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15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summer is almost here… I can feel it!  School is almost out, the weather is getting warmer… it’s time to have some fun with the kiddos!  We’ve gathered 15 of our favorite summer ideas for you today.  There’s a little something for everyone.  What’s on your summer list?

15 Fun Summer Ideas

40 Indoor & Outdoor Summer Boredom Busters from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Nature Explorer Journal from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

DIY Summer Tent from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summer Picnic Blanket from She Wears Flowers

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

DIY Library Bags & Tags from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Build Your Own Drink Stand/Puppet Theater from Dream Crafter

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

DIY Rain Stick from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Grandma’s Camp from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summer Cloud Paintings from Simple Simon and Company

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

Summertime Scattergories from The Crafting Chicks

Summertime Scattergories Printable

Summer Fun Chart from The Crafting Chicks

Summer Fun Chart - Printable

Summer Fruit Garland Printable from Kiki and Company

Summer Fruit Garland - Printable

Summer Activity Jars and Grab Bags from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

How to Ride a Bike from The Crafting Chicks

How to ride a bike

Cookies and Cream Pudding Pops from The Crafting Chicks

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!

15 fun Summer Ideas - printables, kids activities, recipes, crafts, and so much more!


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Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

I’ve been eyeing these watches on every visit to Michael’s (which is a lot!) and the last time I was there they were on sale 2 for 1. So, obviously I stocked up. I thought they’d make great gifts, although I didn’t really have anyone in mind. I just knew for that price they were coming home with me. Let’s note that this is NOT a sponsored post by Michael’s, I just like to have a well stocked gift drawer in my arsenal. You can find a wide assortment of jelly watches here as well. Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

Last night was my daughter’s dance recital and as I was running through ideas of little gifts we could gift her teachers I remembered this stash of watches.

Last year I made a printable as an end of year teacher gift that went with a watch. The little saying on it has never been one of my favorites, so I decided to play with the word TIME this time around. Which I think leaves this printable open to be used for so much more than just school teacher.  Dance Teacher – Piano Teacher – Church Teacher – Swim Teacher. What other type of teacher would this work for?

Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

I used the template from last year to create this year. But these watches are way different from the ones I used last time. The holes at the bottom of the tag are intended for the watch to be done up in the back. These jelly watches lay flat really well. So I moved tome things around and came up with having the slits in the middle.

Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

With the watch laying flat, the card easily slips into a long envelope. If you don’t want to bother with an envelope you can use washi tape to secure the watch in the back.

Great Time - Watch Teacher Gift Idea

I left the background white so it can be printed on different colors of cardstock to go with difference colors of watches. We printed on teal cardstock to put the white watches with and they were super cute.

 

Both the bottom and middle opening versions are available on this download:

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You can find last year’s watch printable here:

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Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Summer is almost here… I can feel it!  (Or maybe I’m just tired of the daily school routine and I’m dreaming of summer!)  Either way, we’ve gathered some of our favorite Summer Porch Ideas for you today.  It’s time to get that porch ready for lazy summer days in the shade and cool summer nights eating your tabletop s’mores!

Summer Porch Ideas

DIY Moss Letters from The Crafting Chicks

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

DIY Welcome Post from Little Bit of Paint

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Children’s Arbor Bench from The Crafting Chicks

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Painted Striped Concrete Floor from Lolly Jane

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Chandelier Planter Tutorial from DIY Show Off

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Table Top S’mores from The Crafting Chicks

Tabletop S'mores - perfect for summer nights!

DIY Summer Banner The Happy Scraps

DIY Summer Banner - Pallet Sign

Drop Cloth Porch Curtains from Old Things New

Drop Cloth Porch Curtains - Love this simple privacy solution!

Mason Jar Herb Garden from Home Remedies

Mason Jar Herb Garden right outside your back door!

Beach Towel & Bathing Suit Rack from The Summery Umbrella

DIY Beach Towel Rack

DIY Magical Lights in your Fairy Garden from Little Tudor on the Prairie

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!

Summer Porch Ideas - Moss Wreath, Planters, DIY Sign Post, Painted Cement, Herb Garden, Tabletop S'mores, Porch Curtains and so much more!


