I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Earth Day Kid Activity: Earth Suncatcher

I love how the sun shines through the turquoise and green earth on this Suncatcher Earth day craft.

Isn't it a beautiful thing that we celebrate the Earth and all that it has given us! 

You won't believe what I used to make this?

  • Paper plate
  • clear contact paper
  • tissue paper
  1. Cut out a circle in the middle of your plate.
  2. Trace that circle onto your contact paper and your blue tissue paper.
  3. Now cut the contact paper circle and leave a couple of cm out so it can adhere to the paper plate.
  4. Peel contact paper and place on paper plate.

  1. Place your blue tissue paper over the sticky side of your contact paper.
  2. Cut out your green tissue paper to resemble the continents at least 2 will fit.
  3. Run some string through the top and hang somewhere you can get sunlight to shine through.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Kid Activity: Mexican Pyramids using Moon Sand

Here's another Cinco de Mayo activity with depth as we are trying to move beyond the sombreros and donkeys. 

Let's take a peak into the world of Mayan Pyramids. Your children may be familiar with the Egyptian pyramids because they studied it in school as my child did.  When my oldest walked in the door and saw our pyramid he said, "Cool mom, I like that pyramid!" I quickly jumped at the chance to share with great pride about our Mexican pyramids. He said, "We studied Egyptian pyramids but I didn't know about Mexican pyramids."

Today Teotihuacan is one of the noted archaelogical attractions of Mexico well known for it's Mesoamerican pyramids built in pre- Columbian Americas.

This activity can be tailored for children as young as 2 and on up as you can adapt the historical information and pyramid building to their age and development.

The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest structure at Teotihuacan.

The Maya:

The Mayans were an ancient civilization dating back to 2600 B.C. The Mayan people were very skilled mathematicians and astronomers, creating their own calendars and pyramid temples by using these skills.

The Pyramids:

The materials used to create the Mayan pyramids consisted of adobe mud and stone and mica, an insulator, imported over 2,000 miles away from Brazil. The largest temple is the Pyramid of the Sun which stands 210 feet tall, the temple is made of wood. Many elaborate designs are found inside the pyramids including murals and hieroglyphics.
Sources for information above: E-how and Wikipedia and you can find more information here for kids. pyramid image via GoMexico.
How to make your own pyramid

If you have moon sand or any other type of mouldable craft material would work. You can even use playdough. We used moon sand since I have been itching to make it after I wrote the article on 25 Homemade Sensory Play Recipes. Which is really challenging me to step out and make fun happen in our home.  Moon sand is really easy to make, there are some recipes that use flour instead of sand. I have heard of buying craft sand but we just used beach sand for ours.

Moon Sand recipe:

3 cups of sand
1.5 cups corn starch
1/2 cp of vegetable oil
1/3 cp of water

Mix all of the ingredients above. You may need to add a bit more oil to make it moldable if it's still too soft.  You don't want it to be too wet or too dry otherwise you won't be able to build with it.

You can use 3 or 4 different sizes of tupperware to build each layer.  My youngest loved building it and knocking it down and then building it again.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Toddler Activity: Mexican Flag

This Cinco de Mayo Toddler Activity was perfect for my little guy. I am really enjoying toilet paper printing for little ones. The tp roll is the perfect size for their little hands.  Not only will they get some history from the Mexican flag activity but they will also get to practice their colors.

Flags hold so much culture and symbolism and usually we know very little about why. Do you know why your birth country chose it's colors? It's emblem?

The symbolism and legend of the Mexican flag colors and emblem:

The colors are symbolic of-
Green- the independent movement,
White- the purity of the Catholic faith
Red- The blood of the national heroes.

The legend of the emblem:
       "According to a beautiful legend, the gods had advised the Aztecs that the place where they should establish their city was to be identified when they saw an eagle, perched on a prickly pear tree, devouring a serpent. They saw this mythical eagle on a marshy lake that is now the z√≥calo or main plaza in Mexico City. This flag was created in 1821, when the Independence movement had ended victoriously."
via Inside-Mexico.com

You can print out the actual flag over at Hellokids or you can use a blank piece of white paper as we did and divided it in thirds and then added the eagle in the middle.

You will need:
  • red and green paint
  • Mexican flag coloring sheet
  • toilet paper roll tube
1. I had to fold the flag in thirds so that my son wouldn't paint all over the flag.

2. Once it dried we added the eagle.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kids Activity: How To Make A Volcano

I have always wanted to make an erupting volcano but never had a chance to. When my son exclaimed that he wanted a, "Dinosaur party," I immediately knew there was going to be an erupting volcano for one of the activities. I shared a few weeks ago how to make a hatching dinosaur egg which was another great hit for our dinosaur activity fun.

The expression on their faces pretty much sums up how much they enjoyed it. I was hoping to make a volcano for each kid to take home as a party favor but I was limited on time so we went with just one volcano.
It's really easy using air dry clay and having the bottle as a base instead of trying to get it to stand up on its own.
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What you will need is:
  • Air dry clay
  • empty plastic bottle
  • vinegar
  • red food coloring
  • baking soda
To make the volcano:
1. Flatten out your air dry clay. I used terracotta color b/c that was all I found and I had not desire in painting it. You can buy white and then paint it.
2. Once it's flatten stick it to the bottle and it will air dry right onto the bottle. Do this around the whole bottle and then flatten it out to create a smooth surface for the volcano.
3. The bottle creates a base for the eruption solution.
4. Air dry over night.
For the eruption solution:
1. Take 2 tbl of baking soda and using a funnel drop it in the bottle.
2. Then add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Notice my bottle is small so it didn't take much for the solution to erupt out of the bottle. If you're using a bigger bottle you will need more baking soda and vinegar.
We ended our activities with this and it was a big hit!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Advent Ideas

Are you looking for Easter Advent Ideas to help you prepare your heart and your child's heart to celebrate Easter?  If so we will be hosting a live hangout with Janine from True Aim who is the mastermind behind the series and Mackenzie from Cheerios and Lattes.

