how will you be kind today?

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February is filled with hearts, candy and lots of talk about love and romance. We love to make Valentine’s Day fun for our kids with heart shaped treats, DIY valentines and decorations, but we also like to use this time of year to talk about kindness. There are a million ways to be kind, and even a small act can make a big impact. We are excited to partner with Primary to be part of their How Will You Be Kind Today? project. For the month of February they are focusing on small acts that equal big kindness.

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We asked our kids to think about acts of kindness they could do for neighbors, friends and family. We loved the things they said. “I will share my toys with my brother.” “I will help my mom put away the dishes.” “I will write a note to my grandmother.” “I will bring my teacher a flower.”  We cut out hearts on colored card stock using our heart template and asked our kids to write their acts of kindness.

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We have also found some great books that talk about kindness or illustrate acts of kindness in a ways that kids can understand. A few of our favorites include A Sick Day for Amos McGee, My Color is Rainbow, Pete the Cat Valentine’s Day is Cool, Little Blue Truck and The Little Engine that Could.

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Whether it’s saying something nice to a friend, helping around the house, or writing a thank you note; spreading a little love and kindness is always a good idea!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Hallman + Ashley

 

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i heart u card

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Who doesn’t just love opening the mail to find a handmade Valentine? No matter who the card is from, it can really brighten anyone’s day. While we think our kid’s DIY Valentines are almost too cute for words this year, we wanted to come up with a fun Valentine craft that could double as a card.  We created our own version of 3-D Valentine card the kids can help make. To make it even easier, we’ve created a printable valentines-day-card template for the “Be mine” card!

Supplies:

Start by printing our valentines-day-card template onto the card stock. Then cut out each card and fold them in half.

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Next, punch a hole on the outer edge of the front and back flap of the folded card. To get the small hole, we used a Martha Stewart hole punch, which we like because it has three different punch sizes, but you can use a regular hole punch if that’s what you already have.

Let the kids help make several large heart punches using the heart hole punch and pink card stock. Then cut several pieces of baker’s twine that are 12 inches long.

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Now you’re ready to make the “eye-heart-u” portion of the card. We started by placing the heart on the baker’s twine first because that made it easier to make sure the google eyes and letter U were placed in the right position. Let the kids place glue dots on one side of one of the heart punches. Then lay the baker’s twine on top of the glue dots, so that the heart is centered in the middle of he piece of twine. Next, place a second heart punch directly on top of the first.

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To attach the google eye, let the kids place glue dots on the back of one google eye. They lay the google eye on the table with the glue side up, and place the baker’s twine on top of it so that the google eye is bout 1/2 inch to the left of the heart. Then place a second google eye on top of the first google eye, sandwiching the google eyes between the twine.

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Lay a “U” sticker with the sticky side up o your work surface. Then place the baker’s twine on top too the “U” so that the “U” is 1/2 inch to the right of the heart. Place a second “U” sticker on top of the first.

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Open the Be mine card and place the “eye-heart-u” baker’s twine on top of the card. Tie the right side of the baker’s twine to the hole on the right side of the card so that the knot is about 1/2 inch from the “U”.

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Next, thread the left side of the baker’s twine through the hole on the left side of the card and then fold the card shut. To finish off the card, tie the two ends of twine together in a bow and place it in a festive colored envelope!

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For more Valentine’s Day craft ideas be sure to check out our kid’s Valentine themed crafts from last year and the year before. There are so many to choose from that you’ll be able to keep those little hands busy all week long!

Happy making!

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Ashley + Hallman

diy kid’s valentines

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Now that February is a mere 24 hours away, our kids are just itching to get started on their classroom Valentine’s cards. They love handing out their Valentine’s to friends, and get especially excited about the little party favor attached to each one. Our kids like to use anything from fun toys like silly straws, mini paint sets and bubbles to colorful lollipops. This year we found these lip whistles and we just knew they would make the perfect Valentine, and with our printable lip whistle template they are a cinch for anyone to make!

