Who Says Snowflakes have to be all White?

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Our recent kids craft was a winter scene – full of snowflakes!  I initially thought the glitter glue color we used would only be white, but the boys wanted to use a variety of colors.  That’s the great thing about art – each artist sees it differently.  I love our boys’  imaginations!

So here’s what we did:


Wood Canvases- (we used size: 6″ x 6″)

Wooden circles – various sizes

Acrylic paint – blue, white, green

Glitter paints – various colors

Paint brushes – a variety of sizes

Tacky glue (or Elmer’s Glue)

Paper towels – for cleaning

Paper plates – for paints


First step: Paint the background blue.



After the blue paint dries, the next step was painting the white snow…



Then, it was time to make our teeny tiny evergreen tree!


After painting various sizes of the wooden circl...

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Thankful Souvenir Display

 I’m so thankful for the wonderful times we spend together as a family!  I recently was thinking of our family vacation this past August and thought of a way to preserve our memories…

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Each time we go somewhere, the boys always want to bring something back.  Whether it’s from a family vacation or the local McDonald’s happy meal, trinkets and momentos seem to follow us home!

So, what do you do with those small, special ” just-gotta-have” items?

This past summer, we went on a vacation to Cripple Creek, Colorado.  While we were there, we ventured around Shelf Road one day and stopped for the boys swim in a small creek and collect rocks...

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Homemade Halloween!

I love Halloween!  I especially love making homemade Halloween stuff for the boys.  For this year, our oldest son is Harry Potter and our youngest son is a ‘skeleton key’! So, here’s what I came up with:


Harry Potter Tie


Tie – (we found one with burgundy and gray stripes)

Yellow acrylic paint

Painter’s tape

Paint brush

I purchased a $1.50 tie from a second hand store.  Having bought a striped tie helped immensely – I didn’t have to guess or measure the distance between my painted areas.  *Once the first coat of paint was applied, I let it dry completely and then added a second coat for better coverage.



Harry Potter Wand


Wooden dowel rod – 3/8″ in diameter –  (found at any craft store/department)

Hot glue gun

Black acrylic paint

Silver metallic acrylic paint

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September 18th – Pitt Hopkins Syndrome National Awareness Day

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”Thomas Merton

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I love this quote.  It fits perfectly for what this blog post is about.

I had the honor of interviewing a sensational mom of three boys, Lesley Skahan, of Iola, Kansas.  She discusses her personal story with a disorder called, Pitt Hopkins Syndrome which affects her youngest son. With this said, September 18th is approaching and marks PTHS National Awareness Day. 

Tell us about you and your family.

My name is Lesley Skahan and I am a stay-at-home mother in Iola, Kansas. I am married to Matt Skahan and we have been happily married for 15 years...

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Back to School Teacher Gifts

Whew!  Where did the summer go?  It’s back to school time in a few days, and our boys are excited to go back, see their friends, and meet their new teacher.

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I saw the idea of making candy + construction paper into a pencil for a teacher gift on pinterest and thought it was adorable – and not so hard to make!  Hooray!  I added my own twist and made a chalkboard from construction paper for each boy to sign their names.  * I know many schools have already started, but this would still work for the ‘first week of school’ gift!

Here’s what we did:



A roll of Rolos

Hershey kiss

Yellow construction paper  (size: 4.75″ x 3.5″)

Gray paper (or you could also color a white page with a gray marker) (size:  .25″ x 3.5″)

Pink construction paper (size:  .75″ x 3.5″)

Glue stick (or Elmer...

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DIY Kids Book Bags

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Custom Designed Book Bags

Like most families, our summer has been ultra busy.  Baseball, swimming, play dates, BBQs, camps, vacations, etc.  - it all takes time and devotion.  I’ve made it a goal that even though we have all of these great things going on, the boys still can squeeze in enough time for summer reading programs.  Our oldest son is now reading on his own, and that’s been fun to see him continue his skills through the summer months.  I also like it when I read to both of them – they are so quiet and attentive (please note: this does not happen that often, so I’m loving these moments!!!).

This year, we are a part of the summer reading programs at two libraries.  So, we have books, books, and books (So far, no overdue fines either...

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Festive Fourth of July Napkin Rings – A Kids Creation

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Festive Fourth of July Napkin Rings

I love when a kids craft is fun, easy, and PRACTICAL.  All the crafts our boys create I truly adore no matter what, but if I can use it over and over again, I’m thrilled!  Recently, the boys and I were getting excited for upcoming Fourth of July festivities and had fun painting napkin rings in the colors of red, white, and blue.  Fun splashes of these colors on the rings can really help to bring out more of a patriotic feel to a table setting.  It was also a nice summer activity that did not take a lot of time to put together and finish.

Here’s what we did….


Napkin rings  - we chose woven ones due to the texture –  and paint would absorb well to it!

Acrylic paints – red, white, and blue

Paint brushes


At a second hand store, I found bra...

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Happy Father’s Day!

Fungi Fun!

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I’ve seen this idea on pinterest and had to try it with the boys!  ”Dad, You’re a Fungi!” was a title the boys thought was really funny.  Here’s what we did:


Crayola Model Magic – 2 pkgs in orange and lime green colors

Clear, slender containers  - (we used new plastic travel bottles)

Yogurt covered raisins

Dark chocolate covered dried plums

We had fun molding the model magic in the shape of a mushroom top.  Then, we accented the top (background color) with little, flat circles of the other color. (The model magic says it will harden – ours are still on the soft side after a few days, so it might take awhile?!?  Dad will love it regardless)!  Last step was to fill with our snack mixtures...

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Mad Scientist Birthday Party



The dictionary describes the word, quirky, as “something that is strange/not normal but cool”.  This is exactly the word I would use to describe our son’s Mad Scientist 6th Birthday Party.  I loved mixing funky wire, weird decorations, and modern/vintage industrial items together.  The color scheme was:  lime green, gray, electric blue, orange – with a hint of purple (on invitations/thank you cards) and accented with black & white polka dot fabric.  I also wanted to emphasize circular shapes to give it a look of ‘lab potion bubbles’.

I tried to keep all decorating elements simple, fun, not-to-scary or gross, and modern...

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Mad Scientist Party Preparations!

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We’ve been MADLY busy getting ready for our oldest son’s MAD SCIENTIST birthday bash!  Such a crazy, fun time!  I love birthdays! Check back the week of June 3rd as I will be posting birthday photos!   :)



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