DIY Handprint Family Tree

DIY Handprint Family Tree

My boys recently turned 4 years old (WHAT?!) and given all of the changes our family has faced over the past year, I wanted their birthday to be extra special. I came up with this DIY Handprint Family Tree to visually capture how loved they are by their family and friends. I wanted them to know that even in the face of a divorce when it feels like your family is broken, your family goes so far beyond just Mommy, Daddy and Sissy. This handprint family tree was "signed" by everyone who attended … [Read more...]

All Things Cupid – The Ultimate Valentine Resource List

Valentine Crafts | Chaos & Kiddos | Round Up

If there is one holiday that sneaks up on me every year, it's Valentine's Day. I'd love to say this is because I'm single and wish the day would poof into non-existence fiery furnace "Worst Holiday Ever" status, but truthfully, this day was just as overlooked during my marriage as it will probably be for this first year of lone wolf status (hmmm...maybe that's saying something...). My list of Valentine transgressions doesn't just end with my former spouse. I was most definitely that mom … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Funny Face Planters

Think Outside the Toy Box | Funny Face Planters | Chaos & Kiddos

It's the very last week of the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series, and I admit, I'm more than a little sad! This challenge has been a highlight of our summer. We've had wonderful family days together, playing and crafting, and in truth, this challenge pushed me to make sure I was taking the time to introduce my kids to art and creative play and to put aside the busy of life for some simple fun. We're going out strong this week with milk jugs! We had a blast creating Funny Face Planters that … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting

Think Outside the Toy Box | Paper Cup Painting | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

I admit, I am super excited about this week's item. I am a big fan of art projects and am always looking for the next masterpiece to display in my office. So when the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge popped up with paper cups as the next creative project, I immediately thought it's time to paint! I present to you, my mini artists-in-the-making, with Paper Cup Painting! I always like to have canvases on hand to do major art projects a couple of times a year. They're not … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Puzzle Piece Affirmation Magnets

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series | Puzzle Piece Affirmation Magnets | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Gui

This week's Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenged us to repurpose old puzzle pieces. I think we can all admit as parents that there is no shortage of random, useless pieces in our homes once we let the kids crack into a new puzzle. I decided to do a little something different this week and instead of centering my project around activities for the twins, I decided to hold a mother daughter night and make a project that served as an extension of the Emily Speaks series. Over a scary … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art

Think Outside the Toy Box | Wax Paper Letter Art | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guid

A few things to note. It's Friday. Afternoon. Which is most definitely not Monday morning, when the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series usually posts. Life totally got ahead of me this week and I'm just barely treading water. Hence the late arrival of our most recent artsy home project, Wax Paper Letter Art. The great thing about this week's project is that every single item is at the ready in any home with kids. Used, broke down crayons, construction paper, scissors, wax paper, a little … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival

Think Outside the Toy Box | Kiddy Noodle Carnival | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

I had the great luck to have my super artistic, crazy imaginative, perfectly awesome Mom visiting for this week's pool noodle challenge for the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series. And as the best Grandma ever, she helped me pull off several different pool noodle activities based around pattern play and hand/eye coordination. We threw ourselves a Kiddy Noodle Carnival! We had three different activities at the carnival. We set them up around the yard so that they could move from one to … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Waffle Cone Bird Feeder

Think Outside the Toy Box | Waffle Cone Bird Feeders | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

This week's Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge was ice cream cones. I admit I was stumped. Stumped until about 1PM yesterday afternoon. I finally decided we were going to give our outside friends a little treat, so we made Waffle Cone Bird Feeders. NOTE: This is a great project to do once or twice a summer, but avoid doing it too often in the summer months, because we want to encourage local animals to find food instinctively and not to rely on humans as their food source. … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art

Think Outside the Toy Box | Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

It's Monday!! You know what that means...it's time for another Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge! This week...Kool-Aid. Last week, I thought I hit the bottom of the barrel as far as low cost, spending less than $6 on an afternoon of family fun with Paper Bag Maracas, but I blew it out of the water this week! Kool-Aid was on sale at Target for $2. I already had the rest of my supplies, so $2 and we were ready to go! Time to get messy and creative with Kool-Aid Sprinkle … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Bag Maracas

Think Outside the Toy Box | Paper Bag Maracas | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

We are a big fan of dance parties in our home. So when I saw paper bags were the next challenge for our Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series, I started thinking of ways to jazz it up. I wanted an activity that would carry us through the day in several parts, offer some creativity and learning, and then finish off with a crazefest dance party. So what did we make? Paper Bag Maracas! The best part about this project was that it was literally the cheapest afternoon of fun we've ever … [Read more...]