Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

DIY Kids Behavior System

Summer break can be a blast. It can also be a head-ache with all of the kids home and schedules thrown out of whack. That is why the first craft in our summer series is this DIY kids behavior system. Nearly all of the materials come in the Michael’s Creative Play Kit which you can read about on Bust Summer Boredom with Weekly Crafts. If you already got your kit then you are ready to get on to the tutorial. Let’s get ready to rock your summer parenting!

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Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Materials

  • Craft Stick People
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners
  • Colored Pencils
  • Clear Tape
  • Empty Drink Container (I used a Crystal Light container)

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 1

Tear a small stack of construction paper into fourths.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 2

Next, give each child a craft stick person, a fourth of paper stack, glue stick, and scissors.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 3

Allow kids to decorate or dress their craft stick people.

Note:

  • My 8 year old carefully traced his craft stick outline to make a shirt and pants for his. Then he drew the face and shoes with colored pencils. The 4 year old wanted to cover every part of hers with different pieces of paper. The 3 year old cried the whole time because he couldn’t have googly eyes. Hopefully, that illustrates the diversity of this process. Lol!

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 4

While the kids are decorating their stick people, clean your drink container.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 5

Next, cut a rectangular opening in the top.

Tips:

  • Use a very sharp box cutter to do this.
  • I recommend scoring where you want to make your cuts first. I didn’t which is why I ended up with a jagged cut-out.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 6

Cut a strip of red construction paper that is roughly as wide as a third of your drink container’s length.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 7

Next, use the red construction paper as a guide to cut out strips of green and yellow construction paper.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 8

Take your lid off of your container and cover the right third of your container with the red construction paper strip. Secure it with tape.

Tip:

  • Start in an area so that your overlap doesn’t fall over the opening on top.

Step 9

Cut through the paper covering your opening and fold down on the inside.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 10

Next, attach your green strip to the left side with tape.

Step 11

Repeat step 9 with the green paper.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 12

Lastly, wrap your yellow paper around the center of your container and secure with tape.

Tip:

  • I secured the end of all of my strips to the container with tape before wrapping them. You don’t have to do that with the red and green but you need to do that for the yellow strip.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 13

Cut through the yellow paper over the opening and secure folded inside with tape.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 14

Carefully reattach your lid to your container.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 15

Next, wrap a yellow pipe cleaner around the seam of the red and yellow paper strips and twist to secure.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 16

Then create a loop by twisting the ends of the excess together.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 17

Repeat steps 14 and 15 on the green and yellow seam.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 18

Use the loops to hang your behavior system on the wall and add your kids’ craft stick people.

Tip:

  • You may want to label the stick people to help you keep them straight until you learn whose is whose.

 

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How to Use the DIY Kids Behavior System

The behavior system works as a visual indicator for kids. If their thick people are in the green then their behavior is good. If they get a warning for bad behavior the sticks go to yellow. Red means that they lost out on any reward for the day.

Rewards

Daily rewards should be something small but still incentive for good behavior. You can use candy, such as Skittles or M&M’s, or extra game/TV time. Stickers or temporary tattoos also work very well for younger kids.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer. We have added in the addition that you can earn your way back to green from yellow with exceptional behavior. However, once you hit red, you have lost the chance of a reward for the day. Another option is a bigger reward for ending the day on green and a smaller reward for ending on yellow. Choose the method that works best for your family. If you haven’t snagged your Creative Play Kit, check it out here!

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You’ll be the smartest parent on the block with these parenting tips no one tells you. You’ll be less stressed, too, because parenting is stressful enough.

The Parenting Tips No One Tells You

Any woman who has ever been pregnant knows that everyone on the planet has parenting tips. They feel compelled to share those tips with you constantly and unsolicited. They tell you the “correct” way to feed your baby, hold your baby, whether or not you should co-sleep… if you can think of it, it has probably been said. What you don’t hear is, “If you let the toddler roam the car while buckling the baby, then check all of your dials before leaving.” Or that baby gates are challenges more than actual baby-proofing. With that in mind, I’m sharing the parenting tips no one tells you to help you prepare for where the baby books run out.

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Always Take Your Keys

Any time you step outside without kids, take your house key. Whether you are walking the oldest to the bus stop or grabbing the mail, always take your keys. Little hands love to explore and that little tab on the door knob is like a magnet for them. Don’t think you are safe if they are in the pack-n-play either. The second your back is turned they transform in acrobatic little ninjas who will escape.

Interior Door Keys

Speaking of locked doors, stock up keys for your interior doors too. Independent 3-year-olds will lock themselves in the bathroom. Teenagers will be naïve enough to think they “own” their room. We keep one of these above every door in the house and have used them so many times I have lost count.

