Three Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Did leprechauns pay a visit to your house today? If not, treat your kids to a little St. Patrick’s Day fun with these family-friendly ideas.

Fill glass containers with gold Rollos, rainbow Skittles and cloud-like marshmallows for a festive treat. 

  1. Send your kids on a leprechaun scavenger hunt, with a sweet surprise at hidden at the end of the rainbow. This is incredibly simple to pull off by printing out and hiding these scavenger hunt clues from Jenny Cookies.
  2. Add a little green theme to your dinner tonight! We think these loaded green potatoes would be a great festive side and a sneaky way to get a little extra veggies in. All you need is a bag of Finishing Touch Baby Bakers, mashed potatoes, green onions and broccoli florets.
  3. Take a short cut and just add festive toppings to store bought doughnuts for a treat your kids are sure to love. We’re partial to this Lucky Charms topping idea.

Get in the Game by Sprucing up your Table

Your family will love your extra effort to make life fun by adding a new look to your dinner table this month.  Here’s how to use what you have to honor your little athletes and celebrate the season.

  • Dig out your kids old jerseys and line them down the center of the table as a runner. Or, if you have team pendants on your walls, take them down and repurpose them for the month as a pendant runner.
  • Nothing says international like flags. If you have little ones, make placemats of different country flags and cover them with clear contact paper.
  • Make a centerpiece: fill a vase with cut greenery from your yard; pile a clear bowl full of pine cones/nuts/ or even prize ribbons, or, grab an old trophy and place it front and center.
  • Find those little outgrown mittens, hats, and scarves and arrange them around your centerpiece.

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Organizing your Pantry

When the extra Christmas decorations begin to feel like clutter and the daylight hours are short, it is the perfect time to organize. Cupboards are like junk drawers – they need regular attention or things become lost and unused.

When you feel that organization motivation coming, seize the day and tackle your pantry!

Try this step-by-step guide for creating a little peace when you open your cupboards.

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5 New Thanksgiving Traditions

Every family has their own unique traditions – some are fun, some wacky, and some serious, but each makes the holiday a little more special. If you are looking to change things up or add a new tradition to your celebration, try out one of these activities. You may just discover your new favorite part of Thanksgiving!

  1. This Turkey Trot game is the perfect football-themed activity for a get-together with lots of little ones.
  2. Pull out old home videos or look through scrapbooks together and have fun reminiscing and sharing stories.

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Thanksgiving decoration ideas

With so much focus on the meal, decorating for Thanksgiving can often get overlooked. Here are some simple Thanksgiving table decoration ideas to help you create a holiday to remember.

  • Preserve fall leaves by ironing them between two pieces of wax paper. Cut the leaves out, leaving a tiny border of wax paper around the edges, and scatter them on your table or use them to create festive garland or streamers.
  • Use a hollowed pumpkin as a vase for an autumn colored bouquet. To preserve the centerpiece, coat the inside of the pumpkin with petroleum jelly and place flowers in a glass container inside the pumpkin.

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Have a safe and fun Halloween

kids_halloween_costumesDid you know that our celebration of Halloween actually dates back to Roman and Celtic traditions? The ancient Celts believed that on the day that separates the lighter half of the year from the darker half, spirits could pass through to the living world. To ward off unfriendly spirits, people dressed up in costumes and masks to disguise themselves as one. Nowadays, we don’t worry about protecting ourselves from evil spirits, but there are still many things to keep in mind in order to have a safe and fun Halloween.

Costumes:

  • Avoid all-black costumes or fasten reflective tape to dark costumes to increase visibility.
  • Use face paint instead of masks that can obscure vision. However, test the makeup for allergic reactions by dabbing some on the arm a day or two before Halloween. Make sure to remove all face paint before going to bed to prevent irritation.
  • Keep costume accessories, such as swords or knifes, soft and flexible.
  • Layer extra clothing underneath thin costumes to keep warm.

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Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

Halloween is the perfect holiday to have your kids’ help decorate the house. We found the best DIY projects that will allow kids of all ages to participate. They’ll have a ton of fun making these creepy decorations and you’ll save money with these super simple ideas.

  • Use paper plates, paint and colored paper to make a candy corn garland that would look cute hanging from a mantle or shelf. Learn more here.
  • Add eyes and mouths cut from black paper to white tissue paper bells and drape them with cheesecloth to make an eerie little ghost family. Click here for project idea and pictures.

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Give the Gift of a Great Meal

Know someone with a new baby on the way? Want to give a helping hand to a friend recovering from surgery? Need a housewarming gift for your new neighbor?

Help them get dinner on the table by creating a gift pack with some of your favorite Dream Dinner meals. When a life change makes thinking about dinner a thing of the past, provide your friends and family with healthy, easy meal options that will keep them going. Watch co-founder, Stephanie Allen share her quick tips on how to put together the perfect comfort food gift pack.

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August is Family Fun Month

There’s no better time to focus on having fun as a family than the last few weeks before kids go back to school. Spend a day at the beach, lake, or pool. Organize a family baseball game. Take one last family vacation. However it is you choose to take advantage of the last summer month, your whole family will benefit from a little extra time spent having fun together. Here are some ideas for 20 activities to do with your family from Parents Magazine. This sand castle scrapbook would be a fun craft to help kids to put together at the end of the summer to remember all of the fun times they had!

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Easy Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Easter EggsEgg-ceptionally simple and inexpensive to do! We’ve found the coolest egg designs sure to make your centerpiece or Easter Egg Hunt look great.

Thread Wrapped Easter Egg by Martha Stewart
Takes a super simple, contemporary approach that leaves you thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Just a little thread brings an organic décor to your egg. Get the directions 

Eggheads from Mummyknowsbest.com
This project will need a little more time, but the supplies you can find around the house and most yards.

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