Kids Love A Simple Christmas

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I hope you’re all having a fantastic holiday season!  The week between Christmas and New Years has always been one of my favorite times of year.  Work-wise, it’s a bit crazy around here because of all the changes that the ACA has brought and open enrollment season being in full swing.  But we’re still fitting [...]

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent And Our Low Stress Holidays

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I finished making ornaments for our nieces a few days ago.  Here are the last two, ready to be packaged up and mailed: Once I completed the ornaments, I was all finished with holiday gifts.  I had already made and ordered a digital scrapbook for my mother in law, and that’s all we do as [...]

Felt Birdhouse Tree Ornaments

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It’s that time of year again, and I’ve started making Christmas ornaments for our nieces.  I’ve been doing this for 12 years now, and our nieces and I all enjoy the tradition.  Our oldest niece is 15, and she has quite a collection of handmade ornaments now.  I always have fun figuring out what to [...]

Magnetic Faces Board – A Homemade Toy

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It’s craft time!  The last time my MIL came to visit us, I asked her to bring some old magazines that we could cut up.  We also needed some advertising magnets, and my parents were able to provide a few.  The only other supplies we used for this were stiff cardboard and a few laminating [...]

Buying And Storing Things For The Future

I’ve spent a lot of time getting rid of clutter over the past couple years.  We no longer have storage corners filled with who-knows-what.  We’ve got a solid routine established of getting rid of stuff any time new things come into the house, which is working well.  And as soon as our younger son outgrows [...]

Goodwill + Homemade = Great Gift!

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One of our son’s favorite friends is a little girl who will be turning four soon.  She absolutely loves all things girly – princesses, dresses, dolls, and changing her own dresses and the ones on her dolls several times a day.  I was thrilled when I came across fabric recently that is ruched at the [...]

The Felt Food Project Is Complete

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Christmas is almost here, and I think I’m finally finished making felt food.   Here is the current food collection: I’ve already posted pictures and details about some of this stuff, but I’ve made quite a bit more since the last time I posted. We now have a pizza that comes apart for lots of pizza-making [...]

The Felt Food Project

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been tinkering with felt food for at least a few minutes every day.  I’ve had a few projects (like a banana with a removable peel – picture coming soon) that took over an hour to make, but most of the items have come together much faster than that.  Our [...]

More Felt Food!

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I think I might be on my way to needing a 12 step program for felt food addiction.  I can’t stop making food!  It’s so much fun, and the internet is overflowing with awesome ideas.  Here’s the stuff I’ve made over the last few days. Bread. With a piece of Swiss cheese. Apple pie (inspired [...]

A Better Gift Giving Guide

It’s that time of year again.  You know, still a few weeks away from Halloween, and yet Christmas trees and decorations are available in retail stores, and holiday gift giving guides are popping up all over the internet.  Invariably, they are lists of the hot toys and gadgets of 2010 – the things that your [...]

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