IT’S FRIDAY! TIME FOR THIS WEEK’S FAB FINDS FOR FIFTEEN!

  Shop this week’s list of Fabulous Organizational Products for under $15.00! Get yours now (while supplies last!)

School FilesSchool Files – $5.99 (Regularly $19.95)

(Special Offer from FranklinCovey USA: Save 15% on this item – Use Promo Code 22220 at checkout!)

Staying on top of all the things your children participate in at school is a big job. Get some help with this durable file folder.  It has compartments for three children; each compartment contains five folders: stuff to do, stuff to keep, stuff to return, fun stuff, and calendars.

 

Cropper Hopper Photo Storage Box – $8.99 (Regularly $14.99)

Organize family photos in a snap! The acid-free, archival-safe Cropper Hopper holds up to 1,000 photos and includes lid, labels and ten photo pockets. iPhone 5 CasesiPhone 5/5S Super Fit Case – $8.99

This sturdy case made of PU leather provides access to all controls and features of your iPhone plus extreme protection from drops and scratches.  It’s available in various colors and includes a life-time warranty.

Wooden Art Supplies Carrier – $9.99 (Regularly $19.98)

This sturdy carrier is a great way to keep young artists’ supplies neatly organized. With multiple compartments, it’s perfect for crayons, markers, paintbrushes, pencils, scissors and all sorts of other art supplies.

MAKE IT AN “EGG-CITING” EASTER!

Living Easter bunny with eggs in a basket on a meadow in spring,

 

“Easter eggs have come a long way since their original role as a pagan symbol of spring. Today, coloring Easter eggs has become a family tradition that children, adults, artists, and everyday people can enjoy to celebrate Easter and the spring season.” – Quoted from The History of Coloring Easter Eggs by Ashley Anderson.

To make your Easter holiday especially “egg-citing” this year, check out the decorating kits shown below, recently spotted on the websites of vendors whose products we promote at In Its Place Kids.  These are sure to spark your family’s creativity, whether you want to keep things simple with just some bright color or go all out with more elaborate designs!

From ReUseIt.com:

“It’s difficult to know what ingredients the average egg-dyeing kit includes, and what artificial coloring your own hands and your little ones’ hands are coming into contact with when using them. With the Eco-eggs Coloring Kit, you can rest easy knowing that your family is playing with only the safest, all-natural ingredients.

The egg dye in this kit is made with all-natural, organic fruit, as well as plant and vegetable extracts from annatto seed, curcumin, purple sweet potato and red cabbage.  The kit includes three primary color powder packs, a color chart to help your little ones create six custom colors, a crayon for decoration, and a custom handcrafted egg dipper made in Maine. You can even create your own eco-kids exclusive creature from cut-outs included underneath the kit’s exterior wrap. Simply place eggs in the eco-eggs’ egg-carton shaped kit to dry after you’ve finished dyeing. Recommended for ages 2+.”

Eco Eggs Coloring KitEco-eggs Coloring Kit

From HearthSong:

“Get the whole family decorating for an afternoon of fun and creativity! This Deluxe Family Crafty Egg-Decorating Kit offers something for every skill level and a variety of decorating methods. Younger kids can dip-dye eggs, create new colors by mixing dyes in their paint palette, and add fun decorations such as feathers, pom-poms, and stickers. Older kids and adults can make batik designs with the included beeswax crayon or design intricate patterns by painting with the dye. When finished, display the colorful eggs on the included illustrated Egg Tree.  Recommended for ages 5+.”

Family Egg Decorating KitDeluxe Family Crafty Egg-Decorating Kit

“Take part in spring’s artistry!  The Goose Egg Decoupage Kit contains three great big beautiful goose eggs and 240 five-inch-square sheets of tissue paper in a rainbow of colors (plus vintage scrap designs, stripes, dots, and florals) – almost as much as nature has to work with.  Pick out your favorite colors or combinations of tissue, pick up the brush and decoupage medium, select your favorite great ideas from the idea sheet, and start dabbing. Lacquer your finished egg treasure to a professional-looking shine, and take a gander – great for special Easter baskets, spring centerpieces, room decorations, and more.  Recommended for ages 7+.”

