New Ideas for Arts and Crafts Projects with Your Family

Parents are always looking for crafts and arts projects we can do with our kids since their enthusiasm and energy appears to be never exhausted. If we fail, it is we who suffer, we obtain pressed from left and from right to come up with something to entertain them and. If you’re like our kids, you’ve got draws filled with markers and coloring and crayons stickers and booksyears and stickers worth of hauls of goods from Michaels and other craft stores. But if you’re looking for new ideas of ways to entertain your kids and work on crafts and arts, you may haven’t considered these ideas. Try them out, and heck, maybe you’ll have even fun, too!

Homemade Jewelry

But we might think that it’s too challenging your young kids involved in the process, we know that jewelry is fun as it can actually be utilized outside of the house. But maybe it’s because you don’t hold the right tools or the right imaginative materials to make jewelry. To really have a blast from it, try contemplating non-traditional materials that you can use. As an alternative to beads and stones from the craft store, try nuts and bolts in the hardware store, or pieces remaining from toys long gone from the active rotation. You should get wire and a crimp tool from your place like to be able to reliably and safely close off the bracelets and necklaces. You will have new accessories right away!

Painting Wall

The first lesson we tell our kids is to never draw in the wall. If ever a marker goes to the wall, a spanking is at order. Almost like we’re born realizing that we should never mark a vertical spot, it might be fun to actually start a wall for drawing and painting, but because it’s so forbidden. Maybe there’s a staircase up to the attic, or down to the basement, that could be a location for creativity in a non-traditional way, despite the fact that we’re not suggested a wall from the living room. Giving your kids just a little taste of the forbidden may be really fun, and a ever-changing memento with their creativity.

Designing and Creating Clothes for Dolls

This is a fun game for kids of every age group – design and the create clothing fro your dolls or other toys, like transformers even. It could be a challenge to obtain the clothes to fit, but with some patience and good spontaneity, this will be a great time for everyone. Get cloth along with other materials through the local store and some string and the kid of glue that you can use on cloth for that design. You may even make a fashion competition amongst the family to view who can get the best stuff. And then the toys will likely be even more fun to play with in the future, what with their new wardrobe and all of.

Retro Repin Party

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I’m Taking A Walk.. For Breast Cancer!

Hi Friends!

I hope this note finds you well. I wanted to let you know I’ve signed up for an event that’s really important to me – the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 4th – and I want to ask you to please support me with a donation if you can.

Thanks in part to the American Cancer Society and people like you who walked and made a donation, breast cancer death rates have dropped over the last 20 years. In fact, women are 34 percent less likely to die from breast cancer today than they were in 1989.

But there’s still so much work to do. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about one in eight; it’s the most common cancer for women in the United States, second only to skin cancer.

So how much should you give?

– A donation of just $20 could help provide one night of free lodging for a cancer patient traveling far away from home for treatment.
– A gift of just $50 could provide seven rides to or from treatment for the thousands of cancer patients who need a ride to treatment, but may not have a way to get there.
– A $90 donation could help provide one woman with resources and training to improve her appearance and self-image while undergoing cancer treatments.
– A $100 gift could help guide two people facing breast cancer through every step of their journey.

Remember, no donation is too small, but as you can see, the bigger your gift, the bigger your impact on the fight against breast cancer can be.

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Low Carb Bunless Burgers

Sunday I decided to get back on track and stop eating so much crappy food. I’ve fallen off the wagon lately and gained a few extra pounds. You’d think that would happen during winter not the summer, but I’m totally backwards in everything.

I wanted something that could get the job done as dinner should do. I didn’t want to be hungry again by bedtime and then into pointless snacking. I’d seen a few bunless burger recipes then I thought about it. It’s a bunless burger! I can do it however I want. So this is what I went with. I myself love cheese, salsa, & tomatoes so that is what I went with. You could kick them up with jalapeños or banana peppers too. I served SteamFresh potatoes & green beans as a side.

1lb meat
Salt & pepper
Shredded cheese
Mild Salsa
SteamFresh Red potatoes & green beans

Mix It Up
1. Preheat your oven to 350*.

2. Add a little shredded cheese, salt, & pepper into your meat and mix together.

2. Roll yourself as many little burgers as you can get. For them to be portion controlled I used my brownie pan to bake them in.


3. Bake your burgers for about 15 minutes. Give it take as you know everyone’s oven is different. They just need to be one.

4. Top with a little more cheese, salsa, & tomato.

5. Microwave your SteamFresh potato & green beans for 5 minutes, or until hot.


6. Put everything together and enjoy! You won’t be let down.


Amanda’s Easy Autumn Polenta Bake

Amanda is the creative force behind the Dragonflight Dreams blog and shop. She’s a graphic designer by day, voracious reader, and dabbles in screen printing, sewing, and learning to cook new and increasingly interesting things. You can also catch her on Twitter.

Easy Autumn Polenta Bake

I was telling my mom about this recipe, and she was like polenta-what? It’s an ingredient that isn’t super widely known unless you’re Italian, but is becoming more popular. Polenta is a cornmeal based substitute for pasta, rice or potatoes. It’s got a mild corn flavor, and is much more palatable than grits. This recipe is one of the most fail-proof ways to ease yourself in to using polenta in your cooking. It’s a simple chop-toss-and-bake, but is super tasty. The sausage and apples make it perfect for autumn, too.

Easy Autumn Polenta Bake


  • 1 large honeycrisp apple
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 package chicken apple sausage
  • 1 18oz. tube of prepared polenta (original or flavored – we used sundried tomato garlic)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cut up everything into bite size chunks.
  2. Toss together in an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.
  4. Enjoy!


If you want to mix it up, add your own preferred herbs/spices over top. If you want something a little more moist, cover with foil when baking. Really want to change it up? Add some white wine to the bottom of the baking dish, and cover top with foil before cooking.

What’s your favorite throw-together autumn meal? Have you ever cooked with polenta before?