Thankful Challenge – Day 25 – Easy Fall Crafts with Kids

Today I am Thankful for Creative Kids

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.  - Plato

Do have special memories of creating art as a child without someone telling you just what to make or how? I didn’t have many of those times, specially not in school. It felt like if I wasn’t being told what to do, I felt a bit lost. I have seen that in many people and heard it so often, specially when kids get out of school. I remember being so confused and asking myself who I was, and trying to find myself. Shouldn’t we be building ourselves as we are growing up? Too much time in childhood is taken up by people telling children what to do and what to think and not giving them tools and stepping back so the children can shape who they are and shape their world.

Fall is here and so too is the cold weather. In an effort to keep the kids happy and not feeling stuck in the house we spent some time day dreaming about fall and then I gave the kids bingo dabbers, scented markers, boxes, paper, scissors, glue, tissue paper, and more. I thought maybe they would cut out and glue leaves, or turn the boxes into fall trees. I tried not to push in any direction beyond the talk we had to give a bit of inspiration. I wasn’t sure what they would do but I was so excited when they showed me.

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I had no idea they wanted a swing for the yard. It was clear that all the kids really understand the colors of the season, and told me all about why ever greens stay green and what colors certain trees change this time of year and why. Oh the creativity on some of those ideas! Thankfully Mr. Google was helpful in filling in some blanks for us.

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Getting great photos of the art my little 4, 6, and 8 year old created was hard. There was so much light and sparkle and layers. They even hid forest creatures in the picture. While the dabbers soak right through most paper, they worked really well on card board. With so many boxes coming to the house this time of year the kids love getting them to play with and turn into things.

My children teach me things all the time and I hope I teach them that it is ok to do things their way, that they can fix what they feel are mistakes in so many cases, and that they are who they are. They don’t have to find themselves because they are not lost. 

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Shipping Presents Overseas to Friends and Family

 

Synopsis: The world seems to be a much smaller place with friends and family located all over the globe, so shipping presents is not always straight-forward.

The world is indeed shrinking, or at least so it seems. Friends and family are often scattered all over the globe as long distance travel is so much easier in this modern age. It is easy also to keep in contact with modern Telephones, Mobile Phones, Applications, and also Social Networking. But sometimes as connected as we can be, it is nice to be able to send a special gift to your special loved ones, and show them how much you care about them. You can even arrange to watch them open your gifts on Webcam so that you can see the reactions on their faces.

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Choosing the Perfect Gift

Whether you are looking to send Christmas presents or Anniversary of Birthdays, choosing a suitable gift which is easily shipped to anywhere in the world is not always easy. When you are sending items overseas, you will need to be aware of the overall weight of the parcel, as well as the physical size of the box. This means that the perfect size for a gift is going to be something which is not too big, or heavy, especially if sending multiple gifts. You may find that sending things that are big or bulky will cost a considerable amount to ship. Something which you will also need to take into consideration is if you are sending any items which might be banned to transport, or illegal in the country of delivery. You can check which sort of items would come under this category easily enough online and you will find things such as aerosols, medical waste, batteries plus many others. When you have bought all of your gifts, you will then need to wrap them up and place them in the package that you are shipping them in.

Wrapping up your Parcel

Accidents can happen when things are shipped all over the world, so you will need to make sure that whatever it is that you are shipping is adequately packaged. Make sure that the box you are using is not too big, but has plenty of room inside for presents as well as packing to keep them secure. You will need to make sure that there is plenty of room for all of the presents, but they do not have the room to move around inside, especially if sending delicate objects. Make sure that you do not seal the box, as if you are using a courier to ship your parcel, they may need to check the contents of the box before they will accept the shipment. Now you just need to find the best way to ship your parcel!

