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Link-Party

Good morning! I’ve teamed up with Bird’s Party and Chris of Celebrations At Home for a link party!

What does that mean? That means when you link up an idea on my blog, it shows up on theirs too! {woo hoo!}

Plus, we’re going to pin and feature some of our favorite ideas shared (last month’s favorites will be featured this Thursday)! We’ve set up a team Pinterest board, Party Ideas & Trends, with over 33K followers!

We’d love for you to follow the board, and follow us: Party Ideas and TrendsKim {The Celebration Shoppe}, Bird’s Party and Chris {Celebrations At Home}.

Okay, a bit of a tech lesson on SEO. Let me tell you a secret. Link Parties are a fabulous way to improve your blog’s SEO! Yep. If you’ve been blogging for while, you’re bound to have been told or read about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how crucial it is to getting your site/blog noticed by search engines such a Google. And having quality links in other blogs or sites that are similar to your own (parties, food, crafts blogs…), is vital to improving your rank, which mean your blog has more chances of being found in a search!

Plus, link parties offer you the chance to get your blog posts noticed and shared by others! Let’s all be good to each other ladies. If you love what you see, share it. It’s a great way to build relationships and show your appreciation for other bloggers.

Okay, so let’s get linky! {grin}



As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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crafts for kids {12 math practice ideas}

12 Fun Ways to Practice Math

Need fun and creative ways to help your kids with math practice this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our third installment, math practice for kids. Make sure you check out our first two roundups too: 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids and 12 science crafts for kids.

My middle child, a.k.a my drama queen, has just recently learned her division facts. Not bad for a rising 3rd grader {proud mama grin}. But the accomplishment made me think about what other fun math craft ideas we could find to keep her growing this summer.

There’s no shortage of talented mommies who share some magnificent math practice and craft ideas:

  • Make Your Own Abacus via Homeschooling Hearts and Minds uses household items and helps little ones understand place values.
  • Pumpkin Pie Fractions via Almost Unschoolers is a great visual for early fractions
  • Lemonade Stand via Family Education combines money lessons and good old fashioned fun!
  • Don’t Get Zapped {game} via Teach Beside Me can be tailored for any math facts, even for older kids.
  • Hopscotch via A Girl and a Glue Gun may look like just a felt game, but it can easily be changed to a face-paced math quiz. Have your child(ren) add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers she jumps on.

I’m sure I’ll be reciting math facts in my sleep this week {smirk}

  • Lego Math Fun via Kids Acitivities Blog uses Legos to stretch those minds.
  • Rock Counting via Thrive 360 Living is fantastic for little ones learning to count or write numbers. (and I love anything that can travel with me and my brood!)
  • Milk Cap Math via love2learn2day keep your kiddo on his math facts toes!
  • Juice Can Lid Play Money via Crafitments teaches all about money and coin values
  • Paper Plate Math and Alphabet Game  via Kiwi Crate is a simple, but effective tool for teaching
  • Sudoku Printables via kid giddy uses shape identification and the popular puzzle to engage school-aged kiddos.
  • Walking Water via play based learning; OK, so technically this is a science experiment, but I love the measurement component as a math concept, too!

And make sure you join us on our Crafts for Kids {the series} Pinterest board for more clever craft, gift and treat ideas.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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crafts for kids {12 science craft ideas}

12 Summer Science Crafts for Kids

Want crafts for kids? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained and learning this summer?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our second installment, science crafts for kids. What mom doesn’t want her child to learn while having fun? {grin} Make sure you check out our first roundup, 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids too.

Since my background is science (I was a pharmacist before staying home with the kids), I’m always looking for fun ways to teach my kids principles of science. These science crafts for kids are a fantastic way to bring art and science together through crafts!

