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Real Home Inspiration: DIY Closet Bunkbed in Shared Bedroom and Playroom {Guest Post}

shared kids room and playroom​For the next installation in our Real Home Inspiration Series, my friend Kimie from Kimie Pruessner Photography is telling you all about her amazing shared kids’ room and playroom with a DIY closet bunkbed. When I first saw it, I thought it was the coolest and most practical space. She turned the closet in to a bunk bed, leaving all the floor space for play. This series is all about real homes and real people with creative and inspiring but lived in, unstaged spaces. I’ll turn it over to Kimie. Enjoy!

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Real Home Inspiration: DIY + Vintage Finds + A Bicycle Themed Nursery at the Hansen Home

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This summer we traveled across the southern U.S. staying with friends and family along the way. At every home we visited I found something inspiring, as I often do visiting the homes of friends here in Dallas. I asked several of them if it would be ok to share a peek at their real homes and creative touches for a new series here at Bare Feet on the Dashboard. No staging, no faking it, I’ll just share real homes to inspire you. To kick off my Real Home Inspiration series, I’m bringing you the Hansen Family’s DIY touches, vintage finds, and super fun bicycle themed nursery. I hope you love it as much as I do. Thanks to the Hansens for sharing their home with us!

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Duck Creek Ranch: The Before Pictures, A Celebration of 80s Home Decorating

 Here are some of our before pictures, complete with the previous owner’s furnishings.  We took these during a walk through before she moved out.  I’ll have more later.  We plan to ditch the grape wallpaper and paint the cabinets white.  I’d love new counter tops, but that is a long range project.

 We will paint all the trim and wainscoting white, as well as the cool built in to the left.  I’m looking for inspiration to replace that light fixture on pinterest.

 Here’s the half bath off the kitchen, the scene of plumbing nightmare #1.  Eventually we’ll paint the wood and the walls, and replace the light fixture.  I’m thinking I’ll paint the mirror’s frame a fun color.

 The kitchen opens up to the living room.  Let’s play count the grapes on the wall.

 Here’s the living room complete with nightmare popcorn ceiling and so much wood paneling.  We ripped out the carpet and took down the popcorn.  We’ve painted the paneling and are almost done with the trim.  I can’t wait to show you the after pics!

 You still can’t see the popcorn very well, but trust me when I say it was awful.  Popcorn ceilings have never really urked me, probably because I grew up in the 80s.  These were a whole other level of popcorn, big nasty kernels everywhere.  Gross.

 This is the front door and entryway.  We plan to rip off the wallpaper and make this a fun focal wall with family pics.

 The dining room was otherwise known as the previous owner’s cat’s litter box.  Thanks to advice from some of my cat loving friends we are battling the cat pee destruction day by day.  We’ve ripped out the carpet and are hitting the pee daily with Nature’s Miracle Enzyme cleaner.  Jed said it is the nastiest job he’s ever had to do.  He ripped out the base boards and is fighting with the concrete below.  We plan to put in wood laminate flooring and take down the wallpaper as soon as we get the cat pee under control.  We haven’t decided on a paint color yet, but I’m leaning toward an aquamarine.

 Our master bedroom feels so big, and we have fallen in love with the parquet flooring though we hated it at first.  We’ve already painted in here and I’ll have after pics up soon.

 The master bath is the scene of plumbing nightmares #2-5.  Eventually we want to gut the whole dang thing. Don’t you love the magnolia trim and gold flaked wallpaper?  You don’t?  I HATE it.  Please note the teeny tiny bathtub.  Who fits in that?  It was not made for a full grown human.

This will be the Bear’s bedroom eventually, and the almost identical bedroom will be Mini Bear’s.  We’ve set up Bear’s stuff in the other room so that we can paint this one without all his furniture in the way.  
Take away all the previous owner’s furniture, add in new carpet, tons of boxes, and the odor of cat pee, and you’ve got a great picture of our Duck Creek Ranch.  We know we will make it into a beautiful home for our family eventually, but the getting there is going to take a while.
How long did it take you to feel at home in your house? 

Festive Family Holiday Hop and Gift Guide Giveaway 2015

Festive Family Gift Guide Prize CollageWelcome to the 2015 Festive Family Holiday Hop and Gift Guide Giveaway! I’ve joined forces with 30+ awesome bloggers and 15+ sponsors for a holiday blog hop and giveaway like no other. We’ll be sharing holiday inspiration, craft and DIY projects, kid activities, family traditions, and gift ideas. Our generous sponsors are giving away over $1500 in prizes in one massive prize package that contains gifts for everyone on your list. The giveaway will run from November 2-19, so be sure to enter to win.

Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway – $1500+ in Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Toddler Kore Wobble Stools

 

We are so excited about our headline sponsor this year – Kore Design. They have generously donated a family set of Kore Wobble Chairs valued at over $500 for all of your active learners from toddler to adult. Kore Chairs are perfect for kids and adults that need to move while sitting. They help with posture, concentration, and productivity for active people. Read a full review of Kore Wobble Stools here at P is for Preschooler.

minted collage holidayMinted, a marketplace made up of independent artists, is the perfect place to knock out all of your holiday shopping at once. Photo gifts, stationary, personalized prints, and limited edition art make fabulous gifts. You can also find gorgeous holiday cards and get FREE recipient address printing. Read our full review of Minted’s holiday cards and photo gifts here. Minted is giving away a $100 gift card. Be sure to sign up for the Minted email list so you don’t miss out on their awesome sales and fabulous discounts.

 

Mama May I CollageThe gorgeous handmade toys from the Mama May i Shop blend the best of developmental psychology and design for a unique learning through play experience for kids.  Inspired by her own little explorers and her understanding of Montessori and Waldorf philosophies, founder Jessica Perkins created a shop for like minded caregivers around the world. Mama May i is giving a $100 gift card away to our lucky winner to shop for all the kids on their list.

night-before-christmas-personalized-book-12Personalized books and gifts from I See Me can make a kid feel really special. Seeing, hearing, and reading their own name in a new story book is pretty magical. What better holiday tradition than reading about your own Night Before Christmas? Read a full review of I See Me products from Castle View Academy here. I See Me is giving away a personalized gift package containing a Christmas colouring book, Night Before Christmas book, Christmas sticker sheet, personalized ornament, and a Christmas Bear For Me Gift Set, with a total value of $100.

trendbrewTrendBrew is the new way to shop and make money online – for free. It is truly a ‘One-stop-shop’ destination for making ALL your shopping decisions. They curate the top trending products from 4000+ retailers such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, Amazon, and give you multiple offers. TrendBrew gives you the power to put down your ‘Wish Price’ & your ‘Timeline’ and we’ll notify you when a matching offer comes by. Bonus: You earn reward points with EVERY purchase. Join now to start earning reward points. Trendbrew is giving a $100 gift card to our winner.

Tad Hills Collage Author and illustrator Tad Hills takes inspiration from his nature filled childhood and from his own children to create beautiful books that encourage learning and creativity. His Rocket books and Duck & Goose series are popular with kids of all ages. The winner of our giveaway will receive a Tad Hills bundle of books and plush toys valued at $150+.

Playopolis Collage The folks at Playopolis Toys are excited about play. They take toys seriously and offer toys with universal design to maximize sensory awareness and aid development for children of diverse abilities. Playopolis Toys is donating an awesome set of Tegu Magnetic Blocks valued at $106 to our winner.

 

sleepytime headrestThe Sleepy Time Headrest gently and securely supports your child’s head when traveling, preventing it from constantly falling forward, or jerking from side to side while sleeping in the car. It also provides safe, comfortable support for special needs children that need additional support. The soft cotton headrest is portable and easy to install and has been extensively safety and crash tested. It works with all brands of car seats, wheelchairs, strollers, feeder seats, swings, carriers, and booster seats with backs. Read a full review of Sleepy Time Headrests here at Local Busy Bees. Our lucky winner will receive three Sleepy Time Headrests – one each in infant, child, and adult sizes.

Olive Mae CollageThe beautiful handmade designs from Olive Mae Clothing are made to last and perfect for play and special occasions. Owner and designer Lacy Gutierrez has developed a cult following for her whimsical designs online and at her storefront in Plano, Texas. Every design is hand made in the shop and one of a kind. Best of all, Olive Mae Clothing is affordable and sized for girls from birth to size 8. Dress your little darling in a gorgeous Olive Mae Clothing creation this holiday season. Read our full review of Olive Mae Clothing here. Our winner will receive a $50 gift card to shop online or in store at Olive Mae Clothing.
 
