Christmas Crafts and DIYs, Crafts and DIY Projects

Beautiful Christmas Decorations And Ornaments Out Of Dried Fruits

Dried fruit bells

Here I am again with my dried fruits! I already have written about dried fruits ornaments and flowers made out of citrus peels. What can I say, I just love the look of them and how easy they are to make! Did you know that you can use apples and pears as well as citrus fruits? And some people cover the slices after drying with clear craft varnish or decoupage glue, to keep them for a long time. You can use the dried fruit for making a beautiful Christmas wreath and spiced, with cinnamon or cloves, ornaments. Those dried fruits are…

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Kids Food Ideas and Recipes, Sweet Recipes

Healthy Toddler Snack: Whole Wheat Apple Muffins Recipe

Apple muffins

Sunday afternoon is increasingly becoming cake time lately. Or muffin time! Of course, always with the help of my kids. They get really excited every time, they just love to help! And what great helpers they are! I searched for an apple muffin recipe, which would be on the healthier side. After finding some recipes, I decided to go with the one from http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/04/whole-wheat-apple-muffins/ , which I adapted a bit to fit my taste and the ingredients I had at home. They came out delicious; we loved every bite of them. So, here is the recipe for about 15 muffins Ingredients…

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Christmas Crafts and DIYs, Crafts and DIY Projects

DIY Penguin Finger Puppets Craft for Kids

ready pinguins

This one was shared by a close friend of mine and her kids! They did a wonderful job, I can tell you that! Thank you so much for sharing!!! We can’t wait to make some craft together, soon! So, it is quite simple to make the penguins and a lot of fun, too!!! You will need stuff that you will have probably already in your house: –          Black cardboard or paper for the penguin’s body –          White cardboard or paper for the eyes and belly –          Orange cardboard or paper for the nose –          Other colors of cardboard or paper…

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Crafts and DIY Projects

Great hand-made gift idea: DIY Heart-Shaped Mini Album

heart shaped mini album

This idea is just beautiful, especially as a gift for the grandparents. It has some work involved, though, but I guess it is worth the effort! I guess you could make it somewhat more long-lasting, like covering it with some self-adhesive foil? I don’t really know. Anyway, you will need some 12×12 Kraft cardstock, glue, a scissor, patterned papers, photos, and embellishments. Fold the cardstock four ways and draw a half heart and then cut it out. This you will need to do two times, so in the end, you will have 4 hearts. The next step is to make hearts…

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Christmas Crafts and DIYs, Crafts and DIY Projects

Romantic Dried Fruit Decoration Idea: Orange Peel Roses

Roses out of citrus fruit peels

Romantic Dried Fruit Decoration Idea: Orange Peel Roses Orange’s peels are very versatile, as it seems! Remember the Toddler Fun Making Ornaments With Dried Citrus Fruits article? Here is another idea on how to use the peel. Make amazing dried fruit decoration flowers out of them. And the kids can easily help at any stage. Just the peeling will have to be done by a grown up. And maybe when you need to stabilize something with a toothpick, you should do that, too, if your kids are not old enough. All the other stuff – making the oranges, arranging them, dust…

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Crafts and DIY Projects, Fun Ideas for Kids and Families

DIY balance beam for toddlers using carpets

rolled carpets

This one was discovered by my kids. Here in Greece, most of us have winter carpets and – not that necessary – summer carpets. So, the time came for us to roll out our winter carpets, as annoying as it is to try to get some play dough out of it. We rolled the first one out, but, something – I don’t remember what – happened and we let the second one rolled up on the floor. The minute the kids saw it, the fun began! Up and down, back and forth, crawling, running or balancing, they couldn’t get enough…

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Crafts and DIY Projects, Fun Ideas for Kids and Families

Ikea Hack: How To Make A DIY Kids Bookshelf

Ready shelfs

Ikea Hack: How To Make A DIY Kids Bookshelf I didn’t have any place to arrange my children’s books, and I certainly didn’t want to spend a lot of money to store them. While surfing the web one day, I came across this DIY idea and the day came to make it! In that post they painted the shelves white, we, on the other hand, thought to make them cheerful and colorful! What did we do to make these kids bookcase? First of all we bought some inexpensive selves used for storing spice containers. We used the ones from IKEA,…

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Kids Food Ideas and Recipes, Savory Recipes

Fun and Healthy Kids Recipe: Meatballs on a Stick

meatballs on a stick

So, that is a photo of meatballs I made following my meatball recipe. As I have said in another post, my kids like their food on a stick, so that is exactly what I did! Now that my little girl is a little older, I cooked them in the oven. I am a little reluctant to upload my own photos since I am really not in any way a good photographer, nor am I a – even remotely close to – professional cook. I have no idea how to place dishes, how to arrange the food, how to use light, etc. Really,…

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Christmas Crafts and DIYs, Crafts and DIY Projects

Perfect gift and craft idea: DIY snow globes

Kids-in-snow-globes-on-window

Here is such a great idea for handmade Christmas gifts!!! Make your own snow globe, even with a picture in it! Isn’t it the perfect gift for the grandparents or to put on your desk? I love this idea! The kids can help choosing the items to put inside and the colour of the glitter! I am sure going to make some of these! This will be fun! All you need are some jars with lids that it seals good. You can use any jar you have in the house, any size, any width. Then you will need some water-resistant items,…

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