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Free Halloween Printable | Halloween Cat Coloring Page

October 18, 2018

Grab this FREE Halloween Coloring Page so that your child can welcome the upcoming holiday.free halloween printable coloring page with black cat

Nothing is better than a free printable but what about a free Halloween coloring page? This is perfect for any child but my toddler has seemed to really take to it. He’s learning how to hold crayons correctly and so this is a great starter for them to learn how to color inside of objects.

Grab the free Halloween coloring page below.

Halloween Coloring Page Link

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Toddler Speech Therapy Activity | Food Selection Board with a FREE PRINTABLE

September 10, 2018

Does your child have a delay in their speech? I’ll show you the most helpful food board where you can help your toddler work on their speech and play a game at the same time. Use this toddler speech therapy activity to help toddlers learn food and ways they can start talking. #speechtherapy #toddlertherapyThis is a sponsored post from our friends at The Genius of Play. This post contains affiliate links and all opinions are my own. Use this toddler speech therapy activity to help toddlers learn food and ways they can start talking. #speechtherapy #toddlertherapy

Malakai was born at 24.5 weeks gestation. We knew when we got pregnant again, we were risking a 50/50 chance at whether he’d be premature. When my oldest son was born at 34 weeks, I feel he was preparing me for how to care for Leila, who was born at 30 weeks. And her the same for preparing me for Malakai.

I’m 34 and I’ve had 5 pregnancies, 4 births, and 3 of those were premature. While pregnancy is definitely not my strong suit, I feel like taking care of preemies just may be mine.

Freddie had zero intervention from state programs, Leila qualified for speech therapy and Malakai has had speech therapy, physical therapy, monthly EI visits and now he’s off to the public school program to follow him along after he turns 3 this month.

I’ve had many speech therapists suggest a lot of things but the thing they seemed to push was just to do what you can to be able to communicate. Constantly repeating the words they’re reaching for. Even if it doesn’t sound correct, they’re still trying to communicate so that is a positive thing.Use this toddler speech therapy activity to help toddlers learn food and ways they can start talking. #speechtherapy #toddlertherapy I’m going to show you this toddler speech therapy activity I came up with.

Supplies for your Toddler Speech Therapy Activity Board

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Begin by printing out my watercolor food printables on to some 65lb. cardstock. I gave you the options of the entire printable or the .svg files that you can use on your Cricut or Silhouette machine. Use this toddler speech therapy activity to help toddlers learn food and ways they can start talking. #speechtherapy #toddlertherapy

See my suggestions for cutting laminated paper with your Cricut below.

Instead of cutting them out individually, I upload the free food .svg file to Cricut Design Space. I printed them and cut them directly from the paper, then I run them through my Xyron laminate cartridge.

Cut each one out and then apply the stiffer side of the velcro to the back of the laminated cardstock. Place the softer side of the velcro to the cabinet or board. Then you can add 4 additional soft pieces of velcro to the cabinet so that they can pull what they want and place it there.

I cut a piece of vinyl to adhere above asking him “What Do I Want To Eat Today?”. Use this toddler speech therapy activity to help toddlers learn food and ways they can start talking. #speechtherapy #toddlertherapy

This toddler speech therapy activity is helpful to children with speech delay because it shows them common food choices and allows them to learn how to voice it on their own.

My experience with speech therapy for my toddler

The speech therapist always tells me why it’s important that they hear words multiple times. They hear it and then realize that’s what it’s called and will eventually relay that same word to you when they’re needing something.

He has a tendency just to make whimpers to us when he wants something, I’ve learned with this toddler speech therapy activity that helps with food and with drinks. Malakai no longer just whimpers, he’s actually saying what he wants, when he wants it.

You start with simple sounds that they can learn and add more to in the future. Sounds like “ba”, “da”, “pa”, “guh”, and “huh”. Reach out to your local school district to see if they offer programs like this to you and also discuss with your pediatrician. You and your doctor can make an informed decision on what kind of therapy, if any, is necessary.