Here are some of my favorite ideas: Resurrection Rolls, Mexican Bread Pudding (ingredients are symbolic of His death, Advent Ideas for the Busy Family, Resurrection Eggs, DIY Cross Activity and Caught in Between the Easter Bunny and the Cross.

 5 Tips in 5 Minutes will offer quick tips to make life easier for busy parents. Our first episode is a Special Holiday edition.  Come celebrate the Resurrection with us! Eggs, bunnies, baskets – that is what most people think about when they hear the word Easter.  Although these things aren't bad, they distract us from the true meaning and joy of the holiday.  I want to bring the Empty Tomb front and center this year by offering you quick and easy activities the whole family will enjoy.

You're Invited to an Easter Live Hangout!

When is the event: This Tuesday March 26th @ 8pm CST
What will take place at this special event: Easter Giveaway! - One lucky participant will receive a "He is Risen" DVD from Nest Learning.

5 Tips - We will showcase an Easter craft, prayer, game, and snacks that help us focus on Jesus and the Resurrection. 5 Minutes - We're busy, so we know you are too!  We will attempt to keep this episode short and sweet so you can have more time with your family and less time researching Easter Activities.

How to participate: RSVP by going to the Google+ Event Page. Remember to follow my special guests and me on Google+ Don't have a Google+ account?  That's OK!  You can view the live event right from this page!  Remember to  follow me on Facebook and leave a comment to RSVP so you don't miss it. Can't make it?  RSVP Yes anyways and come back to watch the recording and get links to all the featured activities whenever you can. Hope to see you here!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dinosaur Activity: DIY Hatching Egg

There's nothing like a Dinosaur activity to get my boys excited!  Their are lots of versions to the Dinosaur Eggs online: sand, clay, dirt and water (which is the one we did). This one was the easiest and I could manage to squeeze in our very long list of things to do to get ready for my sons 6th birthday party. 

I made about 17 eggs in about 20 minutes.  And though I introduced this as a fun boy activity all of the girls at the party thoroughly enjoyed the dinosaur egg hatching. I especially loved how the girls daintly threw the eggs on the cement all the while the boys are using all their might and cheering each other on as they watched the egg splatter all over the pavement into ice bits.

How to: I used both hands to open wide the balloon and then I had my 6 year old insert the dinosaur. I filled up the balloon with water and then tied a knot.  Freeze them over night. Some weren't totally frozen by the next day but it was fine because it made it easier to crack open.

Methods for cracking the dino egg:
1. butter knife - That's what yo usee at the bottom right of the picture above.
2. Water- soak in water.
3. Salt
4. Hammer and screw driver
5. And when all else fails the 8 kindergartners we had over used this as their best proven method: cracking them on the cement.

Stay tune in the next few weeks I will be sharing all of our Dinosaur Party Fun. You can also check out my Dinosaur Party Pinterest board that has activities, party decor, printables...

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Monster Pillow From a Baby Blanket

Here's a creative way to preserve your baby items by repurposing your baby blanket into a pillow.

I turned one of my boy's baby blanket into a keepsake pillow. If you're looking for my ideas to preserve your baby items here's a great article: 6 Creative Ways to Preserve Baby Items.
We have tons of blankets from when they were little and I was trying to figure out how to put them to good use. Especially since some of them have some sentimental value. Since my son has nose bleeds I decided the best thing to do was make it into a pillow case.
He loves collecting things so we put a pocket in it. The mouth is a pocket. He absolutely loves it. For the first 2 months he want it with him every where now it just stays on his bed.
 How to:
I just folded the baby blanket in half and sewed around 2 sides of the blanket for a pillow case but for a pillow sew all three sides.
I used sturdy fabric glue to glue on the eyes, mouth and teeth. The mouth is actually a pocket, at my sons request.
I sewed on the red hair. You can sew the whole pillow instead of gluing it. But I had a long list of stocking stuffer gifts to make for my family so I glued as much as I could. It took me about 20 minutes to make this.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March into Spring Cash Giveaway

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How many of you love Spring? I love all things Spring it's such a wonderful time of the year
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine's Day Bath Fun

Making bath time fun for Valentine's Day is easy with this activity. You can get all the details over at my new blog Inspired by Familia here.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Creative Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

We are slowly but surely moving all of our post from here over to our website Inspired by Familia.  You can get the details on how to make this fun craft here.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Edible Chocolate Play Dough Recipe

This is definitely a win-win recipe not only do you get hours of fun with play dough and you also get to eat it. I will be sharing with you two activities to have fun with this play dough at Inspired by Family our Play Dough in a Jar Cupcake Fun and at Spanglish Baby our Your Very Own Chocolate Factory craft.

Now you don't have to tell your kids not to stick that in their mouth or not to play with their food. They can actually eat this and play with it.

Edible Chocolate Play Dough

3-4 cps powdered sugar
3/4 cp cream cheese
3/4 cp powdered milk
1/2 cp Cocoa powder (baking kind)

Mix ingredient in a bowl. You don't want it to have a sticky consistency so start with 3 cups of sugar and if it's still sticky add a some sugar or milk powder.

My son is two and we made it together. He got to put the ingredients in and mix it and of course make a mess.  Note he wass wearing an apron and the bowl we used was large.

Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Favors: Sewn with Love

 You can find this super easy and inexpensive craft over at my new blog: Inspired by Familia here