Archives for August 18, 2019

Books of the Week- August 18th!

The first two are from Dover Crafts! The holidays aren’t here yet but they will be approaching before you know it! These two books are a must-buy!

Cut & Assemble Haunted House

A deliciously creepy Victorian mansion is loaded with spooky fun, inside and out!
Enter an eerie world with this cut-and-assemble model, which allows you to see both sides of a haunted house. One side features the exterior of a tall, narrow home with bay windows, dormers, and a front porch. The other side reveals a busy interior with a variety of rooms plus a basement lab and haunted attic. Best of all, you’ll meet a colorful crew of supernatural residents — ghosts, zombies, werewolves, vampires, witches, and other ghouls. Simple instructions ensure that it’ll be easy to put your new house together and let the haunting begin!

This one is great for all ages and I love the simple directions!

Price: $12.95
ISBN: 9780486823973

Know someone who loves Unicorns and Christmas? This one is a must-buy!

Magical Unicorn Christmas Activity Book

More than 70 holiday-themed activities feature all kinds of colorful, seasonal treats: gingerbread men, sugar plum fairies, Christmas trees, flying reindeer, and, of course, happy unicorns! It’s packed with all kinds of festive fun, from memory and matching games to spot the differences, word searches, mazes, math challenges, drawing lessons, and lots more. Answers included.

I love this one! It’s perfect for children of all ages!

Price: $9.99
ISBN: 9780486832265

On Sale:
August 2019

Ever think about making your own gift wrap? This next one is for you!

50 exciting projects for a wide range of beautiful and fun cards, boxes, bags, wraps, and pouches

Making Your Own Greeting Cards & Gift Wrap shows how to make a host of impressive cards, boxes, bags, tags, wrapping paper and envelopes.

Creative craft author Vivienne Bolton presents more than 50 fun and unique projects that use all of the wonderful materials now available to cardmakers, including stickers, transfers, napkins, wire, foam, rivets and punches. With these practical ideas for all occasions—birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, new baby, new home and more—you may never want to buy a card again.

I love this book and it is full of such wonderful ideas! I like that the instructions are not complicated and that the whole family will enjoy this book!

Here are a few more of my favorite crafty books for the Summer! They are sure to keep the kids entertained! These next three books are from the Quarto Group!

Chibi Art Class teaches how to draw and color charming chibi people and their signature features and props.

If you love anime and chibi, you’ve got to try Chibi Art Class: A Complete Course in Drawing Chibi Cuties and Beasties by Instagram sensation and anime artist Yoai. Chibi Art Class teaches how to draw and color charming chibi people and their signature features and props. You’ll find step-by-step instruction on drawing, coloring, and shading these vertically challenged, baby-faced characters and their kawaii little companions. I recommend this one for ages 7+.

Ultimate Soap Carving by Makiko Sone

Soap carving has gained huge popularity online, but while most online videos are of cutting or carving soap bars into shavings, Ultimate Soap Carving offers instruction on creating cool and adorable designs, as well as how to use shavings to make new bars and other simple body care products – author Makiko Sone (aka Mizutama Soap) even shows fun ways to gift your carvings once you’re done! This book amazed me! I loved seeing all the different animals carved out of soap!

Draw 62 Animals and Make Them Cute by Heegyum Kim

If you like to draw and are drawn to all things adorable, you’ll love Draw 62 Animals and Make Them Cuteby Heegyum Kim! Kim leads us step-by-step in sketching dozens of charming creatures from bees to whales. Each project begins with easy-to-follow visual steps to build the animal, ending with variations you can try as you practice. Perfect for beginning artists or those looking to shake up their routine with a blast of cuteness. I had a lot of fun following these step by step directions and loved how simple the directions were! I am not an artist but I loved that I could learn to draw many of the animals in this book!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of all the books listed in this post. I only feature books that I recommend. Cover images and information was also provided. No other compensation was received.

TCG Toys has you covered for fun Travel games!

Giveaway Opportunity!

3-D Snakes ‘N Ladders is so much fun! The whole family will love this one! A fun and sneaky game even great for the younger kids ages 5+.
Naval Command is a great strategy game for ages 7+. I love that this is perfect for travel.
This is such a fun guessing game and the whole family will enjoy this one!

These compact, take-anywhere games are sure to provide hours of fun for both kids and adults, whether it’s on the plane, train or in the hotel room when the weather doesn’t quite cooperate (or you just need a break from the sun!).

TCG Toys is based in Toronto, Canada with distribution in over 40 countries! It began in 1998 with a focus on outstanding puzzles and games with the well-known Sure-Lox® brand. TCG Toys has since grown as a manufacturer and distributor of a variety of products for the whole family, including Megamat licensed playmats and other signature offerings. Working with top-tier licenses, the company promotes innovative game play with products featuring some of the most beloved kids’ brands such as Fisher-PriceHot WheelsThomas & Friends, Peppa PigPJ MasksPAW Patrol and Disney. Valued for its premium materials and advanced processes, TCG Toys offers top-quality, affordable and fun products for kids and families. Find out more here.

We have teamed up for a fun Giveaway before Summer ends! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which one of these 3 games you would love to play with your family! I can’t pick just one! I love them all but if I have would be Who’s There?

