We’ve been hard at work rounding up some of the absolute coolest back to school gear for the season, like unicorn school supplies, crazy cheap preschooler gear, fun space-themed supplies, with tons more still coming. And now we’ve found a great selection of motivational back-to-school printables for kids, to help lend a little word of encouragement and brighten the day of a student in your life. Plus, they’re almost all free! After all your school shopping, that might brighten up your own day too. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Free printable bookmarks at top | Somewhat Simple Related: More of...Read More
Creative ideas to help little kids with school anxiety: 7 small items that can make a big difference.
Preschoolers or kindergarten students often feel really nervous about their first day of school. Or their first month of school. Even older kids may feel anxious about a new teacher, new friends, or just getting back into a more rigorous schedule after a long and lazy summer. While family discussions should help ease their worries, I also love the idea of giving kids a little gift that can help ease anxieties about going back to school, like these seven items I put together here. But hey, whatever works for your kid — that’s the very best idea of all....Read More
Get out the scissors! Check out these 7 sets of cool, modern, free printable paper dolls, from Wonder Woman to Hamilton
We’re big fans of free printable paper dolls and find ourselves downloading them all the time for our kids. But while vintage Betsy McCall paper dolls from our childhood still hold a nostalgic place in our hearts, our older kids are often drawn to more modern paper dolls with an edgier vibe, or at least pop culture references from their own lifetimes. With that in mind, I searched and found tons of fun, free printable modern paper dolls that get a big thumbs up from my older girls, including my picky teen. Related: The motherlode of free printable paper dolls for...Read More
This summer we’re borrowing a page from the Southwest with gorgeous, totally fun cactus crafts for kids. If you ask me, it’s one of the most DIY-able plant inspirations out there and kids seem to love them. So I’ve rounded up 7 of the coolest cactus crafts for kids to try their hand at; perfect for the backyard under a shady tree in the summer, or for indoor crafting when the weather starts getting cooler. Because fortunately, these cactus crafts can survive in any climate Top image: Pet Cactus Rocks | Best Ideas for Kids Related: 11 fun and easy flower...Read More
We’ve got 8 cool summer coloring pages for teens and tweens that they won’t roll their eyes at. (Maybe.)
We’re all about awesome printable coloring pages, especially if they’re free, and the designs are cool enough that even our most cynical teen and tween artists can appreciate them. These 8 summer coloring pages are just perfect because they celebrate the magical things about summer — lightning bugs, flower wreaths, chilly lemonade, and of course, enough free time away from homework to actually create some artwork. Sounds like the perfect summer pastime to me. At top: Free Floral Flag Printable | Canary Jane Related: 16 fabulous, famous women coloring pages celebrating our favorite boss ladies. We’ve finally found some beautiful...Read More
We’ve seen so many 4th of July crafts over the years, and admittedly, my own bag of craft tricks for the kids can use some freshening up. So I’ve scoured the web and tracked down some really creative (and relatively easy) 4th of July crafts for kids who have outgrown the kinds of things they did in preschool. In fact, they probably haven’t made most of these before, making them that much more exciting. Whichever you pick, you really can’t go wrong. From string art, to wind chimes to creative jewelry making, one thing I can guarantee is that...Read More
Mermaids are big with kids. In other news, water is wet. So of course, mermaid parties are big with kids and honestly, with us adults too. In fact, this mermaid trend has legs. (So to speak.) And that means if you’re looking for amazing mermaid party ideas for an under-the-sea theme, we’ve got you covered with the best of the web, from cool mermaid invitations to decorations, food and activities. Let’s dive right in, shall we? At top: Mermaid slime | Darby Smart CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Related: Magical ideas for unicorn birthday parties Mermaid party ideas: Invitations Everything oceany,...Read More
10 free Father’s Day printables that make great gifts all on their own | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017
Father’s Day is inching closer and closer, and if you haven’t found the perfect Father’s Day gift for Dad — don’t panic! In addition to lots of the gifts in our guide, there’s a stellar chance you can find just the gift you’re looking for right here, among these free Father’s Day printables that’ll make really cool gifts. Really! From labels and gift tags to T-shirts and aprons, these free Father’s Day printables will help you create that one-of-a-kind, unexpected gift that will make any dad or grandfather swoon. At top: Free printable zombie survival kit | Sandy Toes & Popsicles Related: Fantastic DIY...Read More
Sometimes the sweetest Father’s Day gifts don’t come from a store, but come cobbled together with Scotch tape and glue sticks — like these awesomely creative DIY Father’s Day cards kids can make for a special dad, grandpa or stepfather in their lives. Of course we hope you’ve already checked out all of our 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide recommendations. If not, there’s still time to find something special for cool dads, practical dads, new dads, or or techy dads on your Father’s Day list. But we’re the first to say that any Father’s Day gift will only be more special when it comes...Read More
Warmer weather means moving the inside activities outside, which is an all-around good thing — especially when it comes to those long summer day get-togethers. Parties are somehow just more fun when they’re in the backyard (and we admit, the easier-to-clean-up aspect is pretty appealing too). Since every outdoor event can only get better with a few awesome backyard party ideas, we searched around the web to find our very favorites. At top: Mini Water Blobs | Hello, Wonderful CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Budget-friendly tricks for hosting a fabulous outdoor party. Backyard party ideas for invitations One of the best things about...Read More
