12 Ways To Make St. Patrick's Day Special For Your Kids

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Are you in a pinch for St. Patrick's Day ideas to celebrate with your kiddos? Well, you just got lucky! We've been on the hunt for the perfect jackpot of St. Patrick's Day ideas for this year, and it turned into a whole day of fun with crafts, games, activities, and snacks. Check them out below, and let us help you deck your day in green!
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A Fun Breakfast: Start the day off with a lucky breakfast! This green pancake recipe is guaranteed to bring a smile and uses ingredients right from your pantry. Add some whipped cream or a sprinkle of Lucky Charms cereal to complete the perfect St. Patrick's Day breakfast.
 
A Special Morning Message: As a kid, there's nothing like waking up to some special goodies on the table on a holiday morning. This reminded me of my own mom's treats for my siblings and myself on Valentine's Day growing up! It always made us feel so special. With a St. Patrick's Day twist, just print off the free PDF above and add why you are lucky to have your kiddo.
 
 
Outfits For The Day: Start the day in St. Patrick's Day style with a personalized shirt! We have lots of designs to choose from, and each one can be customized with your child's name. The vintage truck designs pictured above are bestsellers, but you can shop our full girls collection and boys collection here!
Scavenger Hunt: Help your little Leprechauns burn off some energy with a St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunt! I love how Play Party Plan uses common hiding spots around your home like the washer or refrigerator, so it's easy to set up. Just visit their post to sign-up and receive the free printables. 
St. Patrick's Day Game: This Roll A Rainbow game from Over The Moon helps kids practice counting and color recognition. You can use M&Ms or Skittles to fill in each color. Each number is attached to a number, so when they roll that number on the dice they fill it in with a piece of candy. 
 
Time To Get Crafty: Your kids will love all the St. Patrick's Day crafts from Room Mom Recue. Whether at school or at home, these 17 craft ideas look super fun! She tells you which age each craft works best for and how to modify it if you are using the crafts for a class. 
Snack Time: These St. Patrick's Day rice krispies are a fun twist on the traditional snack. Just turn them green, or even cut them into a clover shape! Check out the recipe from The Blackberry Babe. 
 
St. Patrick's Day Reading: We have been collecting holiday themed books this year for homeschool. Our kids love the There Was An Old Lady series, so I knew this St. Patrick's Day themed one would be a great one to add to our collection!
Lunch Time: In keeping with the theme of the day, this green food testing would be a creative way to get your little ones to try new foods. This idea includes green grapes, kiwi, celery, and broccoli to name a few. 

Minute To Win It: Now that lunchtime is over, keep your kiddos entertained with these hilarious Minute To Win It games. They're even adjustable for different ages! 
 
Leprechaun Playdough: This classic toddler activity can be used even after St. Patrick's Day! Add some glitter for a whole new dimension of fun. Find the full recipe at A Mom's Impression.
 
Art Time: We're wrapping up the fun St. Patrick's Day activities with this awesome How To Draw A Leprechaun project. Kristen walks you through this step-by-step directed drawing exercise and includes the instructions for your kiddos or classroom. This is a great listening-to-directions art project.
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We hope you and your kids love these fun St. Patrick's Day ideas! Thanks for reading!

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9 Valentine's Day Craft Ideas For Kids With Supplies You Already Have At Home

Neil Maley

 I don't know about you, but I love crafts that use simply supplies I don't have to buy special for each holiday. If you have little kids at home you most likely have most of these supplies on hand. If not, you can find links below to purchase and have them delivered to your door. With that in mind, we rounded up  9 Valentine's Day Craft Ideas For Kids With Supplies You Already Have At Home

Some of the supplies include: construction paper, finger paint, googly eyes, string or yarn, and paper towel rolls. Easy peasy lemon squeeze my friends! 

Valentine's Day Craft Ideas Finger Print Craft

1.) This heart thumb print craft is super easy and let's kids use finger paint. Our kids always love using paint and I love finding ways that does not create a huge mess. 

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2.) Any unicorn loving little girl would love these cute unicorn faces. Be sure to check-out all of Stacey's Valentine's Day craft ideas as she has over 30 of them with this heart shape that you can make with craft paper or purchase on Amazon. 
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 Valentine's Day Craft Ideas For Kids Heart Tree

3.) This handprint Valentine's Day heart tree is fun and unique. It has a personalized flair that you know we love, but can be used as Valentine's Day decoration for your house every year. 
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Valentine's Day Heart Lacing Craft
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4.) Our two year old is totally into lacing activities right now and they are so great for their hand eye coordination skills. This heart lacing activity comes with a free printable that you can print at home to get started. Add numbers to make it more challenging for older kids.
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Valentine's Day Craft Ideas For Kids I Love You To Pieces
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5.) This I Love You To Pieces craft is so simple and loved by little ones who enjoy using glue sticks. I did this craft with our son's preschool last year and it was a hit. I drew a large heart on the paper along with the text. I tore up some construction paper and we were ready to go! Check-out Little Learning Club's tutorial with downloadable printable. 
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6.) Our boys would love these Paper Roll Heart Mouse crafts! These are simple enough to make during a Valentine's Day classroom party or at home with supplies you had on had. 
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7.) Do you love the crafts that your kids bring home that have their picture in it? This Lady Bug Craft is adorable keepsake craft you can do at home. The Best Ideas For Kids also has a free template for you to download to make it easier. 
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Valentines Day Craft Ideas For Kids Salt Dough Hearts
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8.) We found another keepsake craft from The Best Ideas For Kids that uses salt dough you can easily make from ingredients from your pantry. These would even make great Mother's Day gifts or a gift for grandma. Instructions for these precious Salt Dough Heart Ornaments can be found here
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Valentines Day Craft Ideas For Kids Dump Truck
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9.) Finishing out our round up is this Love Dump Truck craft your boys will love! You will just need construction paper and glue to complete it. Make sure you go to the link for step-by-step instructions and a free printable!
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There you have it- Our favorite Valentine's Day Craft Ideas For Kids You Don't Have To Leave Home For! So Simple, but yet so fun to do with your little ones. If you try any of these out tag us on Instagram to let us see @maleydesigns
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9 Thanksgiving Hostess Gift Ideas

Neil Maley44 comments
To many of us who couldn’t spend time with family and friends over the past few months due to COVID-19, Thanksgiving comes as a much needed break from isolation. It is during Thanksgiving that we finally get a chance to show others how grateful we are for their presence in our lives. What better way to give thanks than to spend a little time finding a thoughtful gift to give your Thanksgiving dinner host? If this year you will be part of Thanksgiving festivities in somebody else’s home, bringing a hostess gift is more important than ever! After all, the work of those who open their homes to friends and loved ones during a pandemic isn’t easy. It takes a lot of dedication, hours of preparation, and selflessness! Treating your hostess to a thoughtful gift tells her you value her effort. With that in mind, we put together a list of nine, thoughtful Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas that are sure to please even the pickiest among them! 

Unplug Soy Candles 
The producers of Unplug Soy Candles know just how to delight our senses! 
Created with premium quality ingredients, Unplug Soy Candles create the perfect fall atmosphere for your Thanksgiving feast. A sure-to-please gift — 100% of the time!
 
 
Maley Designs "Thankful" pillow
One of the most popular fall items from Maley Designs, our “Thankful” pillow, is the perfect present to celebrate your hostess – and one of the coziest seasons)! 
Designed on a beautiful, natural poly linen pillow, this item is sure to please whomever is in the receiving end of this magnificent offering! 
 
 
Personalized Spoon
If your Thanksgiving hostess is extra close to your heart, there is a possibility that you will want to give her something unique, and what better option than a personalized wooden spoon from A Few Spare Moments? Fall (and winter!) are perfect for baking, and what better way to make your hostess remember your thoughtfulness than giving her something she is sure to use quite often through the end of the year?
 
 
Personalized Board
To hostesses who like to throw more than just a Thanksgiving feast every year, this friendsgiving charcuterie and cheese board from EverythingEtchedAZ is sure to do the trick! Made of wood and completely personalized, this engraved board is designed to last! Your hostess can use it as a cheese, antipasti, or cutting board. If anything, it will be a great conversation starter as everyone will want to know where she got it!
 
 
Organic Pumpkin Soap
Fall is that time of the year that pumpkins dominate the scene — and we should take advantage of that! Organic pumpkin soap is the perfect gift for a hostess who cares about her skin as much as she cares about her guests, and this Autumn Spice pumpkin soap bar has enough antioxidants and vitamin C to keep her skin healthy all year long. It can also boost her collagen for that extra glow!
 
 
Personalized Kitchen Towel
There is nothing like a gift that makes kitchen decor even more fall-like! 
This personalized kitchen towel by ReturningGrace is a farmhouse style flour sack/tea towel that comes with a customizable watercolor pumpkin graphic and a vintage distressed look. Quite the gift for a hostess who loves her home!
 
 
Wine Labels
Wine is a favorite for many! Stopping by a store to pick up a bottle is one thing, but arriving at your Thanksgiving dinner with a bottle of wine dressed in a custom label is another level of awesome! If this sounds like a fun gift for your Thanksgiving hostess, these high gloss, weatherproof, and tear resistant labels from FancyLabels are what you need!
 
 
Wine Glass
Speaking of delicious beverages, have you noticed that plain wine glasses are a thing of the past? These customizable wine glasses from JMCreations18 use high quality vinyl for a long-lasting and unique glass that is sure to keep your hostess happy for many years to come! 
 
