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Make a Heart Stamp From A Toilet Paper Roll

Michelle shared this adorable and little kid-friendly craft idea on her blog, Rust and Sunshine. Use old toilet paper rolls to create perfect heart-shaped stamps! She shows how to shape the stamp and use tape to secure it. (As well as her completely adorable little […]

Make Embellished Safety Pins

Make Embellished Safety Pins

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This cute and easy craft idea from Consumer Crafts’ site Crafts Unleashed is straight out of my childhood. Seriously…Do you remember decorating your bookbag with all kinds of cute beaded and wrapped safety pins? Anywhoo…I totally do!

Crafts Unleashed shares this super cute idea for making wrapped safety pins and shows just how to get them perfect. Use them to brighten up a sewing bag like they show or attach to any teen or tween’s book bag. These even work for embellishing jeans. (I’m sure I had a pair of jeans with a sharpie drawing and some of these babies tacked on.) How fun!

Learn More here: http://www.craftsunleashed.com/jewelry-main/thread-wrapped-safety-pins/

Taggles – New from Grant Studios at CHA 2012

I met up with the super fun Grant Studios team at this year’s CHA show to learn about one of their exciting new crafty kits for Teens and Tweens…Taggles! Taggles are kind of like 3-D re-stickable paper dolls with lots of fun journaling accessories kids […]

Cool Girls Sew and Tell

Cool Girls Sew and Tell

For me, learning to sew helped me see the world a little differently…if I see something cool, I immediately begin to think about how it was made;  a sort of wonderful creative problem solving exercise confirming I really can do anything I “put my mind to.”

I think every kid should learn to sew (or another “make something” skill) for exactly that reason. And in  San Jose, CA, Fashion Discovery Programs at Camp Fashionista is offering the opportunity.

Just look at how confident these little girls look – How cool is that?

Read more about the Sew and Tell program in San Jose: Latina fashion, Sew and Tell Fashion Discovery San Jose, CA Programs.

Make A Peek-A-Boo Valentine Carrier

When the Valentines Day party is over at school…how do they take all of their little treats home with them? You could just set the class up with shoe boxes, but who (other than maybe a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills) has 30 shoe boxes […]

Crafty Quick Tip – Re-Use Yogurt Containers

Like a  lot of people, I make a habit of saving plastic and glass containers…partly because it just seems wasteful to think about all of these things I used for a week or two piling up in a landfill, and partly because they are usually […]

Road Trip Survival Kit

Road Trip Survival Kit

Pack Happy Kids For Your Road Trip
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Summer is the season of road trips. When I was younger, road trips were all about piling in a car and having a wild music and caffeinated beverage-fueled adventure. Drive 15 hours straight? Why not! Teenage American Freedom at its best!
These days road trips are a little different. With two kids, the playlist includes some popular KidzBop tunes and of course the occasional screaming tantrum. Time is definitely added to the trip for several snack and bathroom breaks…there are a few essentials that make the trip a little more fun for everyone. In addition to the things we pack for the car, making each child their own personal “Road Trip Kit” is a special tradition in our family that makes a road trip seem more like a party and keeps the kids interested the whole way there.

Here are our essentials for a Kid’s Road Trip Kit:
1. A pencil or other small box or case – this makes it “theirs” and it is pretty inexpensive to get fun designs with your kids’ favorite characters on them.
2. A small sketch book and new (washable) markers or crayons (or a custom dry erase board and washable dry erase markers)
3. Sunglasses (could be ones they already own)
4. Candy (minis work best!) and healthy single serving snacks like granola bars and natural fruit leather
5. Mix CDs of all their favorite songs…you can even leave them unlabeled and play “guess that song” as they are playing!
6. A Wildcard Surprise – this can be a selection of things from the party supply store and/or a favorite small toy they have wanted. If you have girls, it might be fun to include flavored lip balm, scented hand creme, and candy necklaces, for boys you might choose an action figure or a pretend magic wand or electronic game.
7. Tissues and or a small pack of baby wipes (just trust me, every trip has at least one minor messy disaster in the back seat…)
8. A small paperback board book or game book (depending on the child’s age)
9. A disposable camera to encourage your child to take pictures of his or her trip