5 Thanksgiving Picture Books to Celebrate Turkey Day

Here are five delightful Thanksgiving picture books that celebrate the history and traditions of "Turkey Day". 5 Thanksgiving picture books to celebrate Turkey Day - Tipsaholic.com #thanksgiving #thanksgivingbooks #fall #picturebooks #childrenbooks

5 Thanksgiving Picture Books to Celebrate Turkey Day

Fall leaves crunch underfoot and pumpkin spice is more than just in the air—it’s everywhere you turn. Yes, there’s no escaping fall (my favorite season), especially now that November is upon us. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and I confess that lately, visions of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie have been dancing in my head. I love this time of year, not only for the food, but more because of the traditions and family time that accompany the holiday season.

With Thanksgiving in mind, here are five delightful Thanksgiving picture books that celebrate the history and traditions of Turkey Day. Adults and children alike will be captivated by these fun, insightful stories.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition shared by many families, mine included. I love cozying up with a blanket and hot chocolate to watch the amazing balloons, floats, and Broadway musical numbers parade down 5th Avenue. This delightful tale is the true story of Tony Sarg, a German American puppeteer and illustrator who came to be known as “America’s Puppet Master”. In 1928, Sarg and his protege built large helium-filled balloons, some up to 125 feet long, resembling various animals. These became the first, now iconic, balloons millions love to see in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Both you and your kids will enjoy this interesting behind-the-scenes look at a long-standing American tradition.

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Thank You, Sarah : The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

Without Sarah Josepha Hale, the national Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate today may not be in existence. Hale is widely known for authoring the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, but many consider her work to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday to be her true legacy. Hale’s advocacy began in 1846 and lasted 17 years until President Abraham Lincoln established a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863. This book tells Hales captivating story and explains to children how Thanksgiving as we know it do came to be.

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The Thanksgiving Story

This Caldecott Honor–winning picture book brings the story of the first Thanksgiving to life in vivid detail. Giles, Constance, and Damaris Hopkins travel to the New World as pilgrims on the Mayflower. Their little brother Oceanus is born on the ship during their passage. When they arrive in the New World, their colony endures sickness, hunger, and harsh elements, but thanks to the Native Americans they might just make it through their first year in the new land. This historical account is sure to be a family favorite that will be cherished for years to come.

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Duck for Turkey Day

Tuyet is excited for Thanksgiving and a break from school but there’s just one problem. Her Vietnamese American family is having duck instead of turkey. What will her friends and classmates think? When she returns to school after the holiday, Tuyet discovers her classmates’ main dishes ranged from lambs to enchiladas. This story exposes kids to different cultures and reinforces the most important element of holidays and traditions—spending time with family.

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Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving

Bundle up and jump in the sleigh, a Thanksgiving adventure awaits! This charming book sets Lydia Marie Child’s original verse against Matt Tavares’s detailed illustrations. Experience “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day” like you never have before while you bask in the holiday spirit it inevitably invokes. A classic picture book for all ages, your family is sure to enjoy this book year after year.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something discovering her place in this world. By day she is a communication specialist bringing communities news about their local libraries and the resources they provide. When she’s not tweeting or writing a press release, you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

 

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8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try

Thanksgiving traditions help you to create precious memories that you’ll always remember. Here are 8 fun Thanksgiving traditions to try! 8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try via @tipsaholic #thanksgiving #traditions #november

8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try

Traditions are the stuff of memories. As we grow into adulthood, it’s the family traditions that we remember and look back on with fondness. Create your own traditions for your family, whether you have kids or not, and you’ll also create lots of precious memories that you’ll always remember. Here are 8 fun Thanksgiving traditions you might want to consider adding to your Thanksgiving celebrations!

Turkey Tickets

Give every family member a 6-foot long piece of paper (try cash register paper rolls) at the beginning of the month and ask them to fill up the entire paper with things that they’re grateful for. It’s a good exercise for everyone to really think and be grateful for the good that they have in their lives. Then everyone could share their favorite ones at the big dinner!
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Thankful Pumpkins

Paint a couple of faux pumpkins white and write on it with a black sharpie the things that you’re thankful for. Ask everyone to add theirs and then decorate your dinner table with these pumpkins. Be sure to take pictures so you’ll always remember what was written. For your guests, give them small pumpkins of their own and ask them to do the same thing.

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Thankful Boxes

This is a cute traditions for kids to do year after year. The first year, have your kids decorate a box, such as a baby wipes box. Then give them pieces of paper in one color and ask them to write down a thing they’re grateful for. Store the boxes when Thanksgiving’s over and bring them back out for the next year’s Thanksgiving. This time, give them paper in a different color. After a few years, their boxes will be filled with slips of thankfulness in various colors. Everyone can look through their boxes and reminisce!

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Warm Fuzzies

This thanksgiving tradition is centered around being thankful for each other. Give every guest pieces of paper with other guests’ names on each of them. Have them write down what they’re thankful for that person. Then everyone takes a turn and says out loud what they wrote on the paper and gives the paper to the person as a keepsake. This activity will make everyone feel great about themselves!

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Thanksgiving Day Walk or Run

Many cities host a Turkey Trot or a similar running or walking event on the day of Thanksgiving. It could be a fun tradition for you and your family to get together and walk or run before getting together for a big, filling dinner. If your area doesn’t have anything like this, you could find a nice hike in your area and enjoy the fall foliage together before sitting down to eat at home.

For even more fun, you could all dress up for the special day and show off your outfits at the walk or run. For example, this threesome went all out and dressed up as pilgrims and a turkey. Or you could do something simpler and make t-shirts for everyone to wear. Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it.

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Thanksgiving Table Runner

Grab a plain table runner or cut one from fabric. Ask your kids to paint their hand and put it on the runner. Add their names and the year and have fun turning the hand prints into little turkeys. Pull it out the following Thanksgiving and have your kids do the same thing. It’ll be fun to see their little hands grow throughout the years until the table runner is all filled up!

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Fall Scavenger Hunt

Doing a fall scavenger hunt as a family could be a fun Thanksgiving tradition before dinner or a way to burn off full stomachs after eating. Go to a nearby park with a fall scavenger hunt list and either do it together or compete in teams. Here’s a free printable, but you can always create your own list based on the things that you have in your area or park.

Book of Thanks

Get a book with blank pages and call it the “Book of Thanks” or whatever name you want to give to it. Every year just before dinner, take a group picture of everyone and save a spot for it in the book. On the pages, have every guest write what they’re thankful for that year. Print out the picture and put it in the middle of the pages. The next year, do the same thing and so on, so you can look back on it and see who got together which year and what everyone was thankful for. Such a nice memento!

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Thanksgiving is all about family and friends, so it’s always nice to celebrate together with a few of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. What other Thanksgiving traditions have you done with your family and friends?

