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We are so excited to announce our Valentine Party Pack! This pack is full of fun and games that will help you become the star of Valentine’s Day just by hitting PRINT!

We know how much you love our Valentine Printables so we wanted to put together something super special for all of you.

Valentine-Printable-pack from the Crafting Chicks

This pack includes 6 games that are sure to provide fun for hours. You could use this pack for a Valentine’s Class Party, a Valentine Party at your home, or just for fun around the house. Our kids have loved to play each of the games and we know yours will too.

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Each Valentine Party Pack contains:

  • A special Valentine’s edition of the Memory Game–Kids will want to play this game over and over even after Valentine’s Day is over.
  • Roll A Heart Man: This game is a hoot to watch and see who can build a Heart Man the quickest.
  • Valentine’s Headbands game: See who can guess the quickest, who/what they are. This game is a hoot.
  • Musical Hearts: Get out some fun music about love and watch the kids jump from heart to heart to land on the number that is called out.
  • Valentine “I Spy”: This game is a fun for everyone. Race to see who can count the correct number of images in the quickest amount of time.
  • Don’t Eat My Valentine: This is our spin on “Don’t Eat Pete,” with fun Valentine images.
  • And the BONUS: Heart Attack: Have fun showing someone how much you love them by decorating their space with hearts that tell how much you love them.

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You can purchase this pack for only $2.99.

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February Challenge Creative

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I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I try to find storage for my kids things anywhere they might use it. So the coloring books and supplies end up in my china hutch.

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It’s a pretty storage space when you’re looking at it like this. But open up the cabinet that the coloring supplies are housed in and….

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YIKES! It’s like my tupperware cabinet. Shove something in and hope it stays long enough to close the door.

So when I was walking around Michaels the other day and saw these darling chalk storage containers, I knew they were my solution. They match perfectly and were the perfect sizes. There are tons of fun things down the Maker Market isle in Michaels right now.

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First off, I cleaned out that cabinet and threw away a ton of old papers and broken crayons. By this time I had attracted the attention of my 2nd oldest. She was cooking with dad, but thought my project looked a bit more fun.

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We used the smaller crates to store the markers and crayons. I wrote on each of the chalk board sides with the chalk markers I purchased at Michaels as well. She loved helping add those into the crates.

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Next we made a bin for the coloring books, which I swear multiply. Then I needed an answer for all those homework woes, so I added in a homework bin. Each day after school, my girls are to unload their papers into this bin. I can then go through and trash what we don’t need and keep what we need to work on or what I want to save for later. This might be my favorite part!

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Then we came up with a configuration of the bins that would be most useful. Coloring book bin is in the back on the bottom, with the markers and crayons in front. My logic here is that they can grab those things if they need them for homework or anything, whereas the coloring books can be pulled out afterwards if that’s what they really want. The homework bin is on top for easy access. Did I mention that I’m excited for that one?

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I love how the storage bins fit perfectly and slide out like little drawers. The answer to my prayers!

And there you have it! It looks a lot better then it did.

If are looking for more ideas, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!

 



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 Each year I like to sit down and evaluate what I’ve accomplished and what I need to do better. Some people do this as a resolution, some use a Word of the Year. It hit me this past year that my girls could really benefit from setting goals and feeling a sense of accomplishment once they reached a goal. So I came up with this little printable. Helping Kids Set Goals Worksheet that is a free download for you to use with your own children.
I’m excited because this year we were able to team up with Horizon Organic, to show how easy it is to teach children to plan out goals, and especially find a way to eat healthy while doing it.
Here’s how we started!
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For the first section on the printable I asked my girls, “What is 1 thing new you’d like to try this year?” We are working on eating healthier as a family, but sometimes they don’t want to try the new veggies or fruits I bring home. They decided that they wanted to try new foods. (It kinda counts as more than one new thing, but if it’s helping them eat healthier, hey I’ll go for it.)
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 The second question I asked is, “What are 2 ways you can serve others?” I love incorporating service into their thoughts. So much of a child’s mind revolves around themselves. I’ve learned that as a parent, if I ask them to serve they are more than happy to and end up LOVING the resulting feelings. It’s never too young to teach them how to serve.
The third question on the sheet is, “What are 3 things I want to learn?”  We got a variety of answers from each girl. From learning to sew, to learning how to play the flute. We will see how much I can help out with those
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The 4th question is, “What are 4 things I want to get better at?” I think it’s important for children to work on being better at something. Weather it’s sports, reading, writing or coloring, there is always room for improvement.
The final question to ask, “Where are 2 places you want to go?” You can keep this in reason or have them reach for the stars. Our girls settled on Disneyland and a hike we’ve wanted to try as a family.
My girls had such a fun time working on this. They even invited friends to do a sheet too. I’m having them post the goal sheets next to their beds so they can be reminded and work on their goals through out the year.

