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Recycled Seed Starter

Spring has sprung and that means we can all get back outside for some much needed fun and sunshine. One of my favorite ways to get my kids active in the spring is to get them out in the sun helping me bring our yard back to life. We love to spend time outside and we love to enjoy our beautiful backyard while we do it. As you can imagine the winter tends to take a toll on the beautiful yard. Everything has gone dormant during this long cold Winter we had. On the bright side, we had such a wet Winter that the earth is ready for spring and some very beautiful flowers. That is why we are so excited to start planting.

We usually spend the first couple of weekends in Spring cleaning up the yards and preparing our spring planting. While we do plant a lot of things right in the ground there are some things we like to start as seedlings in a small pot and then transfer when they are larger. We love to do this with some of our herbs, and the flowers we are worried about planting before we are sure the cold weather has truly gone for the season.

We love to create our seedlings in water bottles. We simply make them in ot perfect little irrigation systems and they are easy to tote in and outside depending upon the light and temperature. An easy way to do this is with a recycled water bottle. Head on over to Glad for a great tutorial on how to do this. It not only is a great way to interact with your kids this Spring, it is also a fantastic way to teach them about recycling and why it is so important! The entire project is the epitome of Spring — finding something and giving it new purpose, a rebirth, and the blossoming of something great!

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!