Last year my baby spent a lot of time in the hospital. Within seven months, she was admitted to ICU five times, and it was an incredibly difficult time. We were blessed with really wonderful doctors, and exceptional nurses who took great care of her, and when you’re spending weeks in the hospital at one time, you get to know them pretty well. Caroline was between 15-21 months during this time, and being old enough to walk but young enough to be confined in a crib was a challenge, and I was constantly looking for ways to entertain her. She also had a lot of shots, IV’s and treatments and watching your baby go through it is pretty terrible. The nurses were definitely the bright spots–they were so good with her, and were constantly coming up with ways to make things easier. That’s how I learned about the washcloth boo-boo bunny!
Happy July Everyone! I’m Kiki from Kiki and Company and am super excited to be here today to share a fun printable for one of my favorite holidays. July 4th just has a special place in my heart, so I hope this helps to make lunch or dinner just a little more patriotic and a little less hectic!
These place mats are simply a quick download and print away to keep your little munchkins busy while they are waiting for their meal.
Kiki is here with a super fun free printable coloring page, to help beat summer boredom! And…it’s just fun. :)
Hey Ya’ll! SUMMER is here! Yay and Yikes, right?! Yay because your kids are home all day and you have so much quality time with them. Yikes because your kids are home all day…:) It’s Kiki from Kiki and Company and I am here to share a really simple printable with you to add to your summer arsenal. I like to have a bunch of things my kiddos can do during the day to avoid the dreaded “BORED” word. In my house that is just code for “I need a job, mom!” ;) What says summer more that flip flops?
With Mother’s Day coming up, and the end of school on the horizon, gifts for mom and teacher gifts are definitely on the mind. I’ve got a really fun solution for you–for both of them! More than ten years ago, we made my mom personalized notepaper for Mother’s Day. It was a huge hit, and from that point on, it has been highly requested time and time again. It is one of my favorite gifts to give for so many occasions and people–it makes an awesome teacher gift and it’s perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, and even wedding and hostess gifts. My sister served as a missionary for our church several years ago, and we made a set for her for one of her birthdays while she was gone. It’s just so fun to make and give!
Can I tell you how much I love Valentine’s Day? I totally do, it’s true. We make it a family affair at our house, and I just love doing fun things for my kids and husband to celebrate. We do a super fun and easy Valentine Countdown every year, and one of the things on our list is to play Valentine Bingo! I created a fun new Bingo printable, and I’m excited to share it with you!
I take a lot of pictures of my kids. And I mean A LOT. I always have a camera with me, and I was super happy when the smartphone came along, so then I had a phone AND a camera all-in-one! My kids know that no matter the occasion, no matter we go, pictures are going to happen It’s just how it is. But what I love just as much as photos are their little words–the funny things they say, what they think about, and how they view the world. Years ago, I started doing an annual interview with my kids, and it’s seriously my favorite thing EVER. At first it was on paper only, but now I do video too. We have a family blog that I update regularly and get printed every year, so I keep it in print in our blog book, and then I have the digital version as well. I do the interviews on their birthdays, but the beginning of each year is a really great time too!
We live far away from all of our family–most of them live thousands of miles away, and my sister is the closest at twelve hours away. We don’t get to see them as often as we would like, but it’s important to me that we do things to keep connected, and to help my kids know their family. I thought it would be fun to make a set of family lacing cards for my kids for Christmas a couple of years ago, and they LOVE them. I made a card for each of our siblings, and their families, and it’s so fun to have their cute faces so often.
It’s a perfect gift for either your kids, or for other family members–with a card of your family, of course! I love to tuck them into our church bag, into my diaper bag for visits to the doctor and other times we have to wait, and into the car.
This is a very easy project, and can be put together in an afternoon! It’s also extremely budget-friendly–I made this whole set for less than $10, with the majority going to the lamination.
ITEMS YOU NEED:
-paper trimmer & scissors
-pictures of choice
1. Develop 5×7 pictures of your family. On white cardstock, print the names or other text a little below the middle of the page, giving room for the picture to go above it. Once it’s printed, adhere the picture right above the text using double stick tape. (Font = century gothic)
2. Trim the white cardstock, leaving about a 3/4 inch border around the edges. Mat it onto a coordinating piece of cardstock–I decided on red. Trim all edges to be even.
3. You’re ready to laminate! I took mine to Office Max, and had them use a 7 mil laminate. I wanted it as thick as possible, and the 10 mil wouldn’t work with all of the cardstock. Trim the laminate, leaving a small border around the edges. ***Make sure you round the corners afterward–the edges are very sharp! If you have a laminator, you can do it yourself too! I also have a laminator, but I wanted it a little thicker than mine can do.
4. Using a ruler and a Sharpie, decide where you how far apart you want the holes, and make a small mark. Punch the holes over the mark you made with your hole punch.
That’s it, you’re done! You’ve got darling family lacing cards!
Don’t Eat Pete is one of our most favorite family games…EVER. We play it quite often for family night, and I thought it would be fun to create a fun Halloween version!
If you’re looking for a fun and easy classroom party idea, this is one for your list! Kids of all ages love this, making it perfect for any grade. With very little prep, it also makes it an easy choice. Whether it’s for home or school, it’s very popular with anyone who plays!
Here’s how it works:
(Print the file below, the laminate for best results. You’ll also need a bag of Halloween candy, like Skittles, M&M’s, marshmallows, or other small candy.)
1. Have all the players sit around in a circle around the “board”. Place a piece of candy on each picture (not the words or arrows).
2. The first player will turn his back to the group, while everyone else decides and quietly points to which picture will be “Pete”. When it’s been decided, the player turns around. They point from picture to picture, trying to avoid “Pete”. Each one they guess that’s not “Pete”, they get to keep that candy. Once you they point to the image everyone has chosen, their turn ends, and everyone says, “DON’T EAT PETE”!!!
Play as many rounds as you like!