1. Self-Reflection: Help Your Child Find Confidence From Within

    Confident ChildWhen it comes to self-esteem it is essential to receive external encouragement and inspiration, but feelings of pride and success also need to radiate from within. There are lots of creative ways you can help your child find inner confidence. Following are some activities you can do together to create a positive self-image. Depending on how old your child is, you can simply direct these crafts, or you can talk through what she wants to write and be a scribe.

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  2. DIY Reading Loft Ideas for Your Family

    Most parents want their children to be able to read well and enjoy reading, too. If a child doesn’t enjoy spending time with books, he or she is unlikely to devote the time it takes to learn to read well.

    An ideal way to help foster a love for books in your child is to create a literary-rich environment in your home. This can be partly achieved by providing plenty of books and reading materials, displaying a positive attitude toward reading and writing, encouraging reading and writing for both pleasure and practical reasons, and reading aloud to your child every day at the same place and time.

    Having a dedicated physical reading space isn’t a requirement for a literary-rich environment, but having an enjoyable space can be a huge ally in getting your child to love books. With that in mind, what would be more enjoyable for your child (and you) than having a reading loft for your daily reading sessions? Follow these simple steps and build your dream reading spot:

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  3. Homemade Holiday Gifts

    Cookie Recipe JarsThe holidays are a time for giving. Generosity, however, may leave you with an empty wallet as well as a full heart. According to the American Research Group, Inc., the average person spent $801 on holiday shopping in 2013. What’s a good way to keep the spirit of the season when on a tight budget?

    Consider making a homemade holiday gift that can be perfect for next-door neighbors, children’s teachers, or your fourth cousin twice-removed. Here are some low-cost gift ideas:

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  4. Five Affordable Mother’s Day Gifts

    girl-doing-laundryYou don’t have to break the bank on Mother’s Day to make mom happy. Often times, it’s the sentiment – not the price tag – that matters most. And with a little creativity, time and effort, you can put something together that will make mom feel just as special as she is to your family.

  5. Dried Flower Art Projects for Springtime

    Dried FlowersThink spring, and flowers immediately come to mind. From crocuses and pansies to tulips and lilacs, spring brings a bounty of color to our winter-weary lives.

    Flowers are the inspiration, as well as the raw material, for some fun art projects. For example, you can use pressed flowers to personalize items such as cards, soaps and candles. You don’t even need a green thumb. A little patience and imagination will spring your creation to life.
    These dried flower art projects will ensure your family has a “scentsational” spring: