Web Toolbar by Wibiya

Music and art all in one. Found on All Kids Network:  http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/search/?q=tissue+box&go=+

T-shirt bracelet craft. Great way to teach kids about upcycling! Credit to Henry Happened Blog:  http://www.henryhappened.com/diy-braided-t-shirt-bracelets.html

Crayon Stained Glass. Fun art project for kids. Credit to Roylco Blog:  http://littlefingersbigart.com/2013/01/11/crayon-shaving-stained-glass/

I love educational crafts! It gives purpose to all of the work and thought we put into getting crafts together for our kids to do. I get a little bummed sometimes when I put hours into developing a craft, getting all of the supplies and then ten minutes later its created and forgotten about. Not that it hasn’t stimulated creativity but educational crafts have that lasting influence of creativity AND learning. I got some of my ideas from The Crafty Classroom. Check out Valerie’s website at http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/SearchCraftTheme.html

Potato Printing Craft f

6martha stewart, kids crafts, kids, potato, painting,

CraftersCrate Review: Spa Box | MommySplurge f

Brandy over at mommysplurge.com did a review of our box, and by the looks of it they had tons of fun! Check out all the great times you can have with your daughter and a CraftersCrate.

6craft tutorial, crafterscrate, crafts, crafts for girls, kids crafts, kids, cool, sewing,

I went on a nature hike today with my friend and our two kids. It was sooo much fun. R loved the animals we saw along our walk and my friends little one is learning to say “duck” and “bird” so we were just lovin it. In a couple of years we are totally going to play animal bingo games and guess the habitat games. This is an easy way to get kids to enjoy being out in nature, and learning something new about their surroundings. 
~Rachael
ZoomInfo
I went on a nature hike today with my friend and our two kids. It was sooo much fun. R loved the animals we saw along our walk and my friends little one is learning to say “duck” and “bird” so we were just lovin it. In a couple of years we are totally going to play animal bingo games and guess the habitat games. This is an easy way to get kids to enjoy being out in nature, and learning something new about their surroundings. 
~Rachael
ZoomInfo

I went on a nature hike today with my friend and our two kids. It was sooo much fun. R loved the animals we saw along our walk and my friends little one is learning to say “duck” and “bird” so we were just lovin it. In a couple of years we are totally going to play animal bingo games and guess the habitat games. This is an easy way to get kids to enjoy being out in nature, and learning something new about their surroundings. 

~Rachael

Button Rings.  We love this craft because even some of our smallest friends can do it.  You probably have everything you need around the house.  Just don’t go stealing any buttons off daddy’s shirt. 
What you’ll need:
Wire
Buttons (we used 3 but you could use as few or many as you want)
Feel free to print of our instructions and use them for a princess party!
Crafterscrate.com
ZoomInfo
Button Rings.  We love this craft because even some of our smallest friends can do it.  You probably have everything you need around the house.  Just don’t go stealing any buttons off daddy’s shirt. 
What you’ll need:
Wire
Buttons (we used 3 but you could use as few or many as you want)
Feel free to print of our instructions and use them for a princess party!
Crafterscrate.com
ZoomInfo
Button Rings.  We love this craft because even some of our smallest friends can do it.  You probably have everything you need around the house.  Just don’t go stealing any buttons off daddy’s shirt. 
What you’ll need:
Wire
Buttons (we used 3 but you could use as few or many as you want)
Feel free to print of our instructions and use them for a princess party!
Crafterscrate.com
ZoomInfo
Button Rings.  We love this craft because even some of our smallest friends can do it.  You probably have everything you need around the house.  Just don’t go stealing any buttons off daddy’s shirt. 
What you’ll need:
Wire
Buttons (we used 3 but you could use as few or many as you want)
Feel free to print of our instructions and use them for a princess party!
Crafterscrate.com
ZoomInfo
Button Rings.  We love this craft because even some of our smallest friends can do it.  You probably have everything you need around the house.  Just don’t go stealing any buttons off daddy’s shirt. 
What you’ll need:
Wire
Buttons (we used 3 but you could use as few or many as you want)
Feel free to print of our instructions and use them for a princess party!
Crafterscrate.com
ZoomInfo

Button Rings.  We love this craft because even some of our smallest friends can do it.  You probably have everything you need around the house.  Just don’t go stealing any buttons off daddy’s shirt. 

What you’ll need:

Wire

Buttons (we used 3 but you could use as few or many as you want)

Feel free to print of our instructions and use them for a princess party!

