Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Making Scarves for Kids

I am addicted to scarves. I love them. Naturally I wanted to make some for my kids, but having my kids wrap anything around their necks makes me a little nervous. So I came up with this safe kid scarf. It's easy enough for anyone to sew on a sewing machine or could even be hand-stitched in very little time. All you need is some fleece and some thread. 

Thing One's scarf is about a 3T-4T I'd say. For that size I measured and cut out two pieces of fleece 3 1/4 " wide by 36" long.  I lined them up, back to back and pinned in a few places to keep the pieces from slipping around. Then I sewed a line every 3" starting from one end. Once all the lines were sewn I cut the two ends into 1/2" pieces to create fringe. That's all there is to it. 

Now are you ready for the cool part?

To keep it snug and safe on your little kiddos, just pull apart the two pieces in one of the sections and tuck the other side through it. 

No losing your scarf, no getting choked. Kid-friendly. And easy enough to make one in lots of colors if you want : )

 Stay warm out there! I have a fun winter series planned for the next couple of weeks. I'll be back to announce that on Friday. See you then : )

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cheese CAKE

My sister-in-law is a cheese-lover (as are we), so for her birthday dinner a couple weeks ago I made her a special cake and dabbled in some new (to me) decorating methods. I took my inspiration from these little cheeses, which I have always loved. They were a special treat growing up. We brought a little cheese for everyone at her party. Kind of like a party favor : )

I toyed with several different plans on how I wanted to make the cake. But eventually I ended up with this:

Once I decided that I wanted to make her cake look like a giant cheese wheel, I started thinking it would be fun to make the plate look like a cheese plate. I didn't have anything large enough to fit a cake, but then I remembered the faux wood wrapping paper I used in the play coffee shop. I covered a plastic tray with the paper, taping it to the back and "laminating" the top with packing tape. 

Then I baked a yellow cake, cut out one slice and frosted it with cream cheese frosting. The next step was my first attempt at using fondant. I rolled out a package of white and laid it over the cake, carefully cutting a slit where the slice had been taken out and folding the edges to the inside. 

 Next I wanted to make it look like there was a red rind or wax on the cheese. I covered the "cheese plate" with foil (to keep it clean) and cut a piece of paper to cover the sliced-out piece.

I used some red Wilton color mist to spray the whole outside of the cake. I really like these color sprays. I used the green when I made Thing One's green ham cake. One thing to note is that the color dries much darker than it originally looks when you spray it on. I was worried that this cake was going to look pink, but when it dried it really was a nice red. 

See, nice red rind, nice white cheese inside.

I covered the slice I removed with the remaining fondant, and again used a paper to cover the top, spraying red around the sides. Then I mixed a little cocoa powder into a ball of the fondant and made a mouse. Just for fun. : )

For this piece I did use one of our wood cheese plates, so the wheel and the slice matched.

There you have it, birthday cheese! I sure love a birthday them, especially for grown-ups because I think it's a little more unexpected.

Hope you are having a great weekend!
Thanks for reading
- Haley

Monday, January 21, 2013

Think Outside the (gift)Box

Other than post-Christmas clearance, the only place I buy wrapping paper is the dollar store (or the dollar spot at other stores). It's a great deal and they have some interesting papers. When you can get wrapping paper at this price it makes it a really economical choice for lots of projects, not just wrapping presents. Last year I picked up this gingham red and tan paper, planning to use it for some Valentine's projects. You might remember it as the photo backdrop for my chocolate covered potato chips, which I made as a Valentine's treat.  

I also used it to make some gift bags, just cutting out hearts and sticking them to brown paper bags with scrapbook sticky squares. 

Then I made table runner for our Valentine's dinner. You could also just cut out place mats.

Since we didn't have any major spills, after the Valentine's dinner I turned the paper over to the plain brown side and let Thing One have it as a giant coloring sheet, kind of like we did when we covered the coffee table.  I've talked about other uses (or re-uses) for wrapping paper when we made the magnets and the kids coffee shop. I have another little project I want to show you soon using that faux wood wrapping paper (from the coffee shop), that stuff is extra versatile. I hope this gives you some ideas for using cheap wrapping paper. It's not just for birthday presents! Have a great week!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

One Year

This weekend marks one year since I started blogging. If I'm totally honest I'll admit that I have a love-hate relationship with blogging. Amidst everything else I have going right now, it's hard to find time to take pictures, upload pictures, and write content. I have to make myself stay up late or sacrifice something else to have time to write. No one makes me blog and no one pays me to blog, it a choice that I make every time I publish something. So why do I do it? 