Finding the Best Delivery Company

With there being so many different companies that offer shipping services overseas, it is sometimes hard to know who to choose. With websites such as Parcel2ship.co.uk, you can easily find the best transport solution for your needs as they deal with all of the major companies such as DHL, Parcel Force and City Link. This allows them to offer their clients the best rates of shipping parcels to any destinations around the world. You will be able to call or email and get a quote quickly and easily. Al you will need to do is confirm the dimensions of your parcel, as well as the weight, tell them the destination as well as a description and value of the items inside. With this information, you will be able to get a quote which will also have adequate insurance for the parcel, in case of loss or damage whilst in transit. Then when you have made your choice, give the requested information and your parcel will be collected by one of the reputable courier firms. Before you know it, your package will be delivered half-way round the world and you will have made somebody happy!

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#Giveaway – Holiday Wreath From ChristmasForest.com Ends 12/1

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One of the traditions my family loves when it comes to the holidays is decorating and making everything seem merry and bright. ChristmasForest.com helps with that! The offer free shipping to 48 states with UPS ground and offer a discount of 10% if your purchasing 10 items and up. This is specially great for companies who […]

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#Giveaway – Adorable Freshly Picked Moccasins – End 12/10

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  Littlecrunchy.com is delighted to have freshlypicked.com in this years 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! The story of how this company got it’s start in inspiring. After a summer of back breaking work Susan Petersen scrapped together $200 to start Freshly Picked. She had designed her heart out to make quality soft soled baby shoes and working […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 19

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Today I am thankful for those who give their support to loved ones even they don’t fully understand it all.  I was so moved today reading words from friends who understood some of the struggles I have been going through. I wish I could share them but they are just so dear and personal. (((Lori))) […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 18

  How often do you move in the military? How often one moves in the military really depends on the branch and the job the service member has. For us we moved bases 9 times in 16 years and lived in over a dozen houses. This military family life has sent us all over the […]

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Is LG OLED from Best Buy on your wish list too?

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 I admit it, my family is full of great geeks and one of the things we love happens to be new technology and yes, we try to get it as soon as we can because life is short and new discoveries are exhilarating. We are so lucky to live in a time where new technology […]

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Skiing Safety Tips for Kids

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Whether your child is learning to ski for the first time this year or if they are a seasoned skier who puts most others on the mountain to shame, it is important to take measures to ensure their safety. Some assume that only new skiers are at risk for injury, but quite often, experienced kids […]

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#NaNoWriMo – Stumbling around in the Dark!

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     For the Love of National Novel Writing Month I have gotten to the point of asking myself why I do this year after year. I never edit the novels I do finish the month with and the years I fail are hard on the heart. I find I have to remind myself of […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 14 – Medi Buddy Review

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Today I am thankful for a company that makes ouchies all better. me4kidz.com Makes Things Better For 10 years now me3kidz has been making products to help people, specially kids. They strive to be a made in the USA company and employ the disabled because they care, and because they want to keep jobs in […]

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Reason #192 Why We Choose to Homeschool – Corporate America Parenting

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In this HuffPost piece “Are we Raising A Generation of Helpless Kids” Generation Y and iY are portrayed as helpless and entitled kids raised by helicopter parents who all started down this path thanks to poison tylenol in the early 80′s. Or so says Tim Elmore. The whole thing to me seemed rather base and something written […]

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Making Family Game Night Fun with The Haywire Group

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If you know this not so little crunchy you know that we are gamers and love family game night together. Even if you are not gamers, spending time with your family can be fun, especially if you have the right game to shake things up, get people laughing and enjoying themselves. The Haywire Group has […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 11 – #NaNoWriMo Support

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NaNoWriMo Tip: If I had just one tip to give someone doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) it is to get support for your writing. I am so lucky to have wonder hubby who is so encouraging and helpful, always, but specially in November. He is simply amazing. We take the kids to parks and […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 10

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 Renting with Back Yard Chickens Being military means we move around a lot with little choice about the area we are moving to. Many military families choose to live on the military posts for the perks, such as possible cheaper cost of living, added security, proximity to work, short commute, community, and more. One of […]

