Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry merry to you from us!

Hope your season is bright!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Sniffing The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Things perhaps get a little silly.

And scratch 'n' sniffy.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Books & crafts Advent calendar: 24 days of reading & art

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Candles are traditional, and chocolate is fun, but snuggling and spending time together is the perfect way to count down the days till Christmas.

Consider wrapping a series of winter or holiday books and craft projects, then having your child open one a day until the big day arrives. You'll get to enjoy a cuddly reading time or an interactive project opportunity together.

You can adapt this for Hanukkah by wrapping eight themed books, or as a countdown to Solstice or another celebration your family keeps.

You don't have to buy anything if you don't want to, so it's a frugal option to keep the spending and clutter down as well. I store our Christmas-themed books with our holiday decorations so that I can find them each year and keep them off the shelves when they're less relevant.

I'd seen this idea before of doing a solely book-themed countdown, but with our small space, we don't actually own 24 Christmas books. This year, though, I got the idea to sprinkle in other items:

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Personalized photo gifts for the holidays at Shutterfly {Hobo Mama's Gift Guide}

It's time for my annual roundup of coupons and deals sent to me by my affiliate partners. These are companies I support and recommend and whose savings I'd like to pass along to you for your holiday shopping! If you shop through my links, it costs you nothing extra and I get a little reward from the company to support my blogging. Thank you!

I need to come clean.

I have something of an addiction to Shutterfly.They just have so many cute gifts, made even cuter by the addition of my favorite little faces!

Shutterfly has the perfect assortment of holiday gifts for Christmas presents for loved ones. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other dear relatives will appreciate using high-quality items that just happen to feature their favorite people. Plus, Shutterfly is always offering amazing coupons and deals that make these gifts affordable.

Here are some of the items I myself have bought over the years and that I recommend to you. Yes, I purchased these with my own money, not sponsored. I told you I have an addiction — don't judge me!

This is a memory card game. With your own photos! Since we live far from most of our family, I filled the images with relatives' faces and gave this to my little ones to practice names and relations in a fun-filled manner. I included their own faces for the recognition enjoyment of it. You could also go scenic or nostalgic with your favorite vacation photos or similar.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Simple DIY pop-up Halloween card craft for kids

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Our sweet across-the-hall neighbors knocked and left the kids surprise buckets with Halloween treats within. As a thank-you, we came up with this pop-up card idea.

My preferred type of craft is the kind that absolutely anyone could do, and that probably many have done before. I'm sharing because these turned out super cute, and maybe you'd like a Halloween card idea. If my kids and I could handle this, so can you and yours.

Get out some colorful paper, and determine your pop-up items. My kids didn't fancy being too scary, so we went with pumpkins, and chose an orange construction paper as the base to save on coloring time. Other options could be a ghost or bat or such.

Remember to keep your pop-up items smaller than your card interior will be. We fit two big and one small on a single sheet.

For the jack-o'-lantern faces, have your kids draw or color in as their developmental stage suggests.

Keep your workspace absolutely clear of crafty chaos. I cannot stress this enough. Absolutely clear! Like so. Do not get out ALL the glitter glue and stickers and markers. Unless you have to.

Pick a card paper and fold it in half. Then we're going to use one of these thingy-dingies to secure our pop-up to the inside.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Daily Show gets it right on breastfeeding in public

It's your legal right to feed your child in whatever way works for you wherever you're both allowed to be, so feed on. You can find a quiet space or cover while feeding your child if it works for you & your little one, but it should never be forced on anyone.

I think my favorite part was when Trevor Noah wondered if the guy comparing breastfeeding to peeing didn't realize women pee, too.

I am equally agog with the show that breastfeeding in public is still an issue in 2018. HOW?

Keep on keeping on, folks. Spread the word that feeding a child is normal and natural and perfectly reasonable to do in public.