Deadline to enter is August 28th, 2019 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

4 Tips to getting rid of pet hair on furniture and carpet

Photo by Daniel Montalvo on Unsplash

As a pet owner, owning a pet is fun, but when it comes to getting rid of pet hair on furniture and carpet, this can be a little bit daunting. This is because pet hair can stick onto your furniture, upholstery and carpet making your home uncomfortable to live in. To make your environment conducive both for you as well as your pet, you need to ensure that you find the right tools and ways to get rid of any pet hair present. 

Any stubborn hairs can be removed using different tools and ways from using damp gloves, adhesive tape, vacuuming, to other effective methods like using an old toothbrush. If you have a problem with pet hair, below are 4 tips for getting rid of pet hair. 

Use an adhesive tape 

To use an adhesive tape, either a duct or masking tape, take a section of the tape and flatten it against the furniture. Then leave it for a few minutes before peeling it away. This will remove any stuck, stubborn pet hairs present. If you would like the process to go quickly, use a wider tape. Alternatively, you can use a makeshift lint roller using the tape. But, be careful that the tape isn’t a strong one since when stuck on furniture coated in either paint or veneer, it might peel away the paint.


You can also vacuum the furniture and carpet to get rid of any pet hair. Vacuum the carpet or surface of the furniture. However, check the type of furniture, since for some, vacuuming may not work. To make vacuuming easier, use a window squeegee and run it over the furniture as you push away any pet fur present into one spot before vacuuming it. If there is too much fur, don’t vacuum it to avoid clogging up the vacuum or damaging it. Buy the best vacuum cleaners with the strongest suction power at

Use a lint roller

Roll a lint roller over the spot that is filled with pet hair. The lint roller will pick up any pet hair present on your clothing, furniture, carpet, and even on your pet. A damp washcloth or sponge can also come in quite handy for pet hair on any cloth surface. Simply wipe the cushions, carpet or clothing while moving in one direction. You can also try a damp sponge mop to remove pet hair from your carpets. 


To avoid any future pet fur from getting onto your furniture and carpet, the best would be to groom your dog more frequently. Also, you can cover your pet’s favorite furniture with a piece of cloth or blanket to prevent excessive shedding. Your vet can also advise you on how to reduce the shedding. 

Any pet hair that is either on your laminated, hardwood, or bare floors can be removed using a microfiber or an electrostatic dry mop. Vacuuming your floors and carpet will remove stubborn pet hairs. Make use of the above tips to ensure that you keep your home, environment and pet clean at all times.

5 Amazing tips for parents of silicone dolls

Silicone baby dolls have existed for a long time.

                For decades, artists have done their best to bring these cute items to life. Today, the artistry has advanced to a high level allowing for more realistic silicone babies.

                Nevertheless, regardless of their visual appearance and the fact these are inanimate objects, people still treat them as their own kids. Parents of silicone dolls quickly get attached to their babies and would do anything they can to protect them.

                Unfortunately, people who don’t have enough experience tend to make some mistakes. Inadvertently, they will mistreat their silicone baby doll in one way or another. This is why, if you’re new to them, you’ll love those five pro tips from the Reborn specialists at Bebe Reborn Original.

                This awesome guide will help you manage your precious realistic baby.

  1. Carrying a baby

By now you probably realize that silicone dolls are much lighter than real babies. The difference is noticeable and may affect the way you’re holding them. People who are inexperienced will hold their silicone child as if it was a toy. But this can be very dangerous especially when in public. If you people see you carrying a silicone doll like this, they might start panicking thinking that this is a real baby. This can lead to some confusion and unwanted situations. Also, it looks really awkward.

  • Taking care of the body

Most silicone babies have a cloth body. While this is great for dolls, it can pose problems for their parents. First and foremost, you have to be very attentive when it comes to moist areas and water in general. Cloth body shouldn’t be exposed to water too often as it may lead to mold. Furthermore, moving the limbs can have a very negative impact on its body leading to tears. So, while it is possible to change the position of the baby, be careful how you’re doing it. Avoid excessive, strong moves that would tear the cloth.

  • Washing a baby

As mentioned, you need to be very careful around water. But, the baby still needs its regular washing. Make sure to be very gentle and expose only the parts that can be exposed. You might consider using a cloth which can be gently immersed into water. Again, try to keep it to a minimum as you don’t want drops of water to get to its body.

  • Baby clothes

Clothes are another cause for concern. In 99% of cases, your doll will come with a set of clothes. No matter, you can change them if you wish to from time to time. There are lots of companies that specialize in this particular item and you will have fun finding various combinations. Anyway, you need to be careful with darker colors. They tend to bleed color and it can endanger the skin of a baby. Washing also might pose a problem. If you like changing clothes from time to time, make sure to be very gentle; like with moving limbs, putting a new set of clothes needs to be a meticulous, slow process that won’t engager doll in any way.

  • Feeding babies

Some silicone doll artists like to include feeding bottle with a doll. Even if you don’t get one, you can easily buy it in almost doll store. Keep in mind that certain liquids can negatively affect dolls body and in particular skin. So, make sure to create a custom formula that will have no negative effects and still allow you to role play with your small child at any time.