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Wearable fall kid’s craft for under $5

By Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

Because we’re all pressed for time and money, I thought I’d share this simple craft for fall. It’s great because you can bring new life to your children’s old T-shirts, and it costs less than five dollars. All you need is an old T-shirt (or something you find at a thrift store) and a bleach pen (be sure to get the one meant “for whites.”) I’d recommend this craft for kids old enough to follow directions and those that enjoy art projects, because this one takes just a little bit of patience.

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Recycled Birdhouse

By Angela Roy of Mommy PR


This birdhouse was my husband’s idea. That man is a Martha Stewart sometimes. I had a box from The Honest Company, it was sort of long and skinny, on the smaller side. He took one look and decided that was going in the backyard for the birds.

What you will need:

  • A box
  • 2 kabob sticks
  • Popsicle sticks (optional)
  • Any craft extras for design (we used some pine and pine cone)
  • Glue Gun

Your total cost should be FREE.

Step 1:

Take a the box and make it into a small square. We did this by cutting the long box in half and combining the 2 sides together (one half inside the other) to make it shorter. Simply glue those 2 together.

Step 2:

Take part of the lid, fold it in half for a roof. Run a Kabob stick through the bottom of the roof, through the birdhouse to the other side. This will help secure it stays on, but as an extra caution glue it also. It should look like the letter A now. Leave the ends of the Kabobs like they are, the birds can use those to perch on, or cover them in Popsicle sticks like we did (optional).

Step 3:

This part is all optional. You can use the Popsicle sticks to line the birdhouse for decoration, or add pine cones, leaves, flowers, even glitter. Whatever you want. Then just find a place to hang it outside.

Now isn’t that the cutest recycled birdhouse?

Have a whirl at it and see what you come up with.


How to Build a Nut House

By Angela Roy of Mommy PR

I bet you never thought you would be reading how to build a nut house. With kids, it’s always something, right?

We have been feeding our backyard squirrels for a while now. It’s something that I remember doing with my late grandpa. He would be swarmed by the local wildlife just eating out of his hands. I would just sit in amazement as they acted like house pets to his every move. Ahh, the memories.

Anyway, I wanted my girls to build some “Nut Boxes”, just little containers to hold squirrel feed; nuts, corn, sunflower seeds, etc. (You can also make these boxes to hold trinkets, craft supplies, jewelry, or candy. They are very versatile.) I made this affordable for anyone, because all the items are from The Dollar Tree (you know, the place where everything under the sun is only $1).

You will need:

  • Popsicle Sticks- I bought 2 bags of 100 sticks ($2)
  • Glue- ($1)
  • Peanuts- ($1)
  • Leaves, Pine Cones- Free, just let the kids pick items from outside
  • Bird Topper- Optional ($1 for pack of 2)

Your total cost should only be $5

Step 1:

Lay two sticks down, about the length of the Popsicle sticks apart from each other, and glue 10 sticks across them to build a base.

Step 2:

Glue one stick along each side slightly overlapping each end atop the end of another stick. Continue until you reach the depth you want for your container.

Step 3:

While your box is drying, make another “base” as in Step 1. This will be your top. Let the kids really use their imagination on this part. Pine cones, birds, rocks, etc. Whatever you want as your top.

Step 4:

Allow to dry and then fill with your favorite foods for the animals or your other furry friends. This can be dog treats for Fido, nuts for the squirrels, or even candy for Grandpa.

An extra you can do; If you get the plain Popsicle sticks, you can let the kids paint something on the sides. Also, we are leery of leaving a full box outside. We learned that the birds and squirrels sure are stronger and more nosy than we thought. They ate both boxes and dumped them on the ground! (see photo below) We keep joking that soon we are going to see them so fat they will be dragging their bellies across the grass.

I hope you enjoy your craft time with the kids! What will your nut houses look like? Leave us a link to see them!


How to make ice cream: a great Father’s Day treat!

Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

One of the things I remember best about hot summers is making ice cream with my dad. We use the old wooden ice cream maker that he grew up with. It makes the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted! Nothing ever comes close to that subtle, just-sweet-enough taste, especially after you’ve worked so hard to make it.

This is our family's ice cream barrel. When you store it, the dried wood pieces kind of rattle about. When you make the ice cream they expand and the only thing holding them together are the metal rings around the bucket. They expand to fit together perfectly and don't leak when you're making the ice cream!

I’ve adapted a version of the recipe he has used for more than 40 years so that you can make ice cream with your dad, or so that your children make ice cream with their dad for Father’s Day. It could become a really wonderful tradition for your family, too. I also like that making ice cream can double Continue reading


Armed Forces Day Thanks

Armed Forces Day is Saturday, May 19. To salute our troops, we asked our Facebook Fans to share photos of themselves with their heroes in uniform so we could create this album.

