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Puzzle Organization

Hey there! I am still here. You can always assume that if I am not blogging it is because I am super busy with real life stuff. I tend to take on too much and end up getting really burned out. That usually results in getting sick, too. It is like my body is forcing me to slow down and take care of myself. Unfortunately, moms don’t get sick days. Even though my 4yo was…

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Mod Podge Toy Doghouse

My parents have a great tradition with the grandchildren. When they reach a certain age, they are treated to a birthday dinner out/shopping spree/sleepover. My kids really enjoy it. They love having some one on one time with them and getting a break from their siblings! Last year, my dad helped my 9yo build a toy doghouse for some stuffed animals she chose on her shopping spree. She brought it home to have me help…

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Free pattern for a doll dress to fit 14-inch Disney dolls! Continue reading...

Merida Doll Dress Pattern and Tutorial

At our recent trip to the thrift store to get bunny ears, we also picked up a few other things. One of them was a Merida doll. My 3yo LOVES that movie! (Honestly, I have never even seen the whole thing. If the kids are glued to the TV, I am busy getting something done. Like sewing.) Normally, I would not buy a doll with curly hair, but it was only $1.50 and in great…

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Stuffed Bunny Ear Transplant

Summer vacation is rough!!! I (laughably) thought it might be easier this year because I actually downsized from being with 20 kids all day to just 5. Hahahahaha! Dealing with 5 of my own kids is entirely different. They aren’t used to being with each other all day so they need to reestablish the pecking order. It is taking longer than usual with the hormones raging in this house these days (oh, just a sample of…

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Altoid Tin Magnetic Playset Tutorial

This was a craft project that I had been wanting to do for a long time. It took awhile to empty one of those Altoid tins because it was well hidden in my purse and they are so curiously strong that the kids won’t steal and eat them all in one sitting even if they do find them. My mom also donated a few to the cause, so we were finally able to craft with…

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Egg Letter Matching Activity

I like to make sure that my children are able to occupy themselves. It is how I get things done around here and a good life skill for them. With only one at home this year, it has been challenging. She can get really clingy. “Mommy, take a nap with me!” really means come lay with me while I talk your ear off and keep annoyingly touching your face. She is such a tease because…

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Felt Penguin Dress-Up Busy Bag

A few weeks ago I was talking to my sister about how to keep the kids occupied when you are trying to get something accomplished that requires a little more concentration and brain power- like taxes. One thing that I like to do is to keep certain toys and activities out of reach so that they have that novelty factor when I do pull them out. It can be puzzles, play-doh, or a box of…

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DIY Doll Bunk Beds

For Christmas 2014 I got my husband to build our daughter bunk beds for her American girl dolls. Of course, it was finished just before Christmas, and I was sneaking down to the basement for a few minutes at a time to paint them red, her favorite color. I was so surprised that I was able to pull it off! (I also had a gigantic trapping basket in the tub hidden behind the shower curtain…

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