Category: Crafts

Mar 05 2015


Skipper claiming a new bed on the back porch!

Earlier in the day the girls were out on the back porch coloring and drawing in a couple big boxes we gave them to play with.  The girls get so excited about getting large boxes to play with around the house.  Every time we get a box or a group of boxes of any size they usually ask for permission to use them for their play time.  Jake and I try to give them as many opportunities to explore creative play, but sometimes the boxes hang around for longer than intended or can get in the way or make a mess with all the “decorating” paraphernalia scattered around.

Sometimes when the boxes are big, taking over the house, and it is going to be a sunny day we will send the kids with their goodies outside.  They have been know to play with boxes building various forts and structures for hours.  Skipper loves it any time the kids are outside playing.  She usually hops right in the middle of everything and at times is in the way, but the kids and the dog love it!

Skipper Pet Dog Black Lab

Skipper snacking on a treat from the kids.


Even after the girls came inside Skipper decided to hang out in their box.


Waking up from a nap in the box.  She slept in the boxes for several hours in the sun that day.  I am not sure who enjoyed it most the kids or Skipper.

Feb 24 2015


Butterfly and Flower Connectagon Fun!

One of our kids got a Butterflies and Flowers Connectagons by HearthSong toy as a gift.  It has been neat seeing the various configurations she has created with this fun toy.  The butterflies are beautiful bright colors and the flowers are all snowy white.  The pieces are wooden and they can be interlinked in several spots on each piece.  There are many combinations that can captivate their attention for quite some time.

The HearthSong Connectagons is a building set that stimulates creativity.  Our set includes 50 butterflies and 12 white flowers.  The slotted sides allow the kids to connect the butterflies and flowers together.  It helps with hand-eye coordination and teaches kids how to experiment building many different sculptures with these beautiful pieces.  Some of the configurations make it look like the butterflies are flying to or from the flowers.


Showing off another butterfly configuration she made!

To learn more about Connectagons or to read reviews you can go to HearthSong’s website or Amazon.  If you are not interested in the butterfly and flower Connectagons you may enjoy one of the other sets they carry:

HearthSong Connectagons® Glow-in-the-Dark Celestial

HearthSong Connectagons® Glow-in-the-Dark Celestial

  • 157 glow-in-the-dark pieces with slotted sides
  • Full moon, moon phases, constellations, and galaxies

Hearth Song Connectgons Original Building Set

  • Connectagons Creative Building Set
  • Set includes 240 Wooden circles
  • Build freeform sculptures in any direction using wooden pieces with slotted sides that connect
  • Encourages open-ended play
  • For Ages 4 and Up.

“Love It” is a series of posts on items that I use regularly in my household that I love!  There are some items in our daily lives that make life more enjoyable, efficient, or just plain fun.  I will be sharing with you some of the products that have been given to us (or to me) that have made it to the top of my list.  It’s my way of giving a huge thumbs up!

Feb 17 2015


My cousin knows us well….the perfect tasty, practical, and fun gifts!

We recently received an AMAZING package from my sweet cousin Renelle!  It was packed full awesome items for all of us!  The girls were super excited to open it.  They were very impressed with how much she was able to fit into the box.  Lots of “Ohhs…Ahhhs…” throughout the unpacking process, followed by “Wow, Aunt Renelle is so creative!”

Renelle was the closet “sister” I had growing up in a family with 3 brothers.  We had a lot of fun hanging out over the summers and various Holidays during our childhood years.  Unfortunately, now that we are older and many more miles apart we don’t get to see each other as often as we like.  We try to get together as often as possible and thankfully we are able to stay in touch regularly throughout the year.

Renelle Gift - Jam, Plants, Cutting Board, Fingernail Polish, Stones, Crafts

The package arrived packed full!  So exciting!


Going through Aunt Ren’s goody package and reading all the instructions!


Jellyfish air plant!  So cool!


Putting the dirt in the pots for their plants!


Enjoying all the fun goodies from the box!


Awesome name tags for the furry critters – Snowball, Skipper, and Oreo!


Beautiful key chain rings for the girls!  They were super excited to put these on their book bags for school!


Always love a delicious chocolate bar!


Super fun Face Paint craft for the girls!  Love it – even if that means I have to be the canvas at times!


Bread N’ Boards – the person who made this cutting board, Sears Trostel (a locally owned  custom wood shop) donates their proceeds from the sale of this item to a local Food Bank in Larimer County, Colorado!  Such a cool way to help those in need in the local community.  I love the cutting board!


Amazing White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Coffee – freshly roasted in Fort Collins, Colorado by Jackie’s Java!  Delicious!


Ren’s famous homemade Peach Raspberry Jam (it’s AWESOME) and a new flavor of hers I haven’t tried before, but is yummy too – Grape Apple Jam!


Gorgeous plant clippings from Ren’s plants!  So far I have been able to keep them alive!  So cool!


Some of the amazing items in our package!  Thanks Ren!  Including a cutting board, cutting more oil, body scrub, local coffee, homemade jam, and more!


Now we are ready for our next pedicure with scented polish and pebble picture crafts for girls night!


Hanging jellyfish air plant!  The girls call it the “Wild Hair Day” plant!

Feb 17 2015


Building with the Snap Circuit set

The girls have enjoyed their Elenco Snap Circuit set.  They can build a variety of projects with it.  The set they have allows them to do over 300 different variations.  They received the Elenco Snap Circuits SC-300 Physics Kit and it has been a huge hit with them!

Karlie has spent a lot of time working through the various projects.  One of her favorite tasks that she did at the beginning was building a working radio.  She was very excited to be able to tune into a real local radio station and hear it over her newly built radio.  Love seeing them building items and learning how to put together various projects on their own!


Working on a different project!


Close up of one of the Snap Circuit items she put together!  If you have a child who loves to build, create, and/or a budding engineer who loves to explore a variety of technology items this is a wonderful educational toy they will love!  Also, you can by additional kits to add onto the sets to expand the number of projects you can do.

You can learn more about Elenco’s Snap Circuit Toys or read reviews by going to the Elenco Snap Circuit website or on Amazon.  There are several different Snap Circuits you may enjoy trying, here are just a couple that they carry:

“Love It” is a series of posts on items that I use regularly in my household that I love!  There are some items in our daily lives that make life more enjoyable, efficient, or just plain fun.  I will be sharing with you some of the products that have been given to us (or to me) that have made it to the top of my list.  It’s my way of giving a huge thumbs up!

Feb 13 2015


Karlie’s Fun Shop!

I love it when my kids get creative during their play time!  When they use their imagination it also stimulates creative thinking, analyzing, organization, math skills, and uses a variety of other great educational skills.  One of the activities they enjoy doing is creating a store complete with products, cash register, hours, and more.

Setting up a store takes time and planning.  They really have fun pretending to sell us various goodies.  The store names change and products change from time to time, however, I have noticed that they are becoming more efficient and organized at setting up and running a store.

These activities allow them to practice some wonderful entrepreneurial skills which will be beneficial for them later in life!  Sometimes only one of the kids runs the store and other times it is a joint adventure.   On this particular day Karlie was the one who decided to “set up shop”!  She took time in selecting her merchandise, setting it up, creating a name, advertising her products and hours, and selling her inventory to her customers (aka family members).


Some items displayed in Karlie’s Fun Shop that will appeal to a variety of people!


She has all her products neatly displayed for her customers to see and purchase (looks like she has some great educational items for sale)!