Supplies:

  • Lip Whistles (we found ours at Party City, but you can also find them on Amazon)
  • White card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots

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Start by printing our lip whistle Valentine template onto white card stock. Then cut out each card along the dotted line.

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Let you or your child write their names on the bottom line next to the heart.

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Secure a lip whistle to each card using a glue dot, and voila! Your classroom Valentine’s are ready to go! For more printable class Valentine templates and ideas feel free to check out our posts from last year and the year before.

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Ashley + Hallman

Our favorite posts of 2016

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What a year! This year has flown by in the blink of an eye. Before we get with new posts for 2017, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite posts of 2016.

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Jane Can Make

We love to DIY. This year one of our favorite posts was our DIY embroidered denim. We had so much fun adding monograms to our favorite jeans. We also loved making our moss wreath and are starting to think we need to bring some more green in our homes now that the holiday decorations are down.

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Jane Can Celebrate

Everyone knows how much we love a holiday. We love to decorate, make special treats and get crafty for every holiday. While you won’t be thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas for awhile, the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day are just around the corner.

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We have both been very focused on updating our homes this past year, so we are always looking for home ideas, from front doors to outdoor spaces to interiors. There is no such thing as too much home inspiration!

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Jane Can Cook

We tend to make a lot of special snacks for school and sweet treats for our kids. Our kids love to help whenever they can so the simpler the recipe the better. Our marshmallow pops have been one of our most popular post this year, because they truly are the easiest snack ever!

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Jane Can Play

Our No Carve DIY Pumpkins was one of our favorite posts this year. You probably won’t be making pumpkins for awhile, but you would have fun doing some of these washi tape projects.

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Viva Luxury

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If you are like us, we are always looking for style inspiration. We are still using our  All Dressed Up post outfit ideas until the weather starts to get warmer.

We are looking forward to new projects and new ideas in 2017. Thank you to everyone who has continued to follow along on our journey.

Here’s to a great year!

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counting down the days until christmas

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The Christmas countdown has official begun, and our kids favorite way to tick off the days is with their Advent calendars. Each year we come up with a few fun new DIY advent calendars, and this year was no exception. This year we were inspired by one of our kids’ other favorite holiday traditions…Elf on the Shelf, so we decided to come up with our own little Christmas elf advent calendar.

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Supplies:

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Start by placing a small red circle sticker at the base of each cone for the elf’s nose. Then, using the 3/8″ paper punch, cut 48 circles out of the white sticker sheet to create the eyes. Place a small blue circle sticker on the bottom of each white sticker eye. Place two sticker eyes just above the red nose on each cone.

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Cut 8 circles out of the assorted red and white paper so that each circle is 6.5″ in diameter. We used a circle cutter, but you can also use a compass and pair of scissors. To make the circle 6.4″ in diameter, you will want to set the circle cutter or the compass to 3.25″.

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Using the scissors, cut each paper circle into three equal parts so that you have 24 wedges.

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Using the tape runner, place tape on the back side of a wedge of red and white paper. You will want to make sure that you place tape right along the edges of the paper so that it adheres to the paper cone. Then, with the tip of the wedge at the same side as the tip of the cone, wrap the paper wedge around the paper cone so that the base of the wedge sits over the elf’s eyes just a bit. Once the paper is wrapped around the cone, press down on the edge of the paper to make sure the tape is in place.

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Thread the yarn needle with a 2 foot length of white yarn and tie a knot at the end of the yarn. Run the needle through the cone from the base out though the tip. You will need to place the thimble on your finger in order to push the needle through the inside tip of the cone. Once the needle is through the tip, pull the needle so the yarn runs all the way through the cone until the knot stops the yarn from moving any further.

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Now thread the white pom pom onto the needle and pull the pom pom along the yarn until it stops at the top of the cone. Next, place the black number stickers, 1 through 24, onto the front of each elf hat.

