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6 Fun Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

If you have little ones in school, you probably received a class list of your child’s classmates. With your list in hand, it is time to help your child with their Valentine’s Day cards, crafts or treats.  With each passing year, I find this Valentine’s Day exchange lends itself to more than just little cards being passed around.

Little bags of candy, pencils, cookies and more are becoming the norm. If your child is having a class party, there are really cute things you can create to make even an ordinary juice box festive.

A  Juicy Juice Family occasion survey, found that one in four parents (23%) will show their love by decorating for Valentine’s Day.  Check out these Valentine’s Day craft ideas from Juicy Juice. These crafts are easy and fun to do with your kids and they will love sharing them with their friends.

Valentine’s Love Bots

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Juicy Juice has the perfect craft idea for you and your little sweethearts to do this Valentine’s Day! Consider making these super fun Valentine’s love bots! Here’s what you’ll need:

Materials:
Googly eyes
Tape
Glue
Scissors
Markers
Pipe cleaners
Valentine’s Day decorations such as hearts
2-5 used 6.75 oz Juicy Juice boxes
Valentine’s Day gift wrap

Click HERE for the full details.

Fingerprint Heart Jar

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

On the most romantic day of the year, your little ones will enjoy making this simple two-step craft. It can function as a vase or a multipurpose jar, and as a gift to a loved one! Here’s what you’ll need:

Materials:
White acrylic paint
Red acrylic paint
Pink acrylic paint
Mason jar
Paint brush

Click HERE to get all the details.

I Heart U Card

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Everyone loves cards that pop, so we made one for you! This card is a perfect craft to make with the family and share with everybody. We hope you heart it as much as we do.

Materials
Scissors (or precision knife – parents only)
Pink or red construction paper
Template (included)
Glue stick
Ruler

Click HERE For Full Instructions.

Valentine Secret Pals

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Pencils or pens
  • Hat
  • Tape
  • 1- 3 x 3 x 3 empty gift box (one for each member of the family)
  • 1 package of candy conversation hearts.

Click HERE for full details.

Juicy Heart Gummies

With these cute Juicy Juice Snacks, you’re bound to share a giggle and a smile!

For more details Click HERE.

Cupid’s Arrow Caprese Bites

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Valentine’s Day and all of its traditions can be a fun occasion to show your loved ones you care. While exchanging candy is fun, celebrating the holiday with unique recipes can be even more exciting. Juicy Juice came up with a simple, adorable Valentine’s Day snack that will delight and offer a fresh take on sharing hearts.

Materials
Roma tomatoes
Basil leaves
Cheese squares of preference
Toothpicks

Click HERE for full details.

Let me know what you think of these ideas and if you try one or all. I would love to read your thoughts in the comments. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

I was provided with samples to facilitate my post. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

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“Puppy Dog Pals: Playtime With Puppy Dog Pals” Available Now on DVD

Puppies at Play, Saving the Day! Are you ready for some Dog-Gone Fun? I hope so because, you can bring home Puppy Dog Pals: Playtime with Puppy Dog Pals Today! 

 PUPPY DOG PALS:
PLAYTIME WITH PUPPY DOG PALS

 Playtime with Puppy Dog Pals DVD Disney

Bring Home on Disney DVD Today!

Includes Bonus Episodes and 8 Shorts

Adorable puppy brothers Bingo and Rolly are back! Join the doggy duo on amazing missions: deep-sea diving in the Great Barrier Reef, fetching a four-leaf clover in Ireland, running all over Down Under, and much more! Then, meet their brand-new puppy pal Keia in two exciting bonus episodes! Packed with action, music and a ton of silly fun, these playtime adventures will leave you howling with laughter!

Voice CastIssac Ryan Brown as Bingo; Sam Lavagnino as Rolly; Harland Williams as Bob; Jessica DiCicco as Hissy; and Tom Kenny as A.R.F.

Creator/

Consulting Producer:     Harland Williams

Executive Producer:       Sean Coyle

Episodes:                           The Great Pug-scape / Luck of The Pug-ish

Scuba-Doggies / Walking the Bob

Captain Rolly / The Coolest Dogs in Town

The Legend of Ol’ Snapper / Adventures in Puppy-Sitting

Bob’s Boomerang / Fetch That Fish

 

Bonus:                                Episodes 1 and 2 from Season 2:

                                             A New Pup in Town / The Last Pup-icorn

Keia’s New Doghouse / The Fang Fairy

8 “Playtime with Puppy Dog Pals” shorts

Release Date:                   January 22, 2019

Ratings:                              TV-G (US); G (CE/CF)

Run Time:                          110 minutes (not including bonus)

Aspect Ratio:                    1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions)

Audio:                                 English, French & Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:                            English SDH, French & Spanish

Closed Captions:              English

Do your kids or grandkids like the Puppy Dog Pals? Let me know in the comments.

