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Creative Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Traditions with Family

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Traditions are awesome! Spending time together celebrating holidays and events year-by-year is one of the most important ways to help shape your family’s memory.

Traditions are traditions for a reason, because they’re typically done on a regular basis {bi-annually, yearly, monthly, etc}, however it’s never to late to start a tradition with your family and while you’re at it, why not get creative?!?

Here are some Creative Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Traditions with Family. Miss A helped me come up with some of the things on this list, which make it even more awesome.

Creative Traditions to Celebrate Independence Day MommyB

Flag someone’s yard who has been a great service to our country. Take several small flags and stick them in the ground to show you are thinking about that person. Try to remember not to let any of the flags touch the ground or fall over.

Creative Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Traditions with Family using Flags MommyBKnowsBest

 

Have a popsicle making competition. Get creative or make your favorite flavors. This tradition is almost as fun to do as it is to judge. Here are some great popsicle recipes and ideas.

 

Visit veterans and provide a service to them. Some ideas of services could include making a meal, mowing their lawn, helping run errands, or making thank you cards.

 

Learn about the American Flag – though it’s not Flag Day the American Flag holds a lot of history in it’s stars and stripes. It’s not often that we talk about the American Flag, the stories behind it, and the symbolism. Make this one of your yearly activities and include new games or crafts each year to make this activity fun and fresh.

  • Split the flag up into sections for your family or group and have each person draw a part of the flag. Take a picture of the finished product.
  • Wear patriotic colors and create a human flag.
  • Make your own flag puzzle and have fun put it together each year. Remember to take pictures!

Make a Flag to celebrate our country on MommyBKnowsBest

 

Host a 4th of July family parade. You could include neighbors and friends in this activity. Have fun dressing up as an important Independence Day figure.

 

Bake a cake and sing, “Happy Birthday” to America! Obviously it’s best to make a cake that reflects America, try out some cakes featured on my Pinterest Holiday Board.

 

Explore a new museum or historical landmark. There are so many museums and historical landmarks that we don’t even know exists and some may be right in our own proverbial backyard. Take time before the 4th to research and plan your visit.

 

Decorate your house and sing patriotic songs while doing it. Just like decorating and caroling at Christmas time {if you celebrate that way}, why not decorate with 4th of July decor, flags, and sing songs about our country. How many can you remember?!?

 

Celebrate and use products that are Made in the USA. Did you know that Rayovac alkaline and hearing aid batteries are made in the USA? There aren’t many products from large brands that are still made in America, but by using American made products we’re finding another way to support our country.

 

Made in the USA MommyBKnowsBest

 

 

What do you and your family do to celebrate and create Independence Day traditions???

 

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of my partnership with Rayovac. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

End of the School Year Classmate Gift Tag – Free Printable

Every school year we leave a little sad that we won’t see some of our friends. Unfortunately with private school none of Miss A’s classmates live in our neighborhood, but whether or not your child’s classmates are far away or closeby this cute End of the School Year Gift Tag is a great way to express what a great year your child had and offer opportunities for play dates in the summer.

In Pre-K I made this Sweet End of School Classmate Gift, and last year for Christmas I made gingerbread play dough with a sweet gingerbread prayer, but will have to post that later this year. This year as we were shopping for cute, little gifts for Miss A’s classmates we found ice cream scented bubbles in adorable ice cream cone shaped containers. I went with the ice cream theme and created this gift tag:

End of the School Year Gift Contact Tag MommyB

Our finished project (after our dollar store purchases and some ribbon):

End of the Year Classmate Gift Tag Printable MommyB

 

Click here for your —> FREE Printable version of this end of the year classmate gift tag as a pdf with 9 tags per page for you to print out, add your child’s name and if you like your contact information, {I use my phone number and email address}.

If you decide to use it feel free to email me a picture of your project or write about it on my Facebook page/Tweet me.

Jesus Paid it All Easter Kids Craft {Guest Post}

Easter is “springing” up everywhere around us- stores are filled with chocolate bunnies, plastic eggs, and all things pastel.

While the marshmallow peeps are quite appealing to us all, its important that we take a moment to refocus and teach our children what Easter is actually all about- God sending His Son Jesus to the earth to live the life we could never live and die the death we should have died.

Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, conquered death, and rose from the grave. Easter is a time to celebrate the life of Christ and the new life we can have in Him!

I was looking for a creative way to share with my daughter the message of Easter in a fun, kid-friendly way. I came up with this simple craft idea. This craft is great to do at home, or would work wonderfully for a Sunday school activity too! And you can make it for less than $5 worth of supplies from the local dollar store!

