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    DIY Eye Make-up Remover

    Ever since I purchased a big bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap*, I’ve been looking for things to make with it. So far, it’s been a lot of foaming hand soap and not much else. That is, until I realized that I was running dangerously low on eye make-up remover. Enter in the quest to find a DIY version that would be gentle on my skin and still effective in taking off my eye make-up. The first few (dozen) recipes that I found online all contained witch hazel. Not knowing if I had any on hand, I kept scouring. I finally found one that was made with a combination of…

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    Cinco de Mayo + Birthdays = A match made in heaven

    Anna turned 5 in April while we were visiting my parents, so we pushed the big birthday party to May when we were back in town and she was back at school. Being a total sucker for a theme, I was elated when I realized her FIFTH birthday party would fall on the FIFTH of May, AKA Cinco de Mayo. I had two major goals for her party: 1.) to be respectful of the significance of Cinco de Mayo for Mexican-Americans and of Mexican culture in general and 2.) to make it as fun as possible for 3-6 year old kids. After reading about the history of Cinco de Mayo…

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    Plastic Egg Maracas

    We’re another day closer to Anna’s birthday party, which means we are testing out yet another Cinco de Mayo themed craft. And this one is a definite winner (thank god). This project involves minimal supplies and (hopefully) ones that you have in your house already. We had a stockpile of plastic eggs in our house from Potty Training prizes, so that was a definite bonus. It’s also a really great project to have in your back pocket post-Easter since plastic eggs are seriously on sale (saw them for 70% off in Target last week). Speaking of sales, I found colorful masking tape at one of the local office supply stores…

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    Tissue Paper 5’s

    With Anna’s 5th birthday party quickly approaching, we’ve been gearing our daily crafting projects towards that. The theme is Cinco de Mayo, which means lots of colorful and festive projects. Yesterday it was tissue paper flowers (we did a mix of these and these in various sizes) and today it was all about Tissue Paper 5’s. I came across the idea for these while googling Cinco de Mayo party ideas for kids and knew immediately that we would be doing it at her party. I also knew that we would need to test out the process before having 20+ 3-6 year olds in our house crafting up a storm. With…

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    Sharpie Tile Coasters

    There were a few crafts on our #the100dayproject list that I have been just waiting to do. These Sharpie Tile Coasters were top of my list. My mom had asked to do them with us, so we had to patiently wait until our trip out west. Well, folks. That time has officially come. I can honestly say that this craft lives up to the hype. In fact, we all loved these so much that we want to do them again. (And again. And again. And again.) The husband even wants to get in on the fun for round 2. These would make for great housewarming presents, holiday gifts, or for…

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    Get your craft on with these 5 kid-approved projects

    With #the100dayproject in full swing over here, we’ve been getting our craft on with some seriously fun projects. Hands down, these 5 craft projects for kids have been our absolute favorites to do together and are relatively easy (and inexpensive) to complete. SCORE! A note about the projects: they can all be done in a day, with most being completed in under 30 minutes. A few of the projects do require a bit more adult intervention (like the ones with sewing and using scissors). And based on our experience, all can be completed by kids aged 4 and up. So here’s to having fun this week or month and adding…