Handle Guards

If you are using the rubber ones to prevent head bashing, great! If you are using those crazy contraption ones to prevent little hands from opening doors, you are wasting your money. We had one on our front door. The irony was that the toddlers it was supposed to keep safe were the only ones who could work it. Save yourself the trouble and money; invest in a door chain. They can get the door open but not enough to get out of the house.

Bonus:

  • Remember to unlatch it before your husband gets home. Turns out he gets cranky when he’s chained out of the house after work… especially if you’re downstairs and don’t hear him yelling.

Move the Baby Gate

These are fine on the floor when baby first starts moving. Once they become toddlers, though, the baby gate turns into an obstacle to overcome. It is their baby Everest and they are up to the challenge. That is why you should move the gate up a few inches during the toddler years. It will be harder for them to climb.

 

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Utilize Stickers

Stickers are your new best friend. They are inexpensive and can be used to re-enforce everything from potty training to acts of kindness. Yes, you will find stickers everywhere but which would you rather clean: a sticker mosaic or a feces Van Gough?

Bonus Tip:

  • If you do find yourself forced to clean up that Van Gough, use a foaming bathtub cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles. It will stay in place on walls to make cleaning easier.

Tie Up the Play Yard

At some point after the “throw all my toys out and watch you pick them up” phase of the pack-n-play your child will move on to a new game. This fun game is called “run and throw all of my weight against the side”. My son could move his clear across the living room in 2 runs at 2 years old. You can prevent this by tying the leg of the pack-n-play to a sturdy furniture leg like the couch or a sturdy coffee table.

Use a Pizza Cutter

Don’t use a pizza cutter only for pizza. This little miracle can cut up tons of foods quickly and easily. We have used it on salads, spaghetti, hot dogs, fruit, and cookies. It will save you a ton of time!

Set Up 2 Wi-fi Accounts

Did you know that you can set up 2 accounts on the same router that both pull from the same internet? You can even choose the speed of each one. Use one wi-fi to connect all of your household devices to like your Fire Stick and DVD players. Use the other one for all of your kids’ devices like phones, laptops, and Xboxes. If the kids are grounded you can easily disable their electronic with affecting your own.

 

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You’ll be the smartest parent on the block with these parenting tips no one tells you. Hopefully you’ll be less stressed, too, because parenting is stressful enough on its own. Want more super-simple parenting ideas to save you sanity? Check out these DIY Busted Cards and these 5 Tips to Get Kids to Sleep. Do you have a parenting tip no one tells you? Share it with us in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

The Best Karaoke in Northern Kentucky

I was recently inspired by Eventbrite to create a post about a local business that I love for winter activities (this is not a sponsored post). What a task! You know how much I love supporting local events from 5 Ways to Find Free Summer Activities. These are the same ways I find winter events to attend with my family. In fact, a local park had an amazing winter event in December that we had a blast at despite the freezing temperatures. However, if you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

 

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If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Why it’s the Best Karaoke in Northern Kentucky

The Host

Roy Sharp, the host and owner, is amazing. His sound quality is unmatched because he personally adjusts the sound for each singer. He will make sure that you sound your best each time you sing. Even more so, he is very friendly and supportive so don’t worry if you’re nervous.

The Sound

He also takes pride in his equipment because he cares about his show and the wonderful singers who attend it. He has invested his time and money to find the best mixer, digital programs, and wireless mics to make your experience awesome. Not only is his equipment phenomenal but he knows how to use it meaning less technology delays and more fun. He also has a huge selection of songs from Disney movies to heavy metal. No matter what style you sing, you will find something at his show.

The Show

The shows are fair. Any karaoke-er knows that a lot of local shows play by the “good ‘ole boys” systems. That means that the host will bump you down the list if the host’s friends or family members stop in to only sing for an hour. This doesn’t happen at Roy’s shows. He keeps a list of the singers as they come and consistently keeps that order.

Does that mean that if you come in late that you go to the bottom of a list of 40 singers? It absolutely does not. He works that fairly, too, by weaving in new singers between existing singers who have been at the show longer. This helps ensure that everyone who comes to sing gets their opportunity.

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Family Friendly Option

Did you ever think you could find a family-friendly karaoke night that wasn’t on a cruise? Sharpsounds Karaoke has managed to do that too! On Wednesday and Thursday nights you can find him at the Green Lantern Café in Latonia, Kentucky. If you haven’t been to this venue since they re-did it, you are missing out.

The restaurant is non-smoking, serves up delicious food, filled with the local games on the big screens, and, of course, karaoke. Your kids can get in on the singing fun while you enjoy a family meal (until 10 pm EST). You also don’t have to worry about inappropriate songs coming on during dinner. Roy won’t let other singers sing songs (such as “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails) during the hours that children are allowed in the café.

