Snowmen Clothespin Magnets

Homemade Christmas gifts are the best kinds. My kids can spend hours with their craft supplies making special gifts for all members of our family. We start the process early so we can try to avoid the holiday rush. It is fun to watch their artistic expression as they create each master piece. These Snowmen Clothespin Magnets are super easy to make!

Snowmen Clothespin

Here’s what we did:

Gathered all our craft supplies. (clothespins, paint, paint brush, permanent markers, ribbon, magnet and optional goggly eyes)

craft supplies


Paint the clothespins white and let them dry.  (For another project, we also painted blue clothespins and added glitter too them.  The white card stock I placed underneath the project actually turned out to be a nice piece of artwork.)


After the clothespins are dry we used the permanent markers to add a nose and face.  Then we tied on the ribbon. Cut a piece of magnet to the back and viola the craft is complete!

You’ll find more homemade gift ideas in this Kid-Made Gift Series hosted by Teach-Me-Mommy.

Kid Made Gifts

Christmas gifts made with love make great keepsakes.  I know our relatives will enjoy keeping their Snowmen Clothespin magnets on their refrigerators and thinking of the cute kids that made them!

Book Giveaway and Tour



PoutPoutTourFans of the New York Times Bestselling picture books series Pout-Pout fish will be excited to know a holiday book called The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish has been released.  The author, Deborah Diesen and the illustrator, Dan Hanna are going on a Book Tour across the United States.  Dan Hanna is coming to Columbus, Ohio (yep, that’s my hometown) on Wednesday, November 18th from 4:30-6:00 pm.  He will be coming to Cover To Cover in Clintonville.  Find the dates and locations of the entire book tour below:

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One lucky reader will receive a FREE copy of the book.  Use the link below to enter for a chance to win.  Deadline for entry is 12:00 EST on November 24, 2015.  Update: Sandra W. was the random winner and she has claimed the prize. Thanks for participating!

You can buy a copy of this adorable book using my affiliate link below.


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I’ve received a copy of The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish so I will be posting my review soon!

TrendBrew: The Ultimate Shopping Experience

Shopping has always been one of my favorite activities. After becoming a mom I quickly realized that driving all over town and lugging two kids in and out of stores to search for the best deals was just pure madness. Imagine my excitement when I was introduced to TrendBrew.   I’ve partnered with TrendBrew to tell you all about the features of this site and how it can save you time, money and keep you in the know on the current trends.   This post includes affiliate links.


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12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt

Hunting for the 12 Elves scattered in various businesses in Historic Dublin sure is a fun way to spend an afternoon.  My children and I enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend and visited a few of the particpating shops to search for the hidden elf.  We were very amused at the intersting hiding spots and my children were thrilled when they were presented with prizes after finding each elf.  Sounds like a lot of fun, right?


Here’s what you need to know:

  • This event is FREE and sponsored by the Historic Dublin Business Association.
  • Elf Hunting continues until December 22nd.
  • Pick up a scavenger hunt card at one of the participating locations and be sure to get a signature on your card at each location.


  • If you turn in a completed card by Decmeber 22nd you will be entered into the grand prize drawing.
  • Explore all that Historic Dublin has to offer.  There are so many cool shops along the way and I love that this brought me into places I wouldn’t have normally stopped.  If you haven’t shopped around lately you sure are missing out on some great shopping and dining!


  • One thing to keep in mind is most of these businesses are only open until 5 or 6 pm and many are closed on Sunday.  Be sure to check the hours of operation for each business.
    • We visited on a Sunday and although majority of the businesses were closed we still had a great time.  Without a doubt, we will come back so we can finish off our scavenger hunt ticket.
  • Some of the prizes are really great.   La Chatelaine let my children pick a tasty treat from the bakery.


  • It’s great to support local businesses that go above and beyond in the community.
  • List of participating businesses:
    • Boho 72 , Chelsea Borough Home, Dean Insurance Group, Donato’s, Dublin Library, Ha’penny Bridge Imports, La Chatelaine,  Our CupCakery, Sister’s Sweet Shoppe, Thread, Winans, Z Bearla’s

Have fun searching for the 12 Elves of Dublin!

Gifts That Last All Year

At my house Christmas gift giving has gotten a bit out of control. There is so much going on at once that it is hard for my kids to focus on enjoying the gifts and not making it a race of who can rip through the wrapping paper first. Can you relate? This year I’ve decided to focus my gift giving into practical gifts that will last all year long. Here are some ideas:


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The BEST Christmas Activities in Columbus (Part One)

Tis the season for all things Christmas related.  Hot chocolate, lights, Christmas carols, traditions, local Columbus events and spending time with family are the things I look forward to the most. Here’s a list of the BEST Christmas Activities in Columbus (Part One).  Be sure to click on the various links below to take you directly to the business webpage for more details.  This post contains affiliate links. I post lots of fun happenings in Columbus and educational ideas on Local Busy Bee’s Facebook, Instagram , Twitter and Pinterest so follow along if you want to stay in the know!

For even more events click on Best of Columbus Christmas Activities ROUND 2 and a list organized day by day: Holiday Events in Columbus December 14 – December 21, 2015.

Columbus, Ohio

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