“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> No Sew Blankets

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> Fabric for No Sew Blankets:: Featured Blanket available for sale on Etsy

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> No Sew Blankets

Today's mom's have little trouble creating beautiful and festive children's birthday party celebrations but sometimes between our own crazy busy schedules and the quest to throw the this year's most talked about event, we forget to add the little things that make the day especially meaningful. We think it is important for kids to know how much we love them but equally important for them to understand they are not the center of the universe. Children need to learn and develop  a healthy sense of self which includes compassion and caring of others. What better day to teach this lesson than on the very day they are lavished with gifts. Teach by example – integrate a “Give back” craft activity into your child's birthday party in addition the the usual birthday fun and party games.

And with the holiday spirit upon us, why wait for your child's next birthday party. This “Give Back” craft activity would be a wonderful addition to any classroom holiday party and equally brilliant to incorporate into your own kid-friendly holiday celebrations. Continue Reading →

4 Memorable Milestone Birthday Presents

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The New York Times Store >> Top 4 Memorable Milestone Birthday Presents

4 Memorable Milestone Birthday Presents

Cousin Alfred turned 100 this month and my mother-in-law wanted to gift him a special present worthy of a milestone birthday. She wanted ]milestone birthday presents that told a story. A gift that told his story. Specifically, she wanted a copy of the New York Times from the day Alfred was born. After a bit of back and forth, we narrowed her choices down to three: a framed front page New York Times reprint from the day he was born, The Ultimate Birthday Book – The Times of Your LifeNew York Times Special Day Book, and New York Times Custom Birthday Book. In the end mom chose the New York Times Special Day Book because it most closely embodied her original concept. All the others had either way more than she wanted or significantly less than she wanted. Continue Reading →

Best Pi Beta Phi Arrow Necklaces

Best Pi Beta Phi Arrow Necklaces

Pi Beta Phi Arrow Necklaces **I was compensated for this post and this post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Best Pi Beta Phi Arrow Necklaces

For years we have been proclaiming that if we could own one and only one piece of jewelry that screamed Pi Beta Phi, it would be these stunning  Stella & Dot “On the Mark” Arrow Necklaces.  It is amazing how one small icon can embody the essence of a Pi Phi woman:  strong, bold, direct, and purposeful yet  subtle, delicate, and feminine. This beautiful arrow necklace is a must have for any Pi Beta Phi, pledge or alum.  Buy one for yourself and one for your big and  little sister.  Not only will the arrow necklaces  remind you of where you have been but it will also keep you pointed in the right direction going forward.

New Pave Diamond Arrow Necklaces Make Great Pi Beta Phi Holiday Gifts

This holiday season Stella & Dot has really stepped up its game. As much as we love the original Stella & Dot “On the Mark” Arrow Necklaces, you absolutely have to see their new pave diamond arrow pendant necklaces. These arrow necklaces, part of the Stella & Dot Covet Collection. They are stunning and perfect for both everyday wear (yes, we wear our diamonds everyday) and for special occasion wear.

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Celebrate With Cookies >> 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs

Celebrate With Cookies- 19 Favorite Designs

Celebrate With Cookies>> 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs

Celebrate With Cookies >> 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs

We always envy our friends who can whip a plate of delicious AND gorgeous cookies that somehow capture the essence of whatever party or event they are hosting. For Ashley's baby shower, Vicki managed to create darling intricately decorated baby carriage cookies and always has a plate of fabulous football field cookies at the entrance to her legendary college football viewing parties.

I always chocked up Vicki's baking and decorating talents to the “things her mother taught her” category. Much to my surprise, Vicki recently revealed her secret to me. She sprung the $40.00 to take Anne Yorks online Celebrate with Cookies – 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs Craftsy class! Yep! I guess we now have no excuse to serve plain rather than decorated cookies! And it turns out Vicki not only watched Anne Yorks' class, she has been enrolling in Craftsy cooking decorating classes for years! According to Vicki, each class helps her practice and perfect her technique.

Online Cookie Decorating Classes

Online Crafty Classes >> Cookie Decorating

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Rent a Digital Camera for Your Special Event or Vacation!

Rent Sony a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Rent a Sony a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Rent a Digital Camera for Your Special Event or Vacation!

Are you hosting a special event  or taking a vacation and want photos that are seriously better than the ones you can capture via your phone camera? Yet have no interest in investing in a professional photographer let alone spring for the cost of the equipment. Have we found an option for you! If you have not yet heard, Tiny Prints‘ sister company BorrowLenses allows you to rent digital camera equipment for a fraction of the cost of purchasing it.

We love this idea because seldom do most of us need a professional quality camera, it would be great to have occasionally. Yes, you do need to plan a bit in advance so it can be delivered to your door in time. But at least you will know that next time you need a camera you can again choose from the latest technology and will not be stuck with an outdated camera unsuited for your current needs.

Which Camera to Rent

Since we know so little about cameras, we have been reluctant to recommend any, but today we found this fabulous camera review by David Pogue on the Sony a6300 camera. And after checking that BorrowLenses actually carries this camera, felt compelled to share. According to the article this Sony a6300 mirrorless digital camera retails for $1,150 with a lens ($998.00 for the body only) but BorrowLenses offers the exact same Sony a6300 mirrorless digital camera for $68.00 plus the cost of a lens of your choosing.

Think Holiday Cards!

One more thought >> BorrowLenses even offers a three day rental option for just $47.00 plus the cost of the lens which might be ideal if you want to spend an entire weekend trying to capture the perfect holiday card photo. They even have portrait packages that include all the equipment needed for taking perfect portraits. Continue Reading →

Printable Patriotic Games

Printable Patriotic Games

Printable Patriotic Games For Your Memorial Day, Independence Day & Labor Day Celebrations

Don't forget to print out a few printable patriotic games for your Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day Celebration Parties.  They are not very expensive so even if you don't end up using them this time, you will have unlimited printouts for 90 days which takes you way past Labor Day.

We love to have these games on hand just in case … just in case it rains, just in case the little kids (or the big kids) get antsy, just in case your party extends well into the evening after the sun goes down and the lawn games get put away. Printable games are also a perfect evening activity when camping since they are light weight and easy to transport.  Consider printing on recycled paper. Additionally, if you are looking for classroom activities for a patriotic school party, these are both educational and fun.

All six of these printable patriotic games will keep your guests guessing and laughing plus you can personalize all of them.

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