Hopscotch On the Grass

Hopscotch On the Grass

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TIP OF THE DAY: Spray paint a game of hopscotch on your grass.

This is great for younger kids or if you don’t want to play in the street or driveway. Keep ’em contained.

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This Ain’t your Mama’s Noodle! Functional Uses for Pool Noodles.

This Ain’t your Mama’s Noodle! Functional Uses for Pool Noodles.

Aaahhhh…I love summer and warm weather. Summer weather sends us searching for pools, and  lakes to cool ourselves from the high temperatures. In the Northwest with our hot summer sun and our cold water lakes, enjoying the season can sometimes become a hamster wheel: Too hot in the sun  – go jump in the water. Too cold to stay in the water – get out to warm up in the sun.  Repeat. That’s why I love pool noodles. They allow some of my hot body (hot as in temperature) to stay in the water, but keep the other body parts afloat to soak up some of that heat.

Aside from using noodles for their obvious uses…

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you can actually get really creative with these soft styrofoamy little gadgets. They not only keep you afloat in the water, but become little work horses keeping your beverages adrift. We featured the below idea using pool noodles to accessorize your sunning experience on our Facebook Tip of the Day.

Find out how to make this cute little beverage boat from Instructables

 Although summer noodling is our preference, we discovered that pool noodles aren’t just for summer and pools. In our search for alternate uses, we found some ingenious people bending, twisting, cutting and taping them into creative and functional uses. Check out what we found!

RV NOW protects you or the kiddies from running into the king-pin housing on your 5th-wheel…

Nestled among other upcycling ideas at Easy Homestead, this noodle protects little hands from getting smooshed.

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Andy-pandy, Jacky-dandy uses her noodles as a bed rail to keep little ones from falling out of bed when traveling…

 

Lifehacker searches the net for great ideas. They found this idea of a half-noodle to protect your car doors.

 

Upcycling and recycling blog, Oh! Rubbish!, found this great safety idea to cover your saw blades

 

I’ve done this in my own closet and it works! You Are Talking Too Much has lots of  thrifty organizing ideas.

 

Paddle Fishing asked it’s readers how they use pool noodles – check out some great uses for fishing/camping.

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Family Home and Life, who shares thrifty and frugal ideas, came up with some really clever household uses.

What have you done with your noodles?  Go grab yourself a few at the Dollar Store, get creative, and start hackin’ those puppies up –  then send us your pics and we’ll post them!

To see other great ideas we’ve found, visit our website Tips  page, or ‘Like’ our Facebook page to see our Tip of the Day.

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A Leprechaun Hunt?

A Leprechaun Hunt?

leprechaun-hunt-blogA leprech-what? Seriously?!?!

My mother-in-law is a first grade teacher and for years she has been telling me about their classroom leprechaun hunt. I always thought it was something cute and a fun activity for her students. That was sort of all I thought about it. I have a 4 year old little boy who I’ve been excited for knowing he’d get to do fun things like that in school only to find out that a Leprechaun Hunt isn’t just for school…the parents are doing it.

AAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHHH! I’ll let you in on a secret. I’m a defensive parent. I don’t mean that I get defensive, I mean that I play defense. There’s very little time to dream  up additional ways to increase my parenting workload around the holidays (regardless of the significance of the day). I tend to pay attention to what other parents are doing and if it’s going to be something that will make my son feel left out or like he missed out, I’ll bit the bullet and pull something out of my arse.

I know. Sign me up for Mother of the Year.

I thought we could make treats for the classroom and turn everything green on St. Patrick’s Day then call it good. Oh no. Some over-achieving parents have now started the family Leprechaun Hunt. Seriously? You’re killing us, here.

I had to do some research on what the fuggggg needs to be done on this hunt, so I thought I’d post about it so you can follow along. If you’re one of the moms who routinely does this and finds joy in it, please ignore my previous rant. It never happened.

What is a Leprechaun Hunt?

Legend has it, that leprechauns only come out on St. Patrick’s Day. In order to see them, you need to create a trap and set it out on March 16th, the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Get creative because that leprechaun will be looking for the pot of gold at the end of the tunnel. Trick him or trap  him- do whatever you think will work in order to see him in the morning. When you wake up, check your trap to see if you’ve captured the leprechaun.

Breaking it down for the adults: The leprechaun comes to your house, pulls pranks, leaves clues for the kids sending them on a leprechaun hunt. In the morning, the kids check their traps (no leprechaun) but see that things have been disturbed and there are clues to try and find the leprechaun. Yada, yada, yada, you go on the hunt and at the end there’s a prize for the kids.

Before March 17th, Make a Leprechaun Trap.

Let the kids get creative with their ideas. What do they think will attract a leprechaun? How will he get in and not get out?

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Snoodle Doodles

Leapfrog and Ladybugs

Leapfrog and Ladybugs

Lovebug Living

Lovebug Living

Lovely Lovely Things

Lovely Lovely Things

St. Patrick’s Day Eve. Leave Leprechaun Evidence.

Did you think this was going to be a quick activity? Nope. This is full-on Christmas Eve effort. The leprechaun is mischievous. He will prank your kids. This is where you get creative. Turn your furniture over, dye  your milk green, leave green footprints, etc for the kids to see in the morning. The leprechaun does get away but not without leaving evidence. that he was there. Many parents leave the green footprints so the kids can easily follow the treasure hunt. You can use a Barbie shoe and washable green paint.

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Searching for the Leprechaun. AKA: Treasure Hunt.

You’ll want to create written clues for the kids to find the treasure. Tip: work your way backwards from the treasure to the starting point.

To make life easy, The Crafting Chicks have already created super-cute printables. You can just download, print and cut them out. God bless’em.

The Crafting Chicks

The Crafting Chicks

The Crafting Chicks

The Crafting Chicks

The Treasure

You can be as creative or not creative as you’d like. Get the chocolate gold coins, have breakfast waiting or hide a pack of stickers. You can go balls to the wall like these:

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How about just doing this and calling it good?

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Crap! After all this research, I know I’m going to do this freaking hunt. Why? WHYYYYY!!!!

Do you plan on going on a Leprechaun Hunt this year?

tawsha connell

 

 

 

Super Bowl B I N G O

Super Bowl B I N G O

We’re not saying that the game isn’t important but when your team isn’t playing (and was so freaking close) – the game isn’t important. However, watching the Super Bowl is a must. So, how do you stay entertained when your team is ALSO sitting at home watching the game? You gear up for the commercials and play BINGO… and drink.

We found some game pieces from three talented people who are willing to share for free. So, instead of making our own, we’re sharing what we found. Each game piece links to the creators website which includes the original piece as well as more options.

BINGO!

Superbowl Bingo Red Tettemer

Source: Red Tettemer

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Source: Studio DIY

Superbowl Bingo Motherlode

Source: Motherlode

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