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

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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?

For more Thanksgiving ideas, check out 10 Unique Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving and 14 Easy Designs for Thanksgiving Tablescapes.

Title and featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

“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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10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids

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10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - Tipsaholic

 

Halloween is a favorite among kids – all the costumes, candy and fun crafts and treats give them lots to love!  If you’re hosting a Halloween kids’ party this year, are in charge of games for your child’s classroom or just want to play some fun games at home, there are tons of Halloween themed games you can find around the internet.  Here are our top 10 fun Halloween games for kids to get you started.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games1. Pumpkin Toss Game – All you need is a cardboard box and some poster board to create this fun target toss game.  Use orange ping pong balls or tennis balls for ammunition – or if you’re playing outside you could even use tiny pumpkins!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games2. Ghost Cup Stack – Turn inexpensive plastic cups into ghosts with a black sharpie!  It takes literally seconds.  Then you can play the game one of two ways.  Divide into teams and race to see which team can stack their cups into a pyramid the fastest, OR use a beanbag to try and knock the stack down!  (The link above has tons more ghost party ideas for you as well.)

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games3. Skeleton Scavenger Hunt – The scavenger hunt described at the link used plastic skeletons broken into pieces and hidden around the neighborhood, then snapped back together as they were found.  But you could do the exact same thing using cardstock skeletons you’ve created yourself and hiding them anywhere you’d like.  Then use tape to put the bones together.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games4. Unwrap the Mummy – This is pretty popular as a birthday party game (minus the mummy theme) and kids love it!  Wrap up Halloween toys and candy in a roll of toilet paper, glue on googly eyes and let the kids at it!  Each child takes a turn unwrapping until they discover a prize, then pass it to the next child who continues.  Everyone wins!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games5. Web Walk – Don’t tell the kids, but they’re actually learning as they play this game!  Tape off a web on your floor with painter’s tape.  Scatter spiders all throughout the web.  The kids have to walk the lines of the web and pick up all the spiders to win, but if they step off the web or fall they have to start over at the beginning!  Make it more difficult by adding “ghost” obstacles!  Encourage problem solving, critical thinking and gross motor skills!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games6. Witch Hat Ring Toss – Repurpose your diving rings for this toss – which is made with paper cones and foam board.  It’s inexpensive to create and you’re kids will have a blast matching the rings to the buckles on the hat and trying to get them all!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games7. Lair of the Spider Queen – Make an obstacle course in your hallway with white streamers – the spider’s web!  Decorate the hallway and streamers with small spiders (and a big spider queen if you have one!).  Then the kids can have a fun time trying to make it through the web without knocking down any webs.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games8. Tin Can Bowling – Paint and decorate empty tin cans headed for recycling to look like Halloween monsters.  The kids can help you for even more fun crafting time!  Then set them up as bowling pins and take turns using a tennis ball to knock them all down.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games9. Pin the Bowtie on Mr. Bones – Use the free template to cut out Mr. Bones the skeleton.  Create bows out of ribbons and add glue dots or double sided tape to the back.  Blindfold the kids and have them pin on the bow tie!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games10. Snake Eyes – Decorate water bottles with snake eye lids, then hide matching pairs of Halloween themed prizes in them.  Place them in the mailing tube structure and let the kids take turns pulling two randomly.  If the prizes match, they get to keep them!

 

Title picture is courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

 

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 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

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 #giftguide



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

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 #giftguide

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

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 #giftguide

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 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.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Mini Snow Globes

Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments via @tipsaholic #ornaments #snowglobes #diy Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

A drift of Epsom salts helps set the scene in this winter wonderland. Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments.

Supplies:

  • clear plastic shot glass
  • card stock paper
  • pinking shears
  • glue dots
  • small plastic figures (trees, penguins, etc.)
  • epsom salts
  • tacky glue
  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • string
  • button

Directions:

Trace the opening of a clear plastic shot glass(we got ours at a dollar store) on card stock.

Use pinking shears to cut a circle slightly larger than the traced line, then use a glue dot to adhere a small plastic figure to the center.

Add 1 tablespoon Epsom salts to the plastic cup, then line the rim of the cup with tacky glue and adhere the card stock base.

When the seam is dry, glue a piece of metallic pipe cleaner around the bottom of the globe.

Thread string through a button for a hanger, then glue the button in place.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

 Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite. - tipsaholic.com #gum #gumball #ornaments #DIY #christmas

Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

Crafting is a great way to spend some time at home during the holidays. Ornaments are always fun to create. Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite.

