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Thank you to everyone who shared with us last week and to all of you who took the time to check out what others shared! I know I had a very hard time choosing features (you will be able to tell by the number I am featuring). There were so many amazing ideas shared! There was not a most clicked this week, so I broke our features into three categories: Father's Day (it is on Sunday), Painting and Artwork, and a Few of My Favorites.

In case you are in need of a Father's Day Idea, here are a few of the ones shared last week. 

 

1) From Crystal's Tiny Treasures: Father's Day Poem Printable

2) From Planet Smarty Pants: A Father's Day Gift: a Lego Card Holder 

3) From Stella 123: Ten Ideas for Giving the Gift of Family Time This Father's Day

4)  From Lou Lou Girls: 20 Amazing Father's Day Gift Ideas

5) From Some of the Best Things In Life Are Mistakes: Last Minute Ideas for Father's Day

 Painting and Art Features

1) From Mini Monets and Mommies: DIY Metallic Paint

2) From Krafts and Kiddos: Picasso Flower Art

3) From Crystal and Co.: Homemade Watercolors for Kids 

4) From Rubberboots and Elf Shoes: Fingerprint Fireflies 

A Few of My Favorites

1) From Ruffles and Rainboots: FROZEN-Inspired Princess Anna Dress Up Apron 

2) From Enchanted Homeschooling Mom: Tape Line Obstacle Course Gross Motor Skill Activity 

3) From Let's Do Something Crafty: Cereal Box Crafts: Making a Cardboard Hat 

4) From Mommy in Sports: Cardio With the Kiddos! 

5) From Our Adventure Story: 7 Doughnuts from Around the World
Thank you to everyone who shared last week!! I hope you will join us and share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. 

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This week we shared a review of the Minnie Mouse decorations, Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle for Virtual Book Club for Kids and our seahorse mobile, the food and activities from our Minnie Mouse Party, a review of some fun summer craft kits from Oriental Trading, some books, crafts and activities to celebrate Flag Day and a review of the amazing new book 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest Funnest Ever! by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller from Kid Activities Blog.





Make sure you enter our giveaway for the $30 gift certificate to the Air Plant Shop!! They have such neat things and  fun easy craft ideas!
Our Air Plant Craft

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1)  Please follow Crafty Moms Share via GFC (or one of the other ways that work for you).  

2)  Link any kid-friendly, child-centered post. Please no etsy shops or giveaways, etc.  Remember to link to your actual post. 

3) Post the Sharing Saturday button on your sidebar or somewhere on your blog to help spread the word.
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4) I would love it if you would follow me on FacebookGoogle+, and Pinterest 

5) If you do not have a blog, but want to share an idea you can leave it in the comments or e-mail it to me with a picture (if possible).

 
 Disclaimer: By sharing here, you are giving Crafty Moms Share permission to use your photos for features and to pin your craft at Pinterest.

Books for Father's Day

Disclosure: Macmillan Publishers gave me copies of these books free of charge to review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Can you believe Father's Day is next week? Are you ready for it? If you need ideas for a DIY gift make sure to check out last week's Crafty Weekends features. Macmillan Publishers sent me some books about fathers for different ages. The first two books are board books for the younger kids. The first is Daddies Are Awesome by Meredith Costain and illustrated by Polona Lovsin. 

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Yesterday marked the two year blogiversary of Crafty Moms Share! It is hard to believe I've been doing this for two years now. 

After a wonderful week vacation in Florida, I am back. Thank you for your patience. In the last two weeks so many wonderful ideas were shared. It was hard to choose just a few to feature here. However, here we go.

Most Clicked from Learning Montessori Now: June Themed Activities for Kids Sorry for no picture, but I am having trouble getting the only one on her post.

For Those Needing Last Minute Ideas for Homemade Father's Day Gifts



1) From Toddler Activity: Tacky Tie for Father's Day
2) From Reading Confetti: 30 Father's Day Gifts Kids Can Make
3) From We Made That: Father's Day Frame
4) From The Measured Mom: Book about Dad


A Few of My Favorites

1) From The Craft Train: Toy Cookies from Air Dry Clay
2) From Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes: One Sensory Bin Two Looks
3) From Taming the Goblin: Ice Cream Van
4) From Like Mama ~ Like Daughter: Countdown to Beach Vacation and Beach Themed Crafts
5) From JDaniel4's Mom: Fish Flop Painting
6) From Life with Moore Babies: A Warm Gooey Treat in a Shoebox (Making a Solar Oven)

Thank you to everyone who shared last week and two weeks ago!! I hope you will join us and share again!! If you are featured here or earlier this week, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. 