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CPR: A Vital Skill For All Parents

As a parent, you will always be concerned about your children’s wellbeing and safety. Kids will be kids, and you will spend a good amount of time applying bandages to a variety of injuries like skinned knees and minor scrapes. However,  what if something more serious than a skinned knee happens? Will you be prepared to react properly in an emergency situation?

Ambulance

In the time that it can takes for your to call 911 and wait for help to arrive, a life-threatening situation can become deadly. Parents should know what to do when accidents and injuries happen. You may not be able to prevent accidents when they happen, but you should be as prepared as possible to deal with them when they do.

CPR

With so many risks, it’s a good idea for at least one parent in the home to be trained in CPR and First Aid. Gain confidence in your ability to calmly handle an emergency situation and provide care if necessary. Take a look at just some of the things that can go wrong in the blink of an eye and consider that with proper training you could save a child’s life.

Heart Failure

There have been more and more deaths in young people due to heart issues. Many active sports players have been known to suddenly collapse on their playing fields due to their hearts stopping. Many schools have now added a portable defibrillator to deal with these kinds of incidents. If you don’t have one in your home, knowing CPR can help you to keep the heart pumping until emergency help can arrive.

Drowning

For any parent that has a pool on their property, there is always the fear of a child getting into trouble in the water and drowning. Over 350 children under the age of 5 accidentally drown each year in the U.S. Teaching your children safe habits and strong swimming skills is vital to keeping your children safe.

Fever/Convulsions

When the numbers rise up on the thermometer when you have a sick child it can be very concerning for every parent. Not only are you dealing with the many symptoms of infection, your child can be at risk of Febrile Convulsions. These kinds of seizures are not generally damaging themselves, but can cause injury from falling or hitting objects around them. With proper First Aid training you can learn what to do to help your child safely through a seizure.

Heat Stroke

Kids don’t feel the heat of the cold the same way that adults do. You probably remember playing outdoors for hours and not even considering the weather for a moment. You kids will be no different. It is up to each parent to closely monitor their child for signs of heat stroke when you are spending time in the sun.

Emergency

Choking

In any situation where your child has stopped breathing, being able to administer proper CPR and first aid procedures can be vital in saving their life. With training you will learn to deal with blockage choking as well as resuscitation techniques.

 

First Aid

This is a collaborative post. The words and views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Mommy Ramblings.

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“Owls Are Good At Keeping Secrets” Book Blog Tour

Did you know that chipmunks love to stay up past their bedtime? Or that dragons cry at happy endings? I bet you’d never have guessed that iguanas sometimes get homesick at sleepovers. 

In Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets, author SARAO’LEARY and illustrator JACOB GRANT pull back the curtain on the animal world and give us an absolutely charming little one-line”fact” about one animal for each letter of the alphabet. 

Kids will love to see their own quirks reflected in these adorably rendered creatures,and perhaps will be comforted to know that—just like them—narwhals can be perfectly happy all on their own and quail also get tired of being told to be quiet. This is more than just an alphabet book.

Owls Are Good At Keeping Secrets is a charming, hilarious, and touching look at the diversity of personalities in the world—worth many, many rereads. Check out the adorable book trailer here.

Let me know what you think of this wise new picture book. We think it’s a hoot! 

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Best Classic & Retro Toys For Kids

Social media feeds are filled with posts from desperate parents looking for the latest toy fad their kids have to have, and is impossible to find. Why not go the other direction and take a stroll down memory lane? The very same toys you and the generations before you enjoyed, continue to delight kids today! Let’s take a look at some of the best classic toys.

blocks, toys

You might think of shopping Amazon for the season’s hottest toys, but they also have a large inventory of the top classic toys. Who can forget the appeal of Mr. Potato Head?

Mr. Potato Head

I still remember where I got mine, and how it was one of my favorite toys. The spud is still a hot potato today. Today there are larger sets, a wife, kids and even Marvel Potato Head sets that add to the staying power of this creative toy.

Marvel Potato Head

 

For little ones who are just starting to walk the Fisher Price Corn Popper with it’s popping balls and fun sounds entertain and encourage walking, as well as counting and visual tracking. This classic has been a hit with toddlers for years.