Supplies:

  • red card stock paper
  • tack glue
  • clothespin
  • silver glitter card stock
  • clear glass ball ornament
  • small round beads
  • large button

Directions:

Roll a 3/4- by 5-inch strip of card stock into a 11/4-inch-diameter tube and secure it with tacky glue (clamp it with a clothespin until the glue dries).

Glue one end of a small rectangle of silver glitter card stock to the tube.

Fill a 11/2-inch diameter clear glass ball ornament with small beads.

For the base, glue the tube to a large button (ours has a 11/2-inch diameter), then glue the ornament in place.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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Stay Frosty Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long. - tipsaholic.com #frosty #wreath #crafts #kids #christmas #snow

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. Have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long.

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Supplies:

  • circle punches or scissors
  • white card stock paper
  • black card stock paper
  • tacky glue
  • 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form
  • orange card stock paper

Directions:

This snowman won’t melt even on warm afternoons. Using circle punches or scissors, cut about five dozen 2-inch circles from white card stock.

For the eyes and mouth, cut two 2-inch and seven 1½-inch circles from black card stock.

With tacky glue, cover an 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form with the white circles (start at the outer edge, gluing the circles so they overhang a bit).

Roll an 8-inch square of orange card stock into a narrow cone.

Glue on the eyes, nose, and mouth. Add a paper hat as shown.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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Indoor Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love!

Need something to keep the kids busy when they are cooped up in the cold weather? Here are 8 Indoor Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love! via tipsaholic.com #winter #crafts #kids #kidcraft #coldweather Indoor Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love!

Take advantage of the chilly conditions outside and cozy up with your kids to do a few crafts inside this winter! 

Need something to keep the kids busy when they are cooped up in the cold weather? Here are 8 Indoor Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love! via tipsaholic.com #winter #crafts #kids #kidcraft #coldweather

Felt snowman building

Whether you’ve got snow in your area or not, building a snowman is a great winter pastime. The grand scale of this indoor snowman building craft makes it almost lifelike. Watch your kids get creative with a variety of snowman features to place on his face and tummy. Scale things down a bit if you like and enjoy a frosty friend inside!

 

 

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Sensory snow

Packable white “fluffy stuff” is perfect for indoor snow play and sensory bins. Color the snow with powdered tempera paint and show the kids how to make snowballs!

 

 

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Snow globes (no liquids required)

A classic winter project sans the spilled water mess, these sweet little snow globes will make a great wintry addition to your child’s dresser.

 

 

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Snow measuring stick

If you’ve been impressed by the amount of snow that’s fallen outside, why not help the kids learn to measure it with this fun craft? A simple paint stick or old ruler are all you need – unless your snowfall calls for a yardstick!

 

 

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“Snowman Slam” game

Get your kids’ wiggles out before bed with this fun snowman slamming game from Growing a Jeweled Rose. Between crafting each snowman face and playing the game, this could add up to hours of fun!

 

 

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Borax snowflake science

Mixing a little science into your long winter will both teach and impress your little ones! A bit of Borax and a cleverly crafted pipe cleaner snowflake make for an easy and decorative project. Mix things up by trying different shapes and maybe even the letters in your child’s name.

 

 

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Monster claw gloves

If your kids have turned into wild animals being cooped up all winter, indulge their imagination with these easy monster claw gloves! Upcycle a pair of gloves by adding claws and maybe even a bit of fur.

 

 

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Winter playdough play

Playdough may just become your best friend through the chilly season. Dress up your kids’ dough time by adding woodland scents, creatures, and colors. Use white dough for an avalanche of fun!

Featured image via Tidy Mom.

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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35+ Creative DIY Ideas for Clear Glass Ornaments

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas35+ Creative DIY Ideas for Clear Glass Ornaments

Personalize your Christmas tree with DIY ornaments that you make with your friends or family. With these 35 DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments, you can add precious memories to your tree or lots of fun color to make the tree truly shine during the holidays. Or you could use these DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to inspire your own creations. The possibilities are limitless!

Glass Photo Ornament

Pop in a cherished picture of your family, a vintage photo of your grandparents, or a baby picture in a clear glass ornament.

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Sea Glass Ornaments

Love the beach theme? You’ll love this DIY idea for sea glass ornaments that will add a beautiful and beachy touch to your Christmas tree.

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Melted Crayon Ornaments

Melted crayons are so fun and they’re used in many kid craft projects, but have you ever thought of using them inside a clear glass ornament? The results are unexpectedly gorgeous.

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Mercury Glass Ornaments

Make expensive looking ornaments for cheap with this tutorial and allow your tree to truly shine with these DIY mercury glass ornaments.

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German Glass Glitter Ornaments

A fun and easy DIY Christmas ornament that you can do with a little (not too much!) glue and lots of glitter. Have some fun and get a little creative with the designs!