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After a wonderful vacation in Florida we shared Disney's Cinderella (and a history of Disney World), Flat Stanley traveled to Quebec, Canada this month, Wild and Free: Song Inspired Sea Life Activities (and vacation photos) and our first exploration of Spain through food, craft and stories.



 
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1)  Please follow Crafty Moms Share via GFC (or one of the other ways that work for you).  

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Thank you to everyone who shared with us last week! Once again I was blown away with the ideas! If you have not had a chance to check them all out, please do. We will start our features tonight with the most clicked from View from the Fridge: Think Outside the Toy Box: Glow Stick Ideas for Kids.

http://viewfromthefridge.com/outside-toy-box-glow-sticks/

My features this week are in two categories. The first is June/Summer and holidays (remember in the US Father's Day is next weekend!!), and the second is just a few of my favorites from last week.

Summer and June Features

1) From Mamas Blog Central: 50 Father's Day Ideas
2) From  Just a Touch of Crazy: His Little Girl, Father's Day Print
4) From Tot Schooling: Free Birthday Printable Pack 

A Few of My Favorites

1) From Sparkling Buds: Watermelon Printing
2) From Dabbling Mama: Princess Rocks 
3) From Excite and Explore: DIY Farm Play Mat 
4) From Planet Smarty Pants: The Magic of Chocolate 
5) From Teaching Every Day: Ten Ways to Learn with Water Beads 
Thank you to everyone who shared last week!! I hope you will join us and share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. 

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This week we shared many DIY ideas for our Minnie Mouse party which is tomorrow. Here is a preview of the cake we made today. I tried to burn one candle half way since we are celebrating her half birthday.

 Ok, for Minnie DIY ideas we shared Easy Minnie & Mickey Mouse Cake Plates, DIY Pin a Bow on Minnie Game, DIY Minnie Mouse Decorations, and our Minnie Mouse Party Menu! We also shared this week Angkat: A Cambodian Cinderella and our review of The Air Plant Shop and we are hosting a giveaway for $30 gift certificate from this wonderful shop!!




Make sure you enter our giveaway for the $30 gift certificate to the Air Plant Shop!! They have such neat things and  fun easy craft ideas!
Our Air Plant Craft

Now for This Week's Party  
A Few Simple Guidelines:
1)  Please follow Crafty Moms Share via GFC (or one of the other ways that work for you).  

2)  Link any kid-friendly, child-centered post. Please no etsy shops or giveaways, etc.  Remember to link to your actual post. 

3) Post the Sharing Saturday button on your sidebar or somewhere on your blog to help spread the word.
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4) I would love it if you would follow me on FacebookGoogle+, and Pinterest 

5) If you do not have a blog, but want to share an idea you can leave it in the comments or e-mail it to me with a picture (if possible).

 
 Disclaimer: By sharing here, you are giving Crafty Moms Share permission to use your photos for features and to pin your craft at Pinterest.

Silly & Feel Good Books for the Young

Disclosure: I was sent these products to review free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

Tonight I am going to share some books for the younger readers. These books are board books and picture books and are for our youngest kids. They leave the reader with a good feeling or are just really silly. The first book is Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman. From the title you can tell it will be a bit silly.

Books for the Young

Disclosure: I was sent these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Today I am going to share books for your youngest kids. The ages of these books range from baby to kindergarten. They are a variety of board books and picture books. The topics range from travel, family, transportation and more!! I hope you will check them out for your little ones!!

New Picture Books About Dad's Love

Disclosure: I was sent copies of these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Today I am going to share two new picture books about dads. They would have been perfect for Father's Day but alas I got them after Father's Day. They are however wonderful books and it is great to see some books with dads in them that have some substance. 