The Chatter Telephone was introduced by Fisher Price in 1961. The ringing rotary dial and friendly interactive design make it the ultimate pretend play toy decades later. I remember my Chatter Telephone that I had as a child, and it was a favorite of mine. My kids had their own and loved it just as much as I did. With eyes that roll up and down, it is funny to think we had an Eye Phone way before Apple was even a company.

fisher price chatter telephone

The Fisher Price Music Box Record Player was another favorite of my childhood, and one my children love as well. This iconic, musical toy has been a hit since it was introduced in 1971. Record player includes 5 playable records and is a great take-a-long toy thanks to the convenient handle.

fisher price record player

The next toy was one of my absolute favorites, I loved it so much I still have mine! My kids were big fans of the Pull-A-Tune Xylophone as much as their mother. With two ways to make music, this is a budding musicians delight. Tap the color bars with the attached mallet or pull it to hear a happy tune.

fisher price xylophone

What child does not love blocks? Amazon has so many different kind of blocks to choose from but one kind that I remember fondly as a child and my kids love today are the wooden ABC blocks.

Browsing Amazon , I found so many classic toys that are as perfect today as they were decades ago. Who didn’t love playing with the Magic Screen Etch A Sketch growing up? Today’s kids will enjoy it just as much!

etch a sketch

The Spirograph Deluxe Design Set is still going strong. First introduced in 1965, the distinctive wheels and rings of the Spirograph cleverly combine the principles of art and mathematics in a way that has inspired and captivated generations.

spirograph deluxe design set

Monopoly is definitely a board game classic! The appeal of building a fortune buying, selling and trading the world’s most favorite properties never goes out of style!

Another toy standing the test of time is LEGO Building Bricks. These creative building blocks let kids design and build whatever their imagination desires.

Lego Classic Blocks

Play-Doh is another creative toy that has kept generations of kids entertained. There are more fun accessories than ever before! Who can forget the thrill and then smell of opening a brand new can of Play-Doh?

Amazingly Barbie, looks as youthful today as when she was introduced in 1959. No matter her real age, the iconic doll shows no signs of slowing down or retiring.

Barbie Do

My kids love wagons, let’s face it, most kids do. A wagon has so many uses and really seems to be a childhood favorite of many. What child would not want to find the Classic Radio Flyer Red Wagon under the tree on Christmas morning?

radio flyer wagon

Let’s not forget the classic baby doll. While there are many dolls that do all sorts of things, the classic baby doll has lasting appeal for kids.

Classic Baby Doll

There is a reason these toys are as popular today as when they were introduced. They have staying power that lasts long after the tree and the decorations have been put away.

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Inspirational Art Journals From Ellie Claire Make Great Gifts

I love journals, I am a firm believer in “write it down and make it happen”. Beyond that, they are a wonderful tool to write down your feelings, thoughts, dreams and fears. In years to come, going through your journals can be so profound.

In high school one of my favorite English teachers had us keep a journal. I remember she told us, if we were truly honest that our journals would be amazing to look back on some day. She was so right. Sometimes I come across an old journal of mine and am just amazed at either things I had forgotten or how much I have grown.

 

Ellie Claire Journals

The journal itself is important to me. I like a beautiful journal with quality paper and a great feel. Not too big, nor too small. I was happy to have had the chance to review 3 beautiful art journals from Ellie Claire. So much more than just a journal, they appeal to my crafty artsy side as well. Learn a new way to make your journals pop with style.

Illuminate Your Story Journal

Illuminate Your Story Journal

Use the almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible’s collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements in the Illuminate Your Story Journal will guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.

Illuminate Your Story

Faith & Lettering Journal

Faith and Lettering Journal

Drawing from more than ten years of graphic design experience, Krystal Whitten has cultivated a large following of creatives on Instagram who have embraced her unique combination of lettering and faith. The Faith and Lettering journal is available on Amazon.
Faith and Lettering Journal
Faith and Lettering Journal
Faith and Lettering Journal

The Illustrated World

The Illustrated Word
The Illustrated Word Journal lets you create your own masterpiece with its forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.
The Illustrated Word 1
The Illustrated Word
Check out my video review of these great journals below:

We think these journals make great gifts so you will find them on Mommy Ramblings’ Holiday Gift Guide. Let me know what you think of these journals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Help Kids Be Internet Awesome #BeInternetAwesome #ItsCoolToBeKind

I was compensated for this post as a blogger who is part of the Forward Influence Network. As always my words and views are 100% my own. 

As the month of October is coming to a close, I think it is important to remind ourselves that it is National Bullying Prevention Month. Let’s hope that we carry the message through every month of the year, because bullying, especially on the internet, is prevalent.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all did our part to spread some kindness online. There is something about the ability to hide behind a computer screen that brings out the worst in some. Online bullying and hateful behavior is real, and it can cause real hurt and have devastating consequences.

Be Internet Awesome:

Be Internet Awesome (BIA) is Google’s free multifaceted program designed to teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety, so they can explore the online world with confidence. You can find the program in both English and Spanish and consists of an ISTE standards aligned curriculum, ready-made Pear Decks for each lesson, Interland – an adventure-packed online game about digital safety and citizenship – and plenty of resources for educators and parents.

