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Happy New Year Round the World

Monday, December 29th, 2014

origami poppers for new years

Just a few days left in the year! How are you planning on celebrating New Year’s Eve? If the kids are staying up late, or even if they’re not, I have a cool project for them on PBS Parents. It combines origami and global style and yes, noise. What’s not to love?

Click here to get the full tutorial.

Oh and for young ones, check out these noise makers Carla made last year (pictured below). They’ll love them.


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Celebrate New Years with Alexandra Hedin + Red Stamp

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

How to Make it a Red Stamp New Years

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite celebrations. There’s such excitement, kisses at midnight, and yes, a bit o’ bubbly. Even the kids love to clink their glasses of sparkling cider together. To make this year’s celebration extra festive and super easy to pull together, Red Stamp has partnered with Alexandra Hedin to throw a fun New Year’s Eve bash. Alexandra created a yummy cocktail for us parents to ring in the new year and Red Stamp did the rest. Click here for the recipe and see how the party all came together.

Order your New Year’s party supplies now through December 10, 2014 and get 20% off at using the promo code CHEERSTO2015. I can’t wait to ring in 2015, how about you?

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Thanksgiving | Super Sleuth Children’s Table

Monday, November 10th, 2014

thanksgiving table activity for kids to learn about their family history

Do you guys do children’s tables for Thanksgiving? I love the idea of them. The challenge though, at least in my mind, is making sure kids still mingle with the rest of the family. So, I created a quick and easy activity to get kids chatting and learning about their family history by employing them as super sleuths. All you need is some strips of paper, a bit of tape, and a pen or pencil.

You can catch the whole post over on PBS Parents. I’m hoping will add some fun to your family holiday festivities.

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The Tween Years | Twelfth Birthday Party

Monday, October 20th, 2014

tween birthday party

Over the years, I’ve thrown a lot of birthday parties—twenty as a matter of fact. TWENTY! We’ve come a long way from the garden party I threw Ellie for her first. I remember cutting out an unreasonable amount of little flower shapes out of card stock. My hand was cramped for days. A picture of our daughter was glued into the middle of each and then affixed to a large cut out garden attached to the wall. (more…)

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Rosh Hashanah Traditions

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

rosh hashanah traditions
photos courtesy of Sandra Harris

I’m Sandra and I’m usually over at the Reading Nook sharing my fave books for kids of all ages plus tips on literacy. I’m also Jewish and when Jen asked me to share some thoughts on Rosh Hashanah, I couldn’t say no! I’m all for learning all about different cultures and religions.

This Wednesday and Thursday evening around the world there will be millions of Jews celebrating Rosh Hashanah in ways that go back thousands of years. (more…)

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It’s a Fire House Party! | The Perfect Playlist

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Ali's party play list with Tiny Prints

I’ve planned a lot of kids’ birthday parties. A LOT. And while they’re totally fun, I’m excited to throw a birthday party that involves dance music, drinks and appetizers for the grown up set! So that’s what we’re going to do. All week long, we’re throwing my friend, and Endless Summer Projects sister, Ali Hedin a big ol’ birthday party. I’m kicking off the party with the perfect playlist.

What’s on it… (more…)

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Crafty Kids | Kids’ Thanksgiving Table

Monday, November 25th, 2013

set the table

Oh the dreaded kids’ table. I remember feeling much too grown up for the kid table. Now I think I might rather grab a seat there, especially if there’s something fun to do while waiting for someone to pass the stuffing. This simple craft is sure to make the kid’s table a hit with young and old alike. As an added bonus, these doodling place mats work just as well tucked in between the grown up table settings.

You’ll need: (more…)

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Thanksgiving Au Naturel: Turkey Day Table Settings Inspired by Nature

Monday, November 18th, 2013

1 - Green gourds Thanksgiving table by The Daily Basics

I must confess that I’m not particularly good at setting a fancy or creative table, but there’s no shortage of inspiration out there. So today, I’m sharing some of my favorite ideas for a lovely Thanksgiving table, which are inspired by nature. Seek out unusual gourds, paint some pumpkins, and use greenery and flowers to make your table look extra special this Thanksgiving.

2 - Rainbow mum garland tutorial at Poppytalk

3 - Farmhouse style Thanksgiving table from Juelp

4 - Neon pinecone tutorial by Camille Styles

5 - Rosemary napkin rings by Spoon Fork Bacon

6 - Natural Thanksgiving table setting by A Vintage Splendor

1. Light colored gourds & pumpkins paired with the greens + small candles makes for a very elegant table. The black striped linen tablecloth makes it that much prettier. Get the tutorial here.

2. This tutorial is for the garland, but I actually like the rainbow of mums as a centerpiece idea.

3. Rustic, pretty and easy to imitate. More styling tips here.

4. You may want to choose gold or silver, but I kinda love the neon pink too.

5. An extraordinarily simple idea for a very spare, yet elegant table (includes free printable for your guests’ names).

6. Pair your farmers’ market finds with some gorgeous green succulents for a natural Thanksgiving table.

And one more thing: download these lovely, free “Thankful cards” to share with your guests.

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