Everything Kids #19

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Welcome to Everything Kids Link and Pin Party

I am so excited to announce that I am now a co-host for the Everything Kids Link and Pin Party! I have been linking up at this party since it started as Made For Kids and I am stoked to now be a co-host.

If you’re joining us for the first time this week, you may like to read all the details about how this hybrid link and pin party works. You can do so HERE.


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Hostess Features

When we weren’t busy putting together this new party this past week,
we were working hard on these crafts & learning activities.

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Super Easy Water Bottle Hack for a Carefree Party

Strawberry Picking Sight Word Game {Free Printable}

Travelling Tula

Five Little Monkeys Craft & Activity – Monthly Crafting Book Club for May

Must Have List: Summer Essentials For Kids + Giveaway


How To Make Easy & Fun DIY Fabric Fireworks

 

All About Everything Kids

What’s the Same

If you’ve been visiting our previous party, Made for Kids, you’ll find some things still the same. You can still link up the same types of posts, plus we’ve added parenting to the list. We’ll still be commenting on our favorites, and you still have a chance to be featured.

What’s New

The biggest change is that we’ll all be pinning your posts like crazy! Your hostesses will be pinning this week’s posts. You’ll be re-pinning your favorite 3 pins from last week. We’ll all be commenting on our favorites.

How It Works – From Your Point of View

You’ll link up your posts in inLinkz by clicking the blue button at the bottom of this post. Take a look at the new linkups and comment on your favorite if you have time.

Then, you’ll return to this page and click on the Pinterest link featured here. Choose and re-pin your favorite 3 pins, and if you have time leave at least 1 comment too. 3 Pins are required. Comments are optional but encouraged.

How It Works – From Our Point of View

We have two different Everything Kids Pinterest boards that we’ll alternate. I know, that seems, umm, a little unusual, but bear with me here as I explain.

Every week, we’ll go through the linkup and pin each post that fits our guidelines (listed below). We’ll pin them onto the board for the next week. The Pinterest board featured in today’s post features pins from last week (We used the final week of Made for Kids to start off).

We’ll look to see what has the most re-pins by the end of the week. Next week, we’ll feature the top two, plus two hostess favorites as well.

FEATURES

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Most Repinned
Water Play Activities For Babies & Toddlers from My Bored Toddler
Star Wars Science: Defying Gravity from Kidz Activities

Hostess Favorites

 Color Matching For Kids with Pom Pom Flowers from Craft Create Calm
FOUR INGREDIENT STUFFED MUSHROOMS from Vegging at the Shore
How To Beat A Bad Mood & Get Back To Being A Happy Mom from The Many Little Joys

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Guidelines and Rules

We’d love to see your favorite posts focused on kids ages 0-9 that fit into the following categories:

  • Crafts for kids
  • Activities to do with kids
  • Learning activities
  • Family-friendly recipes
  • Parenting

We’ll pin most posts that have a vertical, pinnable image. We won’t be pinning homeschool printable packs, or anything religious or political, but you’re welcome to share them on the linkup.

Please Repin!
We feel that adding the element of Pinterest to our link party helps everyone by adding extra promotion! Please take a few minutes to repin three of your favs!

We have some simple rules…

1. Link up to 3 of your own posts (that you haven’t previously linked up).
2. Re-pin 3 pins from the Everything Kids Pinterest board featured in this post (required).
3. Please follow your hostesses on social media.
4. By entering your link, you are giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs and social media. Proper credit will always be given.

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Re-Pin Your Favorites

To kick off Everything Kids, we’ve pinned a bunch of our favorites from last week’s Made for Kids linkup. That way we get to “begin as we mean to continue” and it’s easier for you to understand what you’ll be doing every week.
Re-pin your favorites on the Everything Kids board on Pinterest.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this new format, or any comments at all about this all new link and pin party, please let us know, either in a comment below or via our social media.

 

We can’t wait to see and share all your posts!

 

 

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The Effects of Underage Drinking

This may just be one of the most personal posts I write.  A topic near and dear to my heart so please bear with me.

