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Yarn Wrapped Bunny Napkin Rings - Super Easy Kids Craft For Easter!

These yarn wrapped bunny napkin rings are a super easy kids craft for Easter, and oh so CUTE! Our completed yarn wrapped bunny napkin rings are all ready to add the perfect touch of adorable to our table this Easter! My favorite part? They only require a super simple list of supplies, some up-cycled paper towel tubes (cut down,) and about 10-15 minutes of time (per bunny napkin ring.)

My toddler is loving yarn at the moment. She loves yarn wrapping crafts in particular, but she also loves cutting and gluing yarn to just about anything and everything, so it's been like yarn palooza up in here, friends! Toddlers are so much fun; especially when they discover a real passion for something new. They totally run with it!

Ready to make your own yarn wrapped bunny napkin rings with your little one for the upcoming Easter holiday? Read on for the simple supply list and step-by-step tutorial.

Gradient Yarn Rainbow Craft

This gradient yarn craft is perfect for toddlers and younger kids.  It's super cute and incredibly simple too! This yarn rainbow craft requires a super simple list of supplies, and about 20 minutes of time. It allows little one's to build on their fine motor skills with a simple yarn wrapping technique.  If you're making this yarn rainbow craft with toddlers, you can easily prep the cardboard rainbow form ahead of time. If you're doing this yarn craft with older kids, you can allow them to cut the rainbow cardboard form themselves using safety scissors, for some added practice with their scissor skills. 

We made a handful of these gradient yarn rainbows and hung them from a 8 ft. ribbon, to create a colorful garland for our playroom. I love to switch up the décor throughout the year in the playroom and add items that the kids make to the walls. It's such a happy little space! :-)

Ready to make your own gradient yarn rainbow yarn wrapping craft with the kids? Read on for the simple supply list and step-by-step tutorial.

Irish Potato Candy

Have you ever tried Irish Potato Candy? It's SO good! It's also super simple to make, so it's the perfect St. Patrick's Day recipe to make with the kids. As an added bonus, Irish Potato Candy is also gluten-free. 

Did you know that Irish Potato candy is a bit of an Irish- American tradition? These small no-bake hand-rolled sweet candies are made to resemble potatoes and are comprised of a simple list of ingredients [not including actual potatoes!] After you mix your ingredients together, you simple roll them, dip them in cinnamon mixture, refrigerate and serve! Like I said, super simple!  

Grab the simple ingredient list and recipe for the BEST Irish Potato Candy recipe, below.

DIY Valentine's Day Wonderul Halos Love Monsters - Perfect Non-Candy Holiday Treat / Snack Idea For Kids! + A Giveaway

This post is in partnership with Wonderful Halos. All opinions expressed are my own.
Looking for non-candy Valentine's Day treat / snack ideas for kids? These DIY Valentine's Day Love Monsters are fashioned out of juicy Wonderful Halos California mandarins, and they make the perfect sweet non-candy treat /snack for kids {and adults alike!} this Valentine's Day! They would also be a great allergy friendly healthy treat to make in bulk as a class snack for the upcoming holiday.  You can easily assemble 25-30 of these Valentine's Day Love Monsters for about $20. Totally budget friendly, super cute, and most importantly, delicious!

Read on for the simple supply list and easy tutorial to make your own DIY Valentine's Day Love Monsters, as the perfect candy-free treat this Valentine's Day + enter to win FIVE (5lb.) bags/ crates of Wonderful Halos California mandarins! 

Upcycled Soda Bottle Dinosaur Terrarium Garden Inspired by Gigantosaurus [NEW on Disney Junior!] #Gigantosaurus

This post is sponsored by Cyber Group Studios / Disney Junior. All opinions expressed are my own.
Gigantosaurus makes it's BIG debut on Disney Channel tomorrow [at 9 a.m during the Disney Junior program block!]  We're celebrating today, with this Upcycled Soda Bottle Dinosaur Terrarium Garden kids craft - inspired by this fun new animated series for preschoolers!

We had the chance to check out a full episode of Gigantosaurus last week, and we were all absolutely delighted. This new animated series brings the pages of Jonny Duddle's book [of the same name] to life with beautifully vibrant and captivating animation, and story-lines that are written to inspire.  As a mom, I always look for programming that encourages my kids to explore new topics, navigate real-life lessons, and ask questions. Gigantosaurus checks all of those boxes, friends! The gorgeous animation grabbed them, then the questions started rolling in from my 2 year old. The never-ending list of "why'?" I love that! Little kids have such a thirst for knowledge. They always want to know the who, what, where, when, and why?! After we were finished watching Gigantosaurus,  there were lots of questions, lots of searching and reading, and tons of learning fun new facts about their new favorite topic; DINOSAURS! Seriously, folks, they are now officially obsessed with all things dinosaur related. Then, the crafting started!

