DIY Pumpkin Creature – Teddy Bear

Pumpkin Creature Teddy Bear

Simple DIY Pumpkin Teddy Bear Creature. Pick up multiple sizes orange pumpkins for the body, legs, arms, ears, etc.

Basic instructions:

1. To make the body, attach a medium-size pumpkin to a larger pumpkin with a 3/4-inch wooden dowel (use a drill to make holes in each).
2. For the arms and legs, cut the top off of orange gourds, hollow out, and attach to pumpkin body with 1/2-inch wooden dowels.
3. Use Jack Be Little pumpkins for the face. Cut one in half for the ears, cut two in half for the eyes (use the pumpkin tops with stem). Make bear’s snout with a small orange pumpkin, halved and hollowed out. Attach to head with bamboo skewers.

Here are some other examples of what you can create as well. Good luck.

great-pumpkin-ants tortoise-pumpkin

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10 Organization Tips for Back to School

10 Organization Tips for Back to School

It is that time of year again, Back to School. What does that mean? The general sense of craziness, super busy mornings, and can’t forget the homework that never found its way into your kids bags. While some parents cannot wait till their kids go back, others, does not look forward to the beginning of the school year from the stress of getting your kids up and out the door every single morning of the week.

Well for every issue there is always a solution. Today we decided to take some time to put together a couple of organizing tips that will help you get back on your feet for the back to school stress. Anywhere from keeping those homework assignments better organized so they can make their way into your kids bags , to planning what your kids will wear to school the night before we will make sure that you are able to put all these organizing ideas to work for you. So don’t worry just sit back, relax and enjoy because we got you covered on the back school front.

Load Up on School Supplies

From what many of us have discovered, last minute errands never go as smoothly. Have you ever had a situation where your child decides to tell you last minute that they are out of some type of stationary supply such as pens, pencils or paper which causes you to run around the house looking for supplies at the last hour? So why not just completely avoid these types of situations by stocking up on everything your child needs and keep an excess supply stash in the home! This will save you from having to run out to your local store at midnight, the day before your kid has a project that they need to start the next morning. And while you are at it, you can organize these supplies in a fashion so you know exactly what to restock and when.

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Load Up on School Supplies

Binder Clips for Organizing Papers

Organizing school papers can be a real hassle especially when everything is in one massive pile of paper. That is why keeping labeled binder clips around are a great way to keep those papers that need to be returned to the teacher, notes, projects or school subjects, stacked and in an organized fashion. Stay organized and know exactly what needs to be done with each piece of paper. Plus binder clips are very cheap and to top it all off, you can hang them in pretty much any area to make sure that your homework is ready at a moments notice.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: Iamacraftaddict
Binder Clips for Organizing Papers

Backpacks with a Personality

So what happens at school when all kids show up with the same black, blue or pink backpacks? Sounds rare but it is not rare at all. Make sure you keep your kids backpacks personalized, unique and really easy to find when compared to the typical backpacks you see everyday. It will make you and your kids lives much easier as your child will always be able find their backpack and you will not have to worry about it getting lost or confused with another classmates. This really simple project of cross-stitch and embroidery will do the trick. Write their name on their backpack or stencil and paint, whatever is easiest! And always remember to keep a couple of command hooks at your front door so your kids never forget their backpacks at home as well.
IY Project Credit and Instructions: – Iammommahearmeroar
Backpacks with a Personality

Lunch Money Hanging From Neck

Whats the worst that can happen when you give your child money to buy lunch? Well there are quite a few things that can happen when they stick that $5 bill in their small, unsecured pocket. It could get lost, fallen out, or even worse, they might forget to grab it in the first place. So why not take away the stress and worries, by creating a very unique locket for your kids. To top it off this is one of those projects that you can build together with your child which can be really fun. Decorate and design your locket however you like and your child will want to show it off to all their friends and their lunch money will be safe inside.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Spoonful
Lunch Money Hanging From Neck