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Prom/Grad (depending on what your school calls it) season is coming up.  Girls are all getting excited shopping for their prom dresses, finding the perfect style, discovering the right shoes and purse to go with it.  Planning their makeup, hair, and nails.  Booking a limo, maybe finding a date, basically a right of passage for most teenagers, the excitement leading up to prom is usually better than the actal prom itself.

This past weekend I was talking to a cousin and her mother and listening about all of her plans for her prom.  I heard about the plans for the dress that she hoped to get, she already found the shoes that she loved, hoping to get her nails done, trying to think if she could get her makeup done, and it brought back memories of my grad.  Listening to the innocence of her plans made my heart skip a beat and I couldn’t help but feel anxious for her and hoping that she would never suffer the loss that I did at her age.

I was no different than these girls.  I spent months researching the perfect dress, I was lucky enough to get it on a family vacation in Hawaii, which meant my classmates (Montreal, Canada) had no chance of getting the same dress as me!  I found the most amazing shoes, purse, planned a manicure/pedicure appointment with my best friend (as a grad gift from my Granny) had a friend of mine as a date to Grad and a great group of friends.  I was excited and could not wait for my big Grad night.

Exactly one week before my big night, all that was shatterd by one drunken mistake.  In essence, my childhood was ended and I would never be the same.  I will never forget that day, I don’t really remember the next week, but I remember the day vividly.  I was a junior leader in a Spark Unit (five and six year old girl guides) and was at a Spark sleepover that night.  The other leader’s husband told me I had to go home first thing that morning and he would drive me home.  All this was weird, where were my parents?  Why weren’t they driving me?  Why did I have to go home hours before the Sparks, meaning the other leader was left alone with the girls?

Sarah as a teenI soon learned my cousin Sarah had been killed the night before in an alcohol related car crash.  Cue the worst week of my life.  The next week is a blur as I went with my mom to my Aunt and Granny’s house to help with whatever we could for the wake and funeral, I don’t really remember any of it to be honest, I was only 16 and had lost someone I dubbed my “frusin” (best friend + cousin).  Teens are not equipped to deal with such crippling grief, it was the worst summer of my life trying to come to terms with her death and put my life back together knowing I would never see her again or do any of the things we had planned.

BFFS from birthMy cousin Sarah and I were five months apart, we grew up very close, I had a younger sister as did Sarah, all less than a year apart from the next one.  Our moms were close sisters, also close together in age.  We went on family vacations together, had sleepovers at Granny’s, dreamed of our futures together and got into a lot of mischief together as most cousins will do.  We had drifted apart over the years, we were very different and had super different home lives making it hard to always understand and identify with each other.  I always missed Sarah and longed for the time when we would be as close as we used to be.  We had plans to travel Europe together, get an apartment when we were older, even maybe be each other’s maids of honor (although now I am sure we would never have taken that honor from our own sisters, but you get the picture).  We started re-connecting a few months before my Grad in 2001, we started talking again, and even one night while chating on MSN (we lived a few hours apart) she said she wished she could come help me with my makeup and hair for my Grad.  Re-connecting with her was a blessing considering what was to happen.

One night Sarah and a bunch of her friends were drinking at a house party, they were walking home and misjudged the distance between themselves and an oncoming car.  The four of them paired up and sang arm in arm as they crossed the street; the first two made it across, the other two did not.  My cousin was brain dead instantly, but her friend survived, was seriously injured, but would recover in time.

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The driver did nothing wrong, he was just a young man coming home from work at 1:00 am and had no idea a bunch of drunk teenage girls would dart in front of his car in the dark.  It stinks but there really is no one to blame for the accident.  Impaired judgement, teenage stupidity, alcohol, the parents who threw the house party, none of it helps, it happened and nothing can change that, except perhaps to try and prevent it from happening again.