Malakai also had an issue when he needed tubes in his ears. If they seem to just make a wah noise or not really enunciating sounds, that could be a sign of your child’s ears not draining correctly. I arranged with my ENT to have ear tubes put in Malakai’s ears and I’d say within a month or two, he was got out some new sounds and words.

To learn a few techniques in how to work with your child and improving their communication skills, visit The Genius of Play now!

Use this toddler speech therapy activity to help toddlers learn food and ways they can start talking. #speechtherapy #toddlertherapy

Can I cut laminated paper with my Cricut?

To cut laminated paper with your Cricut there a few things you need to know –
  1. You can only use colored cardstock with the Cricut Maker. The Cricut Explore can only read white cardstock.
  2. After you have used the Print Then Cut feature (You can learn how to use the Cricut Print and Cut feature here.), you want to run your entire printed sheet through the laminator.
  3. The laminated sheet will run through your Cricut machine exactly like it would if it wasn’t laminated.
  4. You want to choose the Poster Board setting on your Cricut to make sure that it cuts completely through the laminated paper.

Use this toddler speech therapy activity to help toddlers learn food and ways they can start talking. #speechtherapy #toddlertherapy

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DIY Alphabet Magnets for your Toddler

August 23, 2018

Do you love alphabet magnets but hate the look of them? Create these easy DIY alphabet magnets and be stylish as your child is learning how to spell. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.

DIY alphabet magnets are easier to make than you think. I’ve included a free printable for you or if you have a Cricut or Silhouette, I’ve got the .png images of the individual letters. Use your Xyron Creative Station with the Laminate Magnet cartridge and create these in a matter of minutes. 

Supplies for your DIY Alphabet Magnets

So, how do you make your own alphabet magnets?

Just print off the free printable and cut out the letters individually or you can do it by line. You’ll see that cutting out individual letters first isn’t really necessary because it all gets covered by the laminate protector and backed with the magnet sheet. 

After you’ve run your letters through the Xyron Magnet Laminate, cut them out individually. The magnet sheet is thin enough that regular scissors do the trick. 

What is the Xyron Magnet Laminate Cartridge?

The cartridge has two sides that runs through the Creative Station. It has the top side as a laminate and the bottom section is a thin magnet sheet. The Xyron Laminate Magnet cartridge comes in a 5″ size. You can use it on your 9″ Creative Station or a 5″ Creative Station. It is a refill cartridge that comes in a sturdy box so when you have it in storage, you won’t damage your cartridge. 

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DIY Avenger Masks using the new Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2

April 30, 2018

To celebrate the release of the new Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2, exclusive to JOANN, make these awesome DIY Avenger Masks. Perfect timing for Avengers: Infinity War.Create these awesome DIY Avenger Masks using your Cricut Wisteria, available exclusively at JOANN stores. #ad #CricutWisteria #CricutMadeThis post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commision. Thank you for your support.

I just saw the movie this opening weekend and I usually don’t feel like they knocked my socks off. They did this time. To show my excitement and Malakai’s excitement for seeing Hulk, we made him these paper Avengers masks using the new Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle available exclusively at JOANN stores.Create these awesome DIY Avenger Masks using your Cricut Wisteria, available exclusively at JOANN stores. #ad #CricutWisteria #CricutMade

