Button up! It may not be coat season quite yet, but if mama's got a drawer full of buttons, or if she's simply looking for an easy DIY project, those extra fasteners may be perfect for her next arts and crafts project! Check out these 10 cute-as-a-button crafts. We've got something for everyone!
What's the best way to get kids ready for a long car ride?
The upcoming Memorial Day holiday means many families will be traveling, and the preferred method of transportation seems to be by car. According to a AAA survey, 90 percent of travelers over the 2012-2013 year-end holiday traveled by car. That's 84.4 million people — and 26.7 percent of the total US population!
Not surprisingly, many Circle of Moms members are seeking advice on keeping kids happily occupied while buckled up. If you're headed on a long car trip soon, keep reading for six road-trip tips from well-traveled Circle of Moms members.
It's time to accept the cold, hard truth.
I'm not a crafty mom. I'll never be a crafty mom.
One of my goals for 2013 was to actually try some of my pins on Pinterest. I love looking through what other people have pinned, I love seeing good ideas, and I love pinning things of my own. However, I'm not great when it comes to following through and actually putting some of these great ideas into practice.
Therefore, I gave myself a goal. One pin per week.
At first, I was flying. I found several recipes that were hits with my family, from the 10-month-old to the picky 2-and-a-half-year-old to the 30-something husband. I tried a couple of cleaning tips (apparently blue Dawn plus warm vinegar is the cleaning elixir!). I wasn't just meeting my challenge — I was exceeding my challenge.
Then I realized that I had two boards I was great about adding pins to, but those boards remained untried: "Crafts I Can Handle" and "Crafts For the Kids." Hmm . . .
If Pinterest, Facebook, and many, many blogs written by moms are any indication, doing amazing crafts both with and for your kids is the new benchmark. Why spend your money on a bin from the store when you can cover an old diaper box? Why put hair bows in a drawer when you can work together and create a gorgeous hanger? A good mom is a crafty mom. She creates amazing products and engages her children in a wonderful way. They aren't just crafting — they are making wholesome, quality memories.
My toddler is part of an art playgroup. One of my friends has really embraced her inner preschool teacher/wholesome-crafty-mom persona. She gathers a group of 2-year-olds together, and every week we do something different. We paint with pine branches, we experiment with homemade puffy paint, we stamp with muffin tins, and we marble paint with shaving cream. The kids adore it.
I can do that . . . right?
One of the things I realized about myself last year was that stepping out of my comfort zone brings me unexpected joy and pride. Crafts are definitely out of my comfort zone, so it was time to try.
Is your office full of pint-size new additions today? It's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day across the country, and if your company participates and your children are of the right age (infants make very unreliable coworkers), then you just may be sharing your workspace for the day.
While some employers have jam-packed itineraries planned for the young visitors, it's likely that your eight-hour workday will have at least have some downtime for you and your little one. Here are 11 ways to keep your kids busy while you run into a meeting (or at least check your email).
Once you've made the decision to bring pint-size guests to a wedding, it's in your best interest (and theirs!) to keep them occupied with kid-friendly activities beyond cake, dancing, and bride watching. We've rounded up some amazing wedding activities just for kids, including scavenger hunts and I Spy, outdoor games, and favor kits that might just keep kiddos at the table during dinner. Keep clicking to check them all out!
For fun, entertaining activities that are easy on both your wallet and the environment, take a look at these eco-friendly arts and crafts! With a mix of upcycled household products, clever painting ideas, and new uses for old items, these creative crafts are a great way to celebrate the eco-conscious spirit of Spring. Next time you're looking for a simple rainy-day activity, turn to these 33 eco-friendly crafts for kids!
With warmer weather on the way, it's a perfect time to power down and unplug the kids' gadgets and games and send them outside for some fresh air and back-to-basics fun. To help, here are 12 surprisingly engaging activities that moms say keep their kids happily entertained outdoors. Bonus: many of them are free!
It's easy to get kids to help mom in the kitchen when cookies are involved! Here we're sharing seven ultra-easy cookie recipes that your child can make with you. From a simple-to-bake easy peanut butter cookie to egg-free cookies kids can knead and shape, these kid-friendly recipes are perfect for your next family baking adventure!
Looking for a fun new game the whole family can play? Here, moms dish on the best family board games — ones that keep both kids and parents engaged and entertained. From enduring classics we played as kids ourselves to new favorites involving labyrinths, train cars, and some serious strategic thinking, these 10 games will be surefire hits on your next family night.
With Passover just under a week away, we're gearing up for a festive holiday celebrating the exodus from Egypt. There's no better way to usher in a holiday than with some crafts the kids can make to get into the spirit. From colorful goblets for the night's special guest to a house made from matzo, here are eight crafts to make in preparation for the first night's Seder.