Summer break is here for my kids (yes, already!), which means I’m looking down the barrel of 13 long, lovely (and lively, knowing my crew) weeks at home. We have a lot of things we want to do — go for hikes, do every single craft in Project Kid (ha!), touch a frog (really!). But most days I look up and it’s already lunch time…and nap time for the toddler. Then, there goes all our plans. So, I’ve been researching some creative ways to make a summer bucket list with my kids. It’s going to help us narrow down our list to...Read More
I had so much fun rounding up these fantastic DIY Father’s Day gifts that kids can make themselves — well, maybe with a little help. I mean surely new motherhood is making me a bit biased, but I think there’s nothing better than a handmade gift for Father’s Day. Especially when it comes from a kid (even grown ones) who love him to pieces. At top: Free Printable Dad & Me Father’s Day Coupons | Craft Create Cook Related: 13 of the coolest personalized gifts for dad. Easy DIY Father’s Day Mug (Little Button Diaries) It doesn’t get much easier for the little...Read More
If your kids remain obsessed with their fidget spinners, like mine are, here’s a new way to put them to use that won’t drive you crazy: play with them together. And not at the dinner table, either. Thanks to artist mom Amanda Farnum and her clever kids, they’ve created a printable fidget spinner game available in her Etsy shop for download. Essentially up to 5 players try to move across a grid by using your fidget spinner to complete tricks, like challenging another player to a spin-off, or spinning it on one finger while raising it over your head. Just be sure that...Read More
Now that we’re in the thick of graduation season, it’s time to give our high school and college grads plenty of well-earned congratulations. That’s why we sought out the most fun and creative ways to give cash gifts to grads. Because, reality check: We’ve learned through trial and error that the most appreciated gift for this age group is definitely cash. Hey, no shame in that. It really is the perfect gift to help a recent grad get started in their new lives. For us, though, it feels a little impersonal to hand over an envelope stuffed with bills. So we’re here to help make that gift of graduation cash...Read More
Every year, we love finding the coolest Mother’s Day gift ideas for our readers who are prepared super early. But, as moms ourselves, we know that it’s important to share tons of great last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas too, since life comes in two speeds: busy and busier. So if you haven’t gotten around to finding that perfect present for all the mothers in your life yet, don’t worry! We culled 24 ways you can still pull off a fabulous surprise for her with thoughtful last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that don’t feel last-minute at all. For even more ideas, be sure to also check out our 2017 Mother’s Day Gift...Read More
Teachers deserve it all, and boy would we love to give the most wonderful teacher appreciation gifts to all of them. But when you multiply your number of kids by the many teachers your kids have — classroom teachers, teaching aides, music and art teachers, coaches, tutors — well, you’ve learned enough math to tally it up. According to teachers we’ve spoken to over the years, gift cards tend to be one of the most popular teacher appreciation gifts. But we know that can feel impersonal, especially when you’re saying “thank you” to the people who do so much for our families. So I did some homework and found these 6...Read More
She believed she could so she did. My very favorite inspirational quote. The first time I saw it, not long after I had graduated college, it was printed on a funky wooden brooch by an artist at a craft fair. I pinned it to a jacket, and wore it for ages. From then on, it was like…it was mine. I claim it! (Even though I’ve been told it was penned by R.S. Grey, from her book, Scoring Wilder.) Now, I repeat it to myself like a mantra, whenever I need a little boost. Hey, maybe that’s your favorite too. Maybe there’s another. Maybe you just haven’t found the one...Read More
12 truly cool handmade Mother’s Day gifts from kids that become heart-melting keepsakes | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017
There’s nothing quite like a handmade Mother’s Day gift from the kids to melt a mom’s (or grandma’s or stepmom’s) heart. But take it from this mom of four kids, while all Mother’s Day gifts are perfect (really), I’ve tracked down a dozen very cool ideas that are truly special. Let’s just say, I’d love to wake up to any of these on Mother’s Day morning, and save them as keepsakes forever. Not that there’s anything wrong with a macaroni necklace, but we think these handmade Mother’s Day gifts step things up just a bit. At top: Hand-shaped clay ring dish | Mama Papa...Read More
Every Mother’s Day, we want to go all-out to celebrate the women in our lives who have done so much for us. But, as moms ourselves, we don’t always have the time to plan big brunches or create one-of-a-kind gifts for all the special moms, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers we love. That’s why we adore these unique, free Mother’s Day printables — they instantly make events more festive and presents even more special (and some of them are even standalone gifts!). When it comes to Mother’s Day gestures, every mom will agree that it’s the thought that counts…but it’s especially nice when the thoughts are as lovely as...Read More
The ultimate guide to last-minute Easter ideas: egg decorating, recipes, crafts, printables, and more!
Easter is just a hop away, but if you still haven’t made a crack in your Easter list yet…don’t worry! There are still a few days left until the Easter bunny visits, which is why we put together this ultimate list of last-minute Easter ideas for you including egg decorating ideas, Easter recipes (hint: BACON!), Easter crafts, Easter printables for kids, and so much more. Let’s just say when it comes to having a special Easter with your family and friends, all your eggs are in this basket. At top: Sticker Art Easter Printables | Hello, Wonderful CMP is an rstyle affiliate Awesome Easter Egg Decorating Ideas Decorating Easter...Read More
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