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Adults Only Option

For an adults-only night out you can check out Sharpsounds Karaoke at Average Joe’s in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Found right off of interstate 71/75, it is the perfect option for a fun night of singing. In addition to the awesome karaoke show there is also a billiard table, video games, and an outdoor patio. The many options make it easier to find a place to sing that even your non-karaoke-ing friends will enjoy.

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Winter Activities

There is one more awesome aspect to Sharpsounds Karaoke that truly makes it the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and that is the free parties. Every year during the holidays there are Christmas parties, a New Year’s Eve celebration and countless other celebrations. Each one of these is totally free to attend and will include freebies like food or favors. On New Year’s Eve you even get a free champagne toast at midnight, again absolutely for free. There is no cover charge or minimum purchase to be included in the fun.

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Seriously, if you love to sing your heart out at karaoke you cannot beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. Once you go you’ll feel like family. Plus it doesn’t hurt that you can make a family night of it with the kiddos. Now that you know my favorite place to do karaoke, come back for tips to save money on girl’s night out. You’ll be ready to grab the girls and head out for a night on the town.

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3 Creative Activities to Rock Snow Days

Being a parent is a full-time job and you’re never off the clock. Unexpected snow day can throw a wrench in your routine making you stressed or frustrated. I get it. Your responsibilities don’t stop because school is closed. Instead of letting snow days aggravate you I want to challenge you to see them another way. Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. They provide you with moments you can’t replace. Goldfish brand knows this, too, and together we want to help you create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days.

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DIY Look and Find Book

This is an incredibly simple way to get creative on a snow day.

Materials

  • Small Toys
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Phone
  • Small Photo Album

Step 1

Gather a collection of items: small toys, art supplies, and other small objects.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper.

Step 3

Have your kids fill their paper with small items. Let them have fun with it and get as creative as they want.

Step 4

Sprinkle Goldfish crackers over the scene your child has created.

Step 5

Take a photo of the scene using the edges of the construction paper as a guide.

Step 6

Do this for each child. Feel free to let them dump the scene after you’ve photographed it and make another.

Tip:

  • Let your kids keep creating as many different scenes as they want. The more pictures you have, the better you can fill their Look and Find books.

Step 7

Print out the photos and place them in a small, inexpensive photo album.

Tip:

  • Be sure to print out multiple copies of each photo if you want each child to have his or her own book.

 

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Goldfish Cracker Mosaic

Make macaroni art a thing of the past with Goldfish cracker mosaics. This low-mess activity will make it easy for your child to discover their inner artist.

Materials

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Mix your flour and water in a small container to create a non-toxic paste.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper, a paintbrush, and a small bowl of Goldfish crackers.

Step 3

Show them how to create their mosaics by painting flour paste on the back of a Goldfish cracker and attaching them to the construction paper.

Tip:

  • If your child wants an idea to follow you can draw a shape or outline on the paper before he or she starts adding Goldfish crackers.

Step 4

Allow their artwork to dry then hang it on the wall to display.

 

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Stop Motion Video

This is a fun, creative activity that will have your kids excited for days! They will love coming up with the story, making the background and costumes, and showing off their movie masterpiece. If you’ve never made a stop motion video before, don’t worry. It’s easier than you think. GoldfishTales has an awesome video tutorial to help you out but essentially it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1

Think of a story and create your background.

Step 2

Place your Goldfish crackers on your background and take a picture each time you move it.

Step 3

Add all of your photos to your favorite video app and play.

Tip:

  • If you need app suggestions, check out the Goldfish how-to video.

This is an absolute blast! My kids and I had so much fun brainstorming and creating. Right now Goldfish Brand wants to inspire you to create your own stop-motion video as a family with an awesome contest. Get information, tips, and ideas at GoldfishTales.

 

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These 3 creative activities to rock snow days are so much fun you will find yourself looking forward to snow days as much as your kiddos! Enjoy the opportunities to have fun together. Create smile worthy moments that become cherished memories for years to come. Don’t forget to visit the GoldfishTales page to submit your stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

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From utilizing music to a comfortable bed, these 5 tips to get kids to sleep will help you finally end bedtime wars. + win a Baby Bundle from Brentwood Home #ad

End the Bedtime Wars: 5 Tips to Get Kids to Sleep

From utilizing music to a comfortable bed, these 5 tips to get kids to sleep will help you finally end bedtime wars. + win a Baby Bundle from Brentwood Home

It never fails. You are winding down with the kiddos before bedtime. You’re watching their favorite cartoon or reading their favorite story for the umpteenth time. Next, you get them snuggled into bed and it starts. “Can I have a drink?” “I need to use the bathroom.” “We never colored today.” Those sweet little angels turn into stalling masterminds. You have the option of shutting the door and letting them cry it out but there are other steps you can take to make the transition to bedtime easier on everyone. From utilizing music to a comfortable bed, these 5 tips to get kids to sleep will help you finally conquer the bedtime wars.