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I’ve been using the Cricut machines for over 4 years now and I cannot express how beautiful the new Wisteria Cricut Explore is. It has a metallic sheen to it and it looks beautiful in my craft room along with its sister, the Cricut Maker. It fits perfect for the Pantone color of the year, Ultra Violet. I also love the Bluetooth capability so that I can easily use my mobile phone to cut my project. My desktop conked out a few months ago so my husband and I are sharing a laptop, not ideal but, it’s working because I have my mobile devices to use my Cricuts.Create these awesome DIY Avenger Masks using your Cricut Wisteria, available exclusively at JOANN stores. #ad #CricutWisteria #CricutMadeI began by using the Print Then Cut method for my Cricut.To start, you want to first calibrate your machine so that you get a good, close cut. You also want your bleed lines to be on so that your cut line will be on the printed project.Create these awesome DIY Avenger Masks using your Cricut Wisteria, available exclusively at JOANN stores. #ad #CricutWisteria #CricutMadeAfter you’ve printed your masks, you will place them on your included Light Grip Mat and set the smart dial to Cardstock. Your machine will begin by reading the registration lines and then it will begin cutting. With your Explore models, you want to use white paper to print your items on. The Cricut Printable Vinyl is great for making stickers. I also love their thicker Printable Sticker Paper but it will not pull through my HP 8610 Printer.Create these awesome DIY Avenger Masks using your Cricut Wisteria, available exclusively at JOANN stores. #ad #CricutWisteria #CricutMadeThe easiest way to remove any paper from your Cricut mats is to bend your mat backwards and let the paper peel off. If you pull the paper directly, you will curl your paper and you can’t move on to your other part of the project until that’s resolved.Create these awesome DIY Avenger Masks using your Cricut Wisteria, available exclusively at JOANN stores. #ad #CricutWisteria #CricutMadeThe cut file includes the hole so that you can easily add the elastic or twine. My son is two so there is no way he’s going to hold still enough for me to tie it on. He just holds it up and takes it right off. That’s why I love that they’re paper and easily made, I don’t feel bad if he only likes it for a few minutes. He’ll come back to it off-and-on for days.Create these awesome DIY Avenger Masks using your Cricut Wisteria, available exclusively at JOANN stores. #ad #CricutWisteria #CricutMade

So what’s included in your Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle? You’ll receive:

  • Wisteria Explore Air 2
  • Wisteria XL Scraper and Weeder
  • Holographic Sparkle Vinyl
  • Iron-On in pink, teal, purple, gold and silver
  • New Foil Embossed Paper in pink and silver (for all your paper crafts)
  • SportFlex Iron-On

Create these awesome DIY Avenger Masks using your Cricut Wisteria, available exclusively at JOANN stores. #ad #CricutWisteria #CricutMadeHead to your nearest JOANN stores and pick up the Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle and get crafting today to create these DIY Avenger Masks, Iron Man says so 😉Create these awesome DIY Avenger Masks using your Cricut Wisteria, available exclusively at JOANN stores. #ad #CricutWisteria #CricutMade

Design Space Files for DIY Avenger Masks:

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Butterfly Party with Tuesday Morning

April 26, 2018

Did you know that Tuesday Morning offers a wide selection of scrapbooking supplies? I love taking everyday things and jazzing them up for the perfect Butterfly Party for spring.DIY Butterfly Party using scrapbook items from Tuesday Morning. #CricutMade #ad #TuesdayMorningThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Tuesday Morning for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

I love Tuesday Morning stores. They offer a great selection of name-brand everyday items, quality toys and an amazing scrapbooking selection. When I was there I saw several Cricut’s, We-R Memories Stitch Happy machines and Singer sewing machines. I was most excited to find some Bazzill cardstock that usually retails for $1 a sheet but I got it for $3.99 for 25! I have a lot of cardstock…a lot and I was really excited to add more to my collection.DIY Butterfly Party using scrapbook items from Tuesday Morning. #CricutMade #ad #TuesdayMorning

Supplies –

  • Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
  • Scrapbook paper in coordinating colors available at Tuesday Morning
  • Adhesive

DIY Butterfly Party using scrapbook items from Tuesday Morning. #CricutMade #ad #TuesdayMorningI love the contrast of the black and white with the colors in the cardstock. These Maggie Holmes papers are some of my favorites. I found a lot of American Crafts brand items at Tuesday Morning. They’re always good quality and it’s even better finding it at a reasonable price.DIY Butterfly Party using scrapbook items from Tuesday Morning. #CricutMade #ad #TuesdayMorningTo create this butterfly party was really easy. I used some shapes in Cricut Design Space and then just assembled them all using some scrapbook adhesive. Just add some candies and ribbons and you’ve tied the entire look of the party together.DIY Butterfly Party using scrapbook items from Tuesday Morning. #CricutMade #ad #TuesdayMorning7Tuesday Morning offers high-quality items at low prices. I love a good find and I love some good scrapbooking materials. I know that this will be my first stop when I’m looking for items from now on. Find your local Tuesday Morning store here.