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Thank you to everyone who shared last week!! Hazel and I have been enjoying her first week of summer vacation with a short trip to Cape Cod to see my parents. This week's features include some ideas for Father's Day (this Sunday in the U.S.), educational posts and some other favorites. Remember this is just a sampling of what was shared last week, so go back and check out the other great ones!!

Mother's Day Gifts

With Mother's Day only one week away, I thought it would be fun to share some homemade Mother's Day gift ideas. So if you have any from this year or previous, please link them below.

I thought I would share with you the gift we made last year for all of Hazel's women in her life. I took pictures of the one I kept, but we gave them to her grandmothers and aunts as well. (I can't remember if we made one for her godmother or not). This poem is floating around on-line. I believe the place I got it from was DLTK's Kids. (There are several Mother's Day poems at that link.)

Fairy Tales in Different Cultures--Cinderlad

With it being St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to share another Irish Cinderella. If you missed my post last week sharing Fair, Brown and Trembling, you can check it out and on it I shared some information about Ireland. Since I already shared the information there, I'm going to skip that part of this post. So this week's story is a bit different. It is called Cinderlad. The book we read is by Shirley Climo. The first major difference is the Cinderella character is male. And he saves a princess from death, but that is getting ahead of ourselves.

This book begins with the birth of a baby boy. His mother names him Becan, which means "little one" in Irish. Becan's feet grew unusually large, but he remained relatively short. His mother died while he was young. His father who was a peddler was away often and would bring back what was needed. One day he came back with a new wife and her three almost grown daughters. Then he went off to work again. The stepmother and her daughters watched Becan and always blamed everything on him. The daughters called him Little Big Foot. Eventually the stepmother got sick of having him around and sent him off to be a herdboy for the cows. Becan was fine with this however he was afraid of the tales he heard about the large speckled bull who could kill a man by kicking him. 

One day the bull arrived at the field where Becan took his father's cows. Becan scratched him in the same place the cows liked to be scratched and they became friends. Becan would tell the bull about his problems and one day the bull talked back. He told Becan he would not starve while he was around and told him to pull out what was in his ear. This was an amazing meal wrapped in a table cloth. After that every day the bull would come at lunch time to feed Becan. He stopped accepting the scraps his stepmother offered for dinner and she became suspicious. She sent her eldest daughter to spy on him to see who was feeding him. The daughter came home and reported to the mother. The mother told her they would kill the bull and have a nice stew. Becan heard everything although they thought he was asleep. 

At day break Becan ran off to warn his friend. The bull told him to jump on his back and they would escape. The traveled a long way until the bull stopped and told Becan that this is where they would say goodbye. He told him a grey bull would come to fight him and the grey bull would kill him. When he died he told Becan to twist off his extra long tail and wear it as a belt. Becan should use it whenever he needed the bull the most. Becan was horrified at this thought, but the bull insisted. All happened as the speckled bull said. The grey bull arrived and they fought all day. At days end the speckled bull was dead and the grey bull had disappeared. Becan cried all night by his friend then remembering what he said he easily twisted off his tail and wrapped it around his body twice as a belt. Then he reached in his ear one more time and pulled out the white table cloth and covered the bull with it. Then he wandered off on his own. 

While walking on his own, his feet hurt (he was barefoot) and eventually a gentleman offered him a ride on his horse. When Becan told him he was going anywhere he offered Becan a job as a herdboy. The gentleman warned him that his next door neighbor was an arhach (a giant) and told him to stay on his side of the fence. Becan always wanted to see a giant, so he did not listen. When the horse, cows, sheep and donkey had eaten all the grass on the gentleman's side of the fence, Becan climbed up and saw that the giant had lots of grass and apple trees. He knocked down some of the stones of the fence so the animals could pass over it and then they all went to where there was food. The giant arrived and almost killed Becan until he remembered his bull tail belt.

The bull tail wrapped itself around the giant's neck. The giant begged for him to remove it and Becan said he only would if the giant gave him his boots and disappeared forever. The giant gave Becan his boots which fit him perfectly and also dropped his sword which Becan picked up and wore in his belt.