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Stagger Bedtimes

It’s not always an option for kids to each have their own room. Don’t let this keep you from smooth bedtimes. Stagger bedtimes with your kids to eliminate playing at bedtime. This doesn’t have to be significant amounts. If your kids are close in age, staggering by 15 minutes can still be effective. Staggering bedtimes will mean changing up your bedtime routine (see below) to doing the winding down and prayers in the living room instead of in bed so plan accordingly.

 

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Create a Routine

This is a big one. A consistent bedtime routine not only helps kids mentally prepare for bedtime but also creates physical cues that tell their bodies that it is time to sleep. It doesn’t have to be a big, elaborate routine. Something as simple as setting a specific time to begin baths, read a book, and say prayers has a high impact. My kids cannot get through our bedtime prayers without yawning because it has become a physical cue that it is time for them to go to sleep.

Tip:

  • Consistency is key when starting a new bedtime routine. It may seem hard-nosed but for the first 2 weeks, do not deviate from the routine. That means no staying late at family or friend’s houses, no eating dinner at a later time, and no skipping baths. Once the routine is well-established, the occasional deviation won’t do harm.

Utilize Music

Sometimes kids have trouble turning their brains off at night. They are building memories, creating connections, and learning constantly. Television can be over-stimulating but music, especially instrumental, can be a great way to give them something to focus on without getting wound up. If you are having trouble getting your kids to stay in bed at night, try getting an inexpensive clock-radio, cd player, or even a nightlight that plays music.

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Beware of Electronics

Electronics are not a bad thing. My kids get to watch a television show before bed every night. However, they are not watching an activity-filled cartoon that encourages them to get up and dance or jump around the house. Instead it is a mellow show, often with music. It is also one that they have seen before so that they can enjoy it without wondering what’s going to happen (which can make their brain get more engaged than I want before bed).

Tip:

  • I do caution against any type of video games before bed. Even the most education-filled and mellow of video games can overstimulate them before bed. Their brains begin working on solving problems, adrenaline starts pumping from wins and losses, and it is overall a bad bedtime idea.
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Cozy Bed

You may be tempted to purchase a $50 mattress for your kids, especially if they are still in a crib or toddler bed because they will outgrow it in a few years. I have made that mistake and it resulted in my daughter not sleeping through the night until she was 18 months old. As you can imagine, that was an exhausting nightmare for a mom pregnant with her third child. Instead, invest in a high-quality mattress that is comfortable and grows along with your child, like this Poppy 2-Stage Crib Mattress from Brentwood Home. The mattress has a firmer side for babies and a softer side for toddlers which makes it worth the investment for your kids. Did I mention that it comes with a waterproof cover that is easy to clean and it is free of any chemical fire retardants? Think about how much better you sleep when you have a comfortable bed and imagine how much better your kids will sleep with the same.

Bonus Tip

Allay those bedtime requests by working them into your routine. For example, if your son always asks for a drink as soon as those covers come up, bring a small cup to bed. Fill it beforehand with a sip of water and let him have that sup in bed. If your daughter always wants a second story, build that extra story into the bedtime routine by lying down to read 5-10 minutes earlier. These small changes can make your life so much easier at night.

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My 4-year-old daughter loves her new mattress and actually looks forward to sleeping on it! If you want to help your child be invested in bedtime, make her a part of the whole process. Show her when you’re ordering it online. Let her be a part of the unboxing and setting it up. When your child is a part of the process they actually get excited about bedtime. While you won’t find this little snippet on the Brentwood Home website, I love that the mattress is like a springy trampoline. It supports my daughter while still being soft and comfortable. It also turns out that kids are less inclined to jump on a bed that doesn’t vault them into the air. That’s just an extra parenting bonus. Are you ready to end the bedtime wars and get your hands on your own Poppy 2-Stage Crib Mattress and Sweatpea Changing Pad? Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a set for free!


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Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

A Mom for Christmas DIY Rose Quartz Necklace and Movie Night

One of the joys of being a mom is sharing the things you loved as a child with your own children. The holidays are an especially fun time to share traditions. Make sure to get some quality time with your daughter during the busy season. A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night is the perfect way to do this! This was one of my favorite Christmas movies growing up. I still love this movie today although I hadn’t taken the time to watch it in many years. Now I can promise you that this will be a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition for us and I hope it is for you and your daughter too.

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We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. Each blogger will lead you to the next, so be sure to finish the hop all the way through to the end for all the Christmas movie goodies!