Decopage Goose Egg Kit Goose Egg Decoupage Kit

“For centuries, the Ukrainian people have perfected the art of “pysanky,” a wax-resist and dye process on eggs. Now your family can learn to create these one-of-a-kind treasures with the Ukrainian Egg Decoring Kit that contains eight packets of vivid, water-soluble dyes, two “kistky” tools for drawing the linework in wax, a beeswax patty, full instructions with design diagrams, and color photos of finished eggs, all attractively boxed.  Recommended for ages 8 to adult.”

Ukranian Egg Decorating KitUkrainian Egg Decorating Kit

No matter what decorating method you choose, you’ll want to show off your “egg-cellent” creations.  Visit In Its Place Kids for a great selection of fun and festive Easter baskets to display your eggs with style.  Also take a look at this Bunny Egg Holder from Hearthsong.  It features twelve nest baskets on a sturdy metal tree and an adorable folk-art bunny on top.  So cute for your Easter table!

Bunny Egg TreeBunny Egg Holder

We hope these decorating kits inspire you and your kiddos to put your creativity to the test (and have tons of fun doing it together!)  Happy Easter!

IT’S FRIDAY! TIME FOR THIS WEEK’S FAB FINDS FOR FIFTEEN!

 Check out this week’s list of Fabulous Kids’ Organizational Products for under $15.00! Get yours now (while supplies last!)

 Pennant Photo BannerPennant Photo Banner – $5.95

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This cute banner has five metal pennant-shaped clips for decorative display of photos, postcards, ticket stubs, notes and reminders. It’s also a fun way to show off kids’ artwork!

Flex Earbud Wrap – $5.95

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Keep earbud cords at the perfect length. Simply place the cord in the center channel, close the lid, and wrap the cord’s ends around the center. With rubber sides, this device keeps the cord wound, intact, and protected!

Car Media OrganizerCar Media Organizer – $9.95

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Keep your kids entertained on your next long drive. With a clear pocket for iPad media viewing (and protection from sticky fingers), and two additional pockets for everything else you’ll need, this organizer makes the trip so much better!

Personalized Easter KitsPersonalized Easter Basket Kit – $11.99

(Special Offer from Birthday in a Box: Save 20% on this item – Use Promo Code BDAY20 at checkout!)

Give the special “some-bunnies” in your life a wonderful gift created especially for them! This standard basket kit comes in three styles as shown.  Each kit includes a personalized coloring book, stickers, magnet, bag tag and colorful plastic bucket with crinkle paper filler.

IT’S FRIDAY! TIME FOR THIS WEEK’S FAB FINDS FOR FIFTEEN!

Check out these Fabulous Kids’ Organizational Products, available for under $15.00.  Get yours now – Prices are subject to change!

 

Allowance & Chores Bot Allowance & Chores Bot View 1Allowance & Chores Bot (IOS App for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch) – $2.99

This IOS app lets you easily keep track of your kids’ chores and allowances and syncs data across your family’s multiple IOS devices. With this app, parents can easily do things like set up daily, weekly, or monthly allowances and assign chores on a regular schedule, remind kids that they have chores to do, see which chores are done and not done, keep track of how much money kids have saved and deduct money from their account when it’s been spent.  Kids can do cool things like see when they have chores to do and mark them as done, see how much money they’ve saved and spent and watch their allowance savings grow with the Allowance Graph!

Candy Jar Style Plastic ContainerCandy Jar-Style Plastic Container w/ Lid – $7.99 each

Use several of these multi-purpose, clear plastic containers together to create attractive and organized storage of a variety of small items. These containers are perfect for salty snacks, sweet candies, art supplies, LEGO building bricks or other small toys.

Personalized Soccer Bag Tag Personalized Soccer Bag Tag – $8.95

Get kids ready for the spring soccer season!  This bag tag is personalized with a name and jersey number in various colors. Personalized Easter BucketsPersonalized Easter Bucket w/ Ribbons – Now $12.59 (Regularly $17.99)

Fill these adorable plastic buckets with Easter eggs and other goodies!  Kids are sure to love them! Available in four different colors/styles.

PLAN A BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DR. SEUSS STYLE!

Seuss Happy Birthday BookHappy Birthday to You!

Today we celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved author and illustrator known to kids around the world as Dr. Suess.  There couldn’t be a better day to share some ideas and the best products we’ve found for creating a Suess-style birthday party that is sure to delight!

