Tips for Moving with Kids

Post by Rebecca of Not So SAHM

Tips for Moving with Kids

(goofing on the front porch of our ol’ condo)

Our kids are still fairly young (6 and 5 years-old), but they spent those years growing up in one place — our beloved city condo. My husband and I had been wrestling with the decision to move for a long time, mostly unbeknownst to the kids. So when we sort of randomly found our perfect house, we’d already thought about moving quite a bit. But the kids hadn’t. So they really were not excited about the prospect of moving. And that sort of caught me off guard.

Given that experience and the fact that spring ’tis the season for moving, I thought it would be helpful to share with you some of the tips for moving with kids that helped us get through the process. Moving is a TON of work, but also an exciting adventure. I wouldn’t say that we made it through the feat unscathed, but since I’m never. moving. again., here are my tips (and quickly snapped photos from my phone) for you!

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Tips for Moving with Kids — Involve your kids with packing up the old place in a fun and lighthearted way. Moving is an excellent opportunity to get rid of things and our kids really helped in that process. They sorted through their toys — tossing broken things, donating things they’d outgrown, and just generally organizing them. It’s time consuming, but it helped tremendously at the unpacking stage as well — things were already set up to be put away neatly. It meant I had their rooms mostly unpacked before they got home from school on moving day. We also had them do fun things like check the expiration dates on toiletries and medicines, and decorate our moving boxes. Try to emphasize the positive and downplay the fact that you’re likely getting rid of a lot of their stuff.Tips for Moving with Kids - Get them Involved in Packing Tips for Moving with Kids - Get them Involved in Packing 3

Tips for Moving with Kids — If you can, start making memories together in your new home before you move in. The timing doesn’t work for everyone, I know, but we did some work on the new house before moving and made sure the kids spent time there as well. It doesn’t need to be elaborate we found a few family pizza picnic dinners on the floor before moving did the trick. And the kids spent a few trips iPad’ing on the floor while I supervised some of the construction work. It helped get them comfortable and familiar with the new place, which at first seemed a little sterile and hotel’ish because it just wasn’t the source yet of memories for us.image005

Tips for Moving with Kids —  Think of fun things for them to do at the new home during the transition. Our kids were in charge of making sure all the bathrooms had toilet paper, swiffering within an inch of their lives, and counting all windows and stairs in a necessary and very serious inventory of the house. And they loved, loved helping put things together. It really helped them to feel like they were in charge of something related to the moving and got them exploring their new home. Plus, it meant I could put the dishes away without them so helpfully dropping plates.

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Tips for Moving with Kids —  Let the kids say goodbye to your old home. I was wary of unnecessarily dramatizing the move, but then I felt like I underestimated their emotions about leaving the only home they’d known. So we spent some time sharing our favorite things about the house and writing thank you letters to it. We left them at the old house and then moved on. I didn’t draw the process out, but it seemed to help them sort of close that loop. Tips for Moving with Kids —  Let them say goodbye

Tips for Moving with Kids —  Involve your kids in planning their new rooms and/or decor for the rest of the new home. It was important to me to give the kids familiar but new rooms when we moved. I was worried that setting up an identical version of their old room would work against me in the transition. Plus, they were more excited about the move once they learned they could help plan their new rooms! Sort of surprisingly, they were also very into helping pick out furniture for the rest of the house… to a point. If you’re planning on furniture shopping with your kids, try to stay flexible and perhaps bend the rules a bit our guys got much more iPad time than they normally would’ve, but they were such good sports! (p.s. stay tuned for their room re-do’s, which we couldn’t have done without help from our buddies at The Land of Nod!)

Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.

DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace

I’ve got one more last-minute project you can make for a quick Mother’s Day gift. When my grandmother passed away, my sister and I were given a bunch of her old costume jewelry. We’ve saved it knowing we’d use it someday; but I wanted to do something extra special with it because I have a lot of fond memories of dressing up in that jewelry as a kid. For this colorful necklace, I paired some beads from my grandma’s jewelry with some new charms I made with my kids’ fingerprints.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace:

  • Blank stamping charms
  • Heat embossing tool
  • Watermark ink pad
  • Embossing powder
  • Chain
  • Beads (optional)
  • Jewelry tools

Embossing Supplies

Now grab the heat embossing tool, the blank charms, embossing powder and watermark ink. Holler for your kids to come help. Have them smoosh a finger into the ink pad, blot it once on some scrap paper, then put their fingerprint onto the blank charm.