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A Oubly Holiday Giveaway

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 One thing I know for certain is that Oubly.com helps to make Holidays, Stationary, Events, and Business, personalized! They have beautifully designed items to help you express yourself and your intent on paper, be it holiday cards or Business Cards. Oubly wants to help you this holiday season and is offering Free Shipping on Orders over $49 […]

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Thankful Challenge — Day 9

Today I am Thankful for ALL THE WORDS! I am part of a group I rather like on facebook but has a rather narrow view I fear of what is respectful. It seems what is meant is that one needs to respect one belief system but not the others. One of the rule is no […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 8

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 I am so thankful to be able to homeschool my children! Today I had the displeasure to hear from a public school teacher who reported on how many of the retired teachers she talks to believe all of societies ills are because of attachment parenting. She talked about her 3 year old and how difficult […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 7

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Today, I am specially thankful for my “job” as a blogger! This is what mail has looked like a few times around here….. piled high in m room waiting to be opened and sorted and photographed and so much more. It is part of life a product reviewer and I love it. It is though […]

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Review: Verilux 10K Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp

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    Get Back to Being You 1) Beat the “Winter Blues” & the Effects of Seasonal Change 2) Improve Mood, Energy, Focus & Productivity 3) Customize a Program that Fits Your Goals, Body & Lifestyle When I first saw and read about the Verilux light I knew this was something I wanted to review. […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 6

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Today I am Thankful Smiles and Public Playgrounds! It is November that means #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and for my children they know this means that we try to get them out to different playgrounds throughout the month to play and explore and give Mommy some time to write her Novel for the month. […]

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#Giveaway – Football Fans

Disclaimer:One or more products below were provided for free. However the review is my honest opinion. This post may include affiliate links. Mom Are We There Yet Has this awesome sports giveaway! Great for any sports fan in your life and perfect with the holidays around the corner. Ultimate Sports Giveaway One winner will receive […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 5

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I live in a country that allows me to not agree with you! I am thankful! I try not to post much on my blog about political things. We all have views and lets be honest, no one is asking me on my blog what political views I hold. They are e-mailing me to ask […]

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No, I do not like Day Light Saving time ending!

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   Why must we have Day Light Saving Time? Day light Saving Time (often confused with Day Light Savings Time, no S on the end of Saving) ended November 2nd. It all started Germany in 1916 thanks to an idea  George Vernon Hudson proposed in 1895. There have been many reasons for this but in modern times […]

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How to Choose the Right Type of Accommodation for Your Next Trip

Guest Post -  When planning a trip, one of the most important things you will need to determine is where you will be staying. Whether you opt for a resort, a hotel, a bed and breakfast, or even a rental apartment, each of these options come with their own set of pros and cons. Therefore, […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 4

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Today I am Thankful For Love that Makes Me Cry   And my sister!     And my husband!   During our mini-vacation this past weekend we all exchanged gifts during my Mothers Alliday celebrations. Yes, I do mean Alliday, look at yesterdays thankful post for more information on this fabulousness. (hush you grammar demons, […]

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Helping Teens Explore The Job Market

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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius Being a Mother often it seems that the focus is education and enrichment and the idea of jobs and work fall on the child in their teen years. While children are often asked what they want to […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 3

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   Today I am Thankful For My Creative Mother If you know my Mother at all then you must know that she is one of the most creative women on the planet. She has the gift of turning common things into magical moments and art. There are different parts to my Mother of course, but […]

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Awesome Food At The Shed

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 The Shed – Review One of the things I wanted to be sure to do while on our Mini vacation this Halloween weekend was to eat at The Shed while down here in Mississippi. Not only has this place been raved about online but it also had it’s own show on the food network. The […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 2

Thankful for Adventures We are traveling this weekend! We do this often as a military family as family tends to be far away. I can’t recall a vacation in these 16 years were we went some place just to explore and not to go see family or friends far away. As I think about it […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 1

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Thankful for my Children and Family I like the trend the last few years of people sharing the things they are thankful for. So often we are busy rushing around and we share our hardships and being thankful is something we are not too mindful of. Even if we are mindful, sharing our gratitude in […]

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