Invitations

The party planners at Birthday in a Box recommend sending out invitations three to four weeks before the party date.  Here are a few options that will set the tone for your Seussian event:

Seuss InvitationsDr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat Computer Paper, Package of 50 Sheets / Dr. Seuss CAT in the HAT Party Invitations (8) / Dr. Seuss Invitations (8)

Decorations

Greet guests at the door with this Cat in The Hat Welcome Banner:

We love these One Fish, Two Fish Paper Cut-Outs, Pkg. of 36.  Here are a few ideas, but the possibilities for using them are endless:

  • Write “Party This Way” and hang several fish indoors or outside as directional signs.
  • Label them to identify games or party areas like “Sweets & Treats”.
  • Write guests’ names and use fish as extra-large place cards.

Make decorating your main party table simple and affordable with the Dr. Seuss Value Party Pack (below).  Not only does it include (8) dinner plates, (8) dessert plates, (20) lunch napkins, (1) plastic tablecover, (8) forks, (8) spoons, (24) party candles, (12) latex balloons, (2) curling ribbons, and (1) crepe paper roll, it also gives you (8) party invitations!

Sweets & Treats

Here are some ideas for festive DIY sweets that kids will love:

Create a Cat in the Hat Tub Cake, compliments of Seussville.com.

Surprise them with a colorful cake, made from this recipe for Rainbow Batter from Birthday in a Box:

Rainbow Cake BatterRainbow Cake Batter / Birthday in a Box

Top your rainbow cake with favorite Seuss characters and decorative accessories and serve it with some Rainbow Sherbet:

Instead of cake and ice cream, bake cupcakes in Suess-themed wrappers and finish them off with some adorable toppers:

Artfully display your creations on a cupcake stand and serve with these “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” Jello desserts from Kraft.com:

Fishbowl Jellow DessertPhoto by Kraft

FYI:  You can get gummy fish to use in this dessert here: Multi-Colored Swedish Fish

Add in some fun!

As Dr. Seuss would say, “Fun is good.”  Try out these ideas for games and activities to engage your guests:

Set up an area for a game of Musical Chairs.  Get your musical selections from a cd like this: Best Of Dr. Seuss - Dr. Seuss Songs & Sing Alongs.  When the game is over, have an assortment of Dr. Seuss books at the ready and let the winner choose one for you or your party helper to read to the group.  To make story time even more fun, the reader can dress up like the Cat In The Hat (or at least wear his festive birthday chapeau!)

End the party festivities at a Sweets & Treats table:  Setting up a table full of sweets to take home adds additional themed elements to your decor.  It also offers a fun and easy way to end the party – kids will love filling a favor bag like those shown below with an assortment of colorful candy.

Dr. Seuss Inspired Striped Favor Treat Bags (24 Ct.)

Here are some eye-catching ways to decorate your Sweets & Treats table with Seussian style:

Swirl Lollypop Containers

Plastic Candy Containers

 

Gifts for the Birthday Child

Fill gift time with some extra fun, compliments of Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss Book BasketPersonalized Dr. Seuss Library Gift Basket

This basket features an assortment of classic Dr. Seuss books and includes a magnet painting craft kit, canvas tote, and 300 stickers.  It can be personalized with a 15-character name or message.  We think this would make a great gift from grandparents or mom and dad.  Put it out the day of the party – it will be the perfect centerpiece for your table!

Don’t settle for ordinary wrapping paper – keep the theme going strong with this Cat in the Hat Jumbo Gift Wrap:

Give your favorite Suess fan this Alphabet Seuss Kids’ Chair & Ottoman, perfect for a bedroom or playroom:

Dr. Seuss ChairSeuss OttomanBTW: On party day, these create a great spot for the birthday child to sit while opening gifts!

Favors & Thank-You Cards

Thoughtful party favors let your guests know that you appreciate their attendance.  There is a wide variety of Suess-themed goodies available from Amazon.com; you can check ‘em out here: Dr. Seuss Party Favors

When you find your favorites, send them home in colorful plastic buckets or these Dr. Seuss Favor Boxes (4):

Of course books make especially good favors for a Suess-themed party.  Tuck a bookmark in each guest’s book to add an extra dose of Suess-ical fun:

Dr. Seuss Bookmarks

Finally, don’t forget to send out thank-you notes.  The folks at Birthday in a Box recommend that thank-you cards be handwritten and sent out within two weeks of the party.

Dr. Seuss ABC - Thank-You Notes (8)

When your child looks back at his or her special day, we hope it will bring a smile.  Share with them these words of wisdom from the man himself:  “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss at BrainyQuote.

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