DIY Valentine’s Day Lei Wreath #orientaltrading #kidfriendly #kidcrafts

As an Oriental Trading Ambassador, I am provided with products to facilitate some of my crafting posts. I do not earn affiliate commissions through any of the links in this post. A quick snowstorm dropped about an inch of snow on us last night, and I spent the evening hours rearranging our lesson plans for today to accommodate the snow. I couldn't expect the girls to sit down calmly at their desks working on worksheets all morning with the elusive white stuff outside calling their names! After all, snow is usually a once or twice a year treat around here. So, we spent the morning enjoying … [Read more...]

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Taking A Break Before I Scream

Do you ever go, go, go until you realize you just need a day of nothing? That's exactly how I feel today. I have been so busy putting together new products and orders for  Muscadine Vinyl & Gifts, homeschooling, keeping the house clean, and planning for my daughter's birthday that I decided I must take a break or scream. Ellie's 8th Birthday is tomorrow, and we have big plans. So, today is lazy day for us. It's pouring rain outside...like seriously sounds like maybe we should have built an ark last night, so it's the perfect day to do nothing. We made pancakes for late breakfast … [Read more...]

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Aubrey’s 4th Birthday Western Shindig

I am proud to be an Oriental Trading ambassador and received product to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Yesterday, I mentioned the little one turned 4. Seriously, she's FOUR y'all! Where did the time go? It seems like this was just yesterday! It definitely doesn't feel like that photo was taken four years ago, but it's time to come to terms with my baby growing up on me, even if I'm not ready for her to yet. We celebrated the big 0-4 with a Western Shindig, per little Miss Big Girl's request. What is it with both of my kids requesting cowgirl/western … [Read more...]

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Creative Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Moms today are hipper, more active, and younger at heart than our moms were at “that age”. So why give them the same old Mother’s Day gift? This year Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14. Put some thought into it now, and you just may be able to surprise your mom with the perfect gift. Instead of falling back on the standard Mother’s Day present of flowers, give her something as unique and special as she is. After all, she’s your mom. She’s always been there for you regardless of what she had going on in her own life, and she’s always put your needs before hers. Give her something worthy of … [Read more...]

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Do Children Really Benefit from Having a Pet?

As a parent, you may be used to your children asking for a pet if you don't already have a furry friend in your home. Whether it’s a dog, cat, ferret, horse or hamster, chances are you’ve dealt with your child’s pleas for a pet of their own. But, do children benefit from having a pet in the family? Animals are cute, they are fun, and they can add a new dimension to family life that was simply missing before. However, they are also very hard work and have the potential to be very expensive. In some cases, pets can even make money, too! I love this infographic made by the guys at Cash … [Read more...]

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