 

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Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

 

Megan ~ C’mon Get Crafty | Alli ~ An Alli Event | Shirley ~ Intelligent Domestications

Marie ~ DIY Adulation | RaNesha ~ Queen Thrifty | Emily ~ The Crafty Carlson

Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Molly ~ Just a Little Creativity | Michelle ~ Our Crafty Mom

Pam ~ P.S. I Love You Crafts | Sue ~ A Purdy Little House | Katie ~ A Mommy Scene

Vanessa ~ DIY 180 | Nicole ~ For the Love of Food | Victoria ~ Dazzle While Frazzled

Stephanie ~ A Little Moore | Sam ~ Raggedy Bits | Paula ~ Paula Tisch

Courtney ~ Running with Love and Coffee | Dana ~ Emerald and Oak

Kim ~ Made in a Day | Kallee ~ Creative Southern Home | Rachel ~ Smart Mom Smart Ideas

Emily ~ Small Stuff Counts | Evelin ~ Sweet Song Bird Evey’s Creations


Now are you ready to get to this A Mom for Christmas DIY Rose Quartz Necklace and Movie Night? Let’s start with a little movie background then get on to the rest of the fun:

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About the Movie

If you haven’t seen the movie, it is about a little girl whose mom died when she was very young. Her father has never truly healed from the loss and the girl desperately craves the love and attention of a mother figure. While at the store she draws a free gift to find that it is for one free wish. She wishes for a mom for Christmas. To her surprise, she a pendant necklace as well as a literal wish come true when a mannequin comes to life and shows up at her house. This is such a beautiful and heartfelt movie about a family healing and finding its way back together. It is also sprinkled with comedy as the mannequins in the store are absolutely hysterical! You and your daughter will love watching this flick together.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

DIY Rose Quartz Necklace

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Materials

  • Bead Landing Sedona Rose Quartz Pendant (x2)
  • 18 inch Silver Chain Necklace (x2)

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Step 1

Remove rose quartz pendants from packaging.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Step 2

Remove silver chains from packaging.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Step 3

Slide your pendants onto the chains and you’re done!

That is seriously the easiest DIY ever. This is a quick and fun surprise for your mother-daughter movie Christmas movie night. It will mean so much to the both of you. Now that you have your necklaces done, it’s time to cover the rest of the essentials for your night.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Snacks

At the beginning of the movie, Olivia Newton John (the mannequin come to life) makes the family soup for breakfast because she doesn’t know any better. It is absolutely adorable. Bring that fun vibe to your movie night by serving traditional snacks in a fresh way.

Popcorn Garland

Instead of snacking on a regular old bowl of popcorn, make a popcorn garland. Thread popcorn and dried fruit into a giant snack necklace that’s fun to munch on.

Hot Chocolate

Warm up with a delicious mug of hot chocolate. Dress up the flavors by adding your favorite flavored coffee creamer.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

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Dress for the Occasion

In the movie the girls wear matching braids and, of course, they rock early 90’s style. Go retro with your daughter and dress in your comfiest pair of leggings and some warm cable knit socks. If you’re feeling ambitious, braid each other’s hair. Here are a few tutorials if you need help:

Classic Braid

French Braid

Fishtail Braid

Now all that’s left to do is turn the lights down, snuggle under a blanket on the couch, and watch A Mom for Christmas. Your new necklaces will be a beautiful reminder of the memories made and your daughter will love letting friends and family know the story behind. Don’t forget to snap a picture each year to chronical your awesome mother-daughter tradition. Now it’s time to check out the next fun post in the 25 Christmas movies blog hop! Check out this awesome “This Christmas” recipe from RaNesha at Queen Thrifty! 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

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Start a fun and easy tradition this year with these free printable letters to Santa. Don't worry. There are options for big kids and non-writers!

Free Printable Letters to Santa for Big and Little Kids

The tradition of writing letters to Santa is such a fun way to add to the magic of the holidays. Sometimes kids can get a little carried away with the wish list. These awesome printable letters to Santa are a perfect solution. These are pretty but they also limit your child’s list automatically with a pre-defined area to fill out. Start a fun and easy tradition this year to create memories that will last for years to come!

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Start a fun and easy tradition this year with these free printable letters to Santa. Don't worry. There are options for big kids and non-writers!

Santa Letter for Older Children

Don’t just have your child make a list of gifts he or she wants. Instead help your kids learn about writing letters and have them include a fun greeting or let Santa know how their holiday is going. Don’t forget to have them with Santa a “Merry Christmas” and/or a thank you! Grab your free printable here to get started.

 

Start a fun and easy tradition this year with these free printable letters to Santa. Don't worry. There are options for big kids and non-writers!

Santa Letter for Non-Writers

The window of time that kids believe in Santa seems to keep getting smaller. That is why I recommend starting traditions early. Don’t wait until your kids can write to start sending letters to Santa. Print out this Santa Letter for non-writers and have your little ones draw pictures of their wish lists. If you want to hold on to the memories be sure to write down what the picture is on the back of the letter.

 

Start a fun and easy tradition this year with these free printable letters to Santa. Don't worry. There are options for big kids and non-writers!