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Candy-Filled Glass Ornaments

The holidays are all about the candy, so celebrate that by filling your clear glass ornaments with candy! These would also work great as gifts.

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Ribbon Glass Ornaments

It doesn’t get any easier than this. Just pick out your favorite ribbons and stuff them into glass ball ornaments.

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Glitter Filled Glass Ornaments

Glitter is another holiday favorite and this tutorial shows you how to DIY your own glitter filled glass ornaments!

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Marbled Glass Ornaments

Marbling can look so elegant, even when DIYed. Make your own marbled glass ornaments in any color combinations you like.

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Ombre Glass Ornaments

If you’re still in love with ombre, these DIY glass ornaments will speak to you.

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Snowman Ornaments

Fun for kids to make or just to marvel at, these snowman ornaments will be a hit with everyone.

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Melted Snowman Ornament

Add a little humor and levity to your Christmas tree with these hilarious melted snowman ornaments!

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Glass Float Ornaments

This is another beachy DIY idea for clear ball ornaments. Perfect for Christmas vacations at the beach! Those also make great gifts.

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Pearls in a Glass Ornament

If you have a broken pearl necklace that you don’t know what to do with, fill a glass clear ornament with the pearls and you’ll have an elegant Christmas ornament. You can do a similar DIY project with other broken necklaces, pretty beads, or faux pearls. Even cheap plastic bead necklaces will look great in a glass ball ornament.

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas

Stained Glass Ornaments

Stained glass is always a gorgeous and fun DIY project. Try it on a clear glass ornament!

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Seed Bead Ball Ornaments

This is another great craft for the kids to do. Cover a glass ball ornament with glue and seed bead balls to add a whole lotta color to your Christmas tree.

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Candy Cane Marbled Monogram Ornaments

Make these gorgeous candy cane marbled ornaments with nail polish. You could put the marbling at the bottom of the clear ornaments or monogram them with your favorite letter.

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Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

Don’t know what to do with your baby’s hospital cap and hospital bracelet? Put them in a clear glass ornament for an instant Christmas ornament that will mean so much to you and your family.

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Metallic Swirly Ornaments

Grab a metallic paint marker and go to town on a clear glass ball ornament.

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Gilded Pine Cones in Glitter Snow Ornaments

Spray tiny pine cones gold and let them hang out in a clear ornament with a little faux snow. Check out this tutorial and you’ll also find 7 other easy (and pretty!) ways to DIY clear glass ornaments.

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Pom Pom Stuffed Christmas Ornaments

Let your kids take the lead on this one. Buy piles of fun pom poms and have them create their own DIY Christmas ornaments.

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Time Capsule Ornaments

Create a truly meaningful DIY Christmas ornament by writing down the special memories of a year and add the year on the ball. As the years go by, you’ll accumulate a nice collection of tiny time capsules.

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Scrap Fabric Ornaments

If you’re a sewer or a quilter, you probably have a lot of scrap fabric laying around. Put them to good use with this easy DIY idea for clear glass ornaments!

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Paper-Stuffed Ornaments

Love music or literature? Find special pieces of paper, make copies, cut them into strips, and put them in your glass ball ornaments.

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Wedding Bouquet Ornament

Still have your dried wedding bouquet or groomsman flower pin? Put them in glass ball ornaments and add your wedding memories to your Christmas tree.

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Feather Glitter Ornaments

A single feather or two can look ethereal in a glass ball. Add some glitter just because it’s fun.

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Snow Capped Ornaments

Whether you’re expecting a lot of snow during the holiday season or a lot of sun, your Christmas tree will come alive with the holiday spirit with these snow-capped ornaments.

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Faux Flower Filled Ornaments

Craft stores are full of beautiful faux flowers. Grab those with tiny blooms and put them in your clear ball ornaments to add Mother Nature to your Christmas tree.

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Graduation Tassel Ornament

Did someone just graduate or have you been holding on your graduation tassel for who knows what? Put them in a clear glass ornament and allow them to be useful instead of wasting away in a box in the attic.

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Water Bead Ornaments

Water beads, or plant gel beads, come in all kinds of vibrant colors. Even clear water beads would still look great in a glass ball ornament.

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Pine Branch Ornament

If you have pine trees outside, snip off a few tiny branches and decorate your clear ball ornaments with them.

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Sequin Ornaments

Sequins are never tacky during the holidays, so try this fun DIY glass ball ornament idea.

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Souvenir Ornament

Don’t let your souvenirs and travel mementos be abandoned and forgotten — showcase them in glass ball ornaments that you can take out every year and reminisce with. This DIY idea for a clear ornament includes shells and sand from a beach vacation, but you could stuff them with practically anything that will fit. Here are some more ideas for your travel mementos.

