Get Kids Crafting With The Sock Monkey Kit #giveaway ends 8/1

Disclosure: I received this kit from Parragon Books. Opinions shared are mine.

Like many moms, I have a box that contains treasures my children made when they were small.  Inside, you’d find handprint portraits, colored masterpieces, and assorted Christmas ornaments.

Thank you, daycare, for teaching my kids how to craft.

I didn’t receive the crafting gene, so I depend on other people to make it easier for me.  Even Pinterest isn’t enough; I need a boxed set with instructions.  Thankfully, Craft Factory exists.  Take this kit for example — it contains most of the supplies you’d  need to create a Sock Monkey! [Read more…]

Keepsake Coloring tin + books, pencils #giveaway

Disclosure: Thanks to Parragon for sending me this set; opinions shared are mine.

My sister has a beautiful tin collection. She’s so creative about using tins around her home to store household items.  I love seeing the newest ways she’ll use them.  Beautiful keepsake coloring tins are so versatile.  While this tin currently holds a set of gorgeous coloring pages and pencils, it can also hold artwork or important papers later. [Read more…]

Amrita Sen Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story #giveaway US ends 3/15

Disclosure: I received this book and bracelet from the publisher. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Welcome to the Feelin’ Lucky giveaway hop, hosted by MamatheFox.  Participating bloggers are linked at the bottom of the post.  Are you a fan of adult coloring books?  This new copy from noted artist Amrita Sen features ancient India-themed Hindu love story pages with text.  The blackline pages are so intricate that it’s sure to provide hours of coloring enjoyment.  It would make a beautiful gift for a friend who enjoys world travels!

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DIY Chanukah dessert kits available from Manischewitz

Disclosure: We received three sample kits. Opinions shared are mine.

Our family celebrates Christmas each year. While we don’t go all out with bells and whistles (a Christmas tree and some fudge marked the holiday for us this year), many families do many Christmas crafts and prepare baked goods just for the holiday.  Some people opt for ways to make the traditions a bit easier on the time schedule and budget.  For instance, a gingerbread house might seem like a daunting task but a premade kit could simplify the process.  It never occurred to me that those who celebrate other holidays, such as Hanukkah, would want similar convenience kits.  For example,  Manischewitz offers fun, delicious interactive kits that make a DIY Chanukah project possible.

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The Disney Art Studio kit can make the holidays bright

Disclosure: Post contains affiliate links and I received this Disney Art Studio from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine.

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Getting my holiday shopping finished before Thanksgiving may seem like a lofty goal, but it’s so worth it in the end.  By getting all the gifts purchased by November, it’s easier to enjoy the holidays.  This year, one of my nieces will be receiving the Disney Art Studio.  It’s perfect for budding artists who want to keep a little bit of Disney magic at home!  [Read more…]

Bible Journaling made simple – just add color!

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I’ve always loved experimenting with different fonts and colors. When I was a teen and had pen pals, we would trade letters decorated with our latest creations.  It was something I actively practiced and enjoyed.  When Bible Journaling became a thing, it seemed like the perfect way for me to get back into the font fun.  The artistic skills that most people pinned, though, took time.  The HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible is the answer to my Bible Journaling wishlist. [Read more…]

Turkey Day ideas – Disney art studio, games, and movies US/CAN

Disclosure: I received the Disney Art Studio kit from Thunder Bay Press. Post and giveaway form contain affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Do you remember the days of sitting at the kids’ table?  I loved holidays with the family, but there were always some boring moments where we had to listen to adult conversation.  This year, seal the deal as the favorite aunt or uncle and set out some fun art studio supplies and entertainment for the kids.  Here are some ideas to get you started!
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Get your Operation Christmas Child supplies at DollarTree

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I’ll be haunting the DollarTree doorway several times over the next few weeks. You see, it’s nearly time to attend packing parties for Operation Christmas Child! National collection week starts on November 14. The school where I teach hosts a packing party, and we’ll be packing boxes to send through our church. If you’re not familiar with that organization, I encourage you to find a drop-off location and join in on the fun. It’s a great project for scouts, Sunday School classes, and neighborhood organizations. The DollarTree has everything we need to pack several boxes for various age groups and genders. I can even have my items shipped directly to my door for just $4.95!

There are 5 families in the small group we attend, and I think we’ll likely put together a few boxes for Operation Christmas Child. It would be a great activity for us to do together!  If you’d like to host a party like this at your house, invite several families and ask them to bring small items to include in the shoeboxes.  The items can be shared among the party, so there’s  no need to specify who brings what.  Just put it all together potluck-style and make as many boxes as you can!  As the hostess, I’ll provide several items that can be included in boxes.  Here are some things I found at DollarTree that will be perfect to add to the boxes.

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Keeping tweens happy for an adult-free evening – thanks to Classroom Friendly Supplies

Disclosure: I received the adorable yellow sharpener in exchange for an honest review. Opinions shared are 100% mine.

Classroom Friendly Supplies sharpener - the BEST! savingsinseconds.com Each week, a small group from our church meets at our house for a time of fellowship.  The adults meet in one room while the kids entertain themselves in another area of the house.  Our collective kiddos range in age from toddler to pre-teen, so there’s a wide gap in interest and ability.  This week, I set out a coloring station for the kids.  The littlest children were given crayons and stickers, while the older kids had an assortment of coloring pencils and a very cool coloring book. The coloring station was a hit! Coloring isn’t only for kids, though. If you’re into adult coloring books or Bible journaling, take note!  Classroom Friendly Supplies has the best pencil sharpener I’ve ever seen!  [Read more…]

It’s the Cricut Christmas in July sale – make a list and check it twice

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With the heat of July, you might have trouble thinking about Christmas.  Believe me, it’s going to be here before we know it!  I love to get started on my holiday shopping.  Though I’ve only purchased three gifts so far, I have been actively keeping lists so that I can remember what to shop for, as sales come up.  Those of you who have a crafty or DIY person to shop for will want to check out Cricut’s price cuts.  The Cricut Christmas in July sale makes it easy to stretch your Christmas budget, especially when you’re starting early!  Right when I opened the page, there was a popup that offered a $10 savings on a $50 purchase.  That’s 20% off right away.  [Read more…]

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