Nature Bracelets

wrap duct tape around your child's wrist, send them outside and let them decorate their 'bracelet' with items they find in nature! I LOVE THIS!

I was poking around through the Happy Buddy’s Happy Activity Bag the other day and we came across this idea to make Nature Bracelets.

nature bracelets1All you need is a giant roll of masking tape.

*Pardon the bucket on the Happy Buddy’s head.  He insisted that it was critical to the success of this blog post.*

nature bracelets2Wrap a piece of tape around your Happy Buddy’s wrist.

nature bracelets3nature bracelets4Then head outside to collect items from nature and stick them to the tape!

The Happy Buddy added leaves, pieces of grass, broken sticks, and those furry pine needly things to his bracelet.

He wanted to put an entire tree on there, but we had to be realistic.  I have no idea how to uproot a tree. :-)

nature bracelets5This was a really fun little activity that required hardly any effort or materials!

It was just what we needed to pass a lazy summer afternoon.

Happy Nature Bracelet-ing! :-)

*Adorable Boy’s Tie Shirt from HERE*

Easy Summer Sun Paper Plate Craft

easy summer sun paper plate craft! sooo cute!Yesterday we kicked off summer around these parts with the reveal of our Summer Bucket List.

In between checking off our list, we are having fun with a few easy craft projects while the Happy Baby naps.

This Summer Sun Paper Plate Craft turned out absolutely adorable and we were able to make it with a few supplies I picked up at Target!

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The key ingredients to this craft were all the bright colors and the cute patterned tape from the kid’s craft aisle at Target.

adorable summer sun paper plate craftOf course, I had to make my own sun.

adorable summer paper plateBut I liked the Happy Buddy’s better.

I used to be so controlling about the Happy Buddy’s painting – I would seriously finish painting the entire plate for him if he didn’t do it himself (anybody else a little OCD like that?!?!) – but now I have learned to LOVE his haphazard paint job and think it gives his sun some seriously sweet personality.

There is so much beauty in the imperfect, amen?!

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These guys just make us smile every day.

And while you’re busy painting and taping your suns, it’s the perfect opportunity to remind our Happy Buddies what it means to shine brightly for Him!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Happy Summer Sun Paper Plate Craft-ing! :-)

Summer Bucket List

such a cute and simple summer bucket list at!I know I am dreadfully behind on getting ‘summer-y’ posts out to y’all.

I just needed the right inspiration to kick me in the pants, shall we say.

When I saw THIS chalkboard Summer Bucket List, I thought, I can do that!

So today during the Happy Baby’s nap, the Happy Buddy and I brainstormed some things we want to do this summer and I jotted it all down on the chalkboard hanging in our entryway.

I kept our list a bit small because I have to keep things realistic here.  Most days we are pretty happy just hanging out in pajamas playing with trains and cars.

But then there are other days (like today) where I was desperate for this list of ideas because if we stayed in our house another minute I think the fact that there is only one square inch of flooring that isn’t covered in some sort of crumb, raisin, or unidentifiable small thing would have sent me over the edge.

And as you can see, we have already been getting busy checking off our boxes – thanks to inclement weather.

Personally, I am unbelievably psyched about the kickball.  A zillion years ago I wrote a post HERE about how my mom and dad would take us out in the middle of the night for family kickball games during the summer.  It. Was. Awesome.  So I spent like 2 hours this morning trying to coordinate schedules with 30 different husband’s-side family members to nail down a date.  And yes, we were victorious.

Family Kickball Game is happening July 21st {KAPOW!}.

adorable (and realistic) summer bucket list at! love it!What are you doing this summer that has you jazzed???

Happy Summer Bucket List-ing! :-)

*You can find other amazing Summer Bucket List Inspirations HERE.*

A Trip to the Beach

There’s nothing like a good trip to the beach in the summer time.

Don’t live near a beach?

No sweat! :-)

You can still get in on the experience with a few of these fun ideas.

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When visiting the beach, don’t forget to pack your Sand Toys.

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You’ll also need some Flip Flops.

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And a great pair of Sunglasses.

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Once you hit the sand you can build a Sand Castle.

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Then you must take a dip in the Ocean.

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But watch out for Jellyfish.

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And Sharks.

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When you get out of the water, you’ll be hungry, so have a Sandwich.

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It’s vacation – have a delicious Treat, too.

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Throw a Beach Ball around with a friend.

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And when you’re ready to head home, don’t forget this Dirty Little Secret.

Happy Beach-ing! :-)

*For more Flip Flop Themed Crafts go HERE*

*For more Shark Themed Crafts go HERE*


This summer the Happy Hubby has been doing quite a bit of scuba diving.

I am not going to lie.  Seeing him in a wetsuit is pretty awesome (wink!).

When he returned from one of his dives last week, he told me that he had seen an octopus!

That got me all inspired and now I just can’t wait to share with the Happy Buddy about this crazy, 8-legged-suction-cupped-cephalopod.

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This is such a simple way to make an octopus!

Learn Create Love shows you how with a toilet paper roll, some paint, and a pair of googlies.

