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July 18, 2015

Minted


Minted has a wonderful assortment of items available for purchase!


 With Fall coming up a lot of weddings are coming up as well so check them out!!!
My favorite thing about these is the different shape options available. They don't just have to be rectangle. They can have a scallop edge, rounded corners, and many other options! There are so many styles to chose from!
To see more of these options you can Google "minted wedding invitations".

 

Stationery

These also have the different shape options!
 I also like that the back of the stationary is your own option as well! 

                                     Front                                                                      Back
 

My favorite was the Stationery from Kids
I can see myself purchasing some for my kids so they can write their friends or Grandparents. 

 

Home Decor

This area has fabrics by the yard, children's decor, and home decor. 

The children's room signs are so cute! 
My kids would love these!!

 

In the Home Decor section there are table runners, apothecary jars, cake plates, and holiday decor.
I could see several of these items in my house. 

 


Now I am a huge fan of great art and when I say Minted has the best art I am not lying! I could see several of the pieces in my house and plan to purchase them to fill some of these empty walls! 
When you find that perfect art for your house you can choose any size from 5"x 7" to 44"x 60" and what frame you want to go with it! You also have the choice to have it sent unframed.

You can really see how these art pieces bring these rooms together!

 Trend Alert: Oversize Art 


Minted has so much more to offer, so you should go check it out!!! 
I am headed right there to continue looking around and filling my shopping cart!!


I was compensated from minted to review and share with my readers. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

April 2, 2015

5 Fun Easter Crafts and Activities Your Kids Will Love

Today we have a guest post for Easter Crafts for Kids! Corinne Jacob contacted me an asked if she could write a post sharing these crafts! I was so excited to see what she came up with and can't wait to try a few with my own kids!

Now on to her post!


The days leading up to Easter are always fun. They are mostly spent planning Easter meals, engaging kids in exciting Easter activities and chalking up guest lists with your partner. While everything can be done in peace when you're back home from work, managing the kids while you’re planning the festivities sounds like an uphill task, doesn't it? Here are 5 Easter crafts and activities that the kids will gleefully take part in while you can get down to your Easter planning.

The Countdown Eggs

This is an excellent Easter activity to get kids on their toes. You will need a dozen Easter eggs, Easter grass, an egg carton with 12 holders, a black marker with nontoxic ink, candies, and 12 quick activities. You can use these activities if your hands are full with Easter planning and you don’t have time to come up with unique ideas for the activities!

  1. Memorize an Easter poem and say it at dinnertime
  2. Draw paisleys on an Easter egg.
  3. Help Mama bake the Easter cake.
  4. Make fresh fruit juices for the family because they are tired from Easter planning.
  5. Solve an Easter worksheet online.
  6. Complete an Easter craft.
  7. Clean your room.
  8. Learn to make a simple Easter dish for the family.
  9. Write a short journal on the history and traditions of Easter. Support your journal with pictures.
  10. Learn how to create a “blow out egg”.
  11. Make paper bags to give out Easter gifts in them.
  12. Solve an Easter puzzle.

Stuff the egg carton with Easter grass. Write the numbers 1-12 on the 12 Easter eggs. Stuff each egg with candies and a strip of paper that will have an activity. Invite the kids to crack open an egg very day, beginning on the 12th day leading up to Easter. The surprise candies and the ‘Easter Activity of the Day’ inside each Easter egg is sure to keep the little ones both excited and busy, at least for as many hours as it takes to finish the activity! Don’t be surprised if your kids start waking up early as they look forward to cracking open an egg every morning to discover the goodies inside.

Tea Cup from Easter Eggs

Don’t you find it quite a waste when you throw away those colorful, plastic Easter egg halves? Involve kids in this Easter craft and get new set of plastic tea cups ready for the next tea party at home with those throwaway plastic halves. You will need the pointy Easter egg halves and not the rounder ones for this craft. You will also need a hot glue gun, large buttons, ribbons, rhinestones, glitter, paints, and the likes.

Help the kids glue a button to the bottom of each half to make it stable. Please use the hot glue gun carefully with children around. Soon after the glue sets in, start decorating the cups. You can line the rim with ribbons, doodle with paints, glue rhinestones, and sprinkle glitter on the outside of the cups to bring them alive. Not only will you have a new set of tea cups ready in no time, but you will also have a busy child feeling contented at her work of art at the end of it!

Easter Garland

If you’re looking to do up your spacious living room with a splash of colors this Easter, then here is a great idea. Get the kids to cut out eggs from color cards (easily available at hardware stores) and string them together to form a string of colorful Easter eggs. Simple but fun, this activity will also sharpen the kids’ hand-eye coordination. First, use a template to cut out an egg from a piece of cardboard. Then, trace the egg at the back of each card making sure the white line on the color card is in the center. Invite the kids to cut out the eggs from the cards. Punch two holes near the pointy top of the egg and have the kids string waxed cotton through the holes to hold the color card eggs together. Your Easter garland is ready to cheer up your mantelpiece, chest of drawers, the ceiling or the doorway!

Easter Egg Photo Frame

It’s time you put those colorful Easter eggshells into good use and involve the kids in this process. You will need those eggs which you've already blown dry and colored their shells. Crumble up the shells in a bowl and mix them to get a lovely assortment of pastel colored eggshells. Take a photo frame that has a plain and simple border. Apply glue onto the frame, take a piece of eggshell and help the kids press it firmly onto the frame. Don’t fret if the shell cracks; the mosaic look is quite desired. Besides, the kids would love the sound of eggshells cracking beneath their fingers!  Continue to add shells on the glue till the whole frame is filled with them. Wait till they dry before you can use the photo frame.

Paper Tube Egg Holders


How cute do the pastel-shaded Easter eggs look when placed on equally cute holders? Make some of these egg holders from empty toilet paper tubes with the kids. You will need empty toilet paper tubes, acrylic paints, buttons, stapler, ribbons, glue, and other decorations you like to make these holders in a jiffy. Use a knife to cut the tube into two halves. Hand over both the halves to the kids to paint them. Help the kids to cut out ears from one half of the tube. Use glue to glue on the ears on the inside of the other half. Ask the kids to add buttons for the bunny eyes and a bow, made from ribbons, for the bunny mouth. Feel free to use markers to draw whiskers and eyelashes. Stuff the holders with Easter grass and place the eggs on them. The holders are ready in no time!

I hope you find these ideas useful. I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas on other Easter crafts that my little ones would enjoy.

Author Bio:

Corinne Jacob is a wannabe writer who is convinced that kids learn best when they’re having fun. She is constantly on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make learning an enjoyable experience. Corinne loves all things that scream out un-schooling, alternative education and holistic learning.