March of the Penguins 2, Movie And Game Night For The Whole Family

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I (Jessica) was thrilled to create a DIY family activity to celebrate the release of March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step documentary available on Hulu for Momtastic. My family fell in love with Emperor Penguins when we watched March of the Penguins, so we were so excited to discover more about the Antarctic-dwelling birds we adore with the sequel.

Make Friday night a movie night and game night all about penguins. It’s fun for the whole family. After making this DIY Penguin Domino set, I can’t imagine Dominoes any other way. It’s like those tiny black and white penguins were meant to be on the back of Domino pieces. Read the waddle-ful tutorial here.

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DIY Pins For Mother’s Day And Every Day + Free Printable

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Pins! Pins! Pins! We’re not talking about pins on Pinterest, although we love a good pinning session. We’re referring to trending pin accessories everyone likes to wear on apparel such as jean jackets, and totes. We’re finally getting in on all the pin action. We got really pin happy with rainbows and cacti for a recent DIY pin post for Momtastic.

With Mother’s Day is coming up, we’re making DIY pins for our amazing mother, and all the special mothers in our life. These pins are great DIY gifts for kids to make for moms and grandmothers. We know we would love a cute black and white striped bag (Target’s Bullseye’s Playground), decorated with homemade pins, and a sparkling bottle of Prosecco inside on Mother’s Day.

Materials:

  • Shrink Paper
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Scissors
  • Parchment Paper
  • Oven
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pin backs
  • Restaurant turner, or spatula
  • Hot glue fun

Visit Momtastic for the tutorial. The pins are different, but the directions are the same. There are very important tips we shared because it was a bit of trial and error for us.

Jenna made a free printable for us to trace for Mother’s Day pins. You can download it here FOR FREE.

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Happy Mother’s Day and happy pinning!

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DIY Lip Balm Pouches Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

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We love our essential oils, and one of our favorite goodies to make with our oils is DIY lip balm. Our lips are so dry in the winter, plus we love when we can put pure ingredients on our lips. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for those that want kissable lips, or want to give a gift of kissable lips, we recommend DIY essential oil lip balm.

Read our DIY lip balm tutorial for the ingredients and instructions. To jazz it up a bit for gift giving, make a cute holder for it – a DIY lip balm pouch. It’s almost like a lip balm sleeping bag. It’s a cute DIY that can be made into all shapes and sizes. We made heart-shaped pockets to hold gift cards for teachers. You can also make DIY felt pouches to hold tissues, treats, and even larger pockets for photos and sweet notes.

This DIY project is incredibly easy. Here’s how we did it.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Cut felt (we bought a pretty library of felt from Target, and it’s thicker than traditional felt, which worked well) into a rectangle larger than the width of the lip balm tube.

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Step 2: Once you have the pieces cut, thread a needle (don’t forget to tie a knot on the end), along the edges of two rectangles that are lined up. We do not have any sewing skills whatsoever, and we did it! Just go in and out of the felt, which will create a cross stitch pattern. Leave the top of the rectangle open so you have an opening for the lip balm.

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Hope you find a way, even if it’s a wave or hug, to spread the love on Valentine’s Day!

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A New Holiday Tradition: The Giving Jar + Free Printable

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Christmas brings out the giving spirit in everyone. It’s that time of year when people think beyond their own needs, and consider how they can help loved ones and strangers in need. Whether it’s giving a special gift, or donating time, money or food, it all counts…and it changes lives for the better.

Our kids are young, but this year we tried to teach them about the joy of giving, and helping others. They don’t fully understand what a text donation to Red Cross means, and they don’t quite know the impact of go fund me donations. All that is good, but it has to be tactical for our kids – something they can see, touch and feel. They participated in bake and craft sales to raise money for kids affected by the hurricane in Houston, and made blankets for others in need. But, we wanted something extra at home to keep that giving spirit alive; not just during the holidays, but year-round.

