More Walmart Toy Clearance!

Just want to share a couple of nice toys that I saw on clearance at Walmart. I can’t promise these are available at your nearest store, but it might be worth a stop to check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚ The first one is a great Lego set…its the Lego City Wildlife Rescue Off-Roader. (#60301)

The clearance tag shows the regular price was $49.97 and it’s on clearance for $30.00! Nice price!

The other toy I want to share with you are the Mini Lalaloopsy dolls.

The regular price on these was $7.44 but they are on clearance for $2.00! Wow! Our store had 3 different dolls available.

Pix E. Flutters…

Storm E. Sky…

And Jewel Sparkles. These are quite cute!

So if you have some time (and a place to stash presents!) you might want to check out the toy clearance at your nearest Walmart store! Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking For Kids’ Halloween Crafts? Hurry, Sale Ends Today!

If you are looking for some fun Halloween crafts for the kiddos, here’s a sale at Joann Fabric and Craft Stores! But it looks like the sale ends today! (Sorry, I just saw it myself.)

Here are a few of the craft kits that are on hand at our local store.

Ghost pom pom sticker kit

Candy Corn pom pom sticker kit

Halloween finger puppet kit

Halloween wood painting kit

Magic color paint book

Melty bead kit…a couple of kinds available

Halloween Makit & Bakit kits…ghost, frog, candy corn, pumpkin, etc

There were more craft kits there, but I didn’t take time to take more pictures. I wanted to get this posted for you in case you’d like to make a quick run to your nearest Joann Fabric and Craft store today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Stuff in September??

Ok, so yesterday I made the comment about sharing a Halloween craft when it was still September…but today I did some shopping and I was surprised (well, maybe shocked) to see how much Christmas stuff is in the stores already! Is it just me or do the Christmas decorations show up earlier every year? I like Christmas too, but already?? Here’s what greeted me when I walked into Lowes today…

Aaaaand a bunch of Christmas trees.

Look at what I saw when I went into Hobby Lobby…

You gotta check out these ADORABLE gnomes! So cute! (Ok, it did make me smile just looking at them. And yes, that sign says 50% off.)

Before you get the wrong idea, I am NOT Scrooge! I love buying gifts for our family and I love the Christmas season. But my question to you is “Is the Christmas season starting too early?” I don’t usually wait till the last minute to do my shopping. But seeing all the items in the stores now makes me feel like I’m a real slow poke! LOL So, tell me what you think? Are you buying Christmas decor and/or gifts already? Or is it too soon for you? Thanks! I look forward to seeing your responses! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheap Halloween Craft From Walmart

Hello, again and Happy Monday! Today I want to share an inexpensive Halloween craft with you that I found at Walmart. (I know, it’s still September, but the stores are FULL of Halloween stuff!) This package comes with 6 sets of a foam craft for only $1.98! When 6 kids can do a craft for $2, I think that’s a bargain!

Here’s what comes inside the package…

And these are the 6 Halloween characters you can make.

I made the Jack O’Lantern. The foam pieces are partially cut and they have adhesive on the back of them. I found it a bit difficult to punch the pieces completely out because the paper backing isn’t cut through all the way. But never fear! There is a simple way around that problem!

Use a piece of paper for the kids to stick the pieces on and just pull the foam pieces off the backing like you would do with a regular sticker. Don’t worry about punching each piece out because it isn’t necessary.

Use a different color of paper than the color the largest part of the character is so it will show up nicely.

Continue applying the stickers to make your character. The wiggly eyes do not have the adhesive backing so you will need some glue to apply those.

And the Jack O’Lantern is complete! ๐Ÿ™‚ The tiny holes on the word “Boo” were a little tricky to get the extra pieces punched out, but using a toothpick helped.

You could use the picture as it is or turn it into a Halloween card. Have fun creating your 6 Halloween characters! ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun With a Little Lego

If you are looking for something small to brighten your kid’s day, how about a little package of Lego? Have you seen the small packages of the minifigures Lego? You may find different colored packages that are from different series. This one is from series 23 and is the one I’ve seen the most recently in stores near us. The price seems to be $4.99 every place I’ve seen them for sale.

These little packages contain 1 minifigure and half the fun is the suspense of wondering which minifigure will be inside your package! For this series, there are 12 different figures available and they all look like fun!

Ok, it’s time to open the package!! Drum rolllllllllll…..! Which one will we get?!

We got the Sugar Fairy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! These are the parts included in this bag.

The Sugar Fairy has a two-sided face so you get to decide which one you will see by how you put the figure together.

It was fun putting her together! ๐Ÿ™‚ A base for her to stand on was included as well as an extra crown.