To all the men and women who serve and have served, and to every member of their families, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Yesenia Zavala - SGT Zavala & our lil' family! from Ft. Carson, CO

Yesenia Zavala – SGT Zavala & our lil’ family! from Ft. Carson, CO

Mya Brown - Sgt. Dan Brown of WI National Guard and daughter Audrey. First day home from tour in Iraq.

Sgt. Dan Brown of WI National Guard and daughter Audrey. First day home from tour in Iraq. Photo submitted by Mya Brown.

 

Jessica Allen - My daughter wears combat boots!!! PVT. 2 Brittany Leyraud, AIT San Antonio, TX

My daughter wears combat boots!!! PVT. 2 Brittany Leyraud, AIT San Antonio, TX Photo submitted by Jessica Allen.

Jenni Dunfee - We drove all the way to Fort Drum, NY from Huntington, WV to welcome my little brother Sgt. Samuel McDowell home from Afghanistan. Her's Sam with my son Jake, who totally worships his uncle

“We drove all the way to Fort Drum, NY from Huntington, WV to welcome my “little” brother Sgt. Samuel McDowell home from Afghanistan. Her’s Sam with my son Jake, who totally worships his uncle.” Photo submitted by Jenni Dunfee.

Holly Mitchell - Sgt. Eric Mitchell, Ft. Carson, CO

Sgt. Eric Mitchell, Ft. Carson, CO Photo submitted by Holly Mitchell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geena Michelle Santacruz - Sarget First Class Pedro-Gonzales, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Sargent First Class Pedro-Gonzales, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Photo submitted by Geena Michelle Santacruz.

David Schantz - SPC Daniel Schantz and His Mom at the airport

SPC Daniel Schantz and his mom at the airport. Photo submitted by Daniel Schantz.

 

Is there someone you’d like to thank? Share it with us by commenting below.


Ode to moms everywhere

Ever get that feeling, when you’re looking for just the right card, that nothing is good enough? That nothing written by somebody else could possibly express what you want to say to the special person you’re thinking about? I get that feeling all the time. And because none of the cards in the world are truly good enough for my mom (and I’m sure you’ve felt the same way), I thought I’d write this ode to moms (shhh… it’s especially for you, Mom). My wish is that every mom who reads this knows that they’ve done something right and wonderful for their children. It’s a little thank you, a note to say “you’re totally pawsome,” for every mom out there.

Hey, Mom,

I don’t know how you do it, “it” meaning every single little thing.

You brought me here and fixed me up, you even gave me wings.

You raised me to be myself, not knowing what that was.

You just knew you’d love me because I was yours; just because.

Of course I fought and yelled and screamed, even when I knew you were right,

And you just said, ‘Someday you’ll understand,’ as I angered with all my might.

You were more than a perfect student of all the tests I put you through,

Although, the lessons were mine to learn – something you always knew.

In fact, with a mom as inspiring as you, I grew to have no doubt,

How incredible your beauty was, on the inside and the out.

I think we’ve grown, and you’ve become my friend more and more,

I think, ‘Wow, there’s just no one like you. I totally scored!’

I just hope that someday, for my babes, I might be

Even a teeny tiny piece, of what you are for me.

- Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

 


What does mom want for Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is May 13: how do you want to be appreciated?

The moms we know and love weigh in.

“I would just want to be acknowledged, because every mom needs some recognition! Sometimes I think my kids don’t understand what mommy does all day for them. Who would feed them if I didn’t? You can’t survive on PB&J all the time!” – Angela Roy from PRMommy

“I would want them just to behave and get along for the day, and help me out with the cooking and cleaning. Yes, it’s Mother’s Day, but I still have to work as a mom. It’s important to be appreciated because as a mom, I do need a break from the kids fighting and it’s nice to get some help around the house. It would be nice for a day to have less stress and have some ‘me’ time.” – Brandy Walleshauser from NoTimeMommy

“Thankfully, my children are so gracious when showing their appreciation for me on a regular basis.  I would like to be able to honestly just spend time with them doing something fun without worrying about what’s for dinner or having a schedule to keep.  Them sharing in their day with me would show me that they appreciate me and would be sufficient!  It also wouldn’t hurt to have sibling rivalry take a hiatus for a day, too! :) I see my kids growing up each and every day and just want to cherish these moments. We don’t always have a relaxed routine and schedule so it would be nice to be able to have it just for one day.  As a busy mom, it seems like each day is spent just preparing for the next “thing”, so it would be nice to just have one day where I didn’t have to think about things like preparing dinner, etc.”  – Candy Tai from Mommypalooza

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