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Fun and easy Easter craft for kids!



Photo Credit: Alexandra Grablewsk

1. Make a chick by gluing together two yellow pom-poms. Glue on a felt beak and feet. Add eyes with dimensional fabric paint. Let dry. (See my suggestion below for other ideas)

2. Insert the chick into a prestretched balloon. Blow up the balloon until it’s the size of a tennis ball. Knot the balloon and spray it with a light coating of cooking spray.

3. Cut perle cotton string into six or seven 2-foot lengths.

4. Pour white glue into a dish. Dip a length of string into the glue to coat it, then run it between your thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Wrap it around the balloon. Add more crisscrossing strands until there are no gaps larger than the chick.

5. Clip the knot of the balloon to a hanger, and hang it up to dry (It was suggested to try hanging them from a shower curtain rod).

6. With scissors, carefully pop the balloon and remove it.

I used to do this as a kid and it is so simple and fun! Personally, I would prefer to use pre-made chicks, especially since they’re easy to find this time of year. Gluing on tiny beak parts would require more patience than my kids would like to give (and could be difficult for younger children and those with special needs). It would also cut out the cost of the dimensional paint for the eyes. Googly eyes are fun, too, if you decide to make your own chicks!

This was riginally published in the April 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine. Thanks to them for this awesome idea!

Great deal on a highly rated Cedar swingset from Walmart!



Backyard Discovery Pathfinder Ii Cedar Wooden Swing Set – Was $499; Now Only $399 at!

It has an overall really great 4.1 star rating and is currently priced at $100 off!


This is a Walmart ROLLBACK and Ships via Freight.

FREE Store Pickup as soon as 04/18/2014.

From Walmart website:

The Pathfinder II Wooden Swing Set is back by popular demand! Ideal for social, active children, this cedar swing set features an upper play deck with a colorful, eye-catching canopy. To access the deck, kids can use the standard stepladder or the more challenging rock wall ladder. The 8′ speedy slide of this backyard swing set safely zips kids back down to the yard. Beneath the fort, there’s room for a sand box, plus a snack table that has its own canopy cover. Two belt swings and an acrobat bar hang from the swing beam for hours of airborne swinging fun. The Pathfinder II Cedar Swing Set offers all the fantastic features of the original Pathfinder, and your kids will absolutely love it!

Backyard Discovery Pathfinder II Wooden Swing Set:

Key Benefits:
Kids benefit from frequent physical activity and exercise when playing on the Pathfinder II Cedar Swing SetYou benefit from knowing the kids are secure in your own backyardWill keep 9 kids busy at the same timeDiscovery Swing Set

Weight limit:
150 lbs per child

Features & Specifications:
Play set footprint is 18’7″L x 9’5″W x 9’9″H
Recommended safe play area is 31’L x 22’W x 16’H
The Discovery Swing Set is imported

What’s Included:
Fun upper play deck with colorful canopy
8′ Super Safe Speedy Slide
2 belt swings with kid-friendly chains
Trapeze bar
Snack table with canopy cover
4′ rock wall
Flat step entry ladder

Deck height:

Upper deck dimensions:
42″ x 40″

Tarp roof
Safe-T-Fuse Fastener System (Patent Pending)
Detailed assembly manual

$399 is less than I’ve seen used sets like this go for on Craigslist!

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Huge Crazy 8 Sale starting Friday, 4/11/14!


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Warmer weather is quickly approaching, but not as quickly as your kids grew out of last year’s clothes! It’s time to start stocking up on this season’s styles for spring. Luckily, Crazy 8 is offering 20% off markdowns (up to 60% off!) so your kids can get everything they need (and some they don’t!) without cleaning out your wallet. That’s up to 60% off! The sale starts Friday (4/11) for a limited time, so hurry before it’s gone!

How to make fairies in a jar!



1) cut open a glow stick and pour all the liquid into a container. I’m going to try a plastic 1 liter bottle.
2) add glitter. Amount needed depends on the size of your container. Start small and add more until it’s right
3) seal the container
4) shake well
5) watch your kids squeal with happiness!

EDIT: Some reviews recommend using glow in the dark fabric paint to drop into water instead and omitting the glitter. Let me know which works for you!

*This should be a supervised activity. While most glow sticks are non toxic, ingesting them is not a good idea.