By Ashley Devonish | Category: Favorite Lists, Home Crafts, Kids Crafts, New Products, Products, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015
I cannot wait to use this!!! My son Dominic has his 3rd birthday coming up on June 1st and I am in love with this Birthday Poster by Sticky Bellies. You can customize it and decorate it anyway you want. I also love that it is full poster size. You can buy some on Etsy for like $40 and they usually are only 8×10. The one from Sticky Bellies is only $18.99 and free shipping! I will definitely post pictures once I fill this bad boy in! Stay tuned…
- Simply fill out the details, hang on the wall, and snap a pic! All of your child’s details in just ONE cute pic!
- Adorable birthday party decor & unique keepsake
- 24″ x 36″ paper poster
- Make it your own with ANY markers, glitter, stickers, and other fun embellishments
- This keepsake product is not reusable as it is a matte paper optimized for flash photography. No laminate = no flash glare.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Kids Crafts, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Monday, February 10, 2014
10 DIY Valentine ideas
These are a few of my favorite DIY Valentine craft ideas from around the blogosphere:
- “Doh you want to be my Valentine?” from The Wilson World
- “You’re tops in my book!” bookmark Valentine from Thirty Handmade Days
- “I dig you!” Valentine from Family Fun
- Match box Valentines from Inch Mark
- “You’re the apple of my eye!” from Twig & Thistle
- “This is a stick up!” Valentine from My Crazy Life as a Farmers Wife
- Straw bracelet from Living Locurto
- “I wheelie like you!” Valentine from Thirty Handmade Days
- “You light up my life!” Valentine from Design Sponge
- Candy rings from Hostess With The Mostess
Hope these ideas inspire you.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, It Worked 4 Me, Kids Crafts, Moneywi$e, Surprize Me! | Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2013
DIY – T-SHIRT BIBS
I think this idea is genius! Its super easy and something that you can do with old shirts that you don’t want anymore. So its environmentally friendly too! Making bibs out of old T-shirts. No tools needed other than scissors. Simply cut around the neck of the shirt and down the front of the shirt making the bib as long as you would like. I guess if you were crafty and had a sewing machine you could finish the edges. I don’t sew so I am leaving the edges as they are. I love how it came out.
I found a couple other pictures on pinterest. So you can see that you can also make longer ones and in different shapes and sizes.
Have any of you tried this idea? How did it turn out?
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, Creating a Home, Family Focus, Kids Crafts, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I believe that building traditions strengthens families. It adds to the “special sauce” that makes your family unique from all others. Not only that but it is just plan fun to have things to look forward to on a daily, weekly or yearly basis.
This year, I have been on the hunt for some new Easter traditions to begin with our family. Easter is so rich with meaning. It simply makes sense that we should develop special ways to remember and celebrate Christ’s resurrection!
It can be easy to go overboard and try to do too much and unintentionally add stress where celebration should be abounding. Below are a few ideas that I have found and plan to try this year. I have jotted them down on the calendar, spacing them out, in the hopes of preventing this overload. However, I am going to make a point to abandon any activity that pushes us into the “stress” rather than the celebration side of things.
Not only is this cake adorable, but it looks like it will taste better than the Empty Tomb Cookies (shown below) that we made last year (they are a lot like divinity and I am not a big fan of all the sugar).
I did love the symbolism in the cookies however. If you are interested in going the route of baking something that magically becomes “empty”, another option that looks fun are these Resurrection Rolls.
2) Try making our own natural egg dye. I’ve meant to do this for a few years now but it takes some planning ahead so this year I am determined and already have my grocery list for the items I want on hand (such as canned beets). In the meantime, I am trying to ignore the box of Easter egg dye that I recently got at the dollar store. I found the Eco Crazy Mom blog and the Spoonful blog to be great resources for the ingredients I will need to have on hand for the natural version.
3) Watch a kid friendly version of the Easter Story. I have my own personal tradition of watching The Passion of the Christ movie on Good Friday. It never fails to cut me to the core and leave me breathless with gratitude for the sacrifice our Savior made on our behalf. However, I don’t believe that my kids are emotionally ready for the graphic display of torture that Christ endured. Thanks to the Life as a Mom blog I was directed to this website where we an watch a kid friendly Easter movie for free.
4) Read Benjamin’s Box while opening our Resurection Eggs If you don’t plan to use the eggs alongside the book, consider using the free printable by This Simple Home or this one by Play Eat Grow to easily make your own (the exact items and verses used by these blogs differ from those in the book). I have read several ideas on how/when to read this story along with the use of the eggs. I decided to follow the idea from Want What you Have and begin opening the eggs 11 days (the book highlights 11 different parts of the Easter story) before Easter with the last egg opened on Easter Sunday. I also prepared a “tree” as she did to hang the verses on that accompanied each daily egg. You can see the verses in a jar next to the base of the tree on our dining room table just waiting to be hung.
5) Make Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels. I had no idea that pretzels could be tied to Easter but according to Good Cheap Eats they tie in perfectly (pun intended). Click on over through the link provided to read more!
P.S. All these Easter ideas (and a few others) can be found here on my Pinterest page.
What Easter traditions does your family enjoy? Are there any you are thinking of trying for the first time this year so some you have abandoned along the way?
By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Home Crafts, Kids Crafts, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Monday, May 14, 2012
I have been meaning to have my kids do some artwork that I could frame for quite sometime. I finally decided this would be the week, no more putting it off.
My initial plan had been to let the kids use finger paint to create a painting on scrapbooking paper (or any paper that is acid free so that it won’t yellow over time) and then to let it dry and frame it for the wall. However the homemade finger paint that I attempted to use was too thick I came up with a “plan B”. I went to Target and purchased a frame with a mat. I opened up the frame, removed the mat and allowed them to paint it any way that they wanted to with their crayola paints. It was fun to see how great they both turned out even though they were so different!
We allowed the mat to dry and then I marked it with their name and date. Then I chose a recent photo of them and placed it in the mat and put it back in the frame. The end result turned out really awesome. I love that I have both a personal art piece but I also see how old they were at the time that they created it! I decided that they turned out so well that I purchased another frame for them to paint as a gift for my moms birthday. An idea like this could also be fun as a class gift to a teacher (each child could add a few fingerprints or brushstrokes) with the class photo enclosed. If you have additional ideas, please share and feel free to pin this post on Pinterest!