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I am absolutely obsessed with making wreaths for each holiday and season of the year for my home, family, and friends. In addition to the wreaths that I have already hung around my house, I have also been working on a couple of wreaths to donate to my local library annual wreath sale. I recently purchased some purple and green plaid duct tape that I wrapped around a foam wreath to create a simple but spooktacular Halloween duct tape wreath.
I am absolutely obsessed with making wreaths for each holiday and season of the year for my home, family, and friends. In addition to the wreaths that I have already hung around my house, I have also been working on a couple of wreaths to donate to my local library annual wreath sale. I recently […]
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The Duck and Washington Crossing the Delaware features a rubber duck admiring Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in Manhattan of New York City.
The Duck and Washington Crossing the Delaware features a rubber duck admiring Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in Manhattan of New York City. At the beginning of 2013, I made a resolution to post a weekly photograph of a rubber duck. Because my daughter loved rubber […]
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If you are searching for an interactive tool to help your children master math skills, I highly recommend ETA hand2mind VersaTiles. I received Grade 1 Math, which came with a pouch, activity book, tray, twelve tiles, and stickers. Sets are available for kindergarten through sixth grade, and additional activity books are also available for each grade level. My daughter loves answering the questions for each activity on her own and then checking her answers by matching the pattern on the bottom of the page with the pattern that she created with the numbered tiles. If she made any mistakes, she can remove the incorrect tiles and try again to self-correct until she successfully matches the pattern. For a hands-on learner like my daughter, VersaTiles from @ETAhand2mind are a perfect addition to my homeschool curriculum.
I am always on the lookout for new educational materials to use with my kids during homeschool lessons. My kindergartener daughter has mastered reading but still has a little trouble with basic math. She is also very hands-on, learning best when she can manipulate objects while counting, adding, and subtracting. When recently offered the chance […]
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Enter to win one (1) September Simply Earth Essential Oil Box. Open to legal residents of the United States of America. Ends on September 30, 2016. http://parentingpatch.com/simply-earth-essential-oil-box-review/
I am the first to admit that scent affects my mood. When I am feeling down or anxious, lighting a cinnamon-, nutmeg-, or apple-scented candle perks me right up. I also love using scented oils on my skin. In the past, I have purchased coconut oil to use as a moisturizer, but I never added […]
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I am absolutely obsessed with making wreaths for my home, family, and friends. As soon as fall décor arrived at the dollar store, I started crafting wreaths for autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. I also love browsing Pinterest and StumbleUpon for additional DIY wreath ideas. What better way to celebrate September, October, and November than with a handmade wreath?!
I am absolutely obsessed with making wreaths for my home, family, and friends. As soon as fall décor arrived at the dollar store, I started crafting wreaths for autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. I also love browsing Pinterest and StumbleUpon for additional DIY wreath ideas. What better way to celebrate September, October, and November than with […]
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In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, my toddler daughter and I have been busy reading all the Halloween books on which we can get our hands at the local library. Here are some of our favorite, and recommended, board books for Halloween for toddlers.
In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, my toddler daughter and I have been busy reading all the Halloween books on which we can get our hands at the local library. Here are some of our favorite, and recommended, board books for Halloween for toddlers, all available on Amazon via my affiliate links. Ollie’s Halloween (2013) […]
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My recipe for DIY body butter and lip balm is quite simple. For the first batch that my daughter and I made, we used tablespoons of each of our ingredients. Once I determined that I loved the resulting mixture, I made a larger batch using 1/4-cups (1/4 cup beeswax, 1/2 cup shea butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil). Depending on your desired scent, you can add as many or few drops of essential oils as you want. For example, I made a lightly-scented peppermint lip balm but a more strongly-scented lavender body butter. I now use my DIY lip balm all day and my body butter after showering and as needed. My only problem is that I keep want to make more scents but I can use only so much at once!