 
 

haba puppetsKnown around the world for high quality baby and children’s toys, HABA started as a wood manufacturing company and now also offers plush toys, games and textiles. Their play “inventors” and designers put great care and thought into the creation of every product. Read a full review of HABA products here from P is for Preschooler. Our giveaway winner will receive a Puppet Theater and Hand Puppet from HABA valued at $50+.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Good Buddy Notes CollageGood Buddy Notes is your source for sweet personalized gifts and stationary illustrated by artist Shelley Dieterichs, and featuring her unique designs. Her award winning books and designs make great gifts for kids and adults and pets. With a vision for encouraging old fashioned correspondence, Shelley creates beautiful art pieces that serve practical purposes as thank you notes, address labels, and more. Our giveaway winner will receive a $50 gift card to shop at Good Buddy Notes.

22067 15pc Ball Run in Gift Box - StackLikeBlocksThe mission of Just Think Toys is to develop products that encourage creative play and thinking. Their Bath Blocks and Hot Wings line do just that with simplicity and innovation. Bath Blocks use the viscosity of water to hold blocks together allowing kids to build freely with floating blocks in the bath. The winner of our giveaway will receive a Bath Blocks Ball Run and Waterfall Set valued at $45 from Just Think Toys. Read more about the award winning Bath Blocks here at P is for Preschooler.

bilibo_racecarBilibo is a toy for every kid that encourages creative play and exploration. Bilibo is giving one toy to the winner, valued at $30. Children can play with Bilibo indoors and out, in water, sand, and snow, and with endless possibilities.  With different sizes and bright colors available, Bilibo is perfect for every kid on your list.

brackitz collageBrackitz Toys give builders the freedom to create structures that are only limited by their own imagination. The planks and connectors are simple enough for young children to use, but the possibilities for building complex structures are endless. Open ended building challenges kids and teaches them math, science, engineering, and problem solving skills through play.  The giveaway winner will receive the 50 piece Brackitz Creator Set valued at $29.99.

Essential Oils Fall Special BonusYoung Living Essential Oils’ Seed to Seal Guarantee means that the quality of the oil is controlled throughout the entire process, from planting through production. With natural living products for health, wellness, beauty, and the home, Young Living has the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Members receive a 24% discount on every purchase and can earn free product through the Essential Rewards Program. The giveaway winner will receive a bottle of the fabulous Thieves Spray and Thieves Foaming Hand Soap from independent distributor Becca Eby. All readers who are new to Young Living can receive the same two products as a free bonus with the purchase of any Premium Starter Kit using member #2538556 – get the details here.

Our second annual Festive Family Holiday Hop and Gift Guide Giveaway brings the best holiday themed posts from my favorite bloggers together with an AWESOME giveaway prize package worth over $1500 filled with gifts for everyone on your list.  Visit the posts below for great holiday tips, and enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. If you are on a mobile device or have trouble seeing the entry form, click here to enter.
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Ten Tips for a Joy Filled and Stress Free Holiday with Your Family from Bare Feet on the Dashboard

The Ultimate Guide to Having Kind Kids This Christmas from Bits of Positivity

Christmas Sensory Play Ideas from Adventures of Adam

Gingerbread Play Dough from The Gingerbread House

Glitter Pinecones from Peace But Not Quiet

10 Exciting Toys To Encourage Learning for 3-4 Year Old Kids from Play Dough and Popsicles

Christmas Crafts for Toddlers from Kidz Activities

DIY Hot Chocolate Kit from Taking Care of Monkey Business

Gifts Kids Can Make from Simply Vicki

Christmas Yoga from Kids Yoga Stories

Gifts That Last All Year from Local Busy Bees

10 Idea for Festive Table Decoration from La Cité des Vents

Christmas Tree Decoration and Card from Castle View Academy

Book-Toy Gift Sets for Preschoolers from P is for Preschooler

DIY Gift: Science Kit for Kids! from Preschool Powol Packets

Christmas Poems to Color from Are We There Yet?

