Valentine’s Day Thumbprint Sign

20160116_193701 logoValentine’s Day and crafts are always on our minds this time of year with my children. As I was cleaning off our workbench, I saw a slab of wood that was leftover from a previous project. I quickly drilled a hole in the top of it and brought it inside for my children to paint. My youngest wanted to help with this project so this became his craft. The wood goes with our decor and it looks great for the upcoming holiday. Follow the step by step instructions HERE to see how we made this sign. Pictures for each steps are also included. Remember to have fun and enjoy the time you spend with your child when making this together.

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Support majestic artwork from around the world with NOVICA

full-smallArtisans from around the world (many living in rural communities) don’t have the means to sell their work on the international market. NOVICA gives them a free platform to do this, and reach customers on a global scale. I personally love to see the majestic artwork from amazing artists from around the world. I respect their crafts and talent and love the beautiful products they sell.

I received this beautiful elephant embroidery shoulder bag and two good fortune wristband bracelets.  These products both came from Thailand. When I opened them, I was stunned at how beautiful they were. I knew the shoulder bag would be a perfect gift for my sister who just loves elephants. The embroidery on it was amazing! The wristband bracelets are so fashionable and comfortable to wear!

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These are the bracelets I received. Aren’t they beautiful?

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Whether you are looking for gifts for her or him, jewelry, paintings, or home decor, NOVICA is the perfect gateway to access wonderful work from around the world. NOVICA cares about its artisans. On every product page you’ll find a portrait and detailed biography of each artist.

Local sourcing teams in every region are tasked with finding the most unique and precious art traditions around. They look for originality, quality of workmanship, and pieces that customers will love.

Need some inspiration on what to purchase? Here is a great list of popular items! Or maybe your are looking for Gifts for Him or Gifts for Her. Decorating your home? Check out these sculptures.

 

I received free product from NOVICA in exchange for my honest thoughts an opinions.

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Gift of the Month Club: $10 OFF any gift at ClubsGalore

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ClubsGalore Gift of the Month Clubs are the perfect way to celebrate any occasion for more than just one day. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, thank you, retirement, or other special event, the multi-touch programs allow you to show that special someone you care – again and again.

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ClubsGarlore offers a unique and vast selection of first-class gifts, including award-winning gourmet food clubs, wine and spirit gift clubs, monthly clubs with desserts and sweets, home delights, and more. Their “of the month club memberships” offer your recipient the joy of anticipation, discovery, and new culinary experiences with every monthly delivery.

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$10 OFF – Ten Dollars off any gift with code: Gift10 at ClubsGalore.com (expires 12/15/15)

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Giveaway $25 code to NOVICA.com or $7 off now

full-smallArtisans from around the world (many living in rural communities) don’t have the means to sell their work on the international market. NOVICA gives them a free platform to do this, and reach customers on a global scale. I personally love to see the majestic artwork from amazing artists from around the world. I respect their crafts and talent and love the beautiful products they sell.

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Whether you are looking for gifts for her or him, jewelry, paintings, or home decor, NOVICA is the perfect gateway to access wonderful work from around the world. NOVICA cares about its artisans. On every product page you’ll find a portrait and detailed biography of each artist.

Local sourcing teams in every region are tasked with finding the most unique and precious art traditions around. They look for originality, quality of workmanship, and pieces that customers will love.

Need some inspiration on what to purchase? Here is a great list of popular items! Or maybe your are looking for Gifts for Him or Gifts for Her. Decorating your home? Check out these sculptures.

 

GIVEAWAY for $25 gift code for Novica

To enter giveaway comment on this original post with the item you would purchase if you won the giveaway. Giveaway will end November 24th, 2015

Even if you don’t win the giveaway or you can’t wait to purchase something, you can use this savings code for $7 off your first purchase: Save7Novica

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National: Summer COUPONS for FUN

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We have a great lineup of special offers for you to share with your readers this summer.  Drive traffic to your blogs with these exclusive online coupons!  Below are the links and current offers sorted by state.  Yes, we are running blogger promotions with each park this summer – stay tuned!

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USA Triathlon 2015 Splash & Dash

 

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AZ Air Time Scottsdale

Kiwanis Park Recreation Center

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Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

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My Gym Childrens Fitness Center – Lincoln

 

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Castle of Chaos

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Check it out HERE for an updated list of newly added deals!

 

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Pittsburgh, PA: Take FUN to the highest level on the Sky Trail adventure ropes course!

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Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail is a 32-foot tall, 2 level ropes course complete with 30 exciting elements including zig-zag beams, cargo nets, angled rope ladders, crisscross walks and more. Participants choose their own path through the elements and go at their own pace. The ropes course is also equipped with a Sky Rail zip line connection measuring 69′ long.

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Participants soar down the length of the ropes course on a self guided zipping experience and are able to enjoy it’s thrills over and over. For young adventurers, there’s a specially designed Sky Tykes ropes course for kids ages 2-7.