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Print our advent calendar activities template and cut out each activity. Fold the activities in half and place one in each cone. Cut a stack of white tissue paper in half. Crumple a sheet of tissue paper and firmly press it into the base of the cone to hold the activity in place. If you’d like you can add a small treat, such as a Hershey’s kiss or small chocolate coin to the cone before you seal the cone with the tissue paper.

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Now your little elves are ready for the Christmas countdown! You can tie each elf to a long piece of yarn and hang them from your mantle like a garland, or tie them to a 12 inch embroidery hoop and hang the hoop from the ceiling like a mobile!

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Ashley + Hallman

thanksgiving kids’ table inspiration

The kids’ table is a Thanksgiving day institution. We love to come up with decorations, crafts and activities for the kids’ table each year, to keep the kids entertained and making Thanksgiving fun for everyone. This year, we picked a few of our favorite ideas for kids’ tables that are simple and will make everyone smile.

Be Thankful

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Cool Mom Picks

 Kids Table Decor

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The Celebration Shoppe

Legos, Crayons and More!

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Fresh Mommy Blog

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Paging Super Mom

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Project Nursery

Making a thankful tree, a gratitude wreath, thankful jar or a thankful garland are all great ways to focus the kids and the adults on the meaning of the day.

Gobble! Gobble!

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Hallman + Ashley

 no carve diy pumpkins

We started searching for no carve pumpkin decorating ideas when our kids were very young, but even now that they are older they love finding fun new ways to decorate pumpkins. Anything colorful or silly is sure to be a hit with your kids!  While all of these ideas work on real pumpkins, sometimes we like to use craft pumpkins so our creations will last a little longer. There are so many creative ways to DIY your pumpkins that you can do weekly pumpkin crafts with your kids until Halloween! The most important thing is to have fun!

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Emoji Pumpkins

Our kids have a slight obsession with emoji’s right now so it was only fitting that we created emoji pumpkins. First paint your pumpkins yellow with craft paint or spray paint in stages, letting it dry before you to turn them over. Cover the stem with painter’s tape if you do not not want it to to be yellow. While the pumpkins dry, cut out your emoji faces out of construction paper and attach the pieces with glue dots. We made most of our faces with circle punches and heart punches. There are so many possibilities with emoji pumpkins and they are sure to make you smile!

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Splatter Paint Pumpkins

We love splatter paint! Splatter painting pumpkins is super easy and really fun for kids. Splatter paint shows up best on white pumpkins, but use any color of pumpkins and paints that you like. Use a medium size, fluffy paint brush and cover it heavily in paint. Next hit the paint brush over your pointer finger and let the paint splatter all over the pumpkins without touching the brush to the pumpkin. With a clean brush, switch colors and repeat the process. Once you have made it through all the colors, let the paint dry. Once the paint is dry, flip the pumpkins over and splatter paint on the other side.

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Decoupage Pumpkins

We love decoupaging pumpkins because it is so simple and the possibilities for color and design are endless! It also lasts a very long time…in fact we have decoupage pumpkins from last year that we’ve brought out again. Start with a faux pumpkin, some Mod Podge and a brush. Have your kids cut out fun shapes from colored paper using scissors or hole punches, hold the shapes on the pumpkin and paint a thick layer of Mod Podge over the paper and pumpkin. Once the pumpkin is dry, paint a second coat on the pumpkin, let it dry again and you’re finished.

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Pumpkin Decorating Kits

There are so many cute pumpkin decorating kits out there that make the whole process so much easier. We made the Flamingo Pumpkin, a Pineapple Pumpkin, and the Spikey Pumpkins from Target. We also loved the Dinosaur, the BB8 Pumpkin and the Darth Vader Pumpkin. Most of these kits come with paint, but we found it easier to spray paint the pumpkin before we decorated it.

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Happy Crafting!

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Hallman + Ashley