Preserve the Memories

Because this magical time of belief is so short, create a wonderful surprise for your kids when they are older. Hold on to all of these letters. Don’t worry about a complicated system or losing them in a box. Grab a small 3-ring binder for each of your children (1 inch or smaller) and a pack of plastic page protectors. Label each binder so you know which binder belongs to whom and add in 12 page protectors. If you can get your kiddos to believe longer kudos to you! Feel free to add a few extra page protectors to each binder in that case. Lastly, each year add the letters to a sheet protector and label the year. A binder full of these memories will be an awesome gift later in life for your kids.

This is such an easy tradition to start that can gift you and your children memories for years to come. The earlier you start this tradition the better. Our 2 year old will be starting this year even though a lot of his drawings consist of scribbles. They all mean something to him and he can articulate what it’s supposed to be a picture of. There a good chance you will want to make copies of all of your children’s letters to Santa to keep for yourself long after your kids are grown. Do your kids send letters to Santa? What other traditions does your family love taking part in each year? Let me know in the comments. I love reading about what makes your family unique!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

DIY Family Game Night Board

Board games are so much fun. With the variety of styles and age ranges available there is literally something for everyone. If you have ever played with small children, though, you have likely experienced the frustration of little do-it-myself arms knocking all of the pieces over. This easy DIY family game night board solves the problem by making the game board easy to rotate so that little hands can always reach their pieces. The best part is that it’s non-skid so the board stays in place while you play!

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Materials

  • Wooden Lazy Susan (I got mine from IKEA)
  • Puffy Fabric Paint (The colors I used are all in this pack)

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 1

Remove the packaging from your lazy susan and wipe is down with a damp cloth.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 2

Write the word “Family” on the top third of the lazy susan.

Note:

  • Try to center it on the board.
  • I used the Lime paint for this word.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 3

Next, outline the word “Game” in block letters directly underneath the word “Family”. Do not fill in the letters yet.

Note:

  • I used the Turquoise paint for this word.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 4

Write the word “Night” last in the same style as you wrote “Family” in step 2. This should be directly underneath the word “Game”.

Step 5

Allow your paint to dry completely.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 6

After your paint has dried, fill in the block letters of the word “Game” with a secondary paint color.

Note:

  • I used Yellow paint for this.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 7

Add starts around the edges. Be sure to vary the sizes to add visual interest.

Note:

  • I used 2 different paint colors to create the stars: Yellow and Purple.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 8

Continue embellishing the lazy susan until you have the look you want.

Note:

  • I wanted a fun and colorful look for ours (because family game nights are a celebration) so I added bubbles, party swirls (my own term), and polka dots. This gave it that celebratory vibe I wanted.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 9

Allow all of your paint to dry completely before use. I recommend at least 24 hours.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

I only waited 12 hours and then stacked my package of fabric paint on top of it. The packaging kind of stuck and now we’ll have black letters forever on the paint. That’s okay though because I feel like it gives it an extra fun element. Luckily a baby wipe took off all of the paper from the stuck packaging leaving just the letters. That reminds me; wipe down your DIY family game night board with a damp cloth to clean as needed. Looking for some fun new games to add to your family night? Here are a few of our faves:

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Doctor Who Monopoly

Don’t think you can only play this with older kids. When we play this for family night, the 3 (almost 4) year old is usually on my team. She “manages” the properties for me, rolls the dice, and moves the piece abound the board with help from me. She also loves to hand over money when we have to pay people or the bank.

 

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Pay Day

This game doesn’t get enough love. It is a great way to teach kids beginning money-management skills. My 7-year-old has begun coping what I do and putting the money to pay the bills with those bills as he draws them. This way we know exactly how much we have to spend on deals throughout the month.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Disney Trivial Pursuit

The beauty of the version we own is that there are 2 different card types. One is geared towards young kids and one is geared towards adults. This lets the game be fun for everyone. The kids get to guess at pictures while the adults take on actual trivia prowess.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Imaginiff (This one is harder to find)

This is a fun and silly game to play any night of the week. All of the options are family-friendly (at least the ones we’ve gotten to) although younger children may need some of the options explained, like penicillin. The best part about this game is that there is no “right” answer. You simply need to pick the most popular one.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

There you have it. Now you can totally rock your next family game night easily. With the DIY family game night board your biggest worry will be what snacks to serve instead of “Where was that piece at again?” You can get even more fun family night ideas with this Moana-themed family night and 10 easy ways to connect with your kids!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Try out some brand new family night ideas with a fun Moana-themed family night (with free printables). Then find out about our family night disaster. #Moana #ad #RWM

Moana-Themed Family Night

Try out some brand new family night ideas with a fun Moana-themed family night (with free printables). Then find out about our family night disaster. #Moana #ad #RWM

Family nights are an easy and fun way to keep your family growing together. This month is has been a goal for us to make family nights a regular thing. These can be something small like a game night at home or a bigger event like a family dinner and movie. Even the family night failures can be valuable moments that provide years of memories. Try out some brand new ideas with a Moana-themed family night. Then, keep reading to find out about our family night disaster below.