 
Serving Spoons
If you’re spending Thanksgiving this year with a special group of people, you will agree that your hostess gift should reflect that! With these custom thanksgiving serving spoons from ProseandPolish, you get your unique Thanksgiving message hand-stamped on each spoon, marking your love and gratitude to a special hostess in an everlasting way. If you’re looking for a gift that has “special” written all over it, this is it!
 
 
Which one of these gifts do you think you’ll give this year? Let us know in the comments!

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16 Ideas to Kickstart Back-to-School + Free Printable

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We are absolutely loving summer, but we're excited to help you find some new ways to get back in the groove of school in the coming weeks. We wanted to start early to take the stress off the end of summer! Enjoy our fresh ideas to give you a jumpstart on the new school year.
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1. Help your kids get into a routine with this After-School Routine Clock from Playful Notes! This also works for morning routines before school. Great visual for younger children who have trouble keeping track of time!
2. A fun t-shirt makes the first day of school extra special. We've got you covered! All designs are fully customizable and great for boys excited for the new year. (Girls shirts are further below in this post!)
I Dig Preschool Shirt by Maley Designs
    
3. Show your child's new teacher your support AND help keep the classroom clean and healthy! These free printable labels are perfect for gifting a bottle of hand sanitizer to start the new year.
LEGO Building Blocks idea and label from Mama Cheaps
Hands Down Best Teacher label from Skip to My Lou
 
4. We've pulled together some fresh, healthy lunch ideas to keep your kiddos well-fed this year!
Healthy School Lunch Ideas (Roundup 13!) from 100 Days of Real Food
5. Getting dressed before school doesn't have to be madness. Plan out the week ahead with this Outfit Closet Organizer idea from 40 Eighteen. Budget friendly and easy to implement!
6. Feed growing bodies and learning brains with a healthy and nutrient-rich breakfast! Take the hassle out of cooking with these make-ahead breakfast options for a busy morning. 
Peanut Butter Breakfast Bites from Six Sisters' Stuff
         
7. As promised, we have adorable back-to-school t-shirts for girls to celebrate a new year! All designs are fully customizable, so your girl will be rocking her own unique style from day one. Available for all grades!
3rd Grade Tribe Shirt by Maley Designs
2nd Grade is Magical Shirt by Maley Designs
Hello Preschool Shirt by Maley Designs
     
8. Make the First Day of School a milestone to remember! We created a special First Day of School Printable Sign, perfect for photos and making memories! Click below to get the full PDF with grades Pre-K through 6th grade. Don't forget to tag us with your sign @maleydesigns on Instagram to be featured.
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Thanks for reading. We hope you have a great first day of school this year!

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9 Back to School Ideas for Teachers + Free Printable

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We love you, teachers! We're thankful for all you to care for and nurture our little ones, and we wanted to make back to school a little easier for you this fall. Take a look at our top ideas for kick-starting the new school year!
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1. It's always awkward on the first day of school. New grade, new faces, and a mixture of excitement and nervousness. These icebreaker questions and activities should help lighten the mood and start the year off easier!
2. We know you love your students. This shirt is the perfect way to show it! Our own My Favorite People Call Me Shirt is fully customizable.
3. Spruce up your classroom hand sanitizer bottles this year with these cute printable labels! 
Hand Sanitizer Bathroom Passes from Mrs. B's Beehive
4. FREE Printable for you to use in your classroom all year long! 
We had Sara design an inspirational quote for you to inspire your students during the school year. Sign-up for our email list to receive the FREE printable. 
5. Check out this cute pencil shirt to rock this school year. Add your name for a personalized style! Personalized Pencil Teacher Shirt by Maley Designs.
6. This "Math About Me" poster from School and the City is an engaging and fun way for your students to learn about you at the beginning of the year. Simple to make and reusable year after year!
7. TeachJunkie has some cute Printable Classroom Posters to encourage your students this year.
8. We love this punny cactus design! This year will be "on point"!
Third Grade On Point by Maley Designs
9. Celebrate a great first day of school with these Free First Day of School Necklaces from TeachJunkie!
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Thanks for reading. Here's to a fresh start and a new school year!

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Behind The Makers: Balancing Fatherhood & A Small Business

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Harmonizing business and family is a challenge that only a strong and goal-oriented father can handle! Happy Father's Day to our very own Neil Maley!

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9 Fourth of July Party Ideas

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Celebrate Independence Day this year with these fun ideas and throw a festive bash for the whole family!

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9 Personalized Father's Day Gifts

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If you're looking for a special way to celebrate Dad or Grandpa this Father's Day, look no further! We've put together the perfect go-to guide to help you celebrate the meaningful men in your life!

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10 Personalized Mother's Day Gifts

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Mother's Day is quickly approaching. How do you show her just how much she means to you?

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100 Days Of School Ideas

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We have almost made it through 100 days of school and we wanted to share some ideas with you.

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