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Let us introduce you to The Giving Jar. It’s a small, but mighty, jar with a small sisal tree in the center to remind us of the spirit of giving at Christmas time, but with enough space around it for money. We retrofitted the traditional glass milk jar from Oriental Trading Company to be more like a DIY piggy bank.

This bank is for sharing only because once it’s full the kids are going to give it to someone in need. In this day and age, it may only be enough money to buy a fancy cup of coffee, or perhaps a new pair of socks. But, the point is not what or how much it can buy, but the way it can make someone feel. The recipient, perhaps in a rut or time of sorrow or struggle, will hopefully feel a bit of hope. A little love can go a long way to lift one’s spirit, and that’s what we hope our Giving Jar will do.

We hope you make one with your kids this holiday season, or anytime throughout the year. Yay, we have a free printable for you to use, too, from Jenna at Fleur de Lis, a paperie. This is a thoughtful and affordable gift to give other families this holiday, so they can have a giving project of their own.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Add a glue dot to the bottom of the sisal tree, and glue it to the bottom of the jar.

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Step 2: Add vinyl stickers to the outside so text on the jar reads, The Giving Jar. You can also use a paint pen to write the words.

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Step 3: Cut a small slit on plastic lid that fits on the glass jar. Make sure it’s large enough to fit money.

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Step 4: Fill it with money.

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Step 5: Attach our free poem to the jar (it explains the gist of the jar to those who participate, and those you give it too). Get the free printable poem here. It reads:

At Christmas time we share joy in the spirit of giving to others in need, 
But why just on Christmas do we do a good deed? 

It’s best to give all year long,
and make kindness part of our daily heartsong.

This is the giving jar to bring year-round joy,
for any man, woman, girl or boy.

Fill this jar with spare change as best you can,
give it to someone who needs a helping hand.

Try it once and you will see,
your heart will be filled with love and glee.

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Step 6: Give. Then, give again.

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Cheers To A DIY Christmas Stocking With A Wine Spout

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‘Tis the season for holiday parties, gift-giving and all things merry and jolly! We pour more wine around the holidays with all the parties, dinners and let’s face it, stress. So, wine was on our minds when we crafted our next DIY Christmas gift idea.

For this DIY, we’re changing the classic line from the Twas the Night Before Christmas poem that reads, “…the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there,” to instead say, “…the stocking were hung by the bar with care, in hopes that friends and family soon would be there.” Yes, we’re hanging our families stockings in the living room like we always do for Santa, but we’re hanging a few extra in the bar this Christmas, and giving them to friends to spread good cheer. Christmas is all about making spirits bright, right?

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This DIY wine stocking makes for the perfect gift for friends, neighbors and family. Plus, it’s a really fun topic of conversation whether you’re at a party, or having a quiet night in with the girls.

Anyone and everyone can (and should) make these DIY Christmas stockings. Here’s how we made the ultimate stocking stuffer.

Materials:

  • Stockings, .98 cents at Wal-Mart, or other great options at big name retailers
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Boxed wine (we used Bota Box)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

Directions:

Step 1: First, we upgraded the stockings with about a $3 plaid fabric investment. We didn’t use a needle and thread – just scissors and a hot glue gun. Before the plaid, there was a thick strip of white felt.

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Step 2: Cut out letters for the fun quotes. We went with, Drink Up Grinches, Santa’s Helper, He Sees You When Your Drinking and Dreaming of a White Christmas. We had black letter stickers and just traced as we cut with the scissors. You can freehand the letters though, maybe even using good vinyl stickers to save yourself cutting time all together.

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Step 3: With a hot glue gun, glue the letters to the stocking.

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Step 4: Cut out a small hole in the front toe part of the stocking. If it’s too big, you can always hot glue the fabric tight around the wine pull tab.

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Step 5: Insert the wine bag in the stocking and pull the wine tab through the hole in the toe.

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Step 6: Hang and pour. Cheers!

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