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About Moana

Before we get onto the fun family night ideas here is a little background about the movie:

“From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. “Moana is the 16-year-old daughter of the chief of Motunui,” says director Ron Clements. “She’s brave, determined, compassionate and incredibly smart. She has a never-say-die attitude and a profound connection to the ocean.”

“So it’s troubling to her, to say the least, that her people don’t go beyond the reef surrounding their island,” adds director John Musker. “They stay within the confines of that reef, and Moana doesn’t really understand why, especially since she’s felt drawn to the ocean her whole life.”…

Telling the Tale

Pacific Island storytelling culture is celebrated as the fi lm opens. Gramma Tala, the mother of Chief Tui and Moana’s greatest confidante, shares the tale of Te Fiti, the mother island. “Her heart held the greatest power ever known: it could create life itself,” she says. “And Te Fiti shared it with the world.”

Gramma Tala’s story culminates with details of Maui, demigod of the wind and sea, who steals the heart of Te Fiti, unleashing a terrible darkness that threatens the life and habitat of islanders throughout the region. Maui is confronted by Te Kā, a demon of earth and fire, and ultimately loses the heart of Te Fiti to the sea.

The film introduces a very special presence in Moana’s life: the Ocean—a living embodiment of the sea who’s chosen Moana to find Maui and return the heart of Te Fiti, saving her island and her people from the darkness that has begun to take over. The only problem is that Chief Tui, Moana’s father, forbids voyaging beyond the safety of the reef that lies just beyond their shores. Tui has seen too many voyage past the reef—and never return—and out of love for his people, has forbade it. Moana must go against her father’s wishes to pursue her destiny set forth by the Ocean.

The mighty demigod Maui, a charismatic character in the film, was inspired by the varied tales and legends about him throughout the Pacific. Says Musker, “We were fascinated by the stories we read, the tales told to us by people of the region. In most islands, Maui is larger-than-life, a trickster and a shapeshifter. He could pull up whole islands from the sea with his fishhook; he had the power to slow down the sun. He is an incredible figure.”

Maui, who’s on his own journey of self-discovery, reluctantly guides Moana in her quest to become a wayfinder and save her people. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and, along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.” – Disney Press Kit

Moana-Themed Family Night Activities

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Kakamora Design Contest

Step 1

Before heading to the theater, print out this free printable “Design Your Own Kakamora” worksheet for each family member.

Step 2

Have everyone design a Kakamora, number each one, and tape them to the wall.

Step 3

Next, each family member takes turns voting for his or her favorite by writing the number down on a slip of paper, folding it in half, and tossing it in a bowl.

Step 4

Wait to tally the votes until you get home from the movie. The winner can get an extra piece of leftover movie candy; pick the next family movie theme; or other small reward.

 

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Special Dinner Coloring Sheets

Skip the kids menus at dinner tonight. Instead, print out these awesome free Moana coloring sheets for kids to decorate at dinner. They will feel like they know the characters before you even get to the theater!

Coloring Sheet 1

Coloring Sheet 2

Coloring Sheet 3

Coloring Sheet 4

Coloring Sheet 5

Coloring Sheet 6

 

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Put on a Puppet Show

Let the fun continue after the movie! Print out these free printable bookmarks on cardstock. Next, cut them out and put in a cute envelope. Surprise your kids after the movie with their new “puppets” and they’ll be giggling the entire ride home.

 

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Our Family Night Fail

Now that you have some awesome Moana-themed family night ideas as promised I’ll share our family night disaster with you. As you saw at the beginning of this post, I received 4 free premier tickets in exchange for writing this post. I was stoked and couldn’t wait for us to have our first big family night of the month (prior to this we had only done family nights at home). I set aside money in the budget for a nice dinner out with the 5 of us, childcare for the 2-year-old after dinner, and a fun-tastic Moana movie night at the theater. Ah, the best laid plans. Instead, getting out of the house was a disaster of all three kids insisting on trying to hold my hands while bumping into the door, the wall, the side of the van… pretty much everything. All of this while I’m yelling behind me to make sure the diaper bag was grabbed, there is a sippy cup inside, is the door locked, do we have the keys, and everything else that a large family needs when going anywhere for an extended time period.