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35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic

Pumpkins are an essential part of fall decorating, especially for Halloween!  But let’s face it, they can be a pain to carve – from the mess, to the time investment, to the difficulty level.  If you’ve got young kids, carving pumpkins can be a daunting task!  And sadly, hollowed out pumpkins often become a pile of mush far before we’d like them to.  If you’re ready to give no-carve pumpkin decorating a try, here’s loads of awesome inspiration for you!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins1. Tissue Paper Damask Pumpkins – All you need is some mod podge and tissue paper to make some fancy damask-patterned pumpkins.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins2. Glow in the Dark Pumpkins – These super fun pumpkins look great during the day and glow different colors at night!  They’ll be a hit with kids.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins3. Tissue Paper Spotted Pumpkins – Here’s another idea with mod podge and tissue paper – just punch out circles and paste them on.  Overlap for a fun polka dotted look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins4. Candy Corn Chevron Pumpkin – tape off a few lines of chevron and use puffy paint for a fun distressed effect.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins5. Golden Paper Doily Pumpkins – Use cut up gold paper doilies for some gilded pumpkins with no effort.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins6. Potato Head Pumpkins – Use actual potato head pieces to dress pumpkins up as characters!  Just pre-drill small holes in the general facial feature spots.  Young kids will love this!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins7. Yarn Wrapped Pumpkins – Wrap your pumpkins up for a fun, comfy cozy look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins8. Felt Pumpkin Costumes – These felt pieces are glued on, or attached to toothpicks and then stuck into the pumpkin.  It’s a fun way to get the kids involved and create lots of different characters.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins9. Fancy Masked Pumpkin – Here’s another fun way to create different characters with your kids – use magazines, glue and masks (along with any other craft supplies you have like pom poms, feathers and sequins) to make funny masked pumpkins.  The cool thing about these is that the decorations are removable, if you decide you want to paint them differently later or use them for Thanksgiving next month!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins10. Gold-Flecked Pumpkins – Here’s a grown-up, subtle, gilded pumpkin – just paint white and add flecks of glitter with glue.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins11. Washi Tape Pumpkins – You can add washi tape to just about anything – including pumpkins!  These too are impermanent, making them a great cross-over decoration going into November since you can decorate them differently later.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins12. Doily Stencil Pumpkins – Use paper doilies as a stencil and sharpie around your pumpkin top for a fancy, detailed look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins13. Finger-paint Toddler Friendly Pumpkins – Let your little one go to town with finger-paints!  He’ll love looking at his masterpiece all month long!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins14. Crayon Melt Pumpkin – Take the crayon melt artwork off the canvas and put it on your pumpkin this year!  This is a messy, fun and creative way to decorate a pumpkin.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins15. Ombre Spider Web Pumpkins – These spiderwebs were created with skinny tape, then painted over with a sponge brush in two different orange colors.  It’ll only take minutes to do.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins16. Toddler Friendly Chalk Pumpkins – These pumpkins have a secret.  It’s CLEAR chalk paint!  Keep the orange of the pumpkin for Halloween, but allow your kids to chalk them up as much as they want!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins17. Lashes and Staches Pumpkins – These pumpkins have a lot of personality – and all it takes is cardstock, scissors and double-sided tape!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins18. Lace Stocking Pumpkins – Save your black lace stockings or stock up when they’re on clearance!  Stuff your pumpkin inside and close the top around the pumpkin stem with a black rubber band or ribbon!  They look classy and gothic.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins19. Black and White Striped Pumpkin – Here’s a fun black and white pumpkin you can paint with normal craft paint.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins20. Ribbon Pumpkins – The ribbons on this pumpkin are hot glued directly to it – from stem to bottom – along the veins.  It’s cute and easy!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins21. Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins – For something totally different than the normal orange and black, try these neon dipped pumpkins in all sorts of fun colors!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins22. Button Pumpkins – These pumpkins are – dare I say it?  Cute as a button!  All you need is glue and some buttons you don’t mind giving up.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins23. Duct Tape Face Pumpkins – Cut sheets of duct tape into facial features and stick it on for an easy, personalized pumpkin face.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins24. Masked Owl Pumpkin – Make your pumpkin a cute felt owl mask to wear; and make sure to glue on some googly eyes!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins25. Thumbtack and Sharpie Pumpkins – Make a sharpie spiderweb by following the pumpkin veins, or create a ghost out of white thumbtacks!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins26. Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkins – Using chalkboard paint and letter stickers you can create a word find pumpkin that all bibliophiles will love!  Use spooky, Halloween-y words.  Then, switch out the letters and use Thanksgiving words for November decor!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins27. Rhinestone Pumpkins – Using jewels and tiny rhinestones, you can glue on a fancy, sparkly design.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins28. Pumpkin Totem – Stack your pumpkins up, paint on some eyes and glue ricrac mouths on for a super cute Halloween totem.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins29. Confetti Dot Pumpkin – These confetti dots make a plain white pumpkin cute and festive!  Pop by your office supply store, because they’re an unexpected decoration – colored brads!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins30. Sunflower Pumpkin – Decorate your pumpkin with fake sunflowers for a look that will carry all through fall, not just Halloween.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins31. Tangled Web Pumpkins – Wrap your pumpkin in a bit of twine and glue on a spider for some easy, creepy decor.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins32. Donut Pumpkins – These little pumpkins are painted like sprinkled donuts for an unexpected and unique twist.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins33. Mummy Pumpkin – You can use gauze or paper streamers to make your pumpkin into a mummy!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins34. Marbled Pumpkins – Instead of painting your pumpkin, use nail polish instead.  Get instructions for how to create a marbleized look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins35. Googly Eye Pumpkins – For a subtle yet fun pumpkin the kids are sure to love, hot glue different sized googly eyes all over!

 

Here are some more no-carve pumpkin ideas you’ll love!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations

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25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic

 

Halloween is quickly approaching; is your yard ready??  If you like to decorate the house for this spooky holiday, but are looking for new ideas we’ve got you covered.  Whether you’re short on time, want to go all out, or just need some fresh inspiration, you’ll find plenty of fun outdoor Halloween decorations that’ll meet your needs!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky1. Trash Bag Spiderwebs – What better way to save on decorations than to use something you already have on hand?  Black trash bags are perfect outdoor decor, too because they weather well.  This is an easy project that’ll spook-ify your house in no time.

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky2. Trash Bag Spider – While you’re at it, construct a giant spider from black trash bags as well!  You’ll need a few more materials to construct the whole thing, but the effect is totally worth it!  Place him in front of your trash bag spider webs!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky3. Magnetic Spiders – And for even more spider fun, whip up these little spider magnets!  They can be used indoors or out, on anything metal.  Dress up your door or metal mailbox.  Make all different sizes.

