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    Easy Crayon Rainbow Valentine with Free Printable Tag

    Easy Crayon Rainbow Valentine

    Easy Crayon Rainbow Valentine

    This Easy Crayon Rainbow Valentine idea is a great idea for several reasons.  First of all, most kids absolutely LOVE receiving a new box of crayons.  New crayons mean a spark to new creativity!  February is also the perfect time of year for kids to get some new crayons, as the ones from September have been worn down to little stumps.  If you’re like me and you stock up like crazy during Back to School Sales, you could have picked up crayons for around 25 cents/box!  This is a great way to use up your stockpile and totally justify another stock-up next summer.  Finally, crayons make a great non-candy alternative for Valentine’s Day gifting.  I am always shocked to see how much candy comes home with my kids from their school Valentine’s party.  Last year Lily gave out rubber duck ponies and another year she gave out wildflower seed paper!

    Crayola Crayon Box

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    Easy Chalkboard Mug DIY + FREE Printable Tag

    Easy Chalkboard Mug DIY FREE Printable Tag

    I have a brand new gift tutorial AND printable tag for you today!  This project is SUPER simple and incredibly frugal.  The end result is adorable!  This would make a great teacher gift (any time of the year, really), a nice Valentine’s gift, a winter birthday gift, etc.

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    A Perfect Match Chocolate Pretzel Valentine DIY + FREE Printable Tag

    Pretzel Match Valentine

    I love this idea for Valentines for a few reasons – it’s easy, it’s cheap and it’s very very cute!  The kids are still deciding what their Valentines will be this year, though I’m thinking it’s a great option for my firetruck loving boy.

    You should be able to find red candy melts online or at most craft stores, Walmart, etc around Valentine’s Day, BUT, if you happen to think ahead, you can  always grab some during Christmas clearance sales, lowering the cost of these treats even more.

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    Be Mine, Valentine! Conversation Hearts Free Printable Tag

    Conversation Candy HeartsValentine Idea with Tag

    Not only are Conversation Hearts so bright and colorful, they are also incredibly affordable and 100% reminiscent of Valentine’s Day!  I also have a soft spot for glass milk bottles (you can grab them online or most craft stores sell them.  Sometimes I even see them in Target’s Dollar Spot).  They look so cute when filled with seasonal candies!  Combine the glass bottles with some Conversation Heart Candies and you have a quick and easy gift or home decor.

    A couple years ago I filled these bottles with red M&Ms and  loved the results.

    This year I decided to go with the candy hearts and create a matching tag.

    You will need:  Conversation Heart Candies, a glass milk bottle, twine and this printable tag

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    25 Adorable Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas for Preschoolers

    25 Valentines Day Preschool Crafts

    Few holidays lend themselves so fantastically to craft time more than Valentine’s Day!  I don’t know if it’s the bright, bold color palate or that extra sprinkling of love on top, but I am always happy to make a cute Valentine’s Day craft (by myself or with the kids)!  Of course, Pinterest is just brimming with so many fun craft ideas, it can be downright overwhelming.

    Check out this round up of 25 of some of the most adorable Valentine’s Day Crafts for preschoolers!

    1. Valentine’s Day Tree Paper Craft from Housing a Forest
    2. Handprint Love Bug Valentine Craft from Crafty Morning
    3. Rainbow Heart Suncatchers from Fireflies and Mudpies
    4. Toilet Roll Love Bugs from Red Ted Art
    5. Valentine’s Day Fingerprint Love Canvas from Farm Wife Crafts


    Valentines Day Preschool Crafts Set A

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    10 Adorable Christmas Eve Traditions to Start with Your Family

    Christmas Eve Traditions

    Traditions are a wonderful way to spend time together with your family.  They are the stuff that memories are made of and many times these traditions are handed down from generation to generation.  Christmas time is the perfect time of year to start traditions!  Check out this list of some of our family’s favorite things that we look forward to every year on or right around Christmas Eve.

    1.  Make a Christmas Eve box

    Christmas Eve Box

    2. Make reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn for Santa’s reindeer.

    Magical Reindeer Food

    3. Make some extra room in the play room before Santa arrives.  Have your kids take the Christmas Toy Challenge – no elf required!

    A Christmas Toy Challenge

    4. Take a car ride around the neighborhood to look at the Christmas lights!  We call this “Griswolding.”  We put the kids in their pajamas and serve up popcorn and hot chocolate in the car.  We crank up the Christmas tunes on the radio and drive around for an hour or so looking at the lights!

    This local light display is in Harleysville, PA.

    harleysville lights

    5. After Santa has visited your house, set the crock pot up with this Slow Cooker Candy Cane French Toast recipe and wake up to a breakfast that has cooked itself!  (Note: You’ll want to start it later at night and on the lowest temperature so it doesn’t overcook.)

    Candy Cane French Toast

    6.  Take pictures of the kids silhouetted against the Christmas tree lights.  I have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to do this!!  I finally took some time this year to practice and then practice some more.

    Here are the settings I used while shooting on manual mode:

    ISO – 1600
    F – 3.5
    SS – 1/10

    A tripod is handy, though I didn’t break mine out for this picture.  The kids will have to hold still, so if all else fails, I suggest a little bribery.  ;)

    Kids in Front of Tree

    7. Set up a hot cocoa bar.  You can make it as simple or as extravagant as you want, as long as you have the hot cocoa, you’re in business!  We love throwing together some marshmallow snowmen for our hot cocoa bar!

    Marshmallow Snowmen

    8.  Have an indoor snowball fight!  Our kids (okay, the adults too) can’t get enough of these!

    snowball bucket

    9.  Capture the moment with a chalkboard sign.  Big or small, handmade or store-bought, chalk or markers – it doesn’t matter what you choose.  Write the date on your signage of choice and snap a pic!

    Kids on Christmas Chalkboard Sign

    10.  Make a gingerbread house (or village)!  Okay, you can seriously pick these kits up for just a few dollars at stores like ALDI, AC Moore, Michael’s, Walmart, Amazon, etc.  Landon and I made this gingerbread house together at his preschool.  His teachers had already assembled the houses by simply hot glue gunning some graham crackers onto the top half of a cardboard milk/juice container.  So smart!!

    Preschool Gingerbread houses

    Remember!  It doesn’t matter how many traditions you pick or to what extent you do them – the only thing that matters is that you spend some quality time with those who are the most important to you!

    Merry Christmas!

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    Christmas Traditions with Kids

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