Crafterscrate.com

6button rings, kids crafts, crafterscrate, craft tutorial, crafts for girls,

ScienceBob.com has great science activities for you to do with your girls. I love the rock candy and make your own slime projects. Girls are significantly less likely to go into Science/Technology/Engineering/Math fields. Girls need to know they can do something before they enjoy it. By showing our daughters that science can be fun we are setting them up for a wonderful future of learning and creativity. Check out www.sciencebob.com.
ZoomInfo
ScienceBob.com has great science activities for you to do with your girls. I love the rock candy and make your own slime projects. Girls are significantly less likely to go into Science/Technology/Engineering/Math fields. Girls need to know they can do something before they enjoy it. By showing our daughters that science can be fun we are setting them up for a wonderful future of learning and creativity. Check out www.sciencebob.com.
ZoomInfo

ScienceBob.com has great science activities for you to do with your girls. I love the rock candy and make your own slime projects. Girls are significantly less likely to go into Science/Technology/Engineering/Math fields. Girls need to know they can do something before they enjoy it. By showing our daughters that science can be fun we are setting them up for a wonderful future of learning and creativity. Check out www.sciencebob.com.

This was a great craft we provided in the June crate (Celebrate America).  We just used colored card stock and patterned craft paper.  Just fold a sheet in half and cut slits along the folded side then roll the paper and add your craft paper on top and bottom and of course the handle. This would be great for Halloween too using orange and black paper.
ZoomInfo
This was a great craft we provided in the June crate (Celebrate America).  We just used colored card stock and patterned craft paper.  Just fold a sheet in half and cut slits along the folded side then roll the paper and add your craft paper on top and bottom and of course the handle. This would be great for Halloween too using orange and black paper.
ZoomInfo
This was a great craft we provided in the June crate (Celebrate America).  We just used colored card stock and patterned craft paper.  Just fold a sheet in half and cut slits along the folded side then roll the paper and add your craft paper on top and bottom and of course the handle. This would be great for Halloween too using orange and black paper.
ZoomInfo
This was a great craft we provided in the June crate (Celebrate America).  We just used colored card stock and patterned craft paper.  Just fold a sheet in half and cut slits along the folded side then roll the paper and add your craft paper on top and bottom and of course the handle. This would be great for Halloween too using orange and black paper.
ZoomInfo
This was a great craft we provided in the June crate (Celebrate America).  We just used colored card stock and patterned craft paper.  Just fold a sheet in half and cut slits along the folded side then roll the paper and add your craft paper on top and bottom and of course the handle. This would be great for Halloween too using orange and black paper.
ZoomInfo

This was a great craft we provided in the June crate (Celebrate America).  We just used colored card stock and patterned craft paper.  Just fold a sheet in half and cut slits along the folded side then roll the paper and add your craft paper on top and bottom and of course the handle. This would be great for Halloween too using orange and black paper.

6crafterscrate, kids crafts, crafts, america, fourth of july, halloween,

R and I have been out playing in the sun all week. It’s HOT but it’s great to get some Vitamin D and watch R play in the water. This week was her first experience in the pool and she absolutely loved it! And now that my skin is dried out and sun-kissed I’m in the need of some skin rejuvenation. I wanted to make some homemade facials and scrubs so I tried a couple out over the long weekend, and I wanted to share the ones that I really liked. They made my skin feel so soft. And even though R is too young for facials (although these ingredients are so mild she could have played spa with me), I think a day with your daughter, making homemade facials and bath salts is a perfect way to spend quality time together. R just got to eat some of the left overs. ;) I hope you enjoy!
~Rachael, Crafter’s Crate

Honey and Avocado Face Mask:
Ingredients1 beaten egg (unclogs pores)1 carrot (cooked and mashed) 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 avocado (peeled and mashed) 3 tbsp honey DirectionsMix all the ingredients and apply to clean face and neck. After 15 minutes rinse with plenty of cool water. 
 
Cucumber and Parsley Face Mask:
Ingredients1 TBLS Plain Yogurt1 TBLS Cucumber1 TBLS Parsley
DirectionsPuree the cucumber and parsley finely and mix with the yogurt until smooth.  Cover your face with the mask.The mask will rejuvenate your skin as it moistens it.  Leave mask on for 15 minutes for best results.  Rinse with water.  Mixture can not be stored - make fresh each time. 
 