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky4. Spider Egg Sac – But where did all your spiders come from?  Hang a bunch of these spider egg sacs on your porch to really creep people out!  You don’t need anything expensive to make them, and they come together quickly.

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky5. Itsy Bitsy Spider Wreath – Finish off your spider theme with a spider door wreath!  This one is understated but creepy and will look perfect with your other spider decorations.

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky6. Ghostly Draperies – These lightweight, inexpensive drapes set a ghostly mood hung from your porch, railings or doorway.  They’re so easy to create, you’ll be done decorating in 1/2 an hour!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky7. Floating Heads – Some floating ghostly heads hanging in the corner of your porch will surely set a creepy tone this Halloween!  All you need are some styrofoam mannequin heads to start.

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky8. Cheesecloth Ghosts – For a less creepy but still ghostly vibe, try these cheesecloth ghosts.  They won’t scare the kids like a dismembered head will, but they’re super versatile.  Hang them from a tree or the porch or simply set them in the yard because they stand on they’re own!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky9. Giant Lawn Eyeballs – These eyeballs are sure to delight trick-or-treaters!  They’re made from different sized balls and are quite easy to paint.  You could stick them in a bush or tree to give the illusion that something large is lurking there!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky10. Googly Eye Wreath – With ping pong balls and gooogly eyes (and a lot of hot glue), you can make a super fun eyeball wreath for your front door.  You can find ping pong balls in bulk on Amazon, which cuts down on the cost for this project!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky11. Glowing Eyeballs – Here’s another use for ping pong balls!  Paint a few to look like eyeballs using the tutorial, then cut a slit in the bottom and slide them over flameless tea light candles.  Scatter them around the yard or bushes.  By day, they’re creepy looking eyeballs, and by night they glow!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky12. Cardboard Tombstones – Here’s a super easy way to turn your front yard into a cemetery.  It doesn’t take a lot of money or skill, and you can personalize the tombstones any way you’d like!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky13. “Yard Work” Skeletons – These life-sized skeletons are hard at work in the front yard… but what are they doing??  A creepy kind of work, for sure, as visitors will soon discover!  Get the how-to for posing and keeping them stationary.

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky14. Tipsy Pumpkin Planter – This cute planter is made from inexpensive jack-o-lantern buckets.  If you like a cuter take on Halloween and don’t want your yard to scare away the little ones, this might be the perfect decoration for your yard!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky15. Floating Witch Hat Luminaries – Snag a few simple witch hats and create a super fun and unique hanging centerpiece for your porch!  String them up and insert a cheap light stick inside.  Voila!  A floating luminary that appears suspended by black magic!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky16. Cornhusk Witches – Here’s a cute and quick idea; one that’s great for older kids who like to craft.  Whip up a bunch of cornhusk witches and you’ve got a coven for your porch or entry!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky17. Bubbling Witch Cauldron – This bubbling cauldron and tripod is completely DIY.  It lights up and best of all, can be saved and used year after year.  There’s a bit of building and construction involved, but it makes a nice statement in the center of the yard!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky18. Mummy Figure – Though the supply list for this build is a bit intensive, the results are creepy and cool.  Make a few half-sized mummies and plant them along your walkway, as if they’re popping up from the grave!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky19. Paper Bag Luminaries – Here’s something fun to do with the kids!  Cut or punch out Halloween shapes, landscapes and words from normal paper bags.  Then place them along your sidewalk, steps or porch with flameless candles inside.  They’re easy, cheap, fun to make and will glow eerily all night long.

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky20. Foam Chains – If you want to add some creepiness to a vignette you’ve already planned out, you can easily and cheaply make your own chain links and piece them together.  They look way better then the plastic kind and are less expensive.  Plus you can make them as long as you want and they are super lightweight since they are made out of foam.  Wrap them around skeletons, hang them with ghostly cheesecloth draperies, or use them as a ghastly garland for your railing!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky21. Candy Corn Sunburst Wreath – This super cute idea won’t creep anyone out, but it’s the perfect nod to that famous sweet treat of Halloween, candy corn!  The candy corn in the sunburst is made from styrofoam cones which have been shaped and painted as giant candy pieces.  Hang on your front door to welcome trick-or-treaters!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky22. Giant Tentacle Monster – Here’s a giant idea that’s sure to make you the talk of the neighborhood this year!  It’s fairly time intensive, from planning to creating, so it’s not for the feint of heart.

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky23. “The Raven” inspired porch decor – Fan of Edgar Allen Poe?  Take a look at this porch set up, which was inspired by “The Raven.”  It’s spooky, but totally subtle.  Those who aren’t into the gory side of Halloween will appreciate that!

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky24. Spooky Snake Doormat – This doormat doesn’t exactly welcome guests inside… but it sure does scream creepy Halloween!  You can make a similar one with just a few items in one afternoon.

 

25 Clever Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #decorations, #halloweendecor, #Halloweendiy, #spooky25. Man-Eating Plants – If you’re looking for something truly unique this year, these giant man-eating plants are for you!  Though they do take some time to put together, they’re actually easier to make then they appear.  You could group a few in pots by your door to ward away pesky neighbors… or make kids stick their hands inside to get their candy out!

 

Title picture courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.  Get more information at the link.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Here are some other great Halloween ideas!

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10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas

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Dressing up your door for Halloween has become increasingly popular among DIY decorators.  If you’ve been struck by this popular bug, but aren’t quite sure what to make of your own door, we’ve rounded up the best ideas out there for garage doors, front doors and entryways!  With just a few basic materials (many of which you’ll find you have on-hand already) you can create some unique and fun Halloween door decor!

 

10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor1. Fanged Monster – This entry makes a big statement with giant fangs hanging over trick-or-treaters’ heads!

 

10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor2. Bloody, Angry Monster – If you know how to paint, you can add lots of detail and shadowing to make that fanged monster even scarier!

 

10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor3. Frankenstein’s Monster – With a green front door, who could resist making a fun frankenstein – complete with scar and bolts??  If your door isn’t green, you could cover the front in green wrapping paper first.

 

10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor4. Jack Skellington – A plain white door makes the perfect backdrop for The Pumpkin King and any Nightmare Before Christmas fans out there!

 

10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor5. Tape Monster and Tape Spiderweb – Here are two different ideas using metallic silver tape – a monster or a spiderweb.

 

downsized_10311110046. Big-Eyed Streamer Monster – This cute, monster boasts party streamer hair, paper plate eyes and masking tape mouth.  Basically, go dig in your closet and you can make this guy!

 

10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor7. Mummy – Wrap your door in white party streamers and you’ve got the perfect mummy!

 

10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor8. Monster House Windows – Cardboard,  tissue paper and contact paper created these amazing monster silhouettes which look great day or night!