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This fun octopus from Little Learner’s Lounge is created by using your Happy Buddy’s handprints and then gluing down some Cheerios to represent the suction cups!

So clever!

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Who doesn’t love bubble wrap??

Adventures In Mommy-Land made this colorful guy by decorating a paper plate and then painting strips of bubble wrap for all those arms.

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Use a brown lunch bag to make an octopus like this one from To the Moon and Back.

I like the use of the reinforcement stickers as suckers.

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The Gold Jellybean creatively made an Octopus Sock Family using just a few items and just a few minutes.

This would be the perfect rainy day activity for your little one – no sewing required (which is good for me because I don’t even know how to sew a button).

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I am super excited to report that the Happy Buddy just added hot dogs to the list of 6 things he eats.

I wish it were broccoli or asparagus instead of processed pork, but oh well!  Baby steps.

I think I might surprise him with this Octopus Hot Dog from The Craftinomicon for lunch one day this week.

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Or these adorable Baby Octopus Hot Dogs from HERE are kind of irresistible. :-)

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons featured this great (and ridiculously easy to make) Octopus Fruit Snack.

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Finally, stick a lollipop in a cupcake with some gummy worm legs and chocolate chip eyes for a treat that will have your Happy Buddies clapping their hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hands!

Check these Octopus Cupcakes out over at Disney.

Q. How does an octopus go to war?

A. Well-armed! :-)

Happy Octopus-ing!

Target Practice

Been trying to get the Happy Buddy potty trained over here.

We are SO CLOSE.

But boy won’t even think about going No. 2 in the toilet.

He will literally hold it for days until he has an opportunity to go in a diaper!

In our potty training efforts, many have suggested tossing a few Cheerios into the water for the Happy Buddy to aim at as target practice – a fun way to spice up the whole potty process.

It got me to thinking of other great ways your Happy Buddies can get some Target Practice this summer…

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A stack of cups and a dollar store water pistol gives your Happy Buddies hours of outdoor, cool and refreshing fun!

Check out Inner Child Fun for this great Water Pistol Target Range.

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Blue Skies Ahead drew some targets on the walls of their Happy Home’s shower using a dry erase marker.

Hand your Happy Buddy a Nerf Gun and let them go crazy!

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Take your cups and your Nerf Gun from the first two ideas and create this idea from Busy Kids = Happy Mom.

I like the added addition of Lego men. :-)

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Grab some toilet paper rolls, decorate with colored masking tape and Sharpies, head outside again and set them up.

Shoot them down with your water pistols!

Check out the fun at Pink and Green Mama.

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Free Kid’s Crafts laid down some painter’s tape in the shape of a target.

Whip up a few paper airplanes and toss ‘em to see who can get the most points.

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Parents featured this fun Pool Noodle Target Practice game.

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Sarah Nielsen had a group of Happy Buddies at a birthday party use these awesome Marshmallow Shooters to practice shooting at a target.

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Finally, a little chalk and some water balloons will bring a whole lot of fun to a hot, summer day.

See this fabulous Water Balloon Target Practice Idea over at Motherhood on a Dime.

Oh, and then there’s this Target.

The hubs thinks I do a little too much Target Practice there.

Happy Target Practice-ing! :-)

Cereal Box Crafts

One of my favorite things to do every once in awhile is to have a bowl of cereal before bed.

Unfortunately this little ritual gives me crrrrazy dreams, but it sure is delicious.

All of those empty cereal boxes don’t belong in the trash, though!

These fun Cereal Box Crafts will keep your Happy Buddies busy this summer.

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Check out this fun Cereal Box Marble Run from Made by Joel!

Or how about a stylish pair of Cereal Box Sandals like these from Jenny K.?

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The Happy Buddy would go nuts for these Cereal Box Guitars from The Fraker’s Acres.

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How’s the Summer Reading going?

Find renewed inspiration by making these Cereal Box Bookmarks from Plum Pudding.

While you are at it, make a few for a friend!

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Speaking of friends, is there special person you know who could use a Cereal Box Postcard?

Infarrantly Creative has a super simple tutorial to make someone’s mailbox happy!

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Blissfully Domestic suggests turning your old cereal boxes into a Memory-style Matching Game.

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Set your Happy Buddy up during quiet time with a Cereal Box Puzzle like this one from Artzy Creations.

What a piece of cake to make!

You could even cut out several different puzzles and have your Happy Buddies race to complete theirs in a certain amount of time.

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Design a few puppets and a special Shadow Puppet Theater from your recycled cereal boxes and put on a show for your Happy Home one night this month.

Hop over to Squidoo for the easy instructions.

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And, finally, the Happy Buddy went from being obsessed with trains to being crazy for cars overnight.

This Cereal Box Parking Garage from Frugal Fun for Boys is just what we need to encourage his creative play.

Will you join me for a late night bowl of cereal?

I raise my spoon to you!

Happy Cereal Box Craft-ing! :-)

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Make a Lemonade Stand!

Your Happy Buddies are going to love this popular summer activity.

