• Tips for Painting with a Toddler
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    Tips for Painting with a Toddler

    Painting is one of my favorite activities to do with Dorian. I’ve heard that many parents tend to shy away from painting due to time issues and the mess. Here are a few tips to ease your worries and get you making timeless memories with your little one. Expect a Mess I know this is much easier said than done, but if you already have it in your head that there will be a giant mess then it won’t feel so dreadful afterwards. This is always my first step to painting with Dorian. I make sure we have enough time to paint, have lots of fun, and clean up after.…

  • Toddler Christmas Tree Craft
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    Toddler Christmas Tree Craft

    Creating Christmas decorations with my son has become one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. We’ve colored, painted, stickered, stamped, and glued almost every kind of craft material possible this year. I have tried to come up with as many hands on activities as possible for him over the last two months. His attention span is growing and when he finds an activity he likes he becomes completely consumed by it. While other times, some activities are just not his thing or he has grown board with the routine of that particular challenge. This activity was one that he didn’t find too much interest in, maybe he was…

  • Our Christmas Advent
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    Our Christmas Advent

    Our Christmas advent is something I started last year when Dorian had just turned 1 and we are continuing it this year. I see this being a great family tradition for many years to come. The idea doesn’t require a lot of preparation and it’s easy to keep up with even when things get busier towards the end of the month. One of the great things about this advent it that is can be done by any age, seriously from 1 to 100. Also my other favorite part about this is that it doesn’t cost a lot. My total was only $3 for the entire thing, being that I already…

  • Snowman Door
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    How To Make A Snowman Door

    Grab your scissors, construction paper, pen, and double sided tape we are going to make a snowman! This snowman door project only took me about 30 minutes total and that includes the time it took me to find all of the necessary tools. It was completed while Dorian was napping and I still had time left over to relax before he woke up. This project was fun and extremely easy to make. To make sure the circles and lines were even I traced different objects from around the kitchen. I used a coffee can for the eyes, a small cups for the mouth pieces, and an envelope for the straight…

  • Simple Santa Craft
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    Simple Santa Craft

    It’s becoming very Christmasy around our house, despite the fact that it’s 83 degrees outside. I’ve been crafting, Dorian has been creating, and Daddy has been relaxing enjoying the view. I have a cute, quick, and cheap Christmas craft to help brighten up your holiday decor. Supplies: Cardboard (I used diaper boxes because I have too many of them just stacked up waiting to be crafted with.) Acrylic Paint (Red, Black, and Yellow) Scissors Glue Vinyl (optional, you could paint this part or just leave it blank as well) The great thing about this craft is that you can make it any size you need. This project is so simple…

  • My First 3D Cut File
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    My First 3D Cut File

    When I first found out about the Silhouette Cameo I was completely amazed. I had to have one. It was five months until my son was to be born and my mind flooded with all the neat things I could make for him. When the machine arrived I played, tinkered, cried, and yelled at it. Of course I needed time to learn all about this new machine, but I’m very impatient. I had a lot of fun my first few cuts, but when I hit my first mistakes I got very frustrated and gave myself some time off. When I came back to it I was very pregnant and didn’t…

  • Little Felt Pumpkins
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    Little Felt Pumpkins

    Little Felt Pumpkins Super quick, easy, and cheap fall craft here. For this I used the leftover scraps from the stuffed candy corn project. And to make it really easy I just cut out circles and ovals freehand from the orange felt and rectangles and trapezoids from the yellow felt for the stems. To make the stems and eyes stick I used hot glue, craft glue didn’t hold. It took me about 15 minuets total to make them all and only about 60 seconds of Dorian having them before googly eyes were ripped off and flying across the room. He thought that was the activity. 🙄  We used the pumpkins…

  • Pumpkin Painting
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    Pumpkin Painting

    Pumpkin Painting These last few weeks I have been busy making Halloween crafts and Dorian has been right next to me either doing his own crafts or playing with all the materials. I really hope he keeps an interest in these sort of things. It will make for smoother more active days I know that for sure. We have taken a bit of a break from painting lately since he seemed to have lost interest for a while there. When I came across this wood pumpkin though, I knew it would be perfect for him to paint and maybe it would spark his interest again. It started off as a…

  • Cardboard Halloween House
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    Cardboard Halloween House

    Cardboard Halloween House Instructions say 30 mins to complete. It took me 3 days, two trips to the store, and about 590 ‘leave that alone’s. Even more it took me two, no four, days to just write this post. That’s life with a toddler. All that aside, I finally finished my first Halloween house and I’m super excited to share it. To make this house I used a cereal box, acrylic matte paint, and Elmer’s Craftbond Dual Tip Clear Glue Pen. Here are the photos of my process. If you like this design and want to create one of your own you can find the cut file here. Monica is very talented…

  • Easy Candy Corn Plush
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    Easy Candy Corn Plush

    Easy Candy Corn Plush About three or four years ago, when I was first learning to sew, I made a really cute little candy corn plush. I had a lot of good feed back on it so I wanted to try to make another one this year. My sewing machine has been packed away for over 2 years now and I’m not up for pulling it out yet so I needed a different approach. A few weeks back I came across a video of someone mending a hem with hot glue. I have used no-sew ironing strips before but never thought about hot glue. Felt seemed like it could work…