A Great Crayon Remover

A couple of weeks ago, I was at the computer as my sweet little toddler boy sat peacefully coloring nearby. It was great to get an opportunity while he was actually awake to get some things done. Soon after, he was in the kitchen playing. I didn’t question what he was doing, instead I naively thought how great it was that he was entertaining himself. Usually when I am at the computer he wants to sit on my lap and push the buttons on the computer screen. Content that I had a little time to myself, I paid little attention … Continue reading

Tips for Dealing With Mold Damage After a Storm

Are you living in one of the states that has recently experienced some strong storms? There is potential that the rain and moisture could have created mold in your home. Mold is not always covered by a homeowners insurance policy. Here are some tips about how to deal with mold and mildew. A typical homeowners policy may not cover damages that are due to mold damage. It is advisable to let your insurance company know as soon as you discover that your home has experienced any kind of water damage. Your insurer might be willing to cover the damages caused … Continue reading

How to Spend Less on Toys

Let us face it. Toys are expensive. And there always seems to be another new toy that you have to have. The new toys are then abandoned for newer toys, and your playroom fills up as your wallet drains. But you want your kids to have happy childhoods and to learn and develop. Toys can help with these desires. The trick then, is to be able to provide the fun and education without spending a fortune for toys. When your children start to outgrow their toys, see if you can use them in new ways. Honestly, your children may beat … Continue reading

Home away from Home: Decor for Your Recreational Vehicle

Do you camp? If you own a camper, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or an RV, you may be looking for ways to make it feel more like a home away from home. This is especially important if you have small children, and familiarity is the key. Bring along a few well-loved items from home, special toys, a blanket, or other items that will help your child feel more comfortable. I also had one mom ask about decorating a camper or other recreational vehicle. She and her husband have been shopping around for a used one, and while she’s found several … Continue reading

Crayon Rubbings – Easy Art Project

I love easy art projects. Crayon rubbings are one of those obvious, easy art ideas that I often forget about. Crayon rubbing makes a nice lesson for texture and shape too. I like to use the broken crayons for this, but whole ones work too. Have the kids remove the paper. Small children love to tear off the crayon paper. Then show the child how to lightly rub the paper with the side of the crayon. Put torn paper, cut out shapes of paper, even those die cuts from scrap-booking under the top paper. Notice the outlines of the shapes … Continue reading