Quit Stalling With These 17 New Year Hobbies for Better Health

hobbies

Research supports that regular leisure activities can reduce blood pressure, cortisol, or stress levels and even decrease your BMI. Leisure activities can include different hobbies that challenge you, excite you, and may even make you sweat a little. In addition, hobbies can help you make money, increase your home value, allow you to serve others, … Read more

15 Alternatives to Candy for Goodie Bags

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Putting together a child’s birthday party is a lot of work. Even if you’re not being super extra with the decorations, you still have an exhaustive list of stuff to plan. One of the things I dread most is goodie bags, and maybe not for the reason you’d think.

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Host a Freakishly Frugal Halloween Party

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My son’s birthday falls near Halloween, so we’ve gotten very good at the groove of spooktacular parties, and while throwing Halloween parties (or any parties, for that matter) can be as elaborate as you want it to be, we’ve mastered the cheap-but-awesome Halloween bash.

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Stop Scrolling and Learn How To Start Crocheting Instead

Developing fun digital detox habits is crucial for breaking free from the lure of screens. While classic crafts have been increasing in popularity since the start of the pandemic, crochet has become a popular choice among people looking to replace their daily doomscroll with practical creativity. Learning to crochet is a satisfying and rewarding hands-on … Read more

Recipe Card Kitchen Towels

Recipe Card Kitchen Towel

Back in the day, recipe cards were pretty much a thing. Now with the internet and Pinterest, you can find and share recipes quickly. No one really hand-wrote recipes for someone anymore. If you are organized like me, you might have put your recipe books somewhere. On my computer, I have a list of recipes … Read more

DIY Outdoor Chalkboard

Outdoor Chalkboard

You probably have seen DIY chalkboards on Pinterest. Everyone loves to draw on chalkboards, especially kids. When you have kids, you want them to have a blast without spending a lot of money, which is why you need to try this DIY outdoor chalkboard with your kids. Making your own outdoor chalkboard for your kids … Read more

How You Can Make Your Own Photo Magnets

Photo Magnets

There were some great photo magnets on Pinterest, and I thought this would be a fun project. They are not hard to make and don’t take much of your time. You can give them to your family and friends as gifts. Whether it’s for someone’s Christmas or birthday gift, these photo magnets make wonderful gifts … Read more

How Our Friend Made a DIY Chalkboard Table

For another one of our DIY posts, I recently spoke to a good friend of ours, Liz, mama of two sweet little girls. I asked her to talk me through a DIY project of hers – to make a DIY Chalkboard Table. How to Make a DIY Chalkboard Table Step 1. Find an Old Table … Read more

How to Turn an Old Door into a DIY Headboard

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A good friend of mine once found an old wooden door outside an abandoned housing and decided to turn it into a diy headboard. I love to upcycle and make the most of what we already have so thought this was a great idea. How to Create a DIY Headboard The original door was an … Read more

How to Make Your Own DIY Nursing Tank Tops

Nursing Tanks

If you are a breastfeeding mama like me, you know how timely to whip that boob out for your crying baby, even if you are on the move. For me, a nursing tank is one stable piece of clothing I can’t live without. It’s quick and easy to access and provides the most coverage of … Read more

Father’s Day Photo Collage

Photo Collage

When my husband’s first Father’s Day came around, my son was about eight months old and I was stumped on what to get for him. I ended up getting him a card and that was it. The following year I wanted to do better. In our mama forum, a few mamas posted photo collage ideas … Read more

DIY Galaxy Ice Dyed Onesie

Galaxy Ice Dyed Onesie

I stumbled across the concept of dyeing fabric last year when I was deciding whether to sell my stone gray Lillebaby carrier. It wasn’t getting much love and had a ball point pen mark on the front. On Facebook I saw a gray baby carrier that had been dyed to look like a gorgeous galaxy and … Read more

DIY Chalkboard Sign

DIY Chalkboard Sign

If you’ve spend any time on Pinterest, have little ones, or consider yourself even a little crafty, you might know that chalkboard signs have become all the rage. Chalkboard signs can be used for so many things —wedding décor, decorative signs for your home or ways to display quotes. Quite a few mamas at Mama … Read more

How to Make DIY Cookies for Santa Plate

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If you love crafting or creating your own holiday items, why not make your very own family Santa plate. After hanging the stockings, you will need somewhere to leave a cookie for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer. This year will be the first year we will put out cookies for Santa. Jake is … Read more

DIY Kids Art Gallery Wall

Kids Art Gallery Wall

In February, P started at his current daycare. It is mostly a preschool, but provides child care for toddlers that are 18 months or older. I don’t know if it’s because it’s a preschool, or if all daycares begin artwork at such a young age, but he started bringing home art. He brought home art … Read more