Monthly Archives: November 2009

Boredom Busters!


Nothing to do?

Here’s a pile of free and easy ways to turn a lazy day fun…

Make an obstacle course of couch cushions and stray objects in the living room.

Play charades.

Give kids a screwdriver and let them take apart broken phones and other gadgets.

Alter a book.

Challenge the kids to fill a laundry basket with something representing every letter of the alphabet. The catch? It has to be out of place already. Afterwards, put it all away and fill it with 10 blue things and so on.

(Shhh, don’t mention this is eerily similar to cleaning.)

Mix tempera paint with a little liquid dish soap and let the kids paint a fall decoration on a window.

Teach them a new card game.

Paint rocks, sticks or pine cones outside.

painted rocks

Turn a large box into a post office, rocket ship, puppet theater, boat….

(Add your own!)

Happy Friday!


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Thanksgiving Table Printables!

Here’s some fun printables to keep your favorite little people
busy this Thanksgiving!

Click here for the fun.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a small boy
who napped too late and woke at entirely the wrong time
who’s planning on hanging out with me
till the wee, wee hours
so I guess I’d better find some munchies!

Happy Thursday!

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A Few Good Crafts

Here’s a few of the crafts and goodies I’ve been drooling over lately…

1. This lantern is so gorgeous!
The tutorial is very light on instructions
but I’m going to go for it anyway!

2. Did you all know about frame tape?
Oh my goodness, I want a hundred rolls.
I’m in love with the idea.
I’m going to cover walls with artwork.

3. Magical Mama Lucy shared the link
to make these fabulous looking Starbucks Pumpkin Scones.
I have a freezer full of pumpkin.
I think a double batch is in our near future.

4. I love the idea behind this project
minus the sewing and taking a really long time bits.
I’m all about sentimental
but also really about easy. 🙂
So I’m working on a lazy mama version of this one…

5. How cute are these?!
I love the painted toenails
and know four kids who’d love to make a set each.

What’s on your fun list lately?
Have any crafts or nifty sites to share?

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Thought for the Day

"Peace does not mean to be in a place
where there is no noise,
trouble, or hard work.
Peace means to be in the midst of all those things
and still be calm in your heart."

~Marcel Morin

(I love this quote and try to remember it
during especially noisy, crazy-making times!)

(Are there any times any more that aren’t
noisy and crazy-making?!)


Happy Tuesday!
Treat yourself to something neat today.
I insist!

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10 Ways to Make Today Magical

1. Fill the bathtub half full of water balloons and let your child take a bath with them.

2. Grab some leftover Halloween face paints (or makeup!)
and do face painting with the kids.

3. Make banana bread in a bag together.

4. Gather up some handfuls of smooth rocks, acorns or other natural materials and paint them together to make some creative (free!) homemade toys.

5. Go ice skating, roller skating or inline skating together.

6. Look at the moon through binoculars.

7. Make art dolls.

8. Make a back yard obstacle course.

9. Climb a tree together and do something up there
(homework, read a book, sit and talk, have a snack…).

10. Make a fun portable hammock with a sheet and two grown ups
holding the corners.
Swing your favorite little person in the middle of it.

Have a magical week!

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Thought for the Day

Don’t forget, every single day, to take the time to make the day mean something.
We only have so many days to enjoy this magical planet and these beautiful kids.
For goodness sakes, don’t waste them.
Look at the stars.
Dance with your sweetie in the driveway.
Smell everything.
Feel everything.
Savor life or you’ll miss it accidentally.

Happy Sunday!


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Sunday is Shichi-Go-San

Have a child who’s 3, 5 or 7? Take part in this fun Japanese tradition!

In Japan, children who are three, five, or seven years old are thought to be especially lucky. On November 15, families who have children of these ages take part in a very old festival called Shichi-Go-San, or "Seven-Five-Three."

Technically, the holiday is for 3 and 7 year-old girls and 5 year-old boys. Many parents celebrate when any of their children are these odd (and therefore lucky) ages, though.

On this day, the children dress in their finest clothes. Some wear Western-style clothes while others follow the old customs and wear traditional kimonos. Every child gets a long, narrow paper bag colorfully decorated with pictures– usually of a pine tree, a tortoise, and a crane, symbols of youth and long life.

When everyone is ready, the families go to a shrine or place of worship. There, they give thanks for the good health of the children and typically leave a contribution. They also ask for a blessing for the future health and happiness of the children.

Outside the shrine, there are stalls where the parents buy candy and toys to fill the children’s paper bags. After the families return home, the children give some of their candy to visiting friends and relatives. In return, the children are often given gifts. Finally, the day may end with a party.

You can read one mother’s account of taking part with her daughter for the first time in Japan here.

If you have a child whose age fits the bill, this could be a sweet element to work into the day tomorrow — even if it’s just to dress up, take pictures, give thanks and have some candy!

Mine are 2, 6, 9 and 11, so I don’t have a single child who qualifies. Maybe we’ll celebrate unlucky years. 😉

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