I was inspired to create some homemade gift tags. Well we really don’t use the word homemade for crafts anymore. The new term is DIY ( Do It Yourself). This is a great way to save money and create a personal touch to holiday gifts. You can pull this off even if you can not draw free hand. Look for a image to create, their are thousands to choose from. I picked My Little Pony, because that is what the gift will be. I have also made Care Bears and Lego Chima. Once you selected your image, start to draw it in pencil first. Or if you can’t draw, just print out the image from an online coloring pages. Then outline with a black fine point sharpie marker. Then color as desired and cut into any shape you want. For this project I chose a square, but for other holidays like Valentine’s Day you can cut out a heart. Tape or glue the square onto a sheet of card-stock, construction paper, or any festive background you want. You can also get more ideas from Pinterest. Your almost done, I know it’s so easy ! Then write out whatever words you want , I used the classic To and From. You will love this money saving trick. I would love to hear your ideas and creative touches you added to your DIY gift tags.
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As a parent I am always looking for new and creative ways to save money. Last year for lunch I used to buy my son Lunchables. I realized quickly that these Lunchables were only saving me on time and not my money or my sons health. They are packed with high volumes of sodium and processed foods. So I started to make my own version of Lunchables. All you need is a flat container to be able to fit all of your choices in one container. I mainly choose lunch meat or left over rotisserie, cheese, grape tomatoes, and crackers. You can make up as many combination’s as you want. If your kid/kids do not want there food to touch, or you are concerned about food safety. Simply wrap each food item into wax or parchment paper. This way you can give your kids healthier choices and control what they eat. Just in case you need inspiration for making up some combination’s I will give you a few examples.
Turkey, cheese, crackers, grapes
Ham. cheese, whole wheat crackers, fresh peach wedges
Pastrami, cheese, flax seed crackers, blueberries
Tofurkey, swiss cheese, multi grain crackers, sliced strawberries
Packing lunch is not hard, it just takes about 5 minutes to prep. You can prepare it the night before so kids can just take it from the frig and go. With parents having a busy lifestyle preparation is key for a successful household.
Every parents wants there child to have a good time and learn. I always take advantage of activities that are low cost or free. I find that children like things simple. They can get overloaded and over stimulated easily. I have came up with a couple more FREE ideas to share !
- Nature Walks
Let you and your child/children take a small walk through your neighborhood, creek, or even community trails. There are so many types of species to look for anywhere you live. Bring along your camera phone, camcorder, or any recording device to let them pretend the are explorers or biologist. Make sure to pack your Eco friendly water containers to stay hydrated. Also bring a first aid kit and small backpack for other basic essentials. This activity can be done with one child or many. You can even include friends, because this activity is totally free.
- BYOB Lego Parties
Invite a small group of friends and family over. Have them bring a bag lunch and there favorite Lego’s. Give the children a room or space where they can spread out all of the pieces. This will give them hours of imagination play along with engineering and hand and eye coordination play. This can also be done with K’Nex’s, Playmobile, or whatever building toys your kids are into at the time.