Future Planning for Breakfast

A lot of parents resort to the really easy cheap meals for your kids like high sugary snacks or other less healthy cereal options, so why not take the time to plan out a more nutritious warm meals for your child? I have always found foods such as English muffins stuffed with green and red peppers, slices of turkey breast, cheese, and egg to be much more filling and nutritious. What I typically do is put all the ingredients together ahead of time in a zip-lock bag and freeze them so you can pop them in the oven in the morning. Have their breakfast pre-made in your freezer ready to go at a moments notice. Save yourself the time and stress and just reach in your freezer to heat up a warm and nutritious meal.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Tatertotsandjello
Future Planning for Breakfast

Get Their Clothing Organized

Have you ever thought about organizing your kids clothes the Sunday even before the week begins? It take a lot of the time and frustration out of the mornings when everything is so rush-rush. Typically it will only take you a few minutes to get all the clothes organized plus your kids will have their clothes ready to roll for the next 5 days. Honestly you will be completely surprised how much time and effort you will save.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Iheartorganizing
Get Their Clothing Organized

Setup a Good Routine

There are so many back to school tasks that you will need to get ready for. Just off the top of my head making sure all homework is done and ready for the next day and getting your kids ready for bed so they can wake up with tonnes of energy. So why not get yourself a schedule. These really nice schedules do exactly that. They allow you to keep tabs on important things that need to get done. Basically it is just a checklist that you can go through and check everytime something is done. These zero-stress scheduler is just a really useful way of keeping tabs on the important things your kids need to do.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Theidearoom
Setup a Good Routine

Get Lunches Ready Before Hand

It is always easier to get your child’s lunches done beforehand rather than in the mornings. Make their lunches the night before if it is not something that stays fresh, otherwise organize it ahead of time on the weekend so you do not have worry about it during the week. Just remember it only takes a few minutes to get everything organized for the next day.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Echoesoflaughter
Get Lunches Ready Before Hand

Prepare a Snack Section in the Fridge

Snacks are one of those things that are required to be organized to keep yourself from stressing throughout the week. Organize trays of healthier snacks in the fridge so they are always available for grab and go. Try not to grab those small bags of chips for the kids, instead grab something more healthy which will provide them with not only important vitamins but energy throughout their day. Try putting small bags of snacks such as cheerios, carrots, apple slices or even pretzels into small totes and make sure you keep fruits and cheese sticks ready to grab at a moments notice.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Apartmenttherapy
Prepare a Snack Section in Fridge

Plan Ahead of Time

Keeping your days planned and organized is one of those things that are also required to keep you from going crazy on those busy weeks. Know what is going to happen before it happens. Either buy or create a family planner. Creating one is really not hard at all. All you need is a bulletin board, dry erase board or something similar to keep things running smooth throughout the week. Don’t forget about that swimming lesson or soccer practice. Be sure to include homework schedules, a calender, and those out of the ordinary things that your kids will need to take with them to school.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – The36thavenue
Plan Ahead of Time

32 DIY Backyard Games

32 DIY Backyard Games

As the weather starts to get really warm outside I am sure all parents are looking for ways to get their kids outside to enjoy the fresh air and warm weather as it has been a long winter this year. Try out these 32 DIY Backyard Games and make sure your kids have tonnes of fun and are out of your hair as you get your spring cleaning done.

DIY Ideas

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24 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids

24 St. Patricks Day Crafts For Kids

Here are some really great St.Patrick’s craft ideas for you and the kids this year. They look like so much fun and I personally will be doing a couple of my kid this year. Don’t just go green this year try out some of these 24 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids. Have fun!

Craft Ideas

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DIY Family Hand Print Trees Tutorial

DIY Family Hand Print Trees Tutorial

Here is a really great craft idea for the whole family to participate in. Its really easy to do and a lot of fun. Get your whole family together this week and join in the fun with this DIY Family Hand Print Trees Tutorial. Make a masterpiece that is not only cute but also has total meaning to it. Even if its just a couple of trees.