5 Things to Make For a Christmas Stocking from Peakle Pie

The Frugal Family Gift that Keeps On Giving from Kimie Pruessner Photography

Christmas Hand and Foot Print Crafts from Play & Learn Everyday

20 Non-Candy Stocking Stuffers for Boys and Girls from Non Toy Gifts

10 Silly Gifts For Your Kids this Christmas from Witty Hoots

Mom’s Holiday Wish List (Give This List to Your Husband) from The Realistic Mama

5 Awesome Ways to Completely Revamp Your Home This Holiday Season from Tidbits of Experience

A Thank You Letter to the Teachers Who Made a Difference in My Life

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Most of have at least one, that teacher we remember who cared about us, challenged us, brought out the best in us, that made a difference. I was lucky enough to have many such educators in my school years, and today I’m joining a group of bloggers to take the time to say thank you. I has been 18 years since I graduated from high school, and yet the memories of my school years are still vivid. Good times and bad, my worst moments as well as a few great ones, the school years shape us and give us a foundation for the future. During this Teacher Appreciation Week, take a minute to thank a teacher. Thank one who made a difference in your life or the life of your child. Teachers work hard and get paid little to mold young minds, and the demands on them increase year after year. I want to thank the teachers who made a difference in my life.

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Five Free Field Trips for Kids Under 5 + Fabulously Frugal

5 fun free field trips for kids under 5Sometimes you just need to get the kids out of the house, right?! With 2 little ones, cabin fever set in with this winter weather and our usual neighborhood walks and nature hikes become slightly less appealing. We have to get creative to get the kids out and doing something fun without the budget taking a hit. Here are five of our favorite free field trips for kids under 5 to give you some inspiration and get you out of the house. Bonus: If you are a blogger, link up your latest frugal post to the Fabulously Frugal Link Party at the bottom of this page. You can find more of our frugal living ideas here, and our fun for preschool kids here.

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Taste Safe Chocolate Cinnamon Scented Sensory Dough

Taste Safe Chocolate Cinnamon Scented Sensory DoughWe love sensory play at our house, and we’ve been experimenting with new ideas for sensory dough. My daughter puts everything she plays with in her mouth, so I love making taste safe sensory dough so I don’t have to worry about her. Today I’m sharing a fun recipe for taste safe chocolate cinnamon scented sensory dough perfect for toddlers and up to engage your kids’ senses. This recipe is perfect for pretend play and sensory exploration. Find more fabulous Sensory Dough ideas at 12 Months of Sensory Dough.

Making Pretend Cupcakes with Taste Safe Chocolate Cinnamon Scented Sensory Dough

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Festive Family Holiday Hop & Gift Guide

festive family holiday hop and gift guide giveaway buttonWelcome to the 2014 Festive Family Holiday Hop and Gift Guide Giveaway! I’ve joined forces with 30+ awesome bloggers and 25+ sponsors for a holiday series like no other. We’ll be sharing holiday inspiration, craft and DIY projects, kid activities, family traditions, and gift ideas. Our generous sponsors are giving away over $1800 in prizes in 4 packages: one each for babies, kids, men, and women. The event and giveaway will run from November 3-17, so be sure to come back and visit.

 

Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide ~ Giving Ideas for Everyone on Your List

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Gifts for Everyone:

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Knock your loved one’s socks off with a monthly subscription to Foot Cardigan, a funky monthly sock service that will spice up even the most boring sock drawer. Crazy socks are a fun and office-safe way to spice up your wardrobe and show your personality. Foot Cardigan subscriptions make fabulous gifts that keep on giving year round for men or women, and now for kids with their new Whippersnappers line (see listing below). Foot Cardigan is giving away a 1 year subscription for the gentlemen & the ladies, as well as a 2 subscriptions for kids.

minted collage holidayMinted, a marketplace made up of independent artists, is the perfect place to knock out all of your holiday shopping at once. Photo gifts, stationary, personalized prints, and limited edition art make fabulous gifts. You can also find gorgeous holiday card and get FREE recipient address printing. Read our full review of Minted’s holiday cards and photo gifts here. Minted is giving away $100 gift cards in the women’s, kid’s, and baby prize packages. BONUS: Use the code CHEER25FS to get $25 off your order AND free shipping through 11/10/14.

 

Gift Ideas for Babies: 

freshly picked collageFreshly Picked moccasins are the perfect gift for every stylish baby and toddler in your life. Handmade in the U.S.A. from 100% genuine leather, the moccasin come in sizes 1-10. The Freshly Picked shop offers gorgeous leather bags and totes for grownups as well. Read the full review of Freshly Picked moccs here. The winner of the Festive Baby prize package will receive a pair of moccs in the size and color of their choice.

 

small mum and bub bath products from aden and anais reviewMum + Bub bath and skin care products are safe for the whole family to use, with tear-free shampoo and conditioner that work for babies and mamas alike. This line is free from harmful chemicals and would make a perfect gift for new moms or for babies 1st Christmas. Aden + Anais is giving away a $49 Mum + Bub bath set for the winner of the Festive Baby prize package. Read the full review here and head over to Aden + Anais to shop here.

