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Win A Downton Abbey Film Poster Signed by the Cast (and MORE!)

This post is in partnership with the Downton Abbey film. All opinions are my own.
We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with the Downton Abbey Film to offer (1) One Savvy Mom reader a chance to WIN a Downton Abbey Film poster SIGNED BY THE CAST!!! (and a Downton Abbey branded umbrella too!)

Friends, it's official! The much-anticipated Downton Abbey film is playing NOW in theaters nationwide! That's right! The worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey is now a full length motion picture, written by the original series creator, Julian Fellowes. Starring the original cast! Julian Fellowes (writer) gives us a glimpse inside of Downton Abbey, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. 

A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. If you haven't seen the Downton Abbey Film yet, it's a definite must-see! 
Read on for more on the Downton Abbey Film and enter below to WIN a Downton Abbey Film poster SIGNED BY THE CAST!!! (and a Downton Abbey branded umbrella too!)

DIY Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Solar Stake Lights - Perfect for Lighting Your Pathway on Halloween!

These DIY Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Solar Stake Lights are perfect for lighting your pathway or outlining your garden beds this Halloween - they're super budget friendly too! We looked high and low for pumpkin or Halloween themed solar stake lights for Halloween, and we couldn't find anything. We have this one area of our property  that doesn't have any immediate access to electrical outlets, so I was on the hunt for Halloween solar powered lights and décor for the upcoming holiday. What to do when you can't find what you're looking for? Make it yourself, of course! 

I found these mini (2.5") jack-o-lantern pumpkin themed plastic treat buckets at Party City last weekend ( they come in packs of 12 for $5) and then I began my hunt for solar stake lights that were on the smallish side (note: they sell these small solar stake lights at Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Dollar General during the summer season, though they can be a bit tough to find towards the end of the season.) I  wound up finding the pictured solar light stakes at Dollar General. They were on clearance, so I wound up picking up all 8 solar stake lights for just $3! So all in, these DIY Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Solar Stake Lights only cost me $8 to make.  Like I said, totally budget friendly!

Ready to make your own DIY Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Solar Stake Lights for the upcoming Halloween holiday? Read on for the full supply list and our easy tutorial.

Mini Embroidery Hoop Halloween Suncatcher Craft

This mini embroidery hoop Halloween suncatcher craft is so fun and simple for the kids to do! Our mini embroidery hoop suncatcher craft that we shared here back in the beginning of the summer was such a hit, we decided to make some Halloween themed mini hoop suncatchers this past weekend. We went with simple jack-o-lantern pumpkin and ghost designs for our mini embroidery hoops, though you can get just as creative as you'd like with your mini embroidery hoop Halloween suncatchers (or use medium or giant hoops to make your suncatchers - the choice is yours!) These suncatchers only require a handful of supplies and about a half hour of time to make (minus drying time.) This is a fairly frugal Halloween craft (at just $1.50- $2 each to make), so it would a make a great make-and-take kids craft for a Halloween party too!

Ready to make your own mini embroidery hoop Halloween suncatcher with the kids? Read on for the full supply list and our easy step-by-step tutorial.

Dinosaur Mini Canvas Kids Craft - Fun Free-Standing DIY Room Decor!

This post is sponsored by Dino Don Inc. All opinions expressed are our own. 

Looking for fun dinosaur themed crafts for kids? This dinosaur mini canvas kids craft is so simple to make and SO CUTE when complete! You can make all different kinds of mini canvas dinosaurs or let your imagination run wild and dream up your very own species. This  free-standing mini canvas dinosaur kids craft would make a great dinosaur theme party craft too. The perfect make-and-take party favor / super fun DIY room decor! 

Hi friends, how have you been? Our younger two children are currently obsessed all things dinosaur! Obsessed, I tell ya! Their love started with the release of their now fave show, Gigantosaurus (on Disney Channel) earlier this year.  Then, we paid a visit to the Bronx Zoo for their limited engagement Dinosaur Safari a few weeks ago, where their adoration for all things DINO only grew.  If you live in or around New York City, the Dinosaur Safari is a definite must-do fall family outing (CLICK HERE to find out more!) After our visit, we pulled out our craft supplies to make some dinosaurs of our own! This easy dinosaur mini canvas kids craft only requires a handful of simple supplies and about 30 minutes of time. It's s fairly frugal craft too - each free-standing dinosaur mini canvas only costs about $2 to make all-in. Pretty fab price point for such a cute kids craft, if you ask me!

Ready to craft your own dinosaur mini canvas craft with the kids? Read on for the supply list and easy tutorial.

