This is the cutest idea for a rainy day activity that is educational and fun!  Create a letter box scavenger hunt using baby food containers. You make the boxes and let your child's imagination run wild while they search for things to fill them with!  Get step by step instructions for creating this game as well as lots of other great learning activities at "I Can Teach My Child" blog.
Download and print free patterns from Amy Butler Designs to make your own quilts, pillows, and other homemade items.  You can download and print as many patterns as you like. 
I just discovered this site that has tons of cute craft ideas you can do with the kids on the cheap.  Very inventive ideas that use things around the house and turn them into adorable crafts like the plastic lid ladybugs shown here.  Thanks, Crafts By Amanda!
I saw this online somewhere and thought it was a cute idea.  
1. Cut the letters D-A-D (hint: you can use the same D twice ;)) out of a clean piece of cardboard.
2. Hand each letter to your child and take pictures of him/her holding/mouthing/dropping/etc. the letters.  Its fun to see what they do with them.
3.  Once you have your pics choose your favorites and print out three pictures two with D's and one A to spell out DAD.
4. Pick up a frame with three openings and insert the D-A-D pics.
5. Voila!  Instant, adorable Father's Day Gift.  This will be perfect for my husband's desk at work.  
Here are some pics from my project (I have edited out my daughter's face but her expressions are priceless!)  Have fun with this one!


This Recipe is from allrecipes.com.  I saw it in a magazine once, made it, and it was a huge hit and super easy to make!

P.S.- I made it without the cake slices and it still comes out great but I might try it with this year.  Sounds yummy!
  • 1 quart strawberries, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pkg. (8 serving size) JELL-O Brand Gelatin, any red flavor
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 (12 ounce) package pound cake, cut into 10 slices
  • 1 1/3 cups blueberries, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  1. Slice 1 cup of the strawberries; set aside. Halve remaining strawberries; set aside.
  2. Stir boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is melted. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Meanwhile, line bottom of 13x9-inch dish with cake slices. Add sliced strawberries and 1 cup of the blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake slices.
  3. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Spread whipped topping over gelatin. Arrange strawberry halves on whipped topping for 'stripes' of 'flag.' Arrange remaining 1/3 cup blueberries on whipped topping for 'stars.' Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

If you have an infant or young daughter and are anything like me you probably have headbands and hair accessories EVERYwhere.  I was checking out etsy.com and saw some neat headband holders... that were selling for $20-$40 each!  Yikes.  So I decided to make my own.  The materials from A.C. Moore cost me $8 (I already had the paint, brushes, and stencils).  If you plan on doing this check the local paper.  Both A.C. Moore and Michael's always have coupons in the paper, often for 50% off one item.