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Aimee of Lil Things by Aimee is a serious mompreneur who creates one of kind cloth diapers, Grub Beads teething jewelry for moms and babies, cloth diaper friendly clothing, and so much more. Find handmade gifts for babies and mamas in her shop on Etsy, Hyena Cart, and in her Facebook B/S/T group.

 

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Bright Star Kids has a little something for every kid on your list. Personalized labels, clothing, and wall stickers are great gifts for babies and kids. Their new holiday line just released and the designs are so super cute. Shop Bright Star Kids here, and read the full review of their personalized t-shirts here, and name labels here. Both the baby and kid prize winners will get a $50 gift card to Bright Star Kids.

 

Gardgarden of arden collageen of Arden is offering a $25 gift card as part of the Festive Baby prize package. With gorgeous handmade headbands, hair clips, flower crowns, and bow ties, babies and kids on your shopping list will be taken care in style. Find the perfect hair accessory or bow tie for a holiday photo shoot or stocking stuffer.

 

mixie collageFor mamas who use formula to feed or supplement their sweet babies, Mixie bottles are lifesavers. You can prep the bottle and it stays ready but separated until needed. With the push of a button and a quick shake, the bottle is ready for action. No more worries about caregivers mixing bottles incorrectly, no more spilling on the go. Mixie is dishwasher safe and free of BPA and PVC. Mixie is giving the baby prize winner an 8 oz bottle.

 

feather 4 arrow collageFeather 4 Arrow is the perfect place to shop for stylish babies, kids, and women on your list. Jaime’s designs are unique, on trend, and affordable. Feather 4 Arrow features free spirited clothing with a rebellious side that can be worn by mamas & babes alike. Read our review of Feather 4 Arrow here. The winner of the Festive Baby & Lady prizes will each get $25 gift cards to Feather 4 Arrow.

 

Gift Ideas for Kids:

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Gorgeous personalized art for kid rooms, name signs for doors, stationary for thank you notes, and art prints from Minted are all fun gifts for kids. Personalized keepsakes and photo gifts have so much meaning for kids and will grow up with them. Think outside the box this year and create a unique gift for a special kids in your life at Minted.

 

night-before-christmas-personalized-book-12Personalized books from I See Me can make a kid feel really special. Seeing, hearing, and reading their own name in a new story book is pretty magical. What better holiday tradition than reading about your own Night Before Christmas? Read the full review of I See Me books here. The Festive Kid Prize Package winner will receive a personalized Night Before Christmas book.

 

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Peg and Plum peg dolls are precious little handpainted tools for the imagination. Choose from custom painted peg doll families, nativity sets, favorite characters, and themed sets to find the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a child in your life. The detail on Peg and Plum dolls is just exquisite, and they work well in doll houses or on the go. Read our full review of Peg and Plum dolls here.

 

Sensory Fix™ for Everyday Sensory Needs

Project Sensory is on a mission to bring sensory awareness and simple sensory fixes to kids, parents, teachers, and caregivers everywhere. Every person has sensory needs, and meeting those needs can help improve behavior, school performance, and quality of life, especially for kids. Project Sensory offers resources, tool kits and individual tools to help meet those needs.  Sensory fixes are perfect stocking stuffers, and the tool kits would make an amazing holiday gift. PS is giving away a $50 gift card in the kid prize package. Read more about Project Sensory here.

 

Designs by MSusan collageThe sweet snuggly swaddle dolls from Designs by MSusan are handmade with love and ready to play. They make great first dolls for baby girls as well as lovely gifts for toddlers and preschoolers. Their shape is made for snuggling and they tuck under toddler arms ready for adventure. Choose from the many options available or create a custom doll for your favorite little girl. Read our review of Designs by MSusan dolls here.

 

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Whippersnappers is the brand new kid’s edition of Foot Cardigan. Every month your child will receive 2 pairs of crazy socks in the mail in their size to jazz up their sock drawer and make their day for just $11. Funded through Kickstarter and launching production right now, Whippersnappers subscriptions are a great way to make your favorite kid feel loved throughout the year. The winner of the Festive Kid prize package will receive two six month subscriptions to Whippersnappers.

