I am a sock genius! (Kids’ Sock-Matching Hack)

I’m not a good housekeeper.  I try – honestly I do – and sometimes I do it well, and the kids lunches are made the night before, the rooms are all tidy, the dishes washed and the laundry done.  But lots of times the laundry is NOT done – or at least is not folded – and I blame that entirely on the fact that my laundry room is in the basement and the basement has a door I can close.  (Out of sight, out of mind)  :)

 

So this inevitably leads to a school morning sock free-for-all, where my four boys dig through a MASSIVE pile of similar looking socks, trying to find a pair.  I also have one sock-obsessed 6 year old who will only wear 3 of the 200 pairs we own, because “those 3 don’t get lumpy”.

After they left for school this morning in the usual whirlwind, I sat down guiltily to fold enough socks for the rest of the week.  They all look so similar, but are all different sizes/ankle heights and it took me a good long while to match up 7 or 8 pair.  I even tried to get my 4 year old to help me – by telling him we were playing a matching game (He loves those) That’s when inspiration grabbed me!

I ran to the kitchen to grab some colored sharpies. I drew shapes on the feet-part of matched pairs, so they will be easy to spot in a pile.  My 4 year old yelled out which shapes he wanted me to draw, and I just went at it.  Here are a few:

I think this will help the kids find their matches in the morning – when mom’s dropped the ball (Let’s just be honest, it’s going to happen again).  Not only that – the little ones will think it’s fun to dig out matching pair and hand them to me – like a game!

Heck, I might up the ante and throw some alphabet letters on the next batch – so we can practice our letters!

Do you have any little tips you would like to share that help you in everyday life?  I thought it might be fun to post some practical reader-tips once in awhile, so leave your comment and I might contact you to do a post like the one I just did above!

Groupon: Great Wolf Lodge for 40% OFF! (Great Family Vacation)

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Here’s a HUGE discount on a fun family getaway!

Right now Groupon is offering savings of up to 40% off at Great Wolf Lodges across the United States, and they all look like some great deals.  With Spring Break right around the corner, these could make for a great trip!  This looks perfect for my family – spacious cabin suites above an indoor water park?  Yes please!

Depending on your location, this special runs as low as $139 a night – which is an AMAZING price for a hotel stay and water park in one!

Check out all the Great Wolf Lodge Locations offering specials through Groupon right now.

 

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Delicious Christmas Mice Recipe

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Crunchy Christmas Mice by our friend Carrie W!

Ahhhh…Christmas! I love this time of year! I love the lights, I love the decorations and most of all I love all of the fantastic crafts that tend to pop up all around us. In my family, I’ll be the first to admit, we have a few strange traditions that aren’t for the faint of heart.

One of these traditions is our Crunchy Christmas Mice! [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Snowman Soup!

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Follow Time 2 Save Workshops’s board Christmas:Snowman Soup on Pinterest.

Here is a fun craft you can make to give as a gift with your children.  Snowman Soup, complete with Snowman Soup recipe, Snowman Soup Poem and free Snowman Soup downloadable gift tags.  This is perfect for teachers – especially if you can find a cute mug to put your “Snowman Soup” in!

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Snowman Soap Craft

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Reader Sylvia emailed us this fun craft idea a couple of years ago – I’d never thought of doing this, but I have several bars of Ivory soap in the stockpile, so I might have to try it with the kids!  You know how you MUST proudly display your kids’ strange, malformed interpretation of a “bud vase” – precisely because your kid malformed it just for you?  I think that’s how this soap might go over in the grandparents bathrooms.  :)

This comes from Sylvia’s Post Here:

  1. Grate the soap using a cheese grater*. When grating, lay a piece of wax paper or foil on your work surface.
  2. Place grated soap into a bowl. Idea: use a disposable bowl for easy cleanup.
  3. Add a small amount of water and mix with a spoon or popsicle stick. The soap will start to stick back together.
  4. Take the soap out of the bowl and separate it into three sections. Roll each section into a ball and stack the balls to form a snowman.
  5. The balls should be slightly different sizes with the largest ball on the bottom and the smallest ball on top. If necessary, rub a little water on the soap where you are joining the pieces. This will help it stick.
  6. Make sure you flatten the bottom ball so your snowman can stand without falling over.
  7. Optional: Using a tooth pick, take a little paste food coloring out of the jar or squeeze a few drops of liquid food coloring out onto a paper plate, old plastic lid etc. or use washable paint. Paint a face and buttons on your snowman using a thin paint brush (liner brush).

Jamie’s note: Unless you want to get colored hands everytime you wash with your snowman – or have your snowman turn pink immediately from red food coloring – you might want to skip that optional step.

Thanks Sylvia!

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Ribbon Wreath Craft

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We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Our sweet friend Laurie over at Passionate Penny Pincher posted this perfectly precious craft for making Christmas wreaths out of ribbon!  We just had to share it – thanks Laurie!

 

Two friends of mine found some cute ideas over on Pinterest, so we got together to make these and I’m so excited to have mine done!  It’s easy, won’t take you more than 30 minutes, and if you have a friend who wants the same colored wreath, you can make them fairly inexpensively.  Here’s what you’ll need . . .

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses on Milk Cartons!


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Jamie here, if you have ever tried to make Gingerbread Houses with your kids – I hope you had fun… because when I did it – I turned into a terrible person.  Several years ago, with 4 boys aged 2-8, things were wildly unlike what I had imagined in my Martha-Stewart-Picture-Perfect plan.  The Gingerbread House kit I’d bought on clearance the year before would NOT stay together, and the boys were poking the walls down and caving the roof in trying to fit as much candy as possible onto it.  I went into control-freak mode, and I’m pretty sure I ended up finishing it by myself while they pouted off to another room.  FAIL! [Read more...]