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas

Leopard Ornaments

These fun leopard ornaments are very taste-specific, but you could do the same DIY approach with any wrapping tissue that you like. Check out a nearby craft store and have fun choosing your favorite tissues for this DIY idea for clear glass ornaments!

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Alcohol Ink Ornament

Have you ever tried alcohol ink for a craft project? Create insanely beautiful DIY Christmas ornaments with this tutorial.

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Whew. I hope you’re good and inspired to go out and create your own fabulous DIY christmas ornaments with the blank slate that we know as clear glass ball ornaments!

For more DIY Christmas ideas, check out 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas and 11 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Garlands.

“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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8 Christmas Traditions To Try This Year

In search of some new family Christmas traditions? Here are 8 Christmas Traditions To Try This Year - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #traditions, #Family, #holidays, #kids, #christmastraditions

 

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For many of us, the holiday season can be a time of chaos – rushing to holiday events, cooking and baking holiday favorites, parties, concerts, family get togethers, traveling, decorating, making, doing, buying… it can be an overwhelming whirlwind if we let it!  It’s important to carve out some time to be with our loved ones and create lasting traditions everyone will cherish.  Christmas traditions make the holidays less frantic and more meaningful.  They strengthen family bonds and provide the fodder for memories that will withstand the test of time.  Chances are, you already practice several traditions that have been passed down from your parents or even grandparents.  If you’d like to start a few new traditions this year, we’ve got some ideas for you!  There’s always time to start something fun and new – and find something that perfectly suits your current family situation.

 

1. Host a Cookie Swap Party.  The holidays can be crazy with Christmas parties for work, church, school, family; but this party is one with a purpose!  For a cookie swap, invite friends and family who enjoy baking to make their favorite Christmas treat and bring it to share.  Everyone takes a few of each home with them for a smorgasbord of delicious treats to enjoy with their own families.  This is a great way to cut down on your own baking, not to mention your grocery bill!  Be sure to provide cute boxes and tags for your guests to pack their cookies in, plus include “free samples” with your party food.  Play Christmas music to set the mood and have warm drinks available like cider and hot chocolate.  Check out this guide on Better Homes and Gardens for more ideas!

2. Make some “special deliveries.” Once your Christmas treats are all baked and boxed up, take some to the local fire station, police station or your family doctors office.  This is a great way to thank them for the service they provide the community while wishing them a happy holiday!

3. Hold a special birthday party.  On Christmas night, when the excitement has settled, host a small birthday party.  Make a cake with a candle and put up a few decorations.  Explain to your family that this birthday party is special, because it’s the day Christ was born!  This is particularly meaningful for very young kids who might night understand the why behind Christmas.

4. Nativity Count Down.  Wrap each piece of the nativity scene in special paper and include the corresponding scripture or a simple explanation and story in the package.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, take turns unwrapping one package each day as a family and read the scripture or story together.  Whoever unwraps the item gets to decide where it will be placed in the stable.  Unwrap the baby last, on Christmas morning.

5. Enjoy the arts.  Christmastime is a veritable treasure trove of performing arts events.  As a family choose one play, musical, ballet or concert to attend in or around your area.  They can be professionally produced or community activities.  Check your newspaper for listings and look online at specific theater venues for their seasonal events.  The spectacle of the arts can really bring the season to life!

6. Rock out.  Create a holiday playlist full of favorite seasonal tunes.  Have each family member contribute ideas and make the list together.  Play it as often as you can (even in the car!) but reserve a special time – perhaps right after dinner – when you have a “dance party” and everyone dances and sings along!  This nightly ritual will be especially popular among kids 10 and under.

7. Christmas Camp-Out.  Have a special Christmas-themed camp-out right next to your Christmas tree.  Have your family bring sleeping bags and pillows, set them up around the tree and leave all the lights on.  Pop popcorn and make hot cocoa.  Read a few favorite Christmas stories and sing Christmas carols.  If you’ve got a fireplace, don’t forget to light a cozy campfire!  You could do this on any night leading up to Christmas, but it would be an especially fun way to end a day of putting up the tree and decorating it!

8. Get Chinese food.  Have you seen the movie A Christmas Story?  One of the best parts is when Ralphie’s family ends up in the Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve because their special Christmas dinner is unintentionally ruined.  You can adopt this into your Christmas traditions!  On Christmas Eve, load up the family and eat out at your favorite Chinese restaurant!  Don’t like Chinese?  You could go anywhere, really, but Chinese restaurants seem the most likely to be open and uncrowded.  No big dinner to make, and no clean up!

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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