 

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Stamped with Hope is an Etsy shop on a mission. All profits from their beautiful hand stamped pieces go towards the creation of Hope Ranch of Missouri, a safe place for children with special developmental and emotional needs. Their puzzle piece necklaces and baby bracelets are perfect jewelry gifts for little girls, and would make great best friend gifts for teens & tweens. Read our review of Stamped with Hope here.

 

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Visit ALEX Toys to find something for every kids on your list. From crafty to educational to classic, their selection of toys is second to none. You can shop by age or by category to save time. Our favorites are the bath toys – the Farm Bath Squirters are on my shopping list this Christmas. Read a review of their awesome light table at Still Playing School here. The winner of the Festive Kid prize package will receive a Slinky Dog and the 2 craft kits shown.

 

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Adventure in a Box Etsy Shop helps bring stories to life through beautiful handmade shadow puppets from your favorite fairy tales. An ancient art, shadow theater uses dark and light to challenge the imagination and bring adventure to your storytelling. Shadow puppet sets from your favorite stories are available in the shop, as well as a gorgeous handmade puppet theater. Read more about Adventure in a Box here.

 

chewigem collageDoes your child have a need to chew? Chewigem to the rescue. If your child is constantly putting things in their mouth or chewing on stuff, they are seeking oral sensory input. Read more about the Oral Sensory System here to find out more. Chewigem offers stylish alternatives to the usual pencils/finger nails/whatever that children usually choose to chew on, and helps them to meet their sensory needs.

 

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Is your child constantly on the move? Handee Bands provide sensory (proprioceptive) input so children gain a better understanding of where their bodies are in space and the amount of pressure required when pushing or pulling. Read more about proprioceptive sensory activities and the Handee Band here. Handee Band is giving away a Family Handee Band Kit to the winner of the Festive Kid Prize Package.

 

Gift Ideas for Women:

kikilarue collageShopping at Kiki La Rue is an entirely different experience than your typical online boutique. The vibrant community on social media and amazing customer service makes it feel like you are shopping with friends. KLR has long been my go to for flowy maxi dresses and affordable on trend pieces. I love that they carry stylish clothes for women of all sizes and show the clothes on real women. Find gifts for all the women in your life (and yourself) quickly and easily from home. The winner of the Festive Lady prize will get a $50 gift card to Kiki La Rue.

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We LOVE smoothies at our house and use them almost daily to help our family get the nutrition we need. Blendfresh simplifies having raw food on hand for smoothies and healthy drinks by creating easy to use powders, perfect for use in their Blendtec blenders. The winner of the women’s prize package will receive a $50 Blendfresh gift card.

 

mary regina designs collageMary Regina Designs is an Etsy shop specializing in hand stamped jewelry for women. I’ve ordered several mama necklaces from the shop for family and friends with their babies’ or grandbabies’ names engraved on beautiful pieces of jewelry. MRD jewelry is feminine and beautiful with styles to fit any outfit. The winner of the Festive Lady prize package will receive two $25 gift cards to Mary Regina Designs (one to shop for you, one to gift).

 

knocked up fitness collageKnocked Up Fitness features videos and guides to help mamas stay fit and healthy before, during, and after pregnancy. If there is pregnant or new mama on your holiday shopping list Knocked Up Fitness, might be a fun gift to help her feel fit. The winner of the Festive Lady prize package will receive a $97 gift set from Knocked Up Fitness.

 

Gift Ideas for Men:

jord wood watch

The wood watches created by Jord are beautiful, functional, fashion forward time pieces that will become heirlooms. Created from diverse woods from around the world, a Jord watch sets the wearer apart and is one of a kind. The range of styles has something for every man and woman on your list. The winner of the Festive Gentlemen prize package will receive a gift card good for $139 and free shipping.

 

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Fish with Hope Etsy Shop features one of a kind handmade fishing tackle personalized with your own message or loved one’s name. These sweet keepsakes are fully functional fishing lures, and the perfect way to make your favorite fisherman feel special. Shop Fish with Hope here for stocking stuffers and personalized gifts. The winner of the men’s prize package will receive a $55 gift card to Fish with hope. Read our review of Fish with Hope here.

 

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The gift that keeps on giving, Dollar Shave Club can help your honey shave money and time. True to their name, Dollar Shave Club memberships start at just $1 per month. Fancier blades run $6 and $9 a month, and you can change plans or cancel any time. The blades work for men or women and make great gifts, and you can purchase a gift membership here. The men’s prize winner will receive a $40 gift set from Dollar Shave Club.

