Friday, November 27, 2015

Last-Minute Grandparent Gifts from Walmart Photo

In our family, the grandparents are always the hardest to shop for. Their homes are already filled with things they don't need, and they have discovered that the things they want most are not available in any store. I've found over the years that what they cherish most are homemade gifts and pictures of the grandchildren. Thankfully, I'm in a great position to provide both of those things, and this year we're getting some extra help from Walmart Photo.
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With 3,500 locations nationwide, Walmart Photo offers a wide range of photo products both in the store and online that can be ready in as little as an hour.  Mobile Image Transfers in-store are quick and easy with the Fujifilm Kiosk Photo Transfer App. My favorite feature of Walmart Photo (and one I've utilized many times) is the ability to order and pay online and then just pick your items up at the store.  I do this routinely for our photo crafts and when the kids remind me that they need pictures for school.  (Surely, I'm not the only parent whose children wait until 8:00 on a Sunday night to let them know they have a project due).

Last year, we made photo calendars for both sets of grandparents (and one for us). There is nothing better than turning the page to a new month and seeing a happy memory from the previous year staring up at you!  Plus, Walmart Photo gives you the option to add photos and pictures for birthdays and anniversaries. My mother has a lot of grandchildren so she loves this feature!

This year, we are branching out a little with our photo gifts.  I was recently given the opportunity to work with Walmart Photo to create some photo gifts and I know the grandparents are going to love them!  The ordering process, both online and at the kiosk, is extremely user friendly.
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Our first product was an 11 oz Photo Mug.  Truth be told, I was obsessed with the love script on this design and I'll probably be keeping this one for myself!  But, there are TONS of other options, including adorable Grandparent collage mugs that we will be ordering next.  Truly, every grandparent needs a mug with their grandchildren on it! I can't imagine anything that could make the morning brighter than smiling kids and coffee!

Many of these photo mugs are only $10 through January 5, 2016!  This includes the 11 oz ceramic mug, 11 oz Colorful Mug (only in stores), and the 14 oz Collage Tumbler (online only).  For those mugs that are not $10, is running a 25% Rollback on all mugs through January 5, 2016.
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To complete our gift set, I ordered a 6 piece photo coaster set with one of our family photos from this year's Fall Photo Shoot.  The coasters are very lightweight, but extremely sturdy.  They have a cork backing to help prevent slipping and a high-gloss surface.  These are perfect for Instagram square photos! photo DSC_0928_zpszrozhaay.jpg

Plus, if you order these online, you can choose six different photos for your coasters.  This is especially helpful when you have a large family or just a lot of cute photos to choose from!  
There's still plenty of time to take advantage of both Photo Mug Sales and the Coaster sets from Walmart Photo!  Combine them for an affordable and coordinated gift set for the grandparents!

If you're looking for more gift ideas, I hope you'll check out our Kid Crafts page for lots of thematic craft ideas.  You can keep up with all our favorites activities, along with all our own learning fun by following us on our Facebook or Pinterest pages or signing up for emails


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Monday, October 26, 2015

G for Ghost - Halloween Letter Craft for Kids

If you're looking for more ways to learn with your toddlers and preschoolers, I hope you'll check out our Kid Crafts page for lots of thematic ideas.  You can keep up with all our favorites activities, along with all our own learning fun by following us on our Facebook or Pinterest pages or signing up for emails

Since all of our crafts are done with my daycare kids, it's hard for me to get my posts out on a "blogger schedule" (read: a month before the actual holiday). That's why you'll find me posting Halloween crafts the week of Halloween. That's when we're DOING the crafts!  If you're looking for Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts, we have some great ones in the Fall archives or our Pinterest Boards. I'm afraid I won't get to those for a few more weeks, but I hope you'll stick with us anyway!

