Monthly Archives: November 2012

Make Your Own Beautiful, Affordable, Collapsible Dollhouse

Here’s a project I’m absolutely in love with!  Southern Disposition has the plans for an ingenious dollhouse she made from three ring binders, scrapbook paper, magazine pictures and a few found treasures.

It collapses to take up very little space, it’s utterly gorgeous, it’s green, and it’s super affordable.  She estimates she made hers for about $30 but she says you could easily do it for under $10 with a little creativity.

What a sweet holiday gift this would make.  🙂

Head over for all the fabulous information.


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10 Ways to Make Today Magical

Happy Monday!  Here’s a few ways to make a little magic with your kiddos this week….

1.  Make a paper hideaway.  Hang strips of crepe paper (or toilet paper in a pinch) from the ceiling in a corner of the kids’ room or the living room.

2.  Head to a pet store.  Spend some time with the fishes, birdies and beasties.

3.  Have the kids draw with markers or crayons just using their feet.  It may help to tape down the paper on the floor.

4.  Learn a song together and videotape yourselves singing it.  Be as flamboyant as possible!  Send the clip to loved ones and spread some smiles.

5.  Head outside to do a photo shoot.  Put the kids in charge of choosing how and where to pose!

6.  Make some of these lovely glue suncatchers. These ones are from tales from a corner house.

7.  Make jeweled princess bracelets. Crafts by Amanda shows you how to use cardboard tubes, felt, craft glue and some baubles in this child-friendly craft.

8. Leave silly notes in hiding places all over the house. It may take months for somebody to stumble on all of them, but it’s a wonderful way to break up an ordinary day to suddenly stumble on a note that says “Mama loves you” or “Kisses!  You must come give your grandma 18 kisses immediately upon finding this!”.

9.  Assemble a feast for the birds and beasties outside.  Leave it where you can watch them nibble. Ears of dried corn, peanuts in the shell, berries, seeds and sliced fruit are all favorites.

10. Got Friday off?  Spend the day together at  home.  Watch movies, pop popcorn, bake treats, make crafts, whatever.  Start the holiday season doing something you love with people you love.

Now I’m off to get started on approximately one hundred and five things on my to-do list.  And drink tea.  Lots of English tea with too much almond milk and sugar. 

Have a wonderful week!!!!!


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Read Stellaluna Online with Your Kids Today

Pizza Hut’s Book It! program is celebrating National Young Readers Week by putting interactive books online all week.  Today’s book is Stellaluna.  Click here to go read it with your little one!

A free iPad app is also available in the iTunes store – search for BI! Book Week.

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10 Ways to Make Today Magical

Happy Monday!  Sorry I keep disappearing for so long!  Since I didn’t have nearly enough things to keep me frazzled, I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo this year and I’ve been writing a book all month, too!  Fifty thousand words takes a bit of time, it turns out.  😉

In any case, here’s a few ways to make a little magic this week…

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

2. Bake cookies for loved ones and decorate them with words representing all the things you love about them.

3. Sit and draw crayon portraits of each other. No artistic talent necessary.  Display the finished masterpieces.

4.  Bake no-knead bread together.  Gluten free?  Then make this one.

5. 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.

6. Hide funny little notes all over the house. See how long it takes for people to find them all.

7. Take fun family photos of your shadows.

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

9. Look at the moon through binoculars.

10. Get a blank book and encourage all of the family members to write, draw, etc. it in every day or two as a sweet family memento.

And with that, chickadees, I’m off to a play date at a library and a stack of to-do cards bigger than my head.  🙂 

Have a magical week!


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