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Olympics Craft: Olympic Torch

The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun! This year’s Olympic Games is being held in PyeongChang, Korea.  The city will host Alpine Skiing, Bobsleighing, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating.

 The Olympics are such a fun event to watch on television. One of my favorite parts of the Olympics is the opening and closing ceremonies. So much goes into planning and creating the displays and parades that open and close the festivities. One of the great parts of the opening is the lighting and the running of the Olympic Torch. It travels to the Olympics in such a grand ceremony that it makes an incredible display.

 Since the torch is such an important part of the opening ceremony we thought it would be fun to let the kids create their own Olympic torch at home. Thank you to Classy Mommy for such a fun and simple craft.

 Classy Mommy has a very simple tutorial that will make it easy and fun to build your own Olympic torch at home. So head on over now to follow along. And be sure to check out all the other fun ideas she has for crafts and activities at home.

Baby it’s cold outside!!

The temperature has finally begun to drop below 45 degrees at night here. I have brought all of my plants in front the patio, and I have covered my fruit trees to protect them from the frost. I even had to make the kids wear jackets to school in the morning. My youngest complained that his hands were cold. Yes, it’s cold outside.

I always have jackets for the kids, but hats, gloves, and scarves are easily outgrown with every changing season and year. So of course when I noticed the thermostat drop I knew it was going to be time to go find some new gloves, hats, and scarves.

Lucky for me The Boy’s Store has excellent options that do not require me to go to the store. Because let’s face it, I am busy enough this time of year. So I opened my browser and typed in that URL I know and love, TheBoysStore.com. Sure enough, the accessories section is already stocked for winter. Between brands like Melton, Tiny Whales, and Sublime Designs I am ready for those below freezing temperatures.

Boys Striped Infinity Scarf by Sublime Designs: This adorable infinity scarf features blue and white stripes, it is a cotton and Polyester blend, and it is perfect for colder temperatures. Available in other colors Sublime designs is also incredibly affordable, only $8.oo each!

Boys’ Knitted Gloves by Melton: For only $7.00 these gloves are worth their weight in gold! available in different colors and styles this multi-colored option is stylish and fun. They are also incredibly sturdy and comfortable.

Boys’ Permanent Vacation Pom Pom Beanie by Tiny Whales: Are you looking for some whimsy and fun with your beanie this winter? Look no further. This Permanent Vacation pompom is fun, whimsical, and oh so warm! 

 

Winter Wonderland: Snow Forts

The weather has been a little wacky out here on the west coast. For the first time in a LONG time we have rain, and in some places, snow! That means kids of all ages are out enjoying the wonderful white stuff and all the crazy outdoor activities it offers up. All of you midwesterners and east coasters may be thinking we are a little over excited, but when it happens as often as it does it is certainly something to celebrate.

We have enjoyed some fun and outrageous snowman building, snowball fights, and snow angel making. But the one we have yet to try, since it requires more snow than we currently have, is a snow fort. Our goal is to head further north to a higher elevation so the kids can experience some true snow. When we do that we are very excited to try to build a snow fort. We have even looked up some interesting ideas. This one is a bit over ambitious for us. But the foundation is solid, and it brings to mind that we want to use some form of a mold or uniform building block style to make the fort sound. That is why we went looking at snow molds. We even found one that we are ordering for our big trip.

Snow forts

This little kit will help us to create a good solid foundation that will eventually turn in to a snow fort we can be proud of. It is a little pricey for an item we will probably only use once a year, but it is for a fun once in a lifetime experience we want our kids to have with us so we have justified the price. We are very excited to use it and play for hours in the snow (or at least until the youngest starts to complain!) We hope that no matter where you are you are enjoying a little piece of a winter wonderland as well!