Category Archives: Family

Order Your Copy of ‘Gracie and the Lost Christmas Gift’ Today!

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Sending out copies of Gracie makes me happy! Purchase your copy today by clicking here and get some of that chaotic Holiday Shopping out of the way!

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A Children’s Book Appropriate for the Babies, Too!

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Although Growing Up Gracie is geared more towards Pre-K and Elementary aged children, it still makes for a great bedtime story for your little babies! Get a head start on your holiday shopping by purchasing your copy today! https://mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/childrens/gracie-lost-christmas-gift/

Brief Book Summary:
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Children’s Christmas Book – Now Available for Pre-Order!

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The first book of my “Growing Up Gracie” children’s book series is now available for pre-order! Get a head start on holiday shopping and purchase ahead of time here: https://mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/childrens/gracie-lost-christmas-gift/

Brief Book Summary:
Join Gracie & her mom on a shopping trip where the stumble upon a holiday crisis. Make your way through the crowded Christmas chaos to complete an important mission that could save someone’s holiday!

Gracie and the Lost Christmas Gift – Update on My Book!

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My children’s book is currently in the works with Mascot Books and I’m excited that the process has been going so smoothly! I just finished up with these page descriptions and character descriptions which was so fun! It’s amazing to envision something in your head and then have it be brought to life. I can’t wait to see what the illustrator can do with my ideas and then I can’t wait to share them with everyone!

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My Children’s Book is Getting Published!

Hello everyone,

I shared my Kickstarter campaign a few weeks back and am happy to say that I reached my goal amount and will be publishing my children’s book “Gracie and the Lost Christmas Gift” with Mascot Books! It will be a 4-6 month process, but will be well worth it! I can’t wait to share it with everyone once it is ready to sell!

Educational & Eco-Friendly Earth Day Crafts for Kids

Celebrate Earth Day by taking part in these fun and educational crafts that the entire family will enjoy!

Earth day is just a couple days away and is a time for us to slow down and appreciate the beautiful planet we live on. People will be celebrating the holiday for days before it actually arrives on April 22nd by doing many different things to help the environment.  Some ways people celebrate the holiday are by spending their time helping out and cleaning up the world we live in, and others donate items such as electronics so they are disposed of properly.

Another great way to celebrate Earth day is to do some fun crafts with the kids! This will give them a chance to learn at an early age just what the holiday is all about. We have put together a list of some educational and enjoyable activities that the entire family can take pleasure in together!

Handprint Wreath
This activity is a great way to help the kids learn just how they can help their planet, all while letting their creative side show.  This craft is suitable for children ages 2 and older with the help of a parent.

Materials:

  • Green or blue paper or cardstock for the handprints
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn or string
  • Marker
  • Earth print outs from online or make your own

Instructions:
1. Trace your child’s hand on paper, then cut out.
2. Take paper plate and cut out the center.
3. Glue the hands around the plate.
4. Cut out the planets and glue them to the hands.
5. Then glue to plate.
6. Use a hole punch to make a hole for the yarn.
7. Then write on each hand, one way to help your planet. (Recycling bottles, turning off the lights, planting a tree, etc.)

Happy Earth, Sad Earth
This project is another educational way for children to learn what is good for our Earth and what things are bad for it. This craft is suitable for children 3 and older with the help of a parent.

Materials:

  • Paper plates
  • Blue food coloring
  • Paint brush
  • Green paint
  • Permanent marker
  • Index cards (or make your own)
  • Blutack (or sticky tack)

Instructions:
1. Use the blue food coloring to paint your paper plates so it gets a watery effect to it.
2. Then add green paint after it dries to make up the Earth’s colors.
3. Use the permanent marker to make a happy face on one plate, and a sad face on the other.
4. Using the sticky tack, stick them to your wall or refrigerator door.
5. On index cards, write different topics that make our Earth “happy” or “sad.” For instance, pollution can go under the “sad Earth” and recycling can go under the “happy Earth.”
6. Once finished, go over all the topics with your child and teach them reasons on why each went under the category they did.

Tissue Paper Earth
Get crafty with this fun activity that allows you to recycle an old cereal box! It will surely be an enjoyable experience for both you, and the children! This craft is suitable for pre-school children and older with the help of a parent.

Materials:

  • Old cereal box
  • Tissue paper –blue, green (and white, if necessary)
  • Glue

Instructions:
1. Cut circles out of the old cereal box to make your Earth.
2. Cut the tissue paper into squares about 2 inches x 2 inches.
3. If your cardboard is white, you do not need to use any of the white tissue paper (for snow, clouds, etc.)
4. Brush a layer of glue onto the circles, then stick down the tissue paper squares in different spots.
5. You can lay the tissue paper down flat, or make some crumpled to look like mountains.
6. Once your Earth has dried, you can choose to add some Earth Day education to the back of it by writing some useful ways to help our Earth stay clean.

