Holiday crafts for the kids: a week of Christmas on Pinterest

What would I be doing without Pinterest?! I have found so many awesome ideas on there for Christmas this year that I decided I had an entire week of fun stuff to show off 🙂 Coming up: gift wrapping ideas, decor, and gifts. Click each picture to get to the pin for more info/tutorials:




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Advent calendar activities for kids

A few days ago I posted pictures of our festive holiday decor–mainly homemade crafts I did with Ryan–and one of them was an advent calendar. Instead of candy, each day of December until Christmas offers a new activity to do as a family.

I used red foam board and cut it in half (or close to it) with an x-acto knife. That left one edge a little raw looking so I glued a fuzzy red ribbon around all

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Steve and I counted last night… we have moved 7 times in the last 5 years. At each new place, we knew it would be temporary. First, we were in Iowa finishing school, then we moved back home and were renting. So we’ve never felt like we’ve had our own place and because of that, we’ve never really gotten into decorating. We’ve paid monthly for a storage unit for the last 2 years and most of our decor things were kept in there.

As some of you know, we finally

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Homemade playdough goo tutorial

When we took a road trip 5 hours from here, I wanted LOTS of things for Ryan to do in the car so he’d stay happy (and I’d stay sane). I thought of making homemade play-doh, but thought that could get messy in the car so I made something similar–GOO!

And since we used it on a road trip, I kept the goo in plastic bags. Maybe not AS fun for the kid, haha, but still lots of fun to mix up and smoosh around! TIP:

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How to make a pregnant skeleton costume for Halloween

Pregnant Skeleton Costume

A long time ago my friend Kristin emailed me a Halloween costume idea and I fell in love. It was a homemade pregnant skeleton costume–complete with a skeleton baby–and a matching set for the dad with whatever he loves in his belly! I was dead set on making these for us and with Halloween still months away, I thought I had PLENTY of time even though we were closing on a new house on Halloween.

I was

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Thanksgiving craft ideas

I remember doing crafts with my mom when I was a kid, but don’t think I’m particularly a crafty person. Or, at least, I wasn’t. But now that I’m a stay-at-home mom? I love doing projects with Ryan and it’s something fun to fill our days. He gets really proud of things he has made, too!

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas:

leaf printed napkins

Stuff cheap placemats with stuffing and sew

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Craft time! DIY spider shirts for Halloween

I saw this idea on the Babies Rabies blog–she made them for Halloween last year and I thought they would be such a fun project to do with Ryan! And a great way to look like the nerdiest family ever, all in matching spider-hand-print orange t-shirts, haha.

First: find some plain orange shirts! I went to Walmart first–mistake #1. I couldn’t find any! But I had awesome luck at Target. Ryan’s shirt was on sale for $6, mine was on sale for $8 and

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