The kids LOVE doing letter crafts and I find that it helps them remember the letter sounds.
G for Ghost - Easy Halloween Letter Craft for Toddlers!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10 Turkey Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers

We're gearing up for our Thanksgiving Unit.  This year, we'll be spending a week on Turkey crafts and learning activities.  To go along with our Turkey Theme, I've rounded up some fabulous Turkey-themed books.  Some of these are in our personal collection and some I'm requesting from our local library.  Here are 10 turkey books that we'll be enjoying this Thanksgiving (affiliate links included for your convenience).
10 Turkey Books for Thanksgiving for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cheerio Acorns - Fine Motor Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers

My favorite crafts are those that can be done with materials we already have on hand, and with little or no prep work. My daycare kids had so much fun with these Cheerio acorns and we were able to work on some important skills!
  Cheerio Acorns - fine motor craft for toddlers and preschoolers 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

9 Fun Ways to Use Halloween Candy from Aquafresh® Toothpaste

The older I get, the more I have come to love Halloween by seeing it through the eyes of my children. The parties, costumes, pumpkin-carving, crafts, and CANDY have made it second to only Christmas (and maybe Easter) in our house.  And, while I love their little footprint ghosts and ADORE our Halloween Countdown Tree traditions, I know that the highlight of the holiday for them is the mounds and mounds of candy.  With five kids, we get A LOT of candy.  Last year, our sweet neighbors even insisted on handing over bags of treats to our 3-month-old! (Her brothers didn't mind helping her out with that!).

Over the years, we've come up with ways to enjoy our candy AND protect our teeth from the sugary acid that comes with it:
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  1. Eat it! - There's nothing wrong with sugar in moderation and enjoying all that hard-earned trick-or-treating treasure (or just sneaking some of your kids' stash).  In our house, we allow the kids to enjoy a few of their favorites that night and then they can pick a piece each morning to put in their lunch boxes. The kids love spreading it out this way and we don't have to argue about when and if they can have more candy. I want to help them learn to enjoy the treats they love while also establishing good health and hygiene habits, like brushing those pearly whites each night before bed!
  2. Trade it! - Some parents choose to have their kids trade their candy for another prize like a toy, book, or experience.  This works especially well for children with allergies who may feel left out when half of their loot contains peanut products or other ingredients that they can't have.  I've even seen kids who leave their candy out for the Tooth Fairy who picks it up and leaves a present behind instead.
 3. Save it! - Freezing allows most candy to be saved for at least a year. Then, it can be used for holidays and other activities throughout the year.
 4. Experiment with it! - My kids absolutely love these candy science experiments featuring their favorite goodies.  Find out which candies sink or float, make letters float, or watch sour candies fizz. The kids will even enjoy creating their own candy experiments.

5. Learn with it! - Kids will have fun sorting, counting, and graphing with these hands-on Candy Math activities.
6. Bake with it! - The holidays offer the perfect opportunities for yummy desserts that can be shared with lots of people.  We love to bake cookies using a mix of all our favorite candy bars, except for the Snickers! Those get saved for this amazing Snickers Trifle dessert that is always a hit at our holiday gatherings.
7. Craft with it! - Use that frozen, leftover candy for candy trains,birthday candy wreaths, or whip up your own candy paints to keep your little artist busy! 

8. Donate it! - Send the wrapped candy in your Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes or to Operation Gratitude. Make sure you check with your organization to see what restrictions they may have.
9. Gift it! - Last year, we used the part of our leftover Halloween candy to fill these fun Turkey Candy Cans for the boys' teachers. The teachers loved them and the boys loved making them!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

L for Lightning - Letter Craft for Kids

This letter craft was so much fun to make and went perfectly with our Weather Theme. Having a visual makes it easier for the kids to remember the sound that a letter makes and gives them an example of something tat starts with that letter.  This was easy to make using simple art supplies that we always have on hand.

Monday, August 17, 2015

K is for Kite - Letter Craft for Kids

Crafting is one of our favorite ways to learn letters. The kids enjoy the art projects and it's a great way to help them remember the letter sounds and create a visual for the letter.

As part of our Weather Theme, we focused on the letters 'L' and 'K'.  I just loved how our "K is for Kite" craft turned out.