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Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts


Easy Valentines Using Foam Plate Printing

At my daughter's elementary school we have an Art Docent program to acquaint the kids with different types and methods of art and to also get hands on time in our art room. A few weeks ago, we did this type of a project and I instantly fell in love with the technique and look of using foam plates for creating printing "plates."
Valentines Using Foam Plate Printing by 504 Main


Disney FROZEN Fun and Snowman Cocoa Treats (tutorial)

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

Every little girl I know had one request over Thanksgiving weekend...
"To go see FROZEN."
My daughter and her friends were making plans to see FROZEN the Movie for weeks.
The FROZEN fascination in our house began the first time we saw the movie trailer...
a FROZEN book followed, and by the time the movie was released,
my daughter was already in L-O-V-E with Anna and Elsa and Olaf!

#FrozenFun and Snowman Hot Cocoa by 504 Main #shop #cbias


A New Christmas Tradition: An Unexpected Christmas

I did not grow up with religion in my life. I attended church on and off with some friends. I have celebrated Christmas with presents, Santa, and family, but here was never much religion involved, but my kids are very interested in all aspects of Christmas. Recently my daughter went to a church event with a friend called The Streets of Bethlehem. She was fascinated and has been talking about how she "Saw Baby Jesus in God's Old World." (I love how a six year old describes things) Clearly, she wanted to know more.

Thankfully, I had just received the book An Unexpected Christmas by Simone Graham. I have "known" Simone for awhile and was thrilled to read this story she created. It was exactly what my daughter wanted to hear. She could understand more about Baby Jesus, and the book did a better job explaining it all to a child that I ever could.

Whether you are religious or not, this book is a wonderful read. I do believe it will become one of our Christmas traditions.

You can also head over to You Tube to watch a short video of An Unexpected Christmas.

An Unexpected Christmas is available on Amazon, in print or Kindle edition.
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
a single copy of the book was provided to me for review. affiliate links are contained in the post.


My Two Favorite Christmas Tree Projects (DIY's for the Long Weekend!)

Unbelievably...Christmas is here again - almost!
(yeah, I know...every December 25!)
But first Happy Thanksgiving!

I know I will be getting ready for some Christmas decorating after tomorrow...
it always starts with the tree in my house...
so I thought I'd share 2 of my

Over the last couple of years I have made many projects I like...
but here are just a couple you might want to tackle
over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
 Both are (pretty) simple.

First, one for the kiddos!
My little girlie likes to decorate the tree...all month long, so I created

And, next, one is for those of us who hate ugly tree stands!
(like me!)
A Christmas Tree Crate to hide that stand!

Christmas Tree Stand Crate by 504 Main

I hope you have an amazing week with your friends or family!
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Playing Dress Up With Hello Kitty and The KuKee app

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and KuKee, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #helllokittyletsplay  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

I LOVE Hello Kitty!
(I might even have a Hello Kitty item or two from my childhood)
Of course my daughter loves Hello Kitty too.
 Recently I had the opportunity to make a 6 year old very happy - 
squeal with delight happy!
Play Dress Up with Hello Kitty and the KuKee app by 504 Main

Here is how to make a 6 year old VERY happy!
"Jules do you want to go shopping...at Macy's...for Hello Kitty clothes?"
"YES!!!!!" she said.
(Of course she said yes!) 


Celebrating "My Kind of Holiday" & How to Make a No-Sew Table Runner

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Target. All opinions are 100% my own. Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.
 Our holidays are pretty simple.
I once dreamed of big fancy affairs and elegant tables,
but that does not quite fit into my life at the moment.
However, that does not mean we lack tradition
or that our holiday tables are any less charming,
in fact I think in our house we have created our own unique kinds of holidays
My Kind of Holiday by 504 Main for Target

One of our favorite family traditions is letting the kids decide on and decorate the Thanksgiving table. I help a little bit, no seriously just a teeny-tiny bit. They take a huge amount of pride in this task and it makes them feel good.


How to Make a SUPER SIMPLE Ghost Garland

I am always looking for easy crafts that my daughter (and on occasion my son)
and I can do together. After making my bunny garland,
I have a new affection for ripping and cutting up simple cardboard boxes. For this
I added some white paint and strung them on twine...and I love them.