There's a lot that I really do love. Sometimes I'm proud of how a picture or a particular post turned out, and it feels like I accomplished something. If you are a mom of young kids you might agree that keeping kids changed and fed doesn't always feel like the accomplishment that it is. I guess along side that I like having this more tangible record of my time.

I love sharing ideas and hearing from other moms, bloggers, recipe lovers and crafters. I love that I now have a record of what we did.

As a stay-at-home mom sometimes I don't know where the time goes. Days blur together; at the end of the week sometimes it's hard to say if we accomplished anything, or just survived. I feel like this blog is my proof that we are more than surviving.

 If I couldn't look back over these posts I wouldn't necessarily remember that we did these fun crafts, experiments, and activities.

Finally, it is my hope that sometimes what I post here is an encouragement to you who are reading. An encouragement to keep being a great mom (which you probably are), to try something new, to get messy, to have fun, and to know that you are so loved, no matter what.

"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say."
- II Thesssalonians 2:16-17

Thank you for reading, and if you've ever left a comment, for your encouragement. It's been an exciting year, and I will continue to blog with anticipation of good things to come. : )

- Haley

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 Reading List

For a long time after becoming a mom the most reading I could seem to accomplish was a magazine article. This fall though I started to get my reading groove back. I read a bunch of good books and now I have a stack of books on my list. 

Everyone has their favorite genres. Mine tend to be books that make me want to be a better person; that spur me to action. I want to feel like all the hours spent reading something were worth it because they changed me. I also like books that inform me of global happenings, and I guess my guilty pleasure would be political thrillers. If you like any of these kinds of books and are looking for your next read  here's a few that I've read and recommend:

Same Kind of Different As Me - by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
What Difference Do It Make - by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

These books talk about homelessness, seeing the world through someone else's eyes and the power of friendship. It changed the way I thought about homeless people. They're still changing me. I'll probably write about this more soon. : )

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years - by Donald Miller

I will admit I didn't like this book at the beginning, but ended up really liking it in the end. I think that's how you are supposed to feel. Here's the synopsis:

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years chronicles Miller's rare opportunity to edit his life into a great story, to reinvent himself so nobody shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll. Through heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers through the life that emerges when it turns from boring reality into meaningful narrative.
Miller goes from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America, from living in romantic daydreams to fearful encounters with love, from wasting his money to founding a nonprofit with a passionate cause. Guided by a host of outlandish but very real characters, Miller shows us how to get a second chance at life the first time around. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a rare celebration of the beauty of life.

I just started reading UnPoverty by Mark Lutz. "Rich lessons from the working poor." I think we all have a lot to learn. 

Still on my list are:

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, a book about being grateful for everything and through everything. 

And The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg. This is book two in his latest series (book one was The Last Imam and book three The Damascus Countdown comes out March 5!). This is what I was talking about when I said political thriller. Rosenberg has his ear to the ground when it comes to global political rumblings. He has an uncanny way of knowing what's coming and publishing a book about it right before it happens. Although his series are fiction they are peppered with actual happenings, real stats and facts. He also writes some eye opening non-fiction. If you want to get yourself up to speed on what's happened and what's happening in the middle east you might like "Epicenter" and "Inside the Revolution." Rosenberg has a blog where he posts news updates, if you are interested. 

There are other books I'm looking forward to, but this is a start for now. Have you read a great book lately that you recommend?
Happy Reading! 
- Haley

Friday, January 11, 2013

Being Frugal Part III: Entertainment, Gifts & Gardening

Hi! This is Part III of my posts on being frugal. If you missed them, here are parts I & II:
Part I: Groceries & Restaurants here
Part II: Retail & Recycling here.
Today we'll talk about entertainment, gifts, and gardening.

