Let’s Get Crafty

Let’s Get Crafty with the We Craft Box

Let's Get Crafty with the We Craft Box

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Several nights a week my husband works overtime on night shift which leads this mama bear to get all of the kids fed, bathed, and entertained until bedtime. Mom guilt sets in and while it is so EASY to grab the tablet or turn on a movie, I usually like filling this time with books that I can easily tie a craft in with or with other independent activities that get my kid’s brains running but their bodies in one place. Feed thir brains and moms sanity all in one. An occupied child means I can get the house picked up so when everyone is fast asleep in bed, I can sit back and RELAX. I know, that sounds horrible but I enjoy a few hours of solitude after the kids have gone to bed to catch up on my TV shows or even read a book. We Craft Box has made my last minute evening task, rainy day activity, and even a moment of silence possible.

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Sticking to the Basics with Toddler Fun

Sticking to the Basics with Toddler Fun

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As a mom of 4, I am so very guilty of over thinking on what activities would be “fun” for my toddlers and I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. I find myself constantly searching the internet for toddler fun and fun toddler activities in my area or pinning a million posts on my Pinterest account that I know, I probably won’t ever go back and look at. It’s a shame truly because the ideas are amazing but the motivation to round up all of the supplies necessary just isn’t there to complete such an elaborate task. Not to mention toddlers attention span lasts a lot less than the time it takes to round up and prepare for some activities but I desperately try to eliminate screen time as much as I can in our technology-filled world. That’s not to say they don’t get any screen time because they do, but I try to feed their minds in others ways as well. That is why I took a step back and reevaluated what else I could do that would be fun for toddlers and the answer is, sticking to the basics! Crayons, markers, stickers, and paper. It really is that simple.

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Hands On Toys Your Kids Will Love

Hands On Toys Your Kids Will Love

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Toys, toys and more toys, with four little ones under the age of seven I am always on the lookout for some great hands on toys that I know, will be a hit in our house.  All my children are very hands on learners and love items that will keep them busy. I’ve found a few awesome ideas that I’m sure your child will love too. I feel that alot of learning takes place when you can actually get your hands on it and do it yourselves. I know if that’s the case with me, it will be with my kids too. So hands on toys are so important in our home.

Hands on toys your kids will love! 

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How Harry Potter Changed The Way We Read

How Harry Potter Changed the Way We Read

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Who would have ever thought that the story of “The boy who lived” would have become the worldwide phenomenon that it is known as today? The Harry Potter franchise has sold over 400 million copies and continues to sell. As J.K. Rowling continues to dominate the printed and film world.

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Get Your Children Excited About Growing Micro-Greens

Get Your Children Excited About Growing Micro-Greens

Get Your Children Excited About Growing Micro-Greens

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My daughter is very inquisitive and loves to learn how things grow. She is always asking where plants for flowers come from and sometimes I don’t have the answer – because I’m just not sure! I’ve been wanting to show her some responsibility and grow her ever-expanding mind by us planting vegetables together, but I never knew where to start.

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Safety Is Just A Click Away With This Tiny Lock

Safety Is Just A Click Away With This Tiny Lock from Ripple Safety

Safety Is Just A Click Away With This Tiny Lock

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We’re winding down the end of this year’s back to school rush and everyone is settling in with their new classes. No more fighting other parents for those red, three prong folders or wondering if that laptop was worth all the rave reviews.

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Getting Ready for Back to School

Getting Ready for Back to School

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It’s that time of year again, as the summer days draw to an end, for getting ready to go back to school. My oldest is now in first grade, so just like most parents when the dreaded school supply list come in and the struggle of finding the perfect products start. It can be so overwhelming to find where to even start with the list.  Office Depot / OfficeMax has come to the rescue, to save the day!

Back to school with a blast! 

 

Office Depot / OfficeMax has so many new ways to make your back to school shopping easier, by starting with access to all your child’s back to school list. With over 1.2 million supply list from around the country, you have all your needs in one place. Click HERE for more information.

Did you know that Office Depot / OfficeMax also helps make sure kids in need have all the school supplies that they need? You can purchase extra supplies and your local store will deliver them to schools in your community in need of help.  This is also part of their Give Back to School program.  The program gives 5% back in credits to local schools on qualifying purchases for free supplies to their school. How awesome is that?

Office Depot OfficeMax

It’s crazy to think I’m the mom of a first grader, it seems like yesterday that she was just learning how to walk. I used to have so many people tell me when I was first pregnant that once you have children the time just flies by and man were they right.  I feel like I’ve just blinked and its seven years and four children later. I’ve been so truly blessed as a parent to have such wonderful children.  So when it was time to find some perfect supplies for my oldest I was excited for the big selection that Office Depot / OfficeMax offers. I wanted to find something that was as bubbly and sparkly was my daughter’s personality. I wasn’t disappointed, because I found some great options. From adorable Floating Glitter Binders to fun Fish Erasers they had the perfect assortment of everything she needed to make her year great. Great prices that don’t leave this momma breaking the break, so that always makes my life easier!

Floating Glitter Binder

I’d personally like to thank all of the amazing teachers out there who put their heart and souls into turning these kids into the brilliant minds of tomorrow. Hope everyone has an outstanding school year.

Back To Life Back To Reality AKA School

Back To Life Back To Reality AKA School--Betty Crocker-Junkless-Simple Mills

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So, yet another summer bites the dust as Open House dates loom, parents start gritting their teeth over the mountain of paperwork the first day of school brings them, and school buses hit the road, polluting up all of our summer fun with their hissing brakes, squealing doors, schizophrenic timeframes for arrival, and generally just causing traffic jams everywhere they roll.

If your kids haven’t had to endure this undignified return to early bedtimes, blaring alarm clocks, fights over what to wear to school, and skirmishing in the hallway amid shouts of “Bathroom hog!”, I envy you — a lot.

But, it’s inevitable that they surely soon will be heading off into another school year, so enjoy the unfettered summer freedom while you can, friends! Today, I’m hitting a little bit on must haves that my kids request for the start of school, but mostly (since we are huge snackers in my house) I’ll be talking about new after school and study time snacks that I’ve found for them from Simple Mills®, Junkless­®, and Betty Crocker™. [read more]

Fuel Up For Fall With The Best Coffee And Tea

Fuel Up For Fall With The Best Coffee and Tea--Community Coffee-Secret Squirrel Cold Brew Coffee-Dunkin Donuts-Wendigo Tea Co.

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It’s that time again, back to school! For our family, that means picking up the pace! My son will be starting 1st grade this year, which is a big milestone for him. He’s excited to see his old friends, but a little scared of what kind of teacher he’ll receive this school year…. [read more]

Accessories That Every Kid Needs

Accessories That Every Kid Needs

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As the mother of four little ones, I’m always on the lookout for great accessories that will fit the need of every kid. No matter if its some fun in the sun or back to school I’ve found a great selection of accessories and can’t wait to share them with you.  So let’s get started with the top!

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