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Pour out a small pile of embossing powder onto some scratch paper, and gently dip the stamped side down into the powder. Tap off the excess powder, and set aside. Take care not to touch the powder on the charm, so the fingerprint stays in tact. Now repeat these steps for each kid or charm you’d like to make.

Once your charms are fingerprinted, use the heat tool to melt the powder. Don’t pick them up yet…they’ll be really hot! While you’re waiting for them to cool, grab your jewelry-making supplies, and start planning your necklace.DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace - FingerprintsDIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace - Fingerprint Necklace

You could do just a simple charm on a chain, without the beads for a more understated look.

But if you have some of Grandma’s old jewelry laying around, now is the time to put it to use! Use a combination of large and small beads, and alternate them with the fingerprint charms. Now, just attach them all to the chain and you’re in business. This is one Mother’s Day gift that is both sentimental and stylish; and I’m bet she’ll wear this new necklace with pride.

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

And just in time for Mother’s Day, all our Honest to Nod readers can receive 20% off  any order at Paper Source (in stores & online). The offer is valid through May 10th, and the code is MOM20. Terms & conditions apply.*

*This 20% off discount is valid April 21, 2015 through May 10, 2015 and is good toward purchases of regular price and sale items at our stores or online. Discount will become void at 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2015. Discount may not be used in combination with other discount codes. Discount is not applicable toward past purchases, returned merchandise, special orders, floor samples, Gift Cards, eGift Cards, workshops or employee purchases. Discount is also not applicable toward purchases of third party custom orders (Vera Wang, William Arthur, Elum, Checkerboard). Discount applies to merchandise only and cannot be applied toward shipping and handling charges, taxes or fees. Offer has no cash value, is nontransferable and may not be auctioned or sold. No cash/credit back. Paper Source reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer at any time. Void where prohibited by law.
Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dishes

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog
DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes

Today I’ve teamed back up with Paper Source to show you a fun DIY Mother’s Day gift craft project! Ring dishes are so handy to have around. I use them in my closet to corral all my loose earrings. And having a custom-made ring dish from my kiddos is such a treat. There are so many different variations and techniques you can do with this project, and my kids had so much fun with this that we had to go buy more dishes to work on!

I’ll show you two quick ways you can customize these ring dishes. So make sure you’ve got plenty of small ceramic dishes handy. I grabbed a bunch from Target and World Market. Restaurant supply stores are also a great resource for inexpensive options.  DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes Supplies

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dishes Technique 1: Decoupage

Supplies:

  • Small dish
  • Paper (I’ve always loved the fine papers from Paper Source, and this marble paper is a real showstopper!)
  • Foam brush
  • Decoupage (this stuff from Martha Stewart is the best around)
  • Scissors

 How to:

  1. Just cut a piece of paper to fit your dish, spread a layer of decoupage liquid directly on the dish.
  2. Then place the paper where you want it and smooth out any wrinkles.
  3. Next, put another layer of decoupage liquid over the top.
  4. Now set the dish aside to dry (at least) overnight. This stuff says it takes a full 28 days to cure; but for a light-use piece like a ring dish, you can start using it when it’s completely dry…24-48 hours.

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Silver Ring Dish DIY Mother's Day Gift - Silver Ring Dish Embossing Supplies

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dish Technique 2: Glitter Dipped

This is BY FAR my favorite project I’ve done for a really long time. I had my embossing heat tool out for a different project, and decided to give it a whirl on some dishes. The results are spectacular; and the process is so easy!

Here’s what you need:

How to:

  1. Just tape off a section with the painter’s tape.
  2. Press into the ink pad with your fingertip, then transfer the ink over to the taped off section of the plate. Keep filling in the space with ink until it’s covered.
  3. Working on top of the scrap paper, sprinkle on the embossing powder and gently tap off the excess.
  4. Pick up the scrap paper and use it to pour the excess powder back into the container.
  5. Remove the tape, and use the heat tool to melt the powder.
  6. Note: The dish will be hot after embossing, so don’t pick it up until it’s cooled.