First, we made DIY No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves, inspired by Gigantosaurus [click here for the full tutorial.] Then we made these fun Upcycled Soda Bottle Dinosaur Terrarium Gardens. The plant-life was crucial to the survival of many plant-eating dinosaurs during the cretaceous time period and it's so beautifully depicted in Gigantosaurus, so we thought these Dinosaur Terrariums were the perfect way to celebrate our favorite new show! These Dino Terrariums would also make a great make-and-take craft for a Gigantosaurus Dinosaur themed party.

Read on for the full supply list and my easy tutorial, to make your own upcycled soda bottle dinosaur terrarium garden with your little one.

Snowman Yarn Wrapping Craft - Fun & Easy Winter Activity For Toddlers

Hi friends, I hope you're all staying warm this week! This snowman yarn wrapping craft was the perfect [ super simple! ] way to entertain my toddlers indoors for a bit yesterday. With the cold snap that we've been having here these past few days [and a big snow storm in the forecast for this weekend!] I've been raiding my craft supply bins daily,  to keep my younger two children entertained. 

Yarn wrapping crafts for kids / toddlers are a great way to keep little hands busy and occupied on these long winter days. They are also a great way to help develop / enforce fine motor skills. Depending on how old your child is, this can also be a great craft to help practice scissor / cutting skills (with safety scissors and close adult supervision.)  However, if your child is a bit younger, you can easily make this craft all about the yarn wrapping simply by prepping all of the pieces to the craft ahead of time (the prep is super quick and easy for this craft!)

Read on for the full supply list and easy tutorial, to make this snowman yarn wrapping craft with your little one!

No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves Inspired by Gigantosaurus ~ NEW on Disney Junior! #Gigantosaurus

This post is sponsored by Cyber Group Studios / Disney Junior. All opinions expressed are my own.

Gigantosaurus stomps onto Disney Channel [during the Disney Junior program block at 9 a.m.] on January 18th, and  I think it's safe to say that we're all giddy with anticipation around here! Today, I'm excited to share this fun No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves craft inspired by the new animated Gigantosaurus series, for preschoolers. These DIY Dino mittens were a total hit with my toddlers - they absolutely LOVE them!  My favorite part? They were super simple to assemble, and all-in, each pair only costs about $2 to make. This DIY No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves craft is the perfect way to gear-up for the Gigantosaurus premiere this Friday, with your preschooler! They would also make a great DIY party favor for a Gigantosaurus themed dinosaur party!

Based on Jonny Duddle's bestselling children's book of the same name, the Gigantosaurus series (developed and produced by France-based Cyber Group Studios) stars four fiercely-fun dinosaur friends who will take preschoolers on exciting comedy-filled adventures as they dare to be themselves and explore the world beyond their nests. Every vibrant imagination-inspiring episode follows the group on a quest, as they face their individual fears and work together to solve a problem. As the inquisitive Mazu, playful Tiny, timid, Bill, and courageous rocky aim to learn more about Gigantosaurus, they discover they each have something to learn from him too.

Read on for more about Gigantosaurus, the full supply list and my easy tutorial to make your own No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves.

Why Amazon Locker Is A Mom's Best Friend! + A Giveaway #AmazonLocker #DeliveringSmiles

This post is in partnership with Amazon. All opinions expressed are my own.

Ready for some real talk? Amazon Locker at Whole Foods, is seriously a mom's best friend! Thanks to Amazon Locker, I'm officially DONE with my holiday shopping { which is pretty miraculous, for me!} My favorite part? All of the holiday treats and surprises, have remained a surprise. Friends, with teens and toddlers in the house, that's no easy feat! 

Honest moment? Every year I plan to complete my shopping weeks in advance, yet somehow there's always those last few items that I either procrastinate about or forget entirely. Until the eleventh hour, that is. Then I rush here, there,  and everywhere like a mad women! Is it just me or are other moms with me on this? Gosh, I hope I'm not alone.  Not this year though! I picked up my final gift from an Amazon Locker at Whole Foods in Tribeca over the weekend, while grabbing some essentials for our upcoming holiday meal. It was a literal sigh of relief to be done {and with a whole week + to spare!} also added a few {super cute} pre-assembled gingerbread houses + gingerbread cookies to my cart to decorate with the kids this week; perfect picks for some no-fuss holiday fun.  I think that's my holiday moto this year. No-fuss. Because again, let's be real, no-fuss always equals more holiday fun!

Read on for more about Amazon Locker + enter to WIN an Gift Card + Whole Foods Market Gift Card!