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Kid-Friendly DIY Christmas Ornaments

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With many of us working from home and our kids doing school remotely, we have a lot more free time on our hands these days. Often, we resort to Netflix, social media, online shopping or eating to keep us busy. But what about the power of doing something creative? Arts and crafts are a wholesome way to pass the time that we often forget about. There is something so rewarding about creating something. Luckily with the holiday season upon us, there are endless opportunities to craft. Here are some DIY Christmas ornaments that will make the perfect addition to your tree this year! Even better they are kid friendly!

Baking Soda and Cornstarch Ornaments

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Materials

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Cookie cutters
  • String or ribbon

Directions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 175 degrees.
  • In a saucepan, combine corn starch, baking soda and water. Stir on medium heat until the ingredients thicken. This should take no less than five minutes.
  • Remove from heat once the consistency is right and let it cool.
  • Place the dough onto a nonstick surface and knead it into a ball. Break off portions of the dough and form shapes by hand, or with cookie cutters. Make sure there is a tiny hole at the top so you can loop the string through later!
  • Once all the dough has been used, line up your ornaments on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper, and bake for 60 minutes. Flip them over halfway through. For thicker ornaments, cook for longer.
  • Once the ornaments are cooled, you can paint and decorate them to your liking. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
  • Loop string or ribbon through the ornament, and tie it.
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Rudolph Wood Slice Ornaments

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Materials

  • Small wood slice ornament
  • Googly eyes
  • Mini red pom pom
  • Clothes pins
  • Brown paint
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Directions

  • Start by painting two clothespins with a layer of brown paint. Let them dry.
  • Glue googly eyes and a red pom pom to the ornament to form the face of the reindeer.
  • Attach the clothespins to the top of the wood slice to serve as antlers.

Wine Cork Ornaments

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Materials

  • Wine cork
  • Paint
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Clear thumbtack

Directions

  • Start by gathering your corks and painting them with your desired color.
  • Glue the corks together to form the shape of your choice! You can get creative with this and do candy canes, wreaths, or trees as in the picture above, or you can do something unique like an initial or number.
  • Using ribbon, form a bow, and pin it into the cork using a thumbtack.
  • With another ribbon, form a loop and remove the thumbtack, and pin the loop above the bow to ensure that both are secured safely.
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All done!

Hopefully, these DIY Christmas ornaments helped you or your kids pass some time! Be sure to mark them with dates so you can cherish them forever! Keep for yourself or gift to loved ones for a sentimental memento!

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FOOD

Healthy Lunch Box Meals For Kids

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Packing lunch for the kids can be a challenge! Of course you want them to enjoy healthy food, but it doesn’t always appeal to them. Plus, it can be really expensive to constantly be providing organic lunches. However, theres no need to worry anymore! Here are some delicious, nutritious and affordable lunches that your kids are guaranteed to love.

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The Breakfast Box

This box is for the kid that just loves breakfast foods! It is filled with Natural sugars, carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats to keep them attentive throughout the whole day. The box includes:

  • 10 Grapes
  • 6 Mini pancakes
  • 4 Strawberries
  • Tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Mozzarella cheese
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The Cheese Lovers Box

This box is for the kid that loves to snack and can not get enough cheese!! This box is filled with vitamins, minerals and tasty snacks to keep your kid satisfied. This box includes:

  • Grilled cheese, made with mozzarella and whole wheat bread
  • A cucumber slices
  • 1/2 Cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup of popcorn
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Mexican Bento Box

This box is perfect for the kid who loves a spicy kick to their meal. With delicious sauces and sides, it’s the perfect box to mix and match food combinations. This box includes:

  • Handful of sweet potato crackers
  • Tablespoon of guacamole
  • Tablespoon of salsa
  • Cheddar cheese quesadilla
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper, sliced
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The Pizza Party Box

If your kid loves pizza, this an easy to make and healthy alternative that they are guaranteed to be excited about when they open their lunchbox! Paired with a sweet treat, it is like getting an appetizer, entree and dessert! This box includes:

  • Chocolate, fruit or nut bar
  • Green apple, sliced
  • 15 Cherry tomatoes
  • Mini pizzas! made from two english muffins, a tablespoon of sauce on each and 1/4 mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top. Melt in the toaster oven for 5 mins!
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The Snackers box

Does your child like snacks more than meals? Well this is the perfect box for them! Filled with both savory and sweet flavors. This box includes:

  • Tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 6 Celery sticks
  • 1/4 Puff snacks, such as pirate booty
  • 2 Mozzarella sticks, wrapped in 2 slices of ham
  • Bag of mini cookie bites
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The Sweet Tooth Box

This box is for the kid who loves a sugary and sweet treat! Sugar doesn’t always have to be a. bad thing and this box is a great example, filled with natural sugars to satisfy your child’s sweet tooth and avoid the sugar crash! This box is filled with:

  • 1 Banana, sliced
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 String cheese
  • 1 Chocolate treat, like a chocolate kiss
  • 6 Ritz cracker sandwiches. This consists of 12 crackers sandwiched together with peanut butter!
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The Protein Box

This box is for the health conscious child. It is filled with delicious protein options that will keep them full for a long time! This box includes:

  • 1 Cup of vanilla yogurt, add a dish
  • 1/2 Green apple, sliced
  • 1/4 Pretzels
  • 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips
  • 4 Large strawberries
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Which box will you try?

