Birthday Poster! – I cannot wait to use this for Dominic’s birthday

April 16, 2015

I cannot wait to use this!!! My son Dominic has his 3rd birthday coming up on June 1st and I am in love with this Birthday Poster by Sticky Bellies. You can customize it and decorate it anyway you want. I also love that it is full poster size. You can buy some on Etsy [...]

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10 DIY Valentine ideas

February 10, 2014

  10 DIY Valentine ideas       These are a few of my favorite DIY Valentine craft ideas from around the blogosphere:   “Doh you want to be my Valentine?” from The Wilson World “You’re tops in my book!” bookmark Valentine from Thirty Handmade Days “I dig you!” Valentine from Family Fun Match box Valentines from [...]

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DIY – Old shirt bibs

July 31, 2013

DIY – T-SHIRT BIBS I think this idea is genius! Its super easy and something that you can do with old shirts that you don’t want anymore. So its environmentally friendly too! Making bibs out of old T-shirts. No tools needed other than scissors. Simply cut around the neck of the shirt and down the [...]

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5 New Easter Traditions

March 20, 2013

I believe that building traditions strengthens families.  It adds to the “special sauce” that makes your family unique from all others.  Not only that but it is just plan fun to have things to look forward to on a daily, weekly or yearly basis. This year, I have been on the hunt for some new [...]

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Artwork worth framing!

May 14, 2012

I have been meaning to have my kids do some artwork that I could frame for quite sometime.  I finally decided this would be the week, no more putting it off. My initial plan had been to let the kids use finger paint to create a painting on scrapbooking paper (or any paper that is [...]

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4 steps to creating an “art wall” in your home

April 30, 2012

Last week I shared 7 steps to organizing your child’s art.  Now I want to share a fun way to display your child’s art. (Total cost for this project is less than $30.00) 1) Start with a magnetic strip from The Container Store. There are several sizes and styles but the exact one that I [...]

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How to turn your child’s art into an adorable bookmark

March 05, 2012

I just finished making my third “art bookmark” and wanted to share the process for those of you who may enjoy this unique and creative way to turn your child’s work of art into a useable gift.  Some of you may remember the instructions below that I originally posted in May of 2010. Several years ago when my [...]

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Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011

Our two oldest kids are home from school and we have been really loving the lazy days that provides us.  Thanks to Pinterest, I have been inspired with some fun new ideas, crafts and traditions.  I will share some of my favorites below and encourage you to see all of the ideas I saved here. [...]

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Do Together Craft: Easy Wreath Ornaments

November 28, 2011

Christmas is rapidly approaching.  Usually, this is the time of year that I bust out the paper crafts with my kids, but this year I thought we could make some ornaments. Enter these adorable, easy, and super cheap wreaths.  This is truly a do-together craft, as some steps the kids can do, and some steps the adults or older kids have to do, such as the hot glueing.  Even better, these little wreaths are fully customizable.  If you have four kids doing this craft, you will have four completely different wreaths.  Even better, if you are a sewer or crafter, I can nearly guarantee you have the materials needed around your house.  Can you say, “Scrap busting time!” If you aren’t a crafter don’t worry!  The materials for this craft are very inexpensive.

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Easy, adorable, eatable, fall acorns

September 28, 2011

Today I want to introduce you to a very dear friend of mine.  She is one of those people that just overflows with fun creative ideas and has a great eye for design.  We were visiting last week and I asked if she would be willing to write a guest post so that she could [...]

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Be still my beating heart: Pinterest

April 27, 2011

My friend Kira recently introduced me to a website that I LOVE!  Have you heard of Pinterest?  It is like the marriage of Evernote and Facebook with a little Flickr thrown in for good measure.  Or another way to describe it is an eye pleasing, super easy to use, share and find, idea garden for crafts, projects, tutorials and more. (Oh ya it is free too:) ).

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Snow painting with food coloring!

January 11, 2011

Two things are guaranteed to make life seem more fun. 1) Grandparents 2) Food Coloring* Put these two together and you have a fool-proof recipe for a good time. For Christmas this year, Grandma and Grandpa Ledeboer gave Hunter and Ashlyn a creative “snow toy” which consisted of: -Squirt bottles -Food coloring Simply fill up [...]

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How to make a tunic

December 05, 2010

I recently made two tunics. That was a new one for me, I have never made a tunic before.  Hunter needs one for his upcoming Christmas performance so after locating a sheet for $1.00 at a local thrift store I set to work.  Impressed that the process wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared it [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010

We have had some unusually cold weather here in Northern Idaho.  The single digit numbers have been playing around with each other and even dipping below the zero mark here and there.  We have to be selective about our time spent outside–better make it count!  Today, a sled ride behind the 4-wheeler (if you look [...]

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Finger Paint follow-up

July 13, 2010

Mom 4 Life, Wendy sent me the following email after reading my “Artwork worth framing” post and was willing to share the project she created with her son.  Thanks for sharing Wendy! “Hi Heather!  I read your blog and I have shopped at M4L before.  I really enjoy your blog.  Not only how you share [...]

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Baby wipe butterfly craft

July 12, 2010

Ashlyn and I recently made some colorful butterflies using just a few simple art supplies and we thought you might have fun doing it too.  Here’s how: What you will need: -One baby wipe (a paper towel might also work if you don’t have a baby wipe on hand) -Paints & brushes or fingers (markers [...]

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Project Lily

April 15, 2010

This super easy art project comes after Easter (bummer) but uses the hand prints of your sweet little one to make cute Lily flowers (awesome). Things you will need:-a writing instrument-a cutting instrument-a straw-a piece of paper-tape Depending on the age of your child, you can let them trace their own hand or you can [...]

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Finger Print Rainbow Mobile

April 08, 2010

Good morning Mom4Life followers. I'm excited to be doing yet another guest blog post for Heather today. My family is so delighted that spring is officially here, but unfortunately so is the rain. We tried to make light of the gloomy weather this week by creating something a little more colorful, a rainbow! Even though we see & talk about them all the [...]

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Loads of Fun for Little Ones!

March 11, 2010

Hello to all, my name is Sara & I am so excited to be making my debut as a guest blogger for Mom4Life. (Thank you Heather for the wonderful opportunity!) Just a quick introduction…I am a happily married stay-at-home mother of two fabulous little ladies. My oldest daughter is quickly approaching age 3 & my [...]

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Salt Dough Handprints

January 19, 2010

Not too long ago, I came across a wonderful and easy to make keepsake: hand prints set in baked salt dough!  I found the easy recipe and instructions on Kaboose.  Childrens' hand prints in and of themselves are just so adorable that when you add a simple way to make them, they're hard to resist. [...]

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Quick and Easy Paper Star Craft

December 22, 2009

With Christmas almost here, guests arriving, and children soon (if not already) out of school, I thought  I'd present to you a fun Christmas paper craft that is easy to do, and particularly useful if your kids, or you, or your guests' kids find themselves bored.  Kids can do this themselves if they are old [...]

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The Unsung Hero of Christmas

December 20, 2009

So here I am, sitting in peace and quiet…..at the skating rink. Okay. So it isn’t very peaceful or very quiet. But my kids are busy and happy – which counts for something, right? So with much thank to the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department for their sponsorship of “get in free for 3 cans of [...]

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Personalized Christmas Tree Paper Craft

December 14, 2009

The other day I saw this lovely 3-d felt ornament that reminded me of long ago, when I did a lot of paper crafting.  I remembered specifically some 3-d paper crafts that I learned to make using 2 pieces of paper and a needle and thread.  The reminder, plus the fact that my 2 1/2-year-old [...]

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