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Finally starting a few new hobbies!!!

New hobbies for a new me After a long time, I finally found a little time and energy to start a couple of hobbies. One is photography and the other is learning about decoupage! I hope I will be able to fit in some time for walking or other physical activity as well! 1. Photography – first steps Photography is really an amazing hobby! It is much more complicated than one would think, especially if you want to get off auto mode. But I am at the beginning and who knows, maybe I’ll end up discovering my talent!   The…

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Crafts and DIY Projects, Fun Ideas for Kids and Families

How to Make your Own Homemade Playdough Recipe

home made play dough (4)

Today my son asked me to fetch him some playdough to play. The problem was, I hadn’t any at home and getting to the store was kind of difficult. So, lucky me, I remembered a Pinterest posting about a recipe to make your own play dough and I thought to give it a try. It worked out wonderful! As a bonus, I don’t have to worry so much that my youngest would eat some, as she usually does with the store-bought play dough. It is really easy and fast. I made mine in about 20 minutes. And you probably have…

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Christmas Crafts and DIYs, Crafts and DIY Projects, Kids Food Ideas and Recipes, Sweet Recipes

Christmas Cookie Recipe and Gift Idea: Santa’s Sleigh Cookies

christmas cookies santa sleigh

There is still time to make this treat like a nice gift for any child. This year, I made some cookie sleighs! You can involve your little ones like I did, by giving them some cookie dough to make the cookies with cookie cutters or let them help with the festive decoration or fill the sleighs with goodies! You will need: Your favorite sugar cookie or gingerbread recipe, or use mine Sleigh cookie cutters or a template. I will give the link to that at the end of the post. Your favorite icing, or use mine Candy canes Decorations such as…

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Kids Christmas Craft With Cardboard Paper Tubes

figures out of tubes

We have been busy the last days since Christmas is on our doorstep! One of the crafts we did was making some Christmas people out of cardboard paper tubes! Those are so versatile, I did never think about them that way. You can use whatever tubes you can find, from paper towel rolls to toilet paper rolls everything goes. We also used some googly eyes, but you can paint the eyes on. So, you’ll need, other than the tubes and colored paper, glue and scissors and maybe some items for decoration. When you’ve decided what you want to make, measure…

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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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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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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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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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