 

10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor9. Zombie Garage – All you have to do is trace hands onto paper, tape them up and backlight them to make people think you’ve got a raging crowd of the undead stuck in your garage!  Creepy!

 

10 Genius Halloween Door Decor Ideas - Tipsaholic. #Halloween, #halloweendecor, #halloweenDIY, #doors, #doordecor10. Backlit Witch Silhouette – With some creativity and just a bit of artistic ability you can create a life-sized creepy witch seance scene on your garage!

 

Title picture courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens – find the tutorial at the link.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Here are some other great Halloween ideas!

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Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel

Use a few of these road trip apps the next time your family is traveling and make it easy to find fuel, lodging, fun, food, and more. Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #travel #roadtrip #apps #summerfamilyactivities

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Gone are the days when road trippers picked up a map and just started driving. In our high-tech modern world we have everything we need to plan, map, and have a blast on a road trip in the palms of our hands. Tap into some of the best travel resources available with these top road trip apps for family travel.

 

1. Waze

This app helps you check traffic conditions, road hazards, and more along your driving route by tapping in to a community of other drivers in your area. It also acts as a map to your destination and has voice-guided navigation .

 

2. Gas Buddy

This app is the best way to find the best prices for fueling up. Compare gas stations along your route or type in a zip code to compare gas prices in another area. Gas Buddy gives you gas station addresses and a map to help you get there.

 

3. iExit

Find out what’s coming up – restaurants, gas stations, lodging, shopping, and even campgrounds – at each exit you approach. iExit acts as a digital road sign for every exit near you and taps into your phone’s GPS to show you where to go.

 

4. State Plate Bingo

No roadtrip is complete without games! Use an app like State Plate Bingo to have a little fun on a long trip. If you’re looking for more ways to pass the time while driving, you may want to check out this list of road trip game apps on Babble.

 

5. Yelp

Yelp is a do-it-all app for finding shopping outlets, restaurants, and services and seeing reviews to find the best of the best. You can also use Yelp to get addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, and even make reservations.

 

6. Hotel Tonight

When you hit that road trip wall and need to hole-up for the night, Hotel Tonight is the app that can get you a place to stay in a hurry. Hotels share their last-minute availability at discounted rates so you can get a great price, but you can also book a hotel up to 7 days out.

 

7. USA Rest Stops

It may not make for good conversation, but everyone’s gotta go sometime. Find rest stops along highways and interstates and avoid stop-on-the-shoulder bathroom breaks. It can tap into your GPS and guide you if needed. This app may be especially helpful if you have kids!

 

8. TripAdvisor City Guides

Get information on local hotspots and fun things to do, plus restaurants and hotels. Any information that is available for the city, including fun facts and how to get from one place to another, can be found within the app. City Guides can also help you create a kind of travel journal on your phone – just check in and take a photo at each of your stops.

 

9. TripIt

Keep track of every aspect of your trip with TripIt. Compile information and times for hotels, dinner reservations, flights, and other stops along your route. You can also access maps and directions to get to your next destination and sync your plans with others.

 

10. Oh Ranger! Parkfinder

If you’re looking to visit national and state parks and experience the great outdoors, this is the app for you. The Oh Ranger! Parkfinder app has information, directions, overviews, activity descriptions, phone numbers, weather, and more for every park in the USA.

 

11. Free Wi-Fi Finder

Even a low-tech family can use a little free Wifi now and again, and this app will find it for you. Wherever you are, Free Wi-Fi Finder will use your location to give you a list of the nearest hot spots..

 

12. Animoto

No road trip need be forgotten with Animoto. The app lets you take photos and videos from your phone and turn them into a movie complete with introductions, captions, music and more. This one is a pricier app, but it might be worth it to share videos with family and friends as you travel!

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving

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If you love to make your own gifts for all different occasions, don’t overlook the potential of essential oils to create the perfect present!  Whether you’re looking for an easy way to make a big batch of thank you gifts, a unique Mother’s Day gift, little stocking stuffers or a tailor made, personalized birthday present for nearly anyone, essential oils is a great way to go.  Here are 25 gifts to make with essential oils – all customizable and sure to be a huge hit!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving1. Peppermint Foot Cream –  Your feet will be more energized after treating them to this tingling, refreshing, all natural foot cream.  Make it part of a pedicure gift set by adding nail polish and a file!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving2. Garden Hand Butter – If you’ve got a seasoned gardener on your gift list, they’ll love this soothing hand cream!  It works miracles on dry, cracked, hard-working skin.  Plus, it has a warm, spicy, earthy smell they’ll find appealing.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving3. Lavender Coconut Body Cream – This body cream smells delicious, has calming properties, and will leave your skin feeling amazing.  It makes a luxurious gift for any birthday or shower.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving4. Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter – This moisturizer feels like an expensive indulgence, but you can totally customize this DIY recipe and make a ton for all the ladies on your gift list without breaking the bank!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving5. Citrus Sugar Scrub Cubes – This delicious little bite-sized sugar cubes aren’t for eating – they’re for scrubbing!  They’re not only adorable,  they also come in several refreshing colors and scents, making exfoliating fun!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving6. Orange Honey Lotion Bars – These lotion bars smell great, and leave your hands and face feeling amazingly moisturized.  The ingredients are known to promote skin health, and the citrus scent is uplifting and fresh.  Gift them in a small jar, or wrap in pretty paper with twine!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving7. Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars – These super cute mini bars of exfoliating soap are a perfect Christmas present or stocking stuffer – perfectly scented for the Christmas season!  But you could substitute your favorite essential oils so they’re appropriate for any holiday or season.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving8. Whipped Shaving Cream – Whip up your own shaving cream recipe with essential oils to add relaxing, energizing or refreshing properties and incredible scents tailored to any man or woman on your gift list.  This version is super light, creamy and fluffy – making it perfectly luxurious.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving9. Lemon Grapefruit Salt Scrub – Lemon brightens skin and grapefruit is great for skin health, so why not combine them in a salt scrub for exfoliation?  The light, citrus aroma will brighten your day, uplift your mood and leave you feeling refreshed.  Make some for yourself AND the birthday girl!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving10. Stress-Away Bath Salts – These bath salts use the strong calming properties of Stress Away oil to create a spa-like bath soak experience that will promote mental balance and ease away tension.  It’s a perfect addition to a spa gift kit!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving11. Perfect Little Bath Bombs – These colorful, perfectly round little bombs are a gorgeous gift that can be packaged up in lots of fun ways.  Pop a batch in a glass jar, place in a small egg carton, wrap in colored cellophane.  They’ll add some fizzy fun to your friends’ routine and the essential oils can refresh, relax, uplift and energize with any number of different scents!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving12. Stressed-Mom Bath Bombs – Making your own Mother’s Day gifts?  Have a friend that’s a soon-to-be mom?  Or a mommy friend’s birthday coming up?  Give them a jar of awesome stress-reducing bath bombs that are great for the skin so they can have a spa day right at home!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving13. Homemade Bubble Bath – You can create your own bubble bath with any of your favorite essential oils!  Mix and match scents to give it a personal touch and create a “spa day” gift set.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving14. Lemon, Lavender and Vanilla Body Spray – Give your friends this delectable, mood-boosting spray so they can use it as a body mist, linen spray or room freshener and enjoy the relaxing and uplifting affects!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving15. Brightening Papaya Mask – This brightening papaya mask smells glorious and is super versatile – just add in your favorite citrus and uplifting essential oils (like Joy or Stress Away) and package it in an airtight jar.  Your friends skin will will thank you!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving16. Lip Scrub – Buff up your lips after a long winter with some refreshing, healthy lip scrub!  Make a big batch to use as favors or thank you gifts!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving17. All-Natural Lip Balm – Make a batch of lip balm using this recipe and switch it up for any type of gift you need!  Christmastime?  Make Cinna-Mint!  Mother’s Day?  Try Lavender!  Print out the free labels provided to really dress up your lip balm gifts.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving18. DIY Lip Gloss – This isn’t your ordinary balm!  It’s got glam, aroma, and healing properties wrapped into one little tube!  For a lip color that smells good enough to eat that can be tailored to produce whatever affects you’d like (lavender for relaxation, peppermint for energy, grapefruit for lip and skin health, etc) make your own gloss the ladies on your gift list will love!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving19. Perfume Solids – These adorable perfume solids make great gifts because they’re completely customizable!  Use favorite scents, or oils that correspond to specific birthday months or seasons.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving20. Curiously Strong Mints – You can create your own super tasty mints in any color and just about any flavor you can come up with!  An awesome party favor gift, or stocking stuffer.  Make them with specific people in mind – your dad’s favorite flavor for Father’s Day, for instance.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving21. Soy Candles – Inexpensive and surprisingly easy, soy candles make great gifts!  The recipe is easily adaptable – multiply it to make larger batches, add essential oils in different combinations for different aromas and effects and use jars in different sizes and shapes for gift sets.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving22. Travel Rollerball Remedies – If you know someone who loves to taking trips, these small rollerball remedies are a perfect gift!  With cure for headaches, general fevers and immune boosters, bruise busters and more, there are lots of tiny first aid tubes ideal for frequent travelers. Make your favorite remedies mini-sized, with bright labels and package them together for a kit any world traveler will get excited about.