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DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dish Gilded Edges

A few more notes: 

  • You can use the embossing powder just around the edges of the dishes for a gilded edge look.
  • You could use kids’ artwork to give it a more personalized touch.
  • My kids LOVED these projects. They were great at helping with the ink pad and the embossing powder. My 9-year-old was really into using the heat tool to help melt the powder. And my 5-year-old would have painted every dish we have in the house if I’d have let her.
  • I’ve got a few more ways to customize the ring dishes over on my blog…so come see some of our other Mother’s Day gift ideas.

And just in time for Mother’s Day, all our Honest to Nod readers can receive 20% off  any order at Paper Source (in stores & online). The offer is valid through May 10th, and the code is MOM20. Terms & conditions apply.*

*This 20% off discount is valid April 21, 2015 through May 10, 2015 and is good toward purchases of regular price and sale items at our stores or online. Discount will become void at 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2015. Discount may not be used in combination with other discount codes. Discount is not applicable toward past purchases, returned merchandise, special orders, floor samples, Gift Cards, eGift Cards, workshops or employee purchases. Discount is also not applicable toward purchases of third party custom orders (Vera Wang, William Arthur, Elum, Checkerboard). Discount applies to merchandise only and cannot be applied toward shipping and handling charges, taxes or fees. Offer has no cash value, is nontransferable and may not be auctioned or sold. No cash/credit back. Paper Source reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer at any time. Void where prohibited by law.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

Easy Mother’s Day Gifts

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

Today we’ve teamed up with Paper Source to show you two easy, yet spectacular gifts that the kids can help make for mom or grandma for Mother’s Day. These gifts are made with love and serve several purposes, so they’re sure to be a hit with moms and grandmas alike!

Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Tabletop Herb Garden

This tabletop herb garden is perfect for the grandma who likes to garden or cook or entertain. She can keep fresh herbs at arms’ reach so she’s ready to whip up a batch of her famous focaccia bread anytime she wants. The container is wrapped in gorgeous wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Company so it will make a perfect centerpiece for her next dinner party. Bonus: she’ll love to tell her friends that her cutie grandkids made it for her. The project takes about a half hour to complete, and a handful of supplies.

Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Tabletop Herb Garden Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need to make the easy Mother’s Day gift – Tabletop Herb Garden:

And here’s how to make it:

  1. Trace the container onto the back of the wrapping paper. Cut out sections of paper to fit the sides you want to cover.
  2. Spread a coat of Mod Podge directly onto the container.
  3. Press the paper onto the glued surface, smoothing out wrinkles and bubbles as you go. (The extra coat of Mod Podge helps protect it from water and dirt).
  4. Spread another layer of glue on top of the paper. Work quickly and use your thumb to smooth out wrinkles. Let it dry (about 15 minutes) and then cover the remaining surfaces.
  5. Plant your herbs

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Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Herb Garden Centerpiece

I the measured and cut the paper; the kids helped with the glue; and then they helped plant the herbs. Each kid chose one special herb for Grandma, and they were so proud of what they chose. We had such a great time making this gift, we kept going and made another versatile gift using the same concept. The full DIY for these  adorable Lined Trays is on my blog.

Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Cookie Tray

I’ve got tutorials up on my blog for these fun painted flower pots as well as the glitter-dipped succulent planters… stop by and see how we made them!

And just in time for Mother’s Day, all our Honest to Nod readers can receive 20% off  any order at Paper Source (in stores & online). The offer is valid through May 10th, and the code is MOM20. Terms & conditions apply.*

*This 20% off discount is valid April 21, 2015 through May 10, 2015 and is good toward purchases of regular price and sale items at our stores or online. Discount will become void at 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2015. Discount may not be used in combination with other discount codes. Discount is not applicable toward past purchases, returned merchandise, special orders, floor samples, Gift Cards, eGift Cards, workshops or employee purchases. Discount is also not applicable toward purchases of third party custom orders (Vera Wang, William Arthur, Elum, Checkerboard). Discount applies to merchandise only and cannot be applied toward shipping and handling charges, taxes or fees. Offer has no cash value, is nontransferable and may not be auctioned or sold. No cash/credit back. Paper Source reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer at any time. Void where prohibited by law.
Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.