Sunday, November 11, 2012

Travel Activity Bag

This idea came to me when I took my last trip with my little and it was a big nightmare. Obviously my kid needs entertained 24/7 in the car, and few things make him content! This time however, I wised up and went prepared!
This project is customizable to your child's likes and I'm just going to give you a few ideas of what I used, which I think is pretty universal for most kids.
A mix of activities and snacks will make for a much smoother trip! (trust me on this one)
DVDs (if you have a travel DVD player...if you don't have one, GET ONE! lifesaver)
Colored Pencils
Coloring Books
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Trail Mix
Granola Bars
Chex Mix
Pop Tarts
Fruit Snacks
Once you have all of your supplies together, put them in a good sized travel bag.
I recently bought my little a new bedding set for his big boy toddler bed, and the bag it came in was absolutely perfect!!!
Lately, I've been into labeling stuff since my organization skills, well, stink! I found some free labels that you can download and print out that are PERFECT for this little travel bag, not to mention perfect for 100+ other things around the house!
Look at that pantry...WOW I wish mine was that beautiful!
Click on the Pic below for the link to some cute FREE labels!
Also, this cool little travel tray is pretty good for long car rides. It allows them to write and eat without a mess in the car. I have one, and it's pretty nice. It is a bit flimsy, but it's good for long car rides, and allows my little to color on the go. 
Click on the Pic below for the link to buy this!
Happy Crafting

Monday, November 5, 2012

Stovetop Fall/Christmas Scent

Ok, so this really isn't a "craft" but I found this idea and thought that I'd share it with you wonderful people!! This is easy, and when I saw it I thought to myself "why have I NOT done this before?" I spend A LOT of $$$ on air fresheners...There is almost 1 in every room/outlet...
It drives my husband INSANE because I'm always buying a new one.
When I walk past Bath & Bodyworks, I can't help but stop in and wish my house would smell exactly like this store! So I buy a couple *cough* cough 4 cough* cough* and go on my way.
This easy stove top method meets all my criteria for creations; easy, cheap, and homemade.
What you'll need:
  •  Whole Orange (quartered)
  •  Whole Apple (quartered)
  •  3 Cinnamon Sticks (can use powdered if that's what you have at home)
  •  1 Tbs Whole Cloves
  •  Dash of Nutmeg (optional)
  •  1/2 Cup Cranberries (if you can't find fresh, dried will work)
  •  Pot/ Sause pan
  •  Water
Ok, so above list is TOTALLY customizable!!! Any smells you love, just toss it in. This can be changed throughout seasons or moods of the day! :)
My creation is for the fall/Christmas/winter season and it's awesome!
Simply fill your pot maybe half way with water, then toss in your ingredients. Put the heat on medium to bring it to a slight simmer, then turn it down to the lowest setting on your stove and let it go.
This should obviously only be used when you're going to be home all day to watch it.
 *NEVER leave the stove unattended!*
I've had mine on the stove for a week, and the smell is still amazing when I turn it on. It fills my house with the wonderful smells that I adore this time of year!
Just simply add more water when it starts to run low. Do Not let the water completely evaporate!
You can always toss in new ingredients when you think the old ones are losing scent, but this should last a few weeks.
Happy Crafting

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Stained Glass Fall Shapes

It's the beginning of November, and I'm sooo in the Christmas spirit, but I thought I'd do a fall activity on this cool dreary day!
Fall is my ABSOLUTE favorite time of year. The smells of burning leaves/wood, the crisp cool air, hot chocolate by the fireplace, and all the cuddles under warm blankets. This inspired me to bring a little fall right into our home.
This activity is a little messy, but very fun! I guarantee the kids will love it!!
What you'll need:
  •  Crayons (I used fall colors ie: brown, orange, red, yellow, little bit of green)
  •  Grater (you could also use a crayon sharpener to help save your knuckles)
  •  Wax Paper
  •  Leaves (I found some fall shapes at my local Dollar Tree; acorn, pumpkin, & leaves. You can easily go outside and grab some leaves out of the front yard to trace.)
  •  Iron
You'll want to trace your shapes on wax paper. This is the tricky part. You can either cut the shapes out before or after you melt the wax. I tried both ways, and either way will work just fine. When I cut the shape before melting the wax, it was hard to get the wax all the way to the edges and also was a pain to actually cut. When I cut the shapes out after I melted the wax, the wax started to flake out. So I just re-melted it once I got it cut out. Like I said, whichever method you think will be easier will work.
Once you decide on your shapes, you need to shred your crayons. This is where the kids come in handy. My little is still a little to young for the grating of the crayons, but older kids will probably love this part. Just be sure to watch those knuckles!!! I got my hunny in there to help me! What a sweetie he is! <3
Spread your crayon shavings on your shapes.
Lay the other piece of wax paper on that, and iron. The longer you let the iron sit the more melted the colors look and they blend together more. So just do it to your liking.
Our front door looks so festive and beautiful! This was fun and easy so get to creating!
Happy Crafting