Thursday, December 20, 2018

4 DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas Your Children Can Create

The gift-giving season is upon us, we all know that wrapping paper and bags cost a lot of money and are not as fun as homemade wrappings. Who would not want to receive a gift that was wrapped in pretty homemade gift wrapping? When your children are wrapping with you, let them get into the spirit of giving, by letting them create their own wrapping materials!

Here are 4 Do It Yourself wrapping gift paper ideas.

Tie Dye Tissue Paper Wrapping 

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It is time to get funky with your little ones! You'll need tissue paper on the thicker side, for more absorbency, rubber bands, and food coloring with drip tops. You and your little ones are ready to have a lot of colorful fun! Fold the tissue paper into which every shape you would like, tie the rubber bands around it to separate the colors or get funky and mix them up. There are so many designs to come up with. Once you have added the color, let it completely dry, then take them apart and you are left with an amazing colorful wrapping paper ready to get used. 

Santa Paws 

Image result for santa paws wrapping paper diyThis will get a little messy but the kids will really enjoy it! For this project, you will need plain gift wrapping paper, safe paints for the kids to use since they will be using their hands, hence the mess that will be made! And some colorful markers. First lay out the wrapping paper flat put some heavy objects on each corner so they do not fold into each other. Once in place, its time to get MESSY! Have your children paint one hand with the color of choice, then place onto the paper wherever they would like. Once dry they can add in all the details and make their handprints into cute little Santas. Then you are ready to wrap up your gifts!

Cookie Cutter Fun

While you might think cookies cutters are only for baking cookies, think again! they can be used to create cute wrapping paper that your kids will have so much joy creating. You will need a few Christmas cookie cutters like Trees, Santa, Snowman, and Reindeer. Along with some plain wrapping paper and different color paints of your liking. Place a small amount of paint onto a paper plate, place the bottom of the cookie cutter into the pain and move it around a little to coat. Then place anywhere on the paper and go crazy!

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

How about putting together these cute little Snowman Bags! Get a few white bags from the dollar store, black, red, orange and red constructions paper and don't forget the glue! Cut out small black squares for the eyes and mouth and some circles for the buttons. Cut out a large carrot-shaped nose, as best as you can, it does not need to be perfect last but not least cut out a large red stripe and 2 little triangles, these will make the scarf and tassels! Let your children add them to create their own cute snowman bags to go!

Winter Season Has Arrived

❄Who doesn't love watching the snow fall?  It creates a beautiful blanket of pure white fluff over every inch it touches! It is such a wonderful time of year. ❄

Now that winter has made its presence know, more cold winter weather will be approaching.

We put together a "Winter Survival Guide" to keeping warm, cozy and safe this winter (especially for pregnant women!).

  • Always check the weather before leaving your house so you are not left unprepared, this is very important!
  • Make sure to wear appropriate attire that will keep you comfortable and warm but not restricting your movements. Wear layers of natural fabrics like wool, for example, will keep you very warm. 
  • Wearing layers will keep you warm and will help regulate your temperature if you are too hot , you can take a layers or two off.
  • Find a pair of flat winter boots that are comfortable to walk in, comfort over a fashion statement is best.
  • Dont forget your winter accessories! Gloves, hats, scarves and warm socks
  • Take the pressure off of your back by carrying less (yes that means lightening the load in your purse!) this will put less strain on your ligaments.
  • Avoid winter sports as there is a risk of injury BUT feel free to get out there with your kiddos and enjoy a nice snowball fight or build a snowman or snow angels.  Don't forget to be very mindful of your surroundings and avoid the outdoor play if it is icy.

  • Do not shovel or attempt to remove or clear snow, this involves to much stress on your back nd the twisting motion will leave you aching.
  • Take frequent naps (mini-hibernation) to keep your energy levels up.
  • Make yourself a nice cup of herbal tea or hot cocoa with marshmallows to warm your soul and the baby(s).
  • Carry lotions and balms with you to protect your skin, as cold weather causes extreme dry skin as does pregnancy! 
  • Applying moisturizer when getting out of the bath or shower will help rehydrate skin to prevent cracking.
  • Protect yourself from germs by having hand sanitizer with you and always washing your hands frequently. 
  • Last, but not lease, grab a nice cozy blanket, put your feet up, relax and enjoy some holidays movies TV.

Have a wonderful and safe winter season