BIA will help families and students to learn how to make choices that disempower bullying behavior and create healthy, productive spaces to interact.

Some Important Facts About Bullying:

  • 28% of students have experienced bullying personally.
  • 71% of students have witnessed bullying directly.
  • Only 20% – 30% of students notify adults about bullying.
  • Over 50% of parents are concerned about their child being bullied.

If you are an educator, you should check out the teacher curriculum online. A family guide is coming soon, in the meantime, the Interland games   covers each of the 5 areas for Internet awesomeness shown below. It will give you vocabulary and talking points to help you have family discussions that help build a strong foundation for your kids’ safe, successful use of the Internet. The ability to have honest and open-minded conversations with your kids is the most important tool to keep them safe online.  

In the curriculum you will find helpful ways to open up family dialog that will help you encourage one another to step up and become “upstanders”. Upstanders are people who help the person being hurt when they see something hurtful happening, and help turn negative situations into positive ones.

You can play Interland with your kids and put your kindness skills to the test at g.co/KindKingdom, but don’t stop there. Learn more about how you can Be Internet Awesome at g.co/BeInternetAwesome and tell your kids’ teachers about the online curriculum so they can introduce these activities in the classroom.

I implore everyone to help make a positive difference and to start today by spreading kindness online. It is an easy thing to do, and it can make a real difference. Let me know how you are spreading online kindness in the comments. Together we can make the Internet a kinder place. Won’t you join me?

 

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Celebrate Halloween with PJ Masks- Free Activities, Printables and Recipes

Halloween is almost here, and if you are looking for some fun recipes, printables and activities for your PJ Masks fans, I have just the thing. There are so many fun things to do like activity sheets, games, coloring pages, cupcake recipes, even PJ Masks pumpkin carving sheets you can print. Check it all out HERE!

If you head off to Walmart you can pick up these fun PJ Masks items to make it a Hero of a Halloween for your little hero. Halloween Treat buckets in Gekko, Catboy or Owlette shapes are easy to hold and sturdy to carry all those yummy Halloween goodies.

Put a smile on everyone’s face with PJ Masks Halloween Greeters. How much fun are these little heros? He is so adorable, my kids love him.

Of course, we can’t forget the PJ Masks Halloween Costumes.

There are lots of other PJ Masks treats you can pick up like lollipop rings, bandages, swirl pops, stampers, party favors, push pops and more!

Let me know what you think of the activities and printables and all the great PJ Masks merchandise available.

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Shop The GPO Bookstore For All Kinds of Government Publications

Did you know that you can get all kinds of publications from the Federal Government, at the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)? If you have not heard about this, check it out at Bookstore.GPO.Gov now. You can find publications for adults and kids on all kinds of topics including fire safety, wildlife, national parks, NASA and so much more. They even have some on sale for half price or less.

Check out my video for an in-depth look at some booklets I recently received.

When you browse the bookstore online, you will be amazed at the variety of Government publications from this agency that opened their doors over 150 years ago. Beyond the publications, the agency produces the Congressional Record, Federal Register, the nation’s passports, and other Federal Government documents. It also maintains the Federal Depository Library Program to ensure public libraries nationwide have access to Federal published information. If you are in Washington, D.C. you can visit the physical GPO Bookstore.

The books for kids feature games, puzzles and activities that are fun and educational. These books can accompany your trip to a National Park or to be used when teaching kids about important environmental issues. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

GPO Bookstore

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Space Without Spacing Out – Book Giveaway

My kids love to talk about the universe, identify planets, use the telescope and identify the constellations. Luckily for them, my husband shares this passion with them. They can talk for hours about it all and love watching eclipses and meteor showers together. If you are less than savvy about all things in the universe but have kids with loads of questions, I want to share something that can help you.

Max Goes to Jupiter is an educational picture book written by an expert astrophysicist and educator whose books happen to be on board the International Space Station  and are being read aloud by astronauts!

Dr. Jeffrey Bennett opens a window into space in the half-fiction, half-science story Max Goes to Jupiter (Big Kid Science, June 2018, updated second edition with a special section for teachers and parents about how to use the book and “Story Time From Space”) which is also now available in Spanish: Max Viaja a Jupiter. Read about Story Time from Space in this Huffington Post article.

I really like that this book is filled with so much information about Jupiter. My kids just loved learning about all the interestings facts like the ones below:

  • How to find Jupiter in the night sky
  • The importance of Galileo’s discovery of moons around Jupiter
  • Why spaceships can’t land on Jupiter
  • The missions to Jupiter
  • The possibility of a future “space elevator”
  • What the ocean is like on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons and could there be life?

Giveaway:

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