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I can’t wait to take my kids to this. It looks so cool and since kids as little as 2 years old can go, I’m 100% sure all of my kids will have a blast! Stay tuned for my review!

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SAVE!!! Use the Ropes Course COUPON HERE!

Gift cards available too!

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Your indoor adventure awaits! We hope to see you there!

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Beautiful Suncatchers

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This is such an easy and frugal craft to make with your kids. Not only is it easy, fun and cheap, but the result is simply beautiful. I love having the three suncatchers in my window above my kitchen sink. It reflects the light so beautifully.

To see how to create this craft with your kids, see the step by step instructions with pictures in my full article HERE.

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Mother’s Day gift: painted salt dough hand-prints

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Your child can design and paint their own hand-print for a Mother’s Day gift. All you need are some supplies from around your kitchen and house and you are all set. It’s a fun craft that your little one will love because it is all their own design. See the entire slideshow HERE for ingredients and instructions to make this beautiful craft with your child.

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Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new relationship gives you delicious, nutritious and economical food.

I had the wonderful opportunity to review Zaycon Foods and their chicken. All I can say is WOW. This chicken is delicious! We have prepared it a number of ways since we received it including grilling, baking and using a slow cooker.

Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new relationship makes it easier for you to get fresh, wholesome food outside of the traditional retail channels.

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It was a very simple process to order from Zaycon. I did it all online HERE. (You will need to register first. Don’t worry, it’s free.)

Pick up was extremely simple. I picked my box up a a local and convenient location on my way home from an event. When I got home, we opened the box and began to sort the chicken into freezer bags. Check out how it came packaged and how much we got. The pieces were huge! Plenty to feed our family for a few months.

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With all this chicken, I needed some fresh ideas for recipes. I was fortunate enough to receive some Chicken Soup for the Soul products.

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I used Chicken Soup for the Soul Buffalo Barbeque Sauce along with my Homemade Season Salt for some tasty grilled chicken.

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If you need some ideas, check out some recipes at Chicken Soup for the Soul here.

When my kids tried the chicken, they actually complimented me. My kids hardly EVER Continue reading

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Slide The City Comes to Pittsburgh – Saturday, June 6, 2015

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Slide The City Comes to Pittsburgh – Saturday, June 6, 2015 11am-7pm

Wow, I can not wait and neither can my kids! This looks like so much fun! That is a mighty long slide! Wooo! I’m at a loss for words about how exciting this is to be able to experience it.

Best Rates – Early Bird Registration begins Wednesday, April 22, 2015!

Summer time is approaching fast and we are bringing 1000 feet of slick vinyl to brighten your city streets. Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit Pittsburgh!

Come dressed to impress because it’s not every day you can strut through town with your hot bod, cool dance moves and slick slides. Did we mention 1000 feet? Yeah, that’s over 3 football fields.

Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.

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Pittsburgh will get a slippery makeover when the Slide the City Tour brings the 1,000 foot slip and slide to South Park June 6th, 2015. Turning hills into water-sliding thrills is the goal of the event, which was created in an effort to get people outside, having fun, and connecting with their community.

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Slide the City Pittsburgh: Saturday June 6th, 2015
Location: South Park – Allegheny County
Registration Opens: April 22nd, 2015 10am Eastern Time
To Register: Go to http://www.slidethecity.com/events/pittsburgh/

Participants in Slide the City will ride inflatables down a 1,000-ft. slip and slide. This one-of-a-kind experience will help people “slide into summer.” The first event of its kind, Slide the City has seen massive growth since it started in 2014. This original concept went viral when the video was released, and this year promises to be bigger, better, and wetter. “This will be one of the highlights of your year,” said Slide The City Founder, T.R. Gourley “Get ready for the slide of your life!”

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Pittsburgh has shown great enthusiasm for the event with over 17,000 people signing up to be notified once registration was opened and hundreds more joining the waitlist daily.

Each rider can purchase a one ride pass, three ride pass, or all-day pass. With over 150 events in the US and Canada, and more than 20 international locations beginning with Japan and Australia as early as March, water slide enthusiasts are sure to find a Slide the City event nearby.

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All are welcome to slide into fun. Visit www.slidethecity.com for more information about Slide the City dates and locations or checkout what fans have to share on Facebook at www.facebook.com/slidethecity.

Instagram – https://instagram.com/slidethecity/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/slidethecity or http://www.slidethecity.com/events/pittsburgh/

Twitter – @slidethecity

Questions:

Is there an age or height limit?
All who are over 46 inches tall and over 5 years old are invited to slide, but remember if you’re under 18 you’ll need to get a sign off from your legal guardians.

Are there group rates available?
If you have a group with 20 or more participants send us an email.

What do you do to address water conservation?
Water conservation is also a priority at our events. We strive to have zero environmental impact on the community. The Slide was designed to have zero water loss, and it treats and recycles the water safely and efficiently throughout the day. When permitted, we donate the water back to the community. Methods of disposal include local reclamation centers, parks, golf courses and other places dependent upon local regulations.

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