Free Entertainment

We have a very low entertainment budget, but that doesn't mean we do nothing, it just means we do a lot of cheap and free things. We go to hot air balloon festivals, and Scottish parades, and free concerts in the park all summer long. Last year we went to the Denver Zoo and the Museum of Natural History for free. Did you know that there's a list of free dates for all Scientific and Cultural Facilites (SCFD) in Colorado? There are lots of museums, the zoo, and botanic gardens all free (check out the dates below).  It amazing how much there is to do for free. Just look online to see what's going on in your area. Most of my links are for CO, so sorry if you are from another state, but after some checking, most states have similar lists for free days, so hopefully this will at least give you ideas of what to look for. Here's a few to get you started:

- Colorado Festivals & Fairs. Many of these are free or have some free elements.
National Parks: free entrance dates. Also, 265 of the 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So plan a day trip and pack a picnic for a free day of fun!
- While we're talking nature, did you know in Colorado you can go fishing for free (without a license) the first full weekend in June every year? Other states do this one weekend a year as well. Some cities also have ponds where kids 12 and under can fish for free and without a license any time. 
- Ben & Jerry's free cone day: in April (check the website for the 2013 date)
- Free 7.11 oz slurpee at 7-eleven every July 11th. 
- Kids Eat Free at lots of restaurants on certain days. Check out these sites here and here to find a restaurant near you with Kids eat free specials. 


This one is pretty short and sweet. I am on the look-out for gifts for my friends and family all year long. When toys go on clearance after Christmas I stock up for birthdays. They're the same toys, stores just want to get them out of there. I know where the clearance area is in just about every store. I don't know why all the Color Wonder sets were 70% off at Target in November, but they were, so I will gladly pay $4.75 for a set that was $14.95 last week. There's always another birthday party just around the corner, and being prepared ahead of time saves much stress and lots of money. I can't tell you how many times life gets busy and I realize, that party's today! Not to worry, I go "shopping" in the bin of cool new toys that I have bought at super prices. I try to have a variety of things so I can find something just right for the recipient, or I buy things ahead of time with them in mind in the first place. When you wait you pay, because you don't have time to price compare; to shop around, you need the item now. When you are prepared you save because you are in control, buying when it's a good deal, passing it up when it's not. 

I should have mentioned yesterday, that just because something has an orange sticker, doesn't mean it's necessarily a good price. I am always telling my husband that I think there should be a law that the word "clearance" should denote at least 30% off. But sometimes places *cough target* put clearance stickers on things that are only 10-15% off. That barely qualifies as "sale" in my book and definitely doesn't qualify as clearance. Don't be fooled, always compare the sale price to the regular price and then ask yourself if it's a good value. Just because it's cheap doesn't mean you need it. : )

Be Your Own Farmer's Market

I know it couldn't be more winter right now, but in the summer we like to go to local Farmer's Markets and we are lucky to have several close to us. We usually get a few things, but rather than pay twice the grocery store price at a farmers market, we come home and pick the produce right out of our own garden. They say money doesn't grow on trees, but it does grow in planter boxes and garden beds. Lettuce and tomatoes are especially easy to grow and are probably the best return on your investment. If you have more space, you can do a lot with zucchinis. I can't encourage you enough to grow at least some of your own veggies. If you have so much as a mini patio that gets some sun you can grow your own salads and herbs. Gardening is also a great activity for kids and it gives you something fun to do outside, so you could even count this as cheap entertainment for your kiddos. : )
If you know others who are interested in gardening you could plan to split seed packets with them to save even more. Unless you have a lot of space to plant, you will probably only plant a few seeds from each packet. Plan a seed swap or have each friend start and care for one or two types of plants, and then arrange a plant swap once it's time to transplant into the garden.
In the fall we have a local farm that lets you come out and pick a certain amount (a lot!) of produce for a flat $15 per person. This is a crazy good deal for produce so we go out and play farmers for an afternoon, coming home with a full trunk of onions, squash, carrots, corn, pumpkins, peppers, cabbage and lots more. These make great fall meals and winter soups. We made a lot of healthy meals for $30. Even if you can't (or don't want to) grow your own food, you can check to see if there's a farm near you that does a harvest special.

