps them practice their fine motor skills.  I wanted to do a Christmas tree craft for kids, and the steps are pretty simple.  I took a technique we used to make this turtle with shell craft to make the texture on the tree.

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Making Memories Together: Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe and Picture Ornament Craft for Kids

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Making Memories Together:  Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe and Picture Ornament Craft for Kids
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Being the mom of three boys is sometimes tough.  Most often, they would rather be playing a game or kicking a ball with Daddy.  This weekend, however, Daddy is on a retreat and the boys are "stuck" with Mommy.  Sure, we can go outside and play ball or play a game, but I wanted it to be a special weekend, doing things to celebrate the holiday season and spending time together baking and doing crafts.  Sometimes I get in over my head, but that is okay, messes can always be cleaned up. 

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Throw a #StickAPic Photo Party for Teens!

Throwing a StickAPic Photo Party for Teens

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Throwing a Photo Party for Teens

Hubby is a youth minister and has events for the youth group often.  Yesterday, he threw a big area wide event for our youth group and five other churches.  Over 80 teens and pre-teens joined together to eat, worship, and have fun together!  Events like this are always a huge undertaking, but so much fun and well worth it.  I received a great StickAPic party supply box around the time he was planning the event, so we planned a fun photo party for the teens!  In the party box was HP ink, HP social media snapshots sticky photo paper, glue, decorations, plates, napkins, snacks, craft supplies and embellishments, and a Michael's gift card for purchasing extra craft supplies.

At first, I was not sure that the teens would be up for this idea, but it turned out great and they LOVED it!  I mean really, what teen doesn't love taking pictures?  The theme of the night was "Not Alone," about how even when we aren't with anyone, God is with us.  So the instructions were simple…find a friend or more and I'll take your picture for you.  (No selfies!)  We got a few props, which some used and some didn't:

Throwing a StickAPic  Photo Party for Teens

A friend made a vibrant backdrop out of PVC pipe, colored tablecloths, and decorations:

Throwing a StickAPic  Photo Party for Teens

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Glow-In-The-Dark Star Wars Pyramid Bean Bags

My little guys are really getting into "Star Wars."  It all started with "Angry Birds Star Wars," oddly enough, but now they're crazy about it.  So much so, that the Captain is going to be Darth Vader and D will be Luke Skywalker for Halloween.  Hubby loves the movies and while the boys haven't seen them yet, they love reading about Star Wars, hearing Daddy talk about it, and of course role-playing.  Hubby can't wait to see the new Star Wars movie!

A few months ago, I found some adorable Star Wars glow-in-the-dark fabric on eBay and knew I needed to get a project started for the boys.  I remember learning how to make pyramid bean bags in college in an Elementary Physical Education class, and I knew the boys would flip for Star Wars bean bags!  (I found this awesome glow-in-the-dark Darth Vader material on Amazon if you can't locate this particular print on eBay.)  Star Wars is HUGELY popular right now, in case you missed it, so you can probably easily find fabric that you love.  (Also, in the pictures, if you are wondering, is the awesomely cool Millennium Falcon from Playskool.  It has been a HUGE hit with all three boys.  It comes with R2-D2, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, and Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are sold seperately.)

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Make Better Choices on the Beverage Aisle {Plus a Beverage Bands DIY}

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DIY Beverage Bands

If one thing is for certain, our family stays well hydrated.  We all love our drinks, but admittedly, they're not always healthy.  I have made a concious efffort to start drinking more water and when I want a sweet drink, to make it a better beverage choice.  I know the boys are always watching…and waiting to have a sip of my drink, as well!  I need to be making good drink choices not only for me, but for my family.

Walmart has lots of drink choices, and some of my favorite healthier options are in the beverage aisle.  Right now, you can print a money saving coupon on some better-for-you drink options at Walmart.  Also, don't miss this great Ibotta offer.

Making Better Drink Choices

One of my favorite new finds is bai5.  I love the Brasilia Blueberry flavor!  There are only 5 calories per serving and it is non-GMO and naturally sweetened.  It has blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry juices for flavor and even has some caffeine in it (35 mg, like a cup of green tea, so not all that much.)  I also love the taste and convenience of bottled FIJI water!  And the taste of Snapple iced tea is awesome, and there are many different choices to fit your preferences and dietary needs, like the Diet Snapple iced tea.

While we are making healthier drink choices, the issue still exists that we can't keep track of which drink is ours.  That's fine, I guess, since we are all family, but with the holidays and sick season coming up, I wanted to create a way to keep track of our drinks.  The boys and I made some super cute DIY Beverage Bands that were very easy!

Better Drink Choices

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