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving23. DIY Reed Diffuser – Reed diffusers are actually quite easy and inexpensive to make, though their store-bought counterparts lead you to believe otherwise!  Create a one of a kind gift for your love ones by personalizing scents, containers and colors just for them!  They smell amazing, they add to home decor and they’ve got great health benefits!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving24. Home State Clay Car Diffuser – These clay diffusers are too cute.  Simply cut and shape some clay into your gift recipient’s home state, then hand stamp the word home.  Punch a hole and insert some twine, then wet with a drop or two of your favorite scent.  You could even include a small sample of essential oil scents for them to reapply!

 

Essential oils can help you make the perfect present for anyone on your list! Need some inspiration? Here are 25 DIY gifts to make with essential oils. 25 DIY Gifts To Make With Essential Oils - Tipsaholic, #handmadegifts, #gifts, #essentialoils, #youngliving25. See and Smell Play Dough – Create a unique and fun gift for your favorite kiddos with this play dough recipe.  It’s not your ordinary play dough, though.  The colors and scents match – kids will love playing with this moldable dough that looks and smells good enough to eat!  You can create a whole play dough kit with cookie cutters, stampers, molds and more!

 

 

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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32 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Want to reduce the amount of sweets that your kids get on Easter but still want to give them a fun basket? Check out these 32 non-candy Easter basket ideas! Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas via tipsaholic.com #easter #eggs #basket #easterbasket


32 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas
Everybody knows that Easter is all about the chocolate bunny and his marshmallow chick friends, right? Well, if you would like to reduce the amount of sweets that your kids get on Easter but you still want to gift them a fun basket filled with goodies, here are 32 non-candy Easter basket ideas that you can feel good about giving your kids.

 

Easter Basket Ideas for Outdoor Play

Easter is a holiday that is strongly associated with spring and the spring season means warmer weather… and lots of outdoor fun! Build anticipation for what the warmer season will bring with Easter basket gifts that they will use outdoors.

  • Sidewalk chalk. These egg-shaped sidewalk chalk is perfect for Easter.
  • Rain boots. They are fun to wear, especially on warm and rainy days.
  • Kite. A big one is always fun, but a smaller, cheaper kite is still fun for a full day outside if you plan to be outside on Easter.
  • Water Bottle. Give each kid their own water bottle in their favorite color.
  • Frisbee. Or any other outdoor toy that your kids can use to play with each other.
  • Badminton Set. This is an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy!
  • Jump rope. This rainbow jump rope screams Easter!

 

Easter Basket Ideas for Swimming Fun

If you live in an area where it’s warm enough to go swimming as early as March or April, get your kids excited about family trips to the pool or beach with a couple of swimming-themed Easter basket gifts!

  • New swimwear. You’ll probably need to buy new ones for your growing kids every year anyway, so why not include them in their Easter basket to make them a little more special?
  • Pool and beach toys. You could even use a sand bucket as the Easter basket!
  • Sunglasses. Novelty Easter-themed sunglasses are fun, but a great pair that your kid can wear all spring and summer is even better.
  • Hat. A cute beach hat or a fun baseball cap would fit well in an Easter basket!
  • Sunscreen. Try this delicious smelling sunscreen!
  • Towels. There are so many colorful towels out there that your kids will love, such as this shark towel and this pink octopus towel.
  • Water gun. Tiny water guns or a bigger, powerful water gun are both fun Easter basket ideas.
  • Water shoes. Great for your kids if you love going to natural water swimming holes.
  • Flip flops. Everyone needs at least a pair!

 

Arts and Crafts Easter Basket Ideas

Flex your kids’ artistic muscles by including arts and crafts in their Easter basket! Use this as an opportunity to restock any art tools that you might be running out of, such as crayons, markers, and paintbrushes. Here are some more art-related ideas for your kids’ baskets.

  • Stickers. Easter-themed stickers are always good, but animal and floral stickers would be a great way to teach about animals and plants that are born or planted during the Spring and aren’t too themed so they can use the stickers year-round.
  • Play clay. These play-doh eggs are a lot of fun.
  • Stamps. Add to your stamp collection with these Easter-themed stamps.
  • Temporary Tattoos. Art is art, whether they exist on paper or on your kid’s arm.
  • Crayons. If you’re up for some DIY, make these cute Easter crayons! You’ll need a silicone mold and lots of broken crayons.