  • Starfire Explosion Tie Dye Shirt via Fave Crafts is a fabulous experiment in colors and shapes. This site offers great tutorials in a multitude of patterns.
  • Bubble Gift Wrap Paper via Martha Stewart crafters makes beautiful papers and a fantastic lesson in surface tension
  • Absorbing Artwork via Spoonful combines a lesson in absorption and what happens when colors mix.
  • DIY Foam Stamps via Mom’s Crafty space allow for creative freedom and teach about negative space, too
  • Exploding Artwork via Housing a Forest is a frame-worthy lesson in air pressure
  • Marshmallow Shooter via Macaroni Kid lets kids learning about trajectories; but let’s face it…it’s just fun to shoot stuff at people {wink}

Can you feel your brain expanding yet?

  • Crystal Rainbows via Sweet and Simple Things can be made into almost anything. And they teach kids heat increasing dissolution as well as evaporation.
  • Spring Bouquet via Spoonful is a gorgeous way to brighten up any space. Kids will love learning about how the flowers draw in the coloring and why it stays.
  • Ice Art via Nurture Store claims to be a winter activity, but I see lots of potential for summer fun.  Colored ice blocks can be shaped and create cool sculptures.
  • Magnetic Silly Putty via Instructables adds a new element to an old favorite. Cool way to learn a bit about magnetic properties!
  • Homemade Gak via Musings of a SAHM is ooey, gooey, gross fun at it’s finest!
  • Mason Jar Terrarium via Scissors and Steam brings a live craft into your child’s world while providing you a chance to teach about why plants are so good for us to have on Earth.

I’m working on more posts including water crafts for kids, math crafts for kids and more! We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

As always,  we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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princess cupcakes {video tutorial}

Have a little princess in your life? Planning a princess birthday party?

In my latest video craft tutorial with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, as their Creativity Made Simple Craft Influencer for the month of May, I share how to make simple princess cupcakes with just a few supplies from the scrapbook section.

My favorite finds, which you’ll see in the video, were the crown embellishments from Martha Stewart Crafts and the chevron papers from a new DCWV birthday party pack.

For more easy and creative craft video tutorials visit my You Tube channel. And I’d love for you to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. I have tons of new tutorials planned!

And if you’d like to learn more about JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store’s Creativity Made Simple campaign, which is all about finding the time do what you love when life gets busy, hop over to my feature on the Creativity Made Simple site. Yep, that’s my face on the homepage. {giddy}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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banner ~ how to hang with no wall

How To Make A Banner Stand

So you know when you have a fun party planned, but there is no place to hang the banner… Oh yeah. With as many parties as I’ve hosted and styled I’ve been there a ton of times!

Sometimes there is no wall… or even a front of a table! {ugh}

So here’s what I suggest! Make a simple wooden stand to string your banner between.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a banner stand:

  • two small round wood bases,
  • pack of dowel rods,
  • white spray paint,
  • drill, and
  • wood glue

And here are the simple DIY steps:

  1. Drill a hole in the center of each base.
  2. Paint the two bases and two dowel rods.
  3. Place a bit of wood glue in the hole and insert the dowel rods. Let dry.

That’s it. Easy as one-two-three!

You can find the banner, beverage wrappers, napkin rings, dessert tags and more for my Pool Party Splash Bash in the shoppe. I’d love for you to stop in and browse!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Seen here with Kim Byers of The Celebration Shoppe first.

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party hat ~ video tutorial

Party Hat

Hi everyone! I’m really starting to love making video for my You Tube channel. Today I’m sharing a quick video tutorial for party hats! We’ve all bought the general party hat for a birthday party and now I’m going to show you a super simple way to dress it up. {grin}

Fringe!

You only need a few supplies and few minutes and that regular old party hat gets a make over!

This little project was part of my craft series with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores for their Creativity Made Simple initiative. If you’ve not already, please hop over to read my Q&A feature, see more craft projects including how to make simple beverage wrappers, a circus cake topper and more. Plus learn about how JoAnn and the Craft and Hobby Association are helping us reclaim our craft time!