Here’s the printable for you to download a Kids Goal sheet for your children. Download Black

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


One of my New Year’s resolution is to plan better. To take control. To be proactive and not reactive.

In order to be proactive at home I know that I’ll need to have a plan. I used do pretty well at flying by the seat of my pants, but have recently realized that there might be a better way for me. So I’m going to give planning a chance. I made up this simple chart to help me. There is so much packed into this bad boy that I’m actually giddy over it! I’ve taken some ideas I know will work and some I think may work for me and combined them on one sheet of paper to hang on my fridge. The idea is that Sunday mornings I’ll print a new one and start plotting out my week.

Week at a Glance

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There’s a box for every day of the week, duh. And a box for notes. Right now it is being used as my shopping list.

There’s a line for me to plan a menu in advance. I’ve never been a meal planner and I know even trying to plan a week at a time is setting myself up for failure, so as long as I have the next day filled out before I go to bed it will be doing its job. By having a dinner plan before 3 pm will put me in control of that situation.

The next line is for housework. This is my take on the FlyLady system. Everyday I’ll pick an area to spend 10 minutes working on and eventually my house will be immaculate (ha!). Even if it isn’t immaculate it will be better than it was before. Its all about the baby steps!

The dots at the bottom are to keep me accountable to myself. The top 2 are for exercise. Each dot represents a half hour, The next line of 5 is for my servings of fruits and vegetables and the bottom 8 are for glasses of water. I’ll put a check mark in the bubble to keep track. Hopefully there are no empty bubbles at the end of the day.

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So there it is, my effort to plan ahead while still allowing the flexibility I know I need. Feel free to download your own weekly planner and join me in being proactive in 2016!

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Cold and Flu Essentials Every Home Needs

Cold and Flu season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I like to be prepared for it. I honestly hope and pray we all don’t get it, but a cold is hard to miss.

Here are my tops picks for Cold and Flu Essentials Every Homes Needs.

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Vicks BabyRub

Vicks BabyRub

I loved giving my babies and toddlers massages with a little Vicks BabyRub when they were sick. It seemed to help relax and calm them for naps and bedtime.

A must have for Cold and Flu Season

Simply Saline

I LOVED these when my babies were sick. I know it seems like torture but they can breath so much better with all that gunk out of their noses.

Simply Saline Swabs

Simply Saline Swabs

These swabs do the same thing as the sprays, but don’t irritate the babies and toddlers. Win/win!

NoseFrida The Snot Sucker Nasal Aspirator

NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

Yes I know this looks disgusting but it comes highly recommended Dr’s.

DoTerra Breath

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Now that my girls are a little older, I will rub a little bit of doTerra Breath on them when they are sick. It really seems to open up their airways.

Sore Throat/Cough

 

Zarbees Cough Medicine

Zarbee’s Natural Cough Syrup

I discovered Zarbees with my first daughter and I’m so glad I did. It uses honey and other natural ingredients to help kids feel better.

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Luden’s Wild Cherry Throat Drops

I find that my kids can’t handle the really strong cough drops, but these are perfect.

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My girls also love these Halls Breezers, Cool Berry.

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Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

I honestly have 3 cool mist humidifiers in my home. I store them where they are easy to access because coughs come at night. My best tip for a humidifier, is to buy one that doesn’t have a filter to replace. Those get costly and honestly I don’t have time to worry about that when I’m taking care of sick kids.

Fever/Aches and Pains

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Vick’s Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer

I actually went to a lecture a few years back by a fantastic Pediatrician, Meg Meeker. She raved about these behind the ear thermometers and I have to agree. My babies would never hold still for forehead scan. And forget any other type of thermometer. This one is done in seconds and shows the past temperatures so you can see if the fever is raging or has come down.

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Children’s Tylenol

I always make sure I have this in stock.

Getting Rid of Germs!

Zarbees Elderberry Gummies

Zarbees Naturals Mighty Bee Gummy Immune Support

My girls love to take these tummies. They each have a burst of Elderberry, Vitamin C and Zinc help support the immune system.

Clorox Wipes

Clorox Wipes

Any kind of wipe that will kill germs is good by me. I wipe down all the areas that get touched that I might miss on a regular clean. Make sure door knobs, light switches, phones, and remotes get a good cleaning.

Nature's Miracle Floor Cleaner

Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover

This came highly recommended from a friend. It removes the smell of throw-up, and any stains from it, in minutes. This is a definite “must-have-on-hand” item!

