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Mother’s Day Crafts

Are you looking for a great craft for kids to make this Mother’s Day? This fun little crafts will make an excellent gift for mom, auntie, or grandma this mother’s day. Mom’s love gifts from the heart and crafts make the perfect gift full of love. My mother still pulls out all of our old crafts and displays them during the holidays. She tells each of the grandkids which items their parents made and how old they were. It is one of her favorite parts of being a grandma, sharing her favorite pieces of the past with their next generation. That is why I love to find new and adorable items to help the grandkids make to add to her collection. This year I found an adorable snail craft. I cannot wait for the kids to gift it to her on Mother’s Day.

Adorable button snail:

This adorable craft was created and crafted by Jackie at I Heart Arts n Crafts. Jackie is a mom and a graphic designer, which means she knows arts and crafts. This sweet craft is simple, inexpensive, and will be cherished for years to come. For full tutorial including amazing photos head on over to I Heart Arts n Crafts now. So be sure to check out some of Jackie’s other ideas. She has an arts and crafts arsenal of adorableness.

Mother's Day Crafts

The part I loved the most about this sweet craft? The CD we use to build it. My kids were so worried I was ruining a Bluray. Don’t worry, I didn’t. I still have tons of old cd’s that used to come in the mail as promos for internet companies. Yes I know, I just dated myself. Remember when AOL used to send discs to offer free trial runs? Oh, the days of yore! If you’re like me and never throw anything away that could be used in arts and crafts then I bet you have plenty hanging around for this fun craft. So break them out and get crafty! Happy Mother’s Day!

Book Review : Yell Less, Love More

Parenting can be hard. We try so hard to be the best, be the ones to be that model parent you see on television. But it doesn’t always go that way. We aren’t all super parents, we cannot be perfect. We are human. I have had a hard time coming to terms with that. As a busy mom I find myself sometimes trying to do it all and then berating myself, and my kids, when it doesn’t go the way I imagine it going. So here I am ready to share my story. I am a mom, and I yell.

My father was a “yeller” when I was a kid. My mother was not. She always had this calm manner about her, even when disciplining us. I thought that was incredible. I thought that would be me. But I did not take after my mother, I too after my father.  I yelled at my daughter in front of a friend one day, and she told me about a book that had helped her stop yelling at her kids. I was intrigued. So I picked one up, Yell Less, Love More: How the Orange Rhino Mom Stopped Yelling at Her kids and How you Can Too! Yell less, love more and its 30-day guide was going to be my lifesaver. I am now 10 days in going strong. But let me tell you. It has been way more than 10 days.

Yell less, love more book

The author Sheila McCraith shares her own story of being a “yeller” she also gives incredibly useful tips (and some incredibly not useful ones at least for me)  for keeping that yelling voice at bay. She recommends starting over every time you slip and yell. I have, three times. But each time I have gone a little further without yelling. I have discovered that not yelling is mostly about me, it is about how calm and ready I am to handle my day, my kids, and my own temper.

My kids do not provoke me. I am escalating my own anger. It can be escalated by impatience and a bad day, but that is not my children’s fault. So why should I let them bear the brunt of my frustrations? Sheila is helping me to let go of that, and I am hoping to make it to the full 30-days soon. In the mean time this book is helping me to develop a belt full of tools to make yelling a little easier to let go. Check it out if you have some of the same issues, or know someone who does. It is indeed a useful tool. Feel free to join the movement and learn more about it here and learn to “yell less, love more”.

Mother’s Day Ideas: Crafts

Mother’s Day is here. Mothers are such an important part of the world. They give unconditional love, hugs, kisses, they heal booboos, heal broken hearts, teach, play, and they do it all every day of the year with no breaks. Moms work hard, it can be hard to show them how much they mean to us. Luckily, Moms love everything we do for them.

This year we have some fun little craft for Mother’s Day ideas . These ideas are simple, fun, and from the heart.

Mom Mug:
Mother's day ideas 1

Mom Frame:
Mother's day ideas 2

Love for Mom: Mother's day ideas 3