Countdown to Christmas!

Grab an old frame and a dry-erase marker…. IT’S TIME TO COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS! With ONLY 25 DAYS LEFT UNTIL CHRISTMAS, you better hurry and get this great FREE printable from LIFE {sweet} LIFE. AND find many more on the FREE PRINTABLES page in The Link Shoppe Directory.

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Picture and Free Printable courtesy of Life {sweet} Life

Letters to Santa can benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation!

It’s almost time to get out those SANTA letters! And once again, Macy’s department store has teamed up with “Make-a-Wish” foundation in their 5th  annual “Believe” campaign. For those of you that are not familiar, click {HERE} to read  more.  But in short, if you and your child deliver a stamped letter to any one of Macy’s in-store mailboxes, 2 great things will happen!

ONE - your child gets to take part in an exciting tradition
TWO – Macy’s will dontate $1.00 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation

Pick your favorite FREE Printable and get started!


You’ve Been Egged!

Have you been egged? If not, it’s time to get your friends before they get you! This is such a fun activity….sneak up to your besties house, or head over to your favorite family members home. Spread some filled easter eggs around their yard, stick this super cute sign on their door (free printable below) and RUN!

Courtesy of Eighteen 25

Since it’s spring break week and the kids are home, I decided to search for some free Easter activities to keep the little ones busy. Here are a few free printables – I hope your kids enjoy!

  • Easter Worksheets via Mama’s learning corner ~ Patterns, beginning word sounds, word searches and more (ages 2+).
  • Easter Worksheets & Learning pages via All Kids Network ~ Word scrambles, matching, alphabetical order, counting and more (ages 3+).
  • Coloring Page  via Tip Junkie ~ Count the easter eggs and coloring page.
  • Paper Dolls via Peonies & Poppyseeds ~ 3 Cutsey dolls with dresses.
  • Boys Lego Easter Bunny Bookmarks via Living Locurto.
  • Peep-er Dolls via Jill Parkin Designs ~ Perfect paper doll activity, but with peeps (see below). The boys will enjoy this one (includes pirates and sports).

(picture courtesy of Tip Junkie)

Photo booth fun

A few weeks back I attended a party where they had rented one of those fun photo booths. My kids had such a blast dressing up and taking pictures that I decided to search ideas on how to re-create the fun at home. So, here are all of the FREE  links I found. They will be stored for future reference in the Free Printables section of The Link Shoppe.

Lips & Mustaches from Living Locurto

Lips & Mustaches from Catch My Party

Silly Glasses & other props from Oh Happy Day

Word Art photo props from Catch My Party

Tips for your props:

  1. Print them on card stock. Or, print/cut/paste them onto foam board to make them last.
  2. Hot glue your finished product to a dowel rod. (Joann Etc sells 12″ dowel rods in a pack of 10 for $1.99)
  3. Prepare a DIY backdrop. You can use an old sheet, extra fabric, curtains or a tablecloth. (Use painters tape to secure it to the wall – it wont peel off your paint)


Free printables? Yes please!!

Some great links have just been added to the Crafts & Printables section! Featured below are some of my favorite sites, all of which offer super cute printables….and they are FREE.FOR.YOU!!!

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day – Great Subway Art from Peonies and Poppyseeds. Print it, place it in a frame and show some Irish Love!

Over the Big Moon has provided a St. Patty’s Day Bunting to bring your home some luck in March. Check out the site for more!

St.Patty lucky bunting

Drew B. from Mom Tog is all about Photography! This month she’s sharing this fun “to do” list.  And, click the link below for a matching Family Subway Art Printable too!

Family Subway Art

Mommy Tracked has enough printables to get any busy lady organized. Here are just two favorites, or go straight to her site for more!

Daily to dos


Want more? Go to Crafts & Printables to find what you need.

Have one to share? Send it in!

Can I spark your “Pinterest”?

So I would have to assume that many of you have heard of the mega popular website “PINTEREST“, right? If you haven’t already, you should really check it out. Second to Facebook, it’s said to be the most addicting link on the web. Created in 2010, the website is the latest and greatest for ideas relating to home, crafts, recipes and more. It’s a social media site where you can ‘pin’ all of your favorite ideas on a virtual pin board.

Consider setting up a Pinterest account if you haven’t already. Then, browse “The Link Shoppe”  where many of the websites offer {PIN} buttons – you can then send your favorite links right to your Pin Board.

I read somewhere that in the last few months PINTEREST has grown from 1 million followers to more than 11 million views! Makes me wonder….why didn’t I think of that?!?