So did I catch it all? What would you add to my list?

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2015 in Review Free Printable Sharing a fun printable to kick off 2016!  My kids will love to fill this out tomorrow on New Year’s Eve.  It’s a great page to add to those memory books each year.  Have your kids fill out their favorites, best memories, and all good things from 2015…and a goal or something they are looking forward to in 2016!

You can download my 2015 in Review Free Printable below in pink or blue.
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Protect your Family in 2016

 

I want to do anything to protect my family, especially with the internet.  I have loved my Circle with Disney.  It allows me to set appropriate filters on devices, track the internet and see what my kids are seeing…and my favorite, I can pause and stop the devices.  This is such a great thing to be able to do at bedtime, family dinner time and just when we all need a break from our devices.

OUR FAMILY GIFT PICK for 2015:  CIRCLE WITH DISNEY

Check out Circle with Disney!

Every family needs this in their home.

PURCHASE HERE:  CIRCLE WITH DISNEY

Are you tired of letting the Internet dictate what your family is exposed to? Not Anymore! With Circle, you are the boss!

4 Awesome things you can EASILY do with Circle:

1. Set appropriate filters for EACH DEVICE. Use the pre-designed ones or customize your own.

2. Track where your family is spending their time online.

3. Give your devices a BED TIME!

4. PAUSE the internet! Yes. you. can.

Get control of the Internet and give your family this gift.

If you are still not convinced, read what these Circle

customers are saying about it:

“As the father of four kids from elementary through college age, I am not exaggerating when I

say Circle is EXACTLY the device I have been looking for to control the internet

in my house. Circle truly is peace of mind in a little white box.” – WayneStocks

“Circle has literally changed our lives and how our family spends time on the internet. My

worries of what my children could be exposed to online has changed overnight

by the use of Circle. I can pause the internet anytime making getting chores or

homework done much easier these days.” -Terra Nyce

“Circle makes it easy for me to protect my kids online, monitor usage across all our

home’s devices, and create conversations with the entire family. It’s rare that

something is simple and effective, but Circle is both.” — MichaelLukaszewski

As the father of four kids from elementary through college age, I am not exaggerating

when I say Circle is EXACTLY the device I have been looking for to control the internet

in my house. Circle truly is peace of mind in a little white box. —Wayne Stocks

I have to tell you this has been HUGE for our family. We have teens and being able to

see what they are doing on every device is a game changer. —Rebecca Phillips

Circle has literally changed our lives and how our family spends time on the internet. My

worries of what my children could be exposed to online has changed overnight by the

use of Circle. I can pause the internet anytime making getting chores or homework done

much easier these days. —Terra Nyce

Circle makes it easy for me to protect my kids online, monitor usage across all our

home’s devices, and create conversations with the entire family. It’s rare that something

is simple and effective, but Circle is both. — Michael Lukaszewski

Here are some Press Quotes:

“If the Internet is the wild, wild, West, then Circle is the new sheriff in town. Only you

control the sheriff, and you do it with a dead-simple mobile app.” – Digital Trends

“Circle Is A Disney-Backed Blackhat Box To Control Family Screen Time.” -FastCompany

“Our mission with Circle is to redefine how families connect with the Internet, and

ultimately with each other,” Circle Media founder Jelani Memory said.

“Circle speaks to a trend. More and more, we’re seeing complicated networking

protocols and equipment simplified for domestic use.” – FastCompany

“Disney has something that will keep your child safe on the Internet, and it’s not a

snowman that sings about summer.” – The Deseret News National Edition

“Circle With Disney could not come at a better time for families.” – The Deseret News National Edition

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This post is sponsored by Dispy Dabber, but all opinions are my own.

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If you are anything like me putting Christmas decor away is a whole day project. I feel like I need to clean out, dejunk, and scrub down anything that had Christmas decorations. Maybe it’s because I have a clean slate once all the Christmas decorations are down. I wanted to share with you my favorite things to do to get my home cleaned after the holidays. And really, this would work anytime you want to refresh.
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First off I made this bright printable checklist that you could store in with your Christmas decor. That way you will have it from year to year.

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I love to enlist the help of my kids in getting everything cleaned up and put away. It’s nice for them to have responsibility. It also helps them take ownership in our Christmas decorations and the rest of the house when they get a chance to help put things away and place things where you want them to go.

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I especially love their help with the tree.

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tips-for-cleaning-up-after-Christmas On the printable above I have explanations on what to do and why you’ll want to do it. When it comes to the touch-up paint, you might be saying, “Are you kidding me?” I’m really not and let me tell you why.

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We found this amazing product, Dipsy Dabber–It’s a gamer changer.