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Consider This Before Adopting A Furry Friend

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Many people like to adopt rather than shop for a pet, but do not know 100% what goes into that commitment. Here are some important things to consider before adopting a new furry family member.

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1. Do you have the time?

We all have hectic schedules but it is important to make sure we have the ability to take the time out of the day to care for our pets. Furry friends can not be ignored throughout the day because they need help fulfilling their basic needs. Pets require food, water, exercise, care, and
companionship every day. They also last years and will be a part of your family for a long time. This is one of the most important things to think about before adopting a new pet.

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2. Can you fulfill the financial obligation?

Yes, typically adopting a pet is cheaper than buying one from a breeder. However, this does not mean it is inexpensive by any means. Some care costs include licenses, training classes, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, litter, and more. It is important to consider this prior to adopting a new pet because these expenses add up quickly.

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3. Is your house suitable for a pet?

Some rental communities don’t allow pets, others have restrictions on species, breed or size. A few allow pets but you have to pay a pet damage deposit or additional monthly rent. If you live in a rental, make sure you know the rules and restrictions before you bring a companion animal home. If you don’t live in a rental and own the house, make sure you have enough space for the pet. First off, it is important to consider the size of the pet. Additionally, some breeds require more space and exercise than others. It is important to research your breeds needs prior to adoption. That way, you know your new pet will be as happy as they can be!

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4. Are you prepared for accidents?

Let’s face it. Scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren’t yet house-trained, fleas, pet hair, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.Understanding that sometimes these things will happen is important prior to adopting a pet. While they are so cute and cuddly, and can be trained, they still are animals.

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5. Can your home life and lifestyle handle a new companion?

If you have kids under six years old, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a pet. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you’re a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise. Constant movement and travel can confuse the dog which will give them anxiety. Also, It is important to consider how adopting a new friend will change your personal lifestyle. You will want a breed that is complimentary to how you like to live your life. Are you a homebody? A runner? Have allergies? Like to go for walks? Have a lot of friends with animals? The answers to these and other lifestyle questions will help you determine the most appropriate age, size,
temperament and more.

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We hope this helps you with your adoption process!

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LIFESTYLE

Fathers Day Presents Dad Will Love

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Knowing what to get your dad or husband for fathers day can always be a bit tricky. This year, we are here to help! We have found some of the best gifts for the holiday that your dad or partner is guaranteed to love.

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For the dad who is a whiskey connoisseur

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This 850 ml globe shaped whiskey decanter is perfect for 850 ml whiskey connoisseur. This piece was created by Godinger and sells for $65 at the Godiner store or on Amazon. This also can be used for bourbon, scotch, vodka, and other fine liquors. Etched onto the globe is a beautiful design of a ship. It also comes with two vintage style whiskey glasses and a mahogany tray. The company also sells a case for the piece separately so you can safely transport it! The company has been in business since 1973 and is most famously known for their craftsmanship in handcrafted silver, pewter, crystal, stainless, and alternative metal giftware. This is definitely a classy design to add to or start a collection.

For the dad who is a sports fanatic

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The mug with a hoop. This mug created by Maxi’s Creation sells for $25 and can be found online at Maxi’s Creation store or at Amazon. What a fun way to start off any morning! The hoop serves as a handle but also a functional piece. Toss sugar cubes into your coffee, marshmallows into hot chocolate, oyster crackers into soup or toppings onto ice cream. This ceramic mug is also dishwasher safe, so it is easy to clean.

For the dad who is a golfer

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This at home putting green is great for the dad who wants to work on his golf game on a rainy day. The green was created by Abco Tech and can be found at the Abco Tech store or online at Amazon for $70. The mat is portable so it is easy to transport or move around the house. It also has an automatic ball return feature so you do not have to be constantly walking back and forth to pick up the ball. The realistic turf is great for getting used to putting on a real course. The mat also extends, so you can adjust the length you would like to play at. Additionally, it comes with three practice balls! It is perfect for backyard, office or at home use.

For the dad who loves to grill

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If your dad loves grilling, chilling and a good pulled pork sandwich,this is the perfect gift! This tool is made by cave tools and can be found on their website or on amazon, both for $13! Meat claws give you talons to shred meat really easily. Great for meat that was cooked in a smoker or crock pot. This tool makes carving, handling, grilling and smoking meats that much easier. Plus it is super fun. It’s non-slip handles make it easy to grip and use. Dishwasher safe, this product is very easy to wash. The company also adds a free copy of Grill Master’s Essential Barbecue Recipe book & access to Meat Smoking Journal, BBQ recipes, and access to a community with over 5,000 members. The company also has a lifetime guarantee, that is customer service we love to see! These claws come in the colors merlot and batmobile black. Buy two and receive 10 percent on your entire order.

Which gifts will you get for your dad?

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