Cucumber Eye Soother:
Ingredients/Directions 2 wafer thin slices of cucumber1 warm, damp, clean washcloth While using a facial (the quick cucumber parsley facial is great with this), place one cucumber slice over each eye. Cover your eyes with a warm washcloth and relax for 10 minutes. 
Rainbow Fruity Bath Salts:
Ingredients 3 quarts of Epsom salts or course sea salt3 envelopes unflavored unsweetened Kool-Aid powder – one each of three different colors.3 to 4 drops of scented Essential Oils which compliment the flavors of Kool-Aid chosen – Orange Oil for orange Kool-aid, Lavender Oil for Grape Kool-aid, etc. Directions Mix one envelope of Kool-aid to 1 quart salts in three separate bowls. Add 3-4 drops of essential oils to each of the three bowls, in a scent which To use, add 1/2 to 1 cup salts per bath.
Milk Foot Spa:
Ingredients 7 Cups of Water> 7 Cups of Water2 Cups of Milk½ Cup Sugar2 Tablespoons Lotion DirectionsMix the water and milk and heat on stovetop or in the microwave. Put the milk mixture in large bowl and soak your feet in it for at least 10 minutes. Massage the sugar and lotion mixture in your feet to exfoliate. Rinse with clear water and pat dry. Apply some additional lotion to your soft feet.
ZoomInfo
Camera
iPhone 4S
ISO
320
Aperture
f/2.4
Exposure
1/20th
Focal Length
4mm

R and I have been out playing in the sun all week. It’s HOT but it’s great to get some Vitamin D and watch R play in the water. This week was her first experience in the pool and she absolutely loved it! And now that my skin is dried out and sun-kissed I’m in the need of some skin rejuvenation. I wanted to make some homemade facials and scrubs so I tried a couple out over the long weekend, and I wanted to share the ones that I really liked. They made my skin feel so soft. And even though R is too young for facials (although these ingredients are so mild she could have played spa with me), I think a day with your daughter, making homemade facials and bath salts is a perfect way to spend quality time together. R just got to eat some of the left overs. ;) I hope you enjoy!

~Rachael, Crafter’s Crate

Honey and Avocado Face Mask:

Ingredients
1 beaten egg (unclogs pores)
1 carrot (cooked and mashed) 
1/2 cup heavy cream 
1 avocado (peeled and mashed) 
3 tbsp honey
 

Directions
Mix all the ingredients and apply to clean face and neck. After 15 minutes rinse with plenty of cool water. 

 

Cucumber and Parsley Face Mask:

Ingredients
1 TBLS Plain Yogurt
1 TBLS Cucumber
1 TBLS Parsley

Directions
Puree the cucumber and parsley finely and mix with the yogurt until smooth.  
Cover your face with the mask.
The mask will rejuvenate your skin as it moistens it.  Leave mask on for 15 minutes for best results.  Rinse with water.  Mixture can not be stored - make fresh each time.
 

 

Cucumber Eye Soother:

Ingredients/Directions 
2 wafer thin slices of cucumber
1 warm, damp, clean washcloth While using a facial (the quick cucumber parsley facial is great with this), place one cucumber slice over each eye. 
Cover your eyes with a warm washcloth and relax for 10 minutes. 


Rainbow Fruity Bath Salts:

Ingredients 
3 quarts of Epsom salts or course sea salt
3 envelopes unflavored unsweetened Kool-Aid powder – one each of three different colors.
3 to 4 drops of scented Essential Oils which compliment the flavors of Kool-Aid chosen – Orange Oil for orange 
Kool-aid, Lavender Oil for Grape Kool-aid, etc.
 

Directions
 
Mix one envelope of Kool-aid to 1 quart salts in three separate bowls. 
Add 3-4 drops of essential oils to each of the three bowls, in a scent which To use, add 1/2 to 1 cup salts per bath.


Milk Foot Spa:

Ingredients 
7 Cups of Water> 7 Cups of Water
2 Cups of Milk
½ Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Lotion 

Directions
Mix the water and milk and heat on stovetop or in the microwave. Put the milk mixture in large bowl and soak your feet in it for at least 10 minutes. Massage the sugar and lotion mixture in your feet to exfoliate. Rinse with clear water and pat dry. Apply some additional lotion to your soft feet.

Here’s to the upcoming July crate! Can we be more excited?