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You pour your paint in the can.

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Add a little sample color on the label.

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Write all the paint information on the label.

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Now all you need to do is clean and spackle the wall and once it’s dry, use your Dipsy Dabber to touch up that paint.

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It’s so easy my 9 year-old wanted to do it. She was pretty dang good at it.

Wanna see it all in action. Check out this video from Heather Cluff.

Dibsy Dabber wants our readers to be able to try out the Dibsy Dabber. You can enter code “dipsydab” at check out to save 10%. Offer ends on 12/21/2015.

But we want also wanted to do a giveaway! Three readers will each win a 10 pack. Enter below.

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Felt Celebrate Banner sm banner 11 I had the funnest time making this sweet & fancy CELEBRATE banner.  I love banners for anything…any holiday or occasion.  This is the perfect banner to pull out for any occasion…even when your kids get an A on their spelling test!  Ha!

I love working with felt. With this felt craft, I used my new hot glue gun from Elmers, and the less mess hot glue sticks.  Game changer with felt I tell you!  Before, all of my felt projects would have those stringy glue strands…all over!  I spent an hour picking off the glue strings.  With these new Hot Glue sticks…there wasn’t one string!  It made the crafting process much more enjoyable:) sm banner 8 To make this Gold & Felt Celebrate banner, you will need:

-3 pieces of white stiff felt (9×12)

Elmers (less mess) Glue Sticks and Glue Gun

-Gold ribbon or twine

-Sparkly chipboard letters (I used my Cricut to cut out the gold letters that spell CELEBRATE) sm banner 3 First, cut each felt piece into 4 1/2 x 6 inch rectangles.  You will need 9 of them. sm banner 1 At the bottom, cut out a triangle shape to make the pennant.  Do this for all of the rectangles. sm banner 2 Using the hot glue gun, glue the sparkly gold letters on each banner piece. sm banner 4 Now, glue the gold cording on the top of each banner piece.  Space the white pennants about 1 inch apart. sm banner 5 sm banner 6 Let dry for a few minutes. sm banner 7 sm banner 9 Now!  Hang and enjoy and celebrate!!

For more inspiration on hot glue projects and other fun DIY crafts, follow Elmer’s on Instagram and Pinterest, or sign up for their Craft-It newsletter.
Elmer’s Hot Glue Guns and Sticks are available in Michaels stores.

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This post is sponsored by Heidi Swapp  I was selected for this opportunity as a community member of Snap. All content and opinions are my own. 

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One of our favorite Christmas ideas is the 12 days of Christmas.   My family finds an older woman in our neighborhood, and we leave them little goodies 12 days in a row.  We love to find someone who could use a little extra love this Christmas season.

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This year, when I saw Heidi Swapp’s Holiday line for Christmas treats, and treat packages, I knew we had to use them for our 12 Days.  I love how they all coordinate.  I’m excited to share the ideas we came up with for all 12 days.

This new line by Heidi is now available exclusively in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.  These pretty products range from cookie baking tools to holiday card kits and packaging.  It’s all so dreamy and pretty!  But move fast because they have a limited amount of product…& you can get these items online or in the store.

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After cutting out the numbers, you can tape or glue them to your packages. sm 12 days all 3 Day 1:  For the first day, we wrapped up our favorite treat.  Cadburry Mini’s for Christmas wrapped up in this pretty gold polka dot box.
sm 12 days 1 Day 2:  Cuties!  We love these oranges and had to share in this striped box. sm 12 days 2 Day 3:  A gift card to a favorite store in this cute package. sm 12 days 3 Day 4:  A sweet mug with delicious Hot cocoa mix wrapped up in this striped mini stocking. sm 12 days 4 Day 5:  A mini stocking filled with a favorite candy bar. sm 12 days 5 Day 6:  A warm head wrap tied up with a cute tag.
sm 12 days 6 Day 7:  Sweet Holiday snowflake cookie cutters. sm 12 days 7 Day 8:  A yummy bottle of lotion. sm 12 days 8 Day 9:  Nail polished wrapped up in polka-dot cellophane. sm 12 days 9 Day 10:  The cutest mason jar snow globe with sweet little trees and deer. sm 12 days 10 Day 11:  Mini drawstring bag filled with our favorite mint holiday M & M’s. sm 12 days 11 Day 12:  Ending the 12 days with these gorgeous gold foil cards.
sm 12 days 12 sm 12 days all 2 Can you imagine how happy this 12 days idea could make someone you know?  Maybe someone who needs to be uplifted and loved this Christmas season.  We are excited for our round this year!  The kids love getting in on it…and they LOVE being my secret elves. sm 12 days of christmas numbers Download Black

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