I am sharing this story as a cautionary tale, you want to protect your children from harm and keep them safe, but it is not just about your children, it is about the other people in their lives too.  If your child looses a friend, that is a devastating loss that will change them forever too.  It is not just about keeping your child safe anymore, it’s about doing everything you can to create a safe environment for all of these children, even if they are teens, they are still children.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, well it takes a village to watch over them and keep them safe too.   Please do all you can to ensure the safety of your child, as well as her friends over this prom season, house parties, grad, there are so many events to go to and most parents do not even think about the impact loosing a classmate or friend can have on their child.  Save your children from as much heartbreak as you possibly can by protecting their friends as well and ensuring they have a safe way home too.

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I still went to my grad a week later, everyone thought it would be best for me to go and be distracted rather than stay home and be miserable, they also thought I would regret missing my own grad.  I should have known it was a bad sign when at the father/daughter dance they played “Please remember”” which was the song played at Sarah’s funeral days before.  I still got on the bus and went to the Laurentions (as was the custom for the Grad celebration at that time with my high school) but I don’t remember much about that night except how miserable I was.  Luckily I had an amazing best friend who stayed with me all night and supported me.  Throughout that summer I knew I could always count on her and I believe she made all the difference in me being able to handle my grief.  I will never forget her support at the time I needed it most.

Gone, but not forgotten
This June 16th marks the 15 year anniversary of my cousin’s death.  She died at 16,  which means I have been without her pretty much longer than I have been with her.  I think about her all the time and what life would be like were she still here.  I don’t know, but I do know life is unfair to take such a young girl in one night’s misjudgment.  Safe guard your children, safeguard their friends, ensure they are safe and have a safe way to get home.  Accidents happen, but if we can do everything in our power to protect our children during this grad/prom season maybe we can make a difference and save some lives.

 

Please pass this on to anyone you know graduating, going to prom, or has children who are.  Together we can make a difference.

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What were your grad/prom night traditions?  Do you remember how you celebrated?  Please comment below and let me know!

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Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party #24

 

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Welcome to the 24 ht week if Bloggers Spotlight. The party where we have two link ups in one! The first for your awesome blog posts from the week and the second for your epic pins you want to share.

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 This week I picked two features from this blogger, I am a Harry Potter nut, but I LOVE how easy these wands are to make and yet they look so elegant!
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Five Little Monkeys Craft & Activity – Monthly Crafting Book Club for May

Five Little Monkeys Craft & Activity - We  celebrating Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed with an easy to make craft and activity to go with it to encourage your children to read.

For this month we decided to focus on Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, a personal favourite of my children.  I really wanted a craft activity where they could make the monkeys jump, originally I thought of popsicle sticks, but according to Pinterest everyone else agrees too, apparently.

 

Materials Needed:

  • Small box
  • Construction paper in a few colours
  • Scissors, glue, tape, markers
  • 5 monkey toys, puzzle pieces, game pieces, etc.

Instructions

  • Choose a colour of construction paper and tape it all around the box so it is covered.  This job is for the adult or older child.
  • Cut out a paper to be the “bed” and two little pillows.
  • Have child help glue pillow on the bed then decorate them.
  • Glue the bed inside the box.
  • Optional, decorate the outside of the box.

Now for the fun part, read the book or sing the song and shake the box so the monkeys jump up and down, then remove a monkey at each verse and continue the song/story until all the monkeys are on the floor.

Five Little Monkeys Craft & Activity - We  celebrating Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed with an easy to make craft and activity to go with it to encourage your children to read.

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I loved doing this with my daughter, shaking things roughly is kind of a forte of a three year old so this is perfect for her.  I was startled when at the line “one fell off” she immediately took out a monkey and placed him on the floor unprompted.  I have caught her a few times doing in on her own she loved it so much.  She jumps up and down while shaking it so it is great exercise too.

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If you are a fan of the Five Little Monkey book Series by Eileen Christelow then check out this site for bonus sheets to print out for games, activities, and crafts.

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Please check out the awesome blogs below and their crazy Five Monkey crafts:

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for May – Five Little Monkeys

This month we focused on Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed or otherwise.  The series of books from Eileen Christelow is so fun to read with children.