One day the gentleman warned Becan to stay close to home because it was Dragon Day in Kinsale. He explained that every year the dragon came out of the ocean and ate the most fair maiden. If the fairest maiden was not tied to the post to be eaten the dragon would make the water swell over the entire town. This year the fairest maiden was the king's own daughter, Princess Finola. Well of course, Becan went off to see what was going to happen. He rode the man's donkey to town and saw the princess tied to a post. Everyone around her ignored her cries for help and would not look at her. Then he said he would fight for her. And the dragon appeared.
He and the dragon fought for a long time. His arm got tired of swinging the giant's sword. When he pricked the dragon with it, the dragon acted like it was a minor pinprick. Then Becan remembered the bull's tail and pulled it off. It magically wrapped itself around the dragon's jaws and the dragon returned to the sea with the tail.
Princess Finola wanted to thank him, but at the same time he heard his three stepsisters call out "Little Big Foot" and he wanted to escape. Princess Finola reached out for him and grabbed his boot. He rode the donkey away having lost one boot. Princess Finola announced she would only marry the man who fit the boot since he was the only one who had helped her. The king sent a messenger out looking for the man who fit the boot. It was a year before the messenger arrived at the gentleman's house. The gentleman tried it on and it slid right off. Then he told the messenger to let the boy try it on. The messenger didn't think a herdboy would be the one, but let him do it anyway. Of course it fit and Becan told them he had its mate in the cowshed. Becan rode the gentleman's horse to the castle where Princess Finola waited for him. She commented on how they were the same height so they would see eye-to-eye on things and told him he would now be Prince Becan. They got married and lived happily ever after.

Our crafts for this book were of course our peg dolls and then we used DLTK toilet paper roll crafts for the bull and the dragon. We used a paper towel roll for the giant and just made it ourselves. 

Later this week we will be sharing more Irish cooking and hope you will join us. Tomorrow we will feature the first of this month's Virtual Book Club for Kids posts and it will include a giveaway. Please come see and enter!!

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This has been one of those weeks where life has gotten in the way of what I want to do. Therefore I do not have a craft or craft product to review with you, so we are going straight to the party. However I am looking for some participants in a USA postcard swap.


Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas -- a Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Have you entered my current giveaway for a custom canvas print? There are only one more day to enter!!
Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing gave me a copy of this book free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

How do you wrap gifts? Do you just throw them in a gift bag? I'll admit I often do at least for gifts for kids. However I always love playing with gift wrapping. At work we charge at least $6 plus the supplies for gift wrapping. I'm always amazed when people pay it. I will admit the gifts always look beautiful when they are done. They are usually done in a seam line wrapping style. And today's book that I am sharing gives a tutorial in this kind of wrapping!

Sunflowers, Seeds, and More

Sunflowers
Sharing Saturday is still open!! Please come visit and share your wonderful child-oriented crafts and activities with us and check out all the great ideas already shared. Tonight Happy Family Times will be open. You will be able to share your wonderful family time stories to help inspire all of us to have more of them.
Watermelons
After our mini-vacation we came home to see how much our plants have grown. We need to begin repotting some of them and planting some new seeds.
Pumpkins
We also got to finally see some growth in our fourth seed container (half milk container) of celery plants!
Celery
We also were able to finish, well almost finish some of our sunflower crafts. Hazel also posed with her flower mask.

Then we got working on our Mother's Day gifts and added some pictures and I printed out the You Are My Sunshine with the specific names. Now I need to buy some magnetic strip for the back and attach the songs to the flowers. I got these ideas from DLTK.
For Me
For Hazel's Godmother
For Daddy
Hazel wanted to make one for Daddy and Pop as well, so I guess they will also be Father's Day gifts. I am thinking of covering them in clear contact paper just to give them more strength before I put the magnetic strips on and attach the songs. Aren't they cute? Here is how I finished them:
Covered in clear contact paper and added two adhesive magnets
A finished product
We are all set for Mother's Day and Father's Day now!
We also had a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Mallard. While at the Cape I visited the Birdwatcher's General Store and asked for advice on what to feed the ducks. We bought some cracked corn and they seem to love it!
Hazel and I also played outside and she decided we were taking the train to the zoo. On the train she gave out diamonds. These are my two--a white one and a blue one. Love her imagination!!

This is where I link up...