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We get to the restaurant and thankfully are seated right away. That’s when chaos took over. Our kids are usually pretty good and, admittedly, they weren’t screaming or anything but they were knocking things over in their haste to get to drinks and crayons. It literally took us 20 minutes to even be ready to order… the appetizer. As dinner winds on, growing ever-more chaotic we still haven’t heard from the sitter. We start trying to get in touch with parents to try to find a back-up. Upon hearing this, the oldest looks at me and says, “I want to see grandma and grandpa. Can I go with them? Wait. What movie are we seeing again?” Talk about a knife in the heart of the momma. I know that grandparents will always trump parents but after all of the stress of the night this was just heartbreaking.

We finally get in touch with the sitter (who had gotten stuck at work) around 6 at which point we are all stressed out and in tears. We realize at this point that it is just not meant to be. We’ll have to take a family night mulligan. On the plus side, we had a dinner that I didn’t have to make and we still have a puppet night to look forward to. Have you ever had a family night goes wrong-side up? I’d love to hear about the tears and laughs in the comments.

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Giving selflessly of your time and resources can improve your mood ten-fold! To get you started, here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

10 Acts of Kindness to Beat Winter Blues

As the days start getting shorter the winter blues can start to set in. There are many ways to combat this including getting active and soaking up the sunlight when you can. There is another way to get over these seasonal moods that too often gets overlooked. One of the best ways to elevate your mood is to perform acts of kindness. When you give selflessly of your time and resources you can improve your mood ten-fold! To help you get started here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

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As the days start getting shorter the winter blues can start to set in. There are many ways to combat this including getting active and soaking up the sunlight when you can. There is another way to get over these seasonal moods that too often gets overlooked. One of the best ways to elevate your mood is to perform acts of kindness. When you give selflessly of your time and resources you can improve your mood ten-fold! To help you get started here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

1. Put money in an expiring parking meter.

This is such an easy act of kindness that anyone can do. When your doctor’s visit is running longer than expected, the last thing you want to do is be worrying about your meter. Make someone’s day by taking care of it for them.

2. Donate your gently used books to a local school.

Have you been in a school library lately? My children’s school is excellent and still, the library is so depressing to me. When I think of a library, I want to see walls and walls of books. This just isn’t the case anymore. What’s worse is that there are schools that don’t half even half of the books my children’s school has. Why not donate your gently used books to schools that need them?

3. Give holiday gifts to your neighbors.

The holidays are a fabulous time to do something nice for your neighbors. Make up some delicious treat bags and hang on their doors. If you’re looking for something more useful why not give everyone an ice scraper? The smallest gesture goes a long way.

4. Make a freezer meal for a friend.

You know how crazy dinner time can be in your home. Take some stress off a friend’s plate and take their family an easy freezer meal that they can pop in the oven. Need some ideas? Check out these freezer-friendly chicken nuggets or freezer chicken pot pie minis!

5. Donate craft supplies to a local library.

Have you ever taken your child to a free event at the library? All of those events are run on donations. Say thank you by donating some craft supplies to help out with these fun events.

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6. Send a thoughtful card or letter.

This one is so easy and all it costs you is a stamp. Everyone is delighted to receive surprise mail that’s not a bill. Make someone’s day with a heartfelt sentiment to show you care and you were thinking about them.

7. Rake a neighbor’s leaves or shovel their driveway.

Shoveling the driveway is one of my least favorite winter chores. A couple of years ago some sweet neighbors stopped by to shovel and salt my driveway for me and I still smile when I think about it. Do the same for someone in your neighborhood as a sweet act of kindness.

8. Offer to babysit so parents can have a date night.

Ah, the baby phase… they are adorable and utterly life changing (in a good way). Babies also can wreak havoc on a marriage. Let the parents you know get a much-needed break and offer to babysit the kiddos for a night.

9. Pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru.

Do you know what makes your Caramel Macchiato even sweeter? Not having to pay for it. This is such an easy and effortless way to brighten someone’s day. The caveat is that you don’t have any control of the cost. If you are on a limited budget, ask to put $10 towards their order instead. That is still a wonderful surprise.

10. Donate toys to the Salvation Army.

This is another one close to my heart. There was a year when my mom had absolutely no money for presents (even things we needed like socks and coats) when we were very little. Imagine having to tell your 4 year old that impossible scenario of that there is no Santa or that Santa forgot them. Neither is palatable. In a true Christmas miracle it turned out that our church had adopted our family that year and arrived not only with presents on Christmas Eve but food as well. When you give to the Salvation Army that is the kind of gift you are giving a family.

Giving selflessly of your time and resources can improve your mood ten-fold! To get you started, here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

These are all easy ideas that are low-cost or no cost. The best thing about them is that most of these can absolutely be a family affair. It’s always important to teach your kids early the joy of giving to others. These 10 acts of kindness are also a wonderful exercise in gratefulness. When you and your family see how much you truly have to give you will begin to appreciate all that you have. Usher in the colder months with warmth in your heart this year. Check out this DIY autumn thankful wreath for more wonderful ways to exercise a heart of thankfulness with your family.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.