Art Ideas

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DIY Egg Carton Daffodil Tutorial

DIY Egg Carton Daffodil Tutorial

Here is another really great craft idea that you can make out of egg cartons. This DIY Egg Carton Daffodil Tutorial is an easy way to spend some time with your kids this weekend creating something unique that you can put up as home decor. Have some fun and make some egg carton daffodil’s.

Craft Ideas

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19 Items Your Baby Doesn’t Need

19 Items Your Baby Doesn’t Need

I have always said that babies do cost more than enough without having to buy them stuff beyond their requirements. So make sure you save your baby some shower registry space for the important things that are required. Check out these 19 Items Your Baby Doesn’t Need and save a bundle.

Not Required Ideas

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DIY Nursery Makeover

DIY Nursery Makeover

Some areas in your home you may feel are not just fit for a nursery. While others may be in the process of just buying/renting a place but in both cases if you are prepping for an addition to your home a baby boy/girl then this is just the DIY Nursery Makeover tutorial for you.

Nursery Ideas

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DIY Kids Play Food

DIY Kids Play Food

Play food is a great way to keep your kids entertained and to keep them busy throughout the winter months. No need to buy them at your local toy store when you can make them yourself and save some money along the way! They’ll have so much fun playing house you’ll be making a full pantry’s worth of food and goodies! Try out the DIY kids play food today!

Here is the link to Play Food.

Sew-Free DIY Play Food

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Valentine Goodie Bags

Valentine Goodie Bags

I love these Valentine goodie bags and the idea of sending these to school with your little one to give to classmates or bringing them to the office to treat your coworkers! Or how about a sweet Valentine’s Day brunch with your girlfriends with little bags of goodies to take home? I’m a big fan of making Valentine’s Day about celebrating with all of the people you love! Don’t you?

Here is the link to Valentine Bags.

DIY Valentine Treat Bags

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18 Requirements To Get Involved At Your Kids School

18 Requirements To Get Involved At Your Kids School

I always believe that kids that have parents that get involved at school have the best grades of all time! Now that I have your attention here are 18 Requirements To Get Involved At Your Kids School. You may think there isn’t enough time in a day to get involved but really this are really small things that do not require a lot of time or energy.

Involved At Kids School Ideas

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29 Awesome Things About Being Pregnant

29 Awesome Things About Being Pregnant

Being pregnant is not as bad as most people think. You may think people will treat you differently or you will get less respect from people but really it is the complete opposite of that exactly. Being pregnant is a beautiful thing in every way or form. Check out these 29 Awesome Things About Being Pregnant.

Being Pregnant

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DIY Wooden Chore Board

DIY Wooden Chore Board

With a New Year comes new responsibilities. That means everyone has to pitch in and help around the house. By creating your own DIY wooden chore board, your kids can easily read and understand what their responsibilities are for the week without having to nag them. Its structured, easy to follow and looks even better customized to fit your household needs. Create one today and lets start off the new year hassle free!

Here is the link to Chore Board.

DIY Chore Chart

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DIY New Years Paper Shakers

DIY New Years Paper Shakers

Times ticking but you still have time to make this cute DIY New Years paper shakers! These are perfect for the little guys celebrating this special night! So easy to make, you can even have them help you or make their own! They will love shaking these while ringing in the New Year! Try it out!

Here is the link to Paper Shakers.

Paper Plate Shakers

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DIY New Years Eve Photo Props

DIY New Years Eve Photo Props

These cute DIY New Years Eve photo props will get your guests of all ages ready to ring in the New Year! These printable photo props are perfect for hosting a last minute party and look amazing in photos! I just love the staches! Everyone will be wondering around holding up their fun props the entire evening! Cheers!

Here is the link to Photo Props.

New Year Photo Props

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