Jesus Paid it All Easter Kids Craft

What You Need

  • 1 pack construction paper
  • 1 bag cotton balls
  • 1 bag plastic coins (on the party favor aisle at Dollar Tree)
  • Glue
  • Markers or Crayons

How to Make It

The Lamb:

  1. Trace your child’s hand on a white piece of construction paper (or if they are old enough, they can trace it themselves- my daughter is only 18 months, so I had to trace hers for her)
  2. Cut out the hand, flip it upside down, and glue it on a colored piece of construction paper (your child can choose any color paper)
  3. Draw a lamb’s face on the thumb using markers or crayons
  4. Glue cotton balls onto the palm of the hand

The Cross:

  1. Glue coin pieces in the shape of a cross onto the same piece of colored paper. Children can be creative, using all silver, or all gold, or creating a pattern

Finish It:

  1. Using a marker or crayon, write out 1 Peter 1:18-19 on the top of the page
  2. At the bottom of the paper, write (or have your child write) their name and year
  3. Make sure everything is dry before hanging on your fridge or bulletin board

 

What are some of your favorite kid-friendly Easter crafts that celebrate Jesus?

 

 

imageMelissa is a Communication Studies graduate of Clemson University. She recently traded in her human resources job for the best and most challenging career of all, being a stay-at-home mom. She loves coffee, cooking, crafting, and watching football. Melissa is also a former National Champion baton twirler and currently teaches baton lessons and judges baton twirling competitions across the nation. She recently launched the Honeybee Homemaker blog about her faith, family, and fun kitchen endeavors.

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10 Things I Heart

Sometimes I just can’t contain myself when I find things that I love I want to tell the world. Sometimes those things are products I’m checking out, sometimes it’s people that rock my world, and other times it’s just life in general.

I post a lot on how blessed I truly feel, no matter if life seems up or down there’s so much to be thankful for. So I wanted to share with you 10 Things I Heart with you, because you never know, you may like them too.

10 Things I Heart

1. This Blog – ThingsICan’tSay.com

I love Shell, in her blog she bares her soul and shares thoughts that we as mom have but never express. Her touching posts and the realness that she shows on her site inspire me and I heart Shell and her blog.

Things I can't Say Blog

2. Glue Dots – As co-room mom for Miss A’s 1st Grade class, I was in charge of the Valentine’s Day craft. I had originally planned a really cool heart chain with family activities for the rest of February {as they tore one heart from the chain}, then I ended up with a heart chain, and then after the V-day party was delayed I ended up going to A.C. Moore and picking up some super cute, but very nicely priced wreaths and used John 3:16’s VALENTINE and had the kids create their own to hang in their homes. Anyway, while I love helping with crafts I do not like waiting for glue or paint to dry. I used permanent Glue Dots for this project but they have different strengths for different needs. The only thing that would be “bad” would be that there’s the paper left behind for trash. PS Keep in mind this was a test run so that’s why the hearts are orange, but would be fun in rainbow or other colors too.

Glue Dots Heart Wreath Craft MommyB

3. Amazon Prime – We went unplugged last week. Yep, that’s right we gave up cable. DaddyB picked up a great antenna from Best Buy, and we’ve been trying out PlayOn {a cool computer program that pulls in video feeds of channels that some TV alternatives don’t offer, will put review up another day}, but I have been loving our Amazon Prime. I enjoy watching Intervention and Hoarders {sometimes I think I should have been a psychologist} and DaddyB and I have been watching shows from our past too like Are You Afraid of the Dark? Overall unplugging isn’t a huge deal, we watch some shows delayed but are much less attached to our regular shows and are saving a good bit of $$ too!

4. This gorgeous Spring-like weather we’ve been having, especially after last week’s snowpocalypse. Although we are missing the Snow Cream.

5. Our amazing realtor Kristi Vernon and the Zillow iPad app are doing a great job hunting down houses for our upcoming move in May!! We’re staying in North Carolina, just moving to a different area still in or very close to Charlotte.

6. Queen City Q – I really like this local BBQ restaurant in uptown Charlotte, we’ve only been twice, once with DaddyB’s family and once recently just the four of us. The food is amazing and the prices are really great. It’s never been too packed to enjoy ourselves. The only thing that bugs me is that they don’t have booster seats for the kiddos, {but they do have highchairs for the smaller ones} and the booths are pretty low (even for a short momma like me). I’m glad we don’t go more often, I would definitely gain 20lbs easily.

Q City BBQ MommyB

7. Disneyland Pinterest Boards – If you haven’t heard my family and I have been invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Conference this year. This will be our first year attending and I am beyond excited to have this opportunity. I get to see some awesome bloggers {aka my coworkers}, hang out with my family in DISNEYLAND, and hear some amazing speakers. So, I’ve been trying to do some research for our trips on what the best apps are, good places to eat, etc. Have you ever been? Any tips?

8. Jeremy Tankard and Mo Willems Books – We love these children’s books for the girls. They are hilarious and allow me to use my silly voices. Last year we bought Miss A 10 books for her birthday and most were from these two authors.