Springtime Blooming Tree Kids Craft

Today I’m over at Oriental Trading Co. Blog, sharing this fun Springtime Blooming Tree Kids Craft. A fun project to do with kids on a rainy day or any day. This project is a great way to keep the kids busy without making the house a mess.

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This project was so fun and easy. Especially if you use the free printable tree that is available over on the Oriental Trading blog.

Each child will shine through with this project. They are able to use their personal creativity to make a Springtime Blooming Tree that is just for them.

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So if you are looking for a great way to keep your kids busy on a rainy day, or any day.

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Father's Day Handprint Tree 2016 It seems like every year I get an email earlier and earlier to see if we are posting a new Father’s Day Handprint Tree. Well, no need to email or worry because here it is, Father’s Day Handprint Tree 2016.

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All you’ll need is:

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Begin by painting your child’s hand with the green paint of your choice. It’s tricky with little ones, so make sure you have wipes on hand.

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Carefully place their hand on the tree and press gently on each finger so that the print is nice and shows up.

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So cute huh! Since I have 3 girls, they each get a branch. If you have more kids, you can add more handprints and make a bigger tree. If you have less kids, have them do more hands.

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I’m kinda in love with these and so are my girls. They love to give them as gifts. And I think the grandpa’s love them too.

Here’s another link to the download. Remember all printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Please do not alter or claim as your own. It’s good karma to leave a comment when downloading.
Each download will open in a new window. You can print from that window, or save by right clicking and saving there.

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Balloon-Baby-Gender-Reveal-Party

Don’t you just love baby showers? I’m a huge fan of the new Gender Reveal party trend. It didn’t happen when I was having my babies. We just told people we were having a girl. Where’s the fun in that?

I have a cute friend that is pregnant and I asked if I could do a gender reveal party for her. I was so in love with the little details but especially this gender reveal table.

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I added simple decor like glitter jars, flowers, a fringe banner, and of course pink and blue balloons! I love how the balloons just made it all come together.

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This party may look fancy smancy, but honestly is was super easy. I snagged one of the Balloon Time helium tanks to make decorating super easy and fast.

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I grab balloons in the colors that I wanted and was able to inflate what I needed when I needed them. I love having a tank on hand for random balloon needs.

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That cute chalkboard box played an important part. Inside I placed a balloon revealing what my friend was going to have.

First I filled a blue balloon, just enough so it would float and fit inside the box. Then shoved it down quickly and put the lid on.
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Balloon Baby Gender Reveal Party

Balloon Baby Gender Reveal Party

Then when she opened the box the blue balloon floated on out. Ta-dah!

It was so cute and tons of fun.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Balloon Time. The opinions and text are all mine.


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes!!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! And what is better than ice cream? Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes!!

Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes are the ultimate easy no bake dessert!

 

Hi Crafting Chicks fans! It’s Keri from Shaken Together and this month, I am sharing another easy, no bake dessert with you. No bake desserts are pretty much my jam. I love a good no bake cookie, a fun way to dress up store bought cupcakes or a quick dessert dip to wow your guests. These mini donut ice cream sundaes are the perfect way to say hello Summer, happy birthday or yay for Friday!!

I mean, when you start off with the most adorable sprinkle frosted donuts, the cute factor can only go up!

Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes are the cutest sprinkled no bake dessert perfect for Summer!

These sundaes are SO easy … just plop a scoop of ice cream on top of a mini donut, add sprinkles (or hot fudge, a whoosh of whipped cream or a drizzle of caramel), grab a spoon and dig in!

These Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes are the easiest, sprinklicious no bake dessert ever!

Want to know my secret for getting mini ice cream scoops for these mini sundaes? A cookie scoop! It makes the perfect mini sized scoop and the lever mechanism pops it right out on top of the donut.

The secret to mini scoops of ice cream for our Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes? A cookie scoop!

To make serving these mini donut ice cream sundaes easy (and not to mention adorable), I use colorful cupcakes papers. Each cupcake paper is the perfect size to hold one mini donut and catches any drips or crumbs!

Colorful cupcake papers are the easiest (and most adorable) way to serve our Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes!

