DIY ACTIVITIES TO TEACH YOUR CHILD LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE

DIY ACTIVITIES TO TEACH YOUR CHILD LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE

One of my 2019 new years resolutions is to help my daughter learn more Chinese.

She started going to Chinese school back in September of 2018 and it was a really rough go for her. Above is the picture I took of her first day at Chinese school. She struggled going to class because she didn’t understand what was being said to her.

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EASY DIY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR KIDS - ACTIVITY KITS

EASY DIY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR KIDS - ACTIVITY KITS

In last week’s blog post, I discussed how expensive buying Christmas gifts can get and how you can save money. This blog post is kind of a continuation of that post of how you can create some great DIY activity kits for kids that won’t break the bank.

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DIY RAINBOW CAKE TOPPER

DIY RAINBOW CAKE TOPPER

Last year, I was very ambitious and wanted to make a cake for my daughter’s birthday. I tried but fairly quickly realized that I suck at baking and following instructions. The hack I came up with last year was buying a plain cake from my local bakery and decorate it myself. My daughter loved her “Peppa jumping in muddy puddles with her family” cake last year. (She absolutely didn’t make it easy.)

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HOW TO LOVE YOUR HOME AGAIN

HOW TO LOVE YOUR HOME AGAIN

I've been in my current home for over 10 years now. Honestly, I didn't initially buy it because I loved the house. I bought it because it is walking distance to my dad’s house. It was a huge fixer upper and we completed renovated it from top to bottom over the last ten yeas. I always love my home right after the renovations because it is so nice to see our hard work come to life.

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COSTCO PLAYHOUSE MAKEOVER

COSTCO PLAYHOUSE MAKEOVER

Super late with this post because I had hoped to get more done on this project before posting. Oops.

Late last year, we were very lucky to have been gifted this well-loved playhouse. It was previously loved by our friend's kids for 7-8 years. It was a cedar playhouse originally purchased from Costco and looked like this: 

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MUST HAVE CRAFT SUPPLIES

MUST HAVE CRAFT SUPPLIES

Imagine this, you are stuck inside for whatever reason and your child is no longer interested in playing with ANY of her toys. You can either: 

1) Grab a new toy out of your surprise bin. (Every parent should have a bin of new toys or things it can bring out in a pinch aka boredom or random birthday party invite. It is a life saver.)

2) Pop in a movie and watch Frozen for the 150th time. 

3) Make something new to play with. 

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DIY MAGNETIC FISHING GAME (15 MIN PROJECT)

DIY MAGNETIC FISHING GAME (15 MIN PROJECT)

Some of the most random DIY projects arise out of random requests by my daughter. One evening she requested to play fishing. Initially, we used pipe cleaners to make a fishing hook and fishes but she was not impressed at all. Then

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DIY (EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER) BRACELET FOR TODDLERS

DIY (EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER) BRACELET FOR TODDLERS

For the first three years of my daughter's life, we hardly went to events with a lot of people. The reasons were:

1) She wouldn't remember it anyways (true). Why bother fight the crowds for nothing?!

2) Crowds were starting to cause me a lot of anxiety. The thought of losing her makes me want to die. (Not being dramatic at all.)

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TODDLER ART STORAGE SOLUTION (15 MINUTE PROJECT)

TODDLER ART STORAGE SOLUTION (15 MINUTE PROJECT)

Previously, I thought I found the perfect art storage solution by making a massive boxto store all of my daughter's many masterpieces. It was a less than perfect solution when I had another whole years worth of masterpieces.

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BEST DIY PROJECTS I MADE (AND YOU SHOULD TRY)

BEST DIY PROJECTS I MADE (AND YOU SHOULD TRY)

Some projects start off with the hopes of it being a hit and turns out to be a homerun! Some projects I am confident will be a hit and my daughter doesn't GAF. Here are the best DIY projects I made, she liked, and we got the best bang for our buck!

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DIY JEAN HOBBY HORSE

DIY JEAN HOBBY HORSE

Two of my favorite things are jeans and old school toys. I grew up in a very different era where we didn't have the internet or very many toys. Most of my toys were even handmade by my mom. I never felt poor growing up and I still remember some of my favorite toys were the ones my mom made for me. Now that I have a daughter, I too want her to create handmade toys and for her to create her own special memories.

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DESIGNING AN INSPIRATION WALL

DESIGNING AN INSPIRATION WALL

This project started off as a gallery wall but I changed it to an "inspiration" wall for two reasons:

1) It is in my home office and I need to reclaim it back as my office. Since my daughter turned one years old, she started to use my office for arts and crafts. While I love sharing the room with her, I'm hoping to occupy at least 50% of that room.

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THREE WAYS TO DECORATE PUMPKINS WITH KIDS

THREE WAYS TO DECORATE PUMPKINS WITH KIDS

This year, I decided early on that I wasn't going to decorate pumpkins because it is a lot of work. I also didn't think my daughter really cared that much last year anyways. Obviously, things have changed from last year to this year because my daughter is now three years old and understands the concept of Jack-O-Lanterns. This was just great.

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CREATING A CRAFTER'S DREAM CLOSET

CREATING A CRAFTER'S DREAM CLOSET

One evening, as I was staring at the closet in my office, I announced to my partner that I am going to create a "CRAFTER'S DREAM CLOSET." His reaction was: Whoa. Then I explained I needed a big name for this project to get me motivated. I know I have a lot of stuff in the closet that I need and hoard (I love boxes). I also know there are a lot of half done projects in there just dying to be completed; dying to be put out of their misery; or died already. (The photo above is a sock bunny. Obviously.)

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DIY FALL WREATH (SILK LEAVES)

DIY FALL WREATH (SILK LEAVES)

This project started with a trip to Micheals because I had a 55% off coupon. As I told my partner, it was an EPIC coupon and I had to go. His response: I thought 50% off was an epic coupon. I told him: 50% off is epic. 55% off is EPIC. Seriously, why doesn't he get these things?!

Anywho, I went with my sister-in-law and we spent a considerable amount of time in the store.

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DIY CRAFT BOX

DIY CRAFT BOX

This DIY was really born out of two things/reasons:

1) I wanted Grace to be able to entertain herself safely when I am cooking dinner at record speed like a crazy person during the week. I try my best to cook a fast dinner but unfortunately, there are always bumps along the way.

2) When I was at my happy place (Micheals), I found this scrapbook paper box on sale for $5. I figured I could surely do something with it.

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DIY FELT CHOCOLATE CAKE SLICE

DIY FELT CHOCOLATE CAKE SLICE

This project got started because I had a massive bag of stuffing for 3 years (that was going to be for another project) that finally popped. All the stuffing was coming out of this bag because I guess it couldn't stand to be contained in a plastic bag anymore. Rather than put the bag in another bag, I decided I needed to do SOMETHING with this. Enough is enough. Well, actually, enough procrastination on my part.

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DIY GARDEN MARKERS

DIY GARDEN MARKERS

It wasn't until I met my partner that I learned about all the different herbs you can cook with. Until then, I was cooking mostly Chinese cuisine and there aren't a lot of herbs used. I still don't know how to cook with most herbs but the recognition of them is even worse. I blame it on them all looking the same and lack of interest on my part.

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3 STEP DIY MAGAZINE HOLDERS

3 STEP DIY MAGAZINE HOLDERS

One thing I keep reading about organization is to never buy storage bins and organizers. These products only add to the problem because you are now just finding ways to store more stuff. I kind of agree with this but at times it is so nice to have everything that matches and be able to stack them on top of one another.

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