 

Easter Basket Ideas for the Garden

Teach your kids about gardening and growing their own food with some great gardening gifts in their Easter basket.

  • Seeds. Give your kids some fruit or vegetable seeds to plant in your garden or in their own pot at home. Or you could give them some flower seeds to plant in your yard to improve your curb appeal.
  • Gardening tools: shears, gloves, spade, fork, etc. Young kids will love these tools and play happily in the dirt, while older kids can use them to plant and take care of the seeds that you give them.
  • Pots. You could give them a couple of small pots and some paint (to decorate the pots) along with some dirt and seeds for a complete gardening gift that they’ll love finding in their Easter basket.
  • Chia pet. These things are so fun and would be a great introduction to the wonders of growing a plant to a younger child.

 

Other Ideas for the Easter Basket

Here are some extra non-candy ideas for the Easter basket!

  • Crazy straws. Colorful crazy straws are affordable and fun.
  • Kids cookbook and an apron. For the budding cook!
  • Cookies in a jar. Include all the dry ingredients for your child’s favorite cookie recipe along with some cookie cutters. Hey, cookies aren’t candy.
  • Board game or card game. Find a good game that will fit in a basket. Spot It! is great for all ages and it’s perfectly sized for an Easter basket!
  • Mad Libs. Try this one for Easter, or this one for younger kids.
  • Flashlight. Kids love them. Include batteries in their new flashlights so they can start using them right away.
  • Money. The gift that always fits. Fold your dollars into bunnies for even more fun.

 

What other non-candy gifts do you like to include in your kids’ Easter baskets that aren’t listed here?

For more Easter ideas and tips, check out Top 10 Easter Crafts Kids Will Love and Egg Dyeing Basics – 5 Tips for Your Best Easter Eggs Ever.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide
 Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which means time is running out for you to find a fun, thoughtful gift. Whether you’re spending this day of love with your husband, significant other, or girlfriends, they’ll appreciate a gift that shows your sentiment and appreciation for the special relationship or friendship you share together. If you’re single and not a huge fan of cupid’s favorite holiday, why not buy a festive present for yourself? We all need a little love in this world. Here you’ll find a variety of fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts to help you say “I love you” to the people in your life who matter most.

Macbook Air Sleeve

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideIf your guy is all about his tech gear, why not get him this sleek Macbook Air sleeve by Gräf & Lantz? Handmade in Los Angeles, this piece is both unique and functional. The rich leather adds the perfect touch of masculinity while the red felt sleeve radiates warmth and personality. Graf & Lantz also have cases for a Macbook Pro, iPad, iPad mini, and iPhone.

 

Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideLife is busy and it can be difficult to find time to stop and reconnect with your husband. Order this journal and you’ll both benefit. By answering a question a day together in the journal, it provides a fun, unique way to document your developing relationship with your husband. Plus, how fun will it be look back on your past answers together a year from now?

Heart Key Fob

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideThis classic heart key fob by Gräf & Lantz is the perfect little memento to give to your closest girlfriends this Valentine’s Day. Its modern design means your friends can use it all year long while it acts as a fun, daily reminder of the meaningful friendship you share.

 

Love Illuminated

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If your significant other enjoys reading, they will love this book written by Daniel Jones, longtime editor of the New York Times Modern Love Column. In Love Illuminated, Jones draws on his experience reviewing thousands of Modern Love essays to explore ten aspects of love—pursuit, destiny, vulnerability, connection, trust, practicality, monotony, infidelity, loyalty, and wisdom. Whether you and your partner have been together for years or you’re still searching for the love of your life, this book provides valuable insight into “life’s most mystifying subject”.

 

Rifle Paper Co Stationery

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What woman doesn’t love getting stationery? In this technological age, receiving a hand-written note is both refreshing and exciting. Rifle Paper Co has a variety of designs to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find something that matches your best friend’s personal style. Nothings says love and friendship like a heartfelt card or letter.

 

Wine Tote

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideAre you attending a girls’ night this Valentine’s Day and looking for a hostess gift? Is your partner a wine aficionado? This wine tote is a perfect gift for either scenario. Handcrafted by Gräf & Lantz, this tote will last for years and always prove to be on trend.

 

4 Film Favorites: Romantic Comedy Collection

We all need a little love in this world. Here you'll find a variety of fantastic Valentine's Day gifts to help you say I love you.  Valentine's Day Gift Guide via @tipsaholic #valentine #valentines #gifts #giftguideWhether you’re single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day if the perfect excuse to indulge in a romantic comedy movie marathon. For less than $11, this romantic comedy collection from Amazon.com includes: You’ve Got Mail, Two Weeks Notice, Laws of Attraction, and Must Love Dogs. On V-Day, pick up some Chinese food, throw on some cute PJs, pop one of these movies into your DVD player, and settle down for a cozy night watching love play out on the silver screen.

 

Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

 

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8 Simple Valentine’s Day Dinner Classics


Take the hassle out of your Valentine's Day by spending a romantic evening at home making and eating one of these classic, simple Valentine's Day dinners! 8 Simple Valentine's Day Dinner Classics ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #easy #valentines #dinner

 

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Valentine’s Day can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth when it comes to finding a good restaurant. Everything is crowded, noisy, and wait times can be lengthy! Take a break from the mayhem this V-day and instead spend a romantic evening at home preparing and eating one of these eight classic but simple Valentine’s Day dinners. Each one has less than ten ingredients (give or take a spice), all of them easy to find in your local grocery store. And with short cook times, you’ll have plenty of your evening left for more romantic endeavors!

 

Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

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Seafood always makes for a classy dinner, and this creamy pasta recipe will hit the spot for any pasta-lover. The recipe uses refrigerated linguine, but a dry pasta of your choice works too – just cook it as directed and add your shrimp to the pot in the last 3-4 minutes.

 

Oven-Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Using shortcuts like Italian seasoning and a store-bought sauce make this special dish quick and easy without sacrificing taste. A crispy artisan bread and a roasted vegetable or two will round things out nicely.

 

Maple Glazed Salmon

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This simple salmon is perfect for a meal that fills you up without leaving you feeling bloated the rest of the evening – because there’s nothing that kills romance quite so quick!. You can choose to make the pickled vegetables or leave them out, but they do make a nice addition to this dinner!

 

Seared Steak with Onions and Gorgonzola

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A steak can make for an especially decadent meal, especially with additions like caramelized onions and gorgonzola! Follow this simple guide to get the perfect steak at your desired “doneness.”

 

Oven-Baked Fajitas

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If you enjoy Latin flavors there’s nothing better than the sizzle of a fajita! This recipe makes it easy to get your fajitas on the table by baking your meat and vegetables. You can stick with chicken or get even fancier by using steak! Serve it up with corn or flour tortillas and a little salsa and sour cream.

