DIY Button Bike

button bike craft

Here’s an adorable little DIY project sent in by Sarah W. from VA!

Sarah sent in some great DIY crafting ideas as part of our Epson LabelWorks Contest!

button bike craft
Button bike, made from wire and buttons. Sent in by Sarah W from VA.

This is a button bike, which she crafted from buttons and wire.

This would make an adorable Christmas ornament, piece of jewelry, embellishment for a gift or a wreath, or anything you can think of!

Thank you so much for this cute idea, Sarah! 🙂

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HUGE Back-to-School & Crafter Contest! Win An Epson LabelWorks™ Printable Ribbon Kit! $70 Value!

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2015-07-30T18_11_25ZHello, Moms & Crafters!

I’m super excited to tell you about the Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit, and I’m even more excited to give one away to you guys!

The fun and easy-to-use LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit from Epson brings crafting to a whole new level!

So many cute craft ideas from Epson!
So many cute craft ideas from Epson!

Just look at all these adorable examples of craft projects you can make with Epson LabelWorks!

You can print personalized satin ribbons for crafts, scrapbooks, decorations, gifts and more!

Who knew a PRINTER could be a crafter's new BFF???
Who knew a PRINTER could be a crafter’s new BFF???

I love that the ribbon printer prints on both dark and light colors with amazing results.

Epson has an entire line of products that are perfect for back-to-school, and will ensure children’s items don’t end up mysteriously missing. Parents can now print their child’s name onto an Epson label and add to clothing, backpacks, sports uniforms, or any other item. They’re durable and machine washable, too, so you can throw them right in the wash with all your other laundry (…because, hand washing? Ain’t nobody got time for that!)

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To enter this contest, please email us a photo of a DIY craft project you’ve done…good or bad!

It can be your funniest Pinterest FAIL, or an amazing gift you made for your child’s teacher, or even just a neat gift you wrapped.

Your email should include a short description of the project, your name, email address (will be kept private), and mailing address (will also be kept private).

If you have a website, please include that, too and I will include a link!

Email your entries to:

All entries will be featured on the blog and repinned on our Pinterest page!

Contest ends August 21, 2015 and winner will be notified via email after that date. Open only to residents of the contiguous US.


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15 Healthy Snacks For Kids + BOOK GIVEAWAY! woo hoo!

15 Healthy Snacks For Kids

Be sure to comment at the end for your chance to win a signed copy of “Generation Stressed: Play-Based Tools To Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety” by Michele Kambolis. It’s the perfect book for busy parents and teachers! (THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED)

Are you finding yourself stressed out with the morning routine, breakfast, daycare runs, summer sports, play dates, gymnastics….and the list goes on?! It can make your head spin. And you know what? Chances are if YOU’RE stressed out, your kids are feeling it tenfold. In fact, as Michele Kambolis points out in her new book, one in five children already has a diagnosable mental disorder, which constant exposure to stress can only make worse.

How do we put an end to this madness?
The short answer: PLAY!

Unlike Michele Kambolis, I’m not a therapist…far from it. I’m just a mom to 3 boys, trying my best everyday, just like you. This book is for normal parents like you and me, who don’t have the brain cells left at the end of a long day to read big words. 🙂 The author translates “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” into fun play activities that REAL parents can easily implement in our own homes!

There were SO MANY fun play ideas in this book. However, since we focus heavily on food here, I’m including 15 healthy and fun snack ideas for kids, which is an excerpt from chapter 10 “Lifestyle As A Route To Mind-Body Health”. This chapter includes the importance of eating together as a family, and I cannot agree more with her sentiments. Eating dinner together is something we do each night, and that time is just priceless.

I hope you take the time out of your busy day to read Generation Stressed by Michele Kambolis. It will give you the tools you need to reduce the anxiety levels in your home…and who couldn’t use that? 🙂

Would you like to win it now?? 🙂

Please like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and comment below for your chance to win a signed copy of this great book. Winner will be notified via email after August 3, 2015 (so be sure to include a valid email address with your comment, it will not be visible nor will it be shared)! Open only to residents of the contiguous U.S. (THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED)

15 Healthy Snacks For Kids
15 Healthy Snacks For Kids. Courtesy of “Generation Stressed”.


From Generation Stressed

(Make Them Together As A Family For Added Fun!)

1.Homemade antipasto platter. Cube cheese, roll up some meat slices, use cucumbers as chips, and dip in hummus.

2. Spread a banana with nut butter, roll in hemp seed hearts and cut into wheels.

3. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese. Top with raisins for ants on a log.

4. Stuff whole grain pita pockets with cheese, Granny Smith apples, and cinnamon.

5. Mix together ready-made cereal, dried fruits, goji berries, and nuts in a sandwich bag for a treat on-the-go.

6. Top unsweetened yogurt with homemade granola and blueberries.

7. Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.

8. Toast whole grain waffles and top with unsweetened yogurt and peach slices.

9. Spread peanut butter on apple slices.

10. Sprinkle grated Monterrey Jack cheese on corn tortillas. Put in microwave for 20 seconds. Top with salsa.

11. Toss dried cranberries and walnuts into instant oatmeal.

12. Spread a favorite nut spread and honey onto whole grain wraps. Layer a fruit roll up on top. Roll and cut into pieces.

13. Make kale chips by drizzling fresh kale with olive oil and baking at 300 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

14. spread mustard on whole wheat flour tortillas. Top with a turkey slice, cheese, lettuce and roll them up.

15. Make mini pizzas. Toast whole wheat English muffins, drizzle with pizza sauce, and sprinkle with cheese and veggies.

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