You know me – this #lazymom is always looking for quick and simple crafts to do with the kiddos. And this easy kid’s Valentine’s Day thumbprint craft was perfect to kill some time one cold and rainy afternoon. The kids loved it, it was easy to make (and clean up), and the finished product is cute enough to use as decor around the house! The most difficult part of the whole craft was getting Maddie to pose for a picture with the finished product. Girlfriend hates having her picture taken these days…
All you’ll need is a white canvas or some cardstock, scissors, tape (double-sided would probably work better), paint, and some extra paper to use for the hearts.
Start out by cutting some hearts of various sizes out of the extra paper. Arrange them on your canvas or cardstock. Tape them down using the double-sided tape.
Pick out a few different colors to use and have your kids go to town making thumbprints all over the canvas, being careful not to get paint up under the paper hearts. I also had my kids outline each heart with a bunch of fingerprints, so the hearts would really stand out. Once they’re finished, carefully remove the paper hearts and let dry.
Super simple and cute! This would make a great gift for grandparents or teachers, too.
Do you have any special Valentine’s Day traditions for your family? We’ve never focused too much on the holiday, but now that the kids are older, I’m thinking it would be fun to start some! Maybe special dinner dates or a special Valentine’s Day breakfast with heart shaped pancakes.
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Solo parenting isn’t for the weak. Single parents, military parents – they’re my heroes. I have no idea how they do it. They really are super moms and super dads!
When you’re solo parenting, everything falls on you. There’s no one there to help with the chores, help with the kids, or even keep you company at night. The days I’m solo parenting are long, stressful, exhausting, anxiety-filled, lonely days. And the nights? They’re pretty miserable. Luckily, my husband doesn’t travel too much. Usually just 2-3 days every other week. I can’t imagine what it would be like if he was gone months at a time.
Since he’s started traveling, I’ve figured out a few tricks and tips that have helped me while he’s gone. So if your husband or wife is about to head out on a business trip, check out these 10 simple tips to survive solo parenting when your spouse is traveling.
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It’s no surprise that I love to be outside, in the sunshine, with my kids. We love playing outside! There’s something about the fresh air, the green grass, and the natural light that makes my kids stop whining, fighting, crying, and complaining, and start playing nicely together. I know that any time my kids really start misbehaving, it’s probably because they need some attention and some playtime outside.
I’m all about letting kids run free and use their imaginations while they’re outside. My kids will find sticks, stones, acorns, leaves, mud, sand, (I could go on and on) to play with. But sometimes, having a few extra toys or activities for your kids while they’re outside can be helpful. Check out these 6 ideas for outdoor play that won’t break the bank.
Until Saturday, Maddie had never had a haircut. Well, except for that time she cut off a chunk of her hair when she was using kid scissors one afternoon. (Note to self – do not leave kids alone with scissors, even for a second!) But I knew her hair needed a good trim. It’s a lot like mine and starts to tangle easily when it needs a cut.
Maddie is almost 3, so she’s probably older than most kids are when they get their first haircut. Graham got his haircut when he was one. I was just so hesitant to cut Maddie’s because I kept thinking about how those tiny curls at the bottom were her sweet little baby hairs that she’s had since she was born. Gah! Take me back please. Just for a while so I can snuggle them both.
Anyway, she did great and her hair looks super cute. If you’re ready to get your kiddo’s hair trimmed for the first time, keep reading. I’ve got 3 tips for your kid’s first haircut below.