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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Personalized Little Girl Reading Print "Woodland Reading"

There are a lot of things as a mother I wish I had stronger skills in but I am a true believer in sticking to what you are good at and embracing it. I happen to love designing and creating. So when My first daughter was born nine months ago I wanted to do something special for her so I illustrated this fun print for her and to go in her new nursery. I have had so much fun putting together her room and adding little personal touches all over. 

I wanted her room to have a fresh fun feel that was both girly but had not a stitch of pink anywhere. So I went with a whole lot of Coral. Lol! Its as close to pink as I'll get. I wanted some trendy tribal touches along with a few woodland pieces. I didn't want her room overly themed because then anything that was in her room that didn't match would look too out of place. 

This print inspires reading, adventure, and the outdoors for our smart little girls. I wanted something that would incorporate these beautiful colors of coral, mint, yellow and blue teal but I also thought it would be fun for the sweet little girl to be visited by some curious woodland fiends. I modeled the bare feet after my own sweet baby daughter and at the last minute the day before I took it to the printers I added the orange morning glories climbing up the log for an extra girly effect.

I just loved how this illustration turned out and thought it would be neat to offer this print to other little girls and to make it available to personalize as well. You can pick from five different options of hair and skin color and for an extra fee I can even change the clothes color. 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Video Game Punch Card - FREE Printable

To avoid too much video game time with my kids I have my kids "earn time".  It used to be that I would bargain with them to do extra chores or extra reading for a certain amount of video game time on the weekends now I have a much better system. 

This Video Game Punch Card is a great way to keep track of how much time they earn over the course of the week and if they fill one of these cards up by friday night they can turn it in for two hours of video game time on their favorite device. 

Not only do I give them punches for extra chores (not including their bedrooms which is a required chore) I give them punches for reading extra long than required by their homework. And I also give them punches for good deeds they do as a way to say thank you. 

My kids will ask if they can earn punches for video game time and I will either ask them what they want to do to earn time or I will already have something I need them to do and we will negotiate the amount of punches it is worth. Small chores are usually just one or two and bigger chores are three. Good deeds are usually just one. They are also aloud to fill up more than one punch card during the week if they want to. 

Once they trade in their filled up card for the two hours I either sign it or tear it up and throw it away so it can't be used again. And before they can play their two hours of video game they have to make sure their room is cleaned first. I also tell them that it is their responsibility to keep track of their cards and if they loose them they will not be replaced. They will have to start all over with a new card. Its a great way for them to be more responsible and in control. 

We have been doing this punch card system for three weeks now since I designed these and it is working out awesome! This is definitely a keeper and really is working out great for both us parents and the kids. You of course, can come up with your own rules that fit your family. 

To print or download these Free Video Game Punch Cards you can just click on the image above or this link to the google doc. file. 


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Artur Castle 3D Playset Review & Giveaway

I don't know if I can express how much I love this cardboard playlet for my boys. If your kids like building things as much as mine do they will love this Artur Castle Playset by KroooM!. 

I was really impressed with the quality of this cardboard playlet. It is not your ordinary cardboard. Not only is the cardboard eco-friendly but my boys and I love how sturdy it is and how it is nicely laminated with nice detail on every side and angle.

My boys are eight and nine and this kept them captivated for hours putting it together until they were finished. This was the perfect thing to do on that rainy saturday afternoon. 

The building of this castle set was the best part of this toy for my kids. I would recommend this for kids six to nine because it is a challenging to put together. My boys put this together all on their own but I don't think kids under six or seven could do it without a lot of adult help.

 But even if they are younger they will love playing with this Artur Castle Set once it is put all together. Im am just saying my boys really enjoyed the challenge of building the castle and younger kids might get frustrated and loose interest with putting it together because it does take time. 

All Done!

This castle is HUGE and awesome they just love it! In fact they keep this castle up on display on a table so their baby sister doesn't get a hold of if and drool all over it. It's a prized possession now. 

KroooM is giving one of you lucky EMI readers one of these 3D cardboard playlet Artur Castles!!! Its easy to enter to win, just use the rafflecopter widget below.

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