After receiving my first set of essential oils from Simply Earth a few weeks ago, I decided to try my hand at creating my own skin care products. My Simply Earth Essential Oil Box came with soy wax to make homemade candles. After making my two candles, I discovered that I had a little bit […]
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If you are shopping for a small solar powered motion light for the exterior of your house, I definitely recommend the Aityvert solar powered motion LED light. The durable plastic light easily mounts to a vertical surface with the included screws and withstands all types of wet, warm, and windy weather. The top-mounted solar panel produces bright and longer working hours for the sixteen LED bulbs, the sensor triggers the lights when motion occurs within a 10-foot range and a 120-degree angle. Both installation and use of the light is incredibly easy. The bright white LED bulbs glow dim and then change to bright upon detecting motion to light up the night. I am quite happy with the performance of my solar powered motion LED light from Aityvert.
I live in an area of town without a lot of light in the evenings and at night, so parts of my yard can get pretty dark. To make the exterior of my home a little more useable at night, I have been installing a number of solar motion lights. I love solar lights because […]
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The highlight of Thanksgiving for many celebrants is the big Thanksgiving Day meal. Help your little one celebrate the holiday by making a fun Thanksgiving plate craft.
The highlight of Thanksgiving for many celebrants is the big Thanksgiving Day meal. Help your little one celebrate the holiday by making a fun Thanksgiving plate craft. Materials Paper plates Brown and orange felt Cotton balls Green, red, and yellow beads Glue Directions Cut the brown felt into ovals and the orange felt into triangles […]
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As a homeschooling mom, I am always searching for new educational sets with which to teach my children. Both my kindergartener daughter and toddler son are fans of large vehicles like firetrucks, ambulances, tractors, and diggers. I Love Construction Vehicles and I Love Rescue Vehicles by Chris Oxlade from Silver Dolphin Books each come with a 32-page book, model vehicle, poster, reusable stickers, and cardboard model pieces. The kits come packaged in handy cardboard boxes that double as play boards. My kids love reading the books and playing with the toy trucks. As soon as my kids are older and gentler, I will bring out the cardstock model pieces so my little learners and I can build a construction site and a fire station. My only complaint is that the toy trucks consist of plastic rather than die cast metal. Overall, however, I am super excited to use both I Love Construction Vehicles and I Love Rescue Vehicles in future homeschool lessons with my children.
My children love trucks. While I try not to gender my kiddos in terms of their interests, my toddler son in particular is all boy in his love of large vehicles. He loves firetrucks, ambulances, tractors, diggers, and all other construction and rescue vehicles. Thus, when recently offered the chance to review I Love Construction […]
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If you are a fan of essential oils and subscription boxes, I definitely recommend the Simply Earth​ Essential Oil Box. Each box costs only $39 if you choose the once-a-month subscription option. Each box also contains five essential oils and five to seven recipes plus extras. I received orange, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and fir needle essential oils plus extras for making soy wax candles. Autumn and Christmas are my favorite times of the year, so I was absolutely delighted with the scents in my box. The orange, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and fir needle oils instantly brought me to my happy place. I love the two soy wax candles that I made following the directions in the box, and I am excited to use the rest of my essential oils to make homemade skin care products. If you use essential oils, check out the pure and reasonably priced options from Simply Earth today!
I am the first to admit that scent affects my mood. When I am feeling down or anxious, lighting a cinnamon-, nutmeg-, or apple-scented candle perks me right up. I also love using scented oils on my skin. In the past, I have purchased coconut oil to use as a moisturizer, but I never added […]
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Pumpkins, monsters, and ghosts scream Halloween. Help your young crafter celebrate the holiday with a fun Halloween pumpkin, monster, and ghost egg carton craft.
Pumpkins, monsters, and ghosts scream Halloween. Help your young crafter celebrate the holiday with a fun Halloween pumpkin, monster, and ghost egg carton craft. Materials Cardboard egg carton Scissors Orange, white, green, and black paint Paintbrush Scrap cardboard Glue Instructions Cut apart the egg carton cups. Paint two cups each orange, white, and green. Paint […]
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Heather Johnson is the founder of The Parenting Patch and Linguistics Girl.
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Heather Johnson is a writer, librarian, linguistic, mother, and wife. She writes The Parenting Patch and Linguistics Girl. Please send all correspondence via email.
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