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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A crisp layer on the outside and a melty cheese center make chicken cordon bleu a go-to romantic dinner. Keep things easy using boxed bread crumbs and cutting chicken breasts in half before pounding them thin.

 

Pork Tenderloin

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A special cut of meat makes any dish more fantastic, and a seasoned rub will ensure yours is packed with flavor. Serve it with vegetables and a baked or mashed potato and gravy for a full plate.

 

Vegetarian Lasagna

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For the vegetarian couple (or a couple looking to be more health conscious), this vegetarian lasagna is a great Valentine’s dinner. Mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach add textures and flavors even a meat-lover could appreciate.

 

Featured image via Health Magazine.

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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5 Fun Valentine Date Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Looking for an alternative to the typical roses and candlelit dinner this year?  Valentine dates can be full of fun and creativity. 5 Fun Valentine Date Ideas That Won't Break the Bank via @tipsaholic #valentines #valentinedate #date #romance #valentinesday

 

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Looking for an alternative to the typical roses and candlelit dinner this year?  Valentine’s Day dates can be full of fun and creativity, and don’t have to cost a lot either!  We’ve got 5 awesome dates for you that you can tweak to fit your own style. Check out these fun date ideas that won’t break the bank!

 

1. M&M Bowling – A simple bag of M&M’s can take your bowling game up a notch!  Before each turn, you pick a candy out of the bag without looking, then check the “color code key” to see how you should bowl that round based on the color of the M&M!  You can come up with your own key and write it out – with ideas like “RED = granny style,” “BLUE = with your non-dominant hand,” “GREEN = backwards,” etc – or find a color code that you can print out and use, like this one from the Dating Divas!  To make it more Valentine-themed, you could create a color code key to correspond to a Valentine bag of M&M’s, or add rules like “For every strike, kiss your date and for every spare, hug your date!” All this date will cost is one game of bowling and a bag of M&M’s!

 

2. Drive-In Theatre – All you need for this date night is a laptop or portable DVD player with a lot of battery life!  Find a romantic or meaningful spot and set up your “drive-in movie” by spreading a blanket and pillows and getting the movie ready to play.  Make sure you have favorite movie snacks and drinks – or more romantic fare – ready to go.  Have your date meet you in the designated spot, then cuddle up together and watch your show!  Some ideas for special spots – a park or beach, near or in a well-known wooded area, a family or friend’s land (if they own a farm, live in the country or have lots of trees this is ideal!), or even your own backyard!

 

3. Ding-Dong Ditch Treats – Baking together can be incredibly fun and romantic!  Bake up some delicious Valentine’s Day treats and make a few goodie boxes.  Attach a tag or card to each one, then deliver them anonymously to your friends or neighbors.  Do it together – one of you place the treats on the step and the other ring the bell, then run like mad!  When you’re finished passing out goodies, return home to eat some yourself!  You’ll make Valentine’s Day fun for you, your honey and a bunch of other people too!  Not sure what to make?  Try these cute Valentine’s Day Cookie Pops!

 

4. Love Letter Review – Break open the memory box and dust off your old love letters!  Tie them up in a pretty package, then whisk your honey off to a romantic spot and open them up.  Take turns reading your love letters out loud to each other.  It’ll be a great reminder of all the reasons you love each other – past and present!  When you’re finished reading, take a few moments to pen a new love letter, then seal it up to be opened next Valentine’s Day.  This date could easily be paired with other date ideas – such as visiting a spot from your past (where you met or first kissed for example) or taking a romantic picnic for two to eat while you read.  Bonus: this date is FREE!

 

5. “Let’s Do It Again” Hunt – Why not set up a treasure hunt memorializing all the special “first’s” in your relationship?  For instance: meet for the date in the exact spot you first saw or met.  Eat dinner in the same restaurant you had your first date. Kiss in the same spot you had your first kiss.  Dance together where you had your first dance.  Exchange simple gifts sitting where you were when you said “I love you” for the first time.  You can include as many “first’s” and milestones as you’d like, just make sure to leave a card with a clue to the next location at each spot.  For a twist, you could leave a photo of the next spot instead of a written clue!  Here are some more ideas and tips for a romantic scavenger hunt.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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20 DIY Valentines for Guys

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Valentine’s Day is all about expressing your feelings to those you love.  Maybe you’re tired of the trite Valentine’s Day card and chocolate standby.  Maybe you want to make something personal.  Maybe you’re on a budget.  Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for something new and unique to DIY for your special someone, we’ve got you covered.  These are 20 DIY valentines for guys – and they’re sure to love them!

 

1. Mountain Dew Gift, Detail-Oriented Diva

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If your guy is a mountain dew lover, use his favorite treat to remind him of your love!

 

2. Orange Crush, Boxwood Clippings

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If he’s is more of an orange soda guy, you can make this cute little gift in a snap!  You could use even more puns, as well, “Orange you glad…”?

 

3. Rootbeer Float Basket, 30 Handmade Days –

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Perhaps his favorite is actually root beer floats?  Give him a basket with all the makings of his favorite treat to let him know how much he “floats your boat!”

 

4. Dude Valentines, Please Note –

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These are some funny valentines, for those of you who don’t want to take this holiday too seriously!  There are printable tags that’ll make him chuckle which you can put on lottery tickets, jerky or beer – depending on what your guy likes!
5. Donuts and Holes, Izzy and Ivy Designs –

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Gift your sweetheart a yummy breakfast of pastries and donut holes!  Use the free printable provided at the link, then fill a bag or cute box with his favorite donuts and donut holes.  Valentine’s Day breakfast will be super sweet!

 

6. Love ReminderMoorea Seal –

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Whip up a few of these adorable stuffed fabric hearts and place them in a jar with a note of instruction.  These hearts are reminders of your love for him – and he can place them anywhere he may need them throughout the day!  Or, you could go a step further and place them in pockets, a glasses case, on the dashboard, in his lunch, and anywhere else he’s likely to spot them!

 

7. Love Jar, Brika

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Craft a few small, handmade items that represent your continuing love for him!  There are picture instructions for a heart, cupid arrow, personal message and “punny” love card that will all fit in a small jar.

 

8. 52 Reasons I Love You Mini Book, Paper Vine

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Use a deck of cards as the base for this cute book filled with personal reasons you love your man.  Decorate it how you wish and glue your reasons inside – one for each card.  It’s a handy, pocket-sized reminder of how much he means to you!

 

9. 7 Days of Love, The Dating Divas

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Celebrate your love all week long!  Fill a pill organizer with small candies and a note for each day of Valentine’s Day week.  You can use the printable notes provided, or make your own with meaningful quotes, short poems, or encouraging words!  He’ll have something to remind him of you each day!

