Valentines Fabric Wreath

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Valentine Decoration: Heart Shaped Fabric Wreath, #crafts, #Valentines

I have a simple craft just for you mommies today. Time to spruce up your front door with some Valentine's Day decor. We learned how to make this easy Valentines Fabric Wreath last week in MOPS and I could not wait to share it with you all.

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Valentine's Day Cards using Shaving Cream

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Make Cards for Valentine's Day Using Shaving Cream, #Valentines, #kids

We love to make cards using shaving cream. In the past, we made end of the year teacher cards using shaving cream. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I have had lots of Valentine ideas bouncing around my head. I decided we should make cards for my kids classmates. I admit, in the past I have bought those little Valentine's Day cards that have a kitten or cartoon on them and called it a day. But I am the Mess For Less lady. The least I can do is make cards. These Valentine's Day Cards using Shaving Cream are fun to make and will make it look like you put some effort into Valentine's Day. *I reserve the right to give out store bought Valentines whenever I see fit, so if you read this and have gotten one of those kitten or cartoon cards, you know why.

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Conversation Hearts Sight Word Matching Game

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Conversation Hearts Sight Word Matching Game - Fun way for kids to practice their sight words. Features a version for kids learning letters as well.

Conversation hearts are everywhere around Valentine's Day. I can't stand the taste of them, but my hubby and kids love them. Recently, I saw these large conversation hearts at Walmart that came with a food safe pen so you could personalize the hearts with your own messages. Immediately, I thought of how I could use these to help my girls learn their sight words and letters. I created two matching games that the kids loved playing...and eating. Read more to see what we did.
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Tea Party Bath - Sneak Peek

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A tea party in a bathtub? It happened! See how we did it and how I got 3 girls in a tub by visiting my guest post at Bath Activities for Kids now. I am so excited to be posting there! While you're there, hang out for a bit and get inspired by the most fun and creative bath activities around. I swear your little ones will never want to leave the tub. 

If you're still looking for more bathtime fun, check out Bathtub Basketball and DIY Foam Bathtoys.

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8 Kids Valentine's Day Activities

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8 Valentine's Day Activities for Kids, #Valentines
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I wanted to share with you some of our favorite easy and budget friendly Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids. These are sure to get you little ones feeling the love! Read on...

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Food Fun Friday: Chocolate Snowballs

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Chocolate Snowballs, #recipe, #chocolate

I made these Chocolate Snowballs for the first time over Christmas. I was originally inspired by this recipe for Almond Balls that I saw at Jen's Favorite Cookies. I modified it a little to make it more of a winter treat. The result is a delicious treat that tastes like you are eating an ice cream ball. Yup, an ice cream ball. Let that sink in for a minute. How can that be wrong? I served them to guests who could not get enough and they are big hit with kids as well. Click below to find out how to make them.
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Playdough Games: Birthday Party Playdough

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Birthday Party Playdough, Playdough Games, #playdough

My youngest will be turning 3 this weekend, so my girls are all about birthdays right now. Every day the twins use their toy cupcakes to have a "birthday party" for their sister. I am always looking for fun playdough games that I can use to liven up our normal playdough experience. Making birthday cupcakes using playdough seemed timely and fun. See how we did it with items we already had at home.
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Fun Math Games: Numbered Ball Toss

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Fun Math Games, #math, #kids
I was never into math as a kid. In fact, if you told me when I was younger that there were fun math games out there, I wouldn't have believed you. Now that I am a mom, one of my goals if for my kids not to struggle the way I did. I think all moms can relate. So I try and create some fun math games that will be so engaging that the kids won't know they're learning. Sneaky huh?

This game is super easy to make, especially if you already made Counting Fun With Ping Pong Balls. Check out how we did it by clicking on Read More.
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The ABCs of Raising Girls - Day 5 Letters U-Z

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The ABCs of Raising Girls, Tips, Tricks and Activities for Little Girls, #parenting

I am a mom of 3 girls. So we have lots of pink, lots of drama, lots of princesses, lots of tangled hair. So I do consider myself something of an expert in raising girls. In raising toddler and preschool girls to be exact. Some of the suggestions and ideas I have will work on or appeal to boys too, but I have just used them on girls. I hope you will join me every day this week as I share some advice for raising girls and some ideas to keep them busy!

Be sure to visit Day 1, A-E , Day 2, F-J ,Day 3, K-O, and Day 4, P-T  , if you missed them.

Click Read More to check out letters U-Z.
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Food Fun Friday: Gluten Free Donuts

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Gluten Free Donuts, #gluten-free, #recipe

One of the tough things about being on a gluten free diet (or having a child who is, as is the case with me) is finding replacements for certain food items. My kids would always enjoy a donut after church, but since my daughter can't have the wheat donuts anymore, we bring our own gluten free donuts. I am not going to lie and tell you they taste as good as normal gluten filled donuts. That's a great endorsement right? But they are good gluten free donuts. Lets just say the glaze and sprinkles help a lot.

