Eraser Maker Review

This “Eraser Maker” is available at Five Below. We weren’t sure what to think of this item at first. It looks very neat but I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be as cool as it looks at first glance. Sadly, I was right. Isabella (8) was really excited to try it out. She had a completely unrealistic idea of what she was going to be doing.

This is what’s in the box. It’s basically a safer way to cut eraser sticks and a set of cute sticks. After the initial disappoint that she was not making erasers, Isabella did have fun. The kit came with two sizes. There were thinner and thicker sticks of erasers. The thin ones go into a guide that helps to hold them into place. They are much easier to cut straight because of the guide. Also, they are physically easier to cut. Isabella had difficulty even pressing it down when the thicker ones were in it. Without the guide and with her pressing 2-3 times to cut through them, the thicker ones were turning out really bad. I ended up having to cut them with a knife by myself.

The erasers were really cute. She ended up with a ton of them! She took out a small amount that she liked and wanted to keep. Then she took them to her older sister, Ivy (17), to see if she wanted any of them. She put the rest into a ziplock bag, took them to school, and gave all of her classmates and friends three each. I was happy that she gave them out because it was a crazy amount of tiny erasers.


DIY Easy Christmas Ornaments to make with kids

All the supplies for this craft came from the Dollar Tree. The plastic globe ornaments came in two packs. The tree, snowflake, and snowman are glitter stickers. They are on both sides. They were from a sheet of stickers and we still have tons. Stickers are easy enough to put on that even my toddler was able to do it herself.

The hard part is removing the tops without bending or breaking them. I removed them for the little girls before I gave it to them. They filled them with puffs of different sizes. Isabella (8) chose to do only white to go with her snowflakes and to not fill it as full so they would move around like a snow globe. Even Octavia (2) was able to do this part without any help. We added glitter. Ivy (17) used green glitter to go with her tree. Isabella did silver to go with her snowflake. Octavia chose gold. Ivy and I put the tops back on very carefully. Then each girl hung them on our tree.

This was a great advent craft. It was easy to do as a family and only cost $4 excluding the glitter that we already had on hand.

Merry Christmas

Dollar Tree Christmas Play Pack

I was down sick for a few days and needed some easy items for my kids to do for advent. I picked these up at the Dollar Tree, as in everything is a $1. They were just what I needed. They were festive fun for the little girls, inexpensive, and a very easy way for this momma to keep advent rolling. It’s so hard to be sick when you have three kids that rely on you.

Octavia, 2 years old, is obsessed with snowmen right now. She was so excited about these from the moment I got them out of the bag. The bags come with a small coloring book, four crayons, and a sheet of stickers. It provided a whole hour of quiet fun which was just what I needed. If you are looking for an easy advent day or a small festive craft, Dollar Store has you covered.

Merry Christmas!


Painting Inside a Box

We had some boxes that were recently unpacked. One was pretty big so I put Isabella (4 yrs old) inside the box with paint and a few brush choices. The mess was completely contained and she had a great time for about an hour. This is a good craft idea for the little kids on a gross rainy day (which is what’s going on here today).


Summer Challenge Notebook


This is a fun summer project for teens, tweens, and older kids. I made this for my 12 year old. I bought the little notebook at Hobby Lobby craft store. There is a small pocket in the back of the notebook for her to save tickets and things. I preferred this idea to the summer jar that we did last year because she can save this and look back on it years from now.


I split each page in half and then wrote a goal that seemed appropriate. Each goal has a small box next to it that she can place a star sticker in upon completion. There ended up being over 300 activities/goals in this book! I will now include a list of some of our ideas to get you started on making one for your child (or yourself).

  1. Swimming
  2. State Park
  3. Bakery
  4. Go to a friend’s house
  5. Beach
  6. Mall
  7. Make cookies
  8. Library (Listed a few different branches that we have near by)
  9. Paint
  10. Make a bird house
  11. Play fetch with a dog
  12. See a mountain
  13. Ice-cream cone
  14. Scavenger hunt
  15. Make rock candy
  16. Putt-putt golf
  17. Watch a movie made before 1983
  18. Borax crystals
  19. Flea market
  20. Farmer’s market
  21. Learn how to cook an egg
  22. Make a dream catcher
  23. Paper plate craft
  24. Draw
  25. Read a book (This is listed 10 times)
  26. Neighborhood walk
  27. Fly a kite
  28. Root beer float
  29. Plant seeds
  30. Yard sale
  31. Make something to wear
  32. Flip-flop redo
  33. Paint with straws
  34. Candy store
  35. Tie Dye T-shirt
  36. Pasta Salad (one of our summer traditions)
  37. Arboretum
  38. Play a board game
  39. Finger paint
  40. Go out for Ice-cream
  41. Visit Grandma
  42. Water balloon fight
  43. Drink an orange soda
  44. Go to a state park
  45. Go somewhere new (Listed multiple times, space left for her to fill in where she went)
  46. Make pizza
  47. Squirt Gun Fight
  48. Baseball game
  49. Make a craft you find on pinterest
  50. Make a bracelet
  51. Play in the hose/sprinkler
  52. Pudding painting
  53. See a waterfall
  54. Make cookies
  55. Friendship bracelets
  56. Paint a rock
  57. Eat a new fruit
  58. Go out to eat
  59. Eat something new
  60. Visit Grandpa
  61. Disney movie night
  62. Eat watermelon
  63. Bake bread
  64. Pet store
  65. Museum
  66. Water slide
  67. Side-walk chalk
  68. Go hiking
  69. Do a science experiment (Listed a few times)
  70. Make a tent/fort
  71. Have a friend spend the night
  72. Pet a farm animal
  73. Make slime
  74. Paint nails and toe nails
  75. Walk in the woods
  76. Lemonade
  77. Jump rope
  78. Spend a day outside
  79.    Family game night
  80.   Go for a walk
  81.    Wish on a shooting star
  82.    Go fishing
  83.    Listen to music
  84.    Hiking
  85.    Watch a sunset
  86.    Watch a sunrise
  87.    Catch bugs
  88.    Swing
  89.    Go down a slide
  90.   Color a picture
  91.   Picnic
  92.   Ride an amusement park ride
  93.   Eat a hotdog/hamburger
  94.   No electronics for a whole day
  95.   Lay on a big blanket outside and read
  96.   Watch a movie
  97.   Eat corn on the cob
  98.   Make S’mores
  99.    Dance

There’s a whole list of options! I hope your summer is a memorable one!