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Painting With Feathers For Less Than $10

Ideas for Toddlers

Well today we thought we’d go colonial style and paint… with feathers. If men and women could write letters to one another with a feather and ink for hundreds of years, why not give painting with one a try too?

My daughter loved it! It was something different instead of boring old paint brushes, or her fingers. Besides, between the paint and the feathers the entire activity cost me less than $10 at Michaels. This little paint session kept her busy for over an hour, which was awesome.

I loved the neon paint we bought, and her pictures turned out so cute because the paint was so colorful and vibrant. The pack of feathers worked great as well. There were so many sizes and tons of them, so we tried to pick big ones that were easy to paint with.

If you’re looking for something fun and easy to do with your toddler I would highly recommend this fun activity.

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Easy and Cheap Classroom Gender Reveal

I never did a huge gender reveal with our family and friends. Looking back on it I wish I would have. There are so many neat ideas nowadays, like my friends who did confetti cannons!

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It’s a girl!

It’s always fun to share your gender reveal announcement with people, but sharing the news with children makes it even better. I was so excited to share the news of our baby’s gender with my students, and thought of an easy cheap way to do it. I wish I could have purchased small confetti cannons for each of my students, but made my own instead. While my students were sent to the library I got to work creating this fun way to announce.

I always keep Dixie Cups in my room. The ones I happened to buy were pink, green and blue. The students had previously guessed if they thought the baby was going to be a boy or girl. For the students that thought girl they got a pink cup, and the students that thought boy they got a blue cup.

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I then cut pink construction paper into small confetti like pieces that the students would be able to throw up in the air.

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After filling the cups with pink confetti paper, I took dark green, sparkly tape that could cover the cup. Because the tape was dark it made it easy to not see through the cup, even from the white bottom. I left part of the tape off the rim, so it would be easy for the students to rip it off when the big reveal came.

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Once I picked my students up from the library and brought them back to the room they each had a cup on their desk. We took the cups outside, and I explained how to unveil the surprise. They were so excited!

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I then told them I was going to count to three so they could look at the color inside. If it was pink it was a girl, if it was blue it was a boy. They’re adorable reactions were priceless!

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I then counted to three one more time to allow them to throw the confetti in the air to show the final gender reveal!

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It’s a girl! They were so excited, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to share with them! Of course we then cleaned up our mess. I mean c’mon… it was Earth day.

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What are some other fun ways to reveal the gender to your kiddos? Maybe I’ll start preparing myself for baby #2!

xo

Britta

Decor

6 Cheap, Easy Touches to Spruce Up Your Home

Sometimes we go on Pinterest, Instagram or any type of social media account and see these immaculate homes. These rooms are beautiful with the best light fixtures, amazing rugs, pillows and decor that match perfectly.

Then I look up and glance around the room and realize my home looks nothing like these homes. Not even close. Maybe bits and pieces, but certainly not full rooms.

But you know what, THAT’S OKAY.

Over the years with the help from my two best friends, Target and Homegoods, I have been able to accumulate small touches to my home that not only spruce it up a bit, but literally put a smile on my face.

Here are some very small touches you can add to your home to spruce it up a little bit. These are no going to blow your mind, but sometimes it’s a good reminder. Maybe you already have a few of these, but maybe you don’t.

Snag a cute doormat.

There are tons of doormat’s out there. It doesn’t even have to be super expensive. Places like Walmart or Target even have them for around $10 sometimes. Doormats just add a small touch to your little porch, and are a nice, inviting welcome as someone walks to your front door. Here is the link to my pineapple doormat.

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Plants- real or fake!

Any type of plant can add a beautiful touch to your rooms. Plants can improve the air quality of your home, or add a pop of color. You can either get plants that are in it for the long haul, or if you’re afraid of commitment just pick yourself up some grocery store flowers for the kitchen. If you’re worried you don’t have the green thumb and somehow all of your plants seem to die, just get artificial ones. Some fake flowers or some potted plants look so real people may not even notice.

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These beauties were just from Wegmans.

Do you research on indoor plants before you buy one. Make sure there is enough sunlight or not too much sunlight for where you choose to keep your plant. Determine how much water it needs and how often.

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Homegoods always has tons of artificial planters. There may be at least one small artificial plant in each room of my house. They’re just too cute, I can’t resist!

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Candles, candles everywhere!

Okay, maybe it’s just me but I may have a slight obsession with candles. And not just the candles you burn, but candles that I will NEVER burn because they’re just too cute!

I have candles all throughout the house. There is at least one burning candle in every downstairs room. They are so cozy, and they make the house smell good, and different all the time.

I know candles may seem obvious. But think about it, one candle in each room gives you at least something easy and small to put on a shelf or a table in each room. It’s a quick, easy fix to having bare or empty spaces.

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My favorite little cactus candle. Oh look another candle. And hey, fake flowers.

Stack, stack, stack it up.

How many old books or magazines do you have around you house? Stack those books or magazines and it can give your shelves or furniture a new dimensional look. Small items can have their own little stage to be displayed on instead of looking so tiny and alone by themselves.

If you’ve put items on a shelf and you’re just not digging it, try stacking. It just might be the little change you need.

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Trinkets galore.

Small items that give your rooms a little character can be a great way to spruce up your home. Try to include meaningful items in your home, or just small items that make you happy. It may include small souvenirs from places you visit, old antique objects that belonged to an older generation, or just simple things from places like Homegoods or Target.

Personally, my husband and I try to pick up a small item for our home each time we travel to a new place. It’s fun when objects have a story behind them.

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I love our small Eiffel Tower we brought back from France. Epcot France that is. Oh look, another candle.

Get artsy.

I know sometimes the idea of displaying art can seem overwhelming. Art can be expensive, and it can be tricky to match what you want to the decor or colors of a room.

There are tons of cheap art options that you can use in your home though. Think about all the places you can get cheap art that you love.

Nowadays phones do an amazing job capturing pictures, and there are so many places that can print your pictures for you in any size you’d like. Find a picture you love and a frame that it can go in and it’s a simple, cheap way to add art to your wall.

My friend worked at a card company for a little while. For our wedding she gave us a card that unlike the others I couldn’t allow myself to recycle. I cut the front off and now we display that as a cute little art piece in our home. It’s a small, daily reminder of our special day. Save cards that are memorable or sweet and frame them as easy art in your home.

Ever thought to pull pictures from an old book or a magazine? Those could be just as easy to frame. How about a pretty calendar? There’s twelve pictures right there for you!

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Again, these are not mind blowing, super unique ideas but just a reminder to think outside the box on where you can find awesome things to fill your home.

What are some of your unique ideas for your home?

Enjoy!

Britta