Piggie and Gerald Book

9. Amazing friends!!! You know who you are. The people I can pour my heart out with, the ones I go to for advice, and the ones I can share my life’s blessings with. I don’t know what I would do with you and I definitely heart you this month and every month.

10. Discount Valentine’s Day candy. Here in Charlotte there’s a lot of it, especially at Target. I may have grabbed a bag….to give next year of course….or maybe not. But seriously how can you pass on those deals???

What things would you put on your “heart” list right now???

Bumblebee Birthday – Terra Cotta Pot Cupcake Craft

Bumblebee Dinner

I love going “all out” on birthday’s, at least my version of all out, then again compared to some people I’m probably pretty mild. My mom did a great job making sure we had fun birthday parties growing up and I want to do the same for my girls. Although they may not remember all the little details it means a lot for me to be able to create a fun experience for them and their friends.

While I’m not the craftiest kid on the block I do get into creating some crafts for birthdays. Lil C’s birthday theme this year was bumblebees! Which totally fits our family for several reasons, {see this website for one}. I decided to get some fun bumblebee themed decorations {at a very reasonable price} from Oriental Trading Company and then create a few of my own.

Bumblebee Dinner

One of the crafts I came up with, after looking at inspiration on the web and of course Pinterest was to do a bumblebee terra cotta craft, although I have not seen anything like the craft I made, hopefully it will inspire others.

I bought the following supplies from A.C. Moore:

Bumblebee Pots:

Terra Cotta Pots (we used the 4″ size) – One for each child

Bright Yellow Acrylic Craft Paint

Black Acrylic Craft Paint

1 inch paint brush (really any size brush or sponge brush

*After completing this project I learned a little bit of paint primer would have saved me from so many coats of paint, so you may want to add that to your list as well. {again, I’m only semi-crafty}

Cupcakes:

Preferably chocolate cupcakes in dark wrappers

Frosting (any kind really since it’ll be covered up anyway)

Oreo Cookie Crumbs (can be made in a food processor with the push of a button)

Bumblebee Antennae:

Tacky Glue – **Purchased for the project but not used**

Standard size black pipe cleaners

Small black poms

Misc:

Cardboard to create circles for inside your pots to shelve your cupcakes (depending on cupcake to terra cotta pot ratio)

Directions:

Normally one would start with the paint primer, however since I clearly didn’t use that in my craft I started painting the terra cotta pots with the yellow acrylic craft paint. I let that coat dry and painted another coat, and another and another…{you get the drift}…and looked something like this:

Painting Bumblebee Pots

 

Yellow Painted Pots

While waiting on those to dry I worked on the Bumblebee antennae using standard size black pipe cleaner that I cut in half with regular scissors prior to the photo following. I intended to use the Tacky Glue to adhere the small black poms onto the pipe cleaners, however found that wrapping the pipe cleaner around the pom was much easier, less messy, and looked great. I wound the pipe cleaner around the pom 1 to 1.5 times and then bent them to more closely resemble bumblebee antennae. Of course while making these cute antennae I had to have a few sips of my favorite drink, I call it “my wine”, Diet Coke. {You may choose the beverage of your choice.}

Tacky Glue Antennae

After checking to make sure the first 500 coats of yellow acrylic paint {yes I am exaggerating a little here}, I painted free-hand, yep, that’s right folks I do have a pretty steady hand, the black lines to look like a bumblebee. Using the bottom rim of the pot I started with my first line and tried to eyeball, of course if you want more perfect lines you could use a painters tape {which I found hard considering the shape of the terra cotta pots} or measure and mark. I wasn’t too picky but think they turned out pretty good, all things considered. Don’t you think???

Bumblebee Pots

I made Lil C’s pot a little different from the others because she’s the birthday girl of course!! Added a little glitter and her initial for her first name. After the pots were dried I cleaned up some of the lines, painted the rims and added a small circle of cardboard to fit right inside the pots since our cupcakes ended up being a little smaller than anticipated.

Cupcake time!!!!

This time I made the cupcakes and frosting from scratch, but you can use whatever works best for you. Miss A helped me roll the frosted cupcakes in the oreo crumbs to created the “dirt” look or look like bumblebee heads {which is what we were going for.} Sorry for the blurry picture:

Crumb Topped Cupcakes

Once these awesome cupcakes were done we put them in the fridge overnight (b/c of the fresh cream frosting) and the next day placed them on top of the cardboard and inserted two pipe cleaner antennae. I assembled them in a diamond formation with the special “C” cupcake at the head of the line, and here’s how they turned out:

Bumblebee Cupcake Terra Cotta Pot Craft

I think the guest of honor was quite pleased.

Happy Bee Day Girl

(and yes I did paint mine and the girls nails in black and yellow for the party!!)

What has been your favorite birthday party theme that you’ve a.) thrown for your children or b.) seen someone else {in person or online} throw?????