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This is a monthly series where a group of bloggers get together and create an activity or craft to go with the book.  Children’s literacy is so important.  We need to set our children up for success and nurture their skills for reading as much as we can ,what better way to have some fun than by reading the book and then doing some crafts to go with it!  If you are a blogger and want to join us please join the group!  If you do any of the crafts and activities and want to share with us the hashtag #monthlycraftingbookclub or please tag me on instagram (@raisingfairiesandknights), twitter (raisingfairies) or Facebook so I can share too!  We love to see people having fun with our activities!

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In January we did Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton, in February If you Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff, in March we did ABC’s by Dr. Seuss, April was Piggy in The Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz.  Check out past months for great craft ideas too and some new books to read.

 

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Please check out the awesome blogs below and their crazy Five Monkey crafts:

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We do this every month and the more who join use, the better.  Join us next month for The Princess and the Pony!

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What book is your kids favourite right now?

 

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Everything Kids #18

 

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Welcome to Everything Kids Link and Pin Party

Thank you to everyone for stopping by last week and linking up your favourite posts! We had a great time visiting all the posts and pinning everything onto our group board. Please make sure you take time to re-pin — if we all do our part, we all benefit. I am sure you will also find some awesome posts to re-pin.

If you’re joining us for the first time this week, you may like to read all the details about how this hybrid link and pin party works. You can do so HERE.


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Hostess Features

When we weren’t busy putting together this new party this past week, we were working hard on these activities.

 

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HOSTESS FEATURE LINKS

Father’s Day Toddler Finger Painting Activity

Puffy Paint Thunderstorm Craft

Spring Pom Pom Tree
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30+ Fun Summer Activities for Kids from Embark on the Journey

Mary Cassatt Art Projects for Kids from the Sunny Patch

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Simple Guidelines and Rules

We’d love to see your favorite posts focused on kids ages 0-9 that fit into the following categories:

  • Crafts for kids
  • Activities to do with kids
  • Learning activities
  • Family-friendly recipes
  • Parenting

We’ll pin most posts that have a vertical, pinnable image.
We won’t be pinning homeschool printable packs, or anything religious or political, but you’re welcome to share them on the linkup.

Please Repin!

We feel that adding the element of Pinterest to our link party helps everyone by adding extra promotion!

Please take a few minutes to repin three of your favs! It will only take a few minutes and you can do so here:

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1. Link up to 3 of your own posts (that you haven’t previously linked up).
2. Re-pin 3 pins from the Everything Kids Pinterest board featured in this post (required). Please do so by Wed night.
3. Please follow your hostesses on social media.
4. By entering your link, you are giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs and social media. Proper credit will always be given.

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Travelling Tula

The Travelling Tula - What an amazing journey we had with the Travelling Tula! Check out our journey and tips on having a Travelling Tula in your group.

I am so lucky to have an amazing birth group with my son.  The women are all so supportive and have grown so close.  A bunch of us got together and each pitched in some money and bought a Tula soft-structured baby carrier together.

For the past year I have seen the posts and pictures as the Tula started off in British Columbia with the mama’s and babies there and slowly made its way across Canada.  Unfortunately for me I was the second last one to get the Tula but finally my time came!!  I proudly took the Tula to our local Animal Farm to carry my 16-month-old, shopping at an outdoor mall, and he napped in there a few times for grocery shopping.  It felt amazing each time I put it on.

This carrier was filled with so much love and I could honestly feel it while wearing it, the Tula went to 24 mama’s and baby’s, 6 provinces, and lots of events ad attractions across Canada: the worlds largest fly fishing rod in Houston, BC, a light up festival in Leithbridge for Christmas, Valley View farms in Ottawa, Bluewater Bridge  in Sarnia, watching older siblings practice at hockey rinks, tons of shopping trips, walks around local neighbourhoods, a Halloween costume party, and lots more.