Today was HOTTTT. I don’t know about you but coming up with a fun activity to do with my daughter was on the low priority list. We just wanted to cool off so we made home made popcicles tonight. I’m putting one version of this summer treat in our June Crafter’s Crate but there are other recipe’s you can use too. And our daughter is too young to help make them but to keep with your goal to spend more quality time with your daughter, make these popcicles together tonight. Or if you are really lazy, like my family is sometimes, we will just go on a short walk together to the closest fast food restaurant and buy a $1 ice cream cone. At least we get the walk there to spend time and talk to each other! For now though, the ideal option is to make your own popcicle, with healthy ingredients, and help your daughter make them with you. I hope you are using this time to teach your daughter something and talk to her about her day and things that she likes. Here is the recipee we tried:
 

Ingredients:
Fruit (any kind, pits, stems and skins removed if necessary and washed)
Preparation:
Add your fruit to a blender and process until you have a pourable liquid.
Pour into popsicle molds or plastic cups.
Place into the freezer for about 4 hours or until completely frozen. (If you’re using plastic cups don’t forget to go back and insert a popsicle stick 30-40 minutes after you place the popsicles in the freezer)
Remove from the freezer and ENJOY!
ZoomInfo
Camera
HTC 6990LVW
ISO
100
Aperture
f/2
Exposure
1/323th
Focal Length
Today was HOTTTT. I don’t know about you but coming up with a fun activity to do with my daughter was on the low priority list. We just wanted to cool off so we made home made popcicles tonight. I’m putting one version of this summer treat in our June Crafter’s Crate but there are other recipe’s you can use too. And our daughter is too young to help make them but to keep with your goal to spend more quality time with your daughter, make these popcicles together tonight. Or if you are really lazy, like my family is sometimes, we will just go on a short walk together to the closest fast food restaurant and buy a $1 ice cream cone. At least we get the walk there to spend time and talk to each other! For now though, the ideal option is to make your own popcicle, with healthy ingredients, and help your daughter make them with you. I hope you are using this time to teach your daughter something and talk to her about her day and things that she likes. Here is the recipee we tried:
 

Ingredients:

  • Fruit (any kind, pits, stems and skins removed if necessary and washed)

Preparation:

  1. Add your fruit to a blender and process until you have a pourable liquid.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds or plastic cups.
  3. Place into the freezer for about 4 hours or until completely frozen. (If you’re using plastic cups don’t forget to go back and insert a popsicle stick 30-40 minutes after you place the popsicles in the freezer)
  4. Remove from the freezer and ENJOY!
Many mom’s are juggling dinner, laundry, cleaning, and getting kids ready for bed and wind up not able to spend quality time with their kids. I would love to be able to work out, read a few chapters in my favorite novel, and cook a good meal, but how do I do all of these things while also being a good mom and an active role in my daughter’s life. Well, for each of the things I wanted to do for myself I ended up doing them WITH my daughter, with a few adaptations. For a good workout Riley went on a nice jog with me in our nifty jogger stroller. I’ve got a few more pounds to go before I am officially at pre-pregnancy weight (The last 10 lbs have been the hardest to lose!) For our evening wind down ritual I’ve started reading my novel to her. She’s so young it doesn’t make a difference yet and she loves hearing me talk to her. While cooking I strap her into my baby carrier, and we cook together. For those who have older kids, and not an infant, adapt your daily activities to include your daughters. While you fold your laundry can you share stories together? Can you teach her to cook and have her add a dash of seasoning to your meal so she feels like she is involved? There are always ways to adapt our activities to include our kids. They are learning new things and doing one of the most valuable things they can do, spend quality time with you.
ZoomInfo
Camera
iPod touch
ISO
80
Aperture
f/2.4
Exposure
1/2351th
Focal Length
3mm

Many mom’s are juggling dinner, laundry, cleaning, and getting kids ready for bed and wind up not able to spend quality time with their kids. I would love to be able to work out, read a few chapters in my favorite novel, and cook a good meal, but how do I do all of these things while also being a good mom and an active role in my daughter’s life. Well, for each of the things I wanted to do for myself I ended up doing them WITH my daughter, with a few adaptations. For a good workout Riley went on a nice jog with me in our nifty jogger stroller. I’ve got a few more pounds to go before I am officially at pre-pregnancy weight (The last 10 lbs have been the hardest to lose!) For our evening wind down ritual I’ve started reading my novel to her. She’s so young it doesn’t make a difference yet and she loves hearing me talk to her. While cooking I strap her into my baby carrier, and we cook together. For those who have older kids, and not an infant, adapt your daily activities to include your daughters. While you fold your laundry can you share stories together? Can you teach her to cook and have her add a dash of seasoning to your meal so she feels like she is involved? There are always ways to adapt our activities to include our kids. They are learning new things and doing one of the most valuable things they can do, spend quality time with you.

-