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Christmas Crafts for Kids

This is my favorite time of the year. I am a bit of a Christmas junkie, and for the month of December I enjoy all things Christmas. From the music that entertains me in my car and at work, to putting up the decorations, and all the time with family and friends - this time of year is special. One of the things I look forward to the most as my daughter gets older is the variety of Christmas crafts available for her to make. When I was growing up I enjoyed our annual Christmas crafts at church where, for a half-day, I would make a variety of crafts one morning along with other church friends. Some would be simple, some a little more involved, but I enjoyed them and I hope my daughter will have a similar experience as she grows, too. With that in mind, I set out to find some websites that parents and teachers could use as the source for all sorts of Christmas crafts. Below is a list of websites that will offer hundreds of options for you.

Creative Baby and Toddler Halloween Costumes

As a new parent there are a lot of "firsts" that you look forward to. One of the great moments is picking out your baby's first Halloween costume. There are a lot of options out there for parents, and that has inspired my wife and I to put together a list of some of the mos adorable AND creative costume ideas for babies and toddlers. Whether you're deciding to make your own costume or buy one, we hope that the 20 ideas below inspire you with your little ones.

1st Year Progressive Baby Photo and Craft Ideas

If you've followed our blog for any period of time you'll know how much we love creative photo ideas. We've already shared thoughts on Ultrasound Photoshop Ideas, Newborn Photo Ideas, and Pregnancy Photo Ideas. This time we've put together a great collection of what the web has to offer regarding progressive photo ideas for baby's first year, linking all the ideas back to their source. We welcome any other ideas you may have as well as links to other great examples, so please share them in the comments below.

Games of the Parenting Olympics

With the Olympic Games in full swing, it's incredible to watch these athletes perform at such high levels. These athletes can swim as fast as I can run, jump higher than I can stretch, and make it all look so easy. I celebrate with each new American medal (no offense to our non-American readers, but I love my country). I've also noticed a common theme for the majority of these athletes; they are not parents. Most Olympians that are parents are often applauded for their ability to still complete at the highest athletic level. But what about the parents that "compete" every day to raise their children? Many of them work just as hard in a very different way, but don't have the pleasure of receiving Olympic gold. And that got me thinking, what Olympic Parenting Events would parents dominate? So with that in mind, here's a list of Olympic games at which parents (American or otherwise) would sweep the medal stand.

Fun Play Time Ideas For Young Children

I’m a nanny for two little ones (an almost 4 year old boy, and his 1 year old sister), and a mom to Moriah who is just about 2 years old. We spend our days together playing and enjoying a variety of fun that is also enriching, I hope! I find most of my inspiration these days from Pinterest, making any helpful adjustments to fit our needs. I try to think ahead and plan for a few creative play activities each week. Sometimes they all work out, and other times they don’t. Little ones really don’t mind, especially if they’re able to help along the way! These are a few of our favorite recent creative play times, enjoy!
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