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If you have a birth group and are close I strongly recommend this.  We all signed a waiver on care and damage and each pitched in money, which covered the carrier itself and also helped cover the shipping costs between everyone.  We all voted on which design we wanted to get.  One mama was in charge of funds and we just sent her a copy of the receipt to be reimbursed each time it was shipped to the next mama,  we got the insurance each time for added protection.   We would get the Tula for two weeks then pass it on to the next mama.

One mama (who has her own business selling them) even made a matching chewlery accessory for the carrier so the babes could enjoy chewing as they snuggled.  My son liked to play with it so it did the trick.  It was super cute to have a little accessory to go with the carrier and help out all the poor little teething babies.

I will add, we did the draw this week and the Tula is on it’s way to it’s new forever home with a lucky mama (not me unfortunately!).  We decided to donate the money to a local shelter near our group’s treasurer to help with baby supplies.  There wasn’t much left but it was something!

Travelling Tula Mamas & Babies - What an amazing journey we had with the Travelling Tula! Check out our journey and tips on having a Travelling Tula in your group.

If you are thinking about doing this with your birth group (or another group) I strongly recommend it.  I have some tips below to consider and discuss with your group to ensure you are all on the same page.

  • Decide on the type of carrier off the bat.
  • To figure out the cost decide on the carrier and find out the total cost of it (including tax and shipping).
  • Get confirmation from everyone who wants to participate.
  • Figure out shipping costs between everyone.
  • Assign or get a volunteer to handle  the funds.  This is a big responsibility as they collect it from everyone and also reimburse shipping costs as you go.
  • Get your total from shipping costs and the carrier and divide it by participants, that’s your magic number everyone has to pay.
  • Decide on a set of rules, do you wash it after each transfer, how do you wash it, no sick baby’s or food in carrier, no smoking by the carrier etc.  Pretty much ensure everyone has a good idea on etiquette around the carrier so no one has an asthma attack or gets sick from someone else’s germs.
  • Decide on how long everyone gets to keep the carrier for.
  • We didn’t do this, but I recommend writing up the rules and including it with the carrier, I blame my lack of sleep but I thought we got it for two weeks and not one and accidentally kept it longer than my turn 🙁  By the time I got it months and months later I had forgotten everything, and I am sure others would too so a quick guide to remind people is always a safe thing to do.
  • Decide what happens to the carrier at the end and the remaining money.  Having people know what they are signing up for is important.
  • Finally everyone can vote on their favourite carrier!!  This made it super fun as everyone got a say.  We chose a travel-style one (based on a voting process) which was perfect for the travelling Tula.

I have a Toddler Tula and a Becco Soleil so this was my first time using a standard Tula and I LOVED it.  It was a great chance to try out a different carrier, I am not in the market for a new carrier unfortunately, but if I was, I would get a Tula, I really liked it and it was super comfortable.

The Travelling Tula - What an amazing journey we had with the Travelling Tula! Check out our journey and tips on having a Travelling Tula in your group.

It is so amazing to know that this carrier has been used by 24 women and babies in my birth group. I love cuddling my son in here and knowing this carrier is full of love from so many of my fellow mama’s loving and snuggling their babies in here too.  The Tula has had a fabulous journey across Canada and it was such a fun thing to do with my fellow birth group mom’s, seeing the places it went and the pictures taken.  A big thank you to a certain few from my group for all their hard work organizing this journey, you guys were awesome and made it a great experience!

DISCLAIMER:  None of this was my idea, the amazing ladies in my group came up with it and the rules and facilitated it, I am just sharing our journey as I thought it was so much fun and want to share it so others can have the same experience.

The Travelling Tula - What an amazing journey we had with the Travelling Tula! Check out our journey and tips on having a Travelling Tula in your group.

Would you ever consider doing something like this with your birth group or another group of friends?

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Please share our journey to motivate other groups to do it too.  It is such an amazing experience I really want others to learn more about it so they can try it out too.

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Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party #23

 

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party!

