Beautiful Centerpiece Ideas You Can Do Yourself

I recall when I got married it was a simple wedding, no real decor or any sort of theme. A simple backyard wedding with close family and friends in attendance. The daughter was the flower girl and ring bearer because Aj was far too young to be the ring bearer. My father walked me down the “aisle” which was just the backyard grass … nothing special. It was simple and fine by me, however, some people spend years planning those perfect weddings.

For those who plan their wedding ceremony in advance and really put thought into having a theme of decor for not only the centerpieces, but for the guests required attire, I applaud you. I could never be that person, ever. Being that I am divorced, I can say that some day I may get married again, I would still never plan anything beyond a simple wedding. It is who I am as a person, however, with that being said, I wouldn’t mind creating my own cute centerpieces for the table guests sit at or the reception table where food is place.

Floating Candle

One of the ideas I had for a centerpiece that would look fabulous at any wedding would be a floating candle setup – I am amazed at the beauty of candles but a floating candle dish? That amazes me even more and you can create a beautiful floating candle centerpiece with little to no work and planning while still having it look simply breath taking. Whatever the budget you may be working within or the ideas you have for a themed, fully planned wedding – I can say this – remember that you can save money by doing a lot of things your own self and still have the most beautiful, memorable wedding ever.

Keeping Kids Entertained Inside and Babbabox

During the NH Winter months I spend a lot of time hoping that I can hibernate, while my kids spend time wanting something fun to do. While I am usually a super creative Mom of three, there are times {cough} when I get the need to just stay inside. My outdoor children are not so keen on that idea but with the negative temperatures we have been having in NH lately, being outside is not an option. When it is below 0, at about -24 degrees F, it is not healthy to be outside at all.

Board Games Inside

We own a variety of board games and our newest edition is Mancala, a game that uses strategy as a way to win over your opponent. My six year old math kid loves this game and we enjoy playing against each other in a tournament type concept so that each kid and myself get to have a turn playing against one another in this two person game.

Imaginery Play

Another option, when we are stuck inside is to just play around being goofs, as seen above my daughter is all dressed up in her brothers hulk gloves and mask. Such fun, it seriously freaks me out when the kids dress up in costumes like this though. We also have a skeleton costume from Halloween that they kids enjoy wearing while having their “haunted walk” that they setup downstairs to have me walk through. Fun times!

Deck of Cards

If all else fails we get out a deck of cards and play a game called Spit or Go Fish together. Once in a while we play war, slap jack or higher/lower card games, but our favorites are Go Fish and this game my daughter learned how to play called Spit.  The kids and I really enjoy pretending to be super competitive and end up laughing through most of the card games. This is a fun time that even my youngest at age four can enjoy.

Then there are other times when the kids want to have the dining room table cleared off and craft time to commence. We truly love painting, crafting up silly projects using old cardboard boxes and just creating fun craft things. Bracelets, pictures, collages and more. The kids love to paint, color and create – I raised them well. Okay, so their Dad’s helped raise them too but you know what I mean!?  That is why when I was introduced to the Babbabox, I was excited. This is a cute way to cure those indoor blues. While it’s -24 degrees outside, the kids and I can enjoy fantastic fun inside with just one Babbabox of joy!

 

babbaco-drawings

 

Babbbabox and Shutterly have teamed up to host a fantastic giveaway; all you have to do is sign up for the BabbaCo’s newsletter and one person who is on that list will be randomly selected to win a 1 Year Babbabox Membership {$240 value} and a $50 Gift Card from Shutterly. Click here to sign up for the newsletter that will include DIY crafts that kids will love, super fun art projects and kid friendly recipes. We like to bake here! Cure those indoor blues with the Babbaco newsletter for extra suggestions on keeping the kids busy and also have a chance to win an awesome prize package? Well that’s worth it to me, what do you think?

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Making a Beautiful Dream Bathroom

When I own a bathroom, okay a house first then the bathroom within it, I would love to work on making my dream bathroom.  My true dream bathroom will not come until my children are old enough to respect the items I place within it which means there will be many years before I start putting any antique bathroom vanities in the bathrooms frequented by toddlers!

I love the idea of an antique bathroom vanity because they are quite gorgeous in appearance and such an inviting piece of furniture! I would spend the brunt of my time in the bathroom if it were all decked out in antique furniture and stylish decor that’s for sure!

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Craft Tutorials Assist in our Family Craft Time

When my munchkins and I sit down to do craft time we usually just pull out all of our supplies and have fun doing whatever each of us wants. After all of our craft things are done we then share what we did and discuss how we did them. It’s fun for the kids to not only interact doing creative crafting ideas of their own, but for them to feel proud in completing a project on their own. Occasionally I will get online and research crafts to do, such as my most recent venture to read a blog post about creating crayons at home from old broken crayons. This was a fun project but didn’t quite fall into “craft” if you think about it.

From time to time I search various craft ideas and one day I happened upon a framed coin purse and thought this would be a great project for my daughter who is addicted to saving money in various purses as well as piggy banks in her bedroom. I would love to do a framed coin purse for my daughter, but this involves cutting a pattern as well as sewing two things I haven’t ever done in my life, let alone with my munchkins!

After looking at the coin purse tutorial in more detail, I truly think that following this how to step by step guide with images would be easy for my daughter to do. This would be a creative fun project for us to do during our mother/daughter nights so that my sons are not getting in the way or trying to draw on our pattern. Sewing is something that I really wouldn’t want to do with my 3 and 5 year old sons but I am sure I can find other craft tutorials online for creative crafting to occupy them while my daughter and I work on creating her first framed coin purse.

Whatever we end up doing for our next craft time, it is sure to be a blast!

Stranger Kids first book: Pinata

In Pinata a group of delusional pinatas believe that they are worshiped when chosen to go to the “party.” Not until they see a video tape of their true fate are they smacked into reality. The group of pinatas must band together to escape their certain demise. yet in the end, they realize that sacrificing themselves for the happiness of others is the essence of being a pinata and the best thing in the world.

Pinata art 3

One fabulous fact about the sales of this Pinata kids book is: 10% of each sale goes to the foundation Kids Need to Read which promotes literacy.

My Thoughts — This was a fun read for my kids and me. The colorful pages made it fun to read through and it’s such a silly story that the kids giggled a bit as well. I certainly would recommend this for any parent looking to add to their home bookshelf this holiday season. The recommended age group is 5-10, I would say boys and girls would enjoy this story.

Pinata is Written by Ken Locsmandi & Sebastian A. Jones Art by Tomo

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