And if you like what you see I’d love for you to help a girl out and subscribe to my You Tube channel! {big smile}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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how to make a wreath ~ video tutorial

Want to learn how to make a simple wreath? Rather watch a how to craft video than read my tutorial?  {smirk} It’s okay, I’m visual too. Bring on the photos and the video please! {grin}

Well, no worries. If you like to read the tutorial (and see step-by-step photos) I’ve got you covered and if you’d rather watch a craft video, I’ve got you covered there too!

Today I’m sharing the second craft video that I made with the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store team for their Creativity Made Simple video series.

how to make a wreath

Here are a few shots of the wreath. The blue and gray chevron was perfect for a blue bird baby shower I was working on and the yellow and gray is hanging in my kitchen right now! {smile}

I’d love for you to subscribe to my You Tube video channel and JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store’s channel too! And you can learn more about my projects with JoAnn and their Creativity Made Simple campaign, all about helping us find the time to be creative even when life gets busy, at JoAnn.com.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gift wrap paper

gift wrap paper

This simple gift wrap paper idea is perfect for the kids! It’s fun and maybe a little bit messy (which really just equals more fun, right!), but beautiful when finished and perfect to wrap a Mother’s Day gift!

When the Martha Stewart team asked if anything in this month’s issue inspired me, and would I be interested in sharing the idea with all of you, this super clever gift wrap paper idea was first on my list.

bubble crafts

I mean, finally, a project that gives your kids permission to blow bubbles at the table! Just grab some white butcher paper, build up a froth of paint and water in a baking dish, then gently place the paper on top to create a print.

It’s that easy! Hop over to Martha Stewart for all the how to details and supply list to make your own bubble gift wrap. And pick up this month’s Martha Stewart Living issue for tons of inspiration and ideas for your home and next celebration!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Copyright © 2013, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Originally published in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living.

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teacher appreciation week party

teacher appreciation week

This teacher appreciation week party is just a little peek at all the amazing ideas you’ll find in the latest issue of Bird’s Party Magazine. Bird has curated ideas from many amazing party bloggers for each issue and this issue offers ideas for everything from fairy parties to mermaid parties to ice cream parties. It’s just packed with fun ideas.

This adorable teacher appreciation week party was styled by Karen Ayars, photographed by Nicole Alberston, with printable teacher appreciation party décor from Sunny by Design and Day Signs by Day.

Hop over and scroll through Bird’s Party Magazine for all the party details including links to all the amazing creators and vendors.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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administrative assistant day

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Hi everyone, it’s Bridget!

Last week I shared some of my great finds for  Teacher Appreciation week, but I can’t forget how much our fabulous Administrative Assistants do, too!

This week is Administrative Assistant week; the actual day is April 24th this year, but trust me, they will appreciate it any day. {grin}

If you’re like me and get a bit wrapped up in life and need a great, last-minute gift idea, I have a few fabulous ideas to share. Monogrammed paint cans from Fit, Crafty, Stylish & Happy are a super simple way to spice up a clear craft paint can and you can use scrapbook paper you already have on hand. Just fill them with any goodies that you like! (She made them for teachers, but I think they are perfect for all those other important people who help make our kids’ schools fantastic.)

Our mascot is an owl, so I was thrilled to find this adorable Owl treat bag from Lisa Storms. The sweet tag line could be anything you like, too.  If you prefer something a with a little more pizzazz, these DIY coasters from Mixed Method would be just the thing for your administrative assistant. I envision mine in our school colors! You could also kick up a sweet card with this fabulous Candy Apple card from BoBunny. What a great way to reuse those old button containers!

My favorite idea is this absolutely fabulous mini clipboard and magnet tutorial  at Blooming Where I’m Planted. What administrative assistant doesn’t use Post-It Notes?!

And last, but not least, I adore this sweet beaded vase, aka Bring on the Bling from Julie Mulligan at 1800Flowers.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And Happy Administrative Assistant Appreciation Week!

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