Welcome to the 23rd week if Bloggers Spotlight. The party where we have two link ups in one! The first for your awesome blog posts from the week and the second for your epic pins you want to share.

 

Here’s what you may have missed from your hosts :

 

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http://www.abountifullove.com/2016/05/importance-of-family-devotions-and-tips.html


 

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http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/spring-pom-pom-tree/

 

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http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/vegetable-dumplings/

 

 

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http://www.lindseyandrewswriter.com/6814-2/

 

Thank you for sharing the
word on our party too, we really appreciate each and every one of you.

 

 

Meet your hosts!

Cristina of A Bountiful Love

 

 

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Simple Link Up Rules
1. ALL encouraging and wholesome post are welcome. Old and new. You are welcome to share as many posts as you like!
2. Not a must but we appreciate if you can follow your hosts in any way , let us know if you are a new follower, we will return the love back.
3. Leave a link to your actual post and not your home page. A link back to your host, is greatly appreciated.


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1.Old or new posts or pins are welcome! Link up pins that you think needed more attention. Leave the pinned Pinterest link , not your actual post.
2. Please re -pin at least 2 other links. Return the re-pin love!


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Everything Kids #17

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Welcome to Everything Kids Link and Pin Party

I am so excited to announce that I am now a co-host for the Everything Kids Link and Pin Party! I have been linking up at this party since it started as Made For Kids and I am stoked to now be a co-host.

If you’re joining us for the first time this week, you may like to read all the details about how this hybrid link and pin party works. You can do so HERE.


Meet & Follow Your Hostesses

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Hostess Features

When we weren’t busy putting together this new party this past week,
we were working hard on these crafts & learning activities.

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Jumping Games for High Energy Summertime Fun

Frog Theme Color Words Book {Free Printable}

Date Night Challenge #8 – Glow in the Dark Scavenger Hunt

What to do with essential oils

How To Make Inexpensive Summer Bucket List Sticks {Free Printable}
How To Add Fun To Your Family Walks {Free Printable}

 

All About Everything Kids

What’s the Same

If you’ve been visiting our previous party, Made for Kids, you’ll find some things still the same. You can still link up the same types of posts, plus we’ve added parenting to the list. We’ll still be commenting on our favorites, and you still have a chance to be featured.

What’s New

The biggest change is that we’ll all be pinning your posts like crazy! Your hostesses will be pinning this week’s posts. You’ll be re-pinning your favorite 3 pins from last week. We’ll all be commenting on our favorites.

How It Works – From Your Point of View

You’ll link up your posts in inLinkz by clicking the blue button at the bottom of this post. Take a look at the new linkups and comment on your favorite if you have time.

Then, you’ll return to this page and click on the Pinterest link featured here. Choose and re-pin your favorite 3 pins, and if you have time leave at least 1 comment too. 3 Pins are required. Comments are optional but encouraged.

How It Works – From Our Point of View

We have two different Everything Kids Pinterest boards that we’ll alternate. I know, that seems, umm, a little unusual, but bear with me here as I explain.

Every week, we’ll go through the linkup and pin each post that fits our guidelines (listed below). We’ll pin them onto the board for the next week. The Pinterest board featured in today’s post features pins from last week (We used the final week of Made for Kids to start off).

We’ll look to see what has the most re-pins by the end of the week. Next week, we’ll feature the top two, plus two hostess favorites as well.

FEATURES

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FEATURES LINKS

Most Repinned
Kids’ Travel Journal Printable Download from Kids Travel Books
DIY Soccer Goal from Simple Practical Beautiful

Hostess Favorites

Fun sidewalk chalk games to play outside from The Many Little Joys
Rainbow Paper Heart Mother’s Day Card + Easy Kid Made Gifts  by Science Kiddo
Easy Kid Drink Recipe: Red White & Blue Kids Sangria from Growing Up Gabel

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Guidelines and Rules

We’d love to see your favorite posts focused on kids ages 0-9 that fit into the following categories:

  • Crafts for kids
  • Activities to do with kids
  • Learning activities
  • Family-friendly recipes
  • Parenting

We’ll pin most posts that have a vertical, pinnable image. We won’t be pinning homeschool printable packs, or anything religious or political, but you’re welcome to share them on the linkup.

