10 DIY Valentine ideas

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:

 

  1. “Doh you want to be my Valentine?” from The Wilson World
  2. “You’re tops in my book!” bookmark Valentine from Thirty Handmade Days
  3. “I dig you!” Valentine from Family Fun
  4. Match box Valentines from Inch Mark
  5. “You’re the apple of my eye!” from Twig & Thistle
  6. “This is a stick up!” Valentine from My Crazy Life as a Farmers Wife
  7. Straw bracelet from Living Locurto
  8. “I wheelie like you!” Valentine from Thirty Handmade Days
  9. “You light up my life!” Valentine from Design Sponge
  10. Candy rings from Hostess With The Mostess

 

 

Hope these ideas inspire you. :-)

 

Ashley Devonish

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DIY – Old shirt bibs

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?

 

Ashley Devonish

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5 New Easter Traditions

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.

1) Make an Empty Tomb cake.

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?

Ashley Devonish

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Artwork worth framing!

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!

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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4 steps to creating an “art wall” in your home

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Home Crafts, Kids Crafts, Organize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Monday, April 30, 2012

Last week I shared 7 steps to organizing your child’s art.  Now I want to share a fun way to display your child’s art.

(Total cost for this project is less than $30.00)

1) Start with a magnetic strip from The Container Store.

There are several sizes and styles but the exact one that I got was the Mighty Magnetic Strip ($12.99).  IKEA has something similar intended for kitchen knives however they look to be a little thicker (I like how thin the Mighty Magnetic Strip was).  There are some magnetic boards from IKEA that look to be nice and thin like mine is and the price is good too starting at $7.99.

2) Create your own custom magnets.

The strip that I bought comes with some very small, very powerful magnets.  However, because of the danger of magnets around children, I opted to make some larger ones.  To do this I found some family photos with smaller face images.  I cut the images into small squares and glued them to thin cardboard (such as a cereal box) to give them some added strength.  Finally, I glued the images to my magnets.  You can find more detailed instructions on making homemade photo magnets on a previous post from our blog.  Keep in mind that children’s art can be heavy so choose strong magnets (think construction paper with glued on lentil beans).


3) Add some vinyl lettering.

I wanted to make this area of the wall look intentional and give it some additional “pop” so I ordered custom vinyl lettering from Expressions By Elle.  I have ordered from Chauntelle in the past and have found her to be very easy to work with.  We emailed back and forth as she sent me examples with different fonts, colors, layouts and sizes for me to consider.  Although places like Target and Kohls are now starting to offer vinyl lettering, I love that I could create my own quote and specify the exact size and font for my project (PLUS I love supporting other work at home moms)!  Even better is that the overall price was about $14.00 which is at or below what I have seen at the big box stores.

Want to see more fun ways to use vinyl on your walls?  Do a search on Etsy for “vinyl wall decals” and you will be SO inspired by all the creative ways that they can decorate a wall!


4) Put it all together!

The final look is fun and “organized” while still being totally flexible.  The “art” can be displayed and then rotated as often as you like and when you are done, the art can go into your art bin!

When Hunter saw the finished “art wall” he said, “MOM, you put a tattoo on the wall??!!”

“I sure did buddy!”

Total project cost:
Magnetic strip: $12.99
Vinyl lettering: $14.00
Magnets: simply the cost of the photos (less than $1.00)
Total: just under $28.00

If you don’t already have a system for displaying your kid’s artwork, I hope you are inspired.  Next week Monday I will share an alternative idea that I am using in another location in our home that I think you will also enjoy.

How do you store or display your kid’s artwork?  If you liked this idea, consider pinning this post on Pinterest!

Heather Ledeboer

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