 

10. The Fortune Cookie Game, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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Turn those cute felt fortune cookies into a fun game for your guy!  Write up your own “fortunes” on slips of paper and tuck them inside felt fortune cookies, then wrap them up in a Chinese takeout box.  The game is played over time, so this gift keeps giving all year long!  For the full rules, check the link.

 

11. Bear Hug, Studio DIY

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This is a particularly clever gift if you and your honey are apart on Valentine’s Day.  Send him a bear hug along with all your love!  It’s clever and bound to put a smile on his face!

 

12. Anatomical Heart Pillow, Hearts and Sharts

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This is so clever and fun, and sure to be a hit with any geeky guys out there!  The instructions show how to create a patchwork anatomical heart for a pillow cover, but you could patchwork it on just about anything for your guy!  A backpack, a t-shirt, or even paste it together on paper for a wall hanging.

 

13. Woodgrain Notebooks, Damask Love

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Here are some creative notebooks he can take along with him on trips or keep by the phone for notes.  What makes them so fun is the woodgrain pattern, along with the pun on the tag!

 

14. “I’ll Tumble for You” Game, Tried and True

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Though this Valentine themed game is toted as great for kids and families, you can easily tweak it for your sweetie.  The mini jenga-style game is found at the dollar store, and fun “love” inspired instructions are written on each wooden piece.  When you draw a block, make sure you follow the instructions before placing it on top!  It’s a gift AND a date night rolled into one!

 

15. Rock Messages, Sare Shares

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Here’s a fun gift that he can use and look at for years to come.  With notes written on the rocks around the candle, he’ll be reminded of you every time he looks at it.

 

16. Photo Keychain, Sugarbee Crafts

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You can easily make him a keychain using a photo of the two of you together.  All you need is a photo pendant (found in the jewelry section at most craft stores) and a key ring!  Put them together, and he’ll have a keepsake to use every single day!

 

17. 12 Months of Dates Booklet, The Thinking Closet

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This little booklet has one date per month, all planned out and ready to go.  The handwritten pages are sentimental and fun, and he’ll love that you put so much thought and effort into it – and that he doesn’t HAVE to!

 

18. Open When Letters, Frugal Maine

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This is an easy gift to make and put together for your guy, but it takes thought and effort.  Something he’ll appreciate over and over again throughout the year as he opens each card or letter just when he’s supposed to.  It’s a bit sappy, but not too much!

 

19. Framed Keyboard Message, Paper, Plate and Plane

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You can create a custom framed message for the computer guy in your life.  With this tutorial, you only need one keyboard, as it shows how to create duplicate letters on existing keys!  It’s a fun way to show you care that he can display in the office!

 

20. Reclaimed Wood Light Up Love Sign, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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If your guy likes reclaimed or recycled elements, try this DIY!  It’s a fun take on the reclaimed wood signs, because there’s a frame in back which houses Christmas lights.  With the cute, love-y quote, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Never know what to do with the family on Valentine's Day? Looking for something new to try? Here are 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities via @tipsaholic #valentine #family #kids #valentinesday 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that is mostly celebrated between couples and in classrooms all over the country, but it’s not generally viewed as a family celebration. Change that with these 8 sweet but simple family Valentine’s Day activities you can do with your whole family. They don’t require much work, but they definitely will make for a really nice day with your loved ones and will become cherished memories for years to come.

1. Have a chocolate fondue party.

After dinner, get the family together and whip up a simple chocolate fondue for everyone to share! Cut up various fruits and add a few treats, like cheesecake pieces and marshmallows, and let everyone dig in the chocolate and enjoy the dessert with each other. Try this easy recipe. You don’t have to have an electric fondue maker for this; a stove pot will do the trick just fine. Invite another family over for even more fun and family love.

2. Go out for a special dessert.

Is there a local cupcake bakery in your town that you save for special days? Or a favorite ice cream spot? Pack up the whole family and go out for a Valentine’s Day treat. Often, dessert places serve special Valentine-themed desserts, so this could be a fun way to try a new dessert. Take a lot of pictures, chat with each other, and end the night with full tummies and big smiles.

3. Enjoy looking at family pictures together with a slideshow or photo books.

Use a projector or Apple TV to let the whole family enjoy a slideshow of family pictures you’ve put together. It doesn’t have to require a whole lot of prep; you could just go through all the photos month by month and let everyone take turns pressing the “next” button. If you have lots of photo books already printed out, you could look through that instead — spread out in the living room and bring out all your photo books for everyone to look through together.

4. Make each other homemade Valentine’s Day gifts.

If your family likes to give and receive gifts, you could agree to make each other something homemade for Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas: a decorated picture frame, Valentine’s Day DIY decor, a painting, homemade earrings, and freshly baked cookies.

5. Create Valentine’s Day cards for your neighbors.

Everybody loves to receive a sweet card on Valentine’s Day and that includes your neighbors. Have your family get together and make fun homemade cards for your favorite neighbors and put them in their mailboxes or at their front doors.

6. Assign a dish to every person to cook for a big family dinner.

If you have older kids, you could assign every person in your family a dish to cook for a fun Valentine’s Day dinner. One person could make the appetizer, another the salad, one could do a vegetable side and one could grill the meat, and so on.

7. Play Minute to Win It, Valentine’s Day style.

Have a large family that loves to play games? Play these fun Minute to Win It Valentine’s Day party games for a night full of laughter and hilarity. Be sure to take lots of pictures to capture all the fun you have.

8. Paint a map of your heart.

This is a sweet activity for the family that likes to do art together. Give every person a piece of paper with dots of dried watercolor paint and have them draw and paint what they love. When everyone is finished, you could share your maps to your hearts with each other. This is a simple activity that could be done first thing in the morning or after dinner.

Now I’m really looking forward to February 14! What other family activities would be perfect for Valentine’s Day?

For more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out 7 Valentine’s Day Books to Read With Your Family and 12 Love Notes for Your Valentine.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Tiny Tinsel Trees

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together. - tipsaholic.com #trees #tinsel #diy #crafts #kids #ornaments Tiny Tinsel Tree Ornaments

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together.

Supplies:

  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • glass beads
  • tacky glue
  • utility knife
  • a cork
  • washi tape
  • pushpin
  • string

Directions:

Form a small loop at one end of a 4-inch length of metallic pipe cleaner. This will be the top of the tree.

Make branches by wrapping six to eight 2-inch lengths of pipe cleaner around the trunk, then trim them so that the branches at the top are narrower.

Adhere a glass bead to the end of each branch with a dab of tacky glue.

Use a utility knife to cut a cork to the width of washi tape (an adult’s job) and wrap the tape around the cork.

Make a hole in the cork with a pushpin, then glue the tree trunk in the hole and allow it to dry.

Add a length of string for hanging the trees.

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