Easy Ghost Garland by 504 Main


How to Make a (Duct Tape) Barbie Apron

I recently had the opportunity to work with Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape.
 I jumped right on it because I love working with unusual materials to create fun products and to stretch my creativity, and duct tape is one of those materials that challenges my imagination.
Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape Barbie Apron by 504 Main
Of course duct tape is great for jazzing up notebooks, accenting vase,
frames, and making wearable accessories....and so much more!  
Using the Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape in Glamtastic and Doll-lightful - oh how I love Barbie! - I created  a very simple apron that can be used for cooking or crafting. 


Disney Princess Celebration: The Little Mermaid Viewing Party

The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney Princess and I was thrilled to throw a party and write this sponsored post for Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community to celebrate The Little Mermaid.

I was a teenager when The Little Mermaid was released.
But I went and saw it in the theaters. I loved it!
Then I purchased the VHS tape...
then I purchased the cassette soundtrack...
and then my friend gave me a Sebastian watch for Christmas.
Yes, The Little Mermaid - Ariel - is my favorite Disney Princess EVER!
My daughter loves Ariel too!

The Little Mermaid Viewing Party #DisneyPrincessPlay #shop


Barbie's Back at the Malibu Dreamhouse (sponsored review)

I finally got a Barbie Dreamhouse thanks to One2One Network and this sponsored review!

I love Barbie.
(My dream job would be a Barbie Designer!)
 My daughter loves Barbie.
As a young girl I wished and wished for the Barbie Dreamhouse.
I never got that Dreamhouse, but I never gave up hope...
and recently my dreams came true.
(OK...it is really for my daughter...but maybe she will share)

The newly renovated Dreamhouse is three-stories, has 6 rooms, two elevators, and unmatched “ocean views” of the Malibu coastline, and while it is actually for my daughter..that does not mean I cannot enjoy it too!


Having Fun with A Coconut

Does it seem weird to you that we decided to spend an afternoon with a coconut?
I kind of thought so too (we have done weirder),
but I love introducing my kids to new foods, foods in their natural forms,
and we love to experiment...so this was perfect fun.

Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

A few months ago we were having a bonfire at the beach.
The kids were out exploring the shores and came back with a coconut
and some yams (don't ask - we do not understand how that happened).
This group of kids, ranging in age from 5 to 12 were intrigued...
almost obsessed with this coconut.
We cracked it open and toasted some of it (but did not eat it).

Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

The next day my kids were still talking about a coconut....
so, I headed to the store to grab a coconut.
I figured it was a cheap activity ($2.00 for the coconut) and
would introduce the kids to the wonders of the coconut.

Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

I decided I was going to tackle cracking this coconut with just myself and the kids...
but I did cal in my hubby to help us.
He claimed to have experience cracking coconuts
(in his earlier Survivor days, perhaps?).
Anyway...this is what we did.

First I had the kids shake the coconut.
Next it was time to drain the coconut water out.
  • I used a corkscrew and "drilled" holes into the eyes of the coconut. You can also hammer a long nail into the eyes or use a drill. I made holes in all three "eyes," and drained the water into a bowl (to use later for smoothies, etc.) 
  • We had to "carve" out a bit more room in our holes to get the water to come out quicker.
  • I had them taste the coconut water...they were not impressed. (I agree)
Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

Drain the water.

Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

Then it was time to crack this coconut open - A job for adults!
  • I called hubby in for this...due to his experience (or so he says).
  • We used the non-cutting side of a knife and while I would like to say tapped around the center to crack it..it really took a few whacks.
  • You can also wrap the coconut in a towel and smack it with a hammer.
Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main


Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

Once the coconut was opened, I had the kids examine it, and taste just a teeny bit. 

They goofed around a bit...it looked just like a crazy head with a big mouth.

Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

We took the coconut inside and baked it to remove the meat from the shell.
  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Place the cracked coconut in an oven safe dish and bake for 20-30 minutes.
  • I could see the meat start to separate from the shell...so just watch it!
  • Remove from the oven, let cool.
  • Once cool it is super easy to scoop the meat out of the shell after this.