Here are some tips to help make their business venture an easy and super successful one.

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Tip #1 – The Invitation: First things first.  You need to get the word out about your totally awesome lemonade stand.

Go door to door and drop off one of these FREE Printable Lemonade Stand Invitations from Random Thoughts of a Supermom.

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Tip #2 – The Attire: When hosting a lemonade stand, wearing something cute might score you a few extra bucks.

A sweet yellow bow tie like this little dude from Fiskars or a happy yellow apron should do the trick!

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Tip #3 – The Signage: You’ve got the word out to the people in your neighborhood, but what about the lucky folks who happen to drive by your lemonade stand on their way home from work?

Use this FREE Printable sign from One Charming Party to reel ‘em in.

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Tip #4 – The Curb Appeal: Personally, my idea of a cute lemonade stand is a card table, a tupperware pitcher of the refreshing yellow drink, and a kid-drawn poster with the ‘e’ of lemonade written backwards.

But there’s no denying the eye-catching draw of this Vintage Lemonade Stand (with a great tutorial) by Lil’ Luna.

If your Happy Hubby is itching to get his hands dirty with a project, sign him up for this one!  Now the whole family is involved!

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Tip #5 – The Product: Wow your customers by kickng plain old lemonade up a notch with this recipe for Pineapple Lemonade Punch from Froggy and the Mouse.

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Tip #6 – The Fluff: A good store owner knows that it’s the upselling that brings in the real dough!

So make sure you throw in a few extras like small bags of freshly popped popcorn, this recipe for the BEST BROWNIES EVER, Lemon Cheese Bars, or these tasty, tasty Pink Lemonade Cupcakes from Real Mom Kitchen.

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Tip #7 – The Extra Touch: Add some of these adorable FREE Printable Lemonade Stand Labels to cups, cupcakes, treat bags, etc. to impress customers with your professional packaging.

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Tip #8 – The Charity: You can use a lemonade stand to teach your Happy Buddies about the gift of giving.

Choose a local charity and then donate all of the lemonade stand’s profits to it!

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Tip #9 – The Lemonade Stand Spread: Send out a box in the mail to someone you love and spread the joy of lemonade!

Fill the box with a few simple supplies for them to host their own special summer Lemonade Stand.

The Crafting Chicks have the best FREE Printable for that HERE.

PLEASE make sure you invite me to your Lemonade Stand if this post inspired your Happy Home!

The Happy Buddy, Happy Baby, and I would looooove to visit.

Happy Lemonade Stand-ing! :-)

Easy Olympic Crafts

This summer is all about the 2012 Olympics in London!

I sat down with the Happy Buddy yesterday to try and explain what the Olympics are and halfway through my lengthy explanation of athletes, various sports, medals, etc., the Happy Buddy said, “Mommy, could you please stop talking?  Can we go play with my cars?”

Ah, well.

Here are some great Olympic-themed crafts that your Happy Buddies will love if you had a better time explaining to them what the Olympics are than me. :-)

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Grab some paper plates and some paint and you can create a neat Olympic Rings decoration for your Happy Home!

Check out Learn Create Love for the how-to.

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When I saw this idea early this morning, I literally dove into our bathroom trash can and fished out all of our toilet paper rolls to make this great Olympic Rings Craft from The Mother Huddle.

The Happy Buddy had so much fun stamping the colored toilet paper roll rings all over the page.

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Whip up a batch of easy M&M Olympic Ring Cupcakes from Parents.

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The Idea Room has terrific directions to make a simple Paper Towel Roll Olympic Torch for your Happy Buddies to parade around the house.

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Metallic gold paint, glitter, and patriotic ribbon gives you the coolest Olympic Medals from HERE to award your little Olympians for their Olympic-crafting efforts.

Do a few of these crafts every couple of days and your Happy Buddies will be ramped up for the games to begin at the end of July!

Happy Olympic Craft-ing! :-)

*Looking for MORE Olympic Crafting Fun?  Go HERE for the mother load of ideas!*

Pinch Pinch

The Happy Buddy and I woke up feeling kinda crabby today.

Not in the moody sense of the word, but in the crustacean sense! :-)

So we did something about it along the lines of these crab-tastic inspirations…

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This cute Crab Hat from Parents is made with a painted bowl and some clothespins.

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The Happy Buddy asks me at least 34 times a day if we can make cupcakes together.

Maybe these Crab Cupcakes from Meet the Dubiens will be our next baking project.

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Pinch me!  These Crab Bags from Craftalicious are sooo adorable!

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Sink your teeth into this awesome Crab Croissant from Catch My Party.

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This Googly-Eyed Crab from Learn Create Love is just what your Happy Buddies need for a fun summer afternoon craft!

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Feast on this easy-peasy Crabby Lunch from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons.

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And, finally, if you love handprint crafts, then this Happy Handprint Crab from Daily Dose of Sugar Mama is for you!

Hey, why does the ocean roar??

Because it has crabs on its bottom! :-)

I hope if you were feeling crabby today this post made you smile.

Happy Crab Craft-ing! :-)