 

Be sure to check out all of the Sharing the Joy of the Season Posts:                           

Five Ways to Simplify the Holiday Season from Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Charitable Act: Shoeboxes Filled with Presents from La Cite’ des Vents

Joyful Christmas Crafts for Kids from Handmade Kids Art

Give a Little Bit from Gypsy Road School

Joy Comes from the Inside… But Not of a Package from A Mother Far from Home

Welcome to the Festive Family Holiday Giveaway from Peace but Not Quiet

Sharing Joy & a Giveaway from P is for Preschooler

Share Some Joy this Holiday Season from Are We There Yet?

Thankful Turkey Wreath Tradition from Mom Inspired Life

Christmas Sensory Play Ideas for Kids from Still Playing School

Unique Kits for Kids that Won’t Break the Bank from Lemon Lime Adventures

Holiday Tradition Ideas for Families from Sugar Aunts

Gratitude Stones: A Thanksgiving Nature Craft for Kids  from Fireflies and Mudpies

Montessori Monday – Montessori Inspired Thanksgiving Ideas from Living Montessori Now

Finding Joy in the Holidays Even During Difficult Times from ALLterNATIVElearning

Christmas Shadow Puppets Play from Adventure in a Box

Smart Goals for November from Kids Yoga Stories

Family Thankfulness Jar from The Realistic Mama

Gratitude and Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers from Totschooling

Festive Family Holiday from In the Playroom

Free Nativity Puppets from A Happy & Blessed Home

Thankful Traditions Post from Festive Family Bloggers:

Create a Thankful Tree with Your Kids from Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Thanks Cards as Place Settings from La Cite’ des Vents

A Thankful Display from Hand Made Kids Art Lego Thanksgiving Activities from Gypsy Road School

365 Days of Thanksgiving from Lemon Lime Adventures

Simple Ways to Teach Gratitude and Thankfulness Daily from A Mother Far From Home

20+ Family Gratitude Activities from Bits of Positivity

Creative Ways to Encourage Gratitude from P is for Preschooler

Cooking with Kids on Thanksgiving from Peace But Not Quiet

Thanksgiving Activities to Encourage Gratitude from Are We There Yet?

Thanksgiving Picture & Word Tracing Printables from Totschooling

Thanksgiving Gratitude Activity from Sugar Aunts

Free Printable for Teaching Kids Thankfulness from Happy and Blessed Home

Family Thankfulness Jar from The Realistic Mama

Creative Christmas Posts from the Festive Family Bloggers

Christmas Art Projects for Kids from Hand Made Kids Art

Seven Simple Lego Gifts Your Kids Can Make from Lemon Lime Adventures

Simple Things to Put in Clear Plastic Ornaments from P is for Preschooler

Paper Winter Village from Planet Smarty Pants

Christmas Countdown with Wooden Blocks from Adventure in a Box

Pinecone Angels from Peace But Not Quiet

Fine Motor Christmas Crafts, Activities, & Games for Kids from Still Playing School

Healthy Holiday Baking from Gypsy Road School

Bottle Cap Christmas Craft from Sugar Aunts

Five Things Kids Can Make from Old Christmas Cards from The Chaos and the Clutter

Creative Christmas from In the Playroom

Creative Christmas Pinterest Boards from Are We There Yet?

Transitioning to a MAKE-YOUR-OWN Christmas Tradition from Multicultural Kid Blogs

Holiday Fun and a $1,800 Giveaway from A Happy and Blessed Home

Gifts for the Season Posts from Festive Family Bloggers

Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide Favorites ~ Gifts for Everyone on Your List

DIY Toddler Play Activity Gift Box from Adventures of Adam

Ten Things from Germany as Christmas Presents from La Cite’ des Vents

Ten Things from France as Christmas Presents from La Cite’ des Vents

Easy Gifts Kids Can Make from Hand Made Kids Art

Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Crystal’s Tiny Treasures

Green Gifts for Crunchy Mamas from All Done Monkey

Gift Guide for Montessori Homeschoolers from Living Montessori Now

Gift Guide – Birth to 18 Months from ALLterNATIVElearning

The Ultimate Yoga for Kids Gift Guide from Kids Yoga Stories

Simple Stocking Stuffers from Peace But Not Quiet

Gift Guide for Promoting Healthy Development from The Inspired Treehouse

Tips for Sustainable Gift Giving from Multicultural Kid Blogs

ALEX Toys Holiday Gift Guide from Still Playing School

25 Christmas Books for an Advent Calendar from Adventure in a Box

Gifts that Help Kids with Independence from Sugar Aunts

Grandparent Gifts Kids Can Make from The Chaos and the Clutter

25 Heartwarming Christmas Books from Fireflies and Mudpies

Heirloom Advent Calendars from Are We There Yet?

