Showing posts with label crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crafts. Show all posts

Jul 6, 2014

Review: Best Summer Ever - A Summer's Worth of Fun, Inexpensive Art & Learning Projects.

Best Summer Ever - A Summer's Worth of Fun, Inexpensive Art and Learning Projects To Occupy Kids 6-11 At Home For Hours At A Time. By Leila Kalmbach

Review by Stacy Toten and Carol Lawrence

As any of our readers know, the past four years we have been huge advocates for bringing out the inner creativity of your child and the great benefits of connecting them with nature.

Oct 24, 2013

10 Tips For Releasing Your Child's Inner Creativity.

(Maggie and daddy doing a science project, being artistic
and hiding out in her fort coloring with her daddy.)

Children love to create and be busy with activities. Creating special projects gives them a sense of empowerment. Especially kinesthetic learners. They love anything that is hands on. Appreciating a child's finished product helps to build their self-esteem.

Here are 10 Tips for releasing your child's inner creativity.

Dec 20, 2010

Appreciation Jars For Kids

Every parent struggles at some point in life with feeling unappreciated.  You've bathed, clothed, fed, and lost sleep over the little wonders you've brought into this world.  Doesn't anyone notice how much you've sacrificed?  It seems hard to imagine those kiddies may feel like you don't appreciate them enough.  But, kids struggle with the same internal angst that we model for them.  So, today is your day to model appreciation.
It won't take a playstation, electric guitar, or keys to the car to show your love.  Instead, one of life's most valuable lessons can be taught with a tiny, inexpensive jar.  Now, this will take a little work, but it is worth it.
You'll see.  First, identify a milestone in your relationship.  It could be a 15th birthday, college graduation (17 years of school), or your 20-year-old is finally taking the leap and completely moving out of your nest.  Tell your babes 15, 17, or 20 reasons you love them and package the message up in a bottle.
Here's what you will need:
1-A tiny (yes tiny) glass jar from the dollar store, with a lid.
2-A few pieces of colorful paper.
3-A fine tipped black marker/pen.
4-A piece of ribbon
5-A piece of cardstock to make a small card.
6-Hole punch
7-Glass beads optional
Fold your cardstock into the shape of a small card.  Punch a hold in the corner and slip your ribbon through it.  Then, write a message to daughter or son.  Need an idea?
To my beautiful child,
     You have enriched my life beyond words.  Each day I am more grateful for the time we've shared.  Now, as you prepare to move into your own home...I want to celebrate each year of your life by sharing 20 reasons that I love you.
Now you need to come up with those 20 reasons.  The thought can be as simple as "I love your beautiful eyes", "I love that you call your grandma everyday",  or "I love your artistic side".  Just make sure the words will fit on the paper square you're about to cut out.  You can also offer 20 reasons you are proud of your child instead, depending on the occasion.  If you need a higher number...tell them how they've made each of your 40 years in this world worth it.  Don't get complicated.  Just sit back and let yourself think about all the ways you love your child.
After you cut several squares out of the multi-colored paper, write each of the things you are thankful for on the paper.  You can also buy a heart-shaped punch if you prefer that instead of squares.  Fold the pieces once or twice, just to give the paper some volume in the jar.  My jar is rather large (too large really), so I padded the bottom with glass beads, which I got from the Dollar Store.  Tie the ribbon attached to your card around the top of the jar and throw on the lid. 
Carve out alone time for this special gift.  Pull out each piece of paper one by one to read to your loved one.  You will knock their socks off.  It will only cost a few dollars to make, but the results are priceless.  Your child will say it was the best gift they've ever gotten, and if they don''ll know it is the best gift you've ever given.  You'll feel wonderful all night having the peace of mind that you didn't keep those feelings bottled up for a opened that jar and made sure your kids know just how much you love and appreciate them.
P.S.  I'd love to hear all about your give-giving experience.  Connect to the original post on my blog and share your story in the comments section by clicking here.

Written By Guest Author Tammy Palmer (Crafty Cat) from the super creative blog Crafty Life And Style.
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"Your unconsciousness isn't your children's to inherit: it is yours to excavate. Being a conscious parent means you are increasingly aware of the force and prevalence of your unconsciousness as it arises in everyday situations." Shefali Tsabary, PhD
The Conscious Parent ~ Transforming ourselves empowering our children.
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Nov 14, 2010

Studioahimsa Handmade Staitionery Celebrates Grand-Opening Specials!

Grand Opening

Studioahimsa is celebrating its grand-opening. This unique and eco-friendly online store specializes in handmade recycled paper greeting cards and prints - perfect for upcoming Holiday season gift-giving, hostess gifts or to jazz up your own home to prepare for guests.

With all the festivities happening on the company's parent blog site Being Tazim (, it is the perfect time to stop by and see what's in store for you. Don't miss the opportunity to pick up your Holiday cards and gifts at a discounted rate, or enter to win some new products from the company.
Holiday Cards studioahimsa
Starting November 14, 2010, the Grand Opening of this unique online store is being celebrated with a scavenger hunt, a giveaway, and discount rates on gift certificates - example: $20 GC for $15/$30 GC for $24/$50 GC for $40 etc. Other discounts and specials will be announced as well.

Oryx Crake
Oryx and Crake Letter Set
Why buy handmade? Handmade products come with a free bonus built-in: LOVE! Each product is unique and special, hand-crafted with care. Rather than purchase run-of-the-mill store-bought greeting cards or gifts, show your gift recipient you care about the environment and supporting artisans, with studioahimsa products!

Leossy Hills

About studioahimsa: Founded in 2010, studioahimsa is the joint creative venture of best friends Tazim Damji and Greg West. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the team designs and creates all products in the line. Taking the environment in to consideration, all greeting cards and stationery sets are handmade using 100% post-consumer recycled paper and envelopes. For packaging, the team creatively wraps each item using reclaimed/upcycled paper from materials such as book jackets. Damji and West, long-time fans of paper-goods and eco-friendly products, finally realised their dream of opening a paper-goods shop online.

Discount code for Intentional Conscious Parenting readers - 20% off all products, until November 30th. Put code in notes to seller and discount will be applied: Intentional20

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