Once you have the meat ready, you can grate it and toast it and enjoy the delicious coconut.
Have Fun with a Coconut 504 Main

What crazy things do you do to entertain your kids?
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Bullies Suck

Pure and simple...Bullies Suck.
Over the last two years,
my family has had to deal with bullies on many levels.
Yeah, don't be fooled, bullies are not always kids...
there are adult bullies, dad bullies, boss bullies, coach bullies, teacher bullies,
mom bullies, cyber bullies, and blog bullies.
photo/graphic credit
I am by no means that happy-go-lucky person that thinks the whole world is great and you can solve a problem with a smile, but I absolutely see no reason why on earth people need to be so awful to others. I watched the movie Bully earlier this year and cried the entire time, but kept watching because it is an important message that cannot and should not be ignored. And honestly, I think I watched out of shock and horror and disbelief and sadness that this level of bullying does exist and the impact it has on the lives of everyone involved.

Then I started to think about my own life and if I was ever bullied. At first I thought no way, I was not bullied and then I stopped and realized I was. And guess what..I remember every detail, the kid's name, what class it was in, what year in high school, where I sat, where he sat, and what he used to say. And guess what...from what I hear...this man is still a bully. It was crazy for me to think that for all these years I never even realized that was what was going on or connected the dots until now.
Maybe it is because of my personal experiences, maybe because I have a very black and white approach to right and wrong and just cannot comprehend why anyone needs to be so mean to anyone else, maybe because as much as I will tell you that I am not a nice person...I really am. But, no matter what the answer is, as a parent I teach my son and daughter how to be kind, polite, and respectful to others. I have always taught them that they do not need to be everyone's friends, but they do need to be kind and they may not hurt another with words or actions. Of course I realize they are kids and mistakes will happen, but I do think they understand the difference between being a bullying and making a simple mistake.

Sadly, my son is having to deal with the issue of being bullied. I will be honest, at first I thought, he should deal with it - "Just tell the kid to knock it off"...or to leave it be...or that it would work itself out...and then - thankfully quickly, I came to the realization that I was wrong in my approach to this issue. My son is still learning and developing like all of these kids are and I need to show him how to deal with these awful situations. How to take control of his own life and well being when there are others who want to hurt you mentally or physically.(and maybe as a by-product, the bullies will get some guidance and the help they need to grow into productive teenagers and adults)

I am not going to speak directly of what has transpired in my family at this point, because my point is more this...As a community we have to watch out for each other. We have to teach our children to watch out for each other and to be an advocate for other kids as well. I explained to my son that I was not backing down from this issue for two reasons:

#1- it is my job to parent, protect, and care for him.

#2 - As a member of my community (and heck of the human race) I feel the responsibility to the other kids out there who may not suffer in silence, who may not have a parent that will take action, who may have a parent who does not understand how to take action. I explained that his father and myself are here to advocate for him and some kids just do not have that, so I would not back down or drop this issue. And, that said, if he should see this other child or any other child harassing anyone, he should tell them to knock it off, go IMMEDIATELY to a school authority and tell me.

I totally get that it could be daunting to stand up to a bully on your own. To prevent bullying, we have to speak up for others as well. We have to show the bullies they cannot do this to anyone. When this latest incident happened, it was right after the final period of the day and there were many other kids around...and guess what...as this kid bullied my child, the others around did NOT ONE THING.  I do not expect middle-schoolers to be perfect or always do the right thing...but the fact that so many kids were around and no one said a dang thing, even a simple "knock it off," is incomprehensible. 

Even after all of this...I am still baffled by the "art of bullying." No one is better than anyone else. We are all special and unique in our own way and the best way to create a community and a safe environment is to embrace these changes, and while we are not all going to be friends, we do need to be respectful to one another.

Talk to your children. Ask them questions. Do not let it be. My son just casually mentioned his issues at dinner time. You would have though he was talking about his math homework...it was very nonchalant.

Tell your children to report any bullying they see to a respected adult, a school authority, a parent, or in a sever case, call the police. If your child or another child comes to you, do something - listen and act accordingly (even if your first instinct is not to act accordingly). This simple gesture can change someones life.

Finally, don't be fooled - anyone can be a bully.
Bullies exist - always have, always will.
I have seen coaches bully kids.
I have seen bloggers bully one another.
I have been bullied by other mothers.
No matter who it is it in not acceptable or OK.

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre