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Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas

Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas

Cindy 29/04/2016 0
  April 29, 2016   When my son's birthday was around the corner I started looking for ideas. I discovered that the nearby parks offered birthday parties. And they're very affordable! I just love the outdoors so was really excited about this idea. One in particular was just down the street from us. They have themes including Amphibians and Reptiles or Butterflies and Insects. They also have a naturalist who can help you come up with a theme.   The great thing about these parties (at least from the parent perspective) is that you just show up with the food and they take care of the rest!...
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Teacher Appreciation Ideas for Busy Parents

Teacher Appreciation Ideas for Busy Parents

Cindy 21/04/2016 0
  April 21, 2016   I've had kids in elementary school for a few years now and around this time I start thinking about Teacher Appreciation.  We're fortunate to have really AMAZING teachers and I love to thank them for their hard work. You might be thinking the same. Pinterest will give you a lot of really cool and creative ideas. But if you're a busy parent and don't have time to create something, here is a list of five ideas that I've used:   1. A handwritten note. I know, nothing novel or new about this idea. But teachers really appreciate them. Some of them even keep these notes tuck...
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Easter Gift Ideas for Autistic Kids

Easter Gift Ideas for Autistic Kids

Cindy 21/03/2016 0
My five year old son is autistic and last year we took him to an Easter Egg Hunt. It was sponsored by an Autism school in our area. The week before I prepped him and we did a practice run. I laid the eggs out on the floor and showed him how to pick them up and put them in his basket. He didn't understand why we were doing this and quite honestly didn't want to pick up any eggs. That is, until I showed him what was inside. From there on he'd pick up an egg, open it and eat the contents. Go to the next egg, open and eat. I tried to convince him to pick up ALL the eggs at once and then examine ...
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Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Cindy 19/03/2016 0
  March 20, 2016   Easter is next week. I know my kids are going to get their fill of candy so I try to balance things out by giving them the non-sugary stuff. If you're looking for non candy ideas here are some fun ones:   Books. We're avid book readers in our household and I love to give them as gifts.     Mine! by Susie Lee Jin was just released in January 2016. It's a cute story of bunnies fighting over a carrot and ultimately a message about sharing.      Peep and Ducky Rainy Day by David Martin is a story of two birds looking to entertain themselves both indoors and out...
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Shopping for Graduation Announcements and Invitations

Shopping for Graduation Announcements and Invitations

Cindy 11/03/2016 0
  March 14, 2016   As we head towards Spring students are finishing school and ready to celebrate their accomplishments. Many will finish programs and receive diplomas and degrees. They also want to share their excitement with family and friends. And there's no better way to do that than by sending an announcement or an invitation to a party.   With so many styles out there, how do you find the right announcement? Here are some questions to consider as you narrow down the choices. Do you want an announcement with a photo or not? ​ What styles appeal to you? Classic/Traditio...
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Remember the Grandparents for Valentine's Day!

Remember the Grandparents for Valentine's Day!

Cindy 05/02/2016 0
  February 5, 2015 My dear grandma passed away in January. She took care of me while my parents worked during the day and was like a second mom. In fact, she was a mother figure to so many of us as we were growing up. So it was hard to say goodbye.     Thoughts of her are still fresh on my mind so I sketched out this valentine card in honor of her. It's a simple but cute cupcake and says "Grandmas are Moms with lots of frosting".     I'm offering it as a free printable, click this link to download the jpeg file.  If you don't have a color printer not a problem! Download this card w...
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