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Jack Pot


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We hit the jackpot with this little guy, didn’t we?

Pretty soon Jack will be running around and it will be a lot harder to dress him up for Where’s Jack. Until then, we intend to exhaust every “Jack Pun” imaginable.

Oliver was very excited to be a part of this photo shoot as well. Check out our handsome leprechauns!

St. Patrick’s Day Bell Pepper Shamrock Stamp

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Like all good last-minute projects, this creative craft is all over Pinterest! Here’s one example we liked a lot.

suppliesWhat you need: bell peppers (we bought one with three ridges and one with lucky number four), a knife, green paint (we used a few different shades of acrylic, but you can also use tempura), plastic plates, paper, and a paint brush.

peppersFirst, we cut each pepper in half to make four stamps that fit just right in little hands.

Next, we unrolled the art paper on Oliver’s table in the playroom so he would have a big canvas for his masterpiece. We filled up some plates with paint and watched as Ollie went to town stamping away. He had so much fun!

afterMathBy the end, we had mixed the different greens to make marbleized shamrocks.

stemsWhen we had used every last inch of paper (Oliver made sure of it), we took a foam paint brush and used the excess paint to make stems on each shamrock!

We all had a lot of fun with this project and it got us all very excited for St. Patrick’s Day! We hope you enjoy it too!

St. Patrick’s Day Froot Loop Rainbow Craft

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My four-year-old Oliver has been home sick this week filling up on movies (aka Thomas and Friends on repeat) and soup. As he gets spurts of energy, we’ve been giving him easy projects to hold his attention.

We saw a similar rainbow craft for St. Patrick’s Day on Pinterest and thought we’d try our own. Nothing says sick day like sugar cereal and Elmer’s glue.

Here’s what we started with:


We originally used the foam brush to spread the glue across the paper, but found that nixing the brush and simply squeezing glue lines was easier and more effective.

Oliver loved sorting the Froot Loops and squeezing the glue all over the paper, Jackson Pollock style.


All in all it was a successful craft and no glue-soaked Froot Loops were consumed. Most likely because we told Ollie that the cereal tasted like mulch and he wouldn’t like it. “But it smells like strawberries!”

We cut the project short after the glue dried, but you can embellish your rainbows with a pot of gold and some cotton ball clouds!

P.S. Oliver wanted to participate in the writing of this blog post (as I type it up on the floor of the living room with The Muppet Movie playing in the background). Here are his thoughts:


Oliver Blogging

I’m Stuck On You, Valentine – Free Printable

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Looking for a quick and easy alternative to candy Valentines? These free printable Valentine tags make it easy to send your child to school with a creative (and sugarless) treat for his or her classmates! The “I’m stuck on you, Valentine” tag goes great with stickers, temporary tattoos, and even band aids. They work well for both girls and boys – include a couple Spiderman stickers/tattoos and boys will love them too!

Click on the image below to open the PDF:


For those of you who don’t believe in a candy-free Valentine’s day (who does?!), the next option is for you! I also made a “I’m sweet on you, Valentine” version that makes it easy to divvy up some bulk candy and save a little money!


What you need:
1. A free printable from Vicky Barone!
2. Cellophane flat bags. We ordered a pack of 100 3×5 bags from here, but you can find them at any craft store.
3. Stickers, temporary tattoos, band-aids, or candy
4. A stapler and scissors

Here’s the “I’m sweet on you” version: (click to open the PDF)

Have your child write their own name in the space provided to make it even more fun!

Make sure you check out our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board for more great Valentine ideas!

Enjoy! And Happy Valentine’s Day!

(*for non-commercial use only, not for distribution or resale!)

Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Looking for last minute gift ideas? Oopsy Daisy has lots of really great gifts for under $20. If you order today you get free shipping so don’t miss out! Some of my products were featured in their gift guide for kids. I’m very excited about my partnership with them because their products are such high quality and when personalized are thoughtful and fun gifts all year round. There are a bunch of other really cool products that feature artwork from artists all over the world.

Here are the three products of mine that were featured in their gift guide:

You Are My Sunshine Wall Decal - Vicky Barone
You Are My Sunshine Wall Decal ($20

Robots Rule Wall Decal Phil - Vicky Barone
Robots Rule – Phil – Wall Decal ($17)

Reindeer Ornament - Vicky Barone

Personalized Reindeer Ornament (other colors too!) ($16)

Enjoy finishing up last-minute shopping and Happy Holidays!

DIY Star Wars Characters Popsicle Stick Ornaments

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After I made the Christmas character popsicle ornaments, I started brainstorming ideas for other ornaments that would be fun.  Check these out! My husband definitely thinks they turned out cool, however, I think they would be difficult for our 3 year old to make (since the pieces of cut foam were small and hard to handle).  Here’s a list of the materials I used: colored foam, scissors, glue, tongue depressors, paint, and ribbon.  First I created a template to cut out the pieces from foam and then glued them together.  Darth’s face was a little difficult because I wanted to give it depth and was only using black foam.  It would have been great to find dark gray but I think the end result worked out well. You could even use these as puppets!

DIY Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

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My three-yea-old is finally old enough to be interested in making Christmas ornaments.  We tried last year when he was 2 1/2 but it was difficult to keep him interested.  This year I was looking on Pinterest for ideas and came across A Day of Wonders’ popsicle stick snowmen.  I showed him the idea and he was really excited so we decided to expand the cast to the whole Christmas gang!

Here is what you need:

The ribbon we attached to hang them with isn’t pictured but you could also just attach an ornament hook.
You could also get creative and use other materials – anything you can glue onto a popsicle stick.
Also: we used tongue depressors which are a little wider and allowed more room for faces, but that title didn’t sound as appealing.


Check out my Holidays + Ornaments Pinterest board for more inspiration!