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Welcome to Summer Pineapple Gift Boxes with your Cricut

April 9, 2018

Welcome to summer! That’s every mother’s nightmare or best wish come true. Make these adorable summer pineapple gift boxes to welcome your child to summer vacation. Create the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineapplePartyThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Summer, oh summer – I don’t love you but my kids sure do! I’ve created these incredibly cute pineapple gift boxes with summer tags and initials to gift them when they come home from school on their last day.Create the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineappleParty

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Cutting Mylar paper is just like cutting acetate. The one I’ve found from Bazzill is darling and sturdy. You can definitely use Cricut’s acetate paper that comes in really cute patterns too. Choose that setting on your Cricut and cut away. There were a couple snags but it didn’t ruin the project so it didn’t bother me.Create the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineapplePartyCut your pineapple toppers out of cardstock and place a small bead of hot glue in one corner and allow it to set.Create the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineappleParty Create the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineapplePartyTo assemble your pineapple gift boxes, use glue dots. I used 4 along the side seam and one on each fold on the top. Assemble the top first working from one end to the other to complete the circle. Then adhere the two sides together.Create the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineappleParty Create the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineapplePartyUse hot glue to adhere the pineapple gift box topper to the actual pineapple. I just placed two small beads of glue and allowed it to harden before moving on to the next. Try not to move your topper too much as it’s drying or else it’ll just take longer and you may mess up your project.Create the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineapplePartyPlace your candy in some clear cellophane bags and place them inside the pineapple gift boxes. Use some cute twine to tie the tags onto your summer gift boxes.Create the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineapplePartyCreate the perfect summer gift to celebrate the end of the school year. Make these perfect pineapple gift boxes with your Cricut. #Summer #SummerGift #Pineapple #PineappleParty

To see all other great Welcome to Summer ideas, check out the links below.


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DIY Kids Olympic Torch

January 26, 2018

The Olympics are quickly approaching. Make these DIY Kids Olympic Torch to make your kids feel like they’re apart of the ceremonies themselves.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.

The Winter games are my favorite of the Olympic Games, just saying’. These olympic torches are so easy to make and come with everything you need in a small kit from Oriental Trading.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!

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DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!To make these, remove the blue tube and the blue collar from the kit. Start by adhering the middle tab to the inside of the tube and work your way around.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life! DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life! DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!Flatten out the yellow tissue paper and pinch in the center. Twist it around itself and place inside the tube.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life! DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!I didn’t adhere it inside the tube but you can easily do that with some clear tape. So simple and the perfect kids olympic craft.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!Pair these olympic torches with these olympic medals and have the best Olympics party of your life!DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!

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DIY Olympic Medals for Kids

January 22, 2018

Create these DIY Olympic Medals. Perfect for the kids and perfect accessory for watching the opening ceremonies!DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids Olympic Craft. #olympics #kidscraftThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.

What is funner than watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and being able to participate in your own special way with these DIY Olympic Medals. They are the perfect kids Olympic craft.

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Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics.This is so easy. Just punch out the circles and add them to your medals. Or if you have a Cricut or Silhouette, just make those circles on your machine that size. I used a 2″ and had to trim them. Just use what is available to you.Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics. #kidscraft #OlympicsYou’re just going to pop them open and place your metallic paper inside.Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics.There are 24 Olympic medals in each bag and they’re so fun to pass out to the kids and present them with their own Olympic medal.Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics.Or they can pretend to be an Olympic athlete themselves and earn the Gold, Silver or Bronze. Such a fun kids Olympic craft to create.Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics.What is your favorite Olympic sport? Do you prefer the winter games over the summer games? I’m a winter Olympic games fan myself.