Festive Activities for Kids

FREE Printable Thanksgiving Day Cards and Gifts Kids Can Make from Happy and Blessed Home

7 Christmas Toddler Play Activities from Adventures of Adam

DIY Snowflakes Garland from La Cite’ des Vents

Lego Christmas Activities from Gypsy Road School

Create Time Capsule Christmas Ornaments with Kids from Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Outdoor Christmas Tree from Peach But Not Quiet

Snowflake Template Roundup from Are We There Yet?

Christmas Light Family Scavenger Hunt and Bingo from ALLterNATIVElearning

Top Ten Activities to Do with Your Kids this Holiday Season from She Lives Free

DIY Holiday Ideas from the Festive Family Bloggers:

FREE Printable Advent Ornaments for Kids

DIY Christmas Ornaments Inspired by World Cultures from Multicultural Kid Blogs

Handmade Kid Ornaments from Hand Made Kids Art

10 Christmas Tree Crafts for Young Children from Crystal’s Tiny Treasures

Handmade Christmas Decorations from Peace But Not Quiet

Keeping a Houseful of Family Happy from Gypsy Road School

Christmas Fabric Wreath from The Chaos and The Clutter

Kid Made Salt Dough Paper Weight from Lemon Lime Adventures

DIY Shabby Chic Gift Wrapping from She Lives Free

Festive Family Fun – Coming Nov. 17

Festive Family Gift Guide Giveaway Details:

The Festive Lady prize package contains a $100 Minted gift card, 2 $25 gift cards to Mary Regina Designs, a $97 gift set from Knocked Up Fitness, a one year subscription to Foot Cardigan valued at $121, a $25 gift card to Feather 4 Arrow, a $50 gift card to Kiki La Rue, and a $50 gift card to Blendfresh, for a total value of $493.

The Festive Gentleman prize consists of a $139 gift card to Jord Watches, a $55 gift card to Fish with Hope, a one year subscription to Foot Cardigan valued at $121, and a $40 gift set from Dollar Shave Club, for a grand total of $355.

The Festive Baby prize package totals $359 and is made up of a $100 Minted gift card, $60 handmade moccasins from Freshly Picked, $49 in Aden + Anais Mum + Bub Skin Care Products, $50 gift card from Bright Star Kids, $25 gift card to Garden of Arden, $25 gift card to Lil Things by Aimee, $25 gift card to Feather for Arrow, and a $25 Mixie Baby Bottle.

The Festive Kid prize package is the biggest of them all at $633 and contains a $50 Project Sensory gift card, $100 credit to Minted, 2 $60 monthly sock subscriptions to Whippersnappers, a $25 Handmade Doll from Designs by MSusan, $50 gift card to Bright Star Kids, $35 Personalized Night Before Christmas Book from I See Me, $73 in goodies from ALEX Toys, a $34 Peg Doll Set from Peg and Plum, a $30 Puppet Set from Adventure in a Box, a $25 gift card to Chewigem, a $36 package from Handee Band, and a $55 gift card to Stamped with Hope.

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Top 10 Fun Family DIY Halloween Costumes

Ten Fun Family DIY Halloween CostumesWe love to dress up for Halloween with a family theme every year.  Dressing as a family unit makes for fun photos and precious memories. I’ve gathered my top ten favorite family Halloween costume ideas to share with you. They all include a little DIY on your part, but are all super easy to throw together. Several are ideas we’ve done as a family, while others I’ve gathered from awesome creative bloggers. For fun ideas to get help you get more use out of your Halloween costumes you can read more about how we encourage pretend play and throw costume dance parties. Read on and find inspiration for your family this Halloween.

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Simple and Frugal First Birthday Party Ideas

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We like to keep our birthday parties simple and frugal around here, but we always want our kids to feel celebrated on their special day. Obviously they won’t remember their first birthdays, but we have photos for their baby books and traditions to build on. Today I’m sharing a few of our simple and festive birthday party ideas as well as some of the best from my fellow Ultimate Baby bloggers.

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