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4 Adorable Animal-Themed Children’s Books

Reading is an important and beloved past time in my house.  Mini has either inherited my love for reading or picked up on my enthusiasm for it.  Whatever the reason, she will happily demand that we read her a book at least ten times in a row before she is thoroughly satisfied.

The following books are some of her favorite animal-related reads.  In addition to their superb writing and illustrations, they all impart great lessons in a fun and age-appropriate manner.  So, if you are looking for some new additions to your child’s bookshelf or just want some ideas for your next trip to the library, keep these in mind!

4 Animal-Themed Children's Books (that your kids will love!) @ A Little Something Sublime

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25 DIY Gifts to Make for Your Kids

With Christmas just around the corner, you may be reaching panic-mode.  Maybe you don’t have a ton of money to spend on presents for your kids, and now you don’t know what to do.  Maybe you’re like me and just can’t help but procrastinate constantly.  Either way, I have one word for you: relax.  It’s going to be okay.

You still have plenty of time (even if you’re reading this on Christmas Eve) to make your kids some great and inexpensive holiday gifts.  I have made you a handy list of some of the best DIY projects for kids to get you started!

25 DIY Gifts to Make for Your Kids @ A Little Something Sublime

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5 Free Things to Do with Your Kids

Whether you have found yourself temporarily tight on money until payday, are living from paycheck to paycheck in general, or have decided to embrace the frugal life, entertaining your kids when have no money to spare can be challenging and disheartening.  Being a parent isn’t all about glam family vacations or paid fun all day every day, of course, but when your gas tank is almost on E and you’ve the last of your couch change for a gallon of milk, you may feel like your only option is to hide away in your house rationing pennies until your next paycheck hits your bank account.  Luckily, there are lots of things for you (and your family) to do for free!

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5 Free Pumpkin Carving Templates

Halloween is almost here!  Fall is my favorite time of year, and I’ve always loved Halloween.  The candy, the costumes, the horror movie marathons… what’s not to love about October?

Now that it’s nearing the middle of the month, Mr. Sublime and I are furiously prepping for Mini Sublime’s second Halloween.  Just shy of six-months-old, she wasn’t aware of much last year, but now that she’s a year and a half, I’m sure she is going to be much more involved this year.

The activity I’m most excited about is a surprising one: pumpkin carving.  I hardly ever got to carve pumpkins as a kid.  My parents were strictly uninvolved in all things Halloween-related, so all relevant activities were delegated to my middle sister who was such a perfectionist that she usually confiscated my pumpkin and finished it herself if my carving skills weren’t up to her standards. So, I don’t have many memories of this rather typical childhood event, but I’m excited to start making some with my own little family.

I have a feeling Mini Sublime is going to be more interested in swishing around the pumpkin innards than anything else, but that’s okay!  It is great sensory play for her and will keep her occupied while Mom and Dad work with the sharp objects.

So, in preparation of our evening of messy fun, I designed a few templates for our pumpkins that I thought I’d share with all of you!  Just click the images to view them full-size, right-click, and select “save image as” to save them to your computer for your printing pleasure.

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