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Posted on 02/09/2016

DIY Valentines For the Last-Minute Parent

Art Time/ DIY/ Social Time

Those little themed character boxes of Valentine’s Day cards don’t cost much — They’re like $6 and you have the whole class covered, right? Well, unless you also buy a bag of snacks or tattoos to stick on them. But let’s be honest, we hate buying them. The valentine comments are either bordering inappropriate or your kiddo’s fave character is completely picked over so the only box left is the smashed up, partially open one you’re not too sure about. If you’re like me, chances are you either prepare for Valentine’s Day way way in advance or completely forget and are scrambling to put something together for the kiddo at the last minute. Either way, store valentines won’t cut it. But we’ve got you covered! Some super awesome bloggers are sharing their adorable —But simple! — DIY Valentines (with printables) that you can either do way ahead of time or 10 minutes before school drop off. Bonus? The kids will LOVE spending time with you making these, so you get your bonding and artsy time in, too. Man you’re awesome! Read more

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Posted on 06/19/2015

6 Ways to Make Staying Home For the Summer Fun

Art Time/ Big Kid/ Birthing/ DIY/ Family/ Preschooler/ Social Time/ Toddler

Finding ways to have fun with the kids this summer doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. As gas prices continue to fluctuate, the cost of groceries skyrockets and more families opt for staycations over the traditional family getaway, the time is now to get creative with summertime fun. Art museums, public museums and local zoos often offer free days to sample every so often, but the fun doesn’t have to end there — Keep reading for some activities you can do from the comfort of your own backyard! Read more

Posted on 03/09/2015

A Maleficent Themed 4th Birthday Party

DIY/ Home/ Parties

For my daughter’s 4th birthday I thought we’d skip the big party and have her just visit with a few school friends. But after planning Mom’s Night Out in January then helping a new mom and baby event with a few last-minute vendors in February, I forgot to plan for even that! On S’ birthday she asked me how planning for her party was going and I realized that I hadn’t planned anything at all. That day I sent out Evites for a party a few weeks out, and went about the day thinking a little get together at the park would be simple. Then S told me how excited she is for her evil queen birthday. Oh boy . . . I forgot she wanted a Maleficent party. So about a week before the big day I went into hyper-plan mode. I barely wrote and just fixated on possible last-minute ways to make this party unforgettable. Did it come out perfect? Nope! (See the crooked sign on the wall?) There were minor catastrophic moments like unpredictable weather leading to a change in venue from the park to my house the night before the party (which meant I had to put up birch tree decals, take everything out of my car, clean house, and set up in the living room the night before), but it was perfectly imperfect. Read more

Posted on 03/04/2015

Easy DIY Garland Crown (VIDEO)

Art Time/ DIY/ Home/ Parties

garland crownGarland crowns are popping up on shelves right now as the accessory for Spring, but at about $6 each, it’s cheaper to make your own. If you’re not super crafty (like me), or don’t want to buy the wire and fake flowers all separate to make a bunch of crowns, check out me easy way to make them in the video below (turn your volume up, sorry for the low audio).

 

This video is a part of the Making a Maleficent Party series and is in no way sponsored by any company.

Posted on 09/24/2014

Savvy Review: Creating With Kiwi Crate

Art Time/ Big Kid/ Birthing/ DIY/ Preschooler

I’ve seen Kiwi Crate ads for years, but never really knew what the box was like except for the fact that it had crafts for kids to do and my daughter, S,  wasn’t old enough to do them. Until now, that is. She’s older and just about in the age bracket for the regular Kiwi box meant for ages 4-8 so Kiwi Crate sent me a box to try out. When the box arrived I had no idea what to expect, but I’m definitely happy with what was inside. I think my box was from August because it’s the Amusement Park box — complete with a silly squirter game craft and build your own bumper cars. Read more

Posted on 07/26/2014

Kiddo Room Design: Princess Bed For Less

Design/ DIY/ Home

There’s no denying that after adoring the cute little kid version of chandeliers at Pottery Barn Kids, I melted when I felt the fluffy comfort of the bed coverings used in their displays. But I didn’t want to spend so much money on my daughter, S’, bed (that she doesn’t even sleep in). So, I turned to my favorite store (I’m Target-obsessed), and mixed things up a bit. From canopy to sheets, here’s how to make a whimsical princess bed for less. Read more

Posted on 07/17/2014

Tinkering With Tinkerlab: Making a Naked Egg

Art Time/ Birthing/ DIY/ Family/ Preschooler/ Toddler

tinkerlab_bookAfter looking through Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide For Little Inventors I’d like to feature all of the neat experiments and craft ideas on Savvy Every Day. but I only have permission to share one with you, so I’m sharing the Naked Egg experiment from page 164. By covering an egg in vinegar and letting it sit for 24-72 hours, the egg peels itself and becomes almost rubber-like to the touch to the point that it can bounce a little bit!

This experiment is a great way to introduce to scientific experimentation, study discussion, creating a hypothesis, and drawing a conclusion with your little one. Because it’s a simple experiment with very visual and textile results it’s a fantastic first project for toddlers and preschoolers who want to participate in the experiment process. Read more

Posted on 05/31/2014

A Mom’s Journey Into Woven Wrap Art

Art Time/ Baby/ DIY/ Family/ Kiddo Carries/ Parent Life

Whether it’s drawings about what baby’s dreaming of, or beautiful wrap art, baby art scenes are irresistibly adorable. Bay Area artist, JoyLynn Wong discovered her love of babywearing and passion for art could be combined when her son was just 3 months old. Since then, she’s been creating detailed scenes using her large assortment of woven wraps, and little super star. On her blog, Carried Away, she shares a new wrap art scene every week or so, along with a list of all the wraps used to create the scene. With so many wraps, the list can be long, and if you’re unfamiliar with the world of woven wraps, it also may seem a bit technical, but these lists help families find any wraps in the scene that may be love at first sight. Personally, I am fawning over JoyLynn’s Natibaby Delin Sky” href=”http://www.marsupial-mamas.com/products/natibaby-delin-sky-hemp-blend” target=”_blank”>Natibaby Delin Sky used in her Laundry Day art scene. These masterpieces are of course a fun way to chart the growth of her little one, and see how not only her wrap art has evolved, but how her son has grown and changed since the first piece was created. Savvy every Day looks forward to more of JoyLynn’s heartwarming work, and possibly sharing more with you here in the future. Read more

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