Just Add Watercolor Happy Thoughts #giveaway ends 2/28 Full Hearts Can’t Lose US

Disclosure: Thanks to Fox Chapel Publishing for sending me a free copy of this book. Post contains affiliate links; if you make a purchase, I may earn a commission. Opinions shared are mine.

Art has become such an accessible hobby!  With the rise in adult coloring books and similar products, it’s easy to pick up an artistic hobby.  Fox Chapel Publishing has several new craft books releasing in February.  Just Add Watercolor Happy Thoughts is perfect for spring projects! [Read more…]

Fun and Friendly Calligraphy for Kids: A Hands-On Guide to Creative Lettering US #giveaway ends 2/20

Disclosure: I received this book for review. Opinions shared are mine.

How many times in the past week did you need to handwrite something? Did you write a note to your child’s teacher, perhaps, or maybe jot a few items on a grocery list?   Technology is ever-changing, but the tradition of a written language — actual handwritten words — is one of the markers of civilization.  For our culture, though, handwriting is slowly becoming a lost art.


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Disney Princess Felt makes a great Valentine’s Day Gift

Disclosure: Thanks to Thunder Bay Press for sending me the Disney Princess Felt kit. Opinions shared are mine.

When my kids were younger, I looked for non-sugar gifts for holidays.  We didn’t eat much candy, so it usually went to waste at our house.  The kids got their sweets from goodie bags at school or when we visited friends.  Some of the best low-cost, sugar-free gifts I found were balloons, art supplies, and books.  The Disney Princess Felt includes the art supplies and the book instructions to make 10 of these little cuties!   [Read more…]

Snow Day Activities for the Kids

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I’m always excited when we get that Snow Day phone call…it means sleeping in and enjoying the day with a good book. My kids usually play outside for a couple of hours, then they’re ready for something more.  Video games hold interest for a little while, but why not try something different?  These books offer creative ideas using ingredients and materials you might just have around the house.

Wood pallet art is everywhere these days, but it’s often found at a high price.  The book Wood Pallet Wonders gives tips and strategies for making your own decor using pallets.  The author provides details about the kind of pallets to use, how to break them down, and suggestions for projects.  Perfect for DIY fans and older teens, this book could help your kids turn a talent into an entrepreneurship!

Slime Sorcery sounds amazing already, doesn’t it?  When I taught science, we made “slime” every year in lab.  It was an inexpensive project that held the kids’ interest without fail.  This book is more like a science cookbook.  It’s a great, safe way to show kids how to experiment, pay attention to outcomes, and make predictions.  There are so many recipes in this book that you could make this a snow day tradition!   Keep in mind that some of the slime results can be messy, so I strongly urge you to make sure the kids keep the slime at home.  I’ve seen many frustrated teachers who found themselves battling the slime for students’ attention!

If snow days have you craving the sunny feel of summer, just pretend you’re a mermaid.  The book Be a Real-Life Mermaid has all the tips and tricks you need to make it happen!  It’s great for those who want to host a mermaid themed party, or even just to have beauty tips to make you look like one.  A happy bonus is that the book highlights the importance of keeping our oceans clean, so it might even spur your budding mermaid to be a part-time environmentalist.

One lucky Savings in Seconds reader will win these 3 books full of activities and ideas! The giveaway is open to US readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations. Good luck!

Thanks to Ulysses Press for providing me with copies of these books.

Make art every day – planner for creative thinkers

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There’s always something to keep up with around here. Are you in the same boat?  For creative minds, doodles and sketches might seem as natural as breathing, but it’s hard to find time to do those things.  Check out the Make Art Every Day planner!  It’s great for those who like a mental challenge as well as building artistic skills.

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How to make a photo cluster using one image – foamcoreprint.com

Disclosure: I received product samples for review. Opinions shared are mine.

One of my favorite things about visiting other people’s homes is getting to see how they decorate.  I love how each person displays a unique style.  For so long, I neglected to do anything with the photos on my phone.  It’s time to do something about it!  When Dave, the owner of Foamcoreprint.com, reached out to me about reviewing their products, it was the perfect time to try something new.  Photo collages have always appealed to me, but I wanted something more cohesive for this project.  I asked Dave to help me come up with something really special using this image: [Read more…]

Simply holiday craft for Elf on the Shelf – JingleBall #ad

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Each year, our beloved elf F’nick arrives after Thanksgiving.  Sometimes F’nick gets bored while we’re sleeping, and he gets into mischief. This year, he’ll enjoy the activities we got for him.  This no-sew, no-glue JingleBall craft is finished in seconds!  Even better, it only cost $2 to prepare. [Read more…]

Easy Pumpkin Carving book by Colleen Dorsey

We love finding the perfect pumpkins for our front porch, but I’m not so skilled at pumpkin carving. The kids are used to drawing on our pumpkins, or even adding stickers to them. I’ve been known to glue candy to our pumpkins, too….but again, we’re not known for having the most creatively carved gourds on the street. When Fox Chapel Publishing reached out and asked if I would review Easy Pumpkin Carving, it seemed like the perfect chance to learn something new!  Disclosure: I received the book free; post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may earn an Amazon commission. Opinions shared are mine.
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Flower Art craft kit – coloring book and paper flowers #giveaway

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Crafting isn’t my strongest skill. Though I enjoy creating, it’s very important that I have all the necessary materials at the ready. Otherwise, my crafts tend to go unfinished.  Parragon Books craft sets top my list because they contain a fully stocked kit.  Remember the Sock Monkey we shared with you?  Here’s a Flower Art version! [Read more…]

Paper Pups 3D Coloring Book – the perfect quiet indoor activity

When we went camping in Baileyton a couple of weeks ago, the weather was supposed to be rainy on a couple of days.   I received the book Paper Pups 3D Coloring for review, so I took it along with us for a quiet indoor activity. Just so you know, this post contains affiliate links, so I may earn a small commission if you use the links to make a purchase. Opinions shared are mine.

Paper Pups sounded too fun to pass on to my kids right away, so after they fell asleep, I pulled it out to play.  I was kicking myself for forgetting my markers because he needed to be colored properly before assembly.  Skipping that step, I powered through to create this masterpiece.  [Read more…]