Easy Halloween Kids Embroidery Hoops - Kids Sewing Series at One Savvy Mom™ Project #5

These spider and jack-o-lantern / pumpkin Halloween Kids Embroidery Hoops, are super simple to stitch together, and when they're finished they make some seriously cute DIY Halloween Décor! This is project #5 in our Kids Sewing Series, here at One Savvy Mom™.

Hi friends, how have you been? The summer was super busy around here. While it was fun to have a few uninterrupted weeks with the kids, I'm definitely ready to settle into a routine again. I'm ready for cooler temps, fall leaves, and all of the delicious flavors of the season. Seriously, bring on the pumpkin spice coffee EVERYTHING! As we're gearing up for the season change, I thought it would be fun to start with a few small sewing projects with my older daughter this past weekend, and begin adding to our Kids Sewing Series here at One Savvy Mom™, again.

Each hoop is easy to complete in an hour or less (depending on how quick your young sewer is with the needle work.) The Spider Embroidery Hoop and Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Embroidery Hoops rang in at under $5 (total/for both combined.) Not bad at all, in my opinion!

Grab the simple supply list and follow our simple tutorials for making these easy Halloween Kids Hoops, below.

Pumpkin Mini Canvas Halloween Kids Craft

This Pumpkin Mini Canvas Halloween Kids craft is so incredibly simple to do, and the finished product is super cute too! From toddlers to tweens, this pumpkin mini canvas DIY Halloween Décor is an easy craft that the entire family can have fun with. 

Hi friends, how have you been? When the record breaking heat finally gave way this past weekend, it made way for record rainfall. My goodness, the weather has been a little crazy these past few months, hasn't it? Needless to say, in the whirlwind of weird weather, we've been spending most of our time indoors these past few days. I had a few mini canvases on-hand, and a few other simple supplies, so I decided to do this simple craft with my kids this past weekend. While we used multi-surface paint, you could easily use non-toxic finger paint or a fast drying paint such as Kwik Stix, with toddlers and younger kids. 

Read on to grab the simple supply list, and for our tutorial.

DIY Glow-In-The-Dark Monster Eyes - A Super Simple $4 Halloween Lawn Decor Idea

If you're on the hunt for easy DIY Halloween Lawn Décor, this is it! These Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes were so incredibly simple to put together, a child can do it (or at least help out!) Another plus? These DIY Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes only ending up costing about $4 (TOTAL - for several sets of completed glow in the dark googly monster eyes.) Aside from the paint (that I picked up at A.C. Moore for a little over $1 with the help of one of their high value coupons at  I grabbed everything from Dollar Tree. 

Friends, in all honesty, I haven't ever really gone over-the top with my decorations for Halloween. In fact, most years, I simply decorate for the Fall season. It's just easier. Think faux fall leaves, and flower arrangements, pretty wreaths, burlap garlands; basically items that transition easily straight on through to Thanksgiving. My oldest daughter is really into Halloween though, so this year I'm trying to amp up our Halloween Lawn Décor a bit.  These DIY Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes were just the right touch. The glow in the dark paint charges in the daylight, and the eyes give off a yellow glow from our potted plants and garden beds, at night. All of the kids LOVE them, as do the neighbors.

Read on for the simple supply list and for our easy tutorial to make your own DIY Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes, below

DIY Schleich Horse Club Play Tray - A Simple Craft to Expand on the Creative Play!

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Schleich .  The opinions and text are all mine.
This DIY Schleich Horse Club Play Tray is such a simple craft to do with the kids to expand on the creative play with your Schleich Horse Club figurines! These easy Horse Club play trays come together in under an hour and with about $6 worth of simple supplies (you may even already have some of the items already on-hand.) Make a simple scene inside of your DIY Horse Club play tray like ours, or make it more detailed. You can also make more than one scene in more than one tray! As a mom I love how easy it is to store these DIY Play Trays when they're not in-use, too!

Hi friends, how have you been? I hope you're all enjoying all of the uninterrupted time with the kids in the sunshine this summer! Did you catch my post yesterday on the new Schleich Horse Club figurines, app, and MORE?! If not, CLICK HERE to learn more about all of the new Horse Club themed fun available now, from Schleich (PLUS enter to WIN a Horse Club prize pack!). This DIY Schleich Horse Club play tray is inspired by all of the fun new additions to the line. It's a fun way to add to the creative play with all of your new Horse Club Figurines (and play sets!) and a great way to keep the kids entertained during the last few weeks of summer!

Read on for the full supply list and our easy how-to, to make your own DIY Schleich Horse Club Play Tray with the kids!