These crafts are a wonderful way to gain knowledge about the planet we live on and helpful ways to keep our environment as clean as possible. When finished, use these crafts as decoration around your home to remind the little ones to help keep our atmosphere fresh, even once Earth Day is over

Amazing Easter Eggs – Decorating Ideas You’ve Been Hunting For!

Try something different this year by checking out these festive Easter egg decorating ideas!

Decorating Easter eggs is one of the most popular traditions of this Holiday and is enjoyed by children and adults, too! It’s a fun time to bond with the family and allows children to let their creative side show by making their eggs as unique as their little heart’s desire!
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Most know the basic way to dye eggs, by placing them into pretty pastel colors then maybe drawing on them afterwards or placing a few stickers on them. This will always be a great idea for a bright and colorful Easter, but there are a lot of other cool ways to decorate your Easter eggs that you may have never heard of. So, check out these one of a kind ideas to design your eggs a little bit differently this year!

Golden Eggs
Create your own Golden laid eggs by using some metallic paint! These eggs will look like a million bucks once completed!

You Will Need:

  •     Eggs
  •     Gold metallic paint
  •     Box to use as a “spray booth”
  •     3 Dimensional paint (used for writing on the eggs)
  •     Wooden skewer
  •     Empty egg container

Instructions:
1. Boil your eggs or blow-out the egg’s insides.
2. Use 3 dimensional paint to write on your eggs or create designs of your choice.
3. Create holes at either end and insert a long wooden skewer through the egg.
4. Using an old empty egg container, insert the egg/skewer into the base.
5. Use a box to create a “spray booth” so you don’t leave too much of a mess.
6. Spray your eggs with a light coat and let dry.
7. Once dry, spray again.

Rubber Band Dyed Eggs
This simple craft is easy for the kids to make and adds a unique touch to the traditional dyed Easter eggs!

You Will Need:

  •     Eggs
  •     Rubberbands
  •     Dye
  •     Food coloring

Instructions:
1. Boil 1 cup of water for each dye color, adding 2 tsp. of white vinegar.
2. Then add food coloring according to the package directions, or create your own shades.
3. Using different sized rubber bands, create random patterns onto the eggs.
4. Make sure the lines are straight and even and be sure to keep the bands flat so that they only twist at the points where the bands meet.
5. Once you have the bands positioned the way you’d like, dip them into the dye and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
6. Add a two-tone effect by dying your eggs first, then applying the band and dipping them in a darker shade of dye.
7. Let eggs dry before removing rubber bands.

Sprinkled Eggs
Sprinkles don’t only have to go on ice cream, glue them to your eggs for a festive style look!

You Will Need:

  •     Hard boiled eggs
  •     Sprinkles
  •     Paintbrush
  •     Glue
  •     Spoon
  •     Freezer/Wax paper

Instructions:
1. Pour sprinkles into a medium sized bowl and squeeze some glue onto freezer or wax paper.
2. Use a paintbrush to cover your egg in a layer of glue.
3. Then dip your egg in the sprinkles and press down firmly, only covering half with sprinkles.
4. Let go of your egg into the bowl, and then use a spoon to cover the other half with sprinkles.
5. Seal the sprinkles onto the egg by firmly pressing against and around your egg using the arc of the spoon.
6. Let your egg partially dry in the bowl, then place on a wire rack to dry completely.

Vibrant Polished Easter Eggs
Create some funky styled Easter eggs this year by using nail polish to decorate the outsides of them!

You Will Need:

  •     Eggs
  •     Nail polish (your choice of colors)
  •     Water
  •     A cup

Instructions:
1. In a small, deep cup or bowl add enough water to cover an egg.
2. Add a few drops of your nail polish into the water.
3. Dip the egg just enough to cover it.
4. Let eggs dry on a plastic plate. To make the process go a bit quicker – freeze the eggs to make the nail polish dry faster.

Tattooed Easter Eggs
Use temporary tattoos to create Easter eggs that no one has ever seen before! This craft is so simple and can be used on plain white eggs or ones that have been dyed already.

You Will Need:

  •     Hard boiled eggs
  •     Temporary tattoos
  •     Wet washcloth

Instructions:
1. Before starting, make sure your eggs are completely dried so the tattoo stays intact.
2. Take the plastic wrap off the tattoo and place it face down on top of the egg.
3. Before adding any water, make sure the tattoo is placed exactly where you’d like it.
4. Once placed, dab a damp washcloth on top of the paper. (Don’t saturate it too much)
5. Make sure the tattoo is completely removed from the paper label.
6. You can also dye your eggs first if desired, and then place the tattoo on it for some extra color!

You can really get creative with these enjoyable decorative ideas that are sure to keep the kids busy during downtime, too! Use these ideas for years to come, placing them in Easter baskets as a cute surprise, or hiding them during an egg hunt!