Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School: 25 Snacks & Lunchbox Ideas



When I was in school I couldn’t wait for pizza day in the school cafeteria, unfortunately that was the only thing I looked forward to! A lot has changed since then and I’m always encouraged when I read stories about the healthy, wholesome foods being served to kids today.

If you’re little ones are still at home, homeschooled, or prefer to pack their own lunch, there is bound to be a new recipe or snack idea below you can add to your repertoire.
  1. Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies
  2. White Trash Bars
  3. Baked Crab Rangoons
  4. Peanut Butter Bread
  5. Gluten Free Protein Bites
  6. Free Lunch Box Notes
  7. 125 Healthy Lunch Ideas Printable
  8. Peanut Butter Granola Bars
  9. Cranberry White Chocolate Granola Bars
  10. Rio 2 Themed Bento Box
  11. Puppy Themed Bento Box
  12. Soft Pretzels
  13. Southwest Turkey Wrap
  14. Freezing PB&J Sandwiches
  15. Pirate Themed Bento Box
  16. Ham and Cheese Biscuit Bites
  17. Carrot Cake Cookies
  18.  Easy Lunchbox Kabobs
  19. Healthy Lunch Box Ideas
  20. Pumpkin Dip
  21. Gluten-Free Applesauce Snack Cake
  22. Gluten-Free Arugula Cheddar Muffins
  23. Leek and Parmesan Muffins
  24. Roasted Garlic Hummus
  25. Hermit Cookies

Monday, July 28, 2014

Back to School: 30 Crafts, Activities, and Organization Projects



One of the many benefits of homeschooling is the ability to set your own schedule. Next week we will begin our 2014-2015 school year. It’ll be slow going at first as we ease back into things but in a few weeks we'll be humming along like a well-oiled machine. And though the kids don’t share my enthusiasm to get started, I am sure I’ll be hearing “I’m bored” less often. 

This week to celebrate the start of a new year I’ll be sharing three round-ups featuring over 75 tutorials, from learning activities to lunchbox recipes we’ve got it all covered! Here is the first collection featuring games, activities, storage and organizational projects, classroom crafts, and school supply crafts. 
  1. Fall Trees and Colorful Leaves
  2. Counting Chart (Free Printable)
  3. Shapes and Lowercase o Activity
  4. Sprouting Seeds Activity
  5. Corn On The Cob Craft
  6. Stop and Go Learning Game
  7. Dr. Suess Bookmarks (Free Printable)
  8. DIY Magnetic Alphabet
  9. Bee Themed Number Matching Game  
  10. Night Time Science For Kids
  11. Native American Study  
  12. Hieroglyphic Alphabet Magnets
  13. Smiley Backpack Tag
  14. Button Monogram Back to School Tote
  15. Decorating a Composition Notebook
  16. Mod Podge Book Cover Craft
  17. Denim Pencil Can
  18. Pencil Bookmarks
  19. Favor-”ette”: Magnetic Craft Caddy
  20. Easy DIY Personalized Pens
  21. Colorful Bookcovers
  22. Backpack Gift Sets
  23. Big Bang Theory Inspired Pencil Cup
  24. Homeschool Cubbies
  25. Recycled Tube Desk Caddy
  26. Homework Station
  27. Refrigerator Command Center
  28.  T-shirt Binder
  29. Mommy Cards
  30. DIY Dry Erase Board 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Camp Craft: Leaf Jewelry

#CampCraft Leaf Jewelry  #kidsactivity #kidscraft #craftlightning

Maybe it starts raining, maybe kids are complaining they’re bored, or maybe you just want a moment when everyone is sitting in one place! Whatever the reason when you go camping bringing along a craft may seem like a hassle, or one more thing to pack, but it will be a sanity saver halfway through your trip! Leaf jewelry is a great project for both girls and boys that requires little, celebrates nature, and doesn’t make a mess!

Gathering supplies to make leaf jewelry lets little hands get out and explore the nature around them, as well as providing the perfect opportunity to warn and educate them of poisonous plants, and it is the most time consuming aspect of this CRAFT LIGHTNING! project.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Garden Party Craft Ideas #PartyCraftHOA



As mentioned, this week I’m taking part in a series of Crafty Hangouts featuring labels provided by Online Labels. Here are five projects that can be tailored to fit any upcoming get together! In addition, be sure to read below to find out how you can enter to win one of three $100 gift cards!

If you just watched the video I know what you’re thinking…this should’ve been entitled No Printer Needed Party Crafts! I have to admit the more I played with the labels the more I realized my ideas were only limited by my imagination! Online Labels has such a wide array of shapes and colors you really don’t need a printer to create customized, one of a kind party supplies. Here’s a quick rundown of the projects featured in the hangout and the supplies you need to create them for yourself.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Crafty Hangouts Returns!

Okay, so technically Crafty Hangouts didn’t go anywhere I did.  I went and had a baby which threw my “I’m so done with having babies please don’t even ask me to babysit” world into a tailspin. Things are settling now, I mean really settling. We’ve almost got a nap schedule down, I don’t turn into the human fountain every two hours, and sometimes…sometimes I get to use my arms simultaneously – meaning Desmond isn’t in one or both of them.

But enough about me.

This week those awesome ladies at Crafty Hangouts have put together a collection of bloggers who will be sharing party craft ideas featuring labels provided by Online Labels! Of course I’m one of those creative crafters and in just a couple days I’m going to be sharing a handful of projects for your next garden themed party. (You’ll also be able to watch the hangout via my YouTube channel or my Google+ page.)

To get in on the fun be sure to check out the Crafty Hangouts  website,  Crafty Hangouts Pinterest board, or by searching #partycrafthoa on Google Plus all week long.  Here is a list of  bloggers who will be a part of this series: 

+Angie Holden
+Carolina Moore
+Niki Knows
+Amy Buchanan
+Laura Kuhlmann
+Ashley Phipps
+Adrianne Surian
+Jessica Hill
+Randi Dukes
+Tanner Bell
+Rhonda Greene
+Jennifer Priest
+Denise Murtha
+Morena Hockley
+Cyn Gagen
+Evey A

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances instead of one week of awesomeness there will be two! Hangouts have been spread out over the next two weeks!