How to Make a Plaster Mold of Your Child’s Handprint


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This is a beautiful way to preserve your child's handprint! No children? You can also follow the same steps for a paw print. After making homemade chalk with the kids, I started looking for other crafts we could make using Plaster of Paris. The best part is that you don't have to buy an expensive kit at the store!  What you will need: Plaster of Paris Cold Water Mixing Container Mixing Spoon Paper Plate Child Directions: 1. Mix together 2 cups Plaster of Paris with 1 … [Read more...]

Disneyland on a Budget


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My family loves Disneyland! We have been going to The Happiest Place on Earth every year, for the past 17 years. Our favorite time to go is during the off-season. It's less crowded and there are higher discounts available. This year we booked our package through Costco and got everything the other companies offered, plus dinner for 6 at Goofy's Kitchen ($164 value) and a $20 Disney Gift Card - for the same price! Get your Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD. Going during the off-season … [Read more...]

Our Visit to the Jelly Belly Factory


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Did you know that you can visit companies that offer tours for FREE? This week, I took the kids to the Jelly Belly Factory Tour in Fairfield, CA. Aside from being free, we received free samples and learned the process of making delicious Jelly Belly Beans. We went to Jelly Belly on a weekday, when the factory was in full swing and operational. You can still take the free tour on weekends, you just miss out on seeing the candy making process in person. As we walked inside, we were greeted … [Read more...]

Eclipse: How to see it safely with your Kids


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On Sunday, May 20, people in the Western United States and Eastern Asia are in for a big treat! The moon will slide across the sun, blocking everything but a blazing halo of light in what is known as a "Ring of Fire" Eclipse. This solar eclipse will be visible to about 94% of the USA, with California and New Mexico residents being able to view a full annular eclipse, and everyone else will get to see a partial.  This is the first one in the U.S. in 18 years! Looking at the Sun is harmful to … [Read more...]

Remember The Library?


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I grew up in a town with a beautiful library.  I remember going after school, on the weekends, even during the summer I'd volunteer to read at storytime for younger kids.  This is coming from a definite bookworm.  We are all about the electronic (me included) downloads and ebooks, but have you thought about your local library lately? Do your children even know where it is? I made a point to join our local library shortly after we moved last summer.  I knew they had story times for both … [Read more...]

Free Kids Workshops Courtesy of the Home Depot.


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Are you looking for a free but unique experiences to share with your child? The Home Depot has a really neat and exciting workshop just for the Jr. DIY. Each workshop is geared towards children between the ages of 5-12 and are offered on the first Saturday of the month, from the hours of 9A.M to Noon. The main focus of the workshops is to teach children basic tool safety and to install self pride. At the end of the workshop, each child gets to keep there project of the month. Along with a … [Read more...]