Thanks for putting up with all the wordiness this week. I hope that there was a little tip in there somewhere that will be helpful to you. It's thrilling to know that you saved a good deal of money on something. It gives a whole new meaning to "bread winner." If you have a money-saving tip please share in the comments! : ) Thanks for reading, my frugal friends!
- Haley

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Being Frugal Part II: Retail & Recycle

Hi! Are you ready for more frugal talk? If you missed the first post, you can find Part I: Food & Restaurants here. Today we'll talk about how to save money in Retail and Recycling.

Being Frugal: Part II


If there's one thing I love about Kohls it's that they let you stack coupons, even on sale items. You can use Kohls cash with your 30% off coupon to buy things that are already 80% off. Seriously, Kohls is this close to paying me for taking stuff out of there. I always shop at the end of every season for their 60%-90% off clothes. I buy things for the next year or even a couple years down the road for my boys.    I used to go to those kids consignment sales, until I figured out that I could actually pay less for brand new clothes for my boys if I shop smart. We bought a winter coat for Thing One at Old Navy this week on clearance for $9.99. For less than one coat cost a month ago you can buy your kid a coat and two more to donate to a clothing bank. Score!

If you shop at Target you might really benefit from getting their Target Visa or Debit Card. You save 5% on every purchase, get free shipping with no minimum, and occasional extra coupons sent to you in the mail. (No they aren't paying me to say this, the opposite really, I want people to spend as little there as possible!)
If you use the Target pharmacy you can sign up for a rewards card that earns you a 5% off a single shopping trip after every 5 filled prescriptions (this program has nothing to do with the Visa or Debit, but can be combined with that savings for a savings of almost 10% off your entire purchase).
Target also sends out pages of coupons in the mail and newspaper. The trick to these is to not run out and use them right away. I have found if you wait and watch the sales they actually will put the same items that the coupons are good for on sale right before the coupon expires. So for example, you could pay: sale price - coupons, -5% (pharmacy reward), -5% (Target card), and sometimes they send out a plain old $5 off your purchase (they send out a link for this pretty often to FB fans). I used all these on a single trip and saved a ton! You gotta know when to hold 'em.

I've mentioned before that I never go to Hobbly Lobby or Michaels without my 40% off coupon; why would you? And you know those coupons that print on the back of your grocery receipt? Yep we actually use those. Never pay full price for an oil change, my friends.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I can't tell you how many times I've pulled stuff out of the recycle to re-use for something. I've used more jars than I can count for flower vases, large and small, to send home a bouquet or some fresh herbs with a friend. We've made pencil and marker holders out of frozen juice containers, bird houses out of milk cartons, baskets out of kleenex boxes, and umpteen things out of TP tubes (I've actually got a whole series on this coming up this spring, stay tuned). If you are good about rinsing your recyclables then you always have the option of snatching them up before they make it to the curb. Especially in the winter when I hate bundling everyone up to run out for one needed supply, I find looking around at stuff you already have can lead to lots of fun crafts and projects, plus they are free! Five minutes on Pinterest can show you how to turn anything into a craft, am I right?

*Note above: off brand kleenex and half gallons of milk (even though we go through 3-4 gallons a week), because the half gallons were cheaper. Told ya!

Finally, we live in a single stream recycle community, so everything just gets recycled in one bin--no sorting--which is super nice for us. We have a giant recycle bin and a half size trash bin. You may not know this, but in our city you can actually request a smaller trash bin, for which you get charged less per month. When we recycle everything that can be recycled, and compost all our fruit and veggie scraps (Spring through Fall) we have no problem fitting our trash in a smaller bin, and I feel better about producing less trash. It's worth checking with your city utilities dept. to see if there are cheaper options for different sizes of trash bins and recycle bins.

See you soon for Part III: Entertainment, Gifts & Gardening.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Being Frugal Part I: Groceries & Restaurants

As a mostly stay-at-home mom, I don't get a pay check every two weeks. But I have found new satisfaction in the fact that although I can't bring in a lot of money at this stage in our kids' lives, I can keep a lot from going out. When I am able to get something we need at way below list price I feel like I did make money, because we can spend what we saved on something else. I'm far from an extreme couponer, but I've found that once you've decided not to pay full price for things, it changes the way you shop, eat, live; and it's hard to go back--to ever pay full price again. Saving money doesn't have to consume all your time, it's just a mind set of paying attention, knowing what's a good deal and what isn't. So this week I'm sharing seven ways to save. It's really seven categories with lots of tips and tricks and links in each. I'm not an expert and these are kind of lengthy posts, but if you stick with it I will tell you what we've tried, what we've changed, and the secrets we've discovered to help us save money. 