Here she is!

Now she can hang out with Butterfly Girl! ๐Ÿ˜‰

No matter which figure is inside your package, it’s bound to bring some smiles and fun!

A Change-up For Lunchtime Fun

Do your kids get tired of eating sandwiches for lunch? Or do your kids not really like bread? Try this fun idea just to change things up a bit. Sometimes all we need is a little something out of the ordinary to cheer us up. Gather up your lunchmeat slices, cheese and condiments and let’s liven up lunch! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lay a slice of lunchmeat on a cutting board. Depending on the size it is and the age of the child that will be eating it, you may want to cut the slice in half.

Spread your child’s favorite condiment on the meat. I went with mustard on one half and Ranch dressing on the other half.

Top this with a yummy slice of cheese. I used Swiss cheese and Smoked Cheddar for my example.

Starting at one side, roll the meat and cheese up together.

As you might notice, the right side of my meat slice was pretty thin and so it fell apart as I tried to roll it up. Solution – if your lunchmeat is sliced thin, use 2 pieces of meat together.

You can stop here and have “rollups” for lunch or you can take it a step further and cut the rollup in smaller pieces.

If your child is old enough to safely use toothpicks, stick one toothpick into each piece of sliced rollup to hold it together.

Add a slice of tomato or a few baby carrots or some fruit in the center of the circle and lunch is ready to be served! ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, adapt this suggestion to fit your child’s age and your family’s situation. I hope changing up lunch helps to brighten your day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Make a Quiet Learning Book

There are times when you need something quiet to entertain your children. Perhaps when you go to a funeral or church or the doctor’s office, etc, it’s nice if the kids can do something quiet. If you have a notebook handy, you can make a quiet learning book fairly easily. The quiet book can, of course, be tailored to your child’s age.

Here are a few suggestions for pages you can make for your child to do.

1.) Match the capital letters. Have your child draw a line between the letters that are the same. The size of the notebook you have will determine how many letters you can fit on a page. You can do a few letters or the entire alphabet.

2.) Match the numbers.

3.) Draw lines to match the simple shapes.

4.) Match the capital letters with the lower case letters.

5.) Draw a line between the matching stickers.

6.) Draw a line between the stickers that are the same TYPE of thing. For example, the 2 kittens, even though the stickers are not of the same kitten.

7.) Draw lines to connect the matching words.

8.) Draw lines to match the colors.

9.) Draw the same picture on the bottom of the page.

10.) Draw the same shape beside each shape on the left.

11.) Draw another caterpillar like this one.

You’ve got the idea now and I’m sure you will think of other pages to make that your child will enjoy doing. There’s no reason that a quiet time can’t also be a time of reinforcing some learning! ๐Ÿ™‚

More Cool Crayons!

If you have been following me for very long, you know that I love crayons! And I love finding new kinds and colors of crayons. Soooo here’s another box of Crayola crayons that I am enjoying! Presenting Crayola Colors of Kindness Crayons!

The outside of the box shows you the colors of the crayons that are inside the box.

Just look at all those gorgeous colors! ๐Ÿ™‚

Each crayon has the words “Colors of Kindness” on it.

Then each crayon has 2 names! One is a…well, we will call it the “kindness name”. There are fun names like “breathe deep”, “life is gouda”, “you’re so a-peel-ing”, “kind to the core” and “have a scoop of fun!”

If you roll the crayon over just a bit, you’ll find the other name. Like “turquoise blue”, “macaroni and cheese”, “banana mania”, “granny smith apple” and “pink sherbert”.

Here are a couple of my favorite names: “oatmeal”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

“robin’s egg blue”. Such a pretty color!

And just one more…”inchworm”. Haha! Did that make you think of a little green inchworm? ๐Ÿ˜‰

You and the kids can have fun reading all the great names on the crayons and then enjoy coloring a great picture with these amazing Color of Kindness crayons! ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™ve Got the Giggles!

Do you ever get to the point in a day where everything seems funny? When I was a kid still living at home with my parents, we called it being โ€œslap happyโ€. Sometimes it happens when we are really tired but sometimes it just seems like lots of things โ€œtickle your funny boneโ€. So hereโ€™s a few things that at least made me smile and some that made me giggle and some that even made me laugh out loud. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I hope they will brighten your day and the giggles will spread from my house to your house too!

Little Red Rusty Hood! โ€œMoooooom! I donโ€™t want to wear this scarf!โ€ (Yes, I know it looks like the toy box exploded in the background!)

The dogโ€™s favorite thing that comes in a Bark Box now! ๐Ÿคฃ