Read more to get the recipe.
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The ABCs of Raising Girls - Day 4 Letters P-T

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I am a mom of 3 girls. So we have lots of pink, lots of drama, lots of princesses, lots of tangled hair. So I do consider myself something of an expert in raising girls. In raising toddler and preschool girls to be exact. Some of the suggestions and ideas I have will work on or appeal to boys too, but I have just used them on girls. I hope you will join me every day this week as I share some advice for raising girls and some ideas to keep them busy!

Be sure to visit Day 1, A-E and Day 2, F-J and Day 3, K-O if you missed them.

Read P-T by clicking Read More.
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The ABCs of Raising Girls - Day 3 Letters K-O

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ABCs of Raising Girls

I am a mom of 3 girls. So we have lots of pink, lots of drama, lots of princesses, lots of tangled hair. So I do consider myself something of an expert in raising girls. In raising toddler and preschool girls to be exact. Some of the suggestions and ideas I have will work on or appeal to boys too, but I have just used them on girls. I hope you will join me every day this week as I share some advice for raising girls and some ideas to keep them busy!

Be sure to visit Day 1, A-E and Day 2 F-J if you missed them.

Check out K-O by clicking read more.
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The ABCs of Raising Girls - Day 2: Letters F-J

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ABCs of Raising Girls

Welcome to day 2, letters F-J. If you missed Day 1, Letters A-E, you can see it here

I am a mom of 3 girls. So we have lots of pink, lots of drama, lots of princesses, lots of tangled hair. So I do consider myself something of an expert in raising girls. In raising toddler and preschool girls to be exact. Some of the suggestions and ideas I have will work on or appeal to boys too, but I have just used them on girls. I hope you will join me every day this week as I share some advice for raising girls and some ideas to keep them busy!

F....Flowers.  What women doesn't love getting flowers? Well, the flower love starts young with little girls. Here is a fun way to make flowers using recycled bottles.


G...God. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6 This is such a scary time to be raising girls and sometimes I feel helpless. Yet I know that the best thing I can give my daughters is a strong foundation of faith and knowledge of who God is. I don't think you can start this too young.

H...Helping.  My girls enjoy helping out around the house. I don't know how long this phase will last, but for now I am taking advantage of it. Young kids love doing things that adults do. Ask them to help set the table by putting out utensils and napkins. Ask them to put dirty clothes in the washer or hamper or to help you match up freshly laundered socks. Not only does this teach them responsibility, but it also gets them in the habit of helping around the house.

I...Imaginative Play. If your girls are anything like mine, they love all sorts of imaginative play. One day they can play dress up and pretend to be a princess and the next they are having a pretend picnic or birthday party. A fun activity for those imaginative little minds is create a play restaurant and make their own menus. Check out how we set up our restaurant.


J...Jump. You may think that girls don't require as much physical play as boys, but that's simply not true. While some girls prefer more imaginative and creative endeavors, they enjoy psychical activity just as much as boys. So get out there and move, run and jump! We played a fun game using a simple broom that got us jumping and moving.


Join us tomorrow for letters K-O of raising girls!

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Fun Math Games: Counting Fun with Ping Pong Balls

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My kids are always counting. Games of hide and seek are a frequent occurrence in our house. I noticed that my two year old sometimes got her numbers confused when counting, so I created some fun math games that would help with numerical order, number recognition and even fine motor skills. I will share the first one with you today. Kids will love it because it involves water which just makes everything so much more fun.

Read More to see how we did it.
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The ABCs of Raising Girls - Day 1: Letters A-E

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ABCs of raising girls

I am a mom of 3 girls. So we have lots of pink, lots of drama, lots of princesses, lots of tangled hair. So I do consider myself something of an expert in raising girls. In raising toddler and preschool girls to be exact. Some of the suggestions and ideas I have will work on or appeal to boys too, but I have just used them on girls. I hope you will join me every day this week as I share some advice for raising girls and some ideas to keep them busy!

Click read more to see our list. 
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Food Fun Friday - Gluten Free Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Gluten Free Recipe for cookies

We are always on the lookout for yummy gluten free recipes for our family to enjoy. We have had a tough time finding a gluten free cookie recipe. We have tried all the pre-made mixes and they are fine, but you can always tell they are gluten free. I stumbled across this recipe from The Wannabe Chef and it sounded delicious. We gave it a try, made a few modifications and we were so pleased with the results.

These cookies are so good that we served them to some non gluten free folks and they thought they were great and were shocked when we told them they it was a gluten free recipe. These are a must whether you are on a gluten free diet or not. The almond meal really gives these a wonderful nutty flavor.

Read more to see how we made them.
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The Very Best Kids Activities From 2012

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With the start of a new year, it's only natural to look back on the previous year. When I look back at 2012 on Mess For Less, I have fond memories of many of activities and posts I have shared. But there is one post that stands out, that I would call my "best" post of the year.

Read more to see what it is.

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