Chalkboard Coasters

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Want a quick and easy project that also makes a great gift?  Chalkboard coasters. I got these wood sliced coasters at World Market awhile back (but you could easily find yourself a log and saw it up)  and grabbed some of my DecoArt chalkboard paint. I just squeezed some of the paint onto the coaster and painted it up to the bark border.  I let it dry for a couple hours. After it was dry, I rubbed some chalk across it to … [Read more...]

Dash and Dot Robots Review

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My kids got the Dash and Dot Robots for Christmas and it's been a big hit!  (Read this introductory post to refresh your memory about them.)  So far, it's kind of like having a pet.  Only way easier to take care of!  But it's been kind of like training a dog to do tricks. I took some videos so you can see just exactly what we've been doing... This toy is such a great toy for teaching kids to learn how to program and code.  It's a … [Read more...]

A Child’s First Phone

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This post is sponsored by Tracfone, all opinions are my own. There was a day when my six year old boy walked over to his friend's house, just around the corner, by himself.  When it was time to come home, I texted my friend to send him home.  He didn't show up.  I walked around the entire neighborhood searching for him.  Finally I went home and he was there.  He had stopped at another friend's house which caused him to be late.  This was a … [Read more...]

A Dash and Dot Robot for Christmas

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Christmas is right around the corner.  Have you finish shopping for your children?  My kids can look forward to a variety of presents that encourage different skill building activities.   I'm excited to see them discover what they get.  But one gift I'm really excited to give them is one that will definitely help develop their brain--a Dash and Dot Robot!   Watch this cool video and see just what the Dash and Dot Robot can do! We recently … [Read more...]

20 Thoughtful Neighbor Gift Ideas

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Usually I do a super easy neighbor gift or skip it altogether. Sometimes Christmas is just such a hectic time of year that you have to cut your losses and decide which things are really a priority. I fully give you permission to do that! However! If you are ahead for your Christmas planning and want to do something special for your neighbors and friends...even teachers or the postman...here is a list of 20 thoughtful neighbor gift ideas! Merry … [Read more...]

Gift Idea for Under $20

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Do you have that person on your Christmas shopping list that you never know what to get?  I'm sharing an idea today that pretty much anyone can enjoy--a spa gift basket.  And it doesn't have to be filled with expensive soaps and lotions, this is a gift idea for under $20! First you start with an eye catching gift basket.  Instead of the traditional wicker basket, I used this super cute chicken wire basket from Better Homes and Gardens at … [Read more...]

DIY Play Food Crates

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Last year we gave my daughter a play kitchen.  You know, the KidCraft Vintage Kitchen--it seems to be the hot play kitchen to buy these days.  I love it because it's so cute while not being plastic and bulky.  It feels high quality and looks like real kitchens.  And the white one is gender-neutral and well, I have a thing for white kitchens.  Not gonna lie though, it was a beast to put together. Anyway, we also gave her some play food, some of … [Read more...]

Easy Gift Tags & Black Friday Silhouette Deals

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I recently got a new goodie in the mail--a Silhouette Portrait.  I've been trying to stop being intimidated by my Silhouette, not because it's hard to use, but because it seems like every time I used it I had to do a million things before using it (update the software, find the power cord, find the right power cord, clear off a large space on my messy craft desk, etc.) But since I am trying to use it more often, these things are getting less … [Read more...]