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Sunday, September 14, 2014

10 Fall Decorating Ideas - Monday Funday 86

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Free Printable Mummy Pillow Boxes


Today I'm sharing another Halloween themed free printable pillow box. (Check out the cute monster pillow boxes here.) These little boxes are perfect for treats or party favors, and fit about 25 M&Ms. They are such a quick and easy handmade touch to a party, gift basket, or just a fun Halloween treat to share with your kids.


What you need:
1. White Cardstock (I used 65 lb)
2. Printer 
3. Free Template
4. Scissors and Glue
5. (Optional: X-ACTO Knife )
6. (Optional : Elmer's Dot Runner )

What you do:

1. Print out your boxes onto plain white card stock.

2. Cut out the templates. Carefully cut along the lines, leaving as much black outline as possible without leaving any white border.

3. Score along the curved lines at the top and bottom, and fold the two long edges. You can use scissors to lightly score, or the back side of an X-ACTO knife. Test on a piece of scrap paper first to make sure you aren't cutting all the way through the paper.

4. Glue or tape the tab to the opposite side of the box.

5. Fold down the flaps to make your box a pillow, and fill with treats. These boxes are really little... too small to put a gift card in, but perfect to fill with little candy like M&Ms. They fit about 25 M&Ms when full.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Printable Monster Pillow Boxes

Pillow boxes are some of my favorite boxes for treats or party favors because they are so easy to assemble, and they hold just the right amount. Today I'm sharing these super cute MONSTER pillow boxes, which would be perfect for Halloween, a monster themed birthday party, or just for fun. These are actually the first of about 7 Halloween themed pillow boxes that I'm going to be sharing over the next few weeks.


What you need:
1. White Cardstock (I used 65 lb)
2. Printer
3. Free Templates: Yellow MonsterBlue Monster, Purple Monster, Green Monster, Pink Monster, Turquoise Monster, Orange Monster
4. Scissors and Glue
5. (Optional: X-ACTO Knife )
6. (Optional : Elmer's Dot Runner )


What you do:

1. Print out your boxes onto plain white card stock. The boxes will print to be the color seen in the photos... slightly different from the digital files.

2. Cut out the templates. Carefully cut along the lines, leaving as much black outline as possible without leaving any white border.

3. Score along the curved lines at the top and bottom, and fold the two long edges. You can use scissors to lightly score, or the back side of an X-ACTO knife. Test on a piece of scrap paper first to make sure you aren't cutting all the way through the paper.

4. Glue or tape the tab to the opposite side of the box.

5. Add your monster accessories here. Glue or tape them to the back side of the box. After they have dried, carefully bend back the pieces that stick out off the side of the box (like the horns) so that they lay flat (parallel with the table).

6. Fold down the flaps to make your box a pillow, and fill with treats. These boxes are really little... too small to put a gift card in, but perfect to fill with little candy like M&Ms. They fit about 25 M&Ms when full.




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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Raising a Little Book Lover

Thanks Gymboree for sponsoring this post.

Creative and imaginative books are such an important part of childhood. I still remember reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar when I was a little kid, and learning about how Eric Carle created his beautiful artwork. I want my kids to not just enjoy books, but also to be excited and inspired by them.

...and it's never too early to start!


By the way, how cute are these The Very Hungry Caterpillar pajamas from Gymboree?

Oliver is 5 months old now, and he is really starting to enjoy reading books. He especially loves bright and bold pictures, and turning the pages himself. Benjamin (5) and Lyla (3) LOVE picking out books and reading them to their baby brother, and so many Eric Carle books are our favorites. 


Benjamin and Lyla especially love The Grouchy Ladybug. Benjamin pretty much has the whole books memorized, and runs around the house saying, "Hey you, wanna fight? No, you're not big enough!" Benjamin also really loves "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" which is why I bought him a pair of the Eric Carle Polar Bear pajamas at Gymboree. The PJs go up to a size 6 in store, and there are even adult sizes available online. There is something so exciting about seeing your favorite books come to life, and it is so fun to pair bedtime stories with bedtime jammies.




Be sure to check out the limited edition Eric Carle inspired pajamas and shirts at Gymboree!


While you're there, check out the fun contest that your kids can enter themselves (with your help), get the free Eric Carle app, and download and print the awesome Eric Carle free printable coloring and activity sheets.



What is your favorite Eric Carle book? Which pajamas would you choose?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

10 Quick and Simple Crafts - Monday Funday 85

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Colorful Printable Pencil Gift Boxes

A few weeks ago I shared some free printable pencil gift boxes that are perfect for back to school gifts or favors. They are also cute little editions to your desk or work space, could be turned into a little mobile, or would make cute party favor boxes for kids.


I created the same boxes in 10 different colors and I'm selling them here. For $3, you get an instant download of 10 different colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, turquoise, purple, pink, gray, and white. (You can download the yellow one for free here).


Basically, you just print the PDF onto a piece of white card stock. Then you cut, fold, and glue together the pieces. It takes about 10 minutes for each box. (See detailed instructions with pictures here.)


Sunday, August 31, 2014

10 Ways Playing with LEGOs Helps Kids Learn




My oldest son Benjamin just turned 5 at the end of July, and he started Kindergarten a couple of weeks ago. Especially since he's the youngest kid in his class, we've always wanted to be doing things at home with him to help prepare him for Kindergarten, and help him succeed in school. Learning and education are also super important to me as a parent, but I think that some of the very best ways to learn and grow come from hands on activities, and things that encourage creativity and imagination. That's why I LOVE LEGOs so much, and why we encourage Benjamin to play with LEGOs ALL THE TIME to help him prepare for Kindergarten and then to continue to succeed in school.

Last week, we got the chance to build this fun LEGO Juniors set - a castle with a working catapult, some fun LEGO characters, and a white horse. (If you haven't heard of LEGO Juniors, they are designed to give children age 4-7 a great first experience with LEGO bricks through iconic, fun and easy to build models. LEGO JUNIORS sets contain quick start elements and numbered pre-packed bags that can be built without help from Mom or Dad – which makes any small builder extra proud.) Benjamin enjoyed playing with this set so much that he didn't stop for about 3 hours. He even took his white LEGO horse with him to school for his very first show and tell. He loved building the castle from start to finish almost completely by himself, and then loved playing with his 3 year old sister Lyla when it was complete.

1. Helps Build Confidence - The Lego Juniors construction sets are especially great for young builders. Some of the bigger more complicated pieces (like part of the castle wall) come as one big piece. Also, the bags are separated and numbered to make it easier to follow the directions. Benjamin was able to follow the directions page by page with almost no help from me or his dad. I could definitely see how proud and confident he felt as he built.

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