Entries in inspiration (111)
Grace from Finley and Oliver is a super talented mom of 2 boys. Her blog is one I have in my blog reader. I love her little t shirt projects
and what HE wore is one of my favorite features.
Yesterday she shared this DIY LEGO Travel Box and I wanted to make one immediately!
Her and her family came up with this cheese box to DIY LEGO Travel Box idea and put it into action. Super easy paint and adhear LEGO base to size. Check out her blog post for some more detail.
I need to make one (or several)! Thanks so much Grace!
My boys love the outdoor shows when they get a chance to watch them. Man vs. Wild is one they've seen and talked about. However even if they haven't seen the show this party is perfect for any "outdoorsy" kid. I absolutely LOVED all the details and activities in this Boy vs Wild party from Greatfun4kids so much that I had to share!
Everything was so well thought out from the decorations, to activities, to the food!
For a lot more inspiration and ideas including the snake on a stick (so smart) visit Greatfun4kids She even has some awesome printables and how to's for you HERE as well as lots of other party and activity inspiration!
I don't think too much about what our lives look like to others. I mean I take a few photos and put up a fun tutorial now and then. However, I started reading (completely innocent and kind) comments about All for the Boys on other blogs saying things like "Love this blog but be warned, it will make you feel like a lazy mother" or something to that effect. Then I got asked if I do a big activity or craft with my boys every day. PLEASE do not feel like a lazy mother, heck you like this blog because of the inspiration to play with your kids right?!
I am by NO means a perfect mother. I do believe I'm a good mom and you should too! (Mom, Grandmother, Father etc.) Our life is loud, bickering, messy, boring, unhealthy dinners once in a while but it's also laughter, love, respect, educational, fun... It's real and it's ours and I love it.
Everyone is different everyone's schedules are different. Heck even mine changes. I used to work full time out of the house with a 45min drive each way to the office. Now I work most days at home (still full time) and that has different stresses on us as a family but we take each change in stride and make it work for us.
To me the most important thing is remembering to take time to make special moments and memories with my boys. We go on one on one dates (their choice), I do fun activities like we show on the blog, we act silly in the grocery store, we make jokes, we take walks to the park, we dance in the rain.
Honestly one of my 9 year old's favorite memories of fun times together is when we made a band with stuff from the kitchen. You know, banging on the pots and pans, throwing beans or rice into a jar. It was a few years ago (I was trying to keep them busy and from getting on eachother (and my) nerves) but he will bring it up every now and then. There are no perfect pictures, there isn't even a scrapbook page, just his very fond memory. And THAT is my goal as a mother. No fancy science tricks, no brand new toys, and no perfect photography needed. Everyone has what that takes.
(Cute DIY bongos from minieco)
So my advice to you is step out of your comfort zone a little and play with your kids.
And please remember that all you see on a blog are a few pictures from a few moments in our lives. (and thank goodness there isn't any sound ;)
Under the Sycamore is a blog I frequent and as soon as she posted her son's beaver party I begged (ok I asked nicely) if I could feature it here. A dam building, playing outside party perfect for the boys.
I love the dam building activity! We may have to do that just because.
Check out her blog for more fun inspiration not only from this party but everyday life as well! Thanks Ashley!
First a quick update - my camera is broken :( It's in the shop so let's all keep our fingers crossed for a quick, not so expensive repair! Also, I'm working on spiffing up the blog and let me tell you I CANNOT wait to show you all. The first peeks I've seen are amazing!
Let's get on to some Dr. Suess shall we?! Tomorrow (March 2nd) is the day our schools celebrate his birthday. I thought it would be fun to share some Dr. Suess inspiration today!
Some of my favorite quotes
How about some Dr. Seuss parties or snacks?!
This party is so perfect from Hostess with the Mostess (lots more over there)
Simple snack from my favorite book by Muffin Tin Mom
Green Eggs and Ham from The Girl Who Ate Everything
a cute packed lunch over at How Does She?
and some crafts!
Lorax Trees from craftjr
One Fish fishing from Heck Fridays
Don't forget your Ooblek! from wired.com
You could go see the Lorax with a matching mustache - from Babble
Or dress up from Dana MADE it
couple of cute ideas from Meet the Dubiens
My boys LOVE little things. You know when you empty the pockets of your kids' wash and wonder why in the world they wanted to save those little "treasures"? When I saw this post from my friend Jennifer Kirk on Bloesom Kids
it reminded me that I never shared one of my solutions for one of my boys' most favorite little treasures LEGO minifigs.
A while back I had posted this picture on our Facebook page
Saying that I was working on a project for the boys' room. Well since I'm all about honesty. I've only gotten 2 (out of 8) of them done, but you still get the point.
I swear I could have a wall of these things and still not fit all the guys we have in there.
I found these little shadow boxes at Greenbacks (a dollar store) and spray painted them black. I haven't sealed them yet and we are still deciding on the best way to keep the men from falling off. They stay on fine but if you run into the wall (which for whatever reason happens often here) some may fall. I'm thinking of glueing a small LEGO strip to the bottom of each box to set the guys on.
If you've never been to The Happy Family Movement you are in for a fun surprise. They are an amazing little family committed to fostering loving relationships and creating memorable experiences.
I've shared their Fort Building kit before but they have something new up their sleeves. The Winter Adventure Guide
It's a PDF guide FULL of indoor adventures for you and your kids. I'll be completely honest and tell you that I was skeptical at first I mean I can just look up ideas for us to do online right? Well when Jenny asked me if I'd like to look over this new guide I figured I'd give it a shot (for you all) and see what it was all about. I didn't have to write a review or anything about it, but I have to, I really do.
I was VERY suprised. There is so much love and work put into this guide and it was evident right away. Once I got past that and actually read some of the ideas (broken down into quick activities, and longer 3-4 hour activities) I was blown away. Some of the ideas are simple fun family activities but with everything thought out for you. There are printables, and checklists to make sure you have everything ready to go.
My boys got so excited reading it over deciding what they wanted to do. We live in AZ so winter is our time to play outside but I don't think that even matters - this is awesome any time of year.
If you are willing to get down and dirty and play with your kids but just want some inspiration to quickly turn to - you want this guide. Seriously, buy it, print it out (or at least the checklists and printables) get everything ready in a little box and you'll be ready to play whenever you need to. You'll be a hero!
The only bad thing is now they want to do all the activities ;)
My boys are 7 and 9 and obviously loved it. I'd say it's great for kids 3-10ish depending on the kid? Love, love, love this guide and how it gets parents/families to PLAY!
It's on sale through tomorrow (1/27/2012) for $10 and the regular price is $15 and worth every darn penny.
But if you're dragging your feet here's a coupon code for you (not for those on sale but will help extend the sale)!