Mini Donut Ice Cream Sundaes
Ingredients
  • Mini donuts
  • Ice cream
  • Your favorite ice cream toppings
Instructions
  1. Place each mini donut in a cupcake paper.
  2. Just before serving, use a cookie scoop (or a spoon) to add a scoop of ice cream to the top of each donut.
  3. Garnish with hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream or sprinkles!
These mini donut ice cream sundaes are serious fun and since they are small – just a few bites each – they are easy to eat for little hands and provide just enough sugar to satisfy a sweet tooth! Wouldn’t it be fun to set up a mini donut ice cream sundae bar?! Cake donuts with birthday cake ice cream … coconut donuts with vanilla ice cream and caramel … powdered donuts with strawberry ice cream and fresh berries … the combinations are endless!

Mini Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches - top your favorite mini donut with a mini scoop of ice cream! They may be mini, but they pack BIG time fun!

If you are craving more easy no-bake desserts, take a peek at a few more of my favorites!

Banana Split Cookies from Shaken Together - no bake and SO fun!

Banana Split Cookies – topped with fruit, frosting & hot fudge!

Strawberry Marshmallow Dip from Shaken Together - just 2 easy ingredients!

Strawberry Marshmallow Dip – just 2 easy ingredients!

Cheesecake Banana Splits from Shaken Together - move over ice cream, cheesecake is here!

Cheesecake Banana Splits – move over ice cream, cheesecake is here!


Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever – made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot.  This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Hello there!  This is Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Today, I am very excited to share one of my favorite jam recipes.  This Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever recipe really does live up to it’s name.  It’s made with 3 simple ingredients and is so fresh and delicious.  Strawberry season will be soon and you will want to save this recipe.  This jam is perfect on toast and bagels in the morning, yogurt for a snack, or on top of ice cream for dessert.  There really is no wrong way to eat strawberry jam.  Sometimes I just dig in with a spoon.

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

The three ingredients you will need for this jam recipe are fresh strawberries, granulated sugar, and fresh lime juice.  Start by washing one 16 oz container of fresh strawberries.  Then hull and dice the strawberries into large chunks.  Add the prepared strawberries into a medium size sauce pot.  Next, add granulated sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice into the sauce pot with the strawberries.

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Stir ingredients over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Increase the heat and bring mixture to a rolling boil.  Stir and mash strawberries frequently and continue to boil, until jam has thickened (about 10 minutes).  I like to use a potato masher because I think it is easier to mash the strawberries, but you could also use the back of a wooden spoon.  Then transfer the jam to a clean mason jar and cool to room temperature.  Seal the jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator up to 10 days.  My jam never lasts that long because I eat it up in just a couple of days.

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever
This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!
Ingredients
  • 16 oz strawberries, washed, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pot, add prepared strawberries, granulated sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice.
  2. Stir ingredients over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes). Increase the heat and bring mixture to a rolling boil. Stir and mash strawberries frequently and continue to boil, until jam has thicken (about 10 minutes).
  3. Transfer the jam to a clean mason jar and cool to room temperature. Seal the jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator up to 10 days.
 

Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever - made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!

Thank you for letting me share my Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

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Mother's Day Handprint Flower 2016

I’m a sucker for anything handprint from my girls. I love seeing the growth from year to year through their hands. You probably know this because I like to post project and gift ideas using handprints. Of course I had to make another Mother’s Day Handprint Flower Printable for 2016.

These always make a fun gift for grandmas too because it’s one of a kinda artwork from their favorite children.

They are quick but can be messy so I suggest having some wet wipes nearby. Also, clothes that are okay to have paint on them, and a surface that could get paint on it. 😉

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Other then the suggestions above, you’re going to need the free printable, which you can download below, some paint, a paper plate to put the paint on, and a paint brush.

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Paint your child’s hand so that you can control the amount. Then they can place the hand on a stem.

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You can also let them use their creativity to make flowers with their fingers or thumbs.

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This can get on the messy side so beware and have your wipes handy.

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I loved watching how she made each flower.

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A fun little action shot of her showing me her painted thumb.

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And there you have it. You can have each child complete one page each, or have each child do only one flower. This project is so fun and each one is unique.

To download the 3 stem option click below

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And to download the 4 stem option click below

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All printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Not for resale or commercial use. If posting please link back. And if you download it’s good karma to leave a comment.


Mother's Day Gift Guide Every Type of Mom on thecraftingchicks.com

We are so excited to bring you our Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016! We’ve rounded up our favorites gift ideas from some amazing shops.  These are things that we either have and love or wish we had. We’ve also found some great deals on some of these, but you have to act fast. An make sure you snag something for yourself!

Without further adieu

The Crafting Chicks Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Fashionista Mom on thecraftingchicks.com

The Fashionista Mom is always on trend. Here are our tops picks:

NuMe Mother’s Day Gift Pack: Who doesn’t love having beautiful hair? NuMe has a great line of hair care and products as well as the tools that will make your hair look it’s best. The blow dryer is so compact and lightweight and works fast. NuMe has a special deal for Crafting Chicks readers: $179 Curl Jam + Bold Dryer + White Shampoo and Conditioner by using Promo Code:  CRAFTC179

Every mom loves a nice comfy T-shirt. We are loving this  Super Mom Tees that is now available from Cents of Style. The shirt and a set of cute pop-art inspired bracelets are $29.95, but through Friday, you can get $7 off with code SUPERMOM.
Charmed Collections beautiful handmade jewelry that is sure to make everyone smile. We LOVE the ladies behind Charmed Collections and we asked them to give you all a special coupon code. You won’t find this anywhere else. For 20% off enter code: CHICKSLOVEDCHARMED at checkout. Good until May 15, 2016
Oh, and check our Instagram account for a flash giveaway. 😉
Baker/Chef Mom has dinner under control. Here are our tops picks to inspire creativity in the kitchen:
A true kitchen has these fun yet functional Flexible Cutting Mat with Food IconsThey are easy to store and lightweight. I’ve given these as a gift many times along with a favorite functional knife set.
For the chef that has everything, make sure they have an Electric Pressure Cooker. This one has great reviews and it’s the one I’ve been eyeing for a while now. One day I’ll get one.
Our Best Bites isn’t just an amazing website with yummy recipes. These ladies have a shop that is chuck full of kitchen goodness. The best part is that you can save 15% until Friday the 29th by using  code MOM15 on your entire order.
For those wanting to be more chef like but not sure where to start, there’s Plated.
Plated delivers fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to your door so that you can relax and enjoy the cooking experience. Each week, 7 chef-designed recipes are featured on the menu. The dishes include 4 healthy meat & fish options and 3 unique vegetarian dishes. All of the ingredients you need arrive fresh to your door. Read through your step-by-step recipe cards & get ready to cook up some fun!It’s as simple as 1-2-3.
1.    You choose your meals.
2.    They deliver fresh ingredients.
3.    You cook a delicious meal.
KitchenAid We love our KitchenAid’s for oh so many reasons.
But we also love our Bosch’s. Please don’t make us choose which one to live without. Make sure the baker or chef in your life doesn’t have to live without one of these amazing machines.

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Fit Mom on thecraftingchicks.com

Strong – Fit Mom hits the streets or gym with ease. She actual likes to work out and enjoys showing the kids how to fun exercise is. Here are our top picks:

Charge HR FitBit, well any FitBit really, is sure to make her heart skip a beat. These things are addicting and make you want to move around a lot.

Wireless earbuds are the new thing at the gym. These are a great price and have 5 stars on Amazon.

Swim suit season is hitting fast. Getting a great swimsuit from Athleta is sure to make anyone happy. I’ve gotten my last few from here and I love them. Great fit and they last.  You can also

Everyone needs to hydrate when they’re working up a sweat. The CamelBak Podium Big Chill Water Bottle is my favorite. For running, biking, or lifting at the gym you are ready for this anything with these bottles.

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Creative Mom on thecraftingchicks.com

The Creative Mom is always finding something clever and creative to do. She loves trying new things and can’t wait to finish old projects. Our tops pics are:

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils are the best. Soft, thick cores are perfect for shading and shadows. The thick leads resist cracking and chipping making them perfect for adult coloring books. 

Everyone wants to have stunning artwork for their home. We love the prints at Minted. Minted has amazing artwork from independent artist. There are prints for every style and taste. For Crafting Chicks Readers Minted is offering 15% off by using SPRING16 (exclusive fine art and home decor)

But maybe your creative mom wants to learn how to paint and make her own artwork. Now she can take any class she wants to. CreativeBug is an online classroom that is self paced and ready when you are. The class list is extensive from sewing children’s clothing and quilts to drawing basics and watercolor. Getting a subscription is sure to make this mom happy!



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