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Free Valentine’s Day Printable

Free Valentines Day Printable
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If you’re looking for a cute free Valentine’s Day printable for your kids’ check out this A”DOH” able idea.

Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away and I’m already planning out Maxwell’s Valentine’s Day cards. Last year we just did the traditional ones that come in the box from Target and honestly, that was fine with me.  But this year since we can’t bring any food or candy into school, I wanted to do something fun for the kids. This Play-Doh valentine is the perfect non-candy idea for your little ones to give their friends and classmates.

Check out the easy DIY and my printable below.

You will need:

Printer

Paper

Scissors

Ribbon

Play-Doh (I got this 12 pack on Amazon)

Cardstock (optional)

Glue or glue dots (optional)

 

Instructions:

 1.) Click the link to download the free printable here. Download and print out.

Valentines Day card printable

2.) Cut out each one and glue onto a piece of cardstock.

3.) Make a tiny hole on top and thread a piece of ribbon or twine through and tie around the Playdoh.

 

That’s it! Another super easy DIY. If you download my printable, I’d love to see pictures of how yours came out below.

 

Click to check out my Valentine’s Day decor in my Etsy Shop!

 

Check out some of my other favorite Valentine’s Day ideas here!

 

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Free Valentine's Day printable

2 In Christmas/ kids

12 Days of Christmas

12 days of Christmas ideas

This year I’m starting a new tradition for the holiday season – The 12 Days of Christmas. I have so many awesome memories of how my parents made the holidays magical for us growing up and I want to do the same for my boys. So this year, the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we are going to do something fun and festive every day.

Below I’m sharing how we are implementing The 12 Days of Christmas. Now the goal is just to have fun and make memories with your little ones, not to add more stress to your already full plate. You can be as simple or as creative as you want.

How to plan your 12 days of Christmas

1.)  First, think of 12 fun activities that you want to do with your kids.

If you’re in need of ideas, check out our holiday bucket list below. 

Christmas bucket list

 

2.) Write those ideas down or type them up on 12 separate pieces of paper.

3.) Next I got 12 boxes in varying sizes from Michael’s and placed a piece of each paper with an idea in each box. Then I wrapped them like presents.

4.) I numbered 12 gift tags and put them on each corresponding gift box and placed them under the tree.

 

How it works:

Starting on December 13th, each day leading up to Christmas we will open one of the gifts and do the activity inside. That’s it! It’s all about having fun with your kids and giving them something they will remember in years to come.

 

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12 days of Christmas ideas

0 In kids/ toddler

Interactive Play with LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant

Interactive Play with LeapFrog Elephant
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.

As a mama, I am all about learning through play. That is why I love LeapFrog toys, including their new LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant. Not only is it a toy, but it’s educational as well which I love.  (Be sure to scroll down to the end of my post to see how you can be entered for a chance to win one for your little ones! )

The LeapFrog LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant is a 21 piece animal themed set of blocks, geared towards children ages 2+.  It promotes imagination as kids build with the blocks and stack them. The LeapBuilders Elephant features a smart cube in which kids can insert the blocks to hear educational songs as well as teach numbers, colors and fruits.  In addition to encouraging vocabulary and phrases, it also promotes fine motor skills through building the blocks and pushing buttons.  It’s compatible with other LeapBuilders sets so there’s also the option to purchase other learning blocks from other sets as your kids master the phrases to learn more content.

Interactive Play with LeapBuilders Elephant

Maxwell loves to learn through his hands and with catchy music. He spent hours building with the blocks and dancing to the various songs. He saw it as play rather than learning. I love that this is a screen-free option to help expand his knowledge base. Plus any toy that promotes learning and keeps him entertained is a win in my book!  It’s also really compact so easy to pick up and bring with you anywhere.

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in innovative learning toys for children that encourage a child’s curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental journey.  For more than 20 years, LeapFrog has been helping children grow their knowledge and imagination through their award winning products.

Can’t wait to start building? LeapFrog is giving away five sets of LeapBuilders toys. Visit http://bit.ly/LeapBuildersSweepstakes to enter.

 

 

3 In decor/ home/ kids

Big Boy Room Reveal

Big Boy Room Reveal - Beddy's Bedding
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Finally it’s here – Dude Man’s Big Boy Room Reveal! Designing a big boy room was a little more challenging than I thought it was going to be. I wanted something classic that would grow with him and would fit with the rest of the style of our home, yet reflect his individual style and personality. It’s quickly become my favorite room in the house. Even when Dude isn’t home, I find myself standing in there, because it reminds me of him.

(Throughout the post I’ve linked some of my favorite pieces from his room so you can shop too and re-create the look! Click the links throughout and the thumbnails underneath each picture.)

And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a 20% off discount code for Beddy’s Bedding!!!!

 

For a classic Big Boy Room I knew I wanted the color scheme to be cool grays and blues. We painted the walls Passive Gray by Sherwin Williams. I love this shade of gray because it has cool undertones to it and plays with the blue nicely. (A little back story about picking paint colors – I sometimes have a hard time deciding. When we were re-doing our previous home, I knew I wanted our living room/dining room to be gray and I ended up having hubby repaint several times until it was just the right shade. It was literally like 50 shades of gray. I recommend selecting a few options and painting little swatches on the wall of each color. Then once it’s dry, observe during daylight and night so you can see which you like best).

I used all of the furniture from dude’s nursery including the bed which we were able to transition to a full size. Beddy’s sent me his bedding in the Sketched Boy’s Room Print. If you haven’t heard of Beddy’s bedding before they have made making the bed and washing bedding literally so easy. Beddy’s is a one-piece bedding system that wraps around the bed like a fitted sheet and actually stays in place!  It has a zipper so that you can totally unzip the top from the bottom to make for easy washing and to make the bed you just zip up!!!!

Big Boy Room Reveal - Beddy's Bedding

I added pops of blue with these striped curtains from Target and some throw pillows.

 

I had been looking for some wooden signs for each of the boy’s rooms with their names. I had this one made from Hickory Hollow Designs. It’s a husband and wife team out of Pennsylvania. They have their own Etsy shop where you can create and personalize your own sign. They were so incredibly easy to work with and they do such quality work.

Big Boy Room Reveal - wooden name sign

Right now Dude Man is obsessed with all things Dinosaurs. I found these cute dinosaur print wall stick-ons and this sign from Hobby Lobby. I’ve linked some similar ones below.

Big Boy Room Reveal

 

On the other side of the room is this tall dresser which was his original nursery furniture. I love all of the shelving and the height that it provides. I styled the shelves with some ceramic dinosaurs I had found, and some other pieces that are personal to Dude in addition to his favorite books.

Big Boy Room Reveal

 

He also had a ton of little toy dinosaurs that were always all over the floor. I placed them on this cute wooden shelf we got from Target

Big Boy Room Reveal selving

 

My sisters got this wooden sign and had it displayed at my Baby Shower. And I found this cute little glob to add as an accent piece. It reminds me of Dude because he is my inquisitive one.

Big Boy Room Reveal

So there you have it. The perfect Big Boy Room for my dude. I love the way it came out and so does my little man so I’d say it was a success!

Click here to see my Nursery Reveal

Click here for 20% off your very own Beddy’s Bedding – use code OURTINYNEST20 at checkout!

 

Big Boy Room Reveal