Please Repin!
We feel that adding the element of Pinterest to our link party helps everyone by adding extra promotion! Please take a few minutes to repin three of your favs!

We have some simple rules…

1. Link up to 3 of your own posts (that you haven’t previously linked up).
2. Re-pin 3 pins from the Everything Kids Pinterest board featured in this post (required).
3. Please follow your hostesses on social media.
4. By entering your link, you are giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs and social media. Proper credit will always be given.

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Re-Pin Your Favorites

To kick off Everything Kids, we’ve pinned a bunch of our favorites from last week’s Made for Kids linkup. That way we get to “begin as we mean to continue” and it’s easier for you to understand what you’ll be doing every week.
Re-pin your favorites on the Everything Kids board on Pinterest.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this new format, or any comments at all about this all new link and pin party, please let us know, either in a comment below or via our social media.

 

We can’t wait to see and share all your posts!

 

 

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Spring Pom Pom Tree

As part of the Kid Craft Challenge held by Kim over at The Resourceful Mama, I had to come up with a pom pom craft this month.  I decided to do a spring tree with my daughter and am thrilled with how it turned out.

Spring Pom Pom Tree - It's Spring time, why not make a wonderful nature craft with your kids, try this Spring Pom Pom Tree craft to bring a touch of Spring inside.

Materials Needed:

  • Twigs collected from outside
  • A pretty string, ribbon or thread to tie the sticks
  • Pom poms in various Spring colours
  • Glue Gun
  • Decorative butterfly’s

Pom pom

Instructions:

  • Use a pretty ribbon to tie around the base of the sticks (a few inches from the base) tightly and around and around to try and anchor them together.
  • Use the glue gun to attach the pom poms to the tree.
  • Use the glue gun to attach the butterfly decorations, I liked to put them on the pom poms as it almost looked like flowers and they were landing on it.
  • I put them in a vase and filled the vase with the remaining pom poms to help stabilize it in the vase.

Spring Pom Pom Tree - It's Spring time, why not make a wonderful nature craft with your kids, try this Spring Pom Pom Tree craft to bring a touch of Spring inside.

My three-year-old, Bee, loved helping with this.  She had seen me use a glue gun before and desperately wanted to use it so I used this as a great opportunity to teach her about glue gun safety and hot/burning.  I put the glue on the tree branch and she attached the pom pom on top, being careful not to touch, or I put it directly on the pom pom and squeezed it onto the branch.  Bee even helped me squeeze the trigger and put the glue on the pom pom or butterfly, it was a lot of fun and she had a great time picking out the coloured pom poms for me to put on or which one she wanted to put on next.

Spring Pom Pom Tree - It's Spring time, why not make a wonderful nature craft with your kids, try this Spring Pom Pom Tree craft to bring a touch of Spring inside.

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Thanks so much to Kim for organizing the challenge every month.  Here of my past crafts:

Minnie Mouse Plant - IGFootprint Egg Wreath + Free Printable - Time to get ready for Spring! Make this cute and easy Footprint Egg Wreath with your kids to decorate. Free printable to welcome Spring / Easter / Ostara, whichever.Valentine's Day Heart Wreath - A cute Valentine's Day wreath to make with your child from their handprints. A fun decoration for anyone's house during the love season!

 

Don’t forget to visit the other blogs below to see what pom pom crafts they came up with.

May Kid Craft Challenge: Pom-Pom Craft

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft  by The Resourceful Mama

Pom-Pom Flowers by Craft Create Calm

Spring Pom-Pom Tree  by Raising Fairies and Knights

Elmer the Elephant by Adventures of Adam

Pompom Cupcake Pencil Topper by Teach me Mommy

Pom Pom Monsters by Kidz Activities

Pom Pom Pets by A Mommy’s Adventures

 

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