Being Frugal: Part I

At the Grocery Store

Several years ago I went to a little session on how to save big at the grocery store. The instructor was a huge fan of The Grocery Game. She had brought a full table of things that she'd gotten for free at the grocery store by using the website to help her shop. (Humor me if you know all about this) I'd never heard of it and it sounded amazing to get things for free, and save up to 50% on your shopping trip. If you aren't familiar with it, The Grocery Game is a website that tracks sale trends and printed coupons and tells you when you can combine coupons with the product's lowest price. For a few dollars a month you can use their system to make your lists and be able to find and print coupons.

We signed up and for a while I did it religiously, and we did save a crazy amount. Once we had kids however, I found I didn't have the time (or the energy) to cut out as many coupons, or stick entirely to the list. We quit doing it, but I felt guilty every time I went to the store because I knew I was paying too much. Our bills were much higher than when we had used the game. A few months later we found Coupon Mom. It's basically the same as the Grocery Game, except it's free! The weekly list shows you what your chosen store has on sale and how much it's on sale compared to the regular price (20% off, 40% off, etc.). It also lists the coupons so if you want to save more you can clip those. It tells you which coupon circular they are in (these are the ones that come in the Sunday newspapers: Smart Source, Red Plum, P&G, sometimes a General Mills) and the date that it went out. 

Like I said I don't have a lot of time to clip coupons, so what we do now is save all the coupons in a file folder by date and just write the date on the cover of each. Then as I look at the list, if there a product that's free with the coupon (ex: Colgate toothpaste is on sale for $1 and there's a $.50 coupon, which King Soopers doubles up to $1, so it's free) or coupons for something I really want, I just pull out and clip those. I never spend more than 5 minutes pulling out coupons for a trip, I only cut the ones I'm using right then, and I usually save $10 or so just in coupons, which for 5 minutes or less of my time seems like a pretty good wage. 
If you are willing to cut coupons, keep in mind that free is free, so even if you don't own a cat, if you are willing to clip it and buy it you can donate that cat food to the humane society, or extra toothpaste can go to the food bank or homeless shelter, at no real cost to you. Coupon Mom also has a coupon finder, which lets you search for coupons for items that you want to buy, so even if it's not on sale, if you need and and plan to buy it anyway you can find and use a coupon whenever you want. Even if you plan to never clip a grocery coupon I still highly recommend Coupon Mom, because in a few seconds you can still pull up the list of what's on sale, know if it's a good deal or not, and stock up on the things that are a good deal (knowing that they probably won't be on sale again for a couple of months), no coupons necessary.

{A few things about grocery coupons}
Don't get tricked into thinking you are getting a good deal just because you are using a coupon. That's why companies print them! If Kraft cheese is $4/bag and you have $1 off coupon, but Kroger cheese is $2.50/bag you are still paying more to use the coupon on Kraft. Always price compare with a comparable product, and try to learn what is a good price for your favorite items.
Make sure you are comparing apples to apples; check to be sure it's the same number of ounces or count per package. Lots of stores give you the price/oz. right on the price tag so you can compare if it's cheaper per oz. to buy 64 oz. instead of 12 oz., etc.. Do you know that sometimes it's cheaper to buy half-gallons of milk than full gallons? Simple math can save you a lot of money.
Many store brand products are made in the same factories as the the name brand (recalls have revealed this to us). With a few exceptions I have no problems buying store brand everything, but you have to pay attention, sometimes with a coupon name-brand will be cheaper than store brand.


I think that a lot of people get wrapped up in just couponing at the grocery store, but I would say that we save the most yearly by using coupons for eating out, you just have to know where to look. McDonalds and Burger King send coupons or whole books of coupons in the Sunday papers about monthly. Lots of them are for totally free stuff, no purchase necessary. We're not eating a lot of Big Macs, but I'll take a free smoothie or a french fry snack while the kids play at the play place, thank you. These 7-eleven coupons were given to us at a festival where companies set up booths and give out samples and coupons. I've found that coupons given at a company booth are usually good for up to a year, so it's worth going back for a few more if it's a product you like.  : )

Facebook is also a great way to get deals. "Like" your favorite places and get BOGO deals or free stuff, or just be in the know for when they are having sales or specials (Starbucks Frappy hour anyone?).  Not on Facebook? You can sign up for email fan clubs to get more and different deals. We get a BOGO Bilzzard from DQ every month (if we want it), and we never go to Qdoba with out a BOGO coupon in hand, which we just print from our email, or show on a smart phone (if you have one, which I don't). Be sure to also get frequent buyer cards so you get rewarded every so many purchases. For coupons and frequent buyer cards I suggest designating a place to keep them a folder or drawer just for restaurant/entertainment coupons. Then when you are trying to decide what to do or where to go, you can pull out all your discounts and see what sounds good or what's expiring soon. 

Some of our better restaurants run BOGO coupons or free appetizer deals as ads in our local newspaper, so it's always worth a glance through the paper as well. We have also used Living Social or Groupon for restaurant or entertainment deals, with varying results. If you know you'll go there and spend that amount it can be a good deal, but if you don't usually spend that much or go to that place we have found, it's not worth it to just get "more for your money." Once you add tax and tip on the full amount it tends to be more that we would have normally spent, which ends up not feeling like a very good deal after all. 

Thanks for reading this far. I hope something in this post is helpful to you. See you soon for more money-saving tips!  

                         Part III: Entertainment, Gifts & Gardening

Friday, January 4, 2013

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

When it's cold outside, like it has been here for the last three weeks (8º in the morning!), I always crave hot coffee and warm baked goods. This banana bread always hits the spot. Every time I've made it for someone else, they want the recipe, so I thought I'd share it here. I'm posting both the original recipe, which was given to me by a friend, and the way I actually make it, which is a little healthier. : )

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Makes: 2 loaves 
Takes: 10 min to prep, about an hour to bake

1/2 C butter softened
2 C sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened
2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 C mashed bananas
1 1/2 C chocolate chips

*My Tips*  -  I use margarine (I always use Imperial brand "great for baking")
                    -  I use 1 C sugar, 1 C Splenda
                    -  I use 1/3 less fat cream cheese
                    -  I am at high altitude, so I have to add 1/4 C flour.

Mix butter and sugar, then add eggs and vanilla. Mix in cream cheese and then add flour, baking powder, and baking soda all together. Mix in bananas then stir in 1 C chocolate chips. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Top each loaf with 1/4 C chocolate chips. Bake at 350º fro 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Store in the fridge, or freeze for later. 

I love that this recipe makes two loaves because then you can freeze one for later or give one away. I hope you'll enjoy this bread. It's my absolute favorite.

Have a great weekend!
- Haley

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Thank You Notes

Well, how were your holidays? We are spoiled every year and had a wonderful time again with our families. Now it's time to let them know how much we appreciate their thoughtful gifts. I think it's important to say "thank you." Not just for gifts, but for everything. I think gratitude is one of the most under-rated qualities in our society. I want my kiddos to learn the importance of saying thank you, so I try to have Thing One  be invested in his thank you notes (Thing Two is still too little). Last year I bought some blank cards and let Thing one make his own cards. 

He used some Lego character stickers and then drew a scene around them and I captioned it and helped him write his notes inside. Do you know there are websites where you can buy cards drawn by children? Think of what a money saver it is to have your own in-house card artist!

I think these are more fun to receive than store bought ones. Who doesn't love kid art? It just makes me smile. : ) This might also make a fun gift for a grandparent. Your kiddos can make a set of 4-6 cards with different themes: birthday, thank you, Valentine's Day etc. and give them the set as a gift. Using stickers as the focal point helps to clear up the "what is it" question and give the kids some structure